JAPAN UNRIVALLED

Tokyo to Osaka

Konichiwa kimono land! And welcome to the ultimate sensory overload. Receive a traditional footbath in your hotel’s hot springs in Takayama, explore the Tsukiji Fish Markets in Tokyo & eat teppanyaki and sushi until your inner Lolita’s heart is content. This is the only way to be guided around one of the most unique countries in the world. Age Restriction 18-35.

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Highlights:

Tokyo | Hakone | Takayama | Hiroshima | Kyoto | Mount Koya | Osaka

Includes:

• Hot Spring Experience in Hakone
• Visit the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima
• Stay at a Buddhist guesthouse and enjoy a traditional Buddhist meal in Mount Koya
• Participate in an early morning Buddhist service and guided walking tour
• Plus free time for optional activities
• 13 nights of twin or triple-share hotel accommodation (option to upgrade to single room available)
• 13 breakfasts, and one dinner
• Private coach, bullet train journeys
• Professional Trip Manager

Level of support:

Guided

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12 nights

From $7,085* p.p.


June and July 2020

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Day 1: Tokyo
Here amongst the bright lights and quirks of Tokyo we'll get acquainted with our new squad for what might just be the best 13 days of our lives. After checking-in to our hotel and maybe doing some DIY exploring, we will join up and get the excitement pumping - who's ready to start unraveling the incredibly unique country of Japan?

Days 2: Tokyo
Today we'll bounce out of bed ready and raring to uncover Tokyo. The ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the Meiji Jingu shrine are just some of the doors we will open to this city.
Tonight, we've got a Free Time Add-On we reckon you'll find hard to resist - a much needed soak in traditional Japanese hot spring baths, locally known as an Onsen. Be warned though, these hot springs are not for the shy (meaning total nakedness), but are the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the sights & sounds of the city.

Day 3: Tokyo
Today is yours to take on Tokyo your way. This is your chance to dress up as your favourite superhero and experience Tokyo on a Maricar go-cart, zooming through some of Tokyo's most famous areas like Akihabara, Tokyo Station, Ueno, Asakusa & the Tokyo Sky Tree. Or perhaps you're more about doing a sushi crawl, eating until your waist is the shape of Futomaki (that's the large roll). Love records? Head to the narrow city buildings to discover some eclectic finds.

Day 4: Hakone
Our first overland journey takes us south to Hakone, completely removing us from Tokyo's fast city pace. We will take in Japanese mountain vistas from the Hakone Ropeway & spend the night in a traditional guesthouse where we'll be treated to some local Japanese hospitality.

Day 5: Takayama
After a full day of exploring and ogling and Japanese countryside, it would be perfectly acceptable to crash out on arrival in Takayama. Particularly acceptable given we have all day tomorrow here to explore.

Day 6: Takayama
Dark wooden buildings, Kanji signs & surrounding hillsides will see us totally taken by Takayama. Grab a bike and take a cycle, then unwind from it all with a Japanese footbath in our hotel's very own hot springs overlooking the mountains. There's not many places where relaxation feels quite like this. Tonight is yours to explore as you wish, but we have an inkling you won't want to miss the mouthwatering hida beef for dinner.

Day 7: Hiroshima
We did it! We travelled on land at a casual 320 kilometers per hour on the Shinkansen - the world's fastest train. That's a big old tick off the Japan bucket list. Hiroshima is yours this afternoon to explore your way.

Day 8: Hiroshima
A city mourned over as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll, the mood will turn reflective as we enter Hiroshima. Thankfully, today this historical great has been declared a City of Peace, symbolised by coloured paper cranes denoting people’s prayers. Our day here will be one of learning as we take in the tragic recounts of World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum.

Day 9: Kyoto
Welcome to the culture hub of Japan. Geisha girls, artfully manicured gardens, shrines & temples aplenty - looks like we're in Kyoto! We won't waste a minute peeling back this city's layers, taking you to Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area with our guide. You'll also have plenty of free time to check the place out any old way you please, and go on the lookout for glamorous geishas. If that means wearing a kimono and platforms, we're right here to applaud you.

Day 10: Kyoto
So what's up next? How about checking out the Fushimi Inari Shrine? Approx 233 metres above sea level, the journey to the shrine begins at the base of the mountain. This afternoon is free for you to explore the sights of Kyoto.

Day 11: Mount Koya
You would think that by this stage of the trip all the phenomenal moments might be behind us. Oh how wrong you would be. Tonight we stay in a Buddhist guesthouse, eating traditional food and savouring the mindfulness & beauty of this incredible experience. For those looking for a digital detox amongst nature, it doesn't get better than this.

Day 12: Osaka
Osaka
For those who have stepped out of their quiet zone from the morning of serenity, it will be time to relish in Osaka and take on the traditional Japanese pastime of Karaoke. A couple of Asahis or Sakes - you know, for tradition - should stimulate your bravery.

Day 13: Osaka
Today our Japanese fairytale comes to an end. Whilst we'll be crying silent (or not so silent) tears, our life-lasting memories, army of new friends and deep appreciation for Japan will be enough to keep the smiles on our faces. Sayōnara, globe trotters!

Trip operated by Contiki.
Prices will be quoted in CAD. Discount offer listed only available with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC), International Youth Travel Card (IYTC), or an International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC) and applies to selected trips only. Taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, any applicable food funds and optional activities not eligible for ISIC, IYTC, or ITIC discount. Other conditions may apply. Please contact us for further details. Trip Style 18-35.

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