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Japan Uncovered - 18 days from $10,990 per person twin share

 

Our Japan Uncovered itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

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Nights: 15
Departs: Osaka
Deal ends: 14 Dec 18. May be withdrawn at anytime.
Operator: Wendy Wu

 

Inclusions

▪ Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (unless a land only option is selected)
▪ All accommodation
▪ All Meals
▪ All sightseeing and entrance fees
▪ All transportation and transfers
▪ English-speaking Local guide (if your group is 10 or more passengers)
▪ Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
▪ Comprehensive travel guides
 

 

 

ITINERARY
 
DAY 1-2:- FLY AUSTRALIA TO OSAKA
Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure, perhaps to sample this city's famous shopping and food.
 
DAY 3:- DISCOVER NARA
Spend the morning in Nara, the small, history-filled city that was Japan's first capital. Stroll through Nara Park to Todai-ji Temple and admire the traditional Isui-en Garden. Return to Osaka and visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River.
 
DAY 4:- HIMEJI CASTLE
Depart Osaka for Hiroshima, stopping en route to explore the magnificent 17th Century Himeji Castle and the neighbouring Koko-en, a traditional-style garden.
 
DAY 5: - EXPLORE HIROSHIMA
Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that is a pleasure to explore. Reflect on the city’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Next, hop on the ferry across to the holy island of Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy some free time.
 
DAY 6:- BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO
Catch a bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for a thousand years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous Zen garden and Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion'.
 
DAY 7:- JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY
Enjoy one of Kyoto’s most delightful spots, Kiyomizu, a 17th Century Buddhist temple, before experiencing the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore this amazing city.
 
DAY 8: - TRAVEL TO KANAZAWA
Depart Kyoto and travel to Kanazawa. Meander through Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, before viewing the excellent art collection of the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
 
DAY 9:- WASHI PAPER MAKING​​​​​​​
Visit the Nomura Samurai House and Garden before departing Kanazawa. Stop in Gokayama for lunch and a hands-on washi paper making workshop. Continue to Shirakawago, where you will explore the 300-year-old Gassho-style Wada House, before reaching Takayama.
 
DAY 10:- EXPLORE TAKAYAMA​​​​​​​
Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit several of the excellent local museums, including the Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum and Takayama Jinya followed by a stroll down Kamisannomachi Street.
 
DAY 11:- TRAVEL TO NAGANO​​​​​​​
Depart Takayama and travel to Matsumoto. Here you will have time to admire its formidable 16th Century castle and visit a Miso House. Transfer to Nagano.
 
DAY 12:- SNOW MONKEYS​​​​​​​
Travel deeper into the Japanese Alps to see the Japanese Macaques or snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Continue to Zenkoji, one of Japan’s most prolific Buddhist temples. Spend some time at a wasabi farm to learn about its cultivation.
 
DAYS 13:- MOUNT FIJI
Travel to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th station (weather permitting), roughly halfway up Mt Fuji, for fantastic views over the surrounding landscapes. Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations of artist Kubota Itchiku.
 

DAY 14: EXPLORE HAKONE

Begin the day with a cruise on the peaceful waters of Lake Ashi. Next, soar high on the Hakone ropeway over the hilltops to the volcanic Owakudani Valley and discover the dramatic natural hot springs of Mt Hakone. Later, continue to Tokyo.

DAY 15: DISCOVER TOKYO
A dazzling, high-tech metropolis, Japan's capital has wonderfully traditional roots. Start your explorations at the Imperial Palace East Garden, visit Meiji Shrine and walk the famous Shibuya Crossing.
 
DAY 16: MORE TOKYO
Stroll the vibrant Asakusa district and soak up the ambience of Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Ascend to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is free until the evening, when you will board a traditional yakata boat for a dinner cruise.
 
DAYS 17-18: FLY TOKYO TO AUSTRALIA
Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
 
 
Dates & Departures 

Prices per person TWIN share

2019 Departures
05 Sep 19 - $10,440
04 Oct 19 - $10,440
 
2020 Departures
21 Mar 20 - $11,390pp

 

Additional Price Information

Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Subject to change.

Tipping is generally not part of the culture in Japan, however if you feel you have received excellent service, please feel free to tip your National Escort at your discretion.

Standard itinerary departs SYD, MEL, BNE, ADL & PER. Other cities available, contact us for details

Depending on airline schedules, extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers may be required at additional cost.

Single Supplement from $2,250. Ask about our 'Willing to Share' option

CHERRY BLOSSOM DATES: 19, 24, 27, 31 Mar & 3 Apr 2018 and 21, 24, 28, 31 Mar & 2, 8 Apr 2019

 
Terms & Conditions 
Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking.
 

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