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  • Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo

  • The beautiful village of Gokoyama

  • Maiko in Gion, Kyoto

  • Matsumoto Castle

  • Looking towards Fuji from Chureito Pagoda, Yamanashi

  • The colourful Tokyo skyline

  • Maiko in Gion, Kyoto

  • Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo

  • The beautiful village of Gokoyama

  • Maiko in Gion, Kyoto

  • Matsumoto Castle

  • Looking towards Fuji from Chureito Pagoda, Yamanashi

  • The colourful Tokyo skyline

  • Maiko in Gion, Kyoto

  • A freshwater spring in Narai-juku

   

9 Day Taste of Japan

  • Journey to Tokyo, Kyoto, Gifu & More
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle & Fuji Five Lakes
Includes Return International Flights

An eclectic fusion of spirituality and advanced technology, of serene natural beauty and mind-bending man-made wonders - Japan is a destination that refuses to be pigeonholed. From the electric streets of Tokyo to the living history of Narai-juku village, this nine-day highlights package will offer an incredible taster of what this unique country has to offer.

Enjoy free time to explore Tokyo and Kyoto, two remarkable cities which require little introduction. Travel through the scenic Fuji Five Lakes District, stop to enjoy a boat ride on Lake Yamanaka, and take an opportunity to enjoy stunning views of Mt Fuji from the 5th Station (weather permitting). Discover the castle and gardens of Matsumoto Castle, one of the oldest in Japan; wander through the 17th century village of Narai-juku; visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed towns of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, and so much more. A visit to the Toyota Automobile Museum is also sure to impress. With return international Qantas flights, seven nights hotel accommodation, return airport transfers and more, this trip has all the makings of an incredible journey.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Tokyo, Japan. Fly with Qantas Airways. Upon arrival into Narita International Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Please note: Brisbane and Melbourne customers will fly direct to Tokyo, while Sydney and Adelaide customers will fly via Brisbane/Melbourne.

Overnight: Narita Hotel Meals included: In-Flight

Your journey starts with a scenic drive to Matsumoto, situated north of Tokyo in the quiet and secluded prefecture of Nagano. The location offers a magnificent scenic view of Japan’s Northern Alps. Upon arrival you will visit Matsumoto Castle, which is one of the oldest castles in Japan and still contains its original wooden donjons with 5 layers and 6 floors. After enjoying the inside of the castle and the surrounding park, you will visit Daio Wasabi Farm. The Daio Wasabi Farm lies in the tranquil outskirts of Hotaka Town, and is recognised as Japan’s largest wasabi farm covering 15 hectares. It's natural water springs produce 120,000 tons per day, which enables their annual yield of 150 tons of wasabi.

Overnight: Matsumoto Hotel Meals included: None

This morning travel to Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established in order to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu. Afterwards you will visit the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses, survived on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. Both are examples of a traditional way of life that is perfectly adapted to the environment and the people’s social and economic circumstances. Enjoy a walk among the incredible houses before departing to Gifu.

Overnight: Gifu Hotel Meals included: None

This morning depart Gifu for Kyoto. Upon arrival enjoy approximately 7 hours of free time to explore the historic town. You will be picked up from downtown Kyoto to depart to Nagoya at 4pm. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included). The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. The last stop of the tour is to watch a Kimono Fashion Show where beautiful women wearing varieties of kimono and obi (sash) appear on the stage with Japanese music.

Overnight: Nagoya Hotel Meals included: None

The highlight today is a visit to the Toyota Automobile Museum, where you will find out how in three generations the Toyota family came from a lonely village in Japan to become one of the biggest conglomerates in the world. This afternoon visit Narai-juku, an old town which transports you back to 17th century Japan, and Tsumagoi Village. Then continue onto the Nagano/Yamanashi area to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Nagano/Yamanashi Area Hotel Meals included: None

This morning drive through the countryside and mountains to reach Lake Yamanaka, the largest of all the Fuji Five Lakes which offers a good view of Mt. Fuji. It is located in the village of Yamanakako which is populated by many swans. Thus, it has been unofficially called “Swan Lake.”. Take a scenic boat ride around the lake. Drive to Mt Fuji 5th Station (weather permitting). At 2300m above sea level, the Fuji 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below. An observation point with unobstructed views of Fujiyoshida City and Lake Yamanaka can be found at Komitake Shrine behind the shops. Continue onto the Kanagawa/Yokohama area to check into the hotel.

Overnight: Kanagawa/Yokohama Area Hotel Meals included: None

This morning you will drive to Tokyo and arrive at the hotel at approximately 11am. The standard hotel check in time is 3pm so you can store your luggage at the front desk and explore Tokyo at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional Tokyo sightseeing tour (not included). First you will visit Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. Then you will visit Meiji Shrine, a key Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Last enjoy the sweeping views of this vast city at the Observations deck at the famous Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo (entry included).

