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14 Day Cherry Blossom Tour - Start from Tokyo

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Cherry Blossom
Single package: $4,070.00
Twin package: $3,150.00
Triple package: $2,790.00

*Per person price

Package includes:

- 14 Day Japan Rail Pass Ordinary

- JPY 1,500 Pasmo Card - Japan Holidays Tours Tokyo Morning Tour

- Sunrise Kyoto Morning Tour

- 4 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel - Tokyo

- 2 nights at the Palace Hotel - Hakone

- 2 nights at the Hida Hotel Plaza - Takayama

- 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel - Kyoto

- 2 nights at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - Hiroshima

Day 1

Day 1: Arrive in Japan / Narita International Airport Tokyo

Arrive at Narita International Airport - Welcome to Japan.

Activate your 14 Day Japan Rail Pass at the train station within the airport and board the Narita Express train to Shinagawa Station.

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is the ideal place to stay in Tokyo for its convenient location and access to a wide range of restaurants and shops

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 1/4

Day 2

Day 2 - Tokyo:

Asakusa Kannon Temple
This morning you will be collected from the Shinagawa Prince Hotel at 07:50am for your Tokyo Morning Tour operated by Japan Holiday Tours. Your tour will disband in the Ginza shopping district at approximately 1:00pm. You will be guided by an English-speaking Japanese local and transported by coach to the following sites:

Tokyo Tower - Enjoy a panoramic view of the famous Tokyo skyline from the main observation platform;

Meiji Shrine - The finest example of Japanese shrine architecture nestled in a peaceful, picturesque park containing over 120,000 trees;

Imperial Palace East Garden - Enjoy a pleasant walk in the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, of historical interest and scenic beauty. (Mon. & Fri. Visit Imperial Palace Plaza, Double Bridge, instead of East Garden) Visit the inner moat, 15-feet thick walls and gnarled pine trees surrounding the 250-acre fortress, home of the Emperor and Empress);

The tour disbands in the Ginza shopping district. Take time to explore the Ginza's famous upmarket shopping, numerous department stores and wide range of boutiques, galleries and dining. The basement of any Japanese department store is home to an incredible food court where foods are expertly prepared and presented for sale.

Post tour, board a subway to Tokyo Station and then board a local train to Akihabara Station. To most foreign visitors Akihabara is known as "Electric City" due to hundreds of electronic stores found in this district. In recent years Akihabara has become home to a number of shops specialising in Japanese animation "Anime and Manga" which is growing increasingly popular around the world.

Next travel two stops north of Akihabara to Ueno Station and visit the Ameyoko Ueno Markets. There are over 500 shops that sell everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices and is always crowded with local shoppers.

Just a short distance from Ueno Station is Ueno Park - one of Japan's most crowded, noisy and popular cherry blossom viewing (hanami) locations. With its 1000+ cherry trees, Ueno Park turns a delicate shade of pink in early April; delighting picture snapping strollers and sake swigging merrymakers. (Admission is free / food stands are available).

Next, take the subway from Ueno to Asakusa to visit the popular Asakusa Kannon Temple - Tokyo's oldest and most impressive temple is said to have been founded in the 7th century. Nakamise Dori, the colourful shopping promenade, extends from Kaminarimon Gate to Hozomon Gate and is an excellent place to buy everything from kimono to traditional sweets. Only a few minutes walk from Kaminarimon Gate is Sumida Park, where cherry blossom trees stretch a few hundred metres along both sides of the Sumida River. Hanami can also be enjoyed from boats that cruise the river. (Admission is free / food stands are available).

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 2/4

Day 3

Day 3 - Tokyo:

Meiji Shrine
This morning take a Yamanote Line train to Harajuku Station and visit the Meiji Shrine - Japan's most famous Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji. This area is covered by an evergreen forest of 120,000 trees, 365 different species, which were donated by people from all over Japan. On weekends you are likely to encounter a Japanese wedding ceremony.

Return to the station area and visit Yoyogi Park. Every weekend Tokyo's talented sub-culture meets and performs. Regular acts include Elvis impersonators, magicians, dancers and rock bands.

