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This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.
This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period.
This package includes breakfast daily for two adults
✓ Book ahead and save for 2024 cherry blossom season
✓ Incredible sightseeing, including breathtaking Mount Fuji, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and beautiful temples, shrines and castles like UNESCO World Heritage Sites Golden Pavilion, Himeji Castle and Seokguram Grotto
✓ 21 nights in quality 3 and 4-star hotels throughout Japan and South Korea
✓ Experience the Japanese bullet train from Himeji to Osaka
✓ Flight from Tokyo to Seoul
✓ Fully escorted by expert, local tour leaders
✓ Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
✓ All transportation – coach, rail, and boat
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Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival to Kansai or Itami International Airport please make your own way to Hotel Hankyu Respire Osaka.
Your journey through this magical land of contrasts begins in Osaka, a vibrant city renowned for its food culture. Known as tenka no daidokoro (the nation’s kitchen), it’s a dream for foodies. Try some of its famed street food like takoyaki (octopus and pickled ginger in batter), kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetable skewers) or Osaka-style okonomiyaki (a delicious savoury pancake).
With friendly locals, it’s the perfect welcome to this lovely country.
Arrival & check-in: We strongly recommend that you arrange your flights to arrive at Kansai International Airport (KIX) instead of Osaka International Airport (ITM). The easiest and most convenient way to travel from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Hotel Hankyu Respire Osaka is by train. Simply take the JR to Osaka Station which costs 430 Yen per person for the 20 minute trip. From JR to Osaka Station it's an easy 180m walk to the hotel. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Kansai International Airport (KIX) which costs approximately 23,000 Yen per taxi for the 50km ride.
If arriving at Osaka International Airport (ITM), the transfer to the Hotel Hankyu is by subway and train. The train will take approx 30 minutes at a cost of 500 Yen. If needed, you will find a handy Osaka International Airport (ITM) transfer planner here.
Travellers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to check-in time (3pm), you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are generally no scheduled activities for today.
There will be a welcome meeting at the hotel this morning to discuss some tour logistics and to give you a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
We’ll tour central Osaka today, starting with a tour of the extensive grounds of Osaka Castle, an important historic monument of feudal Japan. It was built in the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan’s most famous warlords. At the time of completion it was the largest castle in the country.
We’ll go to the Namba area and see Shinsaibashi, a shopping district with everything from fast fashion to luxury brands. The flashy district of Dōtonbori is a hive of activity; a shopping, food and entertainment hotspot. You’ll find a host of gastronomic delights here, from Michelin-starred establishments to exciting street food – no surprise given the city’s strong food heritage. With its colourful neon lights and signs, it’s home to one of Osaka’s most photographed icons, the neon Glico running man sign. Dōtonbori Street runs parallel to the eponymous canal and is a great place to pick up souvenirs.
We’ll head for magical Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari Shine on arrival. This important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto was dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake, by the Hata clan in the eighth century. A magical path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates winds its way through the hills behind the shrine.
A contrast to bustling Osaka, Kyoto showcases the essence of traditional Japanese culture and rich history with its timeless charm. Kyoto is considered by many to be the jewel in Japan’s crown and one of the only cities in Japan to escape destruction during World World II, leaving its countless relics intact.
Perhaps stroll the streets of Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. With any luck you might spot a geisha, otherwise known as a geiko or maiko.
Enjoy an evening walking tour of downtown Kyoto – from the heart of the city’s geisha culture in Gion to the tiny backstreets and bars of Ponto-chō. Experience Gion’s atmospheric streetscape at night and catch glimpses of geisha on their way to work. Visit neighborhood shrines illuminated at night and stop at a bar and sample some local sake and food.
We’ll see the sights of ancient Kyoto this morning, starting with Tofukuji Temple, one of Japan’s oldest and most famous temples. Its grand sanmon entrance gate, the oldest in Japan, is a National Treasure. This vast complex includes 24 sub-temples and four distinctly different gardens, each facing in a different direction. Many of these buildings date back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573) and are shining examples of Zen architecture of the time. rio2022
Nearby Heian Jingu Shrine is a relatively young sacred location – built in 1895 – but this Shinto shrine is very impressive, with its enormous torii (sacred gate) standing almost 25 metres high.
