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    Christmas in Japan
    12 Days
    From $10,900* Per Person Twin Share ( Solo pricing is available )
    Save $300pp on selected 2023 departures
    Many choose the festive season to see the world, and we can think of no better place than Japan!
    As well as seeing the classic sights of Japan such as the bustling city of Tokyo and iconic Mount Fuji, Christmas Day will be spent exploring Kyoto's temples before taking the bullet train to Hiroshima for a dinner cruise on Hiroshima Bay.
    The tour also includes additional special dinners and experiences to round of your holiday during this festive time!
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    Tour Highlights

    Inclusions

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    • Fully Inclusive Touring with Guides and entrance fees
    • Included Meals: Breakfasts: 9 , Lunches: 8 , Dinners: 9
    • *Flights International flights and current taxes
    • Accommodation 9 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
    • Group Tour Max Group Size: 28
    • Physical Rating 1 Walking, some steps and time on your feet.
    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • Domestic transportation
    Tour Highlights

    Tour Highlights

    Tokyo:  As the capital city of Japan, Tokyo is a bustling metropolis with something for everyone. Must-see attractions include the historic Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, the trendy Shibuya district, and the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market. You can also explore the traditional neighborhoods of Yanaka and Kagurazaka, or visit the futuristic Odaiba district for great views of Tokyo Bay.

    Mt. Fuji: Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can hike the mountain in the summer months, or enjoy stunning views of the peak from the nearby lakes and hot springs. The Fuji Five Lakes region is a popular destination for outdoor activities and relaxation.

    Kyoto: Kyoto is the cultural heart of Japan and home to countless temples, shrines, and traditional gardens. Must-see attractions include the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). Visitors can also experience traditional Japanese culture through activities like tea ceremony and kimono dressing.

    Hiroshima: Hiroshima is known for its tragic history as the site of the first atomic bombing, but the city has since rebuilt and is now a thriving metropolis with much to offer visitors. Must-see attractions include the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, the Hiroshima Castle, and the scenic Miyajima Island.

    Miyajima – Himeji – Osaka: Miyajima Island is home to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine and its famous “floating” torii gate, while the nearby city of Himeji is home to one of Japan’s most famous and well-preserved castles, Himeji Castle. Osaka is a bustling city known for its food and nightlife, with must-see attractions including the Osaka Castle and the lively Dotonbori district.

    Valid for travel
    18 December 2023 - 28 December 2023
    Offer expires
    30 Jun 2023 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Fly to Tokyo

    Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Fly to Tokyo

    Day 2

    Discover Tokyo

    Begin today with a stroll through the Imperial Palace East Garden and then take time to explore the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Tokyo’s historical heritage. After lunch, seek out the Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Arcade, followed by a visit to the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree for panoramic views over the sprawling city below.

    Discover Tokyo

    Day 3

    Meiji Shrine

    Today starts with a relaxing wander around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Gardens. Continue to the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, before driving past the famous Shibuya Crossing. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore as you wish.

    Meiji Shrine

    Day 4

    Mount Fuji and Fuji Five Lake

    Journey through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to its base where we find the Fuji Five Lakes. Upon arrival, ascend 2,000 metres up to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station (weather permitting) where, with its perfectly conical looming overhead, you can take in the breathtaking views over the landscapes below. After lunch, continue to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to view the artist’s elaborate dyed silk creations and spend some time strolling around the beautiful garden. Also explore Iyashi no Sato Historical Village, a former farming village on the shores of Lake Saiko.

    Mount Fuji and Fuji Five Lake

    Day 5

    Bullet train to Kyoto

    Start the day with a visit to Oshino Hakkai before learning how to make your very own traditional Japanese soba noodles which you will then tuck into for lunch! Later, transfer to Mishima station and journey on the bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for 1,000 years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens.

    Bullet train to Kyoto

    Day 6

    Christmas Eve - Explore Kyoto

    Enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto starting with a visit to one of Kyoto’s delightful temples – the 17th-century Buddhist Kiyomizu. Immerse yourself in the culture by experiencing the sacred rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master and try your hand at origami. Dating back to the 6th-century, the art of ‘folding paper’ is a cultural symbol of simplicity, beauty and peace. Later, explore the impressive Fushimi Inari Shrine with its remarkable 10,000 red torii gates. Tonight you will enjoy a special Christmas feast in a local restaurant, while enjoying the street decorations, Christmas markets and many amazing illuminations.

    Christmas Eve - Explore Kyoto

    Day 7

    Christmas Day - Journey to Hiroshima

    Merri Kurisumasu! Begin the day with a visit to Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan’s most famous zen garden and the famous Kinkakuji Temple, known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’. Continue to Osaka, arriving in time for lunch in the vibrant Dotonbori district. Later, travel by bullet train to Hiroshima, a city that needs no introduction. End the day with a Christmas dinner cruise on Hiroshima Bay. While the festive season is more a time to spread happiness, than a religious celebration in Japan, ‘kurisumasu keki’ – Japanese Christmas cake – can be found on many a corner.

    Christmas Day - Journey to Hiroshima

    Day 8

    Hiroshima and Miyajima

    Hop on the ferry to the holy island of Miyajima and visit the Itsukushima Shrine. Enjoy some free time and take an optional ride on the cable car up Mount Misen to enjoy the panoramic views. Return to Hiroshima, taking time to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, while paying homage to the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb and also visit the Orizuru Tower.

    Hiroshima and Miyajima

    Day 9

    Himeji Castle

    Travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city and is recognisable as the backdrop to several major films. Appreciate its turbulent past before strolling around Kokoen, the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat. Later, transfer to Osaka for an overnight stay and a pre New Years dinner is the perfect way to end your holiday in Japan.

    Himeji Castle

    Day 10

    Fly Osaka to Australia

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

    Fly Osaka to Australia

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    Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 June 2022. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.

    Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.

    Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights’ accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.

    Please note: cherry blossoms & autumn leaves are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.

    Tipping is generally not part of the culture in Japan; however, you may wish to tip your National Escort at your discretion.