What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
    12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 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 robot shows, buzzing bar crawls and lush bamboo forests. From kayaking to karaoke, we’ll journey through mountains, along the coast 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.

  • Explore the vibrant districts of Tokyo, including its ‘Electric Town’, the tiny bars of Golden Gai and the fashion-forward streets of Harajuku
  • Go to a crazy neon robot show in Tokyo and hit the local nightlife
  • Make your own sushi at an authentic cooking class
  • Wander through the beautiful bamboo forests of Arashiyama
  • Hit the beach in the laidback surfer town of Kamakura
  • Stay in a traditional ryokan and bathe in the hot springs of an onsen
  • Take part in a ninja lesson in Kyoto
  • Enjoy a sake-fuelled karaoke night out in Kyoto
  • See the red gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and explore its mountainous walking trails
  • Cycle through Kyoto and see the Golden Pavilion temple
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum
  • Go sea kayaking to Torii Gate of the mystical Miyajima Island

Itinerary

Day 1: HELLO TOKYO

Touchdown 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. All this exploration is hungry work so dinner is served in the form of yakitori, moreish bamboo skewers of grilled chicken. You can then get to know your fellow Flashpackers over drinks in the completely unique neighbourhood of Golden Gai. Here you’ll find 250 tiny pubs, bars and stalls all densely packed into narrow alleyways. Enjoy this secret glimpse of Tokyo before its 21st century makeover before heading back to your nearby hotel, 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

Explore the quirky streets of Golden Gai

The tiny bars here are a trendy Tokyo hangout

Get to know your fellow Flashpackers over drinks

Day 2: SUSHI & NEON ROBOTS

After a little lie in, this morning you’re in for an ultimate Japanese experience, mastering the art of sushi making. An expert sushi chef will teach you how to conjure up your very own sushi lunch that will fuel you for an afternoon exploring the different districts of Tokyo. 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. From here we’ll travel to the glitzy streets of Ginza, Japan’s largest district of luxury shopping and entertainment. If that doesn’t have you feeling as though you’re in a parallel universe, this evening’s Robot Show will definitely do the trick. Here you’ll find robots, ninjas, dinosaurs, dragons, you name it, all choreographed together in a dazzling and downright bizarre display of UV neon lights. Love it or hate it, this is a one-off experience that makes for a great talking point over dinner with your Flash Pack pals.

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Have your chopsticks at the ready

Learn to roll the perfect sushi

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

Hit the colourful streets of Akihabara

Explore local shops and manga stores

Admire the neon colours around every corner

Have your cameras at the ready for amazing cityscapes

Prepare to be dazzled by a vibrant robot show

There are vending machines everywhere

This unique experience is hugely popular in Japan

It's an assault on your senses

Day 3: TEMPLE HOPPING & A NIGHT OUT IN TOKYO

Enjoy a leisurely lie-in this morning before tucking into lunch fit for a sumo wrestler, a hearty Chankonabe Hotpot. This afternoon we’re heading to the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa where you can get a deeper insight into Buddhist culture and customs. Here you can wander through the dappled forest to the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the Emperor Meiiji and his wife who began Japan’s transformation into a modern society. We’ll then leave this tranquillity behind and head to the buzzing shopping district of Harajuku. Prepare to see Japanese maids, punks, goths, cosplay- anything goes on the colourful streets of Harajuku. From here we’ll then go to the famous Shibuya Crossing to witness the organised chaos of this crazy intersection when the lights go red. This evening we’ll experience the electrifying nightlife of Tokyo with a night out in the glamourous district of Roppongi Hills, you’ve got a free day tomorrow so go crazy.

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Admire the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Explore its charming grounds

Tuck into lunch fit for a sumo wrestler

Witness the organised chaos of the Shibuya Crossing

Head to the shopping district of Harajuku

Walk through the mirror-clad entrance of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando

Locals love to dress up in Harajuku

The crazier the better

There's bold colours around every corner

Admire Sensoji Temple by night

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.

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.

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.  

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!

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

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