Duration: 23 March - 3 April 2021
Destinations: Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima
Price: £4,655.00 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.

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Tour includes:

    • 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

 

We start this Classic Japan Tour in Tokyo where 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.

You’ll speed on the superb Bullet train to the resort of Hakone where you will stay at a lovely 4* resort hotel with its own 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 historical city of Kyoto.

In Kyoto, 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, until recently one of the largest wooden building in the world, containing the famous Great Buddha – 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.

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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Classic Japan Tour Itinerary

23 – 24 March March: UK / Japan
Depart from London Heathrow on a scheduled flight on the evening of 23 March and arrive 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.

25 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

26 March: Tokyo Guided Tour
Today we use the 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

27 March: 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 standardsized suitcase is included in our tour price. Additional baggage will cost extra.

28 March: 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

29 March: 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 in 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

30 March: 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

31 March: 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

1 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

2 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 in 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

3 April: Japan (Kansai International Airport) to UK

Transfer to Kansai International Airport by Private coach in the morning. Depart from Kansai International Airport (Tokyo) to London Heathrow.

 

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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.

 

 

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 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.

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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 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 on 25 March and also Dinner in Hakone on 28 March.
  • Lunches on 30 March in Kyoto & 1 April in Hiroshima
  • Dinner with a Maiko in Kyoto’s Gion district
  • 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: £4,655.00 per person on a Twin/Double room shared basis.

Land-Only Price: £3,955.00 per person on a Twin/Double room shared basis (not including flights, non-UK passengers only)

Single Room supplement: £585.00

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

 

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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 Tokyo or post-tour in Kyoto, you can do so on request.  Give us a call on 020 7766 5267 to find out more.

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