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Travel With Lindsay: Japan 11 Days

@OneGirlWandering

DEPARTS

May 10th
2025

FROM

$3599 USD
$5549 AUD

Route

Tokyo > Osaka

DEPARTS

May 10th 2025

Route

Tokyo > Osaka

 

Trip Rating

FROM $3599 USD

$5549 AUD

Travel with Lindsay

(@OneGirlWandering)

Lindsay Mukaddam is a travel content creator based in Austin, TX. She is the creative mind and personality behind One Girl Wandering, a brand dedicated to helping women discover themselves while discovering the world around them. She’s hosted 13 trips, taking over 200 travelers to 8 countries and four continents. Widely regarded as one of the top group trip hosts, she approaches each trip ready to help her travelers have the vacation of their dreams. Starting from the moment you sign up, you have direct access to Lindsay to answer any questions, gather resources, or talk through an anxiety that you have about your upcoming trip. She’s a hands-on host who specializes in travelers who are adventuring on their own for the first time and need a confidence boost and helping hand to break through their comfort zone.

Trip Overview

Receive a cultural explosion from the chaotic neon light, modern-day Japan to experiencing its incredible natural beauty and traditional practices

Group

Maximum group size 20 people

Route

Tokyo to Osaka

Stays

10 nights of accommodation

Transport

All transport Day 2 to 10. Bullet train, subways, cable car & more. *Airport transfers are not included on Day 1 & 11.

Meals

8x Breakfasts, 1x Lunches, 4x Dinners

Crew

Your group leader & your local guides

Activities

  • Welcome Dinner + Asakusa Temples Night viewing
  • Famous Tokyo Districts (Shinjuku,
  • Harajuku Takeshita Street, Akihabara)
  • Mei-Ji Shrine
  • Sushi Making Class
  • Mt Fuji Viewing
  • Sake Tasting
  • Gion Walking Tour
  • Kendo Class
  • Fushimi-Inari Red Torii Gates
  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
  • Kimono Hire
  • Geisha Tea Ceremony
  • Overnight Temple Stay
  • Osaka Food Tour
  • Nara Deer Park
  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Osaka Castle
  • Karaoke

Free Time Suggestions & Optional Extras

  • Tokyo Skytree
  • TeamLab Planets Tokyo
  • Maid Cafe
  • Pokemon Centre
  • Onsens
  • Heian Shrine
  • Nishiki Market
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
  • Osaka Canal Boat Tour
  • Universal Studios + Nintendo World

*Please inquire for suggestions on optional activities outside of the tour

Route

Tokyo to Osaka

Group

Maximum group size 20 people

Stays

10 nights of accommodation

Transport

All transport Day 2 to 10. Bullet train, subways, cable car & more. *Airport transfers are not included on Day 1 & 11

Meals

8x Breakfasts, 1x Lunches, 4x Dinners

Crew

Your group leader & your local guides

Activities

  • Welcome Dinner + Asakusa Temples Night viewing
  • Famous Tokyo Districts (Shinjuku,
  • Harajuku Takeshita Street, Akihabara)
  • Mei-Ji Shrine
  • Sushi Making Class
  • Mt Fuji Viewing
  • Sake Tasting
  • Gion Walking Tour
  • Kendo Class
  • Fushimi-Inari Red Torii Gates
  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
  • Kimono Hire
  • Geisha Tea Ceremony
  • Overnight Temple Stay
  • Osaka Food Tour
  • Nara Deer Park
  • Todai-ji Temple
  • Osaka Castle
  • Karaoke

Free Time Suggestions & Optional Extras

  • Tokyo Skytree
  • TeamLab Planets Tokyo
  • Maid Cafe
  • Pokemon Centre
  • Onsens
  • Heian Shrine
  • Nishiki Market
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
  • Osaka Canal Boat Tour
  • Universal Studios + Nintendo World

*Please inquire for suggestions on optional activities outside of the tour

Japan is a magical place, where old and new collide. A country full of incredible natural beauty, futuristic cities of neon, world-renowned food, and a culture steeped in tradition, it has a way of enveloping you from the moment you step off the plane. Voted the #1 tour worldwide, we are incredibly proud of this trip! We’ve rounded up the best of the best and cultivated an 11 day itinerary that shows you the ultimate highlights of Tokyo to Osaka. Learn how to hand roll sushi, take a Kendo class with a descendant of a real samurai warrior, search for Geisha’s in Kyoto’s Gion District & have tea with a real Geisha, explore incredible temples, try world renowned food and stay overnight in a real, traditional Japanese temple. This will be the trip of a lifetime.

