Sweeping views across Japan!

Flying into Tokyo I happened to glance out the window of the plane, and to my surprise there was the tip of Mt Fuji looming above the bank of fluffy clouds. I knew then that this tour would live up to everything it offered as Mt Fuji is a relatively shy mountain and seeing it even before we landed was a sign of great things to come.

Japan is an island that offers so many wonderful different experiences that no other country can.

Choosing autumn to visit is fabulous for touring, as the hills are covered in beautiful orange, red and yellow trees and the weather isn’t too hot. From the colour of the autumn leaves and the magnificent shrines, to the history of Kyoto and the ancient castles, there is something for everyone to capture with their camera.

We start our tour in Tokyo where we journey through this amazing city taking in highlights such as the Emperor’s Palace Gardens, the huge Tsukiji Fish Market, Asakusa, the old town of Tokyo, Ancient Shrines, and then wonder at the city from the Tokyo Skytree before experiencing the vibrant action-filled Shinjuku’s Robot Restaurant.

The tour takes in Kegon waterfall, one of Japan’s three greatest waterfalls, located in the natural beauty of the Nikko National Park, where the colours subtly change with the altitude.

Heading towards the stunning snow-capped Japanese Alps, you will travel to the Jigokudani Monkey Park where you will witness these amazing animals bathing in natural hot springs, before heading to the Matsumoto Castle, a striking black and white structure with blazing red leaves all around.

Takayama, a beautifully preserved old town that was cut off from the rest of Japan and allowed to develop its own culture is next on our tour. While there, we visit the local Takayama Jinya, the former government house from the 1600’s and the Hida No Sato folk village, an open air museum with houses from the Edo period (1603-1867).

The following day we head to the Omi-Cho Market which was established about the middle of the 18th century, and the stunning Kenrokuen gardens, one of Japan’s “Three Most Beautiful Gardens”. We then visit the restored Kanazawa Castle and conclude our day at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

We learn just how amazing the Japanese gardens are as we stop at the very traditional Tokugawa-en gardens in Nagoya, and the Shirotori Gardens. We stop at the Atsuta Shrine, which dates back almost 2000 years before heading to beautiful Kyoto.

During our time in Kyoto, we visit World Heritage sites including Nijo Castle, the beautiful Fushimi Inari Shrine and walk under thousands of Vermillion tori gates before journeying to the Arashiyama district. Here we can view the great example of autumn colours in the surrounding hills and notice the large display of locals dressed in traditional Japanese dress.

From Kyoto we head to Nara for the day to visit the world’s largest wooden building, Todaiji Temple, Japan’s largest sitting Buddha statue, and Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha, where we wander through Nara Park to encounter the large population of tame deer living there.

We then head to Kawaguchiko Maples Corridor where we view the amazing Mt Fuji before heading up to the 5th station to take in the breath-taking panorama from 2,300 meters above sea level. Later in the day we enjoy a cruise across Lake Ashinoko accompanied by the views of Mt Fuji. From here we head back to Tokyo via the ancient capital of Kamakura, where we will visit the giant bronze statue of Buddha before taking in the stunning autumn foliage in the Rikugien Gardens.

Before heading back to Australia we have the opportunity to cross to the large artificial island of Odaiba for free time to visit the high tech shopping precinct, restaurants and entertainment complexes.

After taking in all the highlights, tastes and experiences accompanied by the autumn brilliance of this beautiful country, we head off to the airport for our journey home with a suitcase full of wonderful memories!

Experience the wonders of Japan on our 28th October 2018 departure. Contact Trade Travel on 1800 034 439 or email groups@tradetravel.com for a full itinerary.

Kathy Rivett
The Victorian Probian
August – September 2017 Edition 

  • Our "FAMIL" program is an excellent way for Group and Tour leaders to go and experience a destination first hand. You get to sample the airline, meet the accommodation and touring providers and sample the local cuisine. It is a WIN/WIN situation and a lot of fun!Mark O'Brien
    Trade Travel Director

  • The girls in res are brilliant, when I need a quote or booking I go straight to them, knowing they’ll give us the best possible price and they know exactly what we need.”Val Henry
    Tour Coordinator for Donald Simpson Centre

  • Our recent Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” trip with the Probus Club of Breakfast Point showed us how important it is to look at the country in greater depth. Travelling with the Probus group enabled us to delve beneath the surface and see real outback families and experience the outback in all its many and varied facets. We would recommend the Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” to all.Client of Trade Travel
    Longreach Tour

  • Our recent Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” trip with the Probus Club of Breakfast Point showed us how important it is to look at the country in greater depth. Travelling with the Probus group enabled us to delve beneath the surface and see real outback families and experience the outback in all its many and varied facets. We would recommend the Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” to all.Client of Trade Travel
    Longreach Tour

  • The girls in res are brilliant, when I need a quote or booking I go straight to them, knowing they’ll give us the best possible price and they know exactly what we need.”Val Henry
    Tour Coordinator for Donald Simpson Centre

  • Our "FAMIL" program is an excellent way for Group and Tour leaders to go and experience a destination first hand. You get to sample the airline, meet the accommodation and touring providers and sample the local cuisine. It is a WIN/WIN situation and a lot of fun!Mark O'Brien
    Trade Travel Director

A member of