For lunch, explore the selection in the side alleys off Takeshita Street - this lively boulevard prides itself as the home of teenage Tokyo street fashion. Bargain hunters will enjoy a visit to "Daiso" to delight in what you can buy for only 100 yen!

From nearby JR Yoyogi Station head east to explore Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. This large park features more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties in Western and Japanese style gardens (Entrance JPY500 / Open 9am-4:30pm).

Later in the day, take the train to JR Shinjuku Station - the largest and busiest train station in Japan. From the West Exit walk 10 minutes through the high-rise business district to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building to ponder the commanding views of the city from its 45th story observation deck. The night view is breathtaking! (9:30am-10:30pm - entry is free.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 3/4

Day 4

Day 4: Tokyo - Kamakura - Tokyo

Great Buddah, Kamakura
Take a day trip to the seaside town called Kamakura. Located just 45 minutes from Shinagawa Station on the Yokosuka Line, Kamakura is one of Japan's most popular sightseeing destinations, famous for a number of temples, shrines and beautiful Japanese gardens.

Surrounded by wooded mountains on three sides and Sagami Bay on the south, Kamakura was once the capital of Japan from 1192 to 1333.

Many of the wonderful sites in Kamakura are within walking distance of Kamakura Station, so one can easily spend the day exploring the many temples, shrines, parks and gardens. Some of the sites you might like to visit include:

The Great Buddha, this giant bronze statue of Buddha stands at 13.35m tall and is the second largest in Japan. The Buddha once was housed inside a temple, but late in the 15th century, a large tsunami washed away the wooden structure and the Buddha has remained outside ever since.

Komachi-dori St, leading out from Kamakura Station, this strip of shops has many great places to buy souvenirs and a number of good places to buy some snacks from nuts and crackers, to cute little cakes and sweets.

Hasedera Temple, situated high on a hill, the main temple has a fine view of the coastal city. The temple is home to a wooden statue of Kannon, the 11-headed goddess of mercy that stands at 9m high.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, This iconic Shinto shrine is Kamakura?s geographical and cultural centre and attracts many visitors with its beautiful peony gardens and two museums, the Museum of Modern Art and the Kamakura Museum of National Treasures.

Hokoku-ji Temple, this Zen temple is a must-see attraction in Kamakura. Behind the temple is a magnificent bamboo garden which is tranquil escape. Towards the back of the bamboo garden is a small tea house where you can enjoy a special cup of green tea while taking in the beauty of the serene surroundings.

Return to Tokyo in the late afternoon.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel - 4/4

Day 5

Day 5: Tokyo - Hakone / Mt Fuji

Lake Ashi
Check out of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and board a Kodama bullet train from Shinagawa Station to Odawara Station (30 min).

At Odawara Station, purchase a 3 Day "Hakone Free Pass" which entitles the holder to 3 days of unlimited travel on a variety of local transport including the unique mountain railway, bus, cable car, ropeway and cruise boat. Use your Pass to gain entry to and discounts at the region's many hot springs, museums, galleries, gardens, temples and shrines.

From Odawara Station to your accommodation at the Palace Hotel Hakone take the Hakone Tozan Bus for Togendai (via Hakone-Yumoto) and get off at Palace Hotel Hakone Mae (50 min). Your hotel has a volcanic outdoor onsen (hot spring) one of the region's thirteen volcanic spas - a perfect way to relax after a busy day.

Wedged between Mount Fuji and lzu Peninsula, encircled by forested mountains and deep ravines, extraordinary views (weather permitting) from Hakone of Mount Fuji and the Japan Alps are a magnificent scene to remember.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring the many sights of this amazing resort town.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone - 1/2

Day 6

Day 6: Hakone / Mt. Fuji

Sakura, Lake Ashi
Using your "Hakone Free Pass"(and the provided tourist maps & brochures) explore some of the many sites of the Hakone region, including:

Lake Ashi: The 400,000 year-old volcanic crater lake that never freezes! Ashiko is a popular place for fishing, boating and water sports. Use your Hakone Pass to cruise the lake by pirate ship. On a clear day you will be able to take pleasure in Mt. Fuji's inverted reflection.

