A Week in Japan - Early Bird 2020 Specials
Embark on an journey through Japan you will see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. The beautu of Nara and the breathtaking Mount Fuji await. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
• 9 days touring exploring Tokyo to Osaka
• Enjoy a Japanese dinner cruise on the waters of Toyko and admire the cityskapes bright lights and buzzing metropolis atmosphere.
• All main meals, entrance fees and airport transfers.
• Visa Fees for Australian Passport holders
• Ascend to the 5th Station to view Mt Fuji and the breathtaking surrounding landscapes.
20 April, 5 May and 16 May 2020
Save up to $300* per person
22 Aug 19,
unless sold out prior.
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO TOKYO
Fly overnight to the vibrant, neonbright metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3: EXPLORE TOKYO
As modern as Tokyo may appear, behind the neon facade is a traditional soul that is easy to find amongst the old alleyways, temples and shrines of the Edo era. Today, you will explore the city, ascending the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before taking a wander through Asakusa district, stopping to soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji. Drive by the Imperial Palace Plaza and stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. This evening, enjoy a Japanese diner cruise on the waters of Tokyo Bay and admire the supercharged lights of the city.
DAY 4: MT FUJI
Travel by road from Tokyo to Fuji, where you’ll ascend 2,300 metres up Japan’s most iconic sight to the ‘5th Station’ for magnificent views of both Fuji’s cone and the surrounding landscapes. If the road to the 5th Station is closed, you will instead visit the Fuji Visitor Centre. Transfer to the spa region of Hakone by coach. Embark on a cruise on the spectacular Lake Ashi, keeping an eye out for the bright red of vermillion torii gates that nestle on the surrounding alpinesque hills and in the shallows of the lake itself. You may even catch a glimpse of the cone of Mt Fuji peering over the hills, though once you have flown high above the lake of the Komagatake Ropeway to the summit of Mt Komagatake the views of Mt Fuji will be breathtaking but weather dependent of course!
DAY 5: BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO
Transfer to Odawara Station, jump onboard the bullet train and whizz your way to Kyoto. Capital for a millennium, Kyoto was also the heart of religion, philosophy, art and cuisine, making it a treasure trove of history and culture. It is here that all of the best known cultural arts were born, including the tea ceremony, Kabuki and Geisha. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Fushimi Inari Shrine. Follow the pathway through thousands of vermillion torii gates that leads through a complex of shrines spread over a peaceful, forested hillside.
DAY 6: EXPLORE KYOTO
This morning visit one of Japan’s most famous temples, Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. Set amongst classical Japanese Zen gardens and on the edge of a reflecting pool, the temple’s main hall is covered in gold leaf – a breathtaking sight no matter what season you visit in. Continue to Ryoan-ji, a Zen temple that is home to Japan’s most famous Zen garden. You’ll have some time to contemplate its mysteries for yourself. This afternoon, enjoy a taste of authentic Japanese culture, experiencing the elegant ritual of a tea ceremony and learning the traditional art of origami.
DAY 7: EXPLORE NARA AND OSAKA
This morning, depart for Nara. Another former capital, Nara also has a huge cultural legacy, considered second only to Kyoto’s. This picturesque, compact city is endlessly charming, something you’ll notice as you explore. Spend the morning discovering Todai-ji Temple which houses the magnificent Daibutsu, a 15-metretall bronze statue of Buddha. Here you’ll also be able to meet Nara’s famous Sika Deer, believed to be the messengers of the Shinto gods. You’ll also stroll Isui-en, a prime example of a Meiji-era (1868-1912) garden. Continue to Osaka, where you’ll have lunch and explore the Dontonburi district, Osaka’s vibrant foodie and entertainment district. It isbest known for its plethora of neon signs and snack-offering street food stalls. Later, you can learn about the turbulent history of the magnificent Osaka Castle.
DAYS 8-9: FLY OSAKA TO AUSTRALIAFly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 23 July 2019 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. Savings based on availability of partner airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class. Surcharges apply once seats are sold out. Advance seat selection on flights is not available. Airline fuel surcharge (where applicable) included, and subject to change. All services are subject to availability. Due to airline connections, extra nights’ accommodation may be required at additional expense. A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due within 5 days of booking or quote is not guaranteed. Balance of payment due 75 days prior to departure. Full payment is required immediately for departures within 75 days. All air is ticketed upon receipt of deposit (or full payment for bookings departing within 75 days). Loyalty discount applies. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Wendy Wu Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.