Bucket List Japan
From Tokyo, Japan To Osaka, Japan - 9 Nights

Departing from:
Tokyo, Japan
Destination:
Osaka, Japan
Duration:
9 Nights
Offer:
Fly & Tour Holiday from Tokyo to Osaka with Iconic Sightseeing and Experiences
Offer Expires:
30/04/24
Reference Code:
MT-1562

From

AUD$2,990

Price per person

Package Details

Overview

Travel in September 2024 - November 2025
Low Deposit of $499*pp

Details

YOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Tokyo, the dynamic capital of Japan where ancient and modern perfectly collide. Make your own way to your hotel to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 2 – Tokyo
Start your Japan adventure in the vibrant heart of Tokyo on a captivating half-day tour that combines tradition and modernity. Your day begins with a visit to the iconic Meiji Shrine, nestled in the lush greenery of Yoyogi Park. As you wander through the towering torii gates and peaceful forest, you’ll immerse yourself in the serenity of Shinto spirituality. Afterward, we’ll stroll through the enchanting streets of Harajuku, known for its quirky fashion, bustling Takeshita Street, and a delightful array of street food. Marvel at the creativity and eccentricity that make this neighbourhood truly unique. You will then have the afternoon to explore the city at your own pace, perhaps continuing your shopping adventures, savouring local delicacies, or simply relishing the energetic atmosphere of Tokyo’s streets.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Tokyo Free Day
Enjoy a free day to explore Tokyo to your heart’s content. Nowhere blends old and new quite like Tokyo. The world’s most populous metropolis, energetic Tokyo has something for everyone, from ancient shrines to futuristic skyscrapers and mouth-watering cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast

Alternatively, enhance your Japan experience with our Optional Tokyo Tour (at your own expense).

  • Optional Tokyo Tour – Explore eastern Tokyo and enjoy a sumo experience from $349pp

This guided tour explores the eastern districts of Tokyo where the essence of old-school Tokyo still lingers. The morning starts with a visit to Asakusa, home to the iconic Sensoji Temple — Tokyo’s oldest and most photographed temple, adorned in vibrant red hues and intricate architecture. As you approach the temple, you’ll pass through the Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) with its large lantern taking prime position- here is a fun hint, when passing under the lantern check the base to find a hidden dragon there. Wander along Nakamise Street, a lively thoroughfare teeming with colourful stalls offering traditional snacks and souvenirs — a perfect opportunity to savour local treats and explore at your own pace. Next, we take to the water and cruise along the Sumida River from Asakusa down to Odaiba. This will give you a different perspective of Tokyo, its history, and its unique architecture as you watch pass by. But the excitement doesn’t end there! Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime sumo experience led by retired sumo wrestlers. Delve into the sport’s rich history, untold stories, and their daily lives. Witness a riveting match and even try your hand at taking on a sumo wrestler yourself. Savour a sumo-style lunch, indulging in the hearty chanko-nabe hot pot, completing this immersive journey into Tokyo’s cultural treasures.

Day 4 – Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Shizuoka (approx 165 km)
Leaving the bustling metropolis of Tokyo behind, the tour will take you through picturesque landscapes, with Mount Fuji’s majestic silhouette looming closer with every passing mile. Our first stop is the famous Mount Fuji 5th station, situated 2,300 metres above sea level. From here, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Fuji Five Lakes area, making it a popular spot for all, even if you’re not climbing the mountain. Next head to the serene Lake Kawaguchi, where you can admire the reflection of the mountain in the tranquil waters and capture breathtaking photos of this iconic landmark. From there, the adventure continues to Oshino-Hakkai, a charming village renowned for its crystal-clear spring water and traditional thatched-roof houses. After a day filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty, the tour concludes at a comfortable hotel where you can enjoy an included dinner and then unwind and rejuvenate in the soothing waters of an onsen, a quintessential Japanese hot spring experience.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 – Shizuoka – Kyoto (approx 370 km)
This morning, following a delightful breakfast, the tour sets out on a day-long journey from Shizuoka to the enchanting city of Kyoto. Along the way we will make a stop to take in one last breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, before resuming our 370-kilometre voyage to Kyoto.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Kyoto
Embark on a captivating half-day Kyoto orientation tour that will transport you through the city’s timeless beauty and rich history. The journey begins with a visit to Arashiyama, a district renowned for its enchanting bamboo groves and the iconic Togetsu Bridge. After absorbing the tranquillity of this natural wonder, we head to the modern and bustling Kyoto Station, a stark contrast to the traditional allure of the city, showcasing architectural brilliance. The tour culminates at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, perched on a hillside with stunning panoramic views of Kyoto. This whirlwind adventure offers a perfect snapshot of Kyoto’s blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. Use the afternoon to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Kyoto Free Day
Enjoy a free day to discover the classical city of Kyoto at your leisure. Once the capital of Japan, today Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the birthplace of geisha culture, making it a sanctuary for history buffs and culture vultures.

