Duration
16 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2020
Destination
Japan
Explore some of Japan’s most popular tourist spots while also experiencing a more traditional side of the country on this small group tour.  Visit bustling Osaka with its brightly lit streets and fantastic food culture. Walk the streets of Kyoto and take a step back in time as you explore its old temples and shrines. In Nara, Visit Todaiji Temple and its Great Hall as it houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in the world. Make your way through the streets of Higashi Chaya in Kanazawa, a district lined with quaint old buildings that were once teahouses used by the local geisha and their guests.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • See the famous sights of Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Wander through the famous Nara Deer Park, a symbol of the city of Nara
  • Visit Kenrokuen Garden in Kanawa, one of Japan’s three best landscape gardens
  • Try the local food and snacks as in the wonderful village of Shirakawago

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return international airfares with full services airlines departing Sydney and Melbourne
13 nights superior 4-star twin share accommodation throughout
Breakfast daily, plus a welcome dinner and farewell dinner with your group
Ride the bullet train from Osaka to Kyoto
Professional tour guide and experienced local guides throughout
Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
Hassle-free return airport transfers
Cherry Blossom and Koyo/Maple Season dates available!

TRAVEL DATES

Departure dates in 2020:

  • Mar:25*
  • Apr: 4*
  • May: 20
  • Jun: 10
  • Sep: 02
  • Oct: 14
  • Nov: 11*

*Seasonal surcharges during Cherry Blossom and Autumn Leaves

Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.


ITINERARY 
  • Day 1: Australia – Osaka
  • Day 2: Osaka
  • Day 3: Osaka – Nara – Osaka  / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4: Osaka – Kyoto / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5:  Kyoto / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Kyoto – Kanazawa  / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 7: Kanazawa / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8: Kanazawa / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Kanazawa – Shirakawa Go – Takayama / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Takayama  Nagano / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 11: Nagano – Matsumoto / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 12: Matsumoto – Mt Fuji / Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Day 13: Mt Fuji – Tokyo  / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 14: Tokyo  / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 15: Tokyo – Australia / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 16: Australia / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
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: multiple departure dates in 2020
  • Advertised price based on a low season departure date from Sydney, Melbourne at time of publishing.
  • Departures from Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth available, surcharge applies.
  • 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 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 HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Australia - Osaka

Depart Australia today on your flight to Japan.
2

Osaka

Welcome to Osaka, Japan! Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, clear customs and immigration before boarding the transfer to your accommodation.
3

Osaka - Nara - Osaka

Today we will take a day trip to Nara. Once you arrive in Nara it is a short walk to the main attractions. We will visit  Todaiji Temple and its Great Hall as it houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in the world. On your return to the station, wander back through  Nara Deer Park where you can see hundreds of deer roaming around. Nara’s 1,200 deer have become the symbol of the city as it comes from the Shinto idea that every creature, nature or object is a messenger of god. After enjoying your morning in Nara we will head back to Osaka. As we arrive back in Osaka city, we will make a stop at  Osaka Castle. After that, we will finish off our day with a tour of one of Osaka’s central food and entertainment centres Dotonbori. Enjoy wandering around trying the local foods, shopping districts and posing with one of Osaka’s famous icons, Gurico! We will eat our welcome dinner here together. Enjoy a good rest in your hotel. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
4

Osaka - Kyoto

Today we will take the bullet train from Osaka to the historical capital Kyoto reaching within 15 minutes. In Kyoto we will visit the  Kinkakuji Temple otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion. Kinkakuji Temple is a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct architectural styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. After that we will head to Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show. Kimonos are still used today in Japan for formal ceremonies and festivals. Enjoy your stay in Kyoto! Take a good rest at your hotel. MEALS: Breakfast
5

Kyoto

Today is a free day to explore Kyoto at your own pace. MEALS: Breakfast
6

Kyoto - Kanazawa

This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto former residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Board the bus towards  Togetsu Bridge and the Bamboo Grove, landmarks of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years. Standing amongst the Bamboo Grove is like being in another world and is nothing like any other forest you have seen before. It is mesmerizing and peaceful. We then continue to the city of Kanazawa. MEALS: Breakfast
7

Kanazawa

Today we will explore the castle town of Kanazawa. First up we will visit Buke Yashiki (a samurai house) and learn about how the high ranked samurais lived during the Edo period. Later we will make our way through the streets of Higashi Chaya, a district lined with quaint old buildings that were once teahouses used by the local geisha (traditional Japanese female entertainers) and their guests. Next, we will visit  Kenrokuen Garden one of Japan’s three best landscape gardens. Then we will go to Omicho Market to try the local foods and see the local crafts. Enjoy your night’s stay in Kanazawa. MEALS: Breakfast
8

