The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza in Japan

The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza in Japan

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The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza in Japan

11 Days Starting in Tokyo and ending in Osaka

Visiting: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Itsukushima, Osaka

Tour operator:

The Dragon Trip

Specialist Group:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

5 - 18

Physical rating:


Age range:


Special diets catered:


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Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours




Sightseeing, Walking

Private Available:

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$3527 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$166

NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Discover the epitome of Japanese exploration with our 11 day Japan Plus tour, seamlessly blending excitement, adventure, and added comfort with exclusive experiences throughout. From the vibrant energy of Tokyo to the culinary delights of Osaka, via captivating stops in Hakone, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, embark on an 11-day journey through the heart and soul of Japan. Experience the dynamic contrasts of bustling modern cities juxtaposed with serene historic regions, and from the majestic mountains to the tranquil rivers, our Japan Plus Culture Tour offers an immersive and diverse exploration of this captivating country. Begin your adventure by immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Tokyo, then catch a glimpse of the iconic Mount Fuji in the scenic landscapes of Hakone. Delve into Japan's rich cultural heritage as you wander through the beautiful streets of Kyoto, adorned with UNESCO World Heritage temples and gardens. Explore Hiroshima, where history comes to life, and pay a poignant visit to Miyajima Island, known for its stunning natural beauty and sacred sites. End your journey in Osaka, affectionately known as 'Japan's Stomach', where you'll tantalize your taste buds with delectable local cuisine. Indulge in traditional experiences such as relaxing in onsens, participating in meditation classes, and learning the art of sushi-making like a local. Japan Plus offers you the opportunity to experience the Land of the Rising Sun in a truly unique and unforgettable way, capturing the essence of Japan's rich culture, history, and natural beauty.


  • Sumida River cruise (Tokyo)

  • Asakusa visit & Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo)

  • Lake Ashi boat cruise (Hakone)

  • Onsen stay (Hakone)

  • Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (Kyoto)

  • Meditation class & Daisen-in Temple visit (Kyoto)

  • Miyajima Island day trip, including Itsukushima Shrine and ropeway (Hiroshima)

  • Dotonbori boat ride (Osaka)

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The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza In Japan

The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza In Japan

The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza In Japan

The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza In Japan

The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza In Japan

The Rising Sun Odyssey: An 11-Day Cultural Extravaganza In Japan


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Day 1 : Arrival Day

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Shinjuku Washington Hotel

Welcome to the vibrant city of Tokyo, marking the beginning of your unforgettable Japan Plus Culture Tour! Upon your arrival, gather in the hotel's lounge area in the afternoon to meet your Adventure Leader for a comprehensive trip briefing. Discover the exciting itinerary planned for the next 11 days, meet your fellow travellers, and receive valuable tips for ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience in Japan.

Indulge in a luxurious kaiseki dinner, savouring the exquisite flavours of a traditional multi-course Japanese meal. Following dinner, prepare for a thrilling experience as we whisk you away to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the city from its towering heights. Get ready to marvel at Tokyo's breath-taking skyline and iconic landmarks from this spectacular vantage point.

Day 2 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Start your day bright and early with a captivating visit to the bustling Tsukiji Fish Market, renowned for its abundance of shops and restaurants offering the freshest seafood in the city. Indulge in a delightful mid-morning breakfast sushi experience, immersing yourself in the flavours of Tokyo's culinary scene.

Continue your aquatic adventure as we journey to the picturesque Sumida River in the Asakusa district, where we'll embark on a scenic boat tour. Glide along the river, soaking in the spectacular panoramic views of the city's skyline.

Upon returning to land, embark on a leisurely exploration of the Asakusa district on foot, ensuring a visit to the iconic Sensoji Temple. This historic temple, completed in 645 AD, exudes vibrancy and charm, surrounded by a bustling market offering an array of local snacks and traditional souvenirs.

If your appetite for seafood has been whetted by the morning's visit to Tsukiji, prepare to indulge further with an afternoon sushi-making class. Under the guidance of a professional instructor, learn the art of crafting Japanese culinary staples with your own hands.

As evening approaches, consider venturing into the vibrant Roppongi area, renowned for its eclectic mix of entertainment, dining, and nightlife options. Explore the bustling streets and discover the vibrant energy of Tokyo's nightlife scene.

Day 3 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Accommodation: Hotel

Kickstart your day with an authentic slice of Japanese culture as we visit a Sumo stable. Witness real-life Sumo wrestlers in action during their training session, offering a fascinating glimpse into this ancient sport. Afterward, explore the historic town of Sumo, immersing yourself in its rich heritage. For lunch, indulge in a hearty chanko nabe meal, a traditional dish enjoyed by Sumo wrestlers.

In the early afternoon, venture to the magnificent Meiji Jingu Shrine, a symbol of reverence dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. After exploring the shrine's serene surroundings, enjoy some leisure time in the vibrant Harajuku district to explore at your own pace.

Next, brace yourself for the bustling energy of Shibuya, home to the world's busiest pedestrian crossing. Hunt for the iconic Hachiko statue while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of this iconic neighbourhood.

