Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

Cherry Blossom Tour

AED 11,499

/ Person

Duration

9 Days

Tour Type

Sightseeing

Room Type

Twin Sharing

Languages

English

28th March – 5th April  2024

As Japan’s most popular flower, Sakura (or cherry blossoms) are said to represent the fleeting nature of life. They bloom for a short period of time, but their beauty has the ability to become a lasting memory for those who encounter them.

Cherry blossom festivals take place across Japan every year in March-April. These festivals range from small family affairs to larger public events that attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Celebrate the beauty of Cherry Blossoms with the Meguro River Cruise and visits to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Yoyogi Park, Chidorigafuchi Moat, and Ueno Park

  • Embark on a Japanese Sake Brewery Tour

  • Indulge in Authentic Japanese Ice Cream Tasting

  • Immerse Yourself in a Sushi Culinary Adventure

  • Step into Traditional Elegance by Donning the Original Formal Kimono and Hakama Attire

  • Enjoy a Captivating 45-minute Geisha Performance

  • Savor Coffee with a Stunning View of Mount Fuji

  • Get Thrilled by Shinkansen – High-Tech Bullet Train Journey

Day’s Highlights: Umeda Sky Building & Floating Observatory

Upon arrival at Osaka International Airport, after clearing
customs & immigration, you will be comfortably transferred
to the Hotel. (Transfers will be in accordance with the
group schedule; otherwise, clients are required to manage their own transfers to the hotel.)

Arrive & Check-In.

Evening proceeds to an exciting journey through the clouds. Kuchu Teien Observatory is an observation facility connecting the Tower East and Tower West of the Umeda Sky Building, on the 39th, 40th, and rooftop floors. Get a chance to take in the Osaka cityscape with a bird’s-eye view from the 360-degree open-air rooftop.

Overnight stay at Osaka

Dinner

Day’s Highlights: Peace Memorial Park, A-Bomb Dome, Cenotaph, Sadako Monument, Gandhi Memorial | Osaka Castle (outside View) | Dotonbori

After Breakfast, transfer to Hiroshima by Japan’s High Tech Bullet Train (Shinkansen). The highest speed is 300kph.

Arrive Hiroshima & visit Peace Memorial park & Atomic Bomb Dome. It was built right in the area where the atomic bomb exploded and where you will find permanent prayers for world peace, honouring those who were killed by the atomic blast. Atomic Bomb Dome – One of the only structures that wasn’t completely levelled, was once the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It has been preserved untouched, and though fenced off from the public, is in clear view and illuminated at night. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. The Memorial Mound contains the cremated ashes of 70,000 unidentified victims. Later return to Osaka & visit Osaka Castle (Outside View), one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. Later proceed towards Dotonbori area & enjoy some free time Shopping at Shinsaibashi.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight Stay at Osaka

Day’s Highlights: Todaiji Temple & Nara Deer Park | Fushimi Inari Shrine

This morning after Breakfast, check out & proceed towards Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital established in the year 710. Before that date, the capital used to be moved to a new location whenever a new emperor ascended to the throne. We visit Visit Todaiji Temple (Daibutsuden Hall) & Nara Deer Park. Toda Ji Temple is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower the temple’s influence on government affairs. The opening ceremony of the largest Buddha was headed by an Indian Priest (Bodhisena), who was first recorded as Indian to Japan.

Nara Deer Park is a large park in central Nara established in 1880. It is also home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered the messengers of the gods, Nara’s over 1000 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Next Visit is Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto, is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine is renowned for its shrine gates, which are arranged into endless rows. It is reverently called O-Inari-san. This is an expression that portrays the closeness and familiarity that the Japanese feel towards this particular shrine.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight  Stay at Kyoto

Day’s Highlights: Arashiyama Bamboo Groves | Kiyomizu Dera Temple | Sake Brewery | Gion District – Geisha Performance

This morning after Breakfast, visit Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, a pleasant, touristy district on the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185) when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. The Togetsukyo Bridge is Arashiyama’s well-known, central landmark.

Later visit the Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. Later in the evening, free time to stroll around the Gion district. Gion Corner is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. It is filled with restaurants and ochaya, where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain. Gion attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight Stay at Hakone

Day’s Highlights: Owakudani Boiling Valley | Pirate Cruise At Lake Ashi

This morning after Breakfast, check out & head for Hakone. Upon arrival visit Owakudani Boiling Valley, a volcanic valley with active Sulphur vents and hot springs in Hakone. It was created around 3,000 years ago, as a result of the explosion of the Hakone volcano. It is a popular tourist site for its scenic views, volcanic activity, and Kuro-Tamago “black egg”— a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. The eggs turn black and smell slightly sulphuric; eating one is said to add seven years to your life. Next, enjoy Pirate Cruise at Lake Ashi or Hakone Lake a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan.

