From Tokyo to Kyoto, in this tour you experience a fascinating mix of ancient Zen serenity and modernity that makes Japan such an exciting cultural destination.
|Per person, twin share (Land & Air)*||$6,250|
|Per person, twin share (Land Only)**||$5,125|
|Single room supplement||$620|
*Land & Air price includes international flights with Qantas Airways from Australia to Japan.
**Land Only tour starts in Tokyo and finishes in Kyoto.
Single rooms in Japan: Most single rooms in Japan are smaller rooms with a single bed. The single supplement price is based on a double room for sole use to offer a more spacious room.
If you would prefer a smaller room at a reduced single supplement price, please contact us for further details.
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Overnight flight with Qantas to Tokyo.
On arrival in Haneda airport, you will be assisted to train station for train to Tokyo. In the afternoon, take a city orient tour including the popular Roppongi Hills complex and marvel at skyscraper views of Japan’s major city from the heights of iconic the iconic Tokyo Tower. Welcome dinner tonight.
Explore some of the vibrant capital’s most intriguing sights, including Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the oldest and most beloved temple in the city, Tokyo Edo Museum and the historic Imperial Palace East Gardens.
Take train to Matsumoto where you will visit the impressive fortress - Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s most visually stunning castles. From the top of the tower we enjoy spectacular views of the town and surrounding mountains.
(Meals: B, D)
Travel by road to Takayama and visit Hida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the Hida region.
Set deep in the mountains, Takayama is a fascinating town of narrow streets and wooden houses which is almost untouched by time. Today we set out on a walking tour of old Takayama. Discover this fascinating town’s myriad of narrow streets, shrines and sake stalls. See the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, historic wooden houses in Kami Sannomachi Street, and Takayama History and Art Museum.
Take train from Takayama to Nagoya. We will visit the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park that displays the sleek new Maglev Shinkansen (bullet train) in addition to previous Shinkansen series including the 300, 500 and 700, a Doctor Yellow and many other Japanese trains. This is followed by a visit to the Toyota Museum, showcasing Japan’s leading car manufacture - Toyota's storied past.
Travel by Shinkansen to Hiroshima - infamous as the first atomic bomb target. The Peace Park will be our initial destination. The Peace Museum, A-dome and extensive memorials in the park at the confluence of two rivers are a sombre reminder of the effect on the citizens of Hiroshima.
Travel by train to Miyajima Pier and then take ferry to Itsukushima Island, where we leave modern life behind in the tranquillity of the wooded island. During our time on the island we enjoy a walking tour, includes a visit to the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine with its famous floating Torri gate.
Travel by Shinkansen to Himeji where you visit Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Japanese National Treasure. Continue travel by road to Kyoto. You will walk down narrow ‘Pontocho’, perhaps the world’s quaintest lane and the home to local eateries, bars and tea houses, followed by a visit to Gion, famously known for its geisha courtesans.
Enjoy today’s sightseeing in the ancient capital of Japan. You will see Nijo Castle and the UNESCO World Heritage site Golden Pavilion, a sparkling highlight of any visit to Kyoto. You will also experience a traditional tea ceremony in a typical Japanese thatched farmhouse.
The Higashiyama District is one of Kyoto’s best-preserved areas located on its eastern edge. It holds some of the city’s important and popular temples and shrines. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the old market streets in Higashiyama District as you make your way up to Kiyomizudera Temple.
Day at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, D)
Today your guide will assist you at the station to take train to Kansai international airport for your departure flight.