7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights

Including return Qantas flights, all accommodation, bullet train travel, monument entry fees, delicious daily breakfast, and more. Plus, 2020 cherry blossom travel dates now available!

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  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
  • 7 day Japan Golden Route tour with Qantas flights
 

Highlights

 

Uncover the bounty of treasures and natural wonders on a 7 day Japan Golden Route tour, beginning in Osaka and finishing in Tokyo.

Osaka is the powerhouse epicentre of the Kansai region and is home to myriad shrines, historic sites and cherry blossoms. It is also your first touchpoint with this insightful tour. From Osaka the group branches out to Nara, the location of Todaiji Temple. This temple is recognisable for housing one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Japan (it stands at an impressive 15 metres tall!) and the Nio Guardian King figures that watch over the Nandaimon Gate. Have an up-close encounter with some of Nara’s famous four-legged residents while here; the free-roaming deer that delight visitors to Nara Park. Continue to Kyoto to take in some of this city’s most notable landmarks: Nijo Castle, Togetsukyo Bridge, Kinkaku-ji, and the dreamlike Bamboo Grove in the Arashiyama District.

Step aboard a Shinkansen bullet train for the journey to Shizuoka, the prefecture where travellers will find Japan’s most famous peak: Mt Fuji. Ascend to Mt Fuji Fifth Station for a panoramic outlook across the Fuji Five Lakes area, and then travel back down to ground level to Oishi Park. A spot by Lake Kawaguchi offers another perspective of the still-striking mountain. The final destination of the tour is the ever-magnetic Tokyo, arguably one of the world’s most energetic, vibrant and diverse capital cities. Wander through the impeccably manicured Hamarikyu Gardens and learn about how the levels of its seawater ponds change with the tide. You also have the opportunity to browse for souvenirs along Nakamise Shopping Street, stroll through Asakusa Kannon Temple, take a cruise on the Sumida River, and look out over the city skyline from Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building.

This itinerary can be extended to a 9 day package to include time in Hiroshima.

 
 

Day 1: Australia   airplane-takeoff – Osaka, Japan

Depart on your Qantas flight and travel to Osaka in Japan. Upon your arrival at Kansai Airport (KIX) you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2: Osaka – Nara – Kyoto (B)

The group makes the drive from Osaka to Nara this morning, and visits Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most celebrated sites. The temple is home to a mammoth bronze Buddha statue, the largest of its kind in Japan. Pass by the Nandaimon Gate on the walk to the temple and take note of the two fierce-looking statues that stand guard at the gate. These figures represent the Nio Guardian Kings.

Walk through Nara Park on the way back from the temple. It is here where you’ll meet some of the park’s furriest residents: members of a free-roaming herd of deer. The Shinto believed the deer to be messengers of the gods and today, the park is home to almost 1200 of these four-legged creatures who have been known to eagerly approach visitors in search of deer biscuits and other edible treats. The group then moves to Kyoto to see Kinkaku-ji. This UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed beauty is a symbol of the city and is also known as the Golden Pavilion. Be on the lookout for the pavilion’s gold-covered floors.

Day 3: Kyoto train-icon– Shizuoka (B)

Visit Nijo Castle this morning. The castle was the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is now just one of the city’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Afterwards, the group moves to the Arashiyama District and then to Togetsukyo Bridge. Experience the serenity of the Bamboo Grove and later board the Shinkansen bullet train for the journey to Shizuoka. The train travels at speeds of up to 280 km/h and is a thrilling experience. A hotel transfer waits upon arrival in Hamamatsu.

Day 4: Shizuoka – Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

Make for the Mt Fuji area today. The first stop is Mt Fuji Fifth Station, which sits 2300 metres above sea level and provides an excellent vantage point for gazing across the surrounding Fuji Five Lakes landscape. Continue to Oishi Park and Lake Kawaguchi to take in a different perspective of Japan’s most famous peak. Depart for Tokyo in the afternoon.

Day 5: Tokyo (B)

The group seeks out the Hamarikyu Gardens in central Tokyo to see the seawater ponds. The levels of these pools change with the tides and are one of the Gardens’ biggest drawcards. Other notable features here are the teahouse, where visitors can take respite and enjoy the pretty scenery. There is more time to relax aboard a Sumida River cruise. Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and browse for souvenirs along Nakamise Shopping Street. The final stop on today’s itinerary is Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building for one last panorama over the city’s skyline.

Day 6: Tokyo   –  airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia.

Day 7: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

Please note that some flights may arrive one day earlier.

 

Day 1: Australia –  airplane-takeoff – Osaka, Japan

Depart on your Qantas flight and travel to Osaka in Japan. Upon your arrival at Kansai Airport (KIX) you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2: Osaka – Himeji – Hiroshima (B)

Hit the road for the journey to Hiroshima. There is a stop at Himeji Castle along the way. The castle is one of the best surviving examples of quintessential Japanese feudal architecture. Arrive in Hiroshima in the afternoon. The city has the unenviable distinction as being the location of the first atomic bomb drop during World War II and is a sombre destination to pay respects.

Day 3: Hiroshima – Osaka (B)

Your time in Hiroshima begins at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. You will then visit Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima to see the torii gate at high tide. Set out for Osaka in the afternoon.

