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Experience the Essence of Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo Immerse Yourself in Geisha Walks, Tea Ceremonies, Local Cuisine, and Beyond

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I've meticulously crafted the perfect itinerary for an unforgettable week exploring Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. And hey, if you're already in South Korea, why not tag along with me? Get ready for a whirlwind of unique experiences, from traditional tea ceremonies to encounters with Geishas, and quirky visits to theme cafés. And of course, we'll be diving into the vibrant world of local cuisine, sampling everything from sushi to steaming bowls of authentic ramen. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore Japan with us! Pack your bags and let's make memories to last a lifetime! Important: The train pass is not included in the cost. We will discuss together which one to get, depending on how long you stay in Japan, as there are several options available. Do you have a question? Ask in the Q&A! I'm happy to hop on a call with you after booking, to see if we get along and if this trip matches your expectations. Can’t wait to hear from you! 🙌🏻

Hi yall! Im marie im from venezuela half colombian tho, currently a Nomad, i lived in Europe for 12 years and now going around. Im 31 yearls old, an aries a free spirit, and a social butterfly i love meeting new people and to know new cultures and languages. Im very open minded and easy going person. I travel the world with my dog Sammy (pug 5 years old) sometimes he joins the trip sometimes not. also a big foodie! im a great cook but i also love eating out currently im speaking 4 languages and learning chinnese at the moment.

Where will we stay? Futon and Tatami We will be staying in a guesthouse or Airbnb with shared rooms in Kyoto and/or Osaka. A futon is a traditional Japanese mattress and bedding set. It typically consists of a mattress pad, a duvet, and a pillow. Unlike Western-style beds, futons are designed to be placed directly on the tatami mat or a wooden floor. Futons and tatami create a distinct Japanese sleeping and living experience, emphasizing simplicity, comfort, and a connection to nature and tradition. Tokyo Accommodation Our accommodation in Tokyo will be a capsule hostel, you will have your own cabin and bathrooms are shared. The accommodation is modern and breakfast is included in our stay. You will also receive your own sleep analysis afterwards. The capsule unit will scientifically measure your sleeping condition.

What's included?
Accommodation (shared room)
Night walk in Gion
Travel insurance (German and Austrians)
Osaka Castle Entrance
Tea Ceremony
Skytree Entrance
Kiyomizu-Dera Entrance
One day Kimono rental
Trip planning and packing list
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Trip Itinerary
1

Seoul

Day 1-3
day 1 Let's rendezvous in the afternoon at our lodging in Seoul and bond over a delightful dinner. Our home for the next four nights will be a charming Hanok, offering an authentic taste of tradition. Rest up after your journey, for tomorrow marks the beginning of our adventures! day 2 Our journey begins at Gyeongbokgung, the magnificent centerpiece of Seoul's historical landscape. As we step foot into its regal grounds, we'll immerse ourselves in the essence of Korean tradition by donning Hanbok attire. These exquisite garments, steeped in centuries of heritage, adorn us with their vibrant colors and intricate designs, allowing us to capture timeless memories amidst the palace's majestic architecture. Curious about Hanbok? It's more than just clothing; it's a symbol of Korean identity, worn with pride during significant occasions and ceremonies. From the graceful jeogori to the flowing chima for women, and the dignified jeogori paired with baji for men, each piece tells a story of social status, age, and cultural symbolism. The allure of Hanbok lies not only in its elegance but also in its profound cultural significance. Next on our itinerary is the enchanting Bukchon Hanok Village, where time seems to stand still amidst the labyrinth of narrow alleys and meticulously preserved hanok houses. Here, we'll pause for a moment of tranquility at a traditional tea house, indulging in delightful treats like green tea waffles, while soaking in the timeless charm of our surroundings. Our adventure continues with a visit to Changdeokgung Palace, home to the breathtaking Secret Garden, a sanctuary of serenity nestled within the bustling cityscape. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this hidden gem offers a serene retreat, where we can wander amidst lush landscapes and ancient architecture, connecting with the rich tapestry of Korean history and culture.
2

DMZ zone

Day 3-4
We will join a DMZ half day tour from Seoul, it will be a unique and unforgettable experience for sure! We will get a glimpse into North Korea from across the most heavily fortified border in the world! While the Cold War happened a long time ago, Korea is the only country that still remains divided as a consequence. In the evening, we will have a well-deserved dinner in Seoul. You might want to try some Korean barbecue or a local specialty.
3

