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13 Day Japan Cherry Blossoms Tour with Hiroshima 01 April 2017 (Tour Code: JBT)

Day 01, 01 Apr.: Australia – Haneda

NH880 01APR  Sydney – Haneda   21:30/ 05:25   (02APR)

Depart Sydney today on All Nippon Airways to Haneda, Japan. Fly overnight.

Day 02, 02 Apr.: Haneda Arrival (D)
Arrive in Haneda, Japan in the morning. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. You will have your welcoming dinner in your hotel restaurant tonight. Narita Garden International Hotel or similar

Day 03, 03 Apr.: Narita – Nikko – Tokyo (B.L.D)
Today you will travel to Nikko, a small city at the entrance to Nikko National Park. Visit Toshogu Shrine, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine complex and mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails. You will visit Kegon Water Falls and Lake Chuzenjiko. Stay overnight in Tokyo. Tobu Levant Hotel or similar

Day 04, 04 Apr.: Tokyo Sightseeing (B.L.D)
Today’s tour includes Asakusa Temple, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century, the Edo Museum, Imperial Palace, home of imperial family, which only opens to public on 23rd December and 02nd January each year, Ginza, Tokyo brand name shopping area, same as New York 5th Avenue and Shinjuku area. Tobu Levant Hotel or similar

Day 05, 05 Apr.: Tokyo – Hakone – Mt. Fuji – Kawaguchigo (B. L. D)
Travel to Hakone by coach. Visit the Peace Park, Owakutani Hot spring and have a cruise on Lake Ashi. Visit Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the 5th station by coach, about 2300 meters above the sea level. Visit the Visitor Centre. Enjoy hot spring spa in your hotel in the evening.Isawa Kasugai Group Hotel or similar

Day 06, 06 Apr.: Isawa – Lake Suwako – Takayama (B. L. D)
Proceed to visit Lake Suwako, After that we drive to Takayama. We will visit the Historical Government House (Takayama Jinya). The building served as The Tokugawa government's administrative building for 177 years (1692-1868). Of the 60 local government offices that were once spread throughout Japan, this is the only one still in existence. We will also visit
Old Private Houses (Nationally Recognized Historical Building Preservation Area). The Town Village still stands on the east side of the Miyagawa River flowing throughTakayama, and in the middle of it is Sanmachi, where Edo period houses remain. This district
was designated as an area of Important traditional buildings by the Japanese Government.
Accommodation: Takayama Nakamurakan or similar

Day 07, 07 Apr.: Takayama – Shirakawago Gassho Village – Otsu (B.L.D)
We will start with the visit to the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shirakawa-gō (White River Old District) is located in the village of Shirakawa. These villages are well known for their houses constructed in architectural style known as gassho-zukuri ("prayer-hands construction") style, which is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is exceptionally strong and, in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allow the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region's heavy snowfalls
in winter. Afterwards we will proceed to Otsu. Otsu Prince Hotel or similar

Day 08, 08 Apr.: Otsu – Kyoto – Osaka (B. L. D)
In the morning, you will visit the Sanjusangendo Hall, all of the Lotus King, Sanjūsangen-dō belongs to and is run by the Myoho-in temple, a part of the Tendai school of Buddhism.  Afterwards you will visit the Golden Pavilion and enjoy the Kimono show at Nishinjin showroom. In the afternoon, you are transferred to Kyoto train station to catch the bullet Train to Shin-Osaka station in Osaka. Stay overnight in Osaka.

Day 09, 09 Apr.: Osaka – Nara – Osaka (B.L.D)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Nara by coach. Visit the Deer Park and Todaiji Temple (great Buddha Temple). Return to Osaka, where you will visit Osaka Castle and Shinzaibashi area, one of Osaka’s major downtown areas, featuring many stores, such as Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Centre and department stores. Star Gate Hotel or similar

Day 10, 10 Apr.: Osaka – Kobe – Hiroshima (B.L.D)
After breakfast, drive to Kobe. Visit the Old Sake Breweries Museum. You will have your lunch at Steakland Restaurant. After lunch, you are transferred to train station to take a bullet train to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your four star hotel in Hiroshima for two nights. Hiroshima Rihga Royal Hotel or similar

Day 11, 11 Apr: Hiroshima – Miyajima – Hiroshima (B.L.D)
After breakfast you will leave the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima. You will visit the Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Island is the popular name of Itsuku-shima Island situated in Miyajima Town southwestern Hiroshima. It is a scenic sight in which the mountains, sea and red shrine buildings blend in harmony, and the entire island is designated as a historic site. It is one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi and Ama-no-hashidate in Kyoto. Next, visit Peace Memorial Park. The Genbaku-dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome) is the symbol of Hiroshima, the city that advocates peace in the world. It is located in Hiroshima and faces Hiroshima Bay in the Seto Inland Sea. It was originally the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall built in 1915. While all structures vanished in the atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing. It was 6 August 1945 when the first atomic bomb in history was dropped on Hiroshima. Transfer back to your hotel. Hiroshima Rihga Royal Hotel or similar

Day 12, 12 Apr: Hiroshima – Sydney (B)

NH682    12APR   Hiroshima – Haneda     18:00 / 19:15 

NH879 12APR  Haneda – Sydney   22:10 / 08:30   (13APR)

After breakfast, you are leisure until transferred to airport for your flight to Sydney via Haneda. Fly overnight.

Day 13, 13 Apr.: Australia
Arrive in Australia today. Your unforgettable Japan Cherry blossom tour ends.

Departure date: 01 April 2017 (Fully Booked)
Tour price: $5,980 now $5,480 per person, twin or double share
Single supplement: $1,080

PS: As All Nippon Airways only depart from Sydney, there is a surcharge of $300 for Melbourne passengers.

Tour price includes:
1. All Nippon return economy class air-fare Sydney –Haneda // Hiroshima – Haneda – Sydney.
2. Airport tax and fuel surcharge (currently $180, subject to change);
3. Ten night twin-shared accommodation at 4 star hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar in Japan;
4. Meals as listed in the itinerary (Buffet breakfasts at hotels, Japanese or Chinese lunches and dinners at local restaurants).
5. Sightseeing tours with admission as stated in the itinerary;
6. Bullet train tickets Osaka – Hiroshima in Japan;
7. Transfers and transport all through;
8. Professional English-speaking guide in Japan.

Tour price excludes:
1. Travel insurance;
2. Any meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary;
3. Tip and gratuities to guide and driver ($10 per person per day for the guide and driver to share);
4. Beverage and personal expenses.

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