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Tour Japan in Cherry Blossom Season with the Travel at 60 Community! (Mar 2023)

Cherry Blossom season seats selling fast!

Experience the many contrasts of Japan, from the modern metropolis of Tokyo to the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Fuji and enchanting Kyoto with its stunning temples and colourful Geisha district. This Travel at 60 community departure is your perfect chance to tick it off your list while making fast friends with like-minded travellers!

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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Japan in Cherry Blossom season

Experience Japan during Spring, one of the most beautiful times of the year when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom on this 10 Day itinerary, taking in all the must do's! Also travel with like minded people on this departure as we have seats set aside exclusively for our Travel at 60 Community!

Tokyo

Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory, Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine and Nakamise shopping street

Mt. Fuji

Drive up to 5th Station for panoramic views

Hakone

View Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi from the Komagatake Ropeway

Kyoto

Visit Kinkakuji Temple and the Heianjigu Shrine

Kurashiki

Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Hiroshima

Visit Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island, and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum

Himeji

Visit Himeji Castle and a sake brewery en-route to Osaka

Inclusions

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  • Airport transfers*
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (9 buffet breakfasts and 4 dinners)
  • All transport as shown in itinerary
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • City orientation tours
  • A variety of optional experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

Accommodation

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Quality 3 and 4-star hotels as per the itinerary

Travel dates

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Tour begins in Tokyo 25 March 2023 and finishes in Osaka 03 April 2023

  • Twin share - from $6,425 pp
  • Sole Use - from $7,205

Call our friendly travel team on 1300 414 198 to ask any questions or to reserve a seat on this fabulous departure.

Itinerary

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Draft itinerary - subject to minor changes

Day 1 Arrive in Tokyo (3 Nights)

'Konnichiwa' and welcome to dazzling, futuristic Tokyo, Japan's incredible capital city. One of the most culturally rich cities on earth, Tokyo is the kind of place where every day is a new adventure, and where no two neighborhoods are the same. Some are deeply connected to the past, all glowing lanterns, and low-slung rustic buildings, whilst others only have eyes for the future. To say Tokyo is eclectic would be a disservice to a city that prides itself on having something for everyone. Arriving today board your shuttle bus transfer from Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport. This evening meets up with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your first taste of Japanese cuisine on your Japan value tour.

Hotel - Sunshine City Prince

Included Meals - Dinner

Day 2 Tokyo Sightseeing

Diving in to all that Tokyo has to offer, today's sightseeing tour will kick off 243 metres above the ground as you take in panoramic views of the city from the twin towered Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory. Step inside a forested inner-city oasis with a visit to the tranquil Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, which was built to protect the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken. Soak in the peaceful surroundings here and make a wish on a traditional ema before heading on to Asakusa for a glimpse of Old Tokyo. Browse the craft shops along Nakamise Street, then visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple which has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in the 7th century. This afternoon and evening it are all about tailoring your trip your way. Perhaps take advantage of our optional visit to the Tokyo National Museum, where you will be treated to collections of Japanese art, samurai swords, intricate kimonos and more, followed by a trip to two of Tokyo's premium shopping destinations, Ameyoko and Ginza. This evening, you could choose to dine local style with dinner at a traditional izakaya (Japanese pub).

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 Mt. Fuji and Hakone Sightseeing

You may have seen glimpses of its snowcapped peaks but today is the day you get up close and personal when you visit Mt. Fuji, the highest volcano in Japan. Driving up to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station (weather permitting), catch your breath as you survey the scenery from 2300 metres above sea level. Take in the spectacular views of the Fuji Five Lakes area below and enjoy some free time for lunch in the shadow of Mt. Fuji's iconic peak. Not done with incredible scenery just yet, you will then catch the Komagatake Ropeway for equally impressive views of Lake Ashi, a crater formed lake. Driving back through Hakone, take in the incomparable mountain scenery and traditional buildings of this tranquil little city getaway before heading back to your hotel where the evening is all yours to stay in, or get out there and explore the streets on your last night in Tokyo.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 4 Tokyo ­ Kyoto (2 Nights)

Board the bullet train this morning and speed towards the atmospheric city of Kyoto at a staggering 320 kilometres per hour. Known for geishas, gorgeous temples and traditional teahouses, Kyoto will undoubtedly charm you in an instant, then continue to impress on your sightseeing tour this afternoon. Starting off at the iconic Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, gaze in wonder at this gold leaf covered beauty that shines like a beacon above its reflecting pond. Heading on to the visually stunning Heian-jingu shrine, discover the history of this Shinto masterpiece and visit the 25 metre high torii gate that is equally, if not more beautiful than the shine itself. From here it will be on to a traditional handicraft centre to browse the Japanese crafts, before finally arriving at your hotel. No doubt hungry from an action-packed day, dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

Meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner.

