Allure of Japan with Snow Monkeys

20 Days
Fukuoka to Tokyo
From (AUD)
$ 24,590
$ 24,090
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Fukuoka > Tokyo

Discover for yourself the Allure of Japan

From Fukuoka to Tokyo, wander a different path and find those gems hidden away from the route commonly followed.
Not only will you spend three nights in Kyoto with its World Heritage-listed sites but you will also get to know the hidden gems such as Kanazawa, known as little Kyoto. It is home to one of Japan’s three great gardens and has preserved historic districts such as the old homes of the resident Kaga Clan Samurais and exotic tea house districts. Similarly, in Takayama with its historic old quarter and cultural relics, enjoy a slower pace of discovery. Whether you are looking for natural treasures such as the stunning alpine scenery surrounding traditional homes in Shirakawa-go and Nagano, a visit to the geothermal sites around Hakone, or staying in the Kawaguchiko area with views of Mount Fuji and her surrounding lakes, they’re all here. Or maybe it’s the man-made treasures such as the modern metropolises filled with bright neon lights and bustling shopping and entertainment districts, the modern robot-filled factories, or the older historic preservation districts and castles now listed as National Treasures, this tour will allow you to fully experience Japan’s natural and man-made treasures in one journey. You also visit Jigokudani Monkey Park to view the wild Japanese macaques, commonly known as the Snow Monkeys.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
JPKT
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Fukuoka
Return City:
Tokyo

Selected Itinerary

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fukuoka

    Welcome to the island of Kyushu, Japan. Enjoy your welcome reception at your hotel Fukuoka, your luxury hotel in the centre of the city.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Fukuoka > Hiroshima

    Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Province and most populous city on the island. Visit Maizuru Park and the 17th century castle ruins located within. Transfer to the station, then sit back and relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Check into your hotel for two nights, enjoying the view from your Deluxe Corner View rooms.

    Enrich

    Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum, dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. Move to Orizuru Tower to learn how to create your own special origami crane offering for the Orizuru Wall.

    Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Hiroshima > Miyajima Island

    Sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and its famous floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine, also built over the water.

    This afternoon on your guided visit at the Mazda car factory, see the industrial robots at work on the cars on the production line.

    Note: Renovation works on Miyajima's famous floating torii gate started in June 2019. During the renovation works, the torii gate is covered up by scaffolding. It is not known yet exactly how long the renovations will take, but they are expected to take at least one year.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Hiroshima > Osaka

    En-route to Osaka on the Shinkansen train, stop at Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original feudal castles. This evening, admire the 360 degree view of Osaka at night from the Floating Garden Observatory, 170m off the ground. Then settle in for a two night Special Stay in Osaka.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osaka > Asuka

    Drive to the birthplace of the Japanese state and cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka, in Nara Prefecture. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge, famous in Japanese folklore and visit Ishibutai tumulus, the largest known megalithic structure in Japan.

    Enrich

    Learn about the history, life and training routine of a sumo wrestler during a private visit to a Sumo Museum in Kehayaza, where Sumo originated. After your welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo.

    This evening catch the Osaka Metro to wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley, where you can have the opportunity to choose your own meal this evening from one of the many traditional food stalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Osaka > Kyoto

    Begin the day with a walking tour of Osaka’s Kitchen, the Kuromon Food Market. Drive to the culturally rich city of Kyoto and walk through the impressive Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Settle into your hotel for the next three nights.

    Enrich

    After a short stroll through the Gion area be entertained at dinner with a Samurai Kembu show. After the show you can choose to learn the way of the Samurai yourself with a lesson in swordsmanship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kyoto > Nara

    Begin your day with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates and its appearance in the film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’.  Then continue to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple, one of the most historically influential temples in Japan and see deer in Nara Park.

    Enrich

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

    You will have time this afternoon for some shopping or relaxation.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy the option of dining at Fortune Garden or traditional Kaiseki at Gion Sekiya located in the famous Gion District.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kyoto

    Freechoice

    Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along part of the Philosopher’s Walk, an approximately two kilometre long, beautiful stone path walk along a canal through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district.

