Japan Discovery

  • days: 17
  • from $10,895

Flights Included

Countries Visited:

  • Japan

Description

 

 Spring Cherry Blossom & Autumn Colours

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Experience the magic of Japan's Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr departures) or witness stunning Autumn Colours as they sweep the country (Oct / Nov departures).

Hurry, book now! Seats are limited!

Discover the many different sides of fascinating Japan on this in-depth journey. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, ride the bullet train, soak up the peace and tranquility of historic Takayama and admire the culture of Kyoto.

Metropolis to Mountains

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. We’ll learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple and the shopping districts of Ginza, Shinjuku and Akihabara. Leave the city behind and travel to Hakone and Mt Fuji to experience a more traditional side of Japanese life. Here we stay in old-style ryokan accommodation, have a chance to enjoy a hot springs bath and sample a delicious Japanese dinner. 

The history and heart of Japan

Travel to historic Takayama and wander through heritage-listed Shirawakago. We’ll learn the traditional art of Japanese rice paper making and explore a local market. Catch the famous bullet train to moving Hiroshima. We discover Miyajima Island, the Itsukushima Torii Gate and visit the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Dome. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart. We see the stunning Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and the famous Fushimi Inari shrine. We’ll get hands-on, enjoy sake tasting and have the chance to wear a traditional Kimono! 

Urban Osaka

Our adventure ends in bustling Osaka, Japan’s capital of commerce. We tour the city, visiting the floating garden at Umeda Sky Building and Himeji Castle, and bid farewell to Japan with a traditional-style group dinner.

Itinerary until 12 April 2019

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. After we check in we'll have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3. Tokyo

Begin the day at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished). This afternoon we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza on our way to dinner. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.

Day 4. Tokyo

An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

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Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch.

Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection - the busiest in the world! [B,L]

Day 5. Tokyo - Hakone

We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.

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Special Experience: Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.

For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]

Day 6. Mt Fuji Excursion

A highlight of any trip to Japan is a visit to majestic and iconic Mt Fuji! We stop at the fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Later we’ll ride the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji, as well as the Sagami Bay. [B,D]

Day 7. Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B]

Day 8. Takayama

We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri (‘like hands in prayer’) thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. [B,L]

Day 9. Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B]

Day 10. Hiroshima

Today we cruise to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.

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Special Experience: Experience the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.

This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum. [B]

Day 11. Hiroshima - Kyoto

Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. [B]

Day 12. Kyoto

We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B]

Day 13. Kyoto

Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! [B]

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Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices).
^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto

Day 14. Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist sanctuary of Enryaku-ji Temple. Located on the sacred mountain of Mt Hiei, it offers beautiful views over Kansai. Here we’ll enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city. [B,L]

Day 15. Osaka

This morning we visit Himeji Castle, Japan’s largest and most-visited castle. It is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. Tonight we’ll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Itinerary from 14 April 2019

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city. After we check in we'll have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3. Tokyo

Begin the day at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world’s largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We’ll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished). This afternoon we’ll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza on our way to dinner. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.

Day 4. Tokyo

An exciting day exploring one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

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Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch.

Early this evening we’ll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection - the busiest in the world! [B,L]

Day 5. Tokyo - Hakone

We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We’ll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.

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Special Experience: Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.

For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We’ll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]

Day 6. Mt Fuji Excursion

This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of the majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan! Later we’ll ride the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji. En route back to Hakone we'll visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum. [B,D]

Day 7. Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B]

Day 8. Takayama

We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri (‘like hands in prayer’) thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. [B,L]

Day 9. Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B]

Day 10. Hiroshima

Today we cruise to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.

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Special Experience: Experience the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.

This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum. [B]

Day 11. Hiroshima - Kyoto

Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple’s top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. [B]

Day 12. Kyoto

We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B]

Day 13. Kyoto

Today we discover the art behind Japan’s unique crafts and culinary delights! [B]

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Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices).
^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto

Day 14. Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple, ranked first of Kyoto's five great Zen temples. Here we’ll enjoy a typical Buddhist lunch before walking through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visiting the Togetsukyo Bridge later. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city. [B,L]

Day 15. Osaka

This morning we visit Himeji Castle, Japan’s largest and most-visited castle. It is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. Tonight we’ll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

 

Walking Man

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included
  • 4 rail journeys in Japan
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights only)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Modern and traditional Tokyo

  • Take an early morning tour of the famous Tsukji Fish Market and enjoy a sushi-making experience including lunch.
  • Take a stroll through the famous Ginza shopping district.
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay.
  • Witness a sumo demonstration and enjoy a typical sumo meal.
  • City tour of Tokyo including Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise shopping arcade.
  • Stop at the famous Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in Japan and the meeting point of 5 roads in the most populous city in the world. 
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period.