Day 4: Osaka – Nara – Kyoto (B)

The group makes the drive from Osaka to Nara this morning, and visits Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most celebrated sites. The temple is home to a mammoth bronze Buddha statue, the largest of its kind in Japan. Pass by the Nandaimon Gate on the walk to the temple and take note of the two fierce-looking statues that stand guard at the gate. These figures represent the Nio Guardian Kings.

Walk through Nara Park on the way back from the temple. It is here where you’ll meet some of the park’s furriest residents: members of a free-roaming herd of deer. The Shinto believed the deer to be messengers of the gods and today, the park is home to almost 1200 of these four-legged creatures who have been known to eagerly approach visitors in search of deer biscuits and other edible treats. The group then moves to Kyoto to see Kinkaku-ji. This UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed beauty is a symbol of the city and is also known as the Golden Pavilion. Be on the lookout for the pavilion’s gold-covered floors.

Day 5: Kyoto train-icon– Shizuoka (B)

Visit Nijo Castle this morning. The castle was the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is now just one of the city’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Afterwards, the group moves to the Arashiyama District and then to Togetsukyo Bridge. Experience the serenity of the Bamboo Grove and later board the Shinkansen bullet train for the journey to Shizuoka. The train travels at speeds of up to 280 km/h and is a thrilling experience. A hotel transfer waits upon arrival in Hamamatsu.

Day 6: Shizuoka – Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

Make for the Mt Fuji area today. The first stop is Mt Fuji Fifth Station, which sits 2300 metres above sea level and provides an excellent vantage point for gazing across the surrounding Fuji Five Lakes landscape. Continue to Oishi Park and Lake Kawaguchi to take in a different perspective of Japan’s most famous peak. Depart for Tokyo in the afternoon.

Day 7: Tokyo (B)

The group seeks out the Hamarikyu Gardens in central Tokyo to see the seawater ponds. The levels of these pools change with the tides and are one of the Gardens’ biggest drawcards. Other notable features here are the teahouse, where visitors can take respite and enjoy the pretty scenery. There is more time to relax aboard a Sumida River cruise. Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and browse for souvenirs along Nakamise Shopping Street. The final stop on today’s itinerary is Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building for one last panorama over the city’s skyline.

Day 8: Tokyo  –  airplane-takeoff – Australia  (B)

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia.

Day 9: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

Please note that some flights may arrive one day earlier.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return Qantas flights
  • All transfers within Japan 
  • 5 nights’ 3-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • All monument entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Bullet train travel from Kyoto to Shizuoka
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transport and professional English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • Option to extend to 9 day itinerary to include time in Hiroshima

Hiroshima extension includes:

  • 2 extra nights’ 3-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Inclusions as above
  • Hiroshima and Himeji including sightseeing

Highlights: 

  • Visit Nara Park where over 1,200 wild deer are considered sacred and roam the park
  • Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kyoto
  • Experience the technological marvel that is the Shinkansen Bullet Train
  • Marvel at the picture perfect Mt Fuji and the surrounding Hakone area 
  • Be moved by the war history of Hiroshima 
  • 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 by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,180/$1,280 per person is 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.
  • 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.

Documentation: Documentation will be provided within 2 weeks prior to departure. A preliminary itinerary will be sent you prior to this time to ensure that you can arrange your Visas (where required) in a timely manner. 

Single Supplement: 

7 day Japan’s Golden Route tour  – $950 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price.

9 day Japan’s Golden Route tour with Hiroshima  – $1,150 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price.

Payable direct to our Travel Partner upon booking confirmation.

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 10 – 40 people

Accommodation: 

7 day itinerary:

Osaka (day 1): Hotel Plaza Osaka or similar
Kyoto: Apa Hotel Kyoto Ekimae or similar
Shizuoka: Hotel Crown Palais Hamamatsu or similar
Tokyo: Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or Ginza Creston Hotel or similar

9 day itinerary:

Osaka (day 1): Izumisano Centre Hotel
Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden or similar
Osaka: Hotel Plaza Osaka or similar
Kyoto: Apa Hotel Kyoto Ekimae or similar
Shizuoka: Hotel Crown Palais Hamamatsu or similar
Tokyo: Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

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

Kyoto to Shizuoka Bullet Train: Ordinary Class

The accommodation listed may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Land Only: Not available 

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, a traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

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

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote

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

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

7 day itinerary:

5 March
12 March
19 March*
26 March*
2 April*
5 April*
9 April*
16 April*
21 May
11 June
20 August
3 September
15 October
29 October*
5 November*
12 November*
19 November

*A $350 per person peak season surcharge applies

9 day itinerary:

3 March
10 March
17 March*
24 March*
31 March*
3 April*
7 April*
14 April*
19 May
2 June
9 June
23 June*
18 August
1 September
8 September
13 October
27 October*
3 November*
10 November*
17 November

*A $400 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 45 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 BOOK NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane with Qantas and their codeshare partners 
  • Adelaide or Perth customers – A $300 Interstate surcharges applies per person.
  • Including minimum 15kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return flight is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • The flight 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 and 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. 

Please note, if you have selected a breakaway, airport transfers (if applicable) will not be provided. 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Qantas flights, plus all airport transfers within Japan
  • 5 nights’ twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • All monument entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Bullet train travel from Kyoto to Shizuoka
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transport and professional English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • 2020 Cherry blossom and koyo/autumn leave season dates available!
  • Option to extend to 9 day itinerary to include time in Hiroshima
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