Day 1 Tokyo
Upon arrival at Hanita or Narita Airport, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.
Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (or similar)
Day 2 Tokyo (B)
Spend the morning discovering Tokyo on a walking tour. Visit the city’s most famous Shinto shrine – Meiji Jingu.
Walk to nearby Harajuku which showcases the Cosplay (costume play) subculture. Take the train to Shibuya and see the iconic pedestrian crossing. Sample some delicious food as you wander through the Tokyu Food Hall. Return to your hotel and enjoy free time.
Day 3 Tokyo (B)
In the morning, visit the oldest and most revered temple in the city, Sensoji Temple. Stroll along Kappabashi Dori to see the endless array of specialised stores selling everything from cooking utensils to tables and uncover an abundance of fabrics as you walk through Nippori Fabric Town.
Visit Yanaka Cemetery which feels more like a park than a cemetery. Step back in time as you wander through Yanaka Old Town.
Enjoy a free afternoon.
Day 4 Tokyo to Hakone (B/D)
Take the train to Hakone.
Enjoy a short boat cruise on Lake Ashi and ride the ropeway (cable car) for majestic views of Mt Fuji. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal at your traditional Japanese hotel.
Hotel: Hakone Pax Yushimo (or similar)
Day 5 Hakone to Takayama (B)
Travel from Hakone to Takayama by train. See the magnificent wooden floats which are paraded through the streets each year during the two Takayama Festivals.
Visit a former government building, Takayama Jinya. Discover the beautifully preserved wooden houses as you stroll along Kami Sannomachi Street.
Hotel: Takayama Ouan (or similar)
Day 6 Takayama (B)
Enjoy a full day exploring Takayama and its surrounds at your own pace.
You may choose to visit Shirakawago, a village famous for its buildings with steeply pitched thatched roofs.
Day 7 Takayama to Kyoto (B)
From Takayama, travel by train to Kyoto.
During the afternoon, join a walking tour in the Gion district where you may see a Geisha.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)
Day 8 Kyoto (B)
Discover Kyoto’s highlights on a full day walking tour.
Begin at Kiyomizudera Temple and wander along Ninenzaka Street before visiting Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Kenninji Temple. Learn the art of serving tea at a traditional tea ceremony. Discover the 1,001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy at Sanjusangendo.
Day 9 Kyoto (B/L/D)
Learn how to create bento during an interactive cooking class.
Spend the afternoon at leisure.
This evening, be entertained by a Maiko while enjoying a kaiseki dinner.
Day 10 Kyoto to Hiroshima (B/L)
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine before travelling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima and enjoy a bento box for lunch.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima (or similar)
Day 11 Hiroshima (B)
Visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park.
Venture by ferry to Miyajima Island, home to Itsukushima Shrine. Take the opportunity to either hike or travel by ropeway (cable car) to the summit of Mt Misen. For lunch, you may choose to try an okonomiyaki pancake.
Return by ferry and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 12 Day 12 Hiroshima to Osaka(B)
From Hiroshima, travel by train to Osaka.
Visit Osaka Castle, board the Aqualiner to cruise along Okawa River and see the city from the top of Umeda Sky Building.
Cross Hotel Osaka (or similar)
Day 13 Osaka (B/D)
Choose what you’d like to do with a full free day in vibrant Osaka.
This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner in the Dotombori Area.
Day 14 Osaka (B)
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Osaka 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: $1225
- Single supplement: $1385
- Single supplement: $1385
DEPARTURE DATES 2019 – 2020
DEPARTURE CALENDAR 2019 – 2020
2020: 1, 29
2020: 5, 12