Meals: Breakfast

Alternatively, enhance your Japan experience with our Optional Kyoto Tour (at your own expense).

  • Optional Kyoto Tour – Discover the history of Kyoto and take part in a tea ceremony from $279pp

Experience the timelessness of Kyoto on a captivating optional tour. We begin the tour at the iconic Kiyomizu-Dera, a temple complex perched gracefully on the hills, offering panoramic views and a spiritual ambience. Wander through the charming streets of Ninenzaka, steeped in history and lined with traditional machiya buildings. Explore the stores that sell local specialties such as sweets, crafts, and souvenirs. Amongst the streets of shops, you will also find the iconic Yasaka Pagoda and Yasaka Koshindo, a small shrine honouring the three wise monkeys decorated with balls of brightly coloured, photogenic fabric monkeys called Kukurizaru. Kyoto is renowned as the birthplace of the Japanese tea ceremony so we can’t pass up the chance of partaking in the serene art also called Chado, “the way of tea”. Learn the art of the tea ceremony from a knowledgeable tea master who will guide you through every step. Gain insights into the significance of each movement, utensil, and the philosophy behind the ceremony plus enjoy the tea and a traditional sweet as an accompaniment. Lastly, step into the regal past at Nijo Castle, where the elegance of feudal Japan whispers through its architecture and immaculate gardens. The castle’s famed “nightingale floors” sing softly with each step, adding an enchanting allure to its exploration. Immerse yourself in its majestic corridors, adorned with intricate artwork, and experience the essence of ancient Japan within its walls.

Day 8 – Kyoto – Nara – Osaka (approx 90 km)
Today we travel from Kyoto to Nara, stopping along the way at the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine. What makes Fushimi Inari truly unique is its thousands of striking vermilion torii gates that form a captivating pathway up the forested slopes of Mount Inari. This is a must-do on a trip to the Kansai region. Next, we move on to Nara where you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Todaiji Temple, home to the colossal Great Buddha statue, the world’s largest bronze Buddha. The temple’s grandeur and historical significance are truly remarkable. Afterwards, encounter some of the tame deer of Nara Park which are a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. The day concludes in vibrant Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city renowned for its extroverted locals, boisterous nightlife, and amazing food scene.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Osaka Free Day
Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant city of Osaka at your own pace. The commercial metropolis is renowned for sophisticated architecture, illustrious neighbourhoods, boisterous nightlife and hearty street food. Distinguished for its extroverted locals, eating and drinking in Osaka is an unforgettable experience.

Meals: Breakfast

Alternatively, enhance your Japan experience with our Optional Osaka Half-Day Tour (at your own expense).

  • Optional Osaka Half-Day Tour – Discover the vibrancy of Osaka and its food scene from $259pp

Enjoy the vibrant soul of Osaka on an unforgettable afternoon tour! From 2pm join your guide and head to the futuristic Umeda Sky Building. Ascend to the floating observatory on the 39th floor and take in the commanding views of the city. Next, the tour stops by Osaka Castle for a photo stop- it is a beautiful contrast between the reconstructed castle and the surrounding modern buildings. Continuing on we dive into the bustling energy of Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori districts, where modernity meets tradition. Feast your eyes on the neon lights, bustling streets, and iconic landmarks. Osaka is renowned for its food scene so cap off the evening with a delicious foodie experience. Enjoy an okonomiyaki (famed Osakan savoury pancake) dinner along with side dishes plus all-you-can-drink. Cheers to an evening of flavours and memories in this captivating city!

Day 10 – Depart Osaka
Sayonara! Make your own way to the airport, bidding farewell to beautiful Japan, and taking home incredible memories.
Note: Due to flight times and scheduling, you may arrive in Australia on Day 10 or 11. Final documents will confirm travel timings.

