Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food

Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food
Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food
Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food
Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food
Epic Japan: Speed Trains & Street Food
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Now's the time to explore Japan on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Always wanted to explore Japan but kinda felt it was pricey? We got you. This 11-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is super-affordable and super fun. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting-edge modernity with lots of free time to do your own thing. When you see Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers, you'll never want to come home.

Highlights
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: - Kyoto: Karaoke
  • Kyoto Your Discover Moment: Kyoto Your Big Night Out Moment: - Osaka: Nightlife
  • visit Kyoto's iconic temples and geishas
  • Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan
  • stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan
  • see the floating torii gate of Miyajima
Transport
Train, bus, ferry, walking.
Accommodation
Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Accommodation
Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Meals Included
No meals included
Destinations
  • Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Osaka Castle
  • Japan
  • Far East
  • Hiroshima
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Singles
  • Youth
  • Museum
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • History
  • Wildlife

Location: Tokyo

Arrive at any time and welcome to Japan's neon metropolis that's always on the move. There are no plans until the evening welcome meeting, so spend some time exploring.<p>We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience all that is Tokyo.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Grids Tokyo Asakusabashi (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Tokyo, Asakusa, Tokyo

Get your bearings with an orientation walk before enjoying free time to explore buzzing Tokyo. Opt to check out Yoyogi Park, Asakusa shrine, quirky Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, or explore the city's massive selection of shops and cafés. This evening, head out for a night of fun, drinks, and dancing for your first night out. Pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends!<p><strong>FREE TIME: HALF DAY</strong> Get out explore this vibrant city – there is so much to see and do!</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Grids Tokyo Asakusabashi (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Tokyo, Takayama

Board a bullet train to picturesque Takayama, surrounded by the Japanese Alps. Take in the quaint streets of old town—lined with craft shops and sake breweries (mid-day sake bombs anyone?)—on a CEO-led orientation walk. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the area. In the evening, kick back and relax in a traditional inn complete with tatami floors, Japanese futons, and an onsen hot spring. Delight in a restorative soak in the healing waters.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Hit the streets with your CEO and discover some of Takayama's highlights. Snap photos of a traditional Shinto shrine and wander the quaint lanes of this historic merchant city, passing homes dating back to the ancient Edo period.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Use free time to enjoy the area, sample sake or visit a nearby hot spring for a soak.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Minshuku Iwatakan (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Takayama, Kyoto

Catch a train to Japan's imperial capital, Kyoto, and spend the rest of the day discovering this historic city. For your big night out, grab a drink on our tab and release your inner rock star during a karaoke session.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: HALF DAY</strong> Opt to check out Kiyomizu-dera Temple, walk under Fushimi Inari's many torii gates, take part in a traditional costume photoshoot, or experience a tea ceremony. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Release your inner rock star and let loose like the locals during a karaoke session in the heart of Kyoto. Grab a drink on us and sing your heart out!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Kyoto, Nara, Kyoto

Kyoto is yours to explore today and the options are endless, so grab a buddy and get out there! Visit some of Kyoto's beautiful temples, participate in a tea ceremony, or take a calligraphy class (so you can make that postcard home look extra fancy).<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Opt to check out Kiyomizu-dera Temple, walk under Fushimi Inari's many torii gates, take part in a traditional costume photoshoot, or experience a tea ceremony. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Kyoto

Keep exploring this culturally-rich city with another free day to experience anything you couldn't squeeze in yesterday. Make the most of Kyoto's spiritual and traditional beauty, and take it all in.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Opt to check out Kiyomizu-dera Temple, walk under Fushimi Inari's many torii gates, take part in a traditional costume photoshoot, or experience a tea ceremony. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Kyoto, Hiroshima

Board a bullet train and travel to Hiroshima, known for its tragic history, powerful survival, and so much more. Opt to visit the Peace Park and Museum, Shukkei-en traditional Japanese garden, or Hiroshima Castle.<p><strong>FREE TIME: HALF DAY</strong> Get out and explore this historic city.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hiroshima Wabisabi Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hiroshima, Itsukushima, Hiroshima