Hotel(s): Kyoto Annex Tower

Day 5 Kyoto Free Day

Waking up this morning, the day is free to explore your way, and beautiful Kyoto is a prospect that will surely fill you with excitement. Perhaps start your day surrounded by lush greenery at the Ginkaku­ji shrine, or head over to the Gion district in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a geisha. Think of yourself as something of a foodie? You are in the right place. Kyoto is a huge culinary destination where you can enjoy fresh sushi, steaming bowls of ramen or creamy matcha ice cream to your heart's content, most likely at the Nishiki Market. This morning we imagine that you will find our optional visit to Nara hard to resist. Known as a place that specialises in the art of bokusho (ink making), you will watch talented artisans create these beautiful masterpieces and even have a go yourself before heading on to Todaji Temple and Nara Park, an area taken over by hundreds of cute, free roaming deer. Keen to see a Kyoto icon? You could join our optional trip to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is instantly recognisable for its tunnel of thousands of orange vermilion torii gates stretching upwards through a thickly wooded mountain towards the shrine.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 6 Kyoto ­ Kurashiki ­ Hiroshima (2 Nights)

Leaving Kyoto behind your first stop today will be Kurashiki, where you will meet up with a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the historic Bikan Quarter. With black and white warehouses converted into contemporary museums, old wooden houses and winding laneways, this area exudes a timeless elegance. You will learn stories about the trading history of the district before heading on to Hiroshima, a place that needs little introduction and a city where peace and hope resound. Destroyed beyond recognition on the 6th of August 1945 by the world's first atomic bomb attack, Hiroshima respectfully remembers its catastrophic past while looking to the future with optimism. It is a thriving cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer, including its delicious cuisine. You will enjoy your first taste tonight as you tuck into okonomiyaki, a type of Japanese savoury pancake and a Hiroshima specialty.

Hotel - Oriental

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Hiroshima Sightseeing

Today's Hiroshima sightseeing tour will begin with a ferry ride across the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, bound for the island of Miyajima. Considered one of Japan's most scenic spots, this is where you will visit the 12th century Itsukushima Shrine and see the famous orange torii gate which appears to be floating above the sea. Heading back to Hiroshima it will be on to the quiet, leafy space of the Peace Memorial Park. Dotted with memorials and tranquil spaces for reflection, visit the cenotaph displaying the names of all those who lost their lives in the catastrophe before heading on to the Memorial Museum. Here, exhibits of ragged clothes, a melted lunchbox and a watch frozen in time at 8.15am all bring home the horror of a day.

that changed history forever. Your tour will end at the UNESCO listed Peace Memorial, the only building in the city to survive the bomb, then this afternoon perhaps opt to join our 'Secrets of Hiroshima' Optional Experience.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 8 Hiroshima ­ Himeji (1 Night)

Heading on from Hiroshima, this morning you will journey on to Himeji, a city best known for its beautiful and fairy tale­-esque 400­year­old castle. After some free time for lunch and exploring the city your way, this afternoon you will meet up with a Local Specialist to visit the UNESCO listed castle. Known as the White Heron Castle, this site is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle and looking up at its vast size, beauty, and stunning gardens, it will not be hard to see why. Learn about its history before heading on to your hotel for an evening free to spend however you choose.

Hotel - Nikko Himeji

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Himeji ­ Osaka (1 Night)

On the last full day of your Japan tour package, perhaps start with a visit to a sake brewery led by your Local Specialist. Made with a combination of quality rice, clean water, koji mould and yeast, sake is the drink that compliments just about anything in Japan. Learn about its history and brewing process before heading on to the final destination of your Japanese adventure, Osaka, a spirited and liberal city. With an afternoon free to explore your way, explore this neon sign loving metropolis or take advantage of our Optional Experience to the Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Castle. Standing at 170 metres tall, admire the views of the city from the Floating Garden Observatory before heading on to the striking castle to delve into the rich collection of paintings, samurai costumes and historical artefacts that are housed within its walls. This evening and to see out your trip in style, you can opt to join our foodie inspired experience to Namba, Osaka's dining and entertainment hub, for a final feast of local delights.

Hotel - New Hankyu Osaka

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 10 Depart Osaka.

Culturally satisfied after your incredible Japan journey, head for the airport and your onward flight. We are sure you will be leaving with big smiles courtesy of Japan's faultless hospitality. Sayonara!

Included Meals - Breakfast

Questions

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Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s)) with final or booster dose given at least 15 days before departing is required for this trip.

*Are Airport Transfers Included?
Transfers are included from Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda Airports by airport shuttle bus service.
Transfers are included to Kansai International and Osaka Itami Airports by airport shuttle bus service.

How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”) and weight not exceeding 23 kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescopic handles.

Is luggage handling provided?
All luggage handling is provided at no extra charge. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.

Are tips included?
We’ll check you in, look after your luggage and take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities – whether it is for restaurant staff, chambermaids or porters. Please note that Travel Director and Drivers gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You do have the option to add pre-paid gratuities on booking. 

Can I bring a wheelchair on my trip?
Yes, in most circumstances you’re able to travel with a wheelchair on your trip, as long as you’re travelling with someone who’s willing to provide personal assistance. Please advise us at the time of booking if you plan to bring a wheelchair to ensure we can meet your requirements.

Will I need to pack formal clothes?
This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you’re visiting and the time of year you’ll be travelling. We’d recommend bringing at least one smart outfit for special evenings.

What are Optional Experiences and when can I book them?
We realise that everyone likes some time to themselves, which is why we’ve left free time on all of our itineraries. If you want to get the most out of your destination, our Optional Experiences let you tailor your trip. Your Travel Director will tell you about all of the Optional Experiences available on the first day of your trip. Payment can be made by credit card or cash.

Will I need electrical adaptors?
Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world. We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor that’s suitable for the countries you are travelling to.

Will I be able to get laundry done?
Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, it’s sensible to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.

Is there seat rotation on the coach?
Yes, your Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.