Join BYOkids travel guru Jacinta on a highlights of Japan tour in 2021

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10 days/9 nights 24th September - 4th October 2021
For details, pricing and to book your place, call, message or email us.

Only 14 spaces available, so you will need to be fast!
9 nights hotel accommodation
9 breakfasts
Transport on bullet train, local train, subway and bus
1 English speaking tour leader throughout
1 BYOkids representative throughout (Jacinta!)
Activities per itinerary
Arrival airport transfers

Day 1/
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dynamic capital. Bursting with contemporary urban culture, there are many sides of Tokyo to explore, from fascinating museums and world-class shopping, to neighbourhood backstreets lined with restaurants and karaoke bars. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 5pm tonight. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Have your insurance and next of kin details on hand as we'll be collecting them at this meeting.
Afterwards, we will have an orientation walk around the intermediate area of our hotel. The evening is free for you to explore and our tour leader is happy to provide restaurant suggestions if you’d like.
Arrival Transfer
Included (shared shuttle bus)
Included Activities
Welcome meeting Orientation walk
Accommodation: Agora Place Asakusa or similar

Day 2/
Meals: Breakfast
This morning, venture out with your tour leader on the Tokyo metro to the buzzling Shibuya area and explore the well-known and secret gems of Tokyo. Stop at Shibuya station where we look down on one of the busiest intersections in the world and visit the statue of Hachiko?, the famous loyal dog. Next we head into a depachika for a mouth-watering array of tempting Japanese treats. Depachika are dazzling food halls that lurk beneath major department stores, where vendors sell everything from bento boxes for lunch to formal gifts and everyday groceries. Grab a picnic lunch (optional) as we will head to expansive Yoyogi Park, home to many events from Japan’s first Olympics.
Afterwards we visit Meiji Jingu Shrine. Enter via a massive torii (gate) and the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. Approximately 100,000 trees were planted during the shrine's construction and were donated from regions across the entire country. Meiji Jingu is a popular location for weddings and the traditional Shinto service can often be observed there. Then we finish our journey with a visit to Harajuku, simultaneously home to Japan’s quirky youth pop culture as well as the ultra-chic. You will have some time in the afternoon for further exploring.
In your free time, perhaps visit the historic Asakusa area, close to your hotel. This is one of the older and more traditional parts of Tokyo, and is often called the temple district. Here you can stop by Senso-ji Temple, the city’s oldest temple – founded almost 1,400 years ago when Tokyo was nothing more than a fishing village. Or perhaps get the group together for your final night in Tokyo and head over to Shinjuku, Tokyo’s largest hub. Perhaps catch panoramic views from the top deck of the Metropolitan Government building or head to the tiny alleys of the Golden Gai district for some grilled yakitori skewers and a slice of Tokyo street life.
Included Activities
Tokyo - Shibuya walking tour Tokyo - Meiji Jingu Shrine Tokyo - Yoyogi Park
Tokyo - Harajuku walking tour
Optional Activities
Tokyo – Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo – Shinjuku Metropolitan Building - Free
Accommodation: Agora Place Asakusa or similar

Day 3/
Tokyo/Kanazawa Meals: Breakfast
Private Essential Japan Itinerary
This morning you will take your first shinkansen bullet train bound for Kanazawa (about 2.5 hours). Located near the Sea of Japan, Kanazawa is sometimes known as the hidden pearl of Japan’s western coast. Having avoided bombing in WWII, it's a place where both modern and traditional Japan are found. The city is full of historic sights like Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden, Bukeyashiki (Samurai House), and the very traditional Chaya-Gai (tea house and geisha district), but it is also home to the world class, ultra-modern 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
On arrival, your leader will take you on an orientation walk and the rest of the day is free for your own exploration. You may wish to visit the 17th-century Kenrokuen Garden – known as one of Japan’s top three gardens. It has highly landscaped grounds with bridges, ponds, waterfalls and fountains that are beautiful no matter the season. If you’re looking for dinner suggestions, speak to our tour leader who can recommend some of the city's renowned seafood restaurants for a truly memorable meal.
Included Activities
Kanazawa – Orientation walk
Optional Activities
Kanazawa - Kenrokuen Garden & Castle - JPY310
Kanazawa - 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (excl. special exhibitions) - Free
Accommodation: Dormy Inn Kanazawa or similar