It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji and its numerous hot springs. A number of pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake providing scenic views for tourists and passengers.

Arrive at the Hotel & Check-in.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight Stay at Hakone

Day’s Highlights: Mt.Fuji | Meguro River Cruise

Today morning after Breakfast, visit the highlight of the tour, Mt. Fuji, one of Japan’s three sacred mountains, an active volcano commonly called “Fuji-san” (sacred to Japanese).

t is the country’s tallest peak – 3,776 meters (12,380 feet). We visit Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station to have a closer look at this spectacular Mountain (weather permitting). Later proceed towards Tokyo. Upon arrival hop on a Cruise on Meguro River. As spring arrives in Tokyo, the Meguro River comes alive with the delicate and ethereal beauty of cherry blossoms, known as “sakura” in Japanese. The Meguro River is renowned for its stunning cherry blossom-lined banks, making it one of the most picturesque spots in the city to view these fleeting pink and white blooms. Arrive at the Hotel and check-in.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight Stay at Tokyo

 

Day’s Highlights: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden | Yoyogi Park | Meiji Jingu Shrine | Shibuya Scramble Crossing | Chidorigafuchi Moat

This morning after breakfast, visit Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, a serene oasis in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. This meticulously landscaped park offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Visitors can wander through diverse gardens, including Japanese, French, and English styles, all while admiring the seasonal beauty of cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant foliage in autumn. With its serene ponds and stunning greenery, Shinjuku Gyoen is a cherished destination for relaxation and nature appreciation.

Later proceed towards, Yoyogi Park, a vibrant urban park in the heart of Tokyo, renowned for its cherry blossom viewing. During the spring season, it transforms into a sea of pink and white blossoms, creating a captivating backdrop for picnics and leisurely strolls. With its spacious lawns, meandering paths, and lively atmosphere, Yoyogi Park is a popular spot for both locals and tourists to gather and celebrate the beauty of cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

The next Visit is to the Meiji Jingu Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken and has been a popular shrine among the Japanese for a long time. In Meiji Shrine, there is a thick forest of 100,000 donated trees of 365 kinds from all over Japan. The area totals up to 700,000 square meters!

Later drive by from the Shibuya crossing Intersection. Shibuya Scramble Crossing is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and vehicles stop in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection at one time. The statue of Hachiko, between the station and the intersection, is a common meeting place and almost always crowded.

Our last visit today is to Chidorigafuchi Moat, a picturesque waterway encircling the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. During cherry blossom season, it becomes a popular spot for hanami (flower viewing) due to the breathtaking canopy of cherry blossoms that line its banks.

Visitors can enjoy a tranquil walk along the pathways, rent rowboats to paddle beneath the blossoms, and soak in the ethereal beauty of the sakura in full bloom. It’s a serene and scenic location to experience the magic of cherry blossoms.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight Stay at Tokyo

Day Highlights: Tokyo Skytree | Sensō-ji Buddhist Temple | Nakamise Shopping Street | Ueno Park | Ginza

Today after Breakfast, head for a Tokyo city tour.

Visit  Tokyo Sky Tree, a broadcasting tower that was recognized by the Guinness World Records Company as the world’s tallest building in 2011. From TOKYO SKYTREE’s observation deck, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo and the entire Kanto region. The surrounding area of Sumida Ward is where Tokyo’s shitamachi (old downtown) culture flourished in districts like Asakusa, Kinshicho, and Ryogoku.

Later visit Sensō-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples. The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple.

Just outside the temple, a shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple’s second gate. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.

Later visit Ueno Park, a vibrant and multifaceted destination that appeals to both nature enthusiasts and culture seekers in the heart of Tokyo.

In the evening enjoy free time to stroll & shop around Ginza district, the shopping Paradise. Ginza is Tokyo’s answer to the 5th Avenue in New York or Oxford Street in London.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Overnight Stay at Tokyo

As we approach the end of our amazing journey through Japan, it’s time to bid farewell to this incredible country. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, we’ve had the privilege of exploring Japan’s rich history, savoring its delicious cuisine and connecting with its wonderful people. Now, as we board our flight back home, we do so with a mix of nostalgia and excitement.
(Transfers will be in accordance with the group schedule; otherwise, clients are required to manage their own transfers to the airport.)

Time to say goodbye….Journey Continues….

Sayonara, Japan!

Breakfast

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