Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

26 Day Japan Discovery & Hokkaido Circle

Bunnik Small Group Tour & Cruise starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 26 Day Japan Discovery & Hokkaido Circle. Take a scenic cruise around the diverse islands of fascinating Japan, visiting cities in Hokkaido and easternmost Russia. Then explore the metropolis of Tokyo, see iconic Mt Fuji, soak up the peace and tranquility of historic Takayama...read more


Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 26 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: BUN5980
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Japan
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$ 12,750
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. Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a group welcome drink.

Cruising With Princess Cruises

Today we transfer to the port of Yokohama to board the Diamond Princess for an 8-night cruise circling the top of Hokkaido. (B/D) Day 3. Embark Cruise: Yokohama. (B/D) Day 4. Cruising at sea Day 5. Kushiro, Japan Day 6. Cruising at sea Day 7. Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Russia Day 8. Otaru, Japan Day 9. Hakodate, Japan Day 10. Cruising at seaDay 11. Disembark Cruise: After breakfast, we disembark and return to Tokyo. (B) Except for embarkation & disembarkation days, Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line's discretion. Special Experience: Visit 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).


Enjoy the morning at leisure before we visit the Akihabara electric town and take a stroll through the shopping district of Ginza this afternoon. Tonight we'll share a Japanese-style group 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. 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-listed site of Shirakawago with its famous gassho-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 Todai-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 Enryakuji 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 central Osaka. (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 Dotonbori 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 bullet train journeys within Japan
  • 8-night Princess Cruise - Hokkaido Circle
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour, based on Air & Land package
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8-night cruise aboard the Princess Diamond
  • 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
  • 23 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guide

  • 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

  • On the cruise breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the main dining room. Princess Cruise Line does have specialty restaurants that can be enjoyed for a small surcharge. Meals are included when in port, but only available on the ship. If you decide to take a day tour or leave the ship you will need to purchase your own lunch/dinner.
  • On the cruise, there is no sightseeing included as part of your Bunnik Tour. Should you like to book sightseeing (shore excursions) from the ship, this will need to be either pre-booked via the Princess Cruise Line website or on board.

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Type: Small Group Tour & Cruise
Max Group Size: 20 (Avg. 18)
Gratuities: Land Included, Onboard Not Included
Style: Ocean Cruise
Shore Excursions: Optional Extras
Flights: Included in Price
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Accommodation: 3-4 Star
Free WiFi: No
Drinks: Not Included
* Source: Bunnik for river cruises in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

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