Experience Kyushu in Cherry Blossom Season

10 Days from $6990 pp twin share

23rd March – 1st April 2020

Japan Holidays Tour Merits

  • Stay in the Home of Heike Clan samurai family enjoying meals around open fire pits

  • View the breath taking beauty of Mount Aso’s turquoise caldera up close

  • Stroll though lovely Japanese gardens and see the delicate cherry blossoms at their peak

  • Take part in a timeless tea ceremony dressed in kimono

  • Luxuriate in hot springs onsens while staying in traditional Japanese inns

  • Bask in the warmth of local hospitality while you feast on cuisine unique to Kyushu island

  • Visit a Buddhist temple and gain rare insight into the spiritual life of a monk

  • Try your hand at creating indigo dyed fabrics or ceramic ware at hands-on workshops

This fully-escorted tour will introduce you to colourful culture, captivating scenery and gourmet foods unique to Japan experienced only on this tour.

Trip level:    Moderate
Availability:  Mon 23rd March – Wed 1st April 2020
Price per person: starting from $6990* Twin share | Single supplement available

*Twin share based on a group of 4 travellers, excluding airfares & taxes

Tour Extension Options

Extend your Japan Holidays tour

Cherry Blossom Trail & Last Samurai + Honshu Tour
23rd March – 7th April 2020
16 Days | 15 Nights
From $10,290

The ultimate Japan Holiday – follow the Cherry Blossom Trail through Japan’s main island of Honshu!

This 16-day tour immerses you in Japan’s rich history as well as the best shopping, dining and site-seeing throughout Kyushu and Honshu islands.

Japan Holidays Tour Merits

  • Step back in time to Japan’s samurai age – a crucible of honour and conflict, intrigue and aesthetics, visiting their ancient castles and towns
  • Enjoy a rare opportunity as a guest in a traditional ryokan of samurai descendants, with a sumptuous kaiseki feast and soothing onsen bath
  • Experience Japan’s exotic culture through its temples, shrines, monuments and museums that span its history pre and post Western exposure
  • Dine on an incomparable array of local cuisines, unique to each province
  • Enjoy unparalleled shopping for traditional crafts, including knives, ceramics, textiles and exquisite food items
  • Immerse yourself in vibrant nightlife in cities with geisha culture, international dining and unforgettable sites
  • Explore Kyoto and Tokyo with plenty of free time to indulge your “bucket list” of what to see and do – or just ask us for recommendations

Japan is spectacular during its “sakura” or cherry blossom season! Under a lacy canopy of delicate pink blossoms here, you’ll enjoy complete immersion into Japan’s history, culture, lifestyle, artistry, cuisine and entertainment.

You’ll see the best of Kyushu and Honshu – so incredibly different in tastes and sites, yet easily explored on this unique trip that covers both islands. You’ll travel from the sea to the mountains, enjoying picturesque panoramas even as you’re pampered by your Japan Holidays host and local guides. Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima – iconic sites here and throughout Japan’s south, you’ll come away with magical memories and a better understanding of this inscrutable country.

Cherry Blossom & Last Samurai + Spring Flowers Cruise
23rd March – 11th April 2020
10 Day Tour | 10 Day Cruise | 7 Ports of Call
From $10,290

Enjoy Japan’s top sites amidst a backdrop of spectacular cherry blossoms on this unique tour plus cruise!

Follow your Cherry Blossom Trail Tour with a luxurious 10 day Cruise on the Diamond Princess, visiting Gamagori, Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Sasebo – and Busan, Korea!

Japan Holidays Tour Merits

  • Experience Japan’s rich culture and history through its monuments, memorials and museums
  • Wander in lush gardens, ancient temples and shrines under a cascade of cherry blossoms
  • Explore spectacular nature and the raw power of volcanos, waterfalls and mystical seaside locales
  • Luxuriate in traditional kaiseki feasts, soothing onsen baths and traditional ryokan hospitality, including a stay at a samurai clan inn
  • Don a kimono and partake in a timeless tea ceremony with all its rituals
  • Enjoy hands-on crafts such as ceramics and indigo dyeing taught by master artisans
  • Tempt yourself with extraordinary shopping for a wide range of goods at craft centres and city shopping districts
  • Visit 7 ports including Yokohama, Gamagori, Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Busan (South Korea) and Sasebo

On this unforgettable tour, you’ll enjoy a rare mix of beautiful nature, intimate feasts, top tourist attractions and stunning scenery as you travel through Japan’s Kyushu and Honshu islands.

The Spring Flowers Cruise will take you along Japan’s coastal attractions all the way to Busan, Korea. Your senses will be overflowing from the sites of cherry blossomed panoramas, the sumptuous taste of local cuisine, the scent of exotic ports and the soothing sounds of the sea from your cruise ship.

Springtime in Japan is a rare and wonderful time to see the best Japan offers, enjoyed in the comfort of a tour designed to fit your expectations.

Start your tour with a visit to an intricately-built, 100+ year old kabuki theatre in Kyushu’s capital, Fukuoka. With each day, you’ll feast on natural wonders such as the powerful Mount Aso volcanic park, delicate beauty of Japanese gardens, lush forests and roaring waterfalls hidden deep in the forests of Kumamoto.

One of many highlights of this tour is to spend a night in the home of Heike clan samurai descendants, luxuriating in their warm hospitality and five-star traditional cuisine, as well as visiting local historical sites with insights on the samurai’s ultimate flight into the forests for survival.

You’ll visit a Buddhist temple and be guided in a meditation exercise by a monk. There will be hands-on creative crafts such as indigo dyeing and ceramics. You will come away from this tour with a rich exposure to all that Japan offers and lifelong memories that will entice you to return!

Our fully escorted tours are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 travellers booked. The price quoted on our website is based on 4 people travelling however, the price may vary depending on group size.

>> view further Kumamoto information and images | JNTO

What’s Included

  • Fully-escorted tour by experienced Japan Holiday’s tour guide

  • 10 days, 9 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner – except where otherwise indicated

  • All transportation between tour locations

  • Entrance to museums, temples and other sights listed on itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • Flights – international and domestic

  • Cost for alcoholic beverages consumed and meals not included as indicated

  • Entrance fees to sites not included in the itinerary

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