Soak in the festive spirit over 13 days, taking in the spiritual splendours of Japan. From temple visits to German-Style Christmas Markets, learn the art of sushi creations and fall in love with this magical season. We wish you a ‘Meri Kurisumasu’! 

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13 days from $8,395 pp twin share | Departing 22nd December, 2018

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Day 1: Arrive Osaka (3 Nights)

Welcome to Japan. Spend the day exploring the city on your own. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. WR 

Hotel: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Day 2: Osaka Sightseeing

Today is the Emperor’s Birthday! It is a National Holiday for everyone to celebrate the birthday of the Emperor. It is also a very popular shopping day for the lead up to Christmas. Start your day with a cruise on the ‘aqua-bus’ along Osaka’s Okawa River. Admire the city from a different perspective as you sail along the river to view the Japan Mint, City Hall, Nakanoshima. Finish witha visit to Osaka Castle. Later, enjoy a visit to the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building, where you will have panoramic views of the city of Osaka, panoramic views of nearbyAwaji Island and Mt. Ikoma. This afternoon travel to nearby Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan. Visit the Todaiji Temple which houses oneof Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha at 15 metres tall and Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Enjoy some free time at the Higashimuki Shopping Arcade before returning to Osaka. Tonight join for dinner at a local restaurant. BB, D

Day 3: Osaka at Leisure

In Japan, Christmas is known as more of a time to spread happiness rather than a religious celebration. Christmas Eve is often celebrated more than Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is often celebrated more than Christmas Day and is thought of as a romantic day, in which couples spend together and exchange presents. Today is yours to explore Osaka at your own pace. Have a sweet tooth? Head to the chocolate cafe ‘Chocolatier Palais’ and try some of Japan’s delicious chocolate. This evening, why not visit the German-Style Christmas Markets and enjoy a glass of delicious mulled wine. Tonight enjoy a Christmas Eve meal together at our hotel. BB, D

Day 4: Osaka – Kyoto- Christmas Day

It’s Christmas Day! After a leisurely breakfast travel from Osaka for Kyoto. Enjoy a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. See the tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Explore Sanjusangen-do Hall, a temple famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy followed by a walking tour of the Gion area. Enjoy some free time in Gion before continuing to the 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 before a Christmas Dinner. BB, D

Hotel: Nikko Princess Hotel Kyoto

Day 5: Kyoto – Tokyo (3 Nights)

This morning, watch the countryside fly by on the bullet train to Tokyo. On arrival, enjoy an orientation drive. See the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s highest free-standing broadcasting tower before enjoying some free time to go shopping on your own. You may like to visit Shibuya to view the famous pedestrian crossing. BB

Hotel: Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Day 6: Tokyo Sightseeing

Your day begins with a visit to Asakusa and explore 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 the oldest in Tokyo. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple’s second interior gate. Next, head to the famous Ginza district for a hands-on Sushi Sushi Making experience. Learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist and then enjoy your sushi creations for lunch. Later choose to either return to the hotel or remain in Ginza. Tonight dine together at a local restaurant. FB, L, D

Day 7: Tokyo Free Time

The whole day is free to explore on your own. Your Travel Director will be able to offer suggestions. You will have an included trip pass to use for the day. You may like to wake up early and head to the “Tsukiji Fish Market” where you can sample some of the best fresh seafood and enjoy souvenir shopping. Or make your way to Yoyogi Park, considered one of the largest parks in the city or visit the Harajuku district, known as the centre of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Here, find dozens of shopping and dining options. Tokyo has something for everyone! BB

Day 8: Tokyo – Naeba (4 Nights)

Off to Naeba we go! Naeba is one of the most famous ski and snowboard resorts in Japan with both a long history and reputation. It has been the venue for numerous international events including the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Naeba is located in the southern area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. It is a skier and snowboarders dream. Dine tonight at your hotel. BB, D

Hotel: Naeba Prince Hotel

Day 9: Naeba

Take advantage of your 3 day lift pass today and hit the slopes. For first-timers, why not try a ski or snowboard lesson? BB

Day 10: Naeba – New Year’s Eve

Shoop, shoop, shoop! More ski time today! Are the slopes not your thing? How about relaxing in an Onsen or read a book by the fire in a local café? Tonight, it’s time to celebrate as we count down to 2019! Gather for a celebratory dinner and then your Travel Director will suggest the best places to be on New Years Eve! BB, D

Day 11: Naeba

The last day on the slopes! Time to carve it up and show off your skills! Had enough of the snow? Head to the Hot Springs for some well earned relaxation. BB

Day 12: Naeba – Tokyo

Goodbye Naeba, hello Tokyo! Today travel back to Tokyo by coach. This afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel or do some last minute shopping or exploring before coming together for a Farewell Dinner. BB, FD

Hotel: Hotel New Otani

Day 13: Depart Tokyo

Sayonara Japan! Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Transfer conditions apply. BB

Included Sights

  • City tour of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo
  • Visit Osaka Castle, Floating Garden Observatory in Osaka, Naramachi
  • Shopping Arcade, Todaiji Temple, Nara Deer Park, Fushimi Inari Shrine,
    Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Asakusa Kannon Temple,
    Nakamise Shopping Arcade, Ginza district.
  • See Tokyo Sky Tree
  • 3 day lift pass in Naeba included

Terms and Conditions

Booking, Deposit & Final Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $200pp is due within 7 days of booking. Full balance is due no later than 80 days before departure. For bookings made within 80 days of departure full payment is required within 48 hours. Fares: All fares are quoted in Australian Dollars. Fares include transport, entrance fees as per itinerary, plus services of a Travel Director and Driver and meals as specified.

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes. Single rooms are available on request basis and a single supplement applies.

Cancellation penalties apply:
• For cancellations over 80 days prior to departure date = Loss of deposit
• For cancellations 79 - 32 days prior to departure date = 25% of total price
• For cancellations 31 - 8 days prior to departure date = 30% of total price
• For cancellations 7 - 3 days prior to departure date = 50% of total price
• For cancellation within 3 days of departure/no show =100% of total price.
Further cancellation fees may apply.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that passengers purchase travel insurance. Single Supplement: $2,059 

Passports & Visas: It is the responsibility of each individual passenger to have a valid passport and necessary visas, as well as to comply with entry, health or other requirements for the countries visited. Whilst information is correct at time of printing, trips are subject to change. For full terms and conditions please contact Trafalgar. Trafalgar is a participant of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme 2014. ATAS number: A10534.

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