UNKNOWN JAPAN

Group Trip 2024

Embark on an Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure through Japan’s Hidden Gems!

Japan is the ultimate playground for wanderers ready to discover its hidden treasures, far from the tourist crowds. Imagine soaking up a killer mix of tradition, modern vibes, and natural beauty in places most travellers haven’t even heard of. From jaw-dropping landscapes to mouthwatering food and drink, Japan’s less-travelled paths are a total sensory overload waiting to be explored.

First time in Japan? Coming back for more magic? Or maybe you’re a local itching to uncover new gems? Whatever your vibe, Japan’s got endless off-the-beaten-path wonders waiting for you. Perfect for solo adventurers, lovebirds, families, or your whole crew, this tour is your ticket to diving deep into the heart of Japan’s vibrant and less-travelled parts.

🇯🇵 4 Destinations, 1 Epic Journey

☀️ 6 Days and 5 Nights

📅 September 15th – 20th, 2024

 👯 Cosy, Luxury Group of
10-15 Guests

🤓 Guided by Local Experts, Complete with Transportation

🤩 Countless New Experiences!

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Discover Japan’s Hidden Gems: Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago, and Toyama!

Hold onto your hats, adventurers! We’re taking you off the beaten path on a 6-day escapade through Japan’s best-kept secrets. From the artistic charm of Kanazawa to the timeless beauty of Shirakawago, this trip is packed with experiences that’ll make those who miss it green with envy.

You’ll be mending pottery with gold in a Kintsugi workshop, watching a geiko performance up close, and sipping on the finest sake. And that’s just the beginning! Indulge in a traditional tea ceremony, relish the flavors of Shojin Ryouri, and get hands-on with metal casting. Every day is a new adventure!

It’s a journey through Japan like you’ve never seen before.

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Highlights

🏯 Kanazawa’s Edo Elegance: Stroll through Kanazawa’s well-preserved Edo-period districts like the picturesque Higashi Chaya. Don’t miss the stunning Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens, and indulge in the local seafood at Ōmichō Market.

🎨 Kintsugi Craftsmanship: Dive into the ancient art of Kintsugi and transform broken pottery into beautiful, gold-laced masterpieces.

👘 Geiko Grace: Experience the refined world of geikos in the historic Asanogawa Enyukai Hall.

🕵️ Ninja Mysteries: Explore the Ninja Temple with its hidden traps and secret passageways, a historical marvel that’s as intriguing as it is unique.

 

🍜 Ōmichō Market Delights: Savor the freshest seafood and local delicacies in this bustling market, a foodie’s paradise.

🌸 Kenrokuen Garden Serenity: Lose yourself in the seasonal beauty of one of Japan’s most celebrated gardens.

🍶 Sake Sampling: Sip and savor a variety of sakes in Takayama’s historic district, famous for its well-preserved Edo-period architecture.

🏔 Shirakawago’s Scenic Beauty: Visit the iconic thatched-roof houses and stunning landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

🛍 Takayama’s Traditional Vibes: Stroll through Takayama’s morning market and historic district, where time seems to stand still.

🪵 Inami Woodcarving: Get hands-on with traditional woodcarving techniques in Toyama’s charming town of Inami.

🧘 Shojin Ryouri Experience: Delight in a traditional Buddhist vegetarian feast that nourishes both body and soul.

Metal Casting Mastery: Try your hand at metal casting in Takaoka, a town renowned for its intricate metalwork.

🏞 Toyama’s Natural Splendor: Discover the serene beauty and rich craftsmanship of Toyama, from its lush gardens to its artisan workshops.

🗺 Higashi Chaya’s Historical Charm: Wander through the narrow streets lined with traditional wooden teahouses and soak in the timeless atmosphere.

What off-the-beaten path are you traversing?

