Anime Escapade: A 7-Day Expedition through Japan's Animated Wonderland

Anime Escapade: A 7-Day Expedition through Japan's Animated Wonderland

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Anime Escapade: A 7-Day Expedition through Japan's Animated Wonderland

7 Days Starting and ending in Tokyo

Visiting: Tokyo

Tour operator:

The Dragon Trip

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 17

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-55

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English , Spanish
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours, Budget

Interests:

Cultural

Activities:

Walking

From:
$871
$827 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$44

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey delving into the captivating realm of Japanese anime with our exclusive 7-day Japan Anime Tour. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the hidden anime gems tucked away in its vibrant neighborhoods, this tour promises an immersive experience for anime enthusiasts of all levels. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to explore Tokyo's renowned anime museums, where you can delve into the rich history and evolution of this beloved art form. Dive into the dynamic world of anime merchandise at electrifying shopping sites, where you'll find a plethora of collectibles, apparel, and memorabilia to add to your collection. Experience the thrill of stepping into iconic scenes from your favorite anime series at indoor theme parks dedicated to bringing these fantastical worlds to life. From thrilling rides to immersive exhibits, these parks offer an unforgettable journey into the imagination. But the adventure doesn't end there. As part of a group of fellow anime enthusiasts, you'll have the chance to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion. Along the way, knowledgeable experts will provide insights and behind-the-scenes stories, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of Japanese anime culture. Join us on this immersive 7-day Japan Anime Tour and uncover the magic and wonder of anime in the heart of Tokyo.

Highlights

  • Explore Akihabara

  • Experience Kyoto’s Geisha district

  • Ride the ropeway to Owakudani

  • Visit the Peace Memorial Museum

  • Sensoji Temple

  • Pokémon Mega Center Tokyo

  • Tokyo Anime Station Ikebukuro

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Day
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hostel

Begin your Japan anime adventure in Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, transfer to your accommodation. Use the rest of the day to settle in, relax, or venture out to explore the vibrant surroundings. Discover nearby attractions, immerse yourself in local culture, or simply unwind before your exciting journey ahead.

Day 2 : Tokyo
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hostel

Embark on your Japan anime adventure with an unforgettable visit to the renowned Ghibli Museum. Discover the captivating world of Hayao Miyazaki's animation studio, featuring film excerpts, a charming rooftop garden, and captivating exhibits showcasing Ghibli's iconic filmography.

Following this enriching experience, venture into the lush surroundings of Inogashira Park, nestled in Tokyo's trendy Kichijoji area. Take leisurely strolls amidst the greenery before delving into the atmospheric alleys of Harmonica Yokocho. Here, immerse yourself in the local ambiance as you explore quaint shops, cosy bars, and authentic eateries offering a diverse array of culinary delights. Enjoy the freedom to further explore the area or seek recommendations from your Adventure Leader for additional hidden gems to discover.

For those seeking more culinary adventures, seize the opportunity to explore the Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) food district. Indulge in a culinary journey through dozens of intimate eateries serving up delectable dishes such as ramen, soba, sushi, yakitori, and kushiyaki, promising a truly unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Day 3 : Tokyo
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hostel

Today, embark on a captivating Sumida River Cruise, treating yourself to panoramic views of the Tokyo Skyline from Hinode Pier to Asakusa. Dive deeper into Asakusa's allure as you explore its enchanting streets and visit the historic Sensoji Temple, offering insights into Buddhism in Japan.

Next, venture into the vibrant hub of Akihabara, renowned as Japan's "Electric Town" and a cultural epicenter for anime, manga, and J-pop. Delve into the bustling atmosphere and consider immersing yourself in a unique "Made in Tokyo" experience at one of the area's iconic maid cafes.

Cap off the evening with a thrilling karaoke session, a beloved Japanese tradition with a surprise twist awaiting you. Join us on the tour to uncover this karaoke experience first-hand!

Day 4 : Tokyo
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hostel


Today's adventure begins with a deep dive into otaku culture at Nakano Broadway, a renowned multi-floor complex in Tokyo. Explore its labyrinthine corridors filled with rare anime, manga, and collectibles, offering a treasure trove for enthusiasts.

