7 Nights
8 Day Ancient Festivals & The Japanese Alps
from $2,799 AUD

*Price is per person.

Details

Take this special 8-day trip and discover the authentic Japanese lifestyle, with four different departure dates available. You can experience one of the most famous ancient Japanese festivals, stay in traditional Japanese-style accommodation, taste authentic multi-course haute cuisine and enjoy a natural hot spring bath. You’ll take a stroll in
Magome and Tsumago - two restored and preserved Edo-period post stations (“Shukuba”) on the ancient Nakasendo Highway in the Kiso Valley. This tour route passes through the breathtaking scenery of the Japanese Alps.

Highlights: 

  • Experience one of Japan’s most famous ancient festivals: Kyoto Gion, Takayama Autumn festival, or Kyoto Jidai festival
  • Stay in a traditional Japanese-style hot spring inn where you will be surrounded by nature
  • Visit and explore Magome and Tsumago - the historical former post stations in Kisoji
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Japanese Alps along Abo Pass between Takayama and Matsumoto

Prices From: (per person)
*Prices based on a minimum of 10 paying guests on tour.
*Should the tour operate with less than minimum numbers, the tour may be cancelled. 

Departure Date Twin Single Availability
16 July 2022: Kyoto Gion festival  $2,799 $3,299 Available
23 July 2022: Kyoto Gion festival  $2,799 $3,299 Available
06 October 2022: Takayama Autumn festival $2,799 $3,299 Available
21 October 2022: Kyoto Jidai festival $2,799 $3,299 Available

 

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Day 1 Kansai Airport Kyoto

Kansai Airport  Kyoto

Arrive at Kansai (Osaka) International Airport and transfer to the hotel on your own to begin your tour.
Hotel:  Urban Hotel Kyoto-Shijo Premium, or similar.

Day 2 Kyoto

Kyoto

Following breakfast, enjoy a Kyoto full-day tour, visiting the Gion Festival for travelers selecting tours 1 and 2, or Kyoto Jidai Festival for tour 4. particpants on tour option 3 will take in Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Nijo Castle and Heian Shrine.
Hotel:  Urban Hotel Kyoto-Shijo Premium, or similar.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 Kyoto Kisoji Hirugami Onsen

Kyoto  Kisoji  Hirugami Onsen

Following breakfast, leave Kyoto for Kisoji for a half-day Kisoji tour, walking in Magome and Tsumago - experiencing the traditional Japanese atmosphere of these former post stations. Visit Honjin, the former principal inn of a post station and Toson Memorial Museum in Magome, where the famous author Toson Shimazaki was born. Later, transfer to Hirugami Onsen to experience a traditional public bath at  your Ryokan accommodation (traditional Japanese Inn).
Hotel:  Ryokan Inaka Hirugami Onsen, or similar.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 Hirugami Onsen Takayama

Hirugami Onsen  Takayama

Following breakfast, depart Hirugami Onsen for Takayama. Participants on tour option 3 will enjoy the Takayama Autumn Festival (tour 3 only). participants on tours 1, 2 & 4 will instead visit historical landmarks such as the Takayama Jin’ya – the surviving Edo period Government House, Sanmachi-suji, and Hida Folk Village (or if Takayama festival is cancelled due to weather).
Hotel: Hotel Route Inn Grantia Hida Takayama, or similar. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Takayama Matsumoto Fuji Five Lakes Area

Takayama  Matsumoto  Fuji Five Lakes Area

Following breakfast, visit the Morning Market in Takayama before heading off for Matsumoto. Here, visit the famous Matsumoto Castle before continuing travel along the  Abo Pass in the Japanese Alps, and transfering to the Fuji Five Lakes Area.
Hotel: Hotel Route Inn Kawaguchiko, or similar. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Fuji Five Lakes Area Lake Kawaguchi Tokyo

