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Japan Active Adventure

Japan is a land of contrasts, from the futuristic and glittering neon lights of the large cities to its ancient cultures and traditions. This superb, active itinerary allows you to experience modern Japan, ancient Japan and in addition, its natural wonders. Our adventure commences in Tokyo's downtown areas and cultural sites at handlebar level. It's then onto the beautiful Izu Peninsula to explore the coastline by bike and sea kayak and enjoy the hot pools of an onsen before heading to the ancient capitol of Kyoto for more cycling, site seeing and to delve into Geisha culture. We will also stretch our legs in Koyasan with a forest hike along old Buddhist trails before spending a unique night in a monastery. The trip concludes back in the bright lights and big city of Osaka where we will enjoy the food scene on a culinary walk.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Expert bilingual group leader
Comfortable accommodation on twin share basis in hotels, ryokan and monestary
Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
Medical kit
7 day JR train pass and transportation as listed in itinerary
Cycle and kayak hire
Hightlights
Staying in traditional ryokans
Cycling in Tokyo and Kyoto
Famous Geisha district of Gion in Kyoto
Exploring the Izu Peninsula coastline by bike and sea kayak
Hiking in Koyasan
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $3,940
Start Location
Tokyo, Japan
End Location
Japan
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
6 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
13 May 201821 May 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
27 May 201804 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
10 Jun 201818 Jun 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
24 Jun 201802 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
08 Jul 201816 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
15 Jul 201823 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
29 Jul 201806 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
12 Aug 201820 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,940
12 May 201920 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
26 May 201903 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
09 Jun 201917 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
23 Jun 201901 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
07 Jul 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
14 Jul 201922 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
28 Jul 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
11 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,940
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival you will need to make your own way to the group hotel. We will have an important tour briefing at approximately 6.00pm, so please check with reception for the exact time and location. The meeting will be followed by a visit to a delicious local restaurant for our first true Japanese meal. First impressions of the industrial outer suburbs of Tokyo - a seemingly endless display of concrete and elevated highways - give little clue about the natural pleasures of coming days. Tokyo is a hive of activity, with a mind-boggling range of shops, restaurants and businesses that make it one of the world's most energetic cities. The train is quite an experience, particularly during peak hours where the standard practice is to squeeze as many people possible into each carriage! And Japan ds not need to be expensive. The following is a small suggestion for places that you can enjoy for free - the Imperial Palace East Garden; Ryogoku Fireworks Museum; Sumo Museum and the Beer Museum Ebisu. Overnight hotel.
Day 2
A dynamic, modern hub, as well as the thriving capital of an ancient land, Tokyo's hi-tech gadgetry and neon lights are a dazzling contrast to a country that is steeped in tradition. Ueno Park's many galleries and museums are a great place to start the day, perhaps followed by a serene afternoon at the Sensoji Temple. We will take a bike ride in downtown Tokyo after breakfast, observing and mingling with local people as they go about their work. We will take in many famous sights as well as the real Tokyo. Overnight hotel.
Day 3
Today, after breakfast, we will take the local express line to the Izu peninsula and go for a fantastic half day cycle along the coastline of Izu. A popular resort region for tourists from the Kanto region, the Izu peninsula is primarily known for its onsen hot spring resorts in Atami, Shuzenji and Ito. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National park. Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities. Cycling distance approx: 30kms
Day 4
This peninsula has everything to keep the adrenaline pumping. Today we will explore the coast by sea kayaking in the emerald water. We will then finish our day by going to the onsen (hot spring) for a well deserved and relaxing soak. This evening we will have a BBQ dinner. Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 5
Transfer to Kyoto by train after breakfast (4 hours). After we check into our ryokan, we will go for a walk through the renowned Gion district where traditional Geisha houses can still be seen (and we might see one or two geishas!). Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities.
Day 6
Today we cycle around Kyoto visiting the many seasonal gardens and temples. The Heian Shrine was built to commemorate the founding of Kyoto, and the Ginkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is also very beautiful. Overnight traditional inn with shared bathroom facilities. Cycling distance approx: 20kms
Day 7
Transfer to Koyasan in the morning by train via Osaka (3 hours). Today, we will spend the night at a temple, where we can experience some comforts of a monk's life. After checking in, we will go for a walk into town, and will visit a mix of temples and important landmarks that are central to this Buddhist mountain monastery, home to more than 100 temples. We will end the evening with dinner served at the temple, Shojin Ryori, a vegetarian cuisine that is the culinary highlight of any visit to Koyasan.
Day 8
Today we will go for a short 3-4 hour hike after breakfast. The hike will include a few Buddhist sites via trails that wind through the forests in the area. After lunch back in town, we will pick our luggage and head to Osaka. After checking in, we will visit downtown on a food crawl, where you will literally get a taste of the local food culture.
Day 9
Trip concludes after breakfast.