20 Nights
21 Day Super Explorer
from $7,549 AUD

*Price is per person.

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore historic Kanazawa, famous for gold
  • Visit Himeji Castle, a national treasure and Japanese garden, Koko-en
  • Cycle through secluded Iya Valley and see Kazurabashi Vine Bridge
  • Admire Ritsurin Garden, designated as a special place of scenic beauty
  • Stay at one of Japan’s oldest and most famous hot springs

Prices Per Person From: 

Departure Date  Twin Share   Triple Share
Sun, Mon, Thurs & Fri   $7,549 $7,199 

* Above prices are land only and do not include airfares. 
* Seasonal surcharges may apply. 
* Minimum of 2 people required for tour to operate
 

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Day 1 Narita Airport - Tokyo

Narita Airport - Tokyo

Arrive at Narita Airport. Share a shuttle to your hotel.

Overnight at Shiba Park Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 2 Tokyo (B, L)

Tokyo (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then make your way to the meeting location ahead of a full day tour that takes in Tokyo, new and old. Visit historic spots such as the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market and Asakusa. Lunch at a local restaurant and in the afternoon, visit Toyosu Fish Market and the new, trending digital art museum teamLab Borderless. The tour ends at Shinjuku station.

Overnight at Shiba Park Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 3 Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Tokyo (B, L)

Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Tokyo (B, L)

Breakfast, then travel by coach to Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji. Enjoy the view from 2,300 metres. Lunch at a local restaurant followed by a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi and ride on Mt. Komagatake ropeway. This evening, return to Tokyo by motorcoach.

Overnight at Shiba Park Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 4 Tokyo (B, D)

Tokyo (B, D)

After breakfast, spend the day at leisure. In the evening, join a guided walking tour of Kabuki-cho and Golden-gai. Visit small bars and restaurants and taste some hidden gems of Tokyo street food.

Overnight at Shiba Park Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 5 Tokyo - Nagano (B, L)

Tokyo - Nagano (B, L)

Following breakfast, use your JR Pass to go to Nagano. Your two-day tour starts at JR Nagano station. See the famous Snow Monkeys bathe in the natural hot springs at Jigokudani Park. Lunch ata nearby restaurant. Explore Zenko-ji Temple, one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. Your guide will explain its legends and myths. Enjoy a guided sake tasting, indulging in some Nagano sake. Return to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Metropolitan Nagano or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 6 Nagano - Matsumoto - Takayama (B, L)

Nagano - Matsumoto - Takayama (B, L)

Breakfast early then be picked up from Nagano station. Travel to Matsumoto to see its iconic 400-year-old castle. You are free to explore the castle until it is time to tour the Miso Factory. Learn how to make Miso and products made from it. Lunch at the factory then travel to the Edo like town of Takayama, and the mountain ranges of the Northern Alps. Here, your two-day tour ends. Spend an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight at Best Western Hotel Takayama or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 7 Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa (B, L)

Takayama - Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa (B, L)

Enjoy breakfast before you join the Takayama Shirakawa-go 1 Day Tour, visiting World Heritage site of Ainokura Village and the Shirakawa-go Observatory. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore a traditional thatched roof house. Travel to Kanazawa by pre-booked local bus. Arrive at Kanazawa Bus Terminal and make your own way to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Intergate Kanazawa or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 8 Kanzawa (B)

Kanzawa (B)

Spend the morning at leisure. Join an afternoon walking tour of Kanazawa, explore the historic Kanazawa Castle Gardens and Kenroku-en. Stroll through Higashi-Chaya Geisha district where you can try some Gold Leaf Ice Cream!

Overnight at Hotel Intergate Kanazawa or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 9 Kanazawa - Kyoto (B)

Kanazawa - Kyoto (B)

Spend the morning at leisure. Travel to Kyoto by limited express train. Arrive in Kyoto, make your way to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon.

Overnight at Hotel Intergate Kyoto Shijo Shinmachi or similar (3 star)

Day 10 Kyoto (B, L)

Kyoto (B, L)

Following breakfast, proceed to the meeting location to join a full day tour of famous Kyoto sights. Visit World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and enjoy a stunning view back to Kyoto city. See the 1,001 golden statues of Kannon at Sanjusangen-do Temple. Head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, lunch in Arashiyama and stroll through Sagano Bamboo Forest. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Japanese garden, Tenryu-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji golden Temple. Drop off is at Kyoto station.

Overnight at Hotel Intergate Kyoto Shijo Shinmachi or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 11 Kyoto - Himeji - Okayama (B)

Kyoto - Himeji - Okayama (B)

Breakfast, then use your JR Pass to travel to Himeji station. Leave your luggage in a locker, then meet your guide. Walk to Himeji Castle, also known as the ‘White Heron Castle’. Visit beautiful Japanese garden ‘Kokoen’ and taste Matcha powdered green tea. The tour ends at the station. Collect your luggage. Travel to Okayama using your JR Pass.

