Day 1: Australia –– Tokyo
Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Tokyo.
Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day later
Day 2: Tokyo
Welcome to Japan! Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection. Then make your own way to your hotel.
Please note: You have been provided with a 7 day JR Rail Pass. Please do not activate your rail pass this day.
Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neonlit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. The Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion scene.
Day 3: Tokyo (B)
Today, you’ll need to activate your JR Rail Pass voucher. This can be done at any major train station at the JR Office. JR staff speak good English and make the whole process easy and understandable.
Today is free at leisure to enjoy Tokyo
Day 4: Tokyo –– Nagano (B)
When you are ready board the Shinkansen Bullet Train for Nagano.
On arrival, make your own way to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 5: Nagano – – Kanazawa (B)
When ready, head back to Nagano JR station to board the bullet train to the Kanazawa. On arrival, make your way to your hotel before enjoying the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Kanazawa known for well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. Kenrokuen Garden, begun in the 17th century, is celebrated for its classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams and home to one of Japan’s best preserved feudal gardens.
Day 6: Kanazawa – – Takayama (B)
Enjoy the morning free at leisure to explore Kanazawa.
In the afternoon, take a train to Takayama. Takayama is a city in Japan’s mountainous Gifu Prefecture. The narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to the Edo Period.
Day 7: Takayama (B)
Today, enjoy the day exploring the historic city of Takayama.
Day 8: Takayama –– Nagoya (B)
Today board a train to the southern city of Nagoya. On arrival, the day is at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.
Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945. The Toyota Motor Corporation maintains its headquarters just outside of Nagoya.
Day 9: Nagoya – – Osaka/Tokyo – – Australia (B)
Today there is free time before transferring yourself to the airport to board your homeward flight. From Nagoya you can board the bullet train to Osaka/Tokyo before transferring to the Osaka/Tokyo airport.
Day 10: Australia
Arrive home today.