Cherry Blossom Tour

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Yokohama Quilt Show

Travel with fellow quilters to view one of the largest patchwork and quilting events on the Japanese calendar.
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The Path to Traditional Japan

This all-embracing journey explores the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, which all have distinct proud histories and are unique in their own right.
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Japan's Timeless Sea Coast

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Spiritual Japan

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Extensive Japan

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The Path to Traditional Japan: Fully Escorted Tour

Departure:     03 SEPTEMBER 2013
15 Days/14 Nights

TOKYO – TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KYOTO – NARA – HIROSHIMA - MATSUYAMA – OSAKA

JPN 85.JPGThis all-embracing journey explores the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, which all have distinct proud histories and are unique in their own right. You will notice the harmonious blend of the traditional past with the modern, all working together on a back drop created by artistic flare and culture.

Pass through the exquisite village of Takayama with its terraces of rice paddies, constructed throughout the mountainside whilst being overshadowed by the Japanese Alps. Takayama has been able to preserve its past through its long-standing merchant houses, specialty shops and provincial temples. There are whole blocks of wooden slat facades with deep overhanging roofs which are open for the public to explore.

JPN 153.jpgVisit the UNESCO listed hamlet of Shiakawago, home to the high pitched thatched roof farmhouses, which are often referred to as gassho-zukuri, meaning in the form of hands in prayer. These multi storied structures can accommodate up to fifty or sixty people, livestock and also act as a storehouse for staple produce such as rice.

Continue onto Hiroshima where you will encounter why this city is so symbolic with world peace and how it has emerged from the ashes after the World War II atomic bombing.

Travel via ferry across the Inland Sea to the beautiful town of Matsuyama where the city is dominated by Matsuyama Castle. Tonight you will also have the opportunity to visit and sample one of the oldest Japanese onsen’s – Dogo Springs.


The Path to Traditional Japan: Tour Itinerary  

Day 01    Arrive Tokyo.

Day 02 
   Tokyo: Full day sightseeing tour including Asakusa Kannon, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, Tokyo City View, Ginza District, Sumida River Cruise.

Day 03
    Tokyo: Early morning tour of Tsukiji Fish Market. Remainder of the day is free at leisure to expore Tokyo.

Day 04    Tokyo – Takayama: Sanmachisuji District located in Takayama, visit a traditional Japanese onsen.

Day 05
    Takayama: Full day sightseeing tour to Shirakawa-go Village including (Open Air Museum)

Day 06    Takayama – Kyoto: Morning tour of Takayama’s local markets, Takayama Jinya. Evening walking tour of Gion Geisha District Kyoto.

Day 07    Kyoto: Full day sightseeing tour including Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizudera         Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine.
    
Day 08
    Kyoto: Full day sightseeing tour of Nara including Nara Deer Park, Todai-ji (Great Buddha), Kasuga Shrine, Horyuji Temple.

Day 09    Kyoto: Day at leisure.

Day 10    Kyoto – Hiroshima: Himeji Castle, Koko-en Garden. Walking tour of Hiroshima.

Day 11    Hiroshima: Full day sightseeing tour including Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine,         Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum.

Day 12
    Hiroshima – Matsuyama: Ferry via the Inland Sea of Japan. Explore Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Springs.       

Day 13    Matsuyama – Osaka: Sightseeing tour of Osaka including Osaka Castle, Dotombori-dori.
    
Day 14  
 Osaka: Morning sightseeing tour of Osaka. Afternoon at leisure for sightseeing or shopping.
        
Day 15    Depart for Australia.

 


TOUR PRICE (per person)     TWIN SHARE $6370.00 - Ex Tokyo

Price on application for airfares or single supplement

Package includes:

Accommodation:
Tokyo - Shinagawa Prince Hotel (Main Tower)
Takayama - Best Western Takayama
Kyoto - Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa
Hiroshima - Granvia Hotel Hiroshima
Matsuyama - JAL City Matsuyama
Osaka - Granvia Hotel Osaka

 


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOKYO

TAKAYAMA

SHIRAKAWA–GO

KYOTO

HIROSHIMA

MATSUYAMA

OSAKA

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