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Japan Kyoto to Tokyo gay tour

Japan Gay Tour
Kyoto to Tokyo

Ancient Tradition, Modern Civilization & A Cultural Obsession

Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Lake Ashi, Tokyo, and more!

10 Days from Osaka to Tokyo, Japan

November 01 – 10, 2020

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So grab your Hello Kitty backpack, choose your Pikachu, and loosen those stretchy pants…between the street food, cooking class, public markets and gourmet restaurants we’ll eat so much Japanese food it will be anything but kawaii.

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Japan Gay Tour - Kyoto to Tokyo Highlights

• Ride the Shinkansen bullet train

• Admire Mt Fuji from a Pirate Boat on Lake Ashi

• Wander Osaka’s Dotonburi District and devour delectable street food

• Meet the friendly deer of Nara Park that bow politely for treats

• Wander through a surreal grove of towering bamboo (do NOT forget your camera)

• Dress up like traditional samurai warriors and flash your swords at each other

• Wander through an open-air museum where world-famous sculptures are only confined by the nature around them

• Check out Tokyo’s seriously dense gay scene, with the most bars per capita on Earth

• Wander through colourful Harajuku where you could pick up something cute at one of their adorable critter cafés

 

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Japan Gay Tour - Kyoto to Tokyo Itinerary

Day 1 - Osaka, Japan / Arrival Day
Osaka, Japan Gay TourKon’nichiwa – welcome to Japan!

Things kick off with a Group Meeting at 6 PM where you can meet your guide and fellow travelers.

After our Welcome Dinner you can make it an early night or grab a drink with the group at a local gay-friendly bar.

Hotel: Vischio Osaka by Granvia Hotel, Osaka, 4*, Moderate Room

 

Day 2 - Osaka, Japan
Japan gay tour - Osaka CastleWake up to a morning tour of essential sights like Osaka Castle and Kuromon Ichiba – the local market that’s equally popular with top chefs, home cooks and tourists.

Enjoy lunch on your own or with fellow travelers then rest up in the afternoon.

Tonight we head to the neon lights of Dotonbori for a street food tour, where you may taste kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers), okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) and takoyaki (octopus balls).

Hotel: Vischio Osaka by Granvia Hotel, Osaka, 4*, Moderate Room

 

Day 3 - Nara / Kyoto
Japan gay tour - TodaijiOh my Bambi – this might be the cutest start to any day. We’re off to Nara city, where you can ‘fawn’ over a thousand docile deer that live in its namesake park: the animals politely nod to request a treat, and are at ease with all their admirers.

Here you’ll also find Todaiji – one of the Seven Great Temples of Buddhism – and Kasuga, the family shrine of the Fujiwara clan. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For lunch we’ll slurp savoury ramen noodles, then check out Nijo Castle.

After checking into our new hotel a Group Dinner is included tonight.

Hotel: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, 4*, Standard Room

 

Day 4 - Kyoto - Fushimi Inari
Kyoto gay tour - Fushimi InariToday begins early with a taxi ride to Fushimi Inari, a shrine beloved for the hundreds of distinct red torii arches that line the main trails.

Following breakfast back at the hotel more photo ops await. We’ll visit Arashiyama – the city’s towering bamboo grove – and three Buddhist temples: Tenryuji, Kinkakuji, and Kiyomizudera.

Tonight you can make your own plans for dinner or join the larger group. Since we have a lazy morning tomorrow, why not check out Kyoto’s gay scene?

Hotel: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, 4*, Standard Room

 

Day 5 - Kyoto - Samurai Experience
Kyoto gay tour - Samurai experienceGrab brunch at your leisure – we don’t converge until 12:30PM for a samurai experience. You’ll learn about the warriors, dress up in costume, and even wield the traditional sword.

Our last activity before an afternoon break will be Zen Meditation.

Tonight we’ll go shopping at Nishiki market, then head to a cooking class to prepare our own dinner with some delicious sake.

Hotel: Cross Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto, 4*, Standard Room

 

Day 6 - Hakone
Japan gay tour - HakoneToday we continue to Hakone on the Shinkansen, aka Japan’s bullet train. Why not enjoy a Bento Box for lunch onboard?

Our only plan this afternoon is a walk through the Open Air Museum. With sculptures by Picasso and Henry Moore it lets you encounter art in a park-like setting.

We’ll stay in a traditional ryokan inn tonight, where you can partake in a steamy onsen, or Japanese hot spring experience.

