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16 day Timeless Japan tour with flights

16 day Timeless Japan tour including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, professional tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

$3,999
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Highlights

 

Whether it’s the extraordinary contrast of traditional heritage and contemporary touches, the meticulous and thoughtful people or the exquisite culinary delights, you’ll find little not to fall in love with in Japan.

Spend 16 incredible days touring the land of the rising sun and experience the best that Japan has to offer. Travel from buzzing Tokyo to Osaka and on your way see brilliant landmarks including Hakone, Matsumoto Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Osaka Castle. Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park. Enjoy a spectacular view of Mt Fuji and be mesmerised by the different seasons of Japan.

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, professional tour guide, in-depth sightseeing & more! Cherry Blossom dates available!

See Inclusions for more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff– Tokyo

Take an international flight from Australia to Tokyo via a connecting city.

Please note: some flights may depart one day later.

Day 2: Tokyo

On arrival in Tokyo, your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 3: Tokyo (B)

Today we will take a full-day coach tour of Tokyo, starting with Meiji Shrine. The shrine is located within a 170 acre forest in the centre of Tokyo. Constructed of cypress wood and copper, the shrine commemorates Emperor Meiji, Japan’s 122nd emperor, who presided over Japan’s industrial revolution and emergence onto the world stage. Next we visit Asakusa district and visit Senso-ji Temple. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. On the approach is Senso-ji is Nakamise Shopping Street, a centuries-old promenade of shops selling traditional snacks and souvenirs like kimonos and bottles of saké. We then visit Tokyo Sky Tree. Opening in May 2012, the Skytree is a television and radio broadcast site, and contains a restaurant and two viewing platforms. At 634m, this is the 2nd-tallest structure in the world! We round off the day with a trip to Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Built as an island fortress in the 19th century, Odaiba will be a venue for the 2020 Olympic Games, and is already a popular leisure and sightseeing area.

Day 4: Tokyo (B)

Enjoy a free day of leisure in Tokyo.

Optimal Tour (at own expense): Tokyo Day tour. 

Day 5: Tokyo – Yokohama – Hakone – Kawaguchiko (B,D)

Take we take a  tour of Hakone. En route, we explore the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. These buildings were erected a century ago as customs buildings for Yokohama Port. Requisitioned by the US military after World War 2, in 2002 they were re-purposed as a cultural and shopping complex. Next, we visit the incredible Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Kotoku-in Temple. Constructed in 1252 and once covered in gold, the bronze Great Buddha is an impressive sight. This is followed by a boat cruise on Lake Ashi. The lake sits within Mount Hakone, and is famed for its views of Mount Fuji. Boats inspired by western warships cruise the scenic lake, and the picturesque forested region has been popular for hikers and sightseers for centuries. Transfer to Kawaguchiko, where you will enjoy dinner before spending spend the night in your traditional hot-spring onsen guesthouse.

Day 6: Kawaguchiko – Mount Fuji – Matsumoto – Nagano (B)

Today we visit Mount Fuji‘s 5th Station. Here, above the clouds, we will view the sacred mountain’s enormous summit if weather permits. We then transfer to Matsumoto (approx. 2.5 hour drive), where we visit Matsumoto Castle, also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior. Completed around 1593 and is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. Transfer to Nagano and to your hotel.

Day 7: Nagano – Jigokudani – Kamikochi – Takayama (B)

Travel by coach to Takayama. Along the way, we will visit Jigokudani – the famous Monkey Park where, in winter, Japanese Macaques bathe in volcanic hot springs. We’ll also visit picturesque Taisho Pond (Taishoike) in Kamikochi. This is a beautiful scenic destination, with Mt. Hotakadake and Mt. Yakedake visible in the distance, and the scenery around the lake changes dramatically with the passing seasons. Next, visit Kappa Bashi (Kappa Bridge) – where you’ll find a suspension bridge over the river, affording spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Transfer to Takayama.

Day 8: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa (B)

Today we travel to Shirakawago Village, a World Heritage site where 114 Gassho-style houses with steeplypitched roofs in the shape of a triangle. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. On the way, we stop at Takayama’s Old Town, a wonderfully well-preserved slice of old Japan, with houses and shops dating back to the Edo period (1600-1868). As well as the charming architecture, there are unique cafes and a number of old saké breweries. Enjoy some free time to explore the sights, and then it’s on to Shirakawago, where from the site’s observation deck you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of this UNESCOlisted village of thatched-roof houses among the gorgeous mountainous scenery. Transfer to Kanazawa to rest for the evening.

Day 9: Kanazawa – Kyoto (B)

In Kanazawa, visit Kenrokuen Garden – one of Japan’s top three landscape gardens. Developed over more than 200 years, starting in 1620, the garden contains almost 9000 trees and 200 plant species. We also visit Nomura House, the historic residence of the Nomura Samurai clan. The house and grounds provide an insight into the lifestyle of the Samurai class during the 16th-19th centuries, and feature beautiful architecture, gardens, and décor such as painted screen doors. We then make our way onto Kyoto. 

