Japan March 2020 | Craig Travel

Japan March 2020

Japan
Sakura Cherry Blossoms
March 23, 2020 to April 6, 2020
15 Days
Meals:
27
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings

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.

Book and deposit by October 31, 2019 and save $200 per person

 

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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging with Early Booking Savings

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 group airfare from Canada to Tokyo with Air Canada
  • 13 nights in first class hotels as indicated or similar including 1 night in a traditional ryokan, a Japanese Country Inn
  • 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

Pricing

Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land Only (Join Tokyo hotel / Leave Kyoto hotel)
$8,595
Vancouver
$10,395
Victoria
$10,465
Calgary / Edmonton
$10,535
Winnipeg / Regina / Saskatoon
$10,645
Toronto
$10,395
Montreal / Ottawa
$10,485
Halifax / St. John’s
$10,655
Single Supplement
$2,495

Rates are per person based on sharing a twin/double room at hotels.

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. 

 

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. 

Pricing Details

Book and deposit by October 31, 2019 and save $200 per person.

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 $589 pp plus applicable taxes.  Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $201 to $434 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 our terms and conditions for more details 

 
Deposit Amount:
$800
Final Payment Date:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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