22 Day “Japan-All-Over” Tour 2016

Including Hokkaido & Okinawa Japan Golden Route , Kyushu and places off the beaten track

departure dates for 2016: 09 MAY 2016 – fully booked
departure dates for 2016: 09 SEP 2016 a few more seats available – fully booked

Fully Escorted Tour / Minimum: 10 people / Maximum: 18 people

Welcome aboard a Tour

This tour has been designed to cover many of the most famous destinations in Japan, from the Northern island of Hokkaido to the Southern island of Okinawa. A fully escorted tour over 22 days provides a wonderful opportunity to see Japan up close. The beauty and tranquillity of Hokkaido and its fascinating Ainu (Japanese aboriginal) culture; the rustic charm of Tohoku in Northern Honshu and a stay in a Japanese room and in an old samurai town; the bustle and excitement of vibrant Tokyo and the cultured charm of the traditional capital Kyoto will provide a kaleidoscope of experiences. Stroll through exotic locations in Kyoto familiar to many travellers from movies such as “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Visit hidden places which other package tours do not offer. Visit old Nakasendo, Tsumago & Magome village. Poignant Hiroshima and the nearby beautiful floating shrine of Miyajima Island; the secluded island paradise of Okinawa (once a separate kingdom). Stay in Onsen resorts and experience a traditional Japanese onsen (hot spring bath). Mingle with the locals in morning markets and local shopping streets as they shop for their families. Wander through ancient streets, little changed over hundreds of years and then speed between cities on the world famous bullet train.

We are confident that we have created a most interesting and memorable holiday in Japan for you !

Tour Prices as of 19 January 2016 / Please contact for current pricing.
Economy Class package
(Subject to flight availability)
Air package – from $ 9,334* + taxes & other charges,
twin share/person*
Leaving from Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth
Land Only $8,584 / Twin share/person.
Single Room Supplement $2,230 (limited seats available)

*Subject to Change

Day 1 TOKYO (1 night) Wed 09 MAY ’15
Fri 09 SEP ’16

Flight to Tokyo and transfer to hotel in Tokyo and check-in. Greeted by your tour leader. Evening is free at leisure.
(Official check in time is 3:00 pm.)

TOKYO – SAPPORO (2 nights) Tue 10 MAY ’15
Sat 10 SEP ’16

Morning, enjoy Tokyo sightseeing tour of Asakusa Temple and the colourful Nakamise shopping lanes. Mid– afternoon fly to Sapporo. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Sapporo. Check for 2 nights. Welcome Dinner.
SPECIAL BONUS: Early May departure groups might be lucky enough to catch Cherry Blossoms in Otaru, Sapporo & Hakodate.

Meals: B D

Day 3 SAPPORO – OTARU – SAPPORO Wed 11 MAY ’16
Sun 11 SEP ’16

Afternoon, visit Otaru, port town by train. The town’s nostalgic, old fashioned atmosphere is enhanced by its architecture and layout and its picturesque canal.

Meals: B D

DAY 4 SAPPORO – HAKODATE (1 night) Thu 12 MAY ’16
Mon 12 SEP ’16

Travel from Sapporo to Hakodate by JR train along coastline of Southern Hokkaido. On the way, we make a visit to an Ainu (Japanese aborigine) outdoor museum to learn about Ainu culture. Perhaps visit Mt. Hakodate for spectacular bay nightlights, ride rope-way.

Meals: B

Day 5 HAKODATE – OIRASE (1 night) Fri 13 MAY ’16
Tue 13 SEP ’16

Morning, travel from Hakodate to Aomori by express train; Bus though Hakkodasan National park. Enjoy spectacular Oirase Gorge slow walk, resort stay and hot spring bath. Check in at luxury Oirase Keiryu hotel and enjoy Onsen hot spring.

Meals: B D

Day 6 OIRASE – TOKYO (2 nights) Sat 14 MAY ’16
Wed 14 OCT ’16

Morning transfer to Hachinohe station to board bullet train to travel for Tokyo. Mid afternoon, arrive hotel in Tokyo and check in for 2 nights.

Meals: B

Day 7 TOKYO Sun 15 MAY ’16
Thu 15 SEP ’16

Day at leisure.
Optional Tour: All departures: Most popular activities! Mt. Fuji & Hakone full day tour to Mt. Fuji & Hakone. Enjoy a view of the famous Mt. Fuji and picturesque Hakone including the Lake Ashi cruise and ropeway.

Meals: B D

Day 8 TOKYO – KISO/TSUMAGO New! Mon 16 MAY ’16
Fri 16 SEP ’16

Travel to Kiso Valley with its quaint historical post town. 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. Enjoy a traditional home style Japanese dinner and relax in an old inn for 1 night. Finish a wonderful day with a traditional Japanese bath and sleeping Japanese style on futon.

Meals: B D

Day 9 KISO/TSUMAGO – TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA ( 2 nights) Tue 17 MAY ’16
Sat 17 SEP ’16

Today we are travelling to another old town, Takayama, whose isolation has allowed Edo period streets, lined with tiny shops and eating
places to survive this day. Shirakawago Ogimachi is a small world heritage listed village, nestled in the mountains beside a pristine mountain river. Enjoy a walk through this village and soak up the atmosphere. Imagine village life centuries ago. Travel on to Kanazawa and check in at hotel for 2 nights.

Meals: B

DAY 10 KANAZAWA Wed 18 MAY ’16
Sun 18 SEP ’16

Visit Kanazawa’s old geisha district Higashi Chayagai, Gold Leaf craft work shop, Kutani pottery work shop, Kenrokuen garden, one of
Japan ‘s most famous gardens and samurai residential area. Afternoon free at leisure.

