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13 Day Japan Tokyo to Kyoto Guided Group Tour From $4799 $4599

From the buzzing and bright streets of Tokyo to the serene temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan has it all. Explore the absolute best this incredible country has to offer on this epic 13 day Japan Tokyo to Kyoto Tour.

Start off in lively Tokyo, where you can wander through the bustling streets, enjoy an epic nightlife, and play in the futuristic arcades. Explore Japan’s rich and fascinating history when visiting temples, shrines, and castles such as the Golden Pavilion and the Osaka Castle. Get up close to the renowned red-faced snow monkeys as they linger in the hot baths and play among the trees. Travel in style on the 200 mph Bullet Train to Nagano and Hakone, where you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views of the iconic Mount Fuji, and enjoy a caple car and pirate ship journey to explore the stunning surroundings. Learn how to yield a samurai sword from a dedicated master, and spend an incredible night sleeping in a traditional 1000-year-old-Buddhist temple. Try delicious foods and even learn to make your own sushi and noodles, and so much more.

With a fantastic group of like-minded travellers and an experienced guide who is with you every step of the way, prepare yourself for an absolutely unforgettable journey on this 13 day Japan Tokyo to Kyoto Tour.

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Japan Tokyo to Kyoto Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive & Meet the Group

Welcome to Tokyo! Today, take your time to greet your tour group and settle into your hostel accommodation. Relax or spend the evening exploring some of the colourful streets and bars of Tokyo.

Day 2: Explore Tokyo Nightlife

First up today is visiting the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, the Senso-ji Temple, before heading over to the Meiji Shrine. Next, explore vibrant Harajuku and the well-known Shibuya Crossing, which is the busiest intersection in the world! Enjoy a few drinks with your group in some of Shinjuku’s quirky eateries and tiny bars and experience a bit of Tokyo’s nightlife.

Day 3: Sushi Class & The Electric City

Enjoy a relaxing morning before taking up the art of sushi rolling, learning from an incredible sushi master. Explore more of what Tokyo has to offer followed by a visit to Akihabara, known as the Electric City. Famous for its crazy arcades, vibrant shops, maid cafes, and futuristic vibes, you could easily spend hours getting sucked into the epic energy here.

Day 4: Bullet Train to Nagano

Today you’ll be taking the famous 200mph Bullet Train from futuristic Tokyo to the more traditional city of Nagano. Take part in the ancient art of origami and relax in the warm waters of an Onsen, a serene natural spa that is the result of a volcanic hot spring. Tonight, live like a true local as you spend the night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan, sleeping on tatami mats and comfy futon bedding.

Day 5: Explore Nagano

Dive further into Japanese cooking this morning by learning how to roll your own delicious soba noodles. After that, head into the mountains in hopes of spotting the well-known snow monkeys, also called Japanese Macaques, that inhabit the area. In the summer, these cheeky animals play among the trees, and in the winter, they stay warm by taking a dip in the natural hot springs. Then, stroll around Shiga Kogen National Park’s stunning lakes and forests while taking in the crisp mountain air (summer tours only).

Day 6: Nagano to Hakone

It’s back on the Bullet Train this morning, this time heading to Hakone. Here, you’ll get to experience natural hot springs in abundance and breathtaking surroundings, and most iconic of all, incredible views of the snow capped Mount Fuji. Take in the beautiful nature and check into your cosy hostel, equipped with its own Onsen to relax.

Day 7: Hakone to Osaka

Travelling by pirate ship and a cable car, spend the morning discovering the breathtaking Hakone area. On a clear day, the views of Mount Fuji are absolutely unrivalled, and the river views are unforgettable. Then, head to Osaka to enjoy a BBQ dinner and an epic night out, Osaka-style. Expect rice wine and karaoke songs all evening long!

Day 8: Osaka Castle

Enjoy a leisurely morning and explore some of Osaka’s fantastic shopping, before visiting the amazing Osaka Castle. Built over 400 years ago, this castle comes with a chance to learn about Japan’s incredible history and the legendary stories of the Samurai. Then, visit the canal district of Dotonbori and enjoy some of the best food in the country.

Day 9: Koyasan Buddhist Temple Stay

Today, return to the mountains for an incredible once in a lifetime experience – an overnight stay in a 1000 year old Buddhist Temple in the fascinating town of Koyasan. Learn meditation from the monks of the temple and enjoy some of their traditional cuisine. Then enjoy an exciting night time stroll through the largest cemetery in Japan.

Day 10: Koyasan to Kyoto

Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist monks perform their morning prayer and fire ceremony, which is truly incredible to experience. Enjoy a traditional breakfast before heading to Kyoto, the historic capital of Japan. Take a tour of Gion and learn more about the fascinating history and the intriguing Geishas of the district.

Day 11: Bamboo Forest & The Golden Pavilion

Today is the perfect day to get all your instagram pictures! First up is the famous Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful stroll surrounded by towering green bamboo. Then, head to the Golden Pavilion for a shot of the gorgeous temple and to explore the gardens. Enjoy a free night exploring the area with plenty of awesome sushi restaurants, bars, and arcades to occupy your evening.

Day 12: Fushimi-Inari & Samurai Experience

Fushimi-Inari’s endless Torii gates are waiting for you today! Take a tour of one of the most famous shrines in Japan while strolling through the ancient mountain’s winding trails. This afternoon, you’ll be taught by a dedicated Samurai master the wonderful art of the sword. Savour the grace of these weapons as you cut through rolled bamboo, channelling your inner warrior. Celebrate your final meal and drink with your group this evening as you bid farewell to Japan and revel in your incredible trip.

Day 13: Check Out & Onward Travel

Your amazing 13 day Japan Adventure Tour comes to an end. You can either check out and make your way back home, stay on longer in Kyoto or continue your travels in Japan.

Return to Tokyo options available.

Inclusions & Extras

Included

  • 12 Nights Accommodation
  • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Tokyo City Tour
  • Nightlife and Karaoke Bars
  • Traditional Japanese Style Accom
  • Ancient Temples & Shrines
  • Sushi Class
  • Origami Experience
  • Roll Your Own Soba Noodles
  • Jigokudani Snow Monkeys
  • Shiga Kogen National Park (summer only)
  • Lake Ashi Pirate Ship Cruise
  • Mount Fuji Cable Car Views
  • Osaka Castle Visit
  • Overnight Stay at Buddhist Temple
  • Meditation & Night Cemetery Walk
  • Morning Prayer & Fire Ceremony
  • Arishiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Samurai Experience
  • Night tour of Kyoto’s Geisha district
  • 24/7 Support after the trip finishes 

Excluded

  • Visas
  • Some Meals
  • External Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Pickup

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

13 Day Japan Tokyo to Kyoto Tour

Informative Guides, All Accommodation, Some Meals & Activities

$4,599.00

What to bring

  • Passport & Flight Tickets
  • Arrival Information
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Appropriate Temple Attire (covered shoulders, chest & knees)
  • Light Rain Jacket
  • Insect Repellant

Pick Ups & Departures

Grids Hostel, Tokyo.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

INTRO TRAVEL 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 25.00% fee.

Free date or tour changes up to 30 days before start date. If changes are made within 30 days, fees will apply

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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