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14

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AUD$4299

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$2799 (US)
£2199
2799

Rating

Tour Radar 5 Star Review Rating

Days

14

Route

Tokyo > Hiroshima

Trip Rating

Tour Radar 5 Star Review Rating

From

AUD$4299

Currency

$2799 (US)
£2199
2799

Trip Overview

This trip includes some of the most iconic areas of Japan while still also getting off the tourist trail.

AGE RANGE: 18 - 45 yrs

Route

Tokyo to Hiroshima

Stays

13 nights of accommodation

Meals

7x Breakfasts, 1x Lunches, 4x Dinners

Transport

All transport Day 2 to 13. Bullet train, subways, Romance Car & more (Airport transfers Day 1 & 14 excl.)

Activities

18 included, 11 free-time suggestions over 7 locations

Crew

Your group leader & your local guides

Route

Tokyo to Hiroshima

Stays

13 nights of accommodation

Meals

7x Breakfasts, 1x Lunches, 4x Dinners

Transport

All transport Day 2 to 13. Bullet train, subways, Romance Car & more (Airport transfers Day 1 & 14 excl.)

Activities

18 included, 11 free-time suggestions over 7 locations

Crew

Your group leader & your local guides
Born out of huge demand, this is the extension to our incredibly popular 10 day Japan trip. If you have more than 10 days on your hands, don’t let the adventure end in Osaka, join us and continue onto Hiroshima, Koyasan and the magical island of Miyajima. This itinerary includes some more of the most iconic areas of Japan and really gets off of the tourist trail. By the end of this journey you will have truly lived and breathed the Land of the Rising Sun. Stay overnight in a Buddhist monastery in Koyasan, visit the stunning Osaka Castle gardens, meet the friendly local wildlife in Nara, and learn about Hiroshima’s devastating history with a local guide. If you want to see it all, this trip is for you.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Japan! Tokyo Time

Touch down in Tokyo! Arrive into your Tokyo hostel and relax until the evening. Tonight we’ll take you out to feast on Japanese cuisine and meet the rest of your group. After dinner when the crowds have all dispersed, we explore the iconic Tokyo Senso-ji Temple by night!

Accommodation: Twin Bunks - Sakura Hotel Nippori (or similar)
Activities: Welcome Dinner, Senso-Ji Temple
Free Time Suggestions: Tokyo Skytree
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Low

Day 2 - Explore Tokyo: Harajuku, Yoyogi Park & Akihabara

We’ll start the morning off with a a Japan Orientation Briefing. You’ll learn simple Japanese customs and phrases to help you dictate your way across the country. We’ll then head out to the birth place of Japanese teen pop culture, Harajuku. We’ll then head into Yoyogi Park, host of the beautiful Meiji Shrine.

Afterwards, we’ll head to Akihabara – Tokyo’s electric town - and be blinded by the all the neon lights and crazy shops in store. You can challenge each other in the arcades, check out the famous Maid Cafes or just wander around the area.

Accommodation: Twin Bunks - Sakura Hotel Nippori (or similar)
Activities: Japan Orientation, Tokyo Districts
Free Time Suggestions: Maid Cafe
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 3 - Tokyo: Sushi Making Class & Shibuya Crossing

In the morning after breakfast we will head over to our own private sushi making class! You will learn how to make Miso soup, three types of sushi and the secrets behind Teriyaki! Vegetarian option is available but you must notify your guide/One Life a week before the tour starts. This evening we head to Shinjuku, we’ll see an unparalleled skyline of Tokyo, check out the famous Omoide Yokocho alley & grab some dinner. before viewing the famous Shibuya Pedestrian Crossing.

Accommodation: Twin Bunks - Sakura Hotel Nippori (or similar)
Activities: Sushi Making Class, Shibuya Crossing
Free Time Suggestions: Toyosu Fish Market, Songokuji Temple
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 4 - Hakone: Mt Fuji Viewing & Romance Car

Today we take the aptly named “Romance Car” to the stunning mountain town of Hakone. After checking into our guest house situated in the mountains, we will spend the day exploring the surrounding areas on a variety of different transports. Why is Hakone so special? Well, not only is the food incredible but you can get a spectacular view of Mt Fuji (weather dependent.) After a day of exploring and taking photos of Japan’s most famous mountain we’ll arrange a traditional Japanese Family Nabe dinner in our guesthouse and finish the day playing some games.

