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Tour Japan by Bullet Train (Return Flights Included!)

S​ale ends 29 February 2024
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    DURATION
    20 days, 19 nights
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    DURATION DAYS
    20 days
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    DURATION NIGHTS
    19 nights
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    DEPARTURE MONTHS
    June 2024 - November 2025
  • 2​0 day train journey through Japan
  • See the ​highlights of all three main islands
  • Indulge in local cuisine and cultural experiences
  • SALE on selected departures: save $1,100 per couple or travel solo with half price single supplement!*

An all-encompassing 20-day journey through Japan, travelling mainly by bullet train and taking in the highlights of the three main islands: Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido.

  • Experience ancient traditions and modern Japan's unique charm.
  • Reflect in Nagasaki & Hiroshima
  • Admire Kyoto’s temples
  • See the snow monkeys
  • Explore bustling Tokyo
  • Discover Sendai & Hakodate
  • Spend time in Sapporo

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Your itinerary at a glance

Inclusions/Exclusions

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  • Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (unless a land only option is selected)
  • 19 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 19 dinners
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English speaking National Escort
  • Visa fees for Australian passport holders
  • Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
  • Comprehensive travel guides
Your fare excludes:
  • T​ravel Insurance

Itinerary

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DAYS 1-2: Fly Overnight To Fukuoka

Fly overnight to the charming city of Fukuoka, the gateway to the island of Kyushu. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

DAY 3: Explore Nagasaki

Begin the day by travelling on the limited express train to Nagasaki. Upon arrival, enjoy a stroll through the Glover Garden, an open-air museum that exhibits mansions attributed to the Scottish merchant who contributed to the modernisation of Japan. Also, visit the Oura Catholic Church and Atomic Bomb Museum before returning to Fukuoka.

DAY 4: Miyajima Island

Board the bullet train to Hiroshima located on Japan's largest island, Honshu. Upon arrival in Hiroshima, take the ferry across the Seto Inland Sea to the holy island of Miyajima. Here, visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy a momiji manju making cooking experience. Later, return to Hiroshima.

DAY 5: Hiroshima Highlights

Spend the day in Hiroshima starting with a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum where you will have the opportunity to pay homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. Enjoy okonomiyaki for lunch before ascending Orizuru Tower to view the city from above, followed by a stroll through the historical Shukkeien Garden.

DAY 6: Admire Himeji Castle

Depart Hiroshima by bullet train, stopping at Himeji to visit the magnificent Himeji Castle, followed by a walk through Kokoen. Continue by limited express to Osaka.

DAY 7: Osaka & Nara Day Trip

Begin the day with a visit to the Umeda Sky Building followed by a lunch at the famous Dontonburi district. Later, head to Nara and explore Todaiji Temple which houses the impressive Daibutsu, a 15-metre tall bronze statue of Buddha. Enjoy an ink making and calligraphy class before returning to Osaka.

DAY 8: Kyoto's Temples

Journey by road to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Upon arrival, stroll through the Arashiyama bamboo forest and admire the towering thickets. Also visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most well-known zen garden and the famous 'Golden Pavilion' Kinkakuji Temple.

DAY 9: Teas Ceremony & Fan Painting

The day begins with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple temple in Kyoto. Next, immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony, and try your hand at fan painting. Also, explore Gion – Kyoto's famous geisha district and centre of the city's traditional arts.

DAY 10: Explore Kanazawa

Take the limited express train to Kanazawa and upon arrival, meander your way through Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Also visit the Nomura Samurai House and Kunani Pottery Factory.

DAY 11: Shirakawago Village

Travel by road to Takayama stopping en route at Inami for a sake wooden cup making experience and sake tasting. Next, continue to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago Village to get a glimpse of rural Japan. Continue to Takayama.

DAY 12: Discover Takayama

Spend the morning browsing the local handicrafts and fresh produce at Miyagawa market, the Takayama Floats Museum and Takayama Jinya. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

DAY 13: Snow Monkeys

Travel to Matsumoto and spend time at the Daio Wasabi Farm to see the plantations and learn about its cultivation. Next, travel to Yudanaka and head to Jigokudani Monkey Park. Walk through a picturesque forested valley to the hot pools where you will see the famous Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play before returning to Matsumoto.

