special group tour visiting japan's highlights in cherry blossom season

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A slightly shorter small group tour itinerary visiting the must-see sights of Japan, including Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima and Kyoto, at a very special time of year when the country is bathed in pink from cherry blossom.


Visit Japan at a great time of year for a very special price. Price includes flights, accommodation, daily breakfast and some lunches, transport and sightseeing.

cherry blossom Tour - 11-day GROUP TOUR

Departures and price 2019

This tour departs UK on 28 March 2019.

Price: £3,665 per person including international flights (based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room). 

Single room supplement: £870

Flight supplements may apply for late bookings, so early confirmation is recommended.

Day 1: Tokyo

Depart London or regional airport for your flight to Tokyo.

Day 2: Tokyo

Once you arrive in Tokyo, you are met by our representative and helped on your bus. You then travel to your hotel.

Day 3: Tokyo

Pick-up from hotel and enjoy a full day's sightseeing tour of Tokyo visiting the Tokyo Tower Observatory, the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace East Gardens, Hama-rikyu Garden, a short cruise on the Sumida River, the Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon) Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street..  (B, L)

Day 4: Tokyo 

Free day in Tokyo.

Day 5: Tokyo to Mt Fuji/Hakone

Excursion to Mt Fuji and Hakone. Your heavy luggage will be transported from Tokyo to Kyoto so you should take an overnight bag for the night. Ascend half way up the mountain. After lunch,  enjoy an aerial cable car ride with spectacular views and a boat trip on Lake Ashi. Then transfer for your stay at your hotel with traditional "onsen" or hot springs. (B, L)

Day 6: Hakone/nara/kyoto

In the morning board the bullet train to Kyoto. In the afternoon take an excursion to the nearby town of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan and an important Buddhist centre. Visit the Todai-ji Temple, a vast wooden building housing a giant bronze Buddha, the Deer Park and the Kasuga Shrine. Return to Kyoto (B)

Day 7: Kyoto

Free day for you to explore Kyoto on your own, whether you want to see some of the exquisite temples and gardens, or the historic streets, such as those of the Gion district. Alternatively you may wish to join an organised tour - please ask for details. (B)

Day 8: kyoto

A further free day to explore this historic city. (B)

Day 9: kyoto to hiroshima

Travel to Hiroshima by bullet train. Your heavy luggage will be transported to Osaka, so overnight bag for stay in Hiroshima. Full day tour to Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima Island. First visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and museum, and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Then take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine and the iconic "floating" red torii gate. (B)

Day 10: hiroshima to OSAKA

In the morning take a bullet train to Osaka. Afternoon walking tour of Osaka including Osaka Castle and cruise on the Aqau Liner along Osaka's waterways. (B)

Day 11: EXIT

Transfer to Kansai International Airport and travel safely back to the UK, arriving later the same day. (B)

What’s Included

  • International Flights In Economy Class
  • Accommodation in good quality 3- and 4-Star Hotels
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers
  • Train Tickets
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Entrance Fees
  • Daily breakfast and three Lunches
  • English-Speaking Tour Guides

What's Not Included

  • Meals and Drinks Not Mentioned
  • Early or Late Hotel Check-In/Check-Out
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips

Hotels for this tour

Here are details of the preferred hotels for this tour. Similar hotels may be substituted. All are good 3- or 4-star standard, and are modern, clean, well-presented hotels offering a comfortable stay on a touring holiday.

New Otani Inn Tokyo

TOKYO: new otani hotel (garden Tower)

This large central hotel has more than 800 rooms. Located in Chiyoda, near the Imperial Palace, it has its own extensive grounds. It also boasts a number of restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, and French cuisine. The hotel contains an indoor pool and spa centre.

Yamato Fujiya Hotel Hakone

HAKONE: Yumoto fujiya hotel

A modern hotel in beautiful natural surroundings in Hakone. Has indoor and outdoor 'onset' or hot-spring baths. Restaurants serve Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto

Kyoto: ANA CROWNE PLAZA 

The Crowne Plaza is in a good central location, directly opposite Nijo Castle. A free shuttle bus operates to the railway station. There are 5 restaurants, including French, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, plus an indoor swimming pool.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA: hotel granvia

Centrally located hotel right next to the JR railway station with access to good transport links in the city. Six restaurants, including Japanese and Chinese choices.