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Splendours of Japan

9 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Discover the essence of Japan on a journey of discovery from iconic Tokyo to Takayama and Kyoto.

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    • The Edo Tokyo Museum will be closed for renovation until 31 March 2018. During this time the National Museum will be visited instead.
    • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead.
    • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In Gokayama, you'll support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.
    • Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
    • Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip but this is not guaranteed.
    • Takayama Festival is considered one of Japans best festivals to see the traditional floats in the streets of Takayama.
    • Extend your stay in Kyoto and take the opportunity to absorb genuine Japanese hospitality while staying in Authentic Accommodation in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear. Breakfast and dinner are included and consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki. Prices from A$xxx.
    • Visas are generally not required for Japan for many nationalities. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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      • The Edo Tokyo Museum will be closed for renovation until 31 March 2018. During this time the National Museum will be visited instead.
      • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead.
      • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In Gokayama, you'll support a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself.
      • Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
      • Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip but this is not guaranteed.
      • Takayama Festival is considered one of Japans best festivals to see the traditional floats in the streets of Takayama.
      • Extend your stay in Kyoto and take the opportunity to absorb genuine Japanese hospitality while staying in Authentic Accommodation in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear. Breakfast and dinner are included and consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki. Prices from A$xxx.
      • Visas are generally not required for Japan for many nationalities. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Embrace the timeless tradition and modern spirit of Japan’s iconic sites, from the neon skyline of Tokyo to the foodie hotspot of Osaka. Relax in the soothing hot springs of Kotohira, spend the night in a traditional ryokan and contemplate world peace at the final remnants of Hiroshima’s atomic blast.


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      Trip code: JPNL

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 8 buffet breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners

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      What's Included

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        • City Tour of Tokyo and Kyoto

        • See the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama and the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

        • View Mt. Fuji

        • Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum and Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall and Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights)

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      Tokyo Sightseeing

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      Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako

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      Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama (2 Nights)

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      Takayama -Gokayama - Takayama

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      Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

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      Depart Kyoto/Osaka

      Day 1

      Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Tokyo (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Japan. Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, transfer by airport shuttle service to your centrally located hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

      Hotel

      New Otani

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      New Otani

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Tokyo Sightseeing Day 2 - Tokyo Sightseeing

      This morning your City Tour begins with a stop in Asakusa and a visit to the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples and has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Visit the Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower. Later choose to either return to the hotel at leisure or take part in an Optional Experience.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      KIMONO DRESSING EXPERIENCE

      From cotton summer yukatas to silk kimonos, these pieces of wearable art are icons of Japanese style. Visit a specialist kimono hiring shop and have fun getting dressed up in traditional Japanese style with the assistance of an expert ‘kimono dresser’ who will show you the tricks to make it easy. Choose your preferred colour of kimono which will come with a matching bag and shoes. A professional stylist will dress you in the kimono and afterwards enjoy some free time to stroll through streets wearing your kimono! Strike a pose for camera carrying visitors or just simply act like a local and take a relaxing stroll through the streets. Great fun for both ladies and gentlemen. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥4500.00

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako Day 3 - Tokyo - Lake Yamanakako

      Start the day by heading to the Imperial Palace Plaza, a large park area in the centre of Tokyo from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. It is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and built on the former site of Edo Castle. Take a stroll around the Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing your City Tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history and culture during the Edo period. Next head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and afterwards enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Then depart Tokyo for the Five Lakes District, dominated by majestic UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji. At 3,776 metres it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon.

      Hotel

      Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama (2 Nights) Day 4 - Lake Yamanakako - Mt. Fuji - Takayama (2 Nights)

      After breakfast visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district; a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oshino Village boasts a beautiful park with 8 natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. The reflections of the sky and landscapes on the clear and pure water provide picturesque scenes which make stunning photographs. Then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station before taking a ride on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway, (both weather permitting) a cable car ride offering spectacular views on a clear day of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Later travel through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama before enjoying dinner at the hotel.