Take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous floating torii gate and meet the friendly local deer. Opt to go for an easy hike around Mt Misen, and be sure to sample some oysters – a regional specialty.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Please note the floating Torii Gate will be under construction from June 2019 to August 2020.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take a trip to Miyajima Island, famed as one of Japan's most scenic spots, with a free afternoon to explore. See the famous floating Torii Gate, set out in the bay, which glows extraordinarily at sunset. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, populated by deer and monkeys, and traversed with hiking trails for those who want to get some exercise. There are also lanes full of souvenirs and tasty treats. Visit Miyajima at your own pace, and have the option to hike up to the peak of the island, Mt Misen, to see spectacular views of the surrounding islands.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Spend free time however you choose. Opt to hike, try the region's famed oysters, or check out the local temples.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Hiroshima Wabisabi Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Hiroshima, Osaka

Catch a train to Osaka, one of Japan's culinary capitals with lots of neon lights and an outstanding nightlife. With free time, spend the afternoon exploring this diverse city with heaps to offer, including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street, and the Dotombori Bridge. Be sure to try takoyaki, the city's famous squid snack, or share a group meal of kushikatsu.<p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Get to know this vibrant city and be sure to sample some local eats like takoyaki or yakitori. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hostel,

Accommodation Name: Imano Osaka Shinsaibashi Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Osaka

Get to know this captivating city with a day to freely explore. Check out the ramen museum or browse Umeda's many shops. Get ready to experience Osaka's buzzing nightlife on a final night out with your new friends. Grab a drink on our tab and reminisce the night away!<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Continue exploring this vibrant city and be sure to experience the energy after dark on a final night out with the group.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Immerse yourself in the nightlife of Osaka. Follow your CEO to the best spot and enjoy a drink on us to reminisce about all the life-changing adventures you've just shared with newfound friends (and add tonight to the list)!</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Imano Osaka Shinsaibashi Hostel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Osaka

Today is departure day, but do not fret! There is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Share some last laughs and exchange social medias with your fellow travellers before departing at any time.<p>We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Included
  • Accommodation
    -Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
  • Transportation
    -Train, bus, ferry, walking.
  • - Miyajima Island visit
  • Meals
    -No meals included Allow USD510-665 for meals not included.
  • - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • - Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days)
  • - Overnight stay in a traditional inn
  • Fully Guided
    -CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.
  • - Free time in each destination
  • - Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama

