Duration
19 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
04 April 2020 & 15 April 2020
Destination
Japan
Japan’s timeless beauty is best experienced during the change of seasons. Traveling on a dedicated first-class small group tour and 11-night ocean cruise on “Celebrity Millenium” will see you visiting famous sights during Cherry Blossom! Be delighted by electrifying Tokyo, magical Kyoto, scenic Nara, and majestic Mount Fuji. Kagoshima, Kochi and Aomori and stunning Busan in South Korea will also enrich your oriental experience. Whether it be discovering ancient lands steeped in history & tradition, sampling culinary delights, or the excitement of riding in a bullet train that interests you, this crafted holiday blends both the modern and the ancient of Japan.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • It’s Cherry Blossoms season!
  • Visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Nagoya, marvel at Mount Fuji and views of  Lake Kawaguchiko 
  • Visit temples, tea houses, relax and stroll through Nara Park observing the 1200 free-roaming deer who call it home
  • Balcony cabins passengers receive a bonus upgrade to “Concierge Class”

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return international airfares with Japan Airlines or All Nippon Airlines departing Sydney and Melbourne
5 nights first class twin-share hotel accommodation
All meals as indicated
Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Shizuoka
Professional English-speaking tour guide
Dedicated coach transportation
Hassle-free return airport transfers
In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
11 nights onboard the Celebrity Millennium  (lead price in an Inside cabin)
All meals included on tour as per the itinerary and whilst onboard your cruise
Taxes, port charges, tipping and gratuities

TRAVEL DATES
Departure dates in 2020:
  • 04 April 2020
  • 15 April 2020
Please note: some flights might depart 1 day later.
ITINERARY 
  • Day 1: Australia – Osaka (Kansai)
  • Day 2: Osaka (Kansai)
  • Day 3: Osaka – Nara- Kyoto / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Kyoto – Nagoya / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5:  Nagoya – Mt Fuji – Tokyo/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Tokyo/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Tokyo – Yokohama/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: Mt Fuji (Shimizu) / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: Osaka/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: Osaka – Kobe/ Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: Kochi /Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12: Kagoshima / Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13: Busan, South Korea / Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14: Cruising / Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15: Aomori / Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16: Cruising/ Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17: Yokohama/ Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18: Tokyo – Australia/ Meals : Breakfast
  • Day 19: Australia
For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
Hotel Osaka: Imperial Hotel Osaka Kyoto: Kyoto Hotel Okura Nagoya: Hilton Nagoya Tokyo: InterContinental Tokyo Bay
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: 04 April 2020 and 15 April 2020.
  • Advertised price based on a 04 Apr & 15 Apr 2020 departure from Sydney or Melbourne at time of publishing.
  • Departures from Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth also available.
  • Some flights might depart 1 day later.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking. Packages based on a minimum of 2 persons.
  • 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. Departures are based on a minimum of two adults per departure.
  • 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 overnight flight to Osaka.
2

Osaka (Kansai)

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

Osaka - Nara- Kyoto

This morning we drive to Nara and visit Todaiji (Eastern Great Temple), one of Japan’s most famous temples. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). Afterwards, wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. We then continue to the city of Kyoto, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera (Pure Water Temple). Here, you can drink the sacred water from the Otowa Waterfall, thought to bring good fortune. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4

Kyoto - Nagoya

This morning we visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s then on to Kinkakuji, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion, before we finish the day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District. Later, we travel to Nagoya for a good night rest. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5

Nagoya - Mt Fuji - Tokyo

This morning we board the technological marvel, the Shinkansen bullet train, from Nagoya to Mt Fuji. we make our way towards the Mount Fuji area. First up, we will visit Mount Fuji 5th Station, which is 2,300 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views of the Fuji Five lakes area below. After taking in your fill of the gorgeous landscape views on offer, we continue on to Oishi Park where you can view Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji. Afterwards, we will make our way to Tokyo. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6

Tokyo

Today we drive to Hama-Rikyu, a beautiful landscape garden in central Tokyo featuring seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can rest and enjoy the scenery. Then relax on a Sumida River cruise and later stroll through Sensoji (otherwise known as Asakusa Kannon Temple), one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. This afternoon, we visit the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Your last stop today is Shinjuku Municipal Observation Building for panoramic views of Tokyo before heading to your hotel. The rest of the evening is then free for you to explore Tokyo at your own pace. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Tokyo - Yokohama

