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11 days Tokyo to Osaka

11-day Japan Premium Tour

This 11-day premium tour of Japan combines living the high life with a whole series of hands-on experiences. This eclectic, fascinating nation is a true treasure trove of culture, and this trip is a riveting ride through buzzing cities, natural splendour, and gastronomic delights!

A heady concoction of contrasts, this Japan premium tour takes you from the tranquil serenity of mountain temples to the urban buzz of Tokyo, from the speed of hurtling across the country on a bullet train to the relaxation of a river-boat ride down the Hozugawa – all while you experience the rich variety of Japanese cuisine. Buckle up and enjoy the ride, as our adventure leader reveals the magic of this stunning nation over an epic 11-day adventure!


MARCH 2020 FROM £459 Last few places!

APRIL – JUNE 2020 FROM £509

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Japan Premium Tour

Day 1: Tokyo – A Room With A View

Welcome to Japan! Meet your group in the hotel and immediately be wowed by the enormous Godzilla sculpture outside the hotel – a taste of the rich variety of Japanese life to come on your Japan premium tour. Enjoy a welcome dinner, taking in the stunning city-scapes from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Day 2: Tokyo – Cycling and Sushi

It’s time to dive into a slice of local life, as you take a bike tour through one of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods. Start the day with a delicious cup of local coffee, and our local guide will give you the lowdown on some of the customs here. We’ll visit a Buddhist temple and observe an awe-inspiring local ceremony. There’s also time to weave your way through this lovely area and round off the trip with sake sample. Then, in the afternoon, learn the art of sushi-making with our expert chef and sample some of your produce (and your chef’s) at dinner!

This evening, it’s time to check out the glitz and glamour of the Roppongi Hills.

Day 3: Tokyo – Sensational Sumos

There’s no better way to start your day than by watching Sumo wrestlers go after each other. This sport is a national obsession, and we’ll observe the training session before enjoying a lunch with the wrestlers. Ask them about their daily routines, and see if you can eat as much as they can! One of Tokyo’s best features is the distinct local neighbourhoods, and we’ll wander around a few of these – you’ll have some time in the ‘Electric Town’ of Akihabara, and in the quirky mayhem of Harajuku!

Day 4: Mount Fuji – Mountainous Majesty

It’s now time for something totally different, as we head out into the mountains. Experience the majesty of Mount Fuji from the 5th station and take in the delights of a traditional village – as well as sampling the heavenly sweets and sake!

This evening, we’ll relax in a ryokan – this traditional Japanese style of accommodation is a true haven in the mountains. You can enjoy the delights of hot water bathing in an onsen nestled amongst nature, and we will also have a traditional kaseiki dinner.

Day 5: Mount Fuji – Sunrise to Riverside Picnic

This morning you have an early start, but we promise it’s worth it! You’ll enjoy sensational views of Mount Fuji at sunrise. Then, you can reward yourself for getting up early with a delicious breakfast back at the ryokan.

After this, it’s time for a hot springs session, before we discover the treasure trove of culture that is Kyoto. Here, you’ll find a whole plethora of charming alleys and incredible restaurants to experience, and with 2,000 temples across the city, you’re never far away from a moment of serenity. Why not explore the stunning Kiyomizu Temple?

Tonight, we’ll explore the charming ambience of Pontocho Alley, and then enjoy a riverside picnic dinner on the banks of the Kamo River.

Day 6: Kyoto – Shrines and Tea with a Geisha

Today, you’ll head over to Fushimi Shrine, where you may recognise the red torii gates from photographs. The reality is more impressive than the pictures, and we’ll stroll up through the gates before reaching the tranquil hills beyond the shrines. You can amble around here before heading back to town.

It’s then time to meet a Geisha over tea, where you can learn about this ancient aspect of Japanese culture. Then, we move from the ancient to the modern, because it’s time for karaoke! It’s also all you can drink, which may affect the quality of the performances…

Day 7: Kyoto – Ninjas and Temples

You’ll start the day with a cycling tour through the streets of Kyoto, which is a great way to experience the city. It’s then time for a moment of zen, with a meditation class and temple tour. Learn the art of meditation – hopefully, you’ll feel suitably tranquil afterwards! We’ll then visit what is arguably the most iconic site in all of Japan: the Golden Pavillion. Marvel at this astonishing man-made beauty, and then head over to the Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, we’ll get the chance to be a Ninja, with an introduction to the skills required!

