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15 day Discover Japan tour with return Qantas flights

15 day Discover Japan tour including return Qantas flights, travel on a high-speed bullet train, all accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, free time, and more.

$3,899
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  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
  • 15 Day Discover Japan Tour with Qantas flights
 
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this well organised and chaperoned tour. Bernita G
  • Very happy with the tour. We saw and did so much and yet had free time to explore by ourselves or newly made friends. Our guide Maxim was Amazing! He… Lesley S
  • A fabulous trip. Value for money. Sandra H
  • We were very pleased with webjet and unable to fault them. Alan Hilton
  • A wonderful trip, great value, great guide and driver and a good mix of busy days and free days. Julie Laidler

Highlights

 

Touch down in Osaka and venture across the moat to see the city’s castle. Travel by bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city, and weave between temples, shrines, palaces and gardens. Lucky travellers may even spot a geisha. Get caught up in the fast pace, neon flights and bright streets of Tokyo.

Admire the lofty, snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji and be treated to breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. See heritage samurai residences, traditional Japanese villages, and historic town districts. Take in some of Japanese’s most famous castles in Matusmoto and look out for the freely roaming deer in Nara Park.

The 15 day Discover Japan may also be extended to 17 days, so to include a journey to Hiroshima

As seen on Webjet’s A Taste of Travel:   

 

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Depart Australia on a flight to Japan. Upon arrival at Kansai Airport (KIX) in Osaka, travellers are welcomed with a hotel transfer. The tour guide or escort will be waiting at the arrival lobby exit gate inside the airport.

Please note that some flights may depart 1 day earlier. 

Day 2: Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B, D)

Travel to Nara to visit the Todaji Temple, one of the most famous temples in Japan. Inside, see the 15-metre tall bronze statue of Buddha (Daibutsu). Walk through Nara Park, home to almost 1200 freely-roaming deer. Back in Osaka, the itinerary takes you to Osaka Castle and then onto Dōtonbori for the welcome dinner. 

Day 3: Osaka –train-icon– Kyoto (B)

The morning starts by boarding the Shinkansen Bullet Train, bound for Kyoto. This trip takes only 15 minutes. Once in Kyoto, the group takes in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), the Nishijin Textile Centre, and a traditional kimono show. 

Day 4: Kyoto (B)

You have a free day to explore Kyoto. There are more than 1600 Buddhist temples in the city, as well as 400 Shinto shrines and several palaces and gardens. As you explore and wander this city, keep your eyes peeled for geisha. 

Day 5: Kyoto – Kanazawa (B)

Today includes a trip to Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate; the Arashiyama District, the Togetsu Bridge and then Bamboo Grove. Travellers continue towards Kanazawa in the afternoon.

Day 6: Kanazawa (B)

The Higashi Chayagai district in Kanazawa is known for its teahouses built in traditional Japanese style. Visit one of the teahouses before moving onto the Kenroku-en Garden, a beautifully maintained feudal lord’s garden. The day’s next stop is Nagamachi Buke Yashiki district. This samurai district is located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families once lived. See the remaining residences and soak in the local history before ending the day with a tour of Omicho Market. 

Day 7: Kanazawa (B)

Further explore Kanazawa at your leisure. 

Day 8: Kanazawa – Shirakawa Go – Takayama ((B)

After breakfast, the group makes its way to Takayama and stops at Shirakawa-go enroute. This small, traditional village is recognised as being one of the best examples of the gasshō-zukuri style. Arrive in Takayama in the afternoon. 

Day 9: Takayama – Nagano (B)

Take in some of the top sights in Takayama today, including the Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village. This open-air museum features more than 30 examples of traditional houses from the region. Today also includes the Matsuri-no-mori museum and Sanmachi Suji. Travel to Nagano afterwards.

Day 10: Nagano – Matsumoto (B)

Begin by seeking out Hokusai Museum, dedicated to the eponymous artist, and then make for the city’s Zenkoji Temple. Afterwards, you will leave Nagano for Matsumoto. On arrival, there is a visit to Matsumoto Castle – perhaps the city’s most recognisable site. You will also have time in the afternoon to explore the old merchant district of Nakamachi, which is lined with well-preserved heritage buildings. 

