• Grand Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 13 Days

  • 12 nights 13 days

Kyushu-the Birth Place of Japanese Civilization to Neon lit of Tokyo via Ancient Capital of Kyoto

Japan Package - Grand Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 13 Days Many say that sakura - Japanese Cheery Blossoms season is the best time to travel Japan, and they're correct. With sakura petals cascading in the background, Japan is dazzling in beautiful shades of pink and white. Travel cross-country as you visit major cities and country side like Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kumamoto, Takachiho, Beppu, Himeji, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, and Tokyo.

This fully escorted Grand Japan Cherry Blossom packages are one of our most comprehensive Japan tours, visiting three of Japan's major islands. This tour will start at Tokyo in Honshu and visit highlight spots like Imperial Palace, old town Asakusa, Shibuya Crossing, and more. During this spring time, the view of Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi is particularly beautiful. And what would a trip to Japan be without a soak in the hot springs of Atami's onsen resort? Japan is also known for its speedy bullet trains which we will take to Nara where the Great Buddha awaits at Todaiji Temple. Our tour has also packed all of the beauties and treasures of Kyoto including the gorgeous gold leaf covered Golden Pavilion, picturesque vermillion torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, a dazzling kimono fashion show, and a Japanese green tea ceremony experience. To truly learn about Japanese history, a trip to Hiroshima is a must. A city with a dark past has revitalized yet preserved the atrocities of war to serve as a reminder of the tragedy and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace.

From here our Grand Essence of Spring Tour will explore the Southern treasures of Kyushu that many travellers have yet to uncover. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of Japan's three most premier castles, along with Himeji Castle which we will also visit. Natural beauty awaits in Miyazaki's Takachiho Gorge where the magical town's beautiful waterfalls in the canyon and unique rock formations will leave you speechless. The Tour of Hell might sound frightening but we're sure you will find the extraordinary coloured hot springs of Beppu intriguing. Shikoku's Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama might look familiar to those who have seen the famous Ghibli film "Spirited Away". The bathhouse is Japan's oldest hot spring destination and served as inspiration for the film. We will also take a stroll in Ritsurin Garden, an absolutely beautiful landscape garden built by feudal lords in the early Edo Period.

Join us in this action packed Japan journey as we travel from Honshu to Kyushu and Shikoku surveying many of Japan's major landmarks during this spectacular sakura - cherry blossoms season. You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Price : USD4,898 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Tokyo Tour End : Osaka
Duration : 12 nights 13 days Departure Date : See below
Hotels : 10 nights Western and 2 nights Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 25 meals (12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 4 dinners)
Route : Tokyo ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Shizuoka ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Nara ⇒ Osaka ⇒ Himeji ⇒ Hiroshima ⇒ Miyajima ⇒ Yamaguchi ⇒ Fukuoka ⇒ Arita ⇒ Nagasaki ⇒ Kumamoto ⇒ Takachiho ⇒ Beppu ⇒ Matsuyama ⇒ Takamatsu ⇒ Osaka

Tour Start Date 2018 :

March 19, 24, 31

Accommodation :

CityHotel NameRoom Type / Overview
[Day 1-3] Tokyo Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu1 Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu2

Western-style Room /
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.
Near by : Shopping mall and Amusement facility, AQUA CITY ODAIBA, Gundam Front Tokyo, Oedo Onsen Monogatari
[Day 4] Shizuoka Hamanako Royal Hotel or similar

Hamanako Royal Hotel1 Hamanako Royal Hotel2

Japanese-style Room /
Hamanako Royal Hotel offers a great variety of entertainment and facilities. The hotel includes garden pool, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, launder-mat, vending machine corner, restaurants, bar, spa, karaoke room, and banquet halls. Located next to Lake Hamana, it is ideal vacation getaway to enjoy the tranquility of a resort spa.
Near by : Hamamatsu Musical Instrument Museum in 30 mins by Taxi
[Day 5-6] Kyoto Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel1 Kyoto Tokyu Hotel2

Western-style Room /
Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.
Near by : Nishiki Market in 10 minutes by taxi
[Day 7] Hiroshima Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima1 Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima2

Western-style Room /
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of Hiroshima's Downtown. The Hotel offers beautiful view of Hiroshima City. Hotel offers many modern facilities and services like the gym, hot springs, and spa (these are extra charges). Many famous sight see spots are within walking distance such as Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Near by : Hiroshima Peace Park in 10 mins by walk, Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car
[Day 8] Fukuoka Hyatt Regency Fukuoka

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto1 Hotel Nikko Kumamoto2

Western-style Room /
The Hyatt Regency Fukuoka hotel is a 4-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Hakata-Ku neighbourhood of Fukuoka, Japan. This Hotel is an extraordinary post-modern architecture of a world-famous landmark, Rome Colosseum. It is five minutes walk from Hakata subway station and walking distance to the shopping area.
[Day 9] Nagasaki Hotel Nampuro or similar

