Tour Code: JP20

20 Day Trails Of Japan

Day by Day Itinerary

Sapporo – Hakodate – Sendai – Sendai – Kanazawa – Osaka – Hiroshima – Kyoto – Tokyo

Highlights

  • Visit the iconic Sapporo Beer Museum
  • Matsushima – Cruise around the inlets on this famous bay
  • Visit beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, Omicho Market and the Higashi Chaya district, where geishas perform
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Genbaku Dome to understand the tragedies of Japan’s not so distant past
  • See the enormous, UNESCO-listed Himeji Castle
  • Visit the Zen temple Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion and breathtaking Nijō Castle in Kyoto
  • Tokyo – Enjoy the buzz and energy of one of the world’s great cities
  • Otaru– See the quaint canal, the famous Music Box Museum and walk the well-preserved Sakaimachi Street
From pp twin/double share
AU$7,399
Single traveller
AU$2,350
Land tour only
AU$6,899

You will board a flight from your home to Hokkaido. Welcome to Japan, our driver will meet and take you to your hotel for check in. If time permits, you will visit Odori Park. You will stay overnight in Sapporo

Meal: In-flight meals.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapporo
Remark: You might depart your home one day earlier depend on the flights.

After your breakfast, you will have a full day to visit Sapporo Clock tower – the oldest clock tower in Japan, Sapporo beer Museum – a museum located in the Sapporo Garden Park in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido that is registered as one of the Hokkaido Heritage sites in 2004, the museum is the only beer museum in Japan and visit Susukino – Japan’s largest entertainment district north of Tokyo. It is packed with stores, bars, restaurants, karaoke shops, pachinko parlors and red light establishments.

In the afternoon, you will return to your hotel and stay overnight in Tokyo.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapporo

Today, you will a full day to visit Otaru Canal – a central part of the city’s busy port in the first half of the 20th century, Kitaichi glass museum, Music box museum, Sakaimichi (shop) and Susukino (Shop).

Late afternoon, you will return to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapporo

Today, you will have breakfast at your hotel and then you will have a day to visit Motomachi area (Strolling outside), Kanemori redbrick warehouse – a commercial complex consisting of four facilities, which were built after renovating an old red brick warehouse built in 1909. Next to visit to Mt Hakodate – an inactive volcanic mountain in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The mountain is renowned for its view of the surrounding bay and city. Lastly, you will enjoy the views from Hakodate ropeway. Afternoon, you return to your hotel.

Remark: Please collect the luggage in front of the lobby before 08.00 am, Luggage transfer Next day Included to Sendai to Hakodate.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hakdate

After breakfast your hotel, you will head to Goryokaku (Photostop/Tentative do to the train) and then will take from Shinkanshen to Sendai Miyagi JR.

On arrival Sendai Station, you visit to Sendai Castle – a Japanese castle located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Throughout the Edo period, Aoba Castle was home to the Date clan, daimyo of Sendai Domain. The castle was also known as Sendai-jo. In 2003, the castle ruins were designated a National Historic Site, next to spend your time at the shopping area called Sunmalla Ichibancho. Overnight at hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sendai

After breakfast, you will have a day to explore Matsushima, enjoy your time on Matsuhima Cruise and visit Zuiganji Temple – a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple in located in the town of Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Belonging to the Myōshin-ji-branch of Rinzai Zen, it was founded in 828 during the Heian period by Jikaku Daish.

Late afternoon, you return to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sendai

After breakfast, you will check out your hotel and take train from Omiya Station to Kanazawa Station. On arrival, you will visit Higashi Chaya District before being checked in your hotel.

Remark: Please collect the luggage in front of the lobby before 08.00 am, Luggage transfer Next day Included to Osaka

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kanazawa.

After breakfast you will have a full bustling day to explore Kanazawa such as: Kenrokuen Garden – one of only 3 ‘perfect gardens’ in Japan, this park is designed to be beautiful during every season, Omicho Market – spacious, indoor complex with stalls selling fresh produce, seafood & meat, plus specialty dishes and lastly Hogahsi Chaya District (Shop). Return to your hotel in the afternoon and stay overnight in Kanazawa.

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Kanazawa.

After breakfast, you will check out to get the train from Kanazwa Station to Osaka.

On arrival, our driver will meet and take to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi – one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, running along the Dotonbori canal from Dotonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city’s Chuo ward.