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 Share – Hotel Monday Asakusa (or similar)
Activities: Welcome Dinner, Senso-Ji Temple
Free Time Suggestions: Tokyo Skytree
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Low

Day 2 - Explore Tokyo, Harajuku, Mei-ji Shrine & Akihabara

We’ll start the morning off with 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.
You can enjoy some free time to explore Tokyo for your own bucket list adventures, and then in the evening we’ll head to Akihabara – Tokyo’s Electric town – and be blinded by 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 Share – Hotel Monday Asakusa (or similar)
Activities: Japan Orientation, Tokyo Districts
Free Time Suggestions: SkyTree, Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku Park, Yoyogi Park
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 options are available but you must notify your guide a week before the tour starts. The 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 Share – Hotel Monday Asakusa (or similar)
Activities: Sushi Making Class, Shibuya Crossing
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 conditions, 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: Twin share/Double – Prince Smart Inn Sanjo (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 with a real Geisha! This is a very exclusive event just for our group.

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

Accommodation: Twin share/Double – Prince Smart Inn Sanjo (or similar)
Activities: Kiyomizu-Dera, Fushimi-Inari (10,000 Torii Gates), Geisha Tea Ceremony
Free Time Suggestions: Nishiki Market, International Manga Museum
Meals: Breakfast
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 that 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: Twin share/Double – Prince Smart Inn Sanjo (or similar)
Activities: Golden Pavilion, Zen Garden, Kendo Class
Free Time Suggestions: Heian Shrine
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 9 - Bamboo Forest, Monkey Mountain, Osaka

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 will have free time to explore before meeting up for our group dinner included for you at a popular and fun Osaka restaurant!

Accommodation: Twin Share/Double – Grids Osaka Namba (or similar)
Activities: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Monkey Mountain, Boat Tour, Group Dinner Osaka
Optional Extras: Osaka Shopping District, Canal Boat Ride, Ebisu Tower Ferris Wheel
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 10 - Nara Park, Osaka Castle, Dotonbori & Karaoke Finale!

An action packed last day as we start our morning in Nara with the deer & finish off in the famous Dotonbori for street food & karaoke! We will head to Nara in the morning, & after arriving 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 visit the Osaka Castle Gardens. A beautiful structure in the centre of the city surrounded by lush gardens.

We’ll have some free time in the afternoon to get your last minute shopping in, before meeting up for our big finale. We explore the neon lights & craziness of Dotonbori & trying out all the amazing street food made famous in Osaka, before heading to our big karaoke room booked privately just for us!

Accommodation: Twin Share/Double – Grids Osaka Namba (or similar)
Activities: Nara Deer Park, Todai-ji Temple, Osaka Castle, Food Tour, Karaoke
Optional Extras: Osaka Shopping District, Canal Boat Ride, Ebisu Tower Ferris Wheel
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium

Day 11 - Depart

After nursing your head’s from last nights antics, it’s time to say goodbye to your group and the new friends  you have made from your tour. We hope we have shown you the best that Japan has to offer!

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

Japan 10 Day Tour Map One Life Adventures

FAQs

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.

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.

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 much spending money do I need for this tour?

We would advise ~$50 USD a day for the duration of the 11-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.

Do I have to have insurance to come on tour?

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Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

How does the deposit work?

At time of booking a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the trip is due. If booking is made 90 days or less prior to departure, full payment is due. The non-refundable deposit and medical form, if applicable, should be sent to the Company or its Agent.

Credit Card Charges: The Company is not responsible for any charges applied to credit card transactions and will not refund or return any fees charged by third parties and incurred during the transaction of the tour cost. The deposit is non-refunable in all circumstances and the Company shall retain the non-refundable deposit in all instances.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing and be acknowledged by the Company in
writing. The date on which the request to cancel is received by the Company or its Agents will
determine the cancellation fees applicable.

The cancellation fees are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price factoring any discounts or amendments to the retail price, excluding insurance. For example if a Client booked a product at a discounted rate, the cancellation fees shall be applied to that discounted rate, not the full RRP.

(i) Cancellation 90 days or more before departure : Deposit held by the Company.
(ii) Cancellation less than 90 days before departure : 100% of cost of services booked
Note that any date changes within 90 days prior to departure shall be viewed by the Company as a cancellation of that date and shall attract the same cancellation terms stated in the above section 4.

Cancellation by the company?

The Company reserves the right to cancel any trip due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside the Company’s control. When a tour is cancelled by the Company the Client can either: (i) take a substitute tour of equivalent or superior quality if the Company is able to offer such a substitute; or
(ii) take a substitute tour of lower quality if the Company is able to offer one and to recover from the Company the difference in price between the price of the tour originally purchased and that of the substitute tour; or
(iii) to have a full refund of all monies paid (apart from the deposit) under the contract as soon as possible. The deposit will be retained by the Company and can be used to make a new booking in the 12 months following the date on which the cancellation was received by the Company
The Company is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the booking such as (but not limited to) visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non-refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc. If the Client is offered a refund but requests an alternative tour of a higher value than that originally booked, then the Client must pay the difference in price.

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