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JAPAN’S CHERRY BLOSSOM

13 day personally escorted group tour

Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Hakone – Takayama – Kyoto – Hiroshima – Miyajima – Osaka – Hemiji – Kobe

Departs: SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2016

City Experience

Experience cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

02/04/16 To 14/04/16

13 day / 12 night guided holiday with the ultimate Insider, Trafalgar.

Japan

Tokyo - Mt Fuji - Hakone - Takayama - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Miyajima - Osaka - Hemiji - Kobe

HELLO JAPAN

13 days from $8,579*

per person twin share

Japan reveals it's many sides, as you experience the bright lights and buzz of Tokyo, rural life in Takayama, tradition and moderninity in Kyoto and the beauty of Mt. Fuji.

BONUS

ESCORTED BY RYDE WOMAN OF THE YEAR, LYDIA SCUGLIA.

JAPAN'S CHERRY BLOSSOM

13 day personally escorted group tour

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Sydney Travel Group invites you on this 13 day guided holiday with the ultimate Insider, Trafalgar.

 

Escorted by Ryde Woman of the Year, Lydia Scuglia, on this unique journey you will discover the many sides of Japan.

 

Experience vibrant cities such as Tokyo, uncover cultural traditions in Kyoto, and learn about the country’s history in Hiroshima.

 

Highlights of the trip include learning how to make sushi with a local chef and dining in a traditional Ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida during a Be My Guest lunch.

Japan Map

INCLUSIONS

  • International economy class flights from Sydney to Tokyo and Osaka to Sydney with QantasYES
  • 12 nights accommodationYES
  • 12 breakfastsYES
  • 7 lunches (including Be My Guest lunch and Regional Meals)YES
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Farewell Dinner)YES
  • All transport and transfers shown in the itineraryYES
  • Services of a professional Travel DirectorYES

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS)

Saturday 2 April 2016

Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita International Tokyo Airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel.

This evening join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers. B, WR

Accommodation: New Otani

Qantas A380

DAY 2 - TOKYO SIGHTSEEING

Sunday 3 April 2016

Embark on a city tour of Tokyo.

Visit the grounds of the Imperial Palace, formally known as Edo Castle, surrounded by its original inner moat.

The star attraction, Meiji Shrine, is located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square metres and consists of 365 different species of tree. It is a picturesque Shinto shrine where cherry blossoms bloom in springtime.

During lunch, enjoy a cooking class and learn how to make sushi, a local speciality, in the famous Ginza district.

Continue to Asakusa and visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples. It has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628 making it Tokyo’s oldest temple site.

Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 metres long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple’s second interior gate, alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the area are sold.

This evening join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers. B, L

Accommodation: New Otani

Japanese Skyline

DAY 3 - NIKKO DAY EXCURSION

Monday 4 April 2016

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to Nikko, located at the extrance to Nikko National Park.

Throughout the day you will visit Kegon Waterfalls, Lake Chuzenjiko and Toghogu Shrine. B, L

Accommodation: New Otani

DAY 4 - TOKYO - MT. FUJI - HAKONE

Tuesday 5 April 2016

After breakfast depart to Mt. Fuji, begiining at the Five lakes District dominated by this majestic mountain. At 3776m, it is Japan’s highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2300m (weather permitting).

Following some free time at the visitor centre and green tea farm continue on to your hotel in Hakone. B, L, D

Accommodation: Tenseien (Western Style Rooms)

Japan Mountain

DAY 5 - HAKONE - TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS)

Wednesday 6 April 2016

This morning join a sightseeing tour of Hakone including visits to the Openair Museum and Onshi Park.

Transfer to Odawara station at around midday to board your train to Takayama (via Nagoya). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free evening. B

Accommodation: Associa

DAY 6 - TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Thursday 7 April 2016

Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto’, discover its Edo style streets filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums, then wander through a vibrant open-air flower and fruit market (Asaichi).

Later enjoy a Regional Meal of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida beef (Hidagyu) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef.

After lunch, continue to Takayama Jinya. Takayama Jinya was a former government outpost that was established in order to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu (Shogunate) in 1629.

The present building complex includes various rooms for administrative purposes: kitchens, residential space, a court room and storehouses. It was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum.

Continue to the Kami-Sannomachisu District, home to skillfully renowned local artisans. Take time to sample the delicious rice wine, Sake, a Local Specialty.

Walk through the narrow streets and admire the ancient Japanese wooden architecture.

This evening is free to explore the many restaurants in this picturesque town. B, RM

Accommodation: Associa

Japanese Skyline & temple

DAY 7 - TAKAYAMA - KYOTO (3 NIGHTS)

Friday 8 April 2016

Today travel by train to Kyoto (via Nagoya), home to some of Japan’s most important works of art, most refined cuisine and richest culture.

On arrival at your centrally located hotel, explore this historic town. B

Accommodation: The Westin Miyako Kyoto

DAY 8 - KYOTO SIGHTSEEING

Saturday 9 April 2016

This delightful city has an abundance of fine architecture in its shrines, temples and gardens.

Visit Nijo Castle, the old Shogun residence, and Kinkakuji Temple which dates back to 1397 and is famous for its Golden Pavilion.

This afternoon, enjoy a special Be My Guest lunch (subject to availability) at a traditional Ryokan built for the uncle of Emperor Akihito on Mt. Yoshida.

Learn about Japanese customs as your hosts welcome you into their beautiful home. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavourful and unique dining experience of Kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies.

Later continue on to the Heian Shinto Shrine and discover its beautiful inner Garden.

Then head to Nishiki-koji market to explore the hundreds of local shops and purchase souvenirs.

The evening is free to enjoy Kyoto or join an optional trip to the Gion Corner for a cultural performance. B, BMG

Accommodation: The Westin Miyako Kyoto

Japanese deer in park

DAY 9 - NARA DAY EXCURSION

Sunday 10 April 2016

Today, head to historic Nara. Visit the Todaiji Temple with Japan’s largest bronze statue of Buddha.

Interact with over 1200 wild deer that roam Nara park, visit Kasuga Grand Shrine and Nara Nagomikan, Nara’s biggest souvenir shop selling goods exclusive to Nara. B, L

Accommodation: The Westin Miyako Kyoto

Japanese Lake

DAY 10 - KYOTO - HIROSHIMA

Monday 11 April 2016

After breakfast this morning you travel by train to Hiroshima.

On arrival, take a city tour visiting the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Shukkeien Garden before checking into your hotel to relax for the evening. B

Accommodation: Rihga Royal

Japanese Skyline

DAY 11 - HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA - OSAKA (2 NIGHTS)

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Begin your journey at Miyajima Port, where you catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island.

On arrival, admire the elaborate gate and Itsukushima Shrine, rising majestically out of the sea, and spend time strolling through the park, before you enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon leave Hiroshima for Osaka by JR super express train. In Osaka, see Osaka Castle and Shinsaibashisuji shopping centre and department stores. B, L

Accommodation: Sheraton Miyako

DAY 12 - OSAKA - HEMIJI - KOBE

Wednesday 13 April 2016

After breakfast travel to Hemiji Castle, regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of ancient Japanese architecture.

Spend the morning exploring this famous castle, before travelling to Kobe after lunch.

Here, visit the Old Sake Breweries in Kobe’s Nada district, famous for its sake due to the availability of high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions in the area.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you wander along Kobe’s portside and enjoy shopping in China Town.

Say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. B, L, FD

Accommodation: Sheraton Miyako

DAY 13 - DEPART OSAKA

Thursday 14 April 2016

Transfer to Kansai International Airport, Osaka for your onward flight home. B

Japanese Train

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