Opulent Journeys

Discovering Japan-The Land of Contrast

25 September - 09 October 2017

From (AUD)

$5,995

13 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Tour Highlights
  • Marvel at skyscraper views of Tokyo and visit its well-known gardens and temples 
  • Travel in a gondola and enjoy 360 degree panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi
  • See the impressive Matsumoto Castle 
  • A change of pace in the unspoiled Edo-era mountain town of Takayama
  • World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama 
  • Visit Nomura family house and Geisha district in Kanazawa
  • Take a cycling tour to Kibi Plain and visit Okayama’s famous castle and garden
  • Visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
  • Discover Kyoto, former imperial capital and visit temples and gardens including the famous Golden Pavilion
  • Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony 
  • Optional day excursion to Nikko

  

Dates & Prices

Tour Price from Australia                              

                               

Per person, twin share                                              $5,995
Single room supplement $995

Tour price includes international flights with Qantas from Australia to Japan.

What's Included
Inclusions:
  • International flights with Qantas from Australia to Japan with taxes and charges included
  • 12 nights twin-share accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
  • Arrival/departure group transfers 
  • 16 meals including 12 breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Entrance fees as stated in the itinerary
  • Reserved seating on bullet trains Kanazawa-Okayama-Hiroshima-Kyoto
  • Chartered coach as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the entire trip
  • Luggage transfer Kanazawa-Okayama-Kyoto 

Not included:

  • Optional day excursion to Nikko
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above

 

To enquire or book this tour, please contact

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

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Itinerary

Overnight flight with Qantas to Tokyo.

On arrival in Tokyo, we will be met and transferred to hotel. The first visit on our tour will be to the historic Imperial Palace East Gardens, an oasis of calm in the middle of this giant city. The old site of the Edo castle now makes up the park and garden areas. Later we marvel at skyscraper views from the heights of iconic Tokyo Tower and visit Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa for a taste of traditional Japan. Senso-ji is one of the very popular temples in Tokyo while the Asakusa area that surrounds it provides a wonderful variety of snacks, restaurants and souvenir shopping. Welcome dinner.

(Meals: D)

Today is free at your leisure or you may choose to take an optional day excursion to Nikko.

(Meals: B)

After breakfast we travel by coach to Kawaguchiko. Lake Kawaguchi is the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes. We will enjoy a ride on the Kachikachi-yama Ropeway. At an altitude of 1,075m, the observatory gives a complete view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, making it the perfect location for sightseeing.

(Meals: B, D)

Travel to Matsumoto and visit the impressive fortress - Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s most visually stunning castle, completed in 1593 and one of the twelve complete original castles still in existence in Japan. From the top of the tower we enjoy spectacular views of the town and surrounding mountains. Continue by coach to Takayama, for a two night stay. Tonight enjoy a Hida beef dinner.
(Meals: B, D) 

Work off your breakfast with a relaxing walking tour of Takayama Old Town, and the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum, including the cultural heart of the town, and the morning market. Many of the old town streets date from the Edo Period and are perfect for people who love to browse.

(Meals: B)

Travel by coach to Kanazawa, stopping en route in the remote mountains of Honshu to visit the UNESCO listed Shirakawa-go Village and Gokayama. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Here we will see a fairy tale walk back in time with quaint original cottages, water wheels and paddy fields.

(Meals: B)

Today we set off to Nomura Family House which shows us just how the Samurai would have lived in times past. We will also visit Higashi Chaya district, a traditional place where geisha have been entertaining people since the Edo period. Next we travel by bullet train to Okayama where we will stay for two nights. After check in to our hotel, we will explore the colourful and expansive Koraku-en Garden, one of the “Three Great Gardens” of Japan that celebrates the typical features of a Japanese landscape garden. Then we cross the Asahi River to view the magnificent Okayama Castle, nicknamed “Crow Castle” because of its very black colour.
(Meals: B)

The Kibi Plain is a charming, rural flatland just outside central Okayama. We will enjoy a bicycle tour along the popular 17km long cycling route leads through the Kibi Plain, loosely follows the legend of Prince Kibitsuhiko and passes several important shrines, temples and burial mounds along the way.

(Meals: B)

Today we travel to Hiroshima by bullet train where we visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The park was established in 1949 after the Pacific War ended as a symbol of peace. After the visit we continue travel by bullet train to Kyoto, where we will stay for four nights.

(Meals: B)

Today we will experience a truly Japanese cultural event, a tea ceremony at Kodaiji Temple, one of the most well-known temples in Japan. Then we visit the peaceful Ryoan-ji Temple, home to the famous Zen rock garden. It is fortunately right next door to Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), another treasure! This Buddhist temple’s main building is famous for its top two floors completely covered in gold leaf overlooking a pond.

(Meals: B)

Today we head to the picturesque Arashiyama District for a relaxing walk through the peaceful Bamboo Forest. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
(Meals: B)

Day at leisure. Enjoy our special farewell dinner tonight.

(Meals: B, D)

Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport for flight to Tokyo and connect your overnight Qantas flight home.

(Meals: B)

Arrive Sydney in the morning.

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