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Japan for Solo Travelers: Tokyo, Mt. Fuji & Kyoto

9 days |  12 days with Kobe extension
Group size1528 travelers
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Get to know Japan in one deeply immersive week.

Japan dazzles with its natural beauty, rich history, and distinctive cuisine. For many solo travelers, navigating the country’s language and social etiquette alone can feel overwhelming. But on this journey, you’ll spend a week exploring with other solo travelers, and an expert Tour Director who will guide you from bustling Tokyo to majestic Mount Fuji to utterly charming Kyoto. Along the way, you’ll get to know Japanese culture—and your fellow travelers—through cooking classes and other immersive experiences. If you’ve got the time, continue on to Kobe, your bayside base for scenic drives, sake tastings, and excursions to historic Himeji Castle and Hiroshima.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 sake tasting
  • 1 food tasting
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Included highlights

  • Sushi tasting at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market
  • Japanese cooking class & dinner
  • Kappabashi Street kitchenware market in Tokyo
  • Tokyo’s dynamic Shibuya and Harajuku areas
  • Iyashi no Sato open-air museum and craft workshop
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Tokyo today.

Tokyo3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Tokyo
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Japan! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Tokyo & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Join a local guide and embark on an immersive tour of Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital. Ancient shrines and temples, peaceful parks, and modern skyscrapers make up the tapestry of the city, which is home to nearly 14 million people.

  • Walk through Tsukiji fish market, whose historic lanes and alleys are chock-full of sushi shops, ramen stalls, tea vendors, and more
  • Learn about Japan’s seafood heritage, and visit a vendor’s stall to sample fresh sushi (vegetarian option available)
  • View Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Crossing—the world’s largest, with as many as 3,000 pedestrians passing through the busy intersection at a time—as you drive through the center of the city
  • Set off on a short walk, from Yoyogi Park—one of Tokyo’s largest, with lawns, ponds, and forested areas—to Meiji Jingu shrine, the final resting place of Japan’s Emperor Meiji, under whose reign Japan became a major power in the modern world
  • Stroll through the lively Harajuku neighborhood, which is known for its colorful street art, youthful fashion trends, and cosplay culture

Tonight, join an experienced chef at a local restaurant for a cooking lesson and dinner.

  • Tie on your apron and watch as the chef demonstrates how to make traditional Japanese dishes
  • Try your hand at crafting your own authentic meal
  • Sit down to enjoy the meal you’ve made
Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Tokyo
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out with your Tour Director to explore two prominent Tokyo neighborhoods: Ueno—a lively district teeming with museums and shops and home to a popular namesake park—and Asakusa, which is known for its Old Tokyo atmosphere.

  • Learn about the history of pagodas and shrines in Ueno Park, a large public park in Tokyo’s northeastern Ueno district that’s known for its many museums and cherry trees
  • Walk to Ameya Yochoko (or Ameyoko for short), a busy market street, and enjoy free time to visit its shops and open-air stalls
  • Make your way by coach to the Asakusa district, and peruse Kappabashi Street, which is commonly referred to as Kitchen Town thanks to its more than 170 shops specializing in high-quality kitchenware, such as chopsticks and knives
  • Enter Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple—and, with its five-story pagoda and red-and-white facade, one of the most photographed, too

Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Tokyo Dinner & Karaoke

From $99 per person

Mount Fuji Region1 night
Day 5: Sightseeing of Mount Fuji region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart for the north side of Mount Fuji to spend the day exploring with your Tour Director.

  • Step back in time with a visit to Iyashi no Sato, an open-air museum and craft village on the western shores of Lake Saiko
  • Explore some of the village’s 20-plus houses, many of which have been converted into shops, galleries, and museums that highlight Japanese handicrafts, culture, and traditions
  • Take part in an interactive craft workshop

Next, continue to one of Japan’s most breathtaking natural icons, the 12,388-foot-high Mount Fuji.

  • Pass through the Aokigahara Forest, whose lush foliage has earned it the nickname “The Sea of Trees”
  • Enjoy free time to snap photos of Mount Fuji’s famous, snow-capped peak and to explore the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, a popular basecamp for hikers and climbers that’s located about halfway up the mountain’s northern slopes
  • Admire stunning panoramic views of nearby villages and the picturesque Fuji Five Lakes region

Continue on to your hotel and enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Please note: We recommend wearing warm layers, as temperatures at Mount Fuji will be much lower than in Tokyo or Kyoto. Depending upon the weather, the sightseeing of Mount Fuji's 5th Station may be moved to the morning of Day 6 or replaced with a different viewpoint.

Kyoto3 nights
Day 6: Narusawa Ice Cave & bullet train to Kyoto
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend this morning exploring otherworldly, underground scenery and learning about the natural wonders of the area.

  • Follow your Tour Director on a short hiking tour of Narusawa Ice Cave, a frozen, subterranean lava tube located in the heart of the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji
  • Learn how the ninth-century eruption of Mount Nagao—a volcano whose eruptions helped shape Mount Fuji—formed the cave
  • Find out how the chilly cave once naturally refrigerated and preserved silkworm cocoons used for weaving

Please note: Visiting Narusawa Ice Cave requires travelers to walk over uneven terrain, up many stairs, and under low overhangs. Travelers who don’t feel comfortable navigating these surfaces have the option to sit out the experience.

