2023 Japanese Winter & Okinawa Cherry Blossoms 16 Day Escorted Tour
from $6,995 AUD

Details

* Departure: 23 January 2023
* Excludes International Airfares
* Minimum 10 pax / Maximum 20 pax 
* Must be booked by 31 October 2022.
 

Highlights
- Experience Snow & Cherry Blossoms - two seasons in one trip!
- Marvel at the Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs
- Feast on a Japanese winter delicacy - Echizen Crab
- Slip back in time to the era of the samurai & explore one of Japans top 3 gardens “Kenroku-en” in Kanazawa
- Learn about and participate in traditional Japanese cultural experiences - Gold Leaf Craft & Tea Ceremony
- Explore hidden gems of Japan - The Temple of Eternal Peace, The Bridge in Heaven & Floating Boathouses
- Warm up on the tropical Island of Okinawa while view Cherry Blossoms against the backdrop of beautiful skies and ocean waves

Prices From: (per person / based on minimum 10 paying guests on tour).
Departure Date Twin Single Status 
23rd January 2023

 $6,995

 $8,199

Available

 

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Day 1 Haneda/Narita Airport Tokyo

Haneda/Narita Airport  Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport, your shared shuttle driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. Be whisked away to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure getting acquainted with the sights and sounds of Tokyo!

Hotel:  Sunshine City Prince Hotel Ikebukuro, or similar 

Day 2 Tokyo

Tokyo

Following breakfast at your hotel this morning, we will head out on a half day tour exploring Tokyo’s most well-known landmarks, and a few not so well-known gems as well. This afternoon is free to spend at your leisure enjoying further sightseeing, shopping or relaxing, until this evening when we will reconvene for a Welcome Dinner.  

Hotel: Sunshine City Prince Hotel Ikebukuro, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 3 Tokyo

Tokyo

Following breakfast at your hotel this morning, enjoy a full free day to further explore Tokyo’s bustling metropolis at your leisure. 

Hotel: Sunshine City Prince Hotel Ikebukuro, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 4 Tokyo Nagano

Tokyo  Nagano

Today, please have packed a small overnight bag, as your main suitcase will be transferred directly from Tokyo to your hotel in Kanazawa. Following breakfast at the hotel, we will travel on Japan's world-famous bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano. Upon arrival, explore Zenko-ji - one of Japan’s oldest and most important Buddhist temples, and home to the first known Buddhist statue to be brought to Japan. Following lunch, we will make our way to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park for a glimpse of some of Japan's famous residents – marvel at the monkeys bathing in the hot springs and learn what makes them so unique. The evening is yours to spend freely at leisure upon return to the hotel this evening.

*Please note: Snow boots, or snow suitable shoes, will be required for the Snow Monkey Park since there will be snow a lot in Nagano in winter.

Hotel: Metropolitan Nagano, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 5 Nagano Kanazawa

Nagano  Kanazawa

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will travel again by bullet train to Kanazawa, where we will embark on a full day private coach tour of this historical city. Slip back in time to the era of the samurai, enjoying a visit to the Nomura samurai residence in the Nagamachi Samuai District, and Kenroku-en Garden, one of the top 3 Japanese gardens which offers amazing seasonal views all year round. Upon arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon, spend the evening relaxing at your leisure.

Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 6 Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will head out to visit the Higashi Chaya District of Kanzawa. Wooden-latticed teahouses line both sides of the stone paved streets and it is here that we will enjoy a full day of cultural experiences. Not only will you enjoy and participate in a Japanese tea ceremony with an experienced tea ceremony enthusiast in a traditional wooden house, but you will also learn the history and art of Gold Leaf craft. Production of gold leaf in Kanazawa started 400 years ago and today several shops around Kanazawa let visitors see the gold leaf process and decorate their own items. After having your fill of Japanese culture, we will return to the hotel and you are free to spend the evening relaxing at your leisure.

Hotel:  Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 7 Kanzawa Fukui Amanohashidate

Kanzawa  Fukui  Amanohashidate

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will travel by private coach to Eiheiji temple, ‘The Temple of Eternal Peace’. One of the two head temples of Soto Zen, it is located deep in the mountains near the northwest coast of Japan. This temple was founded by Zen Master Dōgen in 1244. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshishige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers. Dōgen thus founded Eihei-ji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice. Dōgen Zenji’s authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed and passed down by his successors. Today, more than 100 monks devote themselves to his practice of shikantaza (single-minded sitting). On our way to Amanohashidate (home to one of the three most scenic views in Japan) in the afternoon, we will make a stop in Fukui for a crab lunch. Every winter, tourists and Japanese people alike flock to Fujui to eat Echizen crab - a well-known Fukui specialty famous not only for its rich taste, but also as a tribute historically offered to successive emperors since the Meiji era. Following lunch we will continue on to Amanohashidate - a beautiful, three kilometre long isthmus that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture where you can spend free time at leisure before dinner in the evening.

