Discover the many different sides of fascinating Japan on this in depth journey. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, ride the bullet train, soak up the peace and tranquility of historic Takayama and admire the culture of Kyoto.
Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. We’ll learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple and the shopping districts of Ginza, Shinjuku and Akihabara. Leave the city behind and travel to Hakone and Mt Fuji to experience a more traditional side of Japanese life. Here we stay in old style ryokan accommodation, have a chance to enjoy a hot springs bath and sample a delicious Japanese dinner. We’ll tour iconic Mt Fuji and ride a sky gondola for breathtaking vistas over the volcanic Hakone Mountains.
Travel to historic Takayama and wander through heritage listed Shirawakago. We’ll learn the traditional art of Japanese rice paper making and explore a local market. Catch the famous bullet train to moving Hiroshima. We discover Miyajima Island, the Itsukushima Torii Gate and visit the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Dome. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart. We see the stunning Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and the heritage listed Kiyomizudera. We’ll get hands-on, enjoy sake tasting and have the chance to wear a traditional Kimono! Kyoto is also the perfect base from which to venture to Nara and Mt Hiei, where we visit a traditional Buddhist sanctuary and enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch.
Our adventure ends in bustling Osaka, Japan’s capital of commerce. We tour the city, visiting the Dotonbori District and the floating garden at Umeda Sky Building, and bid farewell to Japan with a traditional-style group dinner.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
# Arrival airport transfer & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.
THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’
SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)
In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price. Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS)
Prices from (per person in AUD)
Standard: Tour & Airfare Package
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2150 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).
SEE 'MORE INFORMATION' section below for Other Price Information.
Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover. You can relax and refresh after your flight. The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.
Arrive to Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. Our first visit is to one of Japan's fascinating Science Museum's.
Begin the day at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished). This afternoon we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza on our way to dinner.
Special Experience: Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Our sightseeing includes the Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.
Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional chanko nabe (hot pot) lunch.
Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Tokyo - Hakone
We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.
Special Experience: Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.
For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Mt Fuji Excursion
A highlight of any trip to Japan is a visit to majestic and iconic Mt Fuji! We stop at the fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Later we’ll ride the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji, as well as the Sagami Bay.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hakone - Takayama
We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot.
We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri (‘like hands in prayer’) thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper making.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Takayama - Hiroshima
Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya.
This morning we cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.
Special Experience: We’ll experience the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.
This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum.
Hiroshima - Kyoto
Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens.
We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain.
Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights!
Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices).
^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto.
Kyoto – Mt Hiei - Osaka
We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist sanctuary of Enryaku-ji Temple. Located on the sacred mountain of Mt Hiei, it offers beautiful views over Kansai. Here we’ll enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning we visit Himeji Castle. Japan’s largest and most visited castle, it is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. We’ll then venture into Osaka’s Dōtonbori District in the early evening to take in its famous lights. Tonight we’ll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we begin our journey home.
Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.
Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.
SHINAGAWA PRINCE HOTEL, TOKYO
The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is located at the southern gateway to the Tokyo metropolis with breathtaking views of the city and Tokyo Bay. Besides its convenient location, this impressive multifunctional hotel complex offers a wide array of dining and entertainment options. The hotel is home to a 10 screen multiplex theatre, a cabaret, bowling centre, indoor swimming pool, indoor tennis courts, indoor golf centre, and a great selection of restaurants.
Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool
HOTEL OKUYUMOTO, HAKONE
The Hotel Okuyumoto boasts a rustic open-air bath set beside a mountain stream. Surrounded by the peaceful natural scenery of Hakone, enjoy the hot springs and the beauty of Japan’s natural environment. The hotel is a 9-storey structure with mostly Japanese-style rooms and is located approximately 10 minutes from Hakone Yumoto station.
Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge
HIDA HOTEL PLAZA, TAKAYAMA
Just a 5 minute walk from Takayama Station, Hida Hotel Plaza boasts a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool and 7 dining options including Japanese, French and Chinese cuisine. Hida Plaza’s rooms are elegantly furnished in either Western or traditional Japanese decor. The spa offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, massage, a hot tub and a mist sauna. The hotel is also only a 15 minute walk from the historical Old Private Houses, and a 20-minute walk from Higashiyama Temple.
Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box
The Sheraton Hiroshima is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. The property features two restaurants, a bar/lounge and a health club with spa, indoor pool and steam room.
Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities
NEW MIYAKO HOTEL, KYOTO
As the largest hotel in Kyoto with 986 rooms, the New Miyako Hotel combines comfort with functionality. Located in front of the Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Japan Railways and Kintetsu-Kyoto Station, the New Miyako Hotel is in a prime location. The hotel’s many restaurants provide various dining options including Japanese, Chinese and European buffet-style dining.
Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge
SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL, OSAKA
Centrally located and in close proximity to many restaurants and sightseeing attractions, the Sheraton Miyako offers 8 restaurants & lounges as well as fitness centre, indoor heated pool, massage, barber shop, florist, beauty salon, currency exchange and gift store.
Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.
Arrive to: Tokyo
Depart from: Osaka
You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.
HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.
When you travel on the group flights booked with us as part of your package, airport transfers on arrival and departure are included as part of your package.
When you travel on other dates or not with the group flight additional charges apply for airport transfers on arrival and departure.
Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit. Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience
FELLOW TRAVELLERS ‘SOLOS MIX’
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This tour is NOT exclusively for single/solo travellers.
THE PACE [3 out of 5]
A moderate to faster pace. There are some days with early starts and full days of touring. There are 2 and 3 nights of stay for this itinerary.
Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.
A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate and you are required to at least:
Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect their ability to participate in the tour.
At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.
We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour.
ABOUT THE MEALS
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group. There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.
Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.
This is a private group tour with a coach driver and locally based English speaking guide. Your tour guide is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.
Coach, gondola, local train and bullet train.
LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage.
ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Wifi is readily available at all hotels.
'I really enjoyed the traditional side of Japan ........ Had a wonderful time.'Tracey, 56 years, QLD
' Japan is a very diverse place - the country is wonderful.'Nikki, 50 years, QLD