Not Included
  • International Travel
    -
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.
Japan is one of the most populous countries in the world and space is at a premium. Therefore, hotel and hostel rooms are small. Additionally, some Japanese hotels do not have designating non-smoking rooms. Therefore, we ask hotels to deodorize rooms before check-in. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation (typically 4-6 travellers per room) is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. The majority of accommodations will have shared bathroom facilities. For private accommodation please see the Japan tours in our Classic Travel Style.
Japan's reliable public transportation is the best option for both the environment and for experiencing Japan like a local! We will ride several forms of transportation throughout the country, from Shinkansen bullet trains, to subways, local trains, and buses. Note that often times we will have to carry our luggage from one mode of transport to another, so please consider this whilst packing.
Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
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Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.
Max 16, avg 14
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit, hand sanitizer/antibacterial wipes, and a full supply of any personal medications. In Asia, you will not find the same drugs as you get at home. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Also note that for legal reasons our CEOs (tour leaders) are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your tour, carefully read the itinerary and note the physical demand rating and assess your ability to cope with the demands of the tour and travel style. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a tour without refund if, in the reasonable opinion of the CEO, they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Japan, experience Tokyo's vibrant nightlife, visit Kyoto's iconic temples and geishas, see the floating torii gate of Miyajima, stay in a traditional inn in Takayama to experience historic Japan
1. Tattoos Tattoos are not common or widely accepted in Japan. There is no cause for concern, but do your best to cover your tattoos when possible and note that you may not be permitted to enter public spas or onsens (hot springs). 2. Japan Rail Pass Please note that only foreigners traveling as a tourist are able to use a Japan Rail Pass. If you are a Japanese citizen/resident or traveling on a student/business/military/diplomatic visa, please advise us at time of booking as you will not be able to take advantage of the rail pass. 3. Multi-share Accommodation 18-to-Thirtysomethings accommodation in Japan is multi-share. For more information, see About Accommodation. 4. Combo Trip Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 5. Luggage size restriction – Effective from May 2020 onwards All G Adventures tours in Japan use the world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which have a restriction on maximum luggage size. Your luggage must be less than 160cm in total. This is roughly the size that most airline companies consider as "carry-on baggage" and allow in overhead storage compartments. We strongly recommend bringing a day pack or backpack to use during the day, in addition to your carry-on sized luggage. Please see “What to take” under Tour details for more information.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Luggage size restriction – Effective from May 2020 onwards All G Adventures tours in Japan use the world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which have a restriction on maximum luggage size. Your luggage must be less than 160cm in total. This is roughly the size that most airline companies consider as "carry-on baggage" and allow in overhead storage compartments. We strongly recommend bringing a day pack or backpack to use during the day, in addition to your carry-on sized luggage. Please see “What to take” under Tour details for more information.
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
2019 departures: IMANO TOKYO HOSTEL 12-2, Shinjuku 5-Chome. Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo TEL:(+81)3-5362-7161 Website: https://imano.jp/shinjuku/location/ Joining instructions: From Haneda Airport Bus 1. Take Airport shuttle (Airport Limousine) to Higashi-Shinjuku Station 2. 6 min walk Train 1. Get on Keikyu Airport Line Specia Rapid 2. Get off at Shinagawa station to transfer to JR line 3. Get on JR Yamanote Line 4. Get off at Shinjuku station 5. Exit from Central East Exit 6. 9 min walk from Central East Exit From Narita Airport Bus 1. Take Airport Limousine (bus) to Shinjuku station. 2. 15 min walk Train 1. Get on a train Narita Express of JR line to Shinjuku. 2. Get off at Shinjuku station. 3. Exit from Central East Exit 4. 9 min walk from Central East Exit 2020 departures: GRIDS TOKYO ASAKUSABASHI HOTEL & HOSTEL Address:4-11-6, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 〒111-0053 Website: https://grids-hostel.com/hostels/asakusabashi/en/ Joining instructions: From Haneda Airport Get on a train Keikyu Line ( which will be connected to Toei Asakusa Line) to Asakusabashi . ( bound for Takasago, Aoto, Oshiage or Inbanihon-idai ) From Narita Airport 1. Get on Keisei Narita Line(toward Tokyo). 2. Get off at Oshiage station to transfer. 3. Get on Toei Asakusa Line. 4. Get off at Asakusabashi station). Staion" on JR Line: 3 minutes from Exit West, 5 minutes from Exit A3. "Akihabara Station" on JR Line&Hibiya Line:9 minutes from Exit 1. We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel (in the native language as well as English if available), to show to your taxi driver. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other than your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels but this is very expensive. Your leader can show you self service coin laundries in larger cities. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers.
No meals included
