Midlife Madness in Japan - March 2018

17 glorious days

Featuring the heart of exquisite, colourful JAPAN travelling by hi-speed bullet-train and touring by luxury coach


Well, plan on joining us in March 2018 when we visit the Land of the Rising Sun! Japan offers an extraordinary mix of ancient cultures and feudal histories … austere traditions and sober memorials … lush landscapes and manicured gardens … rush-hour cities and hushed retreats … hi-tech wonders and hi-speed rail…samurai-warriors and sumo-wrestlers … tuna-auctions and mouth-watering sashimi … Buddhist monks and ornate temples … geisha girls and karaoke wannabes … rightly-proud citizens and a welcome that’s so generous you’ll be blown away.

Japan has it all, we’re told. It’s unlike any other place on earth. And travellers who come expecting the unexpected invariably find themselves entranced.

Cherry Blossom Season

We’ll be ‘doing Japan’ in springtime, of course, when the nation’s iconic cherry blossoms (sakura) erupt in a magical blaze of pink-and-white, blanketing town and countryside in soft, colourful splendour. Factor in lots of yummy Japanese cuisine … friendly, English-speaking guides … plus superb accommodation … and you have a unique hassle-free 17-day experience that you’ll be raving about for decades!

Travel is wonderful – and group travel is doubly-wonderful! At least, that’s been our experience, ever since Midlife Madness Tours first began. When you go adventuring with one of our groups, you end up doing stuff, going places, meeting people, grabbing opportunities, and trying things that you mightn’t have the courage to try if you were travelling on your own. Plus you’ve got a great bunch of Kiwi friends to share these fantastic experiences with – and zero risk of feeling left out or lonely! In short, there’s no end to the fun that happens and the memories that are made when likeminded, young-at-heart midlifers go adventuring together.

If you’re active and mobile … and you’re in your middle years (or retired) … and you’re keen to kick up your heels and laugh yourselves silly with a bunch of fellow-Kiwis … THEN YOU’LL FIT IN JUST FINE!

For an Infopack, please phone Dianne and the team on 0508 323 333
or email midlifemadness@travelmanagers.co.nz

Click HERE to find out more about your Tour Escorts, John and Robyn Cooney

Itinerary Highlights

Tokyo | Nikko | Nagano | Kawaguchi | Mt Fuji | Hakone | Osaka | Nara | Kyoto | Sagano | Hiroshima | Nagasaki

Included in our fantastic itinerary

OUR MAD MIDLIFE ITINERARY IN JAPAN PROMISES A MOUTH-WATERING MIX OF SIGHTSEEING pleasures and unforgettable memories, with something different every single day. Join us and you’ll …

  • Marvel at magnificent Tokyo, its glittering streets and towers, markets, gardens, plazas & sacred sites
  • See the Imperial Palace & window-shop in Shibuya & Akihabara – Tokyo’s bustling electronics hub
  • Travel from Tokyo to Nikko, scenic centre of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries
  • Step back in time at Edomura Wonderland, and try your hand at being a ninja, nobleman or courtesan
  • Delight in the photogenic antics of Snow Monkeys, enjoying a hot bath in the Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Continue to Nagano and visit Zenkoji Temple, a farm selling wasabi everything, and Matsumoto Castle
  • Ride the Hakone Ropeway up Mt Owakudani for eye-popping views of Japan’s highest peak: Mt Fuji
  • Grab more great views from the Osaka Castle lookout, and tour Nara’s Todaiji Temple & Kasuga Shrine
  • Visit Kyoto’s temples & walking streets, Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka, lined with teahouses & cherry trees
  • Wander Sagano Bamboo Grove, Nijo Castle and Moon Crossing Bridge – top spot for blossom-views
  • Roam the Peace Memorial & Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima – a sober reminder of August 6th 1945
  • Ride a ferry to Miyajima Island with it’s Daishon Temple, Five Story Pagoda and ’floating’ Torii Gate
  • Catch the bullet-train to vibrant Nagasaki for a visit to the moving Atomic Bomb Museum & Peace Park
  • Tour Hashima Island, a popular ghostly attraction also known as Gunkanjima (‘battleship island’)

Please Note:

  • Single Supplement of $1630 applies.
  • Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and minimum tour numbers
  • NOT included in the cost is passport fees, extra meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.
  • Business Class upgrades are available on request.


  • Return economy airfares to Tokyo flying Air New Zealand
  • One way flight Nagasaki to Tokyo on All Nippon Air
  • 15 night’s accommodation at  five star hotels including breakfast
  • 1 night Ryokan – traditional Japanese Inn (futon bedding)
  • 7 Japanese lunches and 11 dinners
  • Coach and bullet train transportation
  • Shrines, Temples, Memorials, Onsens & monkeys
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers, tips and airport taxes


Travel dates:
26 Mar 2018

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