*If you have asthma/respiratory condition, the brief visit to Owakudani is not advisable, please speak to your guide for an alternate arrangement.

Accommodation: Twin/Triple tatami mats -Gora Gaku Guesthouse (or similar)
Activities: Mt Fuji Viewing, Romance Car
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 5 - Takayama: Sake Tasting, Temple Stay & Old Town Tour

Today is the day we ride the world-famous shinkansen for the first time. Watch them fly by on the platform before boarding one of the world’s fastest train.

Keep an eye out for Mt Fuji on the way. First stop is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Takayama. Here we will be staying at a stunning temple for the night. In the afternoon, We’ll sample sake in a local brewery and you can even treat yourself to some famous Hida beef!

Accommodation: Multi-share Rooms -Zenkoji Temple (or similar)
Activities: Sake Tasting, Temple Stay, Takayama Old Town Tour
Free Time Suggestions: Onsen/Public Bath House
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Low

Day 6 - Morning Market Walk, To Kyoto! Gion District Walking Tour

Start the morning with a walk around the beautiful old town and village of Takayama as well as a visit to the morning market on the banks of the Miyagawa River. We will then head to Kyoto by bullet train. In the evening a local tour guide will guide us around Kyoto’s Gion district, known for Geisha’s (Japan’s traditional art form of entertainment), if you are lucky enough, you might even spot one.

Accommodation: Pod-style per person -Ryokan Hostel Gion (or similar)
Activities: Morning Market Walk, Gion District Walking Tour
Free Time Suggestions: Geisha Performance
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 7 - Kyoto: Kiyomizu-Dera, Fushimi-Inari & Tea Ceremony

We’ll rise before dawn and take the subway to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. We arrive early to escape the throng of tourists and work our way through the mountain exploring corridors of never ending red gates. After, we will head to Kiyomizu-dera temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. A stunning bamboo and wooden complex that sits high in the mountain side. We finish up with a traditional Tea Ceremony, where you can even rent kimonos!

You will have the rest of the day free to explore.

Accommodation: Pod-style per person -Ryokan Hostel Gion (or similar)
Activities: Kiyomizu-Dera, Fushimi-Inari, Tea Ceremony
Optional Extras: Kimono Hire
Free Time Suggestions: Nishiki Market
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 8 - Kyoto: Golden Pavilion! Zen Garden & Kendo Class

We head to the stunning Golden Pavilion, a beautiful gold laden building surrounded by a lake. After we’ll head to Daitoku-ji, a quiet, leafy complex of old temples. In the afternoon we head to a traditional Kendo class housed in the dojo where it all began. Your authentic Bushido instructor, a descendant of a Japanese Samurai, will teach you the way of this respectful martial art.

Accommodation: Pod style per person -Ryokan Hostel Gion (or similar)
Activities: Golden Pavilion, Zen Garden, Kendo Class
Free Time Suggestions: Heian Shrine
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 9 - Bamboo Forest, Monkey Mountain, Osaka Dotonbori Food Tour

The day starts with a train ride to Arashiyama, a town surrounded by mountains and a river running through it. The itinerary includes a visit to the bamboo forest, climbing Monkey Mountain, a traditional Japanese boat ride through the valleys. We then head on to Osaka where in the evening, we explore the famous Dotonbori area. The food, people, lights, and colors of the "kitchen of Japan" will be experienced before ending the tour with karaoke in the evening.

Accommodation: Twin Share -Hotel WBF Namba Motomachi (or similar)
Activities: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Monkey Mountain, Boat Tour, Dotonbori, Food Tour, Karaoke
Optional Extras: Extended Karaoke
Free Time Suggestions: Osaka Canal Boat Tour
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 10 - Osaka: Osaka Castle Gardens

After nursing your head from last night’s antics, we thought it best to give you the morning off to explore Osaka yourself. Visit the incredibly trendy AmericaTown, wander down the Shinsaibashi Shopping District, give your body a well-deserved rest in Spa World or browse the wonderful world of electronics in Den-Den Town. We’ll meet in the evening and head over to Osaka Castle, a beautiful structure in the centre of the city surrounded by lush gardens. We’ll watch the sunset from here, before heading over to Dotonbori’s little brother, Shinsekai, for dinner in the evening.

