Discover Japan

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

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Highlights

 

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Rich in vibrant colour, history, tradition and beauty, Japan is a spectacular destination for all kinds of travellers. Whether it’s to hike the mesmerising Alps, 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. See Tokyo’s incredible nightlife, take a famous bullet train ride, be awed by Mt Fuji and see the nation’s icon, Matsumoto Castle before heading to the crown jewel of Japan, Kyoto!

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

See the What You Get section for more.

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Tokyo

Depart Australia today on your overnight flight to Tokyo. 

Day 2: Toyko

Welcome to Japan! You will arrive at Tokyo Haneda airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Webjet representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall. 

Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neonlit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. The Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion scene.

Day 3: Tokyo (B)

Today after breakfast we make our way to the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples before browsing for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. This afternoon, relax on a Sumida River cruise before arriving at Hama-Rikyu, a beautiful landscape garden in central Tokyo featuring seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. Your last stop today is Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building for panoramic views of Tokyo before heading to your hotel. The rest of the evening is then free to get to know Tokyo at your own pace. 

Day 4: Tokyo (B)

Today is a free day to explore the World’s most populous metropolis. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city centre and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Optional Tour—Tokyo Disneyland—Whether you have been to the original Disneyland or not, this is a day not to miss for young and old. Modelled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades. Full day tickets included.

Optional Tour— Oiran Show at Roppongi Kaguwa Theater—Enjoy the fusion of contemporary and traditional that includes Japanese traditional dance performance by Oiran, Samurai, and performers dressed as Geisha in kimonos. Includes dinner and drinks as you watch the spectacular. 

Day 5: Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo (B)

Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mount 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 Mount Fuji, before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, and 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 6: Toyko (B)

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

Day 7: Tokyo –train-icon – Nagano – Matsumoto (B)

Today we leave Tokyo behind us and travel inland to the cultural city of Matsumoto, famed for it’s castle. For our journey today we board the famous Skinkansen bullet train to Nagano, travelling of speeds upto 320km/h! On arrival in Nagano we will transfer to the city of Matsumoto. 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. After we make a visit to Matsumoto Castle, considered in the top 3 feudal castles of Japan and arguably the city’s most famous site.

Day 8: Matsumoto – Takayama (B)

This morning after breakfast we leave Matsumoto and make our way to Takayama. The narrow streets of Takayama’s Sanmachi Suji historic district are lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating to the Edo Period, along with many small museums. On arrival you will be free to explore the beautiful little town of Takayama. We recommend visiting the early morning Takayama markets where local fresh produce and souvenirs stalls are on display. 

Day 9: 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 10: Takayama – Kanazawa (B)

After breakfast we make our way to Kanazawa. Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, on Japan’s central Honshu. It’s known for its well-preserved Edo Period districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. On arrival we enjoy a city tour of this colourful city. 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 day with a visit to the Omicho Market, Kanazawa’s largest fresh food market since the Edo Period. 

Day 11: Kanazawa – Kyoto (B)

This morning we leave Kanazawa and make our way to the jewel of Japan, Kyoto. On arrival 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. 

Day 12: 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. 

Optional Tour— Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery— Discover two sides to Kyoto as you visit one of its most famous shrines, then learn about sake production and tasting, during this 3.5-hour excursion in Kyoto. Begin with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, an iconic religious site with striking red torii (gates). Then visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, to learn how the drink is made and try some samples. 

Day 13: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (B)

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. 

Day 14: Kyoto – Osaka (B)

This morning after breakfast 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. After, we continue to 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 continue our journey across Japan travelling to Osaka. On arrival 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 the Floating Garden Observatory for 360 degree views of Osaka. We then make our way to the Shitenno-ji Temple. One of Japan’s oldest temples and the first ever to be built by the state. It was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism into Japan. Finally we head to the Namba area which is the city’s most famous entertainment district and offers abundant dining and shopping choices. 

Day 15: Osaka –airplane-takeoff -Australia (B)

Spend the day at your own leisure before being transferring to the airport for your homeward flight this afternoon.

Optional Tour – Osaka Aquarium—This morning you can visit one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums. Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank, representing the Pacifc Ocean, is nine meters deep and home to a whale shark, the aquarium’s main attraction. 

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today. 