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary Map

Inclusions

Embark on an unforgettable 10-day Japan tour that weaves through Tokyo’s vibrant urban tapestry, the serene majesty of Mount Fuji, Kyoto’s cultural richness, Nara’s historical allure with sacred deer, and Osaka’s dynamic energy. This bucket list adventure promises a captivating blend of tradition and modernity, offering an immersive exploration of Japan’s iconic destinations. This stellar tour also includes return international flights, well-situated hotels, expert tour leader, meticulously planned itinerary and unique experiences.

Highlights

  • Discover the buzz and energy of one of the world’s great cities- Tokyo
  • Visit the serene Meiji Jingu shrine and explore colourful Harajuku
  • Take in stunning views from Mt Fuji’s 5th Station located 2300m above sea level
  • Admire the spectacular views of Mount Fuji from Yamanashi’s great lakes
  • Stand in awe amongst the swaying bamboo of Arashiyama
  • Stroll around the geisha district of Kyoto
  • Stand at the foot of the world’s largest bronze Buddha at Todaiji
  • Feed the local free-roaming deer of Nara Park
  • Enjoy free time to explore Osaka- a dynamic city renowned for its culinary delights

Inclusions

  • Flights to Tokyo, returning from Osaka
  • 9 Nights hand-selected accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and one dinner
  • Private deluxe coach transportation
  • Dedicated English-speaking tour leader throughout
  • Unique sightseeing and admissions as specified

Terms

Price based on tours starting:

  • 27 August 2025

Extra charges apply for:

  • 7 September 2024 (+$300pp)
  • 21 October 2024 (+$800pp) – Autumn Leaves
  • 04 November 2024 (+$800pp) – Autumn Leaves
  • 22 March 2025 (+$1300pp)* – Cherry Blossoms
  • 09 April 2025 (+$1300pp)* – Cherry Blossoms
  • 05 July 2025 (+500pp)
  • 10 September 2025 (+$200pp)
  • 24 September 2025 (+$300pp)
  • 06 October 2025 (+$800pp)
  • 15 October 2025 (+$800pp) – Autumn Leaves
  • 03 November 2025 (+$800pp) – Autumn Leaves

Cherry Blossoms: In spring, late March to early April is historically the best time to view pink and white cherry blossoms (sakura).

*Due to increased demand for Cherry Blossom season, airfare pricing may vary and incur an additional surcharge. Your friendly holiday expert will quote you any additional surcharges at the time of booking.

Hydrangea: In the warmer and less crowded months, you may catch blue, purple and pink flowers such as native hydrangea (ajisai) from June to July.

Autumn Leaves: In November, the colourful leaves (koyo) of autumn are what cherry blossoms are to spring. Witness fall foliage turn different shades of vivid red, orange and yellow.

Note: Bloom and fall timings are not guaranteed as they are highly seasonal and subject to changing climate conditions.

Price based on departing from Sydney

Extra charges apply for:

  • Melbourne ($100pp)
  • Brisbane ($300pp)
  • Perth ($300pp)
  • Adelaide ($300pp)
  • Hobart ($600pp)
  • Darwin ($800pp)

What To Expect On Tour

Itinerary: Our multi-stop Japan tours are carefully designed to give a real insight into the highlights, culture and beauty of each region. Each day will be different, with a combination of travel days, sightseeing and free time to explore or take a breather as you wish.

Pace: The pace of this tour is leisurely. The tour covers several prefectures of Japan and involves some early starts and some long travel days – see the itinerary for an indication of the distances travelled by the coach. One to two nights at each destination is standard. Scheduled free days allow some downtime, or alternatively, you have the flexibility to explore further and book optional programs (at your own expense).

Fitness: A moderate level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating occasional uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to carry your own baggage to and from hotels, terminals and stations. Airport transfer services may not arrive directly at the hotel reception and a short walk between the station and the hotel may be required. This trip is not suitable for travelers requiring wheelchairs, mobility scooters or facilities for disabled guests. Other walking aids may be permitted if you are able to move about unassisted at the required pace. For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you must disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.

Accommodation: The size of hotel rooms in Japan are generally smaller than Western standards. Hotels are carefully hand-selected for room sizes of at least 18 sqm for your comfort. Single rooms are typically smaller than twin rooms. Hotels in Japan generally have very few rooms with double-bed configuration. Requests for rooms with double beds cannot be guaranteed in advance and if not available, twin beds will be provided. Hotel names referenced are to be used as an indicative guide for the standard of accommodation to expect. Actual hotels may differ and will be confirmed on your final documentation. All hotel ratings are local or self-ratings provided by the supplier. All rooms are lead-in category or run-of-house unless otherwise specified. Due to the popular culture of smoking in Japan, non-smoking or deodourised rooms will be requested by default – please notify hotel reception if this is an issue. The standard check-in time is after 3pm and check-out is before 10am – actual times may vary.

