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Botanica

Cherry Blossoms, Culture & Sights of Japan Cruise

Osaka to Tokyo

Trip Code: BTJP12
12 Days
32 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Cherry Blossom in Bloom

Visit Japan during the spectacular cherry blossom season and important historical sites.

World Famous Zen Gardens

Visit the famous Zen gardens, including world heritage listed Ryoanji.

Japan's Finest Gardens

Visit the famous strolling gardens of Koraku-en Garden, Kenroku-en, the Imperial Palace and more.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 1 Night in Tokyo
  • Bullet train from Kanazawa to Tokyo
  • 10 Nights aboard the MS Caledonian Sky
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
  • 32 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Shuttle transfers are provided in Osaka and Tokyo
  • Cherry blossom viewing is subject to nature
  • The Torii gate will be under scaffolding in 2020 see Day 4
  • Can be combined with: Kyoto Gardens and Culture City Stay BTKY03
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
Asia Map BTJP12 2019-21
Osaka to Tokyo

Depart Osaka Kansai International Airport at 10.30am or the Imperial Hotel Osaka at 11am to explore Kyoto. Visit one of Kyoto’s famous temples Ginkakuji and see the cherry blossom* (*subject to nature) from the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto. After lunch, transfer to the MS Caledonian Sky in Kobe. Enjoy a special dinner with the ship’s crew this evening, as we set sail for the port of Okayama.

Stay: 10 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today explore Koraku-en Garden, one of Japan’s most significant gardens - the name meaning ‘garden of pleasure after’. Visit a classic Japanese teahouse with garden views. After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki, famed for its old merchant quarter and fine 17th century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are painted white with traditional black tiles, and stand along a canal lined with rows of majestic weeping willows.

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Today tour the stunning city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. Journey over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge and visit Kinashi Bonsai Town. Next visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its magnificent spring colours and Chrysanthemum Moon pavilion.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Hiroshima to visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park. The park is dotted with memorials, including the cenotaph that contains the names of all the known victims of the A-bomb. Return to the ship for lunch, then continue to Miyajima. Considered one of Japan’s top scenic wonders, Miyajima provides a picture-postcard vista of the scarlet Torii Gate**, the giant camphor wood gates at the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. We will go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the sixth century and dedicated to three sea goddesses.

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Arrive in Uwajima, situated deep inside the saw-toothed coast of Uwajima Bay. Today you have two choices in the nation’s largest pearl cultivation centre. Perhaps learn the process of cultivating and sorting pearls on a visit to a pearl farm before continuing on to Tensha-en Garden which is a typical example of Japanese garden style in the Samurai era. Alternatively explore Uwajima Castle and Tensha-en Garden.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive at Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Tour the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. Continue to Dejima Island, built during the Edo period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku isolation period for 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Embark on a full-day excursion to Kyongju, a World Heritage-listed site often described as the world’s finest open-air museum. As the ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty, Kyongju’s heritage dates back to the first millennium. As we stroll through some of the numerous excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas, there will be time to explore the National Museum, with its exceptional collection of finely worked gold jewellery, metal weapons and distinctive pottery. At lunch, sample Korean delicacies and enjoy the spectacle of traditional dancers during a cultural performance.

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Japan’s revolution began here in Jokamachi’s old Samurai residential quarter, where we will tour a Samurai’s home. We will also visit the Daisho Temple, the resting place of the two first Mori daimyo, powerful pre-modern lords. This traditional temple is located on Mount Mison, considered a holy mountain, on the island of Itsukushima. Inside, you will find a flame that is said to have been burning for some 1,200 years. We will also take time to explore Hagi, one of Japan’s most beautiful castle towns, where you can explore the old streets and see the Hagi Castle ruins, Shizuki Park and the Tokoji Temple.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Known as the ‘Town of Water’, Matsue is on the shores of a scenic lake and a large lagoon. Here, you’ll visit a number of cultural attractions including Matsue Castle. Known as the ‘Black Castle’, it is one of only a few wooden Medieval castles that remain in Japan today. Admire the structure’s complexity from the outside, as it stands gracefully, watching over the city, and take the opportunity to explore the interior, which affords magnificent views of Lake Shinji. This afternoon, we will visit the stunning Yuushien Garden, a traditional flower garden full of colour and blossom, famous for ginseng and peonies.

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  • Lunch
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Kanazawa is a thriving centre of the arts, known for its lacquerware, collectable pottery of the Kutani style, gold-leaf workmanship and delicate hand-painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. The winding cobblestone streets have a quaint charm. Around each bend is a traditional house, museum, art gallery, craft shop, Samurai residence and even a geisha house to explore. The open-air market sells a variety of goods from flowers to fish and local handicrafts. Next visit the Kanazawa Castle ruins, one of Japan’s highlights, and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, ranked among the country’s top gardens.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark the ship this morning and take the bullet train to Tokyo. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of Tokyo then transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Stay: Tokyo, Imperial Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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