What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners, including an Osaka food safari & a sushi-making class
    12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners, including an Osaka food safari & a sushi-making class
  • <p>Sake & whisky tastings, karaoke with all drinks included</p>

    Sake & whisky tastings, karaoke with all drinks included

  • 12 nights' accommodation, including traditional ryokan guesthouses
    12 nights' accommodation, including traditional ryokan guesthouses
  • All activities, from ninja classes to kayaking, included. Local Flash Pack guide
    All activities, from ninja classes to kayaking, included. Local Flash Pack guide
  • Max 14
    Max 14
  • Bullet train tickets
    Bullet train tickets

Learn the ancient art of ninja warfare at a ninja school in Kyoto, and share lunch with a sumo wrestler. Spend two days hiking and hot spring bathing in the spectacular landscape of the Hakone mountains, and sea-kayak around the Great Torii shrine on Hiroshima Bay – with oysters and Chablis by the waterfront afterwards. Go off-radar in Tokyo, with a bike ride through a hidden neighbourhood and a tasting session at hip local hangout, the Tokyo Whisky Library. Find out how to make sushi at the world’s largest fish market, and take a food safari around the hidden hot spots of Osaka; the emerging gem in Japan’s culinary crown

 

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. This dazzling 13-day adventure to the Land of the Rising Sun is packed with unique and quite extraordinary events. We’ll tap into our inner warriors at a ninja school in Kyoto, and settle in for a hearty lunch with a sumo wrestler (before seeing him in action). We’ll escape the crowds of the capital by cycling through a forgotten yet vibrant neighbourhood in the east of the city, and knocking back potent liquor at Tokyo Whisky Library – a hipster haunt that’s popular with the locals. We’ll spend two days winding down in the Hakone mountains, hiking through spectacular alpine trails and wallowing in the steamy hot spring onsens of a traditional ryokan. We’ll learn how to make sushi at the world’s largest fish market, and take a guided foodie foray through the markets and street stalls of Osaka, Japan’s culinary capital. We’ll boat down the Hozugawa river, drink in a meditation session with a Buddhist monk and sea-kayak around the sacred shrine that “floats” on Hiroshima Bay. This is a flavour of real Japan, in all its intoxicating contrasts. Assault your senses and soothe your soul, as you join us on the glowing rhinestone of life-changing escapes…

 

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  • Escape the tourist crowds by cycling around a hidden neighbourhood of East Tokyo
  • Visit the world's largest fish market and learn to make your own sushi
  • Try out the ancient art of ninja warfare at a ninja school in Kyoto
  • Enjoy a hearty lunch with a sumo wrestler, and see the warriors up close
  • Spend two days hiking and hot spring bathing in the spectacular Hakone mountains
  • Join a street food safari around the hidden hot spots of Osaka, Japan's culinary capital
  • Sea-kayak around the Great Torii on Miyajima Island, and enjoy oysters and Chablis afterwards
  • Discover the rising phenomenon of Japanese whisky at the on-trend Tokyo Whisky Library

Itinerary

Day 1: The hip hangouts of Tokyo

Kick off your adventure to Japan with your new Flash Pack crew and guide over dinner in the arty neighbourhood of Nakameguro. After head to the skies with a trip to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, to admire the capital’s dazzling cityscape at night. 

 

Touch down in Japan’s most animated city: the future-forward metropolis of Tokyo. Prepare to be wowed by a capital city that’s bursting with unique quirks and innovations (even the toilets here are exciting!) Our first stop is 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 it, 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. Enjoy 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. Afterwards we will head to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, to admire the city’s dazzling panorama of endless skyscrapers and neon lights.

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Get to know a boho neighbourhood of Tokyo

Soak in the energising pace of the capital

The neon landscape is captivating

Prepare to be dazzled

Hit one of Nakameguro's off-radar restaurants

Day 2: Sushi-making and Japanese whisky

Pay an early-morning visit to the largest fish market in the world,
and learn how to make your own sushi from an expert sushi master. In the evening, pop by the oh-so cool hangout of Tokyo Whisky Library to knock back tastings and discover why Japan is one of the world’s most exciting whisky producers

 

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 gigantic tunas and fishmongers filleting their pre-dawn catches. Weave through the hustle and bustle of market life, admiring the endless rows of colourful fish and drumming up an appetite for your next experience – making your very own sushi. An expert master will teach you how to conjure up your own version of the Japanese delicacy, to savour over lunch. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring Tokyo at your own pace, or you can join your guide 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, it also provides a captivating 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, this is your chance to sample the very best of Japanese liquor in the suave confines of the Tokyo Whisky Library. 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 (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 how to make sushi from the experts

Have your chopsticks at the ready

Find out how to perfect this Japanese delicacy

Chef Preparing Sushi

It's a fascinating skill to develop

Make (and taste) different types of sushi

Flash Pack Japan adventure

Hit the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest of its kind in the world

Discover 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 rich in flavour and history

Escape the tourists at Tokyo Whisky Library

Day 3: Cycle Tokyo's hidden district

Cycle around an off-radar but vibrant area of Tokyo on a fleet of Tokyo bikes. Stop at a local cafe and catch a glimpse of a Buddhist ceremony at a nearby temple. Grab ramen and craft beer by the canal before hitting Roppongi Hills for a night out 

 

Today we’re going off the beaten path and heading east to Tokyo’s undiscovered district of Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Away from the crowds of the centre, we’ll immerse ourselves in local life and explore this charming but forgotten neighbourhood . Starting with a coffee at a local cafe, here we’ll 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 a fleet of Tokyo bikes to cruise around the streets and alleyways. 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.  We’ll also weave our way to a hidden temple, where you can catch a glimpse of a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Then, it’s time to reward your cycling workout with a backstreet bowl of ramen and a craft beer, overlooking a lovely local waterway. This evening, we’ll let loose and experience the electrifying nightlife of Tokyo. There are several cool bars in Tokyo, your pack leader can show you some of our Flash Pack favourites.

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Cycling in East Tokyo

Cycle the back streets of East Tokyo on Tokyo bikes

You'll be led by a local who lives in the area

Cycling in East Tokyo

Stop by a beautiful hidden temple

Cycling in East Tokyo

Slurp up a steaming bowl of ramen

Paint the town red 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, please arrive at Haneda airport by 3pm and make your own way to the hotel.

We spend one night in a ryokan which is a 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. It is also important that you know hotel rooms in Japan are small and the hotels in this particular adventure are not luxury. 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.

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