Overnight at Hotel Granvia Okayama or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 12 Okayama - Naoshima - Okayama (B)

Okayama - Naoshima - Okayama (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Use your JR Pass to go to Uno Station, arrive and meet your guide. Travel by ferry to Naoshima for a full day tour. Catch the local bus to explore the island, visit Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House Museum designed by architect Tadao Ando. The tour ends at Uno Station. Use your JR Pass to return to Okayama by train.

Overnight at Hotel Granvia Okayama or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 13 Okayama - Tokushima (B)

Okayama - Tokushima (B)

Breakfast, then explore at your leisure. We recommend a visit to Korakuen Garden. In the afternoon, proceed to Tokushima by limited express train using your JR Pass - it takes about 2 hours.

Overnight at JR Hotel Clement Tokushima or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 14 Tokushima - Iya Valley - Tokushima (B)

Tokushima - Iya Valley - Tokushima (B)

After breakfast, go to Awa Ikeda Station to join a full day, Iya Valley Brompton Folding Bike Tour. Meet in Awa-Ikeda, catch the train to Oboke Station and bus to Iya Valley vine bridge. See beautiful Biwa Waterfall. Ride on the old road beside the emerald green Iya River. Points of interest include Hi no Ji Bend. The Peeing Boy stands on a 200m precipice. Iya Valley road runs gently downhill for most of the way, so no special physical prowess is required. The tour ends at Awa-Ikeda. Return to Tokushima by train.

Overnight at JR Hotel Clement Tokushima or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 15 Tokushima - Takamatsu (B)

Tokushima - Takamatsu (B)

Breakfast, then enjoy some free time. Use your JR Pass to travel to Takamatsu by limited express train. This takes approximately 70 minutes.

Overnight at Takamatsu Tokyu REI Hotel or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 16 Takamatsu (B)

Takamatsu (B)

Breakfast before you are collected by taxi to join a half day tour of Takamatsu. Visit Ritsurin Garden, one of the most famous historic gardens in Japan. The next stop, Yashima, is the site of a 12th century Gempei War battle between the Taira and Minamoto Clans. Admire stunning views of Takamatsu and Seto Inland Sea before returning to your hotel.

Overnight at Takamatsu Tokyu REI Hotel or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 17 Takamatsu - Dogo Onsen (B, D)

Takamatsu - Dogo Onsen (B, D)

This morning, use your JR Pass to travel to Matsuyama. Go to the tramway station and board at your own cost to Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest and most famous hot springs. Spend the day as you wish. We recommend you dress in a Yukata robe and take a walk. Dine, then relax at the onsen at your ryokan.

Overnight at Chaharu Ryokan or similar

Day 18 Dogo Onsen - Hiroshima (B)

Dogo Onsen - Hiroshima (B)

Breakfast at your ryokan, then return to Matusyama station by local tram at your own cost. Arrive at Matsuyama station. Use your JR Pass to travel to Hiroshima. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. We recommend dinner at Okonomi-mura.

Overnight at Hiroshima Grand Intelligent Hotel or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 19 Hiroshima (B)

Hiroshima (B)

Breakfast, then meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a full day tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima. Visit Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine, the Peace Memorial Park Museum and the famous AtomicBomb Dome, symbolising the fight to ridthe world of nuclear weapons. Witness the contrast of beauty and devastation between the juxtaposed Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight at Hiroshima Grand Intelligent Hotel or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 20 Hiroshima - Osaka (B)

Hiroshima - Osaka (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Use your JR Pass to travel to Osaka by bullet train. Spend the day at leisure. We recommend visits to Osaka Castle and Dotonbori.

Overnight at Hotel Hankyu Respire Osaka or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 21 Osaka (B)

Osaka (B)

Enjoy some last-minute sightseeing before using your JR Pass to travel by train to Kansai Airport.

  • Hotels: Tokyo (4 nights), Nagano (1 night), Takayama (1 night), Kanazawa (2 nights), Kyoto (2 nights), Okayama (2 nights), Tokushima (2 nights), Takamatsu (2 nights), Dogo Onsen (1 night), Hiroshima (2 nights), Osaka (1 night)
  • Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Guide: English-speaking guide included on day tours only
  • Transportation: One-way Tokyo airport shuttle transfer; Japan National rail Pass 21 days

Costing may vary  depending on the exchange rate, the final rate will be confirmed at time of booking confirmation.
* The above itinerary is subject to availability
* For full terms and conditions, please contact our travel specialists.