Day 10: Kyoto (B)

Enjoy a free day of leisure in Kyoto.

Day 11: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (B)

This morning, we travel the short distance to Nara, and visit Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion. This is a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden. The detailed architecture incorporates three distinct architectural styles – Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Next, we visit Heian Jingu (Heian Shinto Shrine), a replica of an ancient imperial palace, and a symbol of the rebirth of Kyoto after World War 2 – the enormous vermillion orange tori gate is unforgettable! Next, we visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses a huge 15m tall bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We then wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 tame sika deer roam freely. Return to Kyoto by coach.

Day 12: Kyoto – Osaka (B,D)

This morning we travel by coach to Osaka to visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century. The castle is elaborately fortified, and decorated in an attractive white and green colour scheme. After exploring the extensive castle and grounds, we move on to something more modern – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory, which provides an unparalleled elevated view of Osaka. The viewing platform is suspended between two 40-story towers, at 173 metres above the city streets. The Namba-Shimsaibashi area in the city’s South encompasses the city’s premier shopping districts, full of boutiques, designers outlets, restaurants and bars. We end the day with dinner at an Izakaya. These are Japanese-style bars which serve a variety of side dishes along with saké and beer – their grilled meat skewers are particularly good!

Day 13: Osaka – Himeji – Osaka (B)

Today we take a half-day tour by coach to Himeji Castle, which is the largest surviving example of a traditional Japanese castle. Comprising 83 buildings, the white roof of this UNESCO-registered complex is said to evoke the wings of a heron taking flight – hence the popular name ‘Shirasagi-jō’ – White Heron Castle. In 1945 an American firebomb was dropped into the top floor of the keep, but didn’t ignite, and the castle was renovated in 1956. Himeji Castle is the most visited in Japan, and the site offers some wonderful views of surrounding Himeji city. Arrive back at the hotel around lunchtime, and enjoy the afternoon free at leisure.

Day 14: Osaka (B)

Enjoy a free of leisure in Osaka.

Optimal Tour (at own expense): Osaka Day tour. 

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

After breakfast transfer to Osaka airport for your flight home via a connecting city. 

Day 16: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • Return airport transfers in Japan 
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Private coach transportation & the services of a professional English speaking guide
  • In depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All site entry fees
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Cherry Blossom travel dates available!

Highlights:

  • Scale the second-tallest structure in the world, the Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi, famed for its views of Mount Fuji.
  • Explore the unique cafes and old saké breweries of Takayama’s Old Town
  • Experience Jigokudani – the famous Snow Monkey Park 
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park
  • Explore Himeji Castle, the largest surviving Japanese castle
  • Enjoy free time at leisure in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

 

 

Fine Print

 

 How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed to secure your requested travel date.
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)

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
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 7 to 14 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: 

$1,300 per person in addition to the twin share price. Payable direct at the time of booking to Nexus Holidays

Group Size: 2-48 

Triple Share: Not available

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below 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.

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

Tokyo: Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar
Kawaguchiko: Motosu View Hotel or similar
Nagano: Hotel JAL City Nagano or similar
Takayama: Hida Hotel Plaza or similar
Kanazawa: Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Kyoto: New Miyaka or similar
Osaka: Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia or similar

Optional Tours: 

Tokyo Day tour: $250 per person
Osaka Day tour: $250 per person 

Payable direct to Nexus Holidays upon confirming your booking. 

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

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

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value 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

 

2018

25 June
17 July
19 August
17 September
09 October
06 November^

2019

27 March**
03 April**
10 April*
17 April*
08 May
22 May
25 June
17 July
19 August
17 September*
09 October*
06 November^

* Peak Season Surcharge $300 per person 

**Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge $500 per person 

Surcharges payable direct to Nexus Holidays 

^The end of Oct through early Nov is the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn.

Please note: Cherry Blossoms and Crimson Leaves 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

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

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 departing Sydney or Melbourne with a full service Chinese carrier, China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, China Airlines or similar
  • Brisbane & Adelaide – A $300 per person interstate surcharge applies. Payable direct to Nexus Holidays
  • Perth – $600 per person interstate surcharge applies. Payable direct to Nexus Holidays
  • Customers may be flown to Sydney or Melbourne to join their international flights.
  • Interstate surcharge can be paid when completing your booking with Nexus Holidays
  • Including minimum 20kg 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:

  • 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/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 1-2 weeks before departure.

Stay behind surcharge:

If you wish to extend your trip, from $250 per person per breakaway charge will apply (subject to availability and applicable fare difference) payable to Nexus Holidays. Your stay behind request must be submitted when completing your booking form. 

 

Travel Information

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return airfares with a full service airline
  • Return airport transfers
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Private coach transportation
  • The services of a professional English speaking guide
  • In depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Cherry Blossom travel dates available
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