Day 1: Arrival Tokyo Arrive at Narita (Tokyo International Airport).You will be met by our representative and helped to board the Airport Lumouisine Bus. Transfer to hotel by bus (Travel Time 85min.).
Optional tour:SUMO Experience with CHANKO Lunch from A$150 p.p.
Departs: Every Monday at 11:40AM Meet at Asakusa Chanko-ba.
Tokyo enjoys a long history of prosperity as Japan’s capital since 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his shogunate and named the city Edo. Today, with a population of about 13 million, it has grown into the largest of the 47 prefectures of Japan and indeed one of the greatest metropolises in the world. Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar Day 2: Tokyo (B/L) After breakfast, start your Tokyo Morning Tour include visit to Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Tower , Imperial Palace East Garden, visit Ginza, Hama Rikyu Garden – Sumida River Cruise – Asakusa Annon Temple – Nakamise Shopping District – Kappabashi – Drive pass Ueno and Akihabara – Hotel Tokyo Tower: Enjoy a panorama of Tokyo from the main observation platform. Meiji Shrine: Take in a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture, nestled in a peaceful, picturesque area. Akasaka Guest House (Drive By): A magnificent Western-style palace built in the baroque architectural style. National Diet Building (Drive By): Drive by the imposing Japanese Capitol (the House of Parliament) dominated by a massive central tower. Imperial Palace East Garden:Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. (Mon., Fri. & when East Garden is closed, visit Imperial Place Plaza, Double Bridge instead of East Garden. Visit the inner moat, 15-feet thick walls and pine trees surrounding the 250-acre fortress, home of the Emperor and Empress.) Ginza Shopping District (Drive Through) Japanese LUNCH Hama-Rikyu Garden: This garden is a typical Daimyo (Japanese fedual lord) garden in the EDO period with tidal pond. Sumida River Cruise: Enjoy a boat ride from Port Tokyo, Hinode Pier to Asakusa nd see a harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo. Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street: Famous cultural landmark of Tokyo. Walk down the attractive shopping street for the locals then leading to one fo the finest Buddhist temples in Japan. Hotel:Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Day 3: Tokyo - Mt Fuji & Hakone or Nikko World Heritage (B/L) After breakfast, start Mt.Fuji & Hakone Tour (9AM~8PM) The most popular one-day tour! Leaving from Tokyo, this tour takes you up to UNESCO World Heritage Mt. Fuji's 5th station to enjoy the view from 2,300 m above sea level. After this, participants will take in Hakone’s beautiful natural scenery with a pleasure boat cruise around Lake Ashino and a ride on the Komagatake Ropeway. The return trip to Tokyo is by Motorcoach or Shinkansen Super Express Train (extra surcharge applies). A pick up service from Tokyo's major hotels and a Japanese-style lunch are included.
Alternative tour to the Nikko can be replaced to Mt Fuji Tour. (B) Nikko World Heritage Tour (9AM~7PM) Local travelers want to visit this beautiful site at least once in their lifetime! On this day trip to Nikko, one of Japan’s most beautiful regions, visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the first shogun of the Tokugawa era and famous for its carving of the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” monkeys. Travel up Irohazaka to Lake Chuzenji and marvel at Kegonnotaki Waterfall, considered one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Hotel:Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa or similar
Day 4: Tokyo - Takayama (B) Your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto for easy travel on train. Please leave your main suitcase with the bell desk by 7:30am. For the next three nights, you will be traveling on a smaller overnight bag. Make your own way to Tokyo Station. Catch a bullet train to Nagoya then change to an express train to Takayama.
Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Takayama is a walking town and is very easy to get to your accommodation. There is also an English speaking tourist centre at the bus terminal in Takayama. Takayama is a beautiful historical castle town, called the little Kyoto. Step back in time by strolling through the shops and tea houses. Great place for traditional Japanese souvenir shopping. Hotel:Hida Hotel Plaza or similar
Day 5: Takayama - Shirakawago (B/D) Free time until departure. Visiting the morning markets is recommended, where the wives of local farmers sell fresh mountain vegetables that were harvested that day as well as homemade miso and folk-art goods. Catch a bus to Shirakawago.
After arrival at Shirakawago, proceed to your accommodation by yourself. Shirakawago is extremely unique, the whole living village being the UNESCO World Heritage site. There are approximately 110 traditional thatched roofed houses dating back to the 16th century, some of them available to view as a museum, some used as a traditional tourist accommodation but most of them are still used as housing for the locals. Tonight, you will get a rare chance to stay in traditional thatched roof house. Hotel:Koemon or similar
Day 6: Shirakawago - Kanazawa (B) In the morning, take a local bus to Kanazawa. After arrival at Kanazawa, proceed to your accommodation by yourself. There is an English speaking tourist information centre at the train station. Kanazawa has been the prosperous castle town and the centre of economy and commerce and culture for the Hokuriku region for over 300 years. It is a great place to visit for people interested in landscape and gardens as well as history. The most famous place to visit is Kenroku-en Garden, one of top three gardens in Japan. Construction of this 105,000 square metre garden started in 1676 and took approximately 170 years to complete.