 
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What You Get

 

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

  • Return international airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth with a full service airline                                                
  • Return airport transfers                
  • 13 nights’ twin share accommodation in superior central hotels!
  • Breakfast daily 
  • Ride the incredible Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation 
  • The services of a professional Webjet tour guide throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Cherry Blossom dates available!

Highlights:

  • Experience all Tokyo has to offer and be blown away by one of the World’s great cities
  • Marvel at the picture perfect Mt Fuji and the surrounding Hakone area including the Oshino springs
  • Visit one of the 3 great feudal castles of the Edo Period, and considered a Japanese national treasure – Matsumoto Castle
  • Step back in time in Takayama and observe the traditional Japanese wooden house still used to this day
  • Visit Kenroku-en Garden in Kanazawa, classified as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens”
  • Experience the technological marvel that is the Shinkansen Bullet train by travelling to Nagano
  • 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 
 
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Fine Print

 

 Tour Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary.

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)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth with Cathay Pacific (China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Qantas or similar if unavailable)
  • Adelaide customers will be flown to either Melbourne or Sydney to meet their international flight on one of the airlines above. A $300 interstate surcharge applies, please purchase the interstate fee from the extras page in addition to your $3999 voucher. 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 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. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary. 
  • 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.

Single Supplement:

16 day tour – $2,499 per person in addition to the twin share price.

You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 10 – 50 people

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

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

Tokyo – Hotel Toyoko Inn Shinagawa Eki Konan Guchi Tennouzu or similar
Matsumoto – Hotel Toyoko Inn Matsumoto Ekimae Hommachi or similar
Takayama – Hotel Garyu no Sato or similar
Kanazawa – Hotel Toyoko Inn Kanazawa Kenrokuen Korimbo or similar
Kyoto – Hotel Mystays Kyoto Shijo or similar
Osaka – Hotel Via Inn Shinsaibashi or similar

Please note: We have chosen central hotels to ensure you can easily experience the Japanese culture. Unlike western hotels, Japanese rooms can seem small in size. 

Optional Tours:

Full Day Tokyo Disneyland – $115 per person 
Oiran Show at Roppongi Kaguwa Theater – $89 per person 
Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour – $25 per person 
Osaka Aquarium – $40 per person 

All optional tours must be pre-purchased prior to departure by clicking here.

Transportation is not included for all optional programs. However, the optional programs are located in the CBD which can be accessed easily.

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. 

Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide our customers with multiple quotes based on their requirements, therefore Webjet Exclusives operate on a ONE (1) QUOTE ONLY basis: 

Should you be unsatisfied with the initial quote provided, you can opt to: 

1. Travel with the group, as per the tour itinerary and promotional airfare;  

2. Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available, or;

3. Cancel the vouchers purchased and receive a full refund.  

The quote will include instructions on how to make payment and failure to pay by the stipulated time will cause the quote to lapse.

Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference. 

Should you choose to vary your arrival date, departure date or airline from the promotional airfare, we are unable to offer the group airport transfer and this will need to be arranged at your own expense.

We are unable to provide additional accommodation for early arrivals or late departures and this will need to be arranged at your own expense.

Once your special request is confirmed, any subsequent changes will incur a fee as per the Fee Schedule in our Terms and Conditions.

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,000 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once your travel dates are booked and confirmed, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and the deposit becomes strictly non-refundable
  • Book early to secure your desired date
  • Final Payment is due no later than 120 day prior to departure. A final invoice will be emailed to you prior to 120 days.
  • 2016 travel dates must be paid in full at the time of purchase.

 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

2016

  • 11 October 2016 – SOLD OUT

2017:

  • 14 March 2017 – SOLD OUT
  • 21 March 2017^** – SOLD OUT
  • 28 March 2017^** – SOLD OUT
  • 4 April 2017^ **– SOLD OUT
  • 11 April 2017^**  – SOLD OUT
  • 9 May 2017 – SOLD OUT
  • 30 May 2017  – SOLD OUT
  • 20 June 2017
  • 25 July 2017
  • 15 August 2017
  • 29 August 2017
  • 12 September 2017
  • 26 September 2017
  • 3 October 2017 
  • 17 October 2017
  • 31 October 2017
  • 14 November 2017

^ Cherry Blossom Season – 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.

* $250 school holiday surcharge applies 

** $300 Cherry Blossom season 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

 
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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares 
  • Return airport transfers
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in superior central hotels
  • Breakfast daily 
  • Ride on the incredible bullet train
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