Cherry Blossom & Garden Tour of Japan 2019
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
DAY 1 & 2: PERTH TO TOKYOIFMD
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home by private vehicle and transferred to the airport. Meet your fellow passengers and Kings Tour Manager and board your overnight flight to Tokyo via Singapore. Upon arrival at Tokyo Airport, we will transfer to our centrally located hotel where the afternoon will be left at leisure. A welcome dinner will be served at a local restaurant tonight.
Hotel: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar for 3 nights
DAY 3: TOKYOB L D
After breakfast, you leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. You will drive through the National Diet Building and Tokyo Sky Tree before stopping at the Imperial Palace and double Bridge for photos. Visit Ueno Park, the best place to enjoy the cherry blossoms. After a Japanese lunch we will visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street before enjoying a Sumida River Cruise from Asakusa to Odaiba. Tonight you enjoy a Japanese style dinner.
DAY 4: TOKYOB
Today is left free for you to enjoy Tokyo at your own pace.
DAY 5: TOKYO TO HAKONE TO KAWAGUCHIKOB L D
After breakfast travel to Hakone by coach to visit the Peace Park, Owakutani Hot Spring where we will enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi. Tonight dinner will be served at the resort. If you feel up for it after dinner you can enjoy the complementary hot spring facilities.
Hotel: Motosu View Resort or similar for 1 night
DAY 6: KAWAGUCHIKO TO MT FUJI TO TAKAYAMAB L D
After breakfast you start your trip to Mt. Fuji. We take you to majestic Mt. Fuji where you enjoy a trip up to Mt. Fuji's 5th Station at an elevation of 2,300 meters, above sea level. We also visit the Fuji Visitor Centre to learn more about this iconic mountain. After lunch, proceed to Takayama.
Hotel: Ryu Resort Takayama or similar for 2 nights
DAY 7: TAKAYAMAB L
Today we have a full day tour in Takayama including a visit to Takayama – Jinya, Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakab Folkcraft Museum, Kamisannomachi Street.
DAY 8: TAKAYAMA TO SHIRAKAWAGO TO KANAZAWAB L D
After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel at 0800 am for Travel to world heritage listed Shirakawago, famous for the traditional gasshouzukuri farmhouse which is more than 250 years old. After lunch, travel to Kanazawa and visit Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Museum, your tour also includes a visit to Samurai house and walking through the old district.
Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa or similar for 1 night
DAY 9: KANAZAWA TO KYOTOB L D
Today we leave Kanazawa and proceed to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, where you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine. It is the home of perhaps the world's most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden, as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion. Afterwards enjoy the Kimono show at Nishinjin Showroom, and visit a promenade called Path of Philosophers. After dinner enjoy a pleasant walk through the Gion district, a popular nightspot where tourists can experience the authentic local life.
Hotel: Hotel Noku Kyoto or similar for 2 nights
DAY 10: KYOTOB L
After breakfast, your local guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto. Visit Nijo Castle which was built in the early 17th century. Also visit the famous Kiyomizu Dera Temple. Tea ceremony will be organised to experience traditional Japanese culture! After lunch, we visit the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine. Return back to hotel and enjoy your free time to explorer this ancient capital city at your own pace.
DAY 11: KYOTO TO HIROSHIMAB D
After breakfast we will depart Kyoto on the JR Bullet Train NOZOMI and arrive at Hiroshima in less than 2 hours (your luggage will be shipped separately to your hotel in Osaka today so you will need an overnight bag). On arrival into Hiroshima you will visit Miyajima and the Itsukushima Shrine with a ferry ride. Miyajima Island is the popular name of Itsukushima Island situated in Miyajima Town south-western Hiroshima. It is a scenic sight in which the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony, and the entire island is designated as a historic site.
Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or similar for 1 night
DAY 12: HIROSHIMA TO HIMEIJI TO OSAKAB L
Today we have a tour visiting Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome which is the symbol of Hiroshima. Later on we transfer to Himeiji by bullet train. After a Japanese set lunch, we visit Himeiji Castle, one of the ancient and famous castles in Japan. To finish the day we transfer to Osaka.
Hotel: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka or similar for 2 nights
DAY 13: OSAKA TO KOBE TO OSAKAB L D
After breakfast, you drive out to Kobe. On arrival we visit the Old Sake Breweries Museum. From here we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next you will wander along the Kobe port side and enjoy shopping in China Town - Moto-machi, a lively town perfect for shopping, gourmet food and nightspots in the centre of Kobe. Tonight we wrap up an amazing tour with a farewell dinner before your transfer back to your hotel!
DAY 14: OSAKA TO PERTHIFMB
This morning we transfer to Osaka airport for our flight home to Perth via Singapore. Upon arrival in Perth your driver will be waiting to take you home.
Japan is a land of such amazing contrasts. On the one hand, it is the land of ancient customs and traditions and on the other hand it has some of the largest and most famous technologically advanced companies in the world. This tour not only lets you celebrate the arrival of the Cherry Blossoms but takes you to some of the country’s most famous gardens and site of Japan.
- Home Pick-up and Return by Hughes
- Fully Escorted by a Kings Tour Manager*
- Return Economy Airfares including taxes
- 12 nights’ deluxe accommodation
- Breakfast Daily, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners
- All sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
- English speaking National guide throughout the tour
- Tipping for guide and driver
- HIGHLIGHT - Experience the Cherry Blossoms of Japan
- HIGHLIGHT - Ride on the Bullet Train from Kyoto to Hiroshima
- HIGHLIGHT - Sightseeing tour of Tokyo and Kyoto
- HIGHLIGHT - Full day tour of Takayama
- HIGHLIGHT - Experience the Tea Ceremony, Imperial Plaza and Bonsai Museum
- HIGHLIGHT - See Mt. Fuji at 2,300m above see level
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit to the Old Sake Breweries Museum
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit Himeiji Castle, one of the ancient and famous castles in Japan.
- HIGHLIGHT - Cruise on Lake Ashi