Tokyo, Hakone, Kawaguchiko, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto & Osaka
This is our most wanted trip! Our 15 day Garden tour brings you to Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Osaka letting you discover Japan from all aspects. On this fabulous tour, you will explore some traditional Japanese gardens during the Cherry Blossom season, marvelling at this wonderful burst of nature, visiting some of the iconic historical sights of Japan and experience the authentic Japanese culture and world heritage. This is the most popular programme among all other Japanese tours and we guarantee you a memorable tour of a lifetime.
Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)
Board your overnight flight to Tokyo.
Day 02: Tokyo (-/-/-)
Arrive in Tokyo. On arrival you will be welcomed by our representative, in the arrivals hall and transferred to your Hotel, for which you’ll call home for the next 3 nights.
Day 03: Tokyo (B/L/D)
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you for the start of your amazing sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Driving through the National Diet Building and Tokyo Sky Tree. We’ll stop at Imperial Palace and double Bridge for some fantastic photo opportunities. Then onto visit Ueno park, which is the best place to enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom. After a Japanese style lunch, visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping street. Legend has it that fishermen discovered an image of Kannon (the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida River around 1370 years ago and they were inspired to enshrine it. Its symbol is a large red paper lantern that bears the word ‘Kaminari-mon’ or a thunder gate. If time permits we will also visit Hamarikyu garden, before this evening, welcoming you with a Japanese style dinner to celebrate the first day of your MW Tours adventure.
Day 04: Tokyo (B/-/-)
After breakfast this morning, you are free at leisure to enjoy Tokyo at your own pace. You can try to hop on the advanced local train to Shinjuku or Ginza area for shopping, book an optional excursion to Nikko city, a day at Tokyo Disney or simply immerse yourself in the city lifestyle for the day experiencing the culture and food that this bustling city has to offer.
Day 05: Tokyo – Hakone – Kawaguchiko (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we visit Koishikawa Botanical Garden, on the way to Hakone, visiting the Peace Park, Owakutani Hot spring, and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi, along the way. We will be staying at a hot spring resort tonight where you can enjoy complimentary hot spring facilities after dinner.
Day 06: Kawaguchiko – Mt Fuji – Takayama (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we start your trip and take you to the majestic Mt. Fuji. It includes a trip up to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station at an elevation of 2,300 meters, above sea level (weather permitting). We also visit the Fuji Visitor Centre to learn more about this iconic mountain. After lunch, proceed to Takayama for 2 nights stay at Ryu Resort or similar.
Day 07: Takayama (B/L/D)
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you in the lobby for a full day tour in Takayama including a visit to Jinya, Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakab Folkcraft Museum and Kamisannomachi Street. Takayama’s beauty is the ancient and quaint narrow streets, lined with wooden merchants’ houses dating back hundreds of years.
Day 08: Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa (B/L/-)
Travel to world heritage listed Shirakawago today, famous for the traditional gasshouzukuri farmhouse of more than 250 years old. We have time to explore the village before heading to Kanazawa. After lunch we visit Kenroku-en Garden and Castle. Your tour finishes with a visit the highest ranked Samurai house and walking through the old district.
Day 09: Kanazawa – Kyoto (B/-/D)
We travel to Kyoto this morning, Japan’s ancient capital, where you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine. It is the home of the world’s most authentic and well celebrated “Golden Pavilion”. Enjoy the Kimono show at Nishinjin Showroom and visit the famous promenade called “Path of Philosophers”, which is a highlight of the trip. We then return to the Hotel for check-in for your 2 nights stay. Afterwards you may like try an optional Kimono-wearing experience and tour of Machiya Houses and this evening, after dinner enjoy a pleasant walk through the Gion district, a popular area to see traditional teahouses and watch Geisha’s at work!
Day 10: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (B/L/-)
Visit Nijo Castle, this morning, which was built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru-goten, is renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. Also visit the famous Kiyomizu Dera Temple. Tea ceremony will be organised to experience traditional Japanese culture! After lunch, proceed to Nara and visit Todoiji Temple, the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), which is one of the world’s largest wooden buildings and one of the best-known temples in Japan. Next you will visit Nara Deer Park where the deer roam freely, adding a rural atmosphere to the park. Afterwards we drive back to Kyoto in the afternoon and visit the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine.
Day 11: Kyoto – Hiroshima (B/-/D)
Please prepare an overnight bag for today. After breakfast, your tour guide will organise a baggage collection (for baggage to be shipped separately to your hotel in Osaka) We then make our way to the train stations and depart for Kyoto on JR Bullet Train “Nozomi” and arrive at Hiroshima in less than 2 hours. On arrival, we’ll then continue the tour, visiting Miyajima and the Itsukushima Shrine with a ferry ride. Miyajima Island is the popular name of Itsukushima Island. It is a scenic sight in which the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony. After dinner, check-in at your Hotel for 1 night.
Day 12: Hiroshima – Himeiji – Osaka (B/L/-)
Off to the Peace Memorial Park this morning. The Atomic Bomb Dome is the symbol of Hiroshima, the city that advocates peace in the world after WWII. Later on, we’ll then, transfer to Himeiji by bullet train, which is about a 1.5hr journey. After a Japanese set lunch, we visit Himeiji Castle, one of the ancient and famous castles in Japan. To complete the day we transfer back to Osaka, about a 2hr drive and check into your Hotel for next 2 nights.
Day 13: Osaka – Kobe – Osaka (B/L/D)
Transfer to Kobe after breakfast. On arrival we visit the Old Sake Breweries Museum. The Nada area has many breweries. Next you will wander along the Kobe port side and enjoy shopping in China Town – Moto-machi, a lively town perfect for shopping, gourmet food and nightspots in the centre of Kobe. Under Kobe Station is a maze of shopping streets and, above ground, a big shopping arcade. A unique event is the Shunsetsu-matsuri Festival at Nankin-machi that celebrates Chinese New Year at the end of January or in early February. Return to Osaka and have a group picture in front of the Osaka castle and enjoy the boat ride around the castle. Visit Dontoburi and Shinsaibashi shopping mall. Tonight we wrap up the amazing journey with a farewell dinner before your transfer back to your hotel!
Day 14: Depart Osaka (B/-/-)
This morning you are free at leisure until it’s time for your transfer from hotel to airport for your flight back to Australia.
Day 15: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home in the morning.
Number of Days 15
Price From $7880
24th March – 7th April
5th April – 19th April
22nd March – 5th April
3rd April – 17th April
*Surcharges from $400 per person for travel in 2020
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Tipping for guides and drivers
Meals, as mentioned
Deluxe accommodation with buffet breakfast
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Bullet train tickets and luggage transport
English speaking National guide throughout the tour.
Daily mineral water
Land only package does not include arrival and departure transfers
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $7,880 per person
Departing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane flying Qantas Airways.
From $8,080 per person
Departing Perth and Adelaide flying Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines. Adelaide passengers may involve additional domestic add on at extra cost
Single Room Supplement from $1,695 per person
Land Only Including Tipping from $6,980 per person (12 Nights)