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A land of delicate beauty and centuries-old tradition, Japan is one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations. From the neon jungle of Osaka to the serenity of Mount Fuji, this trip is a perfect introduction the unique sights, sounds, flavours and culture of this exotic country.

Discover the very best of Japan on this 12 day package visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and so much more. Wander the scenic gardens of Osaka Castle; enjoy a boat ride to the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima; visit the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion in Kyoto; shop 'til you drop in the dazzling Shinsaibashi district of Osaka; experience a taste of 17th-century Japan in Narai-juku village; explore the neon metropolis of Tokyo at leisure; and so much more! This sensational 12 day package includes return flights, accommodation, meals, guides and more. If Japan has been sitting atop your bucket list for a while now, make this the year you finally tick it off.


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Day 1 New Zealand - Osaka, Japan

Today depart from Auckland for Osaka, Japan (via China). Fly with China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability).

Meals included: In-Flight


Day 2 Arrive in Osaka

Upon arrival at Osaka Airport you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The second largest city in Japan, Osaka has the nickname ‘Tenka no Daidokoro’ (the Nation’s Kitchen) thanks to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise, so be sure to try some local cuisine.

Overnight: Osaka Hotel
Meals included: None


Day 3 Osaka - Kurashiki - Fukuyama (approx. 235km day)

Today travel towards the city of Fukuyama. En-route, stop in a region known for its sake production just outside the city of Kobe, where you will visit the famous Hakutsuru Sake Brewery and learn how traditional Japanese Sake is made. Afterwards continue to the town of Kurashiki and visit the Bikan Historical Quarter. With its scenic canals lined with weeping willows, Edo-period gardens and historic merchant houses, the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter offers an authentic taste of old Japan in one of the oldest merchant towns. Travel on to Fukuyama and enjoy the night at leisure.

Overnight: Fukuyama Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 4 Fukuyama - Hiroshima - Fukuyama (approx. 200km day)

After breakfast, travel to Miyajimaguchi and take a short cruise over to Miyajima Island, where you will see the famous Itsukushima Shrine - a UNESCO World Heritage site that, at high tide, appears to be floating on water. After Miyajima, travel to Hiroshima. Here you will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to take a stroll through the beautiful park, see the strings of paper cranes representing peace, and see the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), the only original structure left standing in the area. You will also visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, featuring exhibitions of items related to the atomic bomb and advocating for world peace and the abolishment of nuclear weapons. This afternoon transfer back to Fukuyama for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Fukuyama Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 5 Fukuyama - Osaka (approx. 240km day)

This morning you will depart Fukuyama and journey back to Osaka. Upon arrival in Osaka, stop to explore the Osaka Castle Garden. Surrounded by greenery, the garden commands a splendid view of the castle tower and the stone wall surrounding the moat. The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century. Later today, enjoy some free time in Shinsaibashi, the prime shopping area in Osaka before transferring back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Osaka Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 6 Osaka - Kyoto - Nagoya (approx. 180km day)

Today depart Osaka and head to Nagoya. On the way visit the amazing Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) a UNESCO Heritage Listed Site and perfect spot to snap an iconic Kyoto photo. Afterwards visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233m and belongs to the shrine grounds, and is well-known thanks to its inclusion in the film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. In the afternoon continue onwards to Nagoya where you will enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Nagoya Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 7 Nagoya - Narai-juku - Matsumoto (approx. 206km day)

This morning visit Atsuta Jingu shrine in Nagoya, one of Shinto’s most important shrines. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Please note, however, that the sword is never displayed to the public. This afternoon visit Narai-juku, an old town taking you back hundreds of years to 17th century Japan and Tsumagoi Village. Continue onto Matsumoto and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Matsumoto Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 8 Matsumoto - Mt Fuji - Lake Ashi - Yokohama (approx. 240km day)

Today, leave Matsumoto and drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, it offers a vantage point for Mt Fuji and the surrounding lakes (weather permitting). The 5th Station also features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Ashi, nearby in Hakone National Park, to admire the scenery as you take a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. This evening arrive in Yokohama, check-in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Yokohama Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 9 Yokohama - Tokyo (approx. 45km day)

This morning after breakfast travel to Tokyo. See the best of Tokyo today as you visit some of the city’s main shrines and shopping areas. First, you will visit the Meiji Shrine, a key Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Then drive past the Japanese House of Parliament to the Imperial Palace East Garden. This idyllic outdoor space, home to a traditional Japanese garden, tea pavilion, stone walls and a moat, is situated within the complex of an Edo-era castle. Continue to Nakamise Shopping Street and Asakusa Kannon (Sensoji) Temple, one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. Explore the neon-tinged streets of the Ginza district, a premier shopping destination of department stores and cinemas. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Tokyo Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 10 Tokyo Free Day

Today enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis that is Tokyo.

Overnight: Tokyo Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast


Day 11 Tokyo, Japan - New Zealand

Enjoy some free time this morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand via China.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


Day 12 Arrive in New Zealand

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