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Journey through Japan

15 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Journey through Japan

Along with the must-see sites on the island of Honshu and a day trip to Nikko, this is a tour of varying landscapes as it journeys south from Hokkaido uncovering the charming cities of Sapporo, Otaru and Hakodate.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 12 , Lunches: 11 , Dinners: 12
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    12 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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Classic Group Tour
15 DAYS
From $11,840PP
Sapporo (2N) Shiraoi Noboribetsu Hakodate (1N) Aomori Hirosaki (1N) Kakunodate Tsunagi (1N) Hiraizumi Sendai (1N) Nikko Tokyo (3N) Mt Fuji Kyoto (2N) Osaka (1N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Journey through 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

Sapporo (2N) - Shiraoi - Noboribetsu - Hakodate (1N) - Aomori - Hirosaki (1N) - Kakunodate - Tsunagi (1N) - Hiraizumi - Sendai (1N) - Nikko - Tokyo (3N) - Mt Fuji - Kyoto (2N) - Osaka (1N)
  • Days 1-2
    Fly Overnight To Sapporo
    Dinner
    DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight To Sapporo

    Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Sapporo, capital of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 3
    Ascend Okurayama
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 3: Ascend Okurayama

    This morning, ascend to the Okurayama viewing point, soaring up to the summit of the Sapporo Winter Olympics ski jump by chair lift. Continue to the pretty port town of Otaru and take some time to walk along the streets of the village and stroll along the picturesque canal. This evening sample some of the beer on offer before heading to a local restaurant to dine on a Genghis Khan dinner – barbeque lamb, a Sapporo special!

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Travel To Hakodate
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 4: Travel To Hakodate

    Depart Sapporo and travel to a lovely lakeside spot to visit a museum of Ainu culture, an indigenous people of the area. Continue to Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley) and walk through a volcanic caldera where you can see steam jets, vents and hot springs. After lunch, hop on a train to the harbour city of Hakodate, set on Hokkaido’s southern tip, where you’ll embark on a night tour with time to ascend the ropeway up Mount Hakodate, for magnificent views over the illuminated city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Explore Hakodate Asaichi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 5: Explore Hakodate Asaichi

    Start the day wandering Hakodate's bustling asaichi (morning market), where hundreds of stores and stalls sell fresh local produce, seafood and the odd souvenir. Ascend Goryokaku Tower for views over Goryokaku Fort and Mount Hakodate before boarding the bullet train to the lovely city of Aomori in the north of Honshu, Japan's largest island. Visit the Nebuta Warasse, a museum dedicated to Aomori's famous, 300-year-old Nebuta Matsuri, a lively summer festival.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Tsunagi Onsen
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: Tsunagi Onsen

    Depart Hirosaki for Kakunodate, an old samurai stronghold still known for its samurai traditions. Visit the Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum for a fascinating look at samurai culture and stroll around Ishiguro House, a traditional samurai residence. Continue to the hot spring resort of Tsunagi, where you can make use of the onsen facilities at the traditional Japanese ryokan where you'll stay overnight.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Cruise Matsushima Bay
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Cruise Matsushima Bay

    Travel to Hiraizumi, where you’ll explore the peaceful Chusonji with its beautiful old gold leaf-covered hall. Continue to Matsushima to enjoy a relaxed cruise on Matsushima Bay, passing amongst the small pine tree-covered islands of this picturesque seascape.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Sendai To Nikko
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 8: Sendai To Nikko

    Walk to Sendai station and take the bullet train to the culture-filled town of Nikko. Start your explorations in the beautiful surroundings of Nikko National Park, where you’ll visit Toshogu shrine. Built in the 1600s, this is Japan’s most lavish shrine, built as the final resting place of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Continue to the magnificent Kegon Waterfall, taking a 100-metre tall elevator up to the perfect viewing spot. Transfer to Tokyo.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Explore Tokyo
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 9: Explore Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan’s capital, 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. Start the day in the vibrant district of Asakusa, where you will visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and wander down Nakamise shopping street before a visit to Tokyo National Museum. After lunch, stroll through the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine complex, before ascending to the observatory deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building for exceptional views over the city.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Admire Mount Fuji
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Admire Mount Fuji

    Travel by road from Tokyo to Mount Fuji, where you’ll ascend 2,400 metres up Japan’s most iconic sight to the 5th Station (weather permitting). Transfer to the Hakone area. Embark on a cruise on the spectacular Lake Ashi before flying high above the lake on the Komagatake Ropeway to the summit of Mount Komagatake where the views of Mount Fuji will be breathtaking, if the peak isn’t hiding in cloud of course! Return to Tokyo.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Travel To Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 11: Travel To Kyoto

    Take a bullet train to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, the city today is full of the legacy of ancient Japan and home to tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. This afternoon, visit Togetsukyo Bridge in the heart of the vibrant Arashiyama district and walk through the bamboo forest, with its towering bamboo thickets.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Explore Kyoto
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 12: Explore Kyoto

    This morning, visit one of Japan’s most famous temples, Kinkakuji, the ‘Golden Pavilion’. Set amongst classical Japanese Zen gardens and on the edge of a reflecting pool, the temple’s main hall is covered in gold leaf. Then, stroll through Nishiki Market, dubbed ‘Kyoto’s kitchen’, where there are many interesting food and sake stores to explore before a free afternoon to spend as you wish.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Sake Tasting & Handerkerchief Dyeing
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 13: Sake Tasting & Handerkerchief Dyeing

