8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights

Including return international flights, all accommodation, bullet train travel, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing of some of Japan’s top destinations, and more.

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  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
  • 8 day Japan Golden Route tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Experience the ultimate introduction to the delights of Japan, following the path from Osaka to Tokyo on an 8 day Japan Golden Route tour.

Osaka has a reputation for its blend of modern and old-world architecture, its thriving nightlife scene and its economic clout. In short, it makes the perfect place to start your tour of Japan. Take up the option to add on the Hiroshima and Himeji tour extension, or dive straight into your discovery of Osaka by taking in sights such as Todaiji temple and Nara ParkKyoto then beckons, where you can tick off the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle.

Marvel at the innovation of the Shinkansen bullet train as it whisks you from Kyoto to Shizuoka. Head out into the Japanese countryside towards Mount Fuji and Ashinoko Lake. Capture the beauty of the landscape and be treated to a panoramic bird’s eye view of Fuji Five Lakes from Mount Fuji Fifth Station. End the tour in Tokyo as you immerse yourself in this never-sleeping metropolis.

As seen on  Webjet’s A Taste of Travel:   

 

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand– airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Pack your bags and head to the airport to catch an overnight flight from New Zealand to Osaka.

(Please note that some flights may depart 1 day later).

Day 2: Osaka (Kansai)

Arrive at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX) and meet a tour representative for the transfer to the hotel. 

Day 3: Osaka – Nara – Kyoto (B)

The first stop on your Golden Route tour of Japan is Todaiji temple in Nara. The temple houses a huge, 15-metre tall bronze statue of Buddha and the gate leading to the temple is flanked by two Nio guardians. The group walks through Nara Park afterwards. The park is one of the oldest in Japan and is most famous for its 1200-strong herd of free-roaming deer. Feeding the deer with ‘deer biscuits’ has become a popular draw for travellers. The tour then travels to Kyoto to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. 

Day 4: Kyoto – train-icon – Shizuoka (B)

Visit the city’s Nijo Castle, which was once the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Then make for Togetsu-kyo Bridge. This wooden bridge links the banks of the Katsura River and is a great vantage point for admiring Arashiyama Mountains. In the afternoon, head to the rail station to board one of Japan’s most famous technological innovations: the Shinkansen bullet train. The train reaches speeds of up to a heart-racing 280 km/h and has you arriving in about two hours. 

Day 5: Shizuoka – Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

The group makes its way towards the serene Mount Fuji area near Ashinoko Lake. This lake was formed following a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago and now, along with the mountain in the background, makes one of Japan’s most spectacular and recognisable scenes. There is a visit to Oishi Park and Mount Fuji 5th Station. The latter offers an incredible sweeping outlook over the Fuji Five Lakes area below. Travel to Tokyo in the afternoon.

Day 6: Tokyo (B)

Japan’s capital is as diverse as it is exciting and thrilling. It is a city where old traditions collide with modern technology. Your discovery of Tokyo begins at Hama-rikyu, a meticulously landscaped garden located in the heart of the city. Wander along the banks of the seawater ponds or visit the island-perched teahouse. Embark on a scenic cruise along the Sumida River and then mosey through the Asakusa Kannon temple (also known as Sensoji), one of the most colourful in Tokyo. Swap shrines for shopping by looking for souvenirs and keepsakes at Nakamise Shopping Street. The last stop of the day is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks in Shinjuju to take in panoramic city views. 

Day 7: Tokyo –airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

A transfer will take you to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight to New Zealand.

Day 8: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

 

 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff– Osaka

Board an overnight flight to Osaka.

(Please note that some flights might depart 1 day later).

Day 2: Osaka (Kansai)

You land at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX) and will be met by a tour representative, who escorts you to the hotel for check-in. 

Day 3: Osaka – Himeji – Hiroshima (B)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before travelling to Hiroshima. Stop off at Himeji to see its castle along the way. The hilltop Himeji Castle comprises 83 buildings and showcases advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. Move on to Hiroshima to spend the night here. 

Day 4: Hiroshima – Osaka (B)

As the location of the first atomic bomb drop during World War II, the trip to Hiroshima offers insight into the impact of this devastation. Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, which commemorates the victims of the bomb drop. Then travel to see the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima and see the torii gate as the waters move with high tide. Head back to Osaka afterwards.

Day 5: Osaka – Nara – Kyoto (B)

The first stop on your Golden Route tour of Japan is Todaiji temple in Nara. The temple houses a huge, 15-metre tall bronze statue of Buddha and the gate leading to the temple is flanked by two Nio guardians. The group walks through Nara Park afterwards. The park is one of the oldest in Japan and is most famous for its 1200-strong herd of free-roaming deer. Feeding the deer with ‘deer biscuits’ has become a popular draw for travellers. The tour then travels to Kyoto to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. 

