Japan Discovery 16 days

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Duration
16 days
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Explore the very best Japan has to offer, from the charming natural wonders, imperial heritage and spiritual places. Journey to the country’s neon-lit Tokyo, be awed by Mt Fuji and see the nation’s icon, Matsumoto Castle before heading to the crown jewel of Japan, Kyoto. Experience the every highlights of Japan in 16 days.

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Route

Tokyo(5N) – Matsumoto(1N) – Takayama(1N) – Kanazawa(2N) – Kyoto(2N) – Osaka(3N)

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in a country brimming with urban Centers and ancient shrines
  • Visiting from the neon lights and electric pace of Tokyo to the temple-rich streets of Kyoto, the Land of the Rising Sun offers abounding contradictions
  • Be awed by Mt Fuji and see the nation’s icon, Matsumoto Castle before heading to the crown jewel of Japan, Kyoto!
  • To take a travel partner in hand and embark on an unforgettable 16 days sightseeing adventure in Japan where combining ancient traditions with modern glitz and an assortment of elements borrowed from foreign cuisines, fashions and language

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Tokyo Arrival

Depart from your home by boarding your flight from Melbourne/ Sydney to Tokyo – Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon lit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the Tokyo city for check-in. Enjoy the remaining of your day at leisure.

Meal: In-flight

Accommodation: On Plane/Hotel in Tokyo

Day 3: Tokyo - Sightseeing

After breakfast, we make our way to the Meiji Shrine. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple – one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples before browsing for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street and Odaiba area. Lunch is on your own account. This afternoon, relax on a Sumida River cruise before arriving at Hama-Rikyu garden with a choice of the optional tour Tea Ceremony at Happoen Gardens:
Immerse yourself in ancient Japanese culture with a Tea Ceremony. Fully enjoy your experience and the taste of green powdered tea made following traditional tea-making procedures, as well as Japanese tea culture, including the teahouse, tea utensils, and sweets served with tea. Your last stop today Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation desk for panoramic views of Tokyo before heading to your hotel. The rest of the evening is then free to get to know Tokyo at your own pace before driving back to your hotel for overnight.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

Day 4: Tokyo – Tokyo Disneyland optional

Today is a free day to explore the World’s most populous metropolis. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors or buy an optional tour to Disneyland:
Optional Tour: Tokyo Disneyland
Whether you have been to the original Disneyland or not, this is a day not to miss for young and old. Modelled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades. Full day tickets included.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

Day 5: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo

Today, visit Oshino Hakkai – known as the Springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji through porous layers of lava resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Lunch is served at the local restaurant. Later, take a cruise on Lake Ashi, and savour the numerous delights of nature in the Hakone region. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100km from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji before returning to Tokyo and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

Day 6: Tokyo

Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy the Japanese way of life in one of the World’s greatest cities.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

Day 7: Tokyo – Matsumoto

Today we leave Tokyo behind us and travel inland to the cultural city of Matsumoto, famed for its castle. You will have time to stroll through the former merchant district of Nakamachi, lined with well-preserved old buildings where you can find lovely local crafts, treasures and great restaurants. After that we make a visit to Matsumoto Castle, considered in the top 3 feudal castles of Japan and arguably the city’s most famous site. Check-in to stay overnight at your hotel in Matsumoto.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Matsumoto

Day 8: Matsumoto – Takayama

This morning, we leave Matsumoto and make our way to Takayama. Visiting some of Takayama’s highlights such as: the Hida Folk Village, the Matsuri-no-mori Museum, which showcases the key aspects of the Takayama Festival. Overnight at hotel in Takayama.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Takayama

Day 9: Takayama – Kanazawa

After breakfast, we will take you to the early morning Takayama markets where local fresh produce and souvenirs stalls are on display. Continue with the narrow streets of Takayama’s Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to the Edo Period, along with many small museums. We will stop at Shirakawago Village before transfering to Kanazawa.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kanazawa

Day 10: Kanazawa

Today we enjoy a city tour with a visit to the Nagamachi Buke Yashiki district with the highlight of Nomura-ke. Nagamachi was a samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families used to reside. We then continue to the Kenroku-en Garden – from its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan and has been maintained over generations. In the afternoon, explore the Higashi Chayagai district famous for its teahouses built in traditional Japanese design. We finish our day with a visit to the Omicho Market, Kanazawa’s largest fresh food market since the Edo Period. Overnight in Kanazawa.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kanazawa

Day 11: Kanazawa – Kyoto

This morning we leave Kanazawa and make our way to the jewel of Japan, Kyoto. On arrival we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It is then on to Kinkakuji, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion. A Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. We finish with a visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. Overnight in Kyoto.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kyoto

Day 12: Kyoto

Today is a free day to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Kyoto attracts millions of visitors every year and it’s no wonder. With over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, who would not want to visit? You might be lucky enough to spot a Geisha in the old district. Overnight in Kyoto.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kyoto

Day 13: Kyoto – Nara – Osaka

This morning we travel to Nara and visit Kiyomizu Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall and we visit the Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show. After lunch on your own,  we will visit Fushimi Inari Shrine before we wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city. We will leave after visiting Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). Upon arrival in Osaka, you will check-in hotel and enjoy your free evening. Overnigt at hotel in Osaka.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka

Day 14: Osaka – Sightseeing

After breakfast, we get to know this neon powerhouse starting with a visit to Osaka Castle, the Shitenno-ji Temple – one of Japan’s oldest temples and the first ever to be built by the state, the Umeda Floating Garden Observatory for 360 degree views of Osaka and then Shinsaibashi Shopping District which is the city’s most famous entertainment district and offers abundant dining and shopping choices.
Optional Tour: Osaka Aquarium
Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacific Ocean, is nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, the aquarium’s main attraction.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka

Day 15: Osaka

Spend the day at your own leisure before being transferring to the airport for your homeward flight this afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka

Day 16: Home Arrival

You will arrive in Australia today.

Meal: N/A

Accommodation: N/A

Inclusions

  • Return economy airfare departing Sydney, Melbourne with Cathay Pacific (China Southern, Singapore Airlines or similar if unavailable)
  • Accommodation with double/twin sharing room
  • Daily breakfast and meals (Lunch/Dinner) as in the itinerary
  • Transportation with air-conditioning.
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as in the itinerary
  • Tipping for driver & tour guide
  • Bottle water/day during your trip

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