Japan on a Shoestring – Tokyo to Kyoto
6 days with G Adventures Rating:
Restricted to Ages 18-39
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive at any time and welcome to Japan's neon metropolis that's always on the move. There are no plans until the evening welcome meeting, so spend some time exploring. Choose to get to know your fellow travellers over an authentic Japanese dinner.
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience all that is Tokyo.
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 massive selection of shops and cafés. This evening, head out for a night of fun, drinks, and dancing for your first night out. Pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends!
Day 3 Tokyo/Takayama
Board a bullet train to picturesque Takayama, surrounded by the Japanese Alps. Take in the quaint streets of old town—lined with craft shops and sake breweries (mid-day sake bombs anyone?)—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 inn complete with tatami floors, Japanese futons, and an onsen hot spring. Delight in a restorative soak in the healing waters.
Day 4 Takayama/Kyoto
Catch a train to Japan's imperial capital, Kyoto, and spend the rest of the day discovering this historic city. In the evening, choose to venture to Kiyamachi—a kilometer stretch of popular nightlife running alongside the Kamo River—to marvel at street musicians and experience the cabarets. For your big night out, grab a drink on our tab and release your inner rock star during a karaoke session.
Day 5 Kyoto
Kyoto is yours to explore today and the options are endless, so grab a buddy and get out there! Visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, learn the way of the Samurai, or take a calligraphy class (so you can make that postcard home look extra fancy).
Want to feel like a real Samurai? Pre-book the Samurai Spirit Full Kembu Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 6 Kyoto
Today is departure day, but do not fret! There is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Share some last laughs and exchange social medias with your fellow travellers before departing at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this iconic city.
All This Included
Now's the time to explore Japan on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Connect with Japan old and new on this six-day tour that takes you to the country's most iconic cities. Experience everything from the bustling energy of Tokyo’s city centre to the rolling countryside of Takayama. And don’t forget Kyoto, a city of peaceful gardens and stunning temples. This trip is a quick and affordable one, so you can tack on more time to go deeper into Japan. 'Cause after this tour, we know you'll want to.
Hostels (4 nights, multi-share)
Takayama, Japan: Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)
Kyoto, Japan: Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi (or similar)
Tokyo, Japan: Grids Tokyo Asakusabashi (or similar)
Traditional inn (1 night, shared facilities)
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