Back
Web Page Book Now

Japan Discovery

1 country
7 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Special departure: Experience the magic of Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr) or witness stunning Autumn Colours (Oct / Nov)
Spring Cherry Blossom & Autumn Colours
Experience the magic of Japan's Cherry Blossom (Mar / Apr departures) or witness stunning Autumn Colours as they sweep the country (Oct / Nov departures).Hurry, book now! Seats are limited!
Discover the many different sides of fascinating Japan on this in-depth journey. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, ride the bullet train, soak up the peace and tranquility of historic Takayama and admire the culture of Kyoto.Metropolis to MountainsImmerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. We'll learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi, visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple and the shopping districts of Ginza, Shinjuku and Akihabara. Leave the city behind and travel to Hakone and Mt Fuji to experience a more traditional side of Japanese life. Here we stay in old-style ryokan accommodation, have a chance to enjoy a hot springs bath and sample a delicious Japanese dinner. The history and heart of JapanTravel to historic Takayama and wander through heritage-listed Shirawakago. We'll learn the traditional art of Japanese rice paper making and explore a local market. Catch the famous bullet train to moving Hiroshima. We discover Miyajima Island, the Itsukushima Torii Gate and visit the Peace Memorial and Atomic Bomb Dome. Board the bullet train to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart. We see the stunning Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and the famous Fushimi Inari shrine. We'll get hands-on, enjoy sake tasting and have the chance to wear a traditional Kimono! Urban OsakaOur adventure ends in bustling Osaka, Japan's capital of commerce. We tour the city, visiting the floating garden at Umeda Sky Building and Himeji Castle, and bid farewell to Japan with a traditional-style group dinner.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included
  • 4 rail journeys in Japan
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights only)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Modern and traditional Tokyo

  • Take an early morning tour of the famous Tsukji Fish Market and enjoy a sushi-making experience including lunch.
  • Take a stroll through the famous Ginza shopping district.
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay.
  • Witness a sumo demonstration and enjoy a typical sumo meal.
  • City tour of Tokyo including Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise shopping arcade.
  • Stop at the famous Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in Japan and the meeting point of 5 roads in the most populous city in the world.
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period.

Majestic Mountains and historic villages

  • Visit a former farming village, reconstructed 40 years after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966
  • Travel to Mt Fuji and enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi (from 14th of April 2019 departure)
  • Spend 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ride and the amazing 360 degree view of the volcanic Hakone mountains
  • Take in the sights of old historic Takayama on foot including the Takayama Jinya, a beautiful traditional Japanese building, and visit the morning markets
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago, famous for its old gassho-zukuri thatched roof farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer" as the farmhouses steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer. Enjoy a traditional Japanese fish lunch

Sobering and scenic Hiroshima

  • Visit scenic Miyajima Island, located 30 minutes from Hiroshima and classified as a sacred island, to see the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine which stands in the ocean during high tide.
  • Experience the art of Shakushi (Miyajima Rice Scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s.
  • Tour the Hiroshima Peace Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's only remaining bomb-damaged building, and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum (by audio tour).

Japan's cultural heart

  • Tour the temples of Kyoto, Japan's former capital and very much the cultural heart of the country. Our tour includes the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) and Fushima Inari Shrine.
  • Learn more about traditional Japanese crafts such as sake brewing and tasting, and watch a Maiko dance performance.
  • Enjoy a Buddhist lunch at Shigetsu (Tenryuiji Temple) (from 14th of April 2019 departure)
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge (from 14th of April 2019 departure)
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for scenic view of central Osaka.
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $11,195
Start Location
Japan
End Location
Japan
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
9 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Festival, Rail, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 Mar 201905 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
22 Mar 201907 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
24 Mar 201909 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
26 Mar 201911 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,965 
27 Mar 201912 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,965 
28 Mar 201913 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,965 
29 Mar 201914 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,965 
30 Mar 201915 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,965 
31 Mar 201916 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
01 Apr 201917 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,965 
02 Apr 201918 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,965
03 Apr 201919 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
04 Apr 201920 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
05 Apr 201921 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
06 Apr 201922 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
07 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
08 Apr 201924 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
09 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
10 Apr 201926 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,965
11 Apr 201927 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
12 Apr 201928 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,965
14 Apr 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,765
12 May 201928 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,665
26 May 201911 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $10,665
11 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,665
09 Oct 201925 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $11,065
12 Oct 201928 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $11,065
20 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $11,065
27 Oct 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $11,265
30 Oct 201915 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $11,265
03 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $11,265
06 Nov 201922 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $11,265
10 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,765
17 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $11,065
09 Mar 202025 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
18 Mar 202003 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
20 Mar 202005 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
21 Mar 202006 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
22 Mar 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
25 Mar 202010 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
26 Mar 202011 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
27 Mar 202012 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
28 Mar 202013 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
29 Mar 202014 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
30 Mar 202015 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
01 Apr 202017 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
02 Apr 202018 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
03 Apr 202019 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
04 Apr 202020 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
05 Apr 202021 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
06 Apr 202022 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
07 Apr 202023 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
08 Apr 202024 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
09 Apr 202025 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
10 Apr 202026 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,965
ItineraryExpand
Itinerary from 14 April 2019

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. After we check in we'll have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3. Tokyo

Begin the day at 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 on our way to dinner. [B,L,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.

Day 4. Tokyo

An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch.

Early this evening we'll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection - the busiest in the world! [B,L]

Day 5. Tokyo - Hakone

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 have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]

Day 6. Mt Fuji Excursion

This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of the 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. En route back to Hakone we'll visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum. [B,D]

Day 7. Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B]

Day 8. Takayama

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]

Day 9. Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B]

Day 10. Hiroshima

Today we cruise to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.

Special Experience: Experience 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]

Day 11. Hiroshima - Kyoto

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]

Day 12. Kyoto

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]

Day 13. Kyoto

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

Day 14. Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple, ranked first of Kyoto's five great Zen temples. Here we'll enjoy a typical Buddhist lunch before walking through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visiting the Togetsukyo Bridge later. 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]

Day 15. Osaka

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. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

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.

Itinerary until 12 April 2019

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. After we check in we'll have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3. Tokyo

Begin the day at 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 on our way to dinner. [B,L,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.

Day 4. Tokyo

An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade.

Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch.

Early this evening we'll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection - the busiest in the world! [B,L]

Day 5. Tokyo - Hakone

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 have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner. [B,D]

Day 6. Mt Fuji Excursion

A highlight of any trip to Japan is a visit to majestic and iconic Mt Fuji! We stop at the fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Later we'll ride the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji, as well as the Sagami Bay. [B,D]

Day 7. Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. [B]

Day 8. Takayama

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]

Day 9. Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. [B]

Day 10. Hiroshima

Today we cruise to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate.

Special Experience: Experience 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]

Day 11. Hiroshima - Kyoto

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]

Day 12. Kyoto

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]

Day 13. Kyoto

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

Day 14. Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

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]

Day 15. Osaka

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. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

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.