Japan Brochure 2020

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Accommodation Ratings

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General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your travel consultant to ensure you get the accommodation that best fits your needs. Child Policy: A child is considered 2-11 years of age. Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suits you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel specialist will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Pricing is in New Zealand dollars.


JAPAN Japan is a majestically mountainous country surrounded by the ocean, lined with many waterways, and abundant in nature. As the country stretches some 3000 kilometres north to south, it encompasses a range of climates from subarctic to subtropical with four distinct seasons, meaning there is no shortage of activities to be enjoyed year round. Spring time, March to May, is when the cherry blossoms bloom, with the first week of April hailing as the best time for viewing in the major cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Viewing parties known as hanami are a popular way to admire the transient beauty of Japan’s iconic blooms. Summer in Japan brings traditional festivals and firework displays, whereas Autumn brings the cooler crisper weather and the brilliant red and gold foliage known as Koyo. Late October to November is the peak time to view Koyo as the leaves change from the north and make their way southwards, painting the landscapes. Then all the ski junkies take their annual pilgrimage from around the world to descend on Japan for their powder snow and steaming onsens.


3 / CONVENIENCE STORES OR ‘CONBINI’ Convenience stores, known as ‘conbini’ in Japan are truly as convenient as they are ubiquitous. Even small country towns will have at least one conbini, whether it’s a 7-Eleven, Famima (Family Mart) or one of the seemingly dozens of other chains. Not only can you get snacks, drinks and basic toiletries, you can also get hot food. In addition you can often find an ATM as well.

1 / AUTUMN LEAVES (KOYO) Most people are aware of Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms in spring, but the beauty of the autumn leaves season is extremely underrated. Imagine walking through an ancient temple and gazing out of the window to a sea of fiery red and gold autumn foliage. The viewing season is called ‘koyo’ and can be enjoyed much longer than cherry blossoms, starting as early as late September up north and as late as December in the south. 2 / ATTENDING A SUMO TOURNAMENT

Watching a live sumo tournament is an experience not to be missed. Tournaments are held in Japan six times a year at four different venues (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka). Advance tickets are usually sold from one month prior or general admission tickets are usually available on the day of the event.


5 / DINING – THE EXPENSIVE AND THE NOT SO EXPENSIVE There is much more to Japanese cuisine than sushi and sashimi. Each region has developed its own local delicacies offering something to suit all tastes and budgets. The ‘Kaiseki’ cuisine is usually served at Ryokan or other high end establishments and is the ultimate form of Japanese haute cuisine. Izakayas on the other hand are considered Japanese style pubs, serving tapas/small plates designed to be shared and usually offer an extensive alcoholic drinks menu – some even offering all you can drink menu plans.

4 / WEAR SLIP ON SHOES AND NICE SOCKS If you visit a restaurant, traditional Ryokan, or someone’s home and encounter tatami, the straw mats used for flooring in traditional Japanese buildings, you will need to take off your shoes. So wear comfy slip on shoes to make it easy when coming and going from these places. Some places will provide indoor slippers for you to wear when walking through the tiled or wood-floored hallways, but when you get to a room with tatami floors, you’ll need to remove the slippers, so leave the socks with a hole over the big toe at home.

6 / FESTIVALS Matsuri (festivals) are lively cultural community events which take place in Japan year round so you can always time your visit to include one. They are held throughout all of Japan, but often in the summer time (JulyAugust). Notable festivals include Tokyo’s Sanja Matsuri in May. Gion Matsuri held in Kyoto in July. Nebuta Matsuri held in Aomori in the first week of August and Sendai’s Tanabata Matsuri, also held in the first week of August.



If you are a first time visitor to Japan the popular destinations are dotted along a route from

Tokyo through Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. This area is often referred to as the ‘Golden Route’ and it showcases a unique blend of traditional and modern Japan. Tokyo being the nations capital and epitome of modernity whereas Kyoto encompasses elaborate shrines, temples and gardens, with cobbled stone streets through rows of historic houses. Osaka is a foodies haven and offers fabulous shopping while Hiroshima offers a sobering experience but highly recommended. If you are visiting Japan for a second time or have a bit more time to travel around, then the Second Golden Route offers a uniquely authentic travel experience through smaller regional towns. The quaint town of Takayama is nestled in the mountains of Gifu prefecture. This historic castle and merchant town is famous for its traditional townscape, lined with sake breweries and small shops. Travel 50 minutes by bus and you arrive at the World Heritage-listed thatched roofed village of Shirakawa-go offering a glimpse into Japanese rural life. Continue on for another 1 hour and 15 minutes and you can explore the beautiful town of Kanazawa. It is home to one of Japans top gardens. You will fall in love with the rows of preserved samurai residences and one of the few active geisha districts, with teahouses that open their doors to tourists. You can also reach Kanazawa from Tokyo using the shinkansen in approximately 2.5 hours.



OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Mt. Fuji – Japans most iconic mountain was inscribed as a World Heritage-site in 2013. Standing at 3776 metres it can be admired from afar on a clear day. If you want to climb Mt. Fuji the trails are only open from early July to mid September in the summertime.

Maiko and Geisha Performances – Watching a maiko (apprentice geisha) or geisha perform in a teahouse is one of the most unique and exclusive experiences in Japan. Performances can usually been seen in the daytime accompanied by a Japanese tea ceremony, or during the evenings, with a Japanese banquet.

Karaoke – Originated in Japan, it should be no surprise that it is a popular form of night time entertainment. They are open all night long, charging an hourly fee per person. Grab your friends or make new ones and have some fun.

Visit a Shrine – Temples and shrines represent the essence of Japanese culture, with some dating back over 1000 years. They can be found throughout Japan. Buddhist temples often boast impressive architectural design and manicured gardens making them a lovely place to wander around. Many of the temples and shrines in Japan are World Heritage-sites and are considered a must visit.

Theme Parks – If you are a thrill seeker or travelling with the family, then Japan has a good variety of theme parks. Tokyo Disney Resort® is made up of two parks - Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Park. Osaka is home to Universal Studios Japan™, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ attracts many fans of all ages. At the foot of Mt. Fuji is Fuji Q Highland; the park boasts some of the world’s scariest rollercoasters and a terrifying haunted house.

Himeji Castle – With its pure white appearance it has been given the nick name of ‘White Egret’ Castle. Himeji re-opened in 2015 after an extensive restoration over a five year period. Easily accessible by train on the main Tokaido/Sanyo shinkansen line between Kyoto and Hiroshima.








