Japan - The Past and The Present

13 Day Luxury Small Group Tour with Flights

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Twin Share from $10 799* per person

Package Details

The Highlights

Departing Sydney 26 May 2024

From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shines filled only with silence, come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Take part in preparing your own cup of green tea using a traditional method. Explore the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, travelling between the mon the famous shinkansen bullet train. Meet the incredible ama pearl divers and dine with them whilst hearing tales of their lives and traditions. Meet the bowing deer of Nara Park. Explore the historic geisha district of Kyoto, Gion .See the beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Golden Pavilion. Dive deep into the culture of Japan with the Women’s Association of Kyoto. Stayamong Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya and wander the moss-covered paths of Okunoin Cemetery. Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum of Hiroshima and hear first-hand accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation. Seethe famous O-torii Gate of Miyajima Island. Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori district. Discover the thousand facets of culture, art, and life that make up the incredible spirit of Japan.

Must See Inclusions

Wander among the swaying trees of the Arashiyama bamboo  forest.

Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori  district.

See the gleaming beauty of the Golden Pavillion

 

Amazing  culinary delights

Dive deep into the culture and social norms of Japan  over dinner with the Women’s Association of Kyoto.

Enjoy a traditional, multi-course kaiseki meal.

Make delicious okonomiyaki, savory pancakes that  are a Japanese favorite

 

Amazing Experiences

Stay among Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya.

Meet Japan’s ama pearl divers and learn more about their elite profession.

Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Memorial Museum and hear accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation.

Exclusive cultural experience

Expert guide plus tour host

Itinerary

Japan: Past & Present - A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka - Collette  (13 Days From Tokyo to Osaka)

Day 1: Overnight Flight

From the tranquility of ancient temples to the energy of bustling cities, find a blend of all things old and new in Japan.

Day 2: Tokyo, Japan - Tour Begins

Say “Konnichiwa!” to the incredible, eclectic city of Tokyo. Japan is a land of contrasts, and you’re about to discover the thousand facets of culture, art, and life that make up its incredible spirit. From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shrines filled only with silence, you’ll come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Storied history, artistic traditions, cutting-edge technology – it’s all part of Japan’s everyday life. You’ll soon discover that you could explore Japan for a thousand years and only experience a part of what this country has to offer.

Day 3: Tokyo

Feel the excitement start to build as you head to Asakusa, passing by the grounds of the Imperial Palace and see the Nijubashi Bridge. Next, witness the subtle art of preparing green tea. Prepare your own cup of this local staple and learn the gentle practice of making tea using a traditional method. Enjoy free time exploring Nakamise shopping street, where you can stroll between the stalls leading to the Sensoji temple to buy local souvenirs and sweets. Then, head to Tokyo National Museum to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the city. The museum displays artwork and antiques from Japan and the surrounding area. Tonight, sit down and get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Tokyo

This morning, start your day in Tokyo like a true local – by hopping on the subway. Clean, efficient, fast, and easy to use, the Tokyo subway system is one of the best in the world. Follow your Tour Manager on a walk through Ginza, one of the most elegant and luxurious streets in the world. Enjoy shopping at some of the most renowned "department stores" in Japan. This afternoon, visit Zojoji Temple, standing in the shadow of Tokyo Tower and painting a powerful picture of Tokyo’s ancient roots and modern culture. Zojoji is the center of Japanese Buddhism in the region, and the resting place of the royal Tokugawa family. Head back to the hotel through the lush and beautiful Shiba park, a green oasis in the urban landscape. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Tokyo - Ise-Shima

Climb aboard the high-speed shinkansen,or bullet train. Sleek, modern, and comfortable, the bullet train will flash through the idyllic Japanese countryside at 200 miles per hour, butyou’ll barely feel or hear a thing. Keep an eye peeled for Mt. Fuji in thedistance.* Arrive at one of the most important shrines in Japan – Ise Shrine. This grand shrine is built to honor the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu. Wander among the thatched roofs and raw wood of buildings, taking in the serenity of this spiritual wonder. Tonight, your meal will be a traditional and delicious Japanese kaiseki dinner, an artfully prepared and presented, multi-course meal using ingredients at the absolute peak of freshness. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Ise-Shima

