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Self-Guided Japanese Adventure

Japan in 12 Days, 10 Nights in Destination

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The perfect trip for those who want to explore Japan's major cities independently but with all basic services and some tours included.

Trip Highlights

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    Kyoto
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    Osaka
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    Tokyo

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

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  1. Departures available until December 2025

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  3. Solo travelers from + £ 290

  4. Add up to 3 nights to your stay

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Accommodation: 10 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the beauty of Japan's architecture, ancient customs and gastronomic excellence. Enjoy the buzz of the busy capital city of Tokyo and indulge in delicious Japanese cuisine, fall in love with the traditions of Kyoto and get lost in modern Osaka.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

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Prepare for an unforgettable journey across Japan, exploring its natural wonders and ancient traditions! Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight* to Tokyo. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Tokyo

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Arrive in Tokyo, a dazzling metropolis rich in history and tradition. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will talk you through your itinerary, deliver your travel documents, provide helpful information and recommendations for your free time and assist you with your self-transfer to the hotel. Once settled at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to start discovering this exciting city of contrasts and its delicious cuisine. We recommend heading to one of the many food markets where you can sample lots of different dishes at bargain prices! Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
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244 Reviews

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3rd Day: Tokyo

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Today, take a full-day tour of the city of Tokyo by bus including the most important sights in the city. Self-transfer to the famous 'Love' statue in Shinjuku from where the tour will depart at 7.50AM*. Drive past Harajuku shopping district and stop to visit the Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine. See the Imperial Palace area among other highlights before stopping in the historic neighbourhood of Asakusa, home to the Senso-ji Temple Kaminari-mon Gate and the Nakamise shopping avenue. Enjoy a Matcha tasting experience and a Japanese lunch at a local Izakaya restaurant and climb the Tokyo Skytree tower, from which you will admire the infinite Tokyo skyline. In the afternoon, board a river cruise that will take you through the Tokyo Bay to the Odaiba island and end the tour back at Shinjuku. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tokyo.

Warning: Please leave your hotel with time and plan your self-transfer ahead. The bus will leave at 8AM with no exceptions. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
tripadvisor rating

244 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Full day Tokyo city tour

Light

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4th Day: Tokyo

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On this day, come face-to-face with legendary Mount Fuji. Depart by bus at 7.45AM from the same meeting point in Shinjuku than the day before and head up to the Fuji's 5th Station. At this height, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from above the clouds. After strolling around this area from which mountaineers start their journey to the summit, you will stop for a lunch at the Oshino Shinobu ninja-themed village. 

After lunch break, the bus will take you to Owakudani valley, also known as "Hell Valley". Here you can see hot springs and volcanic activity and even try the famous "black eggs", boiled in the sulfur pits. From there, you will ride the Hakone ropeway down to Lake Ashi, where you will be able to get a stunning view of Fuji's silhouette whilst sailing on this pristine lake. Finally, return by bus to Shinjuku Station and overnight stay in Tokyo.

Warning: Please leave your hotel with time and plan your self-transfer ahead. The bus will leave according to schedule with no exceptions. 

Please note: If road conditions or unforeseen circumstances restrict the ascent to the 5th station, you will instead travel the highest elevation possible considering the circumstances. The same also applies for the cruise on Ashi Crater Lake; if conditions or circumstances prevent sailing on the lake, alternative visits and experiences will be taken to replace the activity.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
tripadvisor rating

244 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour

Moderate

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5th Day: Tokyo

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Enjoy a day exploring Tokyo at your leisure, getting to know the shopping districts of Akihabara, known for its anime culture and camera bargains, or Shibuya, where you can see its iconic crosswalk and eclectic restaurants. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
The B Akasaka Mitsuke or similar
tripadvisor rating

244 Reviews

See our full selection

6th Day: Tokyo - Kyoto

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Today, board a bullet train to Kyoto, the capital of the Japanese Empire for 11 centuries. The trip takes only around 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the train can reach speeds of 300 km/h! Once settled in Kyoto, we recommend exploring the emblematic neighborhood of Gion, known for its traditional architecture and admired geishas. Overnight stay in Kyoto.



Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
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19 Reviews

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7th Day: Kyoto

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Set off this morning on a Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Bus Tour to discover the beautiful and historical ‘cultural capital’ of Japan. On this exciting excursion you’ll visit the Fushimi Inari, the most important of the many shrines dedicated to Inari, the deity of good harvest and success, known for its emblematic red ‘gates’. Next visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. Pay a visit to the Kinkakuji Temple next, known as the temple of the Golden Pavilion as the top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Finally, experience the immense natural beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forestLunch included. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Kyoto.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
tripadvisor rating

19 Reviews

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Activities

included
Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Tour

Moderate

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8th Day: Kyoto

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Spend today at your leisure, exploring the delights of Kyoto at your own pace. Why not discover the historic Nijo Castle or the Philosopher's Walk, a beautiful footpath along a cherry-tree-lined canal? We recommend an optional afternoon excursion to the peaceful city of Nara.* Overnight stay in Kyoto.

* Optional Nara Excursion: Head to Nara for a tour of two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Encounter wild deer up close while walking through Nara Park, a rarity in Japan and worldwide and discover Todai-Ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's largest wooden structures.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
REF Kyoto Hachijoguchi by... or similar
tripadvisor rating

19 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Afternoon Nara Excursion

Moderate

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9th Day: Kyoto - Osaka

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Today, take a local train* to travel to Osaka. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free to discover this charming city. We recommend visiting the Kuromon local market and its Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building, from which there is an unforgettable panoramic view of the city. Overnight stay in Osaka.

* The local train transfer Kyoto - Osaka does not have a fixed schedule. Passengers can exchange their ticket at any time during the transfer day and choose the departure time that best suits their plans. The local train departs from Kyoto station. 

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Agora Place Osaka Namba or similar
tripadvisor rating

249 Reviews

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10th Day: Osaka

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Spend the day at your own pace for a self-guided visit of Osaka. You will have at your disposal an Osaka Metro + City Bus card to discover the city's main areas. You will also have an admission ticket for the Osaka Castle, where you have the chance to learn about the history of one of Japan's most famous landmarks. Overnight stay in Osaka.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Agora Place Osaka Namba or similar
tripadvisor rating

249 Reviews

See our full selection

11th Day: Osaka

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Spend the day at your leisure exploring the cultural delights of Osaka. Get to know the local area and sample the iconic local cuisine. In fact, the street food markets of Osaka are said to be the best in the country! Overnight stay in Osaka.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Agora Place Osaka Namba or similar
tripadvisor rating

249 Reviews

See our full selection

12th Day: Osaka - Night on board

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Sadly it's time to say goodbye to the Land of the Rising Sun. On this day, use your Airport shuttle bus ticket to transfer from Osaka to the Osaka airport*. Night on board.

*Airport transfer only included for flights departing from 9AM. For earlier departures it's the client responsibility to self-transfer to the Osaka airport.

Included activities

Included

Japan Welcome pack

Included activity for day 2

Welcome pack including Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival, SIM Card to stay connected at all times and Tokyo 72h Subway Pass.

Physical rating:

Light

Included
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Please note that you must be on time at the meeting point in front of Shinjuku's "Love" statue. Plan in advance your self-transfer and how to find the right exit from Shinjuku station.

Full day Tokyo city tour

Included activity for day 3 in Tokyo

Visit Tokyo highlights as Meiji Shrine and the Asakusa area. Enjoy a matcha tasting experience and a Japanese lunch before climbing Skytree tower to see a panoramic view. Finish with a cruise to Odaiba island.

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Included
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Please note that you must be on time at the meeting point in front of Shinjuku's "Love" statue. Plan in advance your self-transfer and how to find the right exit from Shinjuku station.