🌸 Kanazawa – A Timeless Blend of Tradition and Charm: Step into the enchanting world of Kanazawa, where Edo-period districts, traditional teahouses, and the stunning Kenrokuen Garden await. Explore the vibrant Ōmichō Market and experience the elegance of geisha performances in the historic Higashi Chaya District. Kanazawa is where history and modernity dance gracefully together.

🏯 Takayama – A Glimpse of Japan’s Past: Wander through the well-preserved streets of Takayama, a city that offers a window into Japan’s Edo period. From the bustling morning market to the charming Sanmachi Suji district, this place is a treasure trove of cultural delights. Don’t miss the sake tasting and the immersive walking tours that bring history to life.

🏡 Shirakawago – A Village Frozen in Time: Discover the rustic beauty of Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its iconic thatched-roof houses. Nestled in a picturesque valley, this village offers a serene escape into Japan’s rural past. Walk through the scenic Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village and let the tranquility wash over you.

🗻 Toyama – Nature and Craftsmanship Combined: Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Toyama, where traditional crafts and stunning landscapes meet. Explore Inami, famous for its intricate woodcarving, and try your hand at metal casting in Takaoka. With lush gardens and the majestic Toyama Bay, this destination is a feast for the senses.

What cultural activities are you experiencing?  

🎨 Kintsugi Experience – The Art of Golden Repairs: Dive into the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi in Kanazawa. Learn how to repair broken pottery with gold, transforming imperfections into stunning beauty. It’s a soulful practice that turns flaws into unique masterpieces.

👘 Geisha Experience – Grace and Elegance in Kanazawa: Witness the refined world of geishas in the atmospheric Asanogawa Enyukai Hall. Enjoy traditional performances that showcase the grace and artistry of these cultural icons.

🕵️ Ninja Temple – Mysteries and Intrigue: Explore Myouryuji, also known as the Ninja Temple, in Kanazawa. With its hidden traps, secret passages, and fascinating history, this temple offers an adventure that’s as educational as it is exciting.

🍵 Shojin Ryouri – A Culinary Journey: Delight in the flavors of Shojin Ryouri, a traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. Experience this exquisite dining in Toyama, where each dish is crafted with mindfulness and artistry.

Metal Casting – Hands-On Craftsmanship: Try your hand at traditional metal casting in Takaoka. Create your own metal masterpieces while learning about the rich history and techniques of this ancient craft.

🌿 Kenrokuen Garden – Nature’s Serenity: Stroll through Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens. Enjoy the meticulously landscaped beauty, serene water features, and seasonal blossoms that make this garden a true gem.

Where will you rest and recharge in style?

We get it. Good sleep is the secret sauce to enjoying the day fully, especially when you’re soaking up the authenticity of Japanese hospitality.

So, we’ve cherry-picked an awesome mix of 3/4-star hotels and at least one dreamy Ryokan stay for you. Why? Because we’re all about marrying sleek comfort with genuine cultural vibes.

We offer two types of room options. Fancy your own space? Snag a single room. Prefer a pal next to you? Grab a twin. Or if saving dough sounds sweet, you can pay a lower fee by sharing a room with a fellow traveller. Whatever your style, we’ve got the perfect spot for you to kick back and relax after a day full of Japanese adventures!

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Hey Adventurer, Welcome to Kanazawa!

Strap in for a ride you won’t forget! 

We’ll meet you at Kanazawa Station under the iconic Tsuzumi-mon Gate at 9:00 AM. From here, we whisk you off to start exploring. First up, we kick things off with a Kintsugi Experience from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Learn the art of mending pottery with gold—turning flaws into beauty!

Next, we dive into the bustling Ōmichō Market from 12:00 to 1:30 PM for a seafood extravaganza. Fresh, local, and oh-so-delicious! Explore the market’s wide variety of fresh seafood, local produce, and traditional Japanese snacks.

In the afternoon, step into the refined world of geishas with a Geiko Experience at Asanogawa Enyukai Hall from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Then, wander the atmospheric Higashi Chaya District from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, soaking in the charm of traditional teahouses and narrow streets. Visit Geisha House Shima, Kanazawa Asanogawa Enyukai, and the Ochaya Art Museum.

