Cherry Blossom and Garden Tour 2018[15 Days] with MW Travel
One Exclusive departure in 2018
25th March 2018 – 08th April 2018
This is a most wanted trip! Our 15 day Garden tour brings you to Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji,
Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Osaka letting you discover Japan from all
aspects. On this fabulous tour, you will explore some traditional Japanese gardens during the
Cherry Blossom season, marvelling at this wonderful burst of nature, visiting some of the iconic
historical sights of Japan and experience the authentic Japanese culture and world heritage.
This is the most popular programme among all other Japanese tours and we guarantee you
a memorable tour of a lifetime.
Day 01: Australia – Tokyo
Board your overnight flight to Tokyo and overnight on board.
Day 02: Tokyo
Arrive Tokyo. After immigration and customs clearance, you will be welcomed
by our representative and transferred to check in at Metropolitan Hotel or similar.
Reminder of the day at leisure.
Day 03: Tokyo Sightseeing (B.L.D)
After breakfast, you leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Tokyo. Driving through
the National Diet Building and Tokyo Sky Tree. Stop at Imperial Palace and double
Bridge for Photo taking. Visit Ueno park,the best place to enjoy cherry blossom. After
Japanese lunch, Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. The
legend has it that fisherman brothers discovered an image of Kan’non (the goddess
of mercy) in the Sumida River around 1370 years ago and they were inspired to
enshrine it. Its symbol is a large red paper lantern that bears the word ‘Kaminarimon’,
or a thunder gate. Next enjoy a Sumida River Cruise, Enjoy the boat ride from
Asakusa to Odaiba. The river was the most important waterway for the development
to Tokyo. A Japanese style welcome dinner will be served tonight.
Day 04: Tokyo (B)
After breakfast, free at your leisure and enjoy Tokyo at your own pace. You can try
to hop on the advanced local train to Shinjuku or Ginza area for shopping. Book an
optional excursion to Nikko city
Day 05: Tokyo-Hakone-Kawaguchiko (B.L.D)
Visit Koishikawa Botanical Garden, a spacious botanical garden maintained by the
University of Tokyo, featuring many tree and plant species, as well as a small
Japanese landscape garden, particularly nice during the cherry blossom season.
Afterwards travel to Hakone by coach. Visit the Peace Park, Owakutani Hot spring,
have a cruise on Lake Ashi. We will be staying hot spring resort tonight and you can
enjoy complementary hot spring bath after dinner.
Day 06: Kawaguchiko-Mt.Fuji-Takayama (B. L. D)
Start your trip to Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2,300 meters above sea level.
Visit the Fuji Visitor Centre to have better knowledge of this iconic mountain. After
lunch, proceed to Takayama for overnight stay.
Day 07: Takayama (B,L)
After breakfast, full day tour in Takayama including visit to Takayama – Jinya, Festival
Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakab Folkcraft Museum, Kamisannomachi Street. Overnight
Day 08: Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa (B,L,D)
Travel to world heritage listed Shirakawago,famous for the traditional gasshouzukuri farmhouse of
more than 250 years old. Head to Kanazawa and visit Kenroku-en Garden and
Kanazawa Museum, your tour also include visit to Samurai house and walking
through the old district. Overnight in Kanazawa.
Day 09: Kanazawa-Kyoto (B.L.D)
Proceed to Kyoto, the Japan’s ancient capital, where you will visit Heian Jingu Shrine.
It is the home of perhaps the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese Garden,
as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion. Afterwards enjoy the Kimono show at
Nishinjin Showroom, Visit a promenade called Path of Philosophers. You can also try
Kimono-wearing experience and tour of Machiya Houses.
After dinner enjoy a pleasant walk through the Gion district, a popular nightspot
where tourists can experience the authentic local life. Check in Kyoto Tokyu hotel or
similar for 2 nights stay.
Day 10: Kyoto-Nara-Kyoto (B.L)
After breakfast you will leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto and Nara. Visit
Nijo Castle which was built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru-goten, renovated in
1626, is renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that
period. Also visit the famous Kiyomizu Dera Temple. Tea ceremony will be organised
to experience traditional Japanese culture!
