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Embark on a Journey of Ephemeral Beauty: The Classic Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan

Immerse yourself in a world where delicate cherry blossoms paint the ancient landscapes of Japan in soft, enchanting hues. Our Classic Cherry Blossom Tour invites you on an exquisite 11-day journey, weaving through the historic streets of Kyoto, the tranquil hot springs of Kinosaki, the serene natural beauty of Yamanashi, and the vibrant heart of Tokyo. Experience the fleeting beauty of sakura, a symbol of life's transient splendour, in settings both intimate and grandiose. From the quiet dawn at Kiyomizu-dera Temple to the festive hanami picnics under blooming canopies, every moment of this tour is a brushstroke in a masterpiece of travel.

As you traverse through these iconic regions, each day unfolds like a carefully crafted narrative, blending cultural immersion with leisurely exploration. Relish in the luxury of traditional ryokans, indulge in kaiseki feasts that celebrate the art of Japanese cuisine, and engage in exclusive cultural encounters that reveal the heart and soul of Japan. In Kinosaki, let the rejuvenating onsen waters soothe you, and in Yamanashi, taste the fresh mountain air as you gaze upon the essence of Japan, Mount Fuji. As the journey culminates in Tokyo, the contrast of Japan’s ancient traditions and its modern pulse becomes a poignant reminder of the country's enduring allure. This tour is not just a holiday; it’s a once-in-a-lifetime expedition into the very essence of Japanese beauty and culture.

Embark on the Classic Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan, a meticulously curated 11-day journey that blends the serene beauty of cherry blossoms with Japan's rich cultural tapestry. Starting in the historic Gion District of Kyoto, you'll explore ancient temples, picturesque streets, and hidden cherry blossom spots. Experience traditional Japanese hospitality in Kinosaki Onsen's ryokans and onsen baths, then journey to Yamanashi for breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Conclude in Tokyo, where modern vibrance meets timeless tradition. Each day offers unique encounters, from geisha performances to tranquil hanami picnics, culminating in a journey rich in discovery and elegance. Highlights include serene cherry blossom viewings, cultural experiences, and exquisite Japanese cuisine. This journey promises a deep connection with Japan's beauty and heritage, offering a blend of relaxation, exploration, and cultural immersion.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : March 29, 2024

Welcome to Kyoto

Locations: Kyoto, Gion District

Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of Kyoto, a city where ancient tradition meets modern elegance. Your adventure begins in the enchanting Gion district, a place where time-honoured wooden machiya houses line the streets, and the elusive Geisha may grace your path. As dusk falls, savour your first evening in Japan with a delightful welcome dinner, offering a taste of Kyoto's famed culinary artistry in an atmosphere of warm hospitality.

Itinerary:
• Arrival and check-in at your Kyoto accommodation.
• Spend the afternoon exploring the historic and picturesque Gion district.
• Enjoy a welcoming dinner at a renowned local restaurant, immersing yourself in Kyoto's rich gastronomic culture.

Meals: D

Day 2

Date : March 30, 2024

Quintessential Kyoto

Locations: Kyoto - Kiyomizu-Dera, Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi Sake District, Yasaka Pagoda, Geisha and Maiko Experience

Embark on an exploration through Kyoto's iconic landmarks, starting with an early visit to Kiyomizu-Dera Temple for breathtaking city views at dawn. Wander near the striking Yasaka Pagoda, emblematic of Kyoto's ancient architecture. Proceed to the shimmering Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), reflecting Kyoto's rich history. Explore the myriad torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, before delving into the Fushimi Sake District to uncover the traditional art of sake brewing. The day culminates in an enchanting evening with a cultural experience featuring Geisha and Maiko, offering a deep dive into the heart of Kyoto's artistic heritage.
Itinerary:

• Early morning visit to Kiyomizu-Dera Temple.
• Stroll through Higashiyama District, exploring its charming streets and shops; exploration near Yasaka Pagoda.
• Journey to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion).
• Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine.
• Explore the Fushimi Sake District with sake tasting.
• Evening experience with Geisha and Maiko.

Meals: B, D

Day 3:

Date : March 31, 2024

Hidden Kyoto

Locations: Kyoto - Exclusive Cherry Blossom Spots, Kamo River, Pontocho, Kiyamachi, Kawaramachi

Discover Kyoto's cherry blossoms like never before. Leveraging our local expertise, we guide you to secluded spots where sakura blooms create a breathtaking spectacle, far from the typical tourist paths. As part of this exclusive experience, relish a late hanami lunch under the cherry trees. Indulge in a spread of exquisite Japanese delicacies and refreshments, a celebration of spring's fleeting beauty. The evening unfolds at your leisure; wander along the Kamo River, explore the atmospheric streets of Pontocho, Kiyamachi, and Kawaramachi, or indulge in some shopping. Whether seeking tranquil moments or vibrant nightlife, this evening in Kyoto offers a perfect balance.

Itinerary:
• Morning visit to exclusive cherry blossom locations for a serene viewing experience.
• Late hanami picnic lunch under the blossoms, featuring traditional Japanese cuisine and seasonal treats.
• Free evening to explore the charm of Kyoto along the Kamo River, Pontocho, Kiyamachi, and Kawaramachi, with opportunities for shopping, dining, or relaxation.

