To kick off the new year, you can secure FREE return flights with this fully-inclusive Wendy Wu Tour of Japan! This offer ends 31 March 2020. Call 1300 414 198 for a quote, or read on for the amazing day-by-day itinerary...
This 9 Day 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.
*Standard itinerary departs SYD, MEL, BNE, ADL & PER. Departures from CBR, CNS HBA, DRW and other cities, please contact us on 1300 414 198 for details.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. In the Fuji area, hotels tend to be more traditional in style and culture. In this area, you may be asked to take your shoes off at the door and store them in a secure locker – this is very traditional Japanese culture.
Hotels are generally rated as local three to four-star standard, but please note that there is no international classification system for hotels and differences in facilities and quality do exist between Australia and Japan.
Please note that in Japan, hotel rooms and bathrooms are renowned for being small. Standard single rooms are usually smaller than a standard double or twin room, contain one small double bed (or one single bed), and are designed for one person to use. All group tour hotels have private western bathroom facilities, air conditioning, TV and telephone. Hotels in Japan often do not have porters and you will be required to carry your own luggage.
Tue, 24th Mar to Tue, 31st Mar 2020:
Tue, 31st Mar to Tue, 7th Apr 2020: (Cherry Blossom)
Thu, 2nd Apr to Thu, 9th Apr 2020: (Cherry Blossom)
Sat, 16th May to Sat, 23rd May 2020:
Sat, 12th Sep to Sat, 19th Sep 2020:
Sat, 26th Sep to Sat, 3rd Oct 2020:
Sun, 11th Oct to Sun, 18th Oct 2020: (Autumn Leaves )
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Subject to change. Single Supplement from $1,190. Call our team on 1300 414 198 for more details.
Fly overnight to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. On arrival, you will be met by an English-speaking representative and transfer approximately 1.5 hours to your hotel.
Please note: Early check in is not included. If your flight arrives in the morning and you wish to arrange this, please speak to your consultant. Transfers will differ depending on group size, but you may share a coach with other passengers who are not part of this Tour. If you are on a shared bus transfer, you may have to walk for a few minutes to get to your hotel
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 take a tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the 1st observatory of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the district of Asakusa for an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise Shopping street and visit Sensoji Temple. Drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza and then stroll through tranquil Hamarikyu Gardens.You will be on your feet for 4-5 hours during your touring in Tokyo. Return to your hotel where your guide will let you know what time to meet for this evening’s dinner cruise. Transfer from the hotel to your boat and take a leisurely 1 -hour Japanese dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. You will need to get on and off your boat this evening without assistance
Journey 2 hours through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to the mountain’s base. 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. If the 5th Station is closed, the Fuji San World Heritage Centre (formerly Fuji VisitorCentre) will be visited instead. Continue to tranquil Lake Ashi. Take a cruise across the lake before taking the Komagatake cable car for spectacular views of Mount Fuji and the lake below. Transfer to Hakone where you will stay overnight
Please note: You will need to back a smaller overnight bag for tonight as your main luggage will be transferred this morning directly to your hotel in Kyoto.
This morning, transfer to Odawara Station, a journey of approximately 1 hour, to board your 2-hour Hikari 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine with its thousands of vermillion torii gates. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today involves a full day of sightseeing, with a lot of time spent on foot at busy temples and in public areas. Begin your explorations of Kyoto with a visit to the Ryoanji Temple before heading to the Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to its gold-plated exterior. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn the traditional Japanese handicraft of calligraphy and enjoy the art of a tea ceremony. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel.
Transfer by coach to Japan’s former imperial capital Nara, a journey of approximately 1 hour. Visit Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden structure and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. Also visit Isui-en Gardens, known for its natural ponds– sightseeing here will be about 3 hours on foot. Continue to Osaka by coach, approximately an hour’s drive. On arrival, enjoy lunch in the vibrant Dotonburi District, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample delicious local delicacies. This afternoon, visit Osaka Castle before enjoying your final dinner in Japan
This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home.
Please note: Only breakfast is included today.
Transfers: In the event that your flight departs outside of the majority group departure time, you will be transferred to the airport by a shared coach. If you are on a shared coach transfer, you may have to walk for a few minutes to get to the coach.
‘This 9 Day tour is rated as a physical level 1 tour. 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.
Tipping is generally not part of the culture in Japan, however if you feel you have received excellent service, please feel free to tip your National Escort.
All meals (excluding drinks) are included from the groups’ arrival until the day of departure. The schedule of meals is designed so that you can experience the local dishes, their individual flavours as well as the different ways they are prepared and cooked throughout Japan.
On some days where lots of sights are covered, dinner times may be early and your tour group may head directly to the restaurant after sightseeing without stopping at your hotel to freshen up.
Japanese society and culture is built on intricate social etiquette and customs. As foreigners, we are not expected to be knowledgeable about all etiquette, but it will make your time in Japan more enjoyable if you are respectful of local customs.
You may encounter removing your shoes and hats when entering a temple or house (some restaurants as well). You may be supplied with slippers at some places, but please come prepared with plenty of spare socks, and shoes that are easy to take off for the fairly regular occasions when they must be removed. Your National Escort will advise you of some of these other customs at the beginning of your tour.
Most Japan groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a national escort. There will usually be no more than 28 travellers in each group . All departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 8 travellers booked (unless cancelled due to factors beyond our control).
Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.
Offer Valid for sale to 31 Mar 2020 unless sold out prior on selected flight-inclusive group tours departing selected Australian cities. New bookings only. Not combinable with any other offer. Based on twin-share. Single supplements apply (except solo tours). Advertised prices include savings. All services are subject to availability. Based on special economy class fares, surcharges may apply once airfare is sold out. Airline fuel surcharge (where applicable) included and subject to change. Due to airline schedules, domestic connection to international flights, or extra nights’ accommodation may be required at additional expense.
$300pp non-refundable deposit payable within 3 days. Second non-refundable payment of $1,000pp due within 3 weeks.