15 Day Autumn Essence Japan Tour 2015

Fully Escorted by Satoko Franks

SPECIAL OFFER 2015 ex. Sydney

Departure: 13th November 2015 – Booking Closed

Fully Escorted Small Tour / Min. group size 10 people / Limited to 14 people
Fitness Level: Reasonable walking involved. Should be able to comfortably walk at least 2 kilometres without stopping.

Tour Prices
JAL Economy Class Air Package $5,730 + airline tax and other charges, twin share/person
Single Room Supplement $720
Fly by Japan Air Lines / Direct flights / Sydney – Narita / Osaka – Sydney
Day 1 SYDNEY – TOKYO Fri 13 Nov
Check in at Japan Air Lines counter for flight JL772
Day flight to Narita airport and transfer to Tokyo Hotel. Check in at hotel in Tokyo for 4 nights.

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Day 2 TOKYO Sat 14 Nov
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.

B _ Welcome Dinner

Day 3 TOKYO – HAKONE – TOKYO Sun 15 Nov
Travel to Mt. Fuji & Hakone region and enjoy picturesque Hakone including the Lake Ashi cruise and Scenic Ropeway ride.

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DAY 4 TOKYO – NIKKO – TOKYO Mon 16 Nov
Day at leisure.
Optional tour 1 : Nikko Toshogu Shrine tour $ 120.00

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Day 5 TOKYO ‐ NOZAWA Tue 17 Nov
Travel by New Hokuriku Line Bullet Train to Nozawa, Nagano. Nozawa is a 370 year old authentic hot spring Onsen in a quaint village atmosphere. Afternoon at leisure. Japanese traditional dinner at hotel.

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Day 6 NOZAWA – KANAZAWA Wed 18 Nov
Morning at leisure. Afternoon, travel from Nozawa to Kanazawa. Check in at hotel for 3 days.
Optional tour 2 : Nagano Snow Monkey Park $70.00

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Day 7 KANAZAWA Thu 19 Nov
Enjoy sightseeing of Kanazawa, visiting Higashichaya‐gai Geisha district, Kenrokuen garden, former Samurai residential area and an old merchant’s house. Chance to see a master potter at work.

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Day 8 KANAZAWA Fri 20 Nov
Day at leisure. Your tour coordinator will help organise your day.

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Day 9 KANAZAWA – SHIRAKAWAGO – TAKAYAMA – KISO VALLEY / OHTSUMAGO Sat 21 Nov
Today we visit Shirakawago, a small world heritage listed village, nestled in the mountains beside a pristine mountain river. We then travel to another old town Takayama whose isolation has allowed Edo period streets, lined with tiny shops, museums and eating places, to survive to this day. Travel on to Kiso Tsumago village which is surrounded by steep mountains and retains the scenery of the old days. In order to avoid ruining the town’s almost 300‐year‐old Edo‐period appearance, overhead power lines and cables are well hidden from the streets. Stay at a Japanese Inn in Ohtsumago / Kiso Ji for 1 night. Enjoy Japanese home cooked dinner.

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DAY 10 KISO/OHTSUMAGO ‐ KYOTO Sun 22 Nov
Travel to Kyoto by local trains & Bullet train. 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. Enjoy a tea Ceremony Experience. Transfer to hotel in Kyoto. Check in for 4 nights.

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DAY 11 KYOTO Mon 23 Nov
Morning, Join JANESCO’s local guided tour of Kyoto visiting Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Nijo castle. Afternoon at leisure.
Optional tour 3 : 1:00 pm $45.00
Sagano – Arashiyama region getting a taste of the countryside, bamboo grove walkway, specialty handicraft shops.
Optional tour 4: 6:15 pm $135.00
Traditional dinner with Geisha performance.

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DAY 12 KYOTO Tue 24 Nov
Morning at leisure.
Optional tour 5:
Another JANESCO Special Program 10:00 am $ 70.00

Japanese Cooking Class, making three different types of sushi, tempura and authentic Miso soup etc. Afternoon, at leisure.

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DAY 13 KYOTO Wed 25 Nov
Day at leisure.

B _ Farewell Dinner

DAY 14 KYOTO – OSAKA – TOKYO/NARITA – SYDNEY Thu 26 Nov
Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting or an optional half day activity. Or follow your tour coordinator to the famous Nishiki food arcade. Mid day, leave hotel by coach for Osaka airport, to fly on to Narita. Depart for Australia.

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DAY 15 SYDNEY Fri 27 Nov
Morning Arrival.

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted by a licensed expert tour guide
  • Onsen Hot spring stay Kiso Valley, Tsumago & Magome
  • Return Economy airfare by JAL
  • Deluxe Accommodation, Onsen Ryokan & county style Inn
  • All transportation as specified
  • All tours & admissions as specified
  • Baggage porterage – 1 piece
  • Daily 13 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners. Including Welcome & Farewell dinners
  • Optional tours:
    1. Nikko Toshogu shrine
    2. Snow Monkey
    3. Bamboo grove walkway
    4. Geisha Dinner
    5. Japanese Cooking Class

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