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Konnichiwa Discover Japan

LOCATION
Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka

Date
July 1st - July 12th 2022

DURATION
13 Days

GROUP SIZE
Min 6 - Max 12

MEETING POINT
Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

ACCOMMODATION
Various hotels, Japan

PREREQUISITES 
Double vaccinated

Konnichiwa Discover Japan

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Edge Adventures goes to  Japan

A Japanese adventure specifically created for autistic and learning disabled young folk

Discover Japan, Home of the Pokemon with Edge Adventures

Manga, Anime, Pokemon, Disneyland and more - an itinerary designed by young people for young people

Fully supported Trip To Japan for autistic young adults

Specialist support workers empower, mentor and encourage independent living life skills

Your adventure package includes


  • 13-days/12-nights staying in a shared room in various hotels across Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
  • International Flights from London, Domestic flight transfer from Edinburgh to London
    2-days at Disneyland Tokyo
  • Japanese school in Nakano, learning not just the history of manga but also the unique style of drawing
  • Visit Nakano Broadway, a four-level shopping mall purely dedicated to manga and anime
  • Visit Akihabara, the district in Tokyo famous for its hundreds of electronics shops, and more recently, for being the centre of Tokyo’s anime, manga, video game, and figurine culture
  • ‘NamjaTown,’ an indoor theme park by Namco the company behind Pacman and hundreds of video games
  • Bullet-train from Tokyo to Kyoto eating lunch from a bento box onboard
  • Ride in a rickshaw around Kyoto
  • Take a stroll in Gion District, it is known as the “geisha district”
  • Tea Ceremony at a private temple in Kyoto

Accommodation

Various hotels in Japan

Travel 

All Flights and travel times are TBC

Itinerary


Discovering Japan is a bucket-list adventure of a lifetime for most. From Manga to Geishas, you will hang out with other young people. You can eat what you want, you can explore Tokyo, go to Tokyo Disneyland: rumoured to be the best in the world! Eat tempura, try on kimonos, be 'kawaii', see Astro Boy and experience the absolute mind-blowing experience of immersing yourself in Japanese culture. Your support workers are the best in the business, from Edge Autism, and will ensure that your trip is ASD-friendly and accessible to all, the laughter and the banter will stay with you for many years to follow. Meet new friends in exotic places.

Day 1

Departure Day

Depart Edinburgh Airport for London. Board your international flight to Tokyo Narita. 

Day 2

Arrival In Tokyo

13/06/2022 (Monday)Arrival at Narita / Haneda International Airport by your flight. 

Distance and journey time (approximation): Narita International Airport (NRT) to Central Tokyo: 1.5 hr

Haneda International Airport (HND) to Central Tokyo: 50 min

Meet your English-speaking assistant at the arrival lobby and transfer to the hotel by private coach.

*** Luggage will be put in the baggage storage of the coach ***

**Hotel Check-In from 15:00**

Lunch and Dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 3

Tokyo

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to a full day of sightseeing in Tokyo, utilising the city’s efficient train system.

The day will begin with a stroll through Hama-Rikyu Teien, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Take a break in the tea house known as ‘Nakajima No Chaya’ which stands elegantly in the park’s lake. Here, you will have the chance to get a taste of matcha, or Japanese green tea.

You will then have the opportunity to see Tokyo from a different angle as you take the boat cruise along the Sumida River.Next stop will be Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is the city’s oldest Geisha district and also the home to Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.

In the afternoon, head across Tokyo to Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree-lined avenue boasts a multitude of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects.

Walk through Kappabashi, Japan’s restaurant supply store mecca, over 100 years old and boasts over 170 shops devoted to the cooking trade, from bowls, baskets and pans to uniforms, food, tables and chairs and everything in between.

Enjoy a unique activity: making replica foods, a tradition of Japanese food culture. Tempura and lettuce. Lunch at a local restaurant – tempuraTempura is a typical Japanese dish usually consisting of seafood, meat, and vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. The dish was introduced by the Portuguese residing in Nagasaki through the fritter-cooking techniques in the 16th century.