    Begin the day immersed in the local culture by trying your hand at handkerchief dyeing followed by the rituals of an authentic tea ceremony. After lunch, walk the vermilion, torii gate-lined pathways of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and tour a traditional sake brewery, where you can have a few cheeky tasters. Continue to the booming city of Osaka.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 14-15
    Fly Osaka To Australia
    Breakfast
    DAYS 14-15: 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)
  • Hakodate
  • -6
    1
    -3
  • 77
  • Hiraizumi
  • -4
    3
    0
  • 58
  • Hirosaki
  • -5
    2
    -2
  • 121
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    9
    5
  • 50
  • Nikko
  • -8
    1
    -4
  • 42
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    6
  • 45
  • Sapporo
  • -7
    -1
    -4
  • 114
  • Sendai
  • -2
    5
    2
  • 33
  • Tokyo
  • 1
    10
    5
  • 65
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • -6
    2
    -2
  • 59
  • Hiraizumi
  • -4
    3
    0
  • 59
  • Hirosaki
  • -5
    2
    -1
  • 94
  • Kyoto
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 68
  • Nikko
  • -8
    1
    -4
  • 60
  • Osaka
  • 3
    10
    7
  • 62
  • Sapporo
  • -7
    0
    -3
  • 94
  • Sendai
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 48
  • Tokyo
  • 2
    10
    6
  • 58
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • -3
    5
    1
  • 59
  • Hiraizumi
  • -2
    7
    2
  • 77
  • Hirosaki
  • -2
    6
    2
  • 77
  • Kyoto
  • 4
    13
    9
  • 113
  • Nikko
  • -5
    5
    0
  • 83
  • Osaka
  • 6
    14
    10
  • 104
  • Sapporo
  • -3
    4
    1
  • 78
  • Sendai
  • 0
    9
    5
  • 73
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 77
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 70
  • Hiraizumi
  • 4
    14
    9
  • 108
  • Hirosaki
  • 3
    14
    9
  • 59
  • Kyoto
  • 9
    20
    14
  • 116
  • Nikko
  • 1
    12
    6
  • 129
  • Osaka
  • 11
    20
    15
  • 104
  • Sapporo
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 57
  • Sendai
  • 6
    15
    10
  • 98
  • Tokyo
  • 9
    19
    14
  • 118
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 84
  • Hiraizumi
  • 9
    19
    14
  • 109
  • Hirosaki
  • 8
    20
    14
  • 72
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    25
    19
  • 161
  • Nikko
  • 6
    17
    12
  • 147
  • Osaka
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 146
  • Sapporo
  • 8
    17
    13
  • 53
  • Sendai
  • 11
    20
    15
  • 108
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 145
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 73
  • Hiraizumi
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 124
  • Hirosaki
  • 13
    24
    18
  • 70
  • Kyoto
  • 19
    28
    23
  • 214
  • Nikko
  • 11
    19
    15
  • 221
  • Osaka
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 184
  • Sapporo
  • 13
    22
    17
  • 47
  • Sendai
  • 15
    22
    19
  • 138
  • Tokyo
  • 18
    26
    22
  • 135
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 17
    23
    20
  • 130
  • Hiraizumi
  • 19
    26
    22
  • 159
  • Hirosaki
  • 18
    27
    22
  • 113
  • Kyoto
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 220
  • Nikko
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 223
  • Osaka
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 157
  • Sapporo
  • 17
    25
    21
  • 81
  • Sendai
  • 19
    26
    22
  • 160
  • Tokyo
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 81
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 19
    26
    22
  • 154
  • Hiraizumi
  • 20
    28
    24
  • 169
  • Hirosaki
  • 19
    29
    24
  • 132
  • Kyoto
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 132
  • Nikko
  • 16
    25
    20
  • 318
  • Osaka
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 91
  • Sapporo
  • 19
    26
    23
  • 124
  • Sendai
  • 21
    28
    25
  • 174
  • Tokyo
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 113
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 152
  • Hiraizumi
  • 15
    23
    19
  • 168
  • Hirosaki
  • 14
    24
    19
  • 127
  • Kyoto
  • 20
    29
    25
  • 176
  • Nikko
  • 12
    20
    16
  • 285
  • Osaka
  • 22
    29
    26
  • 161
  • Sapporo
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 135
  • Sendai
  • 17
    24
    21
  • 218
  • Tokyo
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 131
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 7
    17
    12
  • 100
  • Hiraizumi
  • 8
    18
    13
  • 114
  • Hirosaki
  • 8
    18
    13
  • 90
  • Kyoto
  • 14
    23
    18
  • 121
  • Nikko
  • 5
    15
    10
  • 159
  • Osaka
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 112
  • Sapporo
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 109
  • Sendai
  • 11
    19
    15
  • 99
  • Tokyo
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 132
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • 1
    10
    6
  • 108
  • Hiraizumi
  • 3
    12
    8
  • 95
  • Hirosaki
  • 2
    11
    6
  • 110
  • Kyoto
  • 8
    17
    12
  • 71
  • Nikko
  • 0
    10
    5
  • 86
  • Osaka
  • 10
    18
    14
  • 69
  • Sapporo
  • 1
    8
    5
  • 104
  • Sendai
  • 5
    13
    9
  • 67
  • Tokyo
  • 8
    16
    12
  • 128
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Hakodate
  • -4
    3
    0
  • 85
  • Hiraizumi
  • -1
    6
    2
  • 64
  • Hirosaki
  • -2
    4
    1
  • 117
  • Kyoto
  • 3
    12
    7
  • 48
  • Nikko
  • -5
    4
    0
  • 41
  • Osaka
  • 5
    12
    9
  • 44
  • Sapporo
  • -4
    2
    -1
  • 112
  • Sendai
  • 1
    8
    4
  • 26
  • Tokyo
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 109

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    • 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

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation plus ryokan
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees

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