This evening, enjoy a slice of old-Japan with dinner at an izakaya in Pontocho Alley. This is one of the city’s most iconic streets, and it will imbue your evening with a real sense of excitement.

Day 8: Kyoto/Arashiyama –River Cruise to Bullet Train

Today, you’ll cruise down the Hozugawa River with a coffee in hand, as you see the sights of Kyoto from aboard a ship. This traditional boat ride is a great way to experience an old slice of Japanese life. We’ll then check out the charms of Arashiyama, and pay a visit the bamboo forest and Tenryuji Temple!

It’s then into Hiroshima via bullet train, where you’ll be welcomed with an okonomiyaki dinner. This traditional Japanese-style pancake is a speciality of the area, and we’ll enjoy these before resting up in a luxury hotel!

Day 9: Hiroshima/Miyajima – Sea Kayaking

Today, head off to Miyajima Island. This charming spot is filled with wild deer, sea views, and quaint boutique shops – not to mention some fine seafood restaurants! Work up an appetite by taking out a kayak in the ocean, where you can make your way over to the large torii gate covered by the water. We’ll also take the ropeway for some truly majestic island views.

That evening, we’ll head back to Hiroshima and check out the local night scene. This city may be synonymous with a tragic event, but the vibrant centre is forward-looking and filled with buzzing bars. We include a delicious local dinner of okonoyimaki tonight too.

Day 10: Hiroshima/Osaka – Gastronomic Wonder

A sombre start to the day as we visit the Peace Memoral Museum – this is a well-presented exhibition about the tragic events of 1945. Both sad and inspiring, it paints a picture of hope rising from the despair, and it’s an important part of any trip to Japan.

We’ll then head to Osaka. Japan’s second city is a maelstrom of activity – and a foodie paradise. We’ll see the sights on a Dotonbori boat ride before our takoyaki dinner. Then, spend your evening on a craft beer crawl! We’ll visit Beer Belly Tenma, Craft Beer Bar Marciero, and Craft Beer House Molto, which has views over Namba station from the 31st floor of the Hankyu Grand Building.

Day 11: Osaka – Farewell to Japan

Sadly, this is the end of our Japan premium tour. However, do let us know if you would like to continue your journey – or arrange a post-trip night of accommodation!

What's included on your trip


Including boutique hotels, luxury stays, and a stay in a traditional Ryokan!

Adventure Leader

Epic Adventure Leaders in each city

Local transport

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


Tonnes included & optional activities can be added.
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What you will experience

Cycling in East Tokyo

We cycle through a gorgeous district of the city and witness a spectacular Buddhist ceremony at a local temple. Start the morning with a locally brewed artisan coffee, and end with a craft beer at a nearby brewery.

Deer in Miyajima
Sea Kayaking in Miyajima

Get out into the open water around Miyajima on this active experience. Kayak around the Torii gate and then enjoy some delicious seafood on the island.

Sumo Wrestling Lunch

Try your hand against a sumo wrestler in an unforgettable experience. Then join them for lunch and see if you can eat like a sumo, as well as asking them questions about their daily life.

Cycling Tour of East Tokyo

We cycle through a gorgeous district of the city and witness a spectacular Buddhist ceremony at a local temple. Start the morning with a locally brewed artisan coffee, and end with a craft beer at a nearby brewery.

Sumo Wrestling Lunch

Try your hand against a sumo wrestler in an unforgettable experience. Then, join them for lunch and see if you can eat like a sumo, as well as asking them questions about their daily life.

Onsen in Hakone

Time to truly relax with a luxurious experience in hot springs. Enjoy the hot baths amidst the mountainous majesty of Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji Sunrise

Take in sunrise over Mount Fuji, and experience the wonder of one of the nation’s most renowned symbols.

