Jewels of Japan
fully inclusive tour with Wendy Wu Tours
- Save up to $1,100*pp
- Flights included
- Travel by bullet train
Discover the best of Japan on this fully inclusive 12 day itinerary. From the craziness that is Tokyo, to the charm of Kyoto and the sobering Hiroshima; Japan is a country that offers a vastly different experience anywhere you go. See the beauty of cherry blossom season and relax in Ryoan-ji temple whilst you enjoy the best of this destination.
- Explore Tokyo's classical, spiritual and modern sights
- Discover the Fuji Five Lakes region, scenic villages, museums and Mt Fuji
- Watch the world, literally whiz by, from a bullet train
- Enjoy the privilege of tea with a Maiko
- Visit the sacred Ryoan-ji temple, Kyomizu-dera Buddhist temple and the iconic Kinkakuji
- Admire the feudal-era Himeji Castle
- Reflect in Hiroshima and explore majestic Miyajima
- International airfares
- All transportation in Japan
- All meals (8 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 9 dinners)
- Entrance fees
- Guides and daily tours
- Taxes and charges
- Departure taxes
Days 1- 2: Australia to Tokyo
Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Tokyo, the capital of Japan and transfer approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city until an informal welcome dinner tonight. Group members arriving late in the evening may miss dinner.
Day 3: Discover Tokyo
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore; today take a tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the top of the Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before taking a wander through the district of Asakusa for an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs on Nakamise Shopping street and visit Senso-ji Temple. Explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo’s Imperial Palace East Garden. You will be on your feet for 4-5 hours during your touring in Tokyo. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel. Please note the Edo-Tokyo Museum is closed on Mondays and the Imperial Palace East Garden is closed on Mondays and Fridays, should your visits fall on these days touring will be re-arranged in Tokyo so these sights are not missed.
Day 4: Meji Shrine
Spend a relaxed morning wandering around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Garden and exploring the huge evergreen forest that encompasses the Shinto Meiji Shrine. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel, driving by the Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing on the way. Return to your hotel where your guide will let you know what time to meet for this evenings dinner cruise, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore independently or relax in the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to your boat and take a leisurely 1 hour dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay for some excellent city vistas. You will need to get on and off your boat this evening without assistance.
Day 5: Fuji Five Lakes
Journey 2 hours through the foothills of the iconic Mt Fuji to its base where you will find the Fuji Five Lakes. The region is spectacular with the calm waters of the five lakes, formed by past eruptions, reflecting Fuji’s picture-perfect cone. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese soba noodles before tucking in to your creations for lunch. Continue to Oshino Hakkai, a scenic area of ponds full of crystal clear spring water created by Fuji’s melting snow, where there is also a small museum. The museum is a traditional farmhouse with household items, samurai armour and weapons.
Day 6: Mt Fuji
Today is a full day of touring, start with a visit to the Fuji Visitor Centre where you can learn about the cultural and ecological history of Mt Fuji. Head up Fuji’s 5th Station for spectacular mountain vistas, please note it is only possible to reach the 5th station if weather permits. After lunch, wander through Iyashi no Sato historical village, located on one of the Fuji Five Lakes, Lake Saiko, famous for its thatched-roofed houses.
Day 7: Bullet train to Kyoto
Drive 1 hour 45 minutes to Mishima to board your 2 hour bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Visit a traditional teahouse where you will be joined by a Geisha or an apprentice Geisha, known as a Maiko. Next, take a visit to the Ryoan-ji Temple before heading to the Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, due to its gold-like exterior. Continue on to your hotel to check in for a two-night stay Please note: Hotel check in will be from 2pm today.
Day 8: Kyoto
Start the day visiting the spectacular Kiyomizu Temple. You will spend approximately 1hour and 30 minutes on foot exploring the temple. After lunch learn traditional Japanese handicrafts such as origami and enjoy the art of a tea ceremony. Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9: Kyoto to Hiroshima
This morning transfer to Kyoto station and take the 1 hour 40 minutes bullet train to Hiroshima, a modern and prosperous city that will be forever remembered as the world’s first atomic bomb target. Travel by coach to the famous Peace Park and Museum, please be aware that the museum may be confronting and upsetting for some group members and it is at your discretion if you wish to visit or enjoy time at leisure exploring the Peace Park. After lunch travel 1 hour by coach and take a short ferry ride to Miyajima where sightseeing will be at a leisurely pace on foot. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and explore the traditional market town at leisure. Later this afternoon return by ferry and then coach to Hiroshima for dinner before checking into your hotel.
Day 10: Hiroshima to Osaka
Travel 3 hours and 30 minutes by coach to Himeji, with a rest stop along the way. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the beautiful castle and Kokoen Garden. Himeji Castle is largely in its original condition so please be mindful of your steps when walking around. You will have to remove your shoes before walking along some of the wooden floors and there are some steep wooden steps to reach certain areas. After the reopening in March 2015, Himeji Castle has welcomed a large number of visitors. As such, they now issue numbered tickets to enter the Main Keep in order to limit the number of people who can enter, reducing congestion, waiting time and to protect the cultural properties. Please note this means that there may be cases where some visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Keep however there are many other parts of the castle to explore. Transfer approximately 2 hours to Osaka for your overnight stay.
Day 11: Depart Osaka
This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to Osaka airport for your return flight home. Due to flight schedule, Perth passengers may arrive home on Day 11. Please note: Only breakfast is included today. Late checkout is not included in our Essential Japan tour. If you wish to book a late check-out for your final day in Osaka, please contact our reservations department who can confirm the additional price and make this arrangement for you, subject to availability at the hotel.
Day 12: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
2018 departures where cherry blossoms can be expected:
20 - 31 March - $9,360*
24 March - 4 April - $9,620*
3 April - 14 April - $9,620*
7 April - 18 April - $9,620*
10 April - 21 April - $9,620*
Other 2018 departures through the year:
17 April - 28 April - $9,620*
8 September - 19 September - $9,620*
15 September - 26 September - $9,620*
22 September - 3 October - $9,620*
27 October - 7 November - $9,620*
3 November - 14 November - $9,620*
10 November - 21 November - $9,620*
*Prices shown are based on per person, twin share
Single supplement - $1,180
- Advertised prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation
- Price advertised is the lead-in price, based on travel during low season (March 2018)
- Earlybird pricing is only valid until the 22nd of September
- A $99 non-refundable deposit is required to book
- Price includes airline fuel surcharge, which is subject to change
- Single supplement applies for solo passengers
- Peak season surcharges will apply
- All prices and offers are subject to availability, currency fluctuations and can change or be withdrawn without notice
- Wendy Wu terms and conditions apply
- Credit card fees of up to 2.5% may apply
*Terms and conditions apply: see RAC Travel general terms and conditions