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12 Day Japan Tokyo Return Guided Group Tour From $4037.50pp (Online Only)

Get excited for an incredible 12 day Tokyo Return tour exploring Japan, where every day is a captivating journey through the Land of the Rising Sun. From the vibrant streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, this immersive experience offers a perfect blend of culture, history, and adventure.

Embark on a whirlwind tour as you kick off our journey in Tokyo, the bustling metropolis where tradition meets modernity. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Senso-Ji Temple and Shibuya Crossing, before diving into the world of anime and gaming in Akihabara. Indulge in delectable street food and immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife that Tokyo has to offer.

Journey to Kyoto, a city steeped in history and tradition, and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of ancient teahouses. See the wonders of Fushimi-Inari Shrine’s thousands of vermilion torii gates, and wander through the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Experience the art of the samurai with a hands-on class and savour traditional Japanese cuisine during a kaiseki dinner. With expert guides leading the way, this 12 day tour promises to be an unforgettable exploration of Japan’s rich cultural heritage and natural wonders.

  • Money Icon From $4037.50
  • Clock Icon 12 Days / 11 Nights

Japan Tokyo Return Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo & Meet Your Group

Begin an unforgettable journey through the legendary land of Japan, starting in the vibrant heart of Tokyo. As the world’s largest metropolis, Tokyo’s wonders are just waiting to be explored. After checking in at your hostel and unwinding, rendezvous with your fellow adventurers and head out to experience the enchanting nocturnal charm of this bustling city. Journey to Shinjuku, where neon lights illuminate the streets and the energy of the city pulses through the air. Shinjuku’s reputation for eccentric bars and lively nightlife ensures an exhilarating experience. Remember to pack your dancing shoes, your most spirited attire, and a positive mindset – for tonight promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

Day 2: Akihabara & Sake Tasting

Get ready for an exhilarating day in Tokyo. Kick things off with a visit to the iconic Senso-Ji temple, Tokyo’s oldest and most breathtaking, enveloped in vibrant red architecture. With train rides as your main mode of transportation today, grab some maps and acquaint yourself with the local area. Explore highlights like Akihabara, the electric town, catering to anime enthusiasts and gamers alike. If that doesn’t pique your interest, indulge in delectable street food like takoyaki or yakisoba – a culinary must. After a day of exploration, gear up for a night out, Japanese style, with a thrilling Sake tasting experience.

Day 3: Tokyo Nightlife

Get excited to see more of Tokyo’s incredible hidden gems. Visit the iconic Meiji Shrine, a century-old homage to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Marvel at its grandeur, snap some photos, and immerse yourself in its serene surroundings. Next stop: Yoyogi Park and the lively Harajuku shopping district. As night falls, dine and unwind, enjoy Tokyo’s vibrant nightlife, and see where the night takes you.

Meals included: Lunch

Day 4: Bullet Train to Osaka

Travel in style today as you say farewell to Tokyo and embark on your journey to Osaka. Aboard the bullet train, enjoy scenic views as the landscape passes you by at 200mph. Upon arrival, delve into Osaka’s rich history with a visit to the iconic Osaka Castle, a symbol of power dating back to 1586. Then, immerse yourself in the vibrant neon streets of Dotonbori, exploring its dazzling sights and indulging in local street food. As night falls, savour colourful cocktails amidst the glowing city lights.

Day 5: Osaka Cooking Class

Wake up and seize the day in Osaka. Dive into the morning exploring the city before diving into the art of sushi making – a challenge worth embracing. After unleashing your culinary creativity, savour what you’ve made for lunch. As the day unfolds, continue your exploration of the city’s wonders before indulging in a delightful dinner to cap off the evening.