As evening descends, the choice is yours to explore further or unwind in Shibuya or Akihabara. Seek recommendations from your guide for additional experiences to make the most of your time in Tokyo.

Day 4 : Hakone

Location: Hakone

Accommodation: Hotel

Embark on a scenic journey to the picturesque town of Hakone, the next destination on your Japan Plus Culture Tour.

Arriving in Moto-Hakone just before lunch, prepare to set sail on a unique adventure aboard a pirate ship cruise on Lake Ashi. Cruise across the tranquil waters, surrounded by towering mountains and the serene beauty of the landscape. If luck is on our side, catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Fuji on the horizon.

Following the exhilarating boat cruise, ascend to the mountain peaks via a cable car ride, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

In the evening, unwind and rejuvenate your senses in a traditional Japanese onsen, immersing yourself in the therapeutic sulfuric waters known for their healing properties. Relax in the tranquil ambiance of your ryokan accommodations before indulging in a sumptuous kaiseki dinner, showcasing the finest flavours of Japanese cuisine.

Day 5 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Indulge in a delightful breakfast at your accommodation before enjoying a few more hours of relaxation at the onsen, immersing yourself in tranquil serenity before our departure for Kyoto.

Board a train and arrive in Kyoto by early afternoon, allowing ample time to drop off our luggage and commence our exploration. Begin with a visit to the iconic Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in over 1000 years of history. Perched atop the hillsides overlooking Kyoto and nestled beside the Otowa Waterfall, the temple offers stunning panoramic views of the city.

In the heart of Kyoto, embark on a captivating tour of the renowned geisha districts, including the picturesque Gion. Delve into the fascinating world of geishas as you witness a traditional geisha show, gaining insight into the area's rich history and enjoying a mesmerizing performance.

As evening descends, immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Kyoto as you explore the vibrant streets in search of a delectable dinner. Consider returning to the Gion area, where you'll find an array of traditional restaurants serving authentic Japanese cuisine.

Day 6 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Get ready for an exhilarating morning as we kick off with a visit to the renowned Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Japan's most iconic landmarks. Marvel at the mesmerizing sight of nearly 10,000 vibrant red torii gates, forming picturesque trails that wind through the foothills of Mount Inari. Take your time exploring the serene pathways and soaking in the breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape.

Next, venture to Nishiki Market, affectionately known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen', where you'll have the opportunity to indulge in a culinary adventure. With over 100 shops and restaurants offering a variety of delectable treats, take some time to savour a delicious lunch amidst the bustling atmosphere of this renowned market.

In the early afternoon, rendezvous for a visit to the Sake Museum, where you'll immerse yourself in the rich history, craftsmanship, and culture of Japanese rice wine. Explore the fascinating exhibits and learn about the intricate process of sake production.

With the afternoon at your leisure, feel free to explore Kyoto at your own pace, whether it's discovering more of the city's cultural treasures, indulging in shopping, or simply relaxing and soaking up the ambiance of this enchanting city.

Day 7 : Kyoto

Location: Kyoto

Accommodation: Hotel

Start your day by discovering your inner peace. We’ll pay a visit to the Daisen-in Temple for a very special meditation class, led by a Buddhist monk. Once we’re all nicely relaxed, we’ll head into the temple’s traditional Zen garden to take a look around – there’s a reason it’s known as one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan!

We’ll then pay a visit to another of Kyoto’s most iconic sites – the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Zen temple is covered in gold leaf, sending shimmering reflections across the pond it stands over.

The Imperial Palace is our next stop! The former place of residence for Japan’s Imperial family until 1868 – when the country’s capital moved to Tokyo – it’s today a historic attraction filled with beautiful traditional buildings, courtyards, and gardens.

After a busy day of sightseeing, the evening is yours to do as you please. Why not head into the downtown area to make the most of Kyoto’s nightlife?

Day 8 : Hiroshima

Location: Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotel

Prepare for an adventurous morning as we check out of our accommodation in Kyoto, but our exploration of the city is far from over. After dropping off our luggage for safekeeping, you have the option to embark on an exhilarating sightseeing tour of the Arashiyama district aboard a traditional rickshaw.

We'll continue our exploration of Arashiyama in the afternoon, allowing time for lunch before visiting the iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Wander through this enchanting grove of towering bamboo stalks, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of nature. Additionally, explore the picturesque gardens of Tenryu-ji Temple, renowned for their tranquil ponds, meticulously landscaped areas, and traditional architectural marvels, offering a glimpse into the artistry of Japanese garden design.

As the afternoon progresses, we'll journey to our next destination on the Japan Plus Culture Tour – Hiroshima. Boarding a train, we'll arrive in the city in the evening, providing the perfect opportunity for some well-deserved rest and relaxation after a day filled with exploration and adventure.

Day 9 : Miyajima Island

Location: Itsukushima

Accommodation: Hotel

Embark on an unforgettable journey this morning as we set off for the breathtaking Miyajima Island. After a scenic train ride, we'll board a ferry offering stunning views of our first destination, the majestic Itsukushima Shrine. This iconic torii gate, standing tall in the sea, creates a mesmerizing sight, seemingly floating during high tide and accessible on foot during low tide.