Meals: B D

DAY 11 KANAZAWA – KYOTO (3 nights) Thu 19 MAY ’16
Mon 19 SEP ’16

Morning, travel to Kyoto by 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. Check-in at hotel in Kyoto for 3 nights.

Meals: B

DAY 12 KYOTO Fri 20 MAY ’16
Tue 20 SEP ’16

Kyoto tour of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Golden Pavilion and Nijo Castle. The Golden Pavilion is a spectacular gold clad Zen Temple
surrounded by a beautiful lake. Nijo Castle completed in 1626, was built to provide lodging for Tokugawa Shogun and as a palladium for Kyoto Imperial Palace. Afternoon, at leisure.

Meals: B D

DAY 13 KYOTO Sat 21 MAY ’16
Wed 21 SEP ’16

Today enjoy the famous Kyoto Toji flea market only open on the 21st day of each month which dates back hundreds of years. Walking here among the historic buildings and bustling crowds you can get a true feel for what makes Kyoto tick.
Optional Tour: All departures: Another of our most popular activities! Japanese Dinner with Geisha.

Meals: B

DAY 14 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA (2 nights) Sun 22 MAY ’16
Thu 22 SEP ’16

Morning at leisure.
Afternoon, travel to Hiroshima by Bullet train and on to the Peace Park to visit the atomic bomb museum. Dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: B D

DAY 15 HIROSHIMA Mon 23 MAY ’16
Fri 23 SEP ’16

Morning, Miyajima Island tour by local train. Enjoy the famous floating Itsukushima Shrine and Torii gate.

Meals: B

DAY 16 HIROSHIMA – KUMAMOTO New! – FUKUOKA (2 nights) Tue 24 MAY ’16
Sat 24 SEP ’16

Travel for Hakata JR station to catch a bullet train for Kumamoto. Enjoy sightseeing tour to Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji-joju-Koen, a
beautifully sculpted set of landscaped Japanese gardens. Travel on to Fukuoka.

Meals: B

DAY 17 FUKUOKA- ARITA/IMARI- FUKUOKA Wed 25 MAY ’16
Sun 25 SEP ’16

Travel to the old porcelain villages of Arita and Imari. Visit master potter’s workshop. Arita, the cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Japan, is a quiet town nestled in mountains. Late afternoon, return to Fukuoka

Meals: B

DAY 18 FUKUOKA — NAHA (2 nights) Thu 26 MAY ’16
Mon 26 SEP 16

Today we travel to Okinawa. Catch a domestic flight from Fukuoka to Naha Okinawa Island. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check-in for
2 nights. Afternoon, enjoy tour of Shuri Castle and walk through Kokusai Dori street, and Kosetsu ichiba market, filled with shops specializing
less in trinkets and more in tasty treats. Check-in at hotel for 2 nights.

Meals: B D

DAY 19 NAHA Fri 27 MAY ’16
Tue 27 SEP ’16

Day at leisure. Dinner at hotel.
Optional Tour: [Tour in Japanese, Audio Guide available in English] All departures: Full day tour of Northern Naha visits Ryukyu Mura, The
elephant-trunk-shaped rock formation at Manza, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Meals: B D

DAY 20 OKINAWA/NAHA – TOKYO Sat 28 MAY ’16
Wed 28 SEP ’16

Travel to Tokyo. Check-in at luxury hotel for 1 night. Afternoon, join walking tour by metro enjoy visiting Meiji shrine, Harajuku &
Omotesandou. Farewell dinner at hotel.

Meals: B D

DAY 21 TOKYO Sun 29 MAY ’16
Thu 29 SEP ’16

Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting. Leave hotel for Tokyo/Narita airport by airport coach service, depart from Narita.

Meals: B

DAY 22 TOKYO – AUSTRALIA Mon 30 MAY ’16
Fri 30 SEP ’16
Morning Arrival.

Basic Air Package includes

  • Fully escorted tour, by experienced guide
  • Minimum Group size of 10 People, Maximum 18 People
  • Return Economy class airfares by Japan Air Lines (*tax is not included and is an additional fee)
  • 3 x Domestic flights’ airfare (Tokyo– Sapporo, Fukuoka-Naha-Tokyo)
  • Japan Rail Pass Ordinary class
  • All Transfers as specified
  • Luggage transfers, 1 large case per person
  • 20 nights deluxe accommodation with private en-suite facility
  • Total 31 Meals: Daily Breakfast (20), Dinner (11)
  • New! Tour starts and ends in Tokyo to make it easier for land only passengers to join the tour
  • Hokkaido Sapporo, Otaru port town tour, visit to Ainu, Japanese aborigine outdoor museum
  • Hakodate day tour & evening tour to Hakodate mountain with rope-way rides
  • Picturesque drive through scenic Hakkodasan National park and an enjoyable walk through the spectacular Oirase gorge. Stay at an Onsen hot spring
  • Kiso valley tour of Magome and Tumago villages, stay at Japanese inn. New!
  • Tokyo tour of Asakusa temple, Meiji shrine and Harajuku Omotesando
  • Optional Tour: Mt. Fuji and Hakone full day tour
  • Kanazawa samurai town sightseeing tour of Kenrokuen garden, Higashi-chayamachi
  • Shirakawago village and Takayama tour or similar
  • Kyoto tour visiting Golden pavilion, Nijo castle and Kiyomizu temple
  • Hiroshima peace park tour and visit to Miyajima floating shrine in the Inland Sea
  • New! Kumamoto tour, visiting Kumamoto castle and Suizenji Koen garden
  • Imari and Arita pottery village tour and visiting master potter’s work shop
  • Naha (Okinawa) stay and tour of the Shuri castle, Kokusai Dori and Kousetsu ichiba market

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