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Highlights of Japan & Taiwan (15 Days)

Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Hualien & Taroko Gorge

Experience Japan in all its glory, on a tour allowing you to view and take part in some of the country’s most authentic traditions. Japan has so much to offer from the famous festivals and cultural events throughout the year, to the unique, healthy & delicate food. Taiwan also offers the tourist natural beauty, rare wildlife, modern cities, ethnic diversity, intriguing folk traditions and tantalising food. This amazing cultural and scenic tour combination is a scenery overload of cuisine and authenticity.

Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)

Enjoy your overnight flight to Tokyo.

Day 02: Arrive Tokyo (-/-/-)

Arrive in Tokyo, you will be met by our representative, who will help you board an airport bus to your city hotel.

Day 03: Tokyo (B/-/-)

After breakfast, start your Tokyo Morning Tour including Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden, Asakusa Kannon temple and its shopping arcade. We finish in Ginza for free time shopping. Return to your accommodation on your own, with guidance from our representative.

Day 04: Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Hakone (B/L/-)

Prepare an overnight bag this morning, for your night in Hakone, as your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to Kyoto. We then leave for Mt.Fuji and join our Hakone Tour starting with a cruise on Lake Ashi, then disembark to take ropeway/cable car to the mountaintop, to view Owakudani Boiling Valley. After the tour, you will be transferred to Hakone where you can enjoy the hot spring spa facilities in your traditional ryokan Hotel.

Day 05: Hakone – Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto (B/-/-)

Transfer to Odawara and take the bullet train to Kyoto (approx. 2.5 hours). On arrival, you’ll meet our assistant who will walk with you to New Miyako Hotel, where you’ll stay for the next 2 nights. This afternoon make your own way to Kyoto Station to meet your guide, then enjoy Nara Walking Tour visiting Todaiji Temple, Nara Deer Park and Kofukuji Temple.

Day 06: Kyoto (B/L/-)

After breakfast, you will make your own way to Tully’s Coffee (or similar) to meet your guide. Start your Kyoto Full Day Tour visiting Kiyomizu Temple, Sanjusangedo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

Day 07: Kyoto – Osaka (B/-/-)

Transfer to Osaka after breakfast and enjoy your day at leisure.

Day 08: Osaka – Taipei (B/-/-)

You have the morning to explore at your own pace until your transfer to Kansai International Airport for your flight to Taipei. Upon arrival, our representative will meet and transfer you to your Hotel.

Day 09: Taipei – Nantou – Sun Moon Lake (B/-/-)

Start your journey to the Sun Moon Lake. The area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. Your bus tour travels around the Lake and visits the Wenwu Temple (also known as Literature-Warrior Temple – dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen). We also make stops at Holy Monk Shrine and Ci En Pagoda. After touring we check-in at your next Hotel and enjoy the natural hot spring facilities. You may also like to try one of the many walking, biking, hiking trails around the lake.

Day 10: Sun Moon Lake – Kaohsiung (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the Hotel, then drive to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous & sacred Buddhist shrines of southern Taiwan. Here you will learn about Buddhism during the monastery walking tour, with a chance to taste Buddhist vegetarian lunch (extra charges apply). Whilst on the grounds, communicate with some of the monks and nuns that inhabit the monastery while on the lookout for the huge Buddha statue. We then drive to Kaohsiung City, which is the second largest city of Taiwan. The tour will take you to the Former British Consulate, Love River and Lio Ho Night Market, before you return to your Hotel for the night.

Day 11: Kaohsiung – Kenting – Chihpen Hot Spring (B/-/-)

Explore Kenting National Park which is located at Taiwan’s southern tip – 60kms of coral-rimmed shoreline along three sides of the park provide its main attractions. Stops will be made at Eluanbi Lighthouse, Maobitou coastal scenic area and Longpan Park, before we drive to Taitung via Southern Link Highway. Enjoy more natural hot spring facilities at your Hotel tonight.

Day 12: Taitung – East Coast Scenic Area – Hualien (B/-/-)

After breakfast, we have in store an exciting East Coast Tour! The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as “Taiwan’s last unspoiled land”, stretches 170 kms down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion and accumulation have produced a wide range of natural sculptures here. Our tour will stop at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, Shitiping (Stone Steps), marble factory and showroom. Late in the afternoon, we will proceed to Hualien for check-in, at your Hotel.

Day 13: Hualien – Taroko Gorge – Taipei (B/-/-)

After breakfast, were off to Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow raving created by the Liwu river which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. The road travelled is carved into sheer walls of rock winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic boulders. Passing by Tunnel of Nine Turns and Ci Mu Bridge, stops will be made at Swallow Grotto, Changchun Temple and Shakadang Trail. We will then drive back to Taipei with a stop at Qingshui Cliff and drive through Syue-Shan Tunnel (12.9 Kms) to arrive at around 6pm.

Day 14: Depart Taipei (B/-/-)

Morning tour of Taipei City today, which includes the impressive C.K.S. Memorial Hall, National Palace Museum – where 70,000 Chinese artefacts are exhibited, Martyrs’ Shrine of traditional architecture and Taipei Handicraft Centre. Later in the afternoon, take the transfer to the airport for your flight back to Australia.

Day 15: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home in the morning with unforgettable memories of Japan and Taiwan.

Number of Days 15

Price From $5695

Departure Dates

Every Sunday


Inclusions

Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Internal flight and taxes
Standard accommodation in Japan and deluxe accommodation in Taiwan
Breakfast daily
All transportation, daily tours, and admission fees
Bullet train tickets in Japan
Luggage transfer during the train ride
Professional English speaking guide in each country


Exclusions

Travel Insurance
Tipping for guide and driver at own discretion
All other meals
Personal expenditures
Superior hotel upgrade for Japan from $300 per person
Shoulder and peak season surcharges from $300 per person may apply


Price Details

(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)

From $5,695 per person departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth flying Cathay Pacific. Adelaide passengers may involve additional domestic add on at extra cost

Single Room Supplement from $1,375 per person
Land Only from $4,695 per person, twin share (12 Nights)


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