JAPAN: Boutique Cherry Blossom Tour - 14 days
25th March - 7th April 2020 : Places Available
Destinations: JAPAN: Tokyo | Mt Fuji | Takayama | Kanazawa | Kyoto | Hiroshima | Osaka
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average to above average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Tokyo
Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager & professional expert local guides
Tour Concludes In: Osaka
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 13: Lunches; 10: Dinners; 7:
Transportation: Luxury / deluxe chauffeur driven air-conditioned private vehicles, Buses & Trains
Are you thinking of going on a tour of Japan but not quite sure what to expect? Well then, come along and join us on our boutique small group tour and share our amazing experiences with other like-minded guests and discover Japan's history and culture whilst exploring this magnificent country. Its Cherry Blossom season "Sakura" (Prunus serrulata,) the perfect time to discover Japan in all its glory.
Tokyo is one of the worlds largest cities, with skyscrapers, the 'glam' and the 'ritz' and the neon lights contrasting with it's historical shrines and temples. We stroll in the magnificent Imperial Palace Gardens; take a moment to pause at temples and shrines and if you wish, there is also the opportunity to shop till you drop at either the markets or at the high end of town. Visit Nikko, famous for a UNESCO historical shrine that has amazing carvings and metal work incorporated by top artisans of the time. Find the famed 3 wise men!
Mt. Fuji. I am sure like us, you remember seeing a picture of Mt Fujiyama in your childhood, captivating & Iconic. In real life this Holy Mountain is even more magnificent. Whilst we are here, we also view an outstanding collection of Kimonos at the Kubuta Itchiku Art Museum.
We travel through some beautiful scenery to Takayama where some traditional ways still exist in this modern world. Our hotel stay here is in a traditional Ryokan and dinner this evening is Kaiseke cuisine. Our morning market tour here is a joy. We mingle with the locals, both the sellers who have travelled with produce from their farms to the locals who are purchasing it. Its fabulous.
We travel to an area and see the famous Gassho-Zukuri style farmhouses. A way of life formed over centuries by the extremes of mother nature.
We spend time in Kanawaza, a town of great cultural achievements. We visit, observe and participate in handcraft workshops here, its a wonderful experience. Both these cities have fantastic morning markets where we taste some delicious local products. We also tour one of the best Japanese gardens, one of the top 3 in Japan. It has the six essential features that include vastness, symmetry, solemnity, coolness, antiquity and pleasure. Truly magnificent.
Kyoto was once the capital of Japan. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for its formal traditions including tea ceremonies, in which we are able to participate and we have moment with a geisha, and an opportunity to perhaps try your style in a beautiful Kimono taking the time to appreciate a more traditional lifestyle.
We travel to Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan. it has long been regarded as an Island of Gods. It is a romantic and historical island where the Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site is. it has numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments.
We visit Hiroshima, a modern city that was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. We stop and remember.
Then its onto Osaka, it's Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries. It's known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. Its a city that loves to eat: it's unofficial slogan is kuidaore ('eat until you drop')
You may get fully involved in true Japanese culture! Our Australian host and our professional local guides will support you along the way.
- Be in awe of Tokyo, one of the world’s most exciting cities
- Admire the beautiful cherry blossom in the splendid Imperial Palace Garden
- Sip tea in the tranquil Hama-rikyu Japanese Garden
- Discover the most famous and picturesque bridge in Tokyo
- Prayer for ‘good fortune’ at the Meiji Jingu Shrine
- Visit Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple
- Walk and shop the Harajuku area and continue onto the ‘Paris end of town’
- Venture into a fabulous fabric / haberdashery shop
- Shop in Harajuku area, Ginza district and the famous Nakamise shopping street
- Cruise down Tokyo’s Sumida River to Old Downtown
- Embrace the view from the 52nd floor of Tokyo’s Tower Observatory
- Experience the Tsukiji Market, the largest in Japan
- Participate in a Sushi Making lesson
- Ride ‘Shinkansen’ Bullet Train
- Absorb the breathtaking view of Mt Fuji
- Local produce on display at Kawaguchiko Natural Living Centre
- Be in awe of the Kimono exhibition at the Kubota Itchiku Art Museum
- Travel through beautiful scenery to Takayama
- Be captivated at the Takayama Yatal Kaikan Museum
- Experience a traditional Ryokan Hotel & indulge in an Onsen – Hot Spring Bath
- Try the delicious Kaiseki cuisine
- Participate in the morning Miyagawa market and mingle with the locals
- Taste sake during our sake making tour
- Indulge your taste buds at Kanazawa Omicho Market
- Explore Kenrokuen Garden, one of the top 3 gardens in Japan