Transfers: Airport transfers are not included.

Meals: Breakfasts offered by the Japanese accommodation providers are typically buffet style, with limited vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options. For meals not included, you will be taken to places with options where possible. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We endeavour to pass on your dietary requirements but cannot guarantee that they can be met as certain choices may be limited or not catered for. You are required to reconfirm dietary requests with your tour leader whilst on tour.

Baggage: Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly. An additional light day bag or backpack is permitted on the coach. Porterage is not included, and you are required to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own responsibility, and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

Group size: You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 30 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 40 passengers. If the tour does not operate, you will be offered a credit. The operation of optional programs is subject to a minimum group size. If the minimum number for optional programs is not reached, you will be refunded.

Accommodation

While you will not spend much time in the hotels, each has been carefully selected to suit the size and needs of the group. They may not be centrally located, but are typically near public transport options, and your friendly guide will provide a helpful orientation tour on arrival into many of the cities you visit. Our accommodation is generally of a quality 3 star or higher local rating. Hotel names referenced are to be used as an indicative guide for the standard of accommodation to expect. Actual hotels may differ and will be confirmed on your final documentation.

  • Tokyo – Hotel MONday Premium Toyosu or similar
  • Shizuoka – Hotel Just-One Fuji or similar
  • Kyoto – S-Peria Hotel Kyoto or similar
  • Osaka – FP Hotels Namba Minami or similar

Refer to Important Info for further details.

Important Information

Exclusions: Meals not stated, drinks on meals, airport transfers, optional programs, travel insurance (strongly recommended), visas (if required), tipping, personal expenses and anything not explicitly specified are at your own expense.

Payment: A first deposit from $499 per person is required to secure your booking. A second deposit (partial payment) is due 10 months before departure – the amount to be advised at the time of booking. The final balance will be due 5 months before departure. Full payment is due at the time of booking for departures within 5 months.

Fitness: A moderate level of fitness is required. You are required to move about unassisted, including boarding and alighting vehicles and other forms of transportation, walking up and down flights of stairs, and navigating occasional uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to carry your own baggage to and from hotels, terminals and stations. Airport transfer services may not arrive directly at the hotel reception and a short walk between the station and the hotel may be required. This trip is not suitable for travellers requiring wheelchairs, mobility scooters or facilities for disabled guests. Other walking aids may be permitted if you are able to move about unassisted at the required pace. For advice on whether this trip is suitable for you, you must disclose physical ailments at the time of booking.

Pace: The pace of this tour is leisurely. The tour covers several prefectures of Japan and involves some early starts and some long travel days – see the itinerary for an indication of the distances travelled by the coach. One to two nights at each destination is standard. Scheduled free days allow some downtime, or alternatively, you have the flexibility to explore further and book optional programs (at your own expense).

Solo Occupancy: A single supplement from $900 per person is payable in addition to the twin share price for solo occupancy. Single rooms are typically smaller than twin rooms in Japan.

Triple Share: Triple share is not available.

Extra Accommodation: Pre-tour accommodation in Tokyo with breakfast in the same tour hotel can be added for one or two persons subject to availability from $290 per room per night. Post-tour accommodation in Osaka with breakfast in the same tour hotel can be added for one or two persons subject to availability from $270 per room per night.

Child: This tour is best enjoyed by adult travellers and is not suitable for children under 10 years of age. Children 10 years and above are subject to the adult price and must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Surcharges may apply for select travel periods and departure cities. Prices are correct at the time of publication and are subject to availability, change, cancellation or withdrawal without notice. All prices are in Australian dollars per person twin share unless stated otherwise.

Amendment: Each amendment is subject to a fee from $75 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Cancellation: Cancellation is subject to a fee from $550 per person. Additional fees and fare differences from third-party suppliers including air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers may apply.

Deviation: Any request to deviate from the original dates or routing, including early arrival and stay behind, is subject to a flight deviation fee from $150 per person plus applicable airfare and tax difference. Packaged tour extensions are not subject to the deviation fee (applicable airfare and tax difference may still apply) if booked according to the original advertised dates and routing.

