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Enjoying cherry blossom

Enjoying cherry blossom
$ 2,670 per person at 3-star hotel DBL
1950$
$ 2,200 per person at 3-star hotel SGL
2200$
Transfer from card to card discount
3%
Payment via ATM discount
5%
Length:
8 days / 7 nights
Tour dates:
c 17.03.2019 по 24.03.2019
Destinations:
Hotels:
Hotel Lumiere Kasai 3*
Hotel WBF Gojo Omiya 3*
Hotel Ann Asakusa 3*

 

Number of persons:
at least 1
Transportation options:
1-2 persons – public transportation
3-4 person – taxi
5+ persons – car
Trip type:
low budget tour
Services
included
Hotel accommodation
Breakfasts
4 lunches
English-speaking guide
4 excursions/tours
Car (minivan) – option if 5+ persons available
Transport expenses & transfers
Bullet train ticket
Entrance fees
not included
International air tickets
Personal expenses
Extra excursions/tours
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Тур на цветение сакуры
Тур на цветение сакуры
Тур на цветение сакуры
1
day
17.03.19 ARRIVAL AT TOKYO
Full description
Arrival at Narita / Haneda airport, transfer to your Tokyo hotel at your expense (or you may arrange your transfer provided by TLH).
2
day
18.03.2019 TOKYO CITY TOUR
7 am – 8 am
breakfast at hotel
8:50 am
meet the guide and start your day
9 am – 4 pm
Tokyo city tour
Full description
Your first day in Japan would blast off with a trip to the Hamarikyu Gardens which is a well-known public park in Chuo district. Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, this park is a huge landscaped garden surrounding Shioiri Pond and itself surrounded by a seawater moat filled by Tokyo Bay. It was remodeled as a public garden park on the site of a villa of the Shogun Tokugawa family in the 17th century. While in the garden we well observe a pond with a teahouse in the center. We can choose and cross one out of the three bridges to reach the teahouse, where we may  enjoy refreshments such as matcha (green tea) and Japanese sweets in a tea-ceremony style. The garden has a nice peony garden, a plum tree grove and cosmos fields with flowers for every season.

Then we will move to see the legendary Tsukiji fish market, the biggest wholesale fish market in the world. You may enjoy a delicious meal here with a great choice of fresh catch seafood, from tuna – or maguro – to crabs or kani in Japanese. Visiting the Tsukiji fish market would be a truly unbelievable experience.

Our next destination would be Odaiba island. This artificial island is a unique place itself with various attractions, from amusement parks, including Deisan park, to the futuristic TV Fuji building designed by world’s famous architect Kenzo Tange. You can even spot here local Stature of Liberty, a gift from France. We may also choose to visit Toyota Expo Center (with the F1 simulator available) and Edo hot springs facility where you can try on a kimono or take a bath the old Japanese way.
When this long and intense day is over, you will get back to your hotel.
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3
day
19.03.2019 KAMAKURA TRIP
6:30 am – 7:30 am
breakfast at hotel
8 am
meet the guide and start your day
9 am – 6 pm
Kamakura tour (with tempura dinner included)
Full description
The Kamakura shogunate, Japan’s medieval capital, was founded by Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japan’s first shogun.
Kamakura stands like a true fortress, surrounded by the mountains from three sides and looking at the sea from the forth side. Kamakura is a home for over 200 Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines. Hase-dera, commonly called the Hase-kannon is one of the Buddhist temples in the city of Kamakura, famous for housing a massive 9-meter high wooden statue of Kannon, making it the tallest wooden structure of such kind in Japan. As the legend says, the statue was built in 8th century AD.

You should also take a look at the Kotoku-in temple, renowned for its ‘Great Buddha’, a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which is one of the most famous icons of Japan.

Kamakura's defining feature is Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, a Shinto shrine in the center of the city. A 1.1-mile road runs from Sagami Bay directly to the shrine. This road is known as Wakamiya Oji, the city's main street. Built by Minamoto no Yoritomo as an imitation of Kyoto's Suzaku Oji, Wakamiya Oji used to be much wider, delimited on both sides by a 3-meter deep canal and flanked by pine trees.
Walking from the beach toward the shrine, you will pass through three torii, or Shinto gates, called respectively Ichi-no Torii (first gate), Ni-no Torii (second gate) and San-no Torii (third gate). Between the first and the second lies Geba Yotsukado which, as the name indicates, was the place where riders had to get off their horses in deference to Hachiman and his shrine.
Of course, we will not miss the Zeniarai Benten temple, a Shinto sacred site. In spite of its small size, it is the second most popular spot in Kamakura after Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu. This shrine is popular among tourists because the waters of a spring in its cave are said to be able to multiply the money washed in it.