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Ryokan To experience the quintessential Japan, a stay in a Ryokan is a must. A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn and they've been a popular form of accommodation for many centuries. A typical Ryokan has a relatively large entrance. Guest rooms are constructed using traditional Japanese methods. Tatami matted floors, communal bathing areas (known as ofuro), usually segregated by gender and using the water from a nearby hot spring (onsen), and guests can wear the Japanese Yukata, more commonly known as a cotton robe. Staying at a Ryokan will bring you back to your senses. Bedding is a futon spread out on the tatami floor. When guests first enter their room, they usually find a table and some supplies for making tea. The table is also used for meals when guests take them in their room. While guests are out, staff (usually called nakai) will move the table aside and set out the futon. Most Ryokan offer dinner and breakfast, which are often included in the price of the room. Most visitors take their meals at the Ryokan, which usually promote themselves on the quality of their food and service levels. Meals typically consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki, which features seasonal and regional specialties. Traditional Ryokans are more commonly found in rural scenic parts of Japan. A little harder to find in the metropolis of Tokyo and Osaka, and often more expensive than a hotel, nonetheless some major cities do offer this style of accommodation.



Onsen The onsen is a Japanese Hot Spring that has a very long history and an intimate part of Japanese culture and are commonly found attached to Ryokan. As a volcanically active country, Japan has over three thousand onsens scattered throughout the country. Onsens come in many types and shapes, including outdoor and indoor baths. Traditionally, onsens were located outdoors, although a large number of inns have now built indoor bathing facilities as well. Traditionally, men and women bathed together, but gender separation has been enforced since the opening of Japan to the West. Mixed bathing exists at some onsen in rural areas. Onsens are created from water heated naturally underground, and the water varies both in degrees and in mineral composition. The water is piped into the Ryokans or other establishments, and then regulated at various temperatures. At many Ryokans, there will be large indoor onsen for both men and women. They may often have several pools with wall-length windows where you can look out over a garden, river, or another natural setting. The interior may be lined with natural rocks and decorated with various kinds of tropical plants. There are also outdoor onsen called “rotenburo.� At some Ryokans they can be found nearby, and they are often open all night. The outdoor onsens can be more rustic than the indoor onsens, and often they do not have any changing rooms.

Etiquette: - Onsen are generally gender separated, usually marked with a red curtain for women and blue curtain for men. This can change throughout the day, so be careful! - When entering the onsen, there will be a change room with wicker basket shelves. This is where you undress, you can't wear swimmers and you can only take a small (modesty) towel with you into the bathing area. - The first thing you'll see is the shower/bathing area. Sit on a stool and clean yourself from top to toe, ensuring all soap and shampoo has been rinsed off. - Now head to the baths. If you have long hair, it's best if it's tied up so it doesn't go in the water. Look for the rotenburo (outdoor bath) as they have the best views. It can feel a bit funny going outside completely nude, but it's worth it! - Keep your small towel to the side, out of the water. You can even place it on your head if you like.



Temple Stay If you are after something unique then a stay at a Buddhist Temple, otherwise known as a shukubo, could be something to consider. Shukubo offer an excellent chance to experience the simple, austere lifestyle of Buddhist monks, while staying at a functioning temple. Often set in tranquil Japanese gardens, a shukubo lets you feel the culture and history of Japan, including zazen, which calms your mind and offers healthy shojin vegetarian dishes. The meals at temple lodgings are often served in small dishes and arranged to emphasize seasonal ingredients and themes. Although they are often subtly flavoured and simply seasoned, the meals are nonetheless delicious. Alcoholic drinks, such as beer and sake, may or may not be available.

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They encourage their visitors to participate in morning prayer which typically start early around 6am and last for about thirty to sixty minutes. The ceremonies differ depending on the Buddhist sect that the temple belongs to. Some temple lodgings offer their guests the chance to experience a few other activities, such as zazen meditation or waterfall meditation. The level of difficulty and guidance varies. Temples typically provide their guests with simple, traditional Japanese style rooms featuring tatami matted floors and sliding doors (fusuma). Toilets and sinks are usually shared among guests and sometimes with the monks as well. The temples may also offer communal, gendersegregated baths, which are also shared between the guests and possibly with the monks. Futon bedding is provided along with simple amenities. Only a small number of temples offer shukubo accommodation. They are most common around popular pilgrimage destinations such as Nagano, Kyoto, Mount Mitake and Dewa Sanzan. But the most popular destination to experience a temple stay is at one of over 50 shukubo on Mount Koya, where the monks are accustomed to foreign guests and reservations can be made relatively easily in English.


The most convenient way to get around Japan when travelling independently is to purchase a Japan Rail Pass. These are only available to travellers visiting Japan. With one of the worlds most convenient, reliable rail networks it makes for an ideal way to see the country with efficiency. The trains are comfortable, clean, fast with their high-speed Shinkansen network and easy to navigate at the stations.



Japan Rail Pass Purchasing a pass ensures you have coverage of the entire Japan Railway JR system, including some buses and ferries. It comes with different validities of 7, 14 or 21 days travel within consecutive days. Each pass is also available in Economy (ordinary) and Green (executive) class. Hints & Tips: - Seat requests can be made once in Japan at no extra cost - Childrens passes are available at 50% of the cost - Travel on the Nozomi or Mizuho Bullet trains is not permitted with the pass - separate tickets need to be purchased - www.hyperdia.com is a great tool for working out train routes and is available in English. Just input your to and from stations with dates of travel to see the latest information. When travelling on the pass be sure to untick the ‘Private Railway’ and ‘Nozomi/Mizuho bullet-train’ when searching for routes - Takkyubin Luggage forwarding service. Travel like a pro by sending your large suitcases throughout Japan using the takkyubin baggage forwarding service. Bags can be sent safely and securely to/from airport and hotels. Delivery is usually the next business day, except in some remote areas


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The price guide shown is per adult, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Undoubtedly one of the most frenetic cities on the planet, Tokyo is a city of contrasts – where centuries old tradition sits side-by-side with cutting edge modernity. Amongst the maze of neon lights and hordes of people, however, lies a city that runs like clockwork, and with more than 35 million inhabitants it needs to! Tokyo has an almost endless list of great museums, perfectly manicured gardens, temples, theme parks, and many other attractions, not to mention worldclass shopping, dining, and some of the best hotels in the world!

Shiba Park Hotel

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

Ideally located for culture vultures and shopaholics alike, the Shiba Park Hotel is an affordable option without compromising on quality. Popular attractions such as Tokyo Tower and the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens are just mere minutes’ walk away, and the two nearby subway stations ensure that Tokyo’s many other hotspots are all within easy reach. Boasting 212 spacious bedrooms, three restaurants, and a unique “Japanese Culture Salon” – where guests can practise origami, Japanese calligraphy, and other cultural activities, the Shiba Park Hotel is popular with families, friends, and those looking for a comfortable home-away-from-home whilst in Tokyo.

