What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • 12 night’s accommodation
    12 night’s accommodation
  • All activities with local Flash Pack guide
    All activities with local Flash Pack guide
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Bullet train tickets
    Bullet train tickets

Time travel isn’t something we’ve quite mastered at Flash Pack HQ, yet we reckon this Japanese adventure comes pretty close. From sci-fi cityscapes to ancient mountain temples, prepare to step into the future in the neon jungle of Tokyo before winding back centuries to discover ancient customs and traditions. Along the way you’ll master the art of ninja fighting, sushi making and sake sampling, complete with crazy fish markets, secret food tours and lunch with a sumo. From kayaking to karaoke, we’ll journey through mountains, along rural rivers and into Japan’s pulsating cities. There’s golden temples to discover in Kyoto and history to learn in Hiroshima, plus Mount Fuji to admire and delicious cuisine to devour. This adventure will both assault your senses and soothe your soul, prepare to be dazzled by the Land of the Rising Sun.

  • Escape the tourists of Tokyo and cycle through the undiscovered district of Kiyosumishirakawa
  • Explore the trendy neighbourhood of Nakameguro to see authentic city life in Tokyo
  • Discover the rising phenomenon of Japanese whisky at the trendy Tokyo Whisky Library
  • Have lunch with a sumo wrestler and see them fight in action
  • Embrace the hustle and bustle of Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish market in in the world
  • Make your own sushi at an authentic cooking class
  • Eat you way through the world renowned foodie hotspot of Osaka, discovering secret bars and local hangouts
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan and bathe in the hot springs of an onsen
  • Take part in a ninja fighting class in Kyoto
  • Enjoy oysters and Chablis on the waterfront of Miyajima
  • Go sea kayaking around Torii Gate on the mystical Miyajima Island
  • Enjoy a sake-fuelled karaoke night out in Kyoto
  • Hike beyond the crowds and see the red gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine on its mountainous walking trails
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum
  • Cruise along the Hozugawa River on a traditional river boat
  • Tuck into all you can eat okonomiyaki pancakes in Hiroshima

Itinerary

Day 1: HELLO TOKYO

Touch down in Japan and land in its most animated city. The future-forward metropolis of Tokyo is where your Japanese adventure begins, prepare to be wowed by this capital city that’s bursting with unique quirks and innovations (even the toilets here are exciting!). No trip to Tokyo is complete without admiring its vast cityscape so we’re then heading to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to see its stretching panorama of endless skyscrapers and neon lights. Afterwards, we will escape the frenzy of the centre and head to the arty and alternative district of Nakameguro. If you were thinking of moving to Tokyo, this charming neighbourhood ticks all the boxes. Away from the tourists and with the scenic Meguro River flowing through, here you’ll find a laid back scene of boutique galleries, trendy cafes and stylish bars. Known as one of the hippest areas of Tokyo, this chic location is an upcoming area for local professionals but remains off the tourist radar (conveniently for us). We’ll kick back with a coffee here and mooch through the artsy streets before a welcome dinner at a typical hipster hangout. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers over your first taste of proper Japanese cuisine, relishing this authentic glimpse of real-life Tokyo. Sit back and enjoy, this is only the beginning.

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Arrive in the bright lights of Tokyo

