TOUR COST from AUD840.00** Per Person Twin Share
Day 1: Nagoya – Toba (-/-/D)
Today is a self-guided day.
Begin the journey by heading to Toba Station in Mie. The rural Mie Prefecture is famous for its forested landscapes and Mediterranean looking coastlines. The area is famous for producing some of the freshest seafood in Japan and, in its waters, pearl cultivation has become an important activity.
Suggested self-guided itinerary:
Get off at Ise Station, which lies on the way to the hotel in Toba. Hop on one of the CAN busses and pay a visit to the famous Ise Shrine, one of the most sacred areas for the Shinto religion and a favorite pilgrimage destination for Japanese people.
Just a short walk away, the picturesque district of Okage-Yokocho offers a great outlook on the traditional side of the area with its quaint shops selling local arts and crafts as well as food.
Stop for lunch at one of the elegant Japanese-style restaurants offering refined specialties, such as freshly prepared tofu or grilled eel, and a variety of other local products.
After lunch, have tea or a dessert at one of the local food stalls or Japanese-style cafés in Okage-Yokocho.
After indulging in all the delicious specialties Mie has to offer, hop on one of the CAN busses and continue the journey to Meoto-Iwa, which literally means “the married couple rocks.” These two stones are joined by an impressive Shinto shimenawa, a rope made of rice straw, and represent the union in marriage of man and woman.
After this visit, continue the journey to the accommodation in Toba, either by CAN Bus or by train.
Notes: 1-/2-Day Michikusa Bus passes are available for unlimited transport with CAN busses within the Ise area (pay on spot). If travelling with large luggage, it’s advised to send it ahead to accommodation.
Tonight’s stay will be in a traditional Japanese ryokan. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. After indulging in these culinary pleasures, it is time for a bath in the hotel’s own onsen bath, before turning in for the night.
Distance and journey time (approximation):
Kintetsu Nagoya Station to Iseshi Station: 1.5 h
Iseshi Station to Toba Station: 20 min
Day 2: (B/-/-)
Day 3: (B/-/-)
Day 4: (B/-/-)
Make an early start
TOUR PRICES : FROM AUD per person
Japan experiences dramatic pricing fluctuations based on Festivals, Domestic holidays and in some instances on weekends. Please consult with your Travel Consultant for exact pricing over a specific date. Reservations during weekends, peak season, and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges.
Some of the sake breweries in Takayama are closed on some days and the restaurant that sells Hida beef sushi is closed on Tuesdays.
Wada House and other gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawago are closed on some days.
The tours in Takayama and in Hida-Furukawa are join-in activities and accept maximum of 8 persons only. Private option can be arranged (supplementary charges apply).
Nijo Castle is closed on Tuesdays (or if Tuesday is a National holiday, closed the following day).
For safety reasons, some public transport may stop operating in case of unfavorable weather conditions.
Please inform your Travel Consultant of any special dietary requirements and/or physical conditions that you may have.
Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board)
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
English meet and greet at the airport and return transfers to the airport
14-Day Japan Rail Pass in ordinary class, activated on Day 1
PASMO Card for local transportation in Tokyo and to/from Koyasan with 5,500 JPY worth of credits
(Note: The pre-charged credit is enough to travel to/from Koyasan. Additional credit will be charged by our guides to cover transportation during guided days. Clients are free to further charge their card should they wish to make use of it during self-guided days).
Roundtrip bus tickets on Days 4 (Matsumoto to Kamikochi) and 7 (Takayama to Shirakawago)
English-speaking guides for tours on Days 2, 9, and 11 (supplementary charges apply for other languages)
All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Days 2, 9, and 11
NOT Included in the tour prices
International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
Some local transport
Meals other than mentioned above
Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
Travel insurance (we strongly recommend you purchase this, please ask your Aussienet Travel consultant for details of policies available)
Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above