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11 Day Best Hit of Japan 2017

Day 01: SYDNEY/MELBOURNE DEPARTURE
Depart Sydney or Melbourne in the evening on All Nippon Airways or Cathay Pacific, and fly overnight

Day 02: NARITA or HANENDA ARRIVAL(D)
Arrive in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. You are met and transferred to your hotel. You will have your welcoming dinner in your hotel restaurant tonight.
Accommodation: Narita Garden Hotel**** or similar

Day 03: NARITA – NIKKO – TOKYO (B. L. D)
Today you will travel to Nikko, a small city at the entrance to Nikko National Park. Visit Toshogu Shrine, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine complex and mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails. You will visit Kegon Water Falls and Lake Chuzenjiko.
Accommodation: Tobu Levant Hotel**** or similar

Day 04: TOKYO SIGHTSEEING (B. L. D)
Today’s tour includes Asakusa Temple, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century, the Edo Museum, Imperial Palace, home of imperial family, which only opens to public on 23rd December and 02nd January each year, Ginza, Tokyo brand name shopping area, same as New York 5th Avenue and Shinjuku area.
Accommodation: Tobu Levant Hotel**** or similar

Day 05: TOKYO – HAKONE – MT. FUJI – KAWAGUCHIGO (B. L. D)
Travel to Hakone by coach. Visit the Peace Park, Owakutani Hot spring and have a cruise on Lake Ashi. Visit Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2300 meters above the sea level. Visit the Visitor Centre. Enjoy hot spring spa in your hotel in the evening.
Accommodation: Isawa View Hotel**** or similar

Day 06: KAWAGUCHIKO – LAKE SUWAKO – TAKAYAMA (B. L. D)
Proceed to visit Lake Suwako, the largest lake in Nagano prefecture and it also features one of the world's largest geysers. After that we drive to Takayama.We will visit the Historical Government House (Takayama Jinya). The building served as The Tokugawa government's administrative building for 177 years (1692-1868). Of the 60 local government offices that were once spread throughout Japan, this is the only one still in existence. We will also visit Old Private Houses (Nationally Recognized Important Historical Building Preservation Area). The Town Village still stands on the east side of the Miyagawa River flowing through Takayama, and in the middle of it is Sanmachi, where Edo period houses remain. This district was designated as an area of Important traditional buildings by the Japanese Government.
Accommodation: Takayama Best Western Hotel**** or similar

Day 07: TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO GASSHO VILLAGE – OTSU (B.L. D)
We will start with the visit to the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shirakawa-gō (White River Old District) is located in the village of Shirakawa. These villages are well known for their houses constructed in architectural style known as gassho-zukuri ("prayer-hands construction") style, which is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is exceptionally strong and, in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allow the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region's heavy snowfalls in winter. Afterwards we will proceed to Kyoto, the Japan’s ancient capital, where you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine. Also there will be a visit to Gion Corner, a popular nightspot where tourists can experience the Authentic Japanese lifestyle. You sill stay overnight in Shiga or Otsu.
Accommodation: Shiga Hagahama Royal Hotel**** or similar

Day 08: OTSU - KYOTO – OSAKA (B. L. D)
In the morning, you will visit the Sanjusangendo Hall, all of the Lotus King, Sanjūsangen-dō belongs to and is run by the Myoho-in temple, a part of the Tendai school of Buddhism. Afterwards you will visit the Golden Pavilion and enjoy the Kimono show at Nishinjin showroom. In the afternoon, you are transferred to Kyoto train station to catch the bullet Train to Shin-Osaka station in Osaka. Stay overnight in Osaka.Accommodation: Star Gate Hotel**** or similar

Day 09: OSAKA – NARA – OSAKA (B.L.D)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Nara by coach. Visit the Deer Park and Todaiji Temple (great Buddha Temple). Return to Osaka, where you will visit Osaka Castle and Shinzaibashi area, one of Osaka’s major downtown areas, featuring many stores, such as Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Centre and department stores.
Accommodation: Star Gate Hotel**** or similar

Day 10: OSAKA – AUSTRALIA (B)
You are at leisure until transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Australia via Haneda or Narita in Tokyo.

Day 11: AUSTRALIA
Arrive in the morning with sweet memories of Japan and its fascinating culture.

Departure dates:  06/09/17;08/11/17

 

Tour price: $4,680, Now $4,280 

PS: If All Nippon Airways is used, for passengers from Melbourne or Brisbane, you can purchase a domestic ticket to come dawn to Sydney to meet up with the group. If you want us to organise this domestic ticket for you, there will be a surcharge of $300.

The prices are in Australian dollar, per person twin or double share.

Land only price: $3,380 Single supplement: $900

PS: Member discount of $50 will apply to this tour (If you are not our ADT travel club member yet, you are welcome to join now. Membership is free. As soon as you sign up, you are entitled to having this discount). Further discount of $50 for returning customer will also apply.

(If you purchase land content only and fly with other airline other than the airline the group will fly with, you will have to arrange your own return airport/hotel transfers.)

Inclusions:
All Nippon or Cathay Pacific return economy class airfare to Japan as indicated, airport tax and fuel surcharge (currently $200, subject to change), twin-share accommodation at 4 star hotels as specified or similar, meals as stated in the itinerary (buffet breakfasts at hotels, Japanese or Chinese lunches and dinners at local restaurants), bullet train ticket (Kyoto – Osaka), sightseeing tours with admission fees, transport throughout the trip by A/C vehicle and service of professional English-speaking local guide.

Exclusions:

Travel insurance, personal expenses and tip to guide and driver ($10 per person per day to your guide and driver to share).   



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