Hotel Nampuro1 Hotel Nampuro2

Western-style Room /
Minutes away from Nagasaki is Hotel Nampuro near the Tarukidaichi Forest Park. This luxurious hotel faces Ariake Sea towards Kumamoto. It offers lots of entertainment and relaxation amenities like a petting zoo, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, spa, event showcase, and an award winning garden. Every morning, the hotel offers breakfast buffet with fresh local ingredients. Near proximity to the famous Mount Unzen, you will enjoy the beautiful wild nature in the comfort of your own hotel.
Near by : Mount Unzen in 30 mins by car, Shimabara Castle in 5 mins by car
[Day 10] Miyazaki Hotel Takachiho or similar

Hotel Takachiho1 Hotel Takachiho2

Japanese-style Room /
One of the most popular places to stay in Takachiho. As a Kokuminshukuha ("Peoples Lodging") they offer outstanding service and comfortable stay. There is a indoor hot spring in ground level. The hotel has great access down to Takachiho Gorge. Enjoy watching a traditional kagura performance close by at Takachiho Shrine.
Near by : Takachiho Gorge in 15 mins by walk, Takachiho Shrine in 5 mins by walk
[Day 11] Matsuyama Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama or similar

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama1 Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama2

Western-style Room /
The Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama is the perfect getaway while exploring the city of Matsuyama. Situated around great sites and with plenty of great amenities available, find comfort and pleasure during your stay. There is complimentary wi-fi available in all rooms and public areas, so you can stay connected even while on vacation!
Near by : Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, Matsuyama Castle, Ninomaru Historical Garden
[Day 12] Osaka Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel1 Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel2

Western-style Room /
The only hotel on the Kansai International Airport Island. We are directly connected to the airport and the railway station. In addition, as a resort hotel, we are popular.
Near by : Kami-honmachi YUFURA, Kintetsu department, Shinkabukiza

Tour Itinerary :

DayEvent / VisitHighlight
1 Arrival Tokyo / Narita Int'l Airport or Haneda Int'l Airport

Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information. Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

Information

From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 90 mins (Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 30 mins (Bus)

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Meals : Breakfast : X / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
2 Whole day, free at leisure in Tokyo
We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. You can either 1) enjoy the entire day as you wish, 2) visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, 3) join a tour from Harajuku to Akihabara, 4) Join a culture tour, or 5) go on a private-guided tour through Nikko or Kamakura For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions. (Not all fees included for additional tour options. Please contact us in advanced for this service)
Tokyo
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
3 Full Day Tokyo

Morning - [Tokyo] Edo Tokyo Museum / Asakusa
Afternoon - Meiji Shrine / Shibuya Scrumble Crossing / Tokyo Tower
Evening - Hotel

Our day starts off at the Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. We then proceed to to Asakusa, the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. The tour will also stop by the famous Meiji Shrine located in Shibuya. While in Shibuya, we will explore Shibuya Crossing, one of the bussiest intersections in the world. We close off our day with a visit to Tokyo Tower, Japan's former largest tower before Skytree was built.
Tokyo - Sensoji Temple Tokyo - Senshoji Kaminari Gate Tokyo - Meiji Shrine Tokyo - Tokyo Tower
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Tokyo
4 Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Shizuoka

Morning - Open-Air Museum
Afternoon - [Hakone] Owakudani Valley / Hakone Ropeway / Lake Ashi Cruise
Evening - Hotel

Our day starts with a visit to the Open-Air Museum. Its spectacular grounds are the permanent home for approximately 120 works by well-known modern and contemporary sculptors. It also has five exhibition halls including the Picasso Pavilion, as well as pieces where children can play, a foot-bath fed by natural hot-springs, and a variety of other facilities where our visitors can relax and enjoy the splendor of art in nature. We will then continue our Japan journey to Hakone. There, we will stop at Owakudani Valley, where they serve eggs said to add years to your life. Then, A relaxing cruise on Lake Ashi, where you can also get some stunning shots of Mt. Fuji. Before heading to the Mt. Fuji visitor's center, enjoy a ride on the Hakone Ropeway. Our Japan Cherry Blossom Tour package would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow's adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese cuisine.
Hakone - Hakone Open Air Museum Sakura - Mt. Fuji Hakone - Owakudani Valley Hakone - Lake Ashi Cruises
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Shizuoka
5 Shizuoka - Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Morning - [Kyoto] Golden Pavilion / Fushimi Inari Shrine / Tea Ceremony
Afternoon - [Nara] Todaiji Temple / Deer Park
Evening - [Kyoto] Gion Geisha District / Hotel

