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Cherry blosdom tour 2024

Cherry blosdom tour 2024
1 person in 2 places. Twin room in a 3* hotel
$3.990
Single room in a 3* hotel
$4.200
1 person in 3 places. room in a 3* hotel
$3.780
Duration:
13 days / 12 nights
Tour dates:
c 22.03.2024 по 03.04.2024
Hotels:
Hotel Lumier Kasai 3*
Sotetsu Freza inn Nagoya Sakuradori 3*
Hotel Torifito Kanazawa 3*
Sotetsu Freza inn Osaka Shinsaibashi 3*
Sotetsu Freza inn Hiroshima 3*


Number of persons:
minimum 1 person
Hotels on the tour may be replaced with equivalent ones
Purpose of Travel:
Cherry blossom tour in Japan.
Services
included
Accommodation in hotels.
Breakfasts.
10 lunches.
Russian speaking guide.
High-speed train.
10 excursions.
Entry tickets.
not included
International flight.
Personal expenses.
Additional food.
Express Mail.
Visa. (if necessary)
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1
day
03/22/2024  Narita-Haneda
08:00-15:00
Meeting at the airport with a sign "Cherry blossom tour" and transfer to the hotel by limousine bus.
Full description
Arrival at Narita airport. Meeting with a sign "Cherry blossom tour", transfer to the hotel by Limousine Bus.
2
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03/23/2024 Tour of Tokyo.
07:00-08:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
08:50
Meeting with the guide.
09:00-16:00
Tour of Tokyo.
Full description
08:50 The guide will meet you in the hotel lobby with a sign "Cherry blossom tour" 9:00-16:00 Tour of Tokyo with lunch (at the Tsukiji fish market)
Hamarikyu-teien. In 1654, the third son of the 3rd Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, captivated by the view of the vast ocean from which the morning sun rises, ordered an island to be built here and a park to be created. A tea pavilion, a gunpowder storage facility for fireworks, a lake filled with seawater with unique flora and many trees and shrubs made the island a real pearl of old Edo. You will see an example of the impeccable garden art of Japanese masters, lovingly preserved to this day, and a magnificent view of the newest part of Tokyo, located right in the Pacific Ocean.
Tsukiji is the world's largest wholesale fish market. This famous place wakes up the earliest in Japan - at three in the morning! It is here, before dawn, that freshly caught fish arrives from all the oceans and seas of the planet: majestic carcasses of bluefin tuna, luxurious pink salmon, sea shells of all possible types and shapes with their bizarre inhabitants, giant crabs bristling with powerful claws, long-whiskered spiny lobsters and thousands of other sea reptiles. . After the morning auctions, all this food is sent to restaurants in Tokyo and the rest of the world. Scenic journey along Daiba.
Deisan Historical Park, where you can see the remains of defensive structures. Not far from here is the futuristic Fuji TV building with its huge titanium ball, designed by the outstanding architect Kenzo Tange. Toyota Exhibition Center, here you will get acquainted with the latest achievements of the concern, take part in the virtual F 1 race. Visit to the Legend of Edo hot spring complex. Here you will be dressed in a Kimono and you will take baths as they did in ancient Japan. Return to the hotel.
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3
day
03/24/2024  Excursion around Tokyo.
08:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:50
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
10:00-18:00
Tour of Tokyo.
Full description
09:50 The guide will meet you in the hotel lobby with a sign "Cherry blossom tour" 10:00-18:00 Tour of Tokyo with lunch (buffet)
The Imperial Palace, located in the central Marunouchi district, is the heart of Tokyo. This is where the residence of the Emperor of Japan Akihito is located. The palace is surrounded by a canal crossed by the Nyujubashi stone arch bridge, one of the symbols of Tokyo. More than two thousand matsu pines grow in the palace park; in Japan they are considered a symbol of longevity. Here you will also visit the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, created back in 1603 by the famous master of landscape gardens Kobori Enshu.
Ginza - Adjacent to the Imperial Palace, this shopping district has been the historical center of the city since Japan's opening to the outside world, offering an immersive haute couture experience. The symbol of Ginza is the Wako luxury department store, built in 1894, a masterpiece of the Art Nouveau style. The department store is located at the famous Yong-Chom, the Fourth Crossing of Ginza, a place as symbolic to every Japanese as New York's Times Square is to an American. The hieroglyphs “Gin-Za” mean “Silver Workshop”; silver coins were once minted here, and the spirit of luxury has been in the air here for hundreds of years.
