Small Group Tour IJT Classic


10 Nights: from US$2126 Trip Code: HYP0002JPOP

From maid cafés, video game arcades and kawaii street fashions to ancient temples, exquisite gardens and spectacular natural scenery; J-Pop & Go! is the perfect mixture of kitschy pop culture and traditional Japan. Read more >

HYPERJAPAN is the UK's biggest celebration of Japanese pop culture and food, attracting an ever-increasing throng of guests to its convention in London every year. Now, HYPERJAPAN has collaborated with InsideJapan Tours to create the ultimate J-culture adventure: J-Pop & Go!

Covering six incredible destinations in ten nights, this fast-paced tour will introduce you to some of Japan's most important pop culture haunts as well as some of its most venerated historical sites - giving you an insight into how the modern and the traditional are interwoven in today's society.

In Tokyo you'll be treated like the master of the house at a maid café; enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki at the Studio Ghibli Museum; try out the games at J-World manga theme park; and be hypnotised by the flashing neon lights and bikini-clad robots at the Robot Restaurant.

As you speed west toward Kyoto, Japan's capital of culture and history, you'll stop off for one night in Hakone - a national park famed for its hot spring baths, beautiful traditional inns and spectacular views of Mount Fuji. Then, with two nights in Kyoto, you'll have a chance to sample some more traditional experiences - try zazen meditation at a Zen temple, spot geisha in the Gion district and marvel at the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji.

Further west still, a sobering visit to Hiroshima's Peace Park Museum and the stunning Miyajima Island will be followed by a night in vibrant Osaka, where you'll visit the Cup Noodle Museum and have a go at making your own!

If this sounds good and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your tour in Japan!

Important Practical Information

Max Group Size: 16

Single Supplement: There is a single supplement for this tour. Single travellers will have a single room at all of the western style hotels. They will be asked to share with another single traveller of the same sex at the Japanese style stays (maximum 1 night).

Transport: Please note that most transfers are by public transport making use of Japan's first-rate transport network.

Luggage: We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Large suitcases will be an inconvenience to you. A small case or bag with wheels or a rucksack are most appropriate for this tour as you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators or elevators/lifts. You will also need a small overnight back-pack (for up to two nights) for use when we forward our main bags to the next location.

Accommodation: All western style hotels have ensuite rooms. The ryokan accommodation in Hakone has a shared bathroom and toilet facilities. However,  a natural hot spring 'Onsen' bath and showers are available for private use. Due to the nature of the Capsule hotel in Osaka, there are only shared baths and toilets. Children are usually not allowed to stay in capsule hotels; please check with us as we can arrange alternative accommodation.

International Flights: This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Tokyo hotel are only available from 3pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time).

Fitness: Even when not using public transport, sightseeing in Japan often involves walking between sights, climbing up steps in temples and being 'on the go' for much of the day. To enjoy any of our Small Group Tours you should be of moderate fitness, able to walk and climb stairs without difficulty and able to maintain a pace that is comfortable for the majority of the group.

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day, one lunch and two evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • All transport between destinations: 7-Day Japan Rail Pass, transport passes in Hakone, Kyoto and Miyajima, and an IC transport card with 4,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Tickets to Tokyo's Anime Japan event (March departure) OR Namco Namja Town indoor theme park and J-World manga theme park (all other departures)
  • Entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Cable car and boat ride across Lake Ashi in Hakone
  • Evening walking tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
  • Zazen meditation session at Gesshin-in Temple
  • Visit to Hiroshima's Peace Park Museum
  • Tate-do swordplay experience in Osaka
  • Tickets to the Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Entry to Tokyo's famous Robot Restaurant
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
  • Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Kyoto and from Hiroshima to Tokyo
  • Arrival transfer by shared shuttle bus & departure transfer by airport limousine bus

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (subway, buses, taxis) unless covered by the included passes
  • Baggage handling & luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

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  • Tour Price: From US$2126
  • Single Supplement: US$202

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$67 Single pp US$81
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$94 Single pp US$148


  • Tour Price: From US$2558
  • Single Supplement: US$249

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$74 Single pp US$108
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$87 Single pp US$128

Tour Highlights

  • Be blown away by the flashing neon extravaganza of Tokyo's Robot Restaurant
  • Get in touch with your spiritual side with a session of zazen meditation in Kyoto
  • Have lunch at a maid café in Akihabara “electric town”
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!
  • Enter the imagination of Japan's finest animator at the Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Take an evening walking tour of Kyoto's Gion geisha district
  • Take a boat ride across Lake Ashi in the shadow of Mount Fuji

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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