Welcome to Tokyo!
The legend of Japan - It’s in the name and where better to start our adventure than Tokyo! Tokyo is the largest metropolitan in the world and home to the most top-rated restaurants in Japan, so it's time to explore! Check-in at the hotel, chillax, and in the evening, we'll meet up with your new TruFam to see this stunning city by night. Dinner, drinks and cocktails are on the cards. It's only right; it's the first night, after all. We'll head to Shinjuku; neon lights are shining, the city is buzzing and alive so let's head out. Shinjuku is known for its quirky bars and wild party scene, so be sure to pack your dancing shoes, your favourite shit shirt and a positive attitude. It's going to be a night to remember!
Meet your TruFam, welcome dinner & drinks
Tokyo, Meiji Shrine & a night on the town!
Rise and shine, we're off exploring Tokyo! Picture this, jaw-dropping architecture, rich history and life-changing experiences. Where are you? The Meiji Shrine! Dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken, a visit to Meiji Shrine is a must-visit in Tokyo and dates back to over 100 years ago. Grab your photos, marvel at this beautiful place and its incredible height as we take a walk through our magical surroundings. Have you ever been anywhere cooler than Japan? We'll answer for you... Absolutely not! Afterwards, we head to the world-famous Senso-Ji temple, Tokyo's oldest temple, and a mirage of jaw-dropping bright red architecture surrounds us. Get that pen out; you're putting ticks on that bucket list! We’ll be travelling via train for the majority of our sightseeing so grab your maps and get to know the local area.The afternoon is free to explore as you please. Head to Akihabara, the electric town, a famous visit for anime lovers and gamers. If that doesn't tickle your pickle, take a walk around town, devour some delicious street food like takoyaki or yakisoba. They're 10/10 a must try btw. Before we head back and get ready for a night on the town. TruFam Japan style! Shibuya is a bustling area nearby famed for it’s delicious drinks and incredible nights out so perhaps we’ll head there. We’ll go with the flow TruFam.
Temples & exploring Tokyo
FIRE CEREMONY & SUSHI MAKING!
Today we're picking up the heat... No, seriously, we're kickstarting today with a traditional fire ceremony named Goma Taki at a local temple. A truly unforgettable experience and will have you feeling completely zen afterwards! Goma taki involves writing down your wishes on wooden plates and placing them into the fire. This is believed to burn away their excess wishes and desires to achieve a simple, appreciative life. The fire is thought to destroy negative energies and purify the mind, body and spirit. Positive vibes only! In the morning we’ll pack up our bags and send them on to Osaka before picking them up the next afternoon. Chauffeur service kinda vibes; keep a small bag for today because tomorrow morning, we're travelling at the speed of light. You know the world-famous bullet train? We don't do average. Feeling hungry? Well, we're cooking up a storm! Sushi is calling! We head to a local cookery class where we'll learn how to finesse the art of sushi making. Trust us; it's harder than you think. Every good chef must taste their work, so lunch will be a selection of our best dishes. The pressure is on! In the evening, we'll head out for dinner and drinks and see where the buzzing nightlife takes us!
Fire Ceremony & Sushi making class
OSAKA & VIBRANT NEON STREET!
Today we're bidding farewell to Tokyo. It's been insaaaaane, but it's time to head to our next destination. Osaka! We catch the bullet train; we spend the morning zooming through the scenic views, updating our Instagram feed and playing snap with the TruFam and chillaxing. The bullet train is an experience in yourself so sit back and enjoy! We've got a big few days ahead! We arrive in Osaka and head to neon street. Fluorescent pinks, yellows and neon greens surround us. Sparkling lights, bustling streets and huge 3D signs, we're in Dotonbori, to be precise! We take a walking tour and explore this sensational city and learn the story behind it. In the evening, we hit the town! We hope you're hungry as we try out some delicious street food before sipping every colourful cocktail insight. Neon street = neon cocktails, right? Pass us a blue lagoon!
Bullet Train & Osaka's Neon Streets
OSAKA CASTLE & SIGHTSEEING!
How's your head? No stress, take the morning to relax, rewind and rehydrate. It's a lazy one after a jam-packed day yesterday. In the afternoon, we head to Osaka Castle, originally completed in 1586 as a display of power and grandeur by the samurai warlord and ruler of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi; Osaka Castle is the most famous attraction in Osaka and spans over 15 acres. So it's a big day out, and the pictures are postcard-worthy. The afternoon is free to explore at your heart's content with so much to see and do; where to visit first?
Osaka Castle & Exploring the city
SPOOKY WALKING TOURS, FIRE CEREMONIES & STAYING IN A TRADITIONAL JAPANESE TEMPLE!
Grab a coffee; we're heading to Koyasan! We take a local train, a cable train and bus before we arrive at our stop. The next few days are going to be out of this world. Our accommodation? A traditional Japanese temple. You know how we do. We said this trip would be legendary. All food is included, so indulge courtesy of yours Tru-ly, all food in Koyasan is vegetarian but trust us it’s foodie heaven. Whilst staying at the temple, we immerse ourselves in local culture and respect our surroundings & the temple’s rules for a Tru authentic experience. We head out to explore the local temples before sitting down for a traditional dinner together as TruFam. In the evening, things get spooky… ready to hear some bumps in the night? We're taking a walking tour of the oldest cemetery in Japan. Read that again. The. Oldest. Cemetery. In. Japan. Grab the hand of your new BFF and get ready to learn the stories and history of the cemetery. Dw, it's more peaceful than scary!