Shinjuku... Tokyo's downtown is built with stunning skyscrapers... This is where the famous Tokyo Metropolitan Building is located, where the Tokyo City Hall is located. Two huge 244-meter twin towers, standing on a single base, are somewhat reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris, only enlarged several times! This skyscraper was designed by the famous architect Kenzo Tange and is one of the most famous buildings in the Japanese capital. From the observation deck, the entire city lies at your fingertips, and in clear weather from here you can see the top of Fuji-san - the main symbol of the Land of the Rising Sun, a mountain sacred to every resident of the country.
Tokyo strikes with an amazing combination of old and new, here ancient temples stand in the shadow of modern skyscrapers. That's why we head to the Meiji Jingu Temple complex, immersed in the green darkness of Yoyogi Park and located just one subway stop from Shinjuku. It was built in memory of Emperor Meiji, the founder of modern Japan. In addition to its elegant architecture, Meiji Jingu is also known as a wedding venue. During the ritual, performed away from prying eyes, in the heart of the temple, the bride and groom take turns taking three sips of sake, after which the marriage is considered concluded. Then there is a photo session. A bright flash - and the ceremony is over: another family was born at the Meiji Shrine. The shrine, built according to the principles of nagarezukuri temple architecture, is approached by a wide gravel road with a huge torii gate. At the temple you can also get “omikuji” - papers with fortunes in English. By tossing a 100 yen coin, you can draw an omikuji from a wooden box. Moreover, these predictions are given in a form unconventional for this genre - these are poems in the form of instructions written by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The verses are accompanied by an interpretation written by Shinto priests.
Omotesando Boulevard, buried in willows, along which the excursion route will then pass, separates the realm of street fashion - the Harajuku quarter, glorified by Gwen Stefani, and the realm of high fashion, Aoyama. This area, with its lines of European, Japanese and American boutiques, challenges Ginza itself!
A visit to Tokyo's largest boutique of souvenirs and antiques, Oriental Bazaar, will not leave you indifferent. This legendary store, whose appearance resembles a Shinto shrine, was opened here in Harajuku, on Omotesando Boulevard, back in 1951 and since then its doors have not been closed to tourists. On its three floors everything that traditional Japan is famous for is sold: beautiful lanterns and screens in the Japanese style, silk and cotton summer yukata kimonos, a variety of porcelain dishes, bamboo products, as well as pearls, reproductions of famous ukiyo-e prints, hashi chopsticks and even colorful photo albums and books about Japan. Affordable prices, a large selection of products - practical and attractive - and, of course, an unusual architectural design make Oriental Bazaar an ideal place for those who dream of taking home their own piece of ancient Japan. Return to the hotel.
4
day
25.03.2024 Nagoya
06:30-07:30
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
07:40
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
07:50
Transfer to the station Tokyo.
08:33
Travel by high speed train to Nagoya.
10:17
Arrival in Nagoya.
10:30-18:00
Tour of Nagoya.
Full description
The guide will meet you with a sign "Cherry blossom tour". Transfer to Tokyo station. 08:33 transfer to Nagoya by high-speed train, 10:17 Arrival in Nagoya.
10:30-18:00 Tour of Nagoya.
Saying the name of a city out loud certainly evokes a quiet sigh of admiration or exclamations of indignation. It is impossible not to relate to Nagoya in any way. A legendary city, shrouded in mystical fog, the capital of luxury, where wedding processions stretch for a kilometer, making spiteful critics choke with envy, the homeland of commanders and craftsmen, whose skillful hands create eternal beauty.
In the 113th year of our era, a descendant of the goddess Amaterasu and the 13th emperor of Japan, Yamato Takeru, dying from wounds received in a battle with the evil spirit of Mount Ibuki, left his wife, the beautiful princess Miyazu, Kusanagi no Tsurugi. This is the sword of bravery and courage, given to the first emperor of the country of Yamato by his divine ancestors. The inconsolable widow built the Atsuta Shrine in honor of her deceased husband, and since then the Great Sword, one of the three relics of the Emperors of Japan, has been kept in the shrine, which became the foundation of the city of Nagoya.
Centuries passed, the city grew. From his womb came many people who became the pride of the Land of the Rising Sun. Minamoto no Yoritomo, the creator of the military government in Kamakura, the great warriors and unifiers of Japan: Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the unrivaled castle builder Kato Kiyomasa. You will see with your own eyes the huge, imposing Nagoya Castle, where sacred deer peacefully nibble grass in the ditches, and on the roof dazzlingly sparkle with golden scales - huge fish with a tiger's head, the real (and the only completely restored in Japan) Honmaru - the princely house, the luxurious gardens of the family Tokugawa, magnificent ceramics, decorated with fantastically beautiful and incredibly complex enamel - cloisonné. Imagine amazing modern architecture, which experts from all over the world come to study and admire, and the image of Nagoya in your imagination is almost ready.
