Himeji Castle, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Kyoto's Higashiyama-ku preserves the feudal-era Japan look in a wood-built historic quarter.
See the iconic Mt Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko.
Spends some leisure time in bustling Tokyo.
Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
Yamaguchi's Kintaikyo Bridge, which has a history dating back to 1673.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Dazaifu, Japan.
Take a step back in time in the traditional post town of Narai-juku.
Village of Shirakawa-go is famous for traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. (Optional tour)
See the beautiful Enoshima Island, off the coast of Yokohama.
Osaka, Japan.
Enjoy a ride on the Oigawa Railway along the Oi River.
Ninja Museum in Iga, Japan.
Deer in Nara, Japan.
Enjoy a Maiko Dinner show or a Geisha Dress-up experience (optional activities).
Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Japan.
Tea fields near Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Sake is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin made by fermenting rice.
Gingko trees lined up in a park in Tokyo.
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Ultimate Japan

Operated by TripADeal
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima & more
Discover the Land of the Rising Sun on our most comprehensive tour yet
Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
Dates: 22 Jul 2024 - 27 Mar 2025
Earn & Use Qantas Points
Return international full-service Qantas flights
16 nights of hotel accommodation & 16 meals
Overnight ferry from Fukuoka to Osaka in a private cabin
One-way high-speed rail trip from Shin-Kobe to Himeji
Overview
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Overview

Discover the vibrant culture of Japan on this comprehensive 19-day tour that takes you to some of the country’s most famous locations, plus some of the hidden gems. With return international Qantas flights and quality hotel accommodation, this trip promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Starting in Tokyo, you’ll visit the iconic Meiji Shrine and the Tsukiji Outer Market, and then enjoy some leisure time to explore the city. You’ll also visit the beautiful Enoshima Island off the coast of Yokohama and take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. The Oigawa Railway will take you on a scenic journey along the Oi River, offering picturesque views of the Japanese countryside. Next, you’ll learn about the history and culture of Japanese ninjas at the Iga Ninja Museum. This package will also allow you to learn about Japanese sake at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Next, marvel at the elegant Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture, known for its beautiful white appearance. In Hiroshima, you’ll spend a full day sightseeing places such as Miyajima Island, also known as Divine Island, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Heading south, stop in Iwakuni to cross the famous Kintaikyo Bridge and see the bright lights of the boldly-decorated Irori Sanzoku restaurant. Explore Fukuoka's temples, beaches and malls and feed the local free-roaming deer at Nara Park. Take a high-speed bullet train from Shin-Kobe to Himeji, reaching up to 300km/h, and enjoy an overnight ferry in a private cabin from Fukuoka to Osaka. This trip offers a great range of cultural experiences!

With 16 meals included, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the country’s delicious cuisine. This tour promises to immerse you in Japan's rich natural beauty and culture, taking you on a journey of discovery that you’ll never forget.

Want more? Add extra days to your itinerary with Arrive Early and Stay Behind in Tokyo packages.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Immerse yourself in the rich natural beauty & culture of Japan
  • Visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Mt Fuji & more
  • Sample delicious japanese food at the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo
  • Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
  • Visit the stunning Fushimi Inari Shrine in the ancient capital of Kyoto
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Oi River, onboard the Oigawa Railway
  • Experience Hiroshima on a full-day sightseeing tour
  • Visit Miyajima Island, also known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island
  • Take a step back in time in the traditional post towns of Narai-juku and Tsumago-juku
  • Visit the beautiful Enoshima Island, off the coast of Yokohama
  • Visit the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most prominent shrine
  • Visit the Ninja Museum in Iga and learn about the history and culture of Japanese ninjas
  • Learn about Japanese Sake at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
  • Visit Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle due to its elegant, white appearance
  • Marvel at Kintaikyo Bridge, Japan’s most elegant wooden bridge
  • Spend time in Canal City Hakata, one of Fukuoka most popular shopping and entertainment malls
  • Feed the local free-roaming deer of Nara Park
  • Enjoy a high-speed bullet train journey reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h
  • Take an overnight ferry in a private cabin with shared bathroom facilities from Fukuoka to Osaka
FLIGHTS
  • Return international full-service flights (economy class) with Qantas Airways, departure city surcharges may apply
ACCOMMODATION
  • 16 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on the Fukuoka to Osaka ferry in a private cabin
DINING
  • Enjoy 16 meals
ESSENTIAL
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges


TRANSPORT
  • Transportation by air-conditioned private vehicles
TRANSFERS
  • Return airport transfers
UPGRADES
  • Arrive Early: Arrive up to 30 days before your tour starts. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Stay Behind: Return up to 30 days after your tour concludes. (Does not include hotel accommodation, meals or transfers)
  • Flight Upgrades: Upgrade to Business Class. (See checkout for details)

Please note: Extra charges may apply, see the Important Info section and checkout cart for fees and details


Day 1 Australia (or New Zealand) – Tokyo, Japan

Today fly from Australia (or New Zealand) with Qantas Airways to one of the most captivating cities in the world - Tokyo, Japan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Tokyo.

Please note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0.

Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive 4 - 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: In-Flight

Day 2 Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning head out on a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. First, you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can encounter many kinds of traditional Japanese cuisine. Next, visit the stunning Meiji Shrine - a Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen about its importance from your guide. Continue onwards to Asakusa area for a glimpse of Old Tokyo and a visit to the craft shops along Nakamise Street. Asakusa is the centre of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Finish the day back at your hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Tokyo Free Day

Today, enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo at leisure or take part in an optional night tour of Tokyo.


Optional Tour: Tokyo by Night – 9,900 JPY per person

As you might expect from one of the world’s biggest and most bustling cities, Tokyo is phenomenally vibrant at night. Tonight, enter a world of chaotic motion, neon lights and smoky back alleys. With nightfall, the heart of the metropolis awakens and comes alive with flowing masses of people and traffic bathed in iridescent streams of colour. Tonight go on a short walking tour around the gorgeous Shinjuku ward of Tokyo at night and watch it burst into life with a dazzling array of colourful night lights coming from its many shops, restaurants, and entertainment hubs. Then you'll make your way to Kabukicho, the ward's red light district where the steamy side of Japanese night life can be found. Last enjoy the sweeping views of this vast city at the Observations deck at the famous Tokyo Tower, the landmark of Tokyo (entry included).

Overnight: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno or similar, Tokyo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo – Kamakura – Enoshima Island - Shizuoka Region

This morning head to Kamakura and first visit the Great Buddha, a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 11.4 metres, it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Afterwards visit Enoshima, a pleasantly touristy island just off the coast but connected with the mainland by bridge. The island offers a variety of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower and caves. Views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed on days with good visibility. Proceed onwards to Shizuoka Region, where you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Kuretake Inn Premium Shizuoka Station or similar, Shizuoka

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Shizuoka Region - Oigawa Railway Experience – Nagoya

Today depart Shizuoka region for Nagoya, with a few stops along the way. Today’s highlight is a ride on Oigawa Railway offering a view of calm, abundant natural scenery along the Oi River. Enjoy train travel to the max - as you look out the window, successive scenes of beautiful gorges will unravel right before your eyes. Afterwards enjoy a tour of a green tea plantation to learn more about Japanese tea. Finish the day in Nagoya where you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Trusty Nagoya Shirakawa or similar, Nagoya

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Nagoya Free Day

Today, enjoy a free day to explore Nagoya at your own pace. Alternatively join an optional tour to visit Shirakawa-go & Takayama.

Optional Tour: Shirakawa-go & Takayama – 9,900 JPY per person

Today is a fun day to visit the countryside of Japan and see how local people live. Drive to Shirakawa-go - declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, it’s famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old and built to withstand the heavy snow the region gets in winter. Afterwards, visit Takayama Old Town and walk along Sannomachi Street, which survives in a traditional and very pretty state with many old homes, shops and restaurants. Finish the day back in Nagoya.