Next, ascend to new heights as we take the ropeway or opt for a refreshing hike to the summit of Mount Misen. From this elevated vantage point, over 500 meters above sea level, marvel at the panoramic vistas of the Seto Inland Sea and its picturesque islands.

Returning to sea level, spend the afternoon further exploring the enchanting Miyajima Island before we journey back to Hiroshima in the early evening. Upon our return to the city, you'll have the option to join your group for a delectable okonomiyaki dinner, a traditional grilled pancake dish that serves as a delicious introduction to the culinary delights of the region.

Day 10 : Osaka

Location: Osaka

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Cross Hotel Osaka

Today, we begin early with a poignant visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, a site of profound significance commemorating the atomic bombing during World War II. Opened in 1955, the museum serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating events and emphasizes the importance of lasting world peace. Explore the exhibits with the assistance of an audio guide, gaining insight into the region's history and the impact of the bombing.

Following your museum visit, enjoy some free time to savour lunch before we embark on our transfer to the final destination of our Japan Plus Culture Tour – Osaka.

Arriving in Osaka in the evening, we embark on a delightful boat ride down the canal, offering enchanting views of the vibrant Dotonbori district. This bustling area pulsates with energy, lined with an array of remarkable bars and restaurants. For your last evening meal, we have a special treat planned – indulge in a delectable takoyaki dinner, followed by a craft beer crawl, allowing you to immerse yourself in the culinary delights of 'Japan's Stomach' in style.

Day 11 : Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

As today draws to a close, we bid farewell to our unforgettable Japan Plus Culture Tour. Commencing the day with a bullet train journey from Osaka to Tokyo, we reflect on the incredible experiences and cherished memories created throughout our journey.

As we arrive in Tokyo, our adventure comes to an end, but the memories of our time exploring the rich culture and diverse landscapes of Japan will endure. We hope this journey has left an indelible mark on your heart, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures in the future. Until then, safe travels and farewell.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Standard hotel accommodation throughout

  • Fully Guided

    An amazing Adventure Leader in each city

  • Transport

    Transport within Japan, including a 7-day JR pass

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Meals

  • Optional

    Activities that aren’t included; Free time & independent activities in Tokyo Chanko nabe Sumo lunch in Tokyo Free time & independent activities in Kyoto Arashiyama rickshaw tour in Kyoto Free time & independent activities in Hiroshima Okonomiyaki dinner in Hiroshima

Mode of Transport

Transport within Japan, including a 7-day Japan Rail pass.


Standard hotel accommodation throughout

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

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

  • What currencies are required for this tour?


  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, but details will be provided before tour starts.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

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

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


  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, this is a backpacking tour for adults - 18+

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

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

  • 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.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

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

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

    Yes, more details will be provided pre-departure.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?


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


  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Who should I contact in the event of an emergency on tour?

    Depending upon where you are travelling, the following emergency contact numbers are available for The Dragon Trip: China: +86 21 2206 4018 Japan: +81 50 1742 2696 South Korea (can only be used in Korea): 00308 491 0186 Singapore: +65 3158 0233 Southeast Asia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka: +84 284 458 1410

  • 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 contact us to see the ages of the people who are booked already.

Reviews of this operator

Ifrah Ali  

Indonesia Trip


Unfortunately our trip to Indonesia was cancelled due to the global pandemic. Alex from the dragon trip was so lovely and helpful in dealing with the situation. I was refunded very quickly and I would definitely recommend this company as they were able to professionally deal with the unfortunate circumstances. I was really looking forward to the activities in my tour and I would love to book again when it is safe to do so.

Lucy Day  

Great Service


Unfortunately our trip was cancelled due to the Pandemic but other than a slight hiccup during booking the customer service from The Dragon Trip was amazing. We were contacted in advance of our trip to be told it had been cancelled and offered a 110% voucher to book another date. Due to our circumstances we needed a full refund. Replies to our emails were quick and polite. We were told we would have the refund by 31st July which we accepted at the time, a couple of months later we checked back to see if there was an improvement on this date and offered a payment plan with money arriving in my account immediately. Less than a week later an email came through saying the full remaining balance had been paid into my account. Alex who was emailed myself also offered advice with regards to other travel companies who we are struggling to get replies and refunds from. I highlight recommend this company for their customer service and look forward to booking and travelling with them in the future.

Laura Cremin  

Nepal Tour


Amazing time in Nepal with a really great group of people! We really were shown all Nepal had to offer and the guides were so much fun and really looked after us. The trek in particular was incredible. Absolutely recommend 😊

Ben Kinsler-Lubienski  

Amazing Trip!


Booked a trip around South East Asia, and the tour guides have catered to all of our needs and its been a very enjoyable and fun month!

Nabil Zakkour  

Incredible India Tour with The Dragon Trip


We enjoyed our incredible India-Tour with our Leader Deepak, who did a great job and become our friend!

Olivia Connor  

Highly Recommend


Highly recommend the dragon trip! So well organised and the tour guides are amazing, they look after you so well and they’re so fun and friendly! You get to do many cool things on the trip, thanks for an amazing month!

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    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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