14 Day Magnificent Japan With Cathay Pacific

Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama - Matsumoto - Mt Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo

 

✓ Return international airfares with Cathay Pacific Airways
✓ All airport transfers
✓ 11 nights in 4 star twin-share accommodation
✓ 1 night in a Ryokan with your private hot spring on your balcony
✓ Daily breakfast, 1 Kaiseki dinner
✓ Bullet train from Hakone to Tokyo
✓ In depth sightseeing 
✓ Professional English tour guides and local experts
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

From $4,499 Typically
$8,480

Per person twin share
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Japan is known for its expert ability to mix the ultramodern with the traditional. One moment you’ll be transported back in time and the next you’ll be gazing into the future. The Land of the Rising Sun is full of innovation, adventure and mystique. Witness its beautiful sights, delight in its delectable cuisine, meet its friendly people and learn about its wonderful heritage.

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia Osaka

Today, board your international flight to Japan! Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our representatives and then transferred to your hotel. After check-in, spend the rest of the day at your leisure, relaxing after your flight or mingling with fellow travellers. 

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka or similar

 

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Day 2

Osaka

Prepare for a full day of touring  today! Meet with your English speaking guide in the morning before heading out to explore Osaka. We will begin at the stunning Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century. The castle is elaborately fortified and beautifully decorated. After exploring the extensive castle and grounds, we move on to something more modern – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory, which provides an unparalleled elevated view of Osaka. The viewing platform is suspended between two 40-story towers, at 173 metres above the city streets. Next we will enjoy a walking tour of the Dotonbori area, one of Osaka's most popular tourist destinations running parallel to the Dotonbori canal. It is a popular shopping and entertainment district and is also known as a food destination. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign. We will finish our tour at one of Osaka’s most famous districts – the nostalgic Shinsekai, literally meaning “New World”. After our guided tour we will return to the hotel where you can spend the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 3

Osaka

Today is a free day to explore the wonders of Osaka. Osaka is known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food and has no end of extraordinary sights and activities. Be sure to ask your guide for some recommendations.  

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 4

Osaka Kyoto

This morning we say farewell to Osaka as we continue on our magnificent journey towards the golden city of Kyoto. Kyoto is considered by many to be the Jewel in Japan’s crown and one of the only cities in Japan to escape destruction during the war leaving it’s countless relics intact. Upon arrival we will begin a guided tour of the city at the breathtaking Nijo Castle. Its palace buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture of Japan's feudal era, and the castle was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. From here we will travel to Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion. This is a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden. The detailed architecture incorporates three distinct architectural styles – Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Next we will explore the Ryoanji Temple, the site of Japan's most famous rock garden finishing our tour at Arashiyama. Here we will see the famous bamboo forest, a nationally designated historic site and a place of serene beauty. Following this, the rest of the afternoon will be yours to spend at leisure. 

Hotel: 4★ New Miyako Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 5

Kyoto Nara Kyoto

Today we will set out from the hotel with our guide towards Nara, a city with significant temples and artwork dating to the 8th century, when it was Japan’s capital. We begin at the magical Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion tori gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. From here we will then wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 tame sika deer roam freely. Next, we visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses a huge 15m tall bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We finish our tour here at Kasuga Shrine, whose interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. Upon completion of our guided tour of Nara, we will return to our hotel in Kyoto.

Hotel: 4★ New Miyako Hotel or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 6

Kyoto Kanazawa

Prepare an overnight bag this morning as your larger luggage will be transported ahead of you, to arrive the next day in Takayama.  We will meet the guide after check-out, who will walk with us to the Kyoto station. From here, board the Thunderbird train to Kanazawa station. Upon arrival we will enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Kanazawa. During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived. From here we will visit Nomura House, the historic residence of the Nomura Samurai clan. The house and grounds provide an insight into the lifestyle of the Samurai class during the 16-19th centuries. They feature beautiful architecture, gardens and décor including intricately painted screen doors. We will then tour Kanazawa Castle Park, an absolutely stunning open space in the middle of the city and a favourite stop for many. We end our guided tour at the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden – one of Japan’s top three landscape gardens. Developed over more than 200 years, starting in 1620, the garden contains almost 9,000 trees and 200 plant species. 

