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Tour 1: Mar 24 - Apr 07, 2024 (Sold out)
Tour 2: Mar 25 - Apr 08, 2024
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Cherry Blossoms in Japan
& Excitement in Bali – Singapore

Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Magome Samurai Village

Nagoya – ISE – Nara – Kyoto – Bamboo Forest

Himeji Castle – Kobe (bullet train) Osaka

Bali – Singapore

Tour 1:  Mar 24   –   Apr 07, 2024 (Sold out)

Tour 2:  Mar 25   –   Apr 08, 2024 

From  $5,295   + Tax

Inclusive of non-stop international flight tickets
  Fly with Singapore Airlines, one of the best in the world

Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical. Japan’s iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors and locals as their beautiful flowers blanket the country in soft pink splendor.  

MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Tokyo: Visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, the most beautiful place for sakura-viewing. Visit Sensō-ji Temple, Akihabara District. Visit Ushiku Daibutsu, recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest standing statue of Buddha. 

Mt. Fuji: Standing at a height of 3.776m, Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan. Your tour features a visit at Camp 5 on Mt. Fuji (depending on weather conditions). We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and bathing in the onsens (thermal hot springs) that Mt. Fuji has to offer.

ISE: Visit Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan, worshiping 8 million Shinto gods and 124 Japanese emperors. Visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, where you’ll be watching a pearl-diving demonstration.

Nara: Japan’s first capital city. Pay a visit to Todaiji Temple, the biggest wooden temple in the world. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu and watch a Ninja performance.

Kyoto: Japan’s second capital city before the title was given to Tokyo. At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art.

Osaka. Visit Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered as Japan’s most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. Visit the Osaka Castle, Dotomburi – Namba shopping mall and the well-known Shinsaibashi street.

Kobe: Lunch at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! Join a sake-tasting tour at a Sake brewery in Kobe. 

Itinerary*

Day 01: Los Angeles - Tokyo

Check in with AV Travel tour guide at LAX and depart for Tokyo, Japan.

Day 02: Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a population of over 13 million residents. Tokyo is not only the center of politics and economy of Japan, but also a center of the global economy and culture. (D)

Day 03: Shinjuku Gyoen National Park - Ushiku Daibutsu - Senso-ji - Tokyo Night Time

Start our cherry blossom (Sakura)-viewing trip by visiting Ushiku Daibutsu, recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest standing statue of Buddha, where can take a lot of beautiful cherry blossom flowers. Continue to visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, where has the most beautiful place for sakura-viewing. The Shinjuku Garden features more than 2000 sakura trees of over 60 varieties with numerous colors, including green. Cherry blossoms are fragile and only last for 2-3 weeks. During this time, not only the Japanese but people from all over the world also come to Japan to enjoy the delicate flower. You can not miss to stop at Nakamise is the most famous shopping street in Asakusa. The street runs for 250 meters on the main approach to Sensoji Temple and is lined on both sides with shops selling traditional souvenirs, snacks, and sweets. Come night time, its bright lights and maze of streets beckon crowds to enjoy its company. You will experience the craziest part of Tokyo nightlife at Shinjuku. (B/L/D)

Day 04: Imperial Palace - Mount Fuji - Oshino Hakkai

Morning depart to visit the Imperial Palace (outside) is located on the grounds of what used to be Edo Castle. The palace grounds feature the East Gardens, known as Higashi-gyoen in Japanese, and the remains of the inner citadel and outer citadel, are around 21 hectares and every year, the hanami cherry blossom viewing season draws many visitors. Drive to Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain, is listed as a UNESCO heritage and known as the symbol of Japan.. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries. (Note: If the weather permits, the bus will drive us to the 5th station.) You will enjoy walking along the pathway that leads to the Peace Garden, with sakura trees lining up on both sides. Continue to visit Oshino Hakkai – Eight Magnificent Ponds, is a peaceful nature area around Mount Fuji. These natural ponds are crystal clear and each one is a little unique. The water in the lakes directly come from Mount Fuji, the natural pools are deep, the large fish swimming around make it feel like an aquarium. This is a very popular spot for nature lovers and it is beautiful every season. We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). After dinner, you can enjoy bathing in the onsens (thermal hotsprings) that Mount Fuji has to offer, and have all of your tiredness after a long day rinsed out. (B/L/D)