Majestic Mountains and historic villages

  • Visit a former farming village, reconstructed 40 years after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966 
  • Travel to Mt Fuji and enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi (from 14th of April 2019 departure)
  • Spend 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ride and the amazing 360 degree view of the volcanic Hakone mountains
  • Take in the sights of old historic Takayama on foot including the Takayama Jinya, a beautiful traditional Japanese building, and visit the morning markets
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago, famous for its old gassho-zukuri thatched roof farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer" as the farmhouses steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer. Enjoy a traditional Japanese fish lunch

Sobering and scenic Hiroshima

  • Visit scenic Miyajima Island, located 30 minutes from Hiroshima and classified as a sacred island, to see the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine which stands in the ocean during high tide.
  • Experience the art of Shakushi (Miyajima Rice Scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.
  • Tour the Hiroshima Peace Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's only remaining bomb-damaged building, and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum (by audio tour).

Japan's cultural heart

  • Tour the temples of Kyoto, Japan's former capital and very much the cultural heart of the country. Our tour includes the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) and Fushima Inari Shrine. 
  • Learn more about traditional Japanese crafts such as sake brewing and tasting, and watch a Maiko dance performance.
  • Enjoy a Buddhist lunch at Shigetsu (Tenryuiji Temple) (from 14th of April 2019 departure)
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge (from 14th of April 2019 departure)
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for scenic view of central Osaka.
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

 

Autumn & Spring Cherry Blossom departures

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Discover Japan's stunning Autumn Colours (02 Oct - 18 Nov departures) as they sweep the country or witness the magic of Cherry Blossom (20 Mar - 11 Apr departures).

Hurry, book now! Seats are limited!

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $230pp
Single supplement: from $1,750
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo

The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is located at the southern gateway to the Tokyo metropolis with breathtaking views of the city and Tokyo Bay. Besides its convenient location, this impressive multi-functional hotel complex offers a wide array of dining and entertainment options. The hotel is home to a 10 screen multiplex theatre, a cabaret, bowling centre, indoor swimming pool, indoor tennis courts, indoor golf centre, and a great selection of restaurants!

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool

Hotel Okuyumoto, Hakone

The Hotel Okuyumoto boasts a rustic open-air bath set beside a mountain stream. Surrounded by the peaceful natural scenery of Hakone, enjoy the hot springs and the beauty of Japan’s natural environment. The hotel is a 9-storey structure with mostly Japanese-style rooms and is located approximately 10 minutes from Hakone Yumoto station.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge

Hida Hotel Plaza, Takayama

Just a 5 minute walk from Takayama Station, Hida Hotel Plaza boasts a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool and 7 dining options including Japanese, French and Chinese cuisine. Hida Plaza’s rooms are elegantly furnished in either Western or traditional Japanese decor. The spa offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, massage, a hot tub and a mist sauna. The hotel is also only a 15 minute walk from the historical Old Private Houses, and a 20-minute walk from Higashiyama Temple.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box

Sheraton, Hiroshima

The Sheraton Hiroshima is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. The property features two restaurants, a bar/lounge and a health club with spa, indoor poool and steam room.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

As the largest hotel in Kyoto with 986 rooms, the New Miyako Hotel combines comfort with functionality. Located in front of the Shinkansen (Bullet Train), Japan Railways and Kintetsu-Kyoto Station, the New Miyako Hotel is in a prime location. The hotel’s many restaurants provide various dining options including Japanese, Chinese and European buffet-style dining.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge

Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka

Centrally located and in close proximity to many restaurants and sightseeing attractions, the Sheraton Miyako offers 8 restaurants & lounges as well as fitness centre, indoor heated pool, massage, barber shop, florist, beauty salon, currency exchange and gift store.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Accommodation listed is subject to change and the list should be used as a guide only. Every effort is made to avoid changes however if a change becomes necessary then accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

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Currency

Currency

Japanese Yen

The official currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY; ¥).

