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10 Day Japan Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour From $3134

Japan: where tradition meets modernity in the most captivating way. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, this epic 10 day Japan Highlights & Hidden Gems adventure promises an immersive experience like no other. Voted the #1 tour worldwide, get ready for an unforgettable trip that will leave you enchanted by the Land of the Rising Sun.

Embark on a journey filled with a whirlwind of experiences that will ignite your spirit of adventure. Learn the art of hand-rolling sushi, immerse yourself in the world of samurai with a Kendo class taught by a descendant of a real warrior, and witness the vibrance of Tokyo’s districts. Explore the neon streets of Harajuku and Akihabara, cross the iconic Shibuya Scramble, and delve into the bustling Tsukiji Market for a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Cruise through the majestic mountains of Hakone, savor sake tastings, and wander through the enchanting bamboo forests of Arashiyama. Dive into Kyoto’s rich history with a guided night walk in the geisha district of Gion, and marvel at the stunning architecture of the Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

From karaoke nights in Osaka to street food tastings along Dotonbori, every moment of this journey is crafted to delight and inspire. Embrace the unexpected, create memories that will last a lifetime, and join the ultimate 10 day Japan adventure.

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Japan Highlights & Hidden Gems Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Tokyo

Get ready for an incredible 14 days exploring the best of Japan. Touch down in Tokyo and head to your hostel, where this evening you will meet your group with a Japanese feast welcome dinner. Then head out to explore the iconic Tokyo Senso-ji Temple by night.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Tokyo

Start the morning with a brief Japan Orientation, where you can learn simple phrases that will help you navigate the country. Hit up Harajuku, the birthplace of Japanese pop culture, before heading to Yoyogi Park where you’ll find the beautiful Meiji Shrine. Later on, visit the electric town of Akihabara where you’ll be greeted by neon lights and crazy shops. Play in the arcades and check out the famous Maid Cafes and grab a few beers in the local tiny bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Sushi Making Class & Shibuya

You’re in for a fun morning as you join your own private sushi making class. Enjoy learning the craft of Miso Soup, three types of sushi, and the secrets to a delicious Teriyaki. This evening, spend it exploring the unparalleled skyline of Tokyo in Shinjuku, before checking out Omoide Yokocho alley for dinner. Finally, visit the famous Shibuya Pedestrian crossing, the busiest crossing in the world, and get that iconic vibrant Tokyo shot.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Hakone & Mount Fuji

This morning, hop on the ‘Romance Car’ train to the stunning town of Hakone, home to the iconic Mount Fuji. Once you’ve arrived, spend the day exploring the surrounding areas. Hakone is special for its incredible food, traditional guest houses, stunning nature, and of course being able to enjoy it all with a spectacular view of the mountain. This evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese family Nabe dinner and finish the day playing some games with your group.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Takayama Temple Stay

Today you’ll board the world famous Bullet Train, one of the fastest in existence. Watch as the world zips by as you travel, and make sure to keep your eye on Mount Fuji as you’re leaving Hakone. Arrive in Takayama, a UNESCO World Heritage town, and home for the night. This afternoon go sample some sake in a local brewery and enjoy some famous Hida beef, before staying the night in a gorgeous temple.

Day 6: Travel to Kyoto

Wake up with a walk around the beautiful old town and village of Takayama. Visit the morning markets on the banks of Miyagawa River. Then, travel to the stunning and ancient city of Kyoto by bullet train. Once arrived, enjoy a guided tour of the Gion district, famous for being the Geisha district. Enjoy the sights of traditional wooden houses, cobbled streets, and catch a glimpse of a Geisha roaming in a beautiful kimono.

Day 7: Kyoto Temples & Shrines

Up and out early today as you travel by subway to the famous Fushimi-Inari Shrine. Arrive early to escape the crowds and make your way through the never ending corridors of red gates. Then, head to Kiyomizu-dera temple and take in the stunning bamboo and wooden complex, sitting high on the mountain side. Finish your visit with a traditional Tea Ceremony and the chance to rent a kimono and learn about the history of the beautiful garment.

Day 8: Golden Pavilion & Kendo Class

Today you’ll visit the stunning Golden Pavilion temple, with its shining golden walls reflecting on the lake surrounding it. Explore the complex and the peaceful gardens, before heading to Daitoku-ji, a quiet leafy garden full of ancient temples. This afternoon, treat yourself to an exciting experience as you join a traditional Kendo class to learn the way of this amazing martial art. House in a traditional dojo and taught by an authentic Bushido instructor, a descendant of a Japanese Samurai, this class will be an unforgettable experience for you.

Day 9: Bamboo Forest & Karaoke

Start the day with a visit to the stunning town of Arashiyama, just outside of Kyoto, home to the scenic Bamboo Forest. Surrounded by mountains and a river, this place is a real hidden gem. Take a stroll through the Bamboo Forest, climb the Monkey Park mountain, and enjoy a traditional Japanese boat ride through the valleys. Then it’s time to travel to Osaka and spend the evening exploring the famous Dotonbori district. Referred to as the ‘kitchen of Japan’ expect delicious food and bustling streets,, before ending the day with karaoke and fun times.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 10: Goodbye

Enjoy one last breakfast with your travel group before waving goodbye to this incredible country and the amazing people you’ve shared these experiences with.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Inclusions & Extras


  • 9x Nights Accommodation
  • 8x Meals
  • All Transport Included
  • Tour Guide 
  • Senso-Ji Temple
  • Japan Orientation
  • Tokyo Districts
  • Sushi Making Class
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Mt Fuji Viewing
  • Romance Car
  • Sake Tasting
  • Temple Stay
  • Takayama Old Town Tour
  • Gion District Walking Tour
  • Fushimi-Inari
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Golden Pavilion
  • Zen Garden
  • Kendo Class
  • Bamboo Forest
  • Monkey Mountain
  • Boat Tour
  • Dotonbori Food Tour
  • Karaoke


  • International Flights
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Some Meals
  • Arrival Transfer

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

10 Day Japan Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour

Informative Guides, All Accommodation, Some Meals & Activities


What to bring

  • Main Bag (backpack highly recommended)
  • Closed Shoes
  • Travel Adaptor
  • Camera
  • Warm clothes (between September-April)
  • Passport & Flight Tickets
  • Arrival Information
  • Travel Insurance Documents

Pick Ups & Departures

The tour begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

One Life Adventures Terms & Conditions

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames:

Cancellations within 28 Days of the start date incur a 100.00% fee.
Between 28 Days and 365 Days incur a $300.00 fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should I do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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