Impressions of Japan and Taiwan 16 Days

$3,899.00

Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo, Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko

Tour Highlights:

  • In Japan
    • Discover Osaka, with a day free at leisure and a selection of optional activities
    • In Nara, visit the Great Eastern Temple – the world’s largest wooden building
    • Feed the gentle sika deer that wander freely through Nara Park
    • Visit Nagoya's Inuyama Castle, and explore the ancient Atsuta Shinto Shrine
    • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
    • Enjoy optional activities or free time in Tokyo
  • In Taiwan
    • Visit Taipei 101, the world’s sixth tallest building
    • Stroll through the famous bustling Night Markets of Taiwan
    • Cruise across Sun Moon Lake and experience its tranquil beauty
    • Explore the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery
    • Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Taroko National Park

Japan: Starting your tour of Japan in Osaka, you'll visit Kyoto and Nara – famous for their well-preserved ancient castles, temples, and monuments. In Nagoya, visit Inuyama Castle, and explore the 1200 shops and restaurants of Osu Shopping Street. Japan's stunning natural endowments are on the itinerary too, in the form of sacred Mount Fuji and the surrounding region. Your trip wraps up with time free in Tokyo, for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.

Taiwan: A country of stunning beauty and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, and one of the most diverse destinations in Asia, Taiwan has increasingly been attracting travellers from all over the world, showcasing not only its spectacular scenic landscapes, but also a thriving folk culture, museums bursting with treasures – including the best of imperial China, its bustling night markets – famous for their delicious xiaochi (snacks, or literally 'small eats'), and the latest in high-tech gadgets. You'll also have the opportunity to try a variety of local dishes in the evenings, along the way!

Seasonal Variations – Japan
From June to August, it is the best time to view fresh spring greens and enjoy the warm climate.
The end of Oct through early Nov 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.

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Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
12 Sep 17 Oct* 07 Nov* From $3,899 $900
2019
20 Mar 05 Jun 28 Aug
27 Mar** 19 Jun 04 Sep
03 Apr** 10 Jul 06 Nov*
17 Apr* 24 Jul 13 Nov*
08 May 07 Aug
22 May 21 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 (eg. China Eastern/Southern, Air China, China Airlines) or other Asian carrier (e.g. Vietnam/Thai/Malaysia Air)
  • 13 nights 3-4 star hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $160
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Enchanting South Korea 6 Nights from $1,499

Seoul, Andong, Daegu, Gyeongju, Busan

South Korea is a high-tech, trend-setting nation with a reverent, old soul. Boasting picturesque landscapes, a rich cultural history, delicious local cuisine, the latest technological advances, fashion trends and more, a visit to ‘the Land of Morning Calm’ should be on every traveller’s list.

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Hiroshima 3 Days from $720

The tour will be either self-guided or a group tour depending on the size of group.

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

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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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Japan Optional Programs Optional Extension

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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.