“You don’t feed a nightingale with fables” is well known in Nagoya and provides everyone with the opportunity to appreciate the culinary talents of local chefs and pastry chefs. Noodles - kisimen, the taste of which will always cause sweet pangs of slight hunger in you, tender Uiro, served for dessert, will satisfy even the most demanding gastronomer. In a word, in Nagoya you will have something to fill your mind, heart and stomach, of course.
Transfer to the hotel in Nagoya, accommodation and rest.
5
day
03/26/2024 Kanazawa
Full description
The elegance of the architecture, the gates with graceful ceilings, the wooden panels gleaming with gilding, precious kimonos, engravings, artistic scrolls - you will be amazed at the grace of this samurai villa, which has survived to this day.
Kanazawa is a city formed with the construction of the Kanazawa Gobo Temple by the Ikko Buddhist sect over 500 years ago. It is one of the central cities of Japan. Translated, the name Kanazawa means “golden swamp”, this is associated with the legend of the discovery of a peasant who accidentally stumbled upon gold in the mud.
In the morning you will go to Kenrokuen, the “garden of six virtues”, one of the Three Famous Parks of Japan. Kenrokuen Garden truly deserves your attention; it is an excellent example of Japanese park art. Each tree, branch, and pebble in the pond was carefully thought out and artistically verified according to the creator’s idea. It’s amazing how harmoniously and unobtrusively man-made bridges, stone lanterns, and pagodas fit into the natural landscape.
In the park, in addition to the oldest fountain in Japan, you will also see the Seisonkaku Villa, built by one of the lords of the Kaga clan for his mother at the end of the Edo period. The elegance of the architecture, the gates with graceful ceilings, the wooden panels gleaming with gilding, precious kimonos, engravings, artistic scrolls - you will be amazed at the grace of this samurai villa, which has survived to this day.
Kenrokuen was originally a garden at Kanazawa-jo Castle, of which only ruins now remain. Built in the 16th century, the castle was destroyed in a fire; all that remained of the fortress was the Ishikawamon Gate and the Sanjukken-nagai Arsenal building. You will be able to see a restored historical reconstruction of the castle, which was one of the largest feudal fortresses in Japan.
6
day
27.03.2024  Osaka
07:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:50
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
10:00-18:00
Tour of Osaka.
Full description
The guide will meet you with a sign "Cherry blossom tour".
10:00-18:00 Tour of Osaka.
The first settlements here arose in the fourth century, before the arrival of Buddhism in Japan. Surprisingly, in the place where Osaka is now located, in ancient times, before the capital periods of Nara and Kyoto, there was for some time the nomadic capital of Japan. Then this settlement was called Naniva, and the capital moved to a new place with the next ruler.
Therefore, Osaka, Japan's second city, has a long metropolitan tradition, which, coupled with its economic strength, makes it a real rival to Tokyo.
There really is something to see here! Osaka is a true metropolis, with almost twenty million people living in its agglomeration. It is also the largest economic center of Western Japan. Trade has long been carried out here, so the trading spirit of the Kansai region, of which Osaka is the center, has always been contrasted with the metropolitan Tokyo spirit of the Kanto region. There is even a Kansai dialect of Japanese here!
The spirit of modern Osaka is embodied in the skyscraper-filled Umeda business district. The famous Umeda Sky building is located here, one of the symbols of the city, which consists of two towers of forty floors, connected by a bridge at the very top. On the roof of the skyscraper there is an observation deck resembling a hanging garden, which is called Sky Gardens, as well as a real observatory! Osaka's great past is now silently narrated by the city's main symbol, the famous Osaka Castle, or Osaka-jo. It was built at the end of the sixteenth century by the outstanding military leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Osaka Castle became his stronghold in the fight against the Tokugawa shogunate, based in Edo, now Tokyo. Surrounded by a water moat, the castle, which played a significant role in that era, is located on a stone embankment, with giant boulders placed at its base. The castle has eight floors, three of which are basements. Now there is a museum with a large exhibition of samurai armor, historical documents and other artifacts of those legendary times. Osaka is also home to the famous Shitenno-ji Temple - “Temple of the Four Heavenly Lords”. It was founded at the end of the sixth century by Crown Prince Shotoku in honor of the victory of Buddhist forces over Shinto forces during the era of religious wars in ancient Japan. The temple is considered one of the most important Buddhist shrines in the country - as the birthplace and formation of Japanese Buddhism.
