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Japan Uncovered

  • Duration

    18 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
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    $11,490pp
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Our most extensive tour of Japan includes all the classic sights and key cultural activities. Featuring modern cities, historical sights and beautiful landscapes, you get the most from this fascinating land.

Tour Highlights

Our Japan Uncovered tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Japan Unconvered Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    Fly Australia to Osaka

    Days 1-2: Fly Australia 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, perhaps to sample this city's famous shopping and food.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Discover Nara

    Day 3: Discover Nara

    Spend the morning in Nara, the small, history-filled city that was Japan's first capital. Stroll through Nara Park to Todai-ji Temple and admire the traditional Isui-en Garden. Return to Osaka and visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Himeji Castle

    Day 4: Himeji Castle

    Depart Osaka for Hiroshima, stopping en route to explore the magnificent 17th Century Himeji Castle and the neighbouring Koko-en, a traditional-style garden.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Explore Hiroshima

    Day 5: Explore Hiroshima

    Hiroshima is a vibrant, forward-thinking city that is a pleasure to explore. Reflect on the city’s tragic past at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Next, hop on the ferry across to the holy island of Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy some free time.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Bullet Train to Kyoto

    Day 6: Bullet Train to Kyoto

    Catch a bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for a thousand years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous Zen garden and Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion'.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Day 7: Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Enjoy one of Kyoto’s most delightful spots, Kiyomizu, a 17th Century Buddhist temple, before experiencing the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to further explore this amazing city.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Travel to Kanazawa

    Day 8: Travel to Kanazawa

    Depart Kyoto and travel to Kanazawa. Meander through Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, before viewing the excellent art collection of the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Washi Paper Making

    Day 9: Washi Paper Making

    Visit the Nomura Samurai House and Garden before departing Kanazawa. Stop in Gokayama for lunch and a hands-on washi paper making workshop. Continue to Shirakawago, where you will explore the 300-year-old Gassho-style Wada House, before reaching Takayama.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Explore Takayama

    Day 10: Explore Takayama

    Browse the local handicrafts and fresh produce at the Miyagawa morning market, wander past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit several of the excellent local museums, including the Festival Floats Museum, Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum and Takayama Jinya followed by a stroll down Kamisannomachi Street.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Travel to Nagano

    Day 11: Travel to Nagano

    Travel to Matsumoto and explore the formidable 16th-century Matsumoto Castle. Visit a miso house and learn about this famous Japanese seasoning. Also spend some time at a wasabi farm to learn about its cultivation before continuing to Nagano.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12

    Snow Monkeys

    Day 12: Snow Monkeys

    Travel deeper into the Japanese Alps to see the Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play in their hot spring pool at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Continue to Zenkoji, one of Japan's most prolific Buddhist temples.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13

    Mt Fuji

    Day 13: Mt Fuji

    Travel to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th station (weather permitting), roughly halfway up Mt Fuji, for fantastic views over the surrounding landscapes. Visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations of artist Kubota Itchiku.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14

    Explore Hakone

    Day 14: Explore Hakone

    Begin the day with a cruise on the peaceful waters of Lake Ashi. You will also enjoy a visit to the Hakone Shrine before taking a ride on the Komagatake ropeway. Later, continue to Tokyo.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Discover Tokyo

    Day 15: Discover Tokyo

    A dazzling, high-tech metropolis, Japan's capital has wonderfully traditional roots. Start your explorations at the Imperial Palace East Garden, visit Meiji Shrine and walk the famous Shibuya Crossing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    More Tokyo

    Day 16: More Tokyo

    Stroll the vibrant Asakusa district and soak up the ambience of Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple. Ascend to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. The afternoon is free until the evening, when you will board a traditional yakata boat for a dinner cruise.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 17-18

    Fly Tokyo to Australia

    Days 17-18: Fly Tokyo to Australia

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

    • Breakfast

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.

  • Nights 2

    Hotel Monterey Osaka 3 Star Hotel

    Hotel Monterey Osaka

    Situated in central Osaka, the Hotel Monterey Osaka is directly connected to Namba train station and just a 10-minute walk from Dotonbori Shopping Street. The hotel features 4 dining options with panoramic city views. Guest rooms feature British-Style interiors and modern practical amenities.

  • Nights 2

    Grand Prince Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Grand Prince Hotel

    Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, Grand Prince Hotel offers 5 dining options, a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring baths. Air-conditioned rooms with a large picture window and a flat-screen TV await guests of the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima.

