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15 Days | Japan & Hiroshima Discovery | With Flights

Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima - Nara - Kyoto - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama - Nagano - Matsumoto - Mt Fuji - Tokyo

Return economy class airfares from Sydney or Melbourne

Experience the Bullet Train from Osaka to Kyoto and visit Hiroshima

Encounter the friendly Japanese Deer in Nara and be amazed at Mt Fuji

Explore the vibrant cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo

From $5,399 Typically $5,899 Include flight pp twin share

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Visiting Japan will be an incredible experience, with a rich and diverse culture that is both ancient and modern. We now have 2025 Dates Available to BOOK!

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One of the most poignant destinations is Hiroshima, the site of the first atomic bomb attack in human history. While the city is now a bustling metropolis, it still carries the weight of its past. The Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome are sobering reminders of the devastating impact of nuclear weapons, but also serve as symbols of hope and peace.

Osaka, on the other hand, is a vibrant and lively city that's known for its street food, shopping and nightlife. The food culture in Osaka is particularly notable, with a wide variety of delicious dishes that are unique to the region. The city is also home to several famous landmarks, such as Osaka Castle.


Read our Blog about 'How To Spend Two Weeks In Japan'


Kyoto is another must-visit destination in Japan, famous for its beautiful temples, traditional architecture, and historic streets. The city is home to several beautiful gardens and parks, such as the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and the Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion.

Finally, no trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Tokyo, the capital city and one of the most exciting cities in the world. Tokyo is a bustling metropolis that blends the traditional with the modern, with towering skyscrapers and historic temples existing side-by-side. There's plenty to see and do, from visiting the iconic Tokyo Tower and the Meiji Shrine to experiencing the vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene in neighborhoods like Shinjuku and Shibuya. Foodies will also be in heaven in Tokyo, with an endless variety of delicious street food, sushi bars and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Overall, a visit to Japan is an unforgettable experience, and the combination of Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and everything in between offers a perfect mix of history, culture, and modernity.

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15

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Day 1

Australia  Osaka (Kansai)

Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for a good rest.

Meals: inflight menu

Accommodation: Izumisano Centre Hotel or similar

Day 2

Osaka Himeji Hiroshima

After breakfast we make the trip to the moving city of Hiroshima. Largely destroyed when the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. Enroute, we stop in Himeji to visit the castle. It was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. Enjoy your time here before heading to Hiroshima.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: THE KNOT Hiroshima or similar

Day 3

Hiroshima  Osaka

Today, we begin with the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide. Then visit the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb used in WWII. After we make our way back to Osaka.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Welina Hotel Dotombori or similar

Day 4

Osaka Nara Osaka

Today we will take a day trip to Nara.

Once you arrive in Nara it is a short walk to the main attractions. We will visit Todaiji Temple and its Great Hall as it houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in the world. On your return to the station, wander back through Nara Deer Park where you can see hundreds of deer roaming around. Nara's 1,200 deer have become the symbol of the city as it comes from the Shinto idea that every creature, nature or object is a messenger of god. After enjoying your morning in Nara we will head back to Osaka.

As we arrive back in Osaka city, we will make a stop at Osaka Castle. After that, we will finish off our day with a tour of one of Osaka's central food and entertainment centres Dotonbori. Enjoy wandering around trying the local foods, shopping districts and posing with one of Osaka's famous icons, Gurico! We will eat our welcome dinner here together.

Enjoy a good rest in your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Welina Hotel Dotombori or similar

Day 5

Osaka

Today is a free day to explore Osaka at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Welina Hotel Dotombori or similar

Day 6

Osaka Kyoto

Today we will take the Bullet Train from Osaka to the historical capital Kyoto reaching within 15 minutes. In Kyoto we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto former residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. After that we will head to Fushimi Inari.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel or similar

Day 7

Kyoto Kanazawa

This morning we will visit the Kinkakuji Temple otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion. Kinkakuji Temple is a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct architectural styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. Board the bus towards Togetsu Bridge and the Bamboo Grove, landmarks of Western Kyoto's Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. Standing amongst the Bamboo Grove is like being in another world and is nothing like any other forest you have seen before. It is mesmerizing and peaceful.

