Eight-Day Charm of Japan Tour

Embark on an unforgettable eight-day Charm of Japan tour including return international flights, with cherry blossom season dates available. Travel from Osaka to Tokyo, soaking up the sights from the historic temples of Kyoto and Osaka to the bustling streets of Tokyo, breathtaking Mt Fuji and beyond. Includes airport transfers, nightly accommodation and more.

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Experience the irresistible eclectic culture and beauty of Nippon on a spectacular eight-day Charm of Japan tour including return international flights, select meals, nightly accommodation and more.

Cherry blossom season (late March to late April) departure dates are available. See Japan at its best during the iconic cherry blossom season and witness this spectacular country as it disappears under a blanket of pink flowers (book early to avoid disappointment).

What You’ll Love – Ancient history meets modern metropolis

Your journey through Japan begins in the richly cultural city of Osaka. *Soak up the sights including the *16th-century Osaka Castle, the delights of the Shinsaibashi shopping district and Nara Park with its native deer.

Next, the ancient city of Kyoto calls. Immerse yourself in its history and beauty, taking in Arashiyama with its famous Bamboo Grove, temples and shrines, Togetsukyo Bridge, Ryoanji Temple *with its traditional Japanese courtyard, the *Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Kiyomizu Buddhist temple and more.

A true icon of Japan, panoramic views of the breathtaking Mount Fuji await at the Hongu Sengen Shrine. Close by lies the village of Oshino Hakkai *where you can discover its eight springs, before travelling on to the ancient volcanic site of *Ōwakudani.

Finally, conclude this unforgettable trip in the pulsing neon streets of Tokyo, the country’s bustling capital which marries the ancient with the modern. Visit the city’s myriad museums, explore the Imperial Palace and temples or take advantage of an optional city tour or trip to Disneyland – the choice is yours.

Premium accommodation has been selected for ease of exploring, from the Okura Act City Hotel in the futuristic high-rise Act City Hamamatsu tower with** views of Mount Fuji, to *Hotel East 21 *with its **top-floor cocktail lounge boasting views across Tokyo. See the Itinerary for full details.

Your Package Includes:

  • Return international flights from Sydney or Melbourne (other airports available for a surcharge)
  • Premium nightly accommodation (based on twin share)
  • Coach transport with Wi-Fi
  • Select meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All visits and admission fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Service charges and tips for guides and drivers
  • English-speaking guide
  • Taxes and fuel surcharges

*The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. *Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following tour departure dates:

Low Season Package

7 September 2018

13 October 2018

18 May 2019

15 June 2019

High Season Package

16 March 2019

13 April 2019

23 September 2019 (Rugby World Cup activities available, bookings can be made via your tour provider once tickets have gone on sale)

13 October 2019 (Rugby World Cup activities available, bookings can be made via your tour provider once tickets have gone on sale)

20 October 2019 (Rugby World Cup activities available, bookings can be made via your tour provider once tickets have gone on sale)

26 October 2019 (Rugby World Cup activities available, bookings can be made via your tour provider once tickets have gone on sale)

19 November 2019

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended. Please note total duration of tour is ten days including transit time.

Departure is guaranteed with a minimum of ten passengers per departure date and a maximum of 35.

Flights: Return economy class flights from either Sydney or Melbourne (max. travel time 16 hours) are included in your package. A surcharge of AU$300 applies to departures from alternative capital cities.

*Instant Booking: *To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

The minimum age for the tour is two years. All children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Children must pay full price.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged two years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES.

*Single Traveller Surcharge: *Single travellers must pay a surcharge of AU$800.

Room format is either double or twin on request. Connecting rooms are available, subject to availability.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

The following optional activities are available for an additional cost:, payable direct to the tour operator Osaka dinner and night tour Sword dance Kenbu show Hanamikoji Street and dinner at Gion Tokyo Kabuki Show and night sightseeing cruise with dinner Disneyland one day trip Rugby World Cup (have the opportunity to experience the Rugby World Cup in this optional excursion, bookings can be made via your tour provider once tickets have gone on sale; available with departures on 23 September, 13 October, 20 October and 26 October 2019 only).

