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15 day Traditional Japan small group tour with flights

15 day traditional Japan small group tour including return international flights, traditional Japanese Ryokan accommodation, temple stay, breakfast daily, professional tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
  • 15 day traditional Japan small group tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Enjoy authentic Japanese experiences on our 15 day Traditional Japan Small Group Tour

Be enchanted by the beauty and hospitality of Japan. From striking landscapes to ancient temples, to dynamic, modern cities, efficient transport and king, courteous people – Japan has the power to steal even the most experienced traveller’s heart.

Immerse yourself in vibrant Tokyo taking in some of the city’s cultural highlights, explore the stunning rural town of Nikko and the famous shrine Toshogu. Spend time in Hakone where you can admire the picturesque surroundings and even catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji from a distance. Onward to Kanazawa where you can marvel at the stunning gardens. Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kyoto

Your tour includes return international flights, traditional Japanese Ryokan accommodation, temple stay, breakfast daily, professional tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Tokyo

Depart Australia for Tokyo. On arrival in Tokyo, please make your own way to your hotel.

Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day earlier.

Day 2: Tokyo (B)

Welcome to Japan – the Land of the Rising Sun. Your first full day in Tokyo will take you through some of the city’s cultural highlights such as Sensoji Temple (Tokyo’s largest, oldest, and most important Buddhist Temple), Shibuya (casual neighbourhood that most resembles NYC’s Times Square), Harajuku (neighbourhood chock full of unique fashion and crepes), and Meiji Shrine.

Day 3: Tokyo –train-icon– Nikko (B)

From Tokyo, we’ll transfer to Nikko by express train – a stunning rural town two hours outside of Tokyo by train. Nikko is also home to Nikko National Park, which is most famous for Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine called Toshogu that we’ll visit. The area is also the former centre of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built, and Nikko National Park offers plenty of mountain hiking trails, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and wild monkeys. In the evening, if you have any energy left, we’ll walk to Kanmangafuchi Abyss which is known for its row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased. The statues look out over the river and across to the Nikko Botanical Garden making for a beautiful, scenic bike ride or walk.

Day 4: Nikko (B)

During our second day in Nikko, we’ll visit a local sake brewery in the morning. Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice and is often referred to as nihonshu in Japanese. The foundations of good sake are quality rice, clean water, koji mold and yeast. Sake is typically filtered with the result being clear to slightly yellowish rice wines that have an alcohol content of around 15-17% and depending on where you go in Japan, the flavor profiles will change as well. Once we’ve heightened our spirits, we’ll explore Lake Chuzenji.

Lake Chuzenji is located at the foot of Mount Nantai, Nikko’s sacred volcano, whose eruption blocked the valley below, thereby creating the lake nearly 20,000 years ago. Chuzenjiko’ shores are mostly undeveloped and forested except at the lake’s eastern end where the small hot spring town of Chuzenjiko Onsen was built. Our time at the lake will also include a look at Kegon Falls, the most famous waterfall in Nikko and ranked one of the top 3 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan.

Day 5: Nikko –train-icon– Hakone (B)

Today we make our way to Hakone by express train. Given its close proximity to Tokyo, Hakone is a popular getaway for both Japanese and overseas visitors alike. Here it’s easy to spend a day enjoying nature or relaxing at one of the many onsens in the area. Take an express train from Nikko and for our two days in Hakone, options for exploring may include a leisurely boat ride around Lake Ashinoko and granted that we have good weather, we’ll be able to see Mt. Fuji from the boat.

Day 6: Hakone (B)

Today you might also like to visit Owakudani which is a stop on the Hakone Ropeway. Much of the Owakudani area is today an active volcanic zone where people can experience hot springs and hot rivers. Hakone used to be an important checkpoint to control traffic along the Tokaido highway which linked Tokyo to Kyoto during the Edo Period. A short, cedar lined passage of the old Tokaido road is located along the shore of Lake Ashinoko. We’ll take a walk through and enjoy this more traditional side of Hakone.

Day 7: Hakone –train-icon– Kanazawa (B)

Kanazawa boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. However, Kanazawa’s main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s three best landscape gardens and by many considered the most beautiful of them all. The spacious grounds of the garden used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and were constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries. Kenrokuen now features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season. Chaya in Japanese means “teahouse,” and Higashi Chaya is an old teahouse district with exclusive types of restaurants where guests used to be entertained by geisha who performed song and dance. Kanazawa has three, well preserved chaya districts, Higashi Chaya being the largest and most well-known of the three. Other buildings along the central street now house cafes and shops. One of the shops, Hakuza, even sells gold leaf products, a specialty of Kanazawa, and has a tea ceremony room, which is completely covered in gold leaf.      

Day 8: Kanazawa (B)

Today we visit Omicho Market – a busy and colourful network of covered streets lined with about 200 shops and stalls. Most shops specialize in the excellent local seafood and produce, but you can also find flowers, clothing, kitchen tools and more on sale. Nagamachi was a former 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. One of the main attractions of the district is the centrally located Nomura-ke, a restored samurai residence displaying the lifestyle and artefacts of the era when samurai were prosperous. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure.