We’ll continue onto some of Kyoto’s most iconic sites, like Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). This is a Zen temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, set within a beautiful classical Zen garden.
We’ll stop for lunch at Arashiyama before a mesmerising experience – standing amongst the soaring stalks of bamboo at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It’s green, peaceful and the seemingly endless boughs make for a serene experience, even with the tourist crowds. Take in the sound of rustling bamboo as you stroll these paths – if there’s a bit of wind, the groves will gently sway back and forth which only adds to the magic.
Please note - only 1 optional activity can be chosen on this day.
A very special once-in-a-lifetime Japan experience – meet a maiko from Kyoto’s exclusive geisha community. Enjoy a dance and music performance and learn about the life of a modern-day geisha in a private session in a traditional Kyoto townhouse, and enjoy a traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki meal.
Start with a walk through Nishiki Market where everything from fresh produce to Japanese green teas and pickles are sold. On the way, explore traditional fan shops, chopstick shops and one of the best knife shops in Kyoto. Wander through the famous shopping arcade of Teramachi, discovering incense shops, Japanese woodblock print shops, ceramics and traditional tea shops, as well as the best of Japan’s contemporary fashion – both mainstream and quirky!
We’ll travel to Naruto Strait, and tour the Naruto whirlpools off the Shikoku coast, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. These tidal whirlpools, created by the fast tidal current, are a captivating sight on the surface of this narrow strait. In ideal conditions they can measure up to about 20 metres in diameter. The tidal current is fastest during a full moon and the roar is a spectacular sound.
We’ll then head for Takamatsu, on the north coast of Shikoku island. This scenic port city is known for its udon noodles, a Japanese favourite.
Touring the open-air museum of Shikoku Mura is the perfect chance to explore Japan’s history and heritage, with a glimpse of old village life. Over 20 restored traditional buildings and structures, built in the Shikoku style and mainly from the Edo and Meiji periods, were relocated here from all over the island.
This hillside village includes farmhouses, storehouses, production workshops for soy sauce and sugar, a thatched kabuki theatre and a vine suspension bridge made of vine and wood. There is also a small, modern art gallery.
We will also visit the Ritsurin Garden, an exquisite traditional garden. Built during the Edo period – when the city was a castle town controlled by the Matsudaira clan – it’s a National Treasure and arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.
There are six ponds and 13 buildings in this tranquil oasis, including a lush lotus pond and the Okedoi-no-Taki waterfall. Pine-covered Mount Shiun at the garden’s western border provides a gorgeous backdrop. There is also a tea house and various folk art and craft exhibits.
This morning, on the way to the picturesque castle town of Matsuyama, we’ll stop at Matsuyama Castle for a photo opportunity, followed by a brief visit to the Ishiteiji Temple, one of the 88 pilgrim temples and a popular tourist attraction. After, we will head onto the historic Dogo Onsen area for another photo stop and a chance to get some lunch.
At Misaki, we’ll board a ferry to the onsen town of Beppu, known for its spectacular hot springs. It’s on the island of Kyushu, Japan’s third-largest island.
Kyushu Island is onsen country, with hot springs dotted all over this island. The city of Beppu is home to over 2,000 hot springs but this morning we’ll visit the most bizarre. The Hells of Beppu are a spooky sight – each hot spring bubbles and steams somewhat violently. These jigoku (hells) can reach temperatures of about 98 degrees. They are for viewing, not bathing!
Each ‘hell’ is distinctly different. The largest of the seven pools, Umi (Sea) Jigoku, earned its name for its vivid turquoise colour. The oldest hell, Chinoike (Blood Lake) Jigoku is – you guessed it – blood red, a magnificent sight with steam rising from it. Undoubtedly the most scary pool is Oniyama Jigoku, with crocodiles bred and kept here.
We’ll travel south to Nagasaki, one of two cities in Japan destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II.
