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Luxury Japan Active Explorer (Nakasendo & Koyasan) 14D13N, Partially Guided

Luxury Japan Active Explorer (Nakasendo & Koyasan) 14D13N, Partially Guided

Luxury Japan Active Explorer (Nakasendo & Koyasan) 14D13N, Partially Guided

$12,800.00

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Route: Tokyo - Kiso-Fukushima - Kyoto - Nara - Hiroshima - Miyajima - Koyasan - Osaka

Uncover the secrets of some of Japan’s most iconic locations on a 14 day active tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan and Hiroshima. Spend each day trekking, biking and kayaking among some of the country’s most picturesque landscapes and immersing in an ancient culture, before resting each night in luxurious accommodation.

Embark on a cultural discovery through famous cities, sights and landmarks. This tour begins in Tokyo where you will visit Asakusa, part of Tokyo's old town, which is both the city's oldest Geisha district and home to Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple; and encounter the Meiji Shrine. From Tokyo, undertake the Nakasendo Trail Walk, past old towns, farms and woodlands; and onward to Kyoto, home to around 2,000 shrines and temples, and the city of Nara. Finally, the city of Hiroshima awaits and, close by, the Seto Inland Sea connects Hiroshima with Miyajima Island. The tour concludes in Japan’s culinary capital, Osaka.

Hotel accommodation has been handpicked to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime journey is a true indulgence. You will also experience a Kazari ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn in the Kiso Valley and one night in luxurious temple lodging. Breakfast is included, while most evenings you will be at liberty to make your own dining arrangements.

The tour package includes all accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners. Transportation and equipment, all guided walking, cycling and kayaking are also included while some optional activities are available at additional cost. The tour commences with transfers from Tokyo airport and concludes at Osaka airport.

Take the ultimate tour of Japan and tick off bucket-list locations as you go. This luxurious itinerary will suit those with a keen interest in the culture of an ancient and beautiful country, who also enjoy an active escape. No two days are the same on this fascinating tour though one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

Dates or itineraries don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Nakasendo Trail or 'Road through the Central Mountains' was part of feudal Japan's network of highways. Stretching all the way from Tokyo to Kyoto, the 533 km Nakasendo trail is jam-packed with Japanese traditional culture, architecture, shops and ambiance. Walking the Nakasendo trail from village to village is a great way to sample Japan's rural scenery.


    Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. The whole of Miyajima is a sacred place regarded as an object of worship. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen, and numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments.

    Known for its "floating" torii gate, Itsukushima Shrine has more than 1400 years of history and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The current main building constructed by Taira no Kiyomori about 800 years ago faithfully inherited the "shinden-zukuri" style (Heian imperial style). The large red gateway rising out of the ocean is the eighth gate.


    Nara was established in the first permanent capital in 710. It is famous for monuments of Ancient Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city model of Nara was after the Tang Dynasty in China. According to Chinese cosmology, the ruler's place was fixed like the pole star. By dominating the capital, the ruler brought heaven to earth.


    High-up in the Kii mountains where the air is crisp and the atmosphere sublime, there lays Mount Koya (Kōyasan). Kōyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi

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  • Accommodation

    You will stay at luxury 5 star hotels, luxurious temple lodging and boutique ryokan during the trip.

    The Peninsula Tokyo (5 star)
    Offering majestic views of the Tokyo skyline and of the nearby Imperial Palace, the magnificent 24-storey hotel located right in the heart of Tokyo is a firm favourite with guests from all over the world. The package includes a Deluxe Room.


    Kazari (Boutique Ryokan)
    Located in a pristine area of the Kiso Valley, this beautiful ryokan is a haven for all those wishing to spend time in a more secluded setting with spectacular natural surroundings on all sides. With just 20 rooms available, guests are guaranteed to have a more exclusive and intimate experience, while enjoying views of Mt. Kiso Ontake in the distance. The package includes a Japanese-Style Room with private onsen bath.


    Sheraton Grand Hiroshima (5 star)
    Located just in front of JR Hiroshima Station, the hotel is perfect for travellers arriving in Hiroshima by shinkansen bullet train. The Sheraton Grand Hiroshima offers the highest level of accommodation in town. The package includes a Club Room.


