Tour overview

Departure date(s) –

6 May 2023  

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Included

  • Accommodation - Based on specified hotel in itinerary or similar class
  • International economy flights with Cathay Pacific (in the case of unforeseen circumstances we will notify passengers if we need to change to an equivalent airline for international flights)
  • Gratuities - Included
  • Meals - Daily breakfast including meals as mentioned. 1 bottle of drinking water provided daily (during touring days only).
  • Transfers - Private and pubic transfers as specified in itinerary
  • Admission Fees - As mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides / Tour leader - English speaking guides throughout tour and 1 tour leader escort for the group
  • Luggage - Porterage included at hotels strictly only when it is available (limit 1 suitcase per tour participant)

Not Included

  • Visa Application - Not included but we will assist you with obtaining necessary Visas to enter Japan and South Korea (both required). Costs to be confirmed once we have further clarification.
  • PCR Test - Not included however both countries will require a negative COVID result prior to arrival
  • Travel Insurance - Not included. We strongly recommend taking out insurance cover which includes adequate cover for medical COVID-19

Day 1 - MELBOURNE/HONG KONG

Just prior to midnight, we will board our flight bound for Hong Kong.

Accommodation - N/A

Meals - As per fight

Day 2 - HONG KONG/SAPPORO

We will transit in Hong Kong airport before reboarding our flight bound for Chitose Airport in Sapporo. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by our local guide, check into our hotel and then regroup later tonight for our first group dinner.

Accommodation - ANA Holiday Inn Susukino Hotel or similar

Meals - As per flight / D

Day 3 - SAPPORO

This morning, ascend to the Okurayama viewing point, soaring up to the summit of the Sapporo Winter Olympics ski jump by chair lift – the views over the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. Continue to the pretty port town of Otaru and take some time to walk along the streets of the village and stroll along the picturesque canal. This evening visit the Sapporo Beer Museum where there is an optional beer tasting before popping next door to the Sapporo Beer Garden to dine on a Genghis Khan dinner – barbeque lamb, a Sapporo special!

Accommodation - ANA Holiday Inn Susukino Hotel or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 4 - SAPPORO/NOBORIBETSU

After breakfast we stop at Odori Park which is located in the heart of Sapporo, separating the city into north and south parts. Today we also enjoy the view from the Sapporo TV Tower, and then visit the Clock Tower. Visit the famous Ishiya Chocolate Factory. Afterwards, we drive to Date Jidaimura a historic theme park highlighting the Edo Period, one of the most attractive eras in Japanese history. Step back in time to enjoy traditional games, activities, theaters, street performances and more. Tonight we stay in Noboribetsu, a city in Iburi subprefecture, Hokkaido.

Accommodation - Noboribetsu Manseikaku or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 5 - NOBORIBETSU/LAKE TOYA

This morning we drive to the Shiraoi Ainu village, where you can get a better picture of the Ainu lifestyle through the display of the precious heirlooms and household utensils and traditional embroidery. Afterwards, we head to Mt Showa Shinzan which is still an active volcano. At the foot of the mountain you can see Ezo grizzly bears and their cubs at the Bear Ranch. Tonight we stay in the region of Lake Toya.

Accommodation - Toya Manseikaku or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 6 - LAKE TOYA/HAKODATE

After a good night’s rest we depart Lake Toya region for Hakodate – a Japanese city often called the gateway to Hokkaido. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour covering Kanemori Red Brick warehouse, Goryokaku Fort and also a cable car ride at Mount Hakodate to see the city views and hopefully the vibrant Cherry Blossoms as well! To finish off the day, enjoy a bit of free time at Motomachi shopping arcade.

Accommodation - Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 7 - HAKODATE/TOKYO (via Bullet Train)

This morning, we bid farewell to Hakodate as we make our way to the train station for our bullet train experience to Tokyo! This relaxing ride should take at around 4 hours before arriving into the busy city of Tokyo. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel and then enjoy a bit of free time to explore our surroundings before gathering again for our first dinner at Tokyo.

Accommodation - Metropolitan Hotel or similar

Meals - B / D

Day 8 - TOKYO FREE DAY

Before we embark on an amazing journey to the Alpine region, enjoy a free today in Tokyo to explore at your own pace.

Accommodation - Metropolitan Hotel or similar

Meals - B

Day 9 - TOKYO/MATSUMOTO

Before we depart Tokyo this morning, we will have a photostop at Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. We will then have lunch in Shibuya region with a bit of free time to explore as well. Later, we drive to Matsumoto which is the gate way to the Alpine route for our overnight stay.

Accommodation - Buena Vista Hotel Matsumoto or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 10 - MATSUMOTO/ALPINE ROUTE/TOYAMA

The major highlight of this itinerary will be the famous Alpine Route called the Tateyama Kurobe! A magnificent mountain sightseeing route, the pride of Japan, connects Toyama City and Omachi City. In spring, snow plow trucks carve out the road, creating 20m-high walls on both sides, called the “Yuki-no-Ohtani” (Towering Wall of Snow). This is normally seen between mid April to June annually and is truly a unique experience.

Accommodation - ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Toyama or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 11 - TOYAMA/SHIRAKAWAGO/KANAZAWA

Ater breakfast we leave the area of Toyama and make our way towards Kanazawa whilst dropping into Shirakawago for a quick visit. Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa and is well known for its well preserved Edo Period districts, art museums and handicrafts. Enjoy a visit to Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful plantations and then spend some time in Higashi Chaya. This district is well-known as having the most tea houses in Kanazawa. Besides that, there are many long established and new craft shops, so you’ll enjoy strolling, having a coffee break, and enjoying the overall atmosphere.

Accommodation - ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Kanazawa or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 12 - KANAZAWA/KYOTO

After breakfast this morning we drive towards the famous city of Kyoto for a visit. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and is home to thousands of classical Buddhist temples. Here we will visit the Kiyomizu temple – one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. Afterwards we also visit the other well known temple – Kinkakuji – also known as the Golden Pavillion. Overnight in Kyoto

Accommodation - Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 13 - KYOTO/OSAKA

This morning stroll through Nishiki Market, dubbed ‘Kyoto’s kitchen’, where there are many interesting food and sake stores. walk the vermillion, torii gate-lined pathways of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and tour a traditional sake brewery, where you can try some of the local sake. Afterwards we finish off the day in Osaka.

Accommodation - Sheraton Miayko Hotel Osaka or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 14 - OSAKA

This morning, visit the famous Osaka Castle before taking a stroll around the Dotonbori district, a restaurant mecca, where you can sample delicious local delicacies. Next, enjoy a 20-minute cruise along the Yodogawa River. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Shinasaibashi area before a farewell dinner this evening.

Accommodation - Sheraton Miayko Hotel Osaka or similar

Meals - B / L / D

Day 15 - OSAKA/HONG KONG

Enjoy a few more hours in Osaka this morning! This large shipping port city is the commercial centre of the island of Honshu and is known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food! Just a bit after 1pm, we meet up and head to Osaka airport for our flight home.

Meals - B / As per flight

Day 16 - HONG KONG/MELBOURNE

Your flight arrives back home today and we hope you had a great holiday!

Meals - As per flight