12 DAYS ●
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.
Witness the fusion of past and present on a city tour in Japan's capital
Ascend Japan's iconic and inspirational tallest mountain
Discover the stunning white facade of the feudal Himeji Castle
Explore this quintessential Japanese town known as the 'thousand-year capital'
Our Jewels 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 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.
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.
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.
Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions. Later, try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow.
Ascend 2,300 metres up to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station (weather permitting) where, with its perfectly conical peak looming overhead, you can take in the breathtaking views over the landscapes below. Returning to the beautiful Five Lakes region, explore Iyashi no Sato Historical Village, a
former farming village on the shores of Lake Saiko. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched-roofed houses of this old villagehave been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village.
Transfer to Mishima station for the bullet train to Kyoto. Sit back and relax as you speed across the country. Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silkclad geisha and sublime gardens. The geisha is both an intriguing and
integral part of Japanese history – enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha at a typical teahouse. Continue to Ryoan-ji Temple, a Zen temple. End the day at Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion.
Explore one of Kyoto’s delightful temples – Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a 17th-century Buddhist temple.
In the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Japanese handicraft experience and enjoy Japanese tea at a restored Japanese wooden townhouse.
Today travel by bullet train to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima. Hiroshima is vibrant and modern with a forwardthinking, sunny outlook. Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park
and Museum. Hopping on a ferry, make the short trip to the holy island of Miyajima. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most recognisable, rising
majestically out of the waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
Travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city. Appreciate its turbulent past before strolling around Koko-en, the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat. Afterwards, you will travel to Osaka for an overnight stay.
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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