    Four Seasons Kyoto (5 star)
    The epitome of intimate and contemporary luxury, the Four Seasons Kyoto provides alluring accommodations in one of Japan's most charming and mysterious cities. Set in Kyoto's scenic temple district, the Four Seasons is a brand-new hotel with an 800-year-old pond garden at its heart. The package includes a Deluxe Room.


    Souji-in (Temple Lodging)
    This luxurious temple lodging offers insight into the traditional life of the local Buddhist monks of the mountaintop temple town of Koyasan. Its location close to the main sites of Koyasan means it is ideally situated for sightseeing in the area. The delightful traditional Japanese rooms, some of which equipped with private bathrooms are perfect for anyone looking to experience Japanese tradition without renouncing creature comforts.


    St. Regis Osaka (5 star)
    The St. Regis Osaka is located in the heart of Midosuji, Osaka's upscale district and most coveted address. Indeed, the neighbourhood is known as the Champs Elysées of Osaka and features exclusive boutique shopping areas. The package includes a Deluxe Room.

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  • Food

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: ranges from Japanese style breakfast to buffet breakfast.


    Dinners: Three dinners are included during your stay at Kazari in Kiso-Fukushima and Soji-in in Koyasan. Kazari offers natural-style Niinano cuisine with chief chef Tadamichi Ota, who is chairman of the chef ’s network of “Ryokan / Restaurant" and Japan Ryokan Association Japanese cuisine advisor. Soji-in temple lodge offers vegetarian cuisine.

    The boutique ryokan and temple lodge offer Japanese style dinner with local fresh seasonal ingredients.


    No alcohol or beverages included.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.
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  • What's Included

    - 13 nights luxurious accommodation mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Meal: 13x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner
    - Professional English speaking guide on day 2, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12
    - Guided Tokyo highlight full day tour on day 2
    - Guided Kyoto full day cycling on Day 7
    - Guided Nara Yamanobe-no-michi trekking full day on Day 8
    - Guided Nara Lake Biwa cycling and family visit half day on Day 9
    - Guided Miyajima Island Kayaking half day on Day 11
    - Guided Koyasan tour on Day 12
    - Self guided Nakasendo walk with customised travel documentation. Private transfers from Kiso-Fukushima to Magome and from Tsumago to Kiso-Fukushima on Day 5

    - Luggage transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto on Day 4 (based on one piece of luggage per person). Extra luggage can be transferred at an additional cost
    - Green car shinkansen and train tickets from Tokyo Station to Kiso-Fukushima Station on Day 4, Kiso-Fukushima Station to Kyoto Station ticket on Day 7; Kyoto Station to Hiroshima Station ticket on Day 10
    - Transportation to/from Koyasan Station on Days 12 and 13
    - Entrance fees and transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary for days 2 and 8
    - Rental bike, helmet, gloves for cycling tours
    - English meet and greet at the Tokyo airport and private transfer
    - Private transfer to Osaka airport

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    Tokyo
    - Full Day Mt Takao Hiking Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Mt. Fuji Trekking Excursion from Tokyo
    - The Skies Above Tokyo Helicopter Ride
    - Full Day Odawara Forest Adventure Excursion from Tokyo
    - Tokyo Garden and Fire Ceremony Tour
    - Full Day Japan Wine Country Tour
    - Tokyo Pop Culture Tour
    - Tokyo Bonsai Museum & Bonsai Experience Tour
    - Ghibli Museum & Nakano Walking Tour
    - Japanese Residential Culture Tour
    - Evening Supercar Drive in Tokyo
    - Private Shrine Blessing in Tokyo
    - Noh Theatre Tour & Private Noh Demonstration
    - Japanese Meal with Traditional Entertainment
    - Tokyo by Night Local’s walking tour Karaoke & Bars
    - Shinjuku Izakaya and Nightcap Tour
    - Tokyo Evening Local Gourmet Tour
    - Tokyo Sake Brewery & Sake Tasting Tour
    - Evening Tokyo Depachika and Yakitori Alley Tour
    - “Akachochin” Red Lantern Local Food Tour
    - Tsukiji Market Visit and Sushi Making Lesson at Local Home
    - Tokyo Edo Crafts Experience
    - Sumo Training Experience
    - Full Day Sword Master Visit from Tokyo
    - Akihabara Tour with Cosplay Experience
    - Taiko (Japanese drum) Experience
    - Full Day Nikko World Heritage Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Sendai & Matsushima Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Flower Park Excursion from Tokyo

