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    Discover Japan in 8 exciting days. From Tokyo's vibrant cityscape to Osaka's culinary delights. From just $3,397pp $1,999pp after member savings.

    • Self-guided with excellent guided activities, just follow our itinerary
    • Top-class, central accommodation in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
    • Discover city of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka via bus tour
    • Experience the best cuisines of Shibuya
    • See Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Tsutenkaku and more..

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    Trip Highlights

    Experience the enchanting blend of tradition and modernity in Japan where every place you visit offers a unique glimpse into Japan's rich history and exciting future, making for an unforgettable adventure.

    Trip highlights:

    • Central accommodation in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
    • Travel on the famous "bullet" trains
    • Experience theunique blend of ancient and modern
    • Discover the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka via bus tours
    • Experience the best cuisines of Shibuya
    • See Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Tsutenkaku and more.

    You also have the option to visit Mt Fuji. Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station located 2300m above sea level. We also recommend cruising the serene waters of Lake Kawaguchiko in Hakone.

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    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

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    "Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions fuse with modern life, as if it were the most natural thing in the world."

    An exhilarating and seamless way to explore Japan's most iconic cities. You’ll experience the dynamic energy of Tokyo, the serene beauty of Kyoto, and the vibrant spirit of Osaka, all while enjoying the comfort of guided bus tours and the thrill of high-speed bullet trains. The optional Mt. Fuji adventure adds an extra layer of excitement to your journey. This is perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in Japan’s rich culture, modern wonders, and breathtaking landscapes. 

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Package includes:

    • Return flights (provision)
    • Inter-city travel via "bullet trains"
    • 3 nights silver standard accommodation in Tokyo
    • Hop on/off bus tour in Tokyo
    • Shibuya food tour
    • 2 nights gold standard accommodation in Kyoto
    • Hop on/off bus tour in Kyoto
    • 2 nights silver standard accommodation Osaka
    • Osaka Sky Vista bus tour

    Optional tours: Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station located 2300m above sea level;
    Cruise the serene waters of Lake Kawaguchiko in Hakone.

    All packages includes:

    • Lonely Planet guide for Japan
    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Option for best-in-class travel insurance at member price

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    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash travel credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard price and full retail value comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what we estimate would be payable by a non-member for the same or similar package and may include a value we define for specialty travel agency services. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    Experience Japan's captivating blend of the ancient and modern. Begin in Tokyo, known for its cutting-edge technology and vibrant atmosphere. Explore the city's highlights by bus, indulge in a Shibuya food tour, and opt for an exhilarating Mt. Fuji excursion. Next, discover Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart, where tranquil temples, stunning gardens, and historic geisha districts await. Uncover its timeless beauty and rich traditions on a guided bus tour. Finally, conclude your journey in Osaka, celebrated for its street food, entertainment, and hospitality. Dive into local culture with a guided bus tour, exploring bustling markets and lively neighborhoods.

    "Travel is only glamorous in retrospect" - Paul Theroux

    DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TOKYO (3 NIGHTS)

    After a long journey, you finally arrive in Tokyo, the bustling capital of Japan. As you step off the plane, you're greeted by the efficient and impeccably clean surroundings of Narita or Haneda Airport.


    Walk through Tokyo's iconic Shibuya Crossing

    Take the opportunity to explore the immediate surroundings of your hotel and get acquainted with the neighborhood. Depending on your location, you might find yourself in the vibrant district of Shinjuku, the upscale shopping mecca of Ginza, or the historic Asakusa area. Take a leisurely stroll, soak in the sights and sounds of Tokyo, and perhaps indulge in some delicious street food or browse local shops for souvenirs.

    DAY 2: SKY HOP BUS TOUR IN TOKYO

    Sky Hop Bus Tokyo is a double-decker open-top bus that allows you to hop on and off freely for sightseeing in Tokyo. Sky Hop Bus Tokyo makes it easy to get to various tourist attractions in Tokyo.


    See the highlights of Tokyo on a top decked bus

    Explore Tokyo at your own pace and see the sights that interest you most with your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour ticket. Admire the views from the open-top double-decker bus and hop off and back on all of the routes whenever you wish.

