Opulent Journeys

Bonsai Tour to Japan

05 November - 18 November 2018

From (AUD)


14 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • Attend bonsai workshops presented by well-known Japanese bonsai Masters and visit bonsai nurseries 
  • Discover Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto
  • Visit Omiya Bonsai Village and bonsai museums
  • Explore Nara and its Great Buddha and Deer Park
  • Discover the beauty of Ise Shima Island, home to Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    


Per person, twin share                               $5,985
Single room supplement $1,230

 *Tour price is Land Only, starts in Osaka and finishes in Tokyo.

About your tour leader - Megumi Bennett
Megumi Bennett, qualified horticulturist, member of the Nippon Bonsai Association and Ikebana International Sydney Chapter. In November 2008 Megumi received the Bonsai Instructors Certificate from the Nippon Bonsai Association. She is the first overseas person to receive this recognition.
What's Included
  • 13 night’s good standard 3-4 star hotel twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, and 3 dinners
  • Arrival/ departure transfer
  • Workshops and admission fees during touring as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation with English speak guide/ assistant during the tour
Not Included: 
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides &/or driver
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Drinks, personal expenses and anything not mentioned
To enquire or book this tour, please contact

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

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Fitness level - Moderate



Arrive in Osaka at either Kansai International airport or Osaka Itami airport. Transportation will be arranged from the airport to bring you to our hotel.
This morning, we will travel to Ikeda City in Osaka to visit internationally famous Bonsai nursery: Fujikawa Kouka-en Bonsai Nursery, where we will attend a bonsai lecture and see the master pieces. Kouka-en is home to the Kansai area’s highest quality bonsai, many of which are registered important masterpieces and Kokufu-ten exhibition specimens.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast enjoy strolling around picturesque Osaka Castle surrounded by massive moat. In the afternoon we head to Kyoto by Bullet train.
(Meals: B)
This morning, we visit Imperial Villa (Katsura Imperial Villa) (subject to admission). The Katsura Rikyū or Katsura Imperial Palace has been built for Prince Toshihito in the early Edo period. The architecture and the gardens of the palace are remarkable. There used to be five tea houses in the garden, of which four remain until today. The tea houses are exquisite examples of Japanese architecture. The garden features a large variety of decorative features like stone lanterns, gates, hand washing basins and different styles of laid paths, stepping stone paths and Japanese garden fences. Afternoon is at your leisure. 
(Meals: B)
Today we take train to the town of Nara. There we walk to Todaiji Temple - the largest wooden building in the world, which contains the Great Buddha - Japan’s largest. Take a stroll in Nara Park and feed the deer. This is followed by Yoshikien Garden, a quiet collection of gardens in Nara Park including a moss garden, Japanese water garden and a tea ceremony garden.
(Meals: B)
Today is at your leisure.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel by Rapid train from Kyoto to Toba. Shima City boasts countless amazing views from various locations with the observation deck from Yokoyama as one of the more spectacular ones. Here you can witness an amazing view of Ago Bay from an elevation of 203m.You may also see the location of the Ise-Shima Summit.
(Meals: B, D)
This morning we visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, where Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultivated pearls for the first time in the world in 1893. Japan’s pearl industry started its development from this island. Returning to Ise, visit Ise Jingu Shrine, Japan's most sacred Shinto shrine and dates back to the 3rd Century. It is considered to be the spiritual home of the Japanese and its national religion Shinto. Later step out onto the beautiful cobblestone streets of Okage Yokocho and feel as if you've travelled back in time to the Edo period. Classic streets stretch from Ise Shrine Naiku-mae and along the Isuzu River, with shops plying delicacies like Ise udon and Ise kamaboko. We conclude our day with a stop at Ise Kawasaki Merchant Hall.
(Meals: B, D)
Today we catch Rapid and Limited Express Train to Nagano via Nagoya. After arriving yow visit one or two bonsai nurseries.
(Meals: B)
Today we catch the Shinkansen Bullet train from Nagano to Tokyo. After arriving in Tokyo, you are free to explore Tokyo city on your own.
(Meals: B)
In the morning, head to Sagamihara to attend our half day bonsai workshop at Chiharu Bonsai Nursery. Mr Chiharu Imai is famous for his detailed Bonsai technique. In the afternoon we will visit another bonsai nursery nearby.
(Meals: B)
Today we travel to Omiya Bonsai Village and spend the day, visiting some of Japan’s top bonsai gardens, wander through the Omiya Bonsai Museum.
(Meals: B)
In the morning, head to Kunio Kobayashi’s famous Shunka-en Bonsai Museum in Edo-gawa Tokyo. Mr Kabayashi’s garden is home to some of Japan’s most famous bonsai, suiseki, and ceramics. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner.
(Meals: B, D)
Depart from Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport and back to your home city. Transportation will be arranged from the hotel to the airport.
(Meals: B)

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