This morning, you’ll head to the Mikimoto Pearl Museum. Explore the island and the legacy of the skilled ama pearl divers, women who defied conventional gender roles to dive in the sea to harvest oysters and their pearls. Watch divers take the plunge and learn about the history and science of pearl diving. This evening, set out for Azurihama Beach, where you’ll venture across the sands to an ama hut for an incredible dining experience. While local seafood is grilled in a charcoal fire right before your eyes, hear tales from the ama women about their lives and the sacred rights of their profession. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Ise-Shima - Kyoto

Kyoto awaits! Before arriving in Japan’s former capital city stop at Nara Park and Todaiji Temple. Venture inside the massive building to take some time in this sacred place and find the huge bronze Buddha statue. Wander the grounds outside and discover the famous “bowing” deer of Nara. Next, it’s off to Kyoto, one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Kyoto

Head to Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district. Here, your Tour Manager leads you through the narrow cobblestone streets and if you’re lucky, you may see a woman in full traditional geisha regalia headed to one of the hidden, exclusive tea houses. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore how you want. Perhaps you’ll stay in the Gion district to wander among its temples, shrines, traditional shops and charming cafes. Or, you could make your way to the Nishiki Market, where colorful stalls are filled with fresh foods and local specialties, like pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Kyoto

Begin your day at Arashiyama bamboo forest. Set out among the towering bamboo stalks that shade the forest paths and gently sway in the breeze. Depart for Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in goldleaf. Once the lavish retirement home of a shogun, it was converted to a Zentemple in the 1400’s. It has survived wars, been rebuilt after fires, and stillstands as an impressive piece of historic architecture. Later, visit the Women’s Association of Kyoto in a traditional Kyoto town house. Here, delve into a wide array of enlightening Japanese activities, guided by your knowledgeable hostess. Sip different sakes, try your hand at making sushi, fold intricate origami shapes, and speak to your hostess about Japan, its culture, and women’s roles in this complex society. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Kyoto - Mt. Koya

This morning, explore FushimiInari Taisha for a glimpse into the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the rows of orange torii that weave through the forest, leading you to the inner shrine. Then, head for the mountain village atop Mount Koya. A special and sacred site, Mount Koya is filled with shrines, temples, and monasteries. This afternoon, walk into the heart of the awe-inspiring Okunoin Cemetery, and make your way to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. Kobo Daishi hasn’t passed on – Buddhist belief says he waits in eternal meditation, answering the calls of those who would pray to him. After, settle into your accommodations for the night – a traditional Japanese monastery,** complete with sliding paper doors and tatami mats. Meet with one of the monks of the temple and learn about life there before sitting down for dinner, where you’ll eat a vegetarian meal, featuring tempura-fried favorites. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Mt. Koya - Hiroshima

If you so choose, you can rise in the early morning to join the Buddhist monks in prayer. Sit in the serenity of the temple shrine as the monks ring their gongs, chant, burn incense, and center themselves for the activities of the grand day ahead. Then, you’ll once again board the shinkansen bullet train and be whisked away to Hiroshima. Enjoy lunch at a local cooking studio, where you’ll learn how to make the famous Japanese okonomiyaki, or savory pancake, a favorite of Hiroshima residents. After, visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO), a sobering reminder of the devastation caused by the dropping of the atomic bomb during World War II. Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 12: Hiroshima

Head back to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum this morning for a powerful impact moment, a meeting with someone who experienced the devastating effects of the Atomic Bombs first hand .*** They’ll talk about what it was like to live in Japan during that time, the aftermath of that terrible day, and how they keep the memories of those who were lost alive. After, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island” (UNESCO). Famous for the Itsukushima Shrine and its mythic O-torii Gate standing proudly in the water. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 13: Hiroshima - Osaka

Today, journey to your final destination, the energetic city of Osaka. Set out on a walking tour through the famous Dotonbori district. From shopping, to dining, to nightlife, Dotonbori has it all – bathed in the neon glow of huge electric signs. Learn why Osaka is known as the “Kitchen of Japan” as you sample its famous and delicious street food. Tonight, sit down and say your fond farewells to your travel companions at a farewell dinner. Raise a cup of sake and toast to the colorful spirit of Japan, and the adventures you’ve had. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 14: Osaka - Tour Ends

Take a quiet moment to reflect on all the new memories you have created before heading home. Today breakfast will be included.