Kanazawa

Today you can enjoy your day at leisure in Kanazawa. Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, on Japan’s central Honshu Island. It’s known for well-preserved Edo era districts, art museums and regional handicrafts. Today while you are in Kanazawa there are many attractions you can check out. From the temple equipped with secret doors and traps, Ninjadera to the beautifully designed Kanazawa Castle, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Nishi Chaya District, Oyama Shrine, Seisonkaku Villa, the 21st century Museum and D.T. Suzuki Museum are all must see attractions. You can never go wrong in this quaint, peaceful and nature surrounded city of Kanazawa. Enjoy your night’s stay in Kanazawa. MEALS: Breakfast
9

Kanazawa - Shirakawa Go - Takayama

Today we will go on a half day tour of Shirakawago to explore the small village and the gassho style houses. On this tour you will stop at the observation point so you can view the whole of Shirakawago and while you are there English speaking tour guide will teach you about the history of this unique village. You will be able to look inside the traditional houses and get a feel of what it is like to live in Shirakawago. You can also try the local food and snacks as part of this wonderful village of Shirakawago. Enjoy your day in Shirakawago! After our tour in Shirakawago we will head towards Takayama where you will stay the night in your hotel. Enjoy a good rest in Takayama. MEALS: Breakfast
10

Takayama Nagano

Today we will spend the day exploring Takayama city. Takayama is a city located in Japan’s mountainous Gifu Prefecture. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. While you are in Takayama we will visit the preserved Old Town, the open air museum of Hida Folk Village, the former local government office, Takayama Jinya, an impressive museum called Matsuri no Mori, pass by temples, and enjoy seeing a range of festival floats at the Yatai Kaikan. Upon finishing your tour in Takayama board the bus to Nagano. Enjoy your stay. MEALS: Breakfast
11

Nagano - Matsumoto

Ohayou-gozaimasu! (Good morning!) After breakfast, we will gather together and head off to Hokusai Museum to discover the great artworks of Katsuhika Hokusai (1760-1849) one of Japan’s leading Edo period ukiyo-e painters. His most famous artwork is the Thirty six views of Mt Fuji which is a woodblock print that was influential to many talented painters such as Vincent Van Gogh. After that we will continue on to Zenkoji Temple which was founded over 1,400 years ago and houses one of the first ever Buddhist statues to ever be brought into Japan. Enjoy this unique and fascinating temple. We will then continue on to Matsumoto city where we will view one of Japan’s most complete and original castles,  Matsumoto Castle. A short stroll from the castle we will finish up our tour in Nakamachi Street where we can see nicely preserved buildings, warehouses, massive white walls, small shops, restaurants and traditional ryokans. Enjoy your day in Nagano and Matsumoto city! Rest up and enjoy your stay in Matsumoto. MEALS: Breakfast
12

Matsumoto - Mt Fuji

Ohayou-gozaimasu! (Good morning) Today we will visit one of Mount Fuji’s springs,  Oshino Hakkai. Oshino Hakkai is one of the eight ponds fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of Mount Fuji through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is well-regarded by the locals. Afterwards we will visit Mount Fuji’s 5th station, which is above the clouds and allows you to view its enormous summit (if the weather permits). Stay the night in Mt Fuji area and enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow tour members. MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner
13

Mt Fuji - Tokyo

Today we will visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture another breathtaking view of Mt Fuji and Hakone Checkpoint, which used to be an important checkpoint on the highway connecting Kyoto to Tokyo in the Edo period. Then we’ll take a cruise down Lake Ashi where you will be able to see the beautiful nature around you. Enjoy your stay in Tokyo tonight. MEALS: Breakfast
14

Tokyo

Enjoy a free day in Japan’s mega city, Tokyo! You may like to spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea ($120). Or alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (tea ceremonies, pottery making experiences, golden joinery, kimono photo shoots or cooking classes). All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged. Some other places you may interested in going are: the Imperial Palace, Ginza District, Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple, National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Meiji Shrine, Miraikan and Edo-Tokyo Museums, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Ghibli Museum, National Art Centre and Kabuki-za Theatre. MEALS: Breakfast
15

Tokyo - Australia

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your homebound flight. Tokyo is serviced by two airports, Narita and Haneda which are both accessible from Tokyo city. Make sure you check your flight details before going to the airport. MEALS: Breakfast
16

Australia

Arrive home today.
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.
  •  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.

FLIGHT 
Flights are included in this Deal! 
TRANSFER
Transfers included as per Itineray!
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.

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
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