Day 1: Australia – – Tokyo
Board your flight bound for the buzz of Tokyo.
Day 2: Tokyo
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.
Day 3: Tokyo (B)
Wake this morning to enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Head out today to explore the bustling streets of Tokyo. Highlights on today’s agenda include a visit by the Meiji Shrine, a stroll through Asakusa Kannon Temple and a stop at the Nakamise Shopping Street to pick up some souvenirs. This afternoon, you will enjoy a water bus ride to Hama-Rikyu garden and a visit to Tokyo Tower.
Day 4: Tokyo (B)
Today is yours to do as little or as much as you like. Why not brave the crowds and cross the iconic Shibuya Crossing, or spend a fun-filled day at Tokyo Disneyland?
Day 5: Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo (B, L)
The first stop of today is Oshino Hakkai, also known as the springs of Mt Fuji. The eight ponds that make up the natural springs are fed by the melting snow that comes off the neighbouring mountain. Enjoy lunch at a a local restaurant, before embarking on a cruise upon Lake Ashi, located in the stunning Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Return to Tokyo this evening.
Day 6: Tokyo (B)
Today is yours to do as little or as much as you like. As this is your last full day in Tokyo, be sure to tick off any last minute sights you might have missed out on in previous days.
Day 7: Tokyo – Matsumoto (B)
Leave Tokyo behind today as your travel towards the city of Matsumoto. Stop by the iconic Matsumoto Castle, before continuing on to the former merchant district of Nakamachi. Here you’ll find a place filled with traditional architecture, great restaurants and shops for all your souvenir needs.
Day 8: Matsumoto – Takayama (B)
Rise this morning to make your way to Takayama. First on the agenda is a visit to the Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum that showcases traditional houses from this ancient part of Japan. It’s then on to the Matsuri-no-Mori museum, a place that is home to past relics of the annual Takayama Festival, a celebration that occurs for 2 days in spring and autumn every year.
Day 9: Takayama – Kanazawa (B)
Indulge in a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out to explore the bustling Takayama markets, home to fresh local produce and incredible displays of keepsakes and souvenirs. Spend time wandering down the narrow streets of Takayama’s Sanmachi Suji historic district, a place filled with traditional wooden merchant’s houses that date back to the ancient Edo Period. Stop by Shirakawago Villa, before arriving in Kanazawa later tonight.
Day 10: Kanazawa (B)
Today see’s you discover the beauty of stunning Kanazawa. First up is a visit to the Nagamachi Buke Yashiki district, an ancient samurai town located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle. It’s here where the samurai’s and their families used to reside. Next stop is a stroll through the spectacular Kenrokua-en Garden, regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole of Japan. See traditional tea-houses in the Higashi Chayagai district, before heading to the Omicho Market, where you will end the day roaming the stalls filled with fresh local produce.
Day 11: Kanazawa – Kyoto (B)
Leave Kanazawa behind as you make your way to the ancient town of Kyoto. Picturesque and mesmerising are just some of the words you could use to describe this gorgeous destination. Set out on a tour of some of the key highlights of the city, including a visit to Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former residence of Tokugawa Shogunate; Kinkakuji, a Zen Buddhist temple more commonly known as the Golden Pavillion; and the iconic Togetsu Bridge.
Day 12: Kyoto (B)
Today is yours to do as little or as much as you like. With over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 shrines and an abundance of ancient culture, you won’t be short of things to discover and explore in Kyoto.
Day 13: Kyoto – Nara – Osaka (B)
Travel to Nara this morning. Stop by Kiyomizu Temple to be entertained by a traditional Kimono show, and take a look at the iconic orange pillars that make up the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Wander back through Nara Park, a place that is home to over 1,200 freely roaming dear of which are considered in Shinto to be messangers of the Gods. Visit one of Japan’s most well-known temples, Todaji Temple, before continuing on wards towards Osaka.
Day 14: Osaka (B)
Start your day with a visit to Osaka Castle, a structure originally constructed in 1583. It’s then on to Shitenno-ji Temple, one of the oldest in all of Japan, and the Umeda Floating Garden Observatory where you can enjoy picturesque views across the whole of the city of Osaka. End your day shopping up a storm at the Shinsaibashi Shopping District.
Day 15: Osaka – – Australia (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.
Day 16: Australia
Arrive home today.