 

For a full Brochure please e-mail sales@rediscovertravel.com.au or call our team on 1300 236 594

Ask for us at your local Travel Agent

Download the full brochure  Here

Terms & Condition

Full Terms & Conditions Terms & Conditions - Rediscover Travel | Australian Holiday Packages

Plus

A non refundable deposit of $500per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come,first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of November19, 2023 are based upon availability. Final payment due by March 1, 2024. note that this is a preliminary itinerary. Some trip details may change with your departure date, A finalized itinerary will be available to you when it is released.

Single Supplement add $1750. Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

Triple and child accommodations are not available.

Some venues, such as temples and shrines, require guests to remove their shoes in order to enter. We recommend wearing footwear that is easily removed for sightseeing on these days.

Travel with just 16-24 guests on this tour where a smaller group setting means a more personal travel experience.

Itinerary can change due to unforeseen circumstances **This tour features a one-night experiential stay at a traditional monastery. During this stay, porterage is not available and rolling luggage is not allowed inside. An overnight bag is required and your main luggage will stay on the coach. You will not be able to access your main luggage until we check-in at our Hiroshima Hotel (approx. 5:00 p.m. following day.) Accommodations at the monastery are traditional. All guests will sleep on tatami mats that are placed on the floor .Western-style beds are not available. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for those with mobility restrictions. Shoes are not permitted inside the monastery. Socks are highly recommended for use during your time here. Meals are also traditional and served on trays that you eat from while sitting on the floor on a cushion. All meals served at the monastery are vegetarian.

This tour provides authenticJapanese dining experiences. Any special meal requests, including vegan,vegetarian, or gluten-free may not be able to be accommodated as these are notwidely catered to. If you have any dietary restrictions, please notify us attime of booking so we can accommodate you as best as possible.

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The Highlights

Departing Sydney 26 May 2024

From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shines filled only with silence, come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Take part in preparing your own cup of green tea using a traditional method. Explore the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, travelling between the mon the famous shinkansen bullet train. Meet the incredible ama pearl divers and dine with them whilst hearing tales of their lives and traditions. Meet the bowing deer of Nara Park. Explore the historic geisha district of Kyoto, Gion .See the beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest and the Golden Pavilion. Dive deep into the culture of Japan with the Women’s Association of Kyoto. Stayamong Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya and wander the moss-covered paths of Okunoin Cemetery. Visit the Peace Park and Memorial Museum of Hiroshima and hear first-hand accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation. Seethe famous O-torii Gate of Miyajima Island. Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori district. Discover the thousand facets of culture, art, and life that make up the incredible spirit of Japan.

Must See Inclusions

Wander among the swaying trees of the Arashiyama bamboo  forest.

Explore the neon-soaked streets of Osaka’s Dotonbori  district.

See the gleaming beauty of the Golden Pavillion

 

Amazing  culinary delights

Dive deep into the culture and social norms of Japan  over dinner with the Women’s Association of Kyoto.

Enjoy a traditional, multi-course kaiseki meal.

Make delicious okonomiyaki, savory pancakes that  are a Japanese favorite

 

Amazing Experiences

Stay among Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya.

Meet Japan’s ama pearl divers and learn more about their elite profession.

Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Memorial Museum and hear accounts of the atomic bomb’s devastation.

Exclusive cultural experience

Expert guide plus tour host

Itinerary

Japan: Past & Present - A Cultural Journey from Tokyo to Osaka - Collette  (13 Days From Tokyo to Osaka)

Day 1: Overnight Flight

From the tranquility of ancient temples to the energy of bustling cities, find a blend of all things old and new in Japan.

Day 2: Tokyo, Japan - Tour Begins

Say “Konnichiwa!” to the incredible, eclectic city of Tokyo. Japan is a land of contrasts, and you’re about to discover the thousand facets of culture, art, and life that make up its incredible spirit. From neon-lit streets filled with people to quiet shrines filled only with silence, you’ll come face-to-face with a culture thousands of years in the making. Storied history, artistic traditions, cutting-edge technology – it’s all part of Japan’s everyday life. You’ll soon discover that you could explore Japan for a thousand years and only experience a part of what this country has to offer.