Day 2: Tokyo Old & New Tour
- The order of activities and arrival times may differ depending on road conditions and congestion at destinations.
- For Toyosu Market, please be aware of the following:
(1) Participants will not be able to see the tuna auction as it is early in the morning.
(2) As the tour is in the afternoon, many restaurants and shops in the public market that cater to vendors have finished operations.
(3) While the fisheries and produce wholesale areas will be viewable from observation decks, the auction will have finished in the morning.
(4) When the market is closed on Sundays, holidays, and some Wednesdays, the tour will view the site from the bus and visit Odaiba, a site in the Tokyo bay area that amusement facilities such as Miraikan - a museum that boasts of Japan's latest science and technology - and Gundam Front Tokyo. (Participants must pay for paid facilities on their own)
- On the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month when teamLab Borderless is closed, the tour will be taken to teamLab Planets.
- Participants are free to leave partway so that they may take their time seeing teamLab Borderless or Planets.
In that event, please note that participants will need to head back to their hotel on their own and that there will be no partial refund of the tour booking charge.
[Important Notes/Supplements: Regarding Children/Infants]
Non-paying infants age 5 and under will not be provided their own seat on the bus (they must sit on the lap of a parent or guardian), and their lunch charge (charge required for ages 0-5), Sumida River Cruise fare (fare required for ages 1-5), and admission fee to teamLab Borderless (fee required for ages 4-5) are also not included.
If required, please book them under the child rate (ages 6-11).
[Important Notes/Supplements: Regarding Meals]
Vegetarian meals are available and must be requested at least 2 business days before the tour departure date. Please note that requests made any later may not be fulfilled. 

Day 3: Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour
- The order of the tour itinerary is subject to change due to road conditions or other reasons.
- If Mt. Fuji's 5th Station cannot be reached due to road surface freezing, an accident on the Fuji Subaru Line, or weather conditions, the tour will be taken to the highest elevation point possible. No alternative destinations are planned when the tour reaches beyond the 1st Station. When the tour has to turn back at the 1st Station, or when the Fuji Subaru Line is completely blocked, the tour will visit Fujisan World Heritage Center or Lake Kawaguchi Oishi Park. Please note that an alternative itinerary may also be omitted depending on road conditions.
- Due to weather conditions, Mt. Fuji may not be visible even from the base. However, the tour will not be cancelled and refunds will not be given for this reason.
- If the Lake Ashi cruise or Komagatake Ropeway cannot be boarded (when not visitable due to suspension of operation, road congestion, or conditions at other sightseeing areas), the tour will be guided to one of the following alternative destinations. Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, Hakone-en Aquarium, Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Pirate Ship, Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Checkpoint, Lake Kawaguchi Cruise, Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Hakone Shrine, Oshino Shinobi no Sato, etc.
- Arrival time at each location may vary depending on the season and day of the week due to traffic conditions, and may be considerably delayed. Thank you for your understanding. Transportation may be delayed by traffic congestion. 

Day 4: Shinjuku Golden Gai Tour
- People who have allergies and dietary restrictions may join the tours; however please keep in mind that we cannot make a 100% allergy free food guarantee since all the food is prepared in the same kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan.  
- Cross-contamination / Cross-contact is possible. Most restaurants in Japan are unfamiliar and unable to make provisions for serious cross-contact allergies.               

Day 5-6: Snow Monkey Resort 2 Day Tour
- Please wear suitable shoes for the walking trail into the Snow Monkey Park
- During the winter it is common to see the Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring bath, however from spring up to autumn there will be times where the monkeys play or eat in the water, however please note that the monkeys are wild animals and there is no guarantee that there will be monkeys in the bath.
- There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity.

Day 8: Kanazawa Historical Walking Tour
- Bus ticket transport (¥500 ($5) for one day unlimited travel is not included. Your guide will tell you where to buy.)
- Please note that if you are late for more than 15 minutes than meeting time (10 mins before the tour starting time), you will not be able to join the tour, get refund or rescheduled.

Day 10: Kyoto Perfect Tour
- All the contents of the itinerary is subject to change due to weather, traffic operation, and operational reasons on the day.
- If any place is closed, we will try to attend to alternative places.
- Customers will walk include stairs and hills in each places.

Day 14: Iya Valley Cycling Tour (Depart : Awa-Ikeda Station)
- Does not include food and drinks,bus to Kazurabashi Bridge, and other modes of public transport to and from attractions on the itinerary, or admission to hot springs at Wa-no-Yado Hotel Iya Onsen

Day 16: Takamatsu 4-hours Sightseeing
- Road tolls, parking fees, admission fees, meal charges, and admission fees and other personal expenses at sightseeing locations are not included.
- If such expenses are accrued they must be paid by the customer on the day of the plan. Customers are to shoulder admission fees to sightseeing locations for the English-speaking driver.
- Please do not be late for the pick-up time. Usage time is calculated starting from the scheduled pick-up time. Please be aware that extensions over the scheduled 4 hours are not allowed for any reason. The driver will do as much as possible to avoid traffic jams and visit your preferred destinations during the allotted time, but please be aware in advance that roads and sightseeing locations may be very congested due to peak sightseeing seasons, events, and other uncontrollable factors.
- Also, no refunds will be issued even if the taxi is not used for the full 4 hours.
- Smoking is not permitted in the taxi.
- Japanese law requires that all passengers' seatbelts be fastened.                     


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