Splendours of Japan with Hiroshima Summer 2020

Loading...
Travel now, pay later
0% 9 months interest free†
Weekly
$238*
Monthly
$1028*
This deal expires on the 25th Sep 2019

    Availability

    From 01/04/2020 to 09/04/2021

    Departure dates & prices

    Dates Availability Price
    • Apr Wed 01 2020 to Apr Mon 13 2020
      On Request
      From
      $9,695*
    • Apr Sun 05 2020 to Apr Fri 17 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,695*
    • Apr Wed 08 2020 to Apr Mon 20 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,695*
    • Apr Wed 15 2020 to Apr Mon 27 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,650*
    • Apr Sun 19 2020 to May Fri 01 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,750*
    • Apr Wed 22 2020 to May Mon 04 2020
      Sold Out
      From
      $9,750*
    • Apr Wed 29 2020 to May Mon 11 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,750*
    • May Sun 10 2020 to May Fri 22 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,650*
    • May Sun 31 2020 to Jun Fri 12 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,650*
    • Jun Sun 07 2020 to Jun Fri 19 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,250*
    • Jun Sun 14 2020 to Jun Fri 26 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,250*
    • Jun Sun 28 2020 to Jul Fri 10 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,250*
    • Jul Sun 05 2020 to Jul Fri 17 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,250*
    • Sep Sun 06 2020 to Sep Fri 18 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,650*
    • Sep Sun 13 2020 to Sep Fri 25 2020
      Available
      From
      $9,695*

    What's included

    Dining Highlights.
    12 breakfasts.
    4 lunches.
    7 dinners.
    .
    First class travel Highlights.
    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing.
    Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals.
    Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
    Optional Experiences and free time.
    All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
    An expert Travel Director and separate Driver.
    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
    Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday.
    Handcrafted Highlights.
    .

    Itinerary

    • Day 1 - ARRIVE TOKYO (2 NIGHTS) Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. On arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you'll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.
    • Day 2 - TOKYO SIGHTSEEING We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience where a professional stylist will dress you in a traditional Japanese kimono.
    • Day 3 - TOKYO - LAKE YAMANAKAKO Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era, then continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi with a 'Local Specialist'. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.
    • Day 4 - LAKE YAMANAKAKO - MT. FUJI - TAKAYAMA Visit Oshino Hakkai, a small rural village in the Fuji Five Lakes district, renowned for eight natural spring water ponds that are fed by melted snow from Mt. Fuji. Admire the reflections of the sky and landscapes in its clear waters, then ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station. Ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway next, for jaw-dropping views (weather permitting) of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Then, journey through the Japanese Alps to the beautiful hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
    • Day 5 - TAKAYAMA - GOKAYAMA - KANAZAWA (2 NIGHTS) Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. Journey back in time this afternoon during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Next, meet a local family in one of these houses, then 'Dive into Culture' observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. 'Make a Difference' to the sustainability of this small business during your visit. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.
    • Day 6 - KANAZAWA SIGHTSEEING Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf, a delicate craft the Japanese have been perfecting since the 16th century. Continue to the tranquil gardens of Kenroku-en, shaped over a hundred years to emerge as one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. Connecting with your exquisite natural surrounds, you'll stroll through ornate landscapes and past ponds and temples. Take a short walk through the Omicho market next to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insider's view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Then, visit the Nagamachi District with its beautifully preserved samurai houses that line the traditional stone streets. Here you will gain first-hand insights into samurai life during a visit to the Nomura house, an elegant samurai mansion.
    • Day 7 - KANAZAWA - KYOTO (2 NIGHTS) We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll 'Connect with Locals' at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito's uncle. We'll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.
    • Day 8 - KYOTO SIGHTSEEING The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.
    • Day 9 - KYOTO - KOTOHIRA This morning we leave Japan's main island Honshu behind, crossing the world's largest suspension bridge over the Seto Inland Sea to Awaji Island. Enjoy free time for lunch, then take a walk around Yumebutai, a complex of buildings built on the side of the mountain. One of the most striking features is the '100 Stepped Garden' - a group of 100 flowerbeds in small square gardens on an incline and arranged in grids spread over several levels. Visit the Water Temple and admire the reflection of the surrounding mountains, rice paddies and bamboo groves as you descend the steps to the Buddhist temple beneath its still waters. Journey to the small mountain hot springs village of Kotohira where our accommodation tonight is one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' - a traditional Japanese ryokan. We'll have some time this evening to climb the steps adjacent to the hotel to visit Kotohira-gu Shrine and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Later perhaps take a relaxing soak in the onsen (hot spring) bath at our hotel.
    • Day 10 - KOTOHIRA - HIROSHIMA (2 NIGHTS) This morning visit the Zentsuji Temple, birthplace of one of the most revered figures of Japanese Buddhism, the high priest Kobo Daishi. It is the 75th temple on the 88 temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, which covers approximately 1,200 kilometres and was traditionally done on foot taking up to 60 days to complete. It is still done by many people today although modern pilgrims use cars, taxis, buses, bicycles or motorcycles. Continue to Omishima Island and make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Drive to Hiroshima via the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Expressway, a 60-kilometre highway that links the islands of the Seto Inland Sea with nine individual bridges. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening.
    • Day 11 - HIROSHIMA SIGHTSEEING We travel by ferry to the sacred Miyajima Island, where we'll see the famous UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine and elaborate torii gate that stands majestically in the sea. After some free time for lunch and to explore the island's spiritual sanctuaries, we return to Hiroshima for a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Imagine the devastation and horror that followed the world's first atomic explosion in 1945 as you see the UNESCO-listed Peace Memorial, the only structure left standing in the area and an expression of hope for world peace. This evening, we'll indulge in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake made with egg, cabbage, soba noodles, and meat, seafood or cheese, grilled in layers on a hot plate.
    • Day 12 - HIROSHIMA - OSAKA Board the high-speed bullet train to Osaka this morning and enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in the Dotonbori Street area. Visit Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Day 13 - DEPART OSAKA Our encounter with Japan's centuries-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, or Osaka Itami Airport for your onward flight. Sightseeing Highlights CITY TOUR of Hiroshima VISIT the Water Temple on Awaji Island, the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima and the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island
    Travel now, pay later
    0% 9 months interest free†
    Weekly
    $238*
    Monthly
    $1028*
    • The following product terms and conditions apply in addition to our Booking Terms and Conditions (available on our website) and terms and conditions of the relevant travel service provider.
    • Prices quoted valid for sale until 25 September 2019 for travel during the period specified (if applicable) unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
    • All prices are per person (unless otherwise stated), subject to availability and may be withdrawn or varied without notice. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
    • Advertised price includes bonus nights and/or stated saving (if applicable).
    • Additional supplier conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Please enquire for further details.
    • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
    • Components of the total price including local payments, "resort fees", "national park fees", "trip kitties" and food funds (if applicable) may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel consultant prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
    • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
    • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.
    • Additional levies, government charges & other applicable fees, including additional taxes, surcharges and visa fees specific to your departure date or flight routing, may apply and are beyond our control.
    • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
    • Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or by BPAY.
    • Payments made in store by credit card will incur a surcharge (see Booking Terms and Conditions for further details).
    • These prices are a guide to the best price and are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please enquire for further details..

    Tell us about your travel plans

    Why choose Flight Centre?


    Not only do we have an incredible, worldwide team with decades of experience and a genuine passion for travel, we also have the widest choice of travel options covering tours, cruises, holiday packages and more. Flight Centre gives you free holiday planning and personalised service, Interest Free* Holiday Finance so you can book now, pay later, and 24/7 worldwide customer care on 133 133.