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Charms of Southern Japan - Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2015 - 3/23, 4/5, 4/13

Deluxe Series
Nights 8 days 7 nights
USD $2798.00
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Single room supplement
USD $560.00
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"Sakura," or cherry blossom, is a well-known and prevalent symbol of Japan.

It is often depicted on traditional Japanese goods and art. The cherry blossom is particularly important in Japanese culture as it represents the end of winter and the beginning of new life and the growing season of spring. In southern Japan, cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of March. This tour is designed to take advantage of this phenomenon and allows you to experience the world famous Japanese tradition of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.

This tour is an excellent way to discover the culture and landscape of Japan, with visits to national parks, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan. Start your trip at Himeji and proceed to the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki. Next is Hiroshima and a visit at the Peace Memorial Museum and Park. Learn to make Okonomiyaki (popular Japanese dish) and view the famed "floating" Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island .

On the island of Kyushu, walk around the crater's edge of Mt. Aso, an active volcano that erupted just a few years ago. In Nagasaki , visit Glover Garden, Dejima and the Peace Memorial Park . In Beppu, view the Jigoku "hell" pools of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Then enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park. Mt. Takasaki is a forested mountain just outside of Beppu and home to over 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys. Stay two nights at a traditional Japanese Onsen Hotel and relax in the therapeutic waters of a natural spa bath at an onsen. Enjoy the fine flavors of a traditional Japanese banquet dinner and take an evening stroll dressed in your yukata. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture while surrounded by the charm and picturesque architecture of exquisite wooden buildings, shoji sliding paper doors, tatami mat floors, and courtyard gardens.

From Kyushu, take a ferry to Shikoku Island and go on a very special boat ride down the Yoshino-gawa River. See why Japanese gardens are famous in Takamatsu. End your tour with a taste of the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe.

Miyajima Island

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Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Fukuoka / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Mt Aso / Beppu / Matsuyama / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Onaruto Bridge / Kobe

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Tour Information

Start City End City Start Date End Date Season Special Status
Osaka Osaka Mon. Mar 23, 2015 Mon. Mar 30, 2015 Spring Cherry Blossom
Osaka Osaka Sun. Apr 5, 2015 Sun. Apr 12, 2015 Spring Cherry Blossom
Osaka Osaka Mon. Apr 13, 2015 Mon. Apr 20, 2015 Spring Cherry Blossom

US$ 200.00 per person
All prices are per person, based on double or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money! We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.
5 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
Private luxury coach transfers between destinations in Japan
Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide
Breakfast everyday
6 lunches and 3 dinners
Admission fees and activities
Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary
Okonomiyaki Making
Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride
Ferry from Shimabara to Kumamoto
Mt Aso Ropeway
Ferry from Beppu to Shikoku
Oboke Gorge Boat Ride
Kobe Wagyu Beef Dinner
International Airfares
Meals that are not included in the itinerary
Travel Insurance
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
Transport : Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free
Arrival/Departure Airports : This tour starts and finishes in Osaka for arrivals and departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX)
Meal Requests : Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
Meet and Greet : Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer
Day 1 : Arrive in Osaka
Day 2 : Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
Day 3 : Hiroshima - Bullet Train Ride - Fukuoka
Day 4 : Nagasaki - Kumamoto
Day 5 : Mt. Aso - Beppu
Day 6 : Beppu - Ferry to Shikoku - Matsuyama - Oboke Gorge
Day 7 : Kotohira - Takamatsu - Naruto - Kobe
Day 8 : Tour end
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Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

Tour Information Highlight Itinerary Accommodations

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