Cherry Blossom Festival - 14 days
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Escorted Group Tour: Springtime is possibly one of the best times to visit Japan, when cherry blossom trees come out in full bloom across the nation. Take in the highlights, visit some of the countryâ€™s most beautiful gardens, and witness the famous Spring Geisha Dances in Kyoto on this special departure.
Day 1: Welcome to Japan!
Upon arrival in Tokyo you will be met at Narita International Airport by your tour guide. Here you will be given a Tokyo Transport PASMO Card allowing you to move freely around the city on the subways and train systems. Transfer to hotel in the old-town Asakusa area, and later enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. A flight arriving to Tokyo before 16:00 would be ideal as we expect to head off for dinner at 18:30. Overnight - Tokyo
Today we embark on a full day tour of the city, where we will make very good use of our PASMO cards! A cruise down the Sumida River, will be followed by a relaxing stroll through Hamarikyu tei-en, a tranquil garden that is just a few minutes walk from the lively Ginza shopping district, where we will be able to see cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Later we will explore the precincts of Meiji Shrine and if time allows, check out the amazing view of Tokyo to be had from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. Spend the remainder of the day and evening at your own leisure, discovering Tokyoâ€™s many restaurants and bars. Overnight - Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Festival - 14 days Go Guide
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How you spend today is up to you! You can opt to go on a day trip to the seaside town of Kamakura or the temples and shrines of the World Heritage Site of Nikko. Alternatively simply choose to continue exploring Tokyo at your own pace. Overnight - Tokyo
Day 4: Matsumoto
Tokyo â€“ Matsumoto. This morning we start our journey to Matsumoto, which will take around three and a half hours. Upon arrival we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the remaining original castles in Japan and perhaps the most iconic landmark in the city. Enjoy free time in the evening, and why not try the local speciality â€“ soba noodles. Overnight - Matsumoto (B)
Day 5: Takayama
Matsumoto â€“ Takayama. A two hour bus ride from Matsumoto will take us to Takayama, a charming town in the heart of the Hida Mountains. The town is famous throughout Japan for its old town area of narrow streets filled with well - preserved inns, tea houses, shops and merchants houses with the latticed windows and overhanging roofs characteristic of the Edo period. Tonight we will enjoy a classic Japanese ryokan meal at the traditional inn where we will be staying. Overnight - Takayama (B, D)
Day 6: Takayama
In the morning we will explore the town's market stalls, overflowing with fresh produce brought in daily from the surrounding fields. Later we will head to the outskirts of town to visit the Hida folk village, a fantastic outdoor museum constructed out of a collection of old traditional-style buildings from around the region. Tonight head into town on your own and discover some of the townâ€™s best local restaurants for yourself. Overnight - Takayama (B)
Day 7: Kanazawa
Takayama â€“ Kanazawa. Today we will travel by express train to Kanazawa, home to one of Japanâ€™s most impressive gardens, Kenroku-en, where we will see the country's famous cherry blossoms at their very best. April is prime season for these pink flowers which can be seen lining the streets and filling the parks and gardens all over Kanazawa. After exploring the garden grounds we will visit the Ninja temple and Samurai house, which will then be followed by free time. Overnight - Kanazawa (B)
Days 8 - 9: Kyoto
Kanazawa â€“ Kyoto. A morning express train takes us to Kyoto, Japanâ€™s ancient and cultural capital, where we will spend the next three nights. As one of the most culturally rich cities in Asia, Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines.
Here we will embark on a walking tour of our choice, led by our tour guide, taking in sites of interest along the way. In the afternoon we will enjoy a tour of Gion and the Geisha district, led by a local Geisha expert, and will get to witness the famous Spring Geisha Dances, followed by dinner at a Gion restaurant. Spend day 9 at your own leisure, discovering the many sights of Kyoto at your own pace. Overnight - Kyoto (B:2, D:1)
Day 10: Day trip from Kyoto
You are free to spend today doing whatever takes your fancy. Why not use your included Japan Rail Pass to make a day trip to Hiroshima, Nara or perhaps Osaka â€“ Japanâ€™s second city. Alternatively, stay in Kyoto and discover all this fascinating city has to offer. Overnight - Kyoto (B)
Days 11 - 12: Hakone
Kyoto - Hakone. Today a bullet train takes us to Fuji Hakone National Park, at the foot of the iconic Mount Fuji, where we will spend the next two days exploring the local area. Here you will have access to unlimited travel on nearly all the local modes of transport here, thanks to your Hakone Free Pass card, from mountain bus and railway, to lofty cable cars. Overnight - Hakone (B:2, D:1)
Day 13: Tokyo
Hakone - Tokyo. Heading back to Tokyo, rather than staying in the old-world Akakusa as we did previously, this time we will be staying in Shinjuku, one of the most modern districts in the city. Today is a great opportunity to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing before our tour comes to an end tomorrow. Overnight - Tokyo (B)
Day 14: Goodbye Japan!
Today our tour comes to an end! Transfer to Narita International Airport by shared shuttle bus for onward travel. (B)