On arrival we’ll tour the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park. The museum is a difficult but important visit, with photos and other relics from the period that were found after the bomb. The harrowing gallery displays stories compiled from survivors. 75,000 people lost their lives in the attack and its aftermath.
Nagasaki Peace Park is next to the museum, located near the hypocentre of the atomic bomb blast. In the Zone of Hopes, the towering Peace Statue at the back of the park points up to the sky with its right hand and its left arm is horizontal to represent the wish for peace. On either side of the statue are two small shrines draped with origami crane garlands, in memory of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. There are five zones in this grand park, a serene place for reflection.
Stroll through central Nagasaki in the evening, stopping for a bowl of champon ramen noodles, Nagasaki-style. Champon is a classic Nagasaki dish and reflects the city’s cosmopolitan past and history with early Chinese and Western traders. Afterwards, head up Mount Inasa for stunning panoramic views of this attractive port city at night.
Today’s sightseeing starts with Glover Garden, for an insight into Nagasaki’s cosmopolitan past. This open air museum has six Western-style buildings from all over the city that were relocated here – grand mansions that were once home to Nagasaki’s foreign residents, such as European diplomats and foreign traders. Take in the lovely views over the harbour.
We’ll visit the Twenty-Six Martyrs Monument, dedicated to 26 missionaries and Christians executed here in the 16th century, when missionary activities were prohibited. They became saints in the 20th century.
Next stop is the city’s major Shinto shrine, Suwa Shrine, that sits atop a hill overlooking Nagasaki. There are 277 stone steps leading up the mountain to the shrine complex. Built in 1614, it features ornate animal sculptures, including the komainu (guard dogs).
We’ll drive past Dejima, the old Dutch trading post, and stop for a photo at Oura Church, said to be the oldest church in Japan.
We’ll travel from Nagasaki to Hiroshima today, with a lunch stop on the way.
On arrival, we’ll visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, home to the ruins of the Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that were left standing near ground zero. In Hiroshima today, locals have mixed feelings about the UNESCO World Heritage Site structure: some see it as a reminder of war, while others consider it a tribute to the lost that ensures we'll never forget the tragic events that took place here.
The flame in the cenotaph is intended to burn until the last nuclear weapon has been destroyed. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, located in the Peace Memorial Park, is a sobering experience for those who wish to explore further.
Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an okonomiyaki dinner. Okonomiyaki is a savoury Japanese pancake, famed in Hiroshima for its layering of ingredients including batter, cabbage and pork to which you can add optional items such as squid, octopus or more vegetables. The duration of this activity is one hour in the evening.
There is an early start this morning for a full day of incredible sightseeing. We’ll take the ferry to Miyajima Island this morning. Known for its lush forests, ancient shrines and temples, and freely roaming sika deer, this island is just as popular with Japanese tourists as it is with international visitors.
Just offshore we'll spy a 'floating' vermilion torii, which becomes partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th century. We’ll tour the shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We’ll travel to the Himeji area where we will make a brief stop for lunch, then continue onto a tour of magnificent Himeji Castle, the largest surviving example of a traditional Japanese castle.
Comprising 83 buildings, the white roof of this UNESCO-listed complex is said to evoke the wings of a heron taking flight, hence the popular name ‘Shirasagi-jō’, meaning White Heron Castle. Himeji Castle is said to be the most visited in Japan, and the site offers some wonderful views of surrounding Himeji city.
Japan’s world-famous bullet train, a shining example of this country’s technology and engineering prowess, is an absolute must-do. We’ll take the shinkansen to Osaka.
Experience one of Japan’s most classic meals – sukiyaki – in one of Osaka’s traditional restaurants in the heart of the city. Enjoy fine slices of wagyu beef, silken tofu and fresh vegetables lightly cooked in a hot pot and dipped in sauce before eating.
Today we’ll travel to the city of Kanazawa, on the northwestern shore of Honshu, once the base for the powerful Maeda clan. During World War II, Kanazawa was Japan’s second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. This means that parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived.
