About 10 Day Highlights of Japan Tour:
Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo
This tour offers a great way to take in the cultural heritage of Japan. You'll start with three nights based in Osaka, exploring that city as well as Nara and Kyoto – cities famous for their well-preserved ancient temples and monuments. Travelling east to Nagoya, you'll learn about the modern transformation of Japan into a manufacturing powerhouse, at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Back to nature and culture, the tour then visits scenic Hakone and sacred Mount Fuji, before two days in Tokyo for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.
- Economy international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Auckland on a full-service Chinese carrier (eg. China Southern or China Airlines)
- 7 nights locally rated 4-star hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- Bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto
- Coach transportation & transfers
- Admissions to scenic attractions
- English speaking tour guide(s)
- Pre-paid tipping: NZD155pp
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Personal expenses
- Osaka: Kansai Airport Washington Hotel or similar
- Osaka: Osaka Dai-ichi Hotel or similar
- Nagoya: Tokyu Rei Hotel or similar
- Mt Fuji: Yamanokako Sun Plaza Hotel or similar
- Tokyo: Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar
2018 Departure Dates:
- 8th May
- 25th June
- 17th July
- 19th August
- 17th September
- 9th October
- 6th November
Day 1: Arrive Osaka
Fly to Osaka via connecting cities. Note: Some flights may depart the next day.
Day 2: Osaka
Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel.
Day 3: Osaka - Nara - Osaka (B)
This morning, travel to Nara and visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses the world’s largest (15m) bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling to Osaka. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century, before being dropped off at Dōtonbori, which exemplifies Osaka’s vibrant food culture.
Day 4: Osaka (B)
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend the day visiting one of the most spectacular Japanese aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; or taking a day trip to Hyogo to visit Himeji Castle, a unique enormous Japanese castle decorated in white. An optional day tour is available for some departure dates. Please check the attached optional program information.
Day 5: Osaka - Kyoto - Nagoya (B)
This morning, travel to Kyoto by bullet train to visit Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine. Next, visit Kinkakuji: 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. Travel to Nagoya to visit Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Here you will learn about the history of Toyota as a textile machinery manufacturer and how it became a successful mass exporter and manufacturer of automotive technology, including robots.
Day 6: Nagoya - Hakone - Mt. Fuji (B, D)
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 locals. Afterwards, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji and Hakone Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest.
Day 7: Mount Fuji - Tokyo (B)
Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, 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, and browse for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, to enjoy a panoramic view of enormous Tokyo city.
Day 8: Tokyo (B)
Spend today free at your leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea or you can join the Nikko Day Tour (at your own expense). Alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (tea ceremony, pottery-making experience, ‘golden joinery’, kimono photo shoot, cooking class). All activities are not guided and transportation is self- arranged.
Day 9: Depart Tokyo (B)
Today, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight via connecting cities.
Day 10: Arrive Home
Valid from Mar 15, 2018
Expires May 30, 2018
Bookings essential. All prices, itineraries, airlines, and hotels are subject to availability and change. Book before 30th May 2018 for travel between 8th May and 6th November 2018. 2018 departure dates: 8th May, 25th June, 17th July, 19th August, 17th September, 9th October, 6th November. Valid for one person on a twin share basis or a solo traveller, as per option stipulated on coupon only. Includes: Economy international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Auckland on a full-service Chinese carrier (eg. China Southern or China Airlines), 7 nights locally rated 4-star hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto, coach transportation & transfers, admissions to scenic attractions, English speaking tour guide(s) & prepaid tipping: NZD $155pp. Excludes: travel insurance (strongly recommended), personal expenses & anything not mentioned in itinerary & inclusions. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary. Note: the outbound flight may depart a day earlier or later than shown. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. Refund available from GrabOne within 48 hours of purchase if specific dates are not available. No cash back. Not to be used with other offers.
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