Japan Golden Route

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                      Japan Golden Route
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                      Japan Golden Route
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                      Japan Golden Route

The Concept

From the teeming modern metropolis of Tokyo to the extraordinary calm gardens of Shinto and Buddhist temples, Japan is a country of fascinating dichotomies. This 9-day tour introduces students to Japanese language and culture by visiting some of her most well-known and iconic sites. 

After 2 nights in Tokyo including a side-trip to Disneyland, students travel by bullet train to gorgeous Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. The tour then continues to Hiroshima where students visit a number of sites including the Peace Memorial Park. Students also have time to explore, try out their language and sample Japan’s unique food, arts and amazing shopping.

Primary and secondary Japanese language students will improve their language skills and gain a greater understanding of Japanese culture. Students will also gain self-confidence and improve team bonding.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – TOKYO

Fly from Australia to Tokyo on an overnight flight.

DAY 2 TOKYO

Travel by train to central Tokyo and make way to your accommodation (2 nights). The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

DAY 3 TOKYO – DISNEYLAND (B)

After breakfast, travel by train to Disneyland and spend a fun day experiencing the rides and attractions. Return to your hotel that evening.

DAY 4 TOKYO – KYOTO (B)

After breakfast, enjoy some free time for some shopping and sightseeing in Tokyo before boarding the Shinkansen for an afternoon departure to Kyoto.

DAY 5 KYOTO (B)

Explore the city of Kyoto with its many cultural and historical sites. We offer a number of cultural activities you can select from, including fan painting, activities at the Kyoto Handicrafts Centre, and sushi making to name a few. Schools may also prefer to visit Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, rather than visit Disneyland in Tokyo (full day activities).

DAY 6 KYOTO (B)

After breakfast, continue with your cultural tour by visiting Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Guided tours are available on request. Many schools make time to visit Nara, site of the famous Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji Temples.

DAY 7 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA (B)

After an early breakfast, check out of your hotel and head to Kyoto station to board the Shinkansen for Hiroshima. (We recommend that you ‘takkyubin’ your luggage through to your accommodation in Hiroshima, and take a backpack). On arrival, check in to your accommodation. Once checked in, it is a comfortable 10-15 minute walk to visit the Peace Memorial Park, the A-Bomb Dome and the Children’s Peace Monument.

DAY 8 HIROSHIMA – OSAKA (B)

After breakfast, explore Hiroshima further with a visit to Miyajima Island. After lunch, head to the station for your train to Osaka. On arrival in Osaka, it is an easy walk to your accommodation nearby.

DAY 9 OSAKA - AUSTRALIA (B)

After breakfast, enjoy your last morning in Japan and complete any last minute sightseeing. Travel by train to the airport for you afternoon/evening departure for Australia.

DAY 10: AUSTRALIA

Morning arrival in Australia.

Options:

at additional cost

Arrival Transfer

Transfer by coach direct to your central Tokyo accommodation

Narita Airport accommodation

Make your first night more relaxed by choosing to stay at a Narita Airport hotel

Dinner

Dinner available at Youth Hostels

Combine with a visit to your own sister school

This tour can be easily re-arranged to suit your needs. Schools often choose it as an extension to sister-school arrangements

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares including pre-paid taxes, levies & charges
  • 7 nights’ hostel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 7 day Ordinary Japan rail pass
  • Disneyland school special passport
  • Meet and Greet on arrival in Japan
  • 8% consumption tax and service charges in Japan
  • 1 complimentary sim card (check with Marcus before adding this in)