As Japan’s largest hotel, with over 3700 rooms, guests can enjoy a world of amenities without even having to leave the building. Facilities include an 800 seat concert hall, an 11 screen cinema complex, a bowling alley with 80 lanes, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, nine tennis courts, several restaurants and cafés, and much, much more. However, it’s the location that makes the Shinagawa Prince Hotel especially convenient. Being just a 2 minute walk from Shinagawa Station, it makes for a stressfree and comfortable hotel stay when travelling in or out of Tokyo on the bullet train.

Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

Akasaka, one of Tokyo’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, is famous for its lively nightlife scene and high end restaurants, and the upmarket Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu fits in perfectly. The hotel’s 14 storey tower looms impressively over Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station immediately opposite, offering excellent transport links all over the city. The cosy bedrooms come in a variety of categories to suit all budgets, and with the plethora of amenities available; such as complimentary WiFi, on-site fitness room, and top floor dining with floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views over the local area, guests are promised a memorable stay no matter what the occasion.

Feel on top of the world at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel – one of Tokyo’s most prestigious hotels. The 40 floor building dominates Shibuya’s skyline, and towers above the rest, offering breath-taking city views from any direction. Boasting some of the most spacious hotel rooms in all of Tokyo, guests will feel at ease relaxing in this tranquil space, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the outside. Should you wish to venture out, though, the world-famous Shibuya Crossing (where more than one thousand people may cross the street at the same time) is on your doorstep just moments away.





Highly recommended for first time visitors to Tokyo! See some of the city’s most iconic landmarks in this affordable 4 hour tour. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from Tokyo Tower, admire the grandeur of the Imperial Palace, and visit the ancient Sensoji Temple – Tokyo’s oldest.

With your guide, head to Mt. Fuji‘s 5th Station, where from an elevation of 2300 metres you’ll be amazed at the breath-taking views. A relaxing cruise on pristine Lake Ashi is next, then a ride on the Komagatake Ropeway which offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding Hakone National Park.



A tour with a difference! Besides visiting four of Tokyo’s most popular sightseeing spots – such as the beautiful Imperial Palace, and the impressive Nijubashi Bridge, participants will also be treated to an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japanese style lunch, and a boat cruise along the River Sumida.

How would you like to try your hand at making your own, fresh sushi? This tour explores the world-famous Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, and later, turn your imagination into delicious works of art with the help of a professional sushi chef.

TOKYO SUMO TOURNAMENT Sumo wrestling is a 1500 year old Japanese cultural tradition, and this tour, accompanied by a Licensed English Guide Interpreter, is your unique chance to witness the fierce battles firsthand from the comfort of your reserved seat.



The city of Kanazawa on the West coast has become a tourist magnet since the opening of the bullet train line in 2015, meaning visitors can arrive from Tokyo in as little as 2.5 hours. It's the perfect escape from hustle and bustle of the capital! This little city (by Japanese standards) is big on attractions – from the ancient castle, to modern museums, and even one of the largest fish markets in the country. The jewel in the city’s crown, however, is definitely the Kenroku-en Garden, considered by many as the most beautiful in all Japan. A must-see!

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa Hotel

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

For those sightseeing in Kanazawa, it’s hard to find a more conveniently located hotel than this one. Being just minutes’ walk from Kanazawa Castle, the Contemporary Art Museum, and the Kenroku-en Garden, guests of the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel can make the most of their time in this charming city, however short. The relaxed and friendly nature of this hotel makes it an ideal base for any occasion.

This hotel offers everything you need to make your stay in Kanazawa outstanding. With a wealth of on-site culinary options, including four restaurants and a sky bar on the 19th floor, a range of comfortable room categories, and, of course, the superb Crowne Plaza standard of service, you can be sure of a good night’s rest when staying at the ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa Hotel.

At a height of 130 metres, the Nikko is easily Kanazawa’s tallest hotel. Guests can gaze from their bedroom window for a spectacular night view over the illuminated city, or dine in the opulence of the French restaurant on the 30th floor, boasting unrivalled panoramic city views. With just a 5 minute walk from the train station, this hotel makes for the perfect break after a long ride on the bullet train.

Shirakawa-go & Takayama Platinum Route Tour

World Heritage Shirakawa-go & Gokayama Village Tour

Fixed price Kanazawa City Sightseeing Taxi

This tour allows you to comfortably see the best of Shirakawa-go and Takayama in one day. Setting off from Kanazawa, first stop is the World Heritage-site Shirakawa-go village. See the quaint thatched roof houses up close, surrounded by the idyllic scenery of rice paddies. Then, following a short bus ride, arrive in Takayama and immerse yourself in the nostalgic charm of the Old Town. Tour ends back in Kanazawa.

Easily and efficiently visit two World Heritagesites all in one day! This tour offers a hasslefree way to see the ancient thatched roof villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - two must-visit World Heritage-sites nestled deep in remote, rural Japan which can otherwise be difficult to access via public transport. On return to Kanazawa, stop off to experience baking traditional delicious rice crackers, a speciality of the local area.

Enjoy sightseeing all over Kanazawa with this cost effective fixed price private taxi plan. Your 3 hour tour will begin at your hotel, where you will be met by an English speaking driver who will then guide you through the streets of Kanazawa, arranging the trip to match your preferences as you sit back and relax. Price is per vehicle, so ride with four to a car and you’ll get a real bargain!

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Explore Takayama 4 days/3 nights Visit Mt. Fuji, Japans highest peak and the country’s most famous landmark. Spend the evening in the historical mountain resort area of Hakone before travelling to Takayama, known as “Little Kyoto”, and its preserved historical structures and environment. Mingle with the locals at the thatched roofed village of Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage-site. Visit Kenroku Garden in Kanazawa that is one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Admire the ceramics at Kutaniyaki. Day 1: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone Depart Tokyo aboard a deluxe motor coach for Mt. Fuji (3776 metres). Drive halfway up the mountain to Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station, enjoying the natural scenery en route. Japanese style lunch is included before a cruise on Lake Ashi (Ashinoko Yuransen). Ride an aerial cableway up and down Mt. Komagatake for a sweeping view of Hakone National Park. Overnight in Hakone Yumoto. Day 2: Hakone – Takayama Hotel to Odawara Station by coach. Depart Odawara by Shinkansen to Nagoya and change to the Hida Limited Express train for Takayama. In the afternoon, stroll through Takayama, visiting Yatai Kaikan Hall, where colourfully decorated traditional festival floats are displayed, Kusakabe Folk Craft Museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants under government patronage, and the streets of Kami Hanamachis, which preserve traditional Japanese wooden houses. Overnight in Takayama. Day 3: Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa Visit the morning market of Takayama before your tour to Shirakawa-go by coach.

