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Cherry Blossom Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Tokyo
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Renovated in 2007, the chic Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku offers contemporary accommodation in Japan's capital. Guest rooms are tastefully furnished in a modern style with comfortable amenities. The hotel also offers a number of excellent dining options including the Villazza trattoria style restaurant and the Bar Ku Kon Shinjuku dining experience! Why not sip on a delicious cocktail by the crackling fire - a great way to spend the evening! Located in the west of the city - a short walk from Shinjuku train station.

Richmond Hotel Matsumoto, Matsumoto
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A short walk from the train station, Richmond Hotel Matsumoto is a modern hotel with excellent facilities. Guest rooms are well furnished with high speed internet, complimentary Wi-Fi, comfortable beds and beautiful en suites. The property also boasts a restaurant serving an interesting breakfast menu and vending machines on the 2nd, 3rd and 7th floors. Located close to the Watch Museum and the River.

Tanabe Ryokan, Takayama
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Japanese Ryokan

A short walk from the main station in Takayama, Tanabe Ryokan is an authentic Hida-style Inn. Guest rooms are in a traditional style with matted floors and sliding doors. Guests are traditionally welcomed by the owner on arrival and served well through out. Bathing facilities are shared. This ryokan comes highly recommended and food served here is of a very high standard. The Inn is located just 2 blocks from the famous streets of Takayama just a short walk to the Kashibashi Bridge.

Sunroute Hotel Kyoto, Kyoto
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

Within walking distance of the cultural, historical and sightseeing gems of Kyoto, the Sunroute hotel offers comfortable accommodation. Guest rooms are brightly decorated with modern conveniences and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a number of restaurants serving up a delicious array of Japanese and international cuisine - check out Vialr on the 10th floor - for some amazing Italian food! Well located just a 10 minutes from Kyoto station.

Asakusa View Hotel, Tokyo
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in an Art Deco style, the Asakusa View Hotel offers modern accommodation in an ideal location. Guest rooms are brightly lit and feature impressive floor to ceiling windows. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available and for a surcharge guests can use the pool. The hotel also has a number of good dining options including Cafe de Kapitein on the ground floor and Karuta on the 6th – offering a great selection of Japanese cuisine. The hotel is also directly connected to Asakusa Station – so getting to and from here couldn’t be easier!

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 from Narita Airport, 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

Richard was very engaging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and flexible. We were lucky enough to be only 3 people on the tour, so he was able to give us lots of attention, answer all our questions and also take us to one or two places where he couldn't normally go with larger tours, so we felt extra privileged. He also laughed at our jokes, which was a bonus....It was great to be with someone who loved Japan so much and was fluent in the language.

(We also hope his head is better, after he banged it on a doorway!)

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5
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Aki was a great guide and gave us a view of more than just the tourist sights of Japan. He took us to local restaurants and shared his deep knowledge of the history of the places we visited - he is clearly very passionate about Japan!

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4
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1. Well organized & timed for Sakura watch.

2. Good choice of cities/towns & sites to visit.

3. Good choice of hotels.

4. Fortunate to be in a friendly group.

5. Very good friendly & helpful guide.

6. Good duration for discovery of Japan.

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Overall, the holiday was fantastic with a packed itinerary and plenty of options. Hotels were excellent and the places we visited superb. The group were great too.

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5
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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, (if another solo traveller of the same sex is already booked upon the tour), thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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

Richard was very engaging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and flexible. We were lucky enough to be only 3 people on the tour, so he was able to give us lots of attention, answer all our questions and also take us to one or two places where he couldn't normally go with larger tours, so we felt extra privileged. He also laughed at our jokes, which was a bonus....It was great to be with someone who loved Japan so much and was fluent in the language.

(We also hope his head is better, after he banged it on a doorway!)

Elizabeth Horn
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.