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Osaka Airport Bellevue Garden Kansai Airport or similar
Osaka Hotel Alexander Namba or similar
Nagoya Loisir hotel Toyohashi or similar
Tokyo Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku or similar
Taipei Taipei Grace Hotel or similar
Nantou Nantou Hotel Formosa or similar
Kaohsiung Kaohsiung City Suite Hotel or similar
Taitung Chihpen century Hotel Hot Spring or similar
Hualien Hualian Park City Hotel Hualien or similar
Tamshui Tamshui Park City or similar
Take an international flight from Australia to Osaka via a connecting city.
Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel.
Osaka City
This morning, travel to Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nijo Castle before heading to Nara. 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 back to Osaka.
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 (pictured), an enormous and unique castle decorated in white. An optional day tour is available for some departure dates. Please see optional programs for more information.
Himeji Castle
This morning, head to Nagoya and visit Inuyama Castle. Then, head to Atsuta Shinto Shrine (covering 200,000 square meters and established almost 2000 years ago) before enjoying some time for shopping it the Osu Kannon Shopping Quarter. Transfer to your hotel in the evening.
Inuyama Castle
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 Shinto Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest. Finally, visit Owakudani – ‘Great Boiling Valley’ is a valley formed by the explosion of Hakone volcano more than 300 years ago, and contains hot springs and steaming sulphur vents – visitors usually eat eggs cooked in the boiling, sulphurous waters. At the end of the day we head to Tokyo.
Oshino Hakkai
Spend today free at leisure. You may wish to visit Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea (admission $120) or join the Tokyo or Nikko Day Tours ($250). Alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs; tea ceremony, kimono photo shoot, cooking class. NOTE: All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged.
Disney Sea Tokyo
Spend today free at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Taipei. On arrival at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, you will be greeted warmly at the airport by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Standard hotel check-in time is 3pm.
Taipei
Today’s highlight is a visit to the Presidential Building (outside) and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. This afternoon, visit Tamsui – a laidback waterfront town on the northern part of Taipei city. Enjoy lunch today at Tamsui Old Street, where you can feast on many famous Taiwanese snacks. Visit Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum. This elegant building is built in the style of prosperous houses in China’s Fujian province, where many Taiwanese migrated from, and the paving stones in the courtyard were once ballast in merchant ships. In the evening, explore the bustling night life of Taipei. Have a traditional Taiwanese dinner of Xiao Long Bao, then proceed to colourful Huahsi Night Market.
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
This morning travel to Sun Moon Lake, situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of central Taiwan for a view of Xuanguang Temple & Lalu Island as you relax on the lake’s tranquil waters. Then, take Sun Moon Lake Ropeway to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and observe Taiwanese traditional indigenous lifestyles and traditions. After a dinner of Taiwanese-style Roasted Chicken, check in to the hotel.
Sun Moon Lake
After breakfast, we will head to an Oolong Tea Farm before continuing south towards Kaohsiung and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre (BMC). Completed in 2011, BMC has enshrined a relic of the Buddha, gifted by Tibetan Lama Kunga Dorje Rinpoche, since the beginning of contraction in 2001. We will be spending most of our day at this place to enjoy the serene atmosphere and explore the entire area at our leisure. Then, learn how to make Pineapple Tarts at the popular Vigor Pineapple Factory. Later we will be enter Kaohsiung City and explore Pier 2 Art Central, where 25 former warehouses have been converted into a thriving arts precinct. After dinner (Taiwanese Shabu Shabu hotpot), explore one of Kaohsiung’s bustling night markets.
Fo Guang Shan
The highlight today is a visit to Kenting National Park, Taiwan’s first nationally recognised park and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landscapes you will see. Be awestruck by the vastness of the natural reserve and stand on the southernmost tip of the island at Maopitou and Longpan Park, also known as ‘The Light of East Asia’ as its lighthouse is one of the most powerful along the Taiwan coast. This afternoon, head to Kenting Main Street in the heart of Kenting, an area bustling with locals, tourists and vendors. Spend lunch time discovering the numerous stalls and restaurants offering a variety of local snacks and cuisines. Travel up the scenic Southern Link Highway to Taitung Country, ending the day with dinner at the hotel.
The highlight today is a visit the East Coast National Scenic Area, known as ‘Taiwan’s last unspoiled land’, stretching 170 kilometres down the east coast of Taiwan. Weathering and erosion have produced a wide range of breathtaking landforms here which can only be appreciated first-hand. Stop at Siao-ye-liou (‘little wild willow’ geological formations), San-sien-tai (Three Immortals Island), Shi-ti-ping (Stone Steps) and take in the spectacular views. Proceed to Hualien, to Taroko National Park. Encompassing Taroko Gorge, Swallow Grotto, and Shakadong Trail, the park covers over 120,000 hectares and rises from sea level in the east to heights of over 3700m further west. The aquamarine Liwu River cuts through the centre, forging deep slit valleys before joining the sea.
Today, visit a Marble Factory on the return trip to Taipei. Depending on the size of the group, visit local scenic towns Yilan or Shifen. These towns are both rich in culture and local history, and provide a nice glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. Later, visit Taipei 101 (admission fee at your own expense, payable to the guide). Experience soaring heights and impressive views at the tallest building in Taiwan, and the 6th highest in the world. Taipei 101 was the first building to exceed 500m in height and has a unique design that mimics the shape of bamboo. Dinner will be at Takao Restaurant hotpot (or similar, depending on availability).
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home via a connecting city.
Arrive back in Australia this morning.