City Sightseeing Tour of Tokyo
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Ueno Park
Visit to Old Tokyo City
Visit to Nakamise Shopping Centre
Visit to Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Chidorigafuchi and Hamarikyu Garden
Flower Arranging Class
Japanese Etiquette Lesson
Visit to Tsukiji Fish Market - the world's largest!
Visit to Hakone Open Air Museum
Cruise on Lake Ashi with magnificent views of Mt Fuji
Ride on the Hakone Ropeway Gondala
Visit to the town of Yamanouchi famous for Snow Monkeys
2 Nights Stay in traditional Japanese Ryokans
City Sightseeing tour of Takayama
Visit to Hida Folk Village
Visit to Kami Sannomachi "Preserved Housing" District
Washi Japanese Paper Making Class in Gokayama
City Sightseeing Tour of Kanazawa
Visit to Gold Leaf Museum in Kanazawa
Visit to Kenrokuen Garden - Top 3 Landscaped Garden in Japan.
Traditional Tea Ceremony in Kyoto
Exclusive Meet and Greet with an "Apprentice" Geisha
Visit to Sagano Bamboo Grove
Kimono Fitting Class
Cherry Blossom viewing including Heian Jingu Shrine, Ryonaji Temple and Golden Pavilion
Views of Cherry Blossoms at World Heritage Site of Nijo Castle
Kimono Silk Dyeing Class
Cherry Blossom viewing at World Heritage Site Kiyomizu Temple
Visit to Peace Memorial Museum at Hiroshima
Fully Escorted Tour - Your Sisterhood Tour Hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
Return Airfares ex Melbourne with Cathay Pacific including Taxes (Other departure cities upon request)
Private Transportation Throughout
All meals as described in Itinerary
All sightseeing as described in Itinerary
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Day 1 - Wednesday 28 March 2018
Melbourne - Tokyo (Meals Inflight)
Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel. Your tour hostess and fellow travellers will meet you at the designated departure point at Melbourne Airport for your flight to Tokyo via Hong Kong. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.
Day 2 - Thursday 29 March 2018
Welcome to Tokyo (D)
An early morning arrival into Narita Airport, we’ll be met by our English speaking guide and transferred to our hotel in Tokyo. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, a city with 12 million residents and 3 million further commuters from neighbouring cities daily, for a total of 15 million people on most days. Famous for its spectacular architecture, futuristic displays, upmarket shopping and unique fashion sense. The remainder of the day is free to begin exploring with dinner tonight at the hotel. Our Accommodation – Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
Day 3 - Friday 30 March 2018
Sightseeing in Tokyo (B,L)
Today, we will be taken on a full day tour of Tokyo city. Taking advantage of the season, the day will start at 9am with a visit to Ueno Park for some cherry blossom viewing. Ueno Park is home to many art, history, science and technology museums, and is one of the best places in Tokyo to view Cherry blossoms. The visit to Ueno Park is followed by Asakusa, in the old part of Tokyo city. This is the neighbouring district to Ueno, and Asakusa Sensoji Temple here is one of the most celebrated temples in Tokyo. A visit to Nakamise Shopping arcade here will be a good opportunity to pick up some trinkets and local goods for souvenirs. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, before more cherry blossom viewing at Chidorigafuchi, and Hamarikyu Garden. Today’s sightseeing finishes at our hotel mid afternoon with the rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 4 - Saturday 31 March 2018
After breakfast we will be taken to Sogetsu Kaikan for a flower arrangement (ikebana) and Japanese etiquette lesson. We have the rest of the day free to explore the many shops in our area. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner on board a Yakatabune (Japanese style houseboat), including a cruise on Tokyo Bay.
Day 5 - Sunday 1 April 2018
This morning, we'll be visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the world. Following this, we'll take part in a Sushi Making lesson, conducted by a professional sushi chef. Today’s activities conclude at the hotel mid afternoon with the remainder of the day free.
Day 6 - Monday 2 April 2018
A full day tour to Hakone is in store today beginning with a ride on the Hakone Ropeway (gondola) across Owakudani valley, open areas in the crust revealing hot spring steam and smoke a famous attraction here. This is followed by a cruise along the picturesque Lake Ashi; on clear days, the view of Mt. Fuji is magnificent from here. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before a stroll along the Old Cedar Avenue, through to Hakone-machi.We'll make a round trip along the cruise and ropeway back towards Gora, finishing up with a visit to Hakone Open Air Museum, with world famous art works on display in a meticulously maintained landscape garden. Our day concludes with dinner at leisure tonight.
Day 7 - Tuesday 3 April 2018
Tokyo - Biyu no Yado (B,L,D)
After breakfast and checking out of our hotel today, we will be taken by coach to the town of Yamanouchi (lunch included along the way), famous for the Japanese Macaque, or more commonly known as “Japanese Snow Monkey”. Jigokudani Park, located in the Kanbayashi Onsen area in Yamanouchi is the main attraction here, and we will be taken here to see the snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs among the snow. Tonight, we will be experiencing our first traditional “Ryokan” (Japanese guest house) stay, at Biyu no Yado. Our room will be a tatami mat Japanese room with futons to sleep on. Service will be exceptional, and a beautiful traditional Japanese banquet dinner and breakfast await. We will also have the opportunity to use the natural hot springs here, with 2 private hot springs available for our use on the rooftop. Our Accommodation – Biyu no Yado Japanese Guest House.