Day 11: Matsumoto – Mt Fuji (B,D)

Travel to Mt Fuji and visit Oshino Hakkai, eight ponds fed by the mountain’s melting snow. The crystal-clear filtered water is highly revered by locals. From the ponds, visit Mt Fuji 5th Station for an outstanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below and snap plenty of photos as keepsakes.

Day 12: Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

Visit Gotemba Peace Park to take in the incredible outlook of Mt Fuji and then enjoy a scenic cruise of Lake Ashi. You are encouraged to make the most of your time in the Hakone region. This area is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is famous for its hot springs, natural beauty and mountain views. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon. 

Day 13: Tokyo (B)

A free day to explore and discover Tokyo at your own pace.

Day 14: Tokyo – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

You will be transferred to the airport for the flight home to Australia.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Depart Australia today on your flight to Japan. Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the transfer to your accommodation. The tour guide or escort will be waiting at the arrival lobby exit gate (inside the airport). Please do not go away from the exit gate if you don’t see the tour guide immediately, the tour guide will come and meet you.

Please note: some flights might depart 1 day earlier.

Day 2: Osaka – Himeji – Hiroshima (B)

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 Himeji castle. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. It was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.

Day 3: Hiroshima – Osaka (B)

Today we begin with the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb used in WWII. Then visit the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima, where you can see the torii gate on the water at high tide. After we make our way back to Osaka.

Day 4:Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B, D)

This morning, we travel to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas. Along the approach to Todaiji stands the Nandaimon Gate, a large wooden gate watched over by two fierce looking statues. Representing the Nio Guardian Kings, the statues are designated national treasures together with the gate itself. After the Todaiji Temple we wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city.

Then visit Osaka Castle. Built in 1583, the castle is an outstanding representation of Japan’s feudal period. After Osaka Castle we continue on to Dōtonbori, which exemplifies Osaka’s vibrant food culture, where we will have our welcome dinner.

Day 5: Osaka –train-icon– Kyoto (B)

This morning, we board on the Japan famous Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto (15 minutes). We begin with the UNESCO World Heritage, Kinkaku-ji, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion. A Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. After we visit the Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show. Kimono’s are still used for important festivals or formal moments in Japan until this day.

Day 6: Kyoto (B)

Today is a free day to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Kyoto attracts millions of visitors every year and it’s no wonder. With over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, who wouldn’t want to visit? You might be luck enough to spot a Geisha in the old district.

Day 7: Kyoto – Kanazawa (B)

This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. After we relax in the Arashiyama District, visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto for over four hundred years. Then stroll through Bamboo Grove, one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. We then contine to the city of Kanazawa.

Day 8: Kanazawa (B)

We begin with a visit to the Higashi Chayagai district famous for its teahouses built in traditional Japanese design. We then continue to the Kenroku-en Garden – from its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan and has been maintained over generations. After the gardens we make our way to the Nagamachi Buke Yashiki district. Nagamachi was a samurai district located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, where samurai and their families used to reside. The area preserves a historic atmosphere with its remaining samurai residences, earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes and water canals. We finish our tour with a visit to the Omicho Market and sample some local food.

Day 9: Kanazawa (B)

Today free day at your leisure to enjoy the city at your own pace. Kanazawa is known for well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts.

Day 10: Kanazawa – Shirakawa Go – Takayama (B)

Today after breakfast we make our way to Takayama. Enroute, we visitS hirakawa-go. Shirakawa-go is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri. After, we continue on to Takayama.

Day 11: Takayama – Nagano (B)

Today we visit some of Takayama’s highlights. We begin our day with theH ida Folk Village, an open air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses from the region. After, we continue to the Matsuri-no-mori museum which showcases the key aspects of the Takayama Festival, which takes place for two days each spring and autumn. After learning about the Takayama Festival we head to San-machi Suji. Sanmachi Suji is a collection of three streets that make up Hida Takayama’s famous historic district. The area located in the centre of Hida Takayama served as a bustling merchant town in the past. Today it is easily recognized with its distinctive old wooden architecture and charm, a traditional Japanese village area and Takayama Jinya. A small 3 lane area is filled with old wooden buildings consisting of sake breweries, small boutiques and some larger merchant houses which are now museums. After, we continue on to Nagano.

