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See Japan at its most beautiful as you explore Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Osaka and more while the country is transformed by the floral spectacle

Japan is a place like no other: a unique blend of ancient and modern. It boasts countless natural wonders and cultural highlights but perhaps no single experience as beautiful or memorable as that of Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. Each spring, millions of Japanese wait in anticipation for the first buds of the pink cherry blossom - known as Sakura - to appear. Next year, you will have the chance to experience it for yourself.

On this exclusive 10-day escorted tour you will journey far and wide through this fascinating land. Your trip starts in Tokyo, where you'll visit the Imperial Palace East Garden and the Tokyo National Museum to learn about this vibrant capital city. You'll also visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree for panoramic views over the sprawling city below.

In the former capital Kyoto, you'll visit one of the city's most delightful temples, the Buddhist Kiyomizu, experience a sacred tea ritual and try your hand at origami.

No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to its most iconic landmark, the 2,400m Mount Fuji, where you'll ascend 2,000 metres up to the mountain's 5th Station where you can take in the spectacular views over the scenery below.

You'll visit Himeji, a city most famous for its magnificent castle, a World Heritage site considered to be one of Japan's most spectacular monuments and one of the very few surviving feudal castles.

Note: Flights are not included but are available at a supplement.

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Price includes

  • Nine nights in three and four-star accommodation
  • Nine breakfasts, eight lunches and nine dinners
  • Excursions and activities as described in the itinerary
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Internal transfers
  • NB: flights are not included but available at a supplement (call for details)

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 19, 2023
To
Tue, Tue, Mar 28, 2023
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£4,990*

* Price based on two people sharing, inclusive of your £100pp exclusive discount. Departures available March 2023- April 2023. From price based on March 19 2023 departure. Subject to availability, extra supplements may apply. Single supplement available on request. Cherry blossom not guaranteed. Trip is 100% protected by ATOL (6639) and ABTA (W7994). Exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst UK brands. Cancellation T&Cs available at wendywutours.co.uk/help-and-advice/booking-conditions

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Quote ref: RED HEARST CHERRY BLOSSOM
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    You'll fly to Tokyo today, where your tour will begin.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    You'll begin today with a stroll through the Imperial Palace East Garden and then take time to explore the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Tokyo's historical heritage. After lunch, you'll seek visit the tranquil Sensoji Temple in Asakusa district, and later visit the observation deck of the 634-metre Skytree to enjoy panoramic views over the bustling city below.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Meiji Shrine
    Tokyo, Japan

    You'll start the day with a relaxing wander around the classical landscapes of the Hamarikyu Gardens. Afterwards you'll continue to the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. You'll then have the afternoon at leisure to explore the surrounding area. Your day will end with a dinner cruise on Tokyo Bay where you'll witness the city lit up at night.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Mount Fuji
    Mount Fuji, Japan

    Today you'll journey through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji to its base to see the Fuji Five Lakes. You'll then ascend 2,000 metres up to Mount Fuji's 5th Station (weather permitting) where you can enjoy the breathtaking views over the landscapes below. After lunch, you'll continue to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum where you will learn about the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing, used to decorate elaborate kimonos and spend some time strolling around the beautiful garden.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Bullet Train to Kyoto
    Kyoto, Japan

    You'll start the day with a visit to Oshino Hakkai, a small village with eight sacred spring water ponds, full of natural melted snow that has trickled down from Mount Fuji. You will learn how to make your very own traditional Japanese soba noodles which you'll then tuck into for lunch. Later on you'll catch the bullet train to Kyoto. An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for 1,000 years; today you can see tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Kyoto
    Kyoto, Japan

    Today you'll enjoy a full day tour of Kyoto starting with a visit to one of the city's delightful temples - the 17th-century Buddhist Kiyomizu. Immerse yourself in local culture by experiencing the sacred rituals of a tea ceremony with a tea master and trying your hand at origami. Dating back to the 6th-century, the art of 'folding paper' is a cultural symbol of simplicity, beauty and peace. Later, you'll explore the impressive Fushimi Inari Shrine with its remarkable 10,000 red torii gates.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Hiroshima
    Hiroshima, Japan

    You'll begin the day with a visit to Ryoanji Temple, home to Japan's most famous zen garden and the famous Kinkakuji Temple, known as the 'Golden Pavilion'. Afterwards you'll continue to Osaka, arriving in time for lunch in the vibrant Dotonbori district. Later, you'll catch the bullet train to Hiroshima, a city that needs no introduction.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Hiroshima and Miyajima
    Miyajima, Japan, Japan

    Takayama has an air of old-world Japan, particularly around its wonderfully preserved old town. Head to the Miyagawa Morning Market, where you can sample some of the delicious local fruits and vegetables. Wander down Kamisannomachi Street, past some of the lovely traditional houses and visit Takayama Jinya and the excellent Festival Floats Museum. In the afternoon, enjoy the rituals of a traditional tea ceremony.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Himeji Castle
    Himeji Castle, Japan

    Today you'll travel to Himeji to visit its famous castle. The feudal era fort, one of the most impressive in Japan, towers over the city and is recognisable as the backdrop to several major films including You Only Live Twice. You'll learn about the castle's turbulent past before strolling around Kokoen, the Edo-style gardens just across the castle moat. Later you'll transfer to Osaka for an overnight stay.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Osaka
    Osaka, Japan

    Today you'll fly back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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This tour is operated solely by Wendy Wu Tours
It is hard to fully explore and experience this unique country without a first-class guide, and Wendy Wu Tours is the UK's leading Asia specialist, whose guides will help you navigate this extraordinary part of the world, and better understand its past and future.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 19, 2023
To
Tue, Tue, Mar 28, 2023
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£4,990*

* Price based on two people sharing, inclusive of your £100pp exclusive discount. Departures available March 2023- April 2023. From price based on March 19 2023 departure. Subject to availability, extra supplements may apply. Single supplement available on request. Cherry blossom not guaranteed. Trip is 100% protected by ATOL (6639) and ABTA (W7994). Exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst UK brands. Cancellation T&Cs available at wendywutours.co.uk/help-and-advice/booking-conditions

Call now to book 08082394346
Quote ref: RED HEARST CHERRY BLOSSOM