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14 Day Timeless Japan Tour

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YOUR FLIGHT CENTRE EXCLUSIVES HOLIDAY INCLUDES:

  • Return airfare and taxes with a full-service Chinese carrier including 20kg checked luggage

We will get you to and from your holiday with no troubles – all you need to do is pack your bag and make your way to the airport! Enjoy return airfare with a full-service carrier included in the price!

  • 11 Nights local 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation

Enjoy a total of 11 nights of local 3 and 4-star reputable hotel accommodation during your tour. Your stay is sorted as you make your way through Japan this holiday.

  • Breakfast daily at each hotel + 2 dinners whilst on tour

Begin each day the right way with a full stomach when you tour Japan this holiday. Breakfast daily,1 welcome dinner and 1 farewell dinner are also included on your tour.

  • All coach transfers, sightseeing admissions and English-speaking tour guides

The last thing you want to do on your tour is think about how you are going to get from A to B. With us, you will not have to worry! Enjoy all coach transfers on us as well as English-speaking tour guides. Best yet, you need not pay a single dollar in sightseeing admissions on this comprehensive Japan holiday.

  • A culturally immersive tour of the best of Japan with cherry blossom and autumn leaves departures available

Experience a comprehensive cultural Japan tour visiting 15 cities including an intriguing blend of contemporary and authentic off the beaten track Japan. What’s more, see Japan in all its glory during the sakura season when the vibrant cherry blossoms are in full bloom, or equally as stunning, during the autumn foliage (koyo) season when the trees start to turn yellow dyeing the landscape in beautiful shades of crimson red and gold.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wander through Nara Deer Park where over 1,200 tame sika deer roam freely
  • View Osaka from 40 stories (173-metres) at the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory
  • Explore Himeji Castle, the largest surviving traditional castle in in Japan
  • Travel by ferry to Miyajima, best known for its “floating torii” on the sea
  • Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park to learn the history of Hiroshima
  • See the sights of Japan’s top landscape gardens – Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa
  • Explore the cafes and old saké breweries of Takayama’s Old Town, a wonderful slice of Old Japan
  • Walk through the beautiful streets of Gion, the Geisha district of Kyoto
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure known as “Crow Castle” due to its dramatic black exterior
  • See the Instagram famous Chureito Pagoda, famed for its views of Mount Fuji
  • Witness the incredible Great Buddha at Kotoku-in Temple located in Kamakura
  • Scale the second-tallest structure in the world, the Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Enjoy a free day in metropolitan Tokyo city
  • Cherry blossom and autumn leaves departures available

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Prepaid tipping: $140 per person (required)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

DEPOSIT:

  • Deposit is $1,000 per person
  • Deposit is non-refundable

Balance is due 120 days before departure

DEPARTURE CITY PRICE:

  • From $3999*ex Sydney and Melbourne
  • From $4299*ex Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT PRICE:

  • Single supplement available from $1299 per person based on ex Sydney departure

PURCHASE BY:

06 November 2019

BOOK BY:

23 November 2019

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SEASONAL SURCHARGES

High Season Surcharge (*): $299 per person

Cherry Blossom Season Surcharge (**): $799 per person

2020 TRAVEL DATES

Cherry blossom departures

  • 23**, 30** March
  • 6**, 13** April

Autumn leaves departures

  • 26* October
  • 9*, 23* November

Other departures

  • 11, 25 May
  • 8, 22* June
  • 14, 28* September
  • 12 October

Note: Cherry blossoms and autumn leaves are highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we cannot guarantee they will flower on these dates.

14 Day Timeless Japan Tour

Day 1: Australia – Osaka

Take an international flight from Australia to Osaka via a connecting city. Note: Some flights may depart one day later.

Day 2: Osaka

Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour representative will be waiting for you at the airport arrival hall. You will then make your way to the hotel

Day 3: Osaka – Nara – Osaka – Amagasaki (B, D)

This morning we travel to Kasuga-Taisha Shrine – A UNESCO world heritage site. It is Nara’s most celebrated shrines. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns and stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. Next, we visit Todaiji Temple (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses a huge 15m tall bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We then wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 tame sika deer roams freely. Later we head to Namba and Dotonbori area in the city’s South encompasses premier shopping districts, restaurants and bars. We then move on to something more modern – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory, which provides an unparalleled elevated view of Osaka. The viewing platform is suspended between two 40-story towers, at 173 metres above the city streets. Tonight, you will enjoy a dinner buffet at the hotel with your fellow travellers.

