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Japan: The Millenniun Journey

Japan: The Millenniun Journey

Japan is a harmonious mix of modernity and ancient charm which awaits your discovery

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Embark on a journey through neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shrines filled only with silence, come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Explore the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima and more, showcasing the culture, art, and life that make up the incredible spirit of Japan.

 

Marvel at the country's iconic shrines, temples, gardens, and castles, while immersing yourself in a blend of antique and contemporary art. Japan offers a harmonious mix of modernity and ancient charm which awaits your discovery. Traverse through bustling cities to serene countryside landscapes, from volcanic wonders to captivating coastal views. This exclusive itinerary promises an unparalleled adventure, a cultural odyssey that spans millennia. Join us on an exclusive quest to uncover the wonders of Japan like never before!

 

Price: $12,500.00 per person in twin/double accommodation | $2,000.00 single supplement

 

1st Deposit: $1000.00 per person (due at time of booking)

2nd Deposit: $2,500.00 per person (due 29th March 2024)

Final payment: Remaining balance (due 1st August 2024)

 

Fitness level requirement: Medium

 

Inclusions: Fully escorted | Home pick up & drop | Flights Hobart-Sydney, Sydney-Tokyo, Hiroshima-Tokyo, Tokyo-Sydney, Sydney-Hobart | Accommodation at quality hotels and resorts for 14 nights | Coach transport/transfers and associated fees | English speaking Japanese guide/interpreter | Meals: Breakfast x13, Lunch x 2, Dinner x13 | Welcome ceremony | Tea Ceremony | Entry tickets: Tokyo National Museum, Ueno-no-Mori Museum, Sky Tree, Hakone Open Air Museum, Shinjuku Gyoen, Gassho-zukuri Village World Heritage site, Himeji Castle, Eiheiji Temple, Ride on the Arashiyama Scenic Train, Kimono Experience, Kiyomizu Temple, Cable Car, Miyajima Shrine & Ferry, Rainbow Bridge Cruise | Visits to: Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, Kaminarimon, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace/Double Bridge, Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, Odaiba Shopping District, akone Owakudani, Matsumoto Castle, Takayama morning market, Kanazawa Castle & Garden & Mueseum, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History & Prefectural Museum of Art | Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion) | Nijo Castle | Fushimi Inari Taisha | Nara Park/Kasuga Taisha | Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 

Pick ups: Hobart home pick up times will be advised closer to the departure date.

 

Please note: Any bookings made after the 29th March may incur additional flight cost, your Travel Coordinator will be able to advise you of any increases upon communicating with the airline.

Day 1: 6th Oct

Today is just the beginning of our fantastic adventure. In the afternoon we make our way to Sydney, so that we will be ready for our early flight to Japan tomorrow.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Sydney Airport

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Day 2: 7th Oct

Touch down in Tokyo, the unrivalled giant among cities, boasting the title of the largest and most populous metropolis globally. Your journey unfolds with a breathtaking aerial view of Tokyo as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of dusk. Upon a seamless check-in at your hotel around 7 pm, brace yourself for a special welcome ceremony and dinner that marks the commencement of your extraordinary adventure. It's time to bid farewell to the familiar and embrace the unknown, as from this moment onward, Tokyo becomes the canvas for an unparalleled experience that transcends the ordinary. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders that await.
Accommodation: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

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Day 3: 8th Oct

Today is a day of enchantment as we embark on a captivating journey through Tokyo's cultural gems and modern marvels. The adventure takes us to the iconic Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Immerse yourself in the rich history and spirituality of this ancient site, and don't miss the striking Kaminarimon gate. Following your morning filled with exploration, we'll indulge our artistic senses at the Ueno-no-Mori Museum and Tokyo National Museum, where centuries of Japanese art and history come to life.
As the evening unfolds, brace yourself for a breathtaking view of Tokyo from the soaring heights of the Tokyo Skytree, a spectacle scheduled after sunset.
Accommodation: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

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Day 4: 9th Oct

Our day unfolds with a visit to the serene Meiji Shrine, where the tranquility of this spiritual haven sets the tone for the day. Next on our itinerary is the majestic Imperial Palace and its iconic Double Bridge, a historical marvel to explore. Savour a delightful lunch at Shabu-Ya in Shinjuku, providing a taste of Japanese culinary excellence.
After a brief 10-minute stroll, we'll immerse ourselves in the lush beauty of Shinjuku Gyoen, a haven of nature and tranquility. The adventure continues with a captivating boat sightseeing tour around Odaiba and under the Rainbow Bridge. As the day winds down, indulge in a mouthwatering Wagyu Yakiniku dinner, savouring the finest beef Japan has to offer
Accommodation: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

