Japan Discovery (Flights Included)

17 Day Small Group Tour from Tokyo to Osaka with Bunnik

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 17 Day Japan Discovery (Flights Included). 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...read more

     
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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Tokyo
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Osaka
Accomodation
Accomodation
3.5 - 4 Star
20
Max Group Size
20
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Included
Flights
Included
Countries Explored:
Japan
Trip Operated By:
Bunnik
Bunnik
59 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
4 Reviews
Trip Code:
BUN41857

Itinerary

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1 Depart Australia
2 Arrive Tokyo
Welcome to Tokyo, Japan's dazzling capital city. After we check in we'll have the rest of the day at leisure.
3 Tokyo
Begin the day at Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the world's largest wholesale markets for fish, fruit and vegetables. We'll then learn the age-old culinary art of making sushi (which we'll get to enjoy once we've finished). This afternoon we'll stroll through the shopping district of Ginza on our way to dinner. (B/L/D) Special Experiences: 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.
4 Tokyo
An exciting day exploring one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Highlights include Asakusa Sensoji Temple and the Nakamise shopping arcade. Special Experiences: Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration over a traditional Chanko-Nabe lunch. Early this evening we'll experience the neon lights and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, including the famous Shibuya intersection - the busiest in the world! (B/L)
5 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 Experiences: 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)
6 Mt Fuji Excursion
This morning we'll cross Lake Ashi for great views of the majestic and iconic Mt Fuji - a highlight of any trip to Japan! Later we'll ride the Hakone Ropeway to enjoy magnificent vistas of the volcanic Hakone Mountains and Mt Fuji. En route back to Hakone we'll visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum. (B/D)
7 Hakone - Takayama
We travel by rail to the historic town of Takayama and explore the narrow, traditional streets on foot. (B)
8 Takayama
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)
9 Takayama - Hiroshima
Today we continue our bullet-train journey to Hiroshima, via Nagoya. (B)
10 Hiroshima
Today we cruise to tranquil Miyajima Island and see the giant Itsukushima Torii Gate. Special Experiences: Experience 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)
11 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)
12 Kyoto
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)
13 Kyoto
Today we discover the art behind Japan's unique crafts and culinary delights! (B) Special Experiences: 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
14 Kyoto - Mt Hiei - Osaka
We experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony before touring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tenryu-ji Temple, ranked first of Kyoto's five great Zen temples. Here we'll enjoy a typical Buddhist lunch before walking through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and visiting the Togetsukyo Bridge later. 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)
15 Osaka
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. Tonight we'll enjoy a Japanese-style group farewell dinner. (B/D)
16 Depart Osaka
Today we begin our journey home. (B)
17 Arrive Australia
Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.

Bunnik Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Take an early morning tour of the famous Tsukji Fish Market and enjoy a 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 Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise shopping arcade.
  • 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 and enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi 
  • Spend 2 nights in a traditional Ryokan
  • Enjoy a gondola ride and the 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.
  • Enjoy a Buddhist lunch at Shigetsu (Tenryuiji Temple)
  • Stroll through the Bamboo forest and see the Togetsukyo Bridge
  • Visit the Umeda Sky Building (floating garden) for scenic view of central Osaka.
  • Visit Himeji Castle, regarded as one of the finest examples of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.
Trip 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
  • Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
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 while dressed in traditional yukatas
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
Your Tour Guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

Reviews (4)

17 Day Japan Discovery (Flights Included) reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“An enjoyable holiday”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2018 11 Helpful Votes

The trip itinerary is very comprehensive and varied. It includes lots of sightseeing as well as interesting activities which give more insight into Japanese culture. There are no optional activities and they are certainly not needed.
We stayed at each destination for 2 or 3 nights which means less packing and unpacking - an added bonus. We had just one Japanese guide for the whole trip. She was very organised, very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She was able...read more

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“A fantastic tour of Japan that covers a lot of cultural experiences”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2017 9 Helpful Votes

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...read more

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“Japan's beautiful cherry blossoms”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2017 6 Helpful Votes

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,...read more

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“Japan Discovery, Cherry Blossom Tour”
- SA, Australia Mar 2017 5 Helpful Votes

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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