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Cherry Blossom Tour

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Cherry Blossom Tour

Enjoy the highlights of Japan during the stunning Sakura Cherry Blossom season

A 13 day tour that explores the very best of Japan’s culture and nature, during the popular cherry blossom season. Journey on the famous bullet train, stay in some traditional accommodation, and sample the local specialities including fresh sushi and Hida Beef. Witness Mount Fuji, spend time in the cultural city of Kyoto and visit the beautiful Japanese Alps region. Other tour highlights include a visit to a wasabi farm and a sake brewery as well as Himeji Castle, one of the most famous castles in Japan.

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YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Cherry Blossom Tour

13 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Tokyo

Take a scheduled flight from your regional UK airport to Tokyo.

  • Transport: Flight
DAY 2 Arrive Tokyo

Arrive at Narita Airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 3 Tokyo Sightseeing

This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Visit Tsukiji Market, the world’s largest Fish Market, and continue to Asakusa Kannon Temple where legend has it that fisherman brothers discovered an image of Kannon (the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida River around 1,370 years ago and were inspired to enshrine it. This is followed by a stroll along Nakamise Shopping Street. Visit the Imperial Palace for a photo opportunity, and on to Shinjuku Gyoen Park, one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. The last stop of the day will be the Tokyo Tower, which is the second tallest self-supporting steel tower in Japan, opened in 1958.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Tokyo to Hakone and Mount Fuji

Visit Koishikawa Korakuen, a seventeenth century botanical garden maintained by the University of Tokyo, featuring many species of tree and plant, as well as a small Japanese landscape garden, particularly nice during the cherry blossom season. Travel to Hakone by coach. Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Ashi and continue to the Owakudani Ropeway. Tonight you will stay at traditional Japanese ryokan where, after dinner, you can enjoy a complimentary hot spring spa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Mount Fuji to Takayama

Start your trip to Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2,300 metres above sea level. Your tour continues to Takayama for a two night stay with dinner each evening, stopping en-route to visit the Daio Wasabi Farm, to see how this famous Japanese ingredient is grown.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 6 Takayama

After breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour, including visits to Takayama-Jinya, Matsuri no Mori, Kamisannomachi Street and the Folk Craft Museum.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 Takayama to Shirakawago and Kanazawa

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawago, famous for the 250 year old, traditional gasshou-zukuri farmhouses. Continue to Kanazawa for an overnight stay. Discover authentic Samurai houses before touring the Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa 21st Century Museum.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Kanazawa to Kyoto

Morning departure from Kanazawa for Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. The first stop will be the stunning Kiyomizu-dera Temple, built in the hills east of Kyoto 780 years ago, to marvel at the wonderful views of the
city. This will be followed by a trip to Gion, Kyoto’s renowned Geisha district and popular nightspot, where visitors can experience authentic local life. At the end of the day, check into your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 9 Kyoto and Nara Day Tour

After breakfast leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara. Visit the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) at the Todai-ji Temple, one of the world’s largest wooden buildings and one of the best known temples in Japan, enshrining a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha. Next you will visit Nara Deer Park where the deer roam freely, and you can feed or pet them (special food is sold in the park grounds). Return to Kyoto in the afternoon for the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), followed by a Kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Centre. Return to the hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 Kyoto to Hiroshima

Your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka, so pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima. After breakfast, visit the Heian Jingu Shrine, home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite
Japanese Garden. Continue to Nijo Castle, which was built in the early 17th century, before leaving Kyoto by the bullet train to Hiroshima. Why not try a bento box aboard the train for your lunch. On arrival visit the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome), the symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates world peace. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. While all structures vanished in the atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing. Check into your hotel for an overnight stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Bullet Train
DAY 11 Hiroshima and Miyajima to Osaka

After breakfast leave the hotel for a ferry ride and sightseeing tour of Miyajima to visit the Itsukushima Shrine. It is a picturesque sight where the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony. The entire island is designated as a historic site, and is one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. After lunch, transfer to Osaka by bullet train. On Arrival, you will visit Osaka Castle for a photo opportunity and the Shinsaibashi area, before checking into your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Bullet Train
DAY 12 Osaka to Himeji and Kobe to Osaka

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Himeji Castle, one of the most ancient and well-known castles in Japan. Continue to Kobe China Town, also known as Nankinmachi, and Motomachi, a lively area perfect for shopping, gourmet food and nightspots in the centre of Kobe. Enjoy some free time here for lunch (at own expense), and a wander around the Harbour area in Kobe, before moving on to a Sake Brewery in the Nada District. There were three reasons for the development of Sake brewing in the 18th century that made the name of Nada known throughout Japan. One was the discovery of Miya-mizu, excellent water quality for making Sake; two, the production of high quality rice, an ingredient in Sake; and three, a convenient location for transportation by sea. Return to your hotel in Osaka.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 13 Fly to UK

Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai International Airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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Sample Accommodation

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel

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Jiragonno Fuji No Yakata Kawaguchiko

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Ryu Resort and Spa

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Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

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Monterey Kyoto Hotel

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Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

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Hotel Vischio Osaka

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2019/20
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart27/03/2019 Return08/04/2019 Day13 Depart£4,399 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart03/04/2019 Return15/04/2019 Day13 Depart£4,299 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart25/03/2020 Return06/04/2020 Day13 Depart£4,549 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/04/2020 Return13/04/2020 Day13 Depart£4,449 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Land Only from £3,499
Single supplement £790
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.
Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.
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What's included:
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Bullet Train
  • Baggage transfers for one piece
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel Insurance

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!

Limited availability on 3 April 2019 departure – Book now to avoid disappointment!

27 March 2019 departure now FULLY BOOKED.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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