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Essential Japan - 10 Days in 2021 - 18 to 29 year old's only - 10% Off!

Essential Japan - 10 Days in 2021 - 18 to 29 year old's only - 10% Off!

Tokyo, Japan

From: R 29,813.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 29,813.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #10567
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    10 Days
  • Valid From

    17th of January 2021 (Sunday)
  • Valid To

    9th of March 2021 (Tuesday)
  • Expires

    31st of July 2020 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Journey through Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and discover the beauty of Japan for 10 Days!

Helloooo Japan. Get your fix of Japanese culture with temples, sushi and shopping in Tokyo before soaking up Kanazawa’s crazy samurai culture. Get down with your world history at Hiroshima, spy geishas in Kyoto’s Gion district and get your Tina Turner on at an Osaka karaoke bar. Whatever happens, you'll be sipping sake like a pro by the end of this trip.

Please note this trip is for 18 to 29 year old's only and is based on set departures on Sun 23 May, Sun 06 June, Sun 27 June, Sun 24 Oct 2021. Other dates available at higher rates. 

About the Holiday

Itinerary:

Day 1: Tokyo

Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan.

As travellers are arriving from all over the world, there are no activities planned for day 1. The group meeting will take place at 6pm this evening.

To introduce you to Tokyo at night your leader will take you for walk around one of Tokyo’s most popular hubs. Join your leader and new travel buddies for an optional first dinner together!

Tokyo is a dynamic, modern hub, the thriving capital of an ancient land. Contradictions are everywhere, as hi-tech gadgetry and neon lights play an integral part in the lives of a population steeped in tradition.

This itinerary is far from a hand-holding, all inclusive trip, so enjoy the freedom and indulge in some raw fish!

Day 2: Tokyo

In the morning, head out exploring with your group leader in the Shibuya area.

Look down on one of the busiest intersections in the world at Shibuya station and visit the statue of Hachikō the famous loyal dog. Next we indulge our eyes if not our bellies visiting a depachika food hall where vendors sell everything from bento boxes for lunch to formal gifts and everyday groceries. Grab a picnic lunch (optional) as we are heading to Yoyogi Park, home to many events from the first Japan Olympics.

Afterwards we visit Meiji Jingu Shrine. Enter via a massive Torii (gate) and the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. We continue our journey with a visit to Harajuku, the home of quirky youth pop culture.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore.

If you are a lover of cats visit the Gotokuji Cat Temple!  Maneki Neko (the beckoning cat) are known for good luck and prosperity not only in Japan but all across Asia.  Perhaps re-visit your childhood with a magical day spent at Tokyo Disney or Disney Sea theme parks (tickets can be bought at JR ticket counters, convenience stores, online).  Or perhaps get the group together for the final night in Tokyo and experience the Robot Cafe in Shinjuku!  You can catch a 3 hour show full of neon lights, lasers, robotics, video screens and dancers.

Day 3: Kanazawa

This morning we speed through central Japan on a bullet train bound for Kanazawa. This city is best known for Kenroku-en, a 17th-century gardens. Kanazawa is also known for being the home of samurai - it boasts beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts, historic temples and awesome markets you can shop and eat your way around.  After checking into our hotel perhaps go and explore Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park. The castle is free to enter however the gardens have an entry fee of 310JPY. A bus pass for the day in Kanazawa will cost you approximately 500JPY. Tonight is a free evening for you to explore the streets and indulge in Kanazawa's izakaya and famous seafood.

Day 4: Kanazawa

Explore Kanazawa by foot on a walking tour of the Higashi Chaya district. Get lost among the Geisha in the alleyways and admire the traditional Chaya houses, known locally as places of tradition, feasts and entertainment. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at one of the local tea houses, if tea's your thing, and then the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. Everything is super accessible in Japan so

Day 5: Kyoto

Today catch a train through the Japan alps to Kyoto - once the imperial capital of Japan and one of the most beautiful cities in the country. With over 2000 temples, shrines and gardens, Kyoto is a great place to get lost in - so get out, walk the streets and soak up the wonderful atmosphere in your free time. Kyoto has a great bus network linking all its key sites, so hop on the bus to also get around.

Perhaps visit the magnificent, gold-plated Kinkaku-ji Temple with its expansive grounds in Kyoto’s northwest, or maybe Nijo Castle, the feudal-era castle famous for its squeaking ‘nightingale floors’ designed to alert inhabitants to approaching ninja. In the early evening, hook up with your leader for a walk through Kyoto’s famous Gion district, the heart of the city’s geisha culture. This is where Kyoto’s immaculately made-up geiko (the Kyoto name for geisha) perform and entertain private clients in small teahouses tucked away down tiny back streets.

Day 6: Kyoto

Join your leader this morning for a walk in the wooded hills of Inari Mountain, famous for its Shinto 'fox temple' and atmospheric red torii gates, a quintessential Japan sight and must-see for keen photographers. The afternoon is free for you to explore and your leader can give you recommendations on what to see and how to get there. It's your last night in Kyoto, so make sure you try some of Kyoto’s famed Kyo-ryori (‘Kyoto cuisine’), or wander the food market of Nishiki in the city’s heart to see the ingredients that make up Kyo-ryori or, in true Japanese tradition, hit the karaoke bar and show off your impressive pipes.

Cycling is another great way to explore Kyoto. You can hire bikes and helmets from one of the many bike shops in town with cost usually from 1000JPY/day up.