    Afterwards, glide through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw before exploring and enjoying a vegetarian meal at the World Heritage listed Tenryu-ji Temple. Finish the day at the famous zen temple Kinkaku-ji or known as the Golden Pavilion because it is completely covered in gold leaf. Tonight enjoy Italian cuisine at the hotel's FoRni Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Kyoto > Kanazawa:

    Travel by the ‘Thunderbird’ train to Kanazawa. Upon arrival wander around Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Enrich

    Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Geiko and Maiko who’ll host your meal presentation in a nearby traditional Japanese Restaurant. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Kanazawa

    This morning visit Omi-cho Market, commonly known as Ishikawa’s Kitchen with over 180 stalls. Move to the Higashi-Cgaya District tea house district and try your hand at making your own chopsticks at the Kanazawa Gold Leaf craft shop. Later, catch a glimpse of life in Feudal Japan with a visit to former Kaga Clan Samurai houses in the Nagamachi district.

     Ryokan Upgrade - For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan (at additional cost, must be pre-booked before departure). This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities, and includes dinner and breakfast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Kanazawa > Shirakawa-go > Takayama:

    Drive to Takayama stopping en route at the historical farmhouses of nearby mountain villages in Shirakawa-go, now a World Cultural Heritage site. Continue to Takayama and partake in Sarubobo mascot-making at the Hida Folk Village before beginning a two night stay at your hotel located in the centre of Takayama.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Le Midi, a French-inspired bistro in town famed for its Hida Beef, or Sakanaya, a fine Japanese restaurant set in a renovated former sake brewery near your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Takayama

    Begin the day wandering through Miyagawa morning markets before gaining unique insights into the region’s culture and history at the Festival Float Exhibition Hall. After lunch, try a tasting at a sake brewery before moving to Takayama’s old quarter. Dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants, explore the small alleyways and shops on your own.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Takayama > Tsumago Juku > Karuizawa

    Drive to Tsumago Juku, a fully restored and preserved Edo era post town in the Kiso Valley. Continue to Karuizawa, a resort town in the mountains near Nagano, and your hotel for two nights .

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Karuizawa > Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Move to Jigokudani Monkey Park to view the wild Japanese macaques going about their daily lives including the unique behavior of bathing in onsens (natural hot springs). After lunch in Nagano, visit the 7th-century Zenko-ji Buddhist temple before returning to your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  15. Day 15 - Karuizawa > Matsumoto > Five Lakes

    Drive to the Daio Wasabi Farm to learn how wasabi paste is made. Then continue to Matsumoto to visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and original castles, the unique ‘hirajiro’ style Matsumoto Castle. As you venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area via Suwa Lake, lookout for your first view of Mt Fuji. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park surrounding your hotel for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Five Lakes > Hakone

    Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos during the Muromachi Period (1333-1573) at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. After a group photo opportunity of Mt Fuji, move to Hakone to cruise on the First class deck of your pirate ship on Lake Ashinoko, a lake that formed in the caldera created after Mt. Hakone erupted 3000 years ago and a short walk along the heritage trail. This evening enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Hakone > Tokyo

    Study the art works and sculptures at Japan’s first open air museum, the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo. Upon arrival visit the Asakusa district, known as the centre of Tokyo’s shitamachi or ‘low city’ capsulizing the atmosphere of Tokyo’s past, paying your respects at Sensoji temple, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Check into your hotel, your home for the next three nights. Rooms overlook the most picturesque sites in Tokyo, such as the Imperial Palace, the 500-year old Hie Jinja Shrine and beautiful landscaped Japanese gardens.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Izakaya bar scene serving Yaki-tori and Kushiyaki.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Tokyo

    Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens, once part of the inner palace area and the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defence when the Tokugawa shogun ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867.  Then in Ginza, dress up in your chef’s clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the often-referred to as ‘the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing’ and seeing the famous Hachiko dog statue in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk where you can choose to stay into the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  19. Day 19 - Tokyo

    Enrich

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

    Afterwards visit the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth as you wander along Takeshita Street Harajuku, known for its colourful street art, youth fashion, quirky vintage clothing and cosplay stores and dessert shops and carts that specialise in sweet crêpes, donuts, and bubble tea. Afterwards the afternoon is yours at leisure. Tonight, relive your experiences at your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Tokyo

    It is time to bid farewell, taking many wonderful memories with you.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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