Cherry Blossom Tour

Cherry Blossom And Mount Fuji13 Days

£4,199

A 13 day tour that explores the very best of Japan’s cultural and natural locations, takes place during the popular cherry blossom season. Journey on the famous bullet train and stay in some traditional accommodation. Sample some of the local specialities including fresh sushi, Hida Beef and Sake. Witness Mount Fuji, spend time in the cultural city of Kyoto and visit two beautiful national parks. Other tour highlights include an exclusive audience with a trainee geisha and tea at Hamarikyu Gardens.

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2018 – 19

Day 1 Fly to Tokyo
You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita / Haneda airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

DayTokyo Sightseeing (B)
This morning, after breakfast, you leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Morning visit to Tsukiji Market,  the world’s biggest Fish Market. Continue to Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Legend has it that fisherman brothers discovered an image of Kannon (the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida River around 1370 years ago and they were inspired to enshrine it. Its symbol is a large red paper lantern that bears the word ‘Kaminari-mon‘, or the Thunder Gate.   Visit the Imperial Palace for a photo opportunity, then see Koishikawa Korakuen, a seventeenth century botanical garden maintained by the University of Tokyo, featuring many tree and plant species, as well as a small Japanese landscape garden, particularly nice during the cherry blossom season.  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.

DayTokyo to Hakone to Fuji (BD)
Depart for Hakone by coach. Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Ashi and continue to the Owakudani Ropeway.  Visit the Peace Park where you can enjoy great views of Mount Fuji. We will be staying at Ryokan, traditional Japanese accommodation today, where you can enjoy indoor/outdoor hot spring baths.

Day 5 Fuji to Takayama (BD)
Start your trip to Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2300 meters above sea level. Visit the Visitor Centre and Oshino Hakkai Village, a quaint and traditional Japanese village, with beautiful views of Mount Fuji. Then proceed to Takayama for an overnight stay, pausing for a lunch stop (at own expense) en-route.

Day 6 Takayama (BD)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour in Takayama including visits to Takayama-Jinya, Matsuri no Mori, and Kamisannomachi Street with some free time here to enjoy lunch (at own expense). Continue to the Folk Craft Museum.  Overnight stay in Takayama.

Day 7 Takayama to Shirakawago to Kanazawa (B)
Travel to World Heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for the traditional Gasshou-zukuri farmhouses of more than 250 years old. Continue to Kanazawa and visit some Samurai houses before visiting Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa 21st Century Museum.  Overnight stay in Kanazawa.

Day 8 Kanazawa to Kyoto (B)
Morning departure from Kanazawa for Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.  The first stop will be at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.  This will be followed by a visit to Gion, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district and a popular nightspot where tourists can experience the authentic local life.  At the end of the day, you will check into your hotel.

DayKyoto and Nara Day tour (B)
After breakfast you will leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara. Visit Todai-ji Temple, the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), which is one of the world’s largest wooden buildings and one of the best known temples in Japan. It enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha. Next you will visit Nara Deer park where the deer roam freely.  Visitors may feed or pet them (special food is sold in the park grounds).  Back to Kyoto in the afternoon and enjoy your free time walking around this ancient capital city.  Returning to Kyoto, visit the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Afterwards enjoy the Kimono show at Nishijin Textile Centre.  Return to the hotel.

Day 10 Kyoto to Hiroshima (B)
Your main luggage will be transferred from Kyoto to Osaka. Pack a small bag for your stay in Hiroshima.

After breakfast, visit Heian Jingu Shrine, the home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden.  Continue to Nijo Castle, which was built in the early 17th century. Depart Kyoto by the bullet train and arrive at Hiroshima in approx 2 hours. We recommend trying a bento box aboard the train for your lunch (own expense).  On arrival visit Peace Memorial Park. The Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, the city that advocates peace in the world. It is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 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.

Day 11 Hiroshima to Miyajima to Osaka (B)
After breakfast you will leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Miyajima with a ferry ride. You will visit the Itsukushima Shrine. It is situated in Itsukushima Island, commonly known as Miyajima, in south-western Hiroshima. It is a scenic sight in which the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony, and the entire island is designated as a historic site. It 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 the bullet train. On Arrival, you will visit Osaka Castle for photo opportunity and the Shinsaibashi area.  Check into your hotel.

