12 Day Japan Golden Highlights

 

12 DAY JAPAN GOLDEN ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS & INLAND SEA CRUISE

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SMALL GROUP – Just 7 Rooms Available / Small Escorted Tour

Mon. 8th OCT. 2012 Brochure

First time offer, a combination of a Luxury Inland Sea, Kyushu and a best of Japan visiting Kyoto, Osaka, Hakata Nagasaki, Arita & Imari pottery villages, view a black castle in Kumamoto and Tokyo.

Tour Price

Complete Package

This tour has been designed for experienced visitors to Japan and for first timers. This unique fully escorted package tour offers a 3 day Inland Sea cruise by Japan’s most reputable and luxurious cruise ship “AsukaII ” and a 9 day Japan Golden Route land sightseeing tour. You will experience local culture and beautiful landscapes, unique to Southern Japan. The tour begins from Osaka from where we board the cruise ship and traverse the Seto Inland sea, visiting the southern island of Japan, Kyushu. All rooms have a balcony and private facilities. Enjoy the peaceful slow pace as time floats by, while we cruise by the famous Miyajima floating shrine and Giant Torii gate. We land in Fukuoka in Kyushu, which is a favourite destination for westerners and Japanese alike. Visit the tranquil and old pottery villages of Arita and Imari and the black castle of Kumamoto. Experience the tranquillity of Kyoto and the excitement of Tokyo and also walk through rustic villages. See traditional handicraft made. Tours include strolls through
exotic locations in Kyoto familiar to many travellers from movies such as “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Stroll through inspiring bamboo forests and visit famous gardens to enjoy the seasonal beauty of Japan. Finish off the tour with some time in vibrant modern Tokyo. Enjoy gourmet cuisine including an iron chef restaurant .Visit many hidden places which other package tours do not offer. This package is designed to offer a quality tour at an affordable price.

Day 1 SYDNEY – NARITA – OSAKA Mon 08 OCT
Upon arrival at Osaka, transferred to hotel. Check in at hotel.
Accommodation:Hotel Nikko Osaka

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Day 2 OSAKA – Embark Cruise at Osaka Tue 09OCT
[Morning sightseeing tour of Osaka]
Morning, enjoy tour of Osaka, visiting Osaka castle, Mizukake-Fudo temple and down town Dotonbori shopping district. Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Osaka port and embark Cruise for Inland sea for 2 nights.
Accommodation:AsukaII, Room with Balcony

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Day 3 Inland Sea Cruise – OSAKA – FUKUOKA Wed 10 OCT
Accommodation:AsukaII, Room with Balcony

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Day 4 Fukuoka – Disembark Cruise at Fukuoka Thu 11 OCT
Travel on to Arita & Imari pottery villages. Visit master potter’s workshop. Arita, the cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Japan, is a quiet town among mountains, located in the western part of Saga. Return to Fukuoka. Welcome drinks at hotel.
Accommodation: The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

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Day 5 FUKUOKA – KUMAMOTO – FUKUOKA Fri 12 OCT
Travel to Kumamoto. Visit Kumamoto Castle (the Black Castle) which is one of the 3 premier castles in Japan dating back to 1467. Kumamoto’s Suizenjijoju-en Japanese Garden is a beautifully sculpted set of landscaped gardens including a “tsukiyama” (miniature) mountain, arranged around a stunning lake. This park is simply breathtaking in its beauty and natural design and has been designated as a National historic site of scenic beauty.
Accommodation: The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

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Day 6 FUKUOKA – KYOTO Sat 13 OCT
[Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kiyomizu region/Kyoto]
Travel on to Kyoto. by Bullet train. Afternoon, visit Kiyomizu temple overlooking the city. Part of the fun of visiting Kiyomizu a UNESCO World Heritage site which approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama district. The myriad little shops seething with tourists and pilgrims fill the air with exotic sights sounds and smells.
Accommodation:Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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Day 7 KYOTO Sun 14 OCT
[Half day sightseeing tour of highlight of Kyoto]
Morning sight seeing tour of Kyoto visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle. Afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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Day 8 KYOTO Mon 15 OCT
[Afternoon sightseeing tour of Sagano region/Kyoto]
Morning at leisure. Afternoon, enjoy visiting Kyoto’s south-west district, Sagano Arashiyama by coach. Walk in the footsteps of Kyoto’s traditional nobility. get a taste of the Kyoto countryside visiting moss gardens, bamboo forest walkway, specialty handicraft shops including pottery, Japanese rice paper, bamboo craft & handmade clay bell specialist shops.
Accommodation: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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Day 9 KYOTO – TOKYO Tue 16 OCT
Mid morning, travel to Tokyo and transfer to Hotel in Tokyo and check in for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is free.
Accommodation: The Grand Pacific Le Daiba

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Day 10 TOKYO Wed 17 OCT
[Morning sightseeing tour of Tokyo]
Sightseeing tour of Tokyo visiting Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Temple and stroll down the colourful Nakamise shopping arcade and Ginza (drive through). Farewell dinner at hotel.
Accommodation: The Grand Pacific Le Daiba

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Day 11 TOKYO – Australia Thu 18 OCT

Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting or some optional half day activity. Perhaps you follow your escort to Edo museum which is a facility to preserve the historical heritage of Edo -Tokyo. Late afternoon, leave hotel for Narita airport by bus, depart for Australia.

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Day 12 AUSTRALIA Fri 19 OCT
Morning Arrival./td>

 

Special Inclusions

Minimum Group size 8 people / Fully Escorted tour

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Luxury Inland Sea cruise – Twin room with balcony
  • All transportation
  • All tours & admissions as pecified
  • Baggage porterage-one piece
  • 20 Meals (Breakfasts daily,
    1 x Lunch, 8 x Dinner, 1 x Welcome Drinks)

 

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