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Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo

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Sharni "I took the "Japan Express" 9-day tour with G Adventures with my mother in May 2016, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely! Our tour guide, Takae Suzuki, was an absolute gem - extremely generous with her time, a great sense of fun, enthusiasm for showcasing the best her country has to offer, and flexible if fellow travellers wanted to separate from the group to do their own thing. I would recommen..."
Excellent
10 reviews
Starts
Osaka
+5 Destinations
Central Japan
Ends
Tokyo
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Highlights

  • Learn all about Hiroshima
  • Enjoy a locally cooked dinner
  • Visit spectacular Nijo Castle
  • Soak in natural hot springs
Age range
12 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Monastery, Guesthouse, Hut
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Train & Rail, Boat, Local Transport, Ferry
Start in Osaka and end in Tokyo! With the in-depth cultural tour Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo, you have a 9 day tour package taking you from Osaka to Tokyo and through Osaka, Japan and 6 other destinations in Japan. Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • DS
    Written on April 17, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Mayumi made the trip as wonderful as it was. The trip Was the perfect length for me. There was not a lot of time to rest on the trip, always on the go so that’s why I think the length was the right amount of time.
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  • Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo reviewer 2
    Written on March 17, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    This was a whirlwind of fun. Buses, trains, cablecars, monasteries, ryokans,and shared baths with strangers! I loved every minute of it! Mari, our CEO kept us on target with time and was a wealth of knowledge and energy. She loves what she does and it shows! I highly suggest you get to Osaka 2 or 3 nights prior because you do not spend much time there during the tour.
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  • YL
    Written on December 8, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Mari-san was exceptional - always went out of her way to make sure we are taken care of.
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  • CJ
    Written on December 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Experiences were well planned and diverse. They gave an amazing insight into Japanese culture Our tour guide Kumi was excellent. Her organisation skills and implementation of planning details were executed with precision and flexibility where needed. She was able to listen and help meet all requests.
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  • AL
    Written on November 18, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The schedule was great, the tour guide outstanding and both together made the trip an excellent introduction to Japan
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  • RS
    Written on June 4, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was completely different to what we expected but we had a great time anyway. We had no idea there would have been so much walking and as we are in early 70's found this very hard going and it is just as well we are both very fit and able to keep up. This should be made very clear on your tour so people our age are aware of it. The accommodation was average and some of the hotels were very small. Our CEO Kaoru Abera was amazing and she made the trip what it was.
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  • CA
    Written on June 1, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The tour covered a great deal of Japan in 7 days; I think that there should be an extra day in Hakone, which seemed to offer many interesting sights and galleries. As it was, much of the time was spent travelling.
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  • SL
    Written on March 23, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was amazing! Did so much everyday. The tour took the stress out of transport and trying to find where to eat etc. Our tour guide Kumiko was amazing very helpful and supportive
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  • SQ
    Written on March 5, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Overall, the trip was great. This tour gives you the full flavour of Japan, from the traditional beginnings to modern day Japan. Our tour guide, which they call your CEO (chief experience officer), was fantastic and part of this is that G Adventures only hires knowledgeable locals. The main caution is to just ensure you know what this trip is. It is an express trip, so you are constantly travelling. This means you need to pack light/efficient and expect to be on your feet a lot. Part of the experience of this trip is that you travel from city to city with the local transit/train system. This is definitely something to experience but it also means you're not always sitting in a comfy bus and you need to carry things with you. So this is not the trip for someone who is out of shape or has issues being on their feet for prolonged periods. Also, the experience definitely differs based on when you go. We went in Feb, which is winter. When planning what to pack, we only had the information on the website, which to be fair is meant to be promotional. However, when we met our CEO on the first day, she provided extremely valuable and practical information I wish we had prior to landing in Japan. One part of this trip is visiting the temples in Koyasan. It was extremely cold with snow. I live in Toronto Canada so am well prepared for these conditions. But the rest of Japan was not this cold so I didn't bring the winter gear that would have prepared me better. For example, you are constantly taking your shoes off at temples so imagine not wearing proper socks walking on wood in negative Celsius conditions. Could I have done more detailed research about this specific location? Perhaps, but then why am I paying to be on this tour? So if you book, see if you can get in touch with your specific CEO to see if you can get the more detailed and practical information before leaving for Japan.
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  • Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo reviewer 10
    Written on November 26, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I took the "Japan Express" 9-day tour with G Adventures with my mother in May 2016, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely! Our tour guide, Takae Suzuki, was an absolute gem - extremely generous with her time, a great sense of fun, enthusiasm for showcasing the best her country has to offer, and flexible if fellow travellers wanted to separate from the group to do their own thing. I would recommend this tour for those short on time in Japan, to have the expertise of a local at their disposal. I also like the small group size of G Adventures tours.
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1 Osaka
  2. Day 2 Osaka/Kōyasan (1B, 1D)
  3. Day 3 Kōyasan/Hiroshima (1B)
  4. Day 4 Hiroshima
  5. Day 5 Hiroshima/Kyoto
  6. Day 6 Kyoto
  7. Day 7 Kyoto/Hakone (1D)
  8. Day 8 Hakone/Tokyo (1B)
  9. Day 9 Tokyo

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • April 6, 2018

      When and where does the tour end?

      On the last day of this tour, you can choose to depart at any time! Breakfast is provided at the hotel, which will probably be Candeo Hotel Ueno Koen or similar. The last hotel on this trip will not be confirmed until 4 weeks prior to the trip.

    • April 6, 2018

      What are the optional excursions?

      The optional excursions for this tour are:

      Mt. Misen Visit. Price: Free - 1800 JPY per person
      Philosopher's Walk. Price: Free
      Zen Gardens of Ryōan-ji. Price: 500 JPY per person
      Ueno Park Visit. Price: Free - 500 JPY per person
      Akihabara Visit. Price: Free
      Harajuku Visit. Price: Free
      Ginza Shopping. Price: Free
      Imperial Palace East Gardens Walk. Price: Free

      Please note that this list is a guideline only and all prices are subject to change.

    • January 1, 2017

      What is the age range?

      This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.

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    • Fred10th January 2018
      Was able to change tour date easily without too much difficulty

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    Location
    Osaka is the starting point and Tokyo is the endpoint.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 1 July 2018 the full payment of $2,815 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2815 for Japan Express: Osaka to Tokyo, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,099 km.
    • Osaka (Japan)
    • 54 km
    • Koya-san (Japan)
    • 288 km
    • Hiroshima (Japan)
    • 311 km
    • Kyoto (Japan)
    • 298 km
    • Hakone (Japan)
    • 33 km
    • Fuji (Japan)
    • 115 km
    • Tokyo (Japan)

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