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Day 5: 10th Oct

Kick off todays journey with a visitto the mesmerising Tai Chung Valley, where the Owakudani Valley's endless barrenness and constant white smoke showcase the spectacular volcanic activity of Hakone. This landscape, shaped by a volcanic eruption 3,000 years ago, earned its nickname "Hell Valley" due to the strong sulphur aroma. Don't miss the famous black eggs, a result of a unique chemical reaction. Hop on the ropeway to enjoy panoramic views of Hakone and majestic Mount Fuji.
In the afternoon, we explored the Sculpture Museum, a 70,000-square-meter park seamlessly blending masterful sculptures with nature. With over 400 works from renowned sculptors like Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, and Henry Moore, the museum offers a captivating art-filled experience. Marvel at the Picasso Pavilion, dedicated to ceramics, sculpture, and select paintings by the legendary Pablo Ruiz Picasso. There are many small artist-run shops in the town waiting to be explored on an after-dinner stroll.
Accommodation: Hakone Yumoto Onsen Aura Tachibana

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Day 6: 11th Oct

This isn't a typical day on the road; it's a day traversing Japan's Western Highlands, where the picturesque countryside presents before your eyes. Marvel at how Japan, the 'Land of Railways,' intricately connects village after village by rail, ensuring no one is left in solitude. As part of the tour, we'll visit Matsumoto Castle, a celestial guardian among Japan's twelve surviving castles and a national treasure designated by the Japanese government. Also known as "Ushiro"(black castle), this ancient city bears witness to the transformations of Japan's Warring States period, and has witnessed the changes of Japan's Warring States period with its towering presence.
As dusk descends, we reach Takayama City, where time seems to pause, and tranquility becomes the sole symbol.
Accommodation: Ryokan Resort & Spa

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Day 7: 12th Oct

Even in Japan, such a village is unique. Words fall short to capture its essence; simply relish the day. Soon, you'll etch this moment and place into your lasting dreams.
Accommodation: The Hotel Sanraku Kanazawa

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Day 8: 13th Oct

For 400 years, Kanazawa City has been a beacon of Japanese culture and art. Spanning 170,000 hectares, the exquisite Kanrokuen Garden stands as one of Japan's three great gardens, showcasing the Ikezumi style with unparalleled beauty. Our exploration continues with a visit to the 21st Century Museum of Art in Kanazawa. Recognised with prestigious accolades such as the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2010, this museum stands as a testament to Japanese contemporary architecture and the human psyche in the 21st century. Prepare to be captivated by the intersection of art, architecture, and the human experience.
Accommodation: The Hotel Sanraku Kanazawa

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Day 9: 14th Oct

As we bid farewell to our previous destinations and set our sights on Kyoto, let's not rush! Along the way, we'll visit a unique Zen temple steeped in history. Built in the 13th century and still thriving today, this temple serves not only as a place of worship but also as a school where up to 1,500 monks diligently practice. Remarkably, these monks have upheld the tradition of silence and meditation for over 700 years. Nestled amidst mountains, this temple, the largest in Japan by area, exudes a profound sense of solemnity and serenity.
In the afternoon, we finally arrive in Kyoto, an eternal city boasting 1,200 years of rich history and adorned with tens of thousands of temples and shrines.
Accommodation: Nikko Prince Hotel Kyoto

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Day 10: 15th Oct

In 1394, the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu commissioned the construction of a magnificent golden temple, only to witness its tragic demise in a fire ignited by a monk on 2 July 1950, who deemed its beauty too profound for this world. However, in 1955, the government undertook the monumental task of restoring Kinkakuji Temple, adorning it once again with 20 kilograms of gold. Today, we will have the privilege of catching a glimpse of its resplendent glory. But that's not all! Our itinerary in Kyoto is brimming with captivating attractions, including the historic Nijo Castle, the scenic Arashiyama, the iconic Watanuki Bridge, and much more. Be sure not to miss out on the immersive tea ceremony cultural experience, adding a touch of tradition to our unforgettable journey.
Accommodation: Nikko Prince Hotel Kyoto

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Day 11: 16th October

Today, we will be enchanted by the Senbon Torii (thousands of torii) at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, where the profound belief in the spirit of everything permeates the air, showcasing a quintessential aspect of Japanese culture. Alongside Mount Fuji and Itsukushima Shrine, it stands as one of Japan's three symbolic treasures.
In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Kyoto as we don traditional kimonos and start out on a leisurely stroll through the heart of this historic city. Transported back to the bustling capital of 1,200 years ago, this hands-on cultural experience invites you to become an active participant in history, not merely a spectator.
Accommodation: Nikko Prince Hotel Kyoto