Day 9: Kanazawa –train-icon– Kyoto (B)

Once we arrive in Kyoto via express train, step back in time with visits to Gion and a walk through Old Town Kyoto streets that lead up to Kiyomizudera Temple known as Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka. These are two of Kyoto’s most attractive streets as they are lined with beautifully restored traditional shophouses and closed off to cars. These pedestrian-only lanes that slope up towards the temple make for some of the most atmospheric strolling in the whole city. Gion attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden restaurants and teahouses where geisha often perform.

Day 10: Kyoto (B)

Today we continue exploring Kyoto including Ryoanji Gardens, Kinkakuji Temple, and Arashiyama.Ryoanji is the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden. Originally serving as an aristocrat’s villa during the Heian Period, Ryoanji was converted into a Zen temple in 1450. What is so unique about this garden is that the date of construction is unknown as is the designer, and perhaps most peculiar is that from any vantage point at least one of the rocks is always hidden from the viewer. Kinkakuji is a beautiful Zen temple in northern Kyoto with the top two floors completely covered in gold leaf. The temple overlooks a large pond and is Kyoto’s most photographed temple. Burned down a number of times throughout history, the current structure was built in 1955. Arashiyama, a smaller district on the outskirts of western Kyoto is most famous for its bamboo forest. The walking paths that cut through the bamboo forest make for a nice walk. The bamboo grown here is used to manufacture various products like baskets, cups, boxes and even small mats used to make sushi.

Day 11: Kyoto –train-icon– Koyasan (B,D)

Today, we’ll visit Mt. Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s most significant religious figures. Mt. Koya is also the start and end point of the famous Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. We’ll walk to Okunoin Temple, the site of the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi and one of the most sacred places in Japan and a popular pilgrimage spot.

Day 12: Koyasan –train-icon– Kyoto (B)

We’ll begin the day in silence and stillness with a morning meditation to set our intentions for the day. Once finished, we’ll return to our accommodation to collect our belongings and transfer to Kyoto by train. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore beautiful Kyoto at your own pace. Consult the guide on the places, activities and shopping areas you wish to visit. Kyoto is full of World Heritage sites with myriad of options to choose from.

Day 13: Kyoto –train-icon– Tokyo (B)

The tour concludes with a bullet train ride back to Tokyo. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure for any last minute shopping or sightseeing.

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

Today it’s time to say sayonara to Japan as we accompany you to the train station to catch your flight home.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service carrier including checked baggage
  • 13 nights twins share accommodation including hotels, traditional Japanese ryokans and one temple stay
  • Breakfast daily plus dinner while on the temple stay
  • 7 day Japan Rail pass, Hakone Free pass and Tobu Nikko Pass
  • Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • All transportation is on public trains or buses
  • The services of a professional English-speaking guide for the entire tour
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary

Highlights:

  • Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites in  Kyoto
  • Explore the stunning rural town of Nikko and the famous shrine Toshogu
  • Visit the stunning gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
  • Explore the beautiful old teahouse district of Higashi Chaya
  • Visit old samurai residences and learn of their era
  • Stay in a ryokan to experience the traditional Japanese way of life
  • Enjoy an overnight temple stay experience in Koyasan
  • Ride the technological marvel that is the Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • The opportunity to marvel at Mt Fuji and the surrounding Hakone area 
  • Immerse yourself in vibrant Tokyo – one of the World’s great cities
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Travel dates are subject to availability.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $999 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. 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.

Tour Excludes: Travel insurance, Tipping, Visas and anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘Optional’

Single Supplement: Not available 

Triple Share: Not available 

Group Sizes: 6 -20 people 

Accommodation: 

Tokyo – Agora Asakusa or similar 
Nikko – Turtle Inn or similar 
Hakone – guest house or similar 
Kanazawa – Garden Hotel or similar 
Kyoto – Heianbo Ryokan or similar 
Koyasan – temple stay experience

Please note that hotel rooms in Japan are smaller in sizes compare to other countries

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

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

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

 

Travel Dates

 

2018:

20 September 2018
23 September 2018
14 October 2018
24 October 2018
1 November 2018
8 November 2018
25 November 2018
13 December 2018

* A $250 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 65 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 airfares with Malaysia Airlines, China Southern, Qantas or similar 
  • Please note – customers travelling from Perth will depart Australia on day two and arrive in Japan on day two 
  • 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. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

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 the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

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:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

  

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares 
  • 13 nights twins share accommodation including hotels, traditional Japanese ryokans and one temple stay
  • Breakfast daily plus dinner while on the temple stay
  • 7 day Japan Rail pass, Hakone Free pass and Tobu Nikko Pass
  • Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo
  • The services of a professional English-speaking guide for the entire tour
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
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