  • 1 Japanese Yen = 100 sen
  • Notes are in denominations of ¥10,000, 5000, 2000 and 1000
  • Coins are in denominations of ¥500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1

Reviews for Japan Discovery

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 43 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Japan Discovery Simply wonderful 5
We recently did a 17-day Japan Discovery tour. It was wonderful and great value for money because of what we saw and experienced. It was particularly special because we were there during the Cherry Blossom season. Our tour guide, Hiroko, was very passionate about her country and her job. She was also very knowledgeable and informative about the subject matter and bent over backwards to help all the group enjoy their stay in Japan. We highly recommend this tour for those who want to “discover” Japan. Rod Foran - April 2018
Japan Discovery Ability to explore and get involved in the Japanese culture 5
Our tour guide was exemplary - out of five organised tours with tour companies, including Bunnik, she was the best organised, most forthcoming, thoughtful, informative and genuinely nice person we have ever had. Japan was a real eye opener and the enthusiasm for life, the hard work, kindness and respect of the people was amazing. Japan itself showed us another side of society which I wish we could adopt in Australia. there are no rubbish bins on the street because people take their litter home. People enjoy themselves in the parks and gardens enjoying nature. There is no graffiti! The trains are punctual and quick - all in all an amazing place. As for Bunnik the organisation was excellent, all the hotels were good or great, all the buses were good and the groups of people all of a similar age - we were very happy - thank you! Nicholas Brown - April 2017
Japan Discovery Blossoms 5
The tour was a great balance of activities and well conducted . Such a country of contrasts and beauty and tradition Jean McPhee - April 2017
Japan Discovery Loved what we saw/covered/experienced 5
Highlights were Tokyo - its energy and pulse. Seeing snow and of course, the cherry blossoms. Susan Casali - March 2017
Japan Discovery Loved our wonderful guide, Sumiko. 5
Our sensational guide, Sumiko, looked after everyone. She imparted so much valuable information, historical and otherwise. Such a nice, caring person, always ready to answer any question, and always making sure that everyone was accounted for. We could not have asked for a better guide. Thomas Parks - April 2017
Japan Discovery Loved the snow and cherry blossoms 4
Enjoyed dressing in a kimono, painting a fan and riding on the bullet train. Roslyn Watts - March 2017
Japan Discovery Loved the opportunity to experience the sights, people and culture. 4
Our fondest memory is our excellent tour guide who brought the Japan experience to life for us... there is a lot we wish to say...so helpful and caring; willing to go the "extra mile" to ensure a terrific experience; a wonderful dry sense of humour; always willing to find answers to our questions; etc. She is, without a doubt, the best tour guide we have encountered on our many tours over the years with different companies and locations. Ross James - March 2017
Japan Discovery Excellent 5
The people of Japan were so respectful and helpful especially our wonderful tour guide Naoko who went out of her way to help us and make sure our tour went smoothly. We loved staying in the Ryokan and experiencing the Japanese way of life. Travelling on the bullet train was quite an experience. The hands on experiences in making such things as sushi, fans and artificial food displays were also a highlight. Alex & Rosanna Tavan - September 2016
Japan Discovery Well organised, diverse experiences, interesting sites visited. 5
Fondest memories: Everything especially in Kyoto. Particular activities such as sushi making, fan painting, kimono wearing and plastic food assembly. Banquets and ryokan stay at Hakone. Seeing Mount Fuji. Bullet train trips.Visit to Tokyo-Edo Museum. Visits to Shirakawago village, temples and shrines. Keith Gardner - September 2016
Japan Discovery Fabulous Guide and Tour 5
Very happy with our choice. Great mix of modern living and Japanese culture, busy cities and quiet areas. Our guide, Naoko, was well-informed, professional and a pleasure to meet. Accommodation was well placed and clean, the ryokan being a great experience. Train travel .... amazing! Thank you Bunnik Tours Chris Webber - September 2016
Japan Discovery Loved small group and itinerary 5
Fondest memories; Mt Fuji on a clear day. making the fans and plastic food. Group got on well together Cheryl Young - May 2016
Japan Discovery Our tour guide, Naoko was marvellous. 5
Loved staying in the Ryokan, eating Japanese food, getting out of the big cities, visiting world heritage villages, bullet train. Suzanne Jordan - April 2016