- Kanazawa, the city of handcrafts, participate in activities and workshops
- In Kyoto, tour temples, shrines & castles, some are listed as UNESCO sites
- Experience an authentic Tea Ceremony
- Delight in a kimono moment
- Tour Gion geisha district
- Share dinner with Geisha/Maiko
- Travel to beautiful Miyajima and the Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site
- Remember at Hiroshima - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Memorial Museum
- Experience Osaka on our city tour with castles, a river cruise, a Floating Garden
- Walk Namba and Dotonburi area, the place to be in Japan
- Along the way be enthralled with cherry blossom, arts & crafts, delicious cuisine, and the charming people of Japan
- Exclusive airport arrival transfers for all guests
- Quality 4/5 star Modern & Boutique Ryokan hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L = Lunch: D = Dinner
- Personally escorted by Australian Host
- Private services of a specialist professional bilingual tour guides
- Luxury private air-conditioned vehicles for transportation
- Bullet Train & other JR Trains & Bus Travel tickets as per the itinerary
- Luggage forwarding Included
- Admission fees to all sightseeing & activities as per itinerary
- Room sharing option for Single Travellers available
- An exclusive BT&T travel information Booklet
- Day 1: Wednesday 25th March 2020: Arrive Tokyo
- Day 2: Thursday 26th March 2020: Tokyo:
- Day 3: Friday 27th March 2020: – Tokyo:
- Day 4: Saturday 28th March 2020: Tokyo - Mt Fuji:
- Day 5: Sunday 29th March 2020: Mt Fuji - Takayama:
- Day 6: Monday 30th March 2020: Takayama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa:
- Day 7: Tuesday 31st March 2020: Kanazawa:
- Day 8: Wednesday 1st April 2020: Kanazawa - Kyoto:
- Day 9: Thursday 2nd April 2020: Kyoto:
- Day 10: Friday 3rd April 2020: Kyoto
- Day 11: Saturday 4th April 2020: Kyoto Miyajima - Hiroshima:
- Day 12: Sunday 5th April 2020: Hiroshima - Osaka:
- Day 13: Monday 6th April 2020: Osaka:
- Day 14: Tuesday 7th April 2020: Depart Osaka
Japan Travel information
All our hotels are very good four and five star modern and boutique hotels. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds.
Please contact us to receive Booking Form.
Climate & Clothing:
Winters are cool and sunny. Summer, between June and September, ranges from warm to very hot with high levels of humidity in many areas with occasional tropical cyclones. Spring and autumn are generally mild throughout the country and offer spectacular views of pretty sakura cherry blossoms and colourful autumnal leaves, respectively. Rain falls all over Japan throughout the year but June and early July is the main rainy season. Weather for Cherry Blossom Tour, 5 – 18 with an average of 14.
Currency & Money Matters:
The Japanese yen - ¥; is the official currency of Japan. It is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the euro. It is also widely used as a reserve currency after the U.S. dollar, the euro, and the pound sterling. There are large numbers of ATM’s throughout the country. They are at Post Offices, 7-11 stores, supermarkets and train stations to name a few..
The electrical current in Japan is 100 volts AC, 50Hz 60Hz in different parts of the country. The two-pin plug is standard; Type A is suitable.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.
The national language is Japanese with many dialects spoken in different areas.
Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts and dinners. There is a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches along the way. From sushi to noodles, the humble bento lunches to fantastic kaiseki dinners & sake. There’s some great tastings to be had at markets and we’ll try our hand at Sushi making. Japanese cuisine has flavours, aesthetics and a history all its own
Medical Services & Facilities:
We are able to organise access to a doctor if required. The medical & hospital system continues to improve with some western trained nursing and medical specialists available. Dental care is also available. (Please ensure you have full medical coverage.)
Passports & Visas:
To enter Japan you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.
Please contact us to regarding payment.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.
Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at our hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.
Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century. Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree. Most Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both. Religion does not play a big role in the everyday life of most Japanese people today.
We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.
Japan Standard time is GMT + 9hrs. it is -1 hour EAT. (Sydney)
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
With our Small Group Tour of Japan we use the extremely efficient, clean, safe and reliable public transportation network — it’s the most efficient way to get around, and by far it’s the best way to experience the country and its people.
We also use modern luxury minibuses for tours and walk where and when it’s suitable.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided throughout travelling days in vehicle.
Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ‘welcome cocktails’ on the first evening.
