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Australians swap Bali’s beaches for Japan’s temples

Move over Bali and Thailand, Australians are booking holidays to Japan more than any other destination. According to the latest figures released by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), more than half a million Australian tourists visited the country in 2018, setting a new annual record. And with Japan playing host to the World Rugby Cup later this year and the Olympics in 2020, there’s plenty of reasons to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.  


Japan’s attraction as a year-round, safe and friendly destination for Australian travellers has proved to be a hit with Inspiring Vacations customers too, with their 17 Day Authentic Japan a consistent top seller. 


The company’s all-inclusive tour is suited to both first time visitors who want to see Japan’s top sights, as well as those who want to revisit the highlights, historical and cultural pursuits, and experience Japanese hospitality. 



Customers land in Osaka, take in 400-year-old Osaka Castle, and the lively Dotonbori entertainment area known for kitschy neon lights and signage, before moving onto Kyoto and its ancient shrines and bamboo forests. For those wanting to pursue some serious R&R can do so in Matsuyama with a stop at Japan’s oldest hot spring; it’s over one thousand years old. History buffs will be in their element with stops at Nagasaki, a coastal city and the birthplace of Christianity in Japan, and Matsumoto, famed for its castle of the same name which is also listed as a National Treasure of Japan. 


A visit to Japan is not complete without seeing Mount Fuji up close and personal. Considered one of Japan’s three holy mountains (Mount Haku and Mount Tateyama are the other two), Fujisan is the country’s tallest peak.  The tour goes to the Fujisan’s 5th Station, halfway up the active volcano. 


Settling into Hakone for the evening, customers will enjoy a traditional kaiseki dinner before an overnight stay in an authentic Japanese ryokan (or inn). The following day, after a ride on Lake Ashi, customers will board the famed shinkansen, or bullet train, which runs at speeds up to 320 km/h. It’s known for its punctuality down to the second, as well as its comfort and safety – it’s a must-experience when visiting Japan. 


The final stop on this Japanese adventure is a visit to the bustling capital, Tokyo. Spread over three prefectures, customers will explore the Imperial Palace, among other key attractions, which looks magical come cherry blossom season. 


This tour is fully escorted by an English guide throughout, and includes return flights with Singapore Airlines, daily breakfast and Kaiseki dinner, cruise and iconic bullet train ride from Hakone to Tokyo.  


Inspiring Vacations is 100% Australian owned and operated. Partnering with a worldwide network of local travel experts means customers enjoy culturally unique and delightfully unforgettable flight inclusive travel packages to the world's favourite destinations, all at a value for money price.


Being an online company means customers can browse tours and shop at their own convenience - anytime, anywhere - but backed up with our 24/7 customer support. Inspiring Vacations also work with travel agents who also enjoy 24/7 customer support. 


And once customers decide to book, they’ll be looked after by a dedicated, Australian-based travel expert. 


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Published: 8 July 2019

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