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Day 4: Kanazawa – Kyoto This morning visit Nagamachi Samurai district, Kenrokuen Garden, Higashi-chaya district and hakuza (gold leaf shop). From Kanazawa Station board a train (Limited-Express Thunderbird) to Kyoto.

Departures: Set departures Inclusions: Accommodation, English speaking guide, 2 lunches, admission fees & transportation as per itinerary Price Guide From: $2100 © Y.Shimizu The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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With over 2000 temples and shrines, Kyoto is the spiritual heart of Japan. For over 1000 years, it was the former imperial capital and now home to beautiful gardens, cherry blossoms, tea houses and geisha, as well as hip cafés, izakayas and Michelin star restaurants. The Gion district is a great place to dine and with its cobblestone streets and traditional wooden machiya merchant houses it's the most famous geisha district in Kyoto. Head south to the Fushimi Inari Shrine where the seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii gates will leave a lasting impression.

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

One of the largest in Kyoto, the Miyako Hotel is known for its comfortable rooms with elegant interiors, and offers great value for money. World Heritage-site Toji Temple is just a 10 minute stroll away, and with Kyoto Station being only 3 minutes on foot, guests can access many of the city’s top tourist attractions effortlessly. With several boutique shops onsite, an array of eateries and lounge bars, and a concierge team who can provide tourist information in English and even sell tickets for the local public transport, the Miyako Hotel is a natural choice when visiting Kyoto.

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is located in Kawaramachi-Sanjo, in the heart of the city. Offering the best of both worlds, guests can immerse themselves in Kyoto’s rich historical culture. With the charming Pontocho neighbourhood and the geisha district of Gion both within walking distance from the hotel, as well as enjoy the abundance of high street shops, world-class restaurants, and city landmarks just a short subway ride away. This specialty hotel weaves tradition with art in expert fashion, and is the perfect base to truly make the most of your stay in Kyoto.

Kyoto & Nara Tour Full of variety, this tour visits a World Heritagesite, as well as many other popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and Nara. See the jawdroppingly stunning Golden Pavilion, possibly the most famous building in Japan, as well as ornate shrines, you will even encounter wild deer up close in Nara Park, something few other places in the world offer. Recoup your energy with the all-inclusive buffet lunch!


Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Walking Tour

Real Kyoto Back Street Guided Cycling Tour

Enjoy a moment of calm on this scenic walk through the Sagano Bamboo Grove and prepare to be awestruck as you gaze up at the thousands of towering bamboo trees gently swaying in the breeze. Your guide will lead you through the forest, one of Kyoto’s most photographed attractions, and on to ancient temples and the famous Togetsu-kyo Bridge, a spectacular location for viewing cherry blossoms or the coloured autumn leaves.

Travel as the Japanese do – by bicycle, and discover the real Kyoto, which is often missed by tourists. Cycling through the back streets, your knowledgeable guide will take you to the traditional areas of Miyagawacho and Gion, where you can admire the unique wooden houses lined along the narrow streets, you may even spot a geisha or two. Enjoy authentic Kyoto which can’t be seen from cars!

Hilton Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka

Towering 35 floors over Osaka’s vibrant commercial, shopping and entertainment district, the Hilton Osaka is the ideal base for both business and leisure travellers to West Japan’s most exciting metropolis. The hotel is directly opposite from Osaka’s main station, and it is just a 30 minute train ride from the culturally iconic cities of Kyoto and Nara, an hour from Kansai International Airport, and 30 minutes from Osaka (Itami) domestic Airport by limousine bus. Hilton Osaka offers 562 guestrooms with a city view, five restaurants and a fitness centre with an indoor swimming pool.

For those seeking the ultimate in convenience, look no further than Hotel Granvia Osaka. Directly connected to Osaka Station, guests can hop off the train and into the hotel seamlessly, allowing you to check-in and chill out within minutes. This upmarket hotel in the bustling Umeda district is just a short walk from countless bars, restaurants, and shops, and its close proximity to the station providing quick access to Osaka Castle and nearby cities. The range of room categories and the very special “Concept Floor”, featuring uniquely decorated rooms with contemporary artworks, means that guests can be sure of a memorable stay.

Osaka Walking Tour

Downtown Osaka Walking and Local Food Tour

See Osaka’s famous sights in one day! This walking tour is ideal for those wishing to escape the tour bus and see the real Osaka up-close. Visit the mighty Osaka Castle, founded in the 16th century as a symbol of power! Then, gaze down at the city from 170 metres high at the Floating Garden Observatory before boarding the Aqua Liner boat for a scenic cruise along the Ogawa River.

One for the foodies! This morning's tour visits Shinsekai – a lively area full of restaurants and street food, where you get to try Osaka’s soul food, kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers). Also experience an enjoyable ride through downtown Osaka aboard a local tramcar and explore the Sumiyoshi Taisha grand shrine, famous for the huge crowds that turn up on New Year's Day every year.


With its incredibly vast range of restaurants, cafés, and street food markets Osaka is a food-lover’s paradise and known as “the nation’s kitchen”. It’s said that the people of Osaka spend more money on food than anything else, and with local delicacies such as takoyaki (octopus balls), okonomiyaki (Japanese style pancake), and kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers) – why not? After sampling the culinary delights, enjoy the renowned nightlife scene, great shopping, and one of the best-loved theme parks in Asia – Universal Studios Japan™.

Koya-san Tour Escape the crowds of the city and get back to nature on this one day self-guided tour of Japan’s sacred mountain – Koya-san. Discover your spiritual side as you explore this World Heritage-site at your own pace, spending as much time in this quaint mountain town as you please. Package includes return train travel from Osaka, Koya-san local bus pass, Japanese style lunch, and discount coupons for various admission fees around Mt. Koya.


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After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, the city was rebuilt from the ground up, and is now a prosperous, lively city home to over a million inhabitants. Dubbed the “City of Peace”, Hiroshima pays homage to its unique past with the Peace Memorial Park, built in the middle of the city, as well as a museum documenting the events of the war, and the remains of the A-Bomb Dome, which withstood the blast and today is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage-site. Discover history around every corner.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Boasting a great location being directly connected to the Hiroshima train station, this hotel offers great access to what the city has on offer which is great if you have limited time to explore. With great size rooms and an abundancy of bars and restaurants in the hotel, it offers comfort and convenience.

Conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station giving direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. You'll be in the middle of the energy and excitement of Hiroshima, along with its historic sites and architecture. Find total comfort in their 238 guest rooms, including five suites, all of which feature a large, relaxing bathtub and shower. Rooms include the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience and equipped with beds that were ergonomically designed for the utmost in sleep comfort, as well as a flat screen TV, DVD player, and high-speed internet access.

Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour

Hiroshima & Kurashiki Two Day Tour

Sail over to the stunningly beautiful Miyajima Island on this unmissable one day tour. Itsukushima Shrine, known for its huge red, floating torii gate in the middle of the sea, is the star of Miyajima, and one of the most-recognisable symbols of Japan. Spend the morning exploring this idyllic island, before taking the ferry back to the mainland and learning about Hiroshima’s history at the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park Museum.

This package offers a historical insight of the city of Hiroshima as well as heading over to Miyajima Island, famous for its floating torii gate in the middle of the sea. Then on day two board the bullet train over to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter – perhaps the most picturesque town in Japan. There, you can stroll along the canal as you hear about the surrounds dating back more than a thousand years from your guide. You will finish off with a visit to Korakuen Garden, listed as the third best garden in Japan.

Tokyo After 5

Made in Japan Shopping Tour: Cultural Curiosities

Kansai Soul

Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and now you can enjoy the food culture of Tokyo from the local businessman’s perspective. Savour charcoal cooked BBQ morsels in the birthplace of Yakitori, with the perfect match of sake or local beer. Other local flavours like Monja-Yaki and Wagashi will also be on the menu. Learn the history of both the food and places you visit, with your guide sharing their own food-related family traditions and customs.

Time travel back to Old-World Tokyo and spend your day browsing around Ningyocho, a charming neighbourhood known for its traditional souvenirs and unique items made only in Japan. Wander through back alleys and uncover hidden family owned shops that have stood for centuries selling their handcrafted goods, snack on tasty traditional treats, from candies to crackers and shop for the perfect handmade souvenirs to take back home.

Often overlooked on many Japan itineraries, Osaka is more than just a city of commerce. This tour takes you by buzzing markets, through a lantern-lit labyrinth, and into the districts famed throughout Japan for their culinary variety and unforgettable atmosphere. Along the way you’ll indulge yourself in famous Osaka street food favourites like kushikatsu and takoyaki, proving Osaka as one of the cuisine capitals of Japan.

City of Culture Kyoto

Kyoto Cycling Tour

The Essence of Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi & Backstreets

Founded as the national capital more than 1200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a centre of aristocratic culture. It may no longer be the capital of Japan, but it’s staged a comeback and is now considered Japan's capital of culture. Take that Tokyo! This day of exploration will introduce you to Tofukuji temple and Zen gardens, the iconic red Torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the traditional Geisha district of Gion and all things Kyoto.

Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. With a history spanning over 1200 years, the city streets have a lot to say, so make like the locals and jump on a bike to discover it all. Cycle beside rivers, canals and backroads to see shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.


Urban Adventures are for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds and really connect with a city, with a local by their side. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case our Urban Adventures tours take travellers to interesting places to experience local culture and see what makes a place unique.

Explore the ancient capital of Japan and discover a peaceful city, brimming with dazzling temples, shrines, imperial tombs and machiya houses built in the traditional style. Meet divine deer roaming the streets, grab some tasty street food, chat with locals about living and working here and uncover hidden gems in the alleys of the old city.





Cherry Blossom Group Tour 12 days/11 nights Appearing from late March to mid-April, visiting Japan in the season of the Cherry Blossoms is not only popular, but one of the best times to see why Japan captivates so many. Explore neon-lit Tokyo and their iconic peak Mt. Fuji. Experience a traditional dance in Kyoto and take time to reflect at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Day 1-2: Tokyo Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Tokyo visiting Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Plaza and Nijubashi Bridge, Sumida River cruise and Sensoji temple. Day 3: Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Tokyo Today explore Mt. Fuji and take in the spectacular view from a height of 2300 meters. Day 4-6: Tokyo – Kyoto Take a bullet train to Kyoto in the morning and taste delicious hot pot and Sake to warm up Spring’s chilly nights. Visit Todaiji Temple which houses the Great Buddha. See the traditional Miyako Odori (Cherry Blossom Dance), which is a highlight. Day 7-8: Kyoto – Hiroshima Travel to Hiroshima and enjoy a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island to see the picturesque Itsukushima Shrine. Day 9: Kinosaki Onsen (Hot Springs) Depart for Kinosaki today and experience one of the top hot spring destinations in Japan. Tonight, you will stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan. Day 10-11: Kinosaki Onsen – Tokyo Farewell dinner on Yakatabune cruise on Tokyo Bay with exceptional views of Tokyo at night. Day 12: Tokyo Transfer to Narita Airport where your tour arrangements end.

Departures: Set departure (28 Mar 2021) Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, arrival transfer, sightseeing tours with English speaking guide, Miyako Odori (Cherry Blossom Dance) in Kyoto, train tickets, 1 luggage transfer service from Hiroshima to Tokyo Price Guide From: $9499 The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.



BACK-ROADS TOURING With a maximum of 18 passengers, Back-Roads are the experts in small group touring. Picture a touring holiday which delves that much deeper. One that invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgotten views. And each day ends in a hand-picked boutique retreat.

Gardens of Japan

Highlights of Japan

9 days/8 nights

11 days/10 nights

From buzzing fish and seafood markets and ornate, centuries-old palaces to dense bamboo groves and meticulously kept gardens, Japan is home to an array of experiences that will capture your heart. Join us as we explore the country’s most awe-inspiring gardens – taking in local culture and mouth-watering flavours as we go.

From the futuristic cityscape of Tokyo to the temples of Kyoto and the gastronomic wonderland of Osaka, this all-encompassing tour takes in Japan’s most historic and thought-provoking sights. Along the way we’ll see perfectly manicured gardens, ancient shrines and dramatic mountain gorges – and pause to taste some of each region’s finest delicacies.

Tour Highlights: - Stroll the tranquil bamboo groves of Kyoto’s famed Arashiyama district - Visit Kenrokuen Garden: one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan - Learn how to decorate a unique souvenir with traditional Kanazawa gold leaf

Tour Highlights: - Travel Japan on the world-famous Shinkansen (‘bullet train’) - Explore the natural beauty of Miyajima Island, a World Cultural Heritage-site - Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most complete medieval castles in Japan

Departures: Set departures

Departures: Set departures

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, experienced Back-Roads Driver/ Tour Leader, air-conditioned transportation, internal bullet trains, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, experienced Back-Roads Driver/ Tour Leader, air-conditioned transportation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $6779

Price Guide From: $6469

Key: Coach Train

Key: Cruise Coach Train




Tsumago Kyoto Mt. Fuji TOKYO

Matsue Mt. Fuji Kyoto Kurashiki



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Osaka Takamatsu Iya Valley

Pacific Ocean

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

On a Wendy Wu tour, combine futuristic cities, tranquil temples, picturesque old towns, gorgeous landscapes, welcoming people, delicious cuisine and a rich and intriguing culture and you’ve got a holiday to remember! Wendy Wu Tours have three touring styles to help you see Japan in the way that suits you, with a ready-made group of like-minded travellers to share your adventure.

