Experience Japan by Land & Sea

from 

NZ$15,397

per person
 
Duration: 26 Nights
Destination: Osaka, Japan
Region: Asia
Deal Code: PAFU1HV

 

 

Description

This tour not only visits the famous sights of Japan including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Mt Fuji and Tokyo, but is brimful of experiences allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture, from traditional tea ceremonies to origami.


Visit Japan’s culture-rich ports roundtrip from Yokohama (Tokyo). Tour the stunning, Edo-era Kochi castle, stroll Kanazawa’s 17th-century gardens and see Otaru’s shimmering canals.


Your Fly, Tour & Cruise Package Includes:

  • $1500 flight credit per person
  • 9 night Experience Japan guided tour with Wendy Wu, Osaka to Tokyo
  • Includes 3+ star accommodation, 26 meals, entrance fees, authentic experiences plus more
  • 3 nights accommodation in Tokyo with breakfast
  • 14 night Circle Japan cruise onboard Noordam, Yokohama (Tokyo) return
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Select private transfers

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 18 March - 13 April 2025

Solo traveller pricing available, speak with your travel consultant


Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 / Osaka

Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3 / Discover Nara

Visit the impressive Osaka Castle before cruising along the Yodogawa River. After lunch, continue to Nara and enjoy a leisurely walk through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple and admire the traditional Isuien Garden before returning to Osaka.

Day 4 / Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Journey by road to Kyoto. Capital for 1,000 years, this enchanting city is the epitome of traditional Japan. Start with a visit to Togetsukyo Bridge located in the heart of the vibrant district of Arashiyama and stroll through the bamboo forest with its towering and impressive thickets. Also visit Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden and the famous 'Golden Pavilion' Kinkakuji Temple. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to further explore the city.

Day 5 / Experience Kyoto

Begin the day with a visit to one of Kyoto's most famous sites – Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its 10,000 vermilion torrii gates and follow a forested hillside pathway passing numerous shrines along the way. Later, enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master, and try your hand at origami. After lunch, your immersive experience continues with a fan painting class where you will learn the technique of this highly refined and sought-after visual art.

Day 6 / See The Snow Monkeys

Spend the morning travelling by bullet train to Nagoya and then journey on the limited express train to Nagano. Upon arrival, head to Jigokudani Monkey Park and walk through a picturesque forested valley to the hot pools where you will see the famous Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play. Also visit the 7th-century Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan's most prolific Buddhist temples, before continuing by road to Matsumoto.

Day 7 / Miso & Sake Tasting

Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, also known as 'Crow Castle', due to its intense black exterior. Next, head to a miso house and learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. After lunch, visit a sake brewery and enjoy a tipple or two! There will be some free time this afternoon to further explore Matsumoto.

Day 8 / Mount Fuji

Travel by road to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Ascend by road to the 5th Station to view Mt Fuji (weather permitting). Also, enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi before taking to the skies on the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy the breathtaking scenery below. Continue to Mishima and stay overnight.

Day 9 / Kamakura Grand Buddah

Journey to Kamakura, a popular coastal city located south of Tokyo. Visit Kotokuin Temple, which houses Japan's second tallest bronze buddha statue, followed by a stroll through Komachi Street which is lined with pretty little shops before visiting Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura's most important shrine. After lunch, continue to Tokyo and enjoy a leisurely walk though Hamarikyu Gardens.

Day 10 / Discover Tokyo

Begin the day by ascending to the observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree, Japan's tallest tower for panoramic views over the city below. Next, head to the old district of Asakusa and soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest and most famous temple, before browsing the stalls on Nakamise shopping street. After lunch, explore the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Tokyo's historical heritage. End the day with a cruise on the waters of Tokyo Bay and enjoy dinner from the perfect vantage point to admire the supercharged lights of the city.

Day 11 / Tokyo

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast.


Cruise Itinerary:

Date

Itinerary

Arrive

Depart

30 Mar 25

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

-

4.00 pm

31 Mar 25

At Sea

-

-

01 Apr 25

Kochi, Japan

7.00 am

3.00 pm

02 Apr 25

Kagoshima, Japan

9.00 am

6.00 pm

03 Apr 25

Sasebo, Japan

8.00 am

5.00 pm

04 Apr 25

Busan (Pusan), South Korea

8.00 am

5.00 pm

05 Apr 25

At Sea

-

-

06 Apr 25

Kanazawa, Japan

8.00 am

5.00 pm

07 Apr 25

At Sea

-

-

08 Apr 25

Akita, Japan

7.00 am

3.00 pm

09 Apr 25

Otaru, Japan

8.00 am

4.00 pm

10 Apr 25

Aomori, Japan

8.00 am

11.00 pm

11 Apr 25

Hakodate, Japan

7.00 am

6.00 pm

12 Apr 25

At Sea

-

-

13 Apr 25

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

6.30 am

-

 


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Prices listed are per person in NZD, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest category available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 21-06-2024 and can be withdrawn without notice.   Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.