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  • Optional Tour: Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto

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14 Day Japan Discovery

  • The best of Japan at an amazing price
  • Visit Tokyo, Osaka & Busan in South Korea
Includes Return International Flights

Japan is like two destinations in one; at once a timeless land where the teachings of the past directly influence the future, and another where technology and innovation are advancing on a daily basis.

Discover both sides of beautiful Japan - 'the land of the rising sun’ - for yourself on this 14 day tour and cruise package taking in the electric delights of Tokyo; the remarkably well-preserved city of Kyoto, Japan's former Imperial capital; the UNESCO listed mountain village of Gokayama and beyond. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ashi, gazing towards beautiful Mount Fuji in the distance; treat your tastebuds in Osaka, where ‘eat til you drop’ is not just the city motto but an invitation; visit the former government outpost of Takayama Jinya - and more! Then, set sail on a five-night cruise aboard the sensational Costa NeoRomantica ship. Cruise from Yokohama to bustling Busan in South Korea, known for its beaches and temples, plus take in the southern Japanese city of Sasebo - located on the gorgeous, subtropical Kyushu Island. This red hot package includes return international flights, seven nights quality hotel accommodation, a five-night Costa Cruise, and so much more!

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Osaka, Japan. Fly with either Philippine Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Vietnam Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Upon arrival at Osaka Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The second largest city in Japan, Osaka has the nickname ‘Tenka no Daidokoro’ (the Nation’s Kitchen) thanks to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise. Be sure to try local delicacies such as Takoyaki, a popular deep-fried snack made with wheat-flour batter and octopus, or Okonomiyaki, a grilled savoury pancake.
 
Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka 
Meals included: None

Enjoy a free day in Osaka to explore this historic city at your own pace or you can take the opportunity to join an option tour to Hiroshima (not included). 

Optional Tour: Hiroshima Sightseeing Tour with Bullet Train - 46,000 Yen per person
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible speed during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima. On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train, and then board a boat travelling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island - a landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included). 

Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, depart Osaka for Kyoto. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient former capital, known for its remarkably well-preserved geisha districts of Gion, Higashiyama and Kamishichiken, as well as the ethereal bamboo forest at Arashiyama (an easy bus and train ride from the downtown area). Alternatively, take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included). The bus will depart from downtown Kyoto at 4:00pm to travel onwards to Gifu. 

Optional Tour: Kyoto Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person
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, and was featured in the popular movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple which has gold leaf covered walls on the top two floors. The last stop of the tour is to witness a Kimono Fashion Show where beautiful women wearing varieties of kimono and obi (sash) appear on stage with Japanese music.

Overnight: Quintessa Hotel Ogaki, Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar, Gifu 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning 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.

Afterwards travel to Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu. Next, travel to the hotel in Matsumoto/Suwa area.

Overnight: Route Inn Matsumoto, Route Inn Suwa Inter or similar, Masumoto/Suwa 
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, it offers a vantage point for Mt Fuji and the surrounding lakes (weather permitting). The 5th Station also features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Ashi, nearby in Hakone National Park, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Yokohama this evening, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Hokke Club Fujisawa, Hotel Wing International, Comfort Hotel, Best Western or similar, Yokohama Area 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will drive to Tokyo and arrive at the hotel at approximately 11:00am. The standard hotel check in time is 3:00pm so you can store your luggage at the front desk and and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional Tokyo sightseeing tour (not included). 

Optional Tour: Tokyo Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person
First you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can encounter many kinds of traditional Japanese cuisine. Next, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a 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: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore Tokyo at leisure.

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area 
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy some free time this morning before being transferred to the Yokohama Cruise Port to begin your 5 night Costa Cruise onboard the ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship. The cruise departs at 3:00pm.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Busan, a large port city in South Korea, is known for its beaches, mountains and temples. Busy Haeundae Beach features the Sea Life Aquarium, plus a Folk Square with traditional games such as tug-of-war, while Gwangalli Beach has many bars and views of modern Diamond Bridge. Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in 678 A.D., is at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which has hiking trails.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Sasebo is a city on Japan’s Kyushu Island and presents a vibrant option by the coast for visitors interested in urban and natural sightseeing.

Please note: On the 21 May 2020 departure date, a different port will be visited. The cruise will dock in Fukuoka/Hakata from 7 am to 3.30 pm in place of Sasebo, Japan.

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: Costa Cruises ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today arrive back at Yokohama Cruise Port and make your own way to either Haneda or Narita Airport for your return flight back to Australia. 

Please note:
- Airport transfers can be arranged directly through the cruise line on board.
- The departure airport is subject to flight availability and cannot be guaranteed prior to purchase.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: Some flights may arrive + 1 days.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience the diverse history and culture of Japan
  • Treat your tastebuds in Osaka, nicknamed ‘the nation’s kitchen’
  • Visit Kyoto, known for its Geishas & Shinto shrines 
  • Explore the UNESCO listed village of Shirakawa-go
  • Admire the traditional gassho houses of Gokayama
  • Visit the former government outpost of Takayama Jinya
  • Marvel at the scenic views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park
  • Discover the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo at leisure
  • Cruise to Busan, South Korea’s second largest city
  • Visit Sasebo on Japan’s subtropical Kyushu Island
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • 7 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 5 night Japan & South Korea cruise with Costa Cruises
  • Sail aboard the amazing ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship
  • Selected entertainment
  • Enjoy 21 meals including all meals whilst cruising
  • English speaking local tour leader
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Transfer airport to hotel (day 1)
  • Transfer hotel to cruise port (day 8)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed 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 in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 26th May 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Inside Cabin/Stateroom: $1500
- Ocean View Cabin/Stateroom: $1650
- Balcony Cabin/Stateroom: $1800
 
Departure Dates (2020)
May: 16, 26 (SOLD OUT)
May: 21
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Adelaide or *Perth: $300 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air China or Vietnam Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Missed Flights
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight on Day 1, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you are going to miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact TripADeal as soon as possible to make arrangements.
 
Arrive Early
Not available.
 
Stay Behind
Not available.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.





Accommodation Used


3 Star (self-rated)

- Osaka: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar

- Gifu: Quintessa Hotel Ogaki, Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar

- Matsumoto/Suwa Area: Route Inn Matsumoto, Route Inn Suwa Inter or similar

- Yokohama Area: Hotel Hokke Club Fujisawa, Hotel Wing International, Comfort Hotel, Best Western or similar

- Tokyo Area: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar

 

- Cruise: Costa Cruises ‘Costa NeoRomantica’ ship

Please note: Accommodation/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.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 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 / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 2: Hiroshima Sightseeing Tour including Bullet Train - 46,000 Yen
Day 3: Kyoto Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen
Day 6: Tokyo Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen
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.
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for Japan and South Korea is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping:
* Land: recommended at $10 AUD per person per day
* Cruise: mandatory at $13.50 USD per person per day payable onboard. Additional gratuities up to 18% are payable on additional items and services such as wines and spa treatments.
- Transfer cruise port to airport (day 13)
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



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 travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Tokyo:
May is a beautiful month in the city. The days are longer, with the sun rising about 4:30am and staying up until almost 7pm by May 31. You can expect temperatures during the day to be around 20 to 21°C, with 132mm falling over 16 days this month.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to. 
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
21 meals are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
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 off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
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.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $10 AUD per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. Costa Cruise is an internationally registered company & operates to US & European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at $13.50 per person per day. If you have any questions in regards to the gratuities on your cruise please speak to the guest services staff onboard the ship.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



A tourist visa for Japan or South Korea is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application 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 an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

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

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

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

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

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