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Botanica

Cherry Blossoms in Japan & Chinese Culture & Gardens in Spring

Osaka to Beijing

Trip Code: BTJPCN27
27 Days
1 Apr 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 27 Days with a Tour Manager and Botanical Guide during cherry blossom season
  • 22 nights in centrally located 4-5 star hotels, 4 night Yangtze River cruise plus 32 meals
  • Airport transfers, tipping, porterage, port taxes, bullet train rail, flight Tokyo to Shanghai

  • Visit iconic Japanese and Chinese gardens in spring
  • Explore the iconic cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing and Shanghai
  • Visit the iconic Japanese Zen garden, Ryoanji as well as the famous Korakuen Garden
  • Enjoy a traditional Japanese hotel stay experience in Hagi
  • Cruise China’s picturesque Three Gorges region

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 15-20 guests
  • Shuttle transfers provided in Tokyo and Osaka
  • Cherry blossom viewing is subject to nature
  • Traditional style room consists of mattress on floor
  • Please note a China visa is required for this tour
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Asia map BTJPN27 2020-2021
Osaka to Beijing

Arrive into Osaka airport where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening where you will meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers.

Stay: Osaka, Hilton Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

This morning after breakfast we will set off for Kyoto. Visit the gardens of Ginkakuji, one of Kyoto’s most celebrated Zen temples. Afterwards, take a stroll with your Botanical Guide along the famous Philospher’s Walk, lined by sakura cherry trees, during cherry blossom time. Tonight enjoy a private dinner with Maiko performance. A Maiko is a Geisha in training. You will gain an insight into their life and world in this unique experience.

Stay: Two Nights, Kyoto, Hotel Okura

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit the exquisite Ryoanji rock garden, and Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, a fine example of Muromachi period garden design. Later take a stroll around the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove on the way to Nanomiya, a Shinto shrine.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning you will board a bullet train bound for Himeji, home of Himeji Castle, one of Japan’s biggest and most beautiful. You will also visit the Kokoen garden, which consists of nine separate walled gardens. Later, board another bullet train and travel to Hiroshima.

Stay: Two Nights, Hiroshima, Hotel Granvia

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. Continue to Miyajima island, where you’ll see one of Japan’s top scenic wonders, the scarlet Torii Gate which appears to float above the surface of the water.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today travel to Hagi via the town of Hofu where we will explore the gardens at the Mohri Principal Residence, designed in the early 20th century. Considered a masterpiece of garden designer Sakuma Kintaro, the garden, which harmoniously mixes flat spaces with trees and water features, is designed to look attractive whatever the season. It will be particularly spectacular when we visit in early spring.

Stay: Hagi, Grand Hotel Tenku (a traditional Japanese style room*)

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning explore Hagi, one of Japan’s most beautiful castle towns, where you can explore the old streets, the Hagi Castle ruins, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple. Japan’s revolution began here in Jokamachi’s old Samurai residential quarter, where we will tour Kikuya Residence, a Samurai family home. We will also visit the historic Kubota House. Built in the late Edu period, it represents a classic example of traditional life.

Stay: Three Nights, Matsue, Excel Hotel Tokyu

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today we’ll travel to Matsue, known as the ‘Town of Water’, which nestles by a scenic lake and lagoon. We’ll visit the stunning island garden of Yuushien, full of colour and blossom, famous for growing ginseng and peonies. Later we’ll visit Matsue Castle. Known as the ‘Black Castle’, it is one of only a few wooden medieval castles remaining in Japan today. Admire the graceful exterior of the complex structure, then take the opportunity to explore the interior and its magnificent views of Lake Shinji.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we’ll delve into Japan’s modern art and culture at the highly-regarded Adachi Museum. A collection of contemporary art works, including paintings by Yokoyama Taikan and other leading artists are on display here. The museum’s adjoining garden, is a masterpiece of modern design which has won many awards and accolades. It is a work of ‘natural art’, and designed not to be entered, but to be admired from various vantage points.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning we travel to Okayama where we will visit the circuit-style garden of Korakuen, officially recognised by the government as ‘a place of scenic beauty’. We will then enjoy some time in the quaint, riverside town of Kurashiki, exploring its narrow, stone-paved streets lined with traditional white-walled buildings, cafes and galleries.

Stay: Two Nights, Okayama, Hotel Granvia

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today tour the stunning city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. We’ll cross over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge, wander through Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its magnificent spring colours and Chrysanthemum Moon Pavilion. We’ll also visit Kinashi, a leading producer of pine trees used for bonsai and the home of around 100 bonsai nurseries.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Board a bullet train this morning for your journey to Tokyo. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Tokyo, Shibuya Excel Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today we will visit some of central Tokyo’s most impressive sights and gardens including the Imperial Palace East Gardens, the former site of Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defence, and surrounded by the original moats, walls, entrance gates and guardhouses. Later we will visit Asakusa, Tokyo’s Old Town where you can soak up the atmosphere of what Tokyo would have been like hundreds of years ago. Enjoy time to explore the shopping street of Nakamise, which leads to the Temple. This afternoon is free for you to explore further.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Fly to Shanghai. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning cruise the Huangpu River and explore the lavish Yu Garden, before feasting on dim sum for lunch. Tonight enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to the scenic watertown of Jinxi and enjoy a boat ride. Continue to the picturesque town of Suzhou.

Stay: Two Nights, Suzhou, Hyatt Regency

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit the renowned Humble Administrator’s Garden today. This evening we go to the Night Garden of Fishermen’s Net, for traditional Suzhou music.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to Tiger Hill and see the flower garden display and Wanjing Villa before driving back to Shanghai for your flight to Yichang. Board the RV Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and cruise the Yangtze River.

Stay: Four Nights, the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise along the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges region, considered by many to be China’s most picturesque.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a traditional longboat rowed by expert Tujia boatmen. Later, appreciate the spectacular Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today choose to experience either the 816 Underground Project or the White Crane Ridge Underwater Project.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in Chongqing today, visit the zoo to see giant pandas. Fly later to Xi’an.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive at the world-famous Terracotta Army. Accompanied by a museum curator, you’ll get to see some of the best-preserved sculptures from a lower viewing platform, which is off-limits to the general public. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly this morning to Beijing. This afternoon visit Tian’anmen Square and the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City.

Stay: Three Nights, Beijing, Regent Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu section. Board a cable car and enjoy great views.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today visit the Summer Palace’s Imperial Garden. This evening we will enjoy a Peking Duck Farewell Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

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