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Japan Unrivalled

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Days

13

Operated by Contiki
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Day 1

Welcome to Tokyo!

Here amongst the bright lights and quirks of Tokyo we'll get acquainted with our new squad for what might just be the best 13 days of our lives.

Day 1
City view of Tokyo, Japan's capital

After checking-in to our hotel and maybe doing some DIY exploring, we will join up and get the excitement pumping - who's ready to start unraveling the incredibly unique country of Japan?

Day 1
Hands up if you're excited to explore Japan!

Day 2

Explore the Beauty of Tokyo

The ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the Meiji Jingu shrine are just some of the doors we will open to this city.

Day 2
Tour the buddhist temple of Senso-ji
Day 2
Meiji Jingu Shrine

Or perhaps your idea of fun is to take to the streets of Shibuya, attempting to cross the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.

Day 2
One of the busiest crossing streets in the world
Day 2
Walk among hundreds in the streets

Tonight, we've got a Free Time Add-On we reckon you'll find hard to resist - a much needed soak in traditional Japanese hot spring baths, locally known as an Onsen.

Day 2
Visit one of the relaxing hot springs in Tokyo

Day 3

A Day in Tokyo

Today is yours to take on Tokyo your way. Experience Tokyo on a Maricar go-cart or the Tokyo Sky Tree. Or perhaps you're more about doing a sushi crawl.

Day 3
Sample some of the best sushi in town
Day 3
634 m high up
Day 3
Can't beat a view like that!

Want to make this night in Tokyo your weirdest, wackiest and most space age yet? We have two words for you my friends: Robot Restaurant.

Day 3
Dinner and a robot show!

Day 4

Mountain Vistas in Hakone

Before we leg it out of Japan's capital we have some very serious business to tend to - a guided tour of famous Tsukiji - the world's largest and busiest fish market.

Day 4
Try some tasty cuisine at the Tsukiji market

Our first overland journey takes us south to Hakone. We will take in Japanese mountain vistas from the Hakone Ropeway & spend the night in a traditional guesthouse.

Day 5
Picturesque views of Mt. Fuji from the ropeway

Day 5

Tour the Countryside

Waving our supremely hospitable hosts goodbye we hit the road in search of a long valley amidst the Japanese mountains.

After a full day of exploring and ogling and Japanese countryside, it would be perfectly acceptable to crash out on arrival in Takayama.

Day 5
Scenery of Miyagawa river, passing through Takayama
Day 5
Explore the streets of this world heritage site

Day 6

Cycle Around Takayama

Dark wooden buildings, Kanji signs & surrounding hillsides will see us totally taken by Takayama. Grab a bike and take a cycle, then unwind from it all with a Japanese footbath in our hotel's very own hot springs.

Day 6
Take a ride in an old style two wheeled passenger cart

There's not many places where relaxation feels quite like this. Tonight is yours to explore as you wish, but we have an inkling you won't want to miss the mouthwatering hida beef for dinner.

Day 7

Ride the World's Fastest Train

Leave the soul-stirring town of Takayama with the bullet train experience whipping us to Hiroshima it's hard not to get excited.

Day 7
Excited yet?

We did it! We travelled on land at a casual 320 kilometers per hour on the Shinkansen - the world's fastest train.

Day 7
Welcome to Hiroshima!

Day 8

History Lessons in Hiroshima

A city mourned over as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll, the mood will turn reflective as we enter Hiroshima.

Our day here will be one of learning as we take in the tragic recounts of World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum.

Day 8
Learn about World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum

Day 9

Experience the Culture in Kyoto

With 3 more destinations left to uncover on the Japanese map, we hit the road this morning and leave the historical metropolis of Hiroshima behind.

Welcome to the culture hub of Japan. Geisha girls, artfully manicured gardens, shrines & temples aplenty - looks like we're in Kyoto!

Day 9
Kyoto, Japan cityscape in Higashiyama historic district

Explore the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area with our guide. You'll also have plenty of free time to check the place out any old way you please.

Day 9
Tour the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion
Day 9
Admire the beauty of the Golden Pavilion
Day 9
Nijo Castle

Day 10

Shrines in Kyoto

So what's up next? How about checking out the Fushimi Inari Shrine? Approx 233 metres above sea level, the journey to the shrine begins at the base of the mountain.

Day 10
Fushimi Inari Shrine

Day 11

En Route to Mount Koya

Enjoy a slow and leisurely morning in Kyoto to get in the zen frame of mind for what lies ahead. On the train we make tracks for Mt Koya.

Day 11
Walk along the zen gardens at Mt Koya

Tonight we stay in a Buddhist guesthouse, eating traditional food and savouring the mindfulness & beauty of this incredible experience.

Day 12

Last Stop, Osaka

It's our last full day of the trip - make the most of it by rising early this morning and partaking in the tradition of an early morning Buddhist service.

A Local Guide will then walk us through the beauty of the Koyasan area and centuries old cemetery before we move on to our last destination.

Day 12
Check out the Pagoda of Kongozanmaiin at Danjo Garan Temple in Koyasan area

For those who have stepped out of their quiet zone from the morning of serenity, it will be time to relish in Osaka and take on the traditional Japanese pastime of Karaoke.

Day 12
Experience the beautiful Osaka gardens
Day 12
and waterfalls
Day 12
and temples

Day 13

Depart Osaka

Today our Japanese fairytale comes to an end. Whilst we'll be crying silent (or not so silent) tears, our life-lasting memories, army of new friends and deep appreciation for Japan will be enough to keep the smiles on our faces.

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Japan Unrivalled

from

$6069

Days

13

Operated by Contiki
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Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome To Tokyo!

