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9 DAYS FROM $2799*

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EXPERIENCE THE RICH HISTORY & CULTURE OF JAPAN
VISIT TOKYO, KYOTO, OSAKA, MT FUJI & MORE

INCLUDES RETURN QANTAS FLIGHTS

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Japan is a vibrant mix of ultra-modern cities, historical temples, iconic scenery, incredible cuisine and buzzing nightlife. Paired with respectful, interesting people and a beautiful culture, this country has quickly become one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations - and you can discover the very best of it all with this nine day highlights package. 

Explore historic Osaka at your own pace, and be sure to try local delicacies to be found in the city; discover the ancient capital of Kyoto, home to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine; visit the UNESCO-listed villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, tucked into the mountains; experience Mt Fuji’s 5th Station along with a short cruise on Lake Ashi; and immerse yourself in exciting Tokyo with time at leisure to see everything this unique city has to offer. 

Includes return international flights with award-winning Qantas Airways, seven nights quality hotel accommodation, daily breakfast & more.

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DAY 1 NEW ZEALAND – OSAKA, JAPAN

Today depart from Auckland for Osaka, Japan. Fly with award winning Qantas Airways. Please note all flights will transit through Sydney, Australia before flying direct to Osaka. 

Upon arrival at Osaka Airport you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The second largest city in Japan, Osaka has the nickname ‘Tenka no Daidokoro’ (the Nation’s Kitchen) thanks to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise. Be sure to try local delicacies such as Takoyaki, a popular deep-fried snack made with wheat-flour batter and octopus, or Okonomiyaki, a grilled savoury pancake. 

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka 
Meals included: None

 

DAY 2 OSAKA FREE DAY

Enjoy a free day in Osaka to explore this historic city at your own pace or you can take the opportunity to join an option tour to Hiroshima (not included). 

Optional Tour: Hiroshima Sightseeing Tour including Bullet Train - 46,000 Yen per person 
This morning transfer to Shin-Osaka train station, where your bullet train awaits. Climb aboard and marvel at the train’s incredible velocity during a 2-hour ride to Hiroshima. On arrival, continue the journey to Miyajimaguchi by coach or train then board a boat travelling to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. A landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island for 45-minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine then revitalise with a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included). Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a moment of contemplation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near to where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s regenerative recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Return to the train station for the exhilarating return journey to Osaka on the bullet train, where the tour concludes.

Overnight: Toyoko Inn Osaka Abeno Tennoji, Osaka Castle Hotel or similar, Osaka 
Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 3 OSAKA – KYOTO – GIFU

This morning, depart Osaka for Kyoto. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to explore the ancient capital, or take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Kyoto (not included). The bus will depart from downtown Kyoto at 4:00pm to travel onwards to Gifu. 

Optional Tour: Kyoto Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person 
The tour includes a stop at Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The tour continues with a visit to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto which has gold leaf covered floors on the top two floors. The last stop of the tour is to witness a Kimono Fashion Show where beautiful women wearing varieties of kimono and obi (sash) appear on stage with Japanese music.

Overnight: Quintessa Hotel Ogaki, Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar, Gifu 
Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 4 GIFU – TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWA – MATSUMOTO/SUWA

This morning you will visit the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages, with their Gassho-style houses, survived on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. Both are examples of a traditional way of life that is perfectly adapted to the environment and the people’s social and economic circumstances. Enjoy a walk among the incredible houses. Afterwards travel to Takayama Jinya, a former government outpost established to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu. Next, travel to the hotel in Matsumoto/Suwa area.

Overnight: Route Inn Matsumoto, Route Inn Suwa Inter or similar, Masumoto/Suwa  
Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 5 MATSUMOTO/SUWA – MT FUJI – YOKOHAMA

After breakfast, drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, it offers a vantage point for Mt Fuji and the surrounding lakes (weather permitting). The 5th Station also features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Ashi, nearby in Hakone National Park, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Yokohama this evening, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Hokke Club Fujisawa, Hotel Wing International, Comfort Hotel, Best Western or similar, Yokohama Area 
Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 6 YOKOHAMA – TOKYO AREA

This morning you will drive to Tokyo and arrive at the hotel at approximately 11:00am. The standard hotel check in time is 3:00pm so you can store your luggage at the front desk and and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Tokyo at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to join an optional Tokyo sightseeing tour (not included). 

Optional Tour: Tokyo Sightseeing Tour – 10,000 Yen per person 
First you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can encounter many kinds of traditional Japanese cuisine. Next, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide. Last enjoy the sweeping views of this vast city at the Observations deck at the famous Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo (entry included).

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area 
Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 7 TOKYO FREE DAY

Today is a free day to explore Tokyo at leisure.

Overnight: APA Hotel Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Mystays Tachikawa or similar, Tokyo Area 
Meals included: Breakfast

 

DAY 8 TOKYO, JAPAN – NEW ZEALAND

Today transfer to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand. Please note all flights will transit through Brisbane, Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast - In-Flight


 

DAY 9 ARRIVE IN NEW ZEALAND

Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 days later.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 9th June 2020.
  
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
  
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $990 applies.
  
Departure Dates (2020)
April: 7°, 14^, 28 (SOLD OUT) 
May: 5, 7, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30
May: 12, 14 (SOLD OUT)
June: 6, 9
  
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * or ^ incur a high season surcharge:
^ Land High Season: $350 per person
° Cherry Blossom Season: $350 per person

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

*Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.

 

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