Day 1 Tokyo
Upon arrival at Hanita or Narita Airport, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.
Hotel: Villa Fontaine Shiosome (or similar)
Day 2 Tokyo (B)
Using Tokyo’s public transport network, spend the day discovering the city’s highlights.
Visit Meiji Jingu before wandering along the tree-lined avenue of Omotesando. Take the train to Asakusa and discover Sensoji Temple. Board a boat to cruise on Tokyo’s Sumida River.
Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden and sample matcha (green tea) accompanied by a Japanese sweet.
Day 3 Tokyo – Omiya Bonsai Village (B)
Dating back to 1925, Omiya Bonsai Village is a short train ride from Tokyo. Spend time exploring the village which is home to multiple bonsai nurseries and gardens. Learn about the art of bonsai and view 1,000 year old bonsai trees at the Bonsai Art Museum.
Visit Hikawa Shrine before returning to Tokyo for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 Tokyo to Kanazawa (B/L)
Travel by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa. On the way, enjoy a bento box lunch.
In the afternoon, see Tersahima Kurando House which was the home of a middle-rank samurai. Stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, the most famous landscaped garden in the city and visit DT Suzuki Museum. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Hotel: Kanazawa Manten Hotel (or similar)
Day 5 Kanazawa (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure to further explore Kanazawa.
Alternatively, choose to join a day tour to Shirakawago with its unique ‘gassho’ style buildings, and Takayama’s quiet streets and old-world ambience.
Day 6 Kanazawa to Kyoto (B)
Board the train to Kyoto, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time.
In the afternoon, visit the mountain complex of Fushimi Inari Shrine and walk through the thousands of vermilion coloured torii.
Hotel: Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjo (or similar)
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, and learn about the philosophy and art of serving tea. Wander along Ninenzaka to see the traditionally restored shophouses before visiting Kodaiji Temple.
Day 8 Kyoto (B)
Spend the morning visiting Daitokuji Temple complex. Visit atmospheric Koto-in known for its maple trees, Ryogen-in with the world’s smallest Zen garden and Zuiho-in’s dry landscapes.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 Kyoto to Okayama (B)
Take the train from Kyoto to Okayama. Visit Okayama’s main attraction, Korakuen – ranked as one of Japan’s three best landscaped gardens. The garden features typical Japanese elements including a large pond, streams, paths and a hill as well as spacious lawns which are a unique feature.
Continue to the six storey Okayama Castle or ‘Crow Castle’ for its black exterior. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama (or similar)
Day 10 Kurashiki (B)
Visit Kurashiki, a preserved canal town. Stroll along the tree-lined streets or spend some time in the many art museums.
Choose to take an optional boat ride along the canals before returning to Okayama for an evening at leisure.
Day 11 Okayama to Osaka (B)
From Okayama, travel by train to Osaka and enjoy free time on arrival.
In the afternoon, visit Osaka Castle. Board the Aqualiner and cruise along Okawa River.
Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Hotel: Osaka Daiichi Hotel (or similar)
Day 12 Osaka (B/D)
With a free day in Osaka, choose what you would like to do.
This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner.
Day 13 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: $600
- Single supplement: $750
- Single supplement: $800
- Single supplement: $1095
DEPARTURE DATES 2019 – 2020
DEPARTURE CALENDAR 2019 – 2020