Grand Tour 25 day
Follow the Aussies! Grand Tour of Japan
25 Day Fully Escorted Tour
A once in a life time opportunity to cheer on the Aussies and follow their journey through Rugby World Cup 2019TM, while also discovering the beauty, tradition and charm of Japan!
As the first Asian nation to host a Rugby World Cup, it promises to be one of the most exciting and unique sporting events ever.
$15,800 Per Person Twin Share
DAY 1: Wednesday 18 September Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita/Haneda Airport, clear immigration and customers then transfer by busto Tokyo city and check into your hotel.
DAY 2: Thursday 19 September Tokyo – Sapporo <B>
Transfer to Haneda Airport by chartered bus and take a domestic flight to Sapporo, Japan’s most northern Island. Transfer from Airport to Sapporo city hotel by chartered bus and check-in.
DAY 3: Friday 20 September Sapporo <B, L>
Your sightseeing journey officially begins today visiting some of the natural beauty of this region, Sounkyo, Kurodake Ropeway, Buei and Furano.
DAY 4: Saturday 21 September Sapporo <B>
Travel to Sapporo Dome for the first pool match.
Rugby World Cup 2019™ pool match: Australia v Fiji
DAY 5: Sunday 22 September Sapporo – Lake Toya <B, L, D>
Discover more of the beauty of this island visiting, Lake Toya which is part of the Shikotsu national park. Here visit Sairo viewing spot, Showa Shinzan, Mt. Usu ropeway. Also take a short cruise of the lake.
DAY 6: Monday 23 September Lake Toya – Hakodate <B, L>
Travel to Hakodate, Hokkaido’s third largest city and visit the western district, Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse, Tachimachi-misaki. In the evening option to visit Mt Hakodate, noted for its splendid night view.
DAY 7: Tuesday 24 September Hakodate – Sendai <B>
Send your large luggage onto Tokyo city.
Travel from Hakodate to Sendai by Shinkansen bullet train and overnight. Sendai is the largest city in the Northeast region of Japan’s main island.
DAY 8: Wednesday 25 September Sendai – Nikko <B, L>
Today visit Matsushima, famous for its bay dotted by many pine clad islets. Take a cruise along the bay and also visit the famous Zuiganji Temple. In the afternoon, continue travelling south of Japan’s main Island by Shinkansen bullet train to Nikko.
DAY 9: Thursday 26 September Nikko – Tokyo <B, L>
Nikko sightseeing by chartered bus visiting, Nikko Toshogu, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Waterfall. In the afternoon travel further south to Tokyo city.
DAY 10: Friday 27 September Tokyo <B, L>
Tokyo sightseeing by chartered bus visiting, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Sky Tree, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Ginza, Akihabara (drive-by).
DAY 11: Saturday 28 September Tokyo <B>
Free at leisure.
DAY 12: Sunday 29 September Tokyo <B>
Travel to Tokyo Stadium with tour escort by local train.
Rugby World Cup 2019™ pool match: Australia v Wales
Day 13: Monday 30 September Tokyo – Fuji Hakone <B, L, D>
Send your large luggage onto Kanazawa.
Today’s Hakone and Lake Ashi sightseeing tour includes Mt Fuji viewing spots, Lake Ashi Cruise, Owakudani Valley, Mt Komagatake and Hakone ropeway.
Day 14: Tuesday 1 October Hakone – Takayama <B, L>
Travel to Takayama town by chartered bus. Upon arrival at Takayama visit San-machi and Takayama Yatai Kaikan, some of the local attractions.
Day 15: Wednesday 2 October Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa <B, L>
Today travel to UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawago, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Enjoy lunch here. Then travel onto Kanazawa city, visiting Kenroku Garden, one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens.
Day 16: Thursday 3 October Kanazawa <B>
Free at leisure.
Day 17: Friday 4 October Kanazawa – Haneda Airport – Fukuoka <B>
Take 2 domestic flights today. Kanazawa to Haneda (Tokyo), then Haneda to Fukuoka, which is the southern most of the four main islands of Japan.
Day 18: Saturday 05 October – Fukuoka – Oita – Fukuoka <B>
Transfer to/from Oita Stadium by chartered bus. Cheer on the Wallabies!
Rugby World Cup 2019TM qualify match: Australia v Uruguay
Day 19: Sunday 06 October – Fukuoka – Hiroshima <B, L>
Send your large luggage onto Kyoto.
Depart for Hiroshima city by JR Shinkansen bullet train. Upon arrival visit the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Day 20: Monday 07 October – Hiroshima <B, L>
Today visit, Miyajima Island and the World Heritage listed Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. This famous icon is known for its floating red torii gate in the water.
Day 21: Tuesday 08 October – Hiroshima – Nara – Kyoto <B, L>
Depart Hiroshima city and travel by Shinkansen bullet train to Shin-Osaka, then bus onto Nara. Here visiting the famous Todaiji Temple, where the big Buddha resides and Kasuga Taisya Shrine. Travel onto Kyoto city.
Day 22: Wednesday 09 October – Kyoto <B, L>
Today visit some of the main sites in Kyoto including the Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo and Kiyomizu Temple.
Day 23: Thursday 10 October – Kyoto <B>
Free at leisure.
Day 24: Friday 11 October – Kyoto – Nagoya – Shizuoka – Kakegawa <B>
Today travel from Kyoto to Shizuoka.
Rugby World Cup 2019TM qualify match: Australia v Georgia
Day 25: Saturday 12 October – Kakegawa – Shizuoka – Tokyo <B>
Travel onto Tokyo city by Shinkansen bullet train where the tour will conclude. Narita/Haneda Airport transfer is included.
- 4 x Australia pool match tickets (category B)
- An experienced tour escort accompanying the entire tour
- 24 nights’ accommodation throughout Japan
- Daily breakfast, 13 lunches, 2 dinners
- Return airport transfers and transfers to/from the match venues
- Hokkaido Sounkyo, Biei, Furano 1 day tour
- Toyako 1 day tour
- Hakodate half day tour
- Matsushima half day tour
- Nikko 1 day tour
- Tokyo 1 day tour
- Hakone and Lake Ashi 1 day tour
- Takayama half day tour
- Shirakawago & Kanazawa 1 day tour
- Hiroshima half day tour
- Miyajima half day tour
- Nara half day tour
- Kyoto 1 day tour
- Two domestic flights (Tokyo – Sapporo, Kanazawa – Fukuoka)
- Three luggage transfers (Hakodate -Tokyo, Tokyo – Kanazawa, Fukuoka – Kyoto)
|Tokyo||Asakusa View Hotel|
|Sapporo||Century Hotel Sapporo|
|Lake Toya||Toya Nonokaze Resort (Japanese Style Room)|
|Hakodate||Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or Four Points Hotel Hakodate|
|Nikko||Nikko Station Hotel|
|Hakone||Yumoto Fujiya Hotel|
|Takayama||Hida Hotel Plaza|
|Kanazawa||Hotel Nikko Kanazawa|
|Fukuoka||Takakura Hotel Fukuoka|
|Kyoto||New Miyako Hotel|
|Shizuoka||Tsumagoi Resort Saino-sato|
- Travel with an experienced tour escort who will assist your entire journey. Local guides also available on certain sightseeing days.
- Travel by local transport and chartered bus throughout Japan visiting the major sites and staying at three – four star range properties.
- Properties are subject to change of the same category.
- Meals: <B> Breakfast, <L> Lunch, <D> Dinner
- Daily schedule is subject to change due to weather, transport or any other unforeseen circumstances.