Japan Group Trip with Klejofa

23rd Oct - 7th Nov '24
Malta
Tokyo, Japan
Max People : 25
  • 23rd Oct - 6 Nov '24
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Malta
  • Max People : 25

Tour Details

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** OPTION: guests could opt to join GTB for a back-to-back, 10-day trip to South Korea, prior to this trip in Japan.

 Introducing Our Budget-Friendly Japan Group Trips by Klejofa Agius

Exciting news for adventurers and budget-conscious travellers alike! Globaltravelbook is thrilled to unveil our latest offering: Japan budget friendly group trip led by experienced explorer Klejofa Agius. Our 2nd group trip to Japan will differ to our 1st with our group trips by Klejofa being designed to provide unparalleled affordability and flexibility without compromising on the adventure.

Why you should join our trip to Japan:

We understand that every traveller has unique preferences and budgets, which is why we’re offering two distinct types of group trips to Japan. For the intrepid souls wishing for a more immersive and budget-friendly experience, our budget friendly trips by Klejofa are the perfect fit. During these journeys, we’ll swap hotels for hostels, allowing us to explore Japan’s wonders at a fraction of the cost. Japan has some of the best and most comfortable hostels in the world.

With Globaltravelbook’s Japan budget friendly Trips, you’ll embark on a journey filled with unforgettable memories, cultural immersion, and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Join us as we unlock the secrets of Japan’s ancient traditions, vibrant cities, and breathtaking landscapes.

The concept behind our budget-friendly trip

Our budget-friendly trips are designed to offer flexibility, allowing you to enjoy free time on most days or choose to accompany Klejofa. However, we have carefully selected and included licensed tour guides on key days, as well as arranged transfer logistics on specific days for added convenience. A detailed breakdown of what is included each day can be found in the day-to-day itinerary.

The season

We will be travelling to Japan in Autumn, which is widely considered to be one of the best periods to visit Japan, offering some of the fairest and most comfortable weather. Apart from its great weather conditions and generally clear weather, October/November is the peak time to see colourful leaves around Japan. Autumn is most famous for the vibrancy of the changing foliage referred to as Koyo. This makes autumn a popular season in Japan and a magical  time of year, with National Parks having a sea of reds and golds. 

How to Proceed:

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  • Go to ‘Payment Details’ to learn how to secure your booking
  • Once your place is secure, we will book flights together as a group or we could guide you on how to book your own flights 
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More exciting, day-by-day information is available below in the Itinerary section.

Arrival Airport

Tokyo, Narita International Airport

For those not travelling from Malta, you could arrive in Tokyo at any time on the 24th October 2024. 

Dates

23rd October – 6th November 2024

Requirements

  • Insurance policy covering this particular trip
  • A passport valid for at least six months after the return date
  • Sign Globaltravelbook's waiver form
  • Visa - (no visa required for Maltese citizens)

Price Includes

  • Licensed local tour guide in visiting country on mentioned dates plus Globaltravelbook team.
  • Accommodation in hostel (sharing basis)
  • Local Tour Guide - DAYS 5, 6 & 8
  • Transportation in comfortable vehicles on DAYS 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14
  • Bullet Train Tickets - DAYS 7, 11 & 12
  • A breakdown of what is included is mentioned in the day-to-day itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International flights - Options available: (i) Group booking (ii) we could help you with the booking process. This offers you flexibility.
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
  • All meals
  • Visa Fee
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Globaltravelbook and operators in Japan
  • Tipping for guide & driver is compulsory on DAYS 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14Total of 600 JPY (€3.60) per person, per day mentioned above
  • Everything not mentioned in 'include section' or highlighted as 'not included' in the day-to-day itinerary

Itinerary

Please note that day activities are subject to change based on circumstances of the day. It is in our interest to keep things as scheduled. The group leader reserves the right to make final decisions on behalf of the group

Day 1 - 24th OctoberARRIVAL IN TOKYO, JAPAN

  • Welcome at the airport according to flight timings.

  • Transfer to the hostel and enjoy free time to refresh.

  • After a long flight, we’ve left this day free to allow everyone to recharge their batteries.

