2018: April: My Japan Experience

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8th—23rd April 2018, Sydney to Sydney

VISITING: Tokyo, Nikko, Matsumoto, Nagano, Toyama, Shirakawa, Takayama, Nagoya, Toba, Osaka, Matsuem Hiroshima, Kyoto and Hakkone National Park

CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Taking place over Cherry Blossom season highlights of this trip will include travelling on the famous Bullet Train, partaking in a Japanese Tea Ceremony, visiting the Floating Shrine of Hiroshima,  extraordinary Views of Mount Fuji, and visits to some of Japans most iconic castles including Matsumoto and Nijo.

Includes: Sightseeing throughout with inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable. Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto; internal flights. 4 star hotels as stated or similar. Fully Guided with Escort  ex-Sydney based on 16 Travellers. International Air with Thai Airways including taxes , surcharges and fees.

Itinerary

Day 1: DEPART AUSTRALIA: Depart Australia on Thai Airways bound for Tokyo.

Day 2: TOKYO. : Welcome to Japan’s capital city. On arrival in Tokyo you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be met by our local representative. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin your exploration of one of the most exciting cities in the world, home to more than 8 million people.

Day 3: TOKYO : Today’s sightseeing is a little different starting off with a morning visit to the  TSUKIJI FISH MARKET the largest in Asia  where we learn about the seafood industry in Asia before enjoying a traditional hands on SUSHI MAKING WORKSHOP. This afternoon is free until you meet up with us again in the early evening to enjoy an incredible TOKYO ROBOT CABARET SHOW which is followed by dinner at an incredible local restaurant (B,D)

Day 4: TOKYO : Today’s sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. (B)

Day 5: TOKYO-NIKKO-TOKYO : Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous YOMEIMON GATE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, continue on to the scenic I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 1,200 metres (3,940 feet), to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)

Day 6: TOKYO-MATSUMOTO-NAGANO-TOYAMA : This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, visit Nagano and the ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. Arrive in Toyama this evening. (B)

Day 7: TOYAMA-SHIRAKAWA-TAKAYAMA-NAGOYA. : Continue through Japan’s beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country’s most remote regions, SHIRAKAWA. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the KUSAKABE HERITAGE HOUSE for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. (B)

Day 8: NAGOYA-TOBA-OSAKA: Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto ‘church’, ISE GRANDE SHRINE. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, where the rest of the  day is at leisure. (B)

Day 9: OSAKA-MATSUE : Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see MATSUE CASTLE and LAFCADIO HEARN MEMORIAL MUSEUM, to learn about the life of an international writer. (B)

Day 10: MATSUE-HIROSHIMA : En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK and ATOMIC BOMB MUSEUM, which commemorate the victims of that fateful day. Also visit the SHUKKEIEN LANDSCAPE GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)

Day 11: HIROSHIMA-KYOTO : Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan’s famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. (B)

Day 12: KYOTO : Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city’s temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit KINKAKUJI, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. (B)

Day 13: KYOTO-HAKONE NATIONAL PARK-TOKYO : Drive to Hakone National Park for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR RIDE (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel. (B)

Day 14: TOKYO : Your time in Japan ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B) Board your Thai flight home.

Day 15: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA: following your connection in Bangkok, arrive back in Sydney where this tour finishes.

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