North Asian Odyssey

27 Days
Beijing to Osaka
From (AUD)
$ 26,580
$ 25,580
Dates & Pricing

2021 Beijing > Osaka

China and Japan’s must-see sights in one compact journey

This insightful itinerary is designed to be travelled either as individual journeys or as a combined odyssey to both nations. Whatever your focus, this trip will leave you with wonderful lasting memories of these two amazingly different countries.
Beginning in China you’ll travel through three of the country’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai with many of the must-sees included, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all here, including an incredible cruise along the beautiful Yangtze River. Travel to Japan and its vibrant capital of Tokyo. See Mt Fuji and her surrounding lakes and experience the thrill of travelling on a Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle. Experience emotional moments in and around Peace Park in Hiroshima and see the Japan of yesteryear in the preservation districts and World Heritage-listed sites in Kyoto. Your journey ends in the modern metropolis of Osaka.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
CHJP
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Beijing
Return City:
Osaka

27 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Beijing

    Welcome to China. Begin your discovery with a welcome dinner of the famous Peking duck. Your home for the next three nights is Beijing, your hotel is located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Start your journey with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. 

    Freechoice

    Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and enter the mysterious Forbidden City, completed in 1420 and home to 24 emperors until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. 

    Enrich

    Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.

    Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home to experience what it would have been like to live in the Hutongs, before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways. 

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, the last but largest of the summer palaces of the Chinese emperors. Cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Chongqing > Xi’an

    Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo to see the rare and treasured Giant panda before travelling by high speed train to Xi’an. Later, check into your historically located in Xi’an for a three night stay. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Xi’an

    Enrich

    Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. 

    Enrich

    Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. 

    Sundowners

    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - Xi’an

    Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy. Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Xi’an > Shanghai

    This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train from the airport before settling into your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Shanghai

    Discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Shanghai

    Freechoice

    Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Explore the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area and its unique 1920’s ‘shikumen’ buildings. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. 

    Later, spend your free time exploring shopping opportunities on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Shanghai > Tokyo

    It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight to Japan. This evening, enjoy your Japanese welcome reception and dinner at your hotel in Tokyo, your home for the next three nights.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - 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. Afterwards 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. 

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from dining at a ninja themed restaurant or culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening 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 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 > Five Lakes > Hakone

    Venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, cruise on Lake Ashinoko then take a cable car ride up the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel overlooking Lake Ashinoko.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Hakone > Kyoto

    Relax in your Green (Business) Class seats on the Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto. 

    Enrich

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

    Settle into your four night stay at Kyoto.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Kyoto

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

    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 in a lesson in swordsmanship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Kyoto

    Freechoice

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

    This afternoon enjoy some free time for shopping or relaxation.

    Enrich

    Tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko 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

  21. Day 21 - Kyoto

    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. Later, stop for a sake tasting at a sake museum.

    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

  22. Day 22 - Kyoto > Hiroshima

    Relax on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima and check into hotel for two nights enjoying the views 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

  23. Day 23 - 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 industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory on your guided visit. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  24. Day 24 - 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 three memorable Special Stay nights in an Executive Room.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - 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 the welcome ceremony, see a demonstration of Jinku and the wrestlers in action in the dohyo.

    Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi. Visit a traditional Edo period house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule. This evening catch the Osaka Metro to wander around the lively entertainment area of Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho food alley.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  26. Day 26 - Osaka

    Freechoice

    Wander through Shinsaibashi-suji shopping avenue, followed by Kuromon Ichiba Market, known as Osaka’s kitchen or visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle.

    This afternoon is free for some final shopping before tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Osaka

    Depart today with treasured memories of your wonderful time in Japan.

    Please note: pre-release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Visit a private section of the Forbidden City
  • See the Terracotta Warriors with a curator
  • 5D/4N upstream cruise on the Yangzi Explorer
  • Private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at the Xian Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts
  • Play the Taiko drums in an interactive, private group demonstration and lesson
  • Samurai Kembu show and swordsmanship lesson
  • Private sumo wrestler demonstration
  • Private group dinner hosted by a Geisha/Maiko
  • Visit the Mazda Car Factory in Hiroshima

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 9 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 15 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 64 meals – 26 breakfasts (B), 21 lunches (L) and 17 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal transport
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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