13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights

Including international flights, all accommodation in 4-star hotels, foodie experiences that include visits to beer, sake and whiskey factories, market tours, delicious daily breakfast and some traditional group dinners, travel by bullet train, and more

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  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
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  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
  • 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

The world-famous flavours of the Land of the Rising Sun are set to delight all of your senses on a 13 day Flavours of Japan food and sightseeing tour.

Travel to Tokyo and immediately learn why the Japanese capital is a metropolis like no other in the world. Get your first taste of its incredible offerings with a guided city tour that takes you to the Tokyo Tower and then onto the legendary Tsukiji Outer Market to experience its seafood shops and restaurants. Your first full day in Japan ends on a refreshing note: with a tour and tasting at Kirin Beer Factory and then a traditional multi-course dinner upon arrival in the Mt. Fuji area. Move between two of the region’s most popular sights – Oishi Park and then Oshino Hakkai – before boarding one of Japan’s emblematic bullet trains for the journey to Kyoto. This former capital city is teeming with imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and old-world architecture, and is also known for its geisha culture. Your evening in Kyoto is spent discovering more of this side to the city by attending a traditional maiko dance and dinner performance. Other highlights of your time in Kyoto include an exclusive whiskey-tasting experience at the award-winning Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and visits to Arashiyama’s Togetsukyo Bridge and the ethereal Bamboo Grove.

Head to Hiroshima from Osaka and visit Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome to pay respects to the victims of the WWII bombing of this city. See Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima while in the area before returning to Osaka and making a day trip to Nara to see the Todaiji Temple and the wild-roaming deer of Nara Park. There is also an excursion to Nagoya to duck into the Ninja Museum of Igaryu and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. That evening, a feast of Japanese barbecue is on the cards for dinner.

Move into the Gifu Prefecture for a sake-tasting experience at Takayama, to amble the pretty old-world streets of this city and to see the gassho-style farmhouses of nearby Shirakawa-go. Continue to Kanazawa and set your sights on the bounty of Omicho Market. This 300-year-old indoor market is teeming with vendors selling fresh produce, local delicacies and goods that make the perfect foodie-skewed souvenirs. Give your tastebuds a treat by savouring regional specialties, such as grilled squid, crispy-fried croquettes, made-to-order sashimi bowls, and lavish gold-leaf ice cream. Not all of your time in Kanazawa is dedicated to gastronomic indulgence though, and you will also make trips to Kenroku en Garden and Higashi Chaya. Finally, recount favourite meals, sights and experiences with your fellow travelling companions at a farewell dinner before returning to Tokyo for a day of leisure time ahead of your return flight to Australia.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Tokyo

Make your way to the airport and catch your flight to Japan. Please note that some flights may depart one day later.

Day 2: Tokyo (B)

Welcome to Tokyo! The always-on Japanese capital is an electric metropolis of neon-lit pedestrian crossings, quirky cafes and restaurants, sacred temples and immaculately-manicured gardens. You are met upon arrival by your transfer and taken to the hotel for check in.

Day 3: Tokyo – Yokohama – Mt Fuji (B, D)

Wake up hungry to get started on your first full day of touring! The itinerary begins with a post-breakfast city tour of Tokyo. Start at the Tokyo Tower to take in the sweeping cityscape panoramas and then make a stop at the renowned Tsukiji Outer Market. This marketplace was the home of the world-famous tuna auction and an incredible wholesale market, and although both have now moved to another location, the Outer Market still promises a bounty of local seafood shops and restaurants. The city tour of Tokyo finished with a tour of a Kirin Beer Factory. Look in at the ingredients exhibition, learn about the production process and then savour the taste of a fresh brew at the end. Tonight, a transfer takes you to the Mt. Fuji area where you’ll feast on a kaiseki ryori (traditional multi-course meal) to welcome you and your fellow travellers to the ryokan.

