JAPAN CHERRY BLOSSOM

15 Days – Japan

Highlights

See the magnificent cherry blossoms at Kenroku-en gardens in Kanazawa

Marvel at spectacular Mt Fuji and Fuji Hakone National Park

Wander the historic streets of Takayama, one of Japan’s most atmospheric townscapes

Discover Matsumoto Castle, the oldest existing castle in Japan, and wander the grounds, which come alive in colour with the blooming cherry blossoms

Enjoy a walk through the Geisha districts of Kyoto, including Gion

Explore the beautiful island of Miyajima, famous for its floating shrine and stunning scenery

Visit the peace park, atomic dome and museum at Hiroshima

Travel in style on Japan’s world-famous bullet trains

Refine your culinary skills at a Sushi making class

Inclusions

AIRFARES INCLUDED

FULLY ESCORTED HOLIDAYS

VISAS, TRANSFERS & TIPPING INCLUDED

SMALL GROUPS

INCLUSIVE SIGHTSEEING

2019 DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

30 Mar-13 Apr 2019

$11,295*

$13,295*

2020 DATES & PRICES

DATES

TWIN

SOLO

28 Mar-11 Apr 2020

$11,795*

$14,695*

For additional information on this trip, including tour suitability and activity levels, please refer to the detailed trip notes below. *Prices are per person. Our departures are planned around the small window of opportunity to see the Cherry Blossoms. They are a natural event and the date does vary from year to year, so sightings can never be guaranteed.

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DAY 1

AUSTRALIA – TOKYO, JAPAN

Our Escorted Escape begins today as we fly from Australia to Tokyo. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza

DAY 2

TOKYO, JAPAN

This morning we head to Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the market stalls lining the street for over 200m as you make your way to the temple. We then enjoy a river cruise along Tokyo’s Sumida River, allowing an opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. In the afternoon visit Tokyo’s most attractive and historic landscape garden, Hamarikyu Garden.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 3

TOKYO, JAPAN

Today starts at Tokyo Tower where we take the elevator to the observation decks – if it is a clear day you may catch your first sight of Mt Fuji! Later we will explore the Ginza district, take a visit to the Nissan building and a stroll through Tsukiji Fish markets. Your afternoon is free to further explore the neighbourhoods of Tokyo.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ueno

Breakfast

DAY 4

MATSUMOTO, JAPAN

After breakfast, we head to picturesque Matsumoto where we explore the town’s most famous landmark, Matsumoto Castle. Built in 1954, it has managed to withstand earthquakes, typhoons and war and is one of the few remaining castles in Japan. After checking into our hotel, spend the afternoon at your leisure. For dinner, perhaps you might like to try the local soba noodles – some of the best in the country.

Accommodation: Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu

Breakfast

DAY 5

TAKAYAMA, JAPAN

Today visit Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum exhibiting over 30 traditional houses displaying traditional architecture and handicrafts. We then travel to Takayama, a charming town located in the Japanese Alps, where you can relax in the afternoon before our traditional Japanese dinner.

Accommodation: Best Western Takayama

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 6

TAKAYAMA, JAPAN

We begin today at the Miyagawa morning market, full of stalls selling local crafts and produce. This is a great place to try some Japanese treats. The market precinct provides a nice backdrop for a morning walk within the old local neighbourhood and you can get a taste of what regional life in Japan is like. This afternoon is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Best Western Takayama

Breakfast

DAY 7

KANAZAWA, JAPAN

Today we travel to Kanazawa. Explore the Samurai quarter with its restored samurai residences displaying the lifestyle and artefacts of the prosperous samurai era. This afternoon we visit the breathtakingly beautiful Kenrokuen garden, one of Japan’s top three most beautiful gardens, where we can marvel at the magnificent cherry blossoms.

Accommodation: Kanazawa Mystays Premier

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 8

KYOTO, JAPAN

This morning we board an express train to Kyoto. On arrival you’ll enjoy some free time for the afternoon, before the group takes a short walk to a local restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 9

KYOTO, JAPAN

This morning we enjoy the sights of Kyoto, the traditional capital with less Western influence and a rich history. Our highlights include Nijō Castle, once the residence of the Shogun of the Edo period & Emperor of Japan and the Silver Temple with its magnificent hall and stunning Zen gardens. In the afternoon we witness a tea ceremony, then head to Gion, the heartland of geisha culture for a walking tour and the Miyako Odori dance show, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: New Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 10

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

Travel on one of Japan’s express trains this morning as we make our way to Hiroshima. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, which stands on the former political and commercial heart of the city which was the target of the World War II attack. The memorial park now serves as a poignant reminder of the past and a stirring symbol of peace.

Accommodation: Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 11

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

Today we take a short ferry ride to the serene island of Miyajima where you will have free time to explore. The island is home to the Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, with its famous orange gate that rises majestically out of the sea. There is also the lovely Momaji Park, from where you may wish to take the cable car up to the top of Mount Misen.

Accommodation: Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima

Breakfast

DAY 12

HAKONE (MT FUJI), JAPAN

This morning we depart Hiroshima for the train journey to Hakone. On arrival, you’ll have the rest of the day to spend however you please. There are many options to choose from; indulge in a relaxing soak at one of the hot springs Hakone is famous for, or perhaps take a ride on the Hakone Cable Car, Japan’s oldest mountain railway.

Accommodation: Kagetsuen Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 13

HAKONE, JAPAN

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing around Hakone for the best views of Mt Fuji. We board a Pirate Boat which will take us to Togendai, a port on the shores of the volcanic crater lake, Lake Ashi.

Accommodation: Kagetsuen Hotel

Breakfast

Dinner

DAY 14

HAKONE, JAPAN – AUSTRALIA

Enjoy the morning at leisure before we refine our culinary skills at a Sushi making class. Later we continue on to Narita Airport for our flight back to Australia.

Breakfast

Lunch

DAY 15

AUSTRALIA

Our Escorted Escape ends. On arrival, farewell your new friends and your host as you head home.

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