Best of Japan 12 Days 2018

$2,999.00

Hiroshima, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

Highlights:

  • Take a cruise to Itsukushima Shrine best known for its ‘floating torii’ on the sea, the gate to Itsukushima. The beautiful torii gate stands in the water when it is high tide, but when it is low tide, you may walk though the gate
  • Explore the bustling capital Tokyo and experience traditional Japanese culture and heritage
  • Explore the modern city Osaka, with its boisterous nightlife & hearty street food
  • Pray for your fortunes at beautiful Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
  • Enjoy planned activities and free time in Tokyo

This tour offers a great way to take in the cultural heritage of Japan. You will start the adventure by visiting two UNESCO World heritage sites in Hiroshima. Then spend three nights based in Osaka, exploring that city, as well as Nara and Kyoto – cities famous for their well-preserved ancient temples and monuments. Travelling east to Nagoya, you’ll learn about the modern transformation of Japan into a manufacturing powerhouse, at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Back to nature and culture, the tour then visits scenic Hakone and sacred Mount Fuji, before two days in Tokyo for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.

NOTE: Days 2 and 3 will be either self-guided or a group tour depending on the size of group.

The end of October through early November is the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn.
Late March to early April is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms, but we can’t guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.

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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Departure Dates

2018 Package Price Single Supplement
18 Mar** 06 May 15 Sep# From $2,999 $1000
25 Mar** 23 June# 07 Oct*
01 Apr** 15 Jul 04 Nov*
15 Apr* 17 Aug#
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge: $500

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges from Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • 9 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Bullet trains from Osaka to Kyoto
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide/s (day 4 – day 12)

Package Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: AUD$140
  • Personal expenses

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Hokkaido Cruise 8 Nights from $1,799

Yokohama, Kushiro, Korsakov, Otaru, Hakodate

Embark upon an eight night cruise around Japan’s Northern-most island, Hokkaido. Enjoy incredible landscapes, abundant wildlife, and the freshest sushi in the world, with visits ashore to enjoy the architecture, museums, food, and views of some of Japan’s less-visited cities.

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Stopovers Optional Extension

Hong Kong Stopover from $389

Once a sleepy fishing village, Hong Kong has developed into one of the premier financial powerhouses of the Far East. It is a city which boldly blends modernity with Chinese heritage and British colonial influence. A safe, well organised, fast paced shopping paradise, it also offers up some unmatched cuisine experiences.

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Tokyo Day Tour

Shibuya
$250

This tour will take you to visit Asakusa, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo Tower and experience a Tokyo bay cruise.

Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is packed with so much to see and do. First stop on this tour is Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. Afterwards visit Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified sprits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Proceed to the fashion district Harajuku and Shibuya, an affluent and trendy shopping hotspot. Then proceed to Tokyo Tower, where you will observe the amazing city of Tokyo from up above. Then, relax on a Tokyo bay cruise en route to the beautiful and serene landscaped Hamarikyu Garden beside Tokyo Bay.

Note: this tour is subject to minimum numbers

Osaka Day Tour

Himeji Castle
$250

This optional tour will take you to Osaka Castle which was built in 1583 as the intended capital of Japan, before the capital was moved to Edo (now known as Tokyo). Walk through the majestic castle while learning from the exhibit detailing life in old Osaka. From there, walk to the nearby river boat dock to board the Osaka River Cruise for a cruise around Nakanoshima. Explore Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori, the vast restaurant districts, with eateries offering a variety of Japan’s most famous street foods.Then travel down to Umeda Skybuilding, where you will get a sweeping view of Osaka. Tour finishes in Osaka.

Note: this tour is subject to minimum numbers.

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Take an international flight from Australia to Osaka via a connecting city.

NOTE: Note: Some flights may depart one day later

Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel.
Osaka City
This morning, proceed to Osaka Station for a bullet train or coach to Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
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 United States dropped the nuclear bomb that killed up to 146,000 people. Then visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, followed by the Memorial Peace Park. Travel back to Osaka.
Hiroshima Peace Park
This morning, travel to Nara and visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses the world’s largest (15m) bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling to Osaka. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century, before being dropped off at Dōtonbori, which exemplifies Osaka’s vibrant food culture.
Nara Park
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend the day visiting one of the most spectacular Japanese aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; or taking a day trip to Hyogo to visit Himeji Castle, a unique enormous Japanese castle decorated in white. An optional day tour is available for some departure dates. Please check the attached optional program information.
Himeji Castle
This morning, travel to Kyoto by bullet train to visit Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine. Next, visit Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Travel to Nagoya to visit Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Here you will learn about the history of Toyota as a textile machinery manufacturer and how it became a successful mass exporter and manufacturer of automotive technology, including robots.
Heian Jingu Shrine
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 locals. Afterwards, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, and Hakone Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest.
Oshino Hakkai
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, to enjoy a panoramic view of enormous Tokyo city.
Meiji Shrine
Spend today free at your leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea (admission $120) or you can join the Nikko Day Tour ($250). Alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (tea ceremony, pottery-making experience, ‘golden joinery’, kimono photo shoot, cooking class). All activities are not guided and transportation is self- arranged.
Disney Sea Tokyo
Today, transfer to the airport to board your flight via a connecting city to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Hokkaido Cruise 8 Nights

From $1,999 pp. twin share

Discover the natural beauty of Hokkaido while cruising on the Diamond Princess

Leaving from Yokohama, you will visit the commercial fishing town Kushiro in eastern Hokkaido, with an optional tour of the local wetlands to see Japanese Cranes. From there, take in the scenery of the World Heritage Shiretoko Peninsula, and then sail on to Korsakov – a former Japanese colony at the southern end of Russia’s largest Island, Sakhalin.

The cruise then returns to Japan to visit Otaru and Hakodate cities, where you can enjoy the view from Mount Hakodate.

Spend this morning free until your transfer to Yokohama Cruise Terminal.
Embarkation of Diamond Princess is at 5pm.
Cruising to Kushiro aboard the Diamond Princess.
Cruise to Kushiro, arriving at 7am. Explore Fisherman Town and try the freshest seafood. Also, an optional tour is available to Kushiro Wetland; Japan’s largest Marshland, to spot Japanese Cranes. Departs at 5pm. Optional tours are available.
Cruising to Korsakov on the Diamond Princess.
Cruise to Korsakov arriving at 6am. Korsakov is an administrative centre of Korsakovsky District of Russia once it was colonised by Japan. Explore the museums and beautiful architecture with a mix of Russian and Japanese influences. Departs at 6pm. Tender required, wheelchair access limited at this port. Optional tours are available.
Cruise to Otaru arriving at 6pm. Discover one of the biggest cities in Hokkaido. Stroll along the Otaru Canal, tasting fine Sushi and discovering traditional Japanese architecture. Departs at 9pm. Optional tours are available.
Cruise to Hakodate arriving at 8am. Hakodate offers you one of the most magnificent night views in Japan. Take a ropeway to reach the summit of Mt Hakodate to enjoy the panoramic view. Departs at 11pm.
Cruising aboard the Diamond Princess.
Arrive in Tokyo at 6 am. Make your own way to the airport for your flight(s) to Australia.
Arrive home this morning.