Tokyo, Hakone, Kawaguchiko, Toyohashi, Nara, Kobe & Osaka
The Golden Route is extremely popular with first time visitors to Japan. On this ten-day tour you will explore Japan during the most beautiful time of year. Travelling through the main central and southern cities will give you a taste of traditional and modern Japan. A mix of Japanese and Western cuisine, and staying in Traditional and Western accommodation, allows you to experience Japanese culture, while still retaining the home comforts you are accustomed to. This tour is the perfect way to introduce you to Japan, and will definitely leave you wanting more!
Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)
Enjoy an overnight flight from Australia to Tokyo.
Day 02: Arrive Tokyo (-/-/-)
Arrive in Japan’s capital, Tokyo in the afternoon. You will be transferred to Narita Excel Hotel or similar for an overnight stay.
Day 03: Tokyo (B/L/D)
Today’s full day tour includes; Asakusa Temple, a popular 7th Century Buddhist Temple; Tsukji Fish Market; the Imperial Palace, home of the Imperial Family (only open to the public on the 23rd December and 2nd January); and Ueno Park where you will see the beautiful Cherry Blossoms or Autumn leaves depending on your travel dates. Check in to the Sunshine City Prince or similar.
Day 04: Tokyo (B/-/-)
After breakfast, enjoy free time in Tokyo. Shop in the famous Ginza or Shinjuku areas, or simply immerse yourself in the Japanese city.
Day 05: Tokyo – Hakone – Kawaguchiko (B/L/D)
Travel to Hakone by coach. Visit the Peace Park, Owakutani Hot Spring, and enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi. Stay overnight at the Kawaguchiko Japanese Ryokan where you can enjoy a hot spring spa.
Day 06: Kawaguchiko – Toyohashi (B/L/-)
Visit impressive Mt Fuji. You will climb up 2300m above sea level to the 5th station, by coach. Learn about the history of the area at the Visitor Centre, and sample tea at the Green Tea Farm. The coach will then transfer you to the train station for a Bullet Train ride to Toyohashi. Stay overnight at the Toyohashi Nikko Hotel or similar.
Day 07: Toyohashi – Kyoto (B/L/-)
Travel to Kyoto, the ancient capital. Visit the Heian Jingu Shrine and the Golden Pavilion, before enjoying the Kimono Show at Nishinjin Showroom. You will then experience authentic Japanese life at Gion Corner, before going to Kiyomizu Temple. Outside the Temple you can wander the shopping street and pottery lane. The veranda at the front of the main Temple is supported by 139 wooden pillars and no nails, an architectural feat! There is also a Shrine dedicated to worshipping marriage. Stay overnight in Osaka.
Day 08: Nara – Kobe – Osaka (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will drive to Nara and visit the popular Deer Park and Todaiji Temple (Great Buddha Temple). Then visit Kobe, a unique Japanese city. Here you will explore China Town and the Japanese Sake Brewery (Kobe is known for brewing the best Sake in Japan). Take a short Bullet Train ride back to Osaka and visit Osaka Castle and Shinzaibashi Mall with its many boutique stores. Enjoy our farewell dinner tonight.
Day 09: Depart Osaka (B/-/-)
After breakfast, enjoy the day at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 10: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive in Australia in the morning, dreaming of Japan.
Number of Days 10
Price From $5480
Cherry Blossom 24th March – 2nd April
Autumn Leaves 11th November – 20th November
Cherry Blossom 25th March – 3rd April
Autumn Leaves 12th November – 21st November
*Surcharges from $200 per person for travel in 2020
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Tipping for guide and driver
Most meals as indicated
Deluxe accommodation with buffet breakfast
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Bullet train tickets
Daily mineral water
English speaking National guide throughout the tour
Land only package does not include arrival and departure transfers
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $5,480 per person departing Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane flying Qantas Airways.
From $5,580 per person departing Perth and Adelaide flying Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines.
Single Room Supplement from $995 per person
Land Only Including Tipping from $4,480 per person (7 Nights)