Owakudani (Greater Boiling Valley): Accessible by ropeway this entire gorge reeks of sulphurous fumes, spewing clouds of steam from crevasses among bubbling hot springs.

Ancient Cedar Avenue: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this superb 2km flora-lined winding passage; once the pathway to Tokyo.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone - 2/2

Day 7

Day 7: Hakone - Hida Takayama

Hida Takayama
Check out of the Palace Hotel Hakone and board the bus back to Odawara Station (50 min). At Odawara Station board a bullet train to JR Nagoya Station. Change trains at JR Nagoya Station and board the Limited Express Hida train to JR Takayama Station (2 hrs 20 min). This magnificent train journey through the Japan Alps (often compared to the Alps of Europe) will be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.

Hida Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. It is possible to walk across the centre of Hida Takayama in about 20 minutes, and most of the attractions are concentrated in the old part of town, within minutes of each other. Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk from the main exit of the station.

Enjoy an afternoon stroll around this museum-like town, dotted with numberous attractions including a variety of small museums devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long-standing tradition of the finest craftsmanship. Visit the old private houses that lie in the area between Miyagawa River and the famously lush and picturesque Shiroyama Park. This quite residential has shops selling traditional wares, antique shops Japanese-style inns, sake breweries and restaurants serving local specialities.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 1/2

Day 8

Day 8: Hida Takayama

Jinya Market
In the morning visit the Takayama Jinya Market and the Miyagawa Market. Located on the banks of the Miyagawa River these morning markets are open daily from 7am to noon. Here you will find people from nearby farms selling fresh produce and flowers.

Return to JR Takayama Station where you can purchase a Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village) discount ticket - 900 yen - (Hida-no-Sato Setto-Ken) which includes a return bus ride (10 minutes each way) and admission to the Hida Folk Village. Here you will find restorations of more than 30 typical old thatched-roofed houses, relocated here from the various places around the Hida area. The site recreates the atmosphere and scenery of mountain villages of old in a beautiful mountain setting. Here you can try your hand at making candles and senbei rice crackers).

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 2/2

Day 9

Day 9: Takayama - Kyoto

Cherry blossoms in Kyoto
Check out of the Hida Hotel Plaza and board a limited express Hida train from JR Takayama Station to JR Nagoya Station (2.5 hrs). Change trains within the station and speed to JR Kyoto Station. (50 min)

Your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

After check in, eplore some of the many sights surrouinging your hotel. Be sure to visit the Sky Plaza Observation Deck on top of Kyoto Station for a free panoramic view of the surrounding area of Kyoto. This modern station also contains a large shopping mall, department store, specialty shops and restaurants.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 1/3

Day 10

Day 10: Kyoto / Higashiyama / Gion

Gion, Kyoto
Commence your exploration of the ancient city of Kyoto. At 08:45am, you will be collected from your hotel's lobby to join the Kyoto Morning Tour. Your English-speaking local guide will take you by bus to Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat., Sun. & national holidays, visit Higashi Honganji Temple instead). The tour will disband at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre. This is an excellent place to purchase authentic Japanese arts and crafts. The centre offers a courtesy transfer service back to Kyoto Station. In the afternoon, board a local bus to Maruyama Park for cherry blossom viewing. Next make your way to Kiyomizu Temple. Walk up this attractive winding road lined with souvenir and craft shops to the peak. Kiyomizu Temple is famous for its giant wooden stage overlooking panoramic views of Kyoto. Its main hall is entirely constructed of wood and supported by huge columns and beams without the use of a single nail, screw or bolt.

In the evening board a subway to Shijo Station and walk towards Gion, Kyoto's famous entertainment district. Gion is one place in Japan where you may see Geisha or Maiko walking between appointments. As darkness falls watch the traditional lanterns gradually come to life and you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restaurants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 2/3

Day 11

Day 11: Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Todaiji Temple
A full day of sightseeing awaits you in Nara. Here, you can find peace of mind and natural beauty as you uncover the many treasures of Japan's former capital (710-784AD).

