Duration
8 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2018 & 2019
Destination
Japan
Discover traditional culture, new tastes and dynamic ancient cities on this nine-day tour of Japan. Drink freshly brewed beer, marvel at the sight of Mt. Fuji, indulge in a traditional barbecue, relax with a soak in local hot springs and enjoy the cherry blossoms of springtime which make for a truly unforgettable sight.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Discover culture and gastronomy while visiting cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
  • Flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide included
  • Includes tours of Asahi breweries, Fujisan World Heritage CentreOsaka Castle and more!

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
International airfares
All domestic and international transfers in Japan
Round trip to and from the airport
Private coach transport with air conditioning
Experienced, English-speaking guides
Meals: 7 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
7 nights’ accommodation in 4- or 5-star hotels
Tour tipping

TRAVEL DATES
Departure dates in 2019:
  • Mar: 12, 19, 26
  • Apr: 09, 16, 23
  • May: 14, 21, 28
  • Jun: 04, 11, 16
  • Aug: 27
  • Sep: 10, 17, 24
  • Oct: 15, 29
  • Nov: 12, 26
PLEASE NOTE: Due to flight schedule and departing times, you may depart one day earlier or later
ITINERARY 
  • Day 1 Arrive in Narita/Haneda
  • Day 2 Tokyo – City Tour / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 3 Hakone – Asahi Breweries, Owakudani, Hakone Heiwa Park/ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 4 Five Lakes District To Toyohashi – Mount Fuji, Oshino Hakkai, Kakegawa City  / Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Day 5 Toyohashi To Kyoto – Kiyomizu Temple – Osaka / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6 Kyoto – Leisure Day / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 7 Osaka – Nara / Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Day 8 Departs from Osaka / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9 Arrive home
For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Tokyo: Hotel Tokyo Dome or Similar
  • Hakone: Hotel Sun Hatoya or Similar
  • Kyoto: Toyohashi: Loisir Hotel or Similar
  • Nara: Biwako Hotel or Similar
  • Osaka: Stargate Hotel Kansai 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 
  • Multiple departure dates in 2018 and 2019.
  • 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 $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.
  • 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.
  • Our valued up to pricing in our offers are based on the ‘rack rate’ of the room and the inclusions at the time of publication of the offer (that’s hotel-speak for ‘Recommended Retail Price’). Supplier pricing /charges are dynamic and therefore constantly changing depending on peak seasons, low seasons and events so we use the rack rate which is consistent year round and 100% verifiable. The value and comparative savings have been determined based on the supplier’s shared rack rates and the value of inclusions. Rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of value.
  • Excludes: Laundry and other items of a personal nature, Telecommunications or other Internet (WiFi) communication, Trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change, Travel insurance coverage for baggage, accident and trip cancellation/interruption, Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.

VISA INFORMATION
  • Visas are not normally required for Australians entering Japan for tourism for visits of less than 90 days.
  • Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details.

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300404606  
1

Arrive in Narita/Haneda

Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour manager in the airport and transferred to the hotel by shuttle bus.
2

Tokyo - City Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the beautiful capital city of Tokyo for a city tour. The tour will include a visit to the outside of the Tokyo Tower. This iconic structure was first opened in 1958 and stands at 333 metres high. Then you will stop at the Imperial Palace, otherwise known as Edo Castle, which was constructed in 1457. You will also visit the beautiful Rainbow Bridge, located at Tokyo Bay. You will then head to Asakusa Kannon Temple, also known as Sensoji Temple, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century and the oldest temple in Japan. The tour will conclude with a trip to the famous Nakamise shopping street, where you can find traditional Japanese food, souvenirs and novelty items.
MEALS: Breakfast
3

Hakone - Asahi Breweries, Owakudani, Hakone Heiwa Park

Following breakfast, you will travel to Asahi Breweries in Kanagawa where you can watch the entire brewing process and also enjoy the freshly brewed beer in an open-area tasting room. You will then continue on to Hakone to visit the Owakudani volcano, and witness its sulphurous fumes, hot springs, hot rivers and on a clear day the best view of the iconic Mount Fuji. Here you will get to enjoy a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway (cable car) and visit the Hakone Peace Park. Please Note: Your trip to Owakudani will depend on the weather and if the weather does not permit, alternative arrangements will be made.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
4

Five Lakes District To Toyohashi - Mount Fuji, Oshino Hakkai, Kakegawa City

This morning, you will begin with a trip to the Fujisan World Heritage Centre located at the foot of Mount Fuji. Here, you will learn the history of eruption, nature and culture of Mount Fuji and view the mountain from a special viewing platform. The tour will then proceed on to Oshino Hakkai, a small scenic village with eight ponds in Oshino. Each pond is filled with melted snow from Mount Fuji and are quite deep with interesting fresh water plant life and large fish that make a visit to the ponds almost like visiting an aquarium. You can even drink the cool fresh water straight from the source – if you dare. After lunch, you will continue on to Kakegawa city, where you will taste authentic Japanese green tea.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
5