You will return to Tokyo after the tour is wrapped-up. You may also order various extra activities for the night.
4
day
20.03.2019 KYOTO TRIP
7 am – 8 am
breakfast at hotel
8:10 am
meet the guide and start your day
8:20 am
transfer to Tokyo station
9 am
ride the bullet train to Kyoto
11:20 am
arrival at Kyoto, meet the local guide
11:30 am
Kyoto tour
6 am
hotel check-in
Full description
‘Kyo-To’ literally means ‘capital city’, it is also known as a ‘thousand-year capital’. Indeed, for over 1,000 years, an unbelievable time span by itself, it has been Japan’s capital city with the Emperor’s residence located here.

Basically, the whole area of historical Kyoto is declared as UNESCO World Heritage site. In fact, Kyoto is now a giant open-air museum that is never closed, bringing its glorious, more than a thousand-year old legacy to its visitors from all over the world. It is worth-mentioning that at the end of the Second World War Kyoto was removed from the atomic bomb target list by the personal intervention of U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, as he wanted to save this cultural center, which he knew from his honeymoon and later diplomatic visits.
You might also be impressed the stark contrast made by the Kyoto tower, situated not far from the ultramodern Kyoto station, compared to the ancient architecture of the historical part of the city. Though built not too long time ago, the Kyoto tower has also become one of the city’s major symbols.

With its 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact, Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Because of its countless temples and shrines of any size and age it is also known as the ‘city of thousand temples’…

The first of the must-see temples in Kyoto on our way would be Kiyomizu-dera, a magnificent wooden temple supported by pillars off the slope of a mountain. It is also Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, both well-known symbols of the city. No doubt, we will also visit Ryoan-ji, famous for its rock garden, truly a place for meditation. Another landmark to see would be the Heian Jingu. It is a Shinto shrine, built in 1895, celebrating the Imperial family and commemorating the first and last emperors to reside in Kyoto.
We will then relocate to the Gion quarter full of cherry blossom where you can meet by chance a guest from the past – a geisha walking down the road! You will also have an opportunity to walk the Philosopher's Walk, just like shoguns have been doing centuries ago…

Kyoto is renowned for its abundance of delicious Japanese foods and cuisine. The special circumstances of Kyoto as a city away from the sea and home to many Buddhist temples resulted in the development of a variety of vegetables peculiar to the Kyoto area.

5
day
21.03.2019 spare time in KYOTO. Extra tours at your request.
6
day
22.03.2019 NARA TRIP
7 am – 9 am
breakfast at hotel and check-out
9 am
meet the guide and start your day
9 am – 4 pm
4 pm – Nara trip
5 pm
transfer to Kyoto station
4:30 pm
ride the bullet train to Tokyo
7:20 pm
arrival to Tokyo, meet the guide and transfer to your hotel
Full description
Nara is just around half an hour away of drive from Kyoto. During 710 – 784 CE Nara was the capital of Japan, and the Emperor lived there before moving the capital to Kyoto. Its  temples and shrines, specifically Todai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gango-ji, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji, and the Heijo Palace, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site called ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’. The historical part of the city is pretty compact thus making it easy to walk and enjoy its attractions. The Todai-ji temple of the Kagon Buddhist school, built in 725 CE, is the world’s biggest wooden structure. Inside it there is a Buddha bronze stature, the biggest in Japan.

During this excursion you will experience Nara not just like Japan’s first capital, but also as a place of culture, religion and technology transfer from China of Tan dynasty and Korea that started in the 5th century and dramatically changed Japan. Just like cities on the continent, this city was built according to the Feng Shui principles.

Near-by there is another gorgeous Buddhist temple, Kofuku-ji, built in the 7th century. Its pagoda, 55-meter high Goju-no-to, is one of the biggest in the country. This ‘skyscraper of the past’ is the most famous symbol of this ancient city.

You will no doubt enjoy visiting the Shinto Kasuga Shrine looking at the beautiful 800-year old long-cluster Japanese wisteria proudly growing at its entrance. If you step into the temple area, you will find there another local landmark, a more than thousand-year old Japanese cedar!
Sure, visiting Nara it is basically impossible to miss its charming residents, Tame sika deer, also known as spotted deer or Japanese deer. According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, the god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard this newly built capital known at the time as Heijo-kyo. Since then, the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country. They roam freely through the town, especially in Nara Park. You my feed them with sika senbei or special deer crackers made of rice.
Soon after the tour is done you will get onto the bullet train bound for Tokyo.
7
day
23.03.2019 spare time in TOKYO. Extra tours at your request.
8
day
24.03.2019 Departure from Tokyo
Full description
Breakfast at hotel, check-out and transfer on your own to Narita/Haneda airport. You may also arrange your transfer provided by TLH ($70 per person).

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