It’s a testament to the popularity of Adam Liaw that Traveller is offering readers a second departure to Japan in the company of this respected cook, author, television personality and Sunday Life magazine columnist.
The places on Traveller’s first reader tour, coinciding with Japan hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup and likely the world’s biggest sporting event in 2019, sold out in just a few weeks.
It’s also a tribute to the popularity of Japan itself, one of my favourite destinations, that there should be such interest with tens of thousands of Australians already visiting the country in record numbers each year. And year in, year out, Japan continues to rank as the most searched for destination on our traveller.com.au website.
But if you should require an excuse, aside from its extraordinary cuisine, to holiday in this fascinating land for the first time or on a repeat occasion, this is the year.
The Rugby World Cup, after all, will not just be a fantastic sporting festival, with the event being staged on Asian soil for the first time, it’ll also represent a warm up for the Japanese to next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Even if you’re not a rugby devotee, you will, with Adam as your special guest Traveller Tours guide, be participating in one of Japan’s national sports: eating.
So don’t miss this further opportunity, in partnership with Gullivers Sport Travel, to not only experience the Rugby World Cup but to discover the tastes of Japan through the viewpoint of a food expert of the calibre of Adam Liaw.
DAY 1 OCTOBER18
Overnight flight to Tokyo with All Nippon Airways.
DAY 2 OCTOBER 19
TOKYO – KYOTO
On arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, you’ll be met by your English-speaking guide. Your luggage will be forwarded to your hotel. Take the airport line to Shinagawa Station, where Adam Liaw will meet you. Then continue by bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival in Kyoto, transfer to the Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Adam will join you for the remainder of the tour. MEALS NONE HOTEL NIKKO PRINCESS KYOTO
DAY 3 OCTOBER 20
After breakfast, take a half-day city tour. Sights include Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavilion) and heritage-listed Nijo Castle, which was a royal residence until 1939. Lunch is at Awata Sanso, a traditional and much-awarded Japanese restaurant. At lunch, enjoy a traditional geisha performance and take the opportunity to ask questions. Later, join Adam for an informal welcome reception. B L HOTEL NIKKO PRINCESS KYOTO
DAY 4 OCTOBER 21
Join Adam for a cooking demonstration focused on local produce. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Endo Tempura, a restaurant famous for its deep-fried dishes, located in the famous Gion Geisha district. Later, visit the heritage-listed Kiyomizu Temple, an impressive wooden structure built into the mountainside. B L HOTEL NIKKO PRINCESS KYOTO
DAY 5 OCTOBER 22
KYOTO – WAKURA ONSEN
Travel by train to Wakura Onsen on the Noto Peninsula, passing Lake Biwa and Kanazawa along the way. You’ll be staying at Kagaya Onsen Ryokan where you’ll be able to experience traditional Japanese hot springs. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner showcasing the style and flavours that have made Kagaya and its hospitality famous. This afternoon, Adam Liaw will introduce an exclusive cooking demonstration by Masakazu Yamada, Kagaya’s top chef. B D KAGAYA ONSEN RYOKAN
DAY 6 OCTOBER 23
WAKURA ONSEN – KANAZAWA
This morning, explore historic Wajima market, Japan’s largest. Enjoy lunch at Michelin-starred Gyokusentei, which overlooks a stunning Japanese garden. Later, travel to Kanazawa to visit the old district of Higashiyama – known as a geisha district, former samurai residential area and home to Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens. B L TOKYU HOTEL KANAZAWADAY 8 OCTOBER 25 KANAZAWA – TOKYO Take the new Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) line to Tokyo, arriving in the afternoon. Check into the five-star Imperial Hotel Tokyo and attend a reception hosted by the hotel during which you will have the opportunity to hear about the fascinating history of this Tokyo landmark. B IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO
DAY 7 OCTOBER 24
Spend the day at your leisure. You might like to visit Takayama’s historic district and Matsuri no Mori museum, see Kanazawa Castle or visit Omicho Market, Kanazawa’s largest fresh food market. B TOKYU HOTEL KANAZAWA
DAY 8 OCTOBER 25
KANAZAWA – TOKYO
Take the new Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) line to Tokyo, arriving in the afternoon. Check into the five-star Imperial Hotel Tokyo and attend a reception hosted by the hotel during which you will have the opportunity to hear about the fascinating history of this Tokyo landmark. B IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO
DAY 9 OCTOBER 26
TOKYO – YOKOHAMA – TOKYO
In the mid-afternoon, transfer by coach to International Stadium Yokohama for your first 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final No.1 match day with kickoff at 5pm. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel afterwards, by chartered coach. B IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO
DAY 10 OCTOBER 27
TOKYO – YOKOHAMA – TOKYO
Take a tour of Tokyo, including Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street in Asakusa. Later, transfer to International Stadium Yokohama for the Rugby World Cup Semi Final No.2, for a 6pm kick off. You’ll be transferred back to your hotel afterwards, by chartered coach. B IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO
DAY 11 OCTOBER 28
TOKYO – MT FUJI – HAKONE – TOKYO
This morning, travel to Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park. Visit the 5th station of Mt Fuji before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi. Lunch is at Fuji no Chaya, at a local restaurant where you’ll get to sample Hoto Noodles, a local speciality served in a delicious hotpot with miso and vegetables. Return to Tokyo bycoach and enjoy the evening at your leisure. B L IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO
DAY 12 OCTOBER 29
Spend the day at your leisure. You can join your tour leader on an optional walking tour to the Imperial Palace East Gardens. This afternoon, transfer to Haneda Airport for your overnight flight to Australia with All Nippon Airways. B
DAY 13 OCTOBER 30
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY
WHERE, WHEN AND HOW MUCH
YOUR TOUR: DETAILS AND INCLUSIONS
Departure date October 18, 2019
Tour name and code Traveller Tours – Japan with Adam Liaw 2019 Rugby World Cup semis
Prices $11,480 per person, twin share. Single supplement $2595 per person
Days 13, including flight days
- Return economy flights Sydney-Tokyo with All Nippon Airways
- 10 nights’ accommodation, sharing twin/double rooms throughout
- Local English-speaking Japanese guide
- Executive coach transportation
- Bullet train Tokyo-Kyoto, standard class
- Limited express train Kyoto-Wakura Onsen, standard class
- Bullet train Kanazawa-Tokyo, standard class
- Meals: 10 breakfasts, four lunches, one dinner
- 1 x Semi Final No.1 and 1 x Semi Final No.2 Rugby World Cup 2019 Category C tickets with all Rugby World Cup royalties and Rugby World Cup 2019 Supporters cap
- Return match transfers by coach for Rugby World Cup games
Prices are per person, twin share. Single occupancy rooming by request. Subject to availability. Not included: airport taxes, airline levies and excess baggage, passport and visa costs, drinks at meal time, travel insurance.
Circumstances beyond Traveller’s control may affect the guest line-up. Any operational or logistical changes or issues arising from the itinerary before, during or after the tour will be addressed by Gullivers Sport Travel
Booking conditions available www.gullivers.com.au
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9am to 5pm