And the famous Dotonbori Street is a kind of bridge between the past and the present. It appeared at the beginning of the seventeenth century. With its neon lights, Dotonbori resembles a river: “fashion victims” will find boutiques of the world’s leading fashion brands here, and gourmets will appreciate the highest level of Japanese cuisine in local restaurants. Here you can taste original Osaka cuisine such as “yaki-niku” (grilled meat and vegetables), “kansai sushi” (pieces of marinated fish served with rice), “tako-yaki” (slices of boiled octopus baked in dough) ) and, of course, the famous Osaka “okonomiyaki” (a kind of omelette made from noodles, meat, seafood and cabbage, smeared with a special sauce and sprinkled with finely chopped dry tuna shavings). It was thanks to the abundance of delicious food in Osaka that the expression “kuidaore”, unique even for Japan, was born, which means truly epicurean enjoyment of food and spending all the money on it.
And for dessert, the magnificent Kaiyukan Oceanarium awaits you. This is one of the world's largest oceanariums, it is a model of our planet and consists of ten natural areas and fourteen themed aquariums! In the aquarium you can see about 30 thousand different species of marine life. Separately, it is worth highlighting the Pacific Ocean aquarium, which is home to the largest fish in the world - the whale shark.
Osaka is Tokyo's rival, the only city in Japan comparable to the “Capital of the East” in terms of history, economics and importance to the country.
Return to the hotel and rest.
7
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28.03.2024 Nara
07:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:50
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
10:00-18:00
Excursion to Nara.
Full description
The guide will meet you with a sign "Cherry blossom tour" 10:00-18:00 Excursion to Nara - an ancient city located very close to Kyoto, half an hour's drive from Kyoto, was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, that is, before , as the capital was moved to Kyoto. More recently, in 2010, noisy celebrations were held in Nara to mark the 1300th anniversary of the city's acceptance of the status of the imperial capital. The Nara era is the time of triumph of Buddhism that came to Japan from the Asian mainland, the time of the creation of majestic architectural structures, such as the Todaiji Temple of the Kegon Buddhist school, erected in 725. Todaiji, which translates to "Great Eastern Temple", is the largest wooden structure in the world. Like many man-made structures and natural beauties in Japan, this temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main deity of the temple is the Buddha of Endless Light - the embodiment of the sun, a 16-meter bronze statue that cannot be photographed.
In general, Nara was built very thoughtfully, based on the principles of Feng Shui, in the image and likeness of Changyan, the capital of China during the Tang Dynasty.
Nara Park, which surrounds Todaiji and a number of other temples, has been home to deer for a long time. According to legend, the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu, the grandson of the sun goddess Amaterasu, descended from heaven on a deer in this place. Since then, all local deer have been considered descendants of that first deer. Despite the fact that they are wild, we can say that they are completely tame. Tourists happily feed them special rice cookies, which are sold throughout the park. All you have to do is reach out your hand with a cookie, and the sound of hooves will be heard from different directions, and in a matter of seconds, the muzzles of deer will poke into your palms, begging for a treat! Here, in Nara Park, there is also the Kofukuji Buddhist temple, built back in 669, where one of the tallest pagodas in the country, the 55-meter high Goju-no-to, which is a symbol of the city, is located.
...Nara preserves the memory of those legendary times when Buddhism was just coming to the Japanese islands, hitherto inhabited by Shinto gods and demons...
Return to the hotel in Osaka.
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03/29/2024 Excursion to Kyoto
08:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel
09:30
Meeting with the guide in the hall.
10:00-18:00
Tour of Kyoto.
