Cherry Blossom Tour

Cherry Blossom And Mount Fuji13 Days

from £4199

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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2016 – 17

Day 1 Fly to Tokyo cherry blosoom
Take a scheduled flight from your regional airport to Tokyo.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Arrive at Narita airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo Sightseeing (B)
This morning, after breakfast, you leave the accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Visit Tokyo Tower, which is the second tallest self-supporting steel tower in Japan, opened in 1958. Visit the world’s biggest Fish Market. Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The 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 a thunder gate. Visit Imperial Palace for photo opportunity.

Day 4 Tokyo / Hakone / Fuji (BD)
Visit Koishikawa Garden, a spacious 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. Afterwards travel to Hakone by coach. Visit the Peace Park, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi and Mt. Komagatake Ropeway. We will be staying at a traditional Japanese ryokan today and you can enjoy a complementary hot spring spa after dinner.

Day 5 Mt.Fuji / 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 Green tea farm. Then proceed to Takayama for your two night stay.

Day 6 Takayama (BD)
After breakfast, full day tour in Takayama including visit to Takayama-Jinya, Hida Takayama Matsuri no Mori and Kamisannomachi Street.

Day 7 Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa (B)
Travel to world heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for the traditional Gasshou-zukuri farmhouse of more than 250 years old. Head to Kanazawa and visit Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Museum, your tour also includes a visit to Samurai houses and walking through the old district. Overnight in Kanazawa.

Day 8 Kanazawa / Kyoto (B)
Proceed to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, where you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine. It is the home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden, as well as the celebrated Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Afterwards enjoy the Kimono show at Nishijin Textile Centre, also a visit to Gion, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district and a popular nightspot where tourists can experience the authentic local life. If time permits, visit a promenade called Path of Philosophers.

Day 9 Kyoto and Nara Day tour (B)
After breakfast you will leave the accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara. Visit Nijo Castle which was built in the early 17th century and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. After lunch time, you will 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.

Day 10 Kyoto / Hiroshima (B)
After breakfast and baggage collection (your baggage will be shipped separately to your accommodation in Osaka on day 11, Please prepare your overnight bags tonight), depart Kyoto on JR Bullet Train NOZOMI and arrive at Hiroshima in 2 hours. 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.

Day 11 Hiroshima / Miyajima / Osaka (B)
After breakfast you will leave the accommodation for a sightseeing tour of Miyajima with a ferry ride. You will visit the Itsukushima Shrine. It is situated on Itsukushima Island, popularly known as Miyajima, 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 bullet train. On Arrival, you will visit Osaka Castle for a photo opportunity and visit the Shinsaibashi area.

Day 12 Osaka / Himeji and Kobe / Osaka (B)
Breakfast is at the accommodation, leave for Himeji Castle, one of the most ancient and famous castles in Japan. After lunch transfer to 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. Next you will wonder along the Kobe portside and enjoy shopping in Kobe China Town, known as Nankinmachi and Motomachi a lively town perfect for shopping, gourmet food and nightspots in the centre of Kobe. Transfer back to your accommodation in Osaka.

Day 13 Fly to UK (B)
Day at leisure until your transfer to Kansai international airport by airport shuttle bus. Fly to your regional airport in the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation
Tokyo: Metropolitan
Fuji: Jiragonno Fuji No Yakata
Takayama: Hotel Associa Takayama
Kanazawa: Ana Crowne Plaza
Kyoto: Kyoto Tokyu
Hiroshima: Prince
Osaka: Granvia

Tokyo: Metropolitan

Located in central Tokyo next to Ikebukuro Train Station, offering easy transport links. The hotel features a spa, 9 restaurants and free in-room wired internet. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Fuji: Jiragonno Fuji No Yakata

The resort hotel is situated in the Aokigahara Ocean of Trees spreading to the foot of Mt. Fuji. It is about 20km from the Lake Kawaguch. It offers an on-site restaurant.

Takayama: Hotel Associa Takayama

Located in the Japanese Alps, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort offers hot spring baths and rooms with mountain views and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features a sauna, massages and tennis courts.

Kanazawa: Ana Crowne Plaza

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: Kyoto Tokyu

The hotel is located within 1km from JR Kyoto Station and it is surrounded in historic neighbours. It features 3 restaurants, a bar, and a fitness gym and spa. The modern rooms have Tempur comfort pillows and a satellite LCD TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Hiroshima: Prince

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: Granvia

Hotel Granvia Osaka is located directly above JR Osaka Train Station. It offers 2 lounges, a café, bar and 5 restaurants including a teppan-yaki grill. Easy transport links and free Wi-Fi access.

Tour Name: Cherry Blossom Tour

Tour Code: CBT13
Duration:
13 Day

Depart Return Price From
29/03/17 10/04/17 sold out
28/03/18 09/04/18 £4,299

Land Only from £3399
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.

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