Hotel: Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, Hakone, 4.5*, Superior Room with Onsen Bath

 

Day 7 - Tokyo / Lake Ashi
Japan gay tour - Mt FujiToday we’re off to Tokyo with a stop at Lake Ashi en route.

We’ll even take a ride on a colourful pirate boat that gives us excellent photo opportunities in front of Japan’s highest volcano: Mt Fuji.

Once we arrive in the world’s biggest super city and check in to our hotel, consider joining us for an optional dinner in the Shinjuku entertainment district.

Hotel: JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku, Tokyo, 4*, Standard Room

 

Day 8 - Tokyo (Shinjuku)
Tokyo gay tour - Imperial PalaceToday we are going to see some of the most impressive sights in Tokyo, so ensure your batteries are charged and you’re prepared for the madness.

The Imperial Palace is where the Emperor resides, and is built on the site of the former Edo Castle.

Asakusa is a more traditional neighbourhood, and walking through here gives one a sense of what Tokyo felt like a few years ago.

If you want to join us for an optional ramen lunch, nothing beats a bowl in authentic Japanese surroundings.

Finally, after tonight’s dinner in Shinjuku, we’ll enjoy a gay sake bar tour.

Hotel: JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku, Tokyo, 4*, Standard Room

 

Day 9 - Tokyo (Harajuku and Shibuya)
Tokyo gay tour - ShibuyaToday we’ll take Tokyo’s wonderfully efficient public transportation to visit the Meiji Shrine, set amidst a 70-hectare forest.

From here we can wander through colourful and cute Harajuku, and see the madness of Shibuya, an entertainment and business district that’s home to the world’s two busiest train stations.

Our Farewell Dinner tonight marks the official end of this historic tour. All we can say is Doumo Arigatou!

Hotel: JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku, Tokyo, 4*, Standard Room

 

Day 10 - Tokyo / Departure Day
As the last day of our tour, no activities are planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your trip leader, and safe travels home.

 

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What's Included

• Accommodation
• All breakfasts (9), 2 lunches and 7 dinners
• Transportation by private coach and train
• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host
• Hotel porterage

 

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Not Included

• International airfare
• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
• Gratuities to guides and drivers
• Alcoholic drinks not included with meals unless stated in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature
• Visa fees
Travel insurance - mandatory for all travellers.

 

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Trip Notes

How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Japan Visa
Citizens of Canada, the USA, and most of Europe do not need a visa for short-term visits.

Culture Shock
Japan offers one of the most technologically advanced societies on Earth. It’s incredibly safe to visit and crime rates are low.

Local LGBT Scene
Japan offers a perplexing gay scene. Tokyo has the highest concentration of gay bars on Earth, but it can be tough to find one that welcomes foreign visitors. Many locals also remain in the closet, and even marry the opposite sex, despite mainstream acceptance of homosexuality.

Weather
We visit in the fall, sparing us from the oppressive humidity of summer and unpredictable winter months.

 

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Required Vaccinations
We recommend routine and measles vaccines, but to determine if you should take further preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for Type A and B sockets.

Connectivity
Japan is utterly well connected. You will not want for wi-fi or cellular service.

Travel Insurance
For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $50,000.

Meals
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners are included on this trip.

 

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Starting Point
Vischio Osaka by Granvia Hotel, Osaka
Ideally located in the Osaka Station, Umeda, Yodoyabashi, Hommachi district of Osaka, Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia is set 100 m from Knowledge Capital, 300 m from Grand Front Osaka and 400 m from Lucua Osaka.

Standard check-in time is between 2PM and 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check ins, however you are able to store your luggage and explore the central area near the hotel while you wait. If you would like a guaranteed early check-in, you will need to reserve a pre-tour night of accommodation.

Finishing Point
JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku, Tokyo
This hotel is located just a 3-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, offering direct access to Harajuku, Shibuya and Akihabara areas, all within a 20-minute train ride. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Tipping
We’ve covered the gratuities for included activities, meals, and our local Tour Guide. You’ll only need to offer a tip on any extra drinks or services you buy on the trip.

Money
Japans local currency is the Yen (JPY). Credit cards are widely accepted, but keep money handy. Cash remains hugely popular in this high-tech society. We also recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Flying Solo
If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It’s best to reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Optional Activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what’s available.

What to Bring
Our tour entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.

Groups Within Groups
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you’re celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time.

 

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Japan Gay Tour - Kyoto to Tokyo Prices

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