On arrival, we’ll tour Kenrokuen Garden, heralded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Developed over the course of more than 200 years, starting in 1620, the garden contains almost 9000 trees and 200 plant species.
We’ll enjoy a walking tour of Nagamachi samurai district and the Higashi Chaya District, famous for its well-preserved wooden teahouses where geisha perform.
Learn about the history of gold leaf in Japan and how it’s used to embellish fine lacquerware, ceramics, chopsticks and modern-day items. Create your own design and apply gold leaf to your choice of material – whether chopsticks, lacquerware, glassware or even washi stationery and postcards.
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an izakaya pub – Japan’s traditional drinking place where friends and colleagues get together to catch up and socialise over traditional Japanese food and drinks. Kanazawa’s proximity to the Sea of Japan means that fresh seafood (particularly crab) is a key feature of izakaya in this city.
Step back in time to see the small, historical village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Japanese Alps. Enjoy a walk through this village to see the traditional thatched houses (gassho-zukuri) and beautiful mountain scenery.
Then we’ll head to the city of Takayama, nestled in the Hida mountains.
This city still retains a traditional feel, especially in its beautifully preserved old merchant district. Here you’ll find quaint, old latticed wooden buildings and Sannomachi Street, with pretty homes, restaurants and sake breweries. Enjoy a walking tour of the old town before travelling to Matsumoto.
Sample some fine sake produced from Takayama’s clear alpine waters in an old sake brewery located in the heart of Takayama’s old town area. Experience different sake styles from aged forms to newly released varieties made from the latest rice harvest. Enjoy the traditional rustic ambience of a merchant’s house from Japan’s feudal era.
Experience a classic Japanese bento, served lunch-box style in a traditional building near the town’s old centre. The ingredients used are sourced from Takayama’s farms and served in lacquered boxes.
This morning, we’ll take a tour of historic Matsumoto Castle and the charming old town area surrounding the castle. Nakamachi Street is a quaint, charming street with well-preserved old buildings, like restored Edo-period storehouses. Here you’ll find craft shops, a sake brewery, restored Japanese ryokan (inns) and restaurants. This used to be the main street when Matsumoto was a castle town. Across the river, pedestrian-friendly Nawate Street is a great place to pick up quirky souvenirs and snacks.
Matsumoto Castle, with its wide moat, is also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior. The donjon (keep) – Japan’s oldest remaining wooden keep, completed around 1593 – is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. On a clear day, the backdrop of the Japanese Alps is the perfect touch on this majestic setting.
It’s then about a three-hour journey to the revered peak, Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This enduring cultural symbol has been considered sacred since ancient times. It’s an imposing sight, standing 3,776 metres high.
We’ll travel to Mount Fuji 5th Station, about halfway up the mountain, at an elevation of 2,300 metres. You’ll savour spectacular views over the Fuji Five Lakes and Hakone National Park.
You’ll be staying in the Lake Kawaguchiko area. This is the most accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes; popular sightseeing spots for admiring the dramatic peak. Iconic Mount Fuji is notoriously shy, but in clear conditions the views from these spots are stunning. This lake is also home to a cherry blossom festival held during the season, one of the most popular in the country.
We’ll tour the Lake Kawaguchiko area for more stunning views of this revered mountain. Depending on weather conditions, we’ll visit Fuji-san World Heritage Visitor Centre or Oishi Park on the north side of the lake.
Enjoy a visit to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum to learn about the revival of the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing for kimonos, thanks to celebrated 20th-century textile artist Kubota Itchiku. This serene complex in the wooded hills, ensconced in nature with extensive gardens and a traditional tea room, is home to a vast collection of the artist’s works.
Then it’s onto Tokyo, famed metropolis, arguably one of the most extraordinary capital cities on the planet. Japan’s eclectic capital is a city of wonder. The Tokyo metropolitan area spreads over three prefectures with 38 million residents.
On the way to our hotel, if conditions are clear, we’ll stop at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for late afternoon panoramic city views over this energetic city.
Celebrate the end of your Japan adventure with a casual meal in one Asakusa’s backstreet eateries, followed by a visit to a karaoke bar for that quintessential Japan experience!