    DAY 3: BEST OF SHIBUYA FOOD TOUR

    Embark on a delightful food tour through Ebisu, one of Shibuya's charming and relaxed neighborhoods. Let your knowledgeable guide lead the way as you explore hidden alleyways and local favorites. Indulge in a variety of Japanese specialties at multiple restaurants and food stalls, complemented by your choice of beer, sake, or a soft drink. This tour ensures you won't miss a beat in Shibuya's Ebisu area, offering foodies a seamless experience without language barriers, with food tastings and a drink included.


    Ultimate food tour in Shibuya

    OPTIONAL MT. FUJI TOUR

    Get out of the city and into nature as you visit the famous Mount Fuji and its top nearby attractions like Lake Ashi and Mount Komagatake on this full-day excursion from Tokyo. Begin with pickup in Shinjuku and travel by bus to Mount Fuji, enjoying spectacular views from 7,607 feet (2,305m). Cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone for stunning vistas of Mount Fuji, with alternative destinations if needed.


    Japan's most iconic landmark, snow-capped volcano Mount Fuji.

    Then, take a 7-minute ropeway ride to Mount Komagatake, exploring the area and visiting Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya for panoramic views of Lake Ashi.

    DAY 4: TOKYO TO KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)

    Kyoto, Japan's former capital for over a thousand years, is renowned for its beautifully preserved blend of modern and traditional Japan. Nestled among the mountains of Western Honshu, Kyoto boasts an abundance of heritage sites, cultural treasures, and culinary delights. Explore iconic attractions such as the golden Kinkaku-ji, serene Arashiyama with its Bamboo Grove, and the enchanting Gion district, famous for its geisha culture and atmospheric streets. Whether visiting temples, strolling through historic districts, or sampling local cuisine, Kyoto offers a profound journey through Japanese history and culture that is not to be missed.

    Start your day by checking out of your Tokyo accommodation and savoring the serene ambiance of Tokyo's traditional neighborhoods one last time.


    Take a high-speed bullet train in each inter-city.

    Head to Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Kyoto, a journey of approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes on the fastest Nozomi trains. Upon arrival in Kyoto, drop off your luggage at your accommodation and freshen up before beginning your leisurely exploration of this historically rich city.

    DAY 5: HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR IN KYOTO

    Explore historical Kyoto at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Simply show your mobile voucher to hop on and off at any of the available stops. Enjoy comprehensive city tours passing major attractions, accompanied by pre-recorded audio guidance in 7 languages. Take in panoramic views of Kyoto from the open top of the double-decker bus, offering both same-day and two-day ticket options for added flexibility.

    DAY 6: KYOTO TO OSAKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Check out from your accommodation in Kyoto and take a moment to soak in the serene ambiance of its traditional neighborhoods before bidding farewell to this historic city.

    Travel smoothly from Kyoto to Osaka, a quick journey of 30 to 45 minutes by train. Upon arrival, drop off your luggage at your accommodation and refresh before starting your leisurely exploration of Osaka.


    Explore the bustling streets in downtown Osaka

    Osaka is a vibrant metropolis in Japan, centrally located in the Kansai region and renowned for its rich history, stunning scenery, and proximity to cultural centers like Kyoto and Nara. Divided into Kita (north) and Minami (south) districts, Osaka offers bustling shopping areas, a lively entertainment scene, and iconic attractions such as Osaka Castle and the impressive aquarium. Experience the city's vibrant nightlife in D?tonbori, known for its abundance of restaurants and bars. For a retreat from the city, visit Minoo, a suburb offering tranquil woodlands, a majestic waterfall, hiking trails, and relaxing hot springs. Osaka seamlessly blends historical charm with modern amenities, making it a must-visit destination in Japan.

    DAY 7: OSAKA SKY VISTA BUS TOUR

    Check out Osaka's top sightseeing spots in just over 1 hour! See Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Tsutenkaku and more. Get a great view from the top of the bus. This tour includes a multi-lingual audio guide in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour of Osaka's best sights, and make the most of your time in this bustling city. Check out Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple and other sights. Ideal for visitors with small children, seniors or those don't wish to walk long distances, this convenient tour will allow you to see Osaka's top sights from your bus seat!


    Witness the beauty of Osaka Castle

    DAY 8: RETURN TO AUSTRALIA

    As your tour comes to an end, make your way to Nankai Namba Station to catch the Rapi:t express train to Kansai International Airport (KIX). Then board your return flight to Australia after one unforgettable trip exploring the beauty of Japan.

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