Hotel: Hashidate Bay Hotel, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8 Amanohashidate Ine Kinosaki Onsen

Amanohashidate  Ine  Kinosaki Onsen

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will travel by private coach to Ine, a seaside village in the "Kyoto by the Sea" area. Famous for its wooden boathouses, or "funaya” whose floors almost lines up with the waterline, making the houses look like they are floating on the bay and making a unique way to enter a home. The boathouses of Ine are a designated Group of Historic Buildings, a category under Japan's Historic Preservation Act. The beautiful scenery at Ine makes it a popular place for filming TV shows and movies and we will take a boat cruise around the area to give you the opportunity to see it for yourself.  We will return to Amanohashidate for lunch and further sightseeing, before making our way to the quaint hot spring town of Kinosaki Onsen for the evening.

Hotel: Asagiri-so Ryokan, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9 Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen

Today, your luggage will be forwarded ahead to your accommodation in Kyoto. Please leave your main luggage at the designated drop off point and prepare an overnight bag for your last night’s stay in Kinosaki Onsen. Following breakfast at your ryokan, the whole day is free for you to explore and experience the town, its world-class onsens, and even the local ropeway! Kinosaki Onsen is built along a willow-lined river, and is one of the top onsen destinations of the Kansai Region. Hot springs were discovered in Kinosaki around the 8th century and since then the town has developed into a charmingly old-fashioned onsen town. In the evenings guests of the local ryokan stroll about town in yukata and geta (wooden clogs), visiting the numerous public baths and nostalgic game arcades. Dinner will be served at your ryokan in the evening.

Hotel: Asagiri-so Ryokan, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 10 Kinosaki Onsen Kyoto

Kinosaki Onsen  Kyoto

Following breakfast at your ryokan, we will transfer to Kyoto via limited express trains. Upon arrival, we will be met by private coach and taken on an afternoon tour of Kyoto, exploring the Gion district - Kyoto's most famous geisha district, filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain. We will also visit Kinkakuji temple, Kyoto’s famed Zen temple - the top two floors of which are completely plated in gold. Returning to the hotel in the early evening, the night is yours to spend freely at leisure relaxing, or further exploring Kyoto.

Hotel: Hotel Monteray Kyoto, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 

Day 11 Kyoto

Kyoto

Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a free day at leisure further exploring Kyoto. We recommend taking in sights such as Arashiyama Sagano Bamboo Grove - where you can explore beautiful bamboo forests and historic temples set among the sublime natural environment. And of course, a trip out this way wouldn’t be complete without a trip across the iconic Togetsukyō Bridge. 

Hotel: Hotel Monteray Kyoto, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 12 Kyoto Itami Airport Naha Nago

Kyoto  Itami Airport  Naha  Nago

Following an early breakfast at the hotel, we will travel by private coach to Itami Airport for your departure flight to Okinawa. Upon arrival, we will enjoy an Okinawan lunch before transferring by private coach to Nago City and Kouri Island - a small, circular island with a radius of just one kilometre, referred to locally as “Love Island” based on Okinawan folklore and the presence of two heart-shaped rocks, sculpted naturally by the crashing waves, rising out of the sea at Tinu Beach and are an iconic symbol of the island. In the afternoon, we will enjoy an Okinawan cultural experience painting Shisa Dogs – a traditional Ryukyuan cultural artifact and decoration from Okinawan mythology resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, and believed to ward off evil. We will make our way to the hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Hotel: Kariyushi Beach Resort, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 13 Nakijin Castle Yaedake Sakuranomori Park Nago Central Park

Nakijin Castle  Yaedake Sakuranomori Park  Nago Central Park

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will set out on private coach for a day of exploring Okinawan history and nature, and hopefully a lot of cherry blossom viewing! Ryukyu Kanhi-zakura (the local variant of Japan’s beloved cherry blossoms) take on vibrant pink flowers, and are at their finest around the Nakijin castle,  Yaedake Sakuranomori Park and Nago Central Park. See deep pink cherry blossoms at peak bloom illuminated against the backdrop of ancient castle ruins and enjoy the flowers blooming against the backdrop of beautiful skies and waters.

Hotel: Kariyushi Beach Resort, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 14 Churaumi Aquarium Naha

Churaumi Aquarium  Naha

Following breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the Churaumi Aquarium; widely considered Japan's best aquarium. It is the main attraction of the Ocean Expo Park on the former grounds of the 1975 International Ocean Expo in northern Okinawa Honto. After touring the aquarium, we will make our way back to Naha city by private coach where you can enjoy lunch and then free time at your leisure to explore the city before reconvening with the tour group for an Okinawan farewell dinner with traditional Okinawan performance. 