Day 1: Wednesday 25th March 2020: Arrive Tokyo: (SD)
Konnichia and irasshaimase. Hello and welcome to Tokyo Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda International Airport, you will be meet by our Australian tour manager and transferred by airport shuttle service to our centrally located hotel.
You may wish to arrive a day earlier to visit Tokyo Disneyland or shop or maybe just to get your bearings and recover from any jet lag you may have.
Later this evening, we gather in the foyer of our hotel to meet your other travelling companions with whom you will share this wonderful journey. Then later, join your host at our Welcome Dinner.
Day 2: Thursday 26th March 2020: Tokyo: (B/L)
Our professional specialised guide will meet us at our hotel after breakfast, and we will travel on the Metro to the beautiful Meiji Jingu Shrine. It was established in 1920 and is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken and is a special place of pray for good fortune for the year. Thi si a beauful park with an abunce of flora and of course cherry blossom throughout.
We then walk to the local Harajuku district. Harajuku has been the epicentre of Tokyo teen fashion styles for decades, especially goth and funk and it includes big-name international fashion boutiques with Takeshita-dori stree, the most famous area of all. It includes great restaurants, cafés and gift shops galore. Further along is the sophisticated area of Omote Sando street, the ‘Paris end of town’ with its artistic fashion buildings and galleries along the zelkova tree lined street. We then travel by Metro to Roppongi area and find ourselves at the Tokyo City Tower Observatory where the view from the 52 floor is breathtaking.
Following lunch, we travel on the metro to the spectacular Imperial Palace Garden. The imperial Palace in Tokyo is where the Emperor of Japan and his family resides. We stop and soak up the grandeur of this impressive garden and appreciate Japans honourable cherry blossom trees all about us. This stunning Japanese garden is so very picturesque. Later we travel to the Ginza district and explore the area and visit one of the well-known Department stores here. This evening is free at leisure.
Day 3: Friday 27th March 2020: Tokyo: (B/MT/D)
It’s an early start, we're off to the new Tsukiji Market, the largest fish market in Japan, with fish and other produce shops to explore. Our guide will take us through the market and discuss the food culture of the Japanese people.
We then walk to the beautiful Hama-rikyu Japanese Garden. This garden used to belong to Samurai Family and is now operated as a government owned garden. We stop and reflect for a moment and appreciate the seasonal flowers blooming as we enjoy a delicious green tea at a tea house located in the middle of the pond in the garden. (TBC) We stroll this beautiful garden to a boat ramp where we board a boat for our cruise on the Sumida River, one of the main rivers running through Tokyo.
We disembark at Asakusa. Asakusa is known as Tokyo’s Old Downtown where they say it is the ‘best preserve old town atmosphere of Tokyo’. We visit Senso-ji Temple, known as the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Enjoy free time here to shop and explore and stop at a local restaurant for lunch.
We later transfer to our venue for our private Sushi Making lesson. Sushi is a staple of the Japanese diet. In this hands-on program you will enjoy learning and making various types of Sushi. The staff will prepare the ingredients and assist you. We then enjoy our delicious creations for dinner. We return to our hotel for a free evening.
Day 4: Saturday 28th March 2020: Tokyo – Mt Fuji: (B/L)
This morning we depart Tokyo and head to an area called Yamanashi, known as the home of the iconic Mt. Fuji. We’ll meet our guide after breakfast and transfer to Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku Station is the biggest station in the world, with more than 3 million people travelling through this station every day. On arrival at Shinjuku Station, we then travel by bus to the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Centre located right in front of Lake Kawaguchi where there’s a stunning scenic view of Mt. Fuji. (No promises, it’s not always a clear day) and more blossom trees all around to enjoy. The next stop is Kubota Itchiku Art Museum, which houses the stunning Kimono Collection done by the Legendary Kimono Designer Icchiku Kubota. Following the visit to the museum, we transfer to our Japanese style Ryokan hotel.
Day 5: Sunday 29th March 2020: Mt Fuji – Takayama: (B/L/D)
We will be travelling by bus along a very beautiful scenic route through the Nagano and Japanese alps today passing farming communities on our way to Takayama. On arrival, our guide will take us on a tour of some of the traditional houses, shops and restaurants and to the historical Takayama Jinya, a local Governor’s office in the Edo period that still retains its original form from over 200 years ago. It is the last remaining building of its type here. We then visit Takayama Yatal Kaikan, the Festival Floats Museum to see the colourful floats being prepared for the Takayama Festival in mid-April. It is one of the most popular festivals in Japan. We continue on to the San-Machi Suji historic district, famous for lacquer ware shops and sake breweries. And of course, we cannot miss a visit to the local Sake Brewery where we will view the Sake making process, and yes ‘sip’ some sake at the end of the tour. This evening we will enjoy our stay in a traditional Japanese hotel. There is an Onsen (hot spring bath) available here so take a moment to indulge. Dinner this evening is traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine.
