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12 Day Japan Highlights – Scenic Tours 2019

Prices from AUD $15,290 per person based on twin share
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OVERVIEW
From Tokyo to Osaka witness the icons and landmarks of this beautiful country. See Mt Fuji from a cable car, visit the Peace Park at Hiroshima & make sushi.
The must-see sights of Japan
This journey showcases the highlights of Japan and provides a cross-section of Japan’s ancient history, tradition and religious beliefs which still exist side by side with the industrial might and unique cultural quirks that characterise modern Japan.
Visit Japan’s vibrant capital Tokyo. See Mt Fuji and experience the thrill of travelling on a Shinkansen train. Explore Peace Park in Hiroshima and see the Japan of yesteryear in the many World Heritage-listed sites in Kyoto. Finish your journey in the modern metropolis of Osaka.
ITINERARY
Day 1 – Tokyo
Highlights: Welcome
Your journey begins in Tokyo with a four night Special Stay. Meet your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 – Tokyo
Highlights: Asakusa old town, Sensoji Temple, Sundowner on dinner cruise
Begin your discovery of Tokyo in Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. After lunch enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River before a gentle walk through the peaceful Hama-Rikyu Gardens located across from your hotel.
Sundowners
Take in the bright lights of Tokyo during your evening dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – Tokyo
Highlights: Enrich – Sushi making, Freechoice
Wander through the Tsukiji Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed.
Enrich
Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch.
Freechoice
Head to west Tokyo and visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, before seeing the Shibuya scramble crossing. Or, wander through picturesque Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before witnessing the Shinjuku entertainment district come alive at dusk.
Freechoice Dining
Choose from an Asian mix at China Blue or with your Tour Director, culturally immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening bar scene serving Yakatori.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Tokyo > Five Lakes > Hakone
Highlights: Mt Fuji cable car and cruise on Lake Ashinoko
Venture deep into the stunning scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Near Hakone, walk around the hot springs of the Owakudani geothermal area before admiring the stunning scenery during your cable car ride down to your Lake Ashinoko cruise.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 – Tokyo > Himeji > Hiroshima
Highlights: Himeji Castle
Relax in your Green (Business) Class tickets on the Shinkansen train to Himeji Castle and marvel at Japan’s most spectacular and one of the few remaining original castle’s. Continuing to Hiroshima where tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious Japanese-style pancake, a specialty of the region. You’ll enjoy two restful nights in Hiroshima.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Hiroshima > Miyajima Island
Highlights: Mazda Car Factory, Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Island
This morning see industrial robots perform around the Mazda car factory. Later sail by ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 – Hiroshima > Kyoto
Highlights: Enrich – Peace Park and Museum
Enrich
Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation.
Later travel by Shinkansen train to the culturally rich city of Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Settle into your three night stay at your hotel in Kyoto.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Kyoto
Highlights: Freechoice, Enrich – Maiko (apprentice Geisha) dinner
Freechoice
Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of Nijo Castle, a classic reminder of the fascinating Edo-period shogunate’s power.
Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Enrich
After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha, who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – Kyoto
Highlights: Tea Ceremony
Begin with a visit to the Kinkaku-ji known as the Golden Pavilion before wandering through the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple.
Enrich
Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity.
Freechoice Dining
Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden.
Ryokan Upgrade
For a unique insight into Japanese culture, choose to stay tonight in a Ryokan. This traditional Japanese Inn has tatami mat flooring with futon beds, sliding shoji paper doors, onsen hot spring baths and private facilities. Includes dinner and breakfast (additional cost).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 – Kyoto > Nara > Osaka
Highlights: Tondabayashi, Freechoice Dining
Begin your drive to Osaka with an excursion to Nara, where you’ll visit Todaiji Temple and see deer in Nara Park. Later stop at the timeless village of Tondabayashi Jinaimachi. Visit a traditional house and wander around this splendid historical time capsule, with houses and buildings that date
back to the Edo period.
Upon arrival in Osaka begin a memorable two night Special Stay in Osaka.
Freechoice Dining
Choose from the Sky Lounge Windows on the World (35th floor), or the Cosmopolitan, a gorgeous grill style restaurant also overlooking the Osaka skyline.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 – Osaka
Highlights: Freechoice
Freechoice
Admire the view from the Floating Garden Observatory and walk the lively and eccentric downtown area of Osaka or alternatively visit the Museum of History and the rebuilt Osaka Castle.
Later see how beer is made at the Asahi factory before reliving your experiences at your tonight’s farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 – Osaka
Highlights: Farewell
Depart today with treasured memories of your time in Japan.
Meals included: Breakfast
PRICE GUIDE
Date
Fares
13 March 2019
From AUD $15,390
22 May 2019
From AUD $15,290
Partner Fly Free
Conditions apply – Partner Fly Free including – Taxes Offer is available on selected Japan departures as detailed in this publication flying Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific Airlines. Flights are booked on Cathay Pacific Airways in V class and Singapore Airlines flights in economy W class. Airline/Airport taxes up to $310 per person included. Saving of up to $1,205 per couple is based on two return airfares in low season of $1,205 per person including $310 taxes in economy V class on Cathay Pacific Airlines. Flight price is based on 17 Day Essential Japan (JPES). Singapore Airlines is based W or H class. Treasures of Japan price is based on JPFT250518. Japan Unveiled price is based on JPTF170318.
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