Day 7: Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a bustling metropolis with a tragic history, approximately two hours on the bullet train from Kyoto. Once here, your leader will take you to visit Peace Park and the ruins of the A-Bomb Dome building, one of 11 structures left partially standing as a reminder of the destruction of nuclear war following the nuclear bomb blast on 6 August 1945. The Peace Park contains monuments and a sobering and very informative museum dedicated to Hiroshima and international peace. In the evening, try its most famous dish – okonomiyaki (savoury pancake of cabbage, meat or seafood) – grilled in front of you on a sizzling hotplate.

Day 8: Hiroshima

Today jump on a local train and ferry to spend the day at the nearby island of Miyajima with its famous 'floating' Torii Gate and the grand Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. Hike through the woods to the peak of Mt Misen for some stunning views of the Inland Sea stretching far out below you. Be sure to watch out for inquisitive and eternally hungry deer that roam the island. Back in Hiroshima and enjoy a free evening tonight.

Day 9: Osaka

Travel by bullet train to Osaka, and what better way to finish our trip than in a city with the motto 'kuidaore' (translation: 'eat until you drop'!).  We recommend you try Osaka’s takoyaki (a delicious grilled octopus dish) which Osaka is renowned for!

Osaka is Japan's unofficial culinary capital, with sprawling shopping hubs and tiny backstreets overflowing with restaurants and bars serving up local delicacies as well as Japan's answer to fast food. Notably, Osaka is credited with the first kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurants, after its inventor - the owner of a sushi restaurant with staffing issues - watched beer bottles on a conveyor belt at the nearby Asahi brewery and thought it might be a good way to solve this problem!

With your leader enjoy a walking tour around the popular Dotombori district which is the city's most famous shopping, food and entertainment district. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanical signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign.

Thrill seekers are sure to find adventure at Universal Studios theme park and for those of you wanting to try your hand at a local skill, try a taiko drum lesson or, if you’re feeling like a little relaxation, indulge yourself at Spa World, and try a traditional Japanese Onsen. Embrace the nakedness.

If shopping is your cup of tea, take in some of the city's landmarks, including the wonderful Kuromon covered market and pick up some final kitchen gadgets (or plastic food!) at the quirky Dogusuji Arcade.

Day 10: Osaka

There are no activities planned for Day 10 and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is 10 am and if you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 5 nights Accommodation in a Multishare Hostel , Twinshare Hotel/Ryokan (4 nights)
  • 1 dinner
  • All transport such as Public bus, Metro, Train, Bullet Train
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Included activities:

  • Tokyo - Meiji-jingū Shrine
  • Tokyo - Shibuya walking tour
  • Tokyo - Yoyogi-kōen
  • Tokyo - Harajuku street
  • Kanazawa - Higashi Chaya District walking tour
  • Kyoto - Gion District walk
  • Kyoto - Fushimi Inari-Taisha
  • Hiroshima - Peace Park & A - Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima - Peace Museum
  • Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
  • Osaka - Dotombori District walking tour
Excludes
  • Flights
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities/tips
Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Please note this trip is for 18 to 29 year old's only and is based on set departures on Sun 23 May, Sun 06 June, Sun 27 June, Sun 24 Oct 2021. Other dates available at higher rates. 

Tokyo
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis is one of the 47prefectures of Japan and is located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū.

Tokyo was originally known as Edo. It was small fishing village, which later on became the home to the Japanese Imperial dynasty. It is the largest city of the country and also one of the main administrative regions of Japan. The Tokyo metropolis consists of three main parts, which include 23 special wards, the Tama Area and the islands. Located in the center of the Japanese archipelago, the city is bordered by the Edogawa River, Tamagawa River, Chiba Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture and the Saitama Prefecture.

Tokyo lies in the humid subtropical climate zone with hot humid summers and generally mild winters with cool spells.

From the hectic multi-road crossing at Shinjuku (made famous in Lost in Translation) to the peaceful tree filled gardens at the Meiji Shrine, the citys key sights are varied and mesmerizing.

The wide tree-lined streets of Ginza are synonymous with the Japaneses favorite hobby; sheer, unadulterated shopping. Despite being destroyed in the 1923 earthquake, the area soon sprung back with designer shops, famous department stores and tiny exclusive boutiques to inspire even the most yen conscious of visitors.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was originally created for the royal family, these are perhaps the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo. The layout is meticulous and breathtaking, with both Japanese and French garden design, an imperial villa and a tropical greenhouse to explore.

To the surprise of many visitors, dining out in Tokyo doesnt cost the earth. With en estimated 60,000 eateries there is something for every tastebud and budget, from the gastronomic delights of Gordon Ramsays or Nobu Matsuhisas restaurants to fresh and delicious sushi, served from a stall at the citys famous fish market.

With tiny Japanese apartments still very much the norm, most Tokyo locals socialise out of the house. This has contributed to the vast array of restaurants, bars, clubs and coffee houses for visitors to discover. From the small and smoky Japanese nomiya bars to the wallet-busting cocktails at the Park Hilton, even long-term visitors cant run out of new watering holes. If all the live music inspires you, you might want to start making some of your own. Karaoke is still big business in Tokyo, but forget the drunken man serenading a bar full of strangers. In Tokyo the singing is done in small private rooms, with plush seating and excellent sound systems.
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Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 23 June 2020

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