Day 6: Monday 30th March 2020: Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa: (B/L/D)
This morning we mingle with local people at Miyagawa morning market with our guide explaining some of the famous products of the region including miso and offering a taste of some traditional rice dumplings and Japanese home-made sweets.
We depart Takayama and head to Shirakawa-go on a bus travelling through the mountainous picturesque Shokawa Valley. Shirakawa-go village is nestled in the countryside and is famous for its Gassho-Zukuri style farmhouses with their steep thatched rooves that are designed to with-stand the large amount of heavily snow that falls in the region during winter. Houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms in the large attic space. We will walk through the village with our guide, to see traditional lifestyle in this unique Japanese countryside.
We continue onto Kanazawa. During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa in terms of rice production and fief size. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivalling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo). During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and Chaya entertainment districts, have survived in pretty good condition. Today, Kanazawa remains an important city in its region and serves as the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums.
After arriving to Kanazawa, we will visit to Higashi Chayagai District. This district is known as the historical area, where preserving the atmosphere of 18th - 19th century when Samurai dominated Japan. Enjoy the atmosphere of a past era as we wonder around this lovely charming town.
Day 7: Tuesday 31st March 2020: Kanazawa: (B/L)
This morning we visit the local vibrant Omicho market known throughout Japan for its fresh seafood and sushi. We stop and taste some delicious local products. We then explore the stunning Kenroku-en Gardens, the “Garden of Six Qualities,” dating from the 1670s. It’s a private garden and one of the three great gardens of Japan. The six essential features include vastness, symmetry, solemnity, coolness, antiquity and pleasure. This truly is a beautiful garden.
Kanazawa is also famous for its arts and handcrafts including lacquer ware decoration, ‘makie’ and ceramics. This afternoon we visit a fabric dyeing and kimono painting studio and observe the technique used to decorate kimonos by painting dye directly on the cloth. There is a workshop to hone your skills if you wish to participate. We then visit to a gold leaf factory to view a demonstration of the process of gold leaf application, a specialty of Kanazawa. We return to our hotel and this evening is free at your leisure.
Day 8: Wednesday 1st April 2020: Kanazawa – Kyoto: (B/D)
Later this morning we travel to Kyoto on an express train. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel. Kyoto has a large cultural legacy from its 1200 year-long history and offers an array of wonderful attractions for tourists. We begin our tour in Kyoto with visiting Kiyomizu temple or ‘pure water temple’ as it is built near waterfalls. This temple predates the foundation of Kyoto and has had millions of pilgrims ever since. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 30 structures, including a huge wooden veranda in front of the main hall that juts out over the cliff and provides you a panoramic view of Kyoto. There is a famous expression: that states "You must jump off the stage of Kiyomizu." It means that you should take the plunge to make your dreams come true.
We then walk down to Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka districts, known for its charming pedestrian thoroughfare and its classic architecture, teahouses & cherry blossoms. We rendezvous later for our special dinner with VIP guests. We later return to our hotel.
Day 9: Thursday 2nd April 2020: Kyoto: (B/L)
This morning we continue our tour of Kyoto and visit Nijo Castle. Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace for a while before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site. Its palace buildings are arguably the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture of Japan's feudal era, and the castle was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. The ancient pine trees and 430 Sukura cherry trees here are stunning.
We then visit the Kyoto Handicraft centre for a ‘fashion parade’ of Kimonos
Following lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Sanjusangen-do temple. The main hall of Sanjusangen-do contains 1,001 wooden statues of Juichimen – Senju - Kannon, "11-faced, thousand -armed Buddhist goddess of mercy". The principal image, the seated statue of Senju Kannon, sits in the center of the collection. These statues exhibit an extraordinary level of craftsmanship from the Kamakura period, representing the essence of Buddhist art.
Kinkakuji, a Zen Temple, the Golden Pavilion in northern Kyoto whose two top floors are completely covered in 18-carat gold leaf. This temple was a retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimtsu, and he used it for entertaining. According to his will it become a Zen temple after his death in 1408.
