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JAPAN: 14 Day Japan Rail Package Including Flights for Two

Discover Japan at your own pace!

Overview

Enjoy the freedom to discover Japan’s ancient history, culture and fabulous food at your own pace, while travelling in style on Japan’s world famous rail system.

  • Return International Flights with Cathay Pacific for Two
  • 12 Nights of Perfectly-Located Hotel Accommodation for Two
  • 14 Day Unlimited Japan Rail Pass for Two – That’s Unlimited Travel on ALL JR Trains!

INCLUSIONS

  • Return International Flights with Cathay Pacific for Two
  • 12 Nights of Excellent Centrally Located Accommodation for Two
  • 14 Day Unlimited Japan Rail Pass for Two – That’s Unlimited Travel on ALL JR Trains, Including the Narita – Tokyo Express

HOTELS

  • Tokyo – APA Hotel Tokyo or similar
  • Nikko – APA Hotel Utsunomiya Ekimae or similar
  • Takayama – APA Hotel Takayama or similar
  • Bessho Onsen – Ueda Tokyu Inn or similar
  • Matsumoto – APA Hotels Joetsu-Myoko or similar
  • Kyoto – APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae or similar
  • Hiroshima – APA Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Shinkansen Bullet Trains

Shinkansen high-speed trains, known as bullet trains, are the fastest and most efficient way to discover all of Japan, reaching speeds up to 320 km/h, and the Japan Railways (JR) network, which you can access using your Japan Rail Pass, practically covers the entire country.

Seat reservations can be made for free at ticket counters and pass holders will receive a ticket that indicates their allocated seat. Just remember to always have your JR pass on you to exit and enter the station.

TRAVEL DATES

  • Available for travel between:
  • 17 October – 15 November 2018
  • 8 February – 25 March 2019
  • 16 April – 31 May 2019
  • Book early to secure your preferred dates!

HOW TO BOOK

  1. Select your preferred package option, click on Add to Cart and follow the payment prompts
  2. Once you have completed your purchase, you will be emailed a confirmation and online booking form
  3. Complete your booking form as soon as possible to lock in your holiday!

For any other assistance or enquiries please contact support@kogantravel.com or call us on 1300 517 210.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the freedom to explore Japan at your own pace with unlimited travel on Japan Railways’ transportation network, widely regarded as the best in the world.
  • Your centrally located accommodation in Tokyo, Nikko, Bessho Onsen, Kyoto and Hiroshima puts you in the perfect position to discover everything Japan has to offer.
  • Spend three days exploring Tokyo’s dazzling cityscape – this city has so much to see it’s hard to know where to begin! Check out Shinjuku’s famous nightlife, take a day trip to Mount Fuji, or venture to the fashion-forward district of Harajuku for a taste of the alternative side of the city.
  • Go shrine-jumping in Nikko, home to one of Japan’s most ornate shrines, the Toshogu Temple, and lose yourself among the delightful stalls of Miyagawa Market in Takayama.
  • Take advantage of the plethora of bathhouses in Bessho Onsen and sink into the beautifully steamy waters at a local onsen.
  • Immerse yourself in Japan’s ancient culture with two days in Kyoto. Home to hundreds of temples and shrines, spectacularly designed zen gardens, and traditional tea houses, you’ll feel as though you have stepped back in time.
  • Embark on a self-guided walking tour of Hiroshima. Perhaps pay your respects at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, snap a picture of the A-Dome and explore Hiroshima Castle.
  • Foodies will salivate at the abundance of gastronomic delights unique to Japan as you travel through the country. Sashimi, ramen and okonomiyaki abound – but there’s plenty more to discover!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Depart Australia – Tokyo

Depart Australia on your international flight to the land of ancient traditions, iconic views and the exceedingly modern.

On arrival, you’ll need to activate your JR Rail Pass voucher. This can be done at JR Travel Service Center in Narita Airport, terminal 1 and 2. JR staff speak good English and make the whole process easy and understandable. Once activated, reserve your seat on the next Narita Express to Tokyo and make your own way to your accommodation!

Day 2: Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, mixes the ultra modern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to anime shops and temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding forests and the Imperial Palace sits amid sprawling public gardens. The city is famed for its vibrant food scene, and the Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion scene.

Why not just choose a train line and follow where it leads today – remember to note the colour and number of your home base station!

Day 3: Tokyo

Got a shopping itch? Why not visit the bubbling backstreets of Harajuku for some authentic Lolita fashion, discover the vibrant food scene in Shibuya, gawk at giant statues of Godzilla peeking over buildings in Shinjuku and perhaps try your hand at Pachinko, or find your inner Otaku with a visit to a maid-cafe in the heart of Akihabara.

Day 4: Tokyo – Nikko

Watch outside your shinkansen window as dazzling skyscrapers morph into hilly woodlands and towering cedars today, boarding a shinkansen from Tokyo to Utsunomiya station, and transferring to the JR Nikko line before continuing to Nikko station.

Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and set off to discover the wealth of temples and shrines Nikko has to offer, including the ornate Toshogu Temple – Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Day 5: Nikko – Takayama

Settle in with a good book or podcast today as you head to Takayama over six relaxing hours. Board a return bound train to Utsunomiya station and hop on a shinkansen to Omiya station, before transferring at Toyama and getting on a final limited express to Takayama.