Tea with a Geisha

Whilst in Kyoto, discover more about this fascinating part of Japanese culture and have tea with a Geisha, and learn about their lives.

Hoguzawa River Cruise

Relax and take in the stunning scenery and wonders of Kyoto.

Meditation Class

Learn the ancient art of meditation within the ornate surroundings of a temple.

Osaka Food Tour

Osaka is a gastronomic delight, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the rich variety of the local cuisine on this expertly-crafted food tour.

Sea Kayaking

Get out into the open water around Miyajima on this active experience. Kayak around the Torii gate, and then enjoy some delicious seafood on the island.

Where you will stay

Shinjuku Gracery

Want a giant dinosaur face sticking out of your hotel? Tick. This place is a comfortable haven amidst the quirky mayhem of Shinjuku.

Sheraton Hiroshima

This luxury spot is located in the heart of the city and is designed to give you a pampered experience in this buzzing area. Enjoy the spa – or a delicious cocktail in the bar.

Hakone Pax Yoshino

This charming onsen hotel is nestled amidst the mountains of Hakone. Hot springs, chilled vibes and some heavenly food as you enjoy the delights of this ryokan experience.

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-ekimae

These rooms fuse modern technology with traditional materials and provide a charming spot amidst the enclave of temples, bars and the nearby Kyoto Tower.

Cross Hotel Osaka

This chic and stylish spot is in the heart of one the best districts of Osaka. Eat and drink to your heart contents in nearby Dotonbori and then sleep soundly in the comforts of this comfortable hotel!


Our 11 Day Japan Premium Tour package price includes the following features:

• A bilingual, epic Adventure Leader throughout the entire trip
• Transport within Japan, including a 7-day Japan Rail pass
• Accommodation (including boutique hotels, luxury hotels and a stay in a traditional Ryokan)

Please note: Accommodation is in twin occupancy as a standard on our Japan premium tours.
Upgrade options (to single) are available, please contact us for more information. Please note that accommodation upgrades are not available in Hakone and Osaka.

Our included activities on our Japan Premium tour:

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tokyo)
  • Sushi Making Class (Tokyo)
  • Bike Tour including Izakaya Lunch, Temple Visit and Craft Brewery (Tokyo)
  • Sumo Wrestling Lunch and experience (Tokyo)
  • Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo)
  • Hiking in Mt Fuji (Mt Fuji)
  • Onsen in ryojan (Mt Fuji)
  • Sunrise over Mt Fuji (Mt Fuji)
  • Ninja Experience (Kyoto)
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)
  • Tea with Geisha (Kyoto)
  • Meditation Class and Zen Temple Tour (Kyoto)
  • Golden Pavilion (Kyoto)
  • Imperial Palace (Kyoto)
  • Sake Tasting (Kyoto)
  • Karaoke and drinks included (Kyoto)
  • Hozugawa River Cruise (Kyoto)
  • Riverside picnic experience (Kyoto)
  • Bamboo Forest (Arashiyama)
  • Tenryuji Temple (Arashiyama)
  • Miyajima Sea Kayaking (Miyajima)
  • Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
  • Dotonbori Boat Ride (Osaka)
  • Takoyaki dinner and food and drink tour (Osaka)
  • 3 Dinners and 2 Lunches Included


The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.

Room Upgrades

On this Japan premium tour, accommodation is twin occupancy at a range of boutique hotels, luxury hotels and ryokans. You can upgrade to a single room for $1,200 or £875

Additional Services

This trip includes a seven day Japan Rail pass which expires on the last day of the tour. If you’re staying on in Japan after the group tour has ended, you can upgrade your Japan Rail pass to 14 days for $220 or 21 days for $370.

We can also arrange for additional accommodation before or after the group tour to allow you to acclimatise to the jet lag or relax after an action packed couple of weeks.

We can also book airport transfers. The best and more affordable way of getting to/from Tokyo’s airports is by public transport. Our sales team can recommend the best way of reaching our hostels depending on the airport you are flying in to.

A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Japan tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).

The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our Japan tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.

No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.

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