Day 4: Amagasaki – Himeji – Kurashiki – Hiroshima (B)

Today we travel to Himeji Castle, which is the largest surviving example of a traditional Japanese castle. Comprising 83 buildings, the white roof of this UNESCO-registered complex is said to evoke the wings of a heron taking flight – hence the popular name “Shirasagi-jō” – White Heron Castle. In 1945 an American firebomb was dropped into the top floor of the keep, but did not ignite, and the castle was renovated in 1956. Himeji Castle is the most visited in Japan, and the site offers some wonderful views of surrounding Himeji city. Later we travel to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter located in Okayama prefecture, known for its traditional historic buildings situated along a picturesque canal.

Day 5: Hiroshima – Miyajima – Hiroshima – Amagasaki (B)

Today we travel by ferry to Miyajima – a small island in Hiroshima Bay known for its forests and ancient temples. Here we will visit Itsukushima Shrine a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its floating torii gate. We head back to Hiroshima to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, which commemorates the victims of the atomic bomb explosion in World War II. Note: A long term project is under way to renovate and reinforce the torii gate and may obstruct the views.

Day 6: Amagasaki – Kyoto – Amagasaki (B)

This morning, we visit Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion. This is a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden. The detailed architecture incorporates three distinct architectural styles – Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Next, we get a taste of Kyoto by visiting Nishiki Market located in downtown Kyoto. Try local specialties while walking down a five-block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Then we head to Gion also known as Geisha district. Delve into Kyoto’s rich history while admiring the beautifully preserved architecture and traditional customs. Lastly, we visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine – famous for the magical, seemingly unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills making it one of the most popular shrines in Japan.

Day 7: Amagasaki – Kanazawa (B)

Our first stop today is Omicho Market located in Kanazawa. Known as Kanazawa’s Kitchen, it is a colourful and bustling fresh food market with over 200 shops and stalls. Next, we visit Nomura Clan Samurai House, the historic residence of the Nomura Samurai clan. The house and grounds provide an insight into the lifestyle of the Samurai class during the 16th-19th centuries, and feature beautiful architecture, gardens, and décor such as painted screen doors. We also visit Kenrokuen Garden – one of Japan’s top three landscape gardens. Developed over 200 years ago, starting in 1620, the garden contains almost 9000 trees and 200 plant species.

Day 8: Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama – Matsumoto (B)

Today we travel to Shirakawago Village, a World Heritage site where 114 Gassho-style houses with steeply-pitched roofs in the shape of a triangle. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. Enjoy some free time to explore the sights at Shirakawago observation deck (approx. 10 min by foot), where you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Shirakawago. Next, we head to Kami-Sannomachi Street also called Takayama Old Town, a wonderfully well-preserved slice of old Japan, with houses and shops dating back to the Edo period (1600-1868). It is well known for its charming architecture, unique cafes and old saké breweries famous for some of the best tasting saké in Japan.

Day 9: Matsumoto – Mount Fuji Viewing – Tokyo (B)

This morning we will visit Matsumoto Castle, also known as “Crow Castle” due to its dramatic black exterior. The keep, or “tenshu”, completed around 1593, is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. Then we head to Arakurayama Sengen Park where the instagram-famous Chureito Pagoda is located. Witness the breathtaking view of Chureito Pagoda* back dropped by the iconic snow-capped Mount Fuji*. Later we visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, it is a small village with a scenic view of Mount Fuji*. The eight crystal clear ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in the finest clear spring water that is revered by locals. Here you will also find many restaurants, souvenir shops and food vendors around the ponds. Note*: The visibility of Mount Fuji is subject to weather. In mid-March the parking lot at Chureito Pagoda will be closed off and you will need to walk up the stairs (approx. 398 steps) to see Chureito Pagoda. Alternatively, you may explore Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine if you do not wish to walk up the steps.

Day 10: Tokyo – Kamakura – Yokohama – Tokyo (B)

Today we visit the incredible Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Kotoku-in Temple located in Kamakura. Constructed in 1252 and once covered in gold, the bronze Great Buddha is an impressive sight. This is followed by Komachi-Dori Shopping Street, a fashionable street located in the middle of the ancient city of Kamakura. Next we head to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a historical building erected a century ago as customs buildings for Yokohama Port. The two warehouses survived the 1923 Kanto earthquake, and remained unscathed from World War II thanks to its iron reinforcements. Building No.2 is now home to a number of shops, bars and restaurants, while building No. 1 is used for a wide range of events, exhibitions, fashion shows and concerts.

Day 11: Tokyo (B)

Enjoy a free day of leisure in Tokyo. You may join our guided World Heritage Nikko Day Tour with lunch ($290pp prepaid) or visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea ($120pp admission only excl. transfers – prepaid).