  • Optional group activities are available in the afternoon, with free time for dinner.

Day 1 has been left free for flexibility, as many of you may be quite tired after your flight. On this day, you can join our group leader to purchase a SIM card and transportation card for getting around Japan’s cities.

Included: Private transfer to hotel from airport & overnight in hostel

 

Day 2 - 25th October TOKYO - (Kamakura)

On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa for a curated experience.
 
Join the group leader:
Join your group leader on a trip to Kamakura, just a short train ride away from Tokyo. Discover ancient temples, serene shrines, and the iconic Great Buddha. Depart to Kamakura by train, meeting at the hostel lobby at 8 am. Transportation is not included; you will use the train card purchased on day 1. The train ride each way will cost approximately 6 euros, with a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes each way.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) and learn its fascinating history.
  • Stroll through charming streets lined with traditional shops and cafes.
  • Experience the blend of Shinto and Buddhist traditions at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
  • Indulge in local culinary delights at hidden eateries.
  • Find peace amidst the bamboo forest of Hokokuji Temple.
After a full day exploring Kamakura with Klejofa, travellers may choose to do their own thing in the free time or may choose to spend their free time join Klejofa (Group leader) as he visits Chinatown, renowned for its delicious street food
 
Included: Overnight in hostel
Not included: Transport around Tokyo and the entrance fees are not included.

Day 3 - 26th OctoberTOKYO - (Tsukiji Fish Market, Asakusa Senso-Ji & Nakamise Street)

On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa as he visits the Tsukiji fish market, Asakusa Senso-ji, and Nakamise street. You will travel by train, using your train card once again. You will journey with your group leader to the below destinations mentioned below using your train card:

  • Tsukiji Fish Market –  is a foodie wonderland, especially for seafood lovers and we will start today’s adventure by getting lost and wandering around the numerous food stalls to taste local delicacies (not only fish products) and souvenirs for those guests who enjoy their time in the kitchen and appreciate their kitchen gadgets. In this fish market tuna auctions take place, which is a spectacle, however, this usually takes place early in the morning. 
  • Asakusa Senso-ji & Nakamise Street – Asakusa is the centre of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Here we will experience an unparalleled contrast between modern part of Tokyo and the historic part.  Asakusa’s main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via Nakamise, a shopping street which runs 250 metres and provides temple visitors  a variety of traditional souvenirs, snacks, and sweets.

After a full day of exploring, travellers may choose to do their own thing in the free time for dinner or to join Klejofa for dinner. 

Included: Overnight in hostel

Not included: Transport around Tokyo and the entrance fees are not included.

Day 4 - 27th OctoberTOKYO

On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa as he attends the Samurai experience as an optional activity. 

Other options at first come first serve basis subject to availably:

  1. Sushi making class optional
  2. Ramen & Gyoza class optional
  3. Samurai experience optional
  4. Go Karting (evening) optional
  5. Disneyland ( Full day )

After a full day of exploring, travellers may choose to do their own thing in the free time for dinner or to join Klejofa for dinner. 

Included: Overnight in hostel

Not included: Transport around Tokyo and the entrance fees are not included.

Day 5 - 28th OctoberTOKYO - HAKONE - FUJI

On this day you leave Japan’s capital and head towards the Mt. Fuji region for a 2-night stay as we will explore the area around the legendary Mt.Fuji.

On this day, tours and transport are included for all the group.

The Hakone Ropeway is a popular tourist attraction in Hakone, Japan. It’s a scenic aerial tramway that connects Sounzan Station to Togendai Station, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, Lake Ashi, and Owakudani Valley. The journey takes about 30 minutes one way, and it’s a fantastic way to experience the beauty of Hakone’s volcanic landscapes.

Owakudani Valley is a volcanic area in Hakone, Japan, known for its steaming vents, hot springs, and sulfuric pools. It’s a popular tourist spot, offering close-up views of volcanic activity.

Lake Ashi, also known as Ashinoko, is a scenic crater lake located in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after a volcanic eruption about 3,000 years ago, Lake Ashi is surrounded by picturesque mountains, including Mount Fuji on clear days. The lake is a popular tourist destination, offering boat cruises that provide stunning views of the surrounding scenery

After your first day exploring the Fuji region, you will head to our hostel where you may have your free time or join Klejofa for dinner.

