Japan Travel Expert - Cherry Blossom Japan 14 Days

Cherry Blossom Japan 14 Days

Tokyo, Hakone, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Takayama

Duration 13 nights and 14 days
Departs Daily During mid-March to early April
Price From $3,532 per person (based on twin share)

Visit some of Japan’s renowned cherry blossom viewing locations in addition to the must-see spectacles of Japan. Experience the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo, the rich culture and history of Kyoto and Hiroshima, the tradition and nature in Takayama, and the icon of Japan, Mt Fuji, in combination with Japan’s seasonal spectacular – cherry blossoms! Discover a land rich in history, food, culture, nature and tradition.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Tokyo
Commence your exploration of Tokyo. First, visit Shinjuku. Make sure to visit Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo! You may like to visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building in Shinjuku. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Tokyo from the free observation deck.

Accommodation: Tokyo – 3 nights

Day 2: Tokyo
Take the Tokyo (Cityrama) Morning Tour (9:00 to 13:10)
After the tour, discover the Ueno area including the Ameyoko Ueno Markets and then Ueno Park to view more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees. Many locals have “Hanami party” (cherry blossom viewing party) here.

Day 3: Tokyo
Take a day trip to Kamakura, a beautiful coast side city that was also the former capital of Japan from 1192-1333. Make sure to walk along the “Dankazura” which is the approach to the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. The street is approximately 500 meters long and you can walk through a tunnel of cherry blossoms.

Day 4: Tokyo – Hakone
Get aboard the Mt Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour (9:00 – 17.30)
Once the tour disbands, head back to your accommodation for dinner.

Accommodation: Hakone – 1 night (Dinner, Breakfast)

Day 5: Hakone – Hiroshima
Board a train to the peace city Hiroshima. Visit Hiroshima Castle, originally built in 1589 and destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945. In 1958, the present castle was reconstructed and opened as a museum for the public. Enjoy the much-loved Japanese pancake, “Okonomiyaki”, for dinner.

Accommodation: Hiroshima – 2 nights

Day 6: Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Hiroshima
Take an excursion to the sacred shrine island, Miyajima, where the giant floating tori gate on the sea is waiting to greet you. You will be fascinated by the sublime, vermillion Itsukushima Shrine, a world heritage site that floats with the rising tide. Stroll around the island and Mt Misen before returning to Hiroshima.

Day 7: Hiroshima – Kyoto
Explore more of Hiroshima. Witness and learn of the tragic results of war and heartbreaking stories at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum and A-bomb Dome. Then move on to the ancient city Kyoto. Upon arrival in Kyoto, discover the local food culture at the Nishiki Food Market. Then explore the Kyoto Station area. The free observation deck provides you with a sweeping view of Kyoto city.

Accommodation: Kyoto – 4 nights

Day 8: Kyoto
Join the Kyoto Morning Tour (8:35 – 13:00)
After the tour, marvel at the wooden structure of the Kiyomizu-no-Butai (Kiyomizu Stage) at Kiyomizudera Temple. Then, visit Gion, one of the largest geisha districts in Kyoto.

Day 9: Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto
Be captivated by the thousands of vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine and the seasonal garden and coloured leaves at Tofukuji Temple. Continue your journey to Nara. Visit Todaiji Temple, then walk through Nara Park, visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine. On the way back to Nara Station, Stroll around Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara.

Day 10: Kyoto
Explore more of Kyoto. Visit Ginkakuji Temple then meander along the ‘Philosopher’s Walk’ where approximately 500 cherry blossom trees line the path along the canal. This is one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. Savour the elegance of Kyoto while slowly making your way towards Nanzenji Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine.

Day 11: Kyoto – Takayama
Head off to Takayama, a charming little samurai town in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Explore this lovely historic town at your own pace. Stroll around Kamisanmachi to view the traditional samurai houses. Explore Takayama Jinya (a former government outpost), the Festival Floats Museum and more. The famous red Nakabashi Bridge is a great place to view the cherry blossoms.

Accommodation: Takayama – 2 nights

Day 12: Takayama – Shirakawago – Takayama
Take a day trip to savour the idyllic scenery of Shirakawago. This World Heritage listed village contains many traditional thatched-roof farmhouses. An optional guided tour to Shirakawago and Gokayama is also available.

Day 13: Takayama – Tokyo
Stroll through the riverside morning market in Takayama, and explore more of Takayama, including the cherry blossom lined Enakogawa River. Once you have completed your sightseeing of Takayama, head off to Tokyo.

Accommodation: Tokyo – 1 night

Day 14: Tokyo – Narita International Airport
Depart Japan or head to your next destination.

*The order of the tour can be changed and the length increased or decreased to match your requirements.

Highlights:

– Mega and modern city Tokyo
– Japan’s icon, Mt Fuji and Hakone
– Ancient cities Kyoto and Nara
– Peace city Hiroshima and sacred island Miyajima
– Historic samurai town Takayama
– Traditional farmhouses in Shirakawago

Package Details:

Duration 13 nights and 14 days (travel order can be changed, length of tour can be extended or decreased)
Departure Dates During cherry blossom season (mid-March to early April)
*Please note  that cherry blossom viewing is not guaranteed due to Mother Nature. Cherry blossoms are a very sensitive flower, dependant on the weather. When it was a colder winter, cherry blossoms will bloom later, and when it was a warmer winter, cherry blossoms will bloom earlier than average.
Route Tokyo, Hakone, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Takayama
Tour Type Self guided package: pick up/drop off service is not available
Price (land fee) Twin share from $3,532 per person
Triple share from $3,161 per person
Single from $4,795 per person

Package inclusions:

– 13 nights accommodation in a standard room in 3-4 star hotels
・ 4 nights in Tokyo – Shiba Park Hotel or similar
・ 1 night in Hakone – Hakone Hotel or similar
・ 2 nights in Hiroshima – Hotel New Hiroden, Granvia Hiroshima or similar
・ 3 nights in Kyoto, Osaka or Nara – New Miyako Hotel (Kyoto), Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda (Osaka) or Hotel Nikko Nara similar
・ 2 nights in Takayama – Takayama Ouan, Hida Hotel Plaza or similar

– Meals
・ 1 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast in Hakone

– Tokyo Morning Tour with local English-speaking guide

– Mt Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour (includes lunch) with local English-speaking guide

– Kyoto Morning Tour with local English-speaking guide

Japan Rail Pass 14-day (Ordinary)

Package exclusions:

– Flights: We can assist with your flights to match your itinerary.
*If you have already booked your flight, please provide us with your flight details or send us copies of e-tickets when you book/enquire.

– Travel expenses (unless covered by the Japan Rail Pass).

– Meals: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.

– Activities or tours: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.
*You can add any day tours or activities you like, we can arrange this for you.

– Admission fees: Except as mentioned in the Package inclusions.

– Personal expenses

– Travel insurance

Notes:

*Non-smoking rooms may be available on request. We book non-smoking rooms when available.

*Please read our term and conditions.

*Package inclusions are subject to availability.

*Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.