Optional Tour: World Heritage Guided Nikko Day Tour with Lunch ($290pp prepaid)

Enhance your experience in this World Heritage Nikko Day Tour by coach. Nikko is a major centre for Buddhism and the Shinto religion. It is located in a valley and surrounded by beautiful deciduous forests and majestic waterfalls. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines, and stunning temples as you explore Nikko. Visit Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Shinto worship, well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorations on the buildings. Absorb the natural splendour of Lake Chuzenji created by an eruption of Mt. Nantai, a symbol of Nikko. We also visit Kegon Falls known as one of Japan’s 3 great waterfalls, Kegon Falls towers an impressive 97 meters and gushes water from Lake Chuzenji.

Note: This tour is subject to a minimum of 10 passengers. Customers will be refunded if the tour does not operate.

Day 12: Tokyo (B, D)

This morning we visit Tokyo Sky Tree, the landmark of Tokyo. Opening in May 2012, the Skytree is a television and radio broadcast site, and contains a restaurant and two viewing platforms. At 634 metres, this is the 2nd-tallest structure in the world! Next, we visit Senso-ji Temple located in Asakusa. This is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Later we take a stroll to Nakamise Shopping Street, a centuries-old promenade of shops selling traditional snacks and souvenirs like kimonos and bottles of saké. We then visit Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence for the Japanese Imperial Family. The inner grounds of the palace are not open to the public, but you can enjoy the natural scenery surrounding the palace grounds, including the Lotus Moat and Nijubashi (double Bridge). The next stop is Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. Built as an island fortress in the 19th century, Odaiba will be a venue location for the 2020 Olympic Games and is already a popular leisure and sightseeing area. Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travellers.

Day 13: Tokyo – Australia (B)

Spend today free at leisure (flight time permitting) before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Day 14: Arrive Australia

TRAVEL DATES:

  • Selected dates from: 23 March 2020 – 23 November 2020

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

All star ratings are local ratings

  • Osaka: Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar
  • Amagasaki: Hotel Vischio Amagasaki by Granvia or similar
  • Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden or similar
  • Kanazawa: Hotel Vista Kanazawa or similar
  • Matsumoto: Hotel Buena Vista or similar
  • Tokyo: Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

FITNESS

  • A moderate level of fitness is required for full days of brisk walking with intermittent breaks. You may encounter occasional flights of stairs. The tour is not suitable for people requiring assistance or walking aid.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PASSPORTS

  • You are responsible for obtaining a passport with at least 6 months validity beyond trip completion.
  • It is a condition of booking that you provide full names and valid passport information and a copy of your passport photo page.
  • DO NOT submit expired or invalid passport information. It is your responsibility to provide updated passport information as soon as possible (no later than 3 months before departure).
  • The information you provide will be used to issue components of your booking including air, train and cruise tickets. You are liable for all fees due to invalid passports or the provision of inaccurate, incomplete or invalid passport information.

VISA

  • Australian passport holders are visa exempt for a stay of up to 90 days in Japan.
  • You are responsible for checking all visa requirements with the local visa centre, embassy or consulate, and obtaining a valid visa for travel with enough time before departure as necessary.

PRICES

  • Prices are subject to change, availability and “book by” deadlines.
  • Prices are AUD per person for twin-share unless otherwise specified.
  • Prices do not include optional programs, secondary admissions within sites, porter service at hotels/train stations/airports, personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry, telephone/internet charges and meals not mentioned.

DEPOSIT

  • Deposit is $1,000 per person
  • Deposit is non-refundable
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure

AMENDMENT POLICY

  • All amendments and changes are subject to a $150 fee per person per change. Amendments and changes requested within 60 days of departure for travel will incur a $350 fee per person per change.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY

  • All trip costs, fees and components are fully non-refundable at all times.
  • Refunds are not provided for any unused trip component including flights, transfers, hotels, cruises, optional programs, attractions, etc.

CHILD POLICY

  • This tour is not suitable for persons under 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will pay full fare for all services.

SERVICE FEE

  • A customary service fee not included in the package (refer to exclusions for total amount) is firmly expected and required for the services of the guides and driver and must be prepaid in Australia.

SURCHARGES

  • Seasonal surcharges (* denoted by an asterisk) apply to certain departure dates.
  • Departure city surcharges apply for certain departure cities.
  • Single supplement applies for single rooms.

BAGGAGE POLICY

  • Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one checked bag not exceeding 20kg, plus one carry-on bag not exceeding 5kg. Oversize baggage is not permitted.
  • You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly below these limits as you will be required to carry your own bag to and from coaches, hotels, and trains. Porter service is not included.
  • The Japanese train stations are generally very large and sometimes involve 10-15 minutes of walking from the coach to the platform. Please consider that luggage will need to be carried by yourself when packing your bags. Escalators are generally available but may not be accessible at all entrances.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION

  • Electronic documentation including e-tickets are generally emailed within two weeks of departure of your core tour, irrespective of early departures, pre-tour extensions or stopovers.

