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Cherry Blossoms - The Sakura Time in Japan

 (7 Nights / 8 Days)

Japanese culture stretches back millennia, yet has also adopted (and created) the latest modern fashions and trends. Japan is a study in contrasts and contradictions. In the middle of a modern skyscraper you might discover a sliding wooden door which leads to a traditional chamber with tatami mats, calligraphy, and tea ceremony. These juxtapositions mean you will often be surprised and rarely bored by your travels in Japan. Japan is also the country of anime and manga. The allure of Japan is wide and varied. This WOW sojourn is timed to match one of the best seasons to visit Japan – spring, which in Japan means Cherry Blossom. Come along on this spectacular WOW journey & discover Japan!

Highlights: Cherry blossom viewing, ride on the bullet train and many more!


Day 1:Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and transfer to the Narita Excel Tokyu or similar on your own (Shuttle service available at the Airport). Take rest for the day to get acclimatized!

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, with the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area (which has a population of 35 million people). This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.

Please note that the hotel check-in is after 2pm only.


Day 2: Tokyo

Post breakfast we will start the Tokyo city tour (1hour 45 mins from the Airport Hotel) - Tokyo Tower, the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Enjoy the afternoon with the picnic lunch box.

At 333 meters high, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. We will go up 350 meters to the main observatory deck and get a bird's eye view of Tokyo. On a clear day you can see up to Mount Fuji in the distance.

Visit the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle. In the heart of the city, you can explore the park, surrounded by moats and stone fortifications. We then proceed to Ginza - Tokyo's most famous shopping, dining, and entertainment district, which features designer department stores, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and night clubs. Then at the Nakamise walkway, you can browse the many stores that lead to Tokyo's oldest and most famous Buddhist temple, Sensoji Temple. In the evening we enjoy the Japanese dinner.


Day 3 : Hakone /Mt Fuji

After breakfast transfer by coach to view Mt.Fuji (a bus journey of 3 hours). The Lunch will be in a local restaurant. Afterwards, we will have a pleasant view of the Lake Ashi Hakone, followed by a ship cruise on Lake Ashi. Later we partake in a traditional Japanese Kaiseiki banquet dinner.

Please Note: In the morning you will have to handover your 1 main piece of luggage for transporting to Kyoto and carry just one small handbag with you containing a couple of day's clothing change. This is because the bullet trains in Japan do not have luggage space and there are no porters to carry your bags in the station.

Mount Fuji located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan, it is an active volcano that last erupted in 1707–08. Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.

  


Day 4: Hiroshima

Transfer by coach to Odawara station and then board a bullet train to Hiroshima (A train journey of 4.5 hours). On arrival we will transfer for lunch. Our tour of Hiroshima includes the famous Giant Torri gate, a ride on the Miyajima Ferry & a visit to Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. In the afternoon, enjoy the lunch at an Indian Restaurant.

Those expecting to step off the train into a pile of smouldering rubble will be in for a surprise, as Hiroshima has all the ferro-concrete and blinking neon of any other modern Japanese city. Teenagers stream in and out of the station, where McDonald's and the latest keitai (mobile phones) await. Hiroshima is an industrial city of wide boulevards and criss-crossing rivers, located along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Although many only know it for the horrific split second on August 6, 1945, when it became the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack, it is now a modern, cosmopolitan city with excellent cuisine and a bustling nightlife.


Day 5: Hiroshima-Kyoto

We continue our Hiroshima tour with visits to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome (commemorating the drop of the atomic bomb). We then take the bullet train to Kyoto (train journey of 1 hour & 45 minutes). In Kyoto, after having our lunch we shall visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple.

Kiyomizu is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of colour in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance.

In the cherry blossom season, it is de rigueur to head out into the local parks and gardens, bring a selection of picnic food and drinks and join the locals for a hanami– or"flower-viewing". It is during this period that the Japanese are at their most relaxed, and all public places take on a party-like atmosphere.

We will also visit the Gion District where you may possibly get a chance to view Geishas walking around the street.

Please Note: Your checked in bags will be waiting for you at our hotel.


Day 6: Kyoto

We visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397.  At the Nishijin Textile Center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show. We then take part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. We then visit Arashiyama to see Sagano Torroko Train Ride, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Togetsu Bridge and Bamboo Groove. The lunch will be in a Japanese Restaurant.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city.  Kyoto is vast in terms of its rich cultural heritage - the material endowment of over a thousand years as the country's imperial capital. The city's numerous palaces, shrines, temples and other landmarks are spread out over the city.


Day 7: Nara - Osaka

We visit the Todaiji Temple and the Nara Deer Park, followed by Lunch. We continue on to the Majestic Osaka Castle and you get a chance to shop in the Shinsaibashi Shopping Street. Enjoy the farewell dinner with the local delicacies.

If Tokyo is Japan's capital, one might call Osaka its anti-capital. Whatever you call it, though, there are many opportunities for you to discover its true character. Osaka dates back to the Asuka and Nara periods. Under the name Naniwa, it was briefly the capital of Japan. Even after the capital was moved elsewhere, Osaka continued to play an important role as a hub for land, sea and river-canal transportation.


Day 8: Osaka - India

Post breakfast transfer (on your own) to airport for return flights to India. The shuttle service is available from the hotel to the airport.


Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in 3/4/5 star with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing on private basis as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee wherever mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Airport transfers on private basis.

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, water, mini bar, coffee, Laundry, etc
  • Lunches and all other meals & services which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Norm for tipping guide is $ 3 per person/ per day and $ 10 for porters at railway station.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions

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