Hotel: Riga Royal Gran Okinawa, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 15 Naha Naha Airport Itami Airport Osaka

Naha  Naha Airport  Itami Airport  Osaka

Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a morning at leisure exploring Naha city - we recommend a visit to Kokusaidori Street - Naha's lively must-see main street, stretching for roughly two kilometers through downtown and lined by stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, souvenir shops and boutiques offering all things Okinawa, many playing live Okinawa music to really give you the Okinawan feel. In the early afternoon we will transfer by private coach to Naha airport to connect with your domestic flight back to Osaka. Upon arrival at Itami airport we will be transferred to our accommodation for the evening, to be spent freely at your own leisure.  

Hotel: Hotel Vischio Osaka, or similar 
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 16 Osaka Departure

Osaka Departure

Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy sightseeing and exploring Osaka until it is time to make your own way either to Osaka airport for your departure flight, or onward to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast 

Hotel: Tokyo (2 nights), Nagano (1 night), Kanazawa (2 nights), Amanohashidate (1 night), Kinosaki Onsen (2 nights), Kyoto (2 nights), Onnason (2 nights), Naha (1 night), Osaka (1 night)
Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Admission fees: Where mentioned in itinerary
English speaking guide: from Day 2 to Day 15
Airport Transfers: One way pick up from airport on arrival
Domestic Flights within itinerary:
Osaka - Okinawa - Osaka
Luggage Transfer services: for Day 4 from Tokyo to Kanazawa & Day 9 fromKinosaki Onsen to Kyoto

* Must be booked by 31 October 2022.
* The above offers are subject to availability and confirmation.
* Child discount applies. Please contact our travel specialists for further information. 
* Infants (0-3yrs) may travel FOC if sharing seats, beds and meals with a paying adult.
* Pre & Post Night accomodation can be arranged at an additonal cost. Enquire for further information. 
* Additional fee applies for departure transfers from Osaka Itami Airport. Enquire for further information.
* Snow boots, or snow suitable shoes, should be worn at  the Snow Monkey park depending on the weather.
* For full booking and travel terms and conditions, please view via www.traveljapan.com.au/booking-conditions 
* Costing may vary  depending on the exchange rate, the final rate will be confirmed at time of booking confirmation.

Worry Free Travel – COVID Safe Plan Protocols

In order to provide you with a safe and worry-free travel experience, we have implemented protocols in accordance with WHO guidelines focused on enhanced cleanliness and hygiene. 

TOUR LOCATION 

COVID SAFE PLAN PROTOCOLS

Airports

※Guests are expected to wear face masks on planes and in airport terminals.
※Airport staff are instructed to wear face masks and gloves when deemed necessary.
※Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints such as cart handles, restrooms, and counters.
※Using acrylic screens at face-to-face type counters to protect guests and airport staff from droplets.
※Hand sanitizer stations in high passenger volume areas throughout the airport.
※Ensuring adequate ventilation which allows for the airport terminal’s entire air to be replaced.
※Maintaining social distancing with queue markings between lines and seating.

Tour Vehicles

※Disinfection and ventilation of cars &/or buses during the day.
※Disinfectant hand sanitizer available on board.
※Drivers wear face masks when deemed necessary.
※Drivers cannot work if they feel unwell or have fever above 37.5 Celsius.

Hotels

※Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the hotel.
※Frequent use facilities to be disinfected regularly using alcohol.
※Protective screens or plastic shields installed at reception desks and cashier stations.
※Limited physical contact and queuing where possible.
※Health condition status will be requested at check-in.
※Additional measures in place to avoid guests own handling of food at buffets.

Restaurants

※Hand sanitizing alcohol to be provided at entrances and throughout restaurants.
※All restaurant staff to wear face masks.
※All tables and chairs to be disinfected/wiped after guests leave.
※Staff not permitted to work if unwell or have a fever above 37.5 Celsius.
※Additional measures in place to avoid guests own handling of food at buffets.
*All restaurants are encouraged to adopt contactless payment method on a nationwide basis.

Partner Venues

※All staff at each site will wear face masks while serving guests.
※Staff not permitted to work if unwell or have a fever above 37.5 Celsius.
※Guests are asked to wear face masks and disinfect their hands at each facility.
※Each facility conducts enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures.
※Maintaining social distancing while visiting / participating in experiences.
※Provision of thoroughly ventilated air conditioning systems at each facility.

Tour Guides

※All tour guides are required to provide a daily health status report.
※Tour guides must wear face masks when deemed necessary.
※Minimizing physical contact through the implementation of contactless / touchless solutions where possible.
※Following health authority guidelines regarding the wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and avoiding physical contact.

 

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