Included: Overnight in hostel, Transfers & Guided tour.

Day 6 - 29th OctoberFUJI - (Narusawa Cave, Fugaku Cave, Lake Kawaguchi, Oshino Hakkai, Chureito Pagoda)

This will be your second day exploring the Mt.Fuji region.

On this day, tours and transport are included for all the group.

Narusawa Cave, also known as Narusawa Ice Cave, is a natural ice cave near Mount Fuji in Japan. Formed by ancient lava flows, it maintains icy conditions year-round, offering visitors a unique underground experience with illuminated passages and intricate ice formations.

Fugaku Cave, also known as Fugaku Wind Cave, is a natural limestone cave located near Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It’s one of the largest caves in the country, formed by volcanic activity over thousands of years. The cave features interesting rock formations, underground streams, and cool temperatures, making it a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can explore its winding passages and marvel at the natural beauty of its stalactites and stalagmites.

Lake Kawaguchi, or Kawaguchiko, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It offers stunning views of Mount Fuji and is a popular spot for recreational activities like boating and fishing.

Oshino Hakkai is a small village located near Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It is renowned for its pristine spring water and traditional thatched-roof houses. The name “Hakkai” means “eight seas,” referring to the eight ponds fed by snowmelt from Mount Fuji. Visitors to Oshino Hakkai can enjoy exploring these crystal-clear ponds, surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque scenery. The village also offers cultural experiences, local shops, and dining options, making it a charming destination for tourists exploring the Mount Fuji area.

The Chureito Pagoda is a picturesque five-storied pagoda located in Fujiyoshida City, near the iconic Mount Fuji in Japan. Perched atop a hill, it offers breathtaking views of Mount Fuji framed by fiery foliage during autumn. Visitors often climb the steps to the pagoda for stunning panoramic photographs of the iconic volcano and surrounding landscape. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists seeking to capture the beauty of Japan’s natural and cultural heritage.

After your first day exploring the Fuji region, you will head to our hostel where you may have your free time or join Klejofa for dinner.

Included: Overnight in hostel, Transfers & Guided tour.

Day 7 - 30th OctoberFUJI - MISHIMA - KYOTO

Today you will head to Mishima train station, followed by a 4-night stay in Kyoto. 

  • 8am – Depart from hotel to Mishima train station – transfer included
  • Bullet train to Kyoto – Included

The first arrival day in Kyoto will be a free day, where travellers may join the group leader for a walk around central Kyoto.

In the evening Klejofa will be attending a tea ceremony, where travellers have the choice to join him on a first come, first serve basis. This is subject to availability. Otherwise guests may opt for their time.

Included: Overnight in hostel, Transfers to train Mishima Train Station & Bullet Train Ticket

Not included: Transport around Kyoto and the entrance fees are not included.

Day 8: 31st OctoberKYOTO - (Kinkakuji, Fushimi Ina, Kiyomizudera Temple, Sanjusangendo)

Today you will have fun-filled day of exploration around Kyoto with all tours & transfers included.

  • Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion) – Next up we will visit the zen Buddhist temple, Kinkakuj. which is one of Kyotos most important buildings and a heritage site.
  • Fushimi Ina – One of the most important sites that we will visit on this day will be Fushimi Ina, which is one of the most famous shrines in all Japan,  famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates.
  • Kiyomizudera Temple – Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside. The stage offers nice views of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of colour in spring and fall.
  • Sanjusangendo, or Sanjusangen-do, is a Buddhist temple located in Kyoto, Japan. The name “Sanjusangendo” means “Hall with thirty-three spaces between columns,” referring to the impressive architectural feature of the temple’s main hall. The hall is famous for housing 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, each intricately crafted and standing over 5 feet tall. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for its historical and cultural significance, as well as its stunning architectural design and religious art.

