Experience the many contrasts of Japan, from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Fuji and enchanting Kyoto with its stunning temples and colourful Geisha district. This Travel at 60 community departure is your perfect chance to tick it off your list while making fast friends with like-minded travellers!
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Experience Japan during Spring, one of the most beautiful times of the year when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom on this 10 Day itinerary, taking in all the must do's! Also travel with like minded people on this departure as we have seats set aside exclusively for our Travel at 60 Community!
Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory, Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine and Nakamise shopping street
Drive up to 5th Station for panoramic views
View Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi from the Komagatake Ropeway
Visit Kinkakuji Temple and the Heianjigu Shrine
Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Visit Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island, and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum
Visit Himeji Castle and a sake brewery en-route to Osaka
Quality 3 and 4-star hotels as per the itinerary
Tour begins in Tokyo 27 March 2021 and finishes in Osaka 05 April 2021
*** These prices are based on ‘Ready To Go Rates’ so the prices listed will expire 30 June 2020. This provides you the opportunity to secure the best available rate at the time of booking! Spaces are limited, be quick and secure your place today! Call our friendly travel team on freecall 1300 414 198.
Day 1: Saturday 27 March 2021 - Arrive Tokyo (3 nights)
‘Konnichiwa’ and welcome to dazzling, futuristic Tokyo. On arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport transfer to your hotel by airport shuttle service. This evening meetup with your Travel Director and fellow explorers for your first taste of Japanese cuisine.
Meals - Dinner
Hotel: Shimbashi Atagoyama Tokyu Rei or similar
Day 2: Sunday 28 March 2021 - Tokyo (sightseeing)
Diving in to all that Tokyo has tooffer, today’s sightseeing tour will kick off 243 metres above theground as you take in panoramic views of the city from the twin towered Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory. Step inside a forested inner-city oasis with a visit to the tranquil Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, which was built to protect the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji andhis wife Empress Shōken. Soak in the peaceful surroundings here and make a wish on a traditional ema before heading on to Asakusa for a glimpse of Old Tokyo. Browse the craft shops along Nakamise Street, then visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple which has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in the 7th century. This afternoon and evening it’s all about tailoring your trip your way. Perhaps take advantage of an optional visit to the Tokyo National Museum, where you’ll be treated to collections of Japanese art, samurai swords, intricate kimonos and more, followed by a visit to two of Tokyo’s premium shopping destinations, Ameyoko and Ginza. This evening, you could choose to dine local style with dinner at a traditional izakaya (Japanese pub).
Meals - Breakfast
Day 3: Monday 29 March 2021 - Mt. Fuji and Hakone (sightseeing)
You may have seen glimpses of its snow-capped peaks but today’s the day you get up close and personal with the iconic Mt. Fuji, the highest volcano in Japan. Driving up to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (weather permitting), catch your breath as you survey the scenery from 2300 metres above sea level. Take in the spectacular views of the Fuji Five Lakes area below and enjoy some free time for lunch in the shadow of Mt. Fuji’s iconic peak. Not done with incredible vistas just yet, you’ll then catch the Komagatake Ropeway for equally as impressive views of Lake Ashi, a crater formed lake. Driving back through Hakone, take in the incomparable mountain views and traditional buildings of this serene little city getaway before heading back to your hotel where the evening is yours to stay in, or explore the streets for one last night in Tokyo.
Meals - Breakfast
Day 4: Tuesday 30 March 2021 - Tokyo - Kyoto (2 nights)
Board the bullet train this morning as you speed towards the atmospheric city of Kyoto ata staggering 320 kilometres per hour. Known for geishas, gorgeous temples and traditional teahouses, Kyoto will undoubtedly charm you in an instant, then continue to impress on your sightseeing tour this afternoon. Starting off at the iconic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, gaze in wonder at this gold leaf covered beauty that shines like a beacon above its reflecting pond. Heading on to the visually stunning Heian-jingu shrine, discover the history of this Shinto masterpiece and visit the 25 metre high torii gate that is as equally, if not more beautiful than the shine itself. From here it will be on to a traditional handicraft centre to browse the Japanese crafts, before finally arriving at your hotel. Undoubtedly hungry from an action-packed day, dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.
Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Kyoto Annex Tower
Day 5: Wednesday 31 March 2021 - Kyoto Free Day
Waking up this morning, a day to explore your way is upon you, and beautiful Kyoto is a prospect that will surely fill you with excitement. Perhaps start your day surrounded by lush greenery at the Ginkaku-ji shrine, or head over to the Gion district in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a geisha. Think of yourself as something of a foodie? You’re in the right place. Kyoto is a huge culinary destination where you can enjoy fresh sushi, steaming bowls of ramen or creamy matcha ice cream to your hearts content, most likely at the Nishiki Market. This morning we imagine that you’ll find our optional visit to Nara hard to resist. Known as a place that specialises in the art of bokusho (ink making), you’ll watch talented artisans create these beautiful masterpieces and even have ago yourself before heading on to Todaji Temple and Nara Park, an area taken over by hundreds of cute, free roaming deer. Keen to see a Kyoto icon? You could join our optional trip to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Instantly recognisable for its tunnel of thousands of orange vermilion torii gates stretching upwards though a thickly wooded mountain towards the shrine.
Meals - Breakfast
Day 6: Thursday 01 April 2021 - Kyoto - Kurashiki - Hiroshima (2 nights)
Leaving Kyoto behind your first stop today will be Kurashiki, where you’ll meet up with a Local Specialist for a tour of the historic Bikan Quarter. All black and white warehouses converted into contemporary museums, old wooden houses and weaving laneways, this area does exudes timeless elegance. Learn about the trading history of the district before heading on to Hiroshima, a place that needs little introduction and acity where peace and hope resound. Destroyed beyond recognition on the 6th August 1945 by the world’s first atomic bomb attack, Hiroshima respectfully remembers its catastrophic past whilst looking to the future with optimism. It’s a thriving cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer, not least its delectable cuisine, a taste of which you’ll get to enjoy tonight as you tuck in to okonomiyaki, a type of Japanese savoury pancake and a Hiroshima speciality.
Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Oriental or similar
Day 7: Friday 02 April 2021 - Hiroshima Sightseeing
Today’s Hiroshima sightseeing tour will begin with a ferry ride across the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, bound for the island of Miyajima. Considered one of Japan’s most scenic spots, this is where you’ll visit the 12th century Itsukushima Shrine and see the famous orange torii gate which appear to be floating above the sea. Heading back to Hiroshima it will be onto the quiet, leafy space of the Peace Memorial Park. Dotted with memorials and peaceful spaces for reflection, visit the cenotaph displaying the names of all those who lost their lives in the catastrophe before heading onto the Memorial Museum, where exhibits of ragged clothes, a melted lunchbox and a watch frozen in time at 8.15am all bring home the horror of a day that changed history forever. Your tour will end at the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only building in the city to survive the bomb, then this afternoon perhaps opt to join our ‘Secrets of Hiroshima’ Optional Experience.
Meals - Breakfast
Day 8: Saturday 03 April 2021 - Hiroshima - Himeji
Heading on from Hiroshima, this morning you’ll journey on to Himeji, a city best known for its resplendent and fairy tale-esque 400-year-old castle. After some free time for lunch and exploration, this afternoon you’ll then meet up with a Local Specialist to visit the UNESCO listed castle. Known as the White Heron Castle, this site is widely considered Japan’s most spectacular castle and looking up at its vast size, beauty and immaculate gardens, it won’t be hard to see why. Learn about its history before heading on to your hotel for an evening to explore your way if you wish.
Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Nikko Himeji or similar
Day 9: Sunday 04 April 2021 - Himeji - Osaka
On the last full day of your trip, start as you mean to go on with a visit to a sake brewery accompanied by a Local Specialist. Made with a combination of quality rice, clean water, koji mould and yeast, sake is the drink that compliments just about anything in Japan. Learn about its history and brewing process before heading on to the final destination of your Japanese adventure, Osaka, a spirited and liberal city. With an afternoon free, explore this neon sign loving metropolis or take advantage of our Optional trip to the Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Castle. Standing at 170 metres tall, admire the views of the city from the Floating Garden Observatory before heading on to the striking castle to delve into the rich collection of paintings, samurai costumes and historical artefacts that are housed within its walls. This evening and to see out your trip in style, you can opt to join our foodie inspired trip to Namba, Osaka’s dining and entertainment hub, for a final feast of local delights.
Meals - Breakfast
Hotel: Osaka Daiichi or similar
Day 10: Monday 05 April 2021 - Depart Osaka
Culturally satisfied, as you head for the airport and your onward flight we hope you’re leaving with big smiles courtesy of Japan’s faultless hospitality. Sayōnara!
Meals - Breakfast
Are Airport Transfers Included?
Transfers are included from Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda Airports by airport shuttle bus service.
Transfers are included to Kansai International and Osaka Itami Airports by airport shuttle bus service.
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”) and weight not exceeding 23 kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescopic handles.
Is luggage handling provided?
All luggage handling is provided at no extra charge. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.
Are tips included?
We’ll check you in, look after your luggage and take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities – whether it is for restaurant staff, chambermaids or porters. Please note that Travel Director and Drivers gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You do have the option to add pre-paid gratuities on booking.
Can I bring a wheelchair on my trip?
Yes, in most circumstances you’re able to travel with a wheelchair on your trip, as long as you’re travelling with someone who’s willing to provide personal assistance. Please advise us at the time of booking if you plan to bring a wheelchair to ensure we can meet your requirements.
Will I need to pack formal clothes?
This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you’re visiting and the time of year you’ll be travelling. We’d recommend bringing at least one smart outfit for special evenings.
What are Optional Experiences and when can I book them?
We realise that everyone likes some time to themselves, which is why we’ve left free time on all of our itineraries. If you want to get the most out of your destination, our Optional Experiences let you tailor your trip. Your Travel Director will tell you about all of the Optional Experiences available on the first day of your trip. Payment can be made by credit card or cash.
Will I need electrical adaptors?
Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world. We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor that’s suitable for the countries you are travelling to.
Will I be able to get laundry done?
Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, it’s sensible to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.
Is there seat rotation on the coach?
Yes, your Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is required by 1 June 2020. Any booking made after 1 June 2020 require the deposit within 7 days of booking. Final balance due no later than Friday 10 January 2021.