GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR
The tour will be run in April of 2018 during the Sakura blooming season
Start your tour off by arriving at the Narita International Airport at the time specified on your travel itinerary and be greeted by one of our representatives who will be waiting for you in the arrival lounge. Once you have finalized and completed all requirements at the airport, our rep will accompany you to your hotel in Narita. Based on when you arrive at the hotel and whether time permits, you will be provided a delicious traditional Japanese dinner from one of the neighboring restaurants, or have the opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese Bento Box for dinner. You will have most of the day to yourself, depending on when you arrive, so go ahead and enjoy it!
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change, based on your arrival time and flight schedule.
Overnight stay – Narita
Your second day kicks off after breakfast with a journey to Nikko and a visit to the Nikko National Park and two of Japan’s most renowned temples – the Tōshō-gu and Rinnō-ji temples and pagodas. At these venues, you will be able to uniquely experience the native pink Sakura in the Nikko area – the presence of the Sakura is entirely dependent on the season during which you are visiting. Visits to the national park and temple will be followed up with a scintillating lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant in Nikko – choose from a wide array of Japanese dishes! Your afternoon will include a visit to the famous statue of the Buddha of Ushiku in Ibaraki, which is considered a national monument by many Buddhists from Japan and around the world. The rest of your evening will be spent enjoying the Onsen, a Japanese hot spring, following which you will spend the rest of the night with the option of donning the famous and traditional kimono. You will then spend the rest of your night in the city of Nikko.
Overnight stay – Nikko
Your third day in Japan kicks off with a post-breakfast bus ride from the neighboring city of Osaka to the city of Kobe. Once you get to Kobe, you get to hop on the once-in-a-life time experience of riding the Shinkansen (one of the fastest passenger trains in the world) from Kobe to Hiroshima. Upon arriving at Shinkansen Station in Hiroshima, you could take either a taxi or tram to Memorial Park, where you would be able to engulf yourself in history by taking in the sights of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Once you have taken in the historical sights, you will be able to enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, most notably Mac. Hiroshima, following which you will make your return to Osaka. You will leave Hiroshina for Kobe by Shinkansen and subsequently travel to Osaka by bus. The rest of your evening and night will be spent relaxing and enjoying your time at a traditional Japanese restaurant in the region.
Overnight stay – Osaka
Start your day with a visit to Tokyo’s own Disney Land, based in the Chiba prefecture. You and your family will be able to spend the entire day meeting Disney characters and exploring this magical world of fantasy. The Disney Parade is one of the highlights at the venue that you will have the unique privilege of witnessing – if the weather permits, expect to see an abundance of Disney characters and sights that will foster unforgettable memories. With many restaurants and food establishments on site, you have the freedom of choice to enjoy delicious lunch options from within Disneyland itself. Once you have run through all the items on your itinerary for the day, you will have the option of dinner from a restaurant within the vicinity you are staying at, or directly from the hotel you will be staying at. If you missed the parade earlier on in the day, you have yet another opportunity to witness the Disneyland Parade at night, after which you can return to your hotel in the Chiba Prefecture for a well-deserved rest.
Overnight stay – Chiba Prefecture
Your fifth day in Japan starts off with a journey to Hamanako, after a bright and early exit from your hotel. En route to Hamanako, you will make a brief stop at the city Kamakura – a historical coastal city comprised of immense beauty and culture. Your journey to Hamanako will also include the unique opportunity to witness the famous Mount Fuji from an observation deck on the highway you will be travelling on – make sure to take a few minutes to take in the view. Your journey will also include many other sites like famous Japanese tea plantations, tunnels, and traditional Japanese rice fields. Given the distance that needs to be covered within the day, lunch will be served at a service area along the highway. Upon arriving in Kamakura, you will then be taken to Kamakura temple, which is the home to the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue, built in honor of President J. R. Jayawardane, the late Sri Lankan President. The latter part of your day may be used to enjoy the blooming Sakura flowers in the Kamakura area, which is an experience that many visitors of past have valued tremendously. The rest of your evening can be allocated to meet your shopping needs at the Eon Shopping mall, after which you will enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant in the region. After dinner, you will have yet another opportunity to enjoy the Onsen and spend the rest of your night in a Japanese Kimono, along with a complementary photoshoot to capture memories of your momentous day.
Overnight stay – Hamanako
Your day starts off with breakfast at your hotel in Hamanako, which will be followed up by a trip to Nagoya to visit the famous Toyota Factory, where you will be able to witness one of the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturing plants. After a brief tour of the site, you will have lunch at the service area. Your post-lunch endeavors include a visit to the Kiyomizu Temple and/or Golden Temple in Osaka – if time permits, you will be able to visit both sites. Both sites are enriched with a deep history, accentuated by the Kiyomizu Temple’s 1500-year existence. After a long day of traveling, you have the option of dining at a restaurant nearby, or at your hotel. You will have the rest of the night to yourself to explore Osaka!
Overnight stay – Osaka
Seven days in and the excitement only continues with a post-breakfast visit to the Osaka Palace, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. You will spend the rest of the day visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, after which you will spend the rest of the night free to explore Hiroshima as you see fit!
Overnight stay – Hiroshima
After a quick breakfast, you get to witness the historically famous Itsukumiya Shrine, which is known for its iconic “floating” torii gate. You have the rest of your day to enjoy the cuisine and spend your time leisurely – taking in the sights of Osaka.
Overnight stay – Osaka
Take the entire day to kick back, relax, and enjoy your last day in Japan!
Overnight stay – Osaka
One of our reps will accompany you to your predetermined departure airport (Osaka or Kansai). Please note that passengers must be at the airport three hours prior to departure.
Note that this itinerary is subject to change, based on your departure and flight schedule.