Stay overnight in Osaka.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka

After breakfast, you will head to Mt. Koya – a large temple settlement in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan to the south of Osaka, Okonoin Temple, torodo and Gokusho (Strolling) and then return to Osaka. Stay overnight in Osaka.

Remark:       

  • Next day Luggage transfer to Hiroshima
  • Bring only 1 Luggage to Koya

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka

Today, you will go to Shin Osaka Station to get the Shinkanshen to Hiroshima. On arrival, you will have time to explore Hon dori before being checked in your hotel and overnight in Hiroshima.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hiroshima

After breakfast, you will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – a museum located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima, Japan, dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. The museum was established in August 1955 with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. Next to get the ferry to visit Miyajima a small island in Hiroshima Bay, western Japan. It is known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant, orange Great Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th century. Nearby, the Museum of History and Folklore has cultural artifacts in a 19th-century merchant’s home.

Late afternoon, you return to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hiroshima

Today, you will head to a city in the Kansai region of Japan – Himeji and visit Himeji Castle – a hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of Himeji which is located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. Then, you will leave Hiroshima for Kyoto. Check in and stay overnight in Kyoto.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kyoto

Today, you head to Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple – a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Kasuga taisha – bright vermillion columns support the roof of this Shinto shrine originally established in 768 A.D, next to visit Nara Deer Park – a public park located in the city of Nara, Japan, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa. Established in 1880 it is one of the oldest parks in Japan. Lastly, you will visit Gion/Nishiki Market. Return to Kyoto in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Kyoto.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kyoto

Today, you head to Nara to visit the Todaiji Temple – a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Kasuga taisha – bright vermillion columns support the roof of this Shinto shrine originally established in 768 A.D, next to visit Nara Deer Park – a public park located in the city of Nara, Japan, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa. Established in 1880 it is one of the oldest parks in Japan. Lastly, you will visit Gion/Nishiki Market. Return to Kyoto in the late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Kyoto.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kyoto

After breakfast, you will have a full day to explore Higashimaya District – one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera – a Buddhist temple located in eastern Kyoto, a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyot UNESCO World Heritage site and next to explore Nishiki Market – a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on the east end of Nishikikoji Street, one block north and parallel to Shijo Street and west of Teramachi Street. Overnight at hotel in Kyoto.

Remark:

  • Please collect the luggage in front of the lobby before 08.00 am
  • Next Day Luggage Transfer to Tokyo

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

After breakfast, you will check out your hotel and leave for Tokyo by a Shinkanshen.

On arrival, our tour guide will take you to explore the bustling city of Japan such as: Asakusa Sensoji Temple – an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II and explore Nakamise Street. Continue to visit Tokyo Skytree and Meji shrine – a Shinto shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. After that, spend your time to explore Shibuya. Late afternoon, you return to your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

Optional tour: Kyoto - Cycling Tour

Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city. Cycle along the ancient canals of Kyoto, stroll through the expansive grounds at Nanzenji Temple and discover the meaning of tranquillity along the famous Path of Philosophy.

Today, you will have full day to explore and shopping at Shinjuku, Akihabara – a buzzing shopping hub famed for its electronics retailers, ranging from tiny stalls to vast department stores like Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba, Ginza – one of the city’s top shopping districts, Ginza is packed with upmarket boutiques and ritzy cocktail and sushi bars.

Overnight at hotel in Tokyo.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tokyo

Today, you are free time at leisure until we transfer to the airport for flight back home.

Meal: Breakfast.

Accommodation: N/A

Optional tour: Nikko Sightseeing

Take a coach ride to see some of Japan’s most picturesque scenery in the Nikko region. Chuzenjiko Onsen is a hot spring resort town on the shores of Lake Chuzenji at the foot of Mount Nantai. The small town offers some beautiful sightseeing spots, including Chuzenji Temple, a Futarasan Shrine, a nature museum and Kegon Waterfall. It is also the departure point of sightseeing cruises on the lake. The almost 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall (Kegon no taki) is the most famous of Nikko’s many beautiful waterfalls.

Optional tour: Disneyland and Disney Sea

The Japanese love all things Disney. Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. It is made up of seven themed lands and Mickey is always in attendance.Tokyo DisneySea is a fantasy water themed park and is part of Tokyo Disney Resort, unique to Japan. It too, is made up of seven themed “ports of call”.

This morning, you will arrive your home and end of your memory trip in Japan.

