Best of Japan 10 Days 2017

$3,299.00

This tour starts with five days based in Osaka, allowing you convenient access to nearby cities Hiroshima, Nara, and Kyoto. Hiroshima offers a poignant reminder of the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. In Nara, you'll have the opportunity to meet the famous deer of Nara Park, which roam freely among the temples of the city. Speaking of temples, Kyoto has more than 2000 of them, and you'll get to see the incredible Kinkakuji ('Golden Pavilion') a Zen temple covered in gold, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Travelling northwards, the tour visits the iconic Mount Fuji and its scenic surrounds, before visiting Tokyo for some final sightseeing and shopping before heading for home.

Highlights

  • Take a cruise to Itsukushima Shrine, best known for its 'floating torii' in the sea, the gate to Itsukushima.
  • Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Museum to learn about the history of Hiroshima
  • Explore the modem city Osaka, with boisterous nightlife & hearty street food
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park
  • Dive into the deep culture of Kyoto
  • Pray for your fortune at the beautiful Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
  • Loosen your muscles overnight at a traditional hot spring (onsen)
  • Explore the bustling capital Tokyo and experience traditional Japanese culture and heritage.

From the end of March through early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people gather in parks in a Japanese tradition known as hanami (flower viewing).

From June to August, it is the best time to view fresh spring greens and enjoy the warm climate.

From the end of October through early November is the best season of the year for viewing the vibrant crimson maple leaves in Japan. You can feel the fragile beauty of the changing seasons from observing nature. The fiery red is a true spectacle.

NOTE: Cherry blossoms and crimson autumn leaves are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates.

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
16 Apr* 18 Jun 10 Sep From $3,299 $770
07 May* 16 Jul 08 Oct*
21 May 01 Aug 22 Oct*
04 Jun 13 Aug 05 Nov

Package Inclusions:

  • Return Economy airfare with China Southern Airlines or China Eastern
    Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • All meals as indicated
  • Coach transportation and all transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service (Day 1 – Day 4 are self-guided)

Package Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping & gratuities prepaid in Australia: $100
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Hotel Accommodation

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Day 1 Australia – Osaka

Board an overnight flight from Australia via a connecting city to Osaka.
Arrive in Osaka and take a shuttle bus to your hotel.
This morning, proceed to Osaka Station for a bullet train/coach to Hiroshima and spend the afternoon free at your leisure.
Today you will be exploring Itsukushima Shrine in the morning. Travel to the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the only remaining buildings after the explosion. Then visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, followed by the Memorial Peace Park. Travel back to Osaka to join your core tour.

Day 5 Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B, L, D)

This morning, travel to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free before heading onwards to Kyoto, one of the country’s oldest cities. Continue to one of Osaka’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle; which played a major role during the sixteenth century unifi­cation of Japan, in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, before being dropped off at Dōtonbori a street known to exemplify Osaka’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 6 Osaka – Kyoto – Nagoya (B, L, D)

This morning, travel to Kyoto and visit the UNbeautiful Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine. Later, visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two ­doors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. Travel to Nagoya for a good night sleep.
Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mount Fuji. The eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Later, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, and savour the numerous delights of nature.

Day 8 Mt. Fuji – Tokyo (B, L, D)

Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples and browse for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, before heading to a hotel near Narita Airport. (Optional: For guests staying behind in Tokyo, consider an upgrade of tonight’s group accommodation to a hotel in Tokyo CBD from $250/twin share room, transfer is not included).

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight via a connecting city to Australia. If you are flying Cathay Pacifi­c or Japan Airlines, you will be transferred to Narita Airport (approx. 10 min). If you are flying China Southern Airlines or All Nippon Airways, you will be transferred to Haneda Airport (approx. 70 min).

Day 10 Australia

Arrive home today.