Day 3: Tokyo

Feel the excitement start to build as you head to Asakusa, passing by the grounds of the Imperial Palace and see the Nijubashi Bridge. Next, witness the subtle art of preparing green tea. Prepare your own cup of this local staple and learn the gentle practice of making tea using a traditional method. Enjoy free time exploring Nakamise shopping street, where you can stroll between the stalls leading to the Sensoji temple to buy local souvenirs and sweets. Then, head to Tokyo National Museum to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the city. The museum displays artwork and antiques from Japan and the surrounding area. Tonight, sit down and get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Tokyo

This morning, start your day in Tokyo like a true local – by hopping on the subway. Clean, efficient, fast, and easy to use, the Tokyo subway system is one of the best in the world. Follow your Tour Manager on a walk through Ginza, one of the most elegant and luxurious streets in the world. Enjoy shopping at some of the most renowned "department stores" in Japan. This afternoon, visit Zojoji Temple, standing in the shadow of Tokyo Tower and painting a powerful picture of Tokyo’s ancient roots and modern culture. Zojoji is the center of Japanese Buddhism in the region, and the resting place of the royal Tokugawa family. Head back to the hotel through the lush and beautiful Shiba park, a green oasis in the urban landscape. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 5: Tokyo - Ise-Shima

Climb aboard the high-speed shinkansen,or bullet train. Sleek, modern, and comfortable, the bullet train will flash through the idyllic Japanese countryside at 200 miles per hour, butyou’ll barely feel or hear a thing. Keep an eye peeled for Mt. Fuji in thedistance.* Arrive at one of the most important shrines in Japan – Ise Shrine. This grand shrine is built to honor the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu. Wander among the thatched roofs and raw wood of buildings, taking in the serenity of this spiritual wonder. Tonight, your meal will be a traditional and delicious Japanese kaiseki dinner, an artfully prepared and presented, multi-course meal using ingredients at the absolute peak of freshness. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Ise-Shima

This morning, you’ll head to the Mikimoto Pearl Museum. Explore the island and the legacy of the skilled ama pearl divers, women who defied conventional gender roles to dive in the sea to harvest oysters and their pearls. Watch divers take the plunge and learn about the history and science of pearl diving. This evening, set out for Azurihama Beach, where you’ll venture across the sands to an ama hut for an incredible dining experience. While local seafood is grilled in a charcoal fire right before your eyes, hear tales from the ama women about their lives and the sacred rights of their profession. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Ise-Shima - Kyoto

Kyoto awaits! Before arriving in Japan’s former capital city stop at Nara Park and Todaiji Temple. Venture inside the massive building to take some time in this sacred place and find the huge bronze Buddha statue. Wander the grounds outside and discover the famous “bowing” deer of Nara. Next, it’s off to Kyoto, one of the nation’s top cosmopolitan cities. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Kyoto

Head to Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district. Here, your Tour Manager leads you through the narrow cobblestone streets and if you’re lucky, you may see a woman in full traditional geisha regalia headed to one of the hidden, exclusive tea houses. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore how you want. Perhaps you’ll stay in the Gion district to wander among its temples, shrines, traditional shops and charming cafes. Or, you could make your way to the Nishiki Market, where colorful stalls are filled with fresh foods and local specialties, like pickles, dried seafood, and sushi. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: Kyoto

Begin your day at Arashiyama bamboo forest. Set out among the towering bamboo stalks that shade the forest paths and gently sway in the breeze. Depart for Kinkakuji (UNESCO), the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple whose top two floors are completely covered in goldleaf. Once the lavish retirement home of a shogun, it was converted to a Zentemple in the 1400’s. It has survived wars, been rebuilt after fires, and stillstands as an impressive piece of historic architecture. Later, visit the Women’s Association of Kyoto in a traditional Kyoto town house. Here, delve into a wide array of enlightening Japanese activities, guided by your knowledgeable hostess. Sip different sakes, try your hand at making sushi, fold intricate origami shapes, and speak to your hostess about Japan, its culture, and women’s roles in this complex society. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Kyoto - Mt. Koya

