Guaranteed Departure Dates
|2018||Price Per Person||Single Supplement|
|25 Jun||19 Aug||09 Oct||$1000|
|17 Jul||17 Sep||06 Nov|
- Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying Qantas (subject to availability)
- Limited Express Train (Thunderbird) from Kanazawa to Kyoto (including coach luggage transfer service from hotel to hotel)
- 13 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
- Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $160
- Optional recommended programs
- Optional tour extensions
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Personal expenditure and anything not stated
Optional Pre-Tour Extension
Enchanting South Korea 6 Nights
Seoul, Andong, Gyeongju, Busan
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.
- 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
- Soak up the seaside ambience in the port city Pusan
For details, please click here.
Optional Pre-Tour Extension
Hiroshima Pre-tour Extension 3 Days 2 Nights (Self-guided/Group Tour)
Hiroshima is a popular city with visitors to Japan, famous for the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sites – Itsukushima Shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
- 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 torii gate.
- Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Museum to learn the history of Hiroshima.
For details, please click here.
Optional Post-Tour Extension
Discover Taiwan 7 Nights
Taipei, Nantou, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko
A country of stunning beauty and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, the Republic of China 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 (literally ‘small eats’), and the latest in high-tech gadgets.
- Visit Taipei 101, the world’s sixth tallest building, reminiscent in design of a traditional Chinese pagoda
- 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
For details, please click here.
Tokyo Optional Programs
|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 carving and gold leaf decorated buildings. This design is unique and not seen elsewhere in Japan. You will also visit Kegon Waterfall (around 100m tall) which is the main natural attraction in Nikko. This is the best spot to view maple leaves during autumn.
Not available on the following Japan departure dates:
2016: 23 Oct
2017: 17 Oct
|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. The award was presented at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Tokyo DisneySea was also the winner of the 2012-2015 Theme Park Insider award for 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 more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.
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. Often traditional Japanese confectionary is served to balance out the bitter taste of the green tea. Highlights:Learn the process of the Japanese tea ceremony from a qualified tea instructor. Learn which utensils to use to prepare green tea in a traditional Japanese room (tatami flooring). Discover the customs, culture, and hospitability of the Japanese people.
Physical considerations: 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: $130 – Wear traditional Japanese garments (kimono) and experience a tea ceremony
|Pottery Making Experience (60 minutes)
Pottery is one of the oldest art forms, 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.
|Kimono Photo Shoot (60 minutes)
||$120 per person
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 that 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.
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