Meals each day as indicated: B/L/D

DAY

TUE 13 JUN - Arrive in Tokyo

1

MORNING

Group flights depart from Melbourne.

AFTERNOON
EVENING

Arrive into Tokyo’s Narita Airport and transfer to our Tokyo hotel.

Overnight: Hilton Tokyo 

DAY

WED 14 JUN - Tokyo

2

MORNING

Commence tour to Odaiba with panoramic views towards the city and Rainbow Bridge. Visit the Tokyo Skytree, learn about its construction and ascend to the 350 metre observation deck. In Asakusa visit the Kengo Kuma designed Asakusa Cultural Tourist Information Centre and stroll through the Nakamise Shopping street and view the Sensoji Temple.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Your own arrangements

Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to Ueno Park famous for its art galleries and museums of traditional and contemporary design.

EVENING

Dinner: In Shinjuku at a traditional Japanese restaurant followed by a visit to a surprise venue.

Overnight: Hilton Tokyo 

Meals: B/D

 

DAY

THU 15 JUN - Tokyo

3

MORNING

Take a walking tour of Meiji Shrine. Visit and tour the Tokyo Midtown development and then visit the 21_21 Design Sight gallery and workshop.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Included at a restaurant in the Mid Town complex.

At leisure or optional self-guided walking tour of Ginza visiting contemporary works by well known architects. Maps and guide books provided for those wanting to do the tour at their own pace.

EVENING

Dinner: Your own arrangements.

Overnight: Hilton Tokyo 

Meals: B/L

DAY

FRI 16 JUN - Tokyo

4

MORNING

Tour the Yoyogi National Gymnasium building designed by Kenzo Tange and visit the Nezu Museum designed by Kengo Kuma.

 

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Own arrangements or self-guided walking tour of Omotesando Hills area viewing contemporary works by well known architects. Maps and guide books provided for those wanting to do the tour at their own pace.

EVENING

Dinner: Your own arrangements.

Overnight: Hilton Tokyo 

Meals: B

DAY

SAT 17 JUN - Tokyo

5

MORNING

Full day at leisure to explore Tokyo at your own pace.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Your own arrangements.

At leisure.

EVENING

Dinner: Farewell Tokyo Dinner.

Overnight: Hilton Tokyo 

Meals: B/D

DAY

SUN 18 JUN - Tokyo to Kyoto

6

MORNING

Travel day from Tokyo to Kyoto. Transfer by coach to Hakone. Cable car ride with views of Mt Fuji and cruise Lake Ashi.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Included.

Transfer to local station and travel by bullet train to Kyoto.

EVENING

Dinner: Your own arrangements.

Overnight: Granvia Hotel, Kyoto

Meals: B/L

DAY

MON 19 JUN - Kyoto

7

MORNING

Travel to the Kitayama State Forest to see the traditional hand polishing of a Tokonoma pillar, visit the Kitiyama-Sugi-no Sato showroom to view the marvelous finished product. Travel into the forest to view the amazing Japanese cedar trees as well as the historic lumbar factory and warehouse.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Light lunch at the Sugi-no Sato showroom.

Guided tour of the Ninnaji Temple.

EVENING

Dinner: authentic Japanese dinner at the Doi Restaurant

Overnight: Granvia Hotel, Kyoto

Meals: B/L/D

DAY

TUE 20 JUN - Nagoya

8

MORNING

Bullet train to historic Nagoya with a visit to Nagoya Castle and tour of Nagoya visiting some architecturally significant sites.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: included.

After lunch, visit examples Inuyama Castle. Late afternoon return to Kyoto on the Bullet train.

EVENING

Dinner: Your own arrangements.

Overnight: Granvia Hotel, Kyoto

Meals: B/L

DAY

WED 21 JUN - Kyoto

9

MORNING

Free day to explore Kyoto, optional tours will be offered.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Your own arrangements.

EVENING

Dinner: Your own arrangements.

Overnight: Granvia Hotel, Kyoto

Meals: B

DAY

THU 22 JUN - Kyoto

10

MORNING

First visit the famous Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), then a private tour of Nagaeke Machiya followed by a look at some free standing display homes for middle class Japanese.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Your own arrangements.

The afternoon is free to explore and discover the treasures of Kyoto at your leisure.

 

EVENING

Dinner: Traditional Kaiseki dinner at Hiro Restaurant.

Overnight: Granvia Hotel, Kyoto

Meals: B/D

DAY

FRI 23 JUN - Depart for Australia

11

MORNING

At leisure.

AFTERNOON

Lunch: Your own arrangements.

Transfer by coach to Itami Airport, Osaka for flight back to Australia.

 

EVENING