Japan on a Shoestring
Always wanted to do Japan but felt it was pricy? No longer! This super-affordable nine-day introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun is the solution. Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous Geisha district of Kyoto, and the gorgeous mountainous region of Hakone. Experience the country’s quirky side as well, with activities no other tour company will get you to (and loads of free time). Discover Japan with a group of like-minded adventurers and you’ll never want to come home.
Asakusa orientation walk and visit to Sensoji Temple (Tokyo). Day trip to Great Buddha and Kamakura Beach. Hakone Pass (includes Komagatake ropeway, Ashinoko cruise, Hakone Shrine). Hot springs (Hakone). Orientation walk at Fushimi Inari shrine through thousands of torii gates. Day trip to Arashiyama mountain area and bamboo forest. Orientation walk in Osaka. Street food crawl. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Explore both the ultramodern and traditional sides of Tokyo, soak in a traditional hot spring, sample tasty Japanese treats on a street food crawl, pass through a tunnel of thousands of torii gates at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari shrine.
Group Leader Description
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.
Group Size Notes
Max 18, avg 14
1 breakfast, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
About our Transportation
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.
Hotels (8 nts).
Japan is one of the most populous countries in the world and space is at a premium. Therefore, hotels rooms are small! Additionally, most Japanese hotels do not have designating non smoking rooms. Therefore, we ask hotels to deodorize rooms before check in.
Some accommodation on this tour is multi-share on a single-sex basis. This may involve 4-6 group members sharing a room. The majority of accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
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.
To get to the Villa Fontaine Kayabacho from Narita International Airport, tak the Skyliner to Keisei Ueno Station (1 hour). Transfer to the Hibiya metro line from Ueno Station to Kayabasho (11 minutes). From exit 3, it will be a 3 minute walk to the hotel.
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Office (Japan)
During office hours, Mon-Fri 9:30-18:00 Local Time
From outside Japan: 1st contact – +81 3-3830-0451 ( 2nd contact – +81 80 2725 5133)
From within Japan: 1st contact – +81 3-3830-0451 (2nd contact = +81 80 2725 5133)
After office hours emergency number
G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time)
From outside Thailand: +66 2 381 5574
From within Thailand: 02 381 5574
After hours emergency number
From outside Thailand: +66 87 049 6074
From within Thailand: 087 049 6074
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
What to Take
We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to carry your own luggage. Our trips in Japan use public transport and most transport has limited luggage storage space. You will also be walking with your luggage in busy public train stations to catch connecting trains, so it is highly recommended that you travel light and have easy to handle luggage and capable of walking up and down the stairs with your luggage without any assistance. A large bag will be an inconvenience to you and will slow you down!
We recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. You will also need a day-pack/rucksack to carry daily essentials like water, cameras, passport, i-pods etc.
Takuhaibin – 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.
-Passport (with photocopies)
-Travel insurance (with photocopies)
-Airline tickets (with photocopies)
-Cash and debit card (see personal spending money)
-G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
-Day pack for daily personal items
-Small overnight bag (for convenience while using takuhaibin service – see “What to Take” for details)
-Toiletries (soap and shampoo are provided in all accommodation)
-Sport sandals or other easy to slip on/off shoes (for temple visits)
-Clothes that cover knees and shoulders (long pants/sarong)
-First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
-Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
- Note: During the colder months (Oct-Apr) the mountains can be very cold, so please make sure you pack warm clothes.
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.
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 your travel agent as rules do change.
JAPAN: Most nationalities receive A 90-DAY PERMIT ON ARRIVAL,
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 very slow process.
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.
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.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical information pertaining to the country you are travelling to well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as a full supply of any personal medical requirements. 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 Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip 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.
Safety and Security
Trip Specific Safety
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.
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
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.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Allow USD405-530 for meals not included.
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Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Day 1 Tokyo
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Tokyo
Hit the streets of Tokyo on an orientation walk around Asakusa, including a visit to Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time to explore Yoyogi Park, Shibuya Crossing or go shopping in the afternoon.
Asakusa Orientation Walk
Day 3 Tokyo
Hop on a train to Kamakura and visit the Big Buddha before relaxing on the beach. Return to Tokyo for a final night in the city.
Local train (1.00 hour(s))
Local train (1.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Tokyo/Hakone
Travel to beautiful Hakone in the mountains and visit the sites with an included Hakone Pass, which allows unlimited access to the cable car, ropeway, tourist boats and other transport in the area. Enjoy an included dip in an onsen, a natural hot spring.
Onsen (Hot Spring) Visit
Hakone Visit (Pass Included)
Local train (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Hakone/Kyoto (1B)
Walk under thousands of iconic torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, then enjoy free time to explore more of one of Japan’s most beautiful cities.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
Local train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Kyoto
Stroll through the other-worldly sprawling bamboo grove of Arashiyama, then opt to visit local temples, participate in a tea ceremony or take a calligraphy class.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Visit
Day 7 Kyoto/Osaka
Enjoy an orientation walk around Osaka, then dig in with a street food crawl with the group and CEO.
Street Food Crawl
Local train (0.50 hour(s))
Day 8 Osaka
Get out and explore during free time. Opt to tour a ramen factory, visit the Osaka castle or take a day trip to Hiroshima. Get out and explore the nightlife on a final night out with the group.
Day 9 Osaka
Depart at any time.