Day 12 Osaka to Himeji and Kobe to Osaka (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Himeji Castle, one of the most ancient and famous castles in Japan. After lunch transfer to Kobe. Next you will enjoy shopping in Kobe China Town, also known as Nankinmachi and Motomachi, a lively town perfect for shopping, gourmet food and nightspots in the centre of Kobe.  Enjoy some free time here for lunch (at own expense). Take a walk around the Harborland in Kobe. Visit a Sake Brewery in 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.

Day 13 Fly back to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to UK.

Your Hotel Accommodation

Tokyo: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

A city resort hotel, the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel is located in the Tokyo Bay area and is around a 7-minute walk from the beach. Spacious guestrooms have modern amenities including safety deposit box, fridge, TV, hairdryer and toiletries.  Teppanyaki Restaurant Hamayu and Star Road Dining and Bar offer spectacular skyline views from the 30th floor. There is also a sushi restaurant, a Japanese and Chinese restaurant in addition to several other cafes and bars on site.

Fuji: Jiragonno Fuji No Yakata
Located in the grand Fujihokuroku’s forest, this resort hotel is situated in the Aokigahara-jukai, ocean of trees spreading to the foot of Mt. Fuji. It is about 20km from the Lake Kawaguch. Ideally located in peaceful village surrounds, a short car ride from Fujikawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida. Provides complimentary entrance to indoor and outdoor baths. It offers onsen bath spa, Jacuzzi, hot spring water and restaurant. Rooms on the ground floor have direct access to the gardens. The rooms on the upper level have views of Mt. Fuji.

Takayama: Ryu Resort & Spa

The Ryu Resort & Spa is located in a scenic wooded area in the tranquil Shokawa Highland region, a 35-minute drive from JR Takayama Station.  Rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and Japanese futon bedding. A spacious living room area includes a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom features amenities and slippers.  Guests can soak in the natural hot spring bath, both indoor and open-air.

Kanazawa: Ana Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
Located in front of JR Kanazawa Station, ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa offers rooms with free internet and free video on demand. It features 4 restaurants, a concierge and bicycle rentals.

Kyoto: Hotel Monterey Kyoto – 27 March 2019 Departure Only

Located around a 15 minute walk from the Imperial Palace, the Monterey Hotel is just a short walk (150 yards) from Karasumaoike subway station.  JR Kyoto Station is around a 10 minute drive away. Guestrooms have flat-screen TV, free wired internet and smartphones for guests use. The Zuientei Restaurant serves a selection of local Japanese cuisine and there is a French restaurant serving a selection of French dishes in elegant surroundings. Coffee and cocktails can be enjoyed at The Library Cafe and Bar.

Kyoto: New Miyako – 3 April 2019 Departure Only

The New Miyako Hotel is situated just a leisurely five minute walk from Kyoto Subway Station. All the rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and have free WiFi. The hotel’s  beauty salon, convenience shop are available for guests to use. There are six dining options including the buffet restaurant Le Plaisir serving international dishes, Shisen serving Chinese Sichuan cuisine and the famous Restaurant Kyoyamatoya, which has been in existence for over 100 years, serves seasonal Japanese fare.

Hiroshima: Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, this urban resort hotel is located a 15-minute drive from central Hiroshima. The hotel offers 5 dining options, a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring baths. The hotel is featured in Michelin Green Guide Japan 2013.

Osaka: Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia

The Vischio Osaka Hotel is due to open in June 2018.  It is conveniently located just a 5 minute walk from JR Osaka Station and offers a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere.  Comfortable guestrooms have neutral décor and modern amenities.  There is an Italian Restaurant offering an interesting fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine.  A buffet menu is also offered.

Tour Name: Cherry Blossom Tour

Tour Code: CBT13
Duration:
13 Day

Depart Return Price From
27/03/19 08/04/19 £4,399
03/04/19 15/04/19 £4,299

Land Only from £3,399
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.
Book early to avoid disappointment!

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • Luggage transfers for one piece
  • Accommodation
  • English Speaking Guides
  • Meals as Specified (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel Insurance