[Assisted] 9 days
This assisted tour will allow you to fully enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms as you visit Japan's iconic sites and locations.
From modern skyscrapers to ancient temples, a variety of experiences awaits you - ride the world-famous Bullet Train, walk down the streets of traditional Kyoto, submerge yourself in the steaming natural waters and enjoy traditional multi course dinner in Hakone and many more. You'll be fascinated by the country's distinctive blend of carefully guarded tradition and cutting-edge modernity with an experience that you will remember for years.
We've included a few free days in the tour for you to relax and explore at your own pace. Though you have a choice of various optional tours and cultural activities over those days to make the most of your time in Japan.
Contact us for special offers on flights.
Included in this tour:
☑ Accommodations based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room
☑ The hotels in this tour are well located 3-4 star hotels
☑ Transportation services listed in the itinerary
☑ Meals listed in the itinerary
☑ Private English-speaking guide for Days2-4 and 6-7
☑ Schedule is subject to change due to traffic, weather of any unforeseen circumstances
☑ Please note that there is no assurance of viewing the cherry blossoms as the peak date varies each year depending on weather conditions
☑ ATOL Protection
☑ GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
After arriving in Osaka you will be met by a meeting assistant who will guide you to your hotel transfer. (Prices are based on arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport, for other airports extra fees may apply.)
Stay in FP HOTELS South - Namba or similar
Meet with your guide and head to Nara via public transport. Visit world-famous attractions such as the Nara deer park where you can feed the local deer and UNESCO World Heritage sites that include Todaiji Temple famous for the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world, Kasuga Grand Shrine with its vermillion gates and innumerable traditional lanterns and Kofukuji Temple for its 5-story Pagoda tower.
Travel to Hiroshima by bullet train. Your first stop will be the Memorial Peace Park, which commemorates the atomic bombing of the city. Here you will see the Atomic Bomb Dome and Memorial Museum. After this you will head to Miyajima Island by ferry to see one of Japan’s most photographed places, Itsukushima Shrine.
Stay in Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel or similar
Take a Kyoto bound bullet train, followed by a local train to Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, one of Japans most recognisable sights thanks to its thousands of red torii gates that snake up 3 miles of Mt. Inari. Next head to the prominent Yasaka Shrine. Then take a walk through Gion, Kyoto’s Geisha District where you might catch a glimpse of a Kyoto’s famed courtesans. End the day with a stroll down Ponto-cho riverside street. At the end, head back to Osaka for your hotel.Stay in Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel or similar
You will have this day to explore free at your leisure. You can explore more of Osaka, take a local train to Kobe and wander its beautiful port, take a bullet train to Himeji for its breath-taking castle or head back to Kyoto to take in more history.Stay in Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI Hotel or similar
Your luggage will be transferred to your Tokyo hotel so prepare a day bag. Board a bullet train bound for Japan’s premier hot spring resort of Hakone. From the Owakudani Ropeway you’ll see the volcanic valleys that create Hakone’s thermal spring waters and on clear days have a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji. After this enjoy a scenic lake cruise on Lake Ashino, where again you’ll get amazing view of Fuji. At the end of the cruise, transfer to your hotel which is a traditional ryokan inn where you can enjoy authentic food and relax in its thermal hot springs.Stay in Sengokugahara Prince Hotel or similar
Board a train to Japan’s capital and head straight to the Meiji Shrine, which commemorates Emperor Meiji who transformed Japan into a modern country. After this wander around Harajuku, Japan’s youth and fashion mecca. Then travel to Shibuya, known for its scramble crossing, known as the Times Square of Asia. Asakusa and Sensoji Temple are your last destination of the day where you can see Tokyo’s oldest and largest Buddhist Temple and do some souvenir shopping on its Nakamise street.
You will have your last day in Japan to spend at your leisure and do any last-minute sightseeing that you want to get in. You can visit areas such as Ueno Park and Meguro River for the best cherry blossoms in the city.Stay in Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar
|Check out of your hotel and board a transfer bus to the airport ready for your flight home.||Breakfast|