Dreams Series Spring 16 Days

 

16 Day Japan Cherry Blossom Dreams

[Tour code: 16D290314#1]

[Tour code: 16D050414#2]

Deluxe Quality Accommodation / New Destinations! Day 9 & 10 / All Breakfasts & most Dinners Included / Fully Escorted Small Group Tour

Welcome aboard a Tour of Japan.

  • The Cherry Blossom Dreams Tour has been designed for our customers to catch the cherry blossoms at their best.
  • You will visit Tokyo, Mt. Fuji & Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama, Takamatsu on Shikoku Island, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama.
  • Fully escorted tour by professionally licensed staff. Small group tour.

We are confident that we have created a most interesting and memorable holiday in Japan for you!

Day 1 SYDNEY – TOKYO Sat 29 MAR
Sat 05 APR

Day flight to Narita airport and transfer to hotel in Tokyo. A light Supper will be served at hotel.

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Day 2 TOKYO Sun 30 MAR
Sun 06 APR

Sightseeing tour of Tokyo including Imperial Palace/Niju Bashi bridge, Tokyo observation deck, Asakusa temple and stroll down the colourful Nakamise shopping arcade. Lunch included.

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Day 3 MT. FUJI & HAKONE Mon 31 MAR
Mon 07 APR

Travel to Mt. Fuji & Hakone region and enjoy picturesque Hakone including the lake Ashi cruise and ropeway. Lunch at local restaurant by
the lakeside. Check in at Onsen (hot spring resort). Welcome dinner.

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Day 4 HAKONE – KYOTO Tue 01 APR
Tue 08 APR

Travel on to Kyoto by Bullet train. Afternoon, visit Kiyomizu temple overlooking the city. Part of the fun of visiting Kiyomizu temple is the approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama.

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Day 5 KYOTO – NARA – KYOTO Wed 02 APR
Wed 09 APR

Full day sightseeing tour of Kyoto & Nara visiting Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle. Afternoon, travel to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan and visit Todaiji temple, Nara deer park, Kasuga shrine. Return to hotel. Dinner at hotel.

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Day 6 KYOTO Thu 03 APR
Thu 10 APR

Day at leisure. Enjoy optional tours such as Sagano tour and/or Gion district evening walking tour.

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Day 7 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA – OKAYAMA Fri 04 APR
Fri 11 APR

Mid morning, travel to Hiroshima. Visit the Hiroshima Peace museum. and Miyajima Island, a small island, famous for Itsukushima Shrine &
floating torii gate, an officially one of Japan’s Top 3 Views and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay in Okayama for 3 nights.

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Day 8 OKAYAMA-Visit IYA VALLEY – TAKAMATSU Sat 05 APR
Sat 12 APR

Cross the inland sea, visit Takamatsu Ritsurin Park which is the largest national special scenic Beauty Garden, made up of 6 ponds and 13 hills beautifully arranged against the green pine trees as well as many stone arrangements that evolve Into the wonderful style of the early Edo era. Afternoon, visit Iya Valley which is one of Japan’s three hidden valleys. Its tall peaks and deep gorges were historically a safe haven for the Heike Clan after their defeat by the rival Genji Clan during civil wars of the 12th century.

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Day 9 Visit OKAYAMA- BICHU TAKAHASHI – FUKIYA – OKAYAMA Sun 06 APR
Sun 13 APR

Visit Takahashi, a well preserved old town which is home to samurai residences & merchant houses that date back to the Edo Period. Visit Matsuyama Castle which sits high up on the mountain above the town and is the only original mountaintop castle and the oldest surviving castle in
Japan. Also visit Fukiya Village, an Edo style town with many traditional houses which remain since the Edo period. It is also known as the town of “Bengara”, which is a coloured ink made from oxidized iron produced in this area during the Edo period.

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Day 10 OKAYAMA – KURASHIKI – KANAZAWA Mon 07 APR
Sun 14 APR

Morning, travel to Kurashiki a well preserved Edo period mercantile town. Enjoy a stroll through this fascinating town. Then travel on to Kanazawa. Check in for 3 nights.

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Day 11 KANAZAWA Tue 08 APR
Tue 15 APR

Sightseeing tour to Kanazawa’s old geisha district, Gold Leaf and famous Kutani Pottery workshops, the former samurai residential area and the Kenrokuen garden (Con’t*)
(*) which is one of Japan’s most famous gardens. Afternoon at leisure.

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Day 12 SHIRAKAWAGO – TAKAYAMA – KANAZAWA Wed 09 APR
Wed 16 APR

Travel to a Japanese rice paper workshop and learn how traditional paper is made. Travel on to Shirakawago Ogimachi, a small world heritage listed village, nestled in the mountains beside a pristine mountain river. Travel to another old town Takayama whose isolation has allowed Edo period streets, lined with tiny shops, museums and eating places, to survive to this day. Return to Kanazawa.

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Day 13 KANAZAWA – TOKYO Thu 10 APR
Thu 17 APR

Morning at leisure. Mid day travel back to Tokyo. Check in for 2 nights. Farewell dinner at hotel.

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Day 14 TOKYO Fri 11 APR
Fri 18 APR

Day at leisure. Perhaps visit Nikko, Kamakura, or go to Ginza and Roppongi for window shopping, or to the electrical town of Akihabara. Your tour coordinator will help organise your activity.
♦ Optional tours available with English speaking guides.
1.Nikko Tour and 2.Kamakura Tour

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Day 15 TOKYO – AUSTRALIA Sat 12 APR
Sat 19 APR

Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting or some optional half day activity. Afternoon, leave hotel for Narita by airport bus. Depart for Australia.

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Day 16 AUSTRALIA Sun 13 APR
Sun 20 APR
Morning Arrival. Interstate passengers connecting flight.

 

Package includes:

  • Return Economy class airfares (tax & other charges are not included)
  • Airport transportation (except for “Land Only” passengers)
  • Japan Rail pass-ordinary class. All transfers and admissions for sightseeing as specified
  • Baggage porterage – one piece
  • Deluxe quality accommodation with private facilities
  • Total of 30 meals included – Breakfast (14) Lunch (3) Dinner (12) Light Supper (1)
  • Mt. Fuji & Hakone tours with Lake Ashi cruise and Ropeway ride
  • Kyoto 2 half day sightseeing tours to visit Golden Pavilion, Nijo castle and Kiyomizu temple
  • Kanazawa half day tour of Kenrokuen Garden, Higashiyama old district, Samurai residential area
  • Nara half day sightseeing tour visit Todaiji Temple, Deer park, Kasuga shrine
  • Sightseeing tours to Hiroshima, Miyajima with Seto Inland sea cruise, Okayama and Kurashiki
  • Day tour of Takamatsu and visit Ritsurin Park and Iya Valley, one of Japan’s three hidden valleys
  • Day tour to Bichu-Takahashi, visit the oldest surviving castle in Japan
  • Shirakawago ( World Heritage) sightseeing of the village
  • Takayama sightseeing including old Sanmachi streets

 

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