Date: 28th March – 10th April 2022
Visiting: Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Nagano, Matsumoto, Hakone and Tokyo
Monday, 28th March / Tuesday, 29th March
Meet at the airport at 5.00pm for your flight to Japan with Turkish Airlines. The first stop will be in Istanbul, which is followed by a flight to Haneda airport – Tokyo, arriving at 7.45pm.
Wednesday, 30th March
Early morning, board the last flight to Osaka, departing at 6.20am and arriving at 7.30am. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel – Hotel Granvia Osaka (or similar), in a private car and check into your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant nearby to your hotel (included).
Thursday, 31st March
Your morning will begin exploring Nara – home to some of the most impressive and ancient historical landmarks in the country. Start off your adventure in this historic area at the jaw-dropping Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building. Enter the enormous wooden gateway, towering over 25 meters high and fashioned from 800 year old trees, passing the guardian king statues of the temple. Take in the stunning complex grounds, as you gaze upon this impressive structure. Next, head inside to see the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue enveloped in a golden halo.
Next, head off to Nara’s most celebrated shrine, the bright and beautiful Kasuga Taisha. Be sure to walk through the hallways which house hundreds of bronze and stone lanterns donated by worshipers over the centuries. Now, before returning to Osaka, take a wander through Nara Park. One of the oldest parks in Japan, over a thousand tamed yet wild deer freely roam its grounds. Stroll through “deer park” as the locals call it, as you take in the quaint yet ancient charm of the grounds.
Then you will head back to Osaka and visit Osaka castle. Osaka castle was built in 1583 as the intended capital of Japan before the capital was moved to Edo (now known as Tokyo). It is now a symbol of Osaka. You will then visit Umeda Sky Building and go up to the observatory. While enjoying the breathtaking sights, you can also directly feel the wind―which at 170 meters off the ground can get quite strong. Here, not only you can see all of Osaka but also you can see as far away as Awaji Island. The basement of the building houses the Takimi-Koji gourmet street with old fashioned images of Osaka from the 1920s. (All meals included)
Friday, 1st April
This morning, transfer to Shin-Osaka station by foot. Enjoy your first experience of the high speed bullet train to Kyoto – 39km takes only 14 minutes! Please note: Your luggage will be transported separately from Osaka to Nagano. Please arrange a small bag for 2 nights in Kyoto.
Upon arrival, start off at the glittering Kinkakuji Temple. Known also as the Golden Pavilion, this estate was built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. Its grounds are lush and expansive, and this beautiful wooden structure has been coated in gold leaf.
Next, discover the charm and tranquillity of Arashiyama, located on the Western outskirts of Kyoto. You will visit Okochi Mountain Villa containing splendid gardens, which have impressive viewpoints of the city below. The villa itself is considered the finest example of traditional Japanese residential architecture in the country. Take a moment to enjoy some matcha green tea and traditional Japanese sweets in this charming setting.
Now, it’s time to lose yourself on a peaceful stroll through the bamboo grove. An important material for products and construction, bamboo also grows tall, narrow and dense, creating a hushed and serene feeling as you pass through. Stop at Nonomiya Shrine, set amongst the grove, this Shinto shrine was a sanctuary for princesses. Take a look at the grounds and vast variety of amulets, before continuing your walk through the grove. Accommodation: Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (or similar). (All meals included)
Saturday, 2nd April
Begin the day with a visit to one of Kyoto’s most famous sites – Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its 10,000 vermillion torii gates and follow a forested hillside pathway passing numerous shrines along the way. Later, enjoy the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master, and try your hand at origami. After lunch, your immersive experience continues with a Japanese Book Binding. This is a traditional way to bind a book using Washi Japanese paper and strings. You can make your original and beautiful note as a memory of trip to Japan.
This evening, you will be picked you up from your hotel and bring you to a traditional restaurant in Kyoto where you will enjoy an exquisite dinner. Kyoto cuisine is known for its sophistication and exquisite presentation. The dishes are prepared using only the highest quality of ingredients and represent an unbroken tradition dating back to the Heian period.
