Japan at Cherry Blossom Time – 15 Days

Cherry Blossom Tours JapanJapan at Cherry Blossom Time – 15 Days

 Beginning in Tokyo on 31 March, 2018, and visiting Tokyo, Kamakura, Mt Fuji, Lake Suwa, Hakone, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima and Hiroshima. Explore the traditions and culture of the land of the Samurai warrior, the exquisite Geisha and the Tea Ceremony, against a backdrop of glorious cherry blossoms.


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Tokyo • Kamakura • Mt Fuji • Lake Suwa • Hakone • Takayama • Shirakawgo • Kanazawa • Kyoto • Nara • Miyajima • Hiroshima
 
  • Itinerary

    Sat 31 Mar – Arrive Tokyo                                                       

    On arrival at Tokyo’s Narita Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The transfer is included for those arriving between 0700 and 0830 – an additional transfer cost will apply if arriving at other times. The remainder of the day is at leisure to rest or explore.

    Stay four nights at the Hotel New Otani.   

    Sun 01 Apr – Tokyo                                                                         

    A city sights tour begins with a visit to the Koishikawa Korakuen Park, a peaceful garden begun in 1629 and influenced by Chinese design. Stroll in Ueno Onshi Park before a visit to the Edo Tokyo Museum. In the afternoon visit Chdori-ga-fuchi, a moat in the Kokyogaien Gardens, then it is time for shopping in the famous Ginza district. Meet up at a local restaurant for dinner (own expense).  (B)

    Mon 02 Apr – Tokyo                                                                                

    Visit Meiji Jingu Shrine then the historic entertainment district of Asakusa to see the Sensoji Temple and to browse in Nakamise Arcade. Travel to the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree (350m) for views over the city then return to the hotel by 1.30pm. Afternoon at leisure.  (B)

    Tue 03 Apr – Kamakura excursion                                                              

    Take an excursion to Kamakura to see the Daibutsu, or great Buddha statue, visit Hase Temple and walk along the Dankazura, a raised stone walkway through an avenue of cherry blossom trees and azaleas leading to the Hachimangu Shrine. Also visit the Komyohi Temple. Return to Tokyo arriving around 5pm.  (B,L)

    Wed 04 Apr – Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Lake Suwa                                       

    Note: This morning deposit your suitcase outside your room prior to your departure to be transported ahead to your hotel in Takayama. Prepare a smaller carry-on bag for your overnight stay at the ryokan in Lake Suwa.

    Transfer by coach to Tokyo station for the bullet train ride to Odawara. On arrival in Odawara, transfer by coach to Lake Ashi for a cruise on the beautiful lake. Lunch is at a local restaurant before travelling on by coach to the 5th station for views of Mt Fuji, the highest peak in Japan, weather conditions permitting.

    Continue on to Lake Suwa to stay one night at a ryokan, the Hotel Beniya in Japanese rooms.  (B,L,D)

    Thu 05 Apr – Lake Suwa – Takayama                                        

    Travel by coach to Takayama today. Visit the Matsuri-no-mori museum before enjoying a Tea Ceremony and the museum at Chya-no-yu-no-mori.

    Check in to Associa Takayama Resort for a two night stay.  (B,D)

    Fri 06 Apr – Takayama                                         

    Take a half day tour of Takayama, visiting the Miyagawa morning markets, Takayama Jinya – a former government outpost, and a local sake brewery, followed by time to explore the quaint old streets of Sannomachi.  (B)

    Sat 07 Apr – Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa                    

    The charming village of Shirakawago is visited with its traditional thatched roof houses.

    Visit the Miboro Dam before lunch at the Shirakawago and Observatory. Visit Wada House, a typical Gassho-zukuri style house built in the form of hands in prayer. Silk production took place in the upper floors with the living quarters located on the ground floor. There is free time to wander in the heritage village of Ogimachi.

