Japan 10 day itinerary
This is a private fixed itinerary, with fully flexible departure dates. Pocket WiFi unit and Japan Rail Pass included. Ask for an international flight quote too.
Description of Japan 10 day itinerary
A compact, yet no less magical tour of Japanís most fascinating highlights; perfect if youíre running short on time, but not on adventure.
This ten-day tailor-made tour packs in three of Japanís most iconic cities. Youíll explore energetic Tokyo, which seamlessly combines the ultra-modern and quaintly traditional in a melting pot of neon lights, museums, delicious food and unique pop-culture.
Next, hop aboard one of Japanís famous bullet trains into the heart of bustling Osaka, where, among towering skyscrapers, youíll learn more about its samurai history and enjoy even more uniquely delicious Japanese cuisine.
Finally, youíll head to Kyoto, Japanís ancient capital where geisha culture is still very much alive and beautiful temples, zen gardens and tea ceremonies await you. Here youíll also hop on a bike and take a tour of Kyotoís labyrinth back streets as you uncover the intricacies of Japanís ancient traditions.
1 Reviews of Japan 10 day itinerary
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2018 by Louisa McCann
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Exploring with my family was the overall most satisfying element of the holiday and watching our 14 year old become confident in guiding us through the Metro and choosing restaurants after being wary about going somewhere he was concerned would be incomprehensible. The most memorable individual part was the dusk walk through the wetlands in Hakone.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Hire bikes - do a tour and then hire them yourself. Itís a great way to cover overland distances and see the bits in between the Metro stops. They are cheap and easy to hire and the pedestrian/cyclist pavement soup seems to work. To use all the benefits of the Hakone Pass you need at least a couple of days. Grit your teeth and give the Onsen a go even if itís way outside your comfort zone.
Donít overpack - just donít need it. Hotels provide loads of amenities. Walk down the smallest alley and choose the restaurant with no English translation - and
see what happens.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Maybe. We would not have gone to Hakone if it hadn't been on this trip - but in a general tourism way.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
An experience which will stay in our hearts forever. Whilst Rob and I may not get to return to Japan (so many other places to see) our 14 year old was sure he would return.
PlanetDuring this trip to Japan, the itinerary consists of you staying in very traditional Japanese Ryokans or more Western-style hotels. This means that we are using locally run hotels/Ryokans. In a place like Japan, our customers will receive a video and information on travelling in the most environmentally friendly ways before the trip. This is to better their understanding of Responsible Travel.
We take pride in encouraging our customers to travel in more environmentally friendly ways throughout their trip in Japan! Within this trip we will ensure to book customers trains/bullet trains to each destination that they will need transport to as opposed to using hire cars. Train travel will offer the best opportunity to mix with locals and personal encounters such as these can become your most cherished memories. This reduces the carbon emissions and reduces road congestion.
Once arrived at each destination in this trip after the train/bullet train journey, we encourage our customers to use other means of travel within the destination. Such as hiking, walking as most excursions and sites you can get to by foot, taxis, you can also hire a bike (in some destinations it is free for bike hire) if you wish to see the area that way! During your stay in Kyoto, you will definitely spend a day aboard a bike to discover the cityís hidden backstreets. You can expect to whiz past willow lined rivers, along narrow streets and alongside traditional merchant houses.
We actively encourage our travellers to refill water bottles while they are away instead of continuously purchasing more. We also encourage our travellers to promote hotels that have water stations in place and use solar power. An example of this would be within the Ryokan type accommodations, they try to use renewable energy in some of their uses. In the more In-Style accommodation they have onsen powered by the hot springs in the area. So this ties in with some of their environmental policies.
We begin the responsible journey here in Brighton from our office. We do this by providing our team with a healthy locally-sourced daily lunch and recycling food waste. Our office is virtually paperless, and the paper that we do use comes from the company we recycle through, this will therefore create a closed loop.
PeopleBefore you set off we will provide you with a Know Before You Go that gives you plenty of tips about the country, with cultural information and phrases to help you get by. Also, our Responsible Traveller document has useful info on local customs to ensure mutual respect between our customers and local community.
During the duration of the trip we will make sure to support the local communities as much as we can and encourage our customers to dive into the local cultures and take the time to learn them and interact with the local community more. This will really get the customers familiar with Japanese customs and traditions. Japan is rich with culture and history, we definitely encourage our customers to experience it and touch on it within this itinerary.
We encourage our customers to purchase local goods, this is because not only will it give them the full experience of Japan and their locally produced foods/souvenirs etc. but it also helps the locals benefit from the income from tourism going straight into their pockets. The accommodation we use in Japan don't usually offer breakfast options, this is because we like our customers to venture out and try the local produce and see what they can find locally for breakfast! Also during this trip we ensure that our customers find some of Japanís most unique culinary gems over the course of their stay in Japan.
As well as supporting local projects in all of our destinations through support from our customers, we also do a little fundraising at home for local and international causes. In Japan we have chosen to support Mirai no Mori. This organisation was started in 2011 by English Adventure. This supports children who have been abused, neglected, and/or orphaned. The organisation creates life-changing outdoor programs for these children to support their growth into happy and successful young adults - giving them a better chance.
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