JAPAN UNVEILED
14 Days / 13 Nights

The lesser known side of Japan.

Is there anything as dazzling as the lights of downtown Tokyo, or as jaw-dropping as your first sighting of Mt Fuji? Is there anything as moving as a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum? Or as elegant as getting up-close to a Geisha in full traditional dress?

Discover Japan’s ancient history, tradition and religious beliefs which exist side by side with the industrial might and unique cultural quirks that characterise modern Japan. Visit Zen temples, pottery villages, extraordinary shrines, historical monuments and glorious landscapes. Starting in the southern island of Kyushu in Fukuoka, discover the links to European influences in Nagasaki, the many World Heritage-listed sites in Kyoto and the beauty of Mt. Fuji and the great lakes that surround it. You’ll wonder just why you took so long to undertake such a wondrous journey.

INCLUDES
• The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
• 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
• 1 Scenic Sundowners event
• Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities
• 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
• 34 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
• Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
• Return airport transfers
• All tipping and gratuities

HIGHLIGHTS
• Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto
• Sushi making class with a chef in Tokyo

ITINERARY
DAY 1 FUKUOKA
Enjoy your welcome reception at your luxury hotel in the city centre, for the next two nights.
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 FUKUOKA
Discover Shofuku-ji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan, and the sixth century Kushida Shrine. Visit the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum and see the prestigious Hakata-ori woven textile being made. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 3 FUKUOKA - NAGASAKI
Drive through the countryside to Nagasaki, stopping at the Yoshinogari Ruins and the pottery village of Arita en-route. In Nagasaki relax at your hotel for a two night stay.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 4 NAGASAKI
Over time, Nagasaki’s growth has been shaped by many diverse foreign powers.
Freechoice: Explore the footprint of Christianity left by European powers. Alternatively, visit Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum and reflect on its tragic and modern notoriety. Later, venture by cable car to the top of Mt Inasa and take in the sweeping vista of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 5 NAGASAKI - HIROSHIMA
Travel by Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. Experience an emotional visit to the Peace Park and Museum before visiting Orizuru Tower to create your own special origami donation. You’ll enjoy two nights at Hiroshima.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 6 HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA ISLAND
See industrial robots at work at the Mazda factory. Later, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit Daisho-in Temple and the floating sixth century Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine. Tonight, sample Okonomiyaki, a delicious savoury Japanese-style pancake and speciality of the region.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 7 HIROSHIMA - KYOTO
Travel by Shinkansen to marvel at Himeji Castle, Japan’s most spectacular castle, before continuing to Kyoto, home to many World Heritage-listed Sites. Begin a memorable three night stay at your hotel in Kyoto.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 8 KYOTO
Freechoice: Revel in the atmosphere of the ancient preservation districts or visit the Silver Pavilion and then stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk. Alternatively, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featured in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha and marvel at the architecture of the Nijo Castle. Enjoy time this afternoon for some shopping or relaxation. After strolling through the Gion District, tonight’s dinner will allow you to interact with a Maiko who’ll host your meal presentation. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about what is involved in becoming a Geisha and the art of Japanese hospitality.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 9 KYOTO - NARA
Enjoy an excursion to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple and Nara Park. On the way back, stop for some sake tasting at a sake museum.
Freechoice: Choose between Japanese cuisine at Shinensen Heihachi, or international cuisine at the historic Fortune Garden.
Ryokan upgrade - Choose to stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn with futon beds and private facilities including dinner and breakfast. Must be pre-booked before departure.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 KYOTO - TOKYO
Visit the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion and wander the classical Zen Garden at Ryoanji Temple. Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony whilst dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, a great photo opportunity. Travel by Shinkansen to your hotel in Tokyo, your wonderful Special Stay for the next four nights.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

DAY 11 TOKYO
Visit the Asakusa district, paying your respects at Sensoji, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple.
Freechoice: Visit the Imperial Shinto Meiji Shrine, walk across the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and see the famous Hachiko dog statue. Alternatively, visit Shinjuku-Gyoen Gardens before exploring the lively Shinjuku entertainment district, or sample local snacks while strolling through the Yanaka District. 
Take in the bright lights of Tokyo during an evening dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay on a yakatabune, an old fashioned houseboat.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 12 TOKYO - FUJI FIVE LAKES
Venture deep into the scenery of Kawaguchiko Area. Discover the incredible workmanship involved in creating kimonos at the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Admire the stunning mountain scenery and views of Mt Fuji during your Lake Ashinoko cruise in Hakone.
Freechoice: Choose contemporary Asian at China Blue. Alternatively, join your Tour Director and immerse yourself in the traditional Japanese evening Izakaya bar scene serving Yakatori and Kushiyaki.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 13 TOKYO
Wander through the Tsukiji outer Fish Market to see the morning’s catch being distributed by the wholesale and retail shops. Immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine with the help of a local chef, as you prepare your own sushi lunch. Walk off your lunch in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Tonight relive your experiences at your beautiful farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 14 TOKYO
Bid farewell to the land of the rising sun, taking many wonderful memories with you.
Meals included: Breakfast

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
17 October
7 November

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
27 February
12 March
16 April
14 May


PRICE
From $16,390* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share, land only based on adult fares in AUD and subject to availability at time of booking. Offer valid for sale until sold out. From price based on 7 November 2019 departure. Freechoice activities are subject to minimum numbers and/or seasonal operations. Seasonal surcharges & single supplements may apply, & prices may vary due to currency fluctuations & changes to taxes & surcharges. Valid for new bookings only & not combinable with any other offers. Departures may be based on minimum group numbers. Prices are correct as at September 2018 & are subject to change without notice. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.