We will first head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan's must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. Our next stop is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of red torii gates that lead to the sacred Mt. Inari. Fushimi Inari Shrine is often rated Japan's No.1 destination by tourists and produces gorgeous pictures. We then proceed to Nara to Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat. Before ending our day, we will spend some time at the Gion-Geisha District. This is the perfect chance to see a traditional Geisha walking down the streets of Kyoto in stunning Kimonos.
Kyoto - Golden Pavilion Kyoto - Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine1 Nara - the Great Buddha Nara - Deer Park
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
6 Kyoto

Morning - [Kyoto] Kiyomizu Temple / Nijo Castle
Afternoon - Arashiyama
Evening - Hotel

Today we spend more time sightseeing in Kyoto. We start our day at Kiyomizu Temple, famous for one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Kyoto. We move on to Nijo Castle and after, to see the beautiful bamboo of Arashiyama. Our evening includes an optional Maiko show at the Gion Corner.
Kyoto - Kiyomizu Temple Kyoto - Nijo Castle Kyoto - Sagano
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
7 Kyoto - Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima

Morning - [Osaka] Cup Noodles Museum
Afternoon - [Himeji] Himeji Castle
Evening - Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka. Cup Noodles Museum is an interactive museum where you can learn about the history of cup noodles and even make your own original cup noodle. Next our tour bus will make a stop at Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1,600's, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.
Osaka - Cup Noodles Museum Himeji - Himeji Castle
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Hiroshima
8 Hiroshima - Miyajima - Yamaguchi - Fukuoka

Morning - Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Afternoon - Miyajima / Itsukushima Shrine / [Yamaguchi] Kintai Bridge
Evening - [Fukuoka] Hotel

Our Japan tour will spend part of this morning at the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. We will also spend time at the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the main highlights here in Hiroshima, the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath. After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best sceneries. We close up the day with a visit to the Kintai Bridge, a series of five wooden arches over the Nishiki River.
Hiroshima - Hiroshima Peace Park Hiroshima - Sadako's statue Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Hiroshima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine Yamaguchi - Kintai Bridge
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Fukuoka
9 Fukuoka - Saga - Nagasaki

Morning - [Saga] Arita
Afternoon - [Nagasaki] Glover Garden / Oura Church / Peace Memorial Park
Evening - Hotel

Our day begins in Arita, where we will see some of the finest porcelain creations. Our day then takes us to Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church. Our last stop of the day is the Nagasaki Peace Park which was built to commemorate the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the park is a large pillar engraved with the names of the victims.
Saga - Aritayaki Nagasaki - Glover Garden Nagasaki - Peace Memorial Park
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Kumamoto
10 Nagasaki - Kumamoto - Takachiho

Morning - [Kumamoto] Kumamoto Castle
Afternoon - [Miyazaki] Takachiho Gorge / Amanoiwato
Evening - Hotel

Our day begins in Kumamoto to visit Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.
Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Miyazaki - Takachiho Gorge
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Takachiho
11 Takachiho - Beppu - Dogo Onsen

Morning - [Beppu] Tour of Hell
Afternoon - [Matsuyama] Ishiteji Temple / Dogo Onsen
Evening - Hotel

Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes. We continue with a ferry ride, then visiting temple 51 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, Ishiteji Temple. After lunch, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. We will return to our hotel for a traditional style dinner, a luxurious multi-course Japanese meal. Afterwards, you have time to roam the old streets of Matsuyama or take a soak in the hot springs. There is a Taiko Show you can enjoy at the Tsubakikan Hotel in the main building for free.
Beppu - The Tour of Hell Ehime - Ishiteji Temple Dogo Onsen - Yushinden Matuyama - Dogo Onsen
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Matsuyama
12 Dogo - Takamatsu - Osaka

Morning - [Takamatsu] Ritsurin Garden
Afternoon - [Tokushima] Awaodori Kaikan / Naruto Whirlpools*
Evening - [Osaka] Dotonbori / Hotel

Travelling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden its highest rating of three stars. The picturesque garden features ponds, hills, bridges, footpaths, and beautiful pavilions divided into a Japanese style garden in the south and western style garden in the north. Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools which are created by the large volumes of water moving between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean between high and low tide, combined with the unique underwater geography of the narrow straight. These whirlpools can only be seen under strict conditions and times and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpools in action. Before ending our day, we will spend some time at Osaka, Dotonbori, a popular tourist district for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The street is lit by hundreds of neon lights at night time, keeping the town lively throughout the night.

* The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

Takamatsu - Ritsurin Park Tokushima - Naruto Whirlpools Osaka - Dotonbori
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Osaka
13 Departure Osaka / Your home town or enjoy your extended stay.

Sadly your enjoyable Japan tour ends today, you will return home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Information

From Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport to KIX Airport - about 10 mins (Walk)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

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