    Kyoto
    - Kyoto Higashiyama Walking Tour
    - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
    - Kyoto Arashiyama Tour
    - Kyoto Philosopher’s Path Walking Tour
    - Kyoto Fushimi and Sake Museum Tour
    - Spiritual Kyoto Tour
    - Kyoto Afternoon Tea With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Private Geisha Teahouse Experience
    - Kyoto Private Dinner With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Mt. Hiei Spiritual Tour
    - Traditional Cormorant Fishing Private Cruise
    - Evening Kyoto by Night Tour
    - Uji Tea Experience Tour
    - Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Exclusive Temple Experience
    - Kyoto Samurai Sword Dance Experience
    - Geisha Makeover Experience
    - Kyoto Traditional Crafts Tour
    - Kyoto Taiko Drums Experience
    - Kyoto Cooking Lesson with Professional Chef
    - Kyoto Market Visit, Sake Tasting and Cooking Lesson
    - Soba Cooking Lesson
    - Nara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Nara and Fushimi Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ohara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ine Fisherman Village Excursion from Kyoto
    - Himeji Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iga Ninja Excursion from Kyoto
    - Sumo Experience Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iaido Sword Experience Excursion from Kyoto
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • DAY 8

  • DAY 9

  • DAY 10

  • DAY 11

  • DAY 12

  • DAY 13

  • DAY 14

  • What's included

    - 13 nights luxurious accommodation mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Meal: 13x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner
    - Professional English speaking guide on day 2, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12
    - Guided Tokyo highlight full day tour on day 2
    - Guided Kyoto full day cycling on Day 7
    - Guided Nara Yamanobe-no-michi trekking full day on Day 8
    - Guided Nara Lake Biwa cycling and family visit half day on Day 9
    - Guided Miyajima Island Kayaking half day on Day 11
    - Guided Koyasan tour on Day 12
    - Self guided Nakasendo walk with customised travel documentation. Private transfers from Kiso-Fukushima to Magome and from Tsumago to Kiso-Fukushima on Day 5

    - Luggage transfer from Tokyo to Kyoto on Day 4 (based on one piece of luggage per person). Extra luggage can be transferred at an additional cost
    - Green car shinkansen and train tickets from Tokyo Station to Kiso-Fukushima Station on Day 4, Kiso-Fukushima Station to Kyoto Station ticket on Day 7; Kyoto Station to Hiroshima Station ticket on Day 10
    - Transportation to/from Koyasan Station on Days 12 and 13
    - Entrance fees and transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary for days 2 and 8
    - Rental bike, helmet, gloves for cycling tours
    - English meet and greet at the Tokyo airport and private transfer
    - Private transfer to Osaka airport
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrived in Tokyo
    Day 2: Guided Tokyo highlight tour
    Day 3: Self guided day in Tokyo
    Day 4: Tokyo to Kiso-Fukushima
    Day 5: Self guided Nakasendo trail walk to Magome, approx. 8 km, 3 hours
    Day 6: Self-guided Nakasendo trail walk between Yabuhara-juku and Narai-juku, approx. 6.3 km, 3.5 hours
    Day 7: Guided Kyoto cycling
    Day 8: Guided Nara hike, approx. 11 km, 4 hours
    Day 9: Guided Lake Biwa cycling and family visit
    Day 10: Kyoto - Hiroshima self guided day
    Day 11: Guided Miyajima Island kayaking
    Day 12: Guided Koyasan tour
    Day 13: Koyasan - Osaka self guided day
    Day 14: Depart Osaka
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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Tokyo
    - The finishing point is Osaka
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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