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Japan Essentials – 9 Days

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Route

Tokyo > Osaka

Days

9

From

AUD$1799

Currency

$1169 (US)
£919
1169

Days

9

Route

Tokyo > Osaka

Trip Rating

Tour Radar 5 Star Review Rating

From

AUD$1799

Currency

$1169 (US)
£919
1169

Trip Overview

Unleash your wanderlust and embark on an unforgettable journey through the Land of the Rising Sun! See, taste, and experience the best of Japan for an incredible price

AGE RANGE: 18 - 45 yrs

Route

Tokyo to Osaka

Stays

8 nights of accommodation

Meals

4x Breakfasts, 4x Dinners

Transport

All transport during the tour including bullet train, subways, Romance Car & more (Airport transfers Day 1 & 9 excl.)

Activities

11 included, 4 optional extra* over 3 locations

*must book in advance

Crew

Your unbeatable, legendary tour leader

Route

Tokyo to Osaka

Stays

8 nights of accommodation

Meals

4x Breakfasts, 4x Dinners

Transport

All transport during the tour including bullet train, subways, Romance Car & more (Airport transfers Day 1 & 9 excl.)

Activities

11 included, 4 optional extra* over 3 locations

*Must book in advance

Crew

Your unbeatable, legendary tour leader

Looking to explore Japan but worried about your budget? Or want to customise your own adventure? Look no further than our Japan Essentials small group tour! Our experienced tour guide will provide insider tips and recommendations, local insights, and all the cultural and historical information you need to make the most of your trip. Get ready to immerse yourself in Japanese culture by wandering through bustling markets, sampling delicious street food, and connecting with fellow travellers from all over the world. You’ll enjoy comfortable hostel accommodations, incredible transport options (including the famous bullet train), and an unforgettable itinerary that includes iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and unique experiences. We believe that travel should be accessible to everyone, making your Japan dream a reality.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Japan! Tokyo Time

Touch down in Tokyo! Once you reach your hostel in the historic Asakusa area, your tour guide will be there to welcome you. Tonight, you will enjoy a Japanese cuisine feast and get to know the other members of your group. After dinner, when the crowds have dispersed, you will have the chance to explore the Tokyo Senso-ji Temple by night, which is an iconic landmark.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed gender) dorms – Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Activities: Welcome Dinner, Senso-Ji Temple
Free Time Suggestions: Tokyo Skytree
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Low

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

Briefing where you will learn about simple Japanese customs and phrases. After that, you will head to Harajuku, the birthplace of Japanese teen pop culture, followed by a visit to Yoyogi Park, which houses the beautiful Meiji Shrine.

Later in the day, you will be heading to Akihabara, also known as Tokyo’s electric town. Here, you will be amazed by the neon lights and the variety of shops around the area. You can engage in arcade games, explore the famous Maid Cafes, or simply wander around the town.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed gender) Dorms – Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Activities: Japan Orientation, Tokyo Districts
Free Time Suggestions: Maid Cafe
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 3 - Explore Tokyo & Shibuya evening

You have the first half of the day to yourself. Your guide will be available to assist you with your plans, but you could attend a sushi-making class*, visit the Imperial Palace, or simply wander around this enchanting city. Later in the evening, you will travel to Shinjuku, where you can take in an unparalleled view of Tokyo’s skyline, explore the famous Omoide Yokocho Alley and have dinner before observing the iconic Shibuya Pedestrian Crossing.

*Must be booked 30 days before the tour start date. Subject to availability.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed) Dorms – Sakura Hostel Asakusa
Activities: Shibuya Crossing, city walks
Free Time Suggestions: TeamLab
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 4 - Hakone, Mt Fuji Viewing & Romance Car

Today, you will embark on a journey to the beautiful mountain town of Hakone by taking the “Romance Car.” On your arrival, you will check into your guesthouse and then take a train deeper into the mountains to explore.Hakone is known for its delicious food and offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji (weather permitting). After a day of exploring and taking pictures of Japan’s most famous mountain, you will return to your guesthouse for a family-style dinner.

If you have asthma or a respiratory condition, it is best to avoid the brief visit to Owakudani. Please speak to your guide for alternative arrangements.

Accommodation: Twin or Triple Tatami Mats – Gora Gaku Guesthouse
Activities: Mt Fuji Viewing, Romance Car
Free Time Suggestions: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 5 - To Kyoto! Gion District Walking Tour & Yakitori

Say goodbye to the peaceful surroundings of Hakone, you will take the bullet train journey to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. On your arrival, you will check into your accommodation, which is conveniently located near the traditional area. After settling in, you will set out to explore the surrounding neighbourhood. In the evening, you will be accompanied by a guide on a walking tour of Kyoto’s Gion district. This area is famous for its Geishas, the traditional art form of entertainment in Japan. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one. After the walking tour, you will be treated to a delicious dinner at one of the best yakitori (grilled chicken sticks) places in town, which is included in your tour.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed gender) dorm – Piece Hostel Kyoto
Activities: Gion District Walking Tour
Free Time Suggestions: Geisha Performance
Meals: Dinner at Torikizoku
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 6 - Kyoto, Kiyomizu-Dera & Fushimi-Inari

You will wake up before dawn and take the subway to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. You and your group will arrive early to avoid the huge crowds of tourists and explore the winding corridors of the red gates that seem to go on forever. After that, you will head towards Kiyomizu-dera temple, which is one of Japan’s most famous temples, and an absolute must-see. It is a breathtaking bamboo and wooden complex that sits high on the mountainside. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your own pace. If you want to experience the traditional side of Japan, you can choose to participate in a tea ceremony* and rent a kimono.