Meals: B, L

Day 4

Date : April 1, 2024

Journey to Kinosaki Onsen

Locations: Kinosaki Onsen - Traditional Ryokan, Onsen Baths

Transition from the cultural heart of Kyoto to the serene embrace of Kinosaki Onsen. Here, the time-honoured tradition of Japanese hospitality comes to life. Check into a traditional ryokan and immerse yourself in an atmosphere of tranquillity. Experience the therapeutic benefits of Kinosaki's renowned onsen baths, followed by a gourmet kaiseki dinner, an artful presentation of seasonal flavours. This day is a journey into relaxation and culinary delight, set in a picturesque hot spring town.

Itinerary:
• Depart from Kyoto and travel to Kinosaki Onsen.
• Check into a traditional ryokan, experiencing warm hospitality.
• Spend the afternoon relaxing in the onsen baths or exploring the village.
• Enjoy a luxurious kaiseki dinner at the ryokan, a culinary journey through local and seasonal specialties.

Meals: B, D

Day 5

Date : April 2, 2024

Kinosaki and Cherry Blossoms

Locations: Kinosaki Onsen - Cherry Blossom Spots, Ryokan, Onsen Baths, Artisan Shops

Immerse yourself in the picturesque charm of Kinosaki Onsen, a town where cherry blossoms complement the cultural richness. Start with a serene morning amidst blooming sakura, followed by a delightful hanami picnic. The town beckons for further exploration; wander in a traditional yukata along the Otani River, visit unique artisan shops showcasing local crafts, indulge in sake and beer tasting at quaint breweries, and discover culinary delights in charming eateries. The day’s exploration offers a deep dive into the town’s artistic heritage and culinary traditions. As dusk settles, return to your ryokan for an evening of culinary excellence with a kaiseki dinner, a celebration of local flavours in a tranquil setting. And if the mood strikes you, after dinner, venture out in your yukata for a late-night soak in one of the famous rejuvenating onsens.

Itinerary:
• Explore cherry blossom locations around Kinosaki in the morning.
• Traditional hanami picnic lunch under the cherry trees.
• Afternoon exploration of Kinosaki, dressed in yukata, including artisan shops, sake and beer sampling, and local food experiences.
• Relaxing kaiseki dinner at the ryokan.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6

Date : April 3, 2024

Scenic Journey to Yamanashi

Locations: Yamanashi - Scenic Train Ride, View of Mount Fuji, Luxury Accommodation

Journey from Kinosaki to Yamanashi, a region where the majesty of Mount Fuji enhances the scenic splendour. As you travel, enjoy glimpses of Japan's iconic peak, transitioning to the lush landscapes of Yamanashi. Your luxurious accommodation awaits, offering stunning views of Mount Fuji from your room. Revel in the exclusive comfort of your private in-room hot spring bath, a haven of relaxation and tranquillity. The evening is graced with a gourmet dinner, an exquisite fusion of local flavours and culinary artistry, all savoured in an ambience of unparalleled elegance.

Itinerary:
• Depart from Kinosaki Onsen by train, with scenic views en route, including Mount Fuji.
• Arrive and check into luxurious accommodation in Yamanashi, featuring breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and private in-room hot spring baths.
• Leisure time to enjoy the amenities and natural surroundings.
• Indulge in a gourmet dinner at the hotel, showcasing Yamanashi’s gastronomic delights.

Meals: B, D

Day 7

Date : April 4, 2024

Yamanashi’s Natural Beauty and Cultural Experiences

Locations: Yamanashi - Local Tours, Luxury Accommodation

Immerse yourself in Yamanashi's enchanting landscape, a region celebrated for its natural beauty and cultural depth. Choose from a selection of local tours, each offering a unique perspective of the area—be it through nature hikes, winery visits, or cultural experiences. After an eventful day, retreat to your luxurious accommodation, where the views of Mount Fuji and private in-room hot spring baths await. As evening descends, enjoy another exquisite dinner at the hotel, a perfect blend of Yamanashi’s culinary traditions and sophisticated dining.

Itinerary:

• Choose a day of rest and relaxation or select from various local tours showcasing Yamanashi's nature, culture, and art.
• Return to the hotel in the afternoon for relaxation or further exploration of the area.
• Spend a tranquil evening enjoying the luxurious amenities, including the private in-room hot spring bath with views of Mount Fuji.
• Relish a gourmet dinner at the hotel, featuring regional specialties.

Meals: B, D

Day 8

Date : April 5, 2024

Tokyo's Vibrant Arrival

Locations: Tokyo - Dynamic City Experience, Exclusive Dining

Embark on a captivating journey into Tokyo, where ancient traditions and futuristic landscapes coexist in harmonious contrast. Feel the city's pulsating energy as you settle into your luxurious accommodation, strategically located to unveil the myriad wonders of this sprawling metropolis. Take the afternoon to explore nearby locations and acclimatise to our surroundings. As evening approaches, revel in a 'Welcome to Tokyo' dinner—an exclusive culinary experience set in a private and elegant ambience. This dinner is not just a meal; it's your gateway to Tokyo's famed gastronomic diversity, offering a fusion of flavours that are as eclectic and vibrant as the city itself.