In a city of such frenetic pace, a stop at the charming Asakusa neighbourhood is a refreshing taste of older Tokyo. It’s home to the ancient seventh-century Sensō-ji Temple. Built in the Asuka era, it’s the oldest and most important Buddhist temple in Tokyo – be prepared for crowds! It’s known for its imposing entrance gate, Kaminarimon (also known as ‘Thunder Gate’), with its magnificent red lantern.
We’ll walk along Nakamise, the shopping street connecting the front gate and main hall of the temple. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, with food stalls and souvenir shops, selling authentic Japanese items like traditional crafts. You’ll find great souvenirs here.
Then, foodies will be in heaven at Tsukiji Outer Market, a shopping district adjacent to the enormous former wholesale fish market. This lively area is home to everything food-related – fresh ingredients, street food vendors, kitchen utensils. There’s great sushi and other restaurants around here, too.
We’ll explore the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. Previously home to samurai warriors, it’s a sprawling complex with beautiful 17th-century parks in the heart of the city. Built on the site of the old Edo castle, it is surrounded by a large park, moats and massive stone walls. Come cherry blossom season, it is blanketed in a sea of pink blooms.
Our day’s touring will finish in Ginza, an upmarket area with high-end shopping, galleries and restaurants. This is a superb spot for people watching, given the sophisticated crowd that frequent this elegant neighbourhood. It was the first Western-style shopping district in the city and you can still find some of Tokyo’s original department stores here.
At the appropriate time, make your own way to Tokyo Airport for your flight to Seoul. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Note: There is no airport transfer included in Tokyo. Please speak with your tour leader or hotel concierge for details on how to travel to the airport.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day sightseeing in Seoul and surrounds. Our first stop is at the Jogyesa Temple, which is the centre of Korean Buddhism. We then continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace to witness the changing of the guard ceremony before a visit to the National Folk Museum.
After lunch, we travel to the Korean Folk Village on the outskirts of Seoul. Here, you will experience the culture of the late Joseon Dynasty as we wander through the village of over 260 different types of historical houses and buildings.
After breakfast we leave Seoul to travel to Gongju. Here we visit the UNESCO listed Tomb of King Muryeong and the Royal Tombs. Dating back to 500AD, the tomb complex was only re-discovered in 1927 and gives an insight into the Ungjin Period. We then visit the impressive Gongsanseong Fortress before continuing to Buyeo, an ancient capital of the Baekje Dynasty. Stop by Nakhwaam Cliff Observatory. where 3,000 court ladies of Baekje plunged into the river to avoid being captured and dishonored when the enemy breached the castle on the last day of the Kingdom.
We continue to Jeonju where we spend the night at leisure.
After breakfast at our hotel we continue our journey to Gwangju, the leading city of Honam, the region and birthplace of a modern democratic movement in Korea. Here we visit May 18th National Cemetery dedicated to those who participated in the Gwangju Uprising in 1980.
Our journey continues to Suncheon where we will visit Suncheon Bay Garden. Afterwards, we travel to Yeosu, where we tour the modern port city before checking in to our hotel.
Our first stop today is the Jinjuseong Fortress, historically linked to Japanese invasion in 1592.
We then continue to Busan and visit the Jagalchi-Fishery Market, Busan’s largest seafood market, before seeing Haeundae Beach and Dongbaek Park. Our tour continues to the historic coastal city of Gyeongju where we check in to our hotel before an evening at leisure.
Today is a real highlight and our first destination is the Unesco World Heritage-listed Seokguram Grotto. The religious site was constructed between 742 and 765 AD and still serves as a significant site for Korean and international Buddhists for its ceremonial and artistic value. We then visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bulguksa Temple before continuing to Andong Hahoe Folk Village, which has preserved the housing architecture and the village structure of the Joseon Dynasty. Moreover, the Village was naturally formed with people who actually live there. It has become world-famous for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Depart
Afterwards we continue to the scenic city of Wonju, framed by Chiaksan Mountain and the Seom River. Serving as the capital of Gangwon Province for 500 years during the Joseon Dynasty, it maintains rich traditions and cultural relics.
