Japan March 2019 | Craig Travel

Japan March 2019

Sakura Cherry Blossoms
March 21, 2019 to April 4, 2019
15 Days
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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging
3.5 Challenging

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Japan, long the economic powerhouse of Asia, is for many outsiders a complete mystery. Seen as the dominant force in electronics, automobiles and heavy industry, we know relatively little of its history, culture, architecture and arts. Images of ancient temples and the Buddha are often overshadowed. Of course, Japan is much more; it is alpine villages tucked away in mountain regions that appear untouched by the modern world; it is magnificent alpine and pastoral scenery and it is relics of an imperial and feudal past, retained for all to see. Join us next spring as we explore this land during Sakura, the most popular season of the cherry blossoms when the fruit trees burst forth in glorious colour. Spring comes early in Japan and typically the millions of trees are bursting with new life during this two week period (of course this all depends on nature). We shall also discover the many worlds of Japan from bustling cities like Tokyo and Kyoto to mountain retreats like Hakone, Takayama and Suwa. Discover the historic and religious relics of Kyoto, Japan’s Imperial capital for almost 1,000 years, as well as the temples of Nara. Enjoy the timeless traditions of a ryokan (country inn) and experience the delights of several Japanese gardens. Our journey will be by private coach and also by rail, a truly wonderful way in which to explore this land.

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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging
3.5 Challenging

This journey is designed to provide an in depth exploration of all that is Japanese. It will feature an overnight in a Japanese ryokan (country inn), sleeping and eating in tatami-matted rooms, as well as many different meals of traditional Japanese cuisine. By its nature, this journey involves a lot of walking with many long walks and numerous visits involving many steps. To fully enjoy this journey members should be fully mobile with no walking limitations and be in good physical health.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Komagatake Ropeway with scenic views of Hakone and surrounding area
  • Step into the past at the mountain village of Shirakawago, a World Heritage Site
  • Experience Japan during the lovely Sakura season when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom
  • Travel through the mountainous interior of Japan where life seems unchanged from centuries past
  • Enjoy a relaxing Japanese night in a traditional Ryokan
  • Visit one of Japan’s largest and most famous gardens: Kenroku-en Garden (The Garden of Six Qualities)
  • Enjoy a tea ceremony at Matsuri-no-Mori Museum
  • Visit Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima Island
  • Visit Himeji Castle, Kyoto’s Nijo Castle and Nara plus other UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites
  • Enjoy Japan’s extensive and very efficient rail system, including rides on bullet trains
  • Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji Temple) in Kyoto
  • Return economy class airfare with Air Canada
  • First class hotels as indicated or similar, including 3 nights in central Tokyo, 1 night in Suwa in a traditional ryokan (Japanese Country Inn), 2 nights in historic Takayama, 1 night by the Sea of Japan in Kanazawa, 2 nights in Hiroshima and 4 nights in historic Kyoto with a day trip to Nara
  • 27 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 13 Breakfasts, L - 6 Lunches, D - 8 Dinners) featuring a number of traditional Japanese dishes
  • Transfers and intercity transportation by private coach and rail service, as indicated
  • Services of your tour escort plus our professional Japanese tour guide and local guides
  • All surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
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Pricing Details

Land only is based on joining at the hotel in Tokyo and leaving at the airport in Tokyo. Rates are per person based on sharing a twin/double room at hotels. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to Inclusive Features.

SPECIAL NOTE: On some journeys and for some overnights our luggage will be unavailable to us. A small overnight bag in which you will carry some clothes and other necessities should be brought for these occasions. 

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended.  Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age.  For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $383 to $520 pp plus applicable taxes.  Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $201 to $414 pp plus applicable taxes.  This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions.  Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking.  Refer to terms and conditions for more details. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019