Overnight: Hotel Trusty Nagoya Shirakawa or similar, Nagoya

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Nagoya – Iga – Kyoto

After breakfast head to the town of Iga in the Mie Prefecture. Many stories of real ninjas hail from this remote area of Japan, where they trained to carry out missions ranging from espionage to guarding important people. Here you will visit the Iga-ryu Ninja House which is a great place to learn about the skills, knowledge and activities of ninjas. In order to prevent having explosives manufacturing technology stolen by enemies, this typical ninja house had protections such as set traps and fake hallways. The ninja house is a simple farm dwelling, but has surprises, escape routes, hidden doors, places to hide swords, and the above traps and trickery. Here, a kuno (female ninja) guides visitors through each part of the house, showing and demonstrating each trap or trick it contains.

Afterwards proceed to the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto, and visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings and make for a great photo opportunity.

Tonight, join one of the amazing optional activities including the Maiko Dinner show (not included, 35,000 JPY per person) or the Geisha Dress-up experience (not included:, 30,000 JPY per person). (Maiko is the name of an apprentice geisha in Kyoto). Both can be booked during the trip directly with the operator.

Overnight: Crystal Hotel Kyoto IV or similar, Kyoto

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Kyoto Free Day

Today is free at leisure to explore the ancient capital of Kyoto. Alternatively, you can join an optional in-depth experience.


Optional Tour: Kyoto in-depth tour – 12,900 JPY per person

Kyoto is home to some of Japan’s finest Matcha and Green Tea and today is your opportunity to discover what makes Japanese green tea so special during a guided tour. Learn about the tea production culture of Uji with a tasting experience. Then visit Byodo-in, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage temple with a superlative, modern museum, and see how all the dots with the samurai, tea shops and religion connect at the breathtaking Phoenix Hall. Last visit Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), one of the most popular attractions in Japan and whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

Overnight: Crystal Hotel Kyoto IV or similar, Kyoto

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Kyoto – Himeji Castle – Fukuyama/Okayama Region (High speed train experience)

This morning visit Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, a historic sake brewery with displays illuminating the fermentation process & samples of this national spirit. Then drive to Shin-Kobe Station and experience a high-speed train ride to Himeji Station (the highest speed in the entire network). In the afternoon visit Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle due to its elegant, white appearance. Himeji Castle is widely considered Japan’s most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. The castle is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. Finally proceed to the Fukuyama/Okayama region and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Vessel Hotel Fukuyama or similar, Fukuyama

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Fukuyama/Okayama Region Free Day

Enjoy a free day to rest or explore Fukuyama/Okayama region at your own leisure. Alternatively, join an optional tour to visit Naoshima Art Island.


Optional Tour: Naoshima Art Island - 20,000 JPY per person

Naoshima is an island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, part of Kagawa Prefecture. The island is best known for its contemporary art museums, architecture and sculptures. This tour includes return bus and ferry transfers and a local English-speaking guide to show you around this fascinating place. This option can be purchased whilst on tour.

Overnight: Vessel Hotel Fukuyama or similar, Fukuyama

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11 Fukuyama/Okayama Region - Hiroshima

Today, travel south to Hiroshima where you will start the journey to Miyajimaguchi port and board a boat to the majestic Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima or Divine Island, a landmass hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. Disembark and discover the natural and cultural treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Island for 45 minutes with your guide. See the shimmering Itsukushima Shrine, then enjoy a delicious lunch in a local eatery (not included). Re-board the boat and cruise back to Hiroshima to reflect on the history of the region. Take a silent moment of reflection at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a historical site near where the atomic bomb exploded. See exhibitions that articulate the destruction the bomb caused and marvel at the city’s regenerative recovery. Finally, board a bus to the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a skeletal structure that miraculously survived the 1945 attack. Finish the day at your hotel where you will enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Kuretakesou Hiroshima Otemachi or similar, Hiroshima

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Hiroshima – Kintaikyo Bridge – Irori Sanzoku – Fukuoka Region

Today, continue south and visit the Kintaikyo Bridge, Japan’s most elegant wooden bridge, which makes five bold arches onto massive stone pillars as it crosses over the Nishiki River. Afterwards make a stop at Irori Sanzoku, an area famous for entertainment-filled restaurants where you may enjoy lunch (not included) before arriving in the Fukuoka region which is the gateway to the Kyushu region in south-western Japan. Here you will check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Crown Palace Hotel Kitakyushu or similar, Fukuoka

