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Cherry Blossom Festival

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14 days  |  Starts/Ends: Tokyo  |  from USD $7,149  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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 country’s most beautiful gardens, and witness the famous Spring Geisha Dances in Kyoto on this special departure.

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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 Shinjuku, one of the most modern districts in the city, 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  |  Dinner

Day 2

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 Tokyo’s many restaurants and bars.
Overnight: Tokyo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

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  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Matsumoto

Tokyo – 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 – soba noodles.
Overnight: Matsumoto  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Takayama

Matsumoto – 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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

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 town’s best local restaurants for yourself.
Overnight: Takayama  |  Breakfast

Day 7
Kanazawa

Takayama – Kanazawa. Today we will travel by express train to Kanazawa, home to one of Japan’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  |  Breakfast

Days 8-9
Kyoto

Kanazawa – Kyoto. A morning express train takes us to Kyoto, Japan’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  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 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 – Japan’s second city. Alternatively, stay in Kyoto and discover all this fascinating city has to offer.
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 13
Tokyo

Hakone - Tokyo. Heading back to Tokyo, rather than staying in modern Shinjuku, this time we will be staying in old-town Akakusa. Today is a great opportunity to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing before our tour comes to an end tomorrow.
Overnight: Tokyo  |  Breakfast

Day 14
Goodbye Japan!

Today our tour comes to an end! Transfer to Narita International Airport by shared shuttle bus for onward travel.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Tokyo - Cruise down the Sumida River, see the cherry blossoms in bloom in Hamarikyu tei-en gardens, visit the Ginza shopping district, explore the Meiji Shrine and marvel at the views from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building
Takayama - Explore this ancient town, famed for its narrow streets lined with inns, tea houses, shops and merchant houses. Plus visit a traditional Hida village on the outskirts of town
Kyoto - Explore the ancient and cultural capital of Japan, enjoy a guided tour of Gion and the Geisha district, plus enjoy a spectacular performance at the famous Spring Geisha Dances show
Matsumoto - Visit Matsumoto castle, one of the only original castles in Japan, giving a real sense of ancient Japan and how the samurai used to live and fight
Kanazawa - Pay a visit to one of Japan's most impressive gardens, Kenroku-en, and see the country's famous cherry blossom trees in full bloom
Hakone - Visit Fuji Hakone National Park and marvel at views of the iconic Mount Fuji, plus explore the local area on mountain bus, railway, cable car or funicular railway

Included

13 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Meet and greet airport arrival and departure transfers by shared shuttle bus
All relevant transfers and transportation between destinations on public transport
Sumida River boat cruise in Tokyo and entrance to Hamarikyu gardens
Tickets for Spring Geisha Dance performance
7 day Japan Rail Pass
13 nights 3 - 4 star accommodation (including 2 nights in a traditional Japanese Inn in Takayama and 2 nights at one of Japan's most famous hotels the Fujiya in Hakone)
Tokyo Transport Pass
Hakone Free Pass
Geisha district evening walking tour in Kyoto
Services of an English speaking local tour guide
Maximum group size: 18 persons

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: USD $55 - $65
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
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USD $7149
USD $759
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USD $7149
USD $759
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $7149
USD $759
 
USD $7149
USD $759
Tour Details
Starts
Tokyo
Ends
Tokyo
Departs
04 & 18 Apr 2015/16
Hotel Rating
3 & 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Dinner: 4
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