SECRETS OF JAPAN – TAKAYAMA FESTIVAL

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Discover Japan’s contrasts, from sleek, modern cities to ancient towns and traditional customs. Wander Tokyo’senergetic streets and hurtle along on the bullet train.
Stay at a traditional inn near Mt Fuji at Hakone and then journeyback in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama, where the colourful spring Takayama Festival will take place.

Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.

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DEPARTURE 10 APRIL 2019
  • 12 Nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 Night in an authentic Japanese Ryokan accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 lunch & 2 dinners including an exclusive Maiko dinner and performance in Kyoto
  • All train travel as per itinerary
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Small group touring including, entrance fees & luggage transport
  • English speaking tour leader
  • Return coach transfers
  • Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 point^ per AU$1spent

Insider Experiences:

  • Join a Japanese paper-making class in the historic town of Gokayama.
  • Be transported back to the 17th century with a visit to the atmosphericHimeji Castle.
  • Experience an important Japanese tradition by taking part in a tea ceremony in Kyoto.
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere of the Kiso Valley, wandering the charming villages of Magome and Tsumago.
  • Enjoy an exclusive Maiko dinner and performance in Kyoto, and gain inside knowledge about the fascinating lives of the apprentice Geishas.
  • Experience authentic Japanese accommodation with a stay in a tatami mat room at a traditional Japanese-style inn, dating from the 15th century.
  • Venture through the streets of Tokyo like a local take a train toShibuya, discover the Tokyu food hall and join a Taiko drumming lesson.
  • Discover numerous traditional crafts including pottery and silk dyeing as you explore Kanazawa.
  • Take part in a sake tasting before visiting the famous rock garden ofRyoan-ji Temple in Kyoto to enjoy a tea ceremony.

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Tour Departure is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons, Max 16 persons per tour. An airport arrival transfer to the first hotel on the tour itinerary and departure transfer from the last hotel on tour itinerary is included in the cost of the tour regardless of the day of arrival or departure. On all overnight train journeys and homestays travellers will be in shared accommodation, even if single supplement has been paid. Cabins layout is usually 4 berth and homestays are usually dormitory style rooms. On overnight cruises the boats may have other passengers on board the boat and shore excursions. Tipping of guides is not included in tour costs. No triple share available. Bookings are open to persons 12 years of age and over. Children 12-17yrs pay the adult rate and must share with a parent or a family member and not a single basis. Limited availability. Offer valid for sale until 31 Mar 19 unless sold out prior. Prices correct as at 8 October 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. ^You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn and redeem Qantas Points. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions. If you are not already a Qantas Frequent Flyer member you can join for free. Other T&C may apply.
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TOUR DETAILS

Day 1: Tokyo

On arrival in the energetic city of Tokyo, transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader and enjoy your first taste of Japanese cuisine.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo (or similar)

Day 2: Tokyo City Tour

See the iconic pedestrian crossing in front of Shibuya train stations Hachiko exit, where people from three opposing sides cross the street simultaneously. Continue to Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine Meiji Jingu. Walk to nearby Harajuku, a trendy shopping precinct which showcases the Cosplay (costume play) subculture. Afterwards, enjoy a Taiko drumming class.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo (or similar)

Day 3: Asakusa Temple

Travel to Hamarikyu Garden, a large garden located directly next to Tokyo Bay. Afterwards, enjoy a short boat cruise on Sumida River which ends near Asakusa Temple, the oldest and most revered temple in Tokyo. Continue to Ueno Park and visit Tokyo National Museum, Japan’s oldest and largest museum.

Hotel: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo (or similar)

Day 4: Tokyo to Hakone

Visit Hakone and see iconic Mt Fuji. Enjoy a short boat cruise on peaceful Lake Ashi-no and take a ride on the cable car for majestic views of Mt Fuji. This evening, enjoy some free time for soaking in the onsen at your traditional Japanese hotel.

Hotel: Hakone Yumoto Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Hakone to Takayama

Venture into the beautiful Kiso Valley at the southern tip of the Japan Alps stopping en route at Tsumago and Magome. Continue passing beautiful mountain scenery to Takayama.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar)

Day 6: Takayama

Takayama is a bustling market town, rich in shrine and temple architecture. Join the revellers in the streets and soak up the atmosphere of the Takayama Spring Festival which is considered one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. On a walking tour of town, visit the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and stroll past some beautifully preserved wooden houses on Kami Sannomachi Street.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Takayama (or similar)

Day 7: Takayama to Kanazawa

Travel to Shirakawago district, famous for its unique gassho-zukuri buildings, which have steeply-pitched thatched roofs designed to withstand the heavy winter snowfall. Continue to Kanazawa stopping en route at Gokayama to participate in a short paper-making class.

Hotel: Kanazawa Mante Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Kanazawa

Take an excursion to Kenrokuen Garden and visit Shima House, a preserved teahouse which has been converted into a Geisha museum or Nomura house, a samurai residence. Discover traditional crafts such as kutani pottery, kaga-yuzen silk-dyeing, and gold-leaf application, all of which are still practised in small, localised workshops. Explore the wonderful 21st Century Museum and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Hotel: Kanazawa Manten Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Kanazawa to Hiroshima

Travel to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Hiroshima independently.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima (or similar)

Day 10: Hiroshima

Take a ferry across to Miyajima Island, home to Itsukushima Shrine. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this pretty island, sampling Japanese snack food and witness wild deer roaming free. For lunch, try a traditional okonomiyaki pancake before returning by ferry to the mainland.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima (or similar)

Day 11: Hiroshima to Kyoto

Travel by train to Himeji and visit 17th century Himeji Castle before continuing to Kyoto. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Kyoto at leisure.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 12: Kyoto

Visit one of Kyoto’s most impressive shrines Fushimi Inari Shrine, sample some sake before continuing to the Golden Temple to experience an authentic tea ceremony.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 13: Kyoto

Spend the day exploring Kyoto independently. Choose to visit nearby Arashiyama, a popular district on the outskirts of Kyoto. Alternatively, Nara makes for an easy day trip from Kyoto and is a city filled with historic treasures including some of Japans oldest and largest temples. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner in the company of a Maiko getting a glimpse into the fascinating world of the Geisha.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Kyoto Shijo (or similar)

Day 14: Kyoto

Transfer by private taxi to Kyoto Station.

Tour ends.