Opulent Journeys

Bonsai Tour to Japan

13 April - 01 May 2017

From (AUD)


17 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • Discover Kyoto, the former imperial capital, visit Shugakuin Imperial Villa or Katsura Villa
  • Enjoy leisurely walking tours in Kanazawa 
  • Visit Satsuki Bonsai Nursery in Kanuma
  • Explore ancient shrines and temples in Nikko as well as scenic Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls
  • Travel north to Sendai, take an excursion to Matsushima Bay, one of Japan's Three Scenic Wonders and visit gardens and temples
  • Visit Chusonji Temple in Hiraizumi and see the Pure Land Garden at Motsuji Temple
  • Admire the beauty of Hirosaki Castle 
  • Explore Aomori and the spectacular scenery of Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada


Dates & Prices

Price per person from Australia with Qantas: 


Twin share $6,795
Single room supplement*       $925
Land only (Starts in Kyoto and finishes in Omiya) $5,885

*Single rooms in Japan: Most hotels in Japan have single rooms which are smaller rooms with a single bed and private facilities. The single supplement is based on a single room.

If you wish to have more space we offer a single supplement for a double room for sole use, additional cost will apply please contact us.

About your tour leader - Megumi Bennett

Megumi is a qualified horticulturist. She is a member of the Nippon Bonsai Association and Ikebana International Sydney Chapter. She has been interviewed on radio, television and magazines and has been a contributor to articles on bonsai in Australia, Japan and USA. In November 2008 Megumi received the Bonsai Instructors Certificate from the Nippon Bonsai Association. She is the first overseas person to receive this recognition.


The 8th World Bonsai Convention, Saitama
Registration Fee (tax included):
Standard price: 40,000 JPY
Convention registration and hotel accommodation need to be booked online at www.world-bonsai-saitama.jp


What's Included
  • International flights with Qantas from Australia to Japan
  • Transport including trains and chartered coaches 
  • 12 nights twin-share accommodation in well- appointed hotels with breakfast daily
  • Meals, entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Chartered coach with English speaking guide as specified in the itinerary

Not included:

  • The 8th World Bonsai Convention Saitama City registration and hotel accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities 
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above


To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

Please Click Here to download the tour details.


Today fly with Qantas for overnight flight to Tokyo.

Morning arrival in Tokyo Haneda Airport from where we take local train to Shinagawa then Shinkansen to Kyoto.

Today we leave the hotel by coach to visit one of the finest examples of Japanese landscape design at Katsura Imperial Villa or its counterpart, the spacious Shugaku-in Imperial Villa. Afternoon is at your leisure.

(Meals: B)

Today is free for you to explore this former imperial capital at your own pace.

(Meals: B)

After breakfast, we catch the Thunder Bird Express train to Kanazawa. Kanazawa’s winding streets and alleys are lined with classic homes and traditional shops. We will take a walking tour visit the beautiful Kenroku-en Garden, one of the “Three Great Gardens” of Japan.  Then we visit the Nagamachi Samurai Quarter that shows us just how the Samurai would have lived in times past. Also enjoy a tea ceremony.

(Meals: B)

Today we enjoy a leisurely walking tour. We will visit the Geisha House district, a traditional place of feasts and entertainment where geisha have been entertaining people since the Edo period. We will watch artisans making gold foil, and might have a chance to watch and participate in an amazing Taiko drumming display.

(Meals: B)

Today we travel by Shinkansento Omiya, where we will be met by our local guide and travel by  chartered coach to Nikko, en route visit Satsuki Bonsai Nursery in Kanuma. Satsuki azaleas are popular bonsai plants for many reasons. It can take a hard pruning and the flowers are amazing. Check in to hotel in Nikko. Dinner at hotel.

(Meals: B, D)

This morning we visit the majestic Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the nearby Rinnoji Temple and explore the lavish Taiyuinbyo Shrine, also known as Iemitsu Mausoleum. Later we head to peaceful Lake Chuzenji, created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai 20,000 years ago, and see one of Japan's three great waterfalls - Kegon Falls. Return to Nikko and enjoy diner at hotel.

(Meals: B, D)

After breakfast we take local train to Utsunomiya, from where we catch Shinkansen to Sendai, the north’s largest city. Upon arrival, check in our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

(Meals: B)

Enjoy a day excursion to Matsushima Bay, one of Japan's Three Scenic Wonders. We visit Zuiganji and Entsuin, two of the must-see Buddhist temples in Matsushima. Perched on a small island on the coast off Matsushima is the Godaido Hall. We will visit the Kanrantei Pavilion provides great tradition Japanese tea. Then we travel to the sacred Ojima Island. There are Buddhist rock carvings and meditation caves.

(Meals: B)

Today we travel to Hiraizumi by chartered coach. Visit Chusonji Temple, famous for its Konjiki-do Hall, and Motsuji Temple, well-known for its beautiful Heian-period ‘Pure Land Garden’, the best in japan. Dinner at hotel.
(Meals: B, D)

Today we leave Hirazumi for Hirosaki Castle. The castle and its cherry blossoms are known as one the best scenic spots in Japan. Continue travel to Aomori and check in our hotel.

(Meals: B)

After breakfast, we visit the Oirase Gorge, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan. We will take a sightseeing boat to the small town of Yasumiya, taking in close-up views of the peninsulas and the Lake Towada. Another highlight of the day is a Ropeway ride at Mount Hakkoda, known for its seasonal beauty includes nature, hiking and famous hot springs.

(Meals: B)

Today we take Shinkansen to Omiya. Upon arrival check in your 8th World Bonsai Convention accommodation.

(Meals: B)

The 8th World Bonsai Convention, Saitama City.

In the afternoon transfer by shuttle bus to Tokyo Haneda Airport for your overnight  flight home.

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