CLASSIC JAPAN TOUR IN CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME

28 Mar - 8 Apr 2022

Kyoto, Hakone, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Mt Fuji & Tokyo

£4,995 per person

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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

DAILY ITINERARY

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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.

 

(Breakfast included) 

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.

ACCOMODATION

KYOTO: KARASUMA KYOTOHOTEL

HAKONE: HAKONE HIGHLAND HOTEL

TOKYO: JR KYUSHU BLOSSOM SHINJUKU

DATES & INCLUSIONS

TOUR DATES: TBC

TRIP PRICES

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

 

 

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 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

  • Travel Insurance

  • 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)

 

OPTIONAL TOURS

 

1 Day Nikko World Heritage Tour: £150.00 per person (Lunch included)

1 Day Kamakura & Enoshima Bay Tour: £125.00 per person (Lunch included)

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price is required.

 

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.

 

COVID SAFETY

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.

We appreciate your understanding.

Read our COVID-19 Policy here

 

INSURANCE

Travel can be a great experience, but it can also be fraught with problems, so when going anywhere it is essential you are properly covered with good travel insurance. You should be protected against cancellation, curtailment, and loss or damage to your belongings as well as medical emergencies and have peace of mind if the unexpected happens.

Japan Journeys in association with Holiday Extras, is now able to offer excellent low-cost cover to their customers.

 

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