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Japan Golden Route with Qantas Flights 10 Days

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Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura, Tokyo

We would love for our customers to experience Japanese culture and history along with its modern sights, smells, and sounds. We will spend one night on the tour in a traditional Japanese hotel, sleeping on rice straw mats called tatami. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove your shoes and sit at low tables called kotatsu. It's all part of the Japanese experience!

Highlights:

  • Pray for your fortune at the beautiful Heian Jingu Shrine
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park, established around 700 years ago
  • Race to Mount Fuji on a high speed Shinkansen bullet train
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain
  • Loosen your muscles overnight at a traditional hot spring hotel (onsen)
  • Explore the bustling capital Tokyo, with its boisterous night life & hearty street food

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

From the end of October through early November is the best season of the year for viewing 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.

Testimonial:

We are just back from our 11 Day Golden Tour of Japan. From the time we landed at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, until our departure from Narita airport, Tokyo, it was a very well organised tour. We had an excellent tour guide in Ms Yumi Obanata. As she took us through the mainland of Japan from Osaka, through Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Shizuoka, Kamakura, to Tokyo, she vividly suffused us with Japan's history, and the pride Japanese society has in its religious fervour, language, and culture. She was a fantastic lady, very knowledgeable and caring looking after the tour group needs.

The route was very scenic with rural, mountainous, and city landscapes. Mount Fuji, the heart and soul of Japan, we saw stood out in full glory with a shrine dedicated to Goddess Mt. Fuji for her blessings. The hotels were excellent. We enjoyed a Japanese traditional onsen, which is a Japanese hot spring bathing facility, and a traditional Japanese dining experience in one of these hotels. The ambience was both warm and unique.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and thank you for the excellent organization of this tour. We would recommend Nexus to all our friends and we are very grateful for the experience of visiting Japan in May. The weather was fine throughout and we did not miss seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms. We look forward to our next Nexus trip.
(Dr G. Gnanasampanthan. June 19, 2017)

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Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying Qantas (international long haul flights only, subject to availability)
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy). NOTE: If you are joining the Authentic Japan tour, this will be 7 nights.
  • 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: $140
  • Bullet train fee from Kyoto to Mount Fuji (including coach luggage transfer service from hotel to hotel) prepaid in Australia: $180
  • Optional recommended programs
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Tour Extensions

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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Discover Taiwan 10 Days from $1,499

Taipei, Nantou, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko

A country of stunning beauty and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, Taiwan has increasingly attracted travellers from all over the world, showcasing not only its spectacular scenic landscapes, but also a thriving folk culture, museums bursting with treasures, and bustling night markets.

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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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Available Stopovers

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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Optional Programs

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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: Flights on Chinese carriers will depart one day earlier.
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 Deer
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 three distinct architectural styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Cap off your day at Heian Jingu Shrine, and enjoy the magnificent traditional gardens and huge torii gate.
Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion
Today, visit Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. Explore Sagano Bamboo Forest on the outskirts of Kyoto, where towering green stalks of the famously versatile plant sway in the wind, creaking eerily as they collide and twist, leaves rustling. After lunch, travel onwards to Mount Fuji by bullet train (Max. speed 320km/h).
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 Mount Fuji‘s 5th Station, which is above the clouds, to view its enormous summit if weather permits. (Alternatively visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, and Hakone Checkpoint, which used to be an important checkpoint on the highway connecting Kyoto to Tokyo in the Edo period. Take a cruise on Lake Ashi, and savour the numerous delights of nature. Today’s last stop is Owakudani Valley, an active volcanic zone with hot springs and hot spring rivers.
Today, visit a Japanese Beer Factory to taste one of most popular Japanese beers. Also travel to Kamakura and visit Daibutsu, the ‘great Buddha’ which is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. After, explore Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine which was established by fist Shogun (general) in the Kamakura period which stands alone due to its vivid colouration.
Daibutsu Great Buddha
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea (admission $120), or you can join the Nikko Day Tour. Or alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (tea ceremony, pottery-making experience, golden joinery, kimono photo shoot, cooking class, Robot Restaurant). Activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged.
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. Relax on a Sumida River Cruise. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, before heading to your hotel. The next morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Narita Airport or to Haneda Airport.

Today transfer to the airport to board your flight via a connecting city to Australia.

NOTE: If you are joining the Authentic Japan Tour Extension, you will travel to Nikko today (this is equivalent to day 3 of the Authentic Japan tour).

Arrive home this morning.

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

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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 torii” 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 the torii gate.
  • Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Museum to learn abotu the history of Hiroshima.

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Optional Post-Tour Extension

Discover Taiwan 7 Nights

From $1,199 pp. twin share

Taipei, Nantou, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko

A country of stunning beauty and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, Taiwan was the chosen location for the filming of the 2013 Oscar winning blockbuster, “Life of Pi”, directed by Ang Lee. As one of the most diverse destinations in Asia, Taiwan has increasingly been attracting travellers from all over the world, showcasing not only it’s 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 (literally “small eats”), and the latest in high-tech gadgets.

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit Taipei 101, the world’s sixth tallest building
  • Stroll through the famous bustling Night Markets of Taiwan
  • Cruise along Sun Moon Lake and experience its tranquil beauty
  • Explore the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, Foguangshan Monastery
  • Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of Taroko National Park

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