Japan: Cherry Blossom Trail

22 Mar – 29 Mar

Quick Overview

See Japan at its most beautiful, flushed in pink and white cherry blossoms, a truly spectacular sight only seen during springtime.
 
Along with a small group of fun, adventurous travellers, enjoy the sakura season to the fullest as you visit the best viewing spots around Japan. And, along the way, enjoy a rollercoaster of wacky and wonderful only-in-Japan experiences: kimono tea ceremonies, temples and castles, owl cafes, bamboo forest +  bullet trains.
Trip Dates: 22 Mar - 29 Mar
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Walk through the Sagano Bamboo Forest

When in Kyoto, we'll visit this bamboo forest, which is often referred to as one of the most beautiful groves on Earth. Watch the video for a glimpse of what is to come!

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Spend 8 exciting days enjoying the Cherry Blossom season in Japan, with an endless list of things to do!

Cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen park
Cherry blossoms in the Fuji Five Lakes area
Cherry blossoms at Osaka Castle
Yunessun SPA Resort - Time for a wine spa!
Dinner with geisha
Indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime Kimono tea ceremony
Insider’s tour of Tokyo (Imperial Palace, Tokyo Sky Tree, Sensō-ji temple, Nakamise street, Owl Cafe)
Explore the temples of Kyoto
Visit Osaka castle park (Cherry blossoms in bloom here)!
Enjoy Rickshaw ride around Gion
Explore the beautiful Sagano bamboo forest
Bullet train ride to Odawara
Stay in a Ryokan
Toyota factory tour
Nagoya Aquarium
Whiskey Tour
You’ll be staying in the following accommodation or similar:

Tokyo: Akasaka Excel Tokyo
Mt. Fuji Lakes Area: Kasugai View Hotel
Nagoya: Stings Nagoya
Kyoto: Mitsui Garden Hotel
Osaka: Agora Regency Sakai Hotel
7 Breakfasts
1 Lunch
3 Dinners
Transfers from airports to hotels and vice-versa. Please note that arrival and departure transfers will be as per the suggested flight schedules. In the event that you arrive or depart at a time other than that recommended by Byond, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional cost. 

Transportation for excursions in a private, air-conditioned coach.
A local, English-speaking guide will accompany you on all the tours 
Tips for the guide and driver
Entrance fees to the sites specified in the itinerary
Airfare (International and domestic) 
Visa
Travel insurance
Activities, meals and drinks other than those specified in the itinerary
Personal expenses (Phone calls, laundry, early check in/ late check out etc) 
Service tax as applicable

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Trip Dates

Start date
22 Mar 2019

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29 Mar 2019

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Includes 4-star accommodation, expert guides, unique experiences, private transfers, some meals. Flights are not included.

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Spend 8 exciting days enjoying the Cherry Blossom season in Japan, with an endless list of things to do!

Cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen park
Cherry blossoms in the Fuji Five Lakes area
Cherry blossoms at Osaka Castle
Yunessun SPA Resort - Time for a wine spa!
Dinner with geisha
Indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime Kimono tea ceremony
Insider’s tour of Tokyo (Imperial Palace, Tokyo Sky Tree, Sensō-ji temple, Nakamise street, Owl Cafe)
Explore the temples of Kyoto
Visit Osaka castle park (Cherry blossoms in bloom here)!
Enjoy Rickshaw ride around Gion
Explore the beautiful Sagano bamboo forest
Bullet train ride to Odawara
Stay in a Ryokan
Toyota factory tour
Nagoya Aquarium
Whiskey Tour
You’ll be staying in the following accommodation or similar:

Tokyo: Akasaka Excel Tokyo
Mt. Fuji Lakes Area: Kasugai View Hotel
Nagoya: Stings Nagoya
Kyoto: Mitsui Garden Hotel
Osaka: Agora Regency Sakai Hotel
7 Breakfasts
1 Lunch
3 Dinners
Transfers from airports to hotels and vice-versa. Please note that arrival and departure transfers will be as per the suggested flight schedules. In the event that you arrive or depart at a time other than that recommended by Byond, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional cost. 

Transportation for excursions in a private, air-conditioned coach.
A local, English-speaking guide will accompany you on all the tours 
Tips for the guide and driver
Entrance fees to the sites specified in the itinerary
Airfare (International and domestic) 
Visa
Travel insurance
Activities, meals and drinks other than those specified in the itinerary
Personal expenses (Phone calls, laundry, early check in/ late check out etc) 
Service tax as applicable

Zero payment upfront. Zero cancellation fees. Block your discounted spot for 2 weeks while you decide.

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Day Wise Itinerary

Welcome to Japan

Touchdown Tokyo! Time to get excited; you’re in Japan and at the beginning of a truly unforgettable trip.
 
Our local representative will be waiting at Narita Airport to welcome and assist you. Then, enjoy your first glimpse of Tokyo as you’re driven in a private coach to your hotel. Check-in and unwind.
 
