2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - Apr 2018

17 Day Japan Discovery

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka

Small Groups Japan Tours Bunnik Asia Tours
Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 17 Day Japan Discovery. Discover the many different sides of fascinating Japan on this in-depth journey. Explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, ride the bullet train, soak up the peace and tranquility of...read more


Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Duration: 17 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: BUN41857
Visits: Japan
Our Price From:
$ 10,000
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


Depart Australia


Arrive In Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or begin exploring.


Special Experience: Begin the day at Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world's largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we'll get to enjoy once we've finished).This afternoon we visit the Akihabara 'Electric Town' and take a stroll through the shopping district of Ginza, before sharing a Japanese-style group welcome dinner. (B/L/D)


An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Our sightseeing includes the Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise, and the famous Sumo Museum, dedicated to Japan's national sport. Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration by retired athletes over a traditional Chanko-nabe (hot pot) lunch.This evening we'll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of the Shinjuku District. (B/L)

Tokyo - Hakone

We begin our morning with a stroll through the beautiful Hamarikyu Garden. Then we visit the famous shrine of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and the Great Buddha (Koutokuin). In the early afternoon we travel to Hakone. (B/D) Special Experience: For the next two nights we stay in an authentic ryokan guesthouse. We'll have the chance to bathe in natural onsen (hot springs) and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner.

Mt Fuji

A highlight of any trip to Japan is a visit to majestic and iconic Mt Fuji! We stop at the fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Later we'll ride a gondola and enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji, as well as the Sagami Bay. (B/D)

Hakone - Takayama

We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. (B)


We wander through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago with its famous gasshō-zukuri ('like hands in prayer') thatched roofs, designed to withstand the massive snowfalls of winter. This afternoon we discover the traditional art of Japanese rice paper-making. (B)

Takayama - Hiroshima

Early this morning we'll visit a local market before continuing our rail journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. (B)


This morning we cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate, before returning to Hiroshima for lunch. This afternoon we'll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum, commemorating the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. (B/L)

Hiroshima - Kyoto

Travelling by bullet train, we make our way to historic Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital. Here we visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). The temple's top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf and the pavilion is set amongst beautiful gardens. (B)


We travel to Nara and visit the beautiful Tōdai-ji (Great Eastern) Temple. We'll then stop at famous Deer Park, where more than 1,000 deer roam freely. This afternoon we'll see one of Japan's most celebrated temples, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu-dera. (B)


Today we discover the art behind Japan's unique crafts and culinary delights! (B) Special Experience: Enjoy a variety of local activities including sake brewing & tasting, and a chance to dress in a kimono. Then witness a traditional dance performance by Maiko (Geiko^ apprentices).^Geiko is the term for Geisha in Kyoto.

Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka

We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist sanctuary of Enryaku-ji Temple. Located on the sacred mountain of Mt Hiei, it offers beautiful views over Kansai. Here we'll enjoy a traditional Buddhist lunch. This afternoon we make our way to Osaka, stopping at the Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden) for scenic views over the central city. (B/L)


We travel by bullet train to visit Himeji Castle. Japan's largest and most-visited castle, it is regarded as the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture. We'll then venture into Osaka's Dōtonbori District in the early evening to take in its famous lights. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. (B/D)

Depart Osaka

Today we begin our journey home. (B)

Arrive In Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Japan (taxes included)
  • 5 rail journeys in Japan
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a traditional ryokan guesthouse including a typical Japanese onsen (hot springs) bath followed by a Japanese dinner party while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout

Tour Highlights

  • Early morning tour of Tsukji Fish Market and sushi making experience including lunch
  • Visit Akihabara electric town and stroll through Ginza District.
  • City tour of Tokyo including Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, Sumo Museum.
  • Tour of the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section) and stop at Sacred Road
  • Witness Shinjuku by night on a walking tour.
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period
  • Explore Kamakura, Tokyo's former medieval political centre.
  • Travel to Mt Fuji's fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding area.
  • Stay 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ridewith its amazing 360 degree view of the volcanic Hakone mountains.
  • Take in the sights of old historic Takayama on foot including the Takayama Jinya, a beautiful traditional Japanese building and visit the morning markets.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago, famous for its old gassho-zukuri thatched roof farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer" as the farmhouses steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer.
  • Visit scenic Miyajima Island, located 30 minutes from Hiroshima and classified as a sacred island, to see the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine which stands in the ocean during high tide.
  • Tour the Peace Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's only remaining bomb-damaged building, and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum (by audio tour).
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.
  • Tour the temples of Kyoto, Japan's former capital and very much the cultural heart of the country. Our tour includes the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), Nara's Todaji Temple (Great Eastern Temple) and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Pure Water Temple)
  • Learn more on traditional Japan as we actively participate in Sake brewing & tasting and watch a Maiko Dance performance.
  • Visit the Buddhist sanctuary at Mt Hiei, founded in 788 AD, and one of Japan's most important cultural, religious and artistic centres. Enjoy a tea ceremony.
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for scenic view of central Osaka

Trip Notes

  • Discover Japan as beautiful cherry blossoms blanket the land in colour on departures between 20 March and 10 April.
  • Follow centuries-old tradition and witness Japan bathed in red and gold on departures between 20 October and 20 November.

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Small Group Tour
Accommodation: Mixed
Location: Various
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Mini-Coach
Age Range: Avg 30-65 years
Flights: Included in Price
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 20 (Avg. 18)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Bunnik for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (3)


Trip Date: 12/04/2017

“A fantastic tour of Japan that covers a lot of cultural experiences”

We really enjoyed our tour during Cherry Blossom time - seeing wonderful Japanese scenery, temples and gardens, all with magnificent weather. This tour also provided us with many Japanese experiences, such as lunch with Sumos, a traditional tea ceremony in a Japanese teahouse, a vegetarian lunch in a mountain top Buddhist Sanctuary, saki tasting in the charming sake brewing district of Kyoto, dressed up in a Kimono, saw a Geisha performance, made sushi, did 7 bullet train trips, caught a ferry over to the island of Miyajima Island, caught a gondola to see the sulphur fields near Mt Fuji, visited the UNESCO village of Shirakawago with its steep thatched roofed farmhouses, stayed in the mountains in Takayama in a traditional guesthouse with hot springs. This tour covered it all.

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Trip Date: 04/04/2017

“Japan's beautiful cherry blossoms”

At the start of our tour in Tokyo we were greeted with the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom which lasted until the day we departed Osaka. A huge 'thank you' to Global Journeys and Bunnik Tours for providing such a wonderful experience. Our consultant at Global Journeys, Yvonne Brooks, provided a very transparent booking process and was available to satisfy enquiries and provide information. The inclusions provided a good overview of Japanese cuisine, customs, history and iconic structures, which were all enjoyable. Transport was by bullet train and modern, comfortable coaches, driven by very competent personnel. Accommodation was excellent, perhaps with the exception of Osaka which is probably due to the shortage of accommodation to meet demands in that city. The group of 20 Australians all mixed well and enjoyed one-another's company. We were blessed to have a wonderful tour guide, Shima Ozawa, who spoke good English and went out of her way to assist the group and individuals in any way she could. We will certainly be checking what Bunnik tours are on offer in the future.

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Trip Date: 27/03/2017

“Japan Discovery, Cherry Blossom Tour”

We have almost nothing but good things to say about this tour. The only small grizzle was about the number of Buddha and shrines included. Every day, "Not another one". There were things included that we would not have seen or done if we had done our own thing, and we appreciated this. Our tour guide, Kyoko, was top class. However, due to illness and accident we didn't really enjoy ourselves, (not Bunnik's fault) we are unlikely to travel again.

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2017-18 SEASON
Sep 2017 - Apr 2018

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