For a smaller garden, why not visit the Nomura residence. Traditionally a private residence, the house has a coffered ceiling totally made of Japanese cypress and fusuma-e (paintings on sliding-door panels) created by the family’s personal painter. The garden inside the residence has a Japanese bayberry over 400 years old and a meandering stream surrounded by ancient and strangely shaped rocks.
Another place recommended to visit is Higashi Chaya-gai, a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha have been entertaining people since the 16th century. The district includes facilities where you can see the interior of a chaya house that was built 180 years ago. A lot of old buildings have also been renewed into restaurants, teahouses, and souvenir shops. Kanazawa City Tourism Association holds a geisha performance show every Saturday. Hotel:ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Day 7: Kanazawa - Kyoto(B) Free at leisure until late afternoon. Catch the express train to Tokyo. Upon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Kyoto is the former capital of Japan and the centre of politics and culture for 1,100 years, also famous worldwide for its temples and shrines. Hotel:New Miyako Hotel Kyoto or similar
Day 8: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto (B) After breakfast, you will explore the ancient Kyoto & Nara on foot with an English speaking tour guide.
Nara-koen Park is located in the center of the city of Nara. Many deer graze along the spacious lawns and frolic on the grass. Small streams and ponds add charm to the scenery. The image of great temple roofs and the tips of tall pagodas peeking through the trees will be an unforgettable memory of your journey to Nara. Throughout the year the stream of visitors to Nara is never interrupted.
Todaiji Temple with Great Buddha
In 728, the Emperor Shomu, who placed great importance upon Buddhism, founded Todai-ji Temple, now inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall) is 57 meters long and 50 meters wide, making it the world's largest wooden structure. The hall enshrines a huge statue of the great Buddha. Weighing approximately 300 tons and standing some 15 meters tall, it is the largest Buddha statue in the world.
Another major attraction inside the park is Kofuku-ji, a temple built in the early 8th century by the Fujiwara clan, a powerful family of the time. The precincts were expanded as the Fujiwaras became more dominant, and at their peak, it is said to have been 13 times larger than it is today (now 4 square kilometers).The approximately 50-meter-high five-story pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple is the second tallest old tower in Japan, after the pagoda of To-ji Temple in Kyoto City.
Gion is one of the main districts of Kyoto, and for many people it is Gion that comes to mind when they think of the city. Held each summer, the Gion-matsuri Festival attracts more than a million visitors. The festival is famous for its procession of magnificent festival floats on which musicians play Gion-bayashi, festival music featuring Japanese flutes, bells and drums.
Yasaka Shrine Gion district developed as a town for Yasaka-jinja Shrine, and is now considered the most prestigious downtown area in Japan.
Hotel:New Miyako Hotel Kyoto or similar
Day 9: Kyoto (B) Kyoto is designated as World Heritage site. You will have a whole day free at leisure. There are many more sites in Kyoto than the ones you’ve seen the day before. For more sightseeing, or cultural experience information, please ask our friendly consultants for more details.
Option Tours: (A) Kodaiji Night Ilumination and Dinner (15Mar-5May, 25Oct-7Dec 2016 18:00PM~20:40PM) From A$95p.p. The night ilumination of the Kodaiji Temple is held during limited times of the year. After dinner at a traditional restaurant in Gion, enjoy visiting the fantastic night garden.
(B) Kyoto Dinner with Maiko (Available: 12Jan-20Dec2016 17:15PM~20:00PM) From A$595p.p. (minimum 2 people) Meet at Kokusaikaikan Station. Enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant in Gion with a Maiko. After dinner, enjoy a dance by a Maiko. (C) Kyoto Culture Experience with Tea Ceremony, or Kimono (7Jan-25Dec 2016 10:00AM or 15:00PM) From A$120p.p.
Tondaya is located in Neighboring Kyoto's main textile centre and preserved Machiya townhouse including tea room, antique furniture and kimono during back to nearly 130 years ago. You can have exceptional authentic Japanese experiences and learn more about Japan.