This morning, explore FushimiInari Taisha for a glimpse into the most revered shrine of Inari. Follow the rows of orange torii that weave through the forest, leading you to the inner shrine. Then, head for the mountain village atop Mount Koya. A special and sacred site, Mount Koya is filled with shrines, temples, and monasteries. This afternoon, walk into the heart of the awe-inspiring Okunoin Cemetery, and make your way to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. Kobo Daishi hasn’t passed on – Buddhist belief says he waits in eternal meditation, answering the calls of those who would pray to him. After, settle into your accommodations for the night – a traditional Japanese monastery,** complete with sliding paper doors and tatami mats. Meet with one of the monks of the temple and learn about life there before sitting down for dinner, where you’ll eat a vegetarian meal, featuring tempura-fried favorites. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Mt. Koya - Hiroshima

If you so choose, you can rise in the early morning to join the Buddhist monks in prayer. Sit in the serenity of the temple shrine as the monks ring their gongs, chant, burn incense, and center themselves for the activities of the grand day ahead. Then, you’ll once again board the shinkansen bullet train and be whisked away to Hiroshima. Enjoy lunch at a local cooking studio, where you’ll learn how to make the famous Japanese okonomiyaki, or savory pancake, a favorite of Hiroshima residents. After, visit the Peace Memorial Park, and pause to see the ruined Atomic Dome (UNESCO), a sobering reminder of the devastation caused by the dropping of the atomic bomb during World War II. Reflect at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 12: Hiroshima

Head back to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum this morning for a powerful impact moment, a meeting with someone who experienced the devastating effects of the Atomic Bombs first hand .*** They’ll talk about what it was like to live in Japan during that time, the aftermath of that terrible day, and how they keep the memories of those who were lost alive. After, board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima Island, or “Shrine Island” (UNESCO). Famous for the Itsukushima Shrine and its mythic O-torii Gate standing proudly in the water. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 13: Hiroshima - Osaka

Today, journey to your final destination, the energetic city of Osaka. Set out on a walking tour through the famous Dotonbori district. From shopping, to dining, to nightlife, Dotonbori has it all – bathed in the neon glow of huge electric signs. Learn why Osaka is known as the “Kitchen of Japan” as you sample its famous and delicious street food. Tonight, sit down and say your fond farewells to your travel companions at a farewell dinner. Raise a cup of sake and toast to the colorful spirit of Japan, and the adventures you’ve had. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 14: Osaka - Tour Ends

Take a quiet moment to reflect on all the new memories you have created before heading home. Today breakfast will be included.

 

For a full Brochure please e-mail sales@rediscovertravel.com.au or call our team on 1300 236 594

Ask for us at your local Travel Agent

Download the full brochure  Here

View Brochure

Terms & Conditions

Full Terms & Conditions Terms & Conditions - Rediscover Travel | Australian Holiday Packages

Plus

A non refundable deposit of $500per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come,first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of November19, 2023 are based upon availability. Final payment due by March 1, 2024. note that this is a preliminary itinerary. Some trip details may change with your departure date, A finalized itinerary will be available to you when it is released.

Single Supplement add $1750. Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

Triple and child accommodations are not available.

Some venues, such as temples and shrines, require guests to remove their shoes in order to enter. We recommend wearing footwear that is easily removed for sightseeing on these days.

Travel with just 16-24 guests on this tour where a smaller group setting means a more personal travel experience.

Itinerary can change due to unforeseen circumstances **This tour features a one-night experiential stay at a traditional monastery. During this stay, porterage is not available and rolling luggage is not allowed inside. An overnight bag is required and your main luggage will stay on the coach. You will not be able to access your main luggage until we check-in at our Hiroshima Hotel (approx. 5:00 p.m. following day.) Accommodations at the monastery are traditional. All guests will sleep on tatami mats that are placed on the floor .Western-style beds are not available. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for those with mobility restrictions. Shoes are not permitted inside the monastery. Socks are highly recommended for use during your time here. Meals are also traditional and served on trays that you eat from while sitting on the floor on a cushion. All meals served at the monastery are vegetarian.

This tour provides authenticJapanese dining experiences. Any special meal requests, including vegan,vegetarian, or gluten-free may not be able to be accommodated as these are notwidely catered to. If you have any dietary restrictions, please notify us attime of booking so we can accommodate you as best as possible.

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