Accommodation: Twin Share -Hotel WBF Namba Motomachi (or similar)
Activities:Osaka Castle Gardens, Shinsekai Tour
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Low/Medium

Day 11 - Nara: Nara Park & then on to Koyasan Temple Stay

An early start today as we head out of the city, 45 minutes on the train to beautiful Nara. As we leave the train station and begin our walk towards the main park, keep your eyes out for the friendly locals along the way. Nara is famous for being a city that lives symbiotically with deer and is historically important as the former capital of ancient Japan.

We’ll make our way around the serene park & stunning temples before heading back to Osaka to collect our bags and make our way to Koyasan. After a 90-minute ride, we’ll take a mix of cable cars and finally a bus to our accommodation deep in the heart of the mountain. Koyasan is a beautiful little temple town summed up by the tourism boards slogan “If nature does indeed bring mankind closer to the cosmos, then Koyasan is its embodiment”. This is your chance to live the temple way of life in a real, working temple. Learn more about the monks that dedicate their lives to this area and wander the countless temples and shrines that are dotted all around. Dinner is a very special vegetarian meal made from ingredients sourced by the monks in the local area.

Accommodation: Twin Tatami Mats – Hoon-In Temple (or similar)
Activities: Nara Park & Temple Stay
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 12 - Hiroshima: Danjo Garan Complex Tour & Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Wake in the morning to the sound of nature and take part in the morning chanting prayers with the monks. Breakfast is a traditional “temple style” meal made by the monks. Make sure to make the most of your final morning in this truly unforgettable destination. Just before lunch we’ll make our way back to Osaka and head to Hiroshima on the bullet train.

After a 90-minute ride, we’ll take the streetcar to our accommodation in the centre of the city. After some down time, we’ll walk to the humbling Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and be taken around this area by our local guide to truly educate you on the area’s astonishing past. View the Atomic Dome, ring the peace bell and say a prayer at the eternal flame. This incredibly important city will live long in the memory.

We’ll then finish with a walk around the museum to learn about Hiroshima’s devastating past before grabbing some food and calling it a night.

Accommodation: Twin Rooms – Hotel Kuretakesou Otemachi (or similar)
Activities: Morning Danjo Garan Complex Tour, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Guided Tour
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Low

Day 13 - Miyajima Island: Itsukushima Shrine, Hall of 1,000 Mats

Today we take the metro to the beautiful Miyajima Island, location 1hr away from Hiroshima. On arrival we’ll take a short ferry ride to the island, known for its stunning collection of forests and ancient temples. After disembarking from the ferry we’ll take an easy stroll around the island, visiting the incredible Great Torii gate which sits just offshore. This famous giant, orange Torii gate sits partially submerged at high tide. Next, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the serenity of the rest of this island paradise. In the evening, we’ll head out one last time as a group for our final day in Japan.

Accommodation:Twin Rooms – Hotel Kuretakesou Otemachi (or similar)
Activities: Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, Hall of 1,000 Mats
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 14 - Depart

And that’s a wrap! Today we finish in the beautiful city of Hiroshima, take one final walk around the memorial park or go for a sunrise run along the river. Your guide will assist you in your onward travel whether you continue to travel around Japan, head back home or join us on another One Life tour in a different, but equally incredible place! We hope we’ve inspired you to #exploremore.

Accommodation: N/A
Activities: N/A
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: N/A

Japan 14 Day Tour Itinerary Map One Life Adventures

Inclusions

Our crew comprises of award winning tour guides who will make your trip unforgettable. Expertly trained and prepared for every circumstance – they’ll be your new best mate and a fountain of knowledge all wrapped up in one, and will stop at nothing to make your trip life changing.

We’ve packed a full itinerary so you can see the best in your time. Not only that, we’ve personally tried and tested all of the accommodation, transport and meals included on this trip to be sure you’re receiving a quality experience.

Group

Maximum group size 22 people*

Stays

13 nights of accommodation

Transport

All transport Day 2 to 13. Bullet train, subways, Romance Car, & more. *Airport transfers are not included on Day 1 & 13.