Day 4/
Kanazawa Meals: Breakfast
Explore Kanazawa by foot on a walking tour with our leader of the Higashi Chaya district with its traditional wooden houses, once home to Kanazawa’s geisha community. Get lost in the alleyways and admire the traditional Chaya houses, known locally as places of tradition, feasts and entertainment. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own – you may even consider a traditional tea ceremony.
Perhaps make a visit to the 'Samurai House' in the Nagamachi district, a typical example of a grand estate bestowed by the Maeda samurai lords to their vassals. If you are a sweet lover, you may be interested in taking part in the city's living cultural heritage with a Japanese sweet making class. Wagashi sweets are traditionally used to accompany tea ceremonies, and they are as tasty to look at as they are to eat.
Included Activities
Kanazawa - Higashi Chaya District walking tour
Optional Activities
Kanazawa - Nagamachi Samurai District (excl. museum entry) - Free Kanazawa - Wagashi (sweets) making demonstration – JPY1,230
Accommodation: Dormy Inn Kanazawa or similar

Day 5/
Kanazawa/Kyoto Meals: Breakfast
This morning we take an express train (a 2.5 hour journey) to Kyoto, home to numerous imperial sights. This beautiful city was originally founded as Heian-kyo (literally “tranquillity and peace capital”) by Emperor Kammu in 794 and had its golden age during the imperial court's heyday from 794 to 1185. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years (the name means “Capital City”) but the emperor and government are now located in Tokyo. With its many traditional arts and crafts, historical sites and long list of UNESCO temples and shrines, Kyoto is regarded as the cultural heart of Japan.
On arrival, our leader will take you on an orientation walk of the surrounding area around the hotel. And then later in the afternoon, take a step back in time on a walk through the narrow streets of Kyoto's charming Gion district and learn about the city’s geisha culture. If you’re lucky you might spot geiko (as geisha are known in Japan) or maiko (apprentice geiko) in their elaborate dress and make-up as they head out to private functions across the city.
Included Activities
Kyoto – Orientation walk Kyoto - Gion District walk
Accommodation: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma or similar

Day 6/

Kyoto Meals: Breakfast
This morning we’ll head to Kyoto’s famed Fushimi Inari Shrine – known throughout the world as the ‘Path of the Red Gates.’ If we are feeling fit we’ll walk further than most visitors, allowing us to experience both the well-known part of the shrine, as well as taking time to appreciate the quieter corners and stunning city views from the shrine’s ‘half-way point.’
The afternoon is free for you to explore and your leader can give you recommendations on what to see and how to get there. Perhaps head off to Arashiyama to enjoy a wander through the Sagano bamboo forest, or cycle along the Kamo River which starts in Kyoto’s northern mountains and flows through the heart of the city. A stroll through Kyoto's eastern hills along the ‘Path of Philosophy’ that links Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion) with Nanzen-ji Temple is also recommended. This walk can be extended south through the well-preserved old town areas to Kiyomizu-dera (Temple of Clear Water) with its famous viewing platform. Also recommended is the extravagantly decorated Kinkaku-ji Temple, immortalised in Yukio Mishima’s novel “The Golden Pavilion”. Another great stop is the surreal Sanjusangendo, home to 1,001 statues of Kannon. Or consider visiting the Kyoto Manga Museum to learn more about anime and one of Japan’s most famous cultural exports.
Included Activities
Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine
Optional Activities
Kyoto – Arashiyama area and Sagano bamboo forest Kyoto – Bicycle rental – JPY1,000 per person
Kyoto – Ginkaku-ji Temple – JPY500
Kyoto – Kiyomizu Temple – JPY500
Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji Temple – JPY400 Kyoto – Sanjusangendo – JPY600
Kyoto – Kyoto Manga Museum – JPY800
Accommodation: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma or similar