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Fukuoka sightseeing – Ferry to Osaka

After breakfast, visit the nearby town of Dazaifu, established in the late 7th century and served as the administrative centre of the entire island of Kyushu for over 500 years. There are several temples and shrines, the most famous of which is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Afterwards enjoy some free time in Canal City Hakata, a popular large shopping and entertainment complex, calling itself a “city within the city”. Then, transfer to Kyushu Port for an overnight ferry ride to Osaka. This ferry will depart in the evening and take approximately 12 hours, arriving in Osaka early in the morning. During this ferry ride you will have your own private room with shared toilet and shared bathroom (shower) facilities.

Please note:

If the ferry is non-operational due to weather or other reasons, an alternative land transfer will be provided. The tour group may be split across two ferries departing at a similar time, depending on cabin availability.

Overnight: Meimon Taiyo Ferry or similar (Private Cabin with shared facilities)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Osaka Sightseeing

This morning you will disembark from your ferry and proceed to Osaka. Visit the famous Osaka Castle Garden. Then, visit the famous Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori shopping/entertainment districts, and enjoy some time to explore these areas at leisure. Finish the day at your hotel where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Crystal Hotel Osaka Dotonbori Exe or similar, Osaka

Meals included: None

Day 15 Osaka – Nara – Gifu

This morning drive to the nearby city of Nara where you will enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour. Visit Nara Park, home to hundreds of free-roaming deer - you can feed them deer senbei (crackers), which can be purchased at stalls throughout the park for 150 JPY a pack. Proceed to Gifu and you will check-in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.


Overnight: Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar, Gifu

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 Gifu – Post Towns of Narai-juku and Tsumago-juku – Nagano Region

Today visit the post towns of Narai-juku and Tsumago-juku where the feeling of the Edo Period is faithfully captured, where cars are prohibited, cabling largely concealed and the soft glow of traditional lamps light the street. Step back in time and explore stone streets lined with quaint wooden shops and restaurants. Finish the day in the Nagano region.


Overnight: Tabino Hotel Lit Matsumoto or similar, Matsumoto

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 Nagano Region - Mt Fuji – Yokohama

After breakfast, embark on a journey of approximately 300km, starting with a drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, Mt Fuji’s 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot even for those who do not intend on climbing the mountain, and it features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards, continue to Lake Kawaguchiko, to admire the scenery as you enjoy a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. Arrive in Yokohama Region this afternoon, check into the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.


Overnight: APA Hotel Yokohama Bay or similar, Yokohama

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18 Yokohama, Japan – Australia (or New Zealand)

Today, at the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia (or New Zealand), after one unforgettable trip exploring the beauty of Japan.

Please note: The standard check-out time is between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning. Luggage storage is available at the front desk for anyone with afternoon/evening departures.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Day 19 Arrive in Australia (or New Zealand)

Important Info

Booking information

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete the Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer, you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions and the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead-up to and immediately before travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
Tour packages are non-refundable. If your tour package is affected by Covid-19-related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other tour or package available via the TripADeal website.
 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the tour operator you are due to stay with.
 
We recommend you consider purchasing travel insurance with Covid-19 protection. The standard cancellation policy will apply if you cannot travel because you have tested positive for Covid-19.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable in AUD (unless otherwise stated). 
Offer essentials

This travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 4th of November 2024.
 
This travel offer is priced per person based on a twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $2200 applies. 
Please note: Accommodation for single customers who are travelling on a tour or cruise package may be in a single room, depending on availability.
 



Departure Dates
2024
June: 10, 13
July: 22
August: 5, 12, 19, 26
September: *2
October: *15, 20, 22, 29
November: *4, *5 
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.



2025
February: 13, 20
March: **6, ^13, ^^20, ^^27
 



Surcharges
Please note: 
• dates/months with a * incur a high season surcharge of $100 per person.
• dates/months with a ** incur a peak season surcharge of $1000 per person.
• dates/months with a ^ incur a Cherry Blossom season surcharge of $1200 per person.
• dates/months with a ^^ incur a Cherry Blossom season surcharge of $1500 per person.