Day 05: Nagoya - Magome Samurai Village - Toyota Kaikan Museum

Depart to Nagoya, an important industrial hub, the home city of many big companies such as Honda Motor Company, Roland Corporation, Kawai Pianos, Yamaha, Sony, Suzuki Motor… On the way, stop to visit Magome Samurai Village. A walk though Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago. The area is known internationally as a place that retains the particular atmosphere of old Japanese posting stations. Visitors can hike a portion of the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life. Visit the Toyota Kaikan Museum, where Toyota displays its new models and technologies to the public and periodically holds robot shows. (B/L/D)

Day 06: Ise - Grand Shrine - Mikimoto - The Wedded Rocks

Depart to the home of the Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan with the nickname “The Holy City”. Ise Grand Shrine worships 8 million Shinto gods and 124 emperors of Japan. Visit the Mikimoto Pearl Island with the “Woman diver show” This area is the Shima Peninsula, birthplace of Kokichi Mikimoto, who rose to become one of the pioneers of pearl culture with the production of the first D-shaped pearl in 1893. His achievements are commemorated at the Pearl Museum in his hometown of Toba, in Mie Prefecture on Japan’s main island of Honshu. In the early days, Mikimoto employed the Ama divers to raise adult oysters from the sea bed and replace them after the implantation of a nucleus. But with the development of new breeding and growing techniques in the 1950s, the Ama were no longer required.” Make a stop at the Wedded Rocks (known as Meoto Iwa in Japanese). The two rocks represent a married couple who, according to Shinto mythology, created Japan and the spirits that exist in people, places, and objects. The rocks were featured in the movie Sayonara co-produced by Japan and the U.S. (B/D)

Day 07: Nara - Ninja museum - Todaiji Temple - Nara Deer Park - Osaka

We’ll move on to Nara, Japan’s first capital city. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu, is a museum dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. It was established in 1964. Ninja were a type of warriors during Japan’s feudal ages, specialized in gathering information about the enemy and conducting various acts of espionage and sabotage. The Iga Ninja Museum delivers a comprehensive ninja experience: it consists of a ninja residence, two exhibition halls and a stage which hosts ninja shows. The Ninja residence looks ordinary from the outside, but within it is devised with revolving walls, trap doors and hidden compartments. The Ninja show features authentic ninja skills and real weapons, including a splendid demonstration of using throwing stars. Although the shows are held in Japanese only, they are still highly entertaining for non-Japanese speakers as most of the action speaks for itself.
Continue to visit to Todaiji Temple, once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and still houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We will also stop by Nara Deer Park before moving on to Osaka. Perhaps spend the rest of your afternoon in Dotonbori – Shinsaibashi – the largest shopping area in Osaka where many boutiques and specialty shops are gathered, attracting local people and visitors. Dining and shopping on Shinsaibashi street will be a memorable experience while you’re in Osaka. (B/L)

Day 08: Kyoto - Kinkakuji - Golden Pavilion - Osaka Castle

Your journey continues to Kyoto. Known as the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. You’ll see the main highlights of the wonderfully rich culture of Kyoto. Your guide will also introduce you to Kyoto’s most popular temple, Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. The main hall, which together with the stage was built without the use of nails, houses the temple’s primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven faced, thousand armed Kannon. Continue to visit the shining Golden Pavilion is a symbol of Kyoto. This temple has been burnt down many times in the flames of war and other conflagrations, and more recently by arson, which incident has been made famous by Yukio Mishima’s novel, Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion). However, it was restored in 1955, with major improvement work being done on it in 1987, so that all of the gold leaf has been replaced. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, Golden Pavilion is one of the historical buildings most representative of Japan. Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Come to visit Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. It’s one of the most photographed sights in the city. But no picture can capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove – the whole thing has a palpable sense of otherness that is quite unlike that of any normal forest we know of. Continue to Osaka. Visit the Osaka Castle (outside), one of the main attractions in Osaka. It was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most powerful feudal lords in Japan, known as the second person who united Japan. (B/D)

