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VIP tour Sakura

VIP tour Sakura
1 person in 2 places. room in a 5* hotel
$6.360
1 person in 3 places. room in a 5* hotel
$5.980
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Duration:
11 days / 10 nights
Tour dates:
c 03.04.2024 по 13.04.2024
Hotels:
Dai-Ichi  Hotel Tokyo 5*
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel 5*
The Sanraku Kanazawa 5*

Guaranteed tour
Purpose of Travel:
Cherry blossom tour
Services
included
Accommodation in hotels.
10 breakfasts.
1st class travel on a high speed train
7 excursions
Fare.
Transfer airport - hotel - airport.
Entry tickets.
not included
International flight.
Personal expenses.
Meals not specified in the program
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1
day
04/03/2024 Arrival in Japan at Narita or Haneda airport.
00:00-24:00
Arrival in Tokyo on any flight, meeting and transfer to the hotel.
2
day
04/04/2024 Tokyo
07:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:30
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
10:00-18:00
Tour of Tokyo.
Full description
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 peak 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 throwing 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!
Asakusa Kannon Temple, Yagodo Temple and 8 ancient Buddha statues, the Benten-yama bell tower - its bell chimed the time in Edo, the Nakamise souvenir street, where you can buy original and inexpensive souvenirs. Return to the hotel.
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3
day
04/05/2024 Excursion to Kamakura.
08:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:50
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
10:00-18:00
Excursion to Kamakura.
Full description
Excursion by business class car to Kamakura.
Kamakura is a city with a rich history, where the military capital of the country was located in the Middle Ages. Nowadays there are temples and popular seaside resorts here. The city is located near Tokyo, southwest of the current Japanese capital. It was founded by Shogun Minamoto Yoritomi, Japan's first military ruler, as his clan's headquarters and later proclaimed the country's capital. The era when Kamakura was the capital gave its name to a whole historical period in the history of Japan, when the country was headed by a military government - the bakufu.
Like a real fortress, the city is surrounded on three sides by mountains, and the fourth looks out to the sea, towards Sagami Bay. The shoguns of Kamakura erected about two hundred Buddhist and Shinto temples here. Hasedera Kannon Temple houses a sculpture of the eleven-faced goddess Kannon the Merciful, an incarnation of the Buddha. Its height exceeds 9 meters, making it Japan's tallest wooden sculpture. According to legend, the statue of the goddess was made back in the 8th century. This temple also houses a giant bell, cast in the 13th century.
In Kamakura there is another, bronze statue of the Great Buddha Daibutsu, 13.5 m high and weighing almost 100 tons. It is the second largest bronze statue in Japan, after a similar statue at Todai-ji Temple in Nara.
The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shinto Shrine was built in the second half of the 11th century. It is dedicated to the god Hachiman, the patron saint of the samurai Minamoto clan. The road leading to the temple is Wakamiya Oji, “Young Prince Street”, it was named after the heir to the shogun. The road smoothly turns into the Bridge of Eternal Life, which spans the ponds of Life and Death, Genji and Heike. White lotuses grow in the Pond of Life, and red lotuses grow in the Pond of Death. According to legend, anyone who can cross the bridge during heavy rain without using their hands will have a long life. Near the temple is also the historical Maiden Pavilion, where the wedding of Shogun Minamoto Yoritomo was once held. Today it is the most prestigious place in all of Japan for wedding ceremonies. To arrange a wedding ceremony according to the canons of Shintoism in Maiden, you have to wait a whole year!
And the Shinto shrine Zeni-arai Benten is interesting for another belief: it is believed that if you wash your cash in the water of a local spring, the Shinto gods will make sure that your wallet is never empty. Moreover, according to the same legend, the amount of money should triple!
Festivals dedicated to the Kamakura era are held every April and September. At this time, their participants, dressed in military armor of this period, practice the art of “yabusame” - the samurai art of archery.
Although Kamakura is called the “Kyoto of Eastern Japan,” this city is interesting not only for its temples. It is also an excellent seaside resort and is even called the “Miami of Japan”. Beach holidays, surfing and other water sports are popular here in any season!
At the end of the excursion, return to Tokyo.
4
day
04/06/2024 Excursion to Kyoto.
07:00-08:00
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
08:30
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Pedestrian crossing at Tokyo station.
09:00-11:20
Departure by high speed train to Kyoto.
11:20
Meeting at the train carriage.
11:30-18:00
Tour of Kyoto.
Full description
Excursion around Kyoto by business class car. Admiring sakura
The name "Kyo-To" is translated from Japanese as "Western Capital". For more than a millennium, this city was the capital of Japan, the imperial residence was located here, and due to the many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, Kyoto is also called the “city of a thousand temples.” In fact, the number of temples and idols here exceeds one and a half thousand. The entire territory of old Kyoto, and not some individual objects, is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Based on this, it can be argued that the whole of Kyoto is an open-air museum city.
