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Japan Discovery

Solo Travellers 40 years & over
Sunday 10 March - Monday 26 March 2018 ex Australia

HOLIDAY FACTS

Trip Month March
Duration: 17 days
Status: Bookings open
Destinations: Tokyo, Nikko, Hakone, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Takayama, Osaka
Trip Style: Tour
Accommodation: Hotels
Prices: See prices page for details
Transport: Coach,Train
Pace: 3
a moderate to fast pace, some free time but quite a busy schedule
Group Size: maximum 20
Trip Code: japan18-3

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Discover the many different sides of fascinating Japan on this in-depth journey. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, ride the bullet train, soak up the peace and tranquillity of historic Takayama and admire the culture of Kyoto.

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. We’ll learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple and the shopping districts of Ginza, Shinjuku and Akihabara. Leave the city behind and travel to Hakone and Mt Fuji to experience a more traditional side of Japanese life. Here we stay in old-style ryokan accommodation, have a chance to enjoy a hot springs bath and sample a delicious Japanese dinner. We’ll tour iconic Mt Fuji and ride a sky gondola for breathtaking vistas over the volcanic Hakone Mountains.

Travel to historic Takayama and wander through heritage-listed Shirawakago. We’ll learn the traditional art of Japanese rice paper making and explore a local market. Catch the famous bullet train to moving Hiroshima. We discover Miyajima Island, the Itsukushima Torii Gate and visit the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Dome. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart. We see the stunning Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and the heritage-listed Kiyomizudera. We’ll get hands-on, enjoy sake tasting and have the chance to wear a traditional Kimono! Kyoto is also the perfect base from which to venture to Nara and Mt Hiei, where we visit a traditional Buddhist sanctuary and enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch.

Our adventure ends in bustling Osaka, Japan’s capital of commerce. We tour the city, visiting the Dotonbori District and the floating garden at Umeda Sky Building, and bid farewell to Japan with a traditional-style group dinner

Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Japan (taxes included)
  • 5 rail journeys in Japan
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath
  • A Japanese dinner party while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
  • English-speaking locally based national guide 

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