Hotel: 4★ KKR Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 7

Kanazawa

Today enjoy an entire free day to spend in Kanazawa on your own. There is no end to the magnificent sights it has to offer. Relax or explore – the choice is yours. Be sure to ask your guide for some recommendations. 

Hotel: 4★ KKR Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 8

Kanazawa Shirakawago Takayama

This morning we leave Kanazawa and travel towards our next destination, Takayama. Along the way we will stop in Shirakawage Village and enjoy a guided stroll around the town. Shirakawage is a World Heritage site where 114 Gassho-style houses with steeply-pitched roofs in the shape of a triangle. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. After our visit here we will continue on to the Edo Period city of Takayama. Upon arrival we will visit the Takayama Jinya, the former government house of Takayama. Following this we will tour Kamisannomachi Street (Old Town), a wonderfully well-preserved slice of old Japan, with houses and shops dating back to the Edo period (1600-1868). As well as the charming architecture, there are unique cafes and a number of old saké breweries. 

Hotel: 4★ Hidahanasatonoyu Takayama Ouan or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 9

Takayama Matsumoto Mt. Fuji Hakone

Today we begin our journey towards Hakone, making stops at some of Japan’s most iconic destinations along the way. First we arrive in Matsumoto, where we will enjoy a guided tour including a visit to Matsumoto Castle, also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior. The Keep, completed around 1593, is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. After enjoying a break for lunch, we continue on to the Mt. Fuji 5th station above the clouds, where you will view the sacred mountain’s enormous summit (if weather permits). Mt Fuji is the tallest and most picturesque mountain of Japan and an active volcano, peaking at 3,776 meters high. Late in the afternoon we arrive in Hakone and enjoy you Kaiseki dinner at the hotel alongside your private onsen (hotspring) on your balcony and in all privacy as part of our Inspiring stay.

Hotel: 4★ Hakone Gora Onsen Tokinoyu Setsugetsuka or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

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Day 10

Hakone Tokyo

Today begins with a comprehensive guided tour of Hakone. Hakone lies within Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and is a mountainous town known for its hot springs and mesmerizing views of Mt. Fuji. Our tour will begin at Hakone Shrine with its famous torii-gate-on-the-water and gorgeous views over Lake Ashi. Next we will visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum, opened in 1969 and home to over a thousand sculptures and works of art. After our tour here, take some time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Odawara station. We transfer from here to Tokyo, experiencing the mind-blowing bullet train. The bullet trains in Japan are known for their punctuality down to the second, for their comfort with only forward facing seats, for their safety, and travelling at speeds up to 320 km/h. Upon arrival in Tokyo, we will enjoy an afternoon with our guide exploring some of the sights of the city. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the world’s most populated megalopolis – the Tokyo metropolitan area spreads over 3 prefectures and has 38 million habitants. We will begin at the Ginza district, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. From here we will head to the Shibuya Crossing Street, rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world. Following this you may spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 11

Tokyo

This morning a full day tour of this magnificent city awaits you! Our guide will first bring us to Meiji Jingu Shrine, located within a 170 acre forest in the centre of Tokyo. Constructed of cypress wood and copper, the shrine commemorates Emperor Meiji, Japan’s 122nd emperor, who presided over Japan’s industrial revolution and emergence onto the world stage. Next we will visit the Imperial palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Built on the site of the old Edo castle, it is surrounded by large park areas, moats and massive stone walls. A tour of Tokyo would not be the same without a visit to the outer fish market, the world’s biggest wholesale fish market and the largest wholesale food market in the world. Stroll through Tokyo’s kitchen and delight in the tastes, smells and sights. Take some time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before we begin our splendid Sumida River Cruise, offering a striking new perspective of the city. Following the cruise we will head to the Asakusa district where we will tour the beautiful Sensoji Temple. This ancient Buddhist temple is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. We finish our day at with a visit to the Tokyo Sky Tree. Opened in May 2012, the Sky Tree is a television and radio broadcast site and contains a restaurant and two viewing platforms. At 634m, this is the 2nd-tallest structure in the world! 

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

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Day 12

Tokyo

Today is a free day to explore Tokyo on your own. Japan’s busy capital expertly mixes the ultramodern with the traditional and has plenty to offer everyone. You guide can perhaps give you some suggestions. 

