JAPAN 2024

                                                                        CONFERENCE ITINERARY

                                                                                        24-30 MARCH 2024

                                                                                 B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner


                                                                             *** SOLD OUT ***


Kyoto (once the capital of Japan) is a city on the island of Honshu. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines & traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining & geisha. One of it's main drawcards are the cherry blossoms (sakura) that flower in spring & gives the best time to see geisha & maikos on the street. Join us at this special time of year in Japan!



SUN   24          Depart Sydney this evening & arrive into Japan the following morning                                      

MON  25          Arrive into Tokyo then fly onto Osaka, where you’ll be met on arrival. We’ll travel to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Forest,  view the gardens of Tenryu-ji Temple & then some free time for lunch & sightseeing before transferring to the conference hotel, our home for the next 5 nights. Tonight you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner while getting to know your fellow delegates                                                           D



TUE  26          Morning conference sessions before sightseeing in pretty Kyoto. We'll stroll along the Philosopher's Path to view the beautiful light pink cherry blossoms that overhang the small canal, before wandering down the traditional narrow pedestrian streets of Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka with their souvenirs, snack shops & teahouses that retain the flavour of old Kyoto & have been designated areas of important traditional architecture by the Japanese government. You'll also see the well known Yasaka Pagoda before we move onto the Gion district for a short orientation walk before returning to the hotel or you can stay here for dinner                                                                                                                             BL



WED   27          Morning conference sessions then a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the 1st Shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). The wide moat, massive stone walls & heavy yet elaborate gates are still impressive. We continue onto Fushimi Inari Shrine with it's 1,000 Torii Gates - dedicated to the god of rice & sake in the 8th century - and where the Hollywood movie “Memoirs of Geisha” was filmed. You'll be given free time to wander along the paths through the bright red gates & look at the main shrine                        BL




THU   28          Today is sure to be a highlight as we travel by bullet train to Hiroshima, which has been recognized by UNESCO. You’ll see the ruins of the atomic bomb dome & we'll visit the Peace Memorial Park including the museum, which was the epicentre of the blast. We’ll also take a ferry to the World Heritage Site of Miyajima (a small island in the Inland Sea) to visit the Itsukushima Shrine & see the famous 16 metre high "floating" torii gate. There’ll be time to wander the small town for lunch & sightseeing                                                                                              B 




FRI   29          Morning conference sessions then it's a free afternoon to discover more of Kyoto - wander through Nishiki Market (known as Kyoto's pantry to the locals), the best traditional food market & shopping; view gardens; visit Nanzen-ji Temple & its Aqueduct; go to the top of the 131 metre tall Kyoto Tower for a panoramic view over the city or wander the old streets. Tonight is our gala dinner                                       BLD




SAT   30           For delegates going home, enjoy a relaxing morning before being transferred to Osaka Airport for your flights back to Sydney, arriving home on the morning of 31 March OR join our Post Conference Tour through Japan to Tokyo (please refer to our post tour link above)  B




  • Return Economy class airfare Sydney/Osaka via Tokyo on All Nippon Airways
  • Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 night’s accommodation at a 4.5 star hotel in Kyoto 
  • Daily buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners & 3 morning teas
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Conference sessions incl room hire & AV equipment
  • Half day tour to Arashiyama with a walk through the bamboo forest & a visit to the gardens of Tenryu-ji Temple incl. coach travel from Osaka Itami airport to Arashiyama & onto our hotel with an English speaking guide  
  • Afternoon tour to the Philosopher's Path, Higashiyama & Gion districts, incl. coach transfers & an English speaking guide 
  • Afternoon tour to Nijo Castle & Fushimi Inari Shrine incl. coach transfers & an English speaking guide
  • Full day tour to Hiroshima to visit the Memorial Peace Park & Museum & the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island incl. return bullet train tickets, return boat to Miyajima Island, coach transfers & an English speaking guide
  • One-way group departure transfer from Kyoto hotel to Osaka Itami Airport by coach incl. an English speaking guide
  • Medical Tours Australia staff on site



CLN PROF CATHERINE BIRMAN                            ENT

DR MANISH GUPTA                                     ORTHOPAEDICS


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