Jewels of Japan


Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with natural wonders, imperial heritage and mystical surprises, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Tokyo (3N) – Fuji Five Lakes (2N) – Kyoto (2N) – Hiroshima (1N) - Osaka (1N) - New Zealand

Days 1-2: New Zealand to Tokyo
Fly overnight to Tokyo, Japan’s capital, for a three-night stay. Tokyo was once known as Edo and was a small fishing town. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to soak up the local culture.
Days 1-2: New Zealand to Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you’ll find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Today’s city tour starts on the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquillity of the ancient Buddhist Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest. Learn about Tokyo’s historical heritage at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore Tokyo’s Imperial Palace Plaza.
Day 3: Tokyo
Day 4: Meiji Shrine
Take a relaxed morning wander around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden. Continue to the Meiji Shrine, the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken before passing the famous Shibuya Crossing. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. This evening, take a relaxed dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay.
Day 4: Meiji Shrine
Day 5: Tokyo to Fuji Five Lakes
Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past volcanic eruptions. Later, try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow.
Day 5: Tokyo to Fuji Five Lakes
Day 6: Fuji Five Lakes
Ascend 2,300 metres up to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station (weather permitting) where, with its perfectly conical peak looming overhead, you can take in the breathtaking views over the landscapes below. Returning to the beautiful Five Lakes region, explore Iyashi no Sato Historical Village, a former farming village on the shores of Lake Saiko. Destroyed by a landslide in 1966, the remaining thatched-roofed houses of this old villagehave been transformed into an open-air museum and craft village.
Day 6: Fuji Five Lakes
Day 7: Bullet Train to Kyoto
Transfer to Mishima station for the bullet train to Kyoto. Sit back and relax as you speed across the country. Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silkclad geisha and sublime gardens. The geisha is both an intriguing and integral part of Japanese history – enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with either a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha at a typical teahouse. Continue to Ryoan-ji Temple, a Zen temple. End the day at Kinkaku-ji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion.
Day 7: Bullet Train to Kyoto
Day 8: Explore Kyoto
Explore one of Kyoto’s delightful temples – Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a 17th-century Buddhist temple. In the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Japanese handicraft experience and enjoy Japanese tea at a restored Japanese wooden townhouse.
Day 8: Explore Kyoto
Day 9: Kyoto – Hiroshima & Miyajima
Today travel by bullet train to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima. Hiroshima is vibrant and modern with a forwardthinking, sunny outlook. Find a moment to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Hopping on a ferry, make the short trip to the holy island of Miyajima. Visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most recognisable, rising majestically out of the waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
Day 9: Kyoto – Hiroshima & Miyajima
Day 10: Himeji Castle
Travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city. Appreciate its turbulent past before strolling around Koko-en, the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat. Afterwards, you will travel to Osaka for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Himeji Castle
Day 11: Depart Osaka
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Airport to board your overnight flight to New Zealand.
Day 11: Depart Osaka
Day 12: Arrive New Zealand
Arrive home today.

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Hotel Room Option – From $1,220
Land Only (Tokyo to Osaka), 10 days From $8,190 per person twin share
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Japan.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. .
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is not part of the culture in Japan and is therefore not expected.
 

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 


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