Monday, 6 February 2017

Japan Photo Tour 2017

I now have the final price for this year's Southern Sojourn: Japan Photo Tour, 10-28 November, 2017

Itinerary in brief:
Provisional itinerary
(Please Note: dates, times and locations may change subject to availability, access, flights and local holidays)
Arrival Day
Osaka (Suggestion: Jetstar from Sydney via Cairns. Arr: 19:30
Group met by tour leader and escorted to hotel (via express train) in town.
Overnight Umeda, central Osaka

Day 01
AM: Osaka castle visit (escorted, via subway)
PM: Walking tour of Shinsekai suburb in afternoon/evening (Shin-Imamiya JR stop)
Overnight Umeda, central Osaka

Day 02
AM: Morning local express train to Kyoto. Leave luggage at hotel (check-in in Japan is normally 2pm)
Visit Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Temple
PM: Lunch at Kyoto station, then take a local train to Fushimi Inari, the Fox shrine (local train) stopping off at Tofuku-ji shrine (if there’s time).
Overnight central Kyoto

Day 03 
AM: Taxi to Kiyomizu temple + then walk downhill through the old suburbs of Higashiyama and Gion.
PM: Lunch at Shijo-dori, a popular shopping street, then local bus to Shisen-do, a samurai house
PM: Return (taxi/bus) for evening photo shoot in the Shirakawa-minami dori area
Dinner in town
Overnight central Kyoto

Day 04
AM: North west to Arashiyama and World Heritage Sagano bamboo forest returning with a stop at Tenru-ji zen temple (local train)
Dinner in Kyoto
Overnight central Kyoto

Day 05
AM/PM: Visit the old capital of Nara and its parks and shrines, including the impressive Kasuga Shrine (full day, JR local train)
Dinner in Kyoto
Overnight central Kyoto

Day 06
AM/PM: Full day trip to Kanazawa, including a walking tour of the Omi-cho markets, World Heritage Kenroku-en gardens, and the old Higashi Chaya geisha district (on the Thunderbird express train)
Overnight central Kyoto

Day 07
Early train to visit the most perfect castle in Japan, Himeji.  Lunch in Himeji, then afternoon free in Kyoto.
Overnight central Kyoto
Day 08
AM: Early Shinkansen train to Hakata (approx. 185 mins). Check into hotel.
Rest of day free, evening visit sumo tournament
Late dinner.
Overnight central Hakata
Day 09
AM/PM: Full day trip north to Hiroshima, Visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum then on to the magical island of Miyajima. (Shinkansen 80 mins one way, then tram, local train, JR ferry)
Dinner in Hakata
Overnight central Hakata

Day 10
Full day trip to visit the Tenmangu shrine in Dazaifu then on for a cruise around the canal city of Yanagawa (local trains).
Dinner in Hakata
Overnight central Hakata

Day 11
AM: Long train trip to Kagoshima (approx. 240 mins)
PM: Check into hotel than take an escorted trip to visit the famous Edo period ‘borrowed view’ Sengan-en gardens
Izakaya dinner in city
Overnight Kagoshima

Day 12
AM: Local bus tour to visit the Chiran Kamikaze museum and beautiful samurai gardens nearby
PM: Ferry to the volcanic island of Sakurajima. We take a taxi tour around Sakurajima island then back to another ferry point for a trip back into the city.
Dinner in the city
Overnight Kagoshima

Day 13

AM: Early express train to Nagasaki (140 mins)
Visit to the Nagasaki Peace Museum, lunch then take the tram and cablecar to the summit of Mt Inasa for a magnificent view across the city
Dinner in town
Overnight Nagasaki

Day 14
AM: Morning ferry trip to visit Gunkanjima island, return to Nagasaki for lunch then a walking trip to visit the Dutch Slope/Glover Gardens area, finally arriving in the Megane bridge part of downtown and Chinatown
Dinner in Chinatown area.
Overnight Nagasaki

Day 15
AM: Morning flight to Naha, capital of Okinawa prefecture.
PM: Check into our accommodation then visit Shuri castle and museum in Naha, as well as Fukushu-en gardens and the historically significant Naval underground HQ, one of the few remaining monuments to the island’s tragic WWII history
Dinner in an izakaya restaurant
Overnight Okinawa

Day 16
AM/PM: Today we take a full day boat trip for scenic tour out of Naha to see some of the best beaches in this Pacific paradise.
Dinner along the main street: Kokusai-dori (TBA)
Overnight Okinawa

Day 17
AM: Flight back to Osaka
Optional: Stay Osaka, flights onward, or return home
Tour price - $7,945 (double occupancy - add $500 for single room), $500 deposit, places strictly limited to a maximum of 11 people.

Price includes: 
17 nights Western style accommodation with breakfast (Japanese and Western style)
14 day standard JR rail pass
Domestic flights from Nagasaki to Naha
Domestic flight from Naha to Osaka
Boat trip in Okinawa
Chartered coach and guide to visit Chiran
Welcome dinner
Farewell dinner
Kaiseki dinner (Kyoto)
Standard sumodrome tickets
Kameoka boat ride tickets
All museum and garden entrance fees
Some taxi transportation
All bus/train and subway rides before and after the JR pass expires

(for information and bookings, call Robin on 0426 748 652 or email )

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