 

Included

  • International flights from/to Australia to Tokyo and flight out from Osaka
  • Accommodations and breakfast in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability)
  • All transfers & admission as mentioned
  • Shinkanshen Hakodate – Sendai Reserved Seat
  • Next Day Luggage Transfer Spporo – Sendai
  • Shinkanshen Reseved Seat Sendai – Kanazawa
  • Next day Luggage Transfer Sendai – Kanazawa
  • Shinkanshen Reserved Seat Kanazawa to Osaka
  • Next Day Luggage Transfer Kanazawa to Osaka
  • Next Day Luggage Transfer Kyoto to Tokyo
  • Shinkanshen Reserved Seat Osaka to Hiroshima
  • Next Day Luggage Transfer Osaka to Hiroshima

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks are not mentioned in the program
  • Tipping for driver and tour guide (suggestion: 10AUD/pp/day)
  • Travel insurance (we strongly recommend you hold a valid travel insurance policy for all domestic and overseas travel)
  • Trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change
  • Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel
  • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
  • Luggage transport service
    – Next day service by courier JPY 3000 per luggage
    – Same day service by luggage truck KAWAGUCHIKO – OSAKA JPY 96,800 (2 ton/ max 50 luggage)
  • Optional standard meal (Lunch: JPY 1800/pax/ lunch; Dinner: JPY 3500/pax/dinner)

Fine Print

Airfare Information

  • Airline: Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines or similar (20kg for checked baggage per passenger and 7kg hand luggage per passenger, 01-piece check-in baggage each person only
  • Some flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 20 kilos checked baggage per person, along with 7 kilos of hand luggage.
  • Despite the airlines baggage allowance, we recommend travelling with 20 kilos per person due to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation. Also, you will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters is not included. If travelling over this amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable direct.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.
  • Any airline ‘extras’ such as pre-allocated seating is at your own arrangement (additional charges apply)

Premium Economy or Business Class upgrades 

  • Business Class upgrade available from an additional $3,000 per person (subject to availability).

Please specify this as a “Anything else we need to know?” when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable, or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.
We have partnered with CHI Travel Insurance to offer you competitive rates for your travel insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover simply to arrange your policy.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Please be advised that tipping for tour guides, drivers and bellmen are required and will be collected by your travel consultant 7 days before you depart. A gratuity of 10AUD per person/day can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry as they have done an impeccable job to serve you through your holiday.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $2,350 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Paired Solo Traveler
Not available.

Group size: 30-40 pax

Triple Share
Upon your request except for cruises

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return and must have more than 2 blank pages.

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Japan, for stays less than 90 days.

Tour Documentation
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Children
Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Cherry Blossoms
Please note that Cherry Blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.

Luggage Policy:

1 Passenger is limited to carrying a maximum of 2 Suitcases with following Dimensions;

1 Suitcase having measurement of L 51 cm x W 31 cm x H 77 cm, with maximum weight 30 KG

1 Common Carry on Cabin Suitcase having L 38cm x W 23cm x H 60cm, with maximum weight of 10kg

Extra Charge for transfers is needed for any overweight and over quota luggages

Coach

* Drivers’ working hours are regulated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

* Driver’s daily working hours may not exceed 12 hours, including leaving/returning/standby time (average service hours: 09.00 – 20.00)

* Daily driving time shall not exceed 9 hours. In addition to this, driver must have a daily rest period of at least 8 consecutive hours.

* Daily driving distance shall not exceed 500 KM.

* ONLY 1 piece of large suitcase per guest will be accepted to be loaded in coach trunk.

* Should there the bus trunk capacity is FULL, Guests have to bear the luggage transfer cost according to their respective dimension or weight.

* If over 35 pax/coach, luggage transfer truck is required on Arrival and Departure.

* Regarding current official government guidelines in safe coach operation, passengers may be required to wear masks and body temperature screening will be conducted whenever it is necessary.

* There is also a possibility of changing in passenger capacity per coach to keep passengers apart from each other. (ex. Maximum 25 pax per coach) Therefore, with this in mind, please note that price may change based on government measures.

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by extending their stay before/behind and/or post-tour. $200per person is applied for trip extension or early arrivals.
If you wish to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Follow the “Book Now” prompts, until you reach the “Anything else we need to know?” field
  2. Here, please specify your preferred flight arrangements and if you require additional accommodation, with the number of nights needed.
  3. After finalising your purchase and submitting your booking form, a member of our Reservation team will be in contact with you via email to verify your request.

The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice, due 90 days prior to departure, and is strictly subject to availability. From $200 per person is applied for trip extension or early arrivals (subject to availability and applicable fare difference).

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