Crew

Your group leader & your local guides

Meals

7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Activities

  • Famous Tokyo Districts (Shinjuku, Harajuku, Akihabara)
  • Sushi Making Class
  • Mt Fuji Viewing
  • Sake Tasting
  • Gion Walking Tour
  • Kendo Class
  • Fushimi-Inari Red Torii Gates
  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
  • Tea Ceremony
  • 2 x Overnight Temple Stays
  • Osaka Food Tour
  • Nara Parks & Temples
  • Morning Danjo Garan Complex Tour,
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Guided Tour
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Miyajima Island
  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • Hall of 1,000 Mats

Free Time Suggestions & Optional Activities: Tokyo Skytree, Maid Cafe, Robot Restaurant, Onsen, Heian Shrine Kimono Hire, Geisha Performance, Extended Karaoke, Osaka Canal Boat Tour, Universal Studios

Night Stays

Much like Japan itself, our hand picked accommodation will take you backwards and forwards in time – from temple stays to modern hostels. We believe in only taking our guests to places we have known and loved ourselves, from twin share to triples and multi-share for the nights spent in temples.

Have you ever slept in a temple? How about two?! Spend a night in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage town of Takayama. Sleeping on traditional tatami mats with views of the private Japanese temple garden. Then stay in the little temple town of Koyasan, deep in the heart of the mountains. You’ll eat vegetarian Buddhist cuisine prepared by the monks and take part in their morning ritual of prayers when you wake!

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Multi-share & Twin Rooms

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2 Unique Temple Stays

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Pod Style Stay & Tatami Mats

FAQs

Let’s go through the basics before you meet us on your big adventure to Japan. You are about to set off into one of the most spectacular places on the planet and we want to make sure you’re all ready! If you still have further questions after reading through this section then please get in touch with one of the friendly OLA team who are here to answer all your questions.

What is the age range of this tour?

We have an age range of 18 – 45 years old for our tours. Most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, though this range varies to slightly older with certain destinations, and are looking to experience our adventurous “flashpacking” style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of all different backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded conscious fellow travellers.

What fitness level is required to join this tour?

This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness due to the amount of walking involved. There will be some days where you will be walking more than approximately 8-10km. Please bring appropriate footwear for this!

How much free time is there in Tokyo if I’d like to do some shopping & optional activities like Mario Kart?

While there is free time allocated during our time in Tokyo to explore each area a little further, there isn’t enough free time for bigger activities unless you miss some of the inclusions. If you’d like to do the Mario Kart racing for example, we recommend you arrive earlier than day 1 to give yourself some extra time in Tokyo.

Can I bring a suitcase on this trip & is there a luggage limit?

We would highly recommend bringing no more than 15kg on this trip, and bringing a backpack instead of a suitcase if you can. You won’t need to carry your luggage around during daily excursions, but you will need to transport your luggage between each accommodation so we recommend packing as lightly as possible.

The luggage limit on the Shinkansen (bullet train) is very strict. Bags over 160cm (height x width x length) need an advance reservation and bags over 251cm cannot be accommodated even with a reservation.

Do we have to carry our luggage around with us each day? Is there a luggage delivery service on this trip?

You will need to transport your luggage between accommodations, but during the day when out and about you can leave your luggage safely stored away at the hostel.

We do not offer a luggage delivery service but our guide can direct where you need to go to do it yourself.

I’m arriving at 9pm on day 1, will this be a problem?

Arriving at 21:00 is not a problem at all, but you will miss the welcome dinner and night walk at Senso-ji Temple. Just be mindful that all public transport into the city stops running around midnight so keep this in mind if any of your flights are delayed. If this is the case, there is information in your welcome email about how to get into the city after midnight.

Where should I fly into? Where do we spend the first night of the tour?

You can fly into Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda International Airport (HND). It doesn’t matter which one you fly into. We don’t offer airport pick ups on this tour but we include incredible detailed information on how to get to the hostel from both airports in your welcome pack.

The first night is at Sakura Hotel Nippori in Tokyo. You will be notified in the unlikely case that there are changes.

Are we staying in hostels or hotels?

Days 1, 2, 3 you will be in twins in a hotel, On day 4 you will be staying in multi-share accommodation in the mountain town of Hakone, day 5 in a multi-share accommodation in a temple. In Kyoto on days 6,7,8 you will have your own pod in a capsule Ryokan and in Osaka you will either be in twins or triples. In Koyasan you will be in twins in a temple and will finish in twins in Hiroshima.

