CLASSIC JAPAN TOUR IN CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME
28 Mar - 8 Apr 2022
Kyoto, Hakone, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Mt Fuji & Tokyo
£4,995 per person
This unforgettable tour marks the coming of spring and with it, new life, epitomised by Japan's spectacular cherry blossom season. All across the Japanese archipelago, people expectantly wait for the sakura blossoms to open and celebrate their beauty at day and night viewing parties.
Escorted tours of Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and Miyajima island
Cherry blossom viewing
Travel on the Bullet Train
Japanese hot spring experience in Hakone
Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto's Gion district
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys tour leader throughout
28 – 29 MARCH: UK / JAPAN
UK / Japan Depart from London Heathrow on a scheduled flight on the evening of 28 March and arrive at Tokyo Narita International Airport the next day (with a change of plane en route). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your comfortable, centrally located 4* Tokyo hotel for 4 nights.
30 MARCH: TOKYO GUIDED TOUR
Enjoy a full-day city tour by private coach beginning with a visit to the lovely Koishikawa Korakuen garden. We then visit bustling Senso-ji Temple in the downtown area of Asakusa, before ending the day by ascending Tocho (the Tokyo Municipal Government Building) for a panoramic view of Tokyo. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
31 MARCH: TOKYO GUIDED TOUR
Today we use public transport and we head to the Sumida Hokusai Museum where you can browse the fantastic exhibits on show. Then we will learn some of Tokyo’s interesting history during the Edo period at Edo- Tokyo Museum. After lunch, we will head to serene Meiji Jingu, a shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji who was the first emperor of modern Japan. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may wish to visit the wonderful museum complexes in Ueno. Ueno Park is one of the most famous places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan. (Breakfast included)
1 APRIL: TOKYO FREE DAY
Today you are free to explore more of Tokyo’s attractions. We recommend the trendy nearby district of Harajuku and the electronics district of Akihabara. There are also some lovely parks for cherry blossom viewing.
Alternatively, you might like to join a 1-Day optional tour to Kamakura (the political centre of medieval Japan) and Enoshima Bay, or a 1- day optional tour to Nikko, a superb temple town in the mountains north of Tokyo. Lunch is included on both optional tours.
N.B. In order to make your journey to Kyoto more comfortable, we recommend that you pack a small overnight bag for your night’s stay in Hakone as the remainder of your luggage will be sent ahead separately to your Kyoto hotel. The cost of sending one standard-sized suitcase is included in our tour price. Additional baggage will cost extra.
2 APRIL: TOKYO TO HAKONE
Today we say goodbye to Tokyo and board the Bullet Train bound for Hakone, a peaceful mountain resort in the foothills of Mt Fuji. We check into a lovely 4* hotel for the night. You are free to spend the afternoon strolling the mountain paths and relaxing in your hotel’s soothing private indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Enjoy a delicious dinner tonight. (Breakfast & Dinner included)
3 APRIL: HAKONE TO KYOTO
Following breakfast, we will explore the landscape of Hakone by private coach, ride in a cable car for a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains and volcanic valleys of Owakudani and enjoy a wonderful cruise across Lake Ashi. Before departing for Kyoto, we will briefly visit Odawara Castle to see the beautiful cherry blossoms on the castle grounds. We will arrive in Kyoto in the evening and we will check in to our 4* hotel for 5 nights. (Breakfast included)
4 APRIL: KYOTO GUIDED TOUR
Enjoy a full day visiting the sights of Kyoto by private air-conditioned coach, beginning with the beautiful temples and blossoming gardens of Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion. Next, we will visit Heian Shrine, built to commemorate the capital’s foundation in Kyoto. We will visit the garden which is famous for its many beautiful weeping cherry blossom trees. Following a bento box lunch at Kyoto Handicraft Centre, we will visit Sanjusangendo, a temple in eastern Kyoto renowned for its 1,001 unique standing Bodhisattva statues.
Breakfast & Lunch included
5 APRIL: NARA & UJI GUIDED TOUR
Today we will take a coach to the sleepy town of Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. The highlight of the day is a visit to Todai-ji Temple, home to the Great Buddha. Nara Park is a lovely place to stroll, relax and get close to the deer. On the way back to Kyoto we will make a brief stop in Uji which is famous for the most delicious green tea. We will visit a lovely tea shop that has provided tea to the Shoguns and Imperial family, and you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare green tea. (Breakfast included)
6 APRIL: DAY EXCURSION TO HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA
Today we will make an early start and board the world-famous Bullet Train to the moving city of Hiroshima. We first visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, and Peace Memorial Museum. We will then stop for a delicious lunch before taking a short ferry ride to the beautiful island of Miyajima, once considered so sacred that commoners were forbidden. We return to Kyoto this evening. (Breakfast & Lunch included)
7 APRIL: KYOTO FREE DAY – DINNER WITH MAIKO
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. In the late afternoon, we will enjoy a walk in the famous Geisha district of Gion followed by a very special experience where we will enjoy a light dinner with the company of a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) who will entertain us with dances and Oshaku (pouring drinks). Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to take pictures and talk with the Maiko. (Breakfast & Dinner included)
8 APRIL: JAPAN (KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) TO THE UK
Transfer to Kansai International Airport by private coach in the morning. Depart from Kansai International Airport (Osaka) to London Heathrow.
KYOTO: KARASUMA KYOTOHOTEL
HAKONE: HAKONE HIGHLAND HOTEL
TOKYO: JR KYUSHU BLOSSOM SHINJUKU
DATES & INCLUSIONS
TOUR DATES: TBC
Price: £4,995.00 per person on a sharing basis
Land Only Price: £1,745.00 per person on a sharing basis (not including flights. non-UK passengers only)
Single Room Supplement: £450
Economy class scheduled international flights departing from London Heathrow Airport
10 nights’ accommodation at centrally located 4* hotels in Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto with breakfast daily
Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys Tour Manager throughout
Airport Transfers in Japan for those passengers arriving and/or departing with the main group (pre and post-extension passengers will need to arrange their own airport transfers)
Welcome Dinner and also Dinner in Hakone
Lunches on 4 April in Kyoto & 6 April in Hiroshima
Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto’s Gion district on 7 April
7-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services
Entrance fees for and transportation fares to all attractions mentioned above
All Japanese sales taxes and service charge
Full financial protection via Japan Journeys’ membership of the Travel Trust Association through which your monies are held in a Trust Account until you return home (under Membership No. U3078), see: http://www.traveltrust.co.uk
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Any journeys made by you on your free days.
Other meals not mentioned above.
Entrance to any attractions not named above.
Pre and post tour extension (If you wish to extend your trip please let us know and we will give you an extension package quote)
1 Day Nikko World Heritage Tour: £150.00 per person (Lunch included)
1 Day Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Tour: £125.00 per person (Lunch included)
To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.
The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.
All price estimates are based on a minimum of 20 persons travelling in September 2022.
All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange.
In order to maximise our customers' safety on tour, we request all guests over 18 years old be fully vaccinated (i.e. they must have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to departure.) A vaccination document, certificate or evidence will be required at the time of departure.
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