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Essential Japan

A land of iconic imagery and sensory captivation, Japan is sure to delight. See the best this country has to offer in 17 days from Tokyo to Osaka.

17 Day
From (AUD)
$ 18,290
  • 2017/2018 Tokyo > Osaka

    Tour Code:

    JPES

    Duration:

    17 Days

    Departure City:

    Tokyo

    Return City:

    Osaka

    The essence of Japan

    This distillation of all things Japanese was designed to provide you with a truly unforgettable travel experience.

    In the shadow of Mt Fuji, Hakone presents you with the opportunity to see the nearby Owakudani geysers and the unusual Hakone Open Air Museum. Try your hand at Sarubobo mascot-making at Hida-no-Sato and wander around Takayama. These are just some of a number of unique Japanese experiences you won’t find in any other Scenic itinerary. That includes a visit to the historic village of Shirakawa-go, to name another memorable moment. Enjoy the very best the ‘land of the rising sun’ has to offer, from its feudal castles to its traditional gardens, its sumo wrestlers to its tea ceremonies, from sake to sushi, and everything quintessentially Japanese in-between.

  • 17 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      This evening meet for your welcome reception and dinner at the your hotel, your Special Stay in Tokyo for the next three nights.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Asakusa old town, Sensoji Temple, Sundowner on dinner cruise

      Today, explore Yanaka with its fascinating historic buildings. Afterwards visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple before enjoying a cruise on the Sumida River.

      Freechoice

      Head to west Tokyo. Here you have an opportunity to either visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before you stroll along the architectural showcase of Omotesando Walk or Relax in the picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before shopping in Shinjuku entertainment district. Alternatively use the time for some private shopping or relaxation.

      Sundowners

      This evening, take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your evening dinner cruise on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat, on Tokyo Bay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Taiko Drums Experience, Freechoice Dining

      Start your day admiring the spectacular views from Tokyo Skytree before visiting the National Sumo Stadium and Museum in the Ryogoku District. Later, walk through the peaceful and privately landscaped Hama-Rikyu Gardens.

      Enrich

      Given by Taiko Masters, partake in an interactive private group demonstration and a lesson in playing the Taiko drums.

      This afternoon enjoy some freetime shopping in the Shibuya District.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose from Sorasio, a French Fusion restaurant, or the Japanese Hibiki Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Tokyo > Hakone
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Sushi making, Hakone Open Air Museum
      Enrich

      Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch and eat it.

      Venture into the countryside on your drive to Hakone and study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a stay in Hakone.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Hakone > Five Lakes
      Highlights:
      Mt Fuji cable car and cruise on Lake Ashinoko

      Admire stunning scenery during your cable car ride up to Owakudani geothermal area, and the walks around the hot springs at the summit. Drive to Lake Ashinoko for a cruise, with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. Later, discover the craftsmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum while learning about this fascinating 300-year-old technique. Then savour the views of Mt Fuji from your lovely hotel in Five Lakes.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Five Lakes > Takayama
      Highlights:
      Daio Wasabi Farm, Hida Folk Village

      Cross beautiful countryside on your drive to Takayama, where you’ll learn how they make wasabi at the Daio Wasabi Farm. Later, stop at the Hida Folk Village to partake in Sarubobo mascot-making. And tonight, you’ll begin a two night stay at your elegant hotel in Takayama.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Takayama
      Highlights:
      Shirakawa-go, Freechoice Dining

      Explore the surrounding villages, including the famous traditional farmhouses of Shirakawa-go. Then gain unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the various museums and arts centres located in Takayama’s old quarter.

      Freechoice Dining

      Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery. What a delicious dilemma.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Takayama > Nagoya
      Highlights:
      Miyagawa markets

      Wander the Miyagawa morning markets before travelling by Shinkansen train to Nagoya. Explore the rebuilt Nagoya Castle before enjoying an overnight special stay in Nagoya.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Nagoya > Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Shinkansen train, Toyota factory

      Today, you’ll get to see industrial robots perform around the Toyota factory and visit the museum before travelling by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Then, this evening, enjoy an elegant Kyomai traditional dance performance in the historic Gion District, before beginning a luxurious four night stay at your hotel in Kyoto.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Tea Ceremony with lunch

      Today, visit the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion, wander the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple and marvel at the architecture of the Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate.

      Enrich

      Dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, you’ll get to learn about the Japanese tea ceremony, and enjoy a Kaiseki box lunch.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at Fortune Garden.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Philosopher’s Walk, Enrich - Maiko (apprentice Geisha) dinner

      This morning, stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, especially beautiful during blossom season, before letting yourself loose in the Nishiki Shijo Shopping District.

      Enrich

      Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Kyoto > Nara
      Highlights:
      Nara Park, Sake Museum

      Enjoy an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. You’ll stop at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, before a sake tasting and visit to a sake museum.

      Ryokan upgrade
      Optional Traditional Ryokan Experience - For a unique insight into Japanese Culture, choose to spend tonight in a Ryokan. This traditional Japanese Inn, has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities. Includes dinner and breakfast (additional cost).

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Kyoto > Hiroshima
      Highlights:
      Kyoto historic preservation districts

      Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts in your own time, before boarding your Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a speciality of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Hiroshima > Miyajima Island
      Highlights:
      Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Island, Peace Park and Museum

      Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Later experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Hiroshima > Himeji > Osaka
      Highlights:
      Himeji Castle, Freechoice Dining

      Today, travel by Shinkansen to Himeji and marvel at Himeji Castle before continuing to Osaka. Tonight you’ll begin a memorable two night stay at the your hotel in Osaka.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Osaka
      Highlights:
      Osaka Castle, Asahi beer factory

      Located outside of Osaka is the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Wander around this splendid historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date back to the Edo period. Back in Osaka, visit the traditional home of the Toyotomi Clan, the Osaka Castle, before seeing how beer is made at the Asahi factory.
      Tonight relive your experiences at your farewell Kaiseki dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Osaka
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Bid a fond farewell to the ‘land of the rising sun’.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 8 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 45 meals - 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners