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Japan Adventure

Japan Adventure

Immerse yourself in beautiful Japan; discover ancient traditions, stunning landscapes and experience all that this wonderful country has to offer.

Prices from $4,095

Immerse yourself in beautiful Japan; discover ancient traditions, stunning landscapes and experience all that this wonderful country has to offer. Uncover the contrasting country for yourself. Known for its very traditional culture, the ancient capital of Kyoto has temples which have been around for hundreds of years, Geishas and serene rock gardens. You’ll see the contrasting streets of the modern and futuristic Tokyo, where you’ll be surrounded by neon-lit sky scrapers, robots and a fascinating culture, very different from your own.

This adventure will be much more than just a trip. You will have the chance to truly experience life as a local, eat traditional Japanese food, visit breath-taking sites and meet the wonderful people. After all, what is the point of travelling, if not opening your eyes to new adventures and returning with unforgettable memories and life-changing experiences?

Take this chance to go on an adventure packed 2 weeks trip to Japan and be ready to dive into the most diverse landscapes and atmospheres: from mountains to lakes; temples to museums;  Geishas to robots and much more. This will be an adventure you remember!


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
•    Discover a wealth of culture & nature
•    Become an intrepid voyager in this extraordinary corner of the world
•    Meet Japanese people as they go about their daily lives
 

FAST FACTS

Location    Japan

                     Onsens (hot springs)
Activities    Visiting markets, museums, forests and parks
                     Rafting adventure tour
                     Cycling
Transport      Transport provided throughout the trip
Accommodation  A variety of traditional housing to hostels throughout the adventure
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED


                              Pre-departure support
                              Travel & medical advice & documentation
Before you go     Equipment advice
                              Discounted medical kit
                              Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
                              Accommodation       
In-country           Local orientation
                              Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
                              In-country emergency support
                              24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Sample Itinerary
Your adventure will begin as soon as you arrive at the hostel in Tokyo, here you will have the opportunity to acclimatise and meet your Adventure Leader for an important briefing and orientation.

Day 1: Tokyo
After settling in to your surroundings and meeting  your fellow travellers, the first days will be dedicated to discovering Tokyo. You will admire the incredible view of the city from the top of the famous Sky Tree. You will then head to one of the busiest district of Tokyo and experience the famous Shibuya crossing. You will end your day relaxing at a local Onsen, ready for your adventure ahead.

Day 2: Tokyo
During your second day in Tokyo you will be given the opportunity to prepare your own sashimi breakfast supervised by a local sashimi master in the city’s iconic Tsukiji fish market. Following this unique experience, you will visit the town of Akihabara and finally explore one of the city’s most popular areas for the famous Maid Cafes.

Day 3: Tokyo
The third day will be mainly dedicated to sumo, wrestlers and Samurai! You will be taken to the city’s sumo district where you will discover the wrestlers’ lives and training regimes. You will also visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum and learn more about the history of Japan and try your hand at Samurai!

Day 4: Tokyo
During your last day in Tokyo, you will be visiting the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan: the Tokyo Imperial Palace located in the beautiful Chiyoda Park. The second half of the day will be an afternoon of traditional-modern contrast, where you will spend some time in the quirky centre of J-pop culture in Harajuku and enjoy a drink or two in Shibuya!

Day 5: Kamakura
A train journey will take you to the medieval capital of Kamakura. Here you will spend some time relaxing and exploring the town’s shrines and the Great Buddha statue at the Kotoku-in temple. You’ll have some time at the beach, maybe trying your hand at surfing with the sunset in the backdrop!  

Day 6: Mount Fuji, Hakone
A cable car will lead you to Japan’s mountainous town of Hakone, known for its hot spring resorts. The area is also in the perfect location to gaze at Mount Fiji in all its glory on a clear day. To better admire the stunning views, a pirate ship will take you across the Lake Ashi for a perfect end of the day.

Day 7: Kyoto
A train to Kyoto will take you to  the heart of Japanese traditions in the Geisha district. After learning more about the traditions of ancient Japan, you can enjoy a delicious and authentic meal surrounded by a true Japanese atmosphere of wood panels and lanterns.

Day 8: Arashiyama
A day in nature. During your 8th day you will hike through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Arashiyama Monkey Park. From the top of the park you will enjoy great views of Kyoto! The tour guide will then take you on to a rafting adventure down the Hozugawa River which will take you right by Arashiyama district’s most impressive temple, Tenryu-ji. After relaxing in the surrounding gardens, you can try Japanese’s’ favourite pastime: Karaoke!

Day 9: Kyoto
To recover from karaoke night, you will have an un-guided morning. It will then be time to head to Fushimi Inari. In this truly remarkable place a hiking trail will take you  through a corridor of thousands of parallel red rows of gates called Senbon Torii. It’s a must see site!

Day 10: Kyoto
If you like cycling, this will be one of your favourite days! You will cycle around Kyoto, taking in all the sights and ancient architecture, before taking a train heading west.

Day 11: Hiroshima
At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, you will have the chance to learn more about the tragic past of Hiroshima, how it has recovered and what its mission is today. A ferry will take you to the Itsukushima shrine where you will enjoy the wonderful view of the shrine, which is built above lapping water.

Day 12: Osaka
To round off your Japanese adventure, you cannot miss the megacity of Osaka. Your day here will be full of endless options for entertainment, food and drinks! While you are there, don’t miss the chance to enjoy a dinner overlooking the water and taste some Kobe beef!

Day 13: Osaka
Take your morning to wander around the streets of Osaka before saying goodbye to your travelling companions and catch the train to Tokyo to finish your adventure.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
After arriving in Tokyo, you will head to the hostel where you will meet your adventure leader. After receiving an orientation meeting and familiarizing with the area and people, you will finally be ready to begin your journey.   


WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
In each of the destination during your travel, you will be staying in selected hostels. All  of them have the necessary and essential facilities that you would expect for, western-type toilets with showers and washing machines for your clothes. You also have the option to upgrade your room if you wish.


WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Travelling in different locations will give you a great opportunity to taste the variety of food that Japan can offer. Not only do the dishes vary from region to region, but  each season  also has  proper speciality – you will rarely find the same dish at two different times and places! You will have some fresh sushi directly from the fish market in Tokyo, or some Takoyaki – or grilled octopus – while sitting on the riverfront in Osaka and any other Japanese speciality you wish to try while visiting and exploring the local markets, restaurants and cafes. Meals are not included unless specified in the itinerary.

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COSTS

13 days $4,095

DATES

This project runs from February to November.
The project starts every Mondays

WHAT’S INCLUDED


                           Pre-departure support
                           Travel & medical advice & documentation
Before you go  Equipment advice
                           Discounted medical kit
                           Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)

                    Accommodation       
In-country  Local orientation
                    Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
                    In-country emergency support
                    24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION
Depending on the airline you chose, in Tokyo you can be landing either to Haneda International Airport, or to Narita International Airport.
 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Tokyo Narita Apt (NRT), Tokyo Haneda Apt (HND)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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