Learn the 'ways of the sword' in kendo training techniques.
Day tickets to Tokyo Disneyland/Disneysea and Osaka's Universal Studios.
Explore the mysterious Gion Geisha District with the help of your private guide.
Enjoy a private Taiko drumming lesson in Kyoto.
Visit the snow monkeys of Yudanaka and enjoy hot springs at a traditional inn.
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Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Tokyo
After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the shared shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.
Day 3 Tokyo
Use our free-time information for your first day of acclimatising to explore 'cool Tokyo', using Tokyo's excellent public transport. After lunch, head over to Nakano broadway to try your hand at drawing the popular Japanese cartoon Manga.
Day 4 Tokyo
Day 5 Tokyo
The world's largest tower stands are 634m (2000 feet) and offers fantastic views over the capital. From here you can head over the Sumida River to the older part of the city, Asakusa, where you can enjoy a rickshaw ride (included) around Tokyo's largest temple, Sensoji. Nearby to the tower is the old district of Asakusa where you will be taken on a rickshaw tour of the local area and bustling streets.
Day 6 Tokyo
Head to a local home for a private sushi-making lesson. Where better for it than the sushi capital of the world? Afterwards take the monorail over rainbow bridge to the man-made island of Odaiba where you can ride the giant ferris wheel for some incredible views of Tokyo bay and see some of the futuristic museums they have there.
Day 7 Yudanaka
Your first bullet train journey takes you up into the Japanese Alps and over to the small town of Yudanaka. It's here that you will enjoy your first stay at a traditional inn, or ryokan, with tatami rooms, futon and hot springs for those inclined, all part of this Japanese adventure! You will also get the chance to see the ubiquitous snow monkey (any time of the year but best when there's snow of course!)
Day 8 Osaka
From Yudanaka, take the local and bullet trains to the Japan's third largest and arguably its most lively town of Osaka and see the castle there. If in season and time allows, watching Japan's other national game, baseball, from the Hanshin Tigers stadium is a must for absolute Japanese modern entertainment.
Day 9 Osaka
Day 10 Kyoto
Today you will travel to the cultural capital of Kyoto, only a short train ride away. During the day try making your very own Bento lunchbox. These uniquely Japanese works of food art are often created in the image of a popular cartoon character.
Day 11 Kyoto
This morning is to head out and explore the city's famed temples, including the Golden Pavilion, the Zen gardens of Ryoanji and the unique 'nightingale' beams of Nijo castle that sound when walked on to alert of intruders in days gone by. In the afternoon, take part in a taiko drumming lesson with an expert. Taiko are synonymous with the festivals of Japan and a great way to experience an adrenaline hit.
Day 12 Kyoto
In the morning, gain an insight to the fabled ninja who existed in the shadows of feudal Japan. An instructor will guide you how to throw shuriken (throwing stars) and become acquainted with a ninja's arsenal. This afternoon would be a good chance to check out the international manga museum in central Kyoto.
Day 13 Tokyo
Take the final bullet train of your trip from Kyoto back to the capital for your final night here. After checking in, spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure around the west of Tokyo. What better way to end this fantastic trip with a stretch of vocal chords and a wave of a tambourine at a karaoke box - how Japanese!
Day 14 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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