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Japan at Cherry Blossom Time

plus a nine-night Cruise

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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  • Japan Cherry Blossom
  • Tour Map
  • Shinto Sherine, Miyajima Bay, Hiroshima

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 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. 

Wednesday 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.

Thursday 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.

Friday 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.

Saturday 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.

Sunday 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. 

Monday 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.

Tuesday 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.  

Wednesday 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.

Thursday 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

Friday 10 April


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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.

Saturday 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.

Sunday 12 April

At Sea

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Monday 13 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 and high-rise towers alongside ancient Buddhist temples - an amalgam of old and new, will make for an interesting afternoon.

Tuesday 14 April


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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.

Wednesday 15 April


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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.

Thursday 16 April


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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.

Friday 17 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.

Saturday 18 April


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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.

Sunday 19 April

At Sea

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Monday 20 April


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

Tuesday 21 April


Morning arrival into Auckland


  • Economy air travel on Air New Zealand Auckland – Osaka // Tokyo – Auckland
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • On tour 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
  • Nine 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

    Cost Per Person *
    Auckland - Auckland
    Twin ShareSingle
     Balcony  $16,237             $22,061
    Oceanview  $15,333  $20,378
    Inside $14,644 $19,095
    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 – 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 17 January 2020

    Cancellations and Refunds

    • From the date of booking until 17 January 2020 – loss of deposit
    • After 17 January 2020 - no refund

    Travel Insurance

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

    General Information


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    18˚c                      10˚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 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