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    Japan & Taiwan 10 Days (code: DT10E)

Duration:   10 Days 9 Nights
Cities:   Tokyo-Hakone-Hamamatsu-Kyoto-Osaka-Taiwan
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   Land tour only
Hotels(local):   4 stars
Deal:   From AU$2200 per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival at Narita Hotel:Hilton Narita Hotel or International Garden Hotel Narita or similar ( 4 stars )  

Upon arrival of Tokyo Narita International Airport, take free shuttle bus from the airport to hotel. A local staff will wait at Tokyo Narita International Airport (Terminal 1 & 2) from 10:30am to 21:30pm. He/she will assist you to find the shuttle bus.
Important Information:

1. Please let us know your flight details at least one week ahead of the arrival day.

2. Hotel check-in is available after 3PM.
3. Passengers arriving at other time can take free shuttle bus to the hotel on their own. The last free shuttle bus departs at 22:30pm.  If you cannot catch it in time, please take taxi to hotel on your own. (Taxi fare, approx.AUD32 per way, is on your own account.) 

Day 2: Tokyo ( B + L ) Hotel:Shinjuku Granbell Hotel or Henn na Hotel Tokyo Asakusa Tawaramachi or Toshi Center similar ( 4 stars )  

After breakfast, visit Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo and definitely a must-visit for tourists. In front of the temple is Nakamise Dori - a narrow street flanked by stands selling a variety of souvenir. View from afar the world’s tallest free-standing tower - Tokyo Skytree.
Enjoy barbecue lunch.  Then proceed to Imperial Palace Outer Garden. Meander around  this scenic area highlighted by the visit to Nijubashi Bridge, which is widely regarded as the emblem of Tokyo.  The last stop today is Ginza Tokyu Plaza, a new landmark in the bustling Ginza area.

Additional tours (free) for groups in autumn between 16th Oct and 27th Nov:
1. Icho Namiki Avenue of Meiji Jingu Gaien: ginkgo trees flanking the avenue blaze bright yellow in autumn     
2. Yoyogi Park: vibrant maple leaves in autumn
3. Rikugien Garden: in Edo-period style, offers amazing seasonal hues in fall foliage season 

Day 3: Tokyo-Hakone-Hamamatsu ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Hamanako Hotel or Hiranoya Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  

Head for Mt.Fuji in  the  morning. The bus would stop at Mt.Fuji 5th Station.  At an altitude of 2305 meters,  it is said to be an perfect place to view the mountain top in a distance.
After the mountain trip, proceed to Oshino Hakkai for distinctive Japanese countryside view. Spend some leisure time at Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (Park of Peace).  Japanese people built parks across the country in the name of peace to express their determination to uphold peace after devastating World War II. Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park stands out with a white stupa which is a gift from Indian government.
Check in a hot spring resort hotel. Why not take a hot spring bath to refresh yourself!

 

 

Important Information:
If it’s not accessible on bad-weather day, Mt.Fuji 5th Station  will be replaced by Mt.Fuji World Heritage Centre.

Day 4: Hamamatsu-Kyoto ( B + L ) Hotel:Henn na Hotel Kyoto or Daiwa Roynet Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  

Go shopping at a jewelry store. Step back in time at  Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the oldest temple of Kyoto.  Standing on the its veranda,  you could have a commanding view of Kyoto city.  
Do not skip Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka on the way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. They are two  narrow streets lined with shops of souvenirs and snacks.  At the other end of the streets is Gion,  an entertainment district, particularly famous for geisha performance. With lovingly preserved scenes, Gion is also an ideal place for visitors tracing past times. Stroll along Hanami Lane at dusk, you might run into geishas passing by.
 The nearby Yasaka-jinja Shrine is the most revered shrine among the over 3000 Shinto shrines across Japan, attracting a large number of devout worshippers praying for good fortune.
Dinner is on your own. You are recommended to try a traditional dining at a townhouse on Hanami Lane.
Additional tour (free) for groups in autumn between 16th Oct and 27th Nov:   Togetsukyo Bridge of Arashiyama

Day 5: Kyoto-Osaka ( B + L ) Hotel:Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka or Hotel Hanshin or Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport or similar ( 4 stars )  

In Japan, a third of shrines worship Inari, a god in charge of farming and business. This  morning you will visit  Fushimi Inari Taisha, the head of all these roughly 9000 Inari shrines. The imposing Senbo Torri clearly tells the shrine’s popularity among worshippers praying for good harvest and prosperous business.

Proceed to Nara Park and interact with free-roaming tame deer, believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods.  Walk through the park, you will arrive at KasugaTaisha Shrine.  Four gods enshrined attract devotees, while photographers are enthralled by its ancient architecture in harmony with natural surroundings.
Go shopping at a duty free shop  and aslo famous Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka.
Dinner on your own. Try to find what make your mouth water at Dotonbori Food Street , the paradise for Japanese food lovers. 

Day 6: Osaka Taipei (Taoyuan Airport) Flight Not Included ( B ) Hotel:FX Hotel Taipei or similar ( 4 stars )  

After breakfast, the tour guide will assist you in hotel to take airport shuttle bus or express train to Kansai International Airport (ticket fare is on your own account, which is approximately AUD25 to AUD35 per person, depending on the location of the group’s hotel).
Board the flight to Taipei, Taiwan.
Upon arriving in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), meet our receptionist at the Arrival Hall and take free shuttle bus to the hotel. Please be noted that if the flight is rescheduled or delayed, please contact your Taiwan emergency contact in advanced or the tourist center at the terminal after arrival. Guests can check in hotel after 3pm

Day 7: Taipei-Hualien ( B + L + D ) Hotel: Parkview Hotel Hualien or similar ( 4 stars )  

National Palace Museum is on the top of  today’s visiting list. It houses the largest collection of Chinese art treasures. A large number of them were brought to Taiwan when Kuomingtang government fled to Taiwan in 1949.
Enjoy famous Taiwanese beef noodle as lunch and then proceed to Taroko National Park. The road is carved into sheer walls of rock and winds its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feets above. Hundreds of feets below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Join indigenous Amis people singing and dancing in Amis Folk Center.

Day 8: Hualien-Taipei ( B + L + D ) Hotel:FX Hotel Taipei or similar ( 4 stars )  

Visit Yeh-liu Geopark this morning for its world-famous marine erosion topography. Walk on the stone steps of Jiufeng Old Street which was once the hub of gold mines. . Now visitors come here for delicious local food and also the view of the civil residences mostly untouched since its colonized days by Japanese. Lunch will be served at a famous local restaurant.
Proceed to Pingxi after lunch, another popular neighborhood with obsolete coal mines, old streets and residences. Dinner will be enjoyed at Ding Tai Feng, which is selected by New York Times as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world. The restaurant you have dinner has been titled 5 times as Michelin Star Restaurant.

Day 9: Taipei ( B ) Hotel:FX Hotel Taipei or similar ( 4 stars )  

Free day at your own leisure. No guide or transfer or meal.

Day 10: Leave Taipei ( B )   

Hotel check-out before 12:00 noon time. Make your own way to airport.
FYI, shuttle bus ticket to Taoyuan Airport costs around AUD10/p and the bus time is suitable for flights with departure between 09:30am and 21:15pm.