  • Nights 2

    Rihga Gran Kyoto 4 Star Hotel

    Rihga Gran Kyoto

    Located near the hub of transportation Kyoto station and many of Kyoto's top attractions, the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is in a great location for exploring this beautiful city. It's contemporary guest rooms are complete with Japanese touches and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel features many facilities, including six restaurants, a luxurious bar, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness gym.

  • Night 1

    Hotel Vista Kanazawa 3 Star Hotel

    Hotel Vista Kanazawa

    Situated in Kanazawa, the Hotel Vista Kanazawa is perfectly located just a short distance from many of the cities main attractions including Kenroku-en. The interior of the hotel is decorated with traditional local crafts and contemporary art.

  • Nights 2

    Yui No Sho 4 Star Hotel

    Yui No Sho

    Located just a short distance from the beautifully traditional village of Shirakawago, the 4-star Yuinosho Hotel provides guests rooms with wonderful mountain views. The hotel features spa and wellness facilities including a sauna and hot spring bath.

  • Nights 2

    Royal Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Royal Hotel

    Set in a historical castle town, the 4-star Royal Hotel Nagano offers spacious guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. The hotel features relaxing hot spring baths, a sauna and tennis courts. Dine on a variety of cuisines including French, Japanese and Chinese in the in house restaurant, Shononoji.

  • Night 1

    Kofu Kinenbi Hotel 3 Star Hotel

    Kofu Kinenbi Hotel

    Boasting 4 restaurants with views of the famous Mount Fuji, traditional hot spring baths and a great location for exploring the region, the Kofu Kinenbi Hotel is a great place to stay. The contemporary ensuite guest rooms include an LCD TV and free WiFi.

  • Nights 3

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel 3 Star Hotel

    Sunshine City Prince Hotel

    The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel's en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include onsite restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a café and bar and a 24 hour convenience store.

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.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 6°c
  • 45mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 6°c
  • 45mm
  • Kyoto
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 4°c
  • 270mm
  • Nagano
  • 0°c
  • 51mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 7°c
  • 62mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 6°c
  • 67mm
  • Kyoto
  • 6°c
  • 68mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 4°c
  • 172mm
  • Nagano
  • 0°c
  • 50mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 10°c
  • 104mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 9°c
  • 124mm
  • Kyoto
  • 9°c
  • 113mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 7°c
  • 159mm
  • Nagano
  • 4°c
  • 59mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 15°c
  • 142mm
  • Kyoto
  • 14°c
  • 116mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Nagano
  • 11°c
  • 54mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 20°c
  • 146mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 19°c
  • 178mm
  • Kyoto
  • 19°c
  • 161mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 17°c
  • 155mm
  • Nagano
  • 16°c
  • 75mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 24°c
  • 184mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 23°c
  • 247mm
  • Kyoto
  • 23°c
  • 214mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 22°c
  • 185mm
  • Nagano
  • 21°c
  • 109mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 28°c
  • 157mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 27°c
  • 259mm
  • Kyoto
  • 27°c
  • 220mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 26°c
  • 232mm
  • Nagano
  • 25°c
  • 134mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 29°c
  • 91mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 29°c
  • 111mm
  • Kyoto
  • 29°c
  • 132mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 27°c
  • 139mm
  • Nagano
  • 26°c
  • 98mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 26°c
  • 161mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 25°c
  • 170mm
  • Kyoto
  • 25°c
  • 176mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 23°c
  • 226mm
  • Nagano
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 19°c
  • 112mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 19°c
  • 88mm
  • Kyoto
  • 18°c
  • 121mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 17°c
  • 177mm
  • Nagano
  • 14°c
  • 83mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 14°c
  • 69mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 13°c
  • 68mm
  • Kyoto
  • 12°c
  • 71mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 12°c
  • 265mm
  • Nagano
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Osaka
  • 9°c
  • 44mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 8°c
  • 41mm
  • Kyoto
  • 7°c
  • 48mm
  • Kanazawa
  • 7°c
  • 282mm
  • Nagano
  • 3°c
  • 46mm
Japan Uncovered map

Places Visited: Osaka (2N) - Nara, Himeji - Hiroshima (2N) - Miyajima - Kyoto (2N) - Kanazawa (1N) - Takayama (2N) - Nagano (2N) - Fuji Five Lakes (1N) - Hakone - Tyoko (3N)

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