Your Seven Day Japan Land Tour - Departing 02nd June 2018
Day 1 Arrive in Tokyo
Upon arrival your exciting journey begins. A local tour guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Please note that the hotel check-in time is 3pm. Should you arrive early please store your luggage at the front desk and explore Tokyo at your own pace.
Day 2 Tokyo (Breakfast)
Enjoy a free day in Tokyo to explore the capital city of Japan, where over 11 million people live, making the population one of the largest in the world. Tokyo is not only the political and economical centre of Japan and it has also emerged as a centre of the world economy and culture. Tradition and modern are co-exist in today’s Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo - Yamanasi (Breakfast)
This morning visit Hase Temple (Hasedera), a temple of the Jodo sect, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 9.18-meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan and can be viewed in the temple's main building, the Kannon-do Hall. According to legend, it was carved from the same tree as the similarly tall Kannon statue worshiped at the Hasedera Temple in Nara Prefecture. Then visit Great Buddha of Kamakura, is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara's Todaiji Temple.
Day 4 Yamansi - Mt Fuji - Lake Yamanaka - Toyohasi (Breakfast)
Drive all the way to Mt Fuji 5th Station (weather permitting). At 2300 meters above sea level, the Fuji 5th Station offers a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below, making it a popular spot for those who are not intent on climbing the mountain. An observation point with unobstructed views of Fujiyoshida City and Lake Yamanaka can be found at Komitake Shrine behind the shops.
Then travel through the countryside and mountains to reach Lake Yamanaka, the largest of all the Fuji Five Lakes which offers a good view of Mt. Fuji. It is located in the village of Yamanakako of Yamanashi Prefecture populated by many swans. Thus, it has been unofficially called “Swan Lake.” Some of these swans are the real animals, others are man-made swans such as swan-like paddled boats added to the lake. Take a scenic boat ride to tour around the lake. It just makes the whole place a paradise of swans!
Drive to Shizuoka City, the capital of Japanese tea production and visit a local tea house. Shizuoka Prefecture contains 40% of the total area of tea plantations in Japan. Black tea, Taiwan tea, and Chinese tea are all fantastic, but after trying some of the best Japanese tea in Shizuoka City, you will find yourself loving Japanese green tea the most. In the afternoon transfer to your hotel in Toyohasi.
Day 5 Toyohasi to Kyoto (Breakfast)
After breakfast travel to Kyoto. Upon arrival explore this historic town at your own pace or join an optional tour to see what Kyoto has to offer (optional activity at $60 AUD per person payable upon arrival). Kindly note that the check-in time is 3pm and you may store your luggage at the front desk.
The first stop of the optional tour is Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later. Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.
The optional tour continues with an excellent Kimono Fashion Show where beautiful women wearing varieties of kimono and obi(sash) appear on the stage with Japanese music.
The last stop of the optional tour is Arashiyama Bamboo garden.
Day 6 Kyoto to Osaka (Breakfast)
First visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
Drive to Osaka and visit the famous landmark Osaka Castle Garden. Surrounded by greenery, the garden commands a beautiful view of the castle tower and the stone wall of a moat. Then enjoy some free time in Shinsaibasi, the premier shopping area in Osaka. Around 600 meters long, it’s filled with trendy boutiques, retail chains, and luxury department stores like Daimaru, UniQlo, H&M, Bulgari, and Zara. Crossing the street and out of the covered arcade, you’ll walk into this open area and see that large Glico man sign. That’s when you know you’re in Dotnobori. Originally installed in 1935, the giant Glico Man is Dotonbori’s most iconic landmark. It’s a symbol for the Glico candy company, makers of caramel candy and Pocky.
Day 7 Transfer to Kobe Cruise Port (Breakfast)
After breakfast to Kobe Port for your cruise.
Your Diamond Princess Cruise Itinerary Starts Here
Embark aboard the Diamond Princess for 7 nights, in a Interior Stateroom sailing from Kobe and visiting Okinawa • Ishigaki • Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan and disembarking in Kobe
Diamond Princess - Facilities
Having been refurbished in 2014, the Diamond Princess now includes new features including The Sanctuary which is an adults only retreat enabling you to get away from all the hussle and bussle and letting you relax and chill whilst enjoying Princess Cruises signature drinks, light meals and personal entertainment. Movies under the stars is always a popular feature with Princess Cruises regular customers. Movies under the stars was first featured by Princess in 2004 and is now one of their signature features leading the way for a new & innovative way for you to enjoy the latest films and sporting events whilst onboard. You also have the Explorers Lounge, Club Fusion, Skywalkers Nightclub and Churchills Cigar Lounge which you can still smoke in. She also has 4 pools and 8 whirlpool spa's.
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