You can take additional excursions
Full description
Kyoto is the ancient imperial capital of Japan, one of the oldest cities in the country, the entire historical part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city with refined traditions was founded at the end of the 8th century and served as the residence of emperors for almost twelve centuries. Among the many temples and sacred buildings in Kyoto, one can highlight the Sanjusan-gendo temple, built back in 1164 and today it is the longest wooden structure in the world. In the long central hall, in the twilight, there are 1001 statues of the goddess Kannon the Merciful. Then - lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant. Another Kyoto gem is Kinkaku-ji, the "Golden Pavilion", an elegant three-level temple whose roofs are covered with thin sheets of gold. The building is topped with a traditional bronze phoenix. The temple is located in a magnificent walking garden from the Muromachi period. Nearby is the world-famous philosophical Zen rock garden of Ryoanji: fifteen stones seem to be randomly scattered on the white gravel, but from any point only fourteen are always visible... There is also the Silver Pavilion in Kyoto - Ginkaku-ji, another masterpiece of sacred Japanese architecture. The temple is gracefully reflected in the adjacent lake... And with the open veranda of Kiyomizudera Temple - the Temple of Pure Water - hanging over the abyss, a stunning panorama of Kyoto opens up. There is also a legendary source of wish fulfillment: if you make a wish and take three sips, then, according to ancient belief, this wish will definitely come true. It’s also worth checking out the Gion quarter, which has been a center of entertainment since ancient times, as well as a place where geishias live.
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03/30/2024 Excursion to Hiroshima.
06:30-07:30
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
07:50
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to Osaka station.
09:00-11:00
Moving to Hiroshima
11:10-18:00
Tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima.
18:30
Hotel accommodation.
Full description
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby with a sign “Cherry blossom tour”. 9:00 Transfer to Hiroshima. 11:10 - 18:00: excursion around Hiroshima and its surroundings with lunch at a Japanese restaurant.
HIROSHIMA is the administrative center of Hiroshima Prefecture. "Hiroshima" means "broad island". The city is so named because the branches of the Ota River, flowing from the Chugoku Mountains onto the plain where it is located, form a mass of islands as they flow into the Inland Sea. The history of Hiroshima dates back to the 16th century, when the local feudal lord Terumoto Mori ordered the construction of the snow-white Carp Castle (Rijō) here. The name of the castle is not accidental - the river was then famous for the abundance of this fish. It was a typical medieval fortified city. Until 1868, it served as the seat of the Asano clan, which ruled the city and the surrounding province.
The most famous and at the same time tragic event in the life of the city was the atomic bombing. At 8.15 am on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city, killing 200 thousand Japanese. It exploded above the building of the Hiroshima Chamber of Industry, built in 1913, the charred shell of which remains a silent reproach in the middle of the newly rebuilt city. These are the so-called "memorable ruins". The clock on the Atomic House shows the time of the explosion, and the shadow of the man sitting here remains forever on the steps. From the Atomic House, the Ayoi Bridge leads to the Peace Park, laid out on the site of the city's business center built before the war. Near the bridge itself there is a Peace Clock, whose chimes play a mournful melody every day at 8.15 am. The funeral bell hums dully as it strikes. Near the museum grow the so-called Phoenix trees, which were located at a distance of 1.5 km from the epicenter at the time of the explosion. Their crowns still have burn marks on one side.
The memorial park was designed by the world-famous architect Kenzo Tange. It houses a giant tomb in the shape of ancient Japanese sarcophagi. A huge stone box contains a scroll with the names of the dead, whose number continues to increase - the consequences of the atomic bombing continue to be felt decades later. On the tombstone there is an epitaph: “Sleep well, the mistake will not be repeated.” The fire of peace burns nearby, which will be extinguished only after the complete destruction of nuclear weapons. The park also houses the Museum of Atomic Bomb Victims, where numerous sad evidence of the Hiroshima tragedy is collected.
It is here, in Hiroshima, that one of the most reverent rituals of the All Souls' Day (Bon) holiday takes on special significance - the launching of paper toronagashi lanterns (toro - "lantern", nagasu - "to carry with the current"). This ritual is performed wherever there is water - on rivers, ponds, lakes and even in the sea. It seems that fate itself destined Hiroshima to host it. Small square white paper lanterns sit on wooden boat-like stands. Inside each one, a small candle is lit, which illuminates an ideogram inscribed on the lantern, meaning: “Pray for the myriad souls in the other world.”
Some write the names of departed loved ones on such a floating lantern (or ask a priest to do so). Then such boats are reverently lowered into the dark water.
Hiroshima attracts a lot of attention from Japanese and foreign tourists precisely because of the Peace Park located here.
A new city has emerged from the ashes of a city destroyed fifty years ago. Modern Hiroshima has, as it were, two faces. On the one hand, it is a symbol of peace for all who strive to put an end to destructive wars forever; on the other, it is a dynamically developing industrial center on the coast of the Inland Sea. Traditional Hiroshima productions such as tatami and sake are also known throughout Japan.
“Somewhere up there in the sky, a cup of poison has been tipped over.
It rained black rain on the burning city...
