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

9 days |  12 days with Kobe extension
9 days |  12 days with Kobe extension
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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 $105 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 $89 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 $95 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 $119 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 $139 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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3.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 3.8 out of 5

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    3 out of 5 stars

    The people!!
    6/2/24 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    The people and the food was the highlight of the tour. I just wish we had more free time, because we did a lot of walking and didn’t have time to enjoy some of the places we went to. Overall the people was the amazing and the location was awesome!

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/20/24

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    3 out of 5 stars

    5/12/24 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    5 out of 5 stars

    Great Intense Tour of the Highlights of Japan
    5/12/24 by 2nd-time traveler Luis

    This was a wonderful tour of some of the major highlights of Japan. The tour was probably a bit more strenuous that some of the participants had anticipated, there is a lot of walking and hiking. All the hotels selected were wonderful with the exception of the one in Kyoto. While that hotel was gr...

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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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