Hotel: 4★ Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande or similar
Meal: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 13

Tokyo Australia

Unfortunately today marks the end of your fantastic tour through some of the best Japan has to offer. We hope you have had an incredible experience and wish you a safe journey home. After checking out of your hotel, enjoy some free time until your transfer to Narita International Airport.

 

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Day 14

Australia

Arrive home this morning.

 

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Cathay Pacific Airways (Qantas, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways or Japan Airlines if unavailable)
  • All airport transfers
  • In depth discovery of the Golden Route in Japan
  • 11 nights in deluxe 4 star accommodation
  • 1 night in a 4 star Ryokan with private hot spring tub on the balcony for the true Japanese experience
  • Daily breakfast plus an unforgettable and meticulously prepared multi-course Kaiseki dinner
  • English speaking escort tour guide 
  • Iconic bullet train ride from Hakone area to Tokyo
  • Incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the the itinerary
  • All tipping

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Osaka - Visit the Osaka castle
  • Osaka - Stroll through Dotombori - Shinsaibashi area
  • Osaka - Admire the view from the floating observatory of the Umeda Sky Building
  • Kyoto - See the most famous shrines - Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
  • Kyoto - Walk through the famous bamboo forest at Arashiyama
  • Nara - Deer park
  • Nara - Visit the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple
  • Kanazawa - View the famous Kenrokuen Garden
  • Kanazawa - Slip into the past at the Nomura Samurai House
  • Shirakawago - Admire the 114 Gasho-style houses
  • Takayama - Visit the Takayama old town
  • Matsumoto - Matsumoto Castle
  • Mt Fuji - Enjoy the view from the 5th Station
  • Hakone - See the latest exhibition at the open air museum
  • Tokyo - Explore the new and traditional in Asakusa
  • Tokyo - Climb the Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Tokyo - Imperial Palace
  • Tokyo - Taste the freshest fish at the fish market

Inspiring Sights

The choice between 2 of 5 bonus sightseeing experiences to enhance your journey. You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package. Please note, transport to and from the optional sight is not included. In most cases the optional tour is within walking distance of your hotel or your tour guide will help you arrange transport.

  1. Osaka - Wagyu Beef dinner
  2. Kyoto - Tofu Dinner 
  3. Kanazawa - Tea Ceremony 
  4. Kanazawa - Kimono fitting 
  5. Tokyo - Sushi dinner 

Inspiring Taste

  • Enjoy traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine with a multi-course meal mixing the freshest ingredients from the sea and the mountains.  

Inspiring Stay

  • Enjoy one night in a traditional Japanese Ryokan with your own private hot spring onsen on your balcony! 

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,000 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.
  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.
  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify your extension requirements.
  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.
  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Cherry Blossom dates

The cherry blossoms (sakura) usually bloom in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April. Cherry blossom are extremely seasonal and we can't guaruntee they will bloom during your visit. However, for your best chance of viewing cherry blossoms select the following dates when making your purchase:

  • 28 March 2019

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information

  • Full service airline used will be Cathay Pacific (Qantas, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Singapore Airlines if unavailable).
  • Some flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • Flights may depart a day earlier to ensure you arrive on Day 1
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

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Documentation: final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1,200 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $800 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'.

Triple share: Not available

Premium Economy Upgrade: Available from an additional $2,000 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $4,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Optional tours: You have the choice of 2 of 5 Inspiring Sights to enhance your journey. You may purchase additional ones prior to departure:

Osaka - Wagyu Beef dinner $75 per person
Kyoto - Tofu Dinner $75 per person
Kanazawa - Tea Ceremony $75 per person
Kanazawa - Kimono fitting $75 per person
Tokyo - Sushi dinner $75 per person

Group Size: 10-40 people

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Departure Dates

Thursday
28 MAR 2019
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Tuesday
02 APR 2019
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Sunday
12 MAY 2019
Sunday
02 JUN 2019
Sunday
07 JUL 2019
Sunday
18 AUG 2019
Sunday
01 SEP 2019
Sunday
10 NOV 2019
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Sunday
17 NOV 2019
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