13 Day Spring Essence Japan Tour 2016

Fully Escorted Tour, Starting Tue 5th April 2016 – fully booked

JANESCO will show you Japan differently from anyone else

Welcome aboard a “ 13 Day Japan Spring Essence tour 2016″.
Enjoy our new tour features: Visiting Kiso Valley village of Tsumago; The castle town of Matsumoto; Staying at a hot spring Nozawa Onsen resort; the experience of staying at a Japanese Inn (a Ryokan) and enjoying a Japanese traditional dinner. Visit also Nagano Snow Monkeys. The Japan Experience tour includes Tokyo, Nozawa Onsen, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tsumago/Magome in Kiso Valley and Matsumoto.
We are confident that we have created a most interesting and memorable holiday in Japan for you!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OFFER 2016 – fully booked

Departure: 5th April 2016

Fully Escorted Small Tour / Min. group size 10 people / Limited to 18 people
Fitness Level: Reasonable walking involved. Should be able to comfortably walk at least 2 kilometres without stopping.

Day 1 TOKYO Tue 05 Apr

Arrive Tokyo. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Tokyo by Airport Limousine Bus. Check in at hotel in Tokyo for 2 nights.
Land only arrangement members: Check in at hotel in Tokyo after 3:00pm

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Day 2 TOKYO Wed 06 Apr

Tokyo walking tour using metro, enjoy visiting Tokyo metropolitan office observatory deck, Meiji shrine, Harajuku &
Omotesandou and Asakusa Senso-ji Temple & Nakamise Shopping St. Visit Tokyo’s most famous temple and walk its souvenir shop‐lined promenade. Welcome Dinner

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Day 3 TOKYO – KANAZAWA Thu 07 Apr

# Travel with overnight baggage. Your suit case to be transferred from Tokyo to Kanazawa to meet you on 8th April.
Morning, travel by new Hokuriku Line Shinkansen (Bullet train) for Samurai town Kanazawa. Upon arrival visit a enjoy the gold leaf manufacturing work‐shop and Kanazawa’s Geisha house district. Visit Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. 3 nights accommodation in Kanazawa.

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Day 4 KANAZAWA-TAKAYAMA-SHIRAKAWAGO-KANAZAWA Fri 08 Apr

Today enjoy full day tour of Takayama & Shirakawago region. Travel to Takayama whose isolation has allowed Edo period streets, lined with tiny shops, museums and eating place to be preserved. Next visit Shirakawago and Gokayama, a World Heritage listed small village. Experience Washi Japanese rice paper making hands on.

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Day 5 KANAZAWA Sat 09 Apr

Day at leisure.

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Day 6 KANAZAWA – KYOTO Sun 10 Apr

# Travel with overnight baggage. Your suit case to be transferred from Kanazawa to Kyoto to meet you on 11th April in Kyoto.
Morning, travel for Kyoto by train. Check in for 3 nights at hotel in Kyoto.

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Day 7 KYOTO Mon 11 Apr

Sightseeing tour of Kyoto visiting Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Nijo castle. Afternoon, visit Kiyomizu temple overlooking the city. Part of the fun of visiting Kiyomizu temple is the approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the enchanting Higashiyama district.
JANESCO Optional activity: Japanese Dinner with Geisha accompaniment & traditional dance performances.

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Day 8 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA – KYOTO Tue 12 Apr

Leave for Hiroshima by JR bullet train. Upon arrival, Miyajima Itsukushima floating Shrine and five-storied Pagoda sightseeing. Visit Hiroshima Peace Park and Atomic Dome. Return to Kyoto by bullet train.

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Day 9 KYOTO – KISO VALLEY/TSUMAGO Wed 13 Apr

# Overnight baggage transfer service from Kyoto to Tokyo
Travel to Tsumago/Kiso Valley with its quaint historical post towns. Tsumago, seldom visited by group tours, where cars are banned and signs of modernity such as power lines are hidden to maintain the old style ambience. Relax in an old inn for 1 night. Finish a wonderful day with a traditional Japanese bath and sleeping Japanese style on futon.

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Day 10 KISO VALLEY-TOKYO Thu 14 Apr

After enjoying Japanese style breakfast, travel on to Matsumoto/Nagano, situated in the centre of Nagano and known as the gateway to the Northern Alps’ climbing routes, Matsumoto prospered as a castle town at the foot of Matsumoto Castle, which we visit. Afternoon, leave for Tokyo. 2 nights accommodation in Tokyo. Farewell dinner at hotel.

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Day 11 TOKYO Fri 15 Apr

Day at leisure.
Optional Tour: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour

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Day 12 TOKYO Sat 16 Apr

Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting or an optional half day activity. Afternoon, board Airport Limousine bus for Narita. Check‐in for flight to Australia.
Land only arrangement: Tour concludes at noon.

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Day 13 Sun 17 Apr

Morning Arrival.

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted by a licensed expert tour guide
  • Tokyo, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Miyajima, Kiso Valley/Tsumago & Magome
  • Deluxe Accommodation
  • County style Inn stay
  • All transportation as specified
  • All tours & admissions as specified
  • Baggage porterage – 1 piece
  • Daily Breakfasts & 3 Dinners.
  • Optional tours:
    1. Day7: Geisha Dinner

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