From (AUD)$11,195
Days17
Airfares included
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.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Transport — Bullet train, Coach, Gondola, Japanese-style houseboat & Local train
No Hidden Extras
Learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we’ll get to enjoy once we’ve finished).
Spend two nights in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. Sleep on traditional Japanese-style bedding, bathe in a natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner.
Cross Lake Ashi for great views of the majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan!
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.

Special Experiences

Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian period, known as a Yakatabune.
Watch a sumo wrestling demonstration before enjoying a traditional Chanko Nabe (sumo stew) lunch at a local restaurant.
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 a traditional Japanese tea ceremony 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

Itinerary Japan Discovery 2019/20

Itinerary

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Inclusions Japan Discovery 2019/20

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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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.
  • 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).
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge.
  • 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.

Travel

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  • 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

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  • 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

Meals

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  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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A note on Torii Gate renovations: From June 2019, Miyajima's famous floating Torii Gate is undergoing renovations, which are expected to take at least one year. During the renovation works, the Torii Gate will be covered under partially transparent scaffolding. A bridge is being built on the left side of the gate to aid the renovation works.

Accommodation Japan Discovery 2019/20

Accommodation

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

Japan flag 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

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Hotel Okuyumoto

Japan flag 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

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Hida Hotel Plaza

Japan flag 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

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Sheraton Grand

Japan flag 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

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Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachinjo

Japan flag 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

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Sheraton Miyako Hotel

Japan flag 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

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Information Japan Discovery 2019/20

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

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 without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  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

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Dates & Prices Japan Discovery 2019/20

Dates & Prices
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Prices are in AUD

*Prices shown are Per Person

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22 Mar 20
07 Apr 20
$11,195
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25 Mar 20
10 Apr 20
$11,195
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26 Mar 20
11 Apr 20
$11,195
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27 Mar 20
12 Apr 20
$11,195
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28 Mar 20
13 Apr 20
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29 Mar 20
14 Apr 20
$11,195
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30 Mar 20
15 Apr 20
$11,195
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03 Apr 20
19 Apr 20
$11,195
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08 Apr 20
24 Apr 20
$11,195
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09 Apr 20
25 Apr 20
$11,195
Fully Booked

Additional Information

Tipping
Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $230
Single Supplement
From $2,150
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 shown as a guide only
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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