After spending the day sightseeing, you will head back to your accommodation in Kyoto. Once back in Kyoto, you could go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Included: Overnight in hostel, Transfers & All Tours

 

Day 9 - 1st NovemberKYOTO - (Nara)

On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa as he visits Nara on a day trip – entrance fees and transport are not included.

After spending the day exploring Nara, you will head back to Kyoto with your group leader. Once back in Kyoto, you could go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Included: Overnight in hostel

Not included: Transport around Kyoto and the entrance fees are not included.

Day 10 - 2nd NovemberKYOTO - (Arashiyama)

On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa as he explore Kyoto. Transport and entrance fees are not included.

The group leader will visiting Arashiyama on a day trip exploring the following:

  • Arashiyama is a picturesque district in Kyoto, Japan, known for its stunning natural scenery, including bamboo groves and the Togetsukyo Bridge. It’s a popular destination for cherry blossom and autumn foliage viewing, as well as for its traditional temples and riverside attractions.
  • The Monkey Park in Kyoto, also known as the Iwatayama Monkey Park, is a unique attraction where visitors can observe Japanese macaque monkeys up close in their natural habitat. Located in the scenic Arashiyama area, the park is situated on Mt. Arashiyama and offers panoramic views of Kyoto. To reach the park, visitors must hike a short trail up the mountain, which takes about 20-30 minutes. Along the way, you’ll encounter playful monkeys roaming freely in a designated area. Visitors can observe and even feed the monkeys from inside a secure enclosure. The Monkey Park provides a memorable experience for animal lovers and those seeking a peaceful nature escape with a touch of adventure.
  • River cruise, The Katsura River flows through the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, Japan. It’s a scenic river that adds to the natural beauty of the area. The river is particularly famous for the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge, which spans its width and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and landscape. Visitors to Arashiyama can enjoy leisurely walks along the riverbanks, boat rides on the river itself, or simply take in the serene atmosphere while admiring the picturesque scenery.

After spending the day exploring Arashiyama, you will head back to Kyoto with your group leader. Once back in Kyoto, you could go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Included: Overnight in hostel

Not included: Transport around Kyoto and the entrance fees are not included.

Day 11 - 3rd NovemberKYOTO - HIROSHIMA

Depart from Kyoto bright and early and head to Hiroshima. A day trip in Hiroshima is all about soaking up history and culture. Arriving in Hiroshima, we dive into the city’s past at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, taking in the sobering reality of war and honoring the city’s resilience. Exploring iconic spots like the Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Castle, we get a feel for Hiroshima’s spirit. And of course, we can’t miss tasting Hiroshima’s famous eats, like mouthwatering okonomiyaki and hearty ramen. With memories made and hearts touched, our Hiroshima adventure adds a special chapter to our Japan trip. On this day our group leader will also explore Miyajima, or Itsukushima Island, which is famous for its “floating” torii gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Travellers will enjoy stunning views from Mount Misen and explore charming streets with local delicacies.

After spending the day exploring Hiroshima, you will head back to your hostel. You could choose to either go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Included: Overnight in hostel, Transfer to train station & train station to hostel & Bullet train.

Not included: Transport around Hiroshima and the entrance fees are not included.

 

Day 12 - 4th NovemberHIROSHIMA - OSAKA

Depart from Hiroshima and head to Osaka, the food capital of Japan for 2 nights. 
 
On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa as he visits:
  • Kuromon Ichiba is a bustling food market in Osaka, Japan. It’s renowned for its wide variety of fresh seafood, produce, and street food stalls. Visitors can explore the market to sample local delicacies, such as sushi, takoyaki, and grilled seafood skewers, while experiencing the lively atmosphere of this culinary hub.
  • View point at Harukas 300, entry fee 10 euro. The Harukas 300 Observatory is a popular viewing platform located at the top of Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Osaka, Japan. From this vantage point, visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline, including landmarks like Osaka Castle, Tsutenkaku Tower, and the Yodo River. It’s a fantastic spot to capture stunning photos, especially during sunset or at night when the city lights illuminate the skyline.
  • Dotonbori is a vibrant entertainment and dining district in Osaka, Japan. It’s famous for its flashy neon signs, bustling streets, and diverse range of restaurants, bars, and shops. Visitors can stroll along the canal, enjoy delicious street food like takoyaki and okonomiyaki, and soak in the energetic atmosphere of this iconic area.