Next, immerse yourself in the eclectic ambiance of Harajuku, where modernity meets tradition. Embark on a brief tour before delving into the vibrant shopping district, where you'll encounter a kaleidoscope of fashion styles, from maids to punks. Take a moment to soak in the atmosphere before proceeding to the serene Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, pivotal figures in Japan's transition to modernity.

For those seeking an iconic Tokyo experience, a visit to the Shibuya Crossing awaits, where the synchronized chaos of pedestrian traffic captivates onlookers. Following this, enjoy free time to explore the city independently or opt to partake in the exhilarating Kartoon Karting activity, adding an extra layer of excitement to your day.

Day 5 : Tokyo
Location: Tokyo
Accommodation: Hostel

Embark on a thrilling journey through Ikebukuro, a bustling hub of anime culture. Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Sunshine City mall and explore Otome Road, renowned for its vast array of anime merchandise. At Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo, immerse yourself in the world of Pokémon and collect exclusive items.

Next, delve into the exciting Tokyo Anime Station, where captivating events and exhibitions await. Experience the thrilling rides and mouth-watering delights at Namjatown, an indoor theme park offering a unique blend of entertainment and cuisine. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore Ikebukuro or relax with your fellow travellers.

Day 6 : Tokyo
Location: Tokyo

Maximize your free day in the city! Explore independently or join your Adventure Leader for guided tours to major attractions. Consider these options:

* Shinjuku Gyoen: Explore the vast expanse of Shinjuku Gyoen, one of Tokyo's largest parks, featuring sprawling lawns, winding paths, and serene scenery. During spring, it transforms into a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, offering a tranquil retreat from the bustling city.

* Ameyoko Market: Delve into the vibrant atmosphere of Ameyoko Market, where bustling alleys are filled with an array of Japanese products, from fresh seafood and produce to clothing and electronics. Located in the Ueno area, it provides a lively shopping experience and easy access to Ueno Park and the National Art Museum.

* Odaiba: Embark on an adventure in Odaiba, home to Joypolis, Tokyo's premier indoor amusement park, offering thrilling rides and interactive attractions. Don't miss the opportunity to marvel at the towering Gundam statue, an iconic symbol of Japanese pop culture, located nearby.

* Kamakura Day Trip: Escape the city for a day and journey to Kamakura, a picturesque coastal town renowned for its tranquil atmosphere and historical significance. Explore its charming streets, visit ancient temples and shrines, and discover the town's ties to popular anime and manga, such as "Slam Dunk."

Day 7 : Tokyo
Location: Tokyo

Today marks the end of your memorable Japan anime tour. For those with later flights, enjoy optional activities or explore Tokyo with your tour leader. Otherwise, transfer to Narita or Haneda airport for your journey home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation (gender split dorm rooms) - Please note: Accommodation is in 4-8 bedded dorm rooms as a standard on our Japan tours

  • Fully Guided

    Adventure Leader Epic Adventure Leaders from Day 2 to Day 5

  • Transport

    Transport within Japan, including a metro card with ¥?4500

  • Our included activities:

    * Ghibli Museum [Please note: Due to overwhelming demand for the Museum, it may not always be possible for us to secure tickets for everyone. In these cases, we will refund 1000JPY to any passengers who are unable to visit during their tour.] * Inogashira Park * Sumida River Cruise * Asakusa walking tour * Sensoji Temple * Akihabara walking tour * Nakano Broadway * Meiji Shrine * Shibuya Crossing * Pokémon Mega Center Tokyo * Tokyo Anime Station Ikebukuro * Namjatown

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

    They’re are available upon arrival for over 60 countries including the UK, US, Canada Australia and EU countries.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Detailed information will be provided pre-departure

  • Optional activities

    * Karaoke night * Kartoon Karting – please note that booking is necessary for Kartoon Karting, and that the Dragon Trip should be informed of your intent to join this experience at least 6 weeks before * Maid in Tokyo café experience * Free time activities, including Omoide Yokocho, Odaiba visit, Shijuku Gyeon Garden, Kamakura day trip etc.

Mode of Transport

Local transport within Tokyo

Accommodation

Tokyo DDD Hostel (Subject to availability)

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, this is a backpacking tour for young adults.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No, most nationalities do not need a visa to enter Japan.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Most nationalities do not need a visa to enter Japan. If you do need a visa for any reason, do let us know. You may have to pay additional fees for your Japan Rail Pass.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes, The Dragon Trip in an international travel company and we have trippers from all over the world.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, these can be booked on request (with extra charge).

