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A Week in Japan from $6280 per person with Wendy Wu

9 Days Classic Japan Tour from AUD $6280 per person based on twin share,
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Stand amongst the neon lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo, explore the regal grandeur of Kyoto, and admire the perfect symmetry of Mt Fuji. This whirlwind tour delves into Japan’s most important cities and the natural beauty of Hakone.
Tour Highlights:
Travel on the super-fast bullet train
Stroll through vibrant Tokyo
Experience Osaka’s foodie scene
Ascend beautiful Mt Fuji
Tour Inclusions:
Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (unless a land only option is selected)
All accommodation
All meals (From dinner on day two to breakfast on the last day)
All sightseeing and entrance fees
All transportation and transfers
English-speaking National Escort (if your group is 10 or more travellers) or Local Guides Personal expenditures e.g. drinks, optional excursions or shows, insurance of any kind, tipping, early check in or late checkout and other items not specified on the itinerary are at your own expense.
Classic Tours:
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of Japan on an excellent value group tour travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you will travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escort and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience
‘A Week in Japan’ is a moderate tour. Tours that require a higher level of fitness and may include standard activities and longer periods of sightseeing. Easy walking, high altitude and overnight train journeys may feature.  On several days there will be sightseeing on foot for extended periods of time, often involving steps or uneven ground. Anyone with a good level of fitness should be able to complete this itinerary. Of course, our National Escort/Local Guides always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance, but they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary. Please refer to your Travel Guide for more information.
Country Profile:
Japan is a fascinating country situated in northeast Asia. It is comprised of more than 4,000 islands – the main four being Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. The Japanese name for Japan is ‘Nippon’ or ‘Nihon’ meaning ‘sun origin’ and is often translated as ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. It is a country of contrasts; engaging a combination of futuristic cities, ancient culture and diverse scenery. Japan is famous for its relatively short Cherry Blossom season
Joining Your Tour
The tour is nine days in duration including international flights. Travellers booked on ‘Land Only, the price includes your arrival/ departure airport transfers if arriving/departing on the start and conclusion date of your tour. Please advise your international flight times to reservations. Join the tour on Day two in Tokyo and end the tour on Day eight in Osaka. Please refer to your final itinerary for more specific meeting instructions pertaining to your departure.
Important information regarding Itinerary change and Flight delays
Due to unforeseen circumstances, flights can be delayed, and therefore connecting flights may be missed. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact our Japan office on +81 03 6895 8377 (24 hours) to urgently advise your arrival details have changed. Please ensure you have your trip number, tour name (both included in your final documentation) and new arrival details (flight number and arrival time) handy to pass on to our local office in Japan. This will ensure your National Escort/Local Guide can be informed of your most up to date information and ensure someone is at the airport to meet you on arrival. If we are not advised of late changes and missed connections, Wendy Wu Tours cannot guarantee someone will be able to meet you upon arrival in Japan as our local office will have no way of knowing which flight you will be arriving on. Wendy Wu Tours will not be responsible for providing reimbursement of transportation costs from the airport to your hotel in the event that our local office was not advised of changes to arrival time.
Fly overnight to Tokyo, the capital of Japan, and on arrival, transfer approximately one and a half hours to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city until an informal welcome dinner tonight. Group members arriving late in the evening may miss dinner. Please note: Early check in is not included. If your flight arrives in the morning and you wish to arrange this, please speak to your reservations consultant. Transfers will differ depending on group size, but you may share a coach with other travellers who are not part of a Wendy Wu Tour. Meals will be at your own discretion until dinner tonight. Destination Information Tokyo – One of the world’s most cutting-edge capital cities, Tokyo is a city of contrasts, famous for its neon-lit landscape, towering skyscrapers, peaceful shrines and lovingly tended gardens. Although long the political and cultural centre of Japan, Tokyo became the official capital when the Meiji Emperor moved it to Tokyo in 1867.
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore; today take a tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the first observatory of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the district of Asakusa for an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise Shopping street and visit Sensoji Temple. Explore the Imperial Palace Plaza Garden (you will not enter the palace itself) and tranquil Hamarikyu Gardens. You will be on your feet for four to five hours during your touring in Tokyo. Return to your hotel where your guide will let you know what time to meet for this evening’s dinner cruise. Transfer from the hotel to your boat and take a leisurely one-hour dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. You will need to get on and off your boat this evening without assistance.