This is what a woman dying of leukemia will write about, thank God, the only tragic example of the use of nuclear weapons...
“Dance of Death,” as journalists called the explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The fateful day for Hiroshima - August 6, 1945 and August 9 - for Nagasaki... Moments that turned ancient cities into ashes, and the people at the epicenter of the explosion into steam... There was a city - and there is no city...
And only the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, above the dome of which an atomic bomb detonated at an altitude of six hundred meters, somehow remained standing in the middle of a tortured conflagration - a complete hell on earth.
Heavily damaged by the explosion, the “Atomic Dome,” as it is called, just like dozens of monuments in the nearby Peace Park, still serves today as a kind of reminder of that tragic day.
Under the mound in the park lie the ashes of those tens of thousands of Hiroshima residents who were never identified.
And the dull sounds of the bell to this day try to reach every heart in all corners of the globe, recalling the terrible human sacrifices and begging to prevent this apocalypse from happening again...
But, probably, the most famous monument in the Peace Park is the monument to Sadako Sasaki - a girl who so wanted to live... And who was destined
10
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03/31/24  Excursion to Miyajima
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04/01/2024  Excursion to Himeiji.
06:00-08:00
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
08:50
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
09:00
Transfer to Hiroshima station.
09:30
Travel by high speed train to Himeiji.
10:20
Arrival in Himeiji..
11:00-16:00
Tour of Himeiji.
16:22
Travel by high speed train to TOKYO.
19:40
Arrival in Tokyo, meeting and transfer to the hotel.
Full description
Breakfast in the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby with a sign “Cherry blossom tour”. Transfer to Hiroshima station and transfer by high-speed train to Himeiji. Tour of Himeiji with lunch of Japanese cuisine.
Himeji-jo.
Anyone who has ever seen this beauty simply cannot forget. Local residents respectfully and affectionately call her Hime-Sama. Madam Princess. A castle-fortress is usually associated with men, but not this one.
For its dazzling white color and multi-tiered roofs, reminiscent of the wings of a huge bird, the fortress is also called the Castle of the White Heron.
The history of the fortress dates back to 1346, but it acquired its current splendor in 1609, when the owner of the local lands, Prince Ikeda Terumasa, married a beautiful princess, the eldest daughter of the Great Shogun Tokugawa.
You will have a unique opportunity to see the interior of the largest surviving watchtower in Japan. You will be amazed at the scale of construction and the skill of the sons of the Land of the Rising Sun. The gigantic structure, designed to protect the city, is surprisingly harmonious and elegant. You have to be Japanese to create a complex of 230,000 square meters with such impeccable taste. Nothing superfluous, only fantastic islands of wildlife surrounding everyone’s favorite.
In spring, everything here is buried in sakura flowers. There is so much white Yoshino with large petals that the sky and earth are almost invisible. Cascades of pink flowers on the Weeping Sakura and whole streams of Sakura-Waterfall branches fall into the smooth mirrors of the ponds. In the evening, when the torches are burning, the Castle and gardens are illuminated - a truly mystical sight.
You will see the site of the sacred seppuku ritual, the Kiku well, from where a gentle voice still sounds at night, huge Shachi crowning the curved roofs, and hear local stories that have become legends.
About kindness and loyalty, deceit and betrayal and, of course, about love.
At all times, Himeji-jo protected the City, and the City repaid her handsomely. An amazing story about the rescue of the Princess is also waiting for your visit.
The proximity to the sea and the mineral-rich soil have always provided the city with enough food, and the local cuisine will not leave you indifferent. Tender 100-day-old grilled chicken, conger eel in a crispy “coat” of airy dough, transparent slices of sea bream and excellent sake.
For noodle lovers, there is simply plenty to enjoy here - udon, ramen, and soba have been rolled out in Himeji since time immemorial.
In December 1993, Himeji-jo, together with Horyuji Temple, which is located in the oldest Japanese capital - Nara, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Register. The beauty, literally torn from the fire-breathing mouth of the terrible dragon - the Second World War, rightfully takes its place among the wonders from all over the world.
After the excursion, transfer by high-speed train to Tokyo. Meeting and transfer to the hotel.
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04/03/2024 Narita-Haneda
06:30-07:30
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
08:00
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
08:10
Transfer to Narita airport.
09:10
Arrival at the airport.
12:00 -17:00
Departure.
Full description
A general group transfer to the airport is organized at 07:00; if a tourist has a flight after 15:00, then an individual transfer can be arranged for an additional fee of $180

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