Before the tour ends, take time to explore Meiji Shrine, which is Tokyo’s most famous shrine, dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor MeijiLunch and dinner under your own arrangement.

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo.


Day 4

Tokyo

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a full, guided day in Tokyo discovering some of the city’s most famous areas for Japanese pop culture, locally known as “Cool Japan!”

Begin the day with a class at a Japanese school in Central Nakano, learning not just the history of manga but also the unique style of drawing the world-known Japanese cartoon.

Afterwards, visit Nakano Broadway, a four-level shopping mall purely dedicated to manga and anime. Most of the goods sold here are related to the golden era of Japan’s manga and anime industry, featuring some of the famous ‘70s characters such as Astro Boy and UFO Robot Grendizer. From Nakano, travel by train to Harajuku and explore Takeshita Street, an area in Tokyo that is popular among the youth representing the latest fashion trends. Harajuku Takeshita Street is without a doubt the centre of the kawaii (“cute”) culture in Tokyo. With a stroke of luck, catch a glimpse of ‘cosplayers’ or teenagers showing off their unique fashion styles.

Later in the day, explore the quirkier side of Japan by visiting Akihabara, the district in Tokyo famous for its hundreds of electronics shops, and more recently, for being the centre of Tokyo’s anime, manga, video game, and figurine culture. End today’s tour in one of the unique Japanese Maid Cafés, where waitresses address their customers as go-shujin-sama (“Master”) or o-hime-sama (“Princess”). This is the time to rest those tired feet, enjoy a serving of a kawaii drink, and take a photo with one of the cute maids.

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel.

Lunch and dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Tokyo

Day 5

Tokyo

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, meet up with the guide at the hotel and head to the western part of Tokyo and visit the Suginami Animation Museum. This humble museum features the history and progress of Japanese animation. Here, visitors can learn about the development of anime and also experience drawing and even dubbing!

After this interesting visit, head to the Otome Road in Ikebukuro, a district catering to both local and foreign otaku. Otome, which means “maiden,” is an anime-and-manga haven dedicated mainly to the female crowd. Here you will find shops that sell even independently published manga and novels!

Just around the corner you will find Sunshine City, a building complex that comprises 4 establishments – a skyscraper, a hotel, a cultural centre, and an important building. The latter is definitely the most interesting because here there is an aquarium on the 10th floor and 2 indoor theme parks on the lower floors. One is called ‘Namja Town,’ an indoor theme park by Namco the company behind Pacman and hundreds of video games. The other one is ‘J-World Tokyo,’ located just one floor above Namja Town, another indoor theme park based on popular anime and manga series such as Naruto and One Piece.

Lunch at a local restaurant – okonomiyaki. Make your own okonomiyaki in a gallery style restaurant. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients in a wheat-flour-based batter; it is an example of konamon. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "how you like" or "what you like", and yaki meaning "cooked".

Adjacent to Namja Town in Sunshine City (Ikebukuro) is the biggest Pokemon Centre in Japan. Find here life-size statues of famous pocket monsters like Mewtwo, Charizard, and of course, Pikachu! Take a look around and maybe purchase some Pikachu plushies; it is indeed a perfect spot for some souvenir shopping!

End the day with a visit to the Tokyo Onepiece Tower. A recent addition to the shopping area located at the foot of Tokyo Tower is Tokyo One Piece Tower, the newly opened amusement park dedicated to the world-famous manga. The park – divided into three floors - offers a vast number of games, attractions and live shows as well as dining options all inspired by the popular manga character. There is also the chance to meet the characters playing at the live shows and take pictures with them.

Transfer to the Tokyo Government Building by public transportation.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007.

Dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Tokyo

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel.

Day 6

Tokyo Disneyland

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your English-speaking assistant at the hotel reception and walk to Shinjuku Station (6 min walking distance)

Take the train from Shinjuku Station and transfer to Disneyland (about 40 min.)

Lunch and Dinner under your own arrangement.

At the end of the day, meet your English-speaking assistant and transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 7

Tokyo Disneyland

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your English-speaking assistant at the hotel reception and walk to Shinjuku Station (6 min walking distance)

Take the train from Shinjuku Station and transfer to Disneyland (about 40 min.)