Temple Stay & Cemetery tour
Did you sleep ok? Course you did; last night wasn't that spooky! Today we're heading to our next stop, Kyoto! Before we head off, we have a traditional breakfast and visit a local temple for morning prayer and to learn more about this beautiful culture. In the late morning, we head to the bustling town of Kyoto! Home to the world-famous Gion - the Geisha district! So, of course, that's where we're staying—filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain. Gion is a fairytale destination. An incredible experience. We walk the beautiful, vibrant streets before heading for a traditional tea ceremony in the afternoon. We walk along Kamagowa river in the evening, sip beer, and watch the sun gown down on another extraordinary day.
Explore Kyoto's Geisha District & Tea Ceremony
KINKAKU-JI GOLDEN TEMPLE & THE FAMOUS BAMBOO FOREST!
Wake and let’s go! First stop, Kinkaku-Ji Golden Temple! No, you're not dreaming; this magnificent two-story temple is covered in gold leaf. Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant wealthy circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu's time and today stands as a zen temple; with its glistening gold features, travellers come from all over the world to see it. We spend the morning absorbing our serene surroundings. Whilst we're talking of zen... We're heading to the most peaceful, jaw-dropping paradise of emerald green beauty. Did you guess it? It's Arashiyama Bamboo forest! We walk the tranquil, worldly walkway through the soaring bamboo grove. No picture can do it justice, but hey, you can try, plus we guarantee you 50+ likes on the gram with these views. The afternoon is free for us to explore, so we see where the day takes us and get a feel for the night's plan! May we suggest visiting Nara or renting a bike and exploring the backstreets of Kyoto. It’s up to you TruFam!
KINKAKU-JI GOLDEN TEMPLE & Bamboo Forest
EXPLORING THE RED TEMPLES, SIPPING SAKE AND MASTER THE ART OF THE SAMURAI!
If you thought yesterday was epic, wait till you experience TODAY. Temples, Sake and Samurai. That's what we're talking about! We're diving deep into the Tru Japan as we head to Kyoto's famous temple of red gates - Fushimi-Inari. You may not have heard of it, but you've definitely seen it. Renowned for its thousands of red torii gates, Fushimi-Inari is incredible to behold, so we take a walk around! Afterwards, We head to a local brewery to learn about Sake and how it's made. Of course, we sample some, but with a 15%-20% alcohol content, we'll only have a sip or two. It is the afternoon, after all. Later in the day, we head to the main event. Perhaps,the best experience of your lifetime? That’s right! we're taking a Samurai class! Connect your mind, body and soul, and we learn what it really takes to be a Samurai. We're going in full Samurai mode, that's right, we're getting dressed up. Robes and everything! We learn the etiquette of Samurai classes, practise basic kenbu and learn a variety of moves with the sword! It's just like slicing and dicing Sushi you learnt earlier... Sort of?
Temple tours, Sake tasting & Samurai lesson
Mount Fuji Views & Pirate Ship Sailing!
Rise and shine, TruTravellers, we hope you dreamt of slicing, dicing and living your best Samurai life after yesterday's adventure, either that or you're feeling ok after too much sake last night. Today we head to Hakone and send our bags on to Tokyo. We're heading for views on views on viewsssss. We take the ropeway cable cart for panoramic scenic views of Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji. Grab your cameras it's going to be a good'en! Mount Fuji is one of the most notable symbols of Japan, and boy, is it stunning! The views are breathtaking, covered with glistening white snow and lined with misty clouds. After riding the cable cart, it's time to head down for our next activity. A pirate ship cruise, no for real. We're serious. We'll spend the rest of the day sailing around the bay in a huge pirate ship. Shiver me timbers! Land Ahoy! Grab an eye patch and a parrot for your shoulder! We'll have a traditional dinner onboard courtesy of yours Tru-ly as we watch the sun go down on another perfect day. Bliss.
Pirate Ship tour & Mount Fuji
EXPLORING THE BEST OF TOKYO!
Today we're heading back to where the magic started. Tokyo baby! We grab a delicious breakfast before travelling on the express train. The afternoon is free to explore as we please before we get ready for one last night on the town! Did someone say Karaoke Party or Robot Cafe?! C'mon, it's our last night! We have to go big! Warm-up those vocal cords, master those dancing moves, or practise your best robot. Karaoke is huge in Japan, so sing your heart out! A visit to a robot cafe in Tokyo is a MUST, and every blog post, news article will tell you the same. So let's head there! Wherever the night takes us, it's going to be legendary. We told you, it's in the name.
Explore Tokyo, Robot Restaurant
All good things must come to an end and today’s the last day of our legendary trip, so have a chilled morning before checkout. Your travel ninja is on hand for any onward travel plans you may have and if you're still looking to explore and sightsee this incredible country. It's been an experience, a Tru-ly unforgettable one. You're a part of the TruFam now, which means you're TruFam for life, so it's not goodbye. It’s see you later. MATA NE! That's Japanese for Later btw!