DAY 1 ARRIVE TOKYO
Upon arrival at Hanita or Narita Airport a join-in transfer takes you to your hotel.Tonight meet your fellow travellers. This is a great chance to get to know your fellow traveller and talk about the adventure that awaits you. Please look out for your welcome pack with the details included.
Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 TOKYO(B/L)
Today, explore Tokyo on foot and on the underground rail network. Visit serene Meiji Jingu, Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine with a 12 metre high torii gate at the entrance.
Continue to the Imperial Palace to see Nijubashi, a metal bridge built in 1888. Travel by train to Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s liveliest districts, and home to some of the city’s best street food, and old izakaya and yakitori restaurants. Learn about the world of sumo as you enjoy a ‘chanko’ lunch with sumo wrestlers. After lunch, try on a sumo suit and test your skills against a professional.
Spend time exploring Asakusa before returning to your hotel.
DAY 3 TOKYO – HAKONE (B/D)
Take the train to Hakone. Ride the ropeway (cable car) for views of Lake Ashi and, if the day is clear, catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji. Sail across the waters of Lake Ashi on a pirate ship before transferring to your accommodation, a traditional Japanese ryokan.
Soak in the onsen, enjoy a delicious dinner and sleep on a futon mattress in a tatami-floored room.
Hotel: Hakone Pax Yoshino (or similar)
DAY 4 HAKONE TO TAKAYAMA (B/L)
From Hakone, travel by train to ancient Takayama, famous for its well preserved old town district and traditional atmosphere. On the way, enjoy a bento box for lunch. Visit Takayama Jinya, a former government building which offers insights into Japan’s history.
Stroll along Kami Sannomachi Street to see the immaculately-preserved traditional wooden houses. View the elaborate festival floats at the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan and enjoy free time before walking back to the hotel.
Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar)
DAY 5 TAKAYAMA(B)
Spend the day at leisure exploring Takayama and its surrounds at your own pace. You may choose to visit Shirakawago, a World Heritage Listed protected village famous for its stunning natural beauty and steeply pitched thatched roofs designed to withstand the heavy winter snowfall.
Discover the shrines and temples of the Teramachi district or travel a short distance to Hida-Furukawa to admire the preserved buildings.
DAY 6 TAKAYAMA TO KYOTO (B)
This morning, travel by train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Enjoy free time until a late afternoon walking tour along Ponto-cho and Hanami-koji Lane in the Gion district where you may see a Geisha.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (or similar)
DAY 7 KYOTO(B)
Today, travel on public transport and explore Kyoto’s highlights on foot with your guide. Take the train to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and marvel at the towering stalks of bamboo before continuing to Tenryuji Temple. See Katsura River from Togetsukyo Bridge and take the iconic purple Randen Train to Ryoanji Temple, the site of the most famous rock garden in Japan.
Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), an elegant, gilded 14th century building which is one of Japan’s most cherished sites.
DAY 8 KYOTO (B)
Today is yours to further explore Kyoto. Perhaps take the train to the historic city of Hiroshima, venture to Osaka to see Osaka Castle, meet Nara’s deer population or visit Himeji Castle.
DAY 9 KYOTO (B/D)
Today is free to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you’re a fan of Japanese gardens, traditional architecture, temples, shrines, hiking, old shops, modern Japan, cycling or some combination of all of these, your tour leader and local guide can help you put together a self-exploration itinerary to satisfy every interest.
This evening, enjoy a special kaiseki farewell dinner while being entertained by a Maiko.
DAY 10 KYOTO DEPARTURE (B)
Enjoy breakfast before transferring by private taxi to Kyoto Station for your onward journey or Itami/Kansai airport by shuttle service for your onward flights.
Departures are guaranteed to operate and maximum of 16
- Single supplement: $550
- Single supplement: $575
- Single supplement: $750
- Single supplement: $775
DEPARTURE DATES 2020 – 2021
DEPARTURE CALENDAR 2020 – 2021
2021: 14, 28