Lunch and Dinner under your own arrangement.

At the end of the day, meet your English-speaking assistant and transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Tokyo.

Day 8

Tokyo - Kyoto

Please prepare and bring your luggage to the front bell desk by 08:00 tomorrow morning.

It will be delivered the next day, around 18:00, to your hotel in Kyoto.

Please take the necessities for one night in Kyoto. One piece per Person.

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet your English-speaking assistant at the reception of your hotel and transfer by public transportation to Tokyo station.

Take the bullet-train from Tokyo to Kyoto - Journey without assistance. Lunch bento box aboard - Eating a lunch box traveling by shinkansen is a really truly Japanese experience.

Meet your English-speaking assistant at Kyoto station and transfer to your hotel by private coach.

**Check-In from 15:00**

Rest of the Day free at leisure.

Dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Kyoto

Day 9

Kyoto

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your English-speaking tour guide at the reception of your hotel and transfer by private coach.

Explore the more scenic spots in Kyoto, starting with Arashiyama, the district famous for the vast bamboo grove and the majestic Hozugawa River. Rickshaw Experience (2 people share one rickshaw; 20 min).

Enjoy a morning stroll in the bamboo groves before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryu-ji. The most captivating spot inside the temple grounds is the landscaped garden that features a pond surrounded by rocks and pine trees set against the great Arashiyama mountains.

Return to the busy avenue filled with local shops and restaurants for lunch. Lunch under your own arrangement.

If you're lucky, you might spot some local tourists in their yukata (summer kimono). And before leaving Arashiyama, make a quick detour to Kimono Forest, a short alley behind a souvenir shop lined with pillars showcasing various designs of kimono. Next in the list is the serene Ryoan-ji, which is famous for its well-maintained rock garden and known to be the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai Buddhist sect.

Just a short distance from Ryoan-ji is the stunning golden pavilion collectively known as Kinkaku-ji. The temple grounds are relatively smaller than that of most temples and shrines in Kyoto but what is undoubtedly impressive is the pavilion that is completely covered in handmade gold leaves.

End the tour with a visit to Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle that was originally built to serve as the private villa of a powerful feudal lord. The main building was completed in the early 1600s and has since then been known for its Momoyama-style architecture, decorated sliding doors, and “chirping nightingale” floors.

Transfer by private coach to your hotel in Kyoto.

Dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Kyoto

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel.

Day 10

Kyoto

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your English-speaking tour guide and transfer by private coach.

One of the most unusual and iconic Shinto shrines in Japan, Fushimi Inari's paths are lined with thousands of vermilion torii gates following trails inside the forests of Mt Inari. Established in 711 AD the shrine, which was also featured in “Memoirs of a Geisha”, is famous for the impressive contrast and mystical atmosphere created by the contrasting colours of the torii and those of the surrounding nature. The light hike up to the top of the mountain and back will take up to three hours and will grant the visitors numerous photo opportunities in this unique place.

From the top, a beautiful view of the city of Kyoto and the hills surrounding it can be enjoyed.Kimono Wearing.

Have an exclusive experience and visit the private home of a kimono expert who will give you a brief introduction on the colourful history of the traditional dress of Japan. Get a chance to try on an elaborate kimono and take some photos inside a Japanese-style room or in a garden, which are some of the best ways to always remind you of Kyoto.

Next, the guide will take you out for a stroll in Gion District, it is known as the “geisha district” because it is one of the city’s hanamachi (flower towns) where geishas live and work. The highlight will be the Hanami-koji, the most popular street in Gion district where lavish chaya (lit. teahouses) are lined up. The local restaurants are mostly found in well-preserved machiya (old houses) and serve the ever-inviting kaiseki ryori (traditional Japanese multi-course meal).

Lunch under your own arrangement.

