English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (excluding cruise)
Circle the island of Hokkaido on an 8 night Princess Cruise
Modern and traditional Tokyo
Majestic mountains and historic towns
Sobering and scenic Hiroshima
Japan's Cultural heart
Please Note: On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Princess Cruise Line does have specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own lunch/dinner.
Please Note: On the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either pre-booked via the Princess Cruise Line website or on board.
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
9 to 20
|30 Aug 2019||24 Sep 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $13,820|
Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or begin exploring. Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a group welcome drink and Japanese-style dinner. [D]
Today we transfer to the port of Yokohama to board the Diamond Princess for an 8-night cruise circling the top of Hokkaido. [B,D]
Day 3. Embark Cruise: Yokohama. [B,D]
Day 4. Cruising at sea
Day 5. Kushiro, Japan
Day 6. Cruising at sea
Day 7. Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Russia
Day 8. Otaru, Japan
Day 9. Hakodate, Japan
Day 10. Cruising at sea
Day 11. Disembark Cruise: After breakfast, we disembark and return to Tokyo. [B]
Except for embarkation/disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line's discretion.
Begin the day at the outer section of Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world's largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We'll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we'll get to enjoy once we've finished). This afternoon we'll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza. [B,L]
Today is free for you to explore at leisure. [B,D]
Special Experience: Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.
An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Our sightseeing includes the Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.
Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional chanko nabe (hot pot) lunch.
Early this evening we'll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of the Shinjuku District. [B,L]
We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. We'll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.
Special Experience: Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.
For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We'll be sleeping on traditional Japanese-style bedding made up of a futon bed on top of tatami mats on the floor. We will also have the chance to bathe in a natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]
This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan! Later we'll ride the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji. [B,D]
We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B]
We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gassho-zukuri ('like hands in prayer') thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. [B,L]
Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B]
This morning we cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.
Special Experience: We'll sample the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.
This afternoon we'll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum. [B]
Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple's top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. [B]
We explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto's famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. [B]
Today we discover the art behind Japan's unique crafts and culinary delights! [B]
Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices).
^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto
We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist sanctuary of Enryaku-ji Temple. Located on the sacred mountain of Mt Hiei, it offers beautiful views over Kansai. Here we'll enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city. [B,L]
This morning we visit Himeji Castle. Japan's largest and most-visited castle, it is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. We'll then venture into Osaka's Dotonbori District in the early evening to take in its famous lights. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]
Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.