From JR Kyoto Station board a JR Nara Line limited express train for Nara (45 min). All sightseeing is within comfortable walking distance of Nara Station. From the station make your way through the town towards Nara Park.

Enjoy lunch while sitting in the picturesque Nara Park, famous for the 1200+ tame deer that roam the area. Here you will be surrounded by impressive World Heritage listed cultural assets. Todaiji Temple, the world's largest wooden architecture, houses the "Giant Buddha" that soars 16 metres in height. Return to Nara Station via Nara-machi, an old precinct full of traditional houses, shops and tearooms in calm and pleasant surroundings, giving a good contrast to the great temples and old burial mounds.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel - 3/3

Day 12

Day 12: Kyoto - Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima
Check out of the New Miyako Hotel board a bullet train from Kyoto Station to Hiroshima. You may need to swap trains at Shin Osaka on the way. (2.5 hrs).

Your accommodation at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a two minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station.

Hiroshima was a city left in ashes after the Atomic bomb was dropped. Hiroshima has made a remarkable recovery and has been rebuilt as a modern thriving city. The area which felt the full force of the bomb has been transformed into a Peace Memorial Park with gardens of great beauty and nearly forty memorials to the victims of the atomic explosion. Hiroshima is now known as the "International City of Peace" dedicated to a total ban on the use of Atomic weapons. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park should be included in every Hiroshima itinerary.

To visit the Park, board a tram in front of Hiroshima Station and get off at Genbaku Domu-Mae (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop (cost 150 yen - 15 min.)

Using your tour map, visit a number of exhibits including the Atomic Bomb Dome: Positioned below the epicentre, this skeleton of melted steel and concrete has been left as it was after the bomb was dropped. It stands as a stark reminder of the city's August 6, 1945 bombing

The highlight of the Park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This state of the art museum focuses on Hiroshima both before and after the explosion. It also tells the story of Hiroshima's rapid rebuild into the beautiful city it is today.

On the way back to station, make sure you visit Hiroshima Castle. This castle was first built in 1589 until its destruction in 1945. Having been rebuilt in all its glory, it is now used to exhibit historic artefacts from Japan's feudal past.

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 1/2

Day 13

Day 13: Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima
Take a day trip to the Sacred Island of Miyajima

From Hiroshima Station board the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26 min). Walk to the pier and using your JR Pass board the JR Ferry to Miyajima Island.

The entire 30 sq. km. island is designated by the Japanese government as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The must see Itsukushima Shrine, built in the sixth century, is dedicated to the maritime guardian goddesses. The shrine buildings are connected by corridors which stretch out over the water giving it the appearance of floating on the sea at high tide. The giant red wooden O-Torii (Grand Gate) is the most noted symbol of Miyajima.

Be sure to take the 1.7km ropeway (JPY 1,800 round trip) to Mount Misen's summit to absorb one of the three most spectacular panoramic views in Japan. Keep your eye out for the mischievous monkeys before descending on a peaceful walk through the ancient forest.

Return to Hiroshima in the early evening to feast upon the city's popular delicacy Okonomiyaki - a savoury, layered noodle pancake cooked on an iron hotplate at your table. The locals are very proud of their contribution to Japanese cuisine!

Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 2/2

Day 14

Day 14: Depart Japan / Hiroshima - Narita International Airport

Depart Japan
Spend your last day in Japan completing any final sightseeing or shopping.

For those exiting Japan from Osaka, board a bullet train to Shin Osaka Station. (2hrs) Within the Station take the Haruka Train for Kansai Airport.

For those exiting Japan from Tokyo board a bullet train from Hiroshima to Tokyo. (5.5 hrs) Within Tokyo Station take the Narita Express Train to Narita Airport. (70 min)

We recommend you reserve your seats for these trains in advance to avoid any risk of missing your flights.

Be sure to check in for your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.

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