Hotel:New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Day 10: Kyoto - Mt. Koya (B/D) After breakfast, you are off to the spiritual Koyasan (Mt Koya). Koyasan (designated as World Heritage Site) is home to an active monastic center founded twelve centuries ago by the priest Kobo Daishi for the study and practice of Esoteric Buddhism. It is the headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Shingon Buddhism, a faith with a wide following throughout Japan. Luggage will be transferred to Osaka for your travel convenience. Please leave your luggage at bell desk by 7:30am. You will be met by English speaking assistant at hotel, and transferred to Shin-Imamiya. Leave Shin-Imamiya for Koyasan by train and cable car via Gokurakubashi by yourself. English speaking assistant will go through how to do this before parting. Afternoon is free at leisure. Walk around the monasteries, meditate, and relax in the only natural hot spring bath. Tonight's dinner is traditional vegetarian monk's cuisine. Hotel: Fukuchiin or similar
Day 11: Mt. Koya - Hiroshima (B) Leave Mt. Koya to Osaka by cable car and train via Gokurakubashi by yourself. Unon arrival, make your own way to your accommodation. Afternoon is free at leisure.
Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event; on-site is Genbaku Dome, the surviving portion of a structure that crumbled in the explosion. Other prominent sites include Shukkei-en, a formal Chinese-style garden, and Hiroshima castle, a fortress surrounded by a moat and a park.
Hotel: Granvia Hiroshima Hotel, Hiroshima or similar
Day 12: HIroshima (B)
Today's tour (available on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat), we will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Since ancient times, not only the shrine but the entire island has been regarded as sacred Its breathtaking beauty and quiet atmosphere have let to Miyajima being known as one of Japan's there most beautiful landscape. It is famous for its Itsukushima Shrine. Its red Torii Gate appears to be standing in the sea during high tide. After lunch (your own expense), we will walk through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to promoting peace around the world. Near the epicenter of the A bomb area, and its Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, featuring exhibitions of items related to the nuclear bomb. Tour disbands at Hiroshima Station. Return to your accommodation on you own. Or you may explore the department stores & shops nearby on your own. Hotel: Granvia Hiroshima Hotel, Hiroshima or similar
Day 13: Hiroshima - Osaka (B) After breakfast, leave Hiroshima for Osaka by Bullet Train and local train on your own with our pre-arranged tickets.
Please make your own way to the hotel in Osaka. Afternoon is free at leisure.
Osaka is the smallest prefecture land area in Japan but has the highest population density second only after the capital, Tokyo. Famous for its gastronomy, this place truly is a foodie’s dream. Try the famous okonomiyaki and takoyaki. You can also give your credit card a workout in one of the longest shopping street in the world in Namba. Hotel: Granvia Osaka Hotel or similar
Day 14: Osaka (Departure) Transfer to Kansai International Airport by airport shuttle bus. Pick up time is about 4 hours prior to the flight. Exact time of pick up will be notified to you on Day 12.
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*Child price $4480 is for child between 2-11 yr old to have his own bed (sharing with 2 adults).
13 Nights hotel accommodation (4-5 stars)
Meals as specified (B=11, L=2, D=2)
Admission and Entrance fees
Bullet Train Tickets
Return Airport Hotel Transfers
Luggage Transfers *(see more info about luggage below)
English speaking tour guide
International airfare to Japan
Passports & Visa (if applicable)
Drinks & Food not mentioned in your itinerary
All other items of a personal nature.
All prices are in AUD, and based on PER PERSON TWIN SHARE. Prices are indicative only and are subject to change at anytime due to currency fluctuations.
During Public Holidays, High Seasons or Special Events surcharges may apply. Please always check with our consultants for more details.
Child Price is available from 2-11 years old (inclusive) with bed & meal, but must sharing room with 2 Adults or would be charged same rate as Adults.
Child who is under 2 years old (no bed & no meal) we would charge 10% of adults price.
Min. 1 Pax required
Prices quoted are indications only, and are subject to change without notices. Please contact us for accurate costing of your preferred departure dates.
Days of operation: Arrival 3JAN2016 ~ Departure 30DEC2016.
B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Deluxe 4-5 Stars HOTELS:
Tokyo : Keio Plaza or similar
Kyoto : Hotel Granvia or similar
Hakone : Hakone Palace Hotel
Hiroshima : Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Takayama : Hida Hotel Plaza
Shirakawago : Koemon (Gasshozukuri)
Kanazawa : ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Kanazawa
Mt. Koya : Fukuchiin
Osaka : Hotel Granvia Osaka
# LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:
Luggage Trasfner of ONE Large Suitecase per person are included on the following journey:
Tokyo -> Kyoto
Kyoto -> Osaka
For your conveniences, we recommend you travel with OVERNIGHT BAG for the nights at:
Takayama (Day 4-5)
Kanazawa (Day 6-7)
Mt Koya (Day Day 10-11)
OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
Our Australia office will issueITINERARY VOUCHER with MAP for you before departure. Other necessar TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (tour itinerary, hotel & tour vouchers, train tickets) will be handed by MEETING SERVICE STAFF or PICK-UP SERVICE STAFFS on the starting date of the tour.