See Japan at its most beautiful
- Explore with tailor-made private tours in Tokyo and Kyoto
- Enjoy a highlight of world travel – Japan’s cherry blossom
- Spot Mt. Fuji from Hakone’s shrine-dotted national park
- Travel on ultra-modern bullet trains
- Stay half-board in a traditional ryokan inn, enjoying hot-spring soaks
- 3 Nights Tokyo
- 2 Nights Hakone
- 3 Nights Kyoto
- 1 Night Tokyo
City | Escorted tour | History & culture | Natural world
This itinerary has been carefully designed to introduce you to both Japan and its famous bloom at their very best. Between Tokyo’s cutting-edge wonders and Kyoto’s UNESCO-listed treasures, you’ll take in Hakone’s national-park shrines and mountain beauty. It’s all brought to life with the likes of included geisha shows and private tours, tailor-made to your interests. That’s alongside stays in hand-picked accommodation, including traditional inns where you’ll be treated to hot-spring soaks and multi-course kaiseki dinners. Throughout, you’ll explore with included transport passes, valid across Shinkansen bullet trains, Tokyo’s world-famous subway and Hakone’s cable-car network. Expect the best cherry-blossom views at every turn.
When is the blossom season?
Typically, the peak is between the last week of March and the first few weeks of April. Although the precise date varies every year, you can usually expect to see strong signs from around 20th March, through until 21st April. Get in touch with a Wexas specialist for up-to-the-minute advice.
Day by day itinerary
Begin your trip with included airport lounge access before boarding your overnight flight.
You’ll be met on arrival for your included transfer, bringing you to your contemporary accommodation – centrally located by the blossoming Hamarikyu Gardens. You’ll have some time to explore with your pre-loaded transport card before your full-day private tour the next day. Completely tailored to your interests, choose between everything from Shinjuku’s neon wonders and the giant Tokyo Skytree to historic temples and, yes, the cherry blossom, blessing shrines and riversides alike. Perhaps make use of your included Japan Rail Pass on an optional day trip the next day. Highlights include Kotku-in’s giant bronze Buddha and traditional gardens, Nikko’s park lakes and shrine-dotted waterfalls, and a hike to Mt. Takao’s mountaintop temple.
Stay: Shiba Park (Standard) or Park Hotel (Superior)
The first of your Shinkansen sprints will see you out of the city and into the Hakone region – a national park of old-growth forests, historic villages and temple-ringed lakes. It’s all watched over by Mt. Fuji and showcased over the next two days by your Hakone Freepass, granting you access to everything from cable cars and mountain railways to boat and bus rides. You’ll use it to arrive at your century-old ryokan inn, where you’ll enjoy multi-course kaiseki dinners, soaks in its onsen hot springs and nights in charmingly traditional tatami mat rooms. The region’s famous cherry blossom is equally stunning.
Stay: Ichinoyu Honkan (Standard) or Mikawaya (Superior)
Meals: B D
Your next bullet-train trip will see you along the east coast to Kyoto, where you’ll settle into your central, hand-picked accommodation. The season sees the geisha quarter stage extravagant performances; you’ll be treated to the best seats and a green tea. Then, tomorrow, you’ll enjoy an included full-day tour, taking in your choice of everything from bamboo forests and golden temples to the Imperial Palace and time-honoured teahouses. The next day, perhaps enjoy a trip with your rail pass. Nearby, there’s the neon metropolis of Osaka, the castle town of Himeji, or Nara’s bowing deer and Todaiji Temple – the world’s largest wooden building.
Stay: Hotel Vista (Standard) or Granvia Kyoto (Superior)
Today you’ll loop back to the Japanese capital by Shinkansen. Grab a seat on the left; there are fantastic views of the famously shy Mt. Fuji not long past Shizuoka. Then, back in Tokyo, you’ll have a final night to take in its wonders, whether that’s the lantern-lit izakaya bars of Golden Gai, the bubble-gum cuteness of Harajuku’s shopping streets or the vermillion tiers of Sensoji Temple. Perhaps also end in style with dinner at one of Tokyo’s world-class restaurants or humble sushi counters.
Stay: Shiba Park (Standard) or Park Hotel (Superior)
Depart for UK
After a last included breakfast, an included transfer will see you to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Flight offer: Save up to £315 pp.
Book by: 31 October 2019
- Complimentary UK airport lounge access
- Return flights to Tokyo
- Meet & greet return shuttle bus transfers from Tokyo airport
- 9 nights accommodation staying in 3* (Standard) hotels on a mix of B&B and Half-board basis
- IC Transport card - allowing travel on public transport including clear instructions in English
- 7 day Japan Rail Pass
- 3 day Hakone Freepass, unlimited use of 6 different forms of transport
- 8 hours private guiding in Tokyo and Kyoto
- Sightseeing in Hakone & tickets to a Geisha Dance
- Cherry Blossom season typically falls around 20 March - 21 April each year and availability is limited, booking early is recommended
Terms & Conditions
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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