Fuji Five Lakes Area  Lake Kawaguchi  Tokyo

Following breakfast, enjoy a Lake Kawaguchi full-day tour, strolling around with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji on clear days. You will also have the chance to visit the beautiful Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in the wooded hills along the northern coast of Lake Kawaguchi. In the afternoon, transfer to Tokyo and enjoy free time at leisure after hotel check in.
Hotel: Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande Tokyo, or similar. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Tokyo

Tokyo

Following breakfast, head out to enjoy a full day Tokyo tour, visiting Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku and Shibuya District, Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Nakamise Arcade and the Ginza District. In the evening, head to the deignated location to enjoy a 
farewell dinner with the tour group.
Hotel: Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande Tokyo, or similar. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 Tokyo Haneda / Narita Airport (Departure)

Tokyo  Haneda / Narita Airport (Departure)

Following breakfast, travelers can enjoy the final day of their
stay at their own leisure before returning home from the airport in Tokyo.
Meals: Breakfast

  • Accommodation: 7 nights
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Entrance Fees: as per itinerary 
  • Transport: Transfer by private coach and public transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide: English speaking guide as per itinerary

* Minimum Pax: 10  / Maximum Pax: 25
* The above offers are subject to availability and confirmation.
* For full terms and conditions, please contact our travel specialists.
* Should you wish to extend your stay, please speak with one of our friendly consultants.
* Arrival & Departure shared shuttle services can be arranged for $75.00 one way per person
* Single supplement available from $500.00 per person (Please Note: single rooms may have limited availability in Japanese Ryokan)
* Costing may vary depending on the exchange rate. The final rate will be confirmed at time of booking confirmation.

 Worry Free Travel – COVID Safe Plan Protocols

In order to provide you with a safe and worry-free travel experience, we have implemented protocols in accordance with WHO guidelines focused on enhanced cleanliness and hygiene. 

TOUR LOCATION  COVID SAFE PLAN PROTOCOLS
Airports ※Guests are expected to wear face masks on planes and in airport terminals.
※Airport staff are instructed to wear face masks and gloves when deemed necessary.
※Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints such as cart handles, restrooms, and counters.
※Using acrylic screens at face-to-face type counters to protect guests and airport staff from droplets.
※Hand sanitizer stations in high passenger volume areas throughout the airport.
※Ensuring adequate ventilation which allows for the airport terminal’s entire air to be replaced.
※Maintaining social distancing with queue markings between lines and seating.
Tour Vehicles ※Disinfection and ventilation of cars &/or buses during the day.
※Disinfectant hand sanitizer available on board.
※Drivers wear face masks when deemed necessary.
※Drivers cannot work if they feel unwell or have fever above 37.5 Celsius.
Hotels ※Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the hotel.
※Frequent use facilities to be disinfected regularly using alcohol.
※Protective screens or plastic shields installed at reception desks and cashier stations.
※Limited physical contact and queuing where possible.
※Health condition status will be requested at check-in.
※Additional measures in place to avoid guests own handling of food at buffets.
Restaurants ※Hand sanitizing alcohol to be provided at entrances and throughout restaurants.
※All restaurant staff to wear face masks.
※All tables and chairs to be disinfected/wiped after guests leave.
※Staff not permitted to work if unwell or have a fever above 37.5 Celsius.
※Additional measures in place to avoid guests own handling of food at buffets.
*All restaurants are encouraged to adopt contactless payment method on a nationwide basis.
Partner Venues ※All staff at each site will wear face masks while serving guests.
※Staff not permitted to work if unwell or have a fever above 37.5 Celsius.
※Guests are asked to wear face masks and disinfect their hands at each facility.
※Each facility conducts enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures.
※Maintaining social distancing while visiting / participating in experiences.
※Provision of thoroughly ventilated air conditioning systems at each facility.
Tour Guides ※All tour guides are required to provide a daily health status report.
※Tour guides must wear face masks when deemed necessary.
※Minimizing physical contact through the implementation of contactless / touchless solutions where possible.
※Following health authority guidelines regarding the wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and avoiding physical contact.

 

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