Day 12: Nagano – Matsumoto (B)

We begin with a visit to Hokusai Museum which is a museum dedicated to the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai, commonly referred to as Hokusai. His most well-known works include The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Red Fuji, which are a couple of prints from the collection Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. We then continue to the Nagano’s Zenkoji Temple – one of the most important and popular temples in Japan.

Then we leave Nagano for the city of Matsumoto. On arrival we make a visit to Matsumoto Castle, considered in the top 3 feudal castles of Japan and arguably the city’s most famous site. You will have time to stroll through the former merchant district of Nakamachi, lined with well preserved old buildings where you can find lovely local crafts, treasures and great restaurants.

Day 13: Matsumoto – Mt Fuji (B,D)

Today we leave Matsumoto behind us and travel to Mt Fuji. Visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mt Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji through porous layers of lava resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Continue your tour with a visit to the Mt Fuji 5th Station, which at 2300 meters above sea level, the offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below.

While you still have a few days to enjoy, tonight’s dinner allows you to farewell your fellow travellers before enjoying some free time in Tokyo over the next couple of days.

Day 14: Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

Today, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mt Fuji before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, Savour the numerous delights of nature in the Hakone region. Hakone is part of the Fuji- Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among the Japanese looking for a break from Tokyo.

Day 15: Tokyo (B)

Today is a free day at leisure to enjoy the Japanese way of life in one of the World’s greatest cities.

Day 16: Tokyo – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your homebound flight. 

Day 17: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return Qantas flights, with 23kg checked in baggage
  • 13 nights superior, 3-star twin share accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus a welcome and farewell dinner
  • Bullet train travel from Osaka to Kyoto
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • Arrival airport shuttle and departure transfer
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

Highlights:

  • Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kyoto
  • Visit Nara Park where over 1,200 wild deer are considered sacred and roam the park
  • Experience the technological marvel that is the Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • Step back in time in Takayama and observe the traditional Japanese wooden house still used to this day
  • Travel to Shirakawa, one of the best preserved rural villages in Japan
  • Visit one of the 3 great feudal castles of the Edo Period, and considered a Japanese national treasure – Matsumoto Castle
  •  Marvel at the picture perfect Mt Fuji and the surrounding Hakone area 
  • Experience all Tokyo has to offer and be mesmerised by one of the World’s great cities

 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book at least 90 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,500 per person are 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.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • 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:

  • Discover Japan – $1,750 per person in addition to the twin share price
  • Discovery Japan with Hiroshima – $1,950 per person in addition to the twin share price

Payable direct to our Travel Partner at the time of booking. 

Group Size: 10 – 40 people

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

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

Osaka: Hotel Plaza Osaka or similar 
Kyoto: Kyoto Plaza Hotel or similar
Kanazawa: Hotel Route-Inn Kanazawa Ekimae or similar
Takayama: Washington Hotel Plaza Takayama or similar
Matsumoto: Dormy Inn Matsumoto or similar
Mt Fuji: Hotel Alexander Yamanakako or similar
Tokyo: Apa Hotel Asakusa or similar

Hiroshima Extension:

Osaka: Izumisano Centre Hotel or similar
Horishoma: Hotel New Hiroden 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.

Land Only: Not available 

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value 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.

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates

 

2019:

13 May
27 May
17 June
9 September
27 September*
7 October*
21 October
4 November*
11 November*
18 November

Hiroshima Extension:

 

2019:

11 May
25 May
15 June
7 September
25 September*
5 October*
19 October
2 November*
09 November*
16 November

Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day earlier.

* Peak Season Surcharge – $300 per person. Payable direct to our travel partner upon confirming your booking 

Bookings not accepted when within 90 days of departure

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

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with Qantas departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
  • Adelaide and Perth a $300 per person interstate surcharge applies.
  • Including minimum 23kg 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.

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, 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 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. 

Extending your trip: 

If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then provide quotations for any alterations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. However if you are unhappy with the options a full refund of the voucher will be provided

 

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Qantas flights, with 23kg checked on baggage
  • 13 nights’ in superior, 3- star twin share accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus welcome and farewell dinners
  • Bullet train travel from Osaka to Kyoto
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation and English speaking tour guide throughout
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