Here amongst the bright lights and quirks of Tokyo we'll get acquainted with our new squad for what might just be the best 13 days of our lives.

Day 1
City view of Tokyo, Japan's capital

After checking-in to our hotel and maybe doing some DIY exploring, we will join up and get the excitement pumping - who's ready to start unraveling the incredibly unique country of Japan?

Day 1
Hands up if you're excited to explore Japan!

Day 2

Explore The Beauty Of Tokyo

The ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji, the lake woven grounds of the Imperial Palace & the Meiji Jingu shrine are just some of the doors we will open to this city.

Day 2
Tour the buddhist temple of Senso-ji
Day 2
Meiji Jingu Shrine

Or perhaps your idea of fun is to take to the streets of Shibuya, attempting to cross the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.

Day 2
One of the busiest crossing streets in the world
Day 2
Walk among hundreds in the streets

Tonight, we've got a Free Time Add-On we reckon you'll find hard to resist - a much needed soak in traditional Japanese hot spring baths, locally known as an Onsen.

Day 2
Visit one of the relaxing hot springs in Tokyo

Day 3

A Day In Tokyo

Today is yours to take on Tokyo your way. Experience Tokyo on a Maricar go-cart or the Tokyo Sky Tree. Or perhaps you're more about doing a sushi crawl.

Day 3
Sample some of the best sushi in town
Day 3
634 m high up
Day 3
Can't beat a view like that!

Want to make this night in Tokyo your weirdest, wackiest and most space age yet? We have two words for you my friends: Robot Restaurant.

Day 3
Dinner and a robot show!

Day 4

Mountain Vistas In Hakone

Before we leg it out of Japan's capital we have some very serious business to tend to - a guided tour of famous Tsukiji - the world's largest and busiest fish market.

Day 4
Try some tasty cuisine at the Tsukiji market

Our first overland journey takes us south to Hakone. We will take in Japanese mountain vistas from the Hakone Ropeway & spend the night in a traditional guesthouse.

Day 5
Picturesque views of Mt. Fuji from the ropeway

Day 5

Tour The Countryside

Waving our supremely hospitable hosts goodbye we hit the road in search of a long valley amidst the Japanese mountains.

After a full day of exploring and ogling and Japanese countryside, it would be perfectly acceptable to crash out on arrival in Takayama.

Day 5
Scenery of Miyagawa river, passing through Takayama
Day 5
Explore the streets of this world heritage site

Day 6

Cycle Around Takayama

Dark wooden buildings, Kanji signs & surrounding hillsides will see us totally taken by Takayama. Grab a bike and take a cycle, then unwind from it all with a Japanese footbath in our hotel's very own hot springs.

Day 6
Take a ride in an old style two wheeled passenger cart

There's not many places where relaxation feels quite like this. Tonight is yours to explore as you wish, but we have an inkling you won't want to miss the mouthwatering hida beef for dinner.

Day 7

Ride The World's Fastest Train

Leave the soul-stirring town of Takayama with the bullet train experience whipping us to Hiroshima it's hard not to get excited.

Day 7
Excited yet?

We did it! We travelled on land at a casual 320 kilometers per hour on the Shinkansen - the world's fastest train.

Day 7
Welcome to Hiroshima!

Day 8

History Lessons In Hiroshima

A city mourned over as the world's first atomic bomb target during World War ll, the mood will turn reflective as we enter Hiroshima.

Our day here will be one of learning as we take in the tragic recounts of World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum.

Day 8
Learn about World War II at the Peace Memorial Museum

Day 9

Experience The Culture In Kyoto

With 3 more destinations left to uncover on the Japanese map, we hit the road this morning and leave the historical metropolis of Hiroshima behind.

Welcome to the culture hub of Japan. Geisha girls, artfully manicured gardens, shrines & temples aplenty - looks like we're in Kyoto!

Day 9
Kyoto, Japan cityscape in Higashiyama historic district

Explore the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle & the Gion Area with our guide. You'll also have plenty of free time to check the place out any old way you please.

Day 9
Tour the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion
Day 9
Admire the beauty of the Golden Pavilion
Day 9
Nijo Castle

Day 10

Shrines In Kyoto

So what's up next? How about checking out the Fushimi Inari Shrine? Approx 233 metres above sea level, the journey to the shrine begins at the base of the mountain.

Day 10
Fushimi Inari Shrine

Day 11

En Route To Mount Koya

Enjoy a slow and leisurely morning in Kyoto to get in the zen frame of mind for what lies ahead. On the train we make tracks for Mt Koya.

Day 11
Walk along the zen gardens at Mt Koya

Tonight we stay in a Buddhist guesthouse, eating traditional food and savouring the mindfulness & beauty of this incredible experience.

Day 12

Last Stop, Osaka

It's our last full day of the trip - make the most of it by rising early this morning and partaking in the tradition of an early morning Buddhist service.

A Local Guide will then walk us through the beauty of the Koyasan area and centuries old cemetery before we move on to our last destination.

Day 12
Check out the Pagoda of Kongozanmaiin at Danjo Garan Temple in Koyasan area

For those who have stepped out of their quiet zone from the morning of serenity, it will be time to relish in Osaka and take on the traditional Japanese pastime of Karaoke.

Day 12
Experience the beautiful Osaka gardens
Day 12
and waterfalls
Day 12
and temples

Day 13

Depart Osaka

Today our Japanese fairytale comes to an end. Whilst we'll be crying silent (or not so silent) tears, our life-lasting memories, army of new friends and deep appreciation for Japan will be enough to keep the smiles on our faces.