Allure of Japan

18 Days
Fukuoka to Tokyo
From (AUD)
$ 20,990
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
JPKT
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Fukuoka
Return City:
Tokyo

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fukuoka

    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

    Visit Maizuru Park and the castle ruins located within. Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Check into the Sheraton Hiroshima hotel for two nights enjoying the view from your Deluxe Corner View rooms.

    Enrich

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

    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 the floating Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. This afternoon see the industrial robots perform at the Mazda car factory on your guided visit. 

    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 view of Osaka at night from the Floating Garden Observatory. Then settle in for a two night Special Stay in an Executive Room at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osaka > Asuka

    Drive to the cradle of Japanese culture in Asuka. Wander through the Inabuchi terraced rice paddy fields, the ancient Tobiishi stone bridge 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.

    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 for a memorable three night stay. This afternoon visit impressive Nijo Castle.

    Enrich

    Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who will 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, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Kyoto > Nara

    Begin your day with an early visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine then continue to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. You will have time this afternoon for some shopping or relaxation.

    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, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kyoto

    Explore the World Heritage listed Tenryu-ji Temple before gliding through the surreal Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by traditional rickshaw. Visit the famous Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before enjoying some free time this afternoon.

    Freechoice

    Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion before strolling along the Philosopher’s Walk. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Kyoto > Kanazawa

    Visit the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion before travelling by the ‘Thunderbird’ to Kanazawa. Upon arrival wander around Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Then try your hand at making your own chopsticks at the Kanazawa Gold Leaf craft shop. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Kanazawa

    This morning visit Omi-cho Market, commonly known as Ishikawa’s Kitchen with over 180 stalls.

    Enrich

    Explore the historic Higashi Chaya Teahouse district and partake in a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.

    Later, catch a glimpse of life in Feudal Japan with a visit to former Kaga Clan Samurai houses in the Nagamachi district.

    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 with amazing views over the Takayama township.

    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 to explore the small alleyways and shops on your own.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Takayama > 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. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Five Lakes > Hakone

    Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. After a photo opportunity of Mt Fuji, move to Hakone to cruise on Lake Ashinoko and a short walk along the heritage trail. This evening enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from Japanese or French menus at the hotel. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Hakone > Tokyo

    Study the art works and sculptures at the Hakone Open Air Museum before continuing to Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, wander through Harajuku, the epicentre of Tokyo’s teenage youth. 

    Enrich

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

    Check into your hotel in Tokyo, your home for the next three nights.

    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

  16. Day 16 - Tokyo

    Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. 

    Freechoice

    Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before walking across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world in Shibuya. Alternatively, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  17. Day 17 - Tokyo

    Begin the day in the beautiful Imperial Palace’s East Gardens then dress up in your chefs clothes to make your own sushi lunch with the help of a local chef. This afternoon is yours at leisure. Tonight, relive your experiences at your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Tokyo

    Time to bid farewell and take many wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Private sumo wrestler demonstration
  • Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko
  • Samurai Kembu show and swordsmanship lesson
  • Play the Taiko drums in an interactive,
  • Visit a former Kaga Clan Samurai house
  • Make your own Gold Leaf chopsticks
  • Visit Kenroku–en Garden, one of Japan’s three great gardens, Kanazawa
  • Visit the National Treasure of Matsumoto Castle

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 10 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 43 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 15 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal transport
  • Return airport transfers

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