Guaranteed Departure Dates
|2019||Price Per Person||Single Supplement|
|18 Jun||10 Sep||$1100|
|16 Jul*||24 Sep*|
|16 Apr*||30 Jul||15 Oct|
|07 May||13 Aug*||29 Oct|
|28 May||20 Aug||05 Nov*|
|04 Jun||27 Aug||12 Nov*|
|* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge: $500
- Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying with China Eastern/Southern or China Airlines
- 7 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- Bullet train from Kyoto to Mishima
- Coach transportation & transfers
- Admissions to scenic attractions
- English speaking tour guide(s)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Tipping prepaid in Australia: AUD$140
- Personal expenses
|Osaka||FP Hotels South Namba||or similar|
|Hiroshima||Oriental Hotel Hiroshima||or similar|
|Kyoto||Hearton Hotel Kyoto||or similar|
|Mishima||Tominoko Hotel||or similar|
|Tokyo||Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku||or similar|
Optional Pre-Tour Extension
Enchanting South Korea 6 Nights
Seoul, Andong, Daegu, Gyeongju, Busan
Asia’s third-largest economy and the country which brought the world ‘Gangnam Style’, South Korea is a high-tech, trend-setting nation with a reverent, old soul. With tranquil national parks boasting picturesque landscapes, a rich cultural history, delicious local cuisine, a bounty of the latest technological advances, fashions and more, a visit to ‘the Land of Morning Calm’ should be on every traveller’s list. The capital, Seoul, is a fast-paced cosmopolitan centre with an appetite for fashion, pop culture, and the latest in high-tech gadgets. Yet just an hour away from the cityscape, travellers can find themselves enjoying the peace and tranquillity of various national parks, encompassing gorgeous hiking trails and dense mountain landscapes. With ancient cultural traditions also retaining a strong presence throughout the country, travellers seeking a cultural experience are sure to be satisfied. Friendly people, delicious food, and delightful contrasts between the modern and the traditional ensure that the indomitable spirit of South Korea will encapsulate and inspire travellers from all walks.
- Stroll through 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
- Encounter South Korea’s picturesque port city and the site of brave resistance during the Korean War – Busan
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Japan Tour Optional Programs
|Kobe & Sake Brewery Walking Day Tour
Kobe is one of the biggest cities in Japan, with a beautiful port tha first opened to foreign trade in 1868. This tour will take you to Kitano-Ijinkan district to see the elegant European-style mansions where traders once lived. Also visit Meriken Park and relax at the waterfront park beside Kobe Port. The last stop is Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Hakutsuru has a long history of brewing sake since 1743. Explore and get a feel of how sake is made and its importance to Japanese tradition and culture today. Lunch and return train tickets between Osaka Station and Sannomiya Station are included (your tour guide will meet you and send you off at Sannomiya Station, you will need to make your own way to/from Osaka station.) Note: Contact us to check availability prior to departure.
|Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Walking Day Tour
Himeji Castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is well-known for its elegant white decorations and magnificent appearance. Unlike many other Japanese castles, this early 17th century castle is an original; never damaged by war, earthquakes or fires. Its complex structure was designed as an advanced defence mechanism and continues to draw in many visitors today. After lunch, walk on the world’s longest suspension bridge – Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, which is almost 4 kilometres long. Walk along the Maiko Marine Promenade underneath the bridge, which is 50m above the water.*Lunch and return train tickets between Osaka Station and Sannomiya Station are included (your guide will meet you and send you off at Himeji Station, you will need to make your own way to/from Osaka station). Note: Only available for 9 May, 20 Jun, 18 Jul, 10 Sep and 8 Oct departures.
|Nikko Day Tour with Japanese-style Lunch
Nikko is a major centre for Buddhism and the Shinto religion. It is located in a valley and surrounded by beautiful deciduous forests and majestic waterfalls. This optional tour will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu. This area is well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorations on the buildings. This design is unique and not seen elsewhere in Japan. You will also visit Kegon Waterfall (around 100m high) which is the main natural attraction in Nikko. This is the best spot to view maple leaves during autumn.
