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Highlights of Japan

  • Discover Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt Fuji & More
  • Visit Osaka Castle Garden & Five Lakes District
Includes Return International Flights

Pioneers of technology and infrastructure, Japan is evolving at a rapid pace yet it hasn’t sacrificed its many centuries old traditions. This trip is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique sights, sounds, flavours and traditions of this fascinating country.

Discover the highlights of Japan on this fantastic nine-day highlights package taking in Osaka, Nara, Tokyo, Kyoto and much more. Visit the historic Osaka Castle Garden, known for its dazzling annual cherry blossoms, plus enjoy the bustling streets and neon lights of Shinsaibashi shopping district. Discover breathtaking Mt Fuji and the scenic Five Lakes District, take a short boat ride on Lake Yamanaka, and visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura. Enjoy a free day at leisure to explore vibrant Tokyo, as well as free time to discover the hidden delights of Kyoto - the former imperial capital of Japan. With return flights, daily breakfast, English-speaking guides and six nights hotel accommodation, this incredible package has everything needed and much more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth for Osaka, Japan (via Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing). Fly with either China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability).

Upon arrival your exciting journey begins. Arrive into Osaka and be met by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the evening in Japan’s historic and vibrant city.

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, Osaka Meals included: None

This morning after breakfast, you will 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 the moat. Then enjoy some free time in Shinsaibashi, the premier shopping area in Osaka. Around 600m long, it’s filled with trendy boutiques, retail chains, and luxury department stores. Then make your way to Nara, a city shrouded in legend and thronged with significant sites. Head first to Todai-ji Temple, an ancient 8th-century structure that houses some of Japan’s national treasures, and gaze at 3,000 antique bronze and stone lanterns. Spend some free time in Nara before returning to Osaka in the afternoon.

Shin Osaka Washington Hotel Plaza, Osaka Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will leave Osaka for Kyoto. Upon arrival you will be free at your own leisure to explore this historical city until 4.00pm. Alternatively you can take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) to see what Kyoto has to offer. The optional tour will visit such sights as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), Kinkakuji and you will also attend a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Afterwards you transfer to your hotel in Toyohashi.

Loisir Hotel, Toyohashi Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast drive to Shizuoka City, the capital of Japanese tea production and visit a local tea house. Shizuoka Prefecture contains 40% of the total area of tea plantations in Japan. Then 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, making it a popular spot for those who are not intent on climbing the mountain. An observation point with unobstructed views of Fujiyoshida City and Lake Yamanaka can be found at Komitake Shrine behind the shops.

Route Inn Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, you will visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura, a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple. With a height of 13m, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todai-ji Temple. Then drive to Tokyo and 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 visit Nakamise Shopping Street, a brightly-coloured thoroughfare of food vendors and souvenir stores that leads to Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. Stay with your guide as you check out the elaborate gardens, architecture and shrines that surround the site.

APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Tokyo to explore the capital city of Japan, where over 11 million people live, making the population one of the largest in the world. Tokyo is not only the political and economical centre of Japan it has also emerged as a centre of the world economy and culture. Tradition and modern co-exist in today’s Tokyo. Alternatively, you can join an optional tour to visit Nikko National Park (not included) with lunch. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines and stunning temples as you explore the region.

APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning at your own leisure. Then transfer to Haneda or Narita Airport for your homebound flight (via Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing).

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore the highlights of Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo
  • Visit the historical Osaka Castle Garden
  • Visit the Shinsaibashi shopping district in Osaka
  • Explore Nara, a city known for its temples and shrines
  • Enjoy free time in Kyoto
  • Try green tea in a local Japanese tea house in Shizuoka
  • Discover breathtaking Mt. Fuji and the Five Lakes District
  • Take a short cruise on Lake Yamanaka
  • Visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura
  • Explore Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
  • Wander Nakamise Shopping street
  • Visit Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure to explore Tokyo
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Return International Flights (economy class) from SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
  • Six nights hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • All transfers
  • All of the above plus he following:
  • One additional breakfast
  • One extra night hotel accommodation in Osaka
  • Take a return bullet train ride from Osaka to Hiroshima
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of historical Hiroshima
  • Enjoy a boat ride to Miyajima Island, also known as 'Divine Island'
  • Admire the elaborate Itsukushima Shrine
  • Take a tour of the UNESCO Listed 'Peace Memorial Park'
  • Customer Reviews

    Japan is amazing with the contrast of cutting edge technology, brilliant infrastructure, friendly people, great food and a respect for their culture and traditions. We caught the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto in just the right light (the original shot glows). Not so much a Tripadeal as a ripper deal - excellent value.

    Tim M, NSW

    Cherry Blossom at Imperial Palace - Tokyo. Tour, guide, flights, meals & accommodation - all fantastic. Cherry blossoms spectacular & Mt Fuji a highlight. We just shake our heads and ask - how do they do it for the price??? Had such a wonderful time we are off to India in November with TripADeal.

    Linda P, NSW

    Booked the Essence of Japan trip, was absolutely amazing fit so many experiences into the trip. Went during spring just as the cherry blossoms were blooming. Our tour guide was amazing funny and very patient. Will never forget it

    Jack S, NSW

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