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Cherry Blossoms of Japan

17 Days  |  Departing Tuesday 28th March 2023 and returning Thursday 13th April 2023

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Final Payment: $ 5524 6399 by 13 Jan 2023
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Join us and visit Japan at one of the most beautiful times of the year!

Highlights

  • 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 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

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted Tour - Your Sisterhood Tour Hostess is on hand to assist with making your holiday a memorable one
  • Return Airfares ex Melbourne including Taxes (Other departure cities upon request) **
  • Specialist English Speaking Guide
  • Private Transportation Throughout
  • All meals as described in Itinerary
  • All sightseeing as described in Itinerary
  • 4 Star Accommodation as described in Itinerary
  • Willing to Share Option
  • Document Distribution Day Subject to Minimum Numbers and covid restrictions

** Airline is subject to change.
** Please contact Sisterhood Central for Premium Economy/Business Class Upgrades

Notice

COVID-19 NOTICE

The itinerary is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Should social distancing measures remain in place, Sisterhood Womens Travel will adapt our itinerary accordingly. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday 28 March 2023

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. Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight.  Welcome to Japan, arriving into Tokyo with a transfer to our hotel. 

Overnight - Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho (or similar)

Day 2 - Wednesday 29 March 2023

Tokyo Sightseeing (B,L)

Today we'll start of full day tour of Tokyo City.   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.  

We take advantage of the Cherry Blossom Season with a visit to Ueno Park for some beautiful views.  Ueno Park is home to many art, history, science and technology buildings and is one of the best places to view Cherry Blossoms.  We'll then visit Asakusa in the old part of Tokyo city.  Asakusa is one of the most celebrated temples in Tokyo.  We then visit Nakamise Shopping Arcade, a great opportunity to pick uo some trinkets and local 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.

 

Overnight - Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho (or similar)

Day 3 - Thursday 30 March 2023

Sightseeing in Tokyo (B,L,D)

A relaxed start to the day follwoing breakfast we will take part in a sushi making lesson conducted by a professional sushi chef. 

The rest of the day is free at leisure for sightseeing or shopping.

This evening we’ll enjoy dinner on board a Yakatabune (Japanese style houseboat), including a cruise on Tokyo Bay.

Overnight - Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho (or similar)

Day 4 - Friday 31 March 2023

Tokyo - Hakone (B,D)

Today we start the day off with a visit to Toyosu Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish market in the world. This is followed by a unique cultural experience at Sogetsu Kaikan for a flower arrangement (ikebana) and Japanese etiquette lesson.

We’ll then be making our way to Hakone National Park, a hot spring resort area on the outskirts of Mt. Fuji, by train.  This will be our first traditional experience in Japanese style accommodation; though to ease us in, this property will still have western bedding, and our own private hot spring baths. We have the afternoon free to relax, before an exquisite Japanese banquet dinner is served. 

Overnight: Susukinohara Ichinoyu (Japanese style rooms with western bedding and private onsen)

Day 5 - Saturday 1 April 2023

Hakone (B,L,D)

Today a full day tour of Hakone.  Firstly a stroll along the Old Cedar Avenue through the Hakone-machi.  This is followed by lunch then a cruise on Lake Ashi where, on clear days the view of Mt Fuji is excellent from here.  After our cruise, we'll take a ride on the Hakone Railway (gondola) across Owakudani valley, open areas in the crust revealing hot spring steam and smoke, this is a famous attraction here.  Our day finishes with a visit to Hakone Open Air Museum, with world famous art works on dispaly in meticulously landscaped gardens.  Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight - Susukinohara Ichinoyu (Japanese style rooms with western bedding and private onsen)

Day 6 - Sunday 2 April 2023

Yamanouchi (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 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 with 2 private hot springs available for our use on the rooftop. Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight – Biyu no Yado Japanese Guest House (or similar)

Day 7 - Monday 3 April 2023

Yamanouchi - Takayama (B,L,D)

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.  

Overnight: Takayama Ouan (or similar)

Day 8 - Tuesday 4 April 2023

Takayama (B,L)

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 visit the 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, returning to our hotel with dinner at leisure.  We highly recommend a barbecue Hida Beef dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight - Takayama Ouan (or similar)

Day 9 - Wednesday 5 April 2023

Takayama - Kanazawa (B,L)

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 and dinner is at leisure to further explore Kanazawa.

Overnight - Hotel Vista Kanazawa (or similar)

Day 10 - Thursday 6 April 2023

Kanazawa (B,L)

Today we will have a full day tour of Kanazawa.   We’ll be heading through the Nagamachi Bukeyashiki, a preserved samurai housing district in Kanazawa; on our way to a local gold leaf museum. Kanazawa is famous for producing these cultural goods, along with ceramics, Kutaniyaki Pottery, and silver leaf; in fact, Kanazawa produces 99% of the gold leaf used throughout Japan.  

Lunch is included today, 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. Touring concludes today at our hotel late afternoon with dinner at leisure tonight.

Overnight: Hotel Vista Kanazawa (or similar)

Day 11 - Friday 7 April 2023

Kanazawa - Kyoto (B,L,D)

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 will return to our hotel at around 8 PM.

Overnight - Kyoto Tower Hotel Annex (or similar)

Day 12 - Saturday 8 April 2023

Kyoto (B,L)

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 5 PM back at our hotel with dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Kyoto Tower Hotel Annex (or similar)

Day 13 - Sunday 9 April 2023

Kyoto (B,L)

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) We then visit the world heritage site of Klyomizu Temple (constructed without nails, overhanging a cliff with a great view of Kyoto city). . Lunch is included today at a local restaurant, .  This afternoon, we will take part in a special Yuzen (Kimono silk) dyeing program, 

Today’s touring concludes around 5 PM back at our hotel with dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Kyoto Tower Hotel Annex (or similar)

Day 14 - Monday 10 April 2023

Kyoto - Miyajima (B,D)

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 train and ferry accross to Miyajima Island. Before taking the ferry to the island we will travel by bullet train to Hiroshimna, with some free time for lunch then a visit to Peace Memorial Museum as well as the Atomic Bomb Dome.  Miyaijma 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. Our touring today concludes at our ryokan in Miyajima, our second for this tour.

Overnight - Miyajima Makoto (or similar)

Day 15 - Tuesday 11 April 2023

Hiroshima - Osaka (B,D)

Today, we will head to Osaka  by bullet train with lunch at your own expense.

Our accommodation will be in the popular Shinsaibashi 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. 

Overnight - Gracery Osaka Namba (or similar)

Day 16 - Wednesday 12 April 2023

Osaka (B)

Today we transfer to the airport  in Kansa.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.

Day 17 - Thursday 13 April 2023

Arrive Home

Welcome Home!  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure!

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