FLIGHTS

  • Surcharges apply for certain departure cities and flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne.
  • The default full-service carrier included in your package will be provided when you receive your final documentation.
  • Please contact your travel consultant at the time of booking to request quotes for premium economy and business class upgrades.
  • All flights or airfare related fees and costs are due immediately upon confirmation.
  • All flights may involve up to two transits in Australian or international connecting cities.
  • No show of any flight will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline and rebooking will be at your own expense.
  • Payment or upgrades using frequent flyer points is not permitted.

ITINERARY

  • We reserve the right to adjust the itinerary and order, sightseeing and transportation as we see fit to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the tour.
  • In the unusual event that a destination, sight or attraction is unavailable due to weather, local, seasonal, political or other constraints, it will be substituted with a similar alternative.
  • The indicated length of trip includes time in flight and is subject to change depending on the prevailing flight schedule to be provided when you receive your final documentation. The number of accommodation nights will not change.
  • Due to flight times and scheduling, some flights may depart a day before or after the indicated itinerary.
  • A reference to included entrance fees refers to admissions to the main site or attraction but may not include any secondary admissions inside the venue or optional programs marked as “not included”.

HOTELS

  • Triple-share is not available.
  • Only twin-bedded rooms can be guaranteed, all other room types are on a request basis only and cannot be guaranteed before departure.
  • Hotel rooms are often smaller than those in Australia. Triple Share is not available
  • Reference hotels listed may be substituted with properties of a similar standard.
  • Double room/bedding requests cannot be guaranteed, and twin bedding will be provided if request is not available.
  • Air-conditioning in hotels is not guaranteed
  • Confirmed hotels will be provided when you receive your final documentation.
  • All hotel ratings are self-rated in accordance to local standards.
  • Hotel rooms in Japan tend to be smaller than other countries.
  • All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise stated.
  • The standard check in time is 2:00pm and check out time is 10:00am.

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Some tours are subject to availability and require minimum numbers to operate.

TRANSFERS

  • Groups transfers are at designated times and passengers may be required to wait a brief duration for other arrivals.
  • Transfers and hotels are not included for arrivals and departures outside of the set group arrangements.

BREAKAWAY POLICY

  • It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour group and guide for the entirety of the set program.
  • Any departure or deviation from the set tour itinerary is strictly prohibited, unless written prior consent is provided by us. Severe penalties including cancellation of remaining land and air arrangements may be enforced without warning and rebooking will be at your own expense.

COMPLAINTS POLICY

  • All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader. Formal complaints must be submitted in writing with substantiated evidence within 10 days of trip completion.

DIETARY

  • Special meals are generally not available on tour. We will pass on special dietary requirements but note that choices may be limited and cannot be guaranteed. Please notify your guide on tour of any allergies and approved dietary requests.
  • Certain meal types can be requested for the flights at the time of booking, subject to availability.

PASSENGER INFORMATION CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS

  • All amendments and changes are subject to a $150 fee per person, per change. Amendments and changes requested within 60 days of departure for travel will incur a $350 fee per person, per change.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

  • Special requests such as room requests will be passed on but cannot be guaranteed.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

  • Luggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk at all times. We hold no liability for lost or damaged luggage or belongings. Comprehensive travel insurance cover is strongly recommended.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Please ask your travel consultant for discounted travel insurance options.

DISCLAIMER

  • The pricing, terms and conditions listed herewith shall prevail in the case of any ambiguity or contradiction with other terms.

FAQs

HEALTH

GROUP SIZE

  • Maximum 40 passengers (estimated).

CURRENCY

  • It is advisable to exchange local cash currency before leaving home. The local currency can be used for optional programs, meals, shopping and expenses of a personal nature.

PRICES

  • All prices are subject to change and AUD per person twin-share unless otherwise specified.
  • All prices below are in Australian Dollars and are based on per person twin share occupancy unless stated otherwise.
  • BUY BY 06 NOVEMBER 2019 and BOOK BY 23 NOVEMBER 2019.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publication, are twin share per person, may change without notice and subject to availability. Restrictions and conditions apply. See website for full terms, conditions and travel dates. Prices quoted are on sale until 30 September 2019 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
  • Additional fees, including surcharges and visa fees specific to your departure date may apply. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Advertised price includes any bonus nights. Please ask us for further details or visit our website at www.flightcentreexclusives.com.au. Flight Centre Exclusives provides holiday packages offered by Ignite Holidays Pty Ltd and is a subsidiary of Ignite Travel Group. ATAS Accreditation No. A10345.
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