With neon cities abuzz with nightlife and quirky fashion trends, combined with timeless traditions and areas of delicate beauty, Japan is a destination where the ancient and modern collide. The wild forests and lakes are just as captivating, as soon as you leave the bustling cities behind. All this makes Japan one of the world's most popular destinations.
This 10-day cultural voyage visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Nara and beyond is your chance to experience Japan's magic for yourself. Discover Tokyo on a guided half-day tour. 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!
Take advantage of this unbeatable limited offer and enjoy Japan this Spring, when great weather conditions and the country's natural beauty will offer an unforgettable background for your visit.
This stellar package also includes return international flights on Qantas Airways, seven nights hotel accommodation, a one-way high-speed bullet train ride, and local guides.
Please note: For Japan visa purposes, you must have a valid passport for the travel period before purchasing this deal.
Want to see more? Optional tours of Hiroshima and Kyoto are also available on tour (not included).
Today fly with Qantas Airways from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Perth or Adelaide to Tokyo, Japan (via Sydney).
Arrive in Tokyo early in the morning where you will be met by your tour guide and head out on an introductory tour, including a visit to 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 learn more details from your guide about its importance.
Afterwards continue to Yokohama where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, visit the 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.
Next, travel to Hamamatsu and visit one of the major tea plantations in Japan. Explore Gurinpia in Makinohara, where you can learn everything about tea harvesting, taste locally produced treats, and even touch the tea leaves!
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.
Optional Kyoto Half-day Sightseeing Tour - 4,800JPY (approx. $50 AUD):
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.
Today you can relax at the hotel or your guide will offer a range of optional activities (not included) that will be communicated to you on tour.
Optional Hiroshima Tour - 50,000 JPY (approx $530 AUD)
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.
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. Next, 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 150JPY (approx. $2 AUD) a pack.
Head to Gifu and check in at the hotel.
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 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 and more. Narai-juku was the wealthiest post town of the Kiso Valley and was often referred to as “Narai of a thousand houses.”Overnight: Toyoko-Inn Hotel, Route Inn or similar, Suwa
After breakfast, drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, Fuji’s 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who do not intend on climbing the mountain, and it 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, Tokyo
Today you can relax at the hotel or your guide will offer a range of optional activities (not included) that will be communicated to you on tour. You will then 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.
Optional Tour: Full Day Tokyo City Tour - 8,500 JPY per person (approx $90 AUD
Enjoy an optional tour to see the very best Tokyo has to offer. First visit the Imperial Palace, a place where Edo castle used to be and that is now the Emperor's home. There are many places to see in the vast 1.15 million square meter area. Enjoy learning about the journey of Tokyo, once called Edo, becoming the center of Japan. Then visit Asakusa Temple, the most important temple in Japan and one the postcard photos of the city. Finally, visit Tokyo Tower’s famous observation deck and enjoy a full view of this amazing city. Built in 1958 and at 332.9 meters, it is Tokyo's symbol and the second-tallest structure in Japan.
Please note: Some flights may arrive + 1 day later.