Discover Japan

16 day Discover Japan tour with return flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing & more! Cherry Blossom dates available.

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16 days | per person twin share | | Typically $11,588!
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  • 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

Highlights

 

Rich in vibrant colour, history, tradition and beauty, Japan is a spectacular destination for all kinds of travellers. Whether it’s to eat world class cuisine or soak up the cultural bounties, Japan never fails to surprise and delight. It seamlessly combines old and new world to boast magnificent diversity that you can’t help but fall in love with. 

Experience Japan’s very best with this 16 day Discover Japan tour.

Explore buzzing Osaka, see the best sights in the crown jewel of Japan, Kyoto, experience Tokyo’s incredible nightlife, take a famous bullet train ride, be awed by Mt Fuji and see the nation’s icon, Matsumoto Castle, plus so much more.

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, dedicated tour guide, coach transportation, meals, sightseeing and more.

See the What You Get section for more.

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Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Japan.

Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.

Day 2: Osaka

Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the transfer to your accommodation.

Day 3: Osaka (B)

Free day at leisure.

Day 4: Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B, D)

This morning we get to know this neon powerhouse starting with a visit to 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. After 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.

Day 5: Osaka –train-icon– Kyoto (B)

This morning, we board on the Japan famous Bullet Train Shinkansen to Kyoto. We begin with the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall. The water is said to have a different benefit, namely to cause longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life. The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and has spectacular views over Kyoto. 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. It is then on to Kinkakuji, 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. We finish with a visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. 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. Afternoon free at leisure

Day 9: Kanazawa – Shirakawa Go – Takayama (B)

Today after breakfast we make our way to Takayama. Enroute, we visit Shirakawa. Shirakawa 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 10: Takayama (B)

Today we visit some of Takayama’s highlights. We begin our day with the Hida 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.

Day 11: Takayama – Matsumoto (B)

Today we leave Takayama 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 12: Matsumoto – Mt Fuji (B,D)

Today we leave Matsumoto behind us and travel to Mt Fuji.

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 13: Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

Today, 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. Later, 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 14: 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 15: Tokyo – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

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

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

 

 

 

 
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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Japan.

Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.           

Day 2: Osaka –train-icon– Hiroshima

Upon arrival at Kansai airport, make your way to Kansai Station to board the train to Hiroshima. On arrival at Hiroshima, make your own way to your hotel. 

Day 3: Hiroshima – Himeji – Osaka (B)

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

Day 4: Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B, D)                                                                          

This morning we get to know this neon powerhouse starting with a visit to 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. After 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.               

Day 5: Osaka – Kyoto (B)                                                                              

This morning, we board on the Japan famous Bullet Train Shinkansen to Kyoto. We begin with the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall. The water is said to have a different benefit, namely to cause longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life. The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and has spectacular views over Kyoto. 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. It is then on to Kinkakuji, 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. We finish with a visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. We then continue 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. Afternoon free at leisure                   

Day 9: Kanazawa – Shirakawa Go – Takayama (B)                                                           

Today after breakfast we make our way to Takayama. Enroute, we visit Shirakawa. Shirakawa 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 10: Takayama (B)                                                   

Today we visit some of Takayama’s highlights. We begin our day with the Hida 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.                                

Day 11: Takayama – Matsumoto (B)                                       

Today we leave Takayama 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 12: Matsumoto – Mt Fuji (B,D)                                                                                             

Today we leave Matsumoto behind us and travel to Mt Fuji.

Tonight, enjoy a group dinner.                                                        

Day 13: Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)                                                                                                         

Today, 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. Later, 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 14: 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 15: Tokyo – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)                                                     

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

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today.
                                                   

 

 
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What You Get

 

Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, dedicated tour guide, coach transportation, in-depth sightseeing and more…

  • Return international airfares with a full service airline, including 23kgs checked luggage
  • 13 nights standard 3* twin share accommodation throughout
  • Breakfast daily, plus a welcome dinner and farewell dinner with your group
  • Ride the bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto
  • Professional tour guide throughout
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Cherry Blossom dates available!

Highlights:

  • Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites by getting up close to 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

 

 

 
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Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • 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 $199 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your final payment is made.
  • Final Payment is due 60 days after initial deposit. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 90 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/
  • PLEASE NOTE: No flight, staybehind or special requests will be actioned until your 2nd instalment payment is made.
  • 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.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 60 days after purchase or 90 days prior travel whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with China Southern (or similar) departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
  • Adelaide and Perth a $300 per person interstate surcharge applies. You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click “Buy Now” or by clicking here
  • 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:

  • 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. 

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 time our Flight specialists will contact you 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.

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

Single Supplement:

  • 16 day tour – $1,699 per person in addition to the twin share price.
  • 16 day tour with Hiroshima– $1,899 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Please purchase your twin share voucher first. You can then purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

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 Royal Resort Yamanakako or similar
Tokyo: Apa Hotel Asakusa 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: To purchase this deal land only (no flights) please click here 

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

Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates

6 March 2018
13 March 2018^ – Early Season Cherry Blossom
27 March 2018^ – Cherry Blossom
10 April 2018^ – Cherry Blossom
8 May 2018
26 June 2018
24 July 2018*
21 August 2018
11 September 2018
2 October 2018*
30 October 2018#
6 November 2018#
20 November 2018

^ Cherry Blossom Dates – $500 surcharge per person. Please note: Cherry Blossoms are highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates. Please refer to historical bloom dates here: http://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/index.php 

* Peak Season Dates – $500 surcharge per person applies on these dates.

# Koyo/Maple Season Dates – Best time to view Koyo season. Please note: Koyo season is seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view change in colours, but we can’t guarantee autumn foliage.

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

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • Standard 3* twin share accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus a welcome dinner & farewell dinner
  • Bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto
  • Professional tour guide throughout
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
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