Itinerary:

• Travel from the natural serenity of Yamanashi to the exhilarating buzz of Tokyo.
• Check into your chosen accommodation, nestled in the heart of the city's dynamic rhythm.
• Explore your surroundings, getting a first glimpse of Tokyo's unique blend of the old and new.
• Indulge in a special 'Welcome to Tokyo' dinner, a celebration of your arrival in the city, showcasing an array of gourmet Japanese dishes.

Meals: B, D

Day 9

Date : April 6, 2024

Tokyo's Cherry Blossom Charm

Locations: Tokyo - Nakameguro, Ueno Park, Shopping & Cultural Districts

Immerse yourself in the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, starting with a visit to Nakameguro. Here, the Meguro River, lined with cherry trees, offers a picturesque scene. After a bento lunch under the blossoms in Ueno Park, the afternoon is yours to explore Tokyo’s renowned shopping areas. Whether it’s the upscale streets of Ginza or the vibrant alleys of Shibuya, each district offers its unique allure. The day is a blend of natural splendour, cultural richness, and urban exploration, with dinner at your leisure to sample Tokyo’s diverse culinary offerings.

Itinerary:

• Morning visit to Nakameguro for cherry blossom viewing along the Meguro River.
• Enjoy a traditional bento lunch amidst the cherry blossoms at Ueno Park.
• Spend the afternoon exploring Tokyo’s famous shopping districts, catering to all tastes and preferences.
• Free evening for dinner, offering a chance to delve into Tokyo’s vast and varied dining scene.

Meals: B, L

Day 10

Date : April 7, 2024

Tokyo Heights and Highlights

Locations: Tokyo - Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa (Optional), Personal Discovery

Elevate your perspective at Tokyo Skytree, where views of Mount Fuji are seen from an angle few ever experience. In the heart of Tokyo, this architectural marvel offers a unique window into the city's vast expanse. Opt for a cultural excursion to Asakusa, a district resonating with Tokyo's traditional spirit. The afternoon is an invitation for personal discovery; immerse yourself in Tokyo's rich tapestry of art, culture, and beauty. Wander through sophisticated galleries, serene gardens, and upscale districts. As night falls, the city's culinary scene beckons, offering a perfect close to a day of luxury and exploration. If the mood strikes you, join your guides for a final drink in the bar.

Itinerary:

• Visit Tokyo Skytree in the morning for a unique view of Mount Fuji and the city.
• Optional exploration of Asakusa's historical and cultural landmarks.
• Afternoon dedicated to personal discovery, delving into Tokyo's art, culture, and scenic beauty.
• Free evening to enjoy Tokyo’s diverse and exquisite dining experiences.

Meals: B

Day 11

Date : April 8, 2024

Fond Farewells and Lasting Memories

Locations: Tokyo – Departure

As your journey through Japan comes to a close, the final day is a time for reflection and appreciation. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, savouring the flavours and memories of the past days. This is a moment to exchange stories and contact details with new friends, to promise future reunions, and to contemplate the rich tapestry of experiences you've encountered. As you check out and prepare for your onward journey, know that you leave with more than just souvenirs; you leave with a deeper understanding of Japan and memories that will linger long after your departure.

Itinerary:

• Relaxed breakfast at the hotel, reminiscing over the tour's highlights.
• Time for final goodbyes with fellow travellers and tour guides.
• Check out and depart for the airport or your next destination, carrying with you the essence of Japan.

Meals: B

We offer a one-time special discount of $500 USD per person if they bring a second couple on the tour.

  • Accommodations: 10 nights in high-end hotels and traditional ryokans, including upgraded rooms where available (suites, executive floors).
  • Meals: As specified in the itinerary 20 (10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners), high-end cuisine.
  • Transportation: Private vehicles for city tours and inter-city transfers; first-class cabins on Shinkansen (bullet trains) where applicable; occasional use of public transport in Tokyo for efficient travel.
  • Guided Tours and Activities: All guided tours and cultural activities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tour Directors: Services of English and Japanese-speaking tour directors throughout the journey.
  • Entrance Fees: All entry fees to museums, temples, parks, and other attractions as per the itinerary.
  • Luggage Handling: Service for transferring luggage between accommodations.

Please see our terms and conditions available on our website for more information.

We offer a one-time special discount of $500 USD per person if they bring a second couple on the tour.

  • International Airfare: Guests are responsible for their international flights to and from Japan.
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all travellers and should be purchased independently.
  • Personal Expenses: Shopping, additional meals and drinks, personal entertainment, and any other expenses not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Optional Activities: Any activities marked as optional in the itinerary are not included in the tour price.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tipping is not customary in Japan, but any tips for guides are at the guest’s discretion.
  • Visa Fees: Responsibility of the guest, if applicable.

Please see our terms and conditions available on our website for more information.

 

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