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Cherry Blossoms of Japan

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6 Days
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Head to Japan during its most lovely season to see the cities and countryside burst with the gorgeous sight of cherry blossoms. As you explore Tokyo and Kyoto, you’ll see world-famous landmarks like Senso-ji Temple and the Golden Pavilion and admire the stunning cherry blossoms at every turn.


This 6-day Japan tour takes you to the country’s modern capital, Tokyo, and traditional capital, Kyoto, at the height of cherry blossom season, showing off the quintessential combination of tradition and innovation that defines Japan.

Your Japan tour begins in Tokyo, the country’s sprawling capital, where you’ll find traditional temples sitting alongside glittering skyscrapers. You could spend a lifetime in Tokyo and not discover all the secrets of its many districts (all cities in their own right). But a tour will get you up to speed on a few highlights, including Tokyo Tower with its observation deck, which will offer excellent views of the city in full bloom. You’ll also stroll the beautiful gardens of the Imperial Palace Plaza and Asakusa, home to Senso-ji Temple, the city’s oldest and most popular Buddhist temple. While in Tokyo, you’ll also pass through Ueno to get a glimpse for old Edo and Akihabara Electric Town, with its seemingly-endless streets of electronic stores, video game arcades, and anime cafes.

From Tokyo, take a day to head to Hakone National Park and climb up to the Fifth Station of famous Mount Fuji, where you can enjoy views of the countryside 2,300-metres above sea level. Later, cruise across gorgeous Lake Ashi and ride the Hakone Ropeway to the top of Mount Komagatake. Continue onto Kyoto to see Japan’s greenest and most gorgeous city burst with the colours of the spring.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years and it’s popularly thought of as the country’s most beautiful and culturally-rich city. A morning tour will take you to a few of the city’s most famous attractions, including Kinkaku-ji Temple, home to the iconic Golden Pavilion and one of the city’s most exquisite gardens, and Nijo Castle, former home to the Tokugawa Shogun. In Kyoto, you’ll head to nearby Nara to see Japan’s first permanent capital. Nara has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its city limits than any other city on the planet and is very walkable. Admire the cherry blossoms alongside friendly Sika deer in Nara Park in between visits to ancient Todaiji Temple to see the Great Buddha, the country’s largest bronze Buddha statue, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, with 3,000 stone lanterns lining its paths.

Return to Kyoto for one final viewing of the Hanami alongside the city’s gorgeous temples. It’s a perfect end to Japan tours.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,429

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, clear immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where our representative will greet you and assist you in boarding a taxi to your Tokyo hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
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Shinjuku Washington Hotel

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    Shinjuku Washington Hotel



    Shinjuku Washington Hotel is located in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, where the cutting edge of culture and economics symbolizing modern Japan blend with traditional Japanese culture. As a key station on Tokyo's transportation network, Shinjuku boasts a high level of convenience, making it the ...

    Shinjuku Washington Hotel is located in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo, where the cutting edge of culture and economics symbolizing modern Japan blend with traditional Japanese culture. As a key station on Tokyo's transportation network, Shinjuku boasts a high level of convenience, making it the perfect base for exploring and enjoying Tokyo and Japan. Shinjuku Washington Hotel offers high value for money. Along with convenience, comfort and safety, they promise an unforgettable stay in Japan.

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Day 2

Tokyo

This morning, take in mesmerizing city views from the Tokyo Tower, designed by Tachu Naito and inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Continue to the Imperial Palace Plaza and admire the palace and gardens (entrance inside the palace is forbidden). Next, travel to Asakusa and visit Sensoji, the oldest and most beloved temple in the city. Explore crazy Nakamise shopping street, then take a drive through historic Ueno and Akihabara Electric Town. You'll be dropped off at either Tokyo Station or the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (12:30-12:50pm), from where you can continue to explore on your own. Your guide can assist you with directions if needed.

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Day 3

Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone - Kyoto

Travel to Mt. Fuji by bus this morning and head up to the 5th Station, a breathtaking 7,546 feet above sea level. Enjoy a Japanese-style lunch, then descend to Lake Ashi, a volcanic crater lake. Take a short cruise on the lake, often affording picture perfect views of Mt. Fuji, then ride the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake and spend some time at the peak. Enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and also visit Mototsumiya Shrine, nestled on the mountaintop. In the evening, transfer to Odawara Station and board a bullet train for Kyoto (approximately 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, transfer by shared taxi to your hotel.

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Duration3 Nights
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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

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    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located ...

    The city of Kyoto harmonizes 1,200 years of tradition and culture with modern sensibilities. It is thronged with visitors from both Japan and overseas, who come to experience its profound appeal. Many repeat travellers to Kyoto choose to stay at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel. Located at the intersection of Shijo and Karasuma streets, in the heart of Kyoto's downtown, the hotel has won the hearts of visitors through its unrivalled access and the welcoming, conscientious service offered by the Kyoto Hotel group. Use the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel, convenient for both business and sightseeing, whenever you visit Kyoto.

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Kyoto and Nara

This morning you will explore some of Kyoto's most famous sites and discover the history behind this ancient political capital. Start by touring the impressive Nijo Castle (when closed, visit Ryoanji Temple instead). Noted for its gorgeous interiors, the castle's "squeaky" nightingale floors alerted residents against any unwanted intruders. Continue to the incomparable Kinkakuji Temple, famous for both its Golden Pavilion and its exquisite Japanese garden. Afterwards, visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where you gain exclusive access to the former residence of the Emperor of Japan (if the Palace is closed, visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine instead). Enjoy a Japanese and Western-style lunch, then transfer to the ancient capital city of Nara for an afternoon of sightseeing. Visit Todaiji Temple, which houses the world's largest bronze statue, the tallest of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan. The friendly wild deer roaming freely around the temple are considered to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods. Continue to the Kasuga Grand Shrine, famous for its lanterns, which have been donated by worshippers. Hundreds of bronze lanterns can be found hanging from the buildings and lining the paths through the woods. Finally, make a stop at Nara Nagomikan, where you can splurge on a variety of food products, sweets and goods, all exclusive to Nara. Return to Kyoto and be dropped off at your hotel between 6:30-7:30pm.

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Day 5

Kyoto at leisure

Today is completely free for you to explore Kyoto on your own.

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Day 6

Depart Kyoto

Today, transfer by shared taxi to Kansai or Itami airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Apr 3, 10, 17, 23
Book By: 28 February 2018

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Inter-Japan train and land travel as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Luggage services at piers (if applicable)
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
  • Visa fees if required

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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