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Epic Japan - set departure on 12 May 2018

Epic Japan - set departure on 12 May 2018

Tokyo, Japan

From: R 27,629.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 27,629.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9086
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    11 Days
  • Valid From

    11th of May 2018 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    22nd of May 2018 (Tuesday)
  • Need Visa's

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

Is Japan on your bucket list for 2018? Then grab this awesome deal! This tour is only for 18 to thirty-somethings.

This super-affordable 11-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is the solution. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting edge modernity with lots of free time. Discover Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers and you'll never want to come home.

Highlights

Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan, experience Tokyo's vibrant nightlife, visit Kyoto's iconic temples and geishas, see the floating torii gate of Miyajima, stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan

About the Holiday

Itinerary

Tour starts in Tokyo on 12 May 2018.

Day 1 - Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this metropolis.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel (or similar)

Day 2 - Tokyo

Get your bearings with an orientation walk before enjoying free time to explore buzzing Tokyo. Opt to check out Yoyogi Park, Asakusa shrine, quirky Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, or explore the city's myriad shops and cafés.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Get out explore this vibrant city – there is so much to see and do!

Accommodation: Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel (or similar)

Day 3 - Tokyo/Takayama

Travel to picturesque Takayama and take in the quaint streets of the old town – lined with sake breweries and craft shops – on a CEO-led orientation walk. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area. In the evening, kick back and relax in a traditional ryokan – complete with tatami floors and an onsen bath.

Bullet train: Tokyo – Takayama

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Takayama Orientation Walk

Takayama

Hit the streets with your CEO and discover some of Takayama's highlights. Snap photos of a traditional Shinto shrine and wander the quaint lanes of this historic merchant city, passing homes dating back to the ancient Edo period.

Use free time to enjoy the area, sample sake or visit a nearby hot spring for a soak.

Accommodation: Hotel Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)

Day 4 - Takayama/Kyoto

Board a train to Japan's imperial capital. Arrive in Kyoto and spend the rest of the day discovering this historic city. In the evening, opt to pick up a local brew and chill out riverside or check out one of Kyoto's many bars.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Opt to check out Kiyomizu-dera Temple, walk under Fushimi Inari's many torii gates, take part in a traditional costume photoshoot, or experience a tea ceremony. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Day 5 - Kyoto

Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class. Enjoy a final night out with the group.

Carte Blanche

There's plenty to see and do in Kyoto, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, taking part in a traditional costume photoshoot, and enjoying a tea ceremony. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Day 6 - Kyoto

Explore this culturally-rich city with a free day. Opt to visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class.

There's plenty to see and do in Kyoto, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, taking part in a traditional costume photoshoot, and enjoying a tea ceremony. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Day 7 - Kyoto/Hiroshima

Travel to Hiroshima and opt to visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the tragic history of this city.

Bullet train

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Walk through the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima, a living memorial dedicated to the tens of thousands who died from the atomic bomb blast in 1945. Visit the statue of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of leukemia as a result of the bomb blast, despite folding 1,000 origami paper cranes to appeal to the gods to make her well. See the frame of the Gembaku Dome, the sole building to withstand the explosion. Reflect, remember, and be reminded of the power we all hold to create peace.

Accommodation: Hotel Zurich Toho 2001 (or similar)

Day 8 - Hiroshima

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer. Opt to go for an easy hike around Mt Misen, and be sure to sample some oysters – a regional specialty.

Ferry

Hiroshima – Miyajima

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Miyajima Island Visit

Miyajima

Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.

Set out for the summit of Mt. Misen, Miyajima’s highest peak at 500m (1,640 ft) above sea level. Opt to hike one of three trails through the forest and keep an eye out for wild deer or catch a ride on the ropeway and walk the remaining distance to the top. Take in great views of the Seto Inland Sea and on a clear day see as far as the city of Hiroshima.

Accommodation: Hotel Zurich Toho 2001 (or similar)

Day 9 - Hiroshima/Osaka

Board a train to Osaka, one of Japan's culinary capitals. Enjoy free time in this diverse city. Don't miss the chance to try takoyaki, one of the city's best-loved street foods.

Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street, and the Dotombori Bridge. Osaka is a unique culinary destination – be sure to try "takoyaki" the city's famous squid snack or opt for a group meal of "kushikatsu."

Get to your next destination faster than the speed of flight (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.

Get to know this vibrant city and be sure to sample some local eats like takoyaki or yakitori.

Accommodation: Hostel Teltelbouzu (or similar)

Day 10 - Osaka

Get out and explore the city. Opt to tour a ramen museum, visit the Osaka castle, relax in one of Nakazakicho's artsy cafés, or browse Umeda's many shops. Be sure to experience Osaka's buzzing nightlife on a final night out with the group.

Continue exploring this vibrant city and be sure to experience the energy after dark on a final night out with the group.

Accommodation: Hostel Teltelbouzu (or similar)

Day 11 - Osaka

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

 

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation (typically 4-6 travellers per room) is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. The majority of accommodations will have shared bathroom facilities. 
  • Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama.
  • Traditional ryokan stay (Takayama). Miyajima Island visit. Free time in each destination.
  • Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days).
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Group leader or Chief Experience Officer
Excludes
  • Return International flights
  • All Meals
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel Insurance
Package Conditions:

Book and pay by 28 February 2018 to qualify for this discounted offer.

Prices are per person sharing, unless otherwise specified. Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply. All prices are indicative and correct at time of loading onto the Computravel website and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases, airfare increases and availability.

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 city’s key sights are varied and mesmerizing.

The wide tree-lined streets of Ginza are synonymous with the Japanese’s 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 doesn’t cost the earth. With en estimated 60,000 eateries there is something for every tastebud and budget, from the gastronomic delights of Gordon Ramsay’s or Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants to fresh and delicious sushi, served from a stall at the city’s 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 can’t 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.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
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 05 February 2018.

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