    Continue to Kanazawa for a two night stay at the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel.  (B,L)

    Sun 08 Apr – Kanazawa                              

    Tour Kanazawa today with a visit to Kenroku-en, a highly revered old private garden. The local Omicho markets are next on the list, followed by a visit to the Nomura Samurai residence. Enjoy a Gold Leaf experience, where gold is beaten to a very thin sheet and used for decoration. Spend some guided time at the Higashi Chaya district – a traditional neighbourhood with tea houses where geisha perform, and there are shops selling gold-leaf crafts.  (B,D)

    Mon 09 Apr – Kanazawa – Kyoto                                                               

    Note: This morning deposit your suitcase outside your room prior to your departure to be transported ahead to your hotel in Kyoto.

    Walk to Kanazawa station to catch the express train to Kyoto, a journey of approximately 3 hours. There’s time for lunch at the station (own expense) before a coach tour to begin to see the sights of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. In a beautiful garden setting, visit the stunning Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavilion, with its top floors are covered in gold leaf.

    Also visit the Ryoanji Temple and the Kyoto National Museum.

    Check in to the Hotel Granvia Kyoto for a three night stay.  (B)

    Tue 10 Apr – Kyoto                                                                

    A full day of sightseeing includes a visit to Nijo Castle and time to stroll along Sannen-zaka laneway lined with traditional shophouses. Visit the Sanjyusangendo, a Tendai Buddhist temple in Higashiyama District. Explore Gion, the city’s most famous entertainment district and the centre of its traditional arts. Experience one of these as you dress up in a traditional kimono.  (B,L)

    Wed 11 Apr – Nara excursion                                                                     

    Travel to Nara and immerse yourself in culture of the first permanent capital and birthplace of much of the Japan’s traditional arts and literature. Visit Todaiji Temple to see the Great Buddha statue, the Deer Park, Kasuga Shrine and Kofukuji Temple. Return to your hotel around 4pm with an evening at leisure.  (B)

     Thu 12 Apr – Kyoto – Hiroshima                                     

    Your luggage will be sent directly to Kansai airport today. Prepare a smaller bag for your two night stay in Hiroshima.

    A relaxed start before walking the short distance to Kyoto station for the two hour train ride to Hiroshima. Lunch is at your hotel before setting off by coach to tour the city, visiting the Hiroshima Peace Park and the very moving Peace Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

    Stay two nights at the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel.  (B,L)

    Fri 13 Apr – Miyajima excursion                                      

    Walk to the local station from your hotel and travel to Miyajima Island by train and ferry. Take a guided walking tour to see the Itsukushima Shrine and striking red torii gate and the glorious cherry blossoms. Return to Hiroshima, arriving at your hotel by 4pm. Okonomiyaki, or Japanese omelettes, are on the menu tonight (own expense), or spend the evening at leisure at the hotel.  (B)

    Sat 14 Apr – Hiroshima – Kansai airport to exit                                   

    Check out before noon today and walk to Hiroshima station with your guide to travel by bullet train and express train via Shin-Osaka to Kansai Airport Station. Collect your luggage from the delivery company’s counter and check in for your homebound flight, departing between 11pm and midnight. Transfers for flights at other times may incur an additional transfer cost.  (B)

     

     

     

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  • Group Tour Departure Dates and Prices

    Tour Price:

    Beginning in Tokyo on Saturday 31 March 2018

    15 day tour: $10,490 per person, twin share, land only
    Single supplement: $2,655

    Tour prices and inclusions are based on a minimum of 9 passengers.

  • Price Includes:

    Price Includes:

    • 14 nights in well located 4 and 5 star hotels
    • Meals as listed – 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Exquisite cultural experiences
    • Transfers (subject to arrival and departure times) and internal transportation, tourist class seats on the trains,  separate road transport for luggage when travelling by train.
    • English speaking guides, sightseeing as listed and entrance fees,
    • Australian tour escort, subject to a minimum of 9 passengers

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Highlights

  • The pretty blossoms and traditional gardens
  • Views of Mt Fuji
  • Traditional Tea Ceremony
  • The Bomb Dome and Memorial Park at Hiroshima
 
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