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. Every Post Office and 7-11 Convenience store has an ATM machine that accepts Visa, Mastercard and Debit Cards. At times, Maestro/Master Card/Cirrus have been problematic at these machines, so please bring a back-up card. Credit Cards should not be relied upon for purchases as they are not widely accepted, except in some restaurants and department stores. Money can be exchanged at Post Offices and some banks and hotels in major cities, however it can be a slow process.
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Asakusa - Sensō-ji Temple Visit (Free) Tokyo - Akihabara Visit (Free) - Harajuku Visit (Free) - Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū) Visit (Free-1000JPY per person) - Ueno Park Visit (Free) Takayama - Sake Street Visit (300-400JPY per person) - Hida no Sato (Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village) Visit (700JPY per person) - Biking (200-1000JPY per person) Kyoto - Nijo Castle and Gardens Visit (600JPY per person) - Zen Gardens of Ryōan-ji (500JPY per person) - Gion Walk (Free) - Kiyomizu Temple Visit (400JPY per person) - Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion Visit (400JPY per person) - Day Trip to Nara - Silver Pavilion Visit (500JPY per person) Hiroshima - Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial (Free-200JPY per person) Miyajima - Mt. Misen Visit (Free-1800JPY per person) Osaka - Instant Ramen Museum Visit - Osaka Castle Park (Free)
Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: From November to April the region can be very cold and some areas are snowy, make sure you pack warm clothes. From June to September temperatures are high and the air can be very humid – lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended. Note: Hand sanitizer is a rare commodity in Japan, so it is best to bring this with you.
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Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. <a href="/travel-resources/safety/">Read more about travel safety</a> for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Tipping is not practiced in Japan. Leaving money at restaurants, in taxis etc will simply cause confusion. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is highly appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $5 USD per person, per day can be used.
Train, bus, ferry, walking.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your governments foreign ministry website or with you travel agent as rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself. For most travellers there will probably be a Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country. JAPAN: Most nationalities receive A 90-DAY PERMIT ON ARRIVAL.
We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage. You will be walking with your luggage in busy public train stations to catch connecting trains, so it is highly recommended that you travel light, have easy to handle luggage, and are capable of walking up and down the stairs with your luggage without any assistance. A large bag will be an inconvenience to you and slow you down! We recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg (22-30 lbs). Large suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips. We suggest travellers bring a rucksack or rolling bag of small to medium size. You will also need a day-pack to carry daily essentials like water, cameras, passport, etc. It’s essential to pack as lightly as possible for rail travel in Japan. All G Adventures tours use the world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which have a restriction on maximum luggage size. Any luggage brought on board must be less than 160cm in total (calculated as the sum of the height + width + depth of your luggage). This is roughly the size that most airline companies consider as "carry-on baggage" and allow in overhead storage compartments. We strongly recommend bringing a day pack or backpack to use during the day (for daily essentials like water, cameras, passport, etc.). Please note that travellers who bring luggage that exceeds this restriction will be directly penalized by the Central Japan Railway Company. Any luggage between 160–250cm will require a fee of 1,000 JPY per luggage, for each leg of your train journey, and is strictly subject to availability. Any luggage over 251cm in total is prohibited on the Shinkansen trains. If you absolutely must bring more than what fits into a single carry-on bag plus day pack, you may bring a second carry-on bag which also must be less than 160cm in total. Please note, however, that as with all G Adventures tours, you must be able to carry your luggage unassisted. Luggage Transfer - Japan’s "takuhaibin" service is a convenient and reliable way to transfer luggage from one location to another throughout the country. Pick-up/drop-off/delivery dates and times can be easily scheduled (usually overnight) and costs are moderate. Service can be arranged at most hotels and airports. Using takuhaibin to send your luggage between hotels, or from hotel to airport, is a great way to travel light and avoid hauling large bags on crowded trains or up and down stairs – just be sure to pack an overnight bag with everything you’ll need until you’re reunited with your luggage the following day.
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: - Kyoto: Karaoke, Kyoto Your Discover Moment: Kyoto Your Big Night Out Moment: - Osaka: Nightlife, Osaka. Orientation walks in Tokyo and Takayama. Overnight stay in a traditional inn. Miyajima Island visit. Free time in each destination. Japan Rail (JR) pass (7 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Tokyo
Finish:Osaka
Group size:1 - 16
Suitable for: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Accommodation:Hostels (9 nts, multi-share), traditional inn (1 nt, shared facilities).
Physical rating:2 - Light
Meals:No meals included
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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