A Week in Japan

Jewels of Japan

9 days/8 nights

12 days/11 nights

Stand amongst the neon lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo, explore the regal grandeur of Kyoto, and admire the perfect symmetry of Mt. Fuji. This whirlwind tour delves into Japan’s most important cities and the natural beauty of Hakone.

Immerse yourself in the unique and fascinating culture of Japan. Encompassing the essentials with natural wonders, imperial heritage and mystical surprises, this tour incorporates a number of experiences that give your holiday a truly authentic edge.

Tour Highlights: - With traditional brushes, ink and paper, try your hand at the beautiful art of calligraphy, an important aspect of Japanese culture since its introduction from China in the 6th century - Experience the perfect display of Japanese culture as you witness the preparation and performance involved in the ‘Way of Tea’, a traditional tea ceremony - Embark on a dinner cruise on the waters of Tokyo Bay, enabling you to look back and admire the bright, twinkling lights of the city by night

Tour Highlights: - The most iconic symbol of Japanese culture, no trip to Japan is complete without at least a glimpse of a geisha. On this tour you’ll meet a geisha in Kyoto and learn about their fascinating culture - The buckwheat soba noodle is one of Japan’s most famous culinary exports - try your hand at making them from scratch, before feasting on the delicious results for lunch - Take part in a handicraft experience - the traditions and techniques of the intricate art of origami

Departures: Set departures

Departures: Set departures

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, all meals, 7 nights accommodation, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, all meals, 9 nights accommodation, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Price Guide From: $7290

Price Guide From: $9980

Key: Coach Train

Key: Cruise Coach Train

JAPAN Mt. Fuji Kyoto Osaka



Hakone Nara

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Hiroshima Miyajima





The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

Mt. Fuji

TOKYO Fuji Five Lakes Mishima

Pacific Ocean


TOURI N G Highlights of Japan

Trails of Japan

12 days/11 nights

14 days/13 nights

This tour of Japan is dedicated to Solo Travellers. You'll uncover Japan's best-known cities as well as the hidden treasures of Himeji and Koyasan, and view the magnificent Mt. Fuji. There will also be time at leisure to explore on your own or with new-found friends.

Traditional versus modern, nature versus urban – Japan is a land of contrasts. This exhilarating tour encompasses it all, delving deeper into Japan’s rich past, present and future, covering robot restaurants to tranquil temples to potent sake and all that’s in between.

Tour Highlights: - Begin your journey towards inner peace learning the basics of Zen meditation in the tranquil surroundings of a beautiful old temple in Kyoto - Experience the perfect display of Japanese culture, witness the preparation and performance involved in the ‘Way of Tea’, a traditional tea ceremony - No visit to Japan would be complete without a ride on the worldfamous bullet train, so sit back and relax as you travel at 200 miles per hour through Japan’s landscapes

Tour Highlights: - Have a go at traditional drumming with a Taiko drumming class, taking part in an energetic and age-old ensemble performance on big, floor tom drums - A unique and utterly Japanese experience, an evening at Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant is an unforgettable experience featuring loud music, neon lights and plenty of robot performances! - Enjoy the peace and serenity inspired by the sacred chanting of Buddhist monks as you join them for their morning prayers in a beautiful 13th-century temple

Departures: Set departures

Departures: Set departures

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, some meals, 9 nights accommodation (single room for sole use with no supplement to pay), domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, some meals, 11 nights accommodation, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide Price Guide From: $10,290

Price Guide From: $9980

Key: Coach Train

JAPAN Mt. Fuji Himeji



JAPAN Nagano



Kyoto Himeji Osaka

Pacific Ocean






Key: Coach Train

Mt. Fuji Nagano


TOKYO Fuji Five Lakes

Pacific Ocean

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Japan & The Scenic South

Japan Uncovered

14 days/13 nights

18 days/17 nights

Uncover the beauty of the lesser-known island of Kyushu, renowned for its active volcanoes, hot springs and stunning beaches, before exploring the must-see sights of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo on the largest island of Honshu.

Our most extensive tour of Japan includes all the classic sights and key cultural activities. Featuring modern cities, historical sights and beautiful landscapes ensuring you get the most from this fascinating land.

Tour Highlights: - Visit one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, Beppu, and soak away any aches, pains and tiredness in the mineral rich waters of your hotel’s onsen pools - Cruise the picturesque Yanagawa River on a ‘donkobune’, a poled riverboat. It’s a perfect and peaceful way to enjoy sights such as Yanagawa Castle and the traditional architecture of Yanagawa’s canals - Gaze over Mount Aso, Japan’s largest volcano and the smaller volcanoes within its huge crater (one of which is active), and admire the incredible scenery that surrounds it

Tour Highlights: - One of Japan’s most famous condiments, wasabi, is an essential element in Japanese cuisine. Learn about its cultivation on a traditional farm and admire the landscapes - Admire the elaborately dyed silk creations of artist Kubota Itchiku at his eponymous art museum. Itchiku singlehandedly revived the traditional and beautiful technique of ‘tsujigahana’ - Arguably the world’s most famous pedestrian crossing, seen in many a film and television show, witness the organised chaos and bright lights of Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing for yourself

Departures: Set departures

Departures: Set departures

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, some meals, 11 nights accommodation, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Inclusions: International Economy Class flights & taxes, all meals, 15 nights accommodation, domestic transportation & sightseeing with local English speaking guide

Price Guide From: $10,580

Price Guide From: $11,990


Key: Coach Cruise Train

Mt. Fuji Himeji

Yamaguchi Fukuoka

JAPAN Yudanaka





Miyajima Beppu




Key: Cruise Coach Train

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The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

Kyoto Nara



Mt. Fuji

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INTREPID TRAVEL Ancient, adaptive and advanced, with a culture influenced by both ancient philosophy and modern enterprise, Japan offers a heightened version of the familiar and a singular culture that captivates travellers. On a small group tour with Intrepid Travel, learn from soba noodle masters in Tokyo, hike through the foothills of Mt Fuji with your local leader, meditate with Buddhist monks in Koya San and sing karaoke ‘til the wee hours in Osaka.

Japan Family Holiday

Japan Real Food Adventure

Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

12 days/11 nights

12 days/11 nights

13 days/12 nights

Gather up the family and embark on an adventure through Japan, from ancient emperors to technological gizmos. With local expertise every step of the way, this is a holiday that’s sure to bring lifelong family memories.

