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Japan Rising: From Neon Lights to Rural DelightsFrom Osaka to Tokyo, explore the Land of the Rising Sun on this in-depth 12-day adventure.
Starts AtOsaka
Ends AtTokyo
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtOsaka
Ends AtTokyo
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
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COVID-19 Safety MeasuresBookings made by 30 November 2021 for travel before 28 February 2022 are covered by our Ultimate Covid Booking Booking Guarantee: if Covid-19 regulations change your plans, we'll rebook you for free. Find out more. Covid-19 safety measures are in place on all our trips. Read more details.

About Your Trip

From neon-lit skyscrapers to bamboo forests dotted with ancient temples, there’s nowhere quite like Japan. This 12-day trip will take you from the foodie capital of Osaka, to the city lights of Tokyo and even down to the floating Torii Gate of Miyajima Island, which sits in Hiroshima Bay. Along the way, you’ll get to see geishas in Kyoto, sample sake in Takayama and watch sumo wrestlers train in the capital. You’ll even get the chance to stay in a traditional ryokan-style hotel and sing your heart out at karaoke alongside your fellow travellers.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Uncover Hiroshima’s past at the Peace Park and Museum
  • 2
    See the floating Torii Gate and deer on Miyajima Island
  • 3
    Hike through bamboo forests and the endless gates of Fushimi Inari
  • 4
    Explore the backstreets of Kyoto by bicycle and see geishas
  • 5
    Stay in a traditional ryokan with an on-site onsen
  • 6
    Admire views of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi
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    Witness sumo wrestling training and learn how to make sushi
  • 8
    Find your rhythm at a Taiko drumming class
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • 11 nights twin-share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • 11 breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Osaka tour
  • Aikido lesson
  • Hiroshima and Miyajima Island tour
  • Bamboo forest and temple visit
  • Fushimi Inari sunrise tour
  • Kyoto bicycle tour
  • Hida Folk Village visit
  • Sake tasting
  • Lake Ashi cruise
  • Ropeway to Hell cable car
  • Geyser visit
  • Sumo wrestler training visit
  • Tsukiji Outer Market tour
  • Sushi-making class
  • Tokyo tour
  • Taiko drumming class
  • Karaoke night

Accommodation

Hotel Gracery Osaka Namba, OsakaTranquil rooms at Hotel Gracery provide respite from the busy Namba district in Osaka. Tuck into a western buffet breakfast each morning. The bars and restaurants of Dotonbori are a five-minute walk away.
Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae, HiroshimaA chic spot to rest your head in Hiroshima. Rooms are sleek and light-filled, while downstairs the cafe lounge is decked in earthy tones and minimalist furnishings. You’re perfectly placed for exploring the city on foot.
Sakura Terrace The Gallery, KyotoA design-led gem plonked next to Kyoto’s main train station, the rooms here are all blonde wood panelling, clean lines and large windows that offer vistas across the city. Common areas are clad with modern art, plus there’s a spa with gendered saunas.
Spa Hotel Alpina Hida Takayama, TakayamaA spa and open-air hot spring baths are a highlight at Spa Hotel Alpina, overlooking the Takayama mountains. Rooms are decked out in neutral tones with plenty of wood for a restful night’s sleep.
Ryokan Hakone Ashinoko Toranoyu, HakoneWith traditional-style tatami rooms (complete with futons), you’ll lap up Japanese culture at this authentic ryokan. Situated at the base of Mount Hakone, you can marvel at the leafy surroundings from the steaming outdoor onsen.
Hotel Resol Ueno, TokyoYou couldn’t be closer to the Tokyo National Museum and Ueno Park at this central Tokyo hotel. Enjoy fresh bagels for breakfast and on-demand drip coffee by front desk, available all day.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.
  • Luggage will be transferred separately when travelling from Osaka to Kyoto and Kyoto to Tokyo via bullet train. Please bring an overnight bag with you.

Additional Info

Book today with a small deposit
If you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com