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  • Golden Pavilion

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  • Canals in Bikan Historical Quarter

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  • Osaka Castle & Garden

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  • The famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo

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  • Miyajima Island

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  • Vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

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  • Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

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  • Mount Fuji

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  • Street food in Osaka

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  • Kobe

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  • Golden Pavilion

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  • Canals in Bikan Historical Quarter

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  • Osaka Castle & Garden

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  • The famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo

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  • Miyajima Island

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  • Vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

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  • Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

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  • Mount Fuji

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  • Street food in Osaka

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12 Day Beauty of Japan

  • Discover Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima
  • Witness Mt Fuji, the Golden Pavilion & More
Includes Return International Flights

A land of delicate beauty and centuries-old tradition, Japan is one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations. From the neon jungle of Osaka to the serenity of Mount Fuji, this trip is a perfect introduction the unique sights, sounds, flavours and culture of this exotic country.

Discover the very best of Japan on this 12 day package visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and so much more. Wander the scenic gardens of Osaka Castle; enjoy a boat ride to the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima; visit the famous Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion in Kyoto; shop 'til you drop in the dazzling Shinsaibashi district of Osaka; experience a taste of 17th-century Japan in Narai-juku village; explore the neon metropolis of Tokyo at leisure; and so much more! This sensational 12 day package includes return flights, accommodation, meals, guides and more. If Japan has been sitting atop your bucket list for a while now, make this the year you finally tick it off.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Auckland for Osaka, Japan (via China). Fly with China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival at Osaka Airport you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The second largest city in Japan, Osaka has the nickname ‘Tenka no Daidokoro’ (the Nation’s Kitchen) thanks to its reputation as a gourmand’s paradise, so be sure to try some local cuisine.

Overnight: Osaka Hotel
Meals included: None

Today travel towards the city of Fukuyama. En-route, stop in a region known for its sake production just outside the city of Kobe, where you will visit the famous Hakutsuru Sake Brewery and learn how traditional Japanese Sake is made. Afterwards continue to the town of Kurashiki and visit the Bikan Historical Quarter. With its scenic canals lined with weeping willows, Edo-period gardens and historic merchant houses, the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter offers an authentic taste of old Japan in one of the oldest merchant towns. Travel on to Fukuyama and enjoy the night at leisure.

Overnight: Fukuyama Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, travel to Miyajimaguchi and take a short cruise over to Miyajima Island, where you will see the famous Itsukushima Shrine - a UNESCO World Heritage site that, at high tide, appears to be floating on water. After Miyajima, travel to Hiroshima. Here you will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to take a stroll through the beautiful park, see the strings of paper cranes representing peace, and see the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), the only original structure left standing in the area. You will also visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, featuring exhibitions of items related to the atomic bomb and advocating for world peace and the abolishment of nuclear weapons. This afternoon transfer back to Fukuyama for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Fukuyama Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will depart Fukuyama and journey back to Osaka. Upon arrival in Osaka, stop to explore the Osaka Castle Garden. Surrounded by greenery, the garden commands a splendid view of the castle tower and the stone wall surrounding the moat. The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the sixteenth century. Later today, enjoy some free time in Shinsaibashi, the prime shopping area in Osaka before transferring back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Osaka Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart Osaka and head to Nagoya. On the way visit the amazing Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) a UNESCO Heritage Listed Site and perfect spot to snap an iconic Kyoto photo. Afterwards visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233m and belongs to the shrine grounds, and is well-known thanks to its inclusion in the film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. In the afternoon continue onwards to Nagoya where you will enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Nagoya Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning visit Atsuta Jingu shrine in Nagoya, one of Shinto’s most important shrines. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Please note, however, that the sword is never displayed to the public. This afternoon visit Narai-juku, an old town taking you back hundreds of years to 17th century Japan and Tsumagoi Village. Continue onto Matsumoto and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Matsumoto Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today, leave Matsumoto and drive to Mt Fuji’s 5th Station. Located 2300m above sea level, it offers a vantage point for Mt Fuji and the surrounding lakes (weather permitting). The 5th Station also features shrines, torii gates and souvenir shops. Afterwards continue onwards to Lake Ashi, nearby in Hakone National Park, to admire the scenery as you take a short cruise across the lake. The waters are overlooked by surrounding mountains, including Mt Fuji and Mt Komagatake. This evening arrive in Yokohama, check-in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Yokohama Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast travel to Tokyo. See the best of Tokyo today as you visit some of the city’s main shrines and shopping areas. First, you will visit the Meiji Shrine, a key Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Then drive past the Japanese House of Parliament to the Imperial Palace East Garden. This idyllic outdoor space, home to a traditional Japanese garden, tea pavilion, stone walls and a moat, is situated within the complex of an Edo-era castle. Continue to Nakamise Shopping Street and Asakusa Kannon (Sensoji) Temple, one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. Explore the neon-tinged streets of the Ginza district, a premier shopping destination of department stores and cinemas. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Tokyo Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis that is Tokyo.