Japan Discovery A great cross section of Japanese life, culture and places 5
Visiting Hiroshima was confronting but worthwhile. Highlight was being in several places to see cherry blossoms and seeing the Spring festival in Takayama. Staying in the Ryokan in Hakone was also a highlight. The guide for the tour was exceptional - the best I have ever come across. Warren Freeman - April 2016
Japan Discovery A new culture 5
Hotel accommodation was good. The tour guide's knowledge and commentary on all our visited sites was excellent. Rae O'Shaughnessy - April 2016
Japan Discovery I loved the opportunity to see a cross section of the Japanese culture 4
Highlights were Mt Fuji, staying in a ryokan, Hiroshima (my dad was in the occupation forces), snow above Nikko and the cherry trees in bloom. Jane Lindsay - March 2016
Japan Discovery We loved everything! 5
The 'Land of the Rising Sun'. Japan, did not disappoint. On the contrary, the tour, at that time of the year with the picturesque Sakura (cherry blossom) will leave us with unforgettable memories. Our tour guide Naoko was highly knowledgeable in history, super organised, but above all so friendly and welcoming to introduce us to her country. To be able to truly taste real Japan in history, culture, people, food, scenery etc...simply, you have t be there to soak up the experience. Highly recommended! Until next time, Sayonara. Alena & Victor Vondra - March 2016
Japan Discovery Awesome guide, itinerary, variety and so many blossoms. 5
Fondest memories and highlights were Nikko in the snow; Mt Fuji from my window in Tokyo!; Kamakura; everything about Hakone; Takayama - beautiful; Trains - especially bullet trains; Hiroshima and Miyajima Island; Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto; and Kimono textiles in Kyoto. Stephanie Cooper - March 2016
Japan Discovery Love the itinerary 4
From the big cities of Tokyo & Kyoto, to the tranquility of Nikko, Miyajima Island & Nara, I loved this itinerary. Fellow tour members were a great bunch of people. Loved the hot baths at the Ryokan at Hakone & our TD 'Saki', was a delight. The leaves were turning, so the autumn colours were lovely. Pauline Burgher - October 2015
Japan Discovery It had all been organised beautifully with no hiccups. 5
Highlights were the sensational autumn leaves - the gingko trees in particular; The nice hotels and Ryokan at Hakone; The excellent weather; Our Japanese guide, Kyoko, who was excellent and committed to giving us a great experience; And having a large bus to travel in all the time. Elizabeth Turner - October 2015
Japan Discovery The group size, competent guide and well-balanced itinerary were great. 4
Highlights were the warmth of the Japanese people, and the contrast between ancient and modern Japan. Peter Bradshaw - November 2015
Japan Discovery Loved everything...accommodation, meals, flights, bullet train, tour guide, tour content and itinerary 5
A great variety in the content of the tour and bullet trains made travel less time consuming. Pauline Kay - October 2015
Japan Discovery I loved Japan's beauty, efficiency, politeness, history and food 4
We really enjoyed this tour. It wasn't our cheapest option but we are glad we chose Bunnik. The itinerary was very good. Our consultant did a very good job for us. Above all we would like to praise our guide, Fusako, who was magnificent. Her knowledge, patience, organisational skills, language and sense of humour were hugely appreciated. We could not fault our travel, eating and accommodation arrangements. Everything was perfect, congratulations. We would not want to go on a tour with more than 20 people. We took thousands of photographs and will try to identify the best two or three to submit to your competition. Thanks for the great work! Judy Barton - October 2015
Japan Discovery Loved the organisation, variety, group members, tour guide and transport modes 5
Highlights were Mt Fuji, the Hiroshima Museum and the group dinners. John Rudolph - October 2015
Japan Discovery Every where we went and saw was a highlight 5
Hakone was brilliant, the ryokan experience, with with the traditional foods and hot spring bath, Fuji was great to see, Takayama and Hiroshima, Shirakawago. Although dressing us up in traditional Kimono outfit and walking around whilst a fashion parade was in progress was a bit of a chuckle ..all good fun, would like to return to look at some places further. Everything was a new experience, temples, foods and the country. Russell Hillman - May 2015
Japan Discovery Great value and packed full of great adventures 5
