Japan Tour Summary

30 August – 3 September 2017

The Green & Gold Army is heading back to Japan – one of our all-time favourite destinations – to support the Socceroos in the final stage of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Here’s your invite to join the fun!

Having operated multiple tours to Tokyo for Socceroos matches, we have all the knowledge to make your trip unique and unforgettable. As always, we have designed our tour with a focus on supporting the Socceroos, with cultural experiences and nightlife intertwined.

The Destination - Tokyo

Tokyo may be forever reaching into the future but you can still see traces of the shogun’s capital on the kabuki stage, at a sumo tournament or under the cherry blossoms. It’s a modern city built on old patterns, and in the shadows of skyscrapers you can find anachronistic wooden shanty bars and quiet alleys, raucous traditional festivals and lantern-lit yakitori (grilled chicken) stands. In older neighbourhoods you can shop for handicrafts made just as they have been for centuries, or wander down cobblestone lanes where geisha once tread.

Regular visitors to Tokyo are continuously surprised – sometimes on a daily basis – by something new. Such is the joy of living in a city that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention; it seriously never gets old. Tokyo has everything you can ask of a city, and has it in spades: a rich, cosmopolitan dining scene, more cafes and bars than you could visit in a lifetime, fantastic public transportation and grassy parks – plus it’s clean and safe. Really, what’s not to love?

Looking to arrive earlier, leave earlier or stay later? Contact our customer service team who can tailor a arrival and departure package that suits your requirements.

Japan Tour Inclusions

  • Return economy flights from SYD, MEL or BNE (including airport/hotel transfers)

  • 4 nights’ accommodation at the centrally located Shinjuku precinct in either 5* Keio Plaza Hotel or 3* Shinjuku Washington Hotel

  • Daily breakfast

  • Welcome Party inclusive of food & drinks/alcohol

  • Japan Football Association museum tour

  • Access to Socceroos training session (subject to confirmation from FFA)

  • Pre-match party inclusive of food and drinks/alcohol

  • Guided match day transfers by train (hotel – pregame function – stadium – hotel)

  • Match ticket

  • Optional cultural and sightseeing tours (Tokyo Highlights, Sumo Wrestling, Modern Tokyo, Mt Fuji)

  • Services of Green & Gold Army tour hosts

  • Iconic Green & Gold Army scarf

Pricing

OccupancyPrice
3* Twin Share (no flights)$1145.00
3* Twin Share including flights$2345.00
3* Single Share (no flights)$1295.00
3* Single Share including flights $2495.00
5* Twin/Double Share (no flights)$1645.00
5* Twin/Double Share including flights $2845.00
5* Single Share (no flights) $2545.00
5* Single Share including flights $3745.00

Note: Full payment is now due when booking our 2017 Japan Tour

Japan Away Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday 30th August 2017

Arrive at Narita Airport and transfer to the our 5* and 3* Hotels. Note: all packages with flights include a complimentary hotel transfer.

Evening – Our welcome party, which is inclusive of food and alcoholic beverages. This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow Socceroos supporters. As we are located in the central Shinjuku precinct nightlife is everywhere. Have fun!

Day 2: Thursday 31st August 2017

Morning – At leisure. Take a stroll around Shinjuku.

Afternoon & Evening – Japan v Australia, anticipated to be at Saitama Stadium, Tokyo. Our local guides will transfer us via train to the venue for our pre-match party. Green & Gold Army functions are renowned for the shared camaraderie and good times. There’s a 2½ hour open bar and food included – what better way to prepare for the evening’s game!

At the conclusion of the function our local guides will transfer us to the stadium, and post-match back to our hotel.

Day 3: Friday 1st September 2017

Morning – After the big match last evening (and hopefully much celebrating the taking home of 3 points), sleep in and enjoy Tokyo at leisure.

Afternoon – Japan has a proud and rich football history, and a vision for success. This afternoon we visit the Japanese Football Association’s museum to walk through the history of Japanese football, and to see where the Japanese hope to take it in the land of the rising sun. For football aficionados, you’re sure to be impressed!

Optional Afternoon Day Tour – For those seeking to explore more of the old town, there is an afternoon day tour available.

PM: Tokyo Highlights Tour (4 hours)
Begins with a visit to Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Next, across town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. End with a wonder through Harajuku, Tokyo’s youth mecca where you can see all the latest zany fashions.

Note: Day Tours are available for guests to book 3 weeks prior to the departure of the Tour.

Evening – Nightlife in Tokyo is not to be missed, and there are options for everyone, no matter your interests or age. Tonight we will show you a sample: for the young and young at heart, we’ll arrange a visit to a Japanese club; for those looking for something more relaxed, how does a traditional bar to sample some Saki sound?

Day 4: Saturday 2nd September 2017

Optional Day Tours – If you’d like to uncover sights and more culture, today is a perfect day to experience a day tour. The following options are available:

AM: Experience Life as a SUMO
We will be invited to a Sumo Stable. Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto gods. Many rituals with religious background are still followed today. The basic rules of sumo are simple: the wrestler who first touches the ground with anything besides the soles of his feet, or who leaves the ring before his opponent, loses.

Includes lunch: Chankonabe, a Japanese hot pot with chicken, fish, tofu and vegetables. Whilst it is a very healthy dish, when eaten in sumo sized amounts it helps sumo to gain weight.

Full Day: Modern Tokyo – Odaiba and Akihabara (includes lunch)
When the sprawling metropolis that is Tokyo ran out of space, they inevitably turned toward the sea. Odaiba is a man made island created by massive landfills, featuring many hypermodern and strange buildings. We will visit the Museum of Emerging Science, a highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues, robots (starring Asimo among others), information technology, biology and space exploration. Mega Web is a giant Toyota showroom that shows off all of Toyota’s latest models, car accessories and technologies.

Next Akihabara, Tokyo’s Electric Town. Akihabara is famous for its hundreds of electronic shops selling a mind boggling range of gadgets, gizmos, and devices that one way or another plug into the world of electricity as we know it. However in recent times, Akihabara has become even more famous for its “Otaku” culture. These are young Japanese who are “obsessed” with cosplay , manga, anime, gaming, or other aspects of Japanese culture, and now there are stores in Akihabara that cater to all Otaku!

Full Day: Mt Fuji Hakone National Park Tour (includes lunch)
Leave Tokyo behind as you make the 90minute journey to Hakone, the gateway to Mt Fuji and surrounding national park. Ride the world’s second longest cable car up Mt Owakudani, passing over sulphurous fumes, hot springs and hot rivers in this volcanic area, where you will eat an egg hard boiled in the sulphuric hot springs which make Hakone famous. If you do, it will add seven years to your life! Throughout the day you will have the chance see Mt Fuji from various locations (weather permitting of course).

Note: Day Tours are available for guests to book 3 weeks prior to the departure of the Tour.

Day 5: Sunday 3rd September 2017

Morning– After breakfast check-out and we wish you a safe journey home.