One of the symbols of the city is the Kyoto Tower located next to the futuristic building of the railway station. It is easily recognized by its characteristic silhouette, which is present on numerous souvenir products.
However, it is the historical part of the city that arouses the greatest interest. First of all, you will visit the Kinkakuji Temple, which can be translated as the Golden Pavilion. It was built at the end of the 14th century, and the roofs of its upper tiers are actually covered with gold leaf. The temple itself is reflected in a lake of stunning beauty, which is called Kyokoti, which means “Mirror Lake”. There are many pine trees around the temple, making the surrounding landscape a classic Japanese landscape.
Not far from Kinkakuji, within walking distance, is the famous Zen Buddhist rock garden Ryoanji, which means “Temple of the Resting Dragon”. Fifteen stones are scattered in apparent disorder among the white gravel. They are located so that only fourteen stones are visible from any point. And only one of them is always hidden from the view of the visitor. According to the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, this configuration carries a hidden meaning: it is impossible for anyone to fully comprehend the truth.
One of the main attractions of Kyoto is the Temple of Pure Water - Kiyomizudera. The temple is located on a rock, its veranda forms a small platform hanging over the abyss. There is a belief that if you make a wish and drink water from a spring near the temple, your wish will come true. Kannon Bosatsu, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, is invisibly present in the temple itself.
And the Sanjusan-gendo temple, which means “Hall of 33 flights,” is already famous for its truly huge statue of the goddess Kannon. Its one hundred and twenty meter long wooden structure is the longest wooden structure in all of Japan. The temple itself is very ancient, it was erected back in the 12th century, its interior and exterior have the sophistication inherent only in Kyoto temples.
…it may be drizzling outside the window, but the noise is soothing and even somewhat peaceful. This is exactly the mood that arises during a stay in Kyoto, a city where dreams of the past live and full of impeccable nobility. This is precisely the spirit of Kyoto, inherent in the old, long-gone Japan. Transfer to your hotel in Osaka after the excursion.
5
day
04/07/2024 Excursion around 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.
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.
6
day
04/08/2024 Free day in Kyoto.
7
day
04/09/2024 Excursion Nara-Kanazawa
08:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:30
Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby.
10:00-19:00
Excursion to Nara and Osaka
Full description
Nara, an ancient city located just outside Kyoto, half an hour's drive from Kyoto, was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, that is, before 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...
Transfer after the excursion to Kyoto station and transfer to Kanazawa. Arrival in Kanazawa and transfer to the hotel.
8
day
04/10/2024 Excursion around Kanazawa
08:00-09:00
Breakfast in the hotel
09:30
Meeting with the guide in the hall.
10:00-18:00
Tour of Kanazawa
Full description
The elegance of the architecture, the gates with graceful ceilings, the wooden panels glittering 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 glittering 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.
9
day
04/11/2024 Shirakawa-go-Tokyo.
07:00-08:00
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
08:30
Meeting with the guide in the hall.
09:00-16:00
Excursion to Shirakawa-go
17:00-19:00
Traveling by bullet train to Tokyo
19:15
Transfer to the hotel
Full description
You will visit the ancient Japanese village of Shirakawa-go, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A special feature of the village is its architecture, typical of the snowy regions of Japan: 3-4-story houses are built in the gassho-zukuri style (hands in prayer style) - the thatched roofs of the houses have a very steep angle of inclination so that snow does not accumulate on them, and shape similar to hands folded in prayer.
At the Wada-ke Museum, you will learn more about the features of this unique style, and then go to the museum dedicated to the Doburoku Matsuri holiday. Doburoku is unfiltered sake, one of the favorite drinks of the Japanese, which you will be able to try in the tasting room.
You will climb one of the hills surrounding this quiet village and admire all its splendor and how picturesquely it fits into the surrounding mountain landscape.
The nearby village of Gokayama, also a UNESCO site, secretly produced gunpowder in the Middle Ages, while nearby Ainokura and Shimonashi still produce Japanese washi paper, famous throughout the country. At the Murakami-ke Museum in Kaminashi Village, you will learn about the culture and folklore of the region and listen to local songs. Transfer to the station and transfer to Tokyo.
10
day
04/12/2024 Free day in Tokyo.
11
day
04/13/2024 Departure.
07:00-11:00
Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
07:00-24:00
Transfer to TOKYO airport (Narita or Haneda) and departure on any flight.

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