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Japan Highlights

Discover Japan's highlights on this 12 day luxury tour from Tokyo to Osaka. Travel by Shinkansen Bullet Train and visit Himeji, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Nara.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 14,990
  • 2019/2020 Tokyo > Osaka

    Tour Code:

    JPCT

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Tokyo

    Return City:

    Osaka

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Welcome to Japan. This evening, enjoy your Japanese welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Tokyo, your Special Stay for four nights.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Asakusa old town, Sensoji Temple Scenic Sundowners dinner cruise

      Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple.

      Freechoice

      Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, walk across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and see the famous Hachiko dog statue.

      Alternatively, visit Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before exploring the lively Shinjuku entertainment district, or sample local snacks while strolling through the Yanaka District.

      Sundowners

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Tokyo > Five Lakes > Hakone
      Highlights:
      Mt Fuji cable car, Lake Ashinoko cruise

      Venture into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 4 - Tokyo
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Sushi making, Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Wander through the Tsukiji outer Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed by the wholesale and retail shops.

      Enrich

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

      Walk off your delicious lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose contemporary Asian at China Blue. Alternatively, join your Tour Director and immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yakatori and Kushiyaki.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Tokyo > Himeji > Hiroshima
      Highlights:
      Himeji Castle

      Relax in the Green (Business) Class on the Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular, and one of the few remaining original castles. Continue to Hiroshima where tonight you’ll sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two nights in Hiroshima.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Hiroshima > Miyajima Island
      Highlights:
      Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Island, Scenic Enrich – Hiroshima Peace Park

      Travel by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine.

      Enrich

      Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Hiroshima > Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Mazda Car Factory

      Marvel at industrial robots at work in the Mazda car factory. Later, travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed sites. Settle into your three night stay in Kyoto.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice, Scenic Enrich – Maiko dinner
      Freechoice

      Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power.

      The afternoon is at leisure.

      Enrich

      After strolling through the Gion District, 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 and the art of Japanese hospitality.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Kyoto
      Highlights:
      Scenic Enrich – Tea Ceremony

      Visit Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple.

      Enrich

      Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.

      Stop for some sake tasting at a sake museum.

      Freechoice Dining

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

      Ryokan Upgrade - For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Kyoto > Nara > Osaka
      Highlights:
      Tondabayashi

      Begin your journey to Osaka with an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later, stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Visit a traditional house and wander around this historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date back to the Edo period. In Osaka enjoy a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 11 - Osaka
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Admire the view from the Floating Garden Observatory and walk the lively and eccentric downtown area of Osaka, or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle.

      Later, see how beer is made at the Asahi factory, with a taste test, before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Osaka
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan and China.

      Meals included: Breakfast