Stuff Escapes - The Real Japan

Join us on our newest 12 day, fully inclusive Reader's Tour from 19 - 30 April 2019

$11,890pp twin share*, flying Cathay Pacific Airways

Tokyo (3 nights) – Hakone (1 night) – Kyoto (3 nights) – Hiroshima (1 night) – Osaka (2 nights) 

With its unique and dynamic culture that effortlessly combines ultra-modern with deep tradition, Japan is one of the world's most fascinating destinations. Our itinerary is designed for travellers who wish to experience the iconic sights and rich culture of Japan. This outstanding tour includes Japan's most famous destinations, with visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka, combining spectacular sights with traditionial experiences, delicious cuisine and a welcoming people. The tour will be accompanied by our panel of guest Japan experts from a range of backgrounds, whose unique knowledge of Japan's history and culture will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights on Cathay Pacific Airways, all accommodation, meals and all touring included. 

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Tour Highlights

Soak up the atmosphere of Tokyo’s Old Town
Cruise across tranquil Lake Ashi with views of magnificent Mt Fuji
Experience Japanese style accommodation and a traditional onsen mineral bath
Travel on the famous Shinkansen high speed bullet train
Sample sake at a traditional brewery and learn the art of sushi-making
Reflect at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum
Visit to Miyajima Island with its famous Floating Torii Gate

Guest Japan Experts

Nic Watt moved to Japan in 1996, and his great love of the traditions of Japanese cuisine began. Before returning to New Zealand, he gained experience in successful restaurants such as London’s Park Hyatt Knightsbridge, Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Nobu, and London’s Roka, as well as others in Hong Kong and the United States. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as executive chef at Taupo’s Huka Lodge. In 2013, he opened the award-winning Masu at Auckland’s Sky City.

Andrew McCormick The son of All Black Fergie McCormick, Andrew (nicknamed ‘‘Angus’’) was educated at Christchurch Boys’ High School, and moved to Japan to play for Toshiba Fuchu in 1992. He was a powerful centre who had a big impact, playing 25 games for the Japan national team, which he captained during the 1999 Rugby World Cup. A hugely popular player, he began coaching at Toshiba and then became a player and technical adviser at Kamaishi Seawaves. McCormick is currently head coach of Kwansei Gakuin University’s rugby club. He has spent more than two decades in Japan.

Bernadette Courtney is an award-winning journalist, previously the editor of The Dominion Post in Wellington and now Stuff's Editor-in-Chief, Newsrooms. She has travelled extensively and recently went on a five-day food tour of Tokyo. She loves the dedication to, and craft around, Japanese food.

Itinerary - download the detailed itinerary here (PDF)

Terms and Conditions

All prices are in NZD and based on two people travelling together. Single supplements apply. To connect with airline schedules additional arrangements may be required at an additional cost. Land-only option available from $10,090pp. Single passengers can travel on a willing to share bases at the twin share price or pay an additional $2,190 to have single accommodation throughout the tour. A deposit of $400 per person is due to Wendy Wu Tours within five days of quotation to secure your booking. Final payment is due 01 February 2019. An advance payment for airfares may be required if you decide to not fly on the group flights. Group flights do not accrue airline loyalty points, allow pre-seating or re-routing.  A booking form must be completed at time of deposit and copies of passports sent to Wendy Wu Tours. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Full booking terms and conditions can be found at

Tour Includes

- Return international economy flights and taxes
- Guest Japan experts
- All accommodation
- All meals
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- All transportation and transfers
- English-speaking National Escort
- Visa fees for NZ passport holders