Day 09: Osaka (bullet train) - Kobe - Himeji Castle - Bali

Morning enjoy the Shinkansen Bullet train to Kobe, Visit Himeji castle, which is Japan’s foremost historic castle, was built in the 17th century, and became the first site in Japan to be registered in the World Cultural Heritage listings in 1993. The stunning appearance, and high level of detail of this wooden architectural masterpiece have made Himeji Castle known all over the world. Furthermore, the castle is surrounded by Sakura trees. Each spring, the trees flower simultaneously, covering Himeji castle in a sea of beautiful pink blossoms. Early April is the one chance each year to see Himeji Castle with its cherry blossoms in full bloom, one of Japan’s truly beautiful and iconic sights. The sight of this amazing scenery will live long in the memory as a memento of your visit to Japan. Start your journey in Kobe city. Kobe, scene of the worst earthquake in the living memory of most Japanese, has rebuilt and revitalized to form one of the most delightful and peaceful cities you can wish to visit. Historically, due to its port, Kobe has a long history of foreign contact, which has imbued its people with a very global outlook and attitude. It is also home to the famous Kobe Beef, which is known for its tenderness, sweet flavor and fine texture. Lunch at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! Evening flight to Bali, an island in Indonesia. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Bali

Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful and unique culture. Enjoy a stay at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel is a palace of refined luxury and privileged hospitality, this 5-star diamond hotel. (L/D)

Day 11: Barong Dance - Tanah Lot

Admire what our capital city has to offer. Beign your day with a most well known dance in Bali called Barong. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality. Explore the mystical temple Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 12 mi from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Nusa Dua Beach

Day of leisure: explore yourself with the local visit and enjoy the beaches in the island. Crystal clear water and stretches makes Nusa Dua beach a perfect place for relaxation & enjoyment. (B/D)

Day 13: Singapore

Flight to Singapore, a thriving cosmopolitan city that’s brimming with diversity, as well as a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture. Aftermoon visit the Marina Bay Sand hotel. Next to it, the main gates of Bay South at Gardens by the Bay, be awed in the full splendour of three Supertrees clad in a bright visual spectacle of gold and yellow coloured bromeliads – Golden Gardens. Take a walk to Heritage Gardens. Discover the aquatic eco-system that exists when you go deeper beyond the surface of Dragonfly Lake. Then, hop onto a Bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings and the iconic Merlion statue. Hop onto a bumboat for a cruise along the Singapore River to see Singapore lit up at night, showcasing beautifully restored shop houses, modern skyscrapers of the financial district, colonial buildings & Merlion statue. We stay at Rendezvous Hotel on Orchard Road is a shopper’s haven and cosmopolitan playground set among a lush, tropical landscape that is ubiquitous in this Garden City. It is truly A Great Street! (B/D)

Day 14: Singapore City Tour

Explore the city by driving round the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Cricket Club, historic Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Next, stop at the Merlion Park. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with the Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish. Then, proceed to the National Orchid Garden, located within Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. (B/L)

Day 15: Los Angeles

Fly back to Los Angeles with Singapore Airline. (B)

  • * The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather and/or whether attractions are open or still closed
  • Tour prices can only be guaranteed after travelers deposit
Notes

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip economy flights from LAX (non-stop flights)
  • Luxury coach between cities
  • 4-5-star hotels and Ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) with dual-occupancy rooms. A surcharge of $1,390 is added to single rooms
  • Enjoy Shinkansen (Bullet train) 3 hours from Kobe to Osaka
  • The assistance of AV Travel Tour Director throughout the trip

Terms & Agreements

  • The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions or the destinations’ hours of operation
  • A deposit of $300 per person and the flight ticket issuance fee must be paid upon reservation 
  • The balance amount must be paid at least 60 days prior to the departure date. Failure to do so will lead to the cancellation of your reservation and your deposit will not be refunded.
  • If a reservation is made within 60 days prior to the departure date, a full payment is required.
  • The tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotels & Personal expense, travel insurance, Covid test if needed
  • Travelers are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the return date
  • It is the responsibility of the travelers to submit valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements.
  • Travel insurance is recommended. Please request a copy of our Travel Insurance brochure for more information and rates
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