Day 6: Kyoto –train-icon– Shizuoka (B)

Visit the city’s Nijo Castle, which was once the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Then make for Togetsu-kyo Bridge. This wooden bridge links the banks of the Katsura River and is a great vantage point for admiring Arashiyama Mountains. In the afternoon, head to the rail station to board one of Japan’s most famous technological innovations: the Shinkansen bullet train. The train reaches speeds of up to a heart-racing 280 km/h and has you arriving in about two hours. 

Day 7: Shizuoka – Mt Fuji – Tokyo (B)

The group makes its way towards the serene Mount Fuji area near Ashinoko Lake. This lake was formed following a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago and now, along with the mountain in the background, makes one of Japan’s most spectacular and recognisable scenes. There is a visit to Oishi Park and Mount Fuji 5th Station. The latter offers an incredible sweeping outlook over the Fuji Five Lakes area below. Travel to Tokyo in the afternoon.

Day 8: Tokyo (B)

Japan’s capital is as diverse as it is exciting and thrilling. It is a city where old traditions collide with modern technology. Your discovery of Tokyo begins at Hama-rikyu, a meticulously landscaped garden located in the heart of the city. Wander along the banks of the seawater ponds or visit the island-perched teahouse. Embark on a scenic cruise along the Sumida River and then mosey through the Asakusa Kannon temple (also known as Sensoji), one of the most colourful in Tokyo. Swap shrines for shopping by looking for souvenirs and keepsakes at Nakamise Shopping Street. The last stop of the day is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks in Shinjuju to take in panoramic city views. 

Day 9: Tokyo –airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

A transfer will take you to the airport at the appropriate time for your return flight to New Zealand.

Day 10: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

 

 

Inclusions

 
Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, dedicated tour guide, coach transportation, in-depth sightseeing and more…

8 day Japan:

  • Return international flights with a full-service airline, plus return airport transfers
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Shizuoka
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

 10 day Japan:

  • Includes all of the above, plus;
  • 2 nights’ additional accommodation
  • Hiroshima and Himeji including sightseeing

Highlights:

  •  Visit Nara Park where over 1,200 wild deer are considered sacred and roam the park
  • Be awe-struck by one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO Heritage Sites by getting up close to Kyoto
  • Marvel at the picture perfect Mt Fuji and the surrounding Hakone area 
  • Experience all Tokyo has to offer and be mesmerised by one of the World’s great cities

 

 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement:

8 Day – $1040 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.
10 Day – $1,260 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.

Please purchase your twin share voucher first. Single supplement surcharge is payable direct to our Travel Partner at the time of booking. 

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 10 – 45 people

Accommodation: 

Osaka: Plaza Hotel Osaka or similar
Kyoto: Apa Hotel Kyoto Ekimae or similar
Shizuoka: Hotel Crown Palais Hamamatsu
Tokyo: Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Hiroshima Extension:

Osaka: Izumisano Centre Hotell or similar
Hiroshima: Hotel New Hiroden or similar

Kyoto to Shizuoka Bullet Train: Ordinary Class

Please note: Unlike western hotels, Japanese rooms can be small in size, only offer twin bedding or have limited in-room facilities like tea & coffee or satellite TV.

Land Only: Not available 

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Travel Dates

 

2019:

8 day tour:

12 May
26 May 
16 June
8 September
26 September*
6 October*
20 October 
3 November*
10 November*
17 November 

* Peak Season Dates – $330 surcharge per person applies on these dates

10 day tour:

10 May
24 May 
14 June
6 September
24 September*
4 October*
18 October 
1 November*
8 November*
15 November 

* Peak Season Dates – $385 surcharge per person applies on these dates

2020:

8 day tour:

4 March
11 March
18 March*
25 March*
1 April*
4 April*
8 April*
15 April
20 May
10 June
19 August
2 September
14 October
28 October*
4 November*
11 November*
18 November

* Peak Season Dates – $330 surcharge per person applies on these dates

10 day tour:

2 March
9 March
16 March*
23 March*
30 March*
2 April*
6 April*
13 April
18 May
8 June
17 August
31 August
12 October
26 October*
2 November*
9 November*
16 November

* Peak Season Dates – $385 surcharge per person applies on these dates

# Koyo/Maple Season Dates – Best time to view Koyo season. Please note: Koyo season is seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view change in colours, but we can’t guarantee autumn foliage.

Bookings not accepted when within 45 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare with China Southern (or similar) departing Auckland.
  • Wellington and Christchurch customers – A $400 per person Interstate surcharge will apply
  • Including minimum 15kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline)
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopover or a substitute airline. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however, should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations: 

If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

 A $270 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference.

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

PLEASE NOTE: No flight requests/quotes/upgrades will be actioned until your final payment has been made. After this, you will be contacted in relation to your request. Payment of the breakaway fee and any applicable fare and tax difference must be paid at time of quotation in order to confirm your flights. 

Flights are booked in departure date order and we endeavour to send you this information 30 days before departure, if not sooner. 

Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus return airport transfers
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Ride the bullet train from Kyoto to Shizuoka
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
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