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Day 12: 17th Oct

Nara, an ancient city predating Kyoto, holds a wealth of historical treasures waiting to be explored. Witness the oldest temple gates in Japan, stand in awe before the largest bronze casting of the Buddha in the country, and be charmed by the famous deer of Nara, captivating visitors from around the globe.
In the afternoon, our journey leads us to Himeji. Before dinner, we'll delve into the majestic Himeji Castle, renowned as Japan's most iconic and impeccably preserved castle. Designated as a National Treasure and a Special National Historic Site by the Japanese government, and recognised as one of Japan's first World Heritage Sites, Himeji Castle proudly holds the title of "Japan's First Castle."
Accommodation: Himeji Castle Grandvrio Hotel

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Day 13: 18th Oct

Early in the morning, we set off from Himeji to Hiroshima. We will board Itsukushima, the "Shrine Island". Renowned for its stunning torii gate seemingly floating on the serene waters of the Seto Inland Sea during high tide, this UNESCO World Heritage Site exudes an ethereal beauty that captivates visitors from across the globe. Dating back to the 6th century, Itsukushima Shrine is steeped in rich history and cultural significance, serving as a sacred sanctuary dedicated to the Shinto deity of the seas. As you wander through its elegant vermilion corridors and intricately adorned halls, you'll be immersed in a sense of tranquility and reverence, making every moment a memorable exploration of Japan's cultural legacy.
Accommodation: Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

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Day 14: 19th Oct

Welcome to Hiroshima, a city that embodies resilience, hope, and peace amidst its tragic past. Forever etched in history as the site of the world's first atomic bombing during World War II, Hiroshima has emerged as a beacon of peace and reconciliation. Today, we will explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a poignant tribute to the victims of the atomic bombing, and visit the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stands as a powerful reminder of the city's resilience.
In the afternoon, we'll board our return flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo, marking the end of our unforgettable journey through Japan.
Flights: Hiroshima-Tokyo & depart for Tokyo to Sydney

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Day 15: 20th Oct

Reflect on what we experienced and felt in Japan on a journey that took us halfway around the world. Arriving back home find yourself carrying a treasure trove of cultural experiences which fill your heart with profound joy, knowing you are weaved into the vibrant tapestry of a larger, more connected world.

B=Breakfast, L =Lunch, AT= Afternoon Tea, D=Dinner

BOOKING INFORMATION AND PAYMENT METHODS

 

• Post in booking request/s with cheque to PO Box 73, Richmond 7025 and we will do the rest, please include your pick-up point and best contact number.

• Phone or visit our office and we can make a booking for you and provide you with a receipt.

• BANK TRANSFER: Please contact us for details if you wish to make payments via bank transfer.

• DAY TOURS: to secure your seat, full payment is required immediately. If you are unable to attend a day tour, we require 48 hours’ notice and we can provide you with a credit to use on another day tour. Cancellation under 48 hours is non-refundable.

• MULTI-DAY TOURS: to secure your seat, a deposit is required immediately. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to other tours. There will be a final date provided for the remainder of the package payment.

• PASSENGER FORMS: All travellers on our Multi Day and Interstate/ International Tours are required to complete a Passenger Form which includes details of dietary, mobility and next of kin. This only needs to be completed once or updated when your details change.

• If we cancel a tour for any reason, we can provide a refund or credit to be used within 18 months.

• PICK UP: If you have a group of 6 or more, we can arrange a separate pick up for you.

• POSTAGE: Due to increased cost of postage & delays we will not be posting payment receipts. We encourage you to visit us at our office if you require a receipt or provide us with an email address.

• TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you obtain appropriate travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit for any of our multi-day tours.

• PRICE CHANGES: Prices may change without notification.

• ITINERARY CHANGES: We reserve the right to alter or omit any part of the itinerary.

• SAFETY: Coal River Coaches reserves the right to decline to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of the tour, or who may require services that we cannot guarantee will be available, or if meals (due to certain dietary requirements) cannot be catered for.

• SEATING: Coal River Coaches now operates with a Seat Rotation system on all Coach Tours.

• WAIT LISTS: If a Tour that you want to go on is full, we can pop you on the “Waitlist”. This means if we have a cancellation, we will contact you.

 

Our Tours are subject to the venue & events in which we attend. If there are any changes or cancellations, we will make reasonable endeavours to contact you.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions for more information.

 

 

Phone: 03 6272 2645

Email: [email protected]

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