• Escorted Tour

Japan at Cherry Blossom Time

plus an eleven 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. This tour is already attracting interest, enquire now.

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 25 March

Auckland – Tokyo

A morning departure from Auckland on Air New Zealand for Tokyo. Arrive early evening and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. 

Wednesday 26 March

Tokyo – Osaka - Kyoto

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This morning, we travel by Bullet Train (2h 30m - 515km) to Osaka. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit the Osaka Castle before continuing onto Kyoto for a three night stay. Welcome Dinner tonight.

Thursday 27 March

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 28 March


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By coach a morning sightseeing tour of Kyoto including the Golden Pavilion and a rickshaw experience in the Arashiyama Area. Afternoon free to explore and shop. 

Saturday 29 March

Kyoto – Hiroshima

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Travel by Bullet Train (2h 45m – 360km)  to Hiroshima. Visit the Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial 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 30 March

Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Hiroshima

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Morning travel to Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Bay by train 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 31 March

Hiroshima – Takayama

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Early departure by bullet train to Takayama (5h30m) via Nagoya, arrivingearly afternoon. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Takayama a mountainous city with narrow streets, merchant houses and known as the ‘City of Festivals.’ Dinner at local restaurant.

Tuesday 01 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 02 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 03 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 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 04 April


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A sightseeing tour of Tokyo including the Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street. Dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Saturday 05 April

Tokyo – Cruise Ship

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Late morning transfer to Yokohama Port to board the ‘Diamond Princess.’  Sail out of Tokyo late afternoon. 


Sunday 06 April

Cruising At Sea

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Monday 07 April


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This beautiful city is often described as the San Francisco of Japan. The city occupies verdant hills surrounded by a deep-water bay. Nagasaki’s Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum draw visitors from around the world. Late afternoon departure.

Tuesday 08 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 apartments sit alongside ancient Buddhist temples - an amalgam of old and new - will make for an interesting afternoon.


Wednesday 09 April


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Step ashore and enjoy a day in Sakaiminato found wedged between sea, sky and mountains. This small fishing port has been esteemed for centuries for its superb seafood.


Thursday 10 April


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Today possibly features some of the best cherry blossom viewing in the region. Located in the middle of the city, the Fukuoka ruins date back more than half a century to the Edo period. Sail away late afternoon.


Friday 11 April


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Why not take an optional shore excursion today and marvel at the gold leaf that is a major art form synonymous with the city. Just outside the castle park blooms the enchanting Kenroku-en Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan and the home of the country’s oldest fountain. 

Saturday 12 April


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After breakfast, step ashore in Sakata which is known for its high-quality rice. The city grew as an important stop along the coastal shipping route that connected Hokkaido with Osaka. Sail away late afternoon.

Sunday 13 April


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Akita was once a castle town of the Satake clan, but today is a vibrant, prosperous city. There are several fine museums and surrounding the city, fertile farmland and rice fields produce some of the best sake in the country.  Nature lovers won’t know which way to turn.


Monday 14 April


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Today we explore Aomori which derives much of its beauty from the apple orchards and cherry blossoms that encompass its landscape and the snow-covered Hakkoda Mountains that look on from a distance. Late afternoon departure.

Tuesday 15 April

Cruising At Sea

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Wednesday 16 April


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Disembark for half day sight seeing and last minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your Air New Zealand evening flight to Auckland. 


Thursday 17 April


Morning Arrival Auckland. 



• Economy air travel on Air New Zealand   Auckland – Tokyo // Tokyo – Auckland

• Accommodation as per itinerary

• All transfers on tour

• Sightseeing as per itinerary

• Meals as specified

• Three journeys by Bullet Train

• Traditional tea ceremony

• Train / Ferry to Mijajima Island

• Cruise on Lake Ashi 

• Eleven night cruise on board ‘Diamond   Princess’ - Tokyo – Tokyo

• Onboard complimentary meals &   entertainment

• Cruise Port taxes and government fees   (NZD652)

• Cruise gratuities (NZD273 per person,   per day) 

• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15   persons travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 Balcony   $21,985  $30,795





Business Class Upgrade

+$7,750 per person 

Premium Economy Class Upgrade

+$2,280 per person 

Early Booking Discount (31 August 2024) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% 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

• Items not specified

• Airport and airline taxes (approx. NZD165)

• Shore excursions off ‘Diamond Princess’ 

• Princess Plus Bundles (optional)


Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person will secure a place on this trip

• Full payment is due no later than 10 December 2024


• From the date of booking until 10 December 2024 – loss of deposit

• After 10 December 2024 - no refund

Travel Insurance

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

General Information

Temperatures Max ˚c Min ˚c    

Tokyo        23˚c       10˚c

Osaka      19˚c       11˚c

Busan      18˚c     10˚c

Takayama   15 ˚c       5 ˚c


• On board Diamond Princess, daytime –  comfortable touring clothes and walking shoes

• Nightime – smart casual


• Japanese Yen 

• On board ‘Diamond Princess,’ account to   be paid in USD at the end of the cruise

Health and Mobility

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
  • Decks 18
  • Length 290m
  • Max Speed 22 knots / 41k/h
  • Art Gallery
  • Theatre
  • pools / tubs
  • Sports Court
  • Lotus Spa
  • Internet / Café / Library
  • Casino


Terms and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit   our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/       termsandconditions or please ask our tour   consultant for a copy

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