Filled to the brim with Meiji-era inns, hillside shrines and dazzling museums, lose yourself among the delightful mishmash of buildings and welcoming atmosphere.

Day 6: Takayama

Why not get an early head start this morning and visit Takayama’s two morning markets, Miyawa Market and Jinya-mae Market, followed by a stroll through Old Town. Look out for stores boasting cedar balls over the entrance – the main distinguishing feature of the town’s iconic sake breweries.

Later, you could explore Hida Folk Village, and wind through brilliant forest and woodland intermittent with brilliant shrines, timeless temples and charming castle ruins on the Higashiyama Walking Course.

Day 7: Takayama – Bessho Onsen

Board a limited express train to Toyama station this morning, then hop on a shinkansen to Nagano station before boarding another shinkansen to Ueda station. From here, board a Ueda railway train to Bessho Onsen – not covered by the JR Pass, 590yen (approx AUD $7.50) one way.

A mountain ringed oasis replete with sparkling onsens, why not sink into the beautifully steamy waters this evening at one of the towns’ various bathhouses?

Day 8: Bessho Onsen – Matsumoto

Views of regal alps are never far away in Matsumoto, a cosmopolitan embraced by seven great peaks to the west. To reach this charming city, catch a Ueda train back to Ueda station (not covered by the JR Pass) and board a shinkansen to Nagano station before transferring to a limited express Shinano train to Matsumoto station.

Upon arrival, why not go for a stroll to Matsumoto Castle, only a 15-minute walk from the station.

Day 9: Matsumoto

When in Matsumoto, wasabi-flavoured everything is a must! Why not venture to Daio Wasabi Farm to sample some of Matsumoto’s innovative, wasabi-infused soba noodles, ice cream, beer and juice.

Or, you could learn to make soba at Fureai Yamabeka and unwind in an rotenburo (open-air bath) at Plaza Asama.

Day 10: Matsumoto – Kyoto

Take a limited express Shinano train to Nagoya and board a Shinkansen to Kyoto today. Arriving in what was the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, you’ll be enamoured by Kyoto’s overwhelming plethora of buddhist temples, palaces and gardens. But first, drop your luggage off at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure – perhaps set off on a journey to Nara, the deer capital of the world?

Day 11: Kyoto

Home to hundreds of temples and shrines, spectacularly designed zen gardens, and traditional tea houses, there’s plenty to do in Kyoto. You could watch matcha being whisked in a traditional tea ceremony, visit the iconic Sagano Bamboo Forest or slurp down bowls of steaming ramen elbow-to-elbow with locals – the only problem will be deciding where to start first!

Why not contemplate existence on the Philosopher’s Path, admire Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple and Nanzenji Temples in the morning and see the Southern Kyoto temples in the afternoon?

Day 12: Kyoto

Stray from the beaten track today and explore the little-knowns of Kyoto. You could wander through the 700-year Nishiki Market, dishing up baby octopus and soy donuts, and ascend through the several thousand ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, or try to catch a geisha and maiko in the Gion district.

Day 13: Kyoto – Hiroshima

Make the most of your last full day in Japan with a quick trip to Hiroshima today. En route you could visit one of Japan’s most beautiful and longest-surviving castles, Himeji, to admire a handful of the fortress’s 83 buildings and nine traditional-style gardens.

Upon arrival in Hiroshima, you could visit the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, Mazda Museum and Shukkeien Garden.

Day 14: Hiroshima – Tokyo – Depart for Australia

It’s time for your magical Japan journey to come to an end today, as you board a Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe station and board a connecting shinkansen to Tokyo station, approximately 5 and a half hours of travel time. Upon arrival, make your way to Narita airport for your flight home.

REVIEWS

“We are very impressed with our JR pass. The trains have been great and the staff are really great. We don’t speak any Japanese and the staff have gone out of their way every time to help us throughout our trip. We’ve traveled all over the country for the past 16 days and have nothing but praise for the whole JR system “
Trustpilot

“The JR Pass made travel so easy. If you are going to be travelling around to different locations like I did – Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima – the value for money is fabulous. Also recommend using the app to work out the rail system and when you can use the rail pass for local Tokyo rail trips. “
Trustpilot

FINE PRINT

Buying and Booking:

  • Buy now – limited time offer!
  • Top Tip: Book early to secure your preferred dates!
  • 14 day booking guarantee – if you can’t book your preferred dates within 14 days we will refund you in full. See T&Cs here
  • Bookings are non changeable & non refundable once your travel dates are confirmed

Flight Information:

  • Flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide
  • Flights are economy class with Cathay Pacific, subject to availability
  • A flight amendment surcharge of $150 per person applies for early arrivals and later departures, plus any additional airfares and taxes
  • Flights are subject to specific promotional economy fare availability
  • Flights may not be direct or operate daily
  • Stopovers are available upon request
  • Subject to availability

General:

  • Not valid with any other offer
  • Valid for 2 people, twin share
  • Travelling solo? A single supplement of $1430 applies to those wishing to wishing to travel alone

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance – strongly recommended
  • Meals
  • Local sightseeing & tours in each city
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary

Travel Advice:

  • For the latest travel advice for your holiday please visit www.smartraveller.gov.au
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your trip overseas
  • A visa may be required for your destination or any countries you are transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain a valid visa. Please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ to assist you with any requirements.
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