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels. Hotels listed are guaranteed unless fully booked or in the case of unforeseen circumstances. La Raison Osaka Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto Okura Act City Hamamatsu Shimobe Hotel East 21 Tokyo

Travel insurance is recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Package cannot be split.

Tipping and gratuities are included.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas. The value and comparative savings has been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer to LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

*DAY 1 – Depart for Osaka *Depart for Osaka on an international flight.

DAY 2 – Osaka

Arrive in Osaka and spend the day at your leisure depending on your time of arrival.

Overnight: La Raison Osaka

DAY 3 – Osaka – Nara – Osaka

After breakfast, visit the historic Osaka Castle. The lofty and magnificent structure of the main building stands in the centre of the inner city, Tenshukaku. Next, discover Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district full of century-old shops, boutique houses and specialty shops. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely walk around Nara Park, where there are many playful herds of deer designated as natural protection animals for the country. Optional tour in Osaka: Dinner and night tour (entrance ticket, dinner and guide included), AU$120 per person.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: La Raison Osaka

DAY 4 – Osaka – Kyoto

After breakfast, enjoy excursions to Arashiyama and Togetsukyo Bridge. After lunch, visit Kinkakuji (the golden pavilion) and the Ryoanji Temple with its traditional Japanese courtyard; the most famous rock garden landscape in Japan. Optional tour in Kyoto: Sword dance Kenbu show, Hanamikoji Street and dinner at Gion, AU$250 per person.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Overnight: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

DAY 5 – Kyoto – Shizuoka

After breakfast, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, the head shrine of Inari and famous for Senbon Torii (a kind of Japanese gateway). After lunch, take a bus to Kiyomizu temple, a well-known maple and sakura scenic spot. Then visit Nishijin textile centre. Transfer to your hotel in Shizuoka and rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Overnight: Okura Act City Hamamatsu

DAY 6 – Shizuoka – Mt Fuji

After breakfast, start your journey to Mt Fuji. Visit the Hongu Sengen Shrine, which is the perfect location for panoramic view of Mount Fuji; or to Saiko Iyashi no Sato, where you can experience the art of pottery and other handicrafts. Then go to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (snow conditions permitting – this may change to The Fuji Subaru Line 1st Station if weather does not permit). Then visit Oshino Hakkai. After 80 years of filtration, the melted snow in Mount Fuji has become eight springs. Finally, enjoy a dinner and Japanese-style hot spring in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Shimobe Hotel

DAY 7 – Mt Fuji – Tokyo

After breakfast, head to Owakudani, a volcanic site formed by the eruption of the Hakone volcano. Then transfer to Tokyo. Upon arrival visit Asakusa Temple, Nakamise Street. Then arrive at Odaiba, the latest hub of entertainment in Tokyo. Please note that the clients who want to watch Rugby World Cup 2019 won't participate the in the Tokyo tour. Upon arriving in Tokyo, you will be sent directly to the venue. Optional tour in Tokyo: Kabuki show and night sightseeing cruise with dinner, AU$150 per person.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight: East 21 Tokyo

DAY 8 – Tokyo

Spend the day at your leisure or choose from one of two optional tours. Tokyo optional day tour: Disneyland one day trip (entrance tickets included, tour guides and public transportation not included), AU$120 pe rperson. Tokyo optional day tour: one day trip (including transportation, entrance tickets and lunch), AU$300 per person. Rugby World Cup 2019 (available only with tours departing 23 September 2019, 13 October 2019 or 20 October 2019) transportation and entrance tickets excluded) – price TBC.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: East 21 Tokyo

DAY 9 – Tokyo

After breakfast, check out of your hotel to begin your journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – In Transit

Today you’ll travel home.

Return economy class flights flying Cathay Pacific, Air China or China Southern Airlines, available from either Sydney or Melbourne (max. travel time 16 hours) are included in your package. A surcharge of AU$300 applies to departures from alternative capital cities.