Japan Basix
Japan 9 days ex Tokyo

Japan is an extraordinary land; home of sumo wrestling, geishas, karaoke and onsens! This enigmatic nation is one of Asia's most
fascinating destinations. Get back to basics to experience all the culture, history and natural beauty without breaking your budget. From
sushi to samurai - experience all things Japanese.
Itinerary
Trip details
Days 1-3 Tokyo
From imperial gardens to towering
skyscrapers, the contrasts are endless in
this bustling city. Wander the world's
largest fish market, immerse yourself in
youth culture in Harajuku or shop till you
drop in the electronic capital of the world –
Akihabara. Beneath all the neon and glitz
there is another side to Tokyo, the
traditional neighbourhoods of the
historical downtown – explore rough and
ready Asakusa or rumble with the Sumo
wrestlers in Ryogoku.
Duration
9 days ex Tokyo

Departure dates
23 Aug 2008
06 Sep 2008
18 Oct 2008
15 Nov 2008

Highlights
See the big city lights of Tokyo, Visit the resting place of the Tokugawa
shoguns, Soak in a traditional outdoor onsen, Reflect on the past in
Hiroshima, Delve into geisha culture in Kyoto, Experience the modern
and traditional faces of Japan

Trip code
JRB

Group size
min 4, max 16

Meals included
no meals included

Important notes
1. You will not be required to purchase a Japan Rail pass for this trip.
However it is recommended that you obtain a rail pass before you
leave home if you wish to travel in Japan before or after your trip ends.
2. Some accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.
3. Some accommodation may be multishare

Transport
Metro, local train, express train, bus, walking

Accommodation
Traditional inns (8 nights)

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Days 4-5 Nikko
Nestled amongst the ancient cedar trees
is the resting place of the first Tokugawa
shogun, a lavish complex brightly painted
and covered in gold leaf in which no
expense was spared. Nearby, the area
surrounding Lake Chuzenji is full of
natural beauty and has some great hikes
past waterfalls and through ash filled
meadows.
Days 6-7 Hakone
Famous for views of Mt Fuji reflected in the
waters of Mt Ashi, this scenic mountain
area has plenty of onsens if you want to
spend your time here relaxing in the warm
thermal water. Also significant as a check
point on the 400 year old Tokaido
Highway, parts of which are still walkable
today. Otherwise check out some of the
many galleries and museums in the area.
Days 8-9 Kamakura/
Tokyo
Returning to Tokyo we make the most of
our time in this amazing capital before
making a day trip to Kamakura. The
capital and centre of Japanese culture
around 900 years ago, Kamakura has a
wealth of historical and religious sights.
Our final night is spent in the dynamic city
of Tokyo before saying our final
sayonnaras.