As the day winds down, enjoy a delightful dinner from 6:00 to 7:30 PM with your fellow adventurers. 

Day 2: Discovering Kanazawa's Hidden Gems


Good morning, adventurers! Today’s all about diving deeper into Kanazawa’s rich tapestry.

First stop, the intriguing Ninja Temple from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. With its secret passages and hidden traps, it’s a history lesson with a twist! Explore Myouryuji, known for its hidden staircases and trapdoors.

Next, we explore the Nishi-Chaya District from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, home to glamorous geiko and beautifully carved teahouses. Wander through the charming streets and soak in the traditional atmosphere.

At 11:00 AM, we head to the Naga-machi District to walk through a historic samurai residence. Visit Kanazawa City Ashigaru Museum, a reproduction of two valuable foot soldier residences from the feudal era.

After a lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, lose yourself in the serene beauty of Kenroku-en Garden from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, one of Japan’s most celebrated gardens. Enjoy meticulously landscaped beauty and serene water features.

Then, experience a traditional Tea Ceremony from 2:30 to 3:30 PM that’ll soothe your soul.

We wrap up with some free time from 3:30 to 6:00 PM to explore Kanazawa’s amazing museums like the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art or the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art before dinner at 7:00 PM. Rest up—tomorrow, we head to Shirakawago!

Day 3: Shirakawago’s Timeless Beauty

Morning, explorers! Today, we journey to the enchanting village of Shirakawago.

At 9:00 AM, travel through picturesque landscapes to arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage site by 10:30 AM. Wander through the iconic thatched-roof houses and soak in the rustic charm. 

After lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, visit the serene Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village from 2:00 to 3:30 PM for more jaw-dropping views. Explore traditional gassho-style farmhouses and learn about the local culture.

In the afternoon, we make our way to Takayama, arriving around 4:30 PM. Check into your cozy hotel and enjoy a delightful dinner at 7:00 PM. Relax and get ready for another exciting day!

 

Day 4: Takayama’s Traditional Charm

Rise and shine! Today, we explore the heart of Takayama.

Start with the lively Takayama Morning Market from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, where fresh produce and local crafts abound. Sample regional specialties like Hida beef skewers and grilled rice dumplings.

Then, embark on a Guided Walking Tour of Takayama from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Wander through the well-preserved Edo-period streets, visit historic merchant houses, sake breweries, and the Sanmachi Suji district.

After a delicious lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, experience a Sake Tasting from 2:00 to 2:30 PM that’ll warm you from the inside out. Enjoy free time from 2:30 to 5:00 PM to explore the historic district, visit Takayama Jinya, or the Takayama Showa-kan Museum.

At 5:00 PM, we travel to Toyama, arriving around 6:30 PM. Dinner will be waiting at 7:00 PM, so relax and enjoy!

Day 5: Discovering Inami, Toyama

 Good morning from Toyama! Today’s journey takes us to the charming town of Inami, renowned for its exquisite woodcrafting heritage.

Begin your day by exploring Inami. You can immerse yourself in a wood carving workshop, or simply wander through streets adorned with intricate wooden sculptures, showcasing the town’s rich artisanal tradition.

Later, immerse yourself in a Shojin Ryouri Experience, savoring the flavors of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.

 

Day 6: Exploring Takaoka's Heritage

Today’s journey takes us to the historic city of Takaoka, where tradition and innovation harmoniously coexist.

Begin your day with a leisurely stroll along the Doraemon Walking Road, adorned with bronze statues of characters or the beloved anime. Take in the playful ambiance and discover Fujiko F. Fujio’s heartfelt message board, a testament to his affection for Takaoka.

