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Jewels of Japan

  • Duration

    12 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    $8,840pp
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Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with natural wonders, imperial heritage and mystical surprises, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

Tour Highlights

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

Authentic Experiences

Our Jewels of Japan 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 To Tokyo

    DAYS 1-2: Fly To Tokyo

    Fly overnight to Tokyo, Japan’s capital, for a three-night stay. Tokyo was once known as Edo and was a small fishing town. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to soak up the local culture.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Discover Tokyo

    Day 3: Discover Tokyo

    Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Today’s city tour starts on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of the ancient Buddhist Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Learn about Tokyo’s historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore Tokyo’s Imperial Palace Plaza.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Meiji Shrine

    DAY 4: Meiji Shrine

    Take a relaxed morning wander around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Continue to the Meiji Shrine, the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken before passing the famous Shibuya Crossing. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Fuji Five Lakes

    Day 5: Fuji Five Lakes

    Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to its base, where you will find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions, reflecting Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Head up Fuji’s 5th Station for spectacular mountain vistas. Please note it is only possible to reach the 5th station if weather permits. After lunch, visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the elaborate dyed silk creations before exploring the Iyashi no Sato historical village, located on the western shores of Lake Saiko, famous for its thatched-roofed houses. Transfer around 1 hour to your hotel and check in.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    Fuji Five Lakes - Kyoto

    Day 6: Fuji Five Lakes - Kyoto

    Visit Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal-clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow. Stroll around the area before trying your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles, which you will then tuck into for lunch. Drive around 2 hours to Mishima Station to board a 2-hour bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Check in to your hotel and have dinner at a local restaurant.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Kyoto

    Day 7: Kyoto

    Enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto, starting with a visit to the spectacular Kiyomizu Temple. You will spend 1.5 hours on foot exploring the temple. Next, immerse yourself in the culture, learning the traditional Japanese handicraft of origami. After lunch, visit a traditional teahouse where you will be joined by a Tea Master, followed by a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine. With its thousands of vermillion torii gates, the Shrine stretches up Mount Inari (233m high). You will walk up part of the mountain and the incline allows a steady-paced walk.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima

    Day 8: Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima

    Begin the day with a visit to Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan’s most famous zen garden, and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavillion due to its golden exterior. Continue around 1 hour by coach to Osaka to have lunch in the vibrant Dotonbori district. Transfer to the train station and take the bullet train to Hiroshima, a journey of 1 hour 40 minutes. A modern and prosperous city, Hiroshima will be forever remembered as the world’s first atomic bomb target..

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Hiroshima

    DAY 9: Hiroshima

    Hop on the ferry to Miyajima Island, where sightseeing will be at a leisurely pace on foot. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and explore the traditional market town at leisure. Return by ferry and then coach to Hiroshima and have lunch. Later, visit the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Please be aware that the museum may be confronting and upsetting for some group members and it is at your discretion if you wish to visit or enjoy time at leisure exploring the Peace Memorial Park. Also visit the Orizuru Tower.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Himeji Castle

    DAY 10: Himeji Castle

    Travel to Himeji, with a rest stop along the way. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful Himeji Castle and Koko-en Garden. Himeji Castle is largely in its original condition so, please be mindful of your step when walking around. Transfer approximately 2 hours to Osaka for your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 11-12

    Fly Osaka To Australia

    DAYS 11-12: Fly Osaka To Australia

    This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home.

    • 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 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.

  • Nights 2

    Fuji Mishima Tokyu 4 Star Hotel

    Fuji Mishima Tokyu

    The 4-star Fuji Mishima Tokyu hotel features contemporary ensuite guest rooms with air conditioning, free WiFi and a flat screen TV. The location offers great access to the famous Mount Fuji and the beautiful resort areas in Hakone.

  • 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

    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.

  • Night 1

    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.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 5°c
  • 65mm
  • Kyoto
  • 5°c
  • 50mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 6°c
  • 45mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 6°c
  • 58mm
  • Kyoto
  • 6°c
  • 68mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 6°c
  • 67mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 9°c
  • 77mm
  • Kyoto
  • 9°c
  • 113mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 9°c
  • 124mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 14°c
  • 118mm
  • Kyoto
  • 14°c
  • 116mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 15°c
  • 142mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 145mm
  • Kyoto
  • 19°c
  • 161mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 19°c
  • 178mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 22°c
  • 135mm
  • Kyoto
  • 23°c
  • 214mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 23°c
  • 247mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 26°c
  • 81mm
  • Kyoto
  • 27°c
  • 220mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 27°c
  • 259mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 27°c
  • 113mm
  • Kyoto
  • 29°c
  • 132mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 29°c
  • 111mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 23°c
  • 131mm
  • Kyoto
  • 25°c
  • 176mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 25°c
  • 170mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 18°c
  • 132mm
  • Kyoto
  • 18°c
  • 121mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 19°c
  • 88mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 12°c
  • 128mm
  • Kyoto
  • 12°c
  • 71mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 13°c
  • 68mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Tokyo
  • 8°c
  • 109mm
  • Kyoto
  • 7°c
  • 48mm
  • Hiroshima
  • 8°c
  • 41mm
Jewels of Japan map

Places Visited: Australia - Tokyo (3N) – Mt Fuji (2N) - Kyoto (2N) - Hiroshima (1N) - Miyajima – Himeji – Osaka (1N) - Australia

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