2017 SEASON
May 2017 - Oct 2017

12 Day Journey Through Japan

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Tokyo

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Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 12 Day Journey Through Japan. Begin in Tokyo with sightseeing including th Meiji Shrine, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping district. Journey north to Nikko and see the famous Yomeimon Gate.Travel to...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 12 Days
From: Tokyo to Tokyo
Tour Code: 2540
Visits: Japan
Our Price From:
$ 4,859
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Tokyo

Welcome to Japan's capital city. On arrival in Tokyo you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be met by our local representative. The rest of the day is yours to relax or begin your exploration of one of the most exciting cities in the world, home to more than 8 million people.
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Tokyo

Today's sightseeing tour takes you to the MEIJI SHRINE, a magnificent 20th century Shinto monument set in a man-made forest. Afterwards, pass by the Imperial Palace Plaza, the State Guest House, the Akihabara district and the famous Ginza shopping street. Your tour concludes with a visit to the ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE and the NAKAMISE SHOPPING ARCADE. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this cosmopolitan city. (B)
3

Tokyo - Nikko - Tokyo

Journey north to Nikko for a visit to TOSHOGU SHRINE and its famous YOMEIMON GATE, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, continue on to the scenic I-Ro-Ha Zaka driveway, which reaches elevations of 1,200 metres (3,940 feet), to visit LAKE CHUZENJI and the KEGON WATERFALL. Later, return to Tokyo. (B)
4

Tokyo - Matsumoto - Nagano - Toyama

This morning, travel to Matsumoto where you will see MATSUMOTO CASTLE and the MATSUMOTO CITY MUSEUM. Later, visit Nagano and the ZENKOJI TEMPLE. Founded 1,400 years ago, the temple houses what is said to be the first Buddhist statue brought to Japan. Arrive in Toyama this evening. (B)
5

Toyama - Shirakawa - Takayama - Nagoya

Continue through Japan's beautiful mountain scenery to one of the country's most remote regions, SHIRAKAWA. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique Gassho-Zukuri (joined hands) thatched houses can only be found in this area. This afternoon, journey through the Japanese Alps to the secluded town of Takayama, where old traditions are untouched by the passage of time. Visit the KUSAKABE HERITAGE HOUSE for a glimpse of traditional Japanese architecture of the late 19th century before heading to Nagoya. (B)
6

Nagoya - Toba - Osaka

Begin today with a trip to Toba and visit MIKIMOTO PEARL ISLAND to learn about the pearl cultivation process. Later, enjoy a visit to the most important shrine of the Shinto 'church', ISE GRANDE SHRINE. This afternoon, continue to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
7

Osaka - Matsue

Journey to the city of Yonago on the coast of the Sea of Japan. After a brief visit, continue to ADACHI MUSEUM OF ART to view Japanese-style gardens and view paintings by one of the greatest Japanese painters Yokoyama Taikan. Later, visit Matsue to see MATSUE CASTLE and BUKE YASHIKI, a former samurai residence. (B)
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Matsue - Hiroshima

En route to Hiroshima, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE and its famous FLOATING TORII GATE. From here, continue to Hiroshima. This city bears significant historic importance, for it was here that the world's first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Your tour features the PEACE MEMORIAL PARK and ATOMIC BOMB MUSEUM, which commemorate the victims of that fateful day. Also visit the SHUKKEIEN LANDSCAPE GARDEN, which dates back to 1620. (B)
9

Hiroshima - Kyoto

Your fascinating journey to Kyoto, aboard one of Japan's famous BULLET TRAINS, is sure to be a highlight of your tour. Kyoto is one of the most fascinating cities in Japan and the remainder of your day is free to explore. (B)
10

Kyoto

Enjoy a tour of Kyoto, visiting many of the city's temples, shrines, palaces and pagodas. A highlight of the day is a visit to the extraordinary NIJO CASTLE, built in 1603 as the official residence of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. You will also visit KINKAKUJI, the Temple of the Gold Pavilion and the HEIAN SHRINE AND GARDEN. During the day there will also be a chance to participate in a traditional JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. (B)
11

Kyoto - Hakone National Park - Tokyo

Drive to Hakone National Park for a leisurely CRUISE ON LAKE ASHI and an aerial CABLE CAR RIDE (weather permitting) over the beautiful Owakudani Valley. From here, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, before continuing on to your Tokyo airport hotel. (B)
12

Tokyo

Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Tokyo, Matsumoto, Hiroshima and Kyoto. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall, Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, Gassho - Zukuri houses, Matsue Castle, Peace Memorial Park, Shukkeien Landscape Garden, Nijo Castle, Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Heian Shrine and Garden, Lake Ashi Cruise.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Airport transfers; private, deluxe, air-conditioned coach while touring; bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto; internal flights.
  • HOTELS: Hotel accommodation will be allocated in twin-bed or double rooms with private facilities, as stated or similar.