Day 8 - Wednesday 4 April 2018
After breakfast today we will travel to the town of Takayama in the Japan Alps. Lunch is included at a local restaurant along the way. Takayama is a countryside farming town, famous for its traditional Japanese preserved architecture. Takayama has been well known in the past for producing some of Japan’s best architects and builders, and as such, part of the city has been preserved as National Treasures. Hida Beef, is also well known throughout Japan, rivalling even Kobe beef as some of the highest quality beef available. The rest of the day is free at leisure in Takayama with dinner included at the hotel tonight. Our Accommodation – Hotel Associa Takayama Resort.
Day 9 - Thursday 5 April 2018
Today we will enjoy a full day guided tour of Takayama. First up will be a visit to Takayama Morning Market, a market where farmers’ wives from neighbouring villages come each morning to hawk fresh produce. Following this will be a visit to Hida Folk Village, a museum that will allow us to learn about country farming life in the Japan Alps. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will have the afternoon free to stroll around Takayama, or relax at the hot springs at our hotel. Later this afternoon our guide will take us on a stroll around the Kami Sannomachi “Preserved Housing” district, with a return to our hotel once more after. Dinner tonight will be at our own expense; we highly recommend a barbecue Hida Beef dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10 - Friday 6 April 2018
Today, we will travel to Kanazawa by coach, with a stopover in Gokayama to participate in “washi” (Japanese paper) making. The region of Gokayama is arguably the most famous in Japan for its washi. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, before arriving in Kanazawa mid afternoon. Kanazawa is a city famous for Kenrokuen Garden, samurai heritage, and cultural goods production, some of which we will have the opportunity to experience. The rest of our day is at leisure to further explore Kanazawa. Our Accommodation – ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa.
Day 11 - Saturday 7 April 2018
Today we will have a full day tour of Kanazawa. First stop of the day will be a gold leaf museum, followed by the Wajima Lacquerware Museum. Kanazawa is famous for producing these cultural goods, along with Kutaniyaki Pottery, and silver leaf; in fact, Kanazawa produces 99% of the gold leaf used throughout Japan. Lunch is included today, at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, before a visit to Kenrokuen Garden. Kenrokuen Garden is considered one of the 3 best landscaped gardens in Japan, and will likely be one of the most beautiful we will ever see. After this, we will visit the Nagamachi Bukeyashiki, a preserved samurai housing district in Kanazawa; Kanazawa formerly rising to prominence under the rule of the Maeda samurai family. Touring concludes today at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 12 - Sunday 8 April 2018
This morning, we will travel to Kyoto by coach, with lunch included at a local restaurant along the way. In Kyoto, we will participate in a traditional tea ceremony, before being taken to our hotel at mid afternoon. We will have free time at the hotel until after which we will be taken to a traditional Japanese restaurant for a Japanese banquet dinner including an exclusive meet & greet with an apprentice geisha. We’ll be returned to our hotel at around 8 PM. Our Accommodation – Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto.
Day 13 - Monday 9 April 2018
This morning, we will be taken to Sagano Bamboo Grove, an area reminiscent of feudal era Japanese films. A fun Kimono fitting, and a stroll through this area has been arranged for us, what a truly unique experience. Lunch is included today at a local restaurant, following Sagano. The afternoon we will visit various sites in Kyoto, including Heian Jingu Shrine (a famous Cherry Blossom viewing spot), Ryoanji Temple (World Heritage listed temple, famous for its Zen garden and Weeping cherry blossom trees), and Golden Pavilion (gold leaf covered pagoda, World Heritage site, and former shogun villa converted into a Buddhist Temple).
Today’s touring concludes around 5PM back at our hotel.
Day 14 - Tuesday 10 April 2018
There will be further cherry blossom viewing today at the World Heritage site of Nijo Castle (former Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ruling party of Japan prior to the current royal family). Lunch is included today at a local restaurant, with a special treat of “Green Tea Fondue” at Jouvencelle in Gion. This afternoon, we will take part in a special Yuzen (Kimono silk) dyeing program, with further cherry blossom viewing at the World Heritage site of Kiyomizu Temple (constructed without nails, overhanging a cliff with a great view of Kyoto city). Today’s touring concludes around 5PM back at our hotel.
Day 15 - Wednesday 11 April 2018
This morning our main luggage will be couriered overnight to our hotel in Osaka, while we take a detour to the island of Miyajima. We will require an overnight bag as we will travel by bullet train to Hiroshima. There will be a bit of time for lunch (own expense today), before using local taxis to visit the Peace Memorial Museum, a rather moving affair. We will return to Hiroshima Station, and then catch a local train and ferry across to Miyajima Island. This island is famous for its natural scenery, many wild deer and for Itsukushima Shrine. The view from Itsukushima Shrine is considered one of the best 3 in Japan and we will visit here as part of our touring this afternoon. Touring today concludes at our ryokan in Miyajima, our second for this tour. Our Accommodation – Hotel Miyarikyu
Day 16 - Thursday 12 April 2018
Today we will travel back toward the Osaka region by bullet train, with lunch once again at own expense today. Our accommodation is at Hotel Nikko Osaka, located in Shinsaibashi. Shinsaibashi, along with Namba, is the most popular area in Osaka, famous for its “Eat-til-you-drop” food culture, and is arguably the best place to finish up our fantastic tour. Diversity of cuisine is abundant here, as are wonderful shopping opportunities. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and reminisce on great times spent with new friends.
Day 17 - Friday 13 April 2018
Osaka - Melbourne (B, Meals Inflight)
With the day free for shopping, this afternoon we’ll be transferred to Kansai Airport, for our departure flight home. Sit back, relax and enjoy our flight home via Hong Kong.
Day 18 - Saturday 14 April 2018
Welcome Home! We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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