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Discover Japan fully-escorted - No cherry blossom surcharge!

$2,999 or 5 monthly payments of $599.80
9 days/8 nights
Per Adult

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9 day fully-escorted tour of Japan - Valued up to $3,999!

Discover traditional culture, new tastes and dynamic ancient cities on this nine-day tour of Japan. Experience the buzz of Tokyo with its mix towering skyscrapers, fascinating culture, ancient temples and beautiful parks. Drink freshly brewed beer, marvel at the sight of Mt. Fuji, indulge in a tradit...

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Highlights

  • As seen in Gardens Australia - valued up to AUD $3,999 
    Select meals included
  • No cherry blossom surcharge 
  • Discover culture and gastronomy while visiting cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
  • Flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide 
  • Includes tours of Asahi breweries, Mt Fuji visitor centre, Osaka Castle and more!
  • Quality accommodation and select meals included
  • Departures throughout 2018 and 2019

Itinerary

DAY 1 NARITA/HANEDA ARRIVAL
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our tour manager and transferred to the hotel. You will have the evening to relax in the hotel, explore Tokyo city, and have dinner, at your leisure.

DAY 2 TOKYO – IMPERIAL PALACE, ASAKUSA KANNON, NAKAMISEN
After breakfast, enjoy a free day in Tokyo. You can visit the city's main tourist attractions such as Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Disneyland which has seven themed lands, fun attractions and fantastic entertainment. Alternatively, meet our English-speaking tour guide for a guided tour of Tokyo. Head up the 333-metre-high Tokyo Tower, first opened in 1958, for an incredible view of the city. Visit the Imperial Palace, otherwise known as Edo Castle, for a taste of history. After lunch, catch a glimpse of the beautiful Rainbow Bridge at Tokyo Bay before delving into the spiritual side of Tokyo at  Asakusa Kannon Temple, also known as Sensoji Temple. This Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century, is the oldest temple in Japan. Next, hit the famous Nakamisen shopping street where traditional Japanese food, souvenirs and novelty items can be purchased. Afterwards, you will be escorted to the famous shopping district of Ginza.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 ASAHI BREWERIES, OWAKUDANI, HAKONE HEIWA PARK
Following breakfast, you will travel to Asahi Breweries where you can view the entire brewing process and enjoy freshly brewed beer in an open-area tasting room.The tour will then depart for the Owakudani volcano, where you will have the best view of Mount Fuji. Enjoy a scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway and gaze at the view from Hakone Heiwa Park. (Please note - your trip to Owakudani will be dependent on weather and if weather does not permit, alternative arrangements will be made). Finish the tour by enjoying a seafood buffet served with barbecued and fresh abalone while watching the night show. Relax and refresh in the local hot spring before ending the night at a Japanese-style hotel where you will experience traditional tatami rooms.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 MT FUJI VISITOR CENTER, OSHINO-HAKAI, KAKEGAWA CITY, TOYOHASHI
This morning will begin with a trip to the Fuji Visitor Center, in the town of “Kemmarubi” where the lava flow from Mt Fuji ends. Delve into the history of Mt Fuji's eruptions, nature and culture as you view the volcano from a special viewing platform. The tour will then proceed on to Oshino Hakkai, a small scenic village with eight ponds. The deep ponds contain interesting freshwater plant life and large fish. After lunch, continue on to Kakegawa city to taste authentic Japanese green tea. Afterwards, take a bullet train to Toyohashi city, experiencing one of Japan’s most punctual, fastest and safest modes of transportation. Check in to your hotel in Toyohashi in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5 TOYOHASHI, KYOTO, KIYOMIZU TEMPLE
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, continue on to Kyoto, a romantic city renowned for its traditional and new architecture and cultural life. Kyoto was Japan's capital for almost 300 years. Upon arrival, visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, 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. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or to visit nearby Hanakomachi.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 KYOTO
Following breakfast, you're free to explore the city at your own pace or join the optional city tour. The tour will visit Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavillion, Arashiyama Bamboo Forrest and enjoy a traditional kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Gallery. In the evening, the optional tour concludes with a visit to the Nishiki Market, famous for its unique Japanese cuisine. Lunch will be provided during the optional tour.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 KYOTO, NARA, OSAKA
After breakfast, you will proceed to the city of Nara, the first capital of Japan. Your first stop will be to the Todaiji Temple which is home to the great bronze Buddha. The gardens surrounding the Budha are home to more than 1000 holy deer. You will also visit the beautiful Kasuga Taisha shrine. After lunch, continue on to Osaka Castle and the Dotonbori area of Osaka. Dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant before you return to your Osaka hotel for the evening.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 8 DEPART OSAKA
Transfer to Kansai International Airport for your flight home. We hope you enjoyed your journey to Japan with us.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9
Arrive home.

FACILITIES

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 

Airlines:
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   

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.

INCLUDES

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
EXCLUDES
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature 
  • Telecommunications or other Internet (WiFi) communication. Please note, free WiFi is provided wherever possible but access and speeds will vary.
    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

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fine print

  • Multiple departure dates in 2018 and 2019.
  • As a minimum mobility guideline from SNA Tours, passengers should be able to walk unassisted for 30-45 minutes or the equivalent of four flights of stairs, as well as manage own luggage and be able to embark and disembark from bus or coach. 
  • 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.
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. 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, no questions asked.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • MyDiscoveries members receive 10% off any travel insurance policy - simply mention the promo code: DISCOVERY10 when calling 1300 404 606 for your personalised quote.
  • 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.

booking essentials

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. This means that once the 30-day Booking Guarantee Period ends, there will be penalties for cancelling. Once the 30-day period ends a minimum of $350 SNA Tours & $100 My Discoveries fees apply per person & will be charged to cover administrative costs incurred. Once airtickets 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, PURCHASE ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 100

booking guarantee

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, no questions asked.

travel period




2018 DEPARTURE DATES
SEP: 11, 25
OCT: 16, 23
NOV: 06

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
MAR: 12, 19, 26
APR: 09, 16, 23
MAY: 14, 21, 28

Please note: 
Due to flight schedule and departing times, you may depart one day earlier or later

pricing options

Maturity Room Type Departure City Price
adult Twin Share Sydney $2,999.00
adult Twin Share Melbourne $2,999.00
adult Twin Share Brisbane $3,499.00
adult Twin Share Perth $3,499.00
adult Twin Share Adelaide $3,499.00
adult Single Sydney $3,799.00
adult Single Melbourne $3,799.00
adult Single Brisbane $4,299.00
adult Single Perth $4,299.00
adult Single Adelaide $4,299.00

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