Tea Ceremony at a private temple in KyotoDiscover the connection between Zen Buddhism & tea. Learn the meaning behind each step of this ritual. Although the sub-temples of Kodai-ji are usually closed to the public, special access has been granted for today’s tea ceremony. Enter the stunning 400-year-old temple and stroll around its beautiful Zen garden. Then meet with a tea master who will explain about Japanese tea and the relationship between the ceremony and Zen Buddhism. Then the ceremony will begin, with the master explaining each movement and its meaning in detail.

Dinner under your own arrangement.

Overnight in Kyoto

Note: The order of this itinerary may change depending on the location of your hotel.

Day 11

Kyoto - Osaka

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning Free at leisure.

Meet your English-speaking tour guide at the reception of your hotel and transfer by private coach to Osaka.

**Check-In Hotel from 15:00**

Lunch under your own arrangement.

Around 14:30, meet with your English-speaking guide at the reception of your hotel and depart by private coach to Osaka. Discover Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, a 2.6 kilometer-long covered shopping street that is home to approximately 600 shops and is the longest shopping street in Japan. Dating back to the early-Edo Period, the famous shopping arcade exudes retro vibes and is a must-see for visitors to Osaka. Stop to see quaint, family-owned stores that have been in business for decades, and sample some of the locals’ favourite snacks along the way.

Dotonbori, a restaurant mecca which has long-been referred to as Osaka’s former entertainment and pleasure district. A short walk from this street leads to the touristy Ebisubashi with the famous billboard of the Glico Running Man and a view of Dotonbori River.

FLAVOURS OF OSAKA FOOD TOUR (3.5 hours)

Enjoy the lively Osaka nightlife while sampling some of the best dishes the city has to offer. Venture on a sybaritic escapade with a charismatic, food-loving guide. Experience the heart and soul of the city, which is deeply connected to its food culture.

Today’s tour begins at 16:45. Osaka is an epicurean’s delight. Indeed, the motto that the city’s exuberant inhabitants live by is kuidaore – “to eat oneself bankrupt.” The first stop will be at a street food stall to get a taste of some traditional Japanese snack food, menchi katsu. Menchi katsu is a breaded and deep-fried patty made of ground meat. Golden and crisp, this is a local favourite. Next, head to a standing bar to enjoy the ambience and taste a selection of sake and Japanese wine, along with delicious house specialties. Then, head to a restaurant specialising in wagyu beef dishes. Often referred to as the most expensive beef in the world, wagyu beef is of superb quality, and is on many a gourmet’s wish list. Enjoy the melt-in-the-mouth textures with a refreshing cocktail. The final stop will be to try a new style of tempura in an eatery tucked away in a small alleyway. Old favourites such as shrimp tempura, and more experimental combinations such as asparagus tempura and cheese can be found on the menu.

Overnight in Osaka.

Day 12

Osaka - KIX Airport Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your English-speaking assistant at the reception of your hotel and depart for KIX International Airport by private coach.

*** Luggage will be put in the baggage storage of the coach ***

Depart KIX by your flight

Day 13

Don't cry because it 's over, smile because it's happened. 

ARR LONDON GATWICK - Board Domestic Flight home to Edinburgh

What's included


ACCOMMODATION

Various hotels, arranged by Travel Agent. 

FLIGHTS

To Be Confirmed

EDI-LON / LON-TOK / OSK - LON / LON-EDI

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Private Coach within Japan

LUGGAGE

International flights will have larger baggage allowance - TBC with travel agent

MEALS

As directed by Itinerary 

SUPPORT STAFF

24/7 Specialist Support Staff from Edge Autism

What's not included


NOT INCLUDED IN COST

PERSONAL EXPENSES
You must have your own spending money.

BAGGAGE COSTS
**These costs must be met by the individual and are NOT included in the holiday costs.

INSURANCE
You must have your own travel insurance

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION
Passports, Visas

COVID-19 DOCUMENTATION
As required under UK law at the time of booking – we will advise you of all changes to ensure you stay up to date.

Kit List


ESSENTIAL KIT ITEMS

Everyone packs for their adventures differently but as a guide we would recommend you use a website like:

https://www.holidaypackinglist.com/

We are happy to help if you need more information - just call our booking team on 0131 285 8930.

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