We then continue to the city of Kanazawa.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Smile Hotel Kanazawanishiguchiekimae or similar

Day 8

Kanazawa

Today we will explore the castle town of Kanazawa. First up we will visit Buke Yashiki (a samurai house) and learn about how the high ranked samurais lived during the Edo period. Later we will make our way through the streets of Higashi Chaya, a district lined with quaint old buildings that were once teahouses used by the local geisha (traditionalJapanese female entertainers) and their guests. Next, we will visit Kenrokuen Garden one of Japan's three best

landscape gardens. Then we will go to Omicho Market to try the local foods and see the local crafts.

Enjoy your stay in Kanazawa.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Smile Hotel Kanazawanishiguchiekimae or similar

Day 9

Kanazawa Shirakawa Go Takayama

Today we will go on a half day tour of Shirakawago to explore the small village and the gassho style houses. On this tour you will stop at the observation point so you can view the whole of Shirakawago and while you are there your English speaking tour guide will teach you about the history of this unique village.

Enjoy your day in Shirakawago! After our tour in Shirakawago we will head towards Takayama for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: WAT HOTEL& SPA HIDA TAKAYAMA or similar

Day 10

Takayama Nagano

Today we will spend the day exploring Takayama city. Takayama is a city located in Japan's mountainous Gifu Prefecture. While you are in Takayama visit the preserved Old Town, the former local government office, Takayama Jinya, an impressive museum called Matsuri no Mori.

Upon finishing your tour in Takayama board the bus to Nagano for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano Higashiguchi or similar

Day 11

Nagano Matsumoto

Ohayou-gozaimasu! (Good morning!) After breakfast, we will gather together and head off to Hokusai Museum to discover the great artworks of Katsuhika Hokusai (1760-1849) one of Japan's leading Edo period ukiyo-e painters. After that we will continue on to Zenkoji Temple which was founded over 1,400 years ago and houses one of the first ever Buddhist statues to be brought into Japan. Continue on to Matsumoto city where we will view one of Japan's most complete and original castles, Matsumoto Castle.

Enjoy your night in Matsumoto!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Premier Hotel Cabin Matsumoto or similar

Day 12

Matsumoto Mt Fuji

Ohayou-gozaimasu! (Good morning) Today we will visit one of Mount Fuji's springs, Oshino Hakkai. Oshino Hakkai is one of the eight ponds fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of Mount Fuji through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is well-regarded by the locals. Afterwards we will visit Mount Fuji's 5th station, which is above the clouds and allows you to view its enormous summit (if the weather permits).

Stay the night in Mt Fuji area and enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow tour members.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Sun Plaza Hotel Fuji Lake Yamanakako or similar

Day 13

Mt Fuji Tokyo

Today we will visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture another breathtaking view of Mt Fuji. Then we will take a cruise down Lake Ashi where you will be able to see the beautiful nature around you.

Enjoy your stay in Tokyo tonight.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodaiton: HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Omori or similar

Day 14

Tokyo

Enjoy your free day in Japan's mega city, Tokyo!

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodaiton: HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Omori or similar

Day 15

Tokyo  Australia

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

Meals: Breakfast and inflight menu

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy airfare departing from Sydney or Melbourne (All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, or Qantas. For 2024 Departures, Singapore Airlines will be used)
  • 14 nights three-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus a welcome dinner and farewell dinner with your group
  • Ride the Bullet Train from Osaka to Kyoto
  • 2 free days in Osaka and Tokyo for you to explore Japan you way
  • Professional tour guide
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation

  • $300 per room per night (twin share)
  • $250 per room per night (single)

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (Mandatory)
  • Optional recommended programs or tour extensions
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenditure
  • Tips and Gratuities 

Staying earlier/later: Please note a $200pp fee will apply for any guests chosing to arrive or stay later on this program.

Want to Upgrade your flight: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class available up on request.

Single Supplement: There is a single supplement on this program of $2200.

Group Size: Max group size is 45, with an average of 20-30 pax per tour.

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Departure Dates


JUN 2024
11 th
Tuesday 11 Jun 2024  ‐  Tuesday 25 Jun 2024
JUL 2024
23 rd
Tuesday 23 Jul 2024  ‐  Tuesday 06 Aug 2024
AUG 2024
27 th
Tuesday 27 Aug 2024  ‐  Tuesday 10 Sep 2024
OCT 2024
15 th
Tuesday 15 Oct 2024  ‐  Tuesday 29 Oct 2024
NOV 2024
05 th
Tuesday 05 Nov 2024  ‐  Tuesday 19 Nov 2024

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