Japan is a universe unto itself – a tiny country that combines ancient history with unprecedented innovation. Our trip begins in Osaka then takes us to Kyoto (which is now technically part of Osaka, to give you a sense of the island’s density). After bowing to the friendly deer in Nara Park, we continue to Tokyo – the biggest megacity of them all – where they’ll still be riding high from hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. So grab your Hello Kitty backpack, choose your Pikachu, and loosen those stretchy pants…between the street food, cooking class, public markets and gourmet restaurants we’ll eat so much Japanese food it will be anything but kawaii.
Who’s it for? Gay Men
Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days
Start in Kyoto.
End in Tokyo.
Group size: Min 4; max 16
Accomodations: 4-Star Hotel (5 nights), 3-Star Hotel (4 nights)
Physical Rating: 2/5
• All breakfasts (9), 2 lunches and 7 dinners
• Transportation by private coach and train
• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host
• Hotel porterage
• International airfare
• Gratuities to guides and drivers
• Alcoholic drinks not included with meals unless stated in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.
Wake up to a morning tour of essential sights like Osaka Castle and Kuromon Ichiba – the local market that’s equally popular with top chefs, home cooks and tourists. Enjoy lunch on your own or with fellow travelers then rest up in the afternoon. Tonight we head to the neon lights of Dotonbori for a street food tour, where you may taste kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers), okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) and takoyaki (octopus balls).
Today begins early with a taxi ride to Fushimi Inari, a shrine beloved for the hundreds of distinct red torii arches that line the main trails. Following breakfast back at the hotel more photo ops await. We’ll visit Arashiyama – the city’s towering bamboo grove – and three Buddhist temples: Tenryuji, Kinkakuji, and Kiyomizudera. Tonight you can make your own plans for dinner or join the larger group. Since we have a lazy morning tomorrow, why not check out Kyoto’s gay scene?
Today we are going to see some of the most impressive sights in Tokyo, so ensure your batteries are charged and you’re prepared for the madness. The Imperial Palace is where the Emperor resides, and is built on the site of the former Edo Castle. Asakusa is a more traditional neighbourhood, and walking through here gives one a sense of what Tokyo felt like a few years ago. If you want to join us for an optional ramen lunch, nothing beats a bowl in authentic Japanese surroundings. Finally, after tonight’s dinner in Shinjuku, we’ll enjoy a gay sake bar tour.
Today we’ll take Tokyo’s wonderfully efficient public transportation to visit the Meiji Shrine, set amidst a 70-hectare forest. From here we can wander through colourful and cute Harajuku, and see the madness of Shibuya, an entertainment and business district that’s home to the world’s two busiest train stations. Our Farewell Dinner tonight marks the official end of this historic tour. All we can say is Doumo Arigatou!
As the last day of our tour, no activities are planned. Please note: a departure transfer is not included, but your group leader will provide clear instructions to get to the airport of choice.
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