A charming and elegant maiko (apprentice geisha) will greet you in the sophisticated Kyoto dialect. Dressed in delicate kimonos, they entertain guests with their graceful dance known as the Kyomai. Relax in a traditional tatami room, enjoying luxurious Kyoto delicacies, while conversing with the lovely maiko. The maiko are very friendly and accommodating and you can also take a picture with them. Your guide will be there to assist you and translate when needed. This is the quintessential Kyoto experience, and is sure to provide you with an unforgettable memory of Japan. (All meals included)
Sunday, 3rd April
This morning, transfer to Kyoto station by foot. Your journey time to Nagano is approximately 3 half hours, firstly by bullet train to Nagoya and then by a local express train to Nagano. Upon arrival, you will visit Jigokudani Yaen-Koen. Walk through a picturesque forested valley to the hot pools where you will see the famous Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathe and play. Also visit the 7th-century Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan’s most prolific Buddhist temples before continuing by road to Matsumoto. Enjoy a traditional dinner tonight at your Ryokan, sampling some authentic delights. Accommodation: Issa no Komichi Biyu no Yado (or similar), Japanese Style room. (All meals included)
Monday, 4th April
Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent 16th-century Matsumoto Castle, also known as ‘Crow Castle’, due to its intense black exterior. Next, head to a miso house and learn about the process of making this famous Japanese seasoning. After lunch, visit a sake brewery and enjoy a tipple or two! There will be some free time this afternoon to further explore Matsumoto. Accommodation: Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu (or similar). (All meals included)
Tuesday, 5th April
This morning, you will be transferred (by road) to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Upon arrival, ascend the road to the 5th Station to view Mt Fuji. This afternoon enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Ashi before taking to the skies on the Komagatake Ropeway to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the below. You can enjoy the rest of your afternoon and evening at leisure taking in the wonderful surroundings of this picturesque area. Accommodation: Hakone Kowakien Tenyu (or similar), Japanese room. (All meals included)
Wednesday, 6th April
Today, you will visit Kamakura. With no less than 65 Buddhist temples and 19 Shinto shrines, it’s a popular coastal city located south of Tokyo. Visit Kotokuin Temple which houses Japan’s second tallest bronze buddha statue followed by a stroll through Komachi Street which is lined with pretty little shops before visiting Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura’s most important shrine. After lunch, continue to Tokyo and enjoy a leisurely stroll through Hamarikyu Garden. Accommodation: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (or similar). (All meals included)
Thursday, 7th April
Begin the day by ascending the soaring Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower for panoramic views of the city below. Next, head to the old district of Asakusa and soak up the atmosphere at Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest and most famous temple, before browsing the stalls on Nakamise shopping street. After lunch, take time to explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum to learn about Tokyo’s historical heritage. End the day with a cruise of the waters of Tokyo Bay and enjoy dinner from the perfect vantage point to admire the supercharged lights of the city. Accommodation: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (or similar), (All meals included)
Friday, 8th April
Today, you will visit Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market. It is lined with more than 400 shops selling everything related to food, from fresh ingredients to cooking utensils. The Outer Market is also a private market—it will stay put even in the event the Inner Market relocates. Enjoy Sushi for lunch at the restaurant inside the Tsukiji Market. This afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the city at your own pace. This evening, enjoy your farewell dinner at the Izakaya Tapas restaurant. (All meals included)
Saturday, 9th April / Sunday, 10th April
Sadly, today marks your final day in Japan. Proceeding check out, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast included). Departure flight leaves at 10.55pm and arrives in Istanbul at 6.15am (Sunday). This is followed by the next flight to Malta that departs at 8.00am and arriving in Malta at 8.30am.
Price Per person:
€ 5723 Twin room Sharing
€ 1550 Single Supplement
€ 513 Meals & Excursion package (including: transfers, guiding, entrance fees, evening entertainment and meals as per itinerary)
Turkish Airlines/ Nippon Airlines flights from Malta to Osaka via Istanbul and Tokyo
Turkish Airlines flight from Tokyo to Malta via Istanbul
Accommodations as described in the itinerary
Transfers as per itinerary
Service of a tour leader
Additions and changes to services, tipping, drinks, vaccinations or any other health services and any other services not specifically included in the itinerary.
Group guaranteed with minimum of 21 paying persons
Flight schedule is subject to change.
Visa / Requirements;
A Maltese passport with a validity date of 6 months beyond departure date.
Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre. Contact: 2568 0299