Duration: 24 March - 4 April 2020
Destinations: Kyoto, Mt Fuji, Tokyo
Price: £4,525.00

 

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. Our itinerary follows the cherry blossom path from the warmer south of the country as we head northwards to maximise our chances of viewing the blossoms in several spots.

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Tour includes:

    • Escorted tours of Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Tokyo
    • Cherry blossom viewing
    • Travel on the Bullet Train
    • Japanese hot spring experience in Hakone
    • Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto’s Gion district
    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
    • Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys tour leader throughout

 

On this Classic Japan Tour, you’ll experience the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto each with their own associated gardens. Your knowledgeable Guide will help you understand the background of the sites you visit and will help interpret the intriguingly foreign experiences you’ll undoubtedly come across.

In Kyoto where your tour commences, you’ll get beneath the surface and will explore the back streets of this lovely city where the traditional rhythm of life remains remarkably unchanged despite this nation’s apparent modernity. It’s not just the grand gardens that will impress you, but the minute ones spied up an alleyway, beautifully tended to with exquisite attention to detail. Kyoto is also a place of highly refined cuisine, and your Guide will take you to a variety of delicious places to eat in the evenings (or you, of course, can do your own thing). In terms of food, your senses will be pleasantly bombarded by delicious sights, smells and tastes and every meal will contribute more experiences to savour that make this such a wonderful tour.

This fabulous itinerary includes a visit to the former capital of Nara where you cannot fail to be impressed by the magnificent Tōdaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world, containing the famous Great Buddha, the largest bronze Buddha in the world – all the more amazing considering it was first built over a millennium ago!

A visit to the moving city of Hiroshima will stay with you always – as will the short ferry journey over the bay to the lovely island of Miyajima, where the locals live a more gentle pace of life.

You’ll speed on the superb Bullet train to the resort of Hakone where you will stay at a lovely 4* resort hotel with views of beautiful Mt Fuji. Your hotel has its own private indoor and outdoor hot springs where you can luxuriate in the invigorating waters. Afterwards, you’ll feel revived and refreshed. You can then enjoy a lovely day of sightseeing in and around Mt Fuji and the Hakone region before heading off to the buzzing city of Tokyo.

Whilst in Tokyo, you’ll visit the old downtown district, museums and other cherry-blossom viewing spots. The abundance of local character in every district makes this truly one of the great metropolises of the world. Tokyo boasts a plethora of fine eateries, and remarkably there are more Michelin-starred restaurants here than in Paris. Culture-wise there is always some sort of festival or event taking place, not to mention flea markets and a vibrant theatre and sports scene. If all that is not enough, you can always go shopping in Tokyo’s stunning department stores.

By the end of the trip, we are sure you’ll agree with one previous customer who proclaimed that she “loved every minute of it!”

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To enquire about availability, or find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Classic Japan Tour Itinerary

24-25 March: UK / Japan
Depart from London Heathrow on a scheduled flight on the evening of 24 March and arrive at Kansai International Airport (Osaka) the next day (with a change of plane en route). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your comfortable, centrally-located 4* Kyoto hotel for 5 nights.

 

26 March: Guided sightseeing in Kyoto

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 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

27 March: Nara
Today we will take a coach to the sleepy town of Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The highlight of the day is a visit to Todai-ji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world and home to the Great Buddha. Nara Park is a lovely place to stroll, relax and feed 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

 

28 March: 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

 

29 March: Kyoto

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. In the evening we will enjoy a walk in the famous Geisha district of Gion followed by a light dinner in company of a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) who will delight us with dances and Oshaku (pouring drinks). Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to take pictures and talk with the Maiko.

 

Breakfast included

N.B. In order to make your journey to Tokyo 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 Tokyo hotel. The cost of sending one standard-sized suitcase is included in our tour price. Additional baggage will cost extra.

 

30 March: Kyoto to Hakone

Today we say goodbye to Kyoto 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 bath. Enjoy a delicious dinner tonight.

Breakfast & Dinner included

 

31 March: Hakone to Tokyo  

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 Tokyo we will briefly visit Odawara Castle to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in the castle grounds. Later this afternoon the Bullet Train will speed you to Tokyo, a city which must be seen to be believed. Your 4* hotel is located in central Tokyo, an ideal place to experience modern, urban Japan.

Breakfast included

 

1 April: Guided sightseeing in Tokyo

Enjoy a full-day city tour by private coach beginning with a visit to the lovely Koishikawa Korakuen garden. We will 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.

Breakfast included

 

2 April: Tokyo

Today you are free to explore more of Tokyo’s attractions. We recommend serene Meiji Shrine and 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

 

3 April: Tokyo

This morning 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. 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. We will have a fantastic Farewell Dinner in the evening.

Breakfast, Dinner included

 

4 April: Japan to UK

Depart from Narita International Airport (Tokyo) to London Heathrow.

 

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Accommodation in Kyoto

Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

Kyoto
Superior

Located a few minutes walk from Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants.

Single rooms are compact and doubles more generously sized and recently renovated. All rooms have TV, refrigerator and tea making facilities. Free LAN internet is available in room and free wifi is available in the lobby.

The Karasuma Kyoto Hotel has a large selection of Western and Japanese breakfast items and there is also an onsite Starbucks and bakery. Other facilities include a Chinese and Japanese restaurant and a bar.

Accommodation in Hakone

Hakone Highland Hotel

Hakone
Superior

The former residence of a baron, this hotel is located in picturesque countryside in close proximity to Mount Fuji. In the spring and summer months, wonderful wild birdsong can be heard amongst the trees surrounding the hotel, creating a charming and tranquil environment. In true Hakone fashion, the hotel also boats a hot spring for you to enjoy and relax in.

Rooms in this hotel offer a great amount of space, with a décor that is simple, yet elegant. High speed wifi is available in all rooms, as well as a set of bird watching binoculars and sandals for strolling in the hotel’s gardens.

The hotel’s excellent restaurant offers a fusion of French cuisine with Japanese cooking techniques. An authentic firewood stove is used to cook meat, culminating in delectable dishes.

Accommodation in Tokyo

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku is ideally positioned in the vibrant area of Shinjuku. Enjoy extra comfort with high-function equipment and facilities. In-room facilities include a flat-screen TV, fridge and air purifier/humidifier.  This hotel is only a 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station with easy access to the rest of the city.

 

 

Download the Brochure: Japan Classic Tour Brochure

Download the Reservation Form: Reservation Form

To enquire about availability, or find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

THE CLASSIC JAPAN TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Economy class scheduled international flights (with a change of plane en route)
  • 10 nights’ accommodation at centrally located 4* hotels in Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo 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 and Farewell Dinners on 26 March and 3 April and also Dinner on 30 March
  • Lunches on 26 & 28 March
  • Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto’s Gion district on 29 March
  • 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.

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)

All prices estimates are based on a minimum of 20 persons travelling in March/April 2020.
All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange.

Price:  £4,525.00 per person on a sharing basis

Land-Only Price: £3,775.00 (not including flights, non-UK passengers only)

Single Room supplement: £495.00

To make a booking, a 10% deposit per person is required.

 

Download the Brochure: Japan Classic Tour Brochure

Download the Reservation Form: Reservation Form

To enquire about availability, or find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Want to extend your trip?

If you wish to extend your trip pre- tour in Kyoto or post- tour in Tokyo, you can do so for an additional £150.00 per person per night for a Twin room or £170.00 per person per night for a Single room. You can extend your trip post-tour in Tokyo for an additional £145.00 per person per night for a Twin room or £179.00 per person per night for a Single room.  Give us a call on 020 7766 5267 to find out more.

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