Essential Japan 8 Days

$2,699.00 $2,599.00

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

This tour includes many of the 'must see' attractions of Japan. You'll travel from Osaka northwards to Tokyo, via ancient and scenic Nara, Kyoto – city of 2000 temples, Nagoya, and sacred Mount Fuji. You'll have every opportunity to take in the unique blend of tradition and modernity that makes Japan such a satisfying destination for travellers the world over.

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the modern city Osaka, with its boisterous nightlife & hearty street food
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park, established around 700 years ago
  • Dive into the deep history and culture of Kyoto – a city with more than 2000 temples and shrines
  • 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 hotel (onsen)
  • Explore the bustling capital Toyko 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
14 Mar* 06 Jun 12 Sep From $2,599
if you book by
30 September 2017
21 Mar** 20 Jun 26 Sep*
28 Mar** 04 Jul* 10 Oct*
04 Apr** 18 Jul 24 Oct
18 Apr* 01 Aug 07 Nov
09 May 15 Aug
23 May 29 Aug

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s) service

Package Exclusions:

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

Hotel Accommodation

Osaka Kansai Airport Washington Hotel or similar
Osaka Osaka Dai-ichi Hotel or similar
Nagoya Nagoya Tokyu Hotel or similar
Mt. Fuji Yamanokako Sun Plaza Hotel or similar
Tokyo Narita Airport Marroad international Hotel or similar

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Enchanting South Korea 6 Nights

From $1,499 pp. twin share

Seoul, Mount Seorak, Andong, Gyeongju

Immerse yourself in an incredible journey covering two fascinating countries, Japan and South Korea. Discover South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. Seoul is Korea’s financial, political, commercial and cultural centre with over 600 years of history. Travellers can explore the many archaeological sites and temples before enjoying the beautiful natural landscapes this country has to offer.

Tour Highlights:

  • Stroll through the Changdeokgung Palace grounds
  • Gaze into North Korean territory at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling crowds of Myeongdong
  • Explore the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, Gyeongju
  • Experience the serenity of Seokguram Grotto

For details, please click here.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Hiroshima 2 Nights

From $720 pp. twin share

Hiroshima is a popular city in Japan famous for the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sites – Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Tour Highlights:

  • Take a cruise to Itsukushima Shrine best known for its “floating toriii” on the sea, the gate to Itsukushima. The beautiful torii gate stands in the water when it is high tide. When it is low tide, you may walk though torii gate.
  • Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Museum to learn the history of Hiroshima.

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Fly to Osaka via a connecting city.

Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer to the airport hotel.

Osaka City

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 in the the sixteenth century unification of Japan during of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, before being dropped off at Dōtonbori a street known to exemplify Osaka’s vibrant nightlife.

Nara Park
This morning, travel to Kyoto and visit the beautiful 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 ­floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, and detailed architecture incorporating the three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Travel to Nagoya for a good night’s sleep.
Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion
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 savouring the numerous delights of nature.
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, 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).
Meiji Shrine
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).
Arrive home today.