Mt.Fuji Excursion & Hakone Full-Day Bus Tour

Included activity for day 4 in Mount Fuji

Ascend by bus to Subashiri 5th Station on Mount Fuji. After lunch, sail across Lake Ashi while enjoying unforgettable views. Ride the Hakone cable car to admire the sulfur fields and the volcanic Owakudani valley.

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Kyoto Highlights Full-Day Tour

Included activity for day 7 in Kyoto

First, discover the Fushimi Inari shrine with its emblematic red gates. Next visit the Kiyomizu-Dera and the Kinkakuji Temples, and finally enjoy the immense natural beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest.

Duration 08:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
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This tour doesn't operate on a daily basis and it has different departure days every month.

Afternoon Nara Excursion

Suggested activity for day 8 in Nara

Head to Nara on the Kintetsu Express Train and visit two World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Stroll through the enchanting beauty of Nara Park and discover Todai-Ji Temple. Return train travel included.

Duration 05:30h Approx. Pick up time: 13:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Tokyo, Osaka - UK/Ireland.
  • Tokyo Subway Pass 72h, Kyoto Bus/Subway Pass 24h, local train from Kyoto to Osaka, bus transfer Osaka - Osaka airport.*
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  • 10 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.**
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  • Bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto.***
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Japanese SIM Card (only internet - up to 3GB).
  • ATOL Protection.
  • Airport Meet & Greet upon arrival.****
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Meals, arrival airport transfer and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

This tour doesn’t include a guide on a daily basis. It is the responsibility of each passenger to self-transfer between hotels and meeting points for activities/excursions and to / from departure points of included transfers.

A number of Japanese cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel.

Activities/excursions in Tokyo and Kyoto include a guide while in Osaka they are completely independent.

*Airport transfer only included for flights departing from 9AM. For earlier departures it's the client responsibility to self-transfer to the Osaka airport.

**Non-smoking rooms: unfortunately, hotels in Japan have a reduced number of non-smoking rooms and we can not guarantee you will be allocated one in advance. Please note: double beds in Japanese hotels are not always the standard Western size and can sometimes be less wide.

***You will receive the exact Tokyo - Kyoto bullet train transfer details upon your arrival to Tokyo.

The usual departure time is between 9 and 10 AM leaving from Tokyo Station and reaching Kyoto Station around 12PM. Please arrive to Tokyo Station with enough time before departure to locate the exact platform and train you will be using. We can't guarantee specific seat requests (aisle / window, etc). 

The local train transfer Kyoto - Osaka does not have a fixed schedule. Passengers can exchange their ticket at any time during the transfer day and choose the departure time that best suits their plans. 

****Airport Meet & Greet: An agent will be waiting for you at the Arrivals hall of the airport, where they will deliver all necessary documents for this trip (transportation tickets, Sim card, activities information and meeting points, etc). They will talk you through your itinerary, provide helpful information and recommendations for your free time and assist you with your self-transfer to the hotel

Whenever the Meet & Greet service can't be arranged or you can't find them at the arrival hall (due to flight delay, arrival terminal sudden change, etc), the travel documents will be sent to your hotel. 

For those passengers who book a trip without international flights through Exoticca, you will need to share your flight details with us with at least 30 days before arrival to Japan if you want to enjoy the M&G service.

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport with at least six months validity.

  • Visa

    No visa is required.

  • Currency

    Japanese Yen.

  • Language

    Japanese.

  • Electricity

    110 V. Adapter required.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the UK.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 08:00 or UTC + 09:00.

  • Other useful information

    You are not expected to leave a tip.

  • Tourist Office website

    https://us.jnto.go.jp/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

This is a semi-escorted tour, during which only some of the booked activities are carried out with a local English-speaking guide. There is no 24-hour guide on site.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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Rest is paid in instalments according to your departure date.

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