Sakura Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour starting from Osaka and finish in Tokyo

Duration : 9 DAYSCountry : JAPAN
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Mt. Fuji with peach trees ©Yamanashi Tourism Organization / ©JNTO
Osaka Castle ©Osaka Government Tourism Bureau / ©JNTOShirakawa-go ©Akimasa Yuasa / ©JNTOgeisha performance ©Kanazawa City / ©JNTOKiyomizu Temple  ©Y.Shimizu / ©JNTOTokyo Akihabara ©JTA / ©JNTO

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan. In this season, Japan's iconic Sakura (cherry blossoms) attracts the attention of visitors and locals. This tour will take you along to ''Garden Route'' where you will see spectacular views including world heritage sites. You will be so impressed by the nature, historical, and cultural sites and experiencing Japanese culture during spring time.

Included in the price

  • 8 nights standard class accommodation 
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunch as per itinerary 
  • Private coach, JR trains as per itinerary 
  • All admissions as per itinerary
  • English Speaking guide as per itinerary 
  • Luggage transfer Osaka to Kyoto (Day4), Kyoto to Tokyo (Day7