Today we visit the venue of 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. We then proceed to Mt. Seorak National Park. Mt. Seorak National Park. The peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys, creating breathtaking views and making this Korea's most famous national park. Due to the many rare species found here, UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982. You have the opportunity to take a cable car to the summit (additional expense) before we transfer back to Seoul for our final evening in South Korea.
After breakfast, join your included transfer to Incheon Airport accordng to your flight schedule.
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As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.
This particular tour is categorised as a “4”.
Lively: This is considered a fast-paced tour. In order to explore as much as possible, this tour may require early starts and long travel days. One to two nights at one destination is standard. While some free time may be scheduled, most sightseeing is included throughout this tour. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage. To ensure this trip is right for you, any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aid, then this tour is not suitable.
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.
You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
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At any time, bedding configuration is subject to confirmation by the hotel and based on availability. While you have the option to select either twin or double bedding at time of booking, our recommendation when travelling to Japan is to choose twin bedding, as the rooms are often bigger than those that have a double bed. If insisting on double bedding, please note that the rooms will be smaller and more narrow. As a general expectation, we cannot always guarantee bedding at all hotel stays.
Single supplement is $2,513.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.
Please note when choosing Single Supplement for this deal that you will receive a single room, which is smaller in size than a twin/double room. Unfortunately this is typical for Japan, as the cost to solely occupy a double/twin size room is incredibly high. We appreciate your understanding.
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Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.
Luggage requirements for this tour
As the group will be travelling by coach predominantly and space is limited, we recommend that you limit your luggage to one suitcase along with a handbag/small backpack. When you travel via the shinkansen train, you can put any light hand luggage on the overhead racks if required.
While understanding that various airlines will have their own luggage requirements, please note that for the comfort of yourselves, as well as our local partners who assist you on the ground, we restrict the luggage allowance to no more than one suitcase at 20kg per person, plus a small backpack / carry on size bag.
In regards to size of the suitcases, to ensure that all luggage can be accommodated on-board,. please ensure your travelling suitcase is ideally within 158cm (total dimension LxHxW). 158 cm is the maximum check-in baggage size for most airlines as well, without incurring an additional cost.
Since you are responsible for your own belongings and will be expected to carry them to and from the coach to your hotel, as well as manage them where there is train travel included, we suggest you pack as light as possible.
There will not always be porters available to assist in handling your luggage, therefore please expect that you may need to carry your bags at times and store them in the carriage. As a standard rule, please travel with no more than 20kg per person of baggage. This does not include carry on.
Please note: cherry blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.
To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):
** Please note: Both optional tours run simultaneously on this day, so only one option may be chosen
Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.
Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.
Please note that transportation to and from each optional tour is not included in the price. You will be required to make your own way to the starting point of the optional tour, as well as back to your hotel. Your tour guide can provide you with the direction and guidance needed to make your own way.
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From cherry blossoms to sunflowers and hydrangeas, Japan is a country in bloom The change of the seasons and the floral displays they bring are celebrated across Japan. From the keenly anticipated cherry and plum blossoms to the cheery sunflower, flowers hold a special place in Japanese society. There is even an anci...Read more
From sights to scenery and five-star fare, Japan is the ultimate Asian all-rounder Japan is undoubtedly one of the hottest destinations in the world right now, and for good reason. This geographically blessed country is spectacular year-round, easy to navigate and packed with ancient sights. In between attractions, d...Read more
Get familiar with the Japanese love of innovation through its impressive network of bullet trains A needle-nosed train speeds past the base of beloved Mount Fuji. It’s an image as synonymous with Japan as a geisha shuffling through the streets of Kyoto or a steaming bowl of ramen, and for good reason. The East Asian...Read more
From March to April every year, millions head to Japan to see their famed cherry trees shower the landscape in pink and white petals The annual blooming of sakura (cherry blossom) trees in Japan is a sacred occurrence that has been celebrated for over 1,000 years. While its origins are somewhat disputed, with so...Read more