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Taste Of Japan By Rail

From AU$2,499  p.p

8 Days - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Tokyo
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Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle (Ōsakajō) is one of japans most famous landmarks. It is surrounded by imposing walls and moats. This castle is such a vintage treasure. Inside they have a museum and amazing viewing decks. You really can get taken back in time when you visit this temple. 


Dōtonbori is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan. A town with a canal loved by the locals. Lined with restaurants, cafes and shops, masses of neon lights and the atmosphere of the 17th century coexist in the area.

Dōtonbori is often selected as a scene in the Japanese and foreign movies as the symbol of Osaka

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Tōdai-ji Temple

Todaiji (The Great Eastern Temple) was built in the beginning of the 8th century by the order of Emperor Shomu who tried to spread Buddhism throughout Japan. Inside Todaiji temple you will be able to view the largest bronze statue of the Buddha in the world with it being placed at the centre of the temple. You will also be able to see a range of Buddhist iconic features and if you are game enough you can try to sneak your way through one of the pillars of the temple. This massive wooden structure is Nara’s most popular tourist attractions.

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Nara Park

Nara Park is located in the city of Nara. It is a public park that is home to hundreds of glazing deer’s and wildlife. These deer’s roam freely around the park, you can purchase biscuits to fed the deer most deer are surprisingly tame and most will bow their head to food. This park includes small streams and ponds of water and is lovely to walk around. 

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Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion

The golden pavilion is a structure made up of gold leaf and it’s golden features reflects off the nearby pond and  Zen  garden is made to give many different views of the temple and sundering grounds.



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Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle located in Kyoto, Japan is a flatland castle that was the residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Nijo Castle was constructed as a demonstration of the shogun’s power and prestige and to signal the demise of the emperor. The castle has some amazing architecture and one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. Nijo castle was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Nijo Castle has two concentric rings of fortification, both consisting of stone walls and a moat.  The inner walls contain the Homaru Palace and the Ninomaru Palace/Garden are located between the two main rings of fortification. You can view Ninomaru Palace with its gold leaf decorations and elaborate carvings. However, Homaru Palace was destroyed during a fire so it is only open for special viewings in the autumn.

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Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower has a structure inspired by the Eiffel tower and is 13 metre taller and the world's tallest, self-supported steel tower in the world.

  • Free Independent Tour: travel your own way at your own pace
  • Experience Japan Bullet Train - Shinkansen
  • Weekly departures to best suit your schedule
Itinerary and Map
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Day 1

Osaka (Kansai Area)

Welcome to Japan! You will arrive at Osaka Kansai airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection. Then make your own way to your hotel.

Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries. Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan’s capital city, the first one ever known.

Day 2

Osaka (B)

Today, you’ll need to activate your JR Rail Pass voucher. This can be done at any major train station at the JR Office. JR staff speak good English and make the whole process easy and understandable. Once your pass is activated, take an express train to Shin-Osaka and check-in to your Osaka city hotel. Once settled in, you are free to explore Osaka.

Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries. Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan’s capital city, the first one ever known.

Day 3

Osaka Nara  Kyoto (B)

After breakfast, board the Shinkansen Bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto and drop your luggage at your hotel. Then take a train to Nara.

Upon arrival at Nara. It is a short walk to the main attractions. We recommend visiting the Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples. On your return to the station, wander back through Nara Park, home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city.

Reboard the bullet train for Kyoto! Kyoto attracts millions of visitors every year and it’s no wonder. With over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, who wouldn’t want to visit? You might be lucky enough to spot a Geisha in the old district.

Day 4

Kyoto (B, L)

Today a city tour of Kyoto is included as part of your package. The tour will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall. Also visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Before visiting Kinkakuji, commonly known as the Golden Pavilion. A Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen.

Day 5

Kyoto  Mt Fuji Area (B)

When ready, head back to Kyoto JR station to board the bullet train to the Mt Fuji region. On arrival, make your way to your hotel before enjoying the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 6

Mt Fuji Area (B)

This morning, take a train to Shizuoka Station and arrive there by 10:15 at Shinkansen Ticket Gate for your Mt Fuji Day tour. Begin your tour with Nihondaira Ropeway, it brings you all the way to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine where you can view Mt.Fuji form a distance. Then return and travel to Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan, in this tea plantation here, you have a stunning view of Mt Fuji. Last stop is Mt. Fuji 2 nd station, you can enjoy the view from the mountain. The tour finishes in Mishima Station then you will need to take a train back to your hotel. 

Day 7

Mt Fuji Area  Tokyo (B)

Today make the train trip to Tokyo, Japan’s mega city! Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neonlit skyscrapers and anime shops to cherry trees and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests. The Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion scene.

Day 8

Tokyo Australia (B)

Today there is free time before transferring yourself to the airport to board your homeward flight. Tokyo is serviced by two airports, Narita and Haneda, both are accessible using your JR Rail Pass.

Inclusions & Exclusions
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  • 7 nights 3 star hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast as indicated (B=Breakfast)
  • 7 Day JR Rail Pass (Ordinary class)
  • Guided Kyoto day tour with lunch uncovering Kyoto’s UNESCO treasures
  • Guided Mt Fuji day tour exploring the Hakone region
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
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