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Japan at Cherry Blossom Time

plus an Eight-night Cruise

This 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, Nagoya 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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  • Japan Cherry Blossom
  • Shinto Sherine, Miyajima Bay, Hiroshima

Your travel itinerary

Sunday 31 March

Auckland – Tokyo - Osaka

A morning departure from Auckland on Air New Zealand for Osaka via Tokyo. Arrive in Osaka early evening. Transfer to hotel. 

Monday 01 April

Osaka – Kyoto

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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.

Tuesday 02 April

Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto

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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.

Wednesday 03 April


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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.

Thursday 04 April

Kyoto – Hiroshima

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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.

Friday 05 April

Hiroshima - Miyajima Island – Hiroshima

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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. 

Saturday 06 April

Hiroshima – Takayama

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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.

Sunday 07 April

Takayama – Matsumoto

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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.  

Monday 08 April

Matsumoto – Mt Fuji – Hakone

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Travel to the Mt Fuji Visitor Centre with time to experience the national park and surroundings. Also visit Matsumoto Castle.

Tuesday 09 April

Hakone – Tokyo

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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

Wednesday 10 April


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A half-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo including the Kings Palace, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Afternoon free before dinner included in the hotel tonight.

Thursday 11 April

Tokyo – Cruise Ship

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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.

Friday 12 April


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Ishinomaki is lively and colorful city.. Explore temples, stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hiraizumi, or wander along the stalls of the Shiogama Fish Market. Early evening departure. 

Saturday 13 April


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Hakodate was the first Japanese city fully opened to Westerners in 1859. Once a fishing port Hakodate still retains its foremost position as the finest Japanese producer of sushi's raw product.

Sunday 14 April


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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.

Monday 15 April

At Sea

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Cruising at Sea

Tuesday 16 April

Busan ( South Korea)

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Busan, South Korea’s second largest city. Prepare for a contrast of countries as mountains, beaches, fish markets, high-rise towers alongside ancient Buddhist temples - an amalgam of old and new, will make for an interesting afternoon.

Wednesday 17 April


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The city lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. Return to the ship for an evening departure.

Thursday 18 April

At Sea

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Cruising at Sea

Friday 19 April


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Disembark and transfer to the airport for your Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.

Saturday 20 April


Morning Arrival Auckland


  • Economy air travel on Air New Zealand Auckland – Osaka // Tokyo – Auckland
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified
  • Two journeys by Bullet Train
  • Traditional tea ceremony
  • Tram / Ferry to Mijajima Island
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Eight night cruise on board ‘Diamond Princess’ - Tokyo – Tokyo
  • Cruise Port taxes and government fees (NZD150)
  • Cruise gratuities (USD13.50 per person, per day)
  • Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 persons travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Balcony  $14, 322        +$ 4345
Oceanview - SOLDOUT  $13, 473  +$3613
Inside-SOLD OUT  $12, 985  +$ 3147
Business Class Upgrade +$5967
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$1591
Early Booking Discount ( 31 August 2018 ) $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 – compulsory (please ask us for a quote)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities on coach tour
  • Items not specified
  • Airport and airline taxes (approx. NZD160)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Full payment is due no later than 18 January 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 18 January 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 18 January 2019 - no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information


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23˚c                     10˚c


19˚c                     11˚c


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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 PrincessUSD

Health and Fitness

  • Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs

Ship Information

Diamond Princess - 'A laid-back ship with lots to do at a slow pace”

Passengers 2670
Crew 1100
Refurbished 2014                                                                                                                                                   
Decks 18
Length 290m
Max Speed 22 knots / 41k/h    
Restaurants included       

Sabatini’s (Italian)

Sterling Steakhouse


● Art Gallery

● Theatre

●pools / tubs

● Sports Court

● Lotus Spa

● Internet / Café / Library

● Casino

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change