Dinner could be taken during your visit at Dotonbori. 

Included: Overnight in hostel, Transfer to train station & train station to hostel & Bullet train.

Not included: Transport & entrances around Osaka

Day 13 - 5th NovemberOSAKA

On this day, you may choose the freedom of crafting your own schedule or join Klejofa as he explore Osaka. Transport and entrance fees are not included.

Travellers may have the option to visit Universal studios on their own.

Those joining Klejofa will visit the following:

  • Mino Park is a beautiful natural area located in the northern part of Osaka, Japan. It’s renowned for its lush greenery, scenic hiking trails, and serene atmosphere, providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of the park’s highlights is the stunning Minoh Waterfall, which is especially picturesque during the autumn foliage season. Visitors can also explore the park’s temples, shrines, and charming shops selling local specialties like momiji tempura (deep-fried maple leaves). Overall, Mino Park offers a refreshing retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts in Osaka.
  • Osaka castle, a historic landmark in Osaka, Japan, dates back to the 16th century. It’s famous for its impressive architecture, museum, and beautiful surrounding park, making it a popular attraction for visitors.

After spending the day exploring, you will head back to your accommodation in Osaka. Once back at your accommodation, you could go for dinner as a group or who wants could do their own thing.

Included: Overnight in hostel

Not included: Transport & entrances around Osaka

Day 14 - 6th NovemberOSAKA - DEPARTURE

This will be your last day of your adventure in Japan. You still have a full day ahead of you where you could roam the streets and markets together or do individual activities.

Included: Transfer to the airport

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to arrive earlier / stay longer?

Yes, of course. As long as you are in Tokyo on the trip dates, you are free to arrive / leave whenever you want. It is best to let us know your plans so we can organise transfers accordingly. 

What type of insurance do I need?

Every client is required to have a travel insurance package. This needs to be presented to us.

What is the accommodation like?

Since this is a backpackers trip, accommodation will be at hostels in shared rooms. 

How about food?

No meals are included – however your tour leader will guide you on what to eat. 
 
 

How is the weather like in the time of travel?

October/ November is one of Japan’s autumn months. Without scorching heat or freezing cold, you could enjoy outdoor activities with mild and mostly sunny weather.

Autumn colors make Japan more appealing in October. Northern Japan sees the earliest autumn foliage, followed by central and southern Japan.

Average temperature: 15°C (59°F) – 22°C (72°F)

What's the power plug in Japan?

For Japan there are two associated plug types, A and B. Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and plug type B is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.

Do I need a visa to enter Japan?

Maltese and most European citizens  do not need a tourist visa when travelling to Japan in 2024. Maltese passport holders can stay in Japan for a short period of time (for 90 days). However please inform us if you do not hold a Maltese passport and we will help you check regarding your visa.

Japan Timezone

GMT+09:00
Time zone in Tokyo, Japan (GMT+9)

Japan currency and preferred payment method while in Japan?

The Japanese yen is the official currency in Japan. Most establishments accept payments by Visa or Debit card, however traditional establishments may prefer cash payments. Travellers may exchange to Japanese yen on our first day in Tokyo, our group leader will help you out. Another option is to exchange to Japanese yen in your home country, however do not worry as we will help you out if you prefer to exchange when in Japan.

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  • International flights are not included. However, as mentioned above, we could book together as a group or you can book your own flights and be in Tokyo on the itinerary dates. Your flight must arrive by or before the Arrival Day, and depart no earlier then the Departure Day.
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To secure your spot you need to send a 1150 deposit either via bank transfer or use our online payment system (select 50% option) after completing the booking form. Second payment is required by the 1st September 2024. 

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  • If you cancel your booking, we will offer a refund of any balance which we have not yet paid or are obliged to pay to any other Third Party. When a booking is cancelled within the month prior to departure, the remaining balance will be non refundable as well as we would be fully committed at that stage. All types of travel insurance are supposed to cover “cancellations” and for this reason we require that such travel insurance is purchased prior to travel.