Trails of Japan


Traditional versus modern, nature versus urban – Japan is a land of contrasts. This exhilarating tour encompasses it all, delving deeper into Japan's rich past, present and future, covering robot restaurants to tranquil temples to potent saké and all that's in between.

Members from: $9,445 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $9,640 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Asia

  • Supplier

    Wendy Wu

  • Booking Code

    WWTOJ

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.

  • Company

    Wendy Wu


Includes


  • International flights and current taxes

  • Accommodation

  • Domestic transportation

  • Touring with guides and entrance fees

  • Most meals (11 breakfasts & 3 dinners)

  • Shinjuku: Experience the wacky Robot Restaurant in this buzzing ward of Tokyo

  • Sumo Wrestling: Watch a exhilarating Sumo Wrestling Tournament (on selected dates)

  • Mt Fuji: Hike around the base of Japan's stunning highest mountain

  • Yudanaka: Meet the adorable Snow Monkeys in their natural habitat


Our Trails of Japan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

Our Trails of Japan itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.


Itinerary


  1. Days 1–2

    Days 1 2: Fly to Tokyo

    Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, for a three-night stay. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

  2. Day 3

    Day 3: Discover Tokyo

    Explore the two sides of Tokyo, the modern and the traditional. The city tour begins at the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower at 634 metres. Close by is Asakusa, at the heart of which is Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and the vibrant Nakamise shopping street. This afternoon stop at the famous Shibuya crossing, the tranquil Meiji Shrine and the vibrant district of Harajuku. Finally, it’s time for a unique Tokyo experience – the Robot Restaurant. Experience what can only be described as a sci-fi cabaret! Dinner is at your own expense.

  3. Day 4

    Day 4: Japanese Drumming

    This morning, try your hand at traditional Japanese drumming with a Taiko class. Learn the fundamental techniques of beating the ‘wadaiko’ with ‘bachi’. Next, head to Akihabara, known as Tokyo’s electronics district. Wander the neon-bill-boarded streets and visit a Maid Café, one of Tokyo’s most popular types of themed establishments. Lunch is at your own expense. In the afternoon, explore Tokyo’s past at the Edo Tokyo Museum or Tokyo National Museum.

  4. Day 5

    Day 5: Mt. Fuji

    The perfectly symmetrical cone of mighty Mt Fuji is the iconic image of Japan. This morning journey out of Tokyo into some of Japan’s picturesque rural landscapes. Pick up a hiking trail and walk through alpine forest, across meadows and around lakes at Fuji’s base, pausing often to gaze on the peak towering above you.

  5. Day 6

    Day 6: Snow Monkeys

    Travel to Matsumoto and explore the Matsumoto Castle.Continue to Nagano stopping in Yudanaka to visit the Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys, at the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Monkey Park). These creatures make use of the area’s natural hot springs, bathing and playing in and around the water.

  6. Day 7

    Day 7: Japanese Alps

    Travel to Hotaka and ride up into the Japanese Alps on the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, reaching an observation platform at 2,156 metres, which gives breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains (weather permitting). Drive to Takayama where you will be staying at an onsen hotel. Here you can relax and bathe in the natural hot spring pools and experience this most traditional pastime. This afternoon you will have time to explore Kamisannomachi Street and sample the street food on offer (at your own expense).

  7. Day 8

    Day 8: Spiritual Kyoto

    Take a Limited Express train to Nagoya, where you will change onto a Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. This afternoon, start discovering Kyoto’s rich heritage with a visit to the enchanting Fushimi Inaritaisha Shrine with its pathway of torii gates before admiring the views over the city from Kiyomizudera Temple. Stroll around the old neighbourhoods of Higashiyama and Gion, the geisha district, with a stop at Gion Corner.

  8. Day 9

    Day 9: Japanese Tea Ceremony

    Take a half-day bicycle tour of Kyoto, starting at Kinkaku-ji, the ‘Golden Pavilion’, before contemplating Zen at Ryoan-ji, Japan’s most famous classical garden. Continue to the Arashiyama district for some free time to explore the Bamboo Forest. Later in the afternoon, witness the rituals involved in the preparation and pouring of matcha tea in a traditional tea ceremony.

  9. Day 10

    Day 10: Kyoto Culture and Koyasan

    Spend the morning discovering the craft of kimono creation at Nishijin Textile Centre, before learning the paper-folding art of origami and the complicated process of dressing in a traditional kimono. This afternoon, travel by road to Koyasan, where you will spend the night in a 13thcentury temple in a traditional tatami room.

  10. Day 11

    Day 11: Morning Prayers

    Rise early to join the monks for their morning service – hearing the recitation and chanting is a magical experience. After breakfast, take a walking tour of Koyasan. Visit Kongobu-ji and Okunoin before travelling to Osaka.

  11. Day 12

    Day 12: Himej & Sake Brewery

    Take a day tour to Himeji, visiting the 17th-century Himeji Castle. Continue on to a sake brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process of this potent rice wine and enjoy some tasters. Return to Osaka and experience the vibrant Dotonbori district.

  12. Day 13

    Days 13 14: Fly Osaka to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.


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Disclaimer


All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.