14-day magnificent Japan

YourLifeChoices exclusive offer: Save 47 per cent on this tour and receive $500 cash travel card per couple

Japan is known for its expert ability to mix the ultra-modern with the traditional. One moment you’ll be transported back in time and the next you’ll be gazing into the future. The Land of the Rising Sun is full of innovation, adventure and mystique. Witness its beautiful sights, delight in its delectable cuisine, meet its friendly people and learn about its wonderful heritage.

Trip highlights
From the traditional to the ultra-modern, on this 14-day tour you’ll amble through Zen gardens and bamboo forests, saunter through stunning temples, castles and pavilions, and experience the chaotic stimulation of the megalopolis known as Tokyo. It’s one of the world’s most progressive and technologically advanced countries, and yet, Japan’s respect for its traditions, history and culture is almost unparalleled. A visit to this nation will certainly inspire, and the savings on this 14-day tour, coupled with the exclusive YourLifeChoices travel cash offer, ensure there is no better time to explore the Land of the Rising Sun.



About Inspiring Vacations

Inspiring Vacations is 100 per cent Australian owned and operated. We have partnered with a world-wide network of local travel experts to bring you culturally unique and delightfully unforgettable flight-inclusive travel packages to the world’s favourite destinations at prices with real value.


Amazing experiences

Osaka: Visit Osaka castle and stroll through Dotombori–Shinsaibashi area
Kyoto: See the most famous shrines: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, and enjoy a walk through the famous bamboo forest in Arashiyama
Nara: Visit the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple
Kanazawa: View the famous Kenrokuen Garden and slip into the past at the Nomura Samurai House
Shirakawago: Admire the 114 Gasho-style houses
Takayama: Visit the old town of Takayama
Matsumoto: Discover Matsumoto Castle
Mt Fuji: Enjoy the view from the 5th Station
Hakone: See the latest exhibition at the open-air museum
Tokyo: Explore the new and the traditional in Asakusa, climb the Tokyo Sky Tree, visit the Imperial Palace and taste the freshest fish at the famous fish market

Itinerary

Day 01: Kon'nichiwa! Welcome to Osaka
Arrive at Kansai International Airport after your premium airline flight and be greeted by a friendly Inspiring Vacations’ representative, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure or relax and mingle with your fellow travellers.   

Day 02: Say hello to Osaka

Your once-in-a-lifetime Japan tour starts in earnest with a full day of touring in one of the Japan’s most exciting cities – Osaka. First stop is Osaka Castle. From here, you’ll see something modern and marvellous: the Umeda Sky Building Floating Observatory, a suspended viewing platform between two 40-storey buildings with breathtaking views of Osaka. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Dotonbori area, one of Osaka's most popular shopping, entertainment and food destinations. Your day will close in the memorable Shinsekai district for an evening of leisure at the hotel.


Day 03: Enjoy your freedom
Today, you are free to explore the wonders of Osaka, known for its modern architecture, hearty street food and no end of extraordinary sights and activities. Be sure to ask your guide for some recommendations.  

Day 04: Visit Kyoto: the jewel in Japan’s crown

The golden city of Kyoto is considered by many to be the jewel in Japan’s crown. You’ll begin with a guided tour of the city at the breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site, Nijo Castle, which features castle palace architecture from Japan's feudal era. Next is the Golden Pavilion – a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden. Then, you’ll explore the Ryoanji Temple, the site of Japan's most famous rock garden, followed by the famous bamboo forest at Arashiyama – a place of serene beauty.



Days 5-14

Day 5: Kyoto to Nara to Kyoto
Day 6: Kyoto to Kanazawa
Day 7: Kanazawa
Day 8: Kanazawa to Shirakawago to Takayama
Day 9: Takayama to Matsumoto to Mt Fuji to Hakone
Day 10: Hakone to Tokyo
Day 11: Tokyo
Day 12: Tokyo
Day 13–14: Head back home
 

Enhance your journey

Guests can add two bonus sightseeing experiences from the following five options, and the remaining three options can also be purchased for $75 per person.
Osaka: Wagyu Beef dinner
Kyoto: Tofu dinner
Kanazawa: Tea Ceremony
Kanazawa: Kimono fitting
Tokyo: Sushi dinner

Exciting extras

YourLifeChoices $250 per person cash travel card
To claim your exclusive YourLifeChoices bonus cash card, simply insert "YLC cash card" in the special request field when booking online or mention this when booking over the phone.

Airline information
Full-service airline with Cathay Pacific (Qantas or similar if unavailable). Find out more about Business upgrades.

Extend your stay
Arriving early and/or staying behind.

Land-only discount
Find out about organising your own flights.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1200 per person in addition to the twin share price.


Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights in three- to four-star accommodation
  • 1 night in a Ryokan with a private hot spring tub
  • Daily breakfast and one traditional Kaiseki dinner
  • Bullet train from Hakone to Tokyo
  • In depth discovery of the Golden Route in Japan
  • Assisted by English-speaking guides throughout the itinerary
  • Incredible sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated private transportation throughout.