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Experience Japan

12 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

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Experience Japan

This tour not only visits the famous sights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo, but is brimful of experiences allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture, from traditional tea ceremonies to origami.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 9 , Lunches: 8 , Dinners: 9
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    9 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 1
    A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
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    Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
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Osaka (2N) Nara Kyoto (2N) Nagano Matsumoto (2N) Mt. Fuji Mishima (1N) Kamakura Tokyo (2N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Experience Japan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Osaka (2N) - Nara - Kyoto (2N) - Nagano - Matsumoto (2N) - Mt. Fuji - Mishima (1N) - Kamakura - Tokyo (2N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly Overnight To Osaka
    Dinner
    DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight To Osaka

    Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka! Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover Nara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 3: Discover Nara

    Visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River. After lunch, continue to Nara and enjoy a leisurely walk through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple and admire the traditional Isuien Garden before returning to Osaka.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

    Journey by road to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Start with a visit to Togetsukyo Bridge located in the heart of the vibrant district of Arashiyama and stroll through the bamboo forest with its towering and impressive thickets. Also visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden and the famous 'Golden Pavilion' Kinkakuji Temple. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to further explore the city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Experience Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 5: Experience Kyoto

    Begin the day with a visit to one of Kyoto's most famous sites – Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its 10,000 vermilion torrii gates and follow a forested hillside pathway passing numerous shrines along the way. Later, enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master, and try your hand at origami. After lunch, your immersive experience continues with a fan painting class where you will learn the technique of this highly refined and sought-after visual art.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    See The Snow Monkeys
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: See The Snow Monkeys

    Spend the morning travelling by bullet train to Nagoya and then journey on the limited express train to Nagano. Upon arrival, head to Jigokudani Monkey Park and walk through a picturesque forested valley to the hot pools where you will see the famous Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play. Also visit the 7th-century Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan's most prolific Buddhist temples, before continuing by road to Matsumoto.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Miso & Sake Tasting
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Miso & Sake Tasting

    Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, also known as 'Crow Castle', due to its intense black exterior. Next, head to a miso house and learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. After lunch, visit a sake brewery and enjoy a tipple or two! There will be some free time this afternoon to further explore Matsumoto.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Mount Fuji
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 8: Mount Fuji

    Travel by road to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th Station to view Mt Fuji (weather permitting). Also, enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi before taking to the skies on the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy the breathtaking scenery below. Continue to Mishima and stay overnight.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Kamakura Grand Buddah
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 9: Kamakura Grand Buddah

    Journey to Kamakura, a popular coastal city located south of Tokyo. Visit Kotokuin Temple, which houses Japan's second tallest bronze buddha statue, followed by a stroll through Komachi Street which is lined with pretty little shops before visiting Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura's most important shrine. After lunch, continue to Tokyo and enjoy a leisurely walk though Hamarikyu Gardens.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Discover Tokyo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Discover Tokyo

    Begin the day by ascending to the observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree, Japan's tallest tower for panoramic views over the city below. Next, head to the old district of Asakusa and soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest and most famous temple, before browsing the stalls on Nakamise shopping street. After lunch, explore the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Tokyo's historical heritage. End the day with a cruise on the waters of Tokyo Bay and enjoy dinner from the perfect vantage point to admire the supercharged lights of the city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 11-12
    Fly Tokyo To Australia
    Breakfast
    DAY 11-12: Fly Tokyo To Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) when the Cherry Blossoms are bursting into life and autumn (September to November) when the scenery is ablaze with colour, and the climate is temperate.
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 50
  • Nagano
  • -4
    4
    0
  • 51
  • Nara
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 50
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Tokyo
  • 1
    10
    5
  • 65
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 68
  • Nagano
  • -4
    5
    0
  • 50
  • Nara
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 63
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 62
  • Tokyo
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 113
  • Nagano
  • -1
    10
    4
  • 59
  • Nara
  • 2
    13
    8
  • 103
  • Osaka
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 104
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 77
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 9
    20
    14
  • 116
  • Nagano
  • 5
    17
    11
  • 54
  • Nara
  • 7
    20
    14
  • 98
  • Osaka
  • 11
    20
    15
  • 104
  • Tokyo
  • 9
    19
    14
  • 118
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    25
    19
  • 161
  • Nagano
  • 10
    22
    16
  • 75
  • Nara
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 144
  • Osaka
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 146
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 145
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 19
    28
    23
  • 214
  • Nagano
  • 16
    26
    21
  • 109
  • Nara
  • 18
    27
    22
  • 189
  • Osaka
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 184
  • Tokyo
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 135
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 220
  • Nagano
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 134
  • Nara
  • 22
    31
    26
  • 165
  • Osaka
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 157
  • Tokyo
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 132
  • Nagano
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 98
  • Nara
  • 23
    33
    28
  • 112
  • Osaka
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 91
  • Tokyo
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 113
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 176
  • Nagano
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 129
  • Nara
  • 19
    28
    24
  • 163
  • Osaka
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 161
  • Tokyo
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 131
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 121
  • Nagano
  • 10
    19
    14
  • 83
  • Nara
  • 12
    22
    17
  • 111
  • Osaka
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 112
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 132
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 71
  • Nagano
  • 3
    13
    8
  • 44
  • Nara
  • 6
    16
    11
  • 71
  • Osaka
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 69
  • Tokyo
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 128
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Kyoto
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 48
  • Nagano
  • -2
    7
    3
  • 46
  • Nara
  • 2
    11
    7
  • 47
  • Osaka
  • 5
    12
    9
  • 44
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 109

Pricing & Availability

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    Additional Price Information

    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Tipping is generally not part of the culture in Japan; however, you may wish to tip your National Escort at your discretion.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request
    • Please note: cherry blossoms & autumn leaves are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

    Group Tour includes

    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees

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