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12 Days Beauty of Japan

by Louis Sylvio Feb 24 in Travel Overseas Japan

12 Day Beauty of Japan -  Louis Sylvio Belcourt  

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DAY 1 - AUSTRALIA - OSAKA, JAPAN May 31 May

Departs from Melbourne 0005 Japan Airlines JL 774
Arrives in Tokyo Narita 0905

Departs from Tokyo Narita 1145 Jetstar Japan JL 6003
Arrives in Osaka Kansai 1325
 
DAY 2 - ARRIVE IN OSAKA May 31

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.

Meals included?
None
 
Accommodation:
Karaksa Spring hotel Kansai Air Gate | Address: 598-0091 Osaka Prefecture,, Izumi-Sano, Tajiri-cho Kashouji, 588, Japan | Phone: +81 72-466-6602

DAY 3 - OSAKA - KURASHIKI - FUKUYAMA (APPROX. 235KM DAY) Jun 1

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.

Meals Included?
Breakfast
 
Accommodation:
Richmond Hotel Fukuyama Ekimae | Address: 1-1 Higashisakura-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, 720-0065, Japan | Phone: +81 84(973)8030

DAY 4 - FUKUYAMA - HIROSHIMA - FUKUYAMA (APPROX. 200KM DAY) Jun 2

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.
 
Accommodation:
Richmond Hotel Fukuyama Ekimae | Address: 1-1 Higashisakura-cho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, 720-0065, Japan | Phone: +81 84(973)8030

DAY 5 - FUKUYAMA - OSAKA (APPROX. 240KM DAY) Jun 3

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.
 
Meals Included?
Breakfast

Accommodation:
Hotel Bloemen North Hanazono | Address: 2 Chome-15-21 Hanazonokita, Nishinari Ward, Osaka, 557-0016, Japan | Phone: +81 6-6635-5100

DAY 6 - OSAKA - KYOTO - NAGOYA (APPROX. 180KM DAY) Jun 4

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.
 
Meals Included?
Breakfast

Accommodation: 
Hotel Trusty Nagoya Shirakawa | Address: 460-0008 Aichi,, Nagoya, Naka-ku Sakae, 2-7-13, Japan | Phone: N/A

DAY 7 - NAGOYA - NARAI-JUKU - MATSUMOTO (APPROX. 206KM DAY) Jun 5

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.
 
Meals Included?
Breakfast

Accommodation: 
Hotel Route Inn Suwa Inter | Address: 2247-1 Shiga, Suwa, Nagano Prefecture, 392-0012, Japan | Phone: +81 266-57-5050

DAY 8 - MATSUMOTO - MT FUJI - LAKE ASHI - YOKOHAMA (APPROX. 240KM DAY) Jun 6

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.

Meals Included?

Breakfast

Accommodation: 
Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai Standard
Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai | Address: 3-33 Sumiyoshicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, 231-0013, Japan | Phone: +81 45-650-4711

DAY 9 - YOKOHAMA - TOKYO (APPROX. 45KM DAY) Jun 7

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.

Meals Included?
Breakfast

Accommodation: 
T Mark City Hotel Tokyo Omori | Address: Chome-2-10 Omorihoncho, Ōta,, Tokyo, 143-0011, Japan | Phone: 81 3-5764-1810
 

DAY 10 - TOKYO FREE DAY Jun 8

Today enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant metropolis that is Tokyo. 
 
Meals Included?
Breakfast

Accommodation: 
T Mark City Hotel Tokyo Omori | Address: Chome-2-10 Omorihoncho, Ōta,, Tokyo, 143-0011, Japan | Phone: 81 3-5764-1810

DAY 11 - TOKYO, JAPAN - AUSTRALIA Jun 9

Enjoy some free time this morning before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Meals included?
Breakfast - In-Flight 

DAY 12 - ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA Jun 10

Departs from Tokyo Narita Jun 09 1920 Japan Airlines JL 771
Arrives in Sydney Kingsford Smith Jun 10 0610

Departs from Sydney Kingsford Smith 0800 Qantas QF 415
Arrives in Melbourne 0935