Many highlights - the cherry blossoms on mass, snow at Mt Fuji, Sumo wrestlers, sleeping on a futon in the Hakone Ryokan, and being immersed totally in the food and culture there. Hiroshima was thought provoking given the state of world peace at present. Shinkansens were amazing. Loved the food halls, Department stores and the vending machines. Loved Osaka Castle and the museum within - brought the Samurai and Imperial court history to life. Bought the 2 volume 'Tale of Genji" to read and, of course, a kimono! Anne Irving - April 2015
Japan Discovery Loved Tosh the tour guide 4
Fondest memories would have to be staying in a tradition ryokan in Hakone and Takyama was also very special. Toshi was amazing, not only is she very knowledgeable but goes over and beyond what is expected. Even made sure we saw some extra things that we were interested in, eg organising tickets to see a geisha show. Cathy Stagno - April 2015
Japan Discovery The sightseeing was excellent - everything we expected for the areas visited. 4
Highlights..The train trips through the countryside and between cities to see new and interesting sights such as Mt Fuji and Hiroshima. Toshi was very good - she was knowledgeable and personable. She related well, willingly answered questions and suggested additional activities and experiences. The trains were excellent and the buses were always on times and the drivers very courteous. Airport transfers were punctual and trouble free - well done Bunnik! Jeff & Robyn Dyball - April 2015
Japan Discovery The Japanese culture, our guide Toshi, food, kimonos and ryokans ..Love the itinerary. 4
Our guide Toshi was so kind. Anything mentioned from day one, she remembered & tried to make sure we got to see or do. She was amazing & a credit to you. Loved the cultural experiences, from staying in a ryokan, to making our own paper, fans & dressing in a kimono. Good mix of countryside & city stays. Love the itinerary. Leonie Mullins - April 2015
Japan Discovery Really good introduction to Japan which whetted our appetite. 4
Loved Mount Fuji, the ryokan in Hakkone, hot baths, food. Toshi-san. Shinkansen. The Japanese people. The Group. Toshi made the trip very interesting with her knowledge of Japan and kept a wicked sense of humour. All aspects of the tour were very well handled. All transport within Japan was excellent. It was nice to have a big bus with plenty of room. Ken Bowie - April 2015
Japan Discovery Great organisation so we could see all we wanted. 5
Good group of people to travel well. Absolutely wonderful guide (Kyoko Masumoto) - best ever. Will never forget the cherry blossoms. Or the heated toilet seats! Jane Wright - March 2015
Japan Discovery Loved the hotels, tour guide, inclusions, feeling we were in good hands. 4
The ryokan experience, cherry blossoms in many locations, seeing snow in springtime, bullet train rides, tea ceremony were wonderful experiences. Visiting Hiroshima was moving & insightful. You might like to consider adding bonsai trees to the itinerary. Multi night stays in locations were appreciated & gave us time to do more exploring. Thank you. Trisha Brown - April 2015
Japan Discovery 4
We were lucky to see freshly fallen snow at Mt Fuji - a rare event in spring. Also visited Himeji Castle on the free day in Osaka - every tour should go there - It's awesome. Hotsprings in Hakone and Takayama were invigorating - just terrific. Ruth Murray - April 2015
Japan Discovery Good company, itinerary, great food and excellent guide 4
We were very fortunate to have a very amiable and friendly group and interacting with them was great fun . The local people we came across were also very friendly and helpful, especially when we got lost (not part of the tour). The cherry blossoms and the garden sceneries and some temple complex were very impressive. Peter Chia - April 2015
Japan Discovery Loved atmosphere and experiences, good group, lovely guide, scenery 4
Loved the scenery especially the gardens and Mt Fuji. The bullet train was a great experience with great views. Wanted to see the autumn colours but only caught a few. Hard to get the timing right. Very good balanced group and the trip was very relaxing and enjoyable. Ian Hawke - October 2014
Japan Discovery Staying in a traditional Ryokan was an experience that you definitely need to try. 4
Craig and I absolutely loved our Tour Guide Kyoko, who went above and beyond to make sure that our tour of Japan was enjoyed without any hassles. The optional tours that we did with Kyoko should actually be part of the itinerary. The Cherry Blossoms certainly stood out wherever we went. Mt Fuji put on her best display and the biggest Buddah which we saw in Kyoto was absolutely breathtaking. Kyoko went out of her at every new location to take us an orientation tour to find shops and restaurants. Lyn Ballard - March 2015
Japan Discovery Great variety of sites visited, good balance organised/free time 5
