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Encounter Sakura (Cherry Blossom) the national flower of Japan, while attending Hanami (Flower viewing) in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. This tour also includes relaxing stay at a Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn), and an opportunity to experience a Maiko dance performance in the Gion District.

DATES: Departs 28th March 2020
DURATION: 9 Days
PRICE: From $4,799 AUD per person (excludes airfare)
GROUP SIZE: Min 10 people / Max 15 people

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Highlights

  • Various opportunities to see beautiful Cherry Blossoms
  • Visit spectacular Mt. Fuji and scenic Hakone
  • Be in awe with a Maiko performance in Kyoto
  • Experience Japanese Omotenashi Hospitality whilst staying at a Ryokan

Day 1 | 28 Mar - Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, your shared shuttle driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area holding a nameboard. You will be taken to your hotel and can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 2 | 29 Mar - Tokyo

This morning, meet your fellow tour companions in the lobby before departing on a Tokyo full day tour on a private coach with an English speaking guide. Then, you will visit Chidorigafuchi to view more than 250 spectacular Cherry Blossom trees. Then, embark on a delightful Sumida River Boat Cruise to Tokyo’s ancient Buddhist temple, Senso-ji Temple. Enjoy strolling through the Nakamise ShoppingStreet before heading to Ueno Park,renowned for its display of around 1,200 breathtaking Cherry Blossom trees. Return to your hotel before heading out to indulge at a Welcome Dinner at a local Japanese Izakaya restaurant in Tokyo.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Overnight: Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 3 | 30 Mar - Tokyo

Enjoy a free day at your leisure to explore the bustling city of Tokyo. Alternatively, you may wish to choose an additional day tour from our many available options.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar (3 Star Hotel)

Day 4 | 31 Mar - Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone

This morning, please leave your main suitcase at reception and it will be delivered to your hotel in Osaka. Ensure you bring an overnight bag for your stay in Hakone. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby, then you’re off on a full day tour by private coach to Mt. Fuji. The first stop will be Mt. Fuji 5th Station, before enjoying a cruise on Lake  Ashi, from Sekisho-ato to Kojiri pier. In the afternoon, visit Owakudani Valley, famous for its black eggs boiled in the hot sulphur springs, before a ride on the Hakone Ropeway. Then head to your Ryokan located in the Hakone Gora Hot Spring Resort area. After a traditional Japanese-style dinner in the evening, it’s time to make the most of your Ryokan’s spa facilities.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Overnight: Setsugetsuka or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 5 | 1 Apr - Hakone - Osaka

After breakfast at your Ryokan, you will transfer to Odawara Station by private coach to board the Shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Shin-Osaka. Upon arrival at Shin-Osaka Station, you will be taken to your hotel to check in from 15:00. The afternoon can be spent relaxing or exploring Osaka at your leisure.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Vischio Osaka or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 6 | 2 Apr - Osaka - Nara - Osaka

This morning, you will head to Nara for a half day tour visiting Todai-ji Temple, known for its Great Buddha Hall that is a historic monument of ancient Nara. This temple is in Nara Park, where you can see and interact with the friendly deer that roam freely, before visiting Kasuga-taisha Shrine. After exploring Nara, you will transfer back to your accommodation in Osaka to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Breakfast included

Overnight: Hotel Vischio Osaka or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 7 | 3 Apr - Osaka - Kyoto

You will leave Osaka and make your way to Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour in a private coach. Visit Nijo Castle, a World Heritage listed and historical monument of ancient Kyoto, before proceeding to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, famous for its wooden stage that is 13 metres above the hillside below. After lunch, enjoy the Shopping Street of Ninen-Sannenzaka before visiting Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is gilded in a brilliant gold leaf. The last stop of the afternoon is Sanjusangen-do, where you can marvel at the beauty of Japanese Buddhist sculptures. Then, it’s onto your overnight accommodation in Kyoto.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight: The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto-Sanjo or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 8 | 4 Apr - Kyoto

Spend a free day at your leisure within the ancient city of Kyoto. Alternatively, you may wish to add an additional day tour from one of our many available options. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with an enchanting Maiko dance performance in the Gion District, a famous spot to glimpse beautiful Geisha on the streets en-route to their appointments. Afterwards, head back to your hotel at your leisure.

Breakfast and dinner included

Overnight: The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto-Sanjo or similar (4 Star Hotel)

Day 9 | 5 Apr - Kyoto - Kansai / Itami Airport

Spend the day at your leisure until you are picked up from your accommodation by a shared shuttle service to take you to Kansai Airport for your departure flight. Pick up time is about 4 hours prior to your flight.

Breakfast included

Inclusions:

  • Hotel: Tokyo (3 nights), Hakone (1 night), Osaka (2 nights), Kyoto (2 nights)
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Airport Transfers
  • Maiko performance dinner in Kyoto

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