Backpacking in Japan

Experience the best of Japan on a backpacker budget where you stay in hostels and travel by train between the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. See history of Japan on a2zdirectory.

Go on adventures in Japan with all nights and transportation included. After four nights in Tokyo, the journey continues to Kyoto, where you have four days to experience the city’s many sights. You continue by train to Hiroshima, the target of the first atomic explosion in 1945. Here you explore the city on your own for the next three days before continuing to Osaka, your last stop on the journey. In Japan, fantastic dining experiences, unbeatable shopping and the opportunity for day trips to Kobe and Nara await before you go home to Denmark.

Day 1: Departure Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia to Japan with arrival the next day. Depending on the airline, one or two stopovers may occur.

Day 2: Arrival in Tokyo

Today you arrive in Tokyo, where you have the opportunity to explore the high-energy metropolis for the next four days.

Day 3-5: Discover Tokyo

Tokyo is, if anything, the world of contrasts. The city offers a huge and vibrant eldorado of shops selling everything from traditional and exquisite crafts to uniquely designed fashion items, all varieties and price ranges of electronics, record stores and comic books in batches and minutes and more or less cheap (or not at all cheap) gadgets that you did not know existed and you suddenly just have to get yourself. The city offers an infinite number of restaurants that serve everything from noodle soup to French five-course menus, here are at least as many arcades and even more karaoke bars. An exciting adventure in Tokyo is to take the subway around to the various shopping areas such as the twelve storey electronics center Akihabara or Ikebukuro, where there is a manga shop on every street corner or Shinjuku and Harajuku, with all kinds of youth culture and fashion in full bloom. Such a tour provides a wonderful and fascinating insight into the ultra-modern, but at the same time very traditional culture in Tokyo. The more traditional part of Tokyo is located in Asakusa around the Asakusa Temple. A visit here is highly recommended. The temple and the surrounding park are incredibly beautiful, but you should not expect it to be either calm or quiet because there are always people in Tokyo – everywhere.

Day 6: Tokyo to Kyoto

Kyoto is the former imperial capital and home to the country’s largest cultural treasures. The city is a central experience on every visit to Japan and offers some of the country’s most magnificent and hundreds of years old temples. There are said to be 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto.

Day 7-8: On a voyage of discovery in and around Kyoto

In the next few days in Kyoto, you will be on your own with plenty of opportunities to explore Japan’s cultural center. Jysk Rejsebureau recommends that you rent a bicycle so that you can easily get around to the various sights. This could be, for example, visiting Nijo Castle, taking a walk along the river, enjoying a tea ceremony or visiting the 8000 red Torii portals at Fushimi Inari-Taisha. ( F )

Day 9: From Kyoto to Hiroshima

Today, the journey continues by train to Hiroshima, the city that was hit by the first nuclear explosion in 1945. Since then, Hiroshima has distinguished itself by promoting peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. A walk through the peace park, the children’s peace monument and the nuclear dome, the remaining skeleton of an industrial hall located right where the bomb exploded, as well as a visit to the peace museum, are all strong reminders of human power and how to choose to use it, or never again. ( F )

Day 10-11: Discover Hiroshima

You will spend the following days on your own in Hiroshima. It is also possible to go to the island of Miyajima, one of Japan’s most scenic areas. Here you can experience the floating red Torii portal, visit temples, walk charming streets and see various wildlife.

Day 12: From Hiroshima to Osaka

The last train ride of the trip goes to Osaka, Japan’s culinary capital in a wonderful food country, so be sure to be a little extra hungry.

Day 13-14: On a voyage of discovery in Osaka

Osaka offers attractions such as Osaka Castle, Osaka Aquarium, Shinsaibashi shopping district, Dotonbori with its many fast food restaurants and Universal Studios Japan. From here it is also possible to take day trips to the original capital Nara and the cosmopolitan Kobe.

Day 15: Departure from Osaka and arrival in Scandinavia

After an exciting trip around Japan, the trip goes home again. You take yourself to the airport, the time depends on departure. Arrival the same day in Scandinavia.

Overnight stays

Thirteen nights in a hostel

Backpacking in Japan