Japan Bonsai Tours
Duration: 10 nights
Destinations: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Kinashi, Okayama.
Price: TBC

Our Japan Bonsai Tour is our signature tour which has been running annually since 2005. You will visit some of Japan’s most prestigious bonsai nurseries at Kinashi and Omiya bonsai villages, and visit the 95th Kokufu Bonsai Ten – a fantastic chance to see some of the finest bonsai in the world. Join us and explore the serene temples of Kyoto, take a train ride across the shimmering Seto Inland Sea, and marvel at the astounding Tokyo metropolis – all the while discovering the very best bonsai and gardens that Japan has to offer. Experience the best of Japan and the best of bonsai with Japan Journeys.

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Japan Bonsai Tour February 2021

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On this wonderful tour you will…

  • Attend the 95th Kokufu Bonsai Ten, Japan’s most important bonsai convention
  • Shop at Ueno Green Club, home to a fantastic array of pots, tools and of course, trees
  • Explore two delightful bonsai villages in Kinashi and Omiya
  • Travel in style on the world-famous Bullet Train
  • Enjoy excellent Guided tours of  Tokyo, Kyoto & Nara
  • Take a stroll around Korakuen (Okayama), one of the top 3 gardens in Japan

 

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

Japan Bonsai Tour 2021

Day 1 -2: Depart UK/Arrive in Japan
Depart from London Heathrow Airport (with a change of plane en route) and arrive at Narita International Airport (Tokyo) the following day. (Non-UK passengers should make a flight booking to arrive before the main the group so that we can meet you at the airport). Transfer to your hotel in central Tokyo by private coach, and check in for 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 3: (Tokyo) Shunka-en and Asakusa
Today we visit the Shunka-en Bonsai Museum which is owned by the Bonsai Master Kunio Kobayashi who has worked on numerous Kokufu prizewinning trees. We then take the subway to the bustling Sensoji Temple in Asakusa before returning to our hotel. Enjoy a delicious included Welcome Dinner tonight.

Day 4: Tokyo – Kokufu Bonsai Ten
Today is the day we visit the wonderful Kokufu Bonsai-ten, the largest and most prestigious bonsai event held in Japan.

Day 5: Omiya Bonsai Village
We travel a little further north today by train to visit a selection of beautiful nurseries at Omiya Bonsai Village in Saitama prefecture, followed by the wonderful Omiya Bonsai Museum.

(Tonight, you’ll need to pack your main luggage as this will be sent ahead to your hotel in Kyoto for your arrival. You will therefore need to carry a small overnight bag for tomorrow night).

Day 6: Tokyo to Kyoto
Today we will spend a leisurely morning in Tokyo before speeding off on the Bullet Train to the old capital of Kyoto. This afternoon we will go for a walk around Gion, the traditional center of Kyoto. Enjoy free time in the evening and maybe spot a couple Geisha going between appointments if you stay in this charming part of the city.

Day 7: Kyoto
After breakfast, depart on a full day tour of Kyoto by private coach. Visit the beautiful Temple and gardens of the Golden Pavilion and then enjoy a series of Zen Buddhist rock gardens at Daitoku-ji Temple. Then on to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre where you have time to have an included lunch and browse a multitude of craft shops. Visit the stunning Sanjusangendo temple complete with 1001 human sized Buddhist statues.

Day 8: Nara
We take a short train trip to the town of Nara. There we walk to Todaiji Temple – which used to be the largest wooden building in the world for centuries and contains the Great Buddha – Japan’s largest. Take a stroll in Nara Park and feed the deer. You can either remain in Nara or return to Kyoto as the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

(Tonight, you’ll need to pack your main luggage as this will be sent ahead to your hotel in Tokyo for your arrival. You will therefore need to carry a small overnight bag for the next 2 days)

Day 9: Kinashi Bonsai Village/Okayama
After checking out of the hotel in the morning, we travel westward on the Bullet Train to Shikoku – the smallest and least explored of Japan’s 4 main islands. Here you have all day to explore wonderful Kinashi Bonsai Village – the largest Bonsai village in Japan where, amongst other sights, you can view field upon field of miniature black pines. Later in the afternoon, we travel to our hotel in Okayama for 1 night.

Day 10: Korakuen Garden/Tokyo
Today visit Korakuen, a traditional stroll garden in Okayama and one of Japan’s three most celebrated gardens. In the afternoon, we will speed off to Tokyo and check into our hotel for 2 nights.

Day 11: Tokyo
Today you have a chance to revisit the Kokufu Bonsai-ten as there will be a new display of bonsai on show for the second exhibit. We will have a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 12: Depart Japan
Sadly it is time to say sayonara. Transfer to Narita Airport (Tokyo) from where you depart home.

 

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

 

Your Accomodation in Tokyo

Candeo Hotel Ueno Park

Tokyo
Standard

Located in close proximity to Ueno Park (a good place for hanami cherry blossom viewing!), Akihabara and Asakusa, Candeo Hotel Ueno Park is very convenient for sightseeing in Tokyo. This hotel offers amenities such as the Simmons bed which provides a good night’s sleep, and high speed internet service that will enhance your stay. All rooms are equipped with large screen TVs with 300 movie titles you can enjoy for free anytime, a refrigerator, and original guest robes are provided. Vending machines and coin operated washing machines are available for guests to use.

The hotel offers a buffet breakfast with a good choice of healthy food from both Japan and the West.

Your Accomodation in Kyoto

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

Superbly located on Shijo Street which is the main street for shopping with a number of department stores and fantastic restaurants. Nearby is the fascinating Nishiki food market and the covered markets.

Your Accomodation in Okayama

Okayama Koraku Hotel

Okayama
Superior

This finely decorated hotel is well situated, with only a 5 minute walk between Okayama Station and the hotel. The Okayama Karakuen Garden, as well as Okayama Castle are also accessible via a short tram ride. Many restaurants, bars and a shopping mall are nearby, offering you a wide choice of places to relax, shop, and have fun. In addition, the hotel is home to its very own library and museum, containing many fine pieces of pottery from Okayama Prefecture.

The rooms are comfortable, spacious and excellently furnished, with a modern and artistic décor.

The hotel’s restaurant offers fantastic Japanese cuisine, serving a wide variety of dishes made with fresh local ingredients.

Tour Dates: February 2021

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International airfare
  • 10 nights’ hotel accommodation at centrally located 3- 3½* hotels with breakfast daily
  • Delicious Welcome dinner, Farewell Dinner, and lunch in Kyoto on day 7
  • Airport Transfers in Japan for those passengers arriving and departing with the main group (pre- and post- extension passengers will need to arrange their own airport transfers)
  • Private air-conditioned coach tour of Kyoto on Day 7
  • 7 Day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network, including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services.
  • All long distance, local and subway train fares for visited sights
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees to all named attractions on tour
  • Services of a knowledgeable Japan Journeys Guide throughout
  • Separate baggage transfer for one piece of luggage per person from Tokyo to Kyoto &  from Kyoto to Tokyo

 
NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners (other than the those mentioned above)

 
Price: TBC

Land Only Price: TBC
(not including flights, non-UK passengers only)

Single room supplement: TBC

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 current rates of exchange.

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Download the Reservation Form: Reservation Form

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

 

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