Enjoy your morning in Tokyo at your own pace. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Yokohama cruise terminal. Your cruise will depart at 8:00pm. (Please note all times may be adjusted by the Cruise line) MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8

Mt Fuji (Shimizu)

This morning we arrive in the Mount Fuji area at 8:00am and depart at 4:00pm, giving you plenty of time to explore the area at your own pace. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
9

Osaka

Today we will arrive in Osaka around 12:00PM. Take time to explore the bustling, lively streets of colourful Osaka, or take a day trip into the old capital of Kyoto. Tonight, the cruise ship will stay docked in Osaka, so you have as much time to explore as you like. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
10

Osaka - Kobe

Depart Osaka and wake up in Kobe! Your cruise ship will arrive into Kobe at approximately 7:00AM, and you will have the rest of the day to explore this historic port city. Kobe is one of the few cities in Japan that allowed foreign merchants to trade their goods during the country’s period of isolation, when most of the country’s cities were closed to foreign trade. As such, it has a fascinating mix of Western and Japanese architectural styles not usually seen in other Japanese cities. The cruise will depart Kobe at 6:00PM. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
11

Kochi

After cruising overnight, your ship will arrive into Kochi at approximately 7:00AM. Today is your chance to see one of Japan’s last surviving medieval castles – Kochi Castle. Many of Japan’s medieval castles have been destroyed over the centuries due to warfare and natural disasters, so the last remaining original twelve are meticulously maintained. Few foreign travellers can say that they have had the extraordinary experience of visiting an original Japanese castle. During your day, make sure you also try a local Kochi speciality, “aisukurin”. Your cruise ship will depart Kochi at 3:00PM. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12

Kagoshima

Your cruise ship will arive into Kagoshima at 7:00AM. Known as one of Japan’s friendliest cities, today you have the oppurtunity to explore this Southern gem at your own pace. Kagoshima’s undisputed main attraction is Sakurajima, an active volcano that overlooks the city. With an elevation of 1117m and frequent small eruptions, it creates an awe-inspiring backdrop for the city. Kagoshima is also well-known for its stunning Satsuma kiriko cut glass, which make for a unique souvenir from a unique city. Your cruise ship will depart Kagoshima at 3:00PM. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
13

Busan, South Korea

Welcome to South Korea! This morning, your cruise ship will arrive into Busan at approximately 10:00AM. Busan is known for its exceptional seafood and its beautiful landscape. It’s also home to the Gamcheon Culture Village, a once run-down area of town that received an artistic makeover by creative students in 2009. Now, visitors can wander the streets of this colourful area of town and enjoy its cafes, galleries and unique architecture. Your cruise ship will depart Busan at 5:00PM. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
14

Cruising

After getting out and about to explore little known gems in Japan and South Korea, you now have a chance to relax on board your cruise ship. Watch the world go by and simply relax, or keep busy with a myriad of entertainments on board. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
15

Aomori

Welcome back to Japan! Your cruise ship will arive into Aomori at approximately 9:00AM. Aomori is one of the Northernmost cities on the island of Honshu, and while a little off the tourist trail, it offers visitors a wealth of interesting things to do and see. Aomori plays host to one of the most famous festivals in Japan, the Aomori Nebuta Festival, held in August. The festival is known for its vibrant, hand-made floats, and visitors can view these huge floats at the Nebuta Warasse museum. Another fascinating pick for visitors is the Sannai Maruyama Archeological Site and museum, where you can learn all about the ancient tribes of the area. Your cruise ship will depart Aomori at 5:00PM. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
16

Cruising

Today you have another opportunity to rest and relax, spending the day however you please aboard your luxururious cruise ship. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
17

Yokohama

Your cruise ship will arrive into Yokohama at 8:00AM and will dock here overnight. This gives you the chance to explore all that Yokohama has to offer, or you can take a trip into vibrant Tokyo, historical Kamakura, or any of the other neighbouring towns and cities that take your fancy. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
18

Tokyo - Australia

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight. MEALS: Breakfast
19

Australia

Welcome home!
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.  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 
  • Departures from Sydney, Melbourne: Japan Airlines or All Nippon Airlines.
  • For departures from Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth please refer to prices listed and discuss details with our travel specialist
Please note: Airlines cannot be confirmed until three weeks prior to departure and changes in airline may be made to accommodate tour requirements 
TRANSFER
Transfers are included!
WEATHER April is springtime in Japan. Sakura season, commonly known as cherry blossom season, occurs during this time.
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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