Please note the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed on Mondays and Fridays, should your visits fall on these days touring will be re-arranged in Tokyo so these sights are not missed. Destination Information Tokyo Skytree – Is the tallest structure in Japan and the tallest tower in the world. Tokyo Skytree is predominantly a television and radio broadcast tower and is earthquake resistant. Sensoji Temple – An ancient Buddhist Temple and the oldest in Tokyo. The temple was originally founded in the seventh century. The temple adorns an image of the Buddhist Goddess Kannon, who was said to have been rescued by two fishermen from the Sumida River in Tokyo. Imperial Palace Plaza – Is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. Built on the original site of Edo Castle, the Plaza is made up of a palace, museum and large park. Hamarikyu Gardens – Are a beautiful example of Japanese garden style which sits at the mouth of the Sumida River.
Journey two hours through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to the mountain’s base. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions, reflecting Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Head up Fuji’s fifth Station for spectacular mountain vistas, please note it is only possible to reach the fifth station if weather permits. If the fifth Station is closed, the Fuji San World Heritage Centre (formerly Fuji Visitor Centre) will be visited instead. Continue to tranquil Lake Ashi. Take a cruise across the lake before taking the Komagatake cable car for spectacular views of Mount Fuji and the lake below. Transfer to Hakone where you will stay overnight. Please note: You will need to back a smaller overnight bag for tonight as your main luggage will be transferred this morning directly to your hotel in Kyoto.
Destination Information Mount Fuji – At 3,776m, Mount Fuji is the highest of Japan’s mountains and an iconic symbol of the country. Mount Fuji is notoriously shy and is often enveloped by clouds. Hakone – Situated next to picturesque Lake Ashi, Hakone is a pleasant town, popular with weary Tokyoites looking for a break from the city and a great overnight stop after visiting Mount Fuji.
This morning, transfer to Odawara Station, a journey of approximately one hour, to board your two-hour Hikari bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today, it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of vermillion torii gates. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Destination Information Kyoto – Was the ancient capital of Japan for approximately 1,000 years until 1867 when it was moved to Tokyo. Many national treasures can be found in Kyoto and in nearby Nara, including old shrines and temples, screen paintings, beautiful gardens, and statues of Buddha. Fushimi Inari Shrine (Taisha) – An important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto, Fushimi Inari is most famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates which form a network of tunnels around the main shrine buildings. The shrine itself is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. There are many fox statues in the grounds of the shrine as foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers.
Today involves a full day of sightseeing, with a lot of time spent on foot at busy temples and in public areas. Begin your explorations of Kyoto with a visit to the Ryoanji Temple before heading to the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, due to its gold-plated exterior. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn the traditional Japanese handicraft of origami and enjoy the art of a tea ceremony. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel.
Destination Information Ryoanji Temple – A Zen temple which is renowned for its garden which features a dry, sand landscape with large rocks and smooth pebbles. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) – A Buddhist temple and is an excellent example of Japanese garden design. The structure is a brilliant golden hue colour and is very minimalistic. Origami – The traditional Japanese craft of paper folding without glue or cutting. This colourful tradition is regarded a skilled art form in Japan and can be good fun to try.
Transfer by coach to Japan’s former imperial capital Nara, a journey of approximately one hour. Visit Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden structure and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Also visit Isui-en Gardens, known for its natural ponds – sightseeing here will be about three hours on foot. Continue to Osaka by coach, approximately an hour’s drive. On arrival, enjoy lunch in the vibrant Dotonburi District, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample delicious local delicacies. This afternoon, visit Osaka Castle before enjoying your final dinner in Japan. Destination Information Nara – Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nara is a rewarding destination and a great spot for Japanese culture. Todaiji Temple – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Todaiji Temple is one the Seven Great Temples of Japan and is home to the world’s largest bronze statue, Daibutsu. Osaka – Japan’s third largest city. What Osaka lacks in sightseeing locations, it makes up for with its flamboyance, fun loving people and amazing food. Osaka Castle – One of Japan’s most famous castles known for sweeping views of the city from its hilltop perch. Construction began in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who intended that the castle to become the centre of a new, unified Japan under his rule.
This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home. Please note: Only breakfast is included today. Late checkout is not included in our A Week in Japan tour. If you wish to book a late check-out for your final day in Osaka, please contact our reservations department who can confirm the additional price and make this arrangement for you, subject to availability at the hotel.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels.
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