Embrace the hustle and bustle of the capital

Spend the next 4 nights in this buzzing city

Get to know your fellow Flashpackers over drinks

Day 2: SUSHI SESHIONS & JAPANESE WHISKY

Rise and shine this morning for an early morning visit to Tsukiji Fish Market – the largest and busiest fish market in the world. Here you’ll find a dynamic scene of live auctions, gigantic tunas and fishmongers filleting their pre-dawn catches. Weave through the hustle and bustle of activity here, admiring the endless rows of fish and getting in the mood for your next authentic activity- making your very own sushi. An expert sushi master will teach you how to conjure up your own sushi that you can then tuck into for lunch. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring at your leisure or you can join your Pack Leader and explore the lively district of Akihabara. Throughout this two week adventure we’ll be using public transport to travel from place to place. Not only is this faster than a minibus, but it’s also an authentic insight into Japan’s renowned innovation and efficiency. Experience this punctuality for yourself as we travel to Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric Town’ that is a neon jungle of manga stores, electronics and Anime. Come evening and we’ll be making the most of Japan’s reputation as one of the best whisky producers in the world. Move over Scotch whisky, this is your chance to sample Japanese Whisky at the Tokyo Whisky Library, the city’s stylish whisky lovers institution. Here a local master-blender will talk you through a range of different whiskies, hand carving ice cubes before you and giving you the low down on the infamous rivalry between the country’s two main whisky companies. Drink on as stories behind the thousands of bottles here are brought to life, raising a glass to the discovery of a trendy local hangout without a tourist in sight. (Want to get a flavour for Japanese whisky right here in London, join us at our Japanese whisky tasting in Shoreditch).

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Learn to roll the perfect sushi

Have your chopsticks at the ready

Chef Preparing Sushi

Take your new sushi skills back home

Enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch

Make (and taste) different types of sushi

Flash Pack Japan adventure

Hit the Tsukiji Fish Market this morning

Hit the colourful streets of Akihabara

Explore local shops and manga stores

Admire the neon colours around every corner

There are vending machines everywhere

Discover the up and coming Japanese whisky scene

Japanese whisky is more drinkable than peaty Scottish whiskies

Escape the tourists at the Tokyo Whisky Library

Day 3: DISCOVER THE UNDISCOVERED DISTRICT OF TOKYO

Today we’re going off the beaten path and heading east to Tokyo’s undiscovered district of Kiyosumishirakawa. Away from the crowds of the centre, we’ll immerse ourselves in local life and explore this charming but forgotten neighbourhood . Starting with a shot of caffeine at a local cafe, here we will meet Ito – a born and bred local who will be showing off the sights of her hometown. Forget wandering around on foot, we’ll be saddling up on the leather seats of a Tokyo bike. You may also get the chance to meet one of the original designers of the classic Tokyo Bike who has since gone on to invent his own version, which you’ll be cruising around on in the streets of Kiyosumishirakawa.  Along the way, Ito will introduce you to a local cheese maker, chocolatier and we’ll stop for some tofu sampling. We’ll also be navigated to a hidden temple where you can get a secret glimpse of a traditional Buddhist ceremony and watch authentic worship in action. Your cycling efforts will then be rewarded with a backstreet bowl of ramen and a craft beer overlooking a charming local waterway. This evening, it’s time to let loose and experience the electrifying nightlife of Tokyo. We’re heading to the glamorous district of Roppongi Hills for a glitzy night out with your fellow Flashpackers – embrace the craziness and enjoy.

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Cycle the back streets of East Tokyo on Tokyo bikes

Cycling in East Tokyo

Cycle around town with a local

Cycling in East Tokyo

Cycling in East Tokyo

Cycling in East Tokyo

Slurp up a steaming bowl of ramen

Hit the town in Roppongi Hills

Important notes

Fly into: Tokyo Haneda Airport or Narita International Airport

Fly out of: Osaka International Airport or get the bullet train to Tokyo and fly from Haneda or Narita Airports

When booking your flights for this trip, please book a flight to Tokyo (either Haneda or Narita airport) on Day 1 and then fly home from either Tokyo or Osaka at the end of your adventure. Do remember that Tokyo is over three hours away from Osaka, where your adventure ends so do not book a morning flight home.

This adventure is done using public transport as it is super reliable in Japan so it is a bit different to all our other adventures where we use a  minibus.  

Upon arrival on day one, you can either meet your Pack Leader at 3pm at Haneda airport or make your own way to the hotel and meet them in the lobby.

We spend two nights in ryokans which are traditional Japanese inns. Flashpackers looking for a truly Japanese experience will love it, however, people who are expecting the typical facilities and mod cons offered by hotels may not enjoy the experience. Do ask our Flash Pack team if you have any ryokan related questions!

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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