Duration
11 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
26 Mar 2020
Destination
Japan
As remarkable and elegant as the cherry blossom, Japan’s culture and history is a marvel to behold. On this 11 Day Japan Discovery Solo tour, walk the line between tradition and the ultra-modern, with other like-minded travellers. From Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto, to an onsen bath in your hotel, enjoy the perfect blend of exciting sightseeing and relaxing.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy the privacy of a single room – no single supplement
  • Travel on a bullet train to Hiroshima, to visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum
  • Soak up the scenic mountains and volcanic hot springs of Hakone National Park, in view of Mount Fuji
  • Explore highlights of Tokyo at Tsukiji fish market, Imperial Palace Gardens, Meiji Jingu Shrine and colourful Harajuku district

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Private single rooms in quality accommodation
Meals as per itinerary – 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Sightseeing tours and transfers by private vehicle
Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
Local English Guides Services
Tipping for Guides & Driveres

TRAVEL DATES
  • 27 March 2020

ITINERARY – JAPAN DISCOVERY SOLO TOUR
  • Day 1: Arrive Osaka / Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2: Osaka / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 3: Hiroshima / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4: Osaka – Kyoto / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5: Kyoto / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6: Kyoto – Toyahashi / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Toyahashi – Hakone / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: Hakone – Tokyo / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 19: Tokyo / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 10: Tokyo / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11: Depart Tokyo / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
HOTELS
  • Osaka: Art Hotel or similar
  • Kyoto: Keihan Kyoto Grand or similar
  • Toyohashi: Loisir Toyohashi or similar
  • Hakone: Breezy Bay or similar
  • Tokyo: Sunshine City Prince or similar

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: 27 Mar 2020.
  • Advertised price based on a 27 Mar 2020 departure from Brisbane at time of publishing.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned *Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights and items of a personal nature

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
TO BOOK YOUR JAPAN DISCOVERY SOLO TOUR, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Osaka (Kansai)

Kon’nichiwa – welcome to Japan! Make your own way to the hotel, where you will leave bags and have time to have a walk and stretch your legs and have some lunch before meeting up with the group and checking in at our hotel. The port city of Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan centre after Tokyo and has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure and we will meet this evening for a welcome dinner. MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
2

Osaka

After breakfast this morning we will visit Osaka Castle.  One of Japan’s most famous landmarks, the ancient castle is the symbol of Osaka with 500 years of history, and today you will have the opportunity to explore the interior of the castle to learn more about its history. After lunch today we will visit the most exciting districts of Osaka, the Shinsaibashi & Dotonburi area.  The Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is the best-known shopping area in Osaka, and an enduring symbol of the city. Shops of all kind line the street – there are traditional kimono tailors, western clothing and footwear retailers, restaurants and fast food outlets, jewelers, and boutiques featuring the latest fashions.  Dotonbori is a large scale shopping district downtown along the south bank of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal often selected as a scene in  Japanese and foreign movies as the symbol of Osaka. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
3

Hiroshima - Osaka

This morning we’ll take the bullet train to Hiroshima.  We’ll visit the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.  We’ll also visit the sacred island of Miyajima, the cradle of the Japanese Shinto religion.  We’ll visit the Itsukushima Shrine, best known for its ‘floating’ torii gate before returning to Osaka by train later this afternoon. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
4

Osaka – Kyoto

This morning, we will travel to Kyoto, the amazing city with more than a thousand years of history. Kyoto is famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. Firstly, we visit the world heritage listed Kiyomizu Dera Temple; one of the most celebrated temples in Kyoto built at the end of the 8th Century. The main hall was constructed in the 17th century, and is famous for its location overhanging a cliff. The platform of the main hall, which is supported by 139 giant pillars, affords a spectacular view of the town of Kyoto and has been designated a National Treasure. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
5

Kyoto

This morning we can have a leisurely breakfast and the morning at leisure.  Your Tour Manager will discuss options with you if there is something you’d like to do, or you might just like to relax for the morning and catch your breath, and perhaps explore the local area. This afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Geisha district of Gion. With its beautifully preserved architecture and traditional customs and entertainment, the streets of Gion are characterised by old wooden townhouses (machiya) which contain teahouses (ochaya), shops and restaurants. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. This intriguing Shinto shrine was dedicated to the god of rice and sake by the Hata clan in the 8th century. It is famous for its thousands of bright orange torii gates which were featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. If time permits we will visit the Nishiki Market before dinner.  Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
6

