Our third CHERRY BLOSSOM coach, rail and cruise tour will give you a thorough insight into the Japanese way of life. The myriad of colour will astound.
Japan is a mixture of modern and traditional, conventional but progressive, bustle and serenity, colour and culture.
Visit iconic Mt Fuji – Japan’s distinct landmark, ride bullet trains, sample seafood, sushi and sake – the famous rice wine, wander castles and historic sites from the 1500s.
Experience Tokyo with its neon lights, Osaka in the south, Hiroshima – the country’s symbol of peace, Nara and Kyoto also await.
The cruise from Tokyo includes the South Korean city of Busan, fishing ports, cities and towns, markets, medieval cities, temples and museums.
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A morning departure from Auckland on Air New Zealand for Osaka via Tokyo. Arrive in Osaka early evening. Transfer to hotel.
After breakfast a half-day city tour includes Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building. Depart mid-afternoon for Kyoto. Transfer to hotel for a three night stay. Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Depart for a full day sightseeing tour of nearby Nara with eight UNESCO sites including the Tôdai-ji Temple with its 15m high bronze Buddha and Japanese Garden. Return to Kyoto. Dinner at local restaurant.
Depart by coach for a morning sightseeing tour of Kyoto including the Golden Pavilion and a rickshaw experience in the Arashiyama Area. Mid-afternoon enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in a typical Japanese thatched farmhouse.
Travel by Bullet Train (2h 45m – 360km) to Hiroshima. Visit the Hiroshima World Peace Memorial and park, plus the A Bomb Dome Museum – the only structure left standing near the bomb’s hypocentre. Listen to a talk by a Hiroshima survivor. Transfer to hotel for a two-night stay.
Morning travel to Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Bay by tram and ferry for half-day sightseeing tour to see the forests, temples and a nostalgic street where you feel you have stepped back in time. Return to hotel late afternoon.
Early departure by bullet train to Takayama (5h30m) via Nagoya, arriving just after mid-day. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Takayama a mountainous city with narrow streets, merchants’ houses and known as the ‘City of Festivals.’ Dinner at local restaurant.
Today’s travel takes you through a remote mountainous region to Shirakawago – a village with traditional farmhouses, some up to 250 years old. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Travel to the Mt Fuji Visitor Centre with time to experience the national park and surroundings. Also visit Matsumoto Castle.
Enjoy a morning cruise on the Crater Lake - Ashi, the Hakone Cablecar Ropeway with views to Mt Fuji on a fine day and Owakudani Hot Springs before travelling to Tokyo by Romance Car (train). Transfer to hotel.
Tokyo is a paradox of ancient tradition and post-modern culture where consumerism and elegance and serenity go hand-in-hand
A half-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Afternoon free before dinner included in the hotel tonight.
This morning we take in the views of Tokyo City on top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building before a midday transfer to Yokohama Port to board the ‘Diamond Princess.’ Sail out of Tokyo early evening.
Busan, South Korea’s second largest city. Prepare for a contrast of countries as mountains, beaches, fish markets and high-rise towers alongside ancient Buddhist temples - an amalgam of old and new, will make for an interesting afternoon.
This port city is known for the famous Japanese Manga artist and historian Shigeru Mizuki whose works appear as statues in the street named after him and in museums. Other attractions are the Chiyomusubi Saki Brewery, the Nakaura Fish Market where you can sample Matsuba crab and the unusually-shaped Ejima Ohashi Bridge.
The waterfront city has a large brick warehouse containing a historical diorama, the famous Kehi Jingū wooden gates and a wetland featuring birdlife and dragonflies.
Kanazawa has grown to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivalling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).
During WWII, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids.
Kanazawa's unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan's ‘three best landscape gardens,’ considered the most beautiful of them all.
Today you have time to explore the City of Niigata. Wonder through Hakusan Park draped in Cherry Blossoms, cross the Bandai Bridge or visit the Northern Culture Museum.
This city on the NW coast of Honshu Island with its 1893 warehouses displaying the history (including rice) and impressive photography. There may be time to sample Hatsumago Sake.
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.
Morning arrival into Auckland
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Business Class Upgrade||+$5,759|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||+$1,706|
|Early Booking Discount ( 30 August 2019 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
|Max ˚c||Min ˚c|
|Takayama||15 ˚c||5 ˚c|
|Clothing;||Daytime – comfortable touring clothes and walking shoes|
|On board Diamond Princess||Nightime – smart casual|
|Currency||Japanese Yen||On Board Diamond Princess- USD|
Diamond Princess - 'A laid-back ship with lots to do at a slow pace”
|Max Speed||22 knots / 41k/h|
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● Lotus Spa
● Internet / Café / Library
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* Itinerary subject to change