      Hotel

      Associa Takayama Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Associa Takayama Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Takayama -Gokayama - Takayama Day 5 - Takayama -Gokayama - Takayama

      This morning take a step back in time during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO designated site of Gokayama. See the unique Gassho-zukuri wooden houses; the steeply sloped thatched roofs resemble two hands together in prayer. Visit one of the houses and meet the family. Later observe local artisans making washi paper and try your hand at making your own, a Cultural Insight. Lunch today is a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hida-gyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. This afternoon begin your walking tour in the Edo style streets of the Old Town, shopping en route to sample Japanese sake, a Cultural Insight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Takayama - Kanazawa Day 6 - Takayama - Kanazawa

      This morning travel to Kanazawa to discover the secrets of gold leaf painting during a visit with a Local Specialist. The production of gold leaf started at the end of the 16th century and now 99% of Japan's high quality gold leaf is produced in the area. Next visit the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan and a great place to see Cherry Blossom in the springtime. Take your time to relax and explore the ornate landscapes, temples and ponds. Afterwards take a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Later visit the Nagamachi District with its old and beautifully preserved samurai houses. Visit the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family.

      Hotel

      Kanazawa Tokyu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Kanazawa Tokyu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Izakaya Dining Experience

      Join your Travel Director for a different kind of Japanese dining experience! An ‘izakaya’ is a type of informal Japanese pub where the food is shared by everyone at the table (similar to Spanish tapas). The menu changes according to the season but generally includes a small Japanese appetizer, sashimi, Japanese salad, grilled prawns, yakisoba, tofu yaki and chicken yakitori. The main dish is Japanese style dumplings known as ‘Gyoza’ which are very popular in Japan and featured on the menu at many izakaya establishments. The price also includes vanilla ice cream and two glasses of wine, beer or soft drinks per person. Vegetarian options are available for non-meat eaters. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥4500.00

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights) Day 7 - Kanazawa - Kyoto (2 Nights)

      This morning leave Kanazawa for Kyoto by Express train. On arrival enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch at a traditional ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The ryokan was built in 1932 by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese Emperor, Akihito. Learn more about local Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavourful and unique dining experience of Kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. After lunch visit Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. Later check in to your hotel for a relaxing evening.

      Hotel

      Nikko Princess Kyoto

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Nikko Princess Kyoto

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Optional Experiences

      Gion Corner, Kyoto

      The Gion corner is a unique experience where you can observe seven of Kyoto’s traditional performing arts, all on one stage. See a Bunraku puppet play; A UNESCO listed traditional Japanese puppet performance. Listen to the wonderful harmonies of Koto Music, as a master plays an ancient six stringed zither using ivory plectrums worn on their fingers. Watch Kyo-Mai, an elegant and dazzling dance performed by Maiko dancers in beautiful and ornate dress. Enjoy a performance of Kyogen Theatre, a comical play portraying humorous stories of daily life. Experience Gagaku (court music), the indigenous Japanese music performed at imperial court shrines and temples. During the evening observe the art of creating flower arrangements and a traditional ‘Ryurei style’ tea ceremony. There is also a Maiko Gallery, displaying costumes, hair decorations and videos of Maiko Dancers. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥3900.00

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Kyoto Sightseeing Day 8 - Kyoto Sightseeing

      This morning visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and see the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Then head to the Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. Choose to remain in Gion to explore further or return to the hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at the Ninja Kyoto restaurant. Venture into the mysterious labyrinth and secret fortress of the Ninjas, the traditional Japanese heroes and enjoy the creative Ninja-style food, a perfect ending to your holiday in Japan.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience

      Experience the ambience of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a professional Tea Master who will have spent many years leaning his craft which is often presented in a ceremony influenced by Zen Buddhism. Learn about the history and culture of tea making in Japan and observe how the powdered green tea (matcha) is prepared by adding boiling water and mixing it with a bamboo whisk. There will also be an explanation on the Japanese way of making and drinking tea. Take the opportunity to try some Japanese sweets and afterwards, having observed the skill involved in making the tea, have a go at making your own! The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥3500.00

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Depart Kyoto/Osaka Day 9 - Depart Kyoto/Osaka

      Transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary, Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Cultural Insights
        Sample Japanese Sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old Town. Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        in Tokyo and Kanazawa

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        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


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