Pack your chopsticks and celebrate thousands of years of food artistry by diving into one of the world’s most elegant, eclectic and harmonious cuisines. A trip that tantalises the tastebuds as well as sates a sense of adventure.

Ever-welcoming and always fascinating, Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Pack your sense of adventure and leave all inhibitions behind.

Tour Highlights: - Discover Tokyo, where dazzling neon lights are only the beginning. Feast on marketfresh sushi, try your hand at calligraphy, and cook your own okonomiyaki on a Tokyo Bay boat cruise - Bask in the soothing waters of an onsen in Hakone. These Japanese hot-spring baths are the perfect antidote to a couple of days of walking around the big city - Food lovers rejoice! From the depachika of Tokyo to the shotengai of Kyoto, your leader will help you and your family navigate Japan's dizzying cuisine options - Visit Hiroshima to learn about an important, though confronting, chapter of Japan’s history - Kyoto is like stepping into another world. Walk through the amazing bamboo forest and gaze at some of Japan’s finest temples

Tour Highlights: - Scouting out prized eating and drinking spots including the underground foodie treasure trove that is a depachika - Watch yakitori sizzling in front of you in Shinjuku's Memory Lane, eat fresh-offthe-boat sashimi and learn to make soba noodles in a hands-on cooking class - Glimpse a geisha drifting through the alleyways of Gion while in Kyoto and experience a charming obanzai dinner of Kyoto-style home-cooked dishes - Stay in a traditional Ryokan and savour melt-in-your-mouth Hida beef in Takayama - Eat shojin ryori – vegetarian buddhist food that seeks enlightenment through perfection in cooking – alongside the brothers of the monastery in Koya-san - Snacking on awesome and adventurous street food in Osaka

Tour Highlights: - Japan’s natural landscapes have something in store for every season: cherry blossoms in spring, stunning leaves in autumn and snow and ice in winter - The town of Hakone. There are picture perfect hiking trails here and you can experience an outdoor onsen – hot springs bath. On a clear day you may glimpse Mt. Fuji too - Stay in a Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and sample home-cooked fare in Takayama, explore local markets, the Hida Folk Village and perhaps stop by a sake brewery - A visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park is a sobering but important experience for understanding the tragedies of Japan’s not so distant past - Finish off your time in the Land of the Rising Sun in Kyoto, the country’s “cultural capital”

Departures: Select Sundays (Mar-Oct)

Departures: Select Sundays (Feb-Nov)

Departures: Select Sun & Tue (Feb-Nov)

Inclusions: 7 nights hotel & 4 nights Ryokan accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, transportation, activities & sightseeing

Inclusions: 8 nights hotel, 2 nights Ryokan & 1 night in a Monastery, 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, transportation activities & sightseeing

Inclusions: 1 night hotel & 11 nights Ryokan accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, transportation, activities & sightseeing

Price Guide From: $5650

Price Guide From: $6550

Price Guide From: $5750

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Child pricing available for the Japan Family Holiday.

Trafalgar infuses every trip with exclusive Insider Experiences, VIP treatment and free time. Every element is carefully crafted to take you to the heart of a destination. Local cultures come to life with the perfect balance of sights, inclusions, hotels, even the people you meet. They’re committed to doing everything to give you the best holiday, meaning you’re guaranteed the best memories without worrying about a thing.

Tokyo with Mt. Fuji

Splendours of Japan

Classic Japan

4 days/3 nights

9 days/8 nights

10 days/9 nights

A fusion of dazzling Tokyo and Japan's serene Five Lakes District, this 'urban-meets-rural' trip mixes the city's bright lights, sights and shops, with time at Mt. Fuji.

At Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine, climb the extraordinary path lined with hundreds of orange torii gates that snake through the forest up into the mountains. Plus gain an insight into Japanese customs at a traditional ryokan.

A tale of three iconic cities and three former capitals - your epic journey through Japan blends old and new, with soul-stirring visits to ancient centres and modern cities.

Trip Highlights: - Visit Ameyoko Street Market, once a black market selling American goods after World War II - See the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo's oldest temple site, which has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628 - Stroll down Nakamise shopping street soaking up the shitamachi (downtown Tokyo) atmosphere - Visit the Five Lakes District, dominated by Japan's UNESCO-listed Mt. Fuji, which towers over the surrounding landscape at 3,776 metres

Trip Highlights: - Visit Tokyo's Ginza district and learn how to make sushi with a Local Specialist - Make a difference by supporting a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop - you'll watch the family at work and test your paper-making skills for yourself - Connect With Locals at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito's uncle, enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs - Enjoy a city tour of Tokyo and Kyoto

Trip Highlights: - Board a cruise along the Sumida River to admire Tokyo's modern skyline, the traditional neighbourhoods of old Edo and beautiful Hamarikyu Garden - Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest lunch with a local farmer at his home, where you'll sample fresh tea, indulge in a delicious home-made meal, and visit his tea plantation - Learn how to make Momiji Manjyu, one of Hiroshima's local specialities, shaping your steamed bun in the shape of a maple leaf and filling it with sweet red bean paste - Enjoy a city tour of Tokyo and Kamakura

Departures: Select dates (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Select dates (Mar-Dec)

Departures: Select dates (Mar-Dec)

Inclusions: 3 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 8 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $4150

Price Guide From: $6375

Price Guide From: $8150

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.





Relax, you’re with the ski experts. Offering travellers an unparalleled mountain experience since 1956, Club Med has 25+ on-snow resorts in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China. With the added benefit of Club Med’s signature all-inclusive package, no matter which worldwide Club Med ski resort you choose, you know that when they say all-inclusive, they mean all-inclusive, ensuring your holiday is easy and hassle-free so you can enjoy every moment of your snow holiday.

SKI MADE EASY WITH ALL-INCLUSIVE From having your ski-lift passes ready to meals sorted, lessons booked and your kids taken care of, Club Med does it all. Always included in your 7 night Club Med Japan ski holiday package: - Accommodation - choose from superior rooms, deluxe rooms or suites - 6 day ski lift and gondola passes for the mountain - 5 day group ski (from 4 years) or snowboard (from 8 years) lessons tailored to ability and run by professional English speaking instructors - Access to in resort ski and snowboard lockers/ski room - Mountain activities - Indoor sports and activities - All-day dining - Premium open bar - Kids clubs from 4-17 years - Gym and weight room access - Access to pools/saunas - Live entertainment - WiFi



Club Med Tomamu, Hokkaido - 4 Trident

Club Med Sahoro, Hokkaido - 4 Trident

Get ready for a thrilling experience with endless snow and après-ski activities set in a contemporary and magical Japanese design. Easy for the family, there's powder snow for all and plenty of adventurous activities on and off the slopes. From discovering Japanese delicacies through food and drinks to over-the-top fun in the nearby ice village and access to the largest indoor pool in Japan – winter wonderland is real... and it's in Tomamu!

