Why join this tour?

As the traditional home of Wagyu cattle, Japan is a country of spectacular natural beauty with gentle rural landscapes contrasting with modern, vibrant cities. Japan’s agriculture is steeped in tradition, however in many instances has adapted to modern production and management techniques.

Join your fellow Australian Wagyu Association members (breeders) to travel to Japan to experience first-hand the operation, management and development of the Japanese beef industry and consider opportunities for Australian producers.

The program is based around the National Wagyu Show (Wagyu Olympics – Zenkyo) in Kagoshima. Prior to arriving in Kagoshima we will visit Wagyu farms across many of Japan’s prefectures, along with other famous national treasures and landmarks.

This tour is open to any Australian Wagyu Association member.



This year’s tour is currently fully booked however we have opened up a waitlist. If you wish to join, please fill out the following questions. We will be in touch should a position become available.



Bookings and payments

Registrations open: 14 June 2022

Registrations close: 31 July 2022 ($5,500 + gst AUD deposit is due at the time of registration. Your place on the tour will not be held until this deposit is paid).

Balance of payment due : 22 August 2022

Flight departure

Tour departure : 29 September 2022
(from Sydney, Australia)

Tour return : 11 October 2022
(arriving Sydney, Australia)



Thursday 29 September
Depart Sydney AUS approx 9pm

Friday 30 September
Arrive Haneda/Tokyo International Airport approx 6am
Visit Tokyo Meat Market and Australian Embassy
Overnight Tokyo

Saturday 1 October
Bullet Train to Sendai to visit Wagyu Farm
Overnight Tokyo

Sunday 2 October
Transfer to Obihiro
Visit Kosmos Farms
Lunch: Tokachi AI Centre Restaurant
Visit MIJ at Obihiro University
Dinner: BBQ Dinner in Obihiro
Overnight at Obihiro

Monday 3 October
Visit Takeda Farm in Shiraoi
Lunch: Takeda Farm Restaurant
Afternoon of sightseeing in Sapporo
Dinner: Sapporo Beer Garden
Overnight in Sapporo

Tuesday 4 October
Transfer to Osaka
Train to Kobe for sightseeing
Lunch: Kobe Restaurant
Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple and other tourist attractions
Dinner: Kyoto Restaurant
Overnight Kyoto

Wednesday 5 October
Visit Kobe Takami Beef
Lunch: Kobe Takami Beef Restaurant
Bus to Tottori
Dinner: Tottori Restaurant
Overnight Tottori

Thursday 6 October
Tottori Farm Visit
Overnight Tottori

Friday 7 October
Shimane Wagyu Farm Visit
Overnight Shimane

Saturday 8 October
Travel to Zenkyo (Wagyu Olympics) in Kagoshima
Overnight Kagoshima

Sunday 9 October
Zenkyo (Wagyu Olympics) in Kagoshima
Overnight in Kagoshima

Monday 10 October
Travel to Tokyo
Depart Tokyo International Airport approx 10pm

Tuesday 11 October
Arrive Sydney AUS approx 10am

*Rough locational itinerary – subject to change as farm visits/hotels/restaurants are locked in based on numbers.




All pricing listed below is in AUD dollars and are exclusive of GST unless stated otherwise.

Flying from Sydney 

Twin share/double*  $15,500 + gst (per person)
Single room*  $17,800 + gst (per person)

*PLEASE NOTE – upgrades to business class air travel will be an additional cost above the advertised tour price. Please select this option at the time of completing your booking form.

Questions? Contact Emily

Emily Rabone
AWA Marketing and Communications Manager
Ph: 0437 388 481
Email: emily@wagyu.org.au


Whats included
  • Return economy class international flights from Sydney to Tokyo and internal flights in Japan
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • All land travel in the private use of modern comfortable coaches and bullet trains.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Technical visits, briefings and site inspections as outlined in itinerary
  • Quality four-star accommodation with private en-suite facilities in Japan
  • Meals as detailed in itinerary
  • All entrances fees or special events as detailed.

Whats not
  • Connecting domestic flights that might be required within Australia or internationally if you are meeting us in Tokyo
  • Meals not shown in itinerary
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, i.e. alcoholic beverages or phone calls.
  • Passport fees and visa charges
  • Travel insurance, cancellation fees
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips or gratuities other than those for drivers and guides


Any cancellations must be made in writing by email to the Australian Wagyu Association.

Cancellations after are subject to the following fees and charges:

  • 45 days or more prior to departure – full refund less $420 non-refundable costs. No refunds will be guaranteed.
  • Within 45 days to departure – no refunds will be given

Please consider travel insurance when paying your deposit.

Tour Group Numbers
The minimum number of passengers for this program is 30 participants travelling as a group. In the event that we have less than 30 bookings, the trade mission may still proceed, however possibly at a greater cost.
The maximum numbers for this tour is 45 participants, a wait list will be created beyond this number, first in first served.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the booking conditions below. Payment of deposit indicates acceptance of the booking conditions detailed.

This program has been costed on a set exchange rate. Due to the unstable nature of the Australian dollar, regrettably currency surcharges may be necessary.

All prices quoted are subject to change without notice having regard to unforeseen circumstances, foreign exchange fluctuations and variations in airline operating costs including but not limited to, say, an escalation of fuel prices.

The tour will proceed with minimum number (as indicated) of full paying passengers. In the event that the required numbers are not reached – the tour may still proceed however, per passenger prices may change.