After lunch you will visit drive to Nara and visit Todoiji Temple, the Daibutsuden
(Great Buddha Hall), which is one of the world’s largest wooden buildings and one of
the best known temples in Japan. It enshrines a gigantic bronze statue of Buddha.
Next you will visit a deer park where the deer roam freely, lending a pastoral
atmosphere to the park. Visitors may feed or pet them (special food is sold in the
park grounds). Back to Kyoto in the afternoon and visit the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine.
Evening enjoy your free time in this ancient capital city!
Day 11: Kyoto-Hiroshima (B.D)
After breakfast and baggage collection (your baggage will be shipped separately
to your hotel in Osaka on day 11, Please prepare your overnight bags tonight)
Depart Kyoto on JR Bullet Train NOZOMI and arrive at Hiroshima in less than 2 hours.
On arrival you will visit Miyajima and the Itsukushima Shrine with a ferry ride. Miyajima
Island is the popular name of Itsuku-shima Island situated in Miyajima Town southwestern
Hiroshima. It is a scenic sight in which the mountains, sea and red shrine
buildings blend in harmony, and the entire island is designated as a historic site. It is
one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and
Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. After dinner, check in at Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima
or similar for overnight stay.
Day 12: Hiroshima-Himeiji-Osaka (B.L)
After breakfast visits Peace Memorial Park. The Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) is the
symbol of Hiroshima, the city that advocates peace in the world. It is located in
Hiroshima and faces Hiroshima Bay in the Seto Inland Sea. It was originally the
Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall built in 1915. While all structures vanished in the
atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing. It was 6
August 1945 when the first atomic bomb in history was dropped on Hiroshima.
Transfer to Himeiji by bullet train. After Japanese set lunch, visit Himeiji Castle, one of
the ancient and famous castles in Japan. Transfer back to Osaka and checki into
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka for 2 nights stay.
Day 13: Osaka-Kobe-Osaka (B.L.D)
Breakfast is at the hotel, leave for Himeiji Castle, one of the ancient and famous
castle in Japan. After lunch transfer to Kobe. Visit the Old Sake Breweries
Museum. The Nada area has many breweries. There were three reasons for the
development of Sake brewing in the 18th century that made the name of Nada
known throughout Japan. One was the discovery of Miya-mizu, excellent water
quality for making Sake; two, the production of high quality rice, in ingredient in Sake;
and three, a convenient location for transportation by sea. Lunch today will be at a
local restaurant. Next you will wonder along the Kobe portside and enjoy shopping
in China Town- Moto-machi, a lively town perfect for shopping, gourmet food and
nightspots in the centre of Kobe. Under Kobe Station is a maze of shopping streets
and, above ground, a big shopping arcade. A unique event is the Shunsetsu-matsuri
Festival at Nankin-machi that celebrates Chinese New Year at the end of January or
in early February. Nankin-machi has many Asian shops and Asian restaurants. Enjoy
your farewell dinner before transfer back to your hotel.
Day 14: Osaka-Australia (B)
You are free at leisure after breakfast until transfer from hotel to airport for your flight
Day 15: Australia
Arrive Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable Japan tour ends.
Tour grade: Moderate Paced Tour
* Return international economy class airfares with Qantas or Japan Airlines
* Australia and Japan departure taxes
* Current Airline Fuel levy – Subject to Change
* Tipping for guide and driver
* Most of meals as indicated
* Deluxe accommodation with buffet breakfast
* All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
* Bullet train tickets and luggage transport
* English speaking National guide throughout the tour.
* Daily mineral water
* A MW Tours travel wallet
* Travel insurance
* Personal expenditures such as laundry, drinks.
* Land only package does not include arrival and departure transfers
Departing from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
From $7280 per person based on twin share
Departing from Perth
From $1395 for Single room Supplement
Maximum of 40 on this tour