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13 Day Japan Gourmet and Cherry Blossom Tour 2012 – Platinum
Fully Escorted small tour
Tour Price – Land Only
|Twin share, join tour on day 1 in Tokyo|
|Single room supplement|
|Premier economy class||*|
* taxes = Surcharges, Fees and Taxes are $___ as of __, but may fluctuate depending on departure and arrival points and fluctuates weekly with exchange rate.
YOU WILL VISIT & EXPERIENCE:
- Welcome Cocktail overlooking the Imperial Palace at sunset
- Dine at famous Iron Chef and Michelin restaurants
- Tea ceremony at a private garden
- Geisha performance House
- Master potter’s workshop
- Visit former Samurai house
- Bathe in a hot spring at Mt. Fuji resort
- Walk through small old villages
This Platinum Gourmet and Cherry Blossom Tour has been designed for our customers to not only catch the cherry blossoms at their best but to also experience some of the hidden treasures of rustic Japan and to enjoy a level of luxury that only Japan can offer. Experience a proper Kyoto style Kaiseki multi-course dinner at a traditional restaurant with the accompaniment of a young geisha and a special traditional dance performance just for JANESCO members. Stay in the best hotels, experience luxury Mt. Fuji and mountain resorts, and enjoy exquisite meals. Stroll through exotic locations in Kyoto familiar to many travellers from movies such as “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Visit a combination of famous destinations and out of the way places that only Janesco offers.
We are confident that we have created a most interesting and memorable holiday in Japan for you ! ???[Tour code: 13P030412]
|Day 1 AUSTRALIA – TOKYO||Tue 03 April|
Day flight to Narita airport and on arrival transfer to the 5 star Imperial Hotel Tokyo and check-in for 2 nights. A light supper will be served in your room.
Accommodation: 2 nights at Imperial Hotel Tokyo
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|Day 2 TOKYO||Wed 04 April|
|Morning sightseeing tour of Tokyo by chartered coach. Visit Tokyo Tower and Asakusa temple and stroll down the colourful Nakamise shopping street. Visit Akihabara and Ueno. Lunch at an Iron Chef restaurant. Remainder of the day is free. Welcome cocktail with light dinner at a private lounge at the hotel overlooking the Imperial Palace at sunset.
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|Day 3 TOKYO – TSUMAGO – NAGOYA||Thu 05 April|
Travel to Magome & Tsumago villages in the Kiso valley, where cars are banned and signs of modernity such as power lines are hidden to maintain the old style ambiance. After strolling along the old streets and soaking up the atmosphere, travel to Nagoya.
Accommodation: 1 night at Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel.
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|Day 4 NAGOYA – TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA||Fri 06 April|
This morning, travel to Takayama, whose isolation has allowed Edo period streets, lined with tiny shops, museums and eating places, to survive to this day. Travel on to Shirakawago, a small world heritage listed village, nestled in the mountains beside a pristine mountain river. After strolling around this fascinating village, visit, travel to Kanazawa.
Accommodation: 2 nights at Nikko Hotel Kanazawa
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|Day 5 KANAZAWA||Sat 07 April|
|Sightseeing tour of Kanazawa includes the old district of Higashiyama; a Geisha district;
Kutani pottery workshops where you can see a demonstration by a master potter; the former samurai residential area and the Kenrokuen garden which is one of Japan’s most famous gardens. Afternoon experience a proper tea ceremony at a private garden.
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|Day 6 KANAZAWA – KYOTO||Sun 08 April|
Morning travel to Kyoto. Upon arrival at Kyoto transfer to your hotel. After lunch join your tour leader on a leisurely stroll along Nishiki arcade, a narrow street lined with food shops and stalls providing traditional ingredients to the restaurateurs in Kyoto. Visit a traditional Japanese paper emporium and explore the beautiful Washi (traditional Japanese paper) stationery, decorations and other artefacts. Late afternoon return to hotel. Special dinner at traditional Japanese Restaurant, accompanied by Geisha. Enjoy chatting with Geisha and a special traditional dance performance. After dinner, stroll to the Gion Geisha district, familiar to many travellers from movies such as “Memoirs of a Geisha”.
Accommodation: 3 nights at Kyoto Hotel Okura
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|Day 7 KYOTO||Mon 09 April|
|After a relaxing breakfast, sightseeing tour of Kyoto visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle. Return to Hotel for Wagyu Teppanyaki lunch. Afternoon free. Dinner at a local gourmet restaurant. Remainder of day is free. Enjoy afternoon tea at hotel at your leisure.
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|Day 8 KYOTO||Tues 10 April|
|This morning enjoy the philosopher’s walk (Tetsugaku no Michi), a stone path following the cherry tree lined canal through the northern part of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district.
You will also 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 Kyoto’s old atmospheric Higashiyama district.
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|Day 9 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA – OSAKA||Wed 11 April|
Morning, catch a Bullet train to Hiroshima. Visit Miyajima Island, the famous floating Itsukushima Shrine and world famous Torii gate. Travel then to Hiroshima downtown to view the Peace Memorial Park and museum. Late afternoon, travel to Osaka. For dinner experience a famous Osaka Okonomiyaki Pancake and Yakisoba noodle at a local restaurant in downtown Dotonbori.
Accommodation: 1 night at Imperial Hotel Osaka
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|Day 10 OSAKA – Mt. FUJI & HAKONE||Thu 12 April|
Transfer to bullet train station at Osaka. Catch bullet train to Mr. Fuji region. Enjoy a sightseeing tour, on a chartered bus, of the picturesque Hakone area including a Lake Ashi cruise and ropeway ride. Check in at the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa.
Accommodation: 1 night at Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa
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|Day 11 Mt. FUJI & HAKONE – TOKYO||Fri 13 April|
Visit the Hakone Open-air Art Museum, the first such museum in Japan. Exhibits approx.120 works by well-known modern and contemporary sculptors. Lunch at a local restaurant. Travel back to Tokyo arriving mid afternoon from Mt. Fuji resort. Upon arrival in Tokyo transfer to the 5 star Imperial Hotel Tokyo and check in for 1 night. Remainder of the day is free. Your tour coordinator will help you organise your activities. Farewell dinner at one of the famous Iron Chef restaurants in Ginza.
Accommodation: 2 nights at Imperial Hotel Tokyo
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|Day 12 TOKYO – AUSTRALIA||Sat 14 April|
|Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting or an optional half day activity. Perhaps follow your escort to the Meiji shrine and Omotesando promenade of Harajuku, where Tokyo’s old & new cultures meet. Late afternoon, leave hotel for Narita by chartered motorcoach. Depart for Australia.
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|Day 13 AUSTRALIA||Sun 15 April|
|Morning Arrival. Interstate passengers connecting flight.|
- Escorted Tour by Professionally trained staff
- First class trains
- Accommodation including Luxury hotels or the best available in remote areas
- Gourmet dining in a variety of styles including:- Welcome cocktail, Dining at
Iron Chef restaurants, Traditional Kaiseki style dinner, Regional banquets,
Breakfast daily, Lunch (6), Dinner(7), Afternoon Tea(1), Welcome Cocktail (1), Light Supper(1)
- Sightseeing with local tour guides
- Special Luggage handling, all tipping
- Fresh mineral water is provided daily
- Your Travel Insurance
- Beverages during meals ( except Welcome drinks on Day 2)
- The itinerary and activity may be altered to suit the group size and conditions