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Japan at Cherry Blossom Time with Graham Ross
31 March – 14 April 2018

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ITINERARY
Follow the cherry blossom trail as it blooms across Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko and Tokyo on a 15-day tour that will take you inside Japan’s great gardens. Experience a fascinating mix of ancient Zen serenity and modernity that makes Japan such an exciting cultural destination.
DAY 1
Saturday 31 March 2018
Sydney – Tokyo

Meet at Sydney Airport for a Qantas evening flight to Tokyo.

DAY 2
Sunday 1 April 2018
Tokyo – Kyoto (B/L)

Early morning arrival at Haneda Airport, Tokyo. Bullet train to Kyoto. On arrival at Kyoto visit Heian Shrine to view a multitude of Weeping Cherries. Welcome lunch at hotel.
Accommodation: Westin Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

DAY 3
Monday 2 April 2018
Kyoto (B/L/D)

Visit the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji) then witness a traditional Tea Ceremony in Hakusa Sonso villa by owner and Tea Mistress, Mrs Hashimoto, in one of the largest private gardens in Kyoto and the home of the Hashimoto Art Museum. Following a walk through the garden, created in 1915, we enjoy a traditional lunch in the intimate family restaurant.

This afternoon stroll the Philosopher’s Path under a canopy of Cherry trees.
Accommodation: Westin Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

DAY 4
Tuesday 3 April 2018
Kyoto (B)

Morning visit to the Stone Garden (Ryoanji Temple) then Golden Pavilion ( Kinkakuji Temple)

After lunch, visit Gioji Temple, a small thatched roof hall surrounded by a luxuriant moss garden.  Finish the day at Arashiyama with a walk through a dense bamboo forest.
Accommodation: Westin Miyako Hotel, Kyoto

DAY 5
Wednesday 4 April 2018
Kyoto (B/D)

An early start at Kyoto’s eastern Higashiyama Mountains to wonder at the towering World Heritage listed Kiyomizu Temple.

Next visit UNESCO World Heritage listed Nijo Castle (Ninomaru Palace), dating from 1626 and famous for its fortress-like interior and ingenious escape routes of the Tokugawa Shogun and the Imperial Court. Walk around the Ninomaru Garden with its large ponds and majestic topiarised pine trees and the Seiryu-en Garden filled with flowering cherry trees.

Special Dinner included tonight with a Geisha Performance

Accommodation: Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen, Kyoto

DAY 6
Thursday 5 April 2018
Kyoto – Nagoya (B/L)

Travel by train to Nagoya to see the iconic Nagoya Castle. This afternoon visit Nabana No Sato in Mie prefecture. This theme park is a new concept in world class show gardens covering many hectares with beds filled with thousands of every type of spring flower possible and huge glasshouses overflowing with tuberous begonias and more hanging baskets than you could count.
Accommodation: Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel, Nagoya

DAY 7
Friday 6 April 2018
Nagoya – Kanazawa (B)

Depart Nagoya by train to Kanazawa.

This afternoon, we’ll visit Bukeyashiki or Samurai House district and the ancient home of the Nomura Family and their small but detailed garden.
Accommodation: Hotel Nikko, Kanazawa

DAY 8
Saturday 7 April 2018
Kanazawa (B)

Visit Kenroku-en Gardens, famous for its six essential features of true gardens. This is one of Japan’s three most famous landscapes and developed in the 1620’s by the local daimyo Lord Maeda and includes Japan’s oldest fountain operating by natural water pressure.
Included is a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, built by a samurai for his mother.

Remainder of the day is free.

Accommodation: Hotel Nikko, Kanazawa

DAY 9
Sunday 8 April 2018
Kanazawa – Awazu (B/D)

Travel to Shirakawago Village nestled in a high country rural setting reminiscent of old Japan.
Visit the UNESCO heritage listed Village filled with traditional Farm houses in a museum setting called Gasshouzukuri.

This afternoon we’ll check-into our traditional Japanese Ryokan

Accommodation: Roten-no-yu Kinkaku, Awazu

DAY 10
Monday 9 April 2018
Awazu – Nikko (B/D)

Take the train from Komatsu via Kanazawa to Takasaki.
A coach will then transfer us to Nikko. We tour the interior of the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and walk around its beautiful garden. On to the 143 year old Nikko Kanaya Hotel.

Dinner included at the hotel tonight
Accommodation: Hotel Kanaya, Nikko

DAY 11
Tuesday 10 April 2018
Nikko (B/D)

Sightseeing today includes a walking tour of the nearby Sacred Bridge, the Toshogu Shrine, built in 1542 with its ornate Yomeimon Gate and serene Futarasan Shrine. Rinnoji Temple

Afternoon free

Accommodation: Hotel Kanaya, Nikko

DAY 12
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Nikko – Tokyo (B)

Today our coach takes us to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. On the way we’ll visit Omiya Bonsai Village and Bonsai Museum.

In the afternoon arrive at the New Otani Hotel. Stroll through beautiful gardens of the hotel.

Accommodation: New Otani Hotel, Tokyo

DAY 13
Thursday 12 April 2018
Tokyo (B/D)

Rikugien Garden is your destination this morning, a strolling garden laid out in 1695 and restored in the 18th century. Once the residence of powerful Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, there are 88 stops around the lake, symbolic representations of classical Japanese literature. The rhythm achieved by alternating dark and bright zones, spacious and confined areas, sunlit groves and mysterious forests, produces virtually a musical effect. Azaleas and cherries finishing their spring floral displays as our holiday nears its end.

Later visit Meiji Shrine.

Farewell dinner tonight is held at the New Otani Hotel

Accommodation: New Otani Hotel, Tokyo

DAY 14
Friday 13 April 2018
Tokyo – Home (B)

Late check out today so our day is free to explore some more of Tokyo.

Evening transfer to Haneda Airport for return flights.

DAY 15
Saturday 14 April 2018
Arrive Home
HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

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Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
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Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
GRAHAM ROSS
  • Return flights (including taxes) Sydney / Tokyo / Sydney with Qantas
  • Shinkansen and express train travel
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 12 nights, including an overnight stay at a traditional Japanese ryokan
  • Porterage
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Ross Guide and National (English speaking) Japanese Guide
  • Guided tours of Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko and Tokyo
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including, Ginkakuji, Hakusa Sonso, Heian Shrine, Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Shinkyo Sacred Bridge, Tamazawa Imperial Villa, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, Gioji Temple and Nomura Samurai House, Kenrokuen, Shirakawago, Toshougu Shrine, Omiya Bonsai Village, Rikugien, Nezu Shrine, Shinise Kinenkan, Nabana No Sato, Honmaru Palace and Meiji Shrine
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $11,495 per person
Twin Share including air $12,795* per person
Single Supplement $2,650

All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure from Sydney.
Price from NZ and other Australian ports available on application.

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 1/11/2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $300.00 per person off the final installment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100
Garden Clinic Member discount $50

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