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JAPAN To find out more visit Flowers and Festivals of Japan 13 nights from £3999 Including optional travel insurance or from £3928 without insurance§ Small group 25 or less Rail journey Your tour includes · VIP door-to-door travel service ­ please call for details · 11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight · 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners Excursions and visits · Tokyo city tour · Sushi-making class · Boat cruise on Sumida River, Tokyo · Mount Fuji area visit · Genbikei Gorge boat cruise in Morioka · Visit to Lake Tazawa · Walking tour of Tsugura han Naputa village and Hirosaki Castle · Ride on Hakkoda Ropeway · Walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Forest · Kyoto city tour · Osaka Castle and Dotonbori food district Plus all this... Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required§ Return flights and transfers Saga tour manager Welcome drink Porterage at all hotels. G G G G G Discover the unique colours of Japan in spring or autumn, on this tour that visits Tokyo and takes you to the beautiful, relatively unexplored north of Honshu island... NEW Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi, beneath Mount Fuji Aomori Hachinohe Morioka Ichinoseki Hirosaki Akita Hiraizumi Japan Kyoto Osaka nights in hotel Tokyo Mount Fuju Feel the rhythm of the Taiko drum ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Tokyo. Fly overnight to Tokyo. Day 2: Tokyo. Stay four nights in Tokyo with breakfasts included. B Day 3: Tokyo. Discover Tokyo on an included tour. Visit Imperial Palace Plaza, the upmarket shopping district of Ginza, enjoy a sushi demonstration, then use your new skills to make your lunch! At Hamarikyu Gardens see the cherry blossom ­ or autumn leaves ­ then cruise to historic Asakusa and visit the Senso-ji Buddhist temple. B, L Day 4: Tokyo. Head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and take in views from the observatory. Continue to the Meiji shrine, dedicated to the Emperor in whose reign the country was modernised. The forest here is spectacular in autumn. Later, take a walking tour of the Harajuku fashion area. B Day 5: Mount Fuji. Visit Mount Fuji and ascend to the 5th station for stunning views (weather permitting). Descend to Lake Kawaguchi for lunch ­ the northern shore is breathtaking in spring and autumn. Later, visit the Icchiku Kubota Museum of kimonos. B, L Day 6: Hiraizumi-Morioka. Catch the bullet train to the north of Honshu Island. At Hiraizumi, visit the UNESCO-listed Chusonji Temple to see the Konjikido, an ornate Buddhist tomb. Cruise through the stunning Genbikei Gorge. Stay overnight in Morioka. Perhaps learn to dance to Taiko Drums. B, L Day 7: Lake Tazawa-Kakunodate-Akita. Travel to scenic Lake Tazawa and admire the seasonal beauty. In Akita, explore the impressive Ishiguro Samurai House. Stay overnight in Akita. B Day 8: Hirosaki-Tsugaru-Aomori. Visit the Namahage Museum, dedicated to local folklore, then Hirosaki Castle. Explore the museum dedicated to Hirosaki's famous summer festival, the Neputa Matsuri. Stay overnight in Aomori. B Day 9: Hakkoda-Hachinohe-Tokyo. Travel to Mount Hakkoda, renowned for its autumnal beauty. Ascend via the Hakkoda Ropeway cable car. Afterwards, visit the Hasshoku Centre, a giant marketplace. Return by bullet train to Tokyo for an overnight stay. B Day 10: Kyoto. Catch a bullet train to Kyoto, Japan's cultural heart. Travel to Arashiyama to admire glorious cherry blossom or autumn colour. Cross the famous 'Moon Crossing' bridge, see Tenryuji Temple and stroll in the Bamboo Forest. See the UNESCO-listed Zen temple, Kinkakuji, and the Heian Shrine. Stay two nights in Kyoto. Dinner is at a traditional Japanese pub known as an Izakaya. B, D Day 11: Kyoto. At leisure. B Day 12: Osaka. Morning at leisure, then drive to Osaka. Enjoy a guided city tour with expert insight into street food, then buy lunch on famous Dotonbori Street. Later, visit Osaka Castle. Stay overnight in Osaka. Farewell dinner tonight. B, D Days 13-14: Osaka-UK. Travel to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK arriving the following day. B Accommodation... Daiichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort (4*) · Hotel Metropolitan Morioka (4*) · Hotel Metropolitan Akita (4*) · Hotel Aomori (4*) · Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (4*) · Sheraton Osaka (4*). 2019 departure SAVE £400 per person on Oct 13, Prices from: Oct 13, 2019 4399 3999 Mar 15, 2020 4799 Rooms for sole occupancy from £4568 Flowers and Festivals of Japan. Holiday code: FE098. All prices are £s per person based on two people sharing, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability. § Optional travel insurance: A reduction of £71 applies if you do not need the optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights ­ see page 235 for details. Getting You There Prices are based on Cathay Pacific from Heathrow. Please enquire for regional flights and alternative airline options. · Fly in style ­ ask about our great value cabin upgrades · Remember, wherever you are in the UK, our VIP travel service means we will get you to the airport for no extra cost! Upgrade to Premium Economy from £1299 return 198 Please quote SMT19 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 504 555 or visit