Toyohashi To Kyoto - Kiyomizu Temple - Osaka

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will continue to Kyoto, a romantic city renowned for its traditional and new architecture and cultural life style. The city was the country’s capital for thousands years. Once you arrive, you will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple which was first constructed in the 7th century and rebuilt in 1633. On the journey to the temple you will walk through a beautiful shopping district where souvenirs, Kyoto ceramics, Japanese Mochi and snacks can be purchased. Later this afternoon, you will be transferred to Osaka.
MEALS: Breakfast
6

Kyoto – Leisure Day

Today, following breakfast, you are free to explore the historic city at your own pace or you can choose to join the optional city tour. During the optional tour, you will visit Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion and enjoy a traditional kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Gallery. You will conclude the optional tour with a visit to the Nishiki Market, famous for its unique Japanese cuisine.
MEALS: Breakfast.
7

Osaka - Nara

Following breakfast, you will proceed to the city of Nara, which was the first capital city of Japan. Your first stop will be the Todaiji Temple, home to the great bronze Buddha, the statue is the largest Buddha statue in the world and the surrounding park is full of thousands of holy deer. You will also visit the beautiful Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine, that is dedicated to the deity responsible for the city’s protection. After lunch, you will continue to Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Constructed in 1583 it served as a symbol of the unification of Japan in the 16th century. Dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant or Osaka hotel.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
8

Osaka Departure

Today you will be transferred to Kansai International Airport by Airport Limousine Bus for your flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to Japan with us!
MEALS: Breakfast
9

Arrive home

This is the end of your tour! You arrive back in Australia!
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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.
FLIGHT 
  • Departures from Sydney, Melbourne: China Southern Airlines
  • Departures from Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide: Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines 
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!
MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
  • Read more CLICK HERE
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 
  • Visas are not normally required for Australians entering Japan for tourism for visits of less than 90 days.
  • Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details.
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.
Once you have purchased your voucher, you will automatically get an email from My Discoveries reconfirming next steps including completing your SNA online booking form.  You can also contact us on 1300 404 606 and we will happily assist you with purchasing your holiday online or over the phone. 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
When will I get my ticket(s)?
  • Our partner operator negotiates great deals with airlines ahead of time, purchasing tickets in bulk at different times throughout the year to provide you with the very best value for money. Unfortunately, this means there is no pre-set time when you will get your tickets other than in advance of your travel. Sometimes this can occur months in advance while in others, it’s 30 days or less prior to travel. Rest assured we have everything under control and no one has ever missed their flights in their 6-year history.
  • Your tickets will be issued electronically, but are no longer needed by the airlines. Upon check-in, you just need to show your passport and visa.
Where will I have a stopover on my flight?
  • We are not able to confirm if there will be a stopover or where that might be on your way to and from your chosen destination.When you purchased your group tour, we endeavour to find the best path to get you from your origin city (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide) to your destination.Most of the time, this means we need to go through a large hub airport to then connect with a domestic flight. We always seek to ensure the minimum amount of layover time that meets with the required transfer times set by the airlines and/or designated airports.If you wish to pay an additional cost to upgrade to a better, more direct flight path or to business class, you may contact SNA customer service and we can discuss the options available.
When will I get my itinerary? 
  • This My Discoveries Voucher you will receive post purchase serves as your tour itinerary. A detailed day-by-day summary of your hotels and other travel details will be sent to you at least one week prior to travel to ensure it is complete and accurate. Your confirmed hotel list is sent out seven days prior departure. This is because sometimes small details change at the last minute due to the complexity of travel to developing countries.
What about visa(s)?
  • Our Operator SNA will be happy to assist you with any Visa requirements you may have. Should you wish SNA to organise visas for you, SNA will be processing your visa in bulk, based on travel tour dates and group sizes. Each country has its own visa process which unfortunately can vary widely beyond our control. Developing countries are notorious for inconsistent processing, which is why we strongly suggest you leave it up to us to deal with it.
  • We have dedicated customer service personnel to hand-hold your visa application through each step to ensure nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately, there is no pre-set schedule we can confirm other than you will receive them ahead of your travel. Please contact SNA if you have concerns about your visa.
  • Alternatively, you are able to process your own visas directly with the countries consulate closest to you.
What are the refund and cancellation policies? 
  • My Discoveries and SNA Tours have partnered together to bring you the best value-for-money deal possible. SNA has a 30-day Booking Guarantee Period where there will be penalties for cancelling. MyDiscoveries offers a $100 penalty regardless of time of cancellation.  Once the 30-day period ends a minimum of $350 SNA Tours.
  • Once air tickets are issued, no refund is possible. Should there be a health or other serious issue, please contact My Discoveries and SNA with supporting documentation and we will assess the claim on compassionate grounds. My Discoveries strongly recommends Travel insurance and we can organise this. Simply email mydiscoveries@boundround.com to receive 10% off your travel insurance.
Can I decide my travel flight path?
  • SNA facilitate hundreds of travellers across dozens of dates and half a dozen origin cities. This means they need to have the flexibility to manage across multiple airlines and cannot provide each passenger or travel group with their own preferred flight path. The more direct flight path, the higher the cost. Admittedly, this is a trade-off when traveling at this amazing price.
Can I upgrade my flights? 
  • Yes, you can upgrade your International flights to Business Class for $3,000 per person. Please contact the SNA Customer Service team to discuss the details and update your booking. Please note domestic flights can only be booked in Economy.
TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606