Experience the soul of traditional Japan on quiet slopes, in a preserved ski domain with endless powder snow. Be enchanted by the beauty of snowy landscapes with mountains, plains, rivers and lakes. Perfect for an authentic Japanese Mountain experience, with a relaxed atmosphere and ample wellness activities to relax and revive with the outdoor Canadian baths and indoor swimming pool.

Highlights: - With over 145 hectares of powder to play in, click in and ride Japan's renowned slopes - Foodies, get ready for an authentic Japanese culinary experience with local cuisine including a sizzling Yakinuki BBQ experience at the Haku speciality restaurant - Enjoy guided whisky and sake tasting* at The Nest Bar - Chill out with sparkling nights at the nearby Ice Village* where cool evenings meet heart-warming moments with ice fishing*, ice skating*, ice bar and dining* - Splash and play at Mina Mina Beach, Japan's largest indoor wave pool, or relax at the Japanese public bath, Kirin-no Yu

Highlights: - Enjoy hassle-free skiing on powder snow without the crowds in a peaceful setting - Recharge your body and soul in the outdoor Canadian bath with magnificent views or with a spa massage* - Savour Japanese culinary traditions with seafood Nabe hot-pot tasting at the Mina Mina restaurant or participate in Hokkaido Soba and Temari sushi classes - Take in panoramic mountain views while trekking across wide-open powder snow or try ice fishing* and discover what makes Hokkaido worth visiting time and again - Scale the rock climbing wall with a difference – enhanced with augmented reality – get competitive with the fully interactive climbing game with friends and family



Mountain Activities: - Snow trekking, ice fishing*, ice skating*, snow sledding, night skiing, snowmobile*, snow banana boat*, snow rafting*

Mountain Activities: - Snow trekking, ice fishing*

Relax & Revive: - Indoor swimming pool, Ofuro – indoor Japanese sauna, fitness lessons, cardio-training room

Relax & Revive: - Indoor swimming pool, Canadian bath, yoga, stretch, fitness, weights and cardio room, spa treatments and massages*, Zen area

Activities & Entertainment: - Majong tables, pool tables, evening shows and entertainment, live music

Activities & Entertainment: - Indoor rock climbing with augmented reality, ski simulator, squash, table tennis, evening shows and entertainment, live music, pool tables and board games

For the Little Ones: - 4-10 years: Mini Club - 11-17 years: Passworld - Children’s snow garden - Baby Welcome equipment pack - Baby Corner in the main restaurant - 2-3 years: Petit Club* - Group babysitting from 4 months to 7 years (by third-party)*

For the Little Ones: - 4-10 years: Mini Club - 11-17 years: Junior Club - Children’s snow garden - 39 metre magic carpet - Baby Welcome equipment pack - Baby Corner in the main restaurant - Playground - 2-3 years: Petit Club* - Group babysitting from 4 months to 7 years (by third-party)*

Departures: 01 Nov 2020-30 Apr 2021

Departures: 01 Nov 2020-30 Apr 2021

Price Guide From: $2825 (Based on 20 Mar 2021 departure)

Price Guide From: $2535 (Based on 20 Mar 2021 departure)

Note: *Additional charges may apply

Note: *Additional charges may apply

The price guide shown is per adult, twin share for 7 nights in a superior room, non-connecting in low season travel. Discount may vary depending on the resort and date of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Child pricing available.



PRINCESS CRUISES ® Japan is a study in contrasts: tranquil retreats lie just outside cities where skyscrapers soar over stunning temples and shrines. Neon-bright architecture and pink cherry blossoms vie for attention amid the colourful Harajuku district and traditional kimonos. As the No. 1 Cruise Line in Japan with the “Best Asia Itineraries,” rest assured that Princess Cruises® will be your guide to the colours, cultures and flavours that define this exciting country.

Sea of Japan

Southern Islands Explorer

9 days/8 nights

14 days/13 nights

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show at the state-of-the-art theatre.

From the moment you step aboard, you will feel welcomed and right at home. And with attentive service from a friendly staff that knows what hospitality means, you’ll find Diamond Princess® truly is your home away from home as you explore the Southern Islands of Japan.

Cruise Highlights: - Explore the bustling Ja-Gal-Ch'i Fish Market in Busan. Established by women peddlers during the Korean War, and has become known as 'Aunt's Market - See The "Garden of the Six Sublimities" balance its leafy green tapestry with graceful ponds, streams, waterfalls, bridges and teahouses in Kanazawa - Take a tour of Matsue Castle in Sakaiminato, one of the oldest surviving castles in Japan, Matsue is called the "plover". With the black wooden walls of its six-story donjon, it's one of the few black castles in Japan

Cruise Highlights: - Explore Kochi Castle, a national historic site, one of the few castles that was not destroyed in WWII - Take a tour of one of the world’s most enduring legacy to peace – the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima - Visit an authentic shochu brewery for a production tour and tasting in Miyazaki

Departures: 23 Aug & 09 Sep 2020

Departures: 06 May, 23 May & 30 May 2020

Inclusions: 9 day cruise in an Inside stateroom, all meals, entertainment, activities onboard, port charges & government taxes

Inclusions: 14 day cruise in an Inside stateroom, all meals, entertainment, activities onboard, port charges & government taxes

Price Guide From: $2145 (Based on Interior stateroom on 09 Sep 2020 departure)

Price Guide From: $3320 (Based on Interior stateroom on 23 May 2020 departure)













Tsuruga Yokohama





Matsuyama Kochi Kobe

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The price guide shown is per person twin share based on low season travel. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Cherry blossoms are seasonal and not guaranteed. Princess Cruises Booking and Passage Conditions apply.


Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd ('we' or 'us' as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services ('Suppliers'). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations.

booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed.

1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from:

4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days

- Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or


- Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier. 2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions: - We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services. - The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier. - Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier. - All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier. - We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you. 3. BUSINESS PURPOSES You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused. 4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE 4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your

5.1 The prices provided are a guide only, based on low season, per adult share twin pricing and is correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Prices for tours are based on per adult per tour for share twin based on low season travel. Prices for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing. 5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing. 5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure. 6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in the Japan is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs. 7. PAYMENT 7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers. 7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure. 7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets). 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible. 8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that

booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable. 8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries. 17. IMAGES Some images used in this brochure are courtesy of Kanazawa City, JNTO, Japan Ryokan Association, Kusatsu Onsen Tourism Association, Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau, JTB.


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