*Must be booked 30 days before the tour start date. Subject to availability.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed gender) dorm – Piece Hostel Kyoto
Activities: Kiyomizu-Dera, Fushimi-Inari Shrine
Optional Extras: Kimono Hire, tea ceremony
Free Time Suggestions: Nishiki Market
Meals: N/A
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 7 - Bamboo Forest, Monkey Mountain

Your day will start with a train ride to Arashiyama, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and a river flowing through it. Today’s itinerary includes a visit to the stunning bamboo forest, a climb up Monkey Mountain, and an optional traditional Japanese boat ride through the valleys. You will have the afternoon free to explore the town at your leisure.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed gender) dorm – Piece Hostel Kyoto
Activities: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Monkey Mountain
Free Time Suggestions: Arashiyama traditional boat
Meals: NA
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 8 - Golden Pavilion, Zen Garden, Osaka Food Walk

You will head to the breathtaking Golden Pavilion, a stunning building covered in gold and surrounded by a lake and a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. After that, you will visit the peaceful Daitoku-ji, a complex of old temples nestled in a leafy area where you can reflect on your adventures so far in a serene environment. Later, you will be exploring the famous Dotonbori area in Osaka, where you will experience the food, the people, the lights, and the vibrant colours of the “kitchen of Japan.” Your guide will show you the best spots for street food, and you will have the chance to taste some of the delicacies that make Osaka such a renowned foodie city. The evening will finish with a night of karaoke and drinks.

Accommodation: Multishare (mixed gender) Dorm – The Stay Shinsaibashi
Activities: Golden Pavilion, Zen Garden visit, Imperial Palace visit, Osaka Food Tour, karaoke
Free Time Suggestions: Heian Shrine
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 9 - Depart

It’s time to bid farewell to your tour group and the new friends you’ve made on this journey. We hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your experience in Japan!

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

Japan Backpacker 9 Day Tour Itinerary Map One Life Adventures

Inclusions

What sets our Japan Essentials tour apart is the unparalleled freedom it offers. While our expert guides will be there every step of the way to provide insider tips & recommendations, local insights, and all the cultural and historical info you want, you will also have the flexibility to craft your own adventure with more free time and optional activities. Experience the thrill of wandering through the bustling markets, savoring delectable street food, and connecting with fellow travelers from all corners of the globe. Dive into the vibrant nightlife, uncover hidden gems, or simply take a moment to breathe in the atmosphere and create your own unforgettable moments.

We believe that travel should be accessible to all, which is why we’ve created this trip to offer you the full One Life experience at a price that won’t break the bank. You’ll enjoy comfortable hostel accommodations, convenient transport (including the famous bullet train!), and an unforgettable itinerary packed with iconic landmarks, sights & experiences, and hidden gems.

Group

Maximum group size 22 people*

Stays

8 nights of accommodation

Transport

All transport during the tour including bullet train, subways, Romance Car & more (Airport transfers Day 1 & 9 excl.)

Crew

Your unbeatable, legendary tour leader

Meals

4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Activities

  • Famous Tokyo Districts (Shinjuku, Harajuku, Akihabara and more)
  • Visit to Senso-ji Temple at night
  • Mt Fuji viewing & exploring Hakone
  • Fushimi-Inari Red Torii Gates
  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
  • The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
  • Climb Monkey Mountain (Iwatayama)
  • The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Food tour in Osaka
  • Karaoke on the final night

Optional Activities: Sushi making class, Kimono Hire, Tea ceremony, Samurai Museum and Sword Experience

All optional activities must be booked in advance and are subject to availability, contact enquires@onelifeadventures.com.au for more information 

Night Stays

We’re talking about cool and cozy hostel dorms that are like your home away from home, but way more exciting. These spots aren’t just clean and comfy, they’re basically your VIP pass to making awesome new friends in your group. Imagine bunking in the heart of epic locations while swapping stories and sharing laughs with fellow travellers. It’s the perfect recipe for unforgettable connections and memories that’ll last a lifetime.

*Please note the dorms are mixed-gender dorms and it is unlikely you will be in a dorm just with those of your gender.

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Multi-share Rooms

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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 the 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!

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.

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 Hostel Asakusa in Tokyo. You will be notified in the unlikely case that there are changes.

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?

Compared to our 10 and 14 day itineraries, our Japan Essentials tour has a lot more free time for you to explore on your own, or with your new friends on tour. While there is still a lot included in the tour, you’ll have a few days where there is more opportunity for free time.

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.

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 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.

Do I need to book optional activities beforehand?

It is recommended that you book optional activities at least 30 days before your tour starts as they are subject to availability. For more information or to book, please contact enquires@onelifeadventures.com.au.

Please note that we cannot guarantee availability on optional activities.

What is the rooming situation on this tour?

Our Essentials tour stays in funky hostels around Japan. The dorm rooms are mixed-gender so it is likely you will be staying in a room with other male and female guests. If you do not feel comfortable with this rooming option we recommend you check out our Japan 10-day tour. Our 10-day tour has Twin share accommodation (same sex) for the majority of the tour, with the exception of the temple stays and Kyoto’s capsule style accommodation.

Visas & General FAQs

For more information about your visa requirements as well as the answers to more general frequently asked questions, visit 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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