In the evening: bond with your new travel crew and trip leader at a welcome dinner. Time to put your chopstick skills to good use, try a bit of traditional fare, and toast to an amazing 7 days together!

Temples, Owls, + Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms

Ohayou Gozaimasu! Fill up on breakfast at the hotel, as you have a busy day ahead exploring Tokyo, with a local guide by your side.
 
On our route: explore the Imperial Palace and see a 360-degree panoramic view over Tokyo at the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest tower in the world. Then, take pictures under the red lantern at the Sensō-ji temple, and shop for mochi (sticky rice cakes) at Nakamise street

Next up: lunch, which will be at an Indian restaurant.

Then: an offbeat treat: an Owl Café! Meet small, large, majestic and kawaii (cute) owls at the Akiba Fukurou, and pet and play with your new feathered friends. You can even pick your favourite owl and take a picture together, which the staff will print it for you as a gift.

In the evening: get your first glimpse of Cherry Blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen park, home to over 1000 cherry trees. After getting our fill of the park, we’ll enjoy sitting under the pink and white sakura trees, marvelling at their beauty. It’s a truly unforgettable experience.

Top off the day with ‘me time’ in Shibuya, the site of the famous Shibuya scramble crossing. Crowded with international and boutique shops and small noodle eateries, it’s the best place to shop and have dinner in Tokyo. Afterwards, we’ll head back to the hotel.

Bullet Train, Wine Spas + Fuji Lake’s Cherry Blossoms

This morning, catch a local train to the Tokyo Train Station, alongside hundreds of Japanese commuters on their way to work. 
 
From the Tokyo Train Station, ride the famous 320km/h Bullet Train to Odawara.
 
Upon arrival, we’ll head to the Yunessun SPA Resort, where bathing in water is old-school. Instead, you’ll have the choice to take a dip in warm pools of coffee, green tea, ramen or wine! You read that right. It’s an only-in-Japan experience.
 
Then: get magical glimpses of cherry blossoms around the Fuji Five Lakes area, set against the magnificent backdrop of Mt. Fuji itself. It’s as picture-perfect as it sounds.
 
Tonight, you’ll be staying in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn.

Dolphins + Magical Lights Of Nabano Na Sato

First up: we’ll visit the Nagoya Aquarium, home to a wide array of sea creatures, including penguins, seals, white whales and dolphins.
 
Then: it’s time for a magical sight! Prepare to be awestruck by the spring bloom and the lighting. The best part about visiting Nabano at this time is that during the day, you can enjoy the carpet of flowers in full bloom here. And at night, experience the magic as a sea of more than 8 million LED lights decorate the city - words fail to express how beautiful this is!

Toyota Cars + Downtown Kyoto and Teramachi Street

First up today, a tour of the Toyota Factory for a fascinating look at how the cars are assembled. 

Then, drive to Kyoto, Japan's ancient and imperial capital, famous for incredible temples, tea gardens and markets. 

We’ll visit the Teramachi Street. Enjoy the calm ambience here, where the locals come to shop - there are many good stores both tasteful and traditional.

Tea Ceremony + Sagano Forest + Dinner With Geisha

Could there be anything more quintessentially Japanese than a tea ceremony or kimonos? 
This morning, experience a combination of both. 

Slip on an exquisite traditional kimono, get your hair styled, and then attend a tea ceremony, where your instructor will guide you through the ceremonial steps.

Then: we’ll make our way to the famous Sagano bamboo forest. Walk through the green swaying stalks, enjoying the sunlight and the wind, for a quiet but magical experience

Later: visit the Kiyomizu temple and experience a rickshaw ride around Gion, a charming district of tea houses and traditional merchant shops. 

A truly memorable evening ahead: a private dinner in the company of not one but two geisha, a rare and unique experience, open only to a select few!
 
While you enjoy dinner, which could include sushi, sashimi, vegetarian appetizers, cooked rice and dessert, your hostesses will engage you with conversation and entertain you as well, playing traditional music and performing a dance with you.

Whiskey Tour + Osaka’s Cherry Blossoms

Today, we’ll go on a Yamazaki Whiskey Tour -  see upto 7000+ bottles of the finest Japanese whisky malts!

Cherry Blossom season in Osaka is all about the pink and white blooms set against the magnificent backdrop of Osaka Castle, so that’s where we’ll make our way next. Take your fill of pictures as we explore the castle and the park.
 
In the evening: ‘me time’ in Shinsaibashi. Trendy boutiques, retail chains, and luxury department stores like Daimaru, UniQlo, H&M, and Zara, will help you cross all the items off your shopping list here. Then, wander over to Dotonbori for dinner (on your own). Enjoy the shopping and savor the eating, because you won’t find many places like this in the world.

Time to head home

Sadly, it’s our last day in Japan. After breakfast, our local representative will accompany you to the Kansai airport to see you off and wish you a safe flight!


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