Overnight: Tokyo Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy some free time this morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand via China.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Enjoy the rich history, culture and natural wonders of Japan
  • Learn how sake is made at the famous Hakutsuru Sake Brewery
  • Experience old Japan in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
  • Witness the sacred Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima
  • Visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome
  • See Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous landmarks
  • Go shopping in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district at leisure
  • Visit Kyoto’s famed Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion
  • Admire the vermilion torii gates at Fushimi-Inari Shrine
  • Visit Atsuta Jingu shrine in Nagoya, one of Shinto’s most important shrines
  • Experience a taste of 17th century Japan in Narai-juku
  • Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station
  • Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Ashi in Hakone National Park
  • Visit Meiji Shrine and Nakamise Street on a guided tour of Tokyo
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo
  • Return international flights (economy class) from Auckland
  • 9 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C private vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase .
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
*Mandatory service fee:
A mandatory service fee is not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The mandatory service fee for the tour leader and driver is Y800 per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. This covers both the tour leader and driver.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 7th September 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1160 applies.
 
Departure Dates
2019
August: 6 (SOLD OUT)
September: 2, 5 (SOLD OUT)
October: 20, 22, 27 (SOLD OUT)
 
2020
March: *14, *16, *18 (SOLD OUT)
May: 9, 13, 15, 27
May: 11 (SOLD OUT)
June: 8
August: 4
September: 7
 
Surcharges
Please note:Dates/months with a * incur a 2020 Cherry Blossom Season surcharge of $400 per person. 
 
Please note: Cherry Blossom Season can be relatively short and highly seasonal, with the blooming period lasting approx. 14 days. Strong wind and rain can cut the blooming season even shorter. Due to this, we cannot guarantee flowering cherry blossoms will be seen. However, historically these are the best times to view this phenomenon.
 
Departure Cities
Auckland



Full Service Airline(s) Used


China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines or Air China, China Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive Early
Not available.
 
Stay Behind
Not available.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available.



Accommodation Used


3 Star (self-rated):

- Osaka: The Premium Hotel In Rinku / Karaksa Spring Hotel Kansai Air Gate OR Izumisano Center Hotel

- Fukuyama: Fukuyama Castle Hotel / APA Hotel / Fukuyama Plaza Hotel OR Fukuyama Oriental Hotel

- Osaka: Osaka Castle Hotel / Osaka Joytel Hotel OR Sarasa Hotel Nipponbashi

- Nagoya: Best Western / Mielparque Hotel / Hotel Wing International OR Hotel MyStays

- Matsumoto: Route Inn / Hotel New Station / Hotel Montagne Matsumoto OR Ace Inn

- Yokohama: Hotel Wing International / Best Western / 8Hotel / Shin-Yokohama Prince Hotel OR Hotel MyStays

- Tokyo: Hotel Villa Fontaine / Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Kanda / The B Akasaka OR Hotel Sun Route Ariake

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 16, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.


- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa for Japan is not required if travelling on a New Zealand Passport).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- Mandatory service fee: Y800 per person/day.
- Optional activities/tours.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Summer: June to August 
Japanese summer begins in June and it becomes hot and humid from July onward. Summer is when many interesting festivals and other events are held all over the country.
Clothing: light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)
 
Autumn: September to November 
Autumn always brings such freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. The Autumn colours are very beautiful across the country. 
Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa for Japan is not required if traveling on a New Zealand Passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Please note: Due to limited availability, passenger name and date changes are strictly prohibited for this offer. This overrides the Schedule of Fees in our standard Terms & Conditions. No refunds will be issued once offer has been purchased.