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12 days: Cherry Blossom Hokkaido to Hiroshima

Cherry blossom and Spring flower viewing in rural Hokkaido before travelling by bullet trains to the main sights and cities in Japan...
  • Hokkaido Sapporo city tour (3 nights)
  • Shizunai thousands of Cherry trees
  • Hadokate: City tour
  • Ashikaga Flower Park
  • Tokyo city tour (3 nights)
  • Hiroshima & Miyajima
  • Japanese Ryokan stay (1 night)
  • Kyoto Temple tour (3 nights)
  • Osaka Castle
  • Nara tour
  • Bullet Trains including the new Hokkaido bullet train.
  • Fully Guided Small Group tour
  • 4 star hotels

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Tour Details at a Glance

  • Fully Guided Small Group tour.
  • Experienced professional English speaking Tour Guide/Tour Leader from Day 2-12.
  • 7 day rail pass
  • Quality selection of 4 star hotels
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Luggage transfers between destinations as stated in itinerary.
  • No hidden extras, all entrance fees & transport included.
  • Guided tours by private coach, trains and public transport all included.

May in Japan is considered the best month to travel for warm enjoyable weather. Our tour to the beautifully scenic northern island of Hokkaido includes visiting some of the best 'Sakura' Cherry blossom viewing spots in the whole of Japan and avoids the 'overcrowded touristy' viewing spots in southern Japan.

Additional nights in Tokyo can be provided prior to the tour starting, alternately you can fly direct into Hokkaido.

Day 1
Depart from your preferred airport for your flight to Tokyo. Meals on board.

Day 2 Hokkaido - Sapporo
Arrive at Chitose Airport in Hokkaido where you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 3 Sapporo City Tour (Breakfast)
Today we have a city tour of Sapporo and then enjoy Cherry Blossom Viewing at Shizunai where 1000s of Cherry trees are in full bloom in mid May.

Day 4 Sapporo - Hadokate (Breakfast)

Today, we travel to Hadokake by train using our railpass. Hakodate is a beautiful port city where you will enjoy one of the best scenes in Japan from ropeway ride.

For your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train, we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage directly to Tokyo (1 bag per person).

Day 5 Hadokate - Tokyo (Breakfast)
We travel by Bullet train from Hakodate to Honshu (the main island of Japan), approx 4hour journey. We stop off on the way to Tokyo at the Ashikaga Flower Park to observe world famous wisteria flower. From Ashikaga we take a coach to Tokyo approx 2 hours.

Day 6 Tokyo (Breakfast)
Enjoy a Guided tour of Tokyo using coach as transportation. The tour includes visiing Asakusa Temple, the Imperial Palace and Odaiba in the Tokyo bay area

Day 7 Tokyo Free Day (Breakfast)
Free day to explore Tokyo on your own. We can provide suggestions to suit your interests.

Alternatively, take an optional full day tour to see Mt Fuji and Hakone.

Day 8 Tokyo - Hiroshima & Miyajima (Breakfast, Dinner)
We take the bullet train this morning to Hiroshima. Hopefully we will have clear views of Mt Fuji from the train.

Upon arraval enjoy a tour of Hiroshima & Myajima. Tour highlights include visiting the beautiful Itsukushima shrine and floating red Torii Gate, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park / museum, Atomic Bomb Dome. The traveling time by comfortable train is only 4 hours traveling a distance of 800 km.

For your convenience and due to luggage restriction on the bullet train, we have arrange free luggage transfer to take your large luggage directly to Kyoto (1 bag per person). Prepare a smaller carry bag for your overnight stay in Hiroshima.

Stay 1 night in a deluxe Ryokan, sleeping in a Japanese style room on Tatami mats. Enjoy Japanese set dinner in the evening.

Day 9 Hiroshima - Kyoto (Breakfast)
Depart Hiroshima by Bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival we visit the magnificent Kiyumizu Temple, perched on the hillside overlooking Kyoto. Afterwards we visit the White Fox Shrine (Fushimi Inari Taisha) which has thousands of TORII gates.

Day 10 Kyoto - Nara - Osaka - Kyoto (Breakfast)
Today we have a full day coach tour visiting Nara, the ancient capital city of Japan, known as the cradle of Japan's arts & crafts. The restful rural city was were Buddhism first flourished in Japan and is home to many ancient temples and historic relics. Our tour to Nara includes visiting Nara Deer Park and the Todaiji Temple housing the Great Buddha in the worlds largest wooden building.

Later we travel by coach to Osaka, where we visit the magnificent Osaka Castle.

Day 11 Kyoto (Breakfast)
Full day tour of Kyoto, which includes visiting
Nijo Castle, the former residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603. Nijo Castle is noted for its Ornate interior and 'nightingale floor' designed to sing when stepped upon to warn of Ninja assassins. Next we visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) centred around one of the best examples of a Japanese Zen gardens in the world.

Day 12 Kyoto (Breakfast)
Free until transfer to Kyoto airport for your flight homewards. Alternatively we can arrange a tour extension

2017 Tour Prices per person based on Twin share

Departure Dates
Special Feature

Saturday 9th May 2017

Spring Blossom in Hokkaido

Price Includes (The prices shown above are 'per person')

  • Airport meet & greet service & transfers upon arrival in Hokkaido.
  • Experienced professional English speaking Tour Guide/Tour Leader from Day 2 to 11, who will accompany you throughout your tour.
  • Quality selection of 4 STAR hotels / Ryokan
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Free luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.
  • Luggage taken overland between Sapporo - Tokyo, Tokyo - Kyoto (1 piece per person).
  • No hidden extras, all entrance fees & transport included.
  • Guided tours by private coach, trains and public transport all included.

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights to Chitose (Hokkaido) available upon request with full ATOL Protection).
  • Optional tours.
  • Travel Insurance.

FAQ and Further Tour Information
Please see our FAQ page for further essential tour information.

This tour is suitable for travellers of all ages, who are reasonably fit and healthy. Add on extensions are available to suit your requirements.

Our itinerary is designed according to the most up to date information available at the time. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day.In regards to expected transfer times and train times these may vary as they are subject to schedules and availability controlled by the various railway companies. It is extremely rare that itineraries ever need changes and we will always act in your best interest to handle any amendments if this did occur. However we reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary if required, for example occasionally the tour sequence and duration of time spent in each city can change due to local conditions which are out of our control or due to heavy traffic conditions or bad weather. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.























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