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Splendours of Japan

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

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    • 2020 departures are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels. These will be confirmed in June 2019.
    • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead.
    • 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.
    • Takayama Festival is considered one of Japan's best festivals to see the traditional floats in the streets of Takayama. Please see our special Takayama Festival departures.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • One highlight would be Gokayama, where we can see Gassho-style houses. The village is a part of the World Heritage Site, registered in 1994. Most houses are 400 years-old, with the roofs being rethatched every 20 years. Inside the house, the first floor is used for living; the second and third floors are for sericulture and the basement for gunpowder production. Under the enormously shaped roof, the house is more like a factory. The houses are designed like this in order to withstand the heavy snow. They are a great invention, born of human ingenuity.Keiko, Japan Travel Director
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia 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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      • 2020 departures are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels. These will be confirmed in June 2019.
      • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead.
      • 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.
      • Takayama Festival is considered one of Japan's best festivals to see the traditional floats in the streets of Takayama. Please see our special Takayama Festival departures.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • One highlight would be Gokayama, where we can see Gassho-style houses. The village is a part of the World Heritage Site, registered in 1994. Most houses are 400 years-old, with the roofs being rethatched every 20 years. Inside the house, the first floor is used for living; the second and third floors are for sericulture and the basement for gunpowder production. Under the enormously shaped roof, the house is more like a factory. The houses are designed like this in order to withstand the heavy snow. They are a great invention, born of human ingenuity.Keiko, Japan Travel Director
      • 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, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia 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

      At Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine, climb the extraordinary path lined with hundreds of orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains above the city. Indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain an insight into Japanese customs.


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      Trip code: JPNL

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 8 buffet breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Connect with Locals)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR of Tokyo and Kyoto

        • SEE the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

        • VIEW Mt. Fuji

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 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


       

      Splendours of Japan

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      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

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      TAKAYAMA - GOKAYAMA - KANAZAWA (2 NIGHTS)

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      KANAZAWA SIGHTSEEING

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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)

      Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. Take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you'll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

      Hotel

      New Otani Garden Tower

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      New Otani Garden Tower

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      TOKYO SIGHTSEEING Day 2 - TOKYO SIGHTSEEING

      We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on 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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      TOKYO - LAKE YAMANAKAKO Day 3 - TOKYO - LAKE YAMANAKAKO

      Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era, then continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi with a 'Local Specialist'. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

      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 Day 4 - LAKE YAMANAKAKO - MT. FUJI - TAKAYAMA

      Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the 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 - KANAZAWA (2 NIGHTS) Day 5 - TAKAYAMA - GOKAYAMA - KANAZAWA (2 NIGHTS)

      Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, then 'Dive into Culture' observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. 'Make a Difference' to the sustainability of this small business during your visit. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

      Hotel

      Kanazawa Tokyu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Kanazawa Tokyu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 5

      Day 6

      KANAZAWA SIGHTSEEING Day 6 - KANAZAWA SIGHTSEEING

      Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenroku-en, shaped over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you'll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider's view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      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
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 6

      Day 7

      KANAZAWA - KYOTO (2 NIGHTS) Day 7 - KANAZAWA - KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)

      We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll 'Connect with Locals' at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito's uncle. We'll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.

      Hotel

      Nikko Princess Kyoto

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Nikko Princess Kyoto

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sake Tasting Experience

      Leave the hotel by coach to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its tunnel of thousands of bright orange torii gates guiding the path through the sacred site and up into the mountains. Continue to the Gekkeikan Okura Museum to learn about the history of sake and the process of making it followed by a sake tasting. The family run sake brewery, which is next door to the museum, was founded in 1637 by Jiemen Okura and has been passed down through 14 generations to the current President of Gekkeikan, Haruhiko Okura. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥4500.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 7

      Day 8

      KYOTO SIGHTSEEING Day 8 - KYOTO SIGHTSEEING

      The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Ninja Dining Experience

      Visit the Ninja-themed restaurant for a truly unique dining experience. You will be welcomed by a Ninja guide who will guide you through the labyrinth-like caves into the underground restaurant and to your table. The Ninja theme is carried on in incredible detail; the menus are ninja scrolls and while you are waiting for your meal there are crackers shaped like throwing stars to keep you going. Even the food itself is themed with dishes having names like ‘Ninja Teleportation Chicken Steak’ for example. If you’re lucky you might even meet one of the Ninja masters who’ll show you some of their magic tricks at your table. Also included are 60 minutes of unlimited drinks with a choice of wine, beer or soft drinks. The price shown is in Japanese Yen.

      Adult Price: ¥7000.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      Day 9

      DEPART KYOTO/OSAKA Day 9 - DEPART KYOTO/OSAKA

      Our encounter with Japan's age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        A kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs. (Day 7)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        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. (Day 5)

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        Sushi making in Tokyo (Day 3) and Gold Leaf painting in Kanazawa (Day 6).

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        by supporting 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. (Day 5)

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


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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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