Overnight: Tokyo Hotel Meals included: None

This morning store your luggage at the hotel, and then spend the day exploring this vibrant city at your own pace. This afternoon you will be transferred by hotel shuttle to the airport for your return flight to Australia.

Meals included: In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Enjoy free time to see Kyoto and Tokyo at leisure
  • Explore Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s oldest castles
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  • Wander the 17th century village of Narai-juku
  • Take in the history of Tsumagoi Village
  • Learn about the history of Toyota at the Toyota Automobile Museum
  • Visit Daio Wasabi Farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan
  • See Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost
  • Travel through the scenic Fuji Five Lakes District
  • Take in views of Mt Fuji from Mt Fuji 5th Station (weather permitting) 
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Yamanaka known as ‘Swan Lake’
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • Fly with award-winning Qantas Airways
  • Frequent flyer points for Qantas members
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • English-speaking tour leader
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase .

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th June 2018

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $700 applies

Departure Dates (2018)
May: 9, 10, 15, 22, 23, 29
June: 5, 12, 19, 20

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $350 per person 



Full Service Airline(s) Used
Qantas Airways (subject to availability)

Arrive Early
Not available

Stay Behind
Not available

Stopover Packages
Not available

Flight Class Upgrades
Not available



Accommodation Used
3 Star (self-rated)
- Narita: Narita View Hotel / Narita U-City Hotel / Narita Gateway Hotel / Marroad International Hotel OR Narita Tobu Hotel Airport
- Matsumoto: Hotel New Station / Hotel Trend Matsumoto / Ace Inn / Hotel Montagne OR Matsumoto Hills Hotel
- Gifu: Comfort Hotel Gifu / Koyo Gifu Hashima / Tokyo Inn Gifu / Hotel Verresel Hashim OR APA Hotel Ogaki-Ekimae
- Nagoya Hotel: Best Western Hotel / Smile Hotel Nagoya Sakae / Hotel Wing International Nagoya / APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae / APA Villa Hotel Nagoya-Marunouchi Ekimae OR Hotel MyStays Nagoya-Sakae
- Nagano/Yamanashi Area Hotel: Hotel Route Inn Suwa-Inter / Chisun Inn Suwa Ic / Hotel Trend Matsumoto / Hotel New Station / Ace Inn Matsumoto OR Hotel Route Inn Kawaguchiko
- Kanagawa/Yokohama Area Hotel: Hotel Kanachu Hadano / Atsugi Urban Hotel / Odakyu Station Hotel Hon-Atsugi / Hotel MyStays Yokohama / Hotel JAL City Kannai Yokohama / Shin Yokohama Kokusai Hotel OR Hotel Wing International
- Tokyo Hotel: Hotel Lumiere Kasai / Hotel MyStays Kamata / Hotel MyStays Ochanomizu Conference Centre / Grand Park Hotel Panex Tokyo / Red Roof Inn Kamata-Haneda Tokyo / Apa Hotel Tokyo-Ojima OR Koraku Garden Hotel
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights
Not available

Maximum Room Capacity
2 people

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share
Not available

Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability)

Adjoining Rooms (Interconnecting Rooms)
Not available



Minimum group size 16, maximum group size 42 per vehicle

Optional Tours / Activities
Day 4: Kyoto Optional Tour - $50 AUD per person
Day 7: Tokyo Optional Tour - $75 AUD per person
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Japan is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Mandatory gratuities/tipping $10 AUD per person/day
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
May in Japan is the last month of Spring. A lovely time to visit with top temperatures of 23 degrees. June will bring top Temperatures of 26 degrees.

TOUR GUIDE vs TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 

Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all TripADeal travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

COACH TOUR
Meals:
No meals are included in the tour, for all meals; breakfasts, lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The mandatory tip for the tour leader and driver is $10 AUD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour.

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

FLIGHTS
Frequent Flyer Points:
To earn Qantas frequent flyer points, please provide frequent flyer numbers at the time of check in 

Advance Seat Assignments:
Customers are unable to purchase seats on Qantas’s website. However, customers can choose seats at the time of check-in subject to availability.

Special Meals:
Customers can request ONE of the following special meals:
- Diabetic, Gluten Intolerance, Hindu, Kosher Meal, Muslim (Halal), Vegetarian (Lacto Ovo) or Vegan
Please note: All dietary requests must be clearly stated on your TripADeal passenger information form only. No other form of late requests will be processed by the airline.



A Tourist visa for Japan is not required if traveling on an Australian passport. 
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.



Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.
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