In the event of deviation from this rate, Australian Wagyu Association reserves the right to increase prices or make refunds according to the impact the fluctuation has had on land content prices in the country or countries to be visited. NB: If minimum numbers are not reached with full paying participants – any possible refund for favourable exchange fluctuations may be foregone to ensure the tour still proceeds as planned.

To confirm your place on this program please book as early as possible. A reservation can only be confirmed with an immediate deposit of $5,500 per person. To reserve your place please complete the booking form and forward to Australian Wagyu Association with your deposit. Confirmation will be provided in writing within 7 working days, together with all necessary receipts and invoices.

Final payment is due on or before August 22 2022. Payment can be accepted after this date, however it will be subject to availability of flights, accommodation and other tour inclusions.

An amendment fee of $50 will be charged for any alterations to your booking, after confirmation has been sent. Any changes made by you after the full payment has been made will incur a minimum of $100 fee plus any charges imposed by airlines, hotels and operators, and will be subject to availability of the requested changes.

You will be allocated a room as per your preference (Single, Twin or Double) and prices vary as per the details listed.

This tour will abide by all covid-19 regulations in both Japan and Australia, these will be made clear to all participants closer to the travel dates to ensure everyone is prepared for travel. Currently, travellers from Australia whose vaccinations are up to date, have received a booster and can present a vaccination certificate don’t need to quarantine, isolate or complete additional testing on arrival.


VISAS: Australian passport holders may require a visa to enter the countries visited on the tour. As arrival documents are Government to Government requirement, AWA is NOT able to complete these documents on your behalf. AWA will assist wherever and whenever possible. Visa assistance is available through Visalink. Should you be travelling to other countries, please check on visa requirements.

PASSPORTS: Passengers will require a current passport with 6 months validity beyond the date of return.


Travel insurance is highly recommended for this program and passengers will need to organize this themselves. If you require assistance to organise travel insurance, please contact our travel agent Christine Caskie (New England Travel) on 02 6772 1722 or christine@netc.com.au.


Any cancellations must be made in writing by email to the Australian Wagyu Association.

Cancellations after are subject to the following fees and charges:

  • 45 days or more prior to departure – full refund less $420 non-refundable costs. No refunds will be guaranteed.
  • Within 45 days to departure – no refunds will be given

Please consider travel insurance when paying your deposit.

It is our policy to follow the itinerary as written, however sometimes due to circumstances outside our control, or in the best interests of the group, the itinerary may vary slightly. No refunds will be given for any unused portions of the tour in respect of transfers, accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours or any other services included in the tour price but not utilised by the tour member.

The transportation firms concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft or conveyances. The passengers’ contract in use by the carrier concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation company or firms and the purchaser of these tours. Any airline does not by virtue of its endorsement of a program represent itself, either as contracting with any purchaser, or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser.

This program was correct at the time of publishing. The information provided has been compiled with care and is published in good faith. Variations to the program, inclusions and prices may occur. This itinerary always remains the property of the Australian Wagyu Association, and is subject to change, with or without notice. Its unauthorised use, in whole or in part, is an infringement of copyright, and actionable by law.

Important Notice and Disclaimer

It is very important that you appreciate when viewing the AWA database that the information contained on the AWA database, including but not limited to pedigree, DNA information, Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and Index values, is based on data supplied by members and/or third parties.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information reported through AWA, AWA officers and employees assume no responsibility for its content, use or interpretation. AWA disclaims all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs you may incur as a result of the use by you of the data on this AWA database and the information supplied by ABRI and AGBU being inaccurate or incomplete in any way for any reason.

Regarding EBVs and Index values, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:

  • EBVs are derived using Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN technology developed independently by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), using the information contained within the AWA database.
  • AGBU is a joint venture of NSW Department of Primary Industries and the University of New England, which receives funding for this purpose from Meat and Livestock Australia Limited.
  • AWA relies solely on advice provided by AGBU and ABRI in accepting Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN software.
  • EBVs published in Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN are estimates of genetic potential of individual animals and may not reflect the raw animal phenotype.
  • EBVs can only be directly compared to other EBVs calculated in the same monthly Wagyu Group BREEDPLAN analysis.

Regarding pedigree and DNA testing results submitted to the AWA, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:

  • Pedigree and DNA data submitted and supplied to AWA may have errors in it which cannot be detected without further DNA testing.
  • Technology may have advanced since a particular test was undertaken so that previous inaccuracies which were not detectable are now able to be detected by current testing technology.
  • AWA estimates that less than 1% of the pedigree entries, ownership or breeding details in the AWA Herdbook may have errors or which may be misleading. For this reason, users ought to consider if they need to obtain independent testing of the relevant animal (if possible) to ensure that the data is accurate.

Regarding prefectural content, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:

  • Prefectural content is based on the estimation of prefectural origin from Japanese breeding records of 201 foundation sires and 168 foundation dams.  As genotype-based parent verification is not used in Japan, and full Japanese registration certificates are not available for all foundation animals, exact prefectural composition for these sires and dams cannot be validated.
  • The calculation of prefectural content for Australian Herdbook animals relies on the accuracy of pedigree records and DNA samples provided by AWA members.
  • The reporting of prefectural content for animals within the AWA Herdbook relies on the calculation provided by ABRI.

If you consider that you do not understand or appreciate the nature and extent of the data provided on this website or the EBVs of a particular animal, then AWA strongly recommends that you seek independent expert advice.