Japan Golden Route 11 Days
|2017 Departure Dates||Price per person|
|March: 21**, 28**||August: 01, 15, 29||From $3499 AUD|
|April: 18*||September: 12, 26*||Single Supplement $800 AUD|
|May: 23||October: 10*, 24||* Peak Season Surcharge: From $300|
|June: 06, 20||November: 07||** Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge: From $500|
|July: 04*, 18|
|Osaka||Kansai Airport Washington Hotel||4 Stars local rating or similar|
|Osaka||Osaka Daiichi Hotel||4 Stars local rating or similar|
|Kyoto||Kyoto Shin Hankyu Hotel (off peak only)||4 Stars local rating or similar|
|Mount Fuji||Yamanakako Sun Plaza Hotel||4 Stars local rating or similar|
|Atami||Atami New Fujiya Hotel||4 Stars local rating or similar|
|Tokyo||Tokyo Dome Hotel||4 Stars local rating or similar|
|Tokyo||Marroad International Hotel Narita||4 Stars local rating or similar|
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge: $500 – Please note: Cherry Blossoms are highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates
Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide $300, Perth $600 (interstate flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
Early Arrival/Stay Behind/Stopover Surcharge: From $300 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
If staying behind, upgrade final night group accommodation to hotel in Tokyo CBD: From $250/twin room (subject to availability), transfer to airport is not included
Pre/Post-Tour Accommodation: From $350/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Triple Share: Not available
Child Price: Same as adult
Visa: Australian passport holders are exempt for a stay of up to 90 days
Airline Upgrade (economy class)~: Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines from $500 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference. Tip: upgrade to avoid paying the interstate & early arrival/stay behind surcharge)
Premium Economy Upgrade~: Cathay Pacific from $2200 (subject to availability)
Business Class Upgrade~: China Southern Airlines from $3000, Singapore Airlines from $4300, Cathay Pacific from $5300 (subject to availability)
Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure and involve transits
(~) International long haul sectors only.
Tour prices are subject to availability and change without notice. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant prior to booking. The airline used is dependent on availability.
- Pray for your fortunes at the World Heritage listed Kiyomizu-dera Temple
- Feed the gentle Sika deer at Nara Park
- Race to Mount Fuji on a high speed Shinkansen bullet train
- Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
- Loosen your muscles overnight at a traditional hot spring hotel
- Explore the bustling capital Tokyo, boisterous nightlife & hearty street food
Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Hakone, Kamakura, Yokohama, Tokyo
Day 1: Board an overnight flight from Australia via an intermediate city to Osaka.
Day 2: Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel.
Day 3: Osaka (B) Today, visit one of Osaka’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle; which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, before being dropped off at Dotonbori a street known to exemplify Osaka’s vibrant night life
Day 4: Osaka Nara Kyoto (B, L, D) This morning, travel to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free before heading onwards to Kyoto, one of the country’s oldest cities. In the afternoon, visit Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show, before capping off your day at the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall.
Day 5: Kyoto Mount Fuji (B, L, D) This morning, visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. Also visit Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years, before travelling onwards to Mount Fuji by bullet train (maximum speed 320km/h).
Day 6: Mount Fuji Hakone Atami (B, L, D) Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Later, visit Gotemba Peace Park to capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, and savour the numerous delights of nature. Visit Owakudani Valley, an active volcanic zone with hot springs and hot spring rivers. Also visit Hakone Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest, its location given away only by the temple’s huge torii gates
Day 7: Atami Kamakura Yokohama Tokyo (B, L, D) This morning, visit Odawara Castle. Then travel to Kamakura and visit Daibutsu, the Great Buddha which is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. Then head back to Tokyo this afternoon to visit Yokohama China Town, the largest Chinatown in Asia.
Day 8: Tokyo (B) Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea (admission $120). Or alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (Tea Ceremony, Pottery-making Experience, Golden Joinery, Kimono Photo Shoot, Cooking Class). All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged.
Day 9: Tokyo (B, L, D) Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples and browse for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Relax on a Sumida River Cruise. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, before heading to a hotel near Narita Airport. (Optional: For guests staying behind in Tokyo, consider an upgrade of tonight’s group accommodation to a hotel in Tokyo CBD from $250/twin share room, transfer is not included).
Day 10: Tokyo Australia (B) After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight via an intermediate city to Australia. If you are flying Cathay Pacific, you will be transferred to Narita Airport (approx 10 min). If you are flying China Southern Airlines, you will be transferred to Haneda Airport (approx 70 min).
Day 11: Arrive home this morning.
Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
8 nights hotel accommodation (twin/double occupancy)
Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Round trip airport and hotel transfers
Admissions to scenic attractions
English speaking tour guide(s) service
Tipping and gratuities prepaid in Australia: $140
Bullet train fee from Kyoto to Mount Fuji (including same day coach luggage transfer service from hotel to hotel) prepaid in Australia: $180
Optional recommended programs
Optional tour extensions
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Personal expenditure and anything not stated