We are travelling together, can we upgrade to have a private room for all nights?

We cannot offer upgrades to our nights in Kyoto or our temple in Takayama (days 5,6,7,8) but for the rest of the tour you will be in twins!

Can I book a single upgrade on this tour?

We are unfortunately not able to offer a single supplement for our Japan tour, simply because it’s extremely difficult to find a single room, almost every room is a twin so it would essentially mean the guest would need to cover the cost of two people to be able to have a room to themselves. However, we will absolutely try and put you with another solo traveler.

I’ve seen that we are staying in a temple, how are the facilities?

We are staying in a temple for 1 night in the stunning town of Takayama. It is breathtaking and truly a once in a lifetime experience. We sleep on traditional tatami mats in multi-share accommodation (up to 9 people in 1 room) with a view of a Japanese garden and provide a mattress, sheet and pillow for all guests. The temple has excellent shared facilities and is centrally located.

One of the things I want to do while in Japan is have a traditional onsen experience, is that included in this tour?

While we don’t have an onsen experience included in our packages, there are opportunities to do this while on tour. While in Takayama there is some free time during which your tour guide can give you directions on how to reach the onsens in the area.

How long do you have to explore Akihabara on the tour?

You’ll have a couple of hours to explore the area before your tour guide takes the metro back to the accommodation, however you can always stay on longer in an area if you want to and your guide will give you clear instructions on using the public transport on your own.

Is there much free time in each location?

The itinerary in Tokyo is fairly packed, but you can always stay in an area for longer and return to the accommodation on your own if you would like to explore more. There’s some free time in Takayama to take advantage of the optional activities like archery or visiting an onsen. While there’s not much free time in Hakone or Osaka, in Kyoto you will have a half day free to explore on your own.

Do we need to purchase a Japan Rail Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass is not included and you don’t need to purchase one as we take care of all the transport for you. We try to use local transport for a more authentic experience.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements on this trip?

Due to the nature of cuisine in Japan, strict dietary requirements may be difficult to accommodate in some areas. Many of the broths/stocks which flavour much of Japanese food are not vegetarian/vegan friendly, and many meals contain either meat, fish, or egg elements. We recommend downloading the app “Happy Cow” and asking your tour guide for advice throughout the tour. You may also bring some snacks/supplements with you if necessary, but please note that Japanese customs can be very strict with medication so ensure you double check everything you bring.

The tour doesn’t end in Tokyo, is the return to Tokyo included?

For those wishing to return to Tokyo after the tour finishes in Osaka/Hiroshima there is the option to include the train cost in the ticket price. This is bookable by your agent at the time of booking or you can add it to your basket when booking on our website. Those guests who wish to book their return train journey whilst on the tour will need to arrange this as soon as possible as it does sell out, so we would recommend arranging this before you arrive.

Does it matter what time I leave on day 14?

Flying out of Tokyo

We would not recommend flying internationally any earlier than 5pm. It takes 4 hours to reach Tokyo on the included return train, a further 1 hour to reach the airport and you’ll need to be there at least 3 hours earlier than your flight. (The Hiroshima-Tokyo bullet train is a faster Shinkansen than the Osaka-Tokyo).

How is WiFi and data access on the trip?

As Japan is a developed country, Wi-Fi and data access is excellent. All the hostels that we stay in have strong and consistent Wi-Fi. If you’d like to stay connected whilst on the road you can pick up a tourist sim card at the airport, these will cost you anywhere between $20-$40 for 2 weeks worth of data.

How much spending money do I need for this tour?

We would advise $850 AUD for the duration of the 14-day tour. This is a safe amount to cover lots on the tour, however you will have lots of opportunities to withdraw more cash throughout the trip.

How long are the travel times?

Whilst on the tour the longest travel time is around 4 hours. There will be a day where we will be on the train for 2-3 hours twice in one day with a 30 minute change.

Visas & General FAQs

For more information about your visa requirements as well as the answers to more general frequently asked questions, head to Visas & General FAQs

Group Size Disclaimer: Our standard maximum group size is 22 people for an optimal tour experience. However, on very rare occasions, we may accept up to 24 people due to logistical considerations.

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