HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPAN SOLO TOUR
12 Days from $8920 Per Person
This tour of Japan is dedicated to Solo Travellers. You'll uncover Japan's best-known cities as well as the hidden treasures of Himeji and Koyasan, and view the magnificent Mt Fuji. There will also be time at leisure to explore on your own or with new-found friends.
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO OSAKA
Fly overnight to the lively, fast-paced city of Osaka. On arrival you will be met by an English-speaking representative and transfer to your hotel.
Please note: Early check in is not included. If your flight arrives in the morning and you wish to arrange this, please speak to your reservations consultant. Transfers will differ depending on group size, but you may share a coach with other passengers who are not part of a Wendy Wu Tour. If you are on a shared bus transfer, you may have to walk for a few minutes to get to your hotel.
DAY 3: HIMEJI
Start exploring Japan today with a visi to Himeji. In the morning,
travel around 2 hours by coach and on arrival visit the city’s
magnificent feudal-era fort, before strolling through Koko-en, a
classical Japanese garden. Himeji Castle is largely in its original
condition so please be mindful of your step when walking
around. You will have to remove your shoes before walking
along some of the wooden floors and there are some steep
wooden steps to reach certain areas. After the reopening in
March 2015, Himeji Castle has welcomed a large number of
visitors. As such, they now issue numbered tickets to enter the Main Keep in order to limit the number of people who can enter, reducing congestion, waiting time and to protect the cultural properties. Please note this means that there may be cases where some visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Keep, however, there are many other parts of the castle to explore. After lunch in a local restaurant, return to Osaka. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
Please note: There will be a fair amount of walking today, including a large number of steps.(B,L,D)
DAY 4: KOYA-SAN
This morning, transfer around 2.5 hours to the holy mountain of Koya-san, home to a cluster of over a hundred monasteries nestled in a valley enclosed by peaks. Visit Kongobuji Temple and wander around Okunoin. Continue around 2.5 hours to thecharming city of Nara, Japan’s first capital. The rest of the day is free at leisure. (B)
DAY 5: NARA - KYOTO
Stroll through Nara Park to Todaiji Temple, meeting the resident sika deer en-route, before exploring Isui-en Garden. Proceed around 1 hour by road to Kyoto and start exploring this lovely city with visits to Kinkakuji Temple, known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’, and the Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple. Check in to your Kyoto hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B,L)
DAY 6: KYOTO
An interesting morning awaits as you take part in some traditional Japanese activities. Experience the age-old rituals of a tea ceremony, before a session of Zen meditation at the lovely Kodaiji Temple. Depart Kodaiji in tranquil state of mind and return to your hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 7: KYOTO - HAKONE
This morning, transfer to Kyoto station and take the super-fast bullet train to the Hakone area, a journey of around 2 hours. In Hakone, board a coach to explore the beautiful area. Take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi before soaring high on the Komagatake Ropeway for gorgeous Fuji views. There is free time in Hakone before a dinner with the group in the evening.
Please note: You will need to pack a smaller overnight bag for tonight as your main luggage will be transferred this morning to your Tokyo hotel.
For May departures only: Instead of spending free time in Hakone, a visit to the Fuji Shibazakura Festival has been included. This is the best time of the year and one of the most scenic places in Japan to see the pink moss phlox in full bloom. (B,D)
DAY 8: MT FUJI
Travel approximately 1 hour to Mt Fuji and ascend by road toFuji’s 5th Station, about half way up the volcano’s slope, for spectacular mountain vistas. Please note it is only possible to reach the 5th station if weather permits. After lunch, transfer around 3 hours to Tokyo, Japan’s dazzling capital city, where you can spend the evening exploring this fascinating metropolis. (B)
DAY 9: EXPLORE TOKYO
Tokyo is the ultimate 24-hour city, but look behind its frantic, high-tech frontage and you will find plenty of tranquil backstreets and old temples to explore. Today, take a half-day tour by coach of this fascinating city. Head to the 1st observatory of the 634-metre Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views over the city before wandering through the district of Asakusa and visiting Sensoji Temple. Continue to the peaceful Hamarikyu Garden and stroll through the classical landscapes. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
DAY 10: TOKYO
Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. In the evening, get together for your final meal as a group where you can share memories and highlights of the tour. (B,D)
DAYS 11-12: TOKYO
This morning is free at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Please note: Only breakfast is included today. Late check-out is not included in our Highlights of Japan tour. If you wish to book a late check-out for your final day in Tokyo, please contact our reservations department who can confirm the additional price and make this arrangement for you, subject to availability at the hotel. (B)
International Flights and current taxes departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.
Single room for sole use included
9 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Maximum group size of 18 Passengers
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Price is valid for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. All Prices are per person, solo and include taxes and charges. Prices are subject to availability and subject to change until such time booking is confirmed.
A non-refundable of $300 per person is required to secure your tour. The balance of the booking is due 75 days before departure and you will be issued with your travel tickets and documentation approximately four weeks before travel.