Platinum Spring 16 Day Tours

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16 Day Japan Gourmet and Cherry Blossom Tour 2012 – Platinum

Tue. 30th March ~ Sat 14th April 2012 Brochure

Fully Escorted small tour

Tour Price – Land Only

Twin share, join tour on day 1 in Tokyo
Single room supplement

Air Fares

Business Class *
Premier economy class *
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:

  • Vibrant Tokyo
  • Mt. Fuji & Hakone National Park
  • Takayama
  • Nakasendo Magome & Tsumago Villages
  • Samurai Town Kanazawa
  • Mt. Koya
  • Osaka
  • Ancient Capital Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Hiroshima
  • Miyajima

PLUS

  • Welcome Cocktail overlooking the Imperial Palace in sunset
  • Ryokan (Japanese Inn) stay in Kyoto
  • Rice paper (washi) making
  • Famous Iron Chef Dining
  • Tea ceremony at a private garden
  • Dinner with Geisha performance
  • Master potter’s workshop
  • Visit former Geisha & Samurai houses
  • Bathe in Hot spring onsen

 

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: 16P300312]

Day 1 AUSTRALIA – TOKYO Fri 30 March

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 Sat 31 March
Morning sightseeing tour of Tokyo by chartered coach. Visit 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 – KYOTO Sun 01 April

After having a relaxing breakfast, transfer to Tokyo station to 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 on to Kyoto. Check in at a traditional Japanese Ryokan and enjoy living Japanese style overnight. Traditional Japanese Kaiseki style dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at Ryokan Sanga

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Day 4 KYOTO Mon 02 April

Traditional Japanese breakfast at ryokan. Check out from ryokan. Enjoy Kyoto and Nara full day tour visiting the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle. After lunch visit Nara Todaiji temple, world’s oldest wooden structure, Giant Buddha and Kasuga shrine. Return to Kyoto and check in at Kyoto Hotel Okura for 3 nights. Dinner at a local restaurant. 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 5 KYOTO Tues 03 April
After a relaxing breakfast, 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. Afternoon visit Kiyomizu temple. Part of the charm of the temple is the approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of Kyoto’s old atmospheric Higashiyama district. Special dinner at traditional Japanese restaurant in a beautiful garden setting, accompanied by Geisha. Enjoy chatting with Geisha and a special traditional dance performance.

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Day 6 KYOTO Wed 04 April
Visit Kyoto’s south-west Sagano – Arashiyama district for a taste of the Kyoto countryside visiting moss gardens, bamboo forest walkway, specialty handcraft shops including pottery, Japanese rice paper, bamboo craft and handmade clay bell specialist shops. Return to Hotel for Wagyu Teppanyaki lunch. Remainder of day is free. Enjoy afternoon tea at hotel at your leisure.

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Day 7 KYOTO – HIROSHIMA Thu 05 April

Mid morning catch a Bullet train to Hiroshima. Visit Miyajima Island, the famous floating Itsukushima Shrine and world famous Torii gate. Travel then to Hiroshima to view the Peace Park (Atomic Bomb Museum).

Accommodation: 1 night at Rihga Royal Hotel

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Day 8 HIROSHIMA – OSAKA Fri 06 April

Mid morning travel to Osaka. Check in at a 5 star hotel, Imperial Hotel Osaka for 1 night. Free at leisure. Evening travel to colourful downtown Osaka by local transportation and enjoy Osaka Okonomiyaki cuisine at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: 1 night at Imperial Hotel Osaka

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Day 9 OSAKA – Mt. KOYA Sat 07 April

Morning, travel by chartered coach to the Buddhist sanctuary of Mt. Koya for approx.2 hours and 30 minutes. Visit Kongobuji, head monastery of the Shingon sect where you will find Japan’s largest rock garden. Visit Okuno-in with its several hundred thousand tombstones of all classes of people from Emperors and Shoguns to Daimyo and Priests. It is believed that the founder of Shingon sect, Kobo-taishi is still in eternal meditation here at Okuno-in after almost 1,200 years. Japanese style accommodation with vegetarian dinner and breakfast. Sleep at the monastery.(A few western style bed room suites are available for an additional fee. Subject to availability)

Accommodation: 1 night at Mt. Koya Monastery

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Day 10 Mt. KOYA – KANAZAWA Sun 08 April

Morning travel to Kanazawa, check in at the luxury Nikko Hotel Kanazawa for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is free.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Nikko Hotel Kanazawa

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Day 11 KANAZAWA Mon 09 April
Morning sightseeing tour of Kanazawa includes the old district of Higashiyama; a Geisha house; 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. Experience a proper tea ceremony at a private garden.

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Day 12 KANAZAWA – TAKAYAMA – NAGOYA Tue 10 April

Depart Kanazawa for Japanese traditional rice paper work shop. Travel on 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 Nagoya by JR. The railway track in the JR Takayama Line runs almost along the Hida River, criss-crossing it several times, providing wonderful views of valley scenery from the train window. Stay at Nagoya. Perhaps you can follow your leader to Noritake China Museum.

Accommodation: 1 night at Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

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Day 13 NAGOYA – Mt. FUJI & HAKONE Wed 11 April

Travel to Mt. Fuji region by bullet train. 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. Special cocktail and light dinner at hotel.

Accommodation: 1 night at The Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa

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Day 14 Mt. FUJI & HAKONE – TOKYO Thu 12 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 the museum. 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: 1 night at The Imperial Hotel Tokyo

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Day 15 TOKYO – AUSTRALIA Fri 13 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 16 AUSTRALIA Sat 14 April
Morning Arrival. Interstate passengers connecting flight.

 

Package Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted Tour by Professionally Licensed staff
  • First class trains
  • Accommodation including Luxury hotels or the best available in remote areas. This particular tour also allows you to experience temple accommodation .
  • Gourmet dining in a variety of styles including:- Welcome cocktail, Dining at Iron Chef restaurants, Traditional Kaiseki style dinner, Regional banquets, Temple vegetarian cooking.
    Breakfast daily, Lunch (7), Afternoon Tea (1), Dinner(10), Light Supper(1)
  • Sightseeing with local tour guides
  • Special Luggage handling, all tipping
  • Fresh mineral water is provided daily

 

Package Exclusions

  • 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.

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