This afternoon, board a high-speed bullet train to Kyoto.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Kyoto
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide on a tour of Kyoto, the city that served as Japan’s capital for more than 1,000 years and is still considered its spiritual capital.

  • Start in western Kyoto’s historic Arashiyama district, which is known for its temples, shrines, and stunning natural beauty
  • Step inside the UNESCO-listed Tenryū-ji temple, which was originally constructed in the 12th century and is considered one of Kyoto’s most important sites
  • Wander through the famous and photogenic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, whose towering, 160-foot-tall bamboo stalks flank a singular pathway
  • Take in views of the rolling, tree-covered hills that surround the Hozu River
  • Cross the wooden Togetsukyo Bridge, which was originally built more than 1,200 years ago and stretches nearly 170 feet across a river that’s known as the Hozu to the west and the Katsura to the east
  • See the famous, 14th-century Kinkaku-ji temple, widely known as the Golden Pavilion, which sits at the edge of a tranquil reflecting pond and is a UNESCO World Heritage site

Enjoy a free afternoon in Kyoto or add an excursion.

Nara: Traditions of Japan

From $85 per person

Day 8: Free day in Kyoto
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend a free day in Kyoto or add an excursion.

Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in Kyoto. You’ll enjoy a sake tasting, as well as a traditional hot pot meal, served family style and with beer or wine.

Fushimi Inari Walking Tour & Tea Ceremony

From $89 per person

Flight Home
Day 9: Free morning & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a final free morning in Kyoto before transferring to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay and explore the city of Kobe.

Extension to Kobe
Nestled at the edge of Osaka Bay on Japan’s Honshū island, Kobe is best known for its mouthwatering, marbled beef. But with its scenic harbor, esteemed sake breweries, and fascinating geopolitical history, the cosmopolitan city is a can’t-miss for more than just discerning carnivores. Join your fellow solo travelers on an exploration of Kobe that will give you a taste—literally and figuratively—of all it has to offer. And with Kobe as your base, ride a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima and spend a day reflecting in the now-modern city once ravaged by an atomic bomb.
Kobe3 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Kobe & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

Today, head to Kobe. Meet your local guide for a tour of the city, which boasts a picturesque harbor framed by mountains and is known around the world for its premium, marbled beef.

  • Drive along the waterfront and view bright-red Kobe Port Tower, a sightseeing tower that was designed in the 1960s to resemble an hourglass-shaped Japanese drum
  • Hear about the Kobe foreign concession, one of five Japanese ports where Western traders lived following the forced economic opening of Japan in the late 1800s
  • Visit a sake museum—housed in an old sake brewery—where you’ll learn about the tradition of sake making and taste three types of the fermented rice alcohol
  • Learn about Kobe’s Nada district, which is Japan’s top sake-producing region thanks to the availability of high-quality rice and water and favorable weather conditions

Enjoy a free evening in Kobe or add an excursion.

Kobe Beef Dinner

From $99 per person

Day 10: Train to Hiroshima & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima and get to know the “City of Peace” on today’s guided sightseeing tour.

  • Visit Peace Memorial Park to see the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was built in 1915 as an exhibition space and, just 30 years later, was the only structure to withstand the U.S.’s infamous atomic bombing of the city during World War II
  • Enter the Peace Memorial Museum, which displays belongings left behind by bombing victims, as well as photos and other materials that convey the horror of the event
  • Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island to view the 12th-century, UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine, a shinto shrine known for its “floating” orange torii gate

Return to Kobe by high-speed bullet train and spend a free evening in the city.

Day 11: Free day in Kobe
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Kobe or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

A Day in Himeji

From $135 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Transfer to Osaka & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Osaka airport and board your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

This comfortable hotel is located on Odaiba Island, Tokyo. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and room service. Nearby, you’ll find Pallete To...

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Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel
Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel

This comfortable hotel is located in Mishima with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. Guests enjoy the top floor communal bath, bike rentals, and sun terra...

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Kyoto Yura Hotel MGallery
Kyoto Yura Hotel MGallery

This boutique hotel is located the vibrant Sanjo district of Kyoto. Guests enjoy the thoughtfully designed décor, on-site restaurant, and the 1867 bar...

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe

This modern hotel is located in the heart of Kobe City. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and 8 dining options including world famous Kobe...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Japan, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of return.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact Japan’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code JP6.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills. You may need to climb stairs when visiting temples.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and small boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Tokyo and depart from Osaka. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A high-speed train transfer from Odawara to Kyoto is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a round-trip, high-speed train ride between Kobe and Hiroshima.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in the Mount Fuji region. Your luggage will be transferred for you from Tokyo to Kyoto directly.
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Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
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Health
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code JP6.
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Cuisine
  • Most Japanese meals are based around rice or noodles with fish, meat, and vegetables flavored with soy sauce and miso. You may recognize popular dishes, like sushi, tempura, and hot pot.
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Electricity & air conditioning
  • Japan operates on 100 volts and uses a Type A plug, the same as in the U.S.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Asian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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Time zones
  • Japan is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 1am on the following day in Japan.
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Currency
  • You will use the Japanese yen in Japan.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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