Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Hands On Japan

13 Nights: from US$4320 Trip Code: HO

From soba noodle-making classes to taiko drumming, from boat rides to pottery, and from traditional Japanese ryokan inns to a night in a capsule hotel – this tour is practically overflowing with unforgettable experiences. Read more >

Food is one of the highlights of any trip to Japan, and this tour is no different. Besides a range of superb included meals, from a breakfast of the freshest sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market to a kaiseki feast in Kyoto, you'll also learn to make your own. In Takefu this means a soba noodle-making class, whilst at the Daio wasabi farm you'll make traditional pickles and perhaps try a taste of wasabi ice cream!

The creative arts are well represented, and as you continue your adventure you'll test your skills at pottery and roketsu cloth dyeing in Kyoto, traditional papermaking in Takefu and taiko drumming in Tokyo.

Enjoy superb natural scenery as you canoe through valleys and help farmers with their crops in Togari Nozawa Onsen, take a traditional yakatabune boat trip in Tokyo, and hike through the thousands of torii gates at Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Japan is famous for its rich traditional heritage, and this tour offers you a window into a wide variety of cultural institutions. In Tokyo you'll attend a sumo tournament for a glimpse into a strictly regimented world that is much more spiritual than most outsiders realise.

Matsumoto offers the chance to climb to the top of the imposing "Black Crow" samurai castle, whilst in Kyoto you'll try Japanese green tea and be entertained by a maiko (apprentice geisha).

Even going to bed can be an exciting experience in Japan, and along with western hotels you'll stay in traditional ryokan inns - with a night in a space pod-style capsule hotel to boot!

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, nine evening meals and one lunch
  • Airport meet-and-greet plus transfers for arrival and departure
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • IC transport card with 3,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Taiko drumming lesson
  • Sumida River boat ride & tea at Hamarikyu Gardens
  • Yakatabune boat ride with dinner in Tokyo
  • Tsukiji Fish Market tour and sushi platter brunch
  • Stadium tickets to a sumo wrestling tournament
  • Farming experience (fine weather) OR chopstick-making (wet)
  • Canoeing (fine weather) OR chopstick-making (wet)
  • Visit to Daio wasabi farm including lunch & pickle-making experience
  • Afternoon tea with a trainee geisha in Kyoto
  • Pottery experience
  • Roketsu cloth dyeing experience
  • Tondaya machiya visit in Kyoto
  • Knife sharpening and paper-making experiences
  • Soba noodle-making lesson

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any local transport unless covered by the included transport passes
  • Any entrance fees (including temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$4320
  • Single Supplement: US$192

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$80 Single pp US$96
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$128 Single pp US$176

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the ukiyo-e woodblock print museum in Matsumoto
  • Try your hand at traditional Japanese crafts: paper making, pottery, cloth dyeing and more
  • Take a cruise to the serene Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Visit a traditional machiya townhouse for lunch in Kyoto
  • Visit Zenko-ji Temple, one of Japan's most important religious sites

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