Tokyo and Osaka

8 Nights from R31,084 pps



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Departure Date: 07/02/2020

See the best of these two cities Tokyo and Osaka in Japan. Many of Japan’s mountains are active volcanoes and, as a result, geothermal hot springs (onsen) can be found all over the country. Explore a world both modern and ancient...Japan combines both ancient and modern attractions, making this enigmatic country a delight to explore.

Participate in a Mount Fuji Day Tour with Kawaguchiko Lake and Gotemba Outlets.

Mount Fuji is the most famous place for tourists in Japan as this is known as the signature symbol of Japan. By joining the Fujisan day tour, you will be able to experience the most famous sightseeing spots nearby Mount Fuji.

Please come to the meeting point at 7:45am, your tour leader will be greeting you at the Ground floor of Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch, just next to the Shinjuku JR station west exit. At 8am, departure from Shinjuku to Yamanashi prefecture, where Mount Fuji located at. Around 10am, arrive at Kawaguchiko Oishi Park where you will spend around 30 minutes. If the weather is good, you can capture a beautiful photo with the lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji in the background. Take a walk around the lake, buy a special souvenir from the shop or just sit down and enjoy the incredible view. In different seasons, you can also enjoy different flowers including lavender and kochia.

From December to April As the 5th level will be closed during winter time, you will head to another famous spot called Arakura Sengen Shrine nearby. This is the only spot where you can take picture of the five-storied pagoda with Mount Fuji. The cherry blossom is amazing during spring time as well. At 12:30pm head to Oshino Hakkai, one of the most famous spots in the Fujisan area, for around 1 hour. "Hakkai" means "Eight lakes" as you can find 8 different lakes located there. You can also taste the water from Mount Fuji, shop at one of the souvenir shops and grab some food for your lunch. At 2pm, visit Gotemba Premium Outlet for around 1 hour 40 minutes. Gotemba premium outlet is one of the largest outlets in Japan. The most important point is that you can see Mount Fuji from inside the outlet. Don't miss the chance to buy souvenirs at a reasonable price. At 6pm, you will be dropped back at the meeting point. Shinjuku is good for a night walk and dinner before going back to your hotel. Redeem information Voucher type: Printed Printed Voucher. Print and bring the voucher to enjoy the activity. Location Start point: Ground Floor of Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch End point: Same as the starting point Schedule Opening dates 08:00 - 18:00 Duration: 10 Hours Guide options

Partipate in a Kansai Soul attraction
Often missed on many Japan itineraries, Osaka is more than just a city of commerce — it is the Kansai region’s vibrant and eclectic heart and soul. This tour takes you by buzzing markets, through a lantern-lit labyrinth, and into the districts famed throughout Japan for their culinary variety and unforgettable atmosphere

Explore old backstreets, markets, and retail areas seldom seen by most tourists
Discover the New York-inspired neighbourhood of Shinsekai and see what ghosts still linger in the streets
Wander through the flashy, glittering, famed district of Dotonbori
Sample famous Osaka treats like kushi-katsu and takoyaki octopus balls
Find out why Osaka is considered the heart and soul of the Kansai region

Your Osaka tour begins outside Nipponbashi Station and leads into Kuromon Ichiba market, a street containing over 500 metres of lively market stalls selling Osaka’s freshest meat, fish, and vegetables. You’ll have a chance to experience downtown’s classic market culture up close, punctuated by rich aromas and the boisterous Kansai-ben (Osaka dialect) of the locals.

We’ll move on to Doguyasuji to see the infinite array of Japanese cooking utensils, as well as stopping to look at the ubiquitous ‘fake food’ selection — a surprisingly large market exists for this uniquely Japanese trade! From here we’ll go to Dobutsuenmae Station and walk to Shinsekai, entering the true core of Osaka’s famous downtown.

Shinsekai (literally meaning ‘New World’) was created as an amusement area in 1912, modelled on New York City. Complete with a viewing tower and the now infamous Luna Theme Park, Shinsekai represented Japan’s ambitious move toward the future. The area is still home to the ghosts of those ambitions over 100 years later, caught between the hum of neon lights and the gentle swaying of traditional paper laterns. We’ll have a chance to see a traditional Sento (Japanese bath) and a newer Supersento — a stalwart of everyday Japanese life! As we leave Shinsekai, we can sample the much-loved Shinsekai kushi-katsu (deep fried or basted meat and vegetable skewers) and pass atmospheric and traditional izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) before moving onto the glittering jewel of southern Osaka, Dotonbori.

Dotonbori is easily the most famous sight in Osaka, complete with a long canal flanked with shimmering shops and restaurants, a well-known running man, and a giant mechanical crab! The subject of postcards and tourist photos in equal measure, Dotonbori is home to endless clusters of restaurants, street vendors, bars, and pubs. You can sample Osaka’s most famous food, takoyaki (fried batter balls containing octopus legs) and walk along the canal, passing ever-moving neon signs and the billowing steam of Osaka’s liveliest restaurants. If Kyoto is the heart of western Japan, Osaka is truly the soul.

What's Included

Return flights ex Johannesburg via Singapore to Japan, approx. airport taxes, 8 nights accommodation at the Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo sharing a Hollywood twin room with breakfast, a Mount Fuji - Day Tour with Kawaguchiko Lake and Gotemba Outlets, a 3 night stay at the Ana Crowne Plaza Osaka sharing a double standard room with breakfast daily and a Kansai Soul attraction tour.

8 Nights from R31,084 pps

The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid: 7 - 17 Feb 2020. Weekly departures every Thursday from Feb 2020. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes where applicable. Packages exclude items of personal nature, meals not specified, additional tours, and travel insurance. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.

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