Note: Contact us to check availability prior to departure.
|Tokyo Disneyland Day Ticket
Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre (47 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. It was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, and it opened on 15 April 1983. The park has seven themed areas: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disneylands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. Many of the games and rides in these areas mirror those in the original Disneyland as they are based on American Disney films and fantasies. Fantasyland includes Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more based on classic Disney films and characters.
|Tokyo DisneySea Day Ticket
Tokyo DisneySea is a 176-acre (71.22 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001. Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 14 million visitors in 2013, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world. In 2002 Tokyo DisneySea won a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association for the concept, design, and construction of the theme park. Tokyo DisneySea also won the 2012-2015 Theme Park Insider Awards “Best theme park”. There are seven uniquely themed areas or “ports of call”. The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbour, which opens up to six additional nautically-themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.
Sumo is a traditional Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. The rules of the game are simple. Two wrestlers compete to force one another outside of the circular ring or to touch the floor with any part of the body other than the soles of the feet. The art of sumo wrestling dates back to ancient times as form of entertainment for Shinto deities. Ceremonial rituals in accordance with Shinto beliefs are still practiced today before a match, such as purifying the ring with salt and extravagant stomps made by the sumo wrestlers to drive away evil spirits. There is no weight classifiation in sumo wrestling and the sheer size of many of the wrestlers is a sight to behold. *Only available on 9 May and 12 Sep. Please contact us for detailed information.
Not just any restaurant and bar, Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant is most famous for its late night robot-themed dancing and battle shows. Behold an outrageous and electrifying live spectacle featuring Japanese taiko drum performances as well as mock battles between bikini-clad dancing girls, giant robotic dinosaurs, cyborgs, ninjas and a host of other bizarre characters, staged in a theatrical LED-fitted room bursting with kaleidoscopic neon-lit laser beams, virtual fieworks, explosions and energetic techno music. This sensory overload is Japanese pop culture at its wackiest and is exclusive to Japan. Please choose from the times below: 17:55, 19:50 or 21:45~ $100/person for show tickets. Please enquire if you wish to add a meal package. (* Please be there at least 30 minutes before the show)
|Tea Ceremony (30 minutes)
The Japanese tea ceremony is a traditional ritual influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism, in which powdered green tea, or matcha, is prepared and served to a small group in a quiet setting. Traditional Japanese confectionary is often served to balance out the bitter taste of the green tea.
Physical considerations: The tea ceremony is performed in a kneeling position (seiza) on the floor. This puts pressure on your knees and ankles. Please be cautious of joining this optional program if you have a condition that prevents you from kneeling on the floor for a short period of time.
Optional: Wear traditional Japanese garment (kimono) and experience a tea ceremony
|Pottery Making Experience (60 minutes)
Pottery is the oldest art form in Japan, and earthenware traditions in Japan are believed to have started around 12,000 years ago. Today, there are thousands of potters who make a living out of producing pottery-wares across the country. The pottery produced in each region varies in design because of the type of clay found there.
|Golden Joinery (60 minutes)
Learn the art of golden joinery (kintsugi or kintsukuroi), a technique of repairing broken cups, bowls, or plates using lacquer resin laced with gold powder. As a philosophy the mended flaws become part of the object’s design. The result is that the object looks more beautiful than the original after being broken and repaired.
|Kimono Photo Shoot (60 minutes)
The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan and is representative of its culture and heritage. The dress consists of a long robe with wide sleeves and is usually made of various materials and patterns. Today the kimono is only worn sparingly, on formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies or other special events. Take part in a memorable photo shoot at a studio where you can dress up in a kimono of your choice. You can take photos with your own camera or you may choose to purchase a photo package plan from the photographers.
|Cooking Class (120-180 minutes)
Japanese cuisine (washoku) is well known for its refined taste and elegant presentation. Take part in a Japanese cooking experience and learn from one of Tokyo’s most popular cooking instructors, whose book has been published in English. Bring home with you a set of new cooking skills and culinary techniques that will leave your friends and family impressed.
- Transportation is not included. However, optional program venues are located in the easily accessible Tokyo CBD.
- You may join up to 2 programs per day (exception: Nikko Day Tour).
- Optional programs are subject to availability and must be booked more than 1 month before departure.