Day 4: Mt Fuji – train-icon – Kyoto (B, D)

Today starts with an outing to Oishi Park, located on the banks of Lake Kawaguchi. The park is known for its pretty flower-lined paths and its perspective of Mt. Fuji. Next, it is onto the eight spring-fed ponds at Oshino Hakkai, a small village within the Fuji Five Lakes region. Snow from the neighbouring mountains melts and trickles down into the ponds during season. While here, you will also visit farmhouses with thatched roofs, and get to sample some local delicacies. Afterwards, you and your group will board the Shinkansen bullet train (your JR Rail Pass is activated today) for the journey to Kyoto. This evening the group attends a maiko performance with dinner. A maiko is an apprentice geisha, and these performances usually involve ancient Japanese dances and music.

Day 5: Kyoto – Osaka (B, L)

Take in the gilded design of Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion (also known as Kinkakuji) and be in awe of its gold leaf-covered façade. Visit the former residence of the Tokugawa shogunate at Nijo Castle, and have some time in Arashiyama to see Togetsukyo Bridge and then wander through the other-worldly Bamboo Grove. Sip and swill at an exclusive whiskey-tasting experience at the award-winning Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and continue to Osaka afterwards for an evening tour around the Dotonbori district, the city’s nightlife, entertainment and culinary hub.

Day 6: Osaka – train-icon – Hiroshima – train-icon – Osaka (B, L)

Set off on the journey to Hiroshima aboard the Shinkansen. Enroute you will visit Himeji Castle, one of the last remaining medieval castles to exist in its original form throughout Japan. Take note of its size and architecture while here, and then enjoy a group lunch of okonomiyaki (a Japanese-style savoury pancake typically made from cabbage, eggs and meat, and then topped with a range of condiments). Continue travelling to Hiroshima. Upon arrival you make for the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. These two sites commemorate the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. Afterwards, the tour sets its sights on the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima. Cross your fingers to arrive at high tide to see the phenomenon the shrine is best-known for; its tori gate appears to float on the water. Return to Osaka for the night.

Day 7: Osaka – Nara – Nagoya (B, D)

Today’s itinerary has you travelling to Nara. The first stop is Todaiji, one of the most famous temples in Japan and known for the behemoth bronze statues of Buddha located here. It is then onto Nara Park where you will get to encounter the park’s famous four-legged residents: a herd of free-roaming deer. Watch your pockets as these inquisitive creatures approach you on the hunt for any of the deer biscuits available to purchase for feeding. Lunch is taken in the area and the group carries on to Nagoya. To break up the journey there is a stop at the Ninja Museum of Igaryu where you will see a ninja trick house and attend a ninja show (time permitting). The last outing of the day is to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, located in the red brick buildings once used as a textile factory and research centre by the present-day Toyota Corp. Tonight, a delicious Japanese barbecue dinner is enjoyed by you and the group.

Day 8: Nagoya – Takayama – Kanazawa (B)

Move from Nagoya into the beautiful landscape of the Gifu Prefecture. A sake-tasting experience awaits at a distillery in Takayama and is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history, tradition and production process of this iconic Japanese spirit. Have some free time to walk through the streets of Takayama. Head into the narrow alleyways and lanes of the historic Sanmachi Suji district and see the wooden houses the date back to the Edo Period. There are some small museums in the area too, should you like to dive deeper into the region’s fascinating history. You might also check out the festival floats on display in the local exhibition hall. Next, visit Shirakawa-go and the gassho-style farmhouses found within its small village. Don’t forget to stop at the observation point to get a 360-degree panorama over the entire village. Travel to Kanazawa and check into the hotel upon arrival.

Day 9: Kanazawa (B, D)

This morning starts with an excursion around Kanazawa, one of Japan’s prettiest castle towns. Wander around Omicho Market and savour samples of local cuisine, including fresh seafood and gold leaf ice cream! Admire the beauty of Kenroku en Garden, often regarded as the most magnificent of Japan’s landscaped gardens, and end the day with a leisurely stroll around the streets of Higashi Chaya, the local geisha district that is also known for its old-world architecture and teahouses. Tonight, a farewell dinner with your travelling companions is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your time in Japan, recount any highlights and share favourite stories.

Day 10: Kanazawa – train-icon – Tokyo (B)

Make your way back to Tokyo on your own terms and then have the rest of the day upon arrival as free time.

Optional: Japanese Cooking Class
Learn about the intricacies of Japanese cuisine with a cooking class, and make note of the ingredients and techniques you use so you can replicate any favourite dishes back at home! Additional cost applies.

