10 Day Beauty of Japan
OverviewJapan is a destination where the ancient and modern collide, with neon cities abuzz with nightlife and quirky fashion trends, combined with timeless traditions and areas of delicate beauty. Beyond the cities however, the wild forests and lakes are just as captivating. And these are just parts of what makes Japan one of the world’s most alluring destinations. Want to discover them?
This 10-day cultural voyage visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Nara and beyond is your chance to experience Japan’s magic for yourself. Witness the commanding presence of the Great Buddha of Kamakura; stroll among the colourful shopping strips and historic gardens of Osaka; view hundreds of free-roaming deer in Nara Park (and maybe even get a chance to hand feed one!); explore the neon metropolis of Tokyo at leisure; breathe in the views of spectacular Mount Fuji - and more!
This stellar package also includes return international flights on Qantas Airways, eight nights hotel accommodation, a one-way high-speed bullet train ride, and local guides.
Want to see more? Optional tours of Hiroshima, Tokyo and Kyoto are also available on tour (not included).
- Immerse yourself in the rich natural beauty & culture of Japan
- Visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Narai-juku, Kamakura, Gifu & more
- Explore Nara Park, home to hundreds of free roaming deer
- Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
- Step back in time to 17th century Japan in Narai-juku
- Experience the Japanese countryside in Nagiso Town
- Cruise the serene waters of Lake Ashi in Hakone
- See the sights of vibrant Tokyo on a free day at leisure
- Witness the impressive Giant Buddha of Kamakura
- Discover the proud tea culture of Shizuoka Prefecture
- Enjoy a day at leisure in Osaka, nicknamed ‘the Nation’s Kitchen’
- Visit Osaka Castle Garden, one of the city’s most famous landmarks
- Enjoy some free time in Osaka's Shinsaibashi shopping district
- Return international flights ex SYD/MEL/BNE
- Fly with award-winning Qantas Airways
- 8 nights quality hotel accommodation
- Enjoy daily breakfast
- Local English-speaking guides
- Airline taxes and surcharges
- Transportation by A/C private vehicles
- 1 x High Speed Bullet Train experience: Kyoto to Osaka
- Return airport transfers
ItineraryDownload Itinerary Brochure
Today fly with Qantas Airways from Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane to Tokyo, Japan (via Brisbane or Melbourne). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Yokohama.
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 documentation which you will receive 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.
Meals included: None
First visit Great Buddha of Kamakura, a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple.
With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.
Shizuoka Prefecture has been producing about 40% of Japan's tea. Above all Makinohara large tea plantation is a major production area for the production of about 20% of Japan's tea. In Makinohara you can touch the tea in the middle of the vast tea gardens, and learn up to can tea, you can taste the tea manufacturing direct sales, to be eating tea cuisine, tea in the whole body from tea lovers to pet bottle faction is you can experience the facility.
Meals included: Breakfast
This morning, depart Hamamatsu for Kyoto. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient capital, or take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included). We will take high speed train from Kyoto Station at around 4:30pm to travel onwards to Osaka.
Kyoto Half-day Sightseeing Tour - 4,800JPY:
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 which has gold leaf covered floors 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.
Meals included: Breakfast
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 Hiroshima Tour - 50,000 JPY
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible velocity during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima.
On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train 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 the 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 regenerative 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.
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast visit the famous landmark Osaka Castle Garden. Surrounded by greenery, the garden commands a beautiful view of the castle tower and the stone wall of a moat. Then enjoy some free time in Shinsaibasi, the premier shopping area in Osaka. Then drive to the nearby city of Nara and enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour.
Visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of free-roaming deer - you can feed them deer senbei (crackers), which can be purchased at stalls throughout the park for 150 yen a pack.
Head to Gifu for overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast
Today is a fun day to visit the countryside of Japan and see how local people live.
Drive to Nagiso Town and visit Tsumago-juku. This post town was the first preserved old town in Japan and retains the authentic appearance of a typical historic post town. The local people of Tsumago still live their day-to-day lives in this town while continuing to maintain the old Edo period townscape so it can be passed down to future generations.
Then visit Narai-juku, the largest post town in Kisoji, spanning about 1km in length. There are many shops along the street like soba restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, inns, etc. Narai-juku was the wealthiest post town of the Kiso Valley and was often referred to as “Narai of a thousand houses.”
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 Tokyo this evening, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.Overnight: T-Mark City Hotel Tokyo Omori, Apa Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Today enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo.Overnight: T-Mark City Hotel Tokyo Omori, Apa Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Today enjoy another free day to further explore Tokyo and you will be transferred to Tokyo Airport for your homebound flight. Please note that the standard check-out time is 12 noon and you can store your luggage at the front desk. The airport transfer will take place at around 5:30pm.
Alternatively, you may choose to join an optional tour to see some of the highlights Tokyo has to offer (not included).
Tokyo Sightseeing Tour - 9500 JPY:
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).
Meals included: Breakfast
Please note: some flights may arrive + 1 days later.
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• TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website.
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Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 8th of November 2023.
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $900 applies.
November: *2, 13, 18, 20
March: 1, 2, 13**, 14**, 18**, 21**, 23**
May: 9, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
June: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
November: 7, 8
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
Dates/months with a ** incur a high season surcharge of $350 per person.
Dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $275 per person.
Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
Full Service Airline(s) Used
Qantas Airways 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.
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 in Tokyo, Japan
Stay Behind in Tokyo, Japan
Flight Class Upgrades
3 Star (self-rated)
Yokohama: Apa Hotel Yokohama Bay Tower or similar
Hamamastu: Hotel Concorde or similar
Osaka: Hotel Sobial Namba Daikokicho or similar
Gifu: Resol Hotel or similar
Matsumoto/Suwa: Toyoko-Inn Hotel, Route Inn or similar
Tokyo: T-Mark City Hotel Tokyo Omori, Apa Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari or similar
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.
Maximum Room Capacity
No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Valid for Children 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.
Twin or Double 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 28, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.
Optional Tours / Activities
Kyoto half-day sightseeing: 4,800 JPY
Hiroshima day trip: 50,000 JPY
Tokyo sightseeing: 9,500 JPY
• 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 is no required if travelling on an Australian passport)
• Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
• Recommended gratuities/tipping: $8 - $10 AUD per person, per 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.
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
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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
Spring: March to May
Mild weather and sunny days, spring is one of the best times to visit Tokyo. With temperatures and moods thawing, spring sees Tokyo at its prettiest. Cherry blossoms are the obvious draw, but the season's other flowers, festivals, foodstuffs and events are equally compelling reasons to start planning your Tokyo trip.
Summer: June to August
Japanese summer begins in June and it becomes hot and humid from July onward. Summer is when many interesting festivals and other events are held all over the country.
Clothing: Light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)
Autumn: September to November
Autumn always brings such freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. The Autumn colours are very beautiful across the country.
Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
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.
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days prior to the 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.
Daily breakfast is 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.
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.
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 general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
Gratuities / Tipping:
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 $8 - $10 AUD per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and 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.
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
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 is not required if travelling on an Australian Passport.
Visa rules may have changed since COVID-19. Check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
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.
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