Passport: For international travel, each customer must provide a copy of the passport photo page at the time of booking. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all names are full names exactly matched to the passport with six months validity beyond trip completion. The customer is liable for all fees due to incorrect names, invalid passport information and expired passports.

Visa: A visa is generally not required for Australian passport holders visiting Japan for the purpose of short-term tourism; however, this policy is subject to change without notice. Visa requirements for each origin and destination country are the responsibility of the customer to check and obtain (if required) with the local consulate or embassy. The customer is liable for all visa application costs and fees due to the failure to obtain the required travel documents.

Health: It is the responsibility of the customer to check and comply with the health, vaccination, COVID-19 and immigration requirements of each origin and destination country, and health requirements imposed by air, tour, cruise and accommodation providers. Vaccinations, testing and quarantine costs are the expense of the customer. Comprehensive travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage is strongly recommended.

Baggage: Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, superseding any other baggage allowance. Excess baggage is not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly. An additional light day bag or backpack is permitted on the coach. Porterage is not included, and you are required to carry your own bags. Luggage and personal effects are your own responsibility, and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

Transfers: Airport transfers are not included.

Meals: Breakfasts offered by the Japanese accommodation providers are typically buffet style, with limited vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options. For meals not included, you will be taken to places with options where possible. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We endeavour to pass on your dietary requirements but cannot guarantee that they can be met as certain choices may be limited or not catered for. You are required to reconfirm dietary requests with your tour leader whilst on tour.

Accommodation: The size of hotel rooms in Japan are generally smaller than Western standards. Hotels are carefully hand-selected for room sizes at least 18 sqm for your comfort. Single rooms are typically smaller than twin rooms. Hotels in Japan generally have very few rooms with double-bed configuration. Requests for rooms with double beds cannot be guaranteed in advance and if not available, twin beds will be provided. Hotel names referenced are to be used as an indicative guide for the standard of accommodation to expect. Actual hotels may differ and will be confirmed on your final documentation. All hotel ratings are local or self-ratings provided by the supplier. All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise specified. Due to the popular culture of smoking in Japan, non-smoking or deodourised rooms will be requested by default – please notify hotel reception if this is an issue. The standard check-in time is after 3pm and check-out is before 10am – actual times may vary.

Tipping: Driver tipping, parking and toll fees are included. Tour guide tipping is discretionary and recommended as a gesture of appreciation for the service provided.

Flights: The outbound flight may depart one day prior to day 1 shown on the itinerary. The inbound flight may arrive one day after the final day shown on the itinerary. Flights are booked approximately 8 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, fuel levies, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination. No show of any flight sectors will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline.

Fuel: In the unlikely event of a significant increase in fuel costs levied by third-party air, land and cruise transportation operators before travel, a fuel supplement may be passed on to the customer.

Group Size: You will meet like-minded travellers on tour and may even make lifelong friends. This holiday will proceed with a minimum group size of approximately 30 passengers and a maximum group size of approximately 36 passengers. If the tour does not operate, you will be offered a credit. The operation of optional programs is subject to a minimum group size. If the minimum number for optional programs is not reached, you will be refunded.

Blooms: The timing of cherry blossom, autumn leaf and other blooms are not guaranteed as they are highly seasonal from region to region and subject to changing climate conditions. Suggested dates are only an estimate of the best viewing periods based on historical data. Cherry blossom festival season is one of the most incredible times to visit Japan. Cherry blossom full blooms last over a one-week time window, during which, it is lively and crowded every year and expected to be especially busy due to unprecedented pent-up demand for post-pandemic travel to Japan.

Tour Extensions: Packaged tour extensions must be booked at least 10 months before departure or before flights are issued.

Optional Programs: Optional programs are subject to a minimum of 10 passengers and must be booked at least 5 months before departure. If the optional programs do not operate, you will be refunded.

Itinerary: The operating schedule and itinerary may be impacted without notice by adverse weather, seasonal factors, closures, local conditions, COVID-19 or other factors beyond our control including force majeure. If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, alternatives will be provided where possible. The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed appropriate by the operator for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation. Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

Breakaway: Customers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not leave the tour unless written approval is provided before departure.

Documentation: Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure. For packages consisting of multiple tours or countries, documentation will be emailed individually within two weeks of departure of each respective tour.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included and is strongly recommended. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.

Force Majeure: Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, act of God, act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other event beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control. In case of force majeure or other extraordinary event that prevents safe travel, the supplier reserves the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

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