Day 11: Tokyo (B)

There is no set itinerary for today, your final full day in Tokyo. Make the most of this free time by continuing your gourmet exploration of this incredible city. Track down some of Tokyo’s unique restaurants – everything from monster-, vampire-, manga- and plush toy-themed diners – or set out on the search for crisp tempura, oversized bowls of ramen, and deliciously grilled yakitori. Other things to do in Tokyo not of the gastronomic variety include Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Senso-ji, Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo National Museum and Odaiba.

Day 12: Tokyo – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

A transfer collects you at the appropriate time and takes you to the airport, so you can board your return flight back to Australia.

Day 13: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today. 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • Return airport transfers
  • 10 nights’ 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Travel on the Shinkansen (bullet train)
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 2 lunches and 4 dinners, including a welcome and farewell dinner, dinner with Maiko dance performance, okonomiyaki dinner and Japanese barbecue
  • Visits to local beer, whiskey and sake breweries
  • Professional tour guide throughout and dedicated coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing and monument entry fees as per the itinerary, including trips to at least 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

 

Highlights: 

  • Take in the city views from Tokyo Tower before visiting the world-famous Tsukiji Outer Market and touring the Kirin Beer Factory
  • See Mt. Fuji from Oishi Park, board a bullet train for the journey to Kyoto, and attend a traditional maiko (apprentice geisha) dance and dinner performance
  • Partake in an exclusive whiskey-tasting experience at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and join a guided evening tour of the Dotonbori district in Osaka
  • Have time in Hiroshima to pay respects at Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, and to see the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima
  • Feast on a Japanese-style barbecue dinner following a day in Nara and Nagoya
  • Learn about the history and tradition of sake in Takayama, and sample local seafood dishes and treats such as gold leaf ice cream on a trip to Omicho Market in Kanazawa
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book at least 45 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,749 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel and will be collected by our Travel Partner. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $2,450 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable direct to our Travel Partner at the time of booking. 

Tour Only: Not available 

Group Size: 2 – 20

Children: Minimum age 2 years. Same price as adults.

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

Tokyo: Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar
Mt. Fuji: Fuji View Hotel or similar 
Kyoto: Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar 
Osaka: Remm Shin Osaka or similar 
Nagoya: The Strings Hotel Nagoya or similar 
Kanazawa: The Square Hotel Kanazawa or similar 
Tokyo: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno or similar

Please note: Unlike western hotels, Japanese rooms can be small in size, only offer twin bedding or have limited in-room facilities like tea & coffee or satellite TV.

Please note, all hotel ratings are self-rated. 

Bedding configuration: 1 x double or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Health/Fitness Requirement: Accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and average mobility. Tours may involve sightseeing on foot, some climbing of stairs and getting on and off boats. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

14 April*^
8 September
27 October 

2021:

16 March
6 April*^ 

*A $500 per person peak season apply 

^Cherry Blossom season for 2020 and 2021 is forecast for late March and April. Please note: Cherry Blossom is subject to climate conditions.

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day later.

Bookings not accepted when within 45  days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information: 

  • Return economy airfare departing  Sydney or Melbourne with Japan Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific their codeshare partners or similar 
  • Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth – A $300 per person interstate surcharge apply
  • We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates 
  • Including maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day later, involve up to 2 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days. 

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however, should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations: 

If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

 A $250 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference.

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

PLEASE NOTE: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your final payment has been made. After this, you will be contacted in relation to your request. Payment of the breakaway fee and any applicable fare and tax difference must be paid at the time of quotation in order to confirm your flights. 

Flights are booked in departure date order and we endeavour to send you this information 30 days before departure, if not sooner. 
Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, a $250 per person breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. Only the return date can be altered. 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • Return airport transfers
  • 10 nights’ 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Travel on the Shinkansen (bullet train)
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 2 lunches and 4 dinners, including a welcome and farewell dinner, dinner with Maiko dance performance, okonomiyaki dinner and Japanese barbecue
  • Visits to local beer, whiskey and sake breweries
  • Professional tour guide throughout and dedicated coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing and monument entry fees as per the itinerary, including trips to at least 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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