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Jewels of Japan

12 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Jewels of Japan

Be captivated by the unique culture of Japan as you discover lively Tokyo, beautiful Mt Fuji and historic Kyoto. A visit to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial and the holy island of Miyajima complete this fascinating tour.

  • 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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12 DAYS
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Tokyo (3N) Mt Fuji Mishima (1N) Kyoto (2N) Hiroshima (2N) Himeji Osaka (1N)
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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 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

Tokyo (3N) - Mt Fuji - Mishima (1N) - Kyoto (2N) - Hiroshima (2N) - Himeji - Osaka (1N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly To Tokyo
    Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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. Begin today with a stroll through the Imperial Palace East Garden and then take time to explore the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Tokyo's historical heritage. After lunch, seek out the tranquillity at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa district, followed by a visit to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree for panoramic views over the sprawling city below.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Meiji Shrine
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    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
    Breakfast
    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
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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.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • -1
    9
    4
  • 39
  • Hiroshima
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 50
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Tokyo
  • 1
    10
    5
  • 65
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 0
    9
    4
  • 51
  • Hiroshima
  • 2
    11
    6
  • 67
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 68
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 62
  • Tokyo
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 2
    12
    7
  • 87
  • Hiroshima
  • 5
    14
    9
  • 124
  • Kyoto
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 113
  • Osaka
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 104
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 77
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 8
    18
    13
  • 131
  • Hiroshima
  • 10
    20
    15
  • 142
  • Kyoto
  • 9
    20
    14
  • 116
  • Osaka
  • 11
    20
    15
  • 104
  • Tokyo
  • 9
    19
    14
  • 118
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 12
    23
    17
  • 140
  • Hiroshima
  • 15
    24
    19
  • 178
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    25
    19
  • 161
  • Osaka
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 146
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 145
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 209
  • Hiroshima
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 247
  • Kyoto
  • 19
    28
    23
  • 214
  • Osaka
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 184
  • Tokyo
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 135
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 162
  • Hiroshima
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 259
  • Kyoto
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 220
  • Osaka
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 157
  • Tokyo
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 101
  • Hiroshima
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 111
  • Kyoto
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 132
  • Osaka
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 91
  • Tokyo
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 113
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 200
  • Hiroshima
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 170
  • Kyoto
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 176
  • Osaka
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 161
  • Tokyo
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 131
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 12
    22
    17
  • 104
  • Hiroshima
  • 14
    23
    19
  • 88
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 121
  • Osaka
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 112
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 132
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 6
    17
    11
  • 61
  • Hiroshima
  • 8
    17
    13
  • 68
  • Kyoto
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 71
  • Osaka
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 69
  • Tokyo
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 128
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Himeji
  • 1
    11
    6
  • 32
  • Hiroshima
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 41
  • Kyoto
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 48
  • Osaka
  • 5
    12
    9
  • 44
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 109

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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
    • Dedicated Solo Departures only: Complimentary airport lounge pass in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, complimentary chauffeur transfers within a 50km radius, single room included in price

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