Saki was just lovely. A warm and personable guide, she provided a lot of insight into Japanese history and culture and was happy to answer even our most random questions. Train travel was excellent, Buses were comfortable and plenty of space. Locations were all excellent, particularly Kyoto being so close to the station, made the free day very easy to travel independently. Highlights - Visiting Mt Fuji in the cold and snow, Staying at the ryokan in Hakone - experiencing real Japanese tradition, visit to the village in shinakawago - even the drive up through snow and tunnels was beautiful. A good variety of different cultural, scenic and "hands on" experiences. Francesca Caflisch - March 2015
Japan Discovery The cherry blossoms were in full bloom 5
Our guide Naoko was fantastic. I have done many tours and she is probably the best tour guide I have ever had. There was a lot of free time. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, the picture postcard sight of Mt Fuji and the rides on the Bullet train. Martin Tauro - March 2015
Japan Discovery Fondest Memories? Too many to enumerate - 1800 photos! 4
We had only 1 guide for the whole tour and she was efficient,informative and personable. Loved the variety of cultural experiences, sights and sites visited. Joe Wilder - March 2015
Japan Discovery Perfect clear weather to view Mt. Fuji. Takayama. Autumn colours. 5
Yuko was absolutely outstanding. Perhaps because we had a small group, only nine - which was brilliant! - she was able to go well beyond the call of duty in trying to accommodate each person's specific needs. When time allowed, she took us on many extra excursions in what I am sure was her own time. Hang on to her - she's a treasure. If it is possible for you to contact her, please convey my appreciation. Meredyth Cilento - November 2014
Japan Discovery Loved the variety of Japanese experiences. 5
Highlights - Seeing Mt Fuji on a good day. Buying anything in Japan and having it beautifully pesented and/or wrapped. Seeing a parade from a temple that was unplanned and a highlight. Seeing geishas in Koto. Very balanced. Time to take in each venue.Enjoyed having a bit of free time too. We enjoyed the Ryokan experience. We LOVED the SHERATON in Hiroshima !!! We also loved that the accomodation was always near railway stations ..enabled us to venture out alone, was also close to restaurants, shopping malls etc Sandy Faithfull - October 2014
Japan Discovery Lovely countryside, beautiful gardens, Japanese cleanliness and hospitatility 5
Extremely well chosen sites, everyone loved all the areas chosen Clear views of Mt snow covered Mt Fuji. Staying the Ryokan at Hakone. The size, speed and comfort of the Shinkansen Train. Great variety of Temples and Shrines, Gorgeous Gardens and the charm of Gion in Kyoto. Japanese people always so polite and the cities and countryside was so clean and safe. The Imperial Palace and bustle of Tokyo are memorable. Kyoto was a great favourite. Peace Park in Hiroshima was very evocative and we enjoyed immensely the old town of Takayama and quaint village of Shirakawago. David Tydeman - October 2014
Japan Discovery I found the whole trip memorable 5
What a gem you have in Naoko (our guide). She did a brilliant job. Her care (of 15 ageing Aussies), attention to detail, knowledge and sense of humour made for a relaxing and most enjoyable holiday. Dianne Sullivan - October 2013
Japan Discovery I have never had a dud holiday and this is certainly no exception. 5
A good mix of traditional cultural sites, modern infrastructure, lifestyles and natural beauty spots. The temples and shrines with gold leaf, the manicured gardens, the traditional ryokan, free time at the shops, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.... The group of fellow travellers was great. We had many laughs and have made some good friends. Ron Smith - April 2013

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Special Experiences!

  • Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.
  • Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe (hot pot) lunch.
  • Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.
  • We’ll experience the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.
  • Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 9 | Max: 20

Transportation

Gondola, local train, bullet train, coach & japanese style houseboat

Tips

Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected

Tour Highlights

• Discover Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market as it comes alive with the morning’s catch • Take in the spectacular views of Mt Fuji • Spend 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse • Explore World Heritage-listed Shirakawago, a gasshō-house farming community • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum • Visit Himeji, Japan’s largest castle

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Japan Discovery

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 43 reviews.