Flights


Departure Cities


Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide, *Perth or *Auckland

 
Departure City Surcharges



  • Brisbane or Adelaide: $300 per person
  • Perth or Auckland: $500 per person



 
International Full-Service Airline(s) Used
• Cabin Class: Economy Class
• Airlines: Qantas and partners
Please note: We cannot accommodate one-way flights. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
 
Qantas Flights
Please note, any Qantas flights used on this deal may be booked as part of a Qantas group ticket. Group tickets do not allow for any customisations including upgrades, seat selection or paid seating options. Any customisations would need to be requested at the airport upon check in. 
 
Missed Flights
If you fail to arrive for your outbound flight, you risk all flight and land arrangements in your destination being automatically cancelled by the airlines and land operator, respectively. Additional fees may apply to reinstate these services. If you miss your flight for whatever reason, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 
 
Arrive Early Options
Tokyo, Japan - $300 per person
High season dates range up to $700 per person, subject to availability 
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• You may book a date to arrive early via our website but only a date that is within 30 days of the tour departure date. If you wish to arrive earlier than 30 days before your tour departure date, please call our friendly staff for availability and pricing. Additional costs may apply
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season arrive early can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):
- Travel prior to 1st June 2024
- 20th June 2024 - 10th August 2024
- 20th September - 10th October 2024
- 20th November 2024 - 20th February 2025
- 20th March - 5th May 2025
 
Stay Behind Options



Tokyo, Japan - $300 per person
High season dates: up to $700 per person, subject to availability 
Please note:
• This fee does not include extra nights' accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
• A stay behind can only be booked up to one month after your package end date upon check-out. Should you wish to stay later, please contact us to request availability. Additional costs may apply.
• No flight booking changes or cancellations are permitted after air tickets have been issued.
• Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
• A high season stay behind can be purchased for up to $700 per person, subject to availability.
• High season surcharges apply to flights departing between the below date ranges (only available for purchase over the phone):
- 20th June 2024 - 10th August 2024
- 20th September - 10th October 2024
- 20th November 2024 - 20th February 2025
- 20th March - 5th May 2025
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Business Class: For pricing, please refer to the payment cart at checkout.
Please note:
• Flight upgrades are subject to availability and pricing changes (if we cannot fulfil your request, the upgrade cost will be refunded).
• On any upgrade purchase, short-haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed



Accommodation


Accommodation Used:



3-Star Properties (Self-Rated)



  • Tokyo: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno or similar
  • Shizuoka Region: Kuretake Inn Premium Shizuoka Station or similar
  • Nagoya: Hotel Trusty Nagoya Shirakawa or similar
  • Kyoto: Crystal Hotel Kyoto IV or similar
  • Fukuyama/Okayama Region: Vessel Hotel Fukuyama or similar
  • Hiroshima: Hotel Kuretakesou Hiroshima Otemachi or similar
  • Fukuoka Region: Crown Palace Hotel Kitakyushu or similar
  • Fukouka to Osaka Ferry: Meimon Taiyo Ferry or similar 
  • Osaka: Crystal Hotel Osaka Dotonbori Exe or similar
  • Gifu Region: Comfort Hotel Gifu or similar
  • Nagano Region: Tabino Hotel Lit Matsumoto or similar
  • Yokohama: APA Hotel Yokohama Bay or similar


Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type and are subject to availability based on seasonality. In the instance a property is not available, a similar standard of accommodation will be provided. Properties will be confirmed and included in your travel pack, which you will receive 4-6 weeks before travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not available at check-out. 
Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights of accommodation pre or post-tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 4-6 weeks before departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel, please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people
 
Child Policy
• No child discounts. The full price applies to all children travelling with their parents.
• Valid for children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).



