12 DAYS ●
This tour of Japan is dedicated to Solo Travellers. You'll uncover Japan's best-known cities as well as the hidden treasures of Himeji and Koyasan, and view the magnificent Mt Fuji. There will also be time at leisure to explore on your own or with new-found friends.
Discover the stunning white facade of the feudal Himeji Castle
Visit Koya-san one of Japan's most sacred mountains
Explore Kyoto's magnificent temples, each one unique
Ascend Mt Fuji, Japan's Iconic and inspirational mountain
Our Highlights of Japan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to the food and shopping capital of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Meet your group in the hotel lobby and together begin by travelling to Himeji to visit the city's magnificent feudal-era castle, before strolling through the beauty of Koko-en, a classical Japanese garden. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka and spend some time at leisure. This evening enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B,L,D)
This morning, head for the holy mountain of Koyasan, home to a cluster of more than a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley, enclosed by peaks. Wander around Okunion, a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas, and enjoy the tranquility of Kongobuji Temple. Continue to the charming city of Nara and have the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Stroll through Nara National Park to Todai-ji Temple, seeing the resident sika deer en route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Travel by road to Kyoto, the enchanting chity whose thousand year stint as Japan's capital city has left behind an impressive legacy of historic sites. Sightseeing today includes a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion' and Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden. (B,L)
Today starts with some traditional Japanese activities. At the 17th century Kodai-ji Temple you'll experience the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, before a serene session of Zen meditation. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Travel on the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area and board a coach to explore this wilderness region. Take a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komgatake Ropeway for gorgeous My Fuji views. There is free time for lunch before a group dinner. (B,L,D)
Travel to Mt Fuji and ascend by road to the 5th Station for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape below before continuing on to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. (B)
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time for lunch, then stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. (B)
Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. Tonight is a special farewell group dinner. (B,L,D)
Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to travel to Japan. Other passport holders should arrange visas well in advance of departure, if required.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Local tipping is customary in Asia. We can handle the tipping so you don’t have to. We have a simple tipping system on our Group Tours where passengers contribute to a kitty, paid to the National Escort, who then distributes it. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. We can suggest appropriate amounts for Private Tours and Tailor-Made Holidays
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Bento boxes are a common lunch option. A traditional bento contains rice, seafood or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables. Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
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