Day 7/
Kyoto/Hiroshima Meals: Breakfast
Today we travel by bullet train for approximately 1.5 hours to Hiroshima. A visit to Hiroshima is sobering, but the tragedy that happened here is an important part of history to confront. You’ll learn more about the aftermath of the atomic bombing of the city in World War II. Today we take a walk to the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and then visit the very educational museum, both of which stand as an emotional testament to the fateful day in August 1945 when Hiroshima became the first target for nuclear attack. The dome was just metres from where the bomb detonated and managed to retain its shape, eerily standing exactly how it was prior to the attack. These days it stands as both a symbolic reminder and a monument to peace. In the evening, maybe try one of the city’s delicious signature dishes for dinner – okonomiyaki, a kind of savoury pancake of egg, cabbage, soba noodles with meat or seafood.
Included Activities
Hiroshima – Peace Park & A-Bomb Dome Hiroshima – Peace Museum
Accommodation: Hotel S-Plus Hiroshima Peace Park or similar

Day 8/
Hiroshima Meals: Breakfast
Today we visit the nearby island of Miyajima with its famous 'floating' torii gate. You might like to further explore the island by climbing to the top of Miyajima for 360-degree views of the Inland Sea. Keep your eyes out for inquisitive and hungry deer that roam the streets. Back in Hiroshima in the afternoon, you have the rest of the day free to enjoy some of the other sites in this very welcoming and international city. You could stop by the five-storied Hiroshima Castle, which originally dates from the 1590s. It was destroyed by the bomb but reconstructed in all its glory in the 1950s, and now holds an informative museum. Or perhaps visit Shukkeien Garden, with its graceful teahouses and waterfalls. For something a bit louder, there’s the local baseball and soccer teams (if the timing is right), or endless food and shopping choices. Ask your leader for other tips and suggestions.
Included Activities
Hiroshima – Miyajima Island trip
Optional Activities
Miyajima – Itsukushima Shrine – JPY300Hiroshima – Hiroshima Castle – JPY300 Hiroshima – Shukkeien Garden – JPY260
Accommodation: Hotel S-Plus Hiroshima Peace Park or similar

Day 9/
Hiroshima/Osaka Meals: Breakfast
Today we take the bullet train (a journey of around 1.5 hours) to Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city and unofficial culinary capital, where the motto is 'Kuidaore' ('eat until you drop'). This is where some of Japan’s best street food is on offer. There are sprawling shopping hubs and tiny backstreets overflowing with restaurants and bars, serving up local delicacies as well as Japan's answer to fast food. Osaka is credited with the first kaiten-zushi (conveyer belt sushi) restaurants, after its inventor – the owner of a sushi restaurant with staffing issues – watched beer bottles on a conveyer belt at the nearby Asahi brewery and thought it might be a good way to solve this problem. The city is also renowned for its brand of okonomiyaki (a delicious savoury pancake), kushikatsu (crumbed meat and vegetables on skewers) and takoyaki (a hot snack of shredded octopus, pickled ginger and spring onion in batter).
Upon arrival, our tour leader will give you a walking tour around the popular Dotombori district which is the city's most famous shopping, food and entertainment district. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanical signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and the Kani Doraku crab sign.
After lunch, you will be free for the rest of the day. If you fancy some thrills, consider checking out the Universal Studios theme park. For those keen to do some last minute shopping, take in some of the city's landmarks, including the wonderful Kuromon covered market and pick up some final kitchen gadgets (or plastic food!) at the quirky Doguyasuji Arcade or have a stroll around Osaka Castle.
Included Activities
Osaka - Dotombori District walking tour
Optional Activities
Osaka - Universal Studios (Day Pass) – JPY8,200 (price for 2020 are subject to change) Osaka - Doguyasuji Arcade – Free
Osaka - Osaka Castle – JPY600
Accommodation: The Bridge Hotel or similar

Day 10/
Departure Day Meals: Breakfast
Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Check out time is generally 10-11am. You will be transferred to the airport to board your onward flight.
Departure Transfer
Excluded (Express train to KIX costs around JPY2,500 per person)

For more information or to book talk to Jacinta now on 1300 296 543 email us or message us on Facebook!

*Price based on per person, twin share. Please note, triple share accommodation is limited throughout Japan and will need to be confirmed at time of booking. If unavailable, an additional surcharge may apply for 2 rooms. $500 per person deposit required at time of booking. Contact Jacinta for more information.

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