General information

Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.
Please note: A Small Group Tour is defined as a tour with no more than 20 travellers per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours/Activities



  • Day 3: Tokyo by Night – 9,900 JPY per person
  • Day 6: Shirakawa-go & Takayama – 9,900 JPY per person
  • Day 7: Maiko Dinner show - 35,000 JPY per person
  • Day 7: Geisha Dress-up experience – 30,000 JPY per person
  • Day 8: Kyoto in-depth tour – 12,900 JPY per person
  • Day 10: Naoshima Art Island – 20,000 JPY per person


Please note:



• Prices are based per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and can be booked and paid directly with the tour operator in the currency specified during the trip.  



Exclusions

• Visa fees and requirements 
• Domestic transfers and flights not stated in the deal offer
• Meals/beverages not stated in the deal offer
• Optional gratuities/tipping 
• Optional activities/tours 
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance



Other important information


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER



Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on the history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction where they are guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves it at the end of the tour; they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides at each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village and offer information on the place visited on the bus. However, they are not required to have specific art, architecture, or historical knowledge. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and, if caught doing so, can be fined. 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Japan has four distinct seasons with a climate ranging from subarctic in the north to subtropical in the south. Conditions are different between the Pacific side and the Sea of Japan side. Northern Japan has warm summers and very cold winters with heavy snow on the Sea of Japan side and in mountainous areas.
Eastern Japan has hot and humid summers and cold winters with very heavy snow on the Sea of Japan side and in mountainous areas. Western Japan has very hot and humid summers (with temperatures sometimes reaching 35°C or above) and moderate cold winters. Okinawa and Amami have a subtropical oceanic climate. These areas have hot and humid summers (with temperatures rarely reaching 35°C or above) and mild winters.



 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
We do not arrange seat selection. It is essential to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and/or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers must provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase or no later than 45 days before the departure date. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the booking. Customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred in this instance.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
For meals not included, the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on tour. You must carry your own luggage from the vehicle to the hotel room and back to the vehicle. The driver will assist with the uploading and unloading of bags from the vehicle.
 
OTHER
Mobility:
If you require wheelchair access please contact our friendly sales and service team to inquire on your behalf.
 
Fitness Level Required:
A leisurely level of fitness will be required. 
Leisurely is described as light walking, including up multiple stairs, and occasional hiking, may involve uneven surfaces. Able to travel unassisted and get on and off vehicles and small boats. Suitable for most fitness levels and mobility.
Please note: If you have any concerns, please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included for the services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The highly recommended tip is $10 AUD per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver and will be collected on tour. 
Please note: Tipping for services provided is always a matter of personal discretion; however, please be aware that many locals consider tipping part of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment; there's no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: If entry to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary, where possible, may be adjusted, or a similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding shopping for further information.

Visas

A tourist visa is not required for Australian or New Zealand citizens visiting Japan for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, business, visiting friends or relatives, etc. that does not include remunerative activities.
 
Important: 
• Please start arranging your visa three weeks before departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
• Visa rules may have changed since Covid-19. Some countries and airlines may require you to obtain an additional visa before arrival. Please check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
 
Please note: 
• Passengers who are not Australian citizens must also check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
• It is also important to note that some areas of employment, such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations, may have additional restrictions in applying for visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.
Schedule of fees

Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
• Changes - $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
• If the incorrect name has been provided, charges of $100 AUD per booking and any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the tour package you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the tour due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event we are unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee.

Important information
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You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

To earn Qantas Points with Qantas Tours, Members will be required to provide a valid Frequent Flyer number and last name at checkout. Only the lead traveller, the primary contact for the booking, will earn 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent (including GST) on eligible holiday packages. Qantas Points will not be earned and cannot be redeemed on any amounts payable directly to the hotel. Conditions apply. Qantas Points will be credited to a member's account up to 8 weeks after tour completion. Qantas Points will not be earned on cancelled bookings.

In addition to the 3 Qantas Points per AU$1 spent, each Frequent Flyer member who enters their Qantas Frequent Flyer number into the booking will also earn Status Credits and Qantas Points on the flight component of the package. The amount you earn depends on your flights, the operating airline, fare class and member status. Find out how many Qantas Points you could earn on your next Qantas Tours flights with our online Points Calculator. Terms and conditions apply.

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