Highlights of Japan


This tour of Japan is dedicated to Solo Travellers. You'll uncover Japan's best-known cities as well as the hidden treasures of Himeji and Koyasan, and view the magnificent Mt Fuji. There will also be time at leisure to explore on your own or with new-found friends.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Osaka (2N) - Nara (1N) - Kyoto (2N) - Hakone (1N) - Tokyo (3N)

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO OSAKA
Fly overnight to the food and shopping capital of Osaka. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 3: HIMEJI CASTLE
Meet your group in the hotel lobby and together begin by travelling to Himeji to visit the city's magnificent feudal-era castle, before strolling through the beauty of Koko-en, a classical Japanese garden. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka and spend some time at leisure. This evening enjoy a group welcome dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: EXPLORE KOYASAN
This morning, head for the holy mountain of Koyasan, home to a cluster of more than a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley, enclosed by peaks. Wander around Okunion, a vast cemetery of 200,000 stupas, and enjoy the tranquility of Kongobuji Temple. Continue to the charming city of Nara and have the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
DAY 5: NARA TO KYOTO
Stroll through Nara National Park to Todai-ji Temple, seeing the resident sika deer en route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Travel by road to Kyoto, the enchanting chity whose thousand year stint as Japan's capital city has left behind an impressive legacy of historic sites. Sightseeing today includes a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as 'Golden Pavilion' and Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden. (B,L)
DAY 6: TRADITIONAL JAPAN
Today starts with some traditional Japanese activities. At the 17th century Kodai-ji Temple you'll experience the age-old rituals of a traditional tea ceremony, before a serene session of Zen meditation. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
DAY 7: ICONIC MT FUJI
Travel on the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area and board a coach to explore this wilderness region. Take a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komgatake Ropeway for gorgeous My Fuji views. There is free time for lunch before a group dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: MT FUJI
Travel to Mt Fuji and ascend by road to the 5th Station for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape below before continuing on to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. (B)
DAY 9: EXPLORE TOKYO
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree, the world's tallest tower, before seeking out the tranquility of Sensoji Temple. Enjoy free time for lunch, then stroll through Hamarikyu Gardens. (B)
DAY 10: FREE TIME IN TOKYO
Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. Tonight is a special farewell group dinner. (B,L,D)
DAYS 11-12: FLY TOKYO TO NEW ZEALAND
Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the following day. (B)

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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:

Land Only (Osaka to Tokyo), 10 days From $8,180 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.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
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 Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Japan is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

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 – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

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 tour members’ 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.


Why Book This Tour?

Designed exclusively for customers travelling solo, these tours provide a ready-made group of like-minded travellers to enjoy your holiday with. You will be looked after all the way by an expert guide who will involve you in the group activities, discovering the sights and experiencing cultural activities. A room of your own is guaranteed with no supplement to pay.

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