Seoul

Day 4-6
day 4 Our day kicks off with a visit to Gwangjang Market, a bustling hub renowned for its eclectic array of street food delights and exquisite traditional Korean textiles. Amidst the lively atmosphere, we'll indulge in some local breakfast delicacies, such as the savory bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), a culinary adventure sure to tantalize our taste buds. I can hardly contain my excitement! And no visit to Seoul would be complete without a trip to the iconic Seoul Tower! Perched majestically atop Namsan Mountain, this architectural marvel promises unparalleled vistas of the cityscape below, treating us to sweeping panoramic views of Seoul's dynamic skyline and picturesque surroundings. Ascending to the observatory deck, we'll marvel at the city's splendor spread out before us, a breathtaking spectacle that captures the essence of Seoul's allure. Moreover, the tower boasts an array of attractions to explore, from charming restaurants to the enchanting love locks and captivating cultural exhibitions, ensuring an unforgettable experience atop this legendary landmark. day 5 Embark on a journey of spiritual discovery with a Templestay in South Korea! Step into the hallowed grounds of ancient temples and immerse yourself in a realm of tranquility and introspection, delving deep into the rich tapestry of Korean Buddhist traditions. This immersive program invites you to partake in a myriad of enlightening activities, each designed to nurture your soul and deepen your connection to the essence of Buddhism. From a guided temple tour unveiling the secrets of sacred spaces to participating in authentic Buddhist ceremonies, every moment is an opportunity to awaken the spirit within. Engage in the meditative art of crafting 108 prayer beads, symbolizing a path towards enlightenment, and embark on serene hikes amidst the natural beauty surrounding the temple grounds. Cap off your journey with a special tea session, where you'll commune with a monk, sharing wisdom and insights over a cup of fragrant tea. Accommodations are humble yet comfortable, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the simplicity of temple life. Uniforms are provided, ensuring a sense of unity and reverence throughout your stay. *Please note that the schedule may be subject to change to accommodate unforeseen circumstances, ensuring your experience remains authentic and meaningful.
4

Busan

Day 6-7
day 1 As the sun rises, we'll begin the second leg of our temple stay with an early awakening, preparing for a day infused with tranquility and reflection. A nourishing breakfast awaits, providing sustenance for the soul before we embark on a meditative journey. In the afternoon, our exploration leads us to the vibrant city of Busan! Our first stop is the picturesque Haeundae Beach, where we'll bask in the gentle sea breeze while taking leisurely strolls along the sandy shoreline. Then, we'll venture to the bustling Haeundae Traditional Market nearby, indulging in delectable local snacks and perusing unique souvenirs, immersing ourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Busan's culture. As dusk descends, we'll elevate our experience with a dinner or drinks at a sky restaurant, treating ourselves to panoramic views of Busan's glittering cityscape. From this lofty vantage point, we'll marvel at the city's beauty, savoring each moment as we create memories to last a lifetime. day 2 Today's adventure leads us to the enchanting Gamcheon Culture Village, a kaleidoscope of colors nestled into the hillsides, exuding an atmosphere brimming with creativity and culture. Wander through the maze of narrow alleyways adorned with vibrant murals, whimsical sculptures, and captivating art installations, immersing yourself in the eclectic charm of this renowned neighborhood. It's a haven for both tourists and art aficionados alike, offering a feast for the senses at every turn. As the afternoon unfolds, we'll retreat to the tranquil shores of the beach, taking a moment to unwind and soak in the rejuvenating coastal ambiance. With the gentle lull of the waves as our backdrop, we'll indulge in moments of relaxation, savoring the essence of seaside serenity. In the evening, we'll come together for a final group dinner, reminiscing about our shared experiences and relishing in the camaraderie forged on our journey. As we bid farewell to this vibrant city, we'll pack our bags in anticipation of the adventures that await us in the days ahead.
5

Hiroshima

Day 7-8
after a hearty breakfast and checking out of our accommodation, we'll embark on the next leg of our adventure. Our first mode of transport will be a ferry to Fukuoka, where new experiences await us in Japan. Once we arrive in Fukuoka, we'll seamlessly transition to a high-speed train, whisking us away to Hiroshima, where we'll spend the night, immersing ourselves in the rich history and culture of this iconic city.
6

Osaka

Day 8-10
day 1 Hiroshima's history is deeply intertwined with the tragic events of August 6, 1945, when it became the target of an atomic bombing during World War II. The devastating aftermath of this event left a profound impact on the city, resulting in widespread destruction and loss of life. It served as a pivotal moment in human history, forever altering our understanding and perception of nuclear weaponry. In the morning, we'll have the opportunity to explore Hiroshima briefly, paying homage to its resilience and spirit amidst adversity. Afterwards, we'll board a train bound for Osaka, where a new chapter of our journey begins. Upon arrival, we'll have the pleasure of meeting our new TripMates, forging connections over a delightful dinner as we share stories and embark on this adventure together. Our stay in Osaka promises to be memorable, as we settle in for two nights of exploration and discovery in this vibrant city. day 2 Our day begins with a shared breakfast to fuel our adventures ahead! Our first stop is the majestic Osaka Castle, an iconic landmark that stands as a testament to the city's rich heritage. Roam the castle grounds and delve into its storied past at the museum housed within. In the afternoon, we meander through the vibrant lanes of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, a bustling thoroughfare teeming with an eclectic array of shops and boutiques. It's a haven for both avid shoppers and those seeking the pulse of the city through people-watching. Our culinary journey continues with a visit to the lively Kuromon Ichiba Market, fondly dubbed "Osaka's Kitchen." Here, we'll immerse ourselves in the bustling atmosphere as we sample delectable street food delights and peruse stalls brimming with local ingredients and snacks, experiencing firsthand the flavors and aromas that define Osaka's gastronomic scene.
7