Day 6: Koyasan Temple Stay

Start your morning with a coffee, it’s time to travel to Koyasan. A journey involving a local train, cable train, and a bus lands you at your next destination: a traditional Japanese temple. Prepare for a legendary experience as you spend the night here. Immerse yourself in local culture and temple customs for an authentic stay. Explore nearby temples before gathering for a traditional dinner as a group. As night falls, join a walking tour of Japan’s oldest cemetery, where stories and history await. Don’t worry, it’s more serene than spooky – grab a friend and delve into the past.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 7: Travel to Kyoto

Ready for an unforgettable day? Start the morning with a traditional fire ceremony, Goma taki, to ignite your zen spirits by purifying your desires. Then, it’s off to Kyoto! But first, a traditional breakfast and morning prayer at a local temple to immerse yourself in the culture. Once you’ve arrived in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, explore the enchanting Gion district, home to geishas and teahouses. After wandering the vibrant streets, partake in a traditional tea ceremony. Finally, stroll along the Kamogawa River, sipping beer as the sun sets on another extraordinary day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Golden Temple & Bamboo Forest

Your first stop today is the awe-inspiring Kinkaku-Ji Golden Temple, a two-story marvel covered in shimmering gold leaf. Built to reflect Kyoto’s opulent past, it now stands as a serene zen temple drawing visitors worldwide. After soaking in the tranquillity, venture to the breathtaking Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, a serene paradise of emerald green beauty. The afternoon is yours to explore – whether it’s visiting Nara or cycling through Kyoto’s charming backstreets, the choice is yours.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Fushimi-Inari & Samurai Class

Get ready for another epic day! Today, delve deep into Japanese culture with temples and samurai. First up, explore Kyoto’s famous Fushimi-Inari temple, renowned for its mesmerising red torii gates. After soaking in the sights, get ready for the main event: a Samurai class! Don traditional robes and learn the art of the sword with a demonstration and hands-on practice. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t soon forget anytime soon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Mount Fuji & Lake Ashi

Today, it’s off to Hakone for the breathtaking sights of Lake Ashi and the iconic Mount Fuji. After a chilled morning, ride the ropeway cable car for panoramic views. At Lake Ashi, board a pirate ship for a unique exploration. Mount Fuji is one of the most notable symbols of Japan and offers stunning snow-capped views. Enjoy your evening in Hakone after an awe-inspiring day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Back to Tokyo

After an adventure-filled day yesterday, today you can rest up as you travel back to Tokyo. Enjoy a final day of exploring and making the most of Tokyo’s exciting bars with a farewell group dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Chilled Checkout

It’s time to say goodbye for now. Your guide will be there to help you plan the next steps. We know you’ve had an incredible journey ticking off some epic bucket list destinations and experiences, so what’s next?

Inclusions & Extras


  • 11x Nights Accommodation
  • 7x Meals
  • All transport
  • Experienced TruTravels Guide Throughout Trip
  • Sushi Making Class
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Fushimi-Inari Red Temple
  • Samurai Experience
  • Mt. Fuji Viewpoint
  • Pirate Ship Cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Meiji Shrine & Walking Tour
  • Senso-Ji Temple
  • Morning Prayer & Fire Ceremony
  • Osaka Castle
  • Koyasan Temple Stay & Cemetery Tour
  • Gion Geisha District Walking Tour
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Kinkaku-Ji Golden Temple
  • Sake Brewery Tour & Tasting
  • Hakone Ropeway Cable Car


  • Visas
  • Any meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Flights to and from Japan
  • Travel Insurance

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

12 Day Japan Tokyo Return Tour

Informative Guides, All Accommodation, Some Meals & Activities


What to bring

  • Passport & Flight Tickets
  • Arrival Information
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Warm Clothes (between October and April)

Pick Ups & Departures

This trip begins and finishes in Tokyo.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

TruTravel Terms & Conditions

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

Cancellations more than 60 days: Loss of deposit.

Cancellations 60 days of less: 100% of trip cost.

Free airport pickup is provided if arriving less than 48 hours before the start of the tour and booked the pre-nights directly with TruTravels at the start hotel.

If you’re arriving the day of the tour you will also be eligible for airport pick up.

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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