Kyoto – Toyahashi

This morning after breakfast we will visit the Arashiyama district filled with temples and shrines, but with its star attraction – the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The popular tourist district dates back to the 8th century when aristocrats often came to this area of rice fields and bamboo woods to enjoy the scenery.  The landscape today is still reminiscent of that period.  Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. While we enjoy the beautiful view and take a walk in the tranquil bamboo woods, we will also have a chance to visit the world heritage site- Tenryu-Ji temple. The leading Zen Buddhism temple built in 1339 is famous for its landscape gardens. Late afternoon, we will leave lovely Kyoto and travel south-east to Toyohashi prefecture for an overnight stay and dinner tonight will be at our hotel. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Toyahashi – Hakone

After breakfast today, we will visit the Hakone National Park. With Mt Fuji at the background, the placid Lake Ashinoko and scenic mountains, hot springs and historic places, Hakone is surrounded by natural beauty. We will visit the Peace Park and continue to Owakudani hot spring volcanic valley, which overlooks Mount Fuji. We will visit Mt Fuji 5th station, and if the weather does not permit a climb, we will visit Oshinohakai Springs. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. Tonight, you can relax and enjoy a traditional “Onsen” (hot spring bath) at your Onsen hotel and dinner will be at the hotel. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8

Hakone – Tokyo

This morning after breakfast we are on our way to Tokyo, via Yokohama.  In Japan’s famous port city we’ll see the Yokohama harbor and the world’s largest scale of China Town. Shortly after, we will resume our journey to Tokyo. Our city tour will take us from Asakusa, the Nakamise shopping Street and Kannon Temple before we arrive in Tokyo’s most bustling commercial and entertainment district–Shinjuku Kabukicho where the city never sleeps.  We will have some free time in this area before checking in to the hotel. This evening is at leisure. MEALS: Breakfast
9

Tokyo

After breakfast today we will visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market then to Odaiba, the manmade island in Tokyo Bay which is a popular shopping and entertainment district.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant. This afternoon will let everyone know what their plans are and you may choose to join them or you might like to take some time for yourself and relax. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
10

Tokyo

This morning we visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and the East Gardens. The Imperial Palace where their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress, reside is situated in the centre of Tokyo. The palace is surrounded by a water-filled moat and tree-covered grounds – a precious taste of nature within the bustling metropolitan city. Continuing our tour we travel to Chidori-ga-fuchi Park where the moat is situated; it is a classic spot for viewing the glorious cherry blossoms. At last, we will visit the Meiji Jingu Shine followed with some free time in Harujuku before we return to the hotel. Tonight, we will enjoy our farewell dinner at the hotel. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Tokyo

Standard checkout time applies today.  The day is at leisure so time for some last minute shopping before you make your own way to the airport. Celebrate new friends and a host of memories made. MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION 
  • Japan is a very popular country as it is one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world! Moreover, Japan has a lot to offer with its rich and diverse culture throughout the centuries.
  • Touch down in Osaka and venture across the moat to see the city’s castle. Pay your respects in the city of Hiroshima. See the floating tori gate in the iconic Miyajima. Travel by bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital city, and weave between temples, shrines, palaces and gardens. Lucky travellers may even spot a geisha. Get caught up in the fast pace, neon flights and bright streets of Tokyo.
  • Admire the lofty, snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji and be treated to breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. See heritage samurai residences, traditional Japanese villages, and historic town districts. Take one of Japan’s most famous castles in Matusmoto and look out for the freely roaming deer in Nara Park.

FLIGHT 
  • Flights Brisbane-Osaka & Tokyo-Brisbane included in the deal
  • Looking for another departure city? Call us on 1300 404 606 so we can arrange flights for you!

TRANSFER
Transfers are included!
WEATHER
  • March, April and May is springtime in Japan. Sakura season, commonly known as cherry blossom season, occurs during this time.
  • Mid-March to mid-April are the most common viewing times for cherry blossom viewing, however, this can vary yearly.
  • Japan is also known for its beautiful red maple leaves from October to November during the Autumn season.

VISA  A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
When will I receive my tour documentation? This one depends on the tour operator.
What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE
How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan? At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly installment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!
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