Discover Osaka, with a day free at leisure and a selection of optional activities
Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park
Visit Nagoya's Inuyama Castle, and explore Osu Shopping Street's 1200 shops and restaurants
Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
Enjoy optional activities or free time in Tokyo
Starting your tour of Japan in Osaka, you'll visit Kyoto and Nara – famous for their well-preserved ancient castles, temples, and monuments. In Nagoya, visit Inuyama Castle, and explore the 1200 shops and restaurants of Osu Shopping Street. Japan's stunning natural endowments are on the itinerary too, in the form of sacred Mount Fuji and the surrounding region. Your trip wraps up with time free in Tokyo, for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.
Departure Dates 2020-
27MAR**, 10APR**, 08MAY, 22MAY, 05JUN, 19JUN, 25SEP*, 09OCT, 23OCT, 06NOV*, 13NOV*
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** = Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge: $500
Take an international flight from Australia to Osaka via a connecting city.
Note: Some flights may depart one day later.
Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel. Standard hotel check-in time is 2-3pm. You may leave your luggage at the hotel until check-in, allowing you to start exploring this amazing city straight away.
This morning, travel to Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nijo Castle before heading to Nara. Visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses the world’s largest (15m) bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling back to Osaka.
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may join our Osaka Day Tour or visit Universal Studios Japan $125 (admission only)
This morning, head to Nagoya and visit Inuyama Castle. Then, head to Atsuta Shinto Shrine (covering 200,000 square meters and established almost 2000 years ago) before enjoying some time for shopping it the Osu Kannon Shopping Quarter. Transfer to your hotel in the evening.
Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by locals. Afterwards, visit Hakone Shinto Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest. Finally, visit Owakudani – ‘Great Boiling Valley’ is a valley formed by the explosion of Hakone volcano more than 300 years ago, and contains hot springs and steaming sulphur vents – visitors usually eat eggs cooked in the boiling, sulphurous waters. At the end of the day we head to Tokyo.
Due to volcanic activity, visit to Owakudani may be replaced by an alternative attraction.
Spend today free at leisure. You may join our Tokyo Day Tour or visit Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea $120pp (admission only)
Spend today free at leisure if time permits before boarding the airport limousine bus to the airport for your flight home.
Some flights may be a same day flight.
Arrive home today.
June to August is the best time to view fresh spring greens and enjoy the warm climate.
End of October through early Nov is the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn.
Late March to early April is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms, but we can't guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.