Included Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts

Accomodation

  • Hotel Classifications: Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist (ST), Deluxe (D), Moderate Deluxe (MD), Best Available (BA), National Park (NP)
  • Tokyo Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (F), Toyama Toyama Excel Hotel Tokyu (F), Nagoya Nagoya Sakae Tokyu Rei Hotel (F), Osaka Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu Rei Hotel (MF), Matsue Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu (MF), Hiroshima Hiroshima Tokyu Rei Hotel (F), Kyoto Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (F), Tokyo Narita Airport Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu (F), or Tokyo Haneda Airport Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu (F)

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

 

Operator Details

Region: Asia
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 40)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Cosmos for trips in Asia. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (9)

Jeff & Dee Hobson's Holiday

Australia
Trip Date: 30/08/2016

“Cultural awakening”

What an eye opener. The history, infrastructure and scenery. The people are very courteous, helpful and friendly, their public security is great. I can't recall the last time I when felt so secure. We walked the streets at night and felt quite at ease. In the bigger cities there was a strong presents of police. No graffiti and every where was clean and tidy. Our only draw backs were ordering meals and a minor issue single beds. Not all had menus in English. This was particularly hard when dealing with a food allergy. Despite a written Japanese notice restaurant staff were reluctant to clear the food content. This was not an issue when the guide was with us as she pushed the issue for us. Most accommodation is single beds with very few double beds available at establishments. Would I recommended this tour a big yes. Would I recommend Global Journeys, once again a big yes. The ladies at Global Journeys were very reactive to my request and pricing was good.

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Australia
Trip Date: 31/05/2016

“Perfect Trip”

It's just a perfect trip because its only 18 of us in the coach and we are all Aussies. The choices of hotels are good, only one or two are not (rooms too small to move around with big suitcase) I learned a lot from this tour. Although some parts we thought are just a waste of time and "energy". My sister is convincing me to do it again with her, which I might. Global Journeys help was great.

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Australia
Trip Date: 10/05/2016

“Journey Through Japan”

Our journey through Japan was a great adventure. We criss-crossed the country in the comfortable coach as our guide talked to us about Japan. Tokyo is a massive, vibrant city with shops and restaurants on at least three different levels - the underground, the ground level and the upper storey level! One of the highlights of the trip for my husband and I was the Gasso-Zukuri style thatched roofed houses at Shirakawa. It was a beautiful scenic place with wonderful views of the mountains.

As we travelled about we couldn't help but be amazed by the stunning scenery of the forested mountains and the verdant valleys. Apparently, there are ten thousand tunnels in Japan, so they are true experts in the skill of tunneling! Also, the infra-structure is way ahead of Australia with most roads built on pillars well above the ground. Another highlight was to visit the Pearl-diving at MikimotoPerl Island and to learn the process of pearl cultivation. Another wonderful place was the Floating Tori Gate and Itsikuskima Shrine.

Hiroshima was a somber experience as we walked through the Peace Park and went into the Museum. On the last day we had a great, full day as we went on the boat at Lake Ashi and the aerial car was a memorable experience as we were packed into the cable car! At the top were the most spectacular views and we had so many breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Our mix of fellow travellers was good and the number of twenty was spot-on as it allows you to get to know most other people. It was good accommodation throughout and the rooms were extremely clean and tidy.the breakfasts were excellent and one of the highlights of the day!!! It was a great time of year to travel as the weather was kind and warm mostly, with just the one rainy day. Our guide was informative and friendly. It would have been nice to have welcome dinner to meet our fellow travellers and one or two dinners just to get together as a group. However, it was most enjoyable and We will continue to book with you as you make it so easy for us. We are already looking forward to our tour of Spain this September! So, we thank you again for a great holiday!


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Australia
Trip Date: 19/04/2016

“Interesting Tour of Japan”

There is a lot of ground covered on this tour with several long days on the coach. However there were only 12 of us on the tour which made it much easier for disembarking the coach and getting everyone back on board. We could have done with an extra night in Osaka as we arrived fairly late in the afternoon and left first thing the next day so not a lot of time to see Osaka. The Guide (Aki) was great, very informative and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. The cherry blossom was still in bloom in Tokyo which was lovely and we were fortunate to have only a couple of wet days throughout the trip. Most of the days were sunny and warm. Plenty of shrines and temples on the itinerary, so lots of walking and stairs to climb at certain places.The bullet train was different and a great inclusion on the tour. Optional Excursions were very limited and expensive. Overall a good tour and excellent value for money. Would recommend as an introduction to Japan.

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