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, you will need to book your own international flights.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All entrance fees for included activities are included in the tour price.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    We recommend to have one small luggage for our tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, but details will be provided before tour starts.

  • Do I need any special vaccinations for Japan?

    No vaccinations are required to enter Japan. Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan.

  • What travel insurance do I need to join the tour?

    We require all our customers to have backpackers travel insurance when coming on the trip. We recommend purchasing a travel insurance that offers ‘Bad Weather or Natural Disaster Coverage’. Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you. In the event of an accident, we may need to contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone n

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low -

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    JPY.

  • Company Instant Book

    Yes, if you book at least 60 days before

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, more details will be provided pre-departure.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, they are locals who speak fluent English and have guided our trips with experience.

  • I’m a vegetarian/have allergies – will I be able to get the right food?

    Yes! With so many food choices, Japan can meet the needs of individuals with special dietary needs or requests. Just tell your Adventure Leader and they can help you find something suitable. You will probably discover a new dish that you love!

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    No.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Majority of our clients are solo travellers and our prices are based on sharing in dorm style rooms. We do offer single room upgrades for those who do not wish to share a room.

  • Can you guarantee same-sex dorm rooms?

    We always strive to ensure the highest level of comfort and convenience for our valued clients during their travels with us. However, for our tours in Asia, we cannot guarantee same-sex dorm rooms in the hostels we use, particularly during high season, such as the cherry blossom season in Japan. Please rest assured that we do our utmost to accommodate our clients' preferences wherever possible. However, the availability of same-sex dorm rooms ultimately depends on the policies of the hostels we work with. In some cases, different genders may be allocated to the same room due to limited availability.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Please speak to our sales team as soon as possible to see how we can help.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All our accommodation is check regularly to make sure it's a safe and clean environment.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    We are not perfect but we aim to be, that is why year on year we aim to increase the proportion of local businesses we work with as well as reduce the average carbon footprint of all of our group tour adventures. We do this by measuring our performance and making small but positive changes to how we operate.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive a booking pack with all the pick up times, accommodation and activities included.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    The Dragon Trip has been trading since March 2011

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, although you will have to make your own way to where the group is heading to out of your own expense.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our tours are aimed at fun, out-going and open minded individuals. We typically get people aged between 18 to 55 travelling on our trips. Feel free to call us to see the ages of the people who are booked already.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Alex  

11/10

15/11/2019

11/10. Honestly could not have asked for a better being tour for me and my partner!

Samantha Sandoval   Japan

Jap Anime

06.08.2022

Amazing guides who made the entire trip amazing and were so informative!

Taia Fry   Japan

Jap Anime

08-Jun-2022

We had an incredible trip through Japan. Both Juno and Chipa were amazing guides, making sure everyone was happy and having fun. Every day was filled with fun activities and plenty of free time.

Olivia Connor   Japan

Japan Anime

06.08.2022

I highly recommend! So well organized and the tour guides are amazing, they take such good care of you and are so fun and friendly! You get to do a lot of interesting things on the trip, thanks for an amazing trip.

Nathan  

An incredible, well planned and executed experience.

25-Mar-2020

An incredible, well planned and executed experience. Juno Choi, whilst training two other people was able to stay very professional, showing us everything Japan has to offer! Would recommend this 100% to anyone who's thinking of a tour around Japan. It's a good way to people and do things you might not usually be able to!

Kevin  

The best trip I’ve ever booked!

11-Feb-2020

The best trip I’ve ever booked! The group was just amazing and the guide was the nicest and most informed one I’ve ever met (thanks, Juno – you’ve made this trip special)

Abraham Gómez   Japan

Japan Anime

08-Jun-2022

It's a busy and tiring tour, but you get to see and do a lot. Yukko was our leader and excellent. He always went out of his way to make sure we had the best trip.

Arturo Hernández   Japan

Jap Anime

08-Jun-2022

It's wonderful to know that there is a company like this in Japan, helping first-time visitors get around the country. Additionally, they take their time to explain things about the country so that you have a deep understanding of the culture.

Gideon  

an incredible experience that everyone should try

15/11/2019

If your thinking of booking the tour then you 1000% should. Its an incredible experience that everyone should try

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of the dragon trip charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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