Day 10: Friday 3rd April 2020: Kyoto: (B/L/D)
This morning we tour the area called Arashiyma. It is rich in temples and has beautiful scenery. We visit Okochi Villa. Formerly the estate of the famed film actor Okochi Denjiro (1898-1962), this sublime villa and surrounding gardens are now open to the public. The main house here is one of the finest examples of traditional Japanese residential architecture anywhere. We walk through a famed bamboo grove to Tenryuji Zen Temple. It is one of the most important Zen temples in Japan and is listed on the UNESCO site. After lunch we have a special cultural experience of an authentic Kimono and Tea Ceremony experience. Free time this afternoon until we meet again for dinner.
Day 11: Saturday 4th April 2020: Kyoto – Miyajima – Hiroshima: (B/L)
This morning we transfer to Kyoto Station and take the Bullet train to Hiroshima. (Suitcase transfer Kyoto to Osaka) On your arrival to Hiroshima Station, we will continue on to Miyajima by local train. At Miyajima Guchi Station, we then take a ferry boat to Miyajima. Miyajima is known as one of the most scenic places in Japan and has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island, located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen with numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments. You will be visiting Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, which is famous for the view of its floating Torii Gate in the sea (when high tide), and also the blight colour shrine building. Please note there may be some reconstruction works at the Shrine at this time)
After enjoying the visit to Miyajima, we will return to Hiroshima City and transfer to our hotel
Day 12: Sunday 5th April 2020: Hiroshima - Osaka: (B/L)
Later this morning we transfer to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. (Atomic Bomb Museum) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park in the centre of Hiroshima. It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims. (as many as 140,000) The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was planned and designed by the Japanese Architect Kenzō Tange at Tange Lab. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has continuously appealed for the elimination of nuclear armaments and the realization of permanent world peace. It is divided into east building and main building. At the east building, is the history of Hiroshima (Hiroshima-no-ayumi) dealing with the A-bomb exposure period is presented through picture panels, films, and figures concerning factors related to the historical background at the time. In the main building, the museum shows the devastation caused by the atomic bomb in detail. Peace Memorial Park, in which this museum is located, is known as a famous cherry blossom viewing site.
After visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park we transfer to the train station and travel to Osaka.
On arrival we visit the Osaka Castle, known as a symbol of Osaka. We will be guided around this gigantic Castle and discover how Toyotomi Hideyoshi (founder of the castle and Samurai Leader in 16th century) was powerful.
We will then board a boat called, Aqua liner from the pier located near Osaka Castle. Osaka is said to be a City of waterways. During the 60 minutes river cruise, the boat will pass through the downtown area of Osaka and offer us a glimpse of life in Osaka with the introduction to the city by our guide. This evening is at your leisure.
Day 13: Monday 6th April 2020: Hiroshima - Osaka: (B/L/D)
Later this morning we visit the Umeda Sky Building, which is famous for its Floating Garden that is built on the roof top of the building. It is a very popular Observatory, where people can enjoy the sweeping view of Osaka.
Lunch today is a delicious Okonomiyaki, it’s referred to as a Japanese Style Pancake, a specialty from Osaka. After lunch, we travel to Namba Area, known as the old downtown of Osaka, where people can enjoy the busy streets full of unique neon signs and hundreds of restaurants lined up. In colourful Dotonburi, watch out for the large ‘crab’. We later gather for our special farewell dinner.
Day 14: Tuesday 7th April 2020: Depart Osaka: (B)
This morning, we check out of our hotel after breakfast. It is time to say farewell to acquaintances and new-found friends. ‘Sayonara’.
We take with us some wonderful memories of blue skies, stunning scenery including the glorious blooms of cherry blossom. Delicious food and wine and fabulous times together filled with fun and laughter.
Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing country. Please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements.
Our itineraries are carefully planned and well thought out and we often can find some wonderful surprises. The magic of travelling in such a small group allows us to cater for this spontaneity and it is sometimes these unplanned occurrences that can be the most memorable. The rich tapestry of experiences and the characters you meet along the way will make this guided tour something special and one you will remember for a lifetime.
- Mt Fuji & Cherry Blossom
- Imperial Palace & Cherry Blossom
- Tokyo: Meiji Shrine
- Tokyo Tower
- Tokyo: Senso-Ji-Temple
- Nikko: Toshogu Shrine
- Tokyo: Sushi Cooking Class
- Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market
- Tokyo: Hamarikyu Garden & Tea House
- Kanazawa: Omicho Market
- Kanaazawa; Kenrokuen Garden
- Kanazawa: Gold Leaf
- Kyoto: Kinkakuji Temple
- Kyoto: Nijo Castle
- Kyoto: Sanjusangendo Temple