Kyoto

Day 10-12
day 1 Our next destination is Kyoto, just a brief half-hour train ride from Osaka, granting us ample time to explore this culturally rich city. Upon arrival, we'll drop off our luggage at the reception and set out to uncover the wonders of Kyoto. One of our first stops will be the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a must-see attraction renowned for its ethereal beauty. Walking amidst the towering bamboo stalks feels like stepping into another realm, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Next on our agenda is a Tea Ceremony, an immersive experience that delves into the ancient art of tea drinking and its profound significance in Japanese culture. Led by a Tea Master, we'll partake in a traditional purification ritual before being guided through the meticulous process of preparing and enjoying matcha tea. It's a journey into the heart of Japanese tradition, where every step is infused with grace and mindfulness. day 2 Today, we'll embark on a captivating journey through Kyoto, adorned in the timeless elegance of traditional kimono attire. Our first stop is a rental shop, where the basic kimono package awaits us as part of the inclusive price. For those desiring additional adornments such as hairstyling or accessories, supplementary fees apply. With our attire meticulously arranged, we'll capture enchanting moments in the picturesque backdrop of Kyoto, immortalizing our experience in stunning photographs. Venturing forth, we'll make our way to the renowned Kiyomizu-dera temple, renowned for its iconic wooden stage extending over the hillside. From this vantage point, we'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of cherry and maple trees ablaze with color in spring and fall, along with panoramic views of Kyoto city in the distance. Returning to the charming streets of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka, steeped in traditional ambiance, we'll pause for a delightful lunch amidst the quaint surroundings. As we meander through this historic district, we'll seize the opportunity to capture the essence of old-world charm in our photographs and explore the array of inviting shops. A brief respite awaits us at a cozy café, where we'll indulge in refreshing matcha and other beverages, accompanied by adorable cloud-shaped snacks. With our kimono adventure drawing to a close, we'll return our attire before proceeding to the enchanting district of Gion. At 18:00, our evening unfolds with a captivating Gion Geisha walking tour, where we'll traverse the hidden streets of this iconic district. Alongside the picturesque Shirakawa river, our guide will regale us with tales of geisha traditions, illuminating the intricacies of their kimono, hairstyles, and daily rituals. With luck on our side, we may even catch a glimpse of a geisha, adding a touch of magic to our Kyoto experience.
8

Tokyo

Day 12-16
day 1 Today, we embark on a high-speed journey aboard the renowned Shinkansen bullet train, whisking us from Kyoto to Tokyo in just over two hours. Upon arrival, we'll swiftly drop off our luggage at the hotel and set out to immerse ourselves in the vibrant energy of the city. Our first stop is the iconic Shibuya Crossing, a bustling intersection renowned as one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world. Whether you choose to observe the mesmerizing spectacle from the vantage point of a café or dive into the heart of the crossing itself, it's an experience not to be missed. As the day draws to a close, we'll indulge in a culinary adventure in Shibuya, where an array of dining options awaits. From traditional izakayas serving up savory delights to international cuisine offering a taste of global flavors, there's something to tantalize every palate. Soak in the lively ambiance of the district as we savor the flavors of Tokyo, culminating our day with a memorable dining experience. day 2 Welcome to the modern marvels of Tokyo! Our day begins amidst the vibrant hustle and bustle of Tsukiji Outer Market, a culinary haven where fresh sushi delights await. Sample an array of delectable seafood and Japanese snacks as you navigate through the bustling stalls, immersing yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of this renowned market. Next, we'll journey to Ginza, Tokyo's premier shopping district, renowned for its upscale boutiques, department stores, and the iconic Wako Building. Explore the epitome of luxury as you peruse designer labels and indulge in a spot of retail therapy amidst the glitz and glamour of this fashionable enclave. But no visit to Tokyo would be complete without a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station's famed "Ramen Street." Descend into the basement and find yourself in a culinary wonderland, where a plethora of renowned ramen shops beckon with their tantalizing aromas and savory offerings. Take your pick from the diverse selection and savor the quintessential flavors of Japan's beloved noodle dish for a satisfying lunchtime experience. day 3 With Tokyo's vast array of attractions, we've allocated an extra day for exploration tailored to our individual interests! Without a set itinerary, we'll have the flexibility to brainstorm and decide on our activities as a group, ensuring everyone gets to experience what intrigues them most. Whether we opt to explore together or split into smaller groups, the day is ours to shape as we see fit. As evening approaches, we'll come together once more for a final group gathering over dinner or drinks, reflecting on the memories we've made and the experiences shared throughout our time in Tokyo. And let's not forget to indulge in one of Japan's quintessential delights—Sake! A vital component of Japanese culture and cuisine, this iconic beverage offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Japanese traditions. Let's raise our glasses and toast to our unforgettable Tokyo adventure! day 4 End of our adventure
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Other
16 days trip
Seoul, DMZ zone & 6 more
Transportation
Train, Boat
What's excluded?
Flights
Personal expenses
Food
Train pass
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