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26 Day Circle Hokkaido & Japan Discovery

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

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 26 Day Circle Hokkaido & Japan Discovery. 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)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 26 Days
From: Tokyo to Osaka
Tour Code: BUN5980
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Visits: Japan
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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 and Japanese-style dinner. (D)

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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included daily while cruising. The cruise itinerary may change due to local conditions subject to the cruise line's discretion. (B/D)

Disembark Cruise

After breakfast, we disembark and return to Tokyo. (B)


Today is free for you to explore at leisure. (B/D) Special Experience: Admire the city lights on a dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay in a typical Japanese-style houseboat from the Heian Era, known as a yakatabune.


An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Our sightseeing includes the Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. Special Experience: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional chanko nabe (hot pot) lunch.Early 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. We'll then travel to Lake Saiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Special Experience: Visit a former farming village, Iyashi no Sato Nenba, recently reconstructed as a museum after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966.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. (B/D)

Mt Fuji Excursion

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 the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji, as well as 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/L)

Takayama - Hiroshima

Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. (B)


This morning we cruise out to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. Special Experience: We'll sample the art of shakushi (Miyajima rice scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s. This afternoon we'll visit the Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum. (B)

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 explore the incredible orange torii gates that make up Kyoto's famous Fushimi Inari shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century. The magical path consists of more than 5,000 gates that wind through the hills at the base of Inari mountain. (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)


This morning we 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 Australia

Trip Inclusions

Travel Inclusions

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included
  • 4 rail journeys in Japan
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (if using group tour flights only)
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Port Taxes of $130pp (subject to change)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8-nights on board the Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess 
  • 13 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, 10 lunches and 13 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guide 

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout (excluding cruise)

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Miraikan, the fascinating National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • Spend 8 nights on the Diamond Princess including the ports of Kushiro, Korsakov - a former Russian military post and penal colony, Otaru and Hakodate
  • Take an early morning tour of Tsukiji Fish Market and sushi-making experience including lunch
  • Take a stroll through the famous Ginza shopping district
  • Admire the bright lights of Tokyo from a yakatabune dinner cruise around Tokyo Bay 
  • Witness a sumo demonstration and enjoy a typical sumo meal
  • City tour of Tokyo including Edo Tokyo Museum, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise shopping arcade, Sumo Museum and a stop at the Shibuya Intersection - Tokyo's busiest intersection
  • Stop at the famous Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in Japan and the meeting point of 5 roads in the most populous city in the world 
  • Stroll through Hamarikyu Garden, a typical feudal lord garden from the Edo Period
  • Visit a former farming village, reconstructed 40 years after being destroyed by a typhoon in 1966
  • Travel to Mt Fuji's fifth station (weather permitting) to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding area
  • Spend 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ride with 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. Enjoy a traditional Japanese fish lunch
  • 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
  • Experience the art of Shakushi (Miyajima Rice Scoop) making, dating back to the 1700s
  • Tour the Hiroshima Peace Park, built to commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the city's only remaining bomb-damaged building, and the very moving Peace Memorial Museum (by audio tour)
  • 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) and Fushima Inari Shrine
  • Learn more about traditional Japanese crafts such as sake brewing and tasting, and watch a Maiko dance performance
  • Visit the Buddhist sanctuary at Mt Hiei, founded in 788 AD, one of Japan's most important cultural, religious and artistic centres. Enjoy a tea ceremony
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for a scenic view of central Osaka
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
  • 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.

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Average Age: 50+ years
Types: Small Group Tours (Flights Included)
Max Group Size(s): 20
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, South & Central America
Jul 2018 - Sep 2018

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