Next, wander into the Kanayamachi district, a cradle of Takaoka’s foundry industry since 1611. Marvel at the Takaoka Great Buddha, a majestic 16-meter-high statue at Houtokuzan Daibutsuji Temple, and explore the serene grounds of Zuiryu-ji, a national treasure famous for its exquisite Zen temple architecture.

You can also visit Takaoka Old Castle Park, a sprawling urban oasis built on the remnants of Takaoka Castle. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, complete with a zoo and the opportunity to visit the Takaoka City Museum.

Conclude your cultural exploration with a Kaiseki Lunch, a culinary delight showcasing local flavors, followed by a hands-on Metal Casting Experience. Channel your creativity and learn about the ancient art of metal casting, deeply rooted in Takaoka’s history.

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Who is this tour for?

This tour is crafted for adventurers eager to dive into Japan’s hidden gems and lesser-known wonders. It’s perfect for solo explorers, friends, or couples who crave authentic experiences away from the typical tourist trails. If you’re passionate about discovering traditional crafts, exploring picturesque villages, and immersing yourself in the local culture, this tour is your ideal match.

Whether you’re a history buff, a culinary enthusiast, or a lover Japanese culture, this tour offers a rich mix of activities to satisfy your curiosity. It’s perfect for both those making their first journey to Japan and seasoned travellers looking to explore deeper into the heart of this fascinating country. From hands-on workshops to scenic explorations, this tour promises a unique and enriching adventure.

Who is this tour not for?

This tour might not be the best fit for travelers who prefer well-trodden tourist paths or those looking for exclusively urban or luxury experiences. If you’re not a fan of combining rural exploration with cultural activities, this tour may not align with your preferences.

Additionally, individuals with mobility limitations might find it challenging to navigate some of the tour’s locations, which involve multiple outdoor activities and use of public transportation. If you prefer a more sedentary or conventional travel experience, this off-the-beaten-path adventure might not be the ideal choice for you.

What’s included?

👉 Cosy Stays: Nestle into safe, clean, and ultra-comfy 3/4-star hotels throughout your journey.

👉 Welcome Dinner: Kick off our adventure with a delightful welcome dinner where you can meet and mingle with your fellow explorers.

👉 Daily Nourishment: All the delicious lunches and dinners for every day of the tour are included in the package to keep you energised and ready for the adventures ahead.

👉 Shojin Ryouri Feast: Indulge in a special Shojin Ryouri meal, a culinary experience of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine that’s as exquisite as it is unique.

👉 Smooth Rides: Travel effortlessly on trains, subways, and private coaches, all arranged to make your journey hassle-free.

👉 Expert Guidance: You’ll be fully escorted by our professional, English-speaking tour guide who knows Japan inside out!

👉 Cultural Experiences: We cover admission fees for the Kintsugi Experience (¥15,000), Geiko Experience (¥15,000), Tea Ceremony (¥8,000), Sake Tasting Experience, Shojin Ryouri Experience, and Metal Casting Experience.

👉 Cultural Deep Dive: Participate in a variety of traditional Japanese cultural activities, including Kintsugi, Geiko performances, and Sake Tasting, for an authentic taste of Japan.

👉 Customisable Days: Depending on the group’s interests, we’re open to tweaking your experience. We’re flexible and ready to tailor your trip to ensure it’s your perfect Japanese adventure!

Please check the following link for Flip Japan Guide Group Trip Terms and Conditions. 

What’s not included?

👉 Flights: You’ll need to book your flights to and from Japan.

👉 Extra Meals: Outside of those we include, you’ll handle your meals.

👉 Personal Buys: Shopping, souvenirs, and personal treats aren’t covered.

👉 Travel Insurance: Don’t forget, travel insurance is compulsory for this trip.

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In a city like Tokyo that gathers so many people from all walks of life, it’s incredibly fun meeting new people, and it’s even more fun to explore Tokyo together with them.

Working closely in the industry of tourism and events, my colleagues and I have explored so many awesome popular as well as local places all over the city and I thought, why keep these amazing places to ourselves?

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