DAY 14: Miso Tasting &Zen Meditation

Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, also known as 'Crow Castle', due to its intense black exterior. Next, head to a miso house and learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. Experience zen meditation at Narai-juku before continuing to Suwa.

DAY 15: Mount Fuji

Travel to Hakone and ascend 2,400 metres to the 5th Station (weather permitting) for magnificent views of Mt Fuji. Also, enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi before taking to the skies on the Komagatake Ropeway. Later, continue to Tokyo by road.

DAY 16: Tour Tokyo

Being the day with a stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. Next, take part in a sushi making class and enjoy your own creations for lunch! Later, soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji Temple, browse the stalls on Nakamise shopping street and take a drive-by of the Imperial Palace Plaza before returning to your hotel.

DAY 17: Even More Tokyo

Begin the day by ascending to the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory deck and soaking up the atmosphere at the peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine. After lunch, see the world's most famous road crossing at Shibuya. You will have the afternoon free at your leisure to explore this exciting city.

DAY 18: Sip Whiskey In Sendai

As the tour journeys to northern Honshu, board the bullet train to Sendai, the largest city in Tohoku. Upon arrival, transfer by road to Matsushima and enjoy a cruise on Matsushima Bay. Also, visit Zuiganji Temple and the famous Nikka Whisky factory in Sendai.

DAY 19: Explore Hakodate

Say goodbye to Honshu Island as you board the bullet train to Hakodate located on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Visit the Goryokaku Tower, a star shaped fortress followed by some time at leisure. This evening, journey on the Mt Hakodate Ropeway and enjoy the fabulous views of the city below.

DAY 20: Sapporo Sightseeing

Board the bullet train for the very last time to Sapporo. Head to the Clock Tower and Odori Park and in the evening, stop by the Sapporo Beer Museum and enjoy a tasting or two, followed by a farewell dinner.

DAY 21-22: Fly Sapporo To Australia

Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

Dates and Prices

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Select Departures o​n sale till 29 February 2024
Save $1,100 per couple or half price single supplement (Save $1,495pp)

  • 0​5 June 2024 & 12 June 2024 - Twin share $14,990 $14,440 pp / Sole use $17,980 $16,485 pp
  • 0​2 October 2024
  • 0​6 October 2024
  • 2​7 October 2024
  • 0​3 November 2024
  • Twin share $15,890 $15,340 pp / Sole use $18,880 $17,385 pp

V​arious departures between June 2024 to November 2025. Below pricing based on 10 November 2024.

  • f​rom $15,890 $15,390 per person twin share
  • f​rom $18,880 $18,380 per person sole use

C​all 1300 414 198 to check pricing on your preferred travel date.

Flexible Booking terms:   No more to pay until 75 days before departure . Unlimited changes until 75 days prior 

Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking or until sold out and may change without notice. The prices above include flights departing Brisbane, airline fuel surcharges and taxes which are subject to change.

Accommodation

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Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu 
  • Grand Prince Hotel 
  • Rihga Royal Osaka 
  • Rihga Gran Kyoto 
  • Hotel Kanazawa 
  • Rako Hananoi Hotel 
  • Sunshine City Prince Hotel
  • Hotel Vista Sendai 
  • Hakodate Kokusai Hotel 
  • Sapporo View Hotel 

P​lease note these hotels are subject to change.

FAQs

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Fitness: This 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 will be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. 

  • There will be sightseeing on foot for both short and extended periods of time, often involving steps or uneven ground. 
  • You will be required to get on and off various sizes of boats without assistance. 

Of course, our National Escort will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary. 

Air: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines. Pre-flight seat allocation is not available on international and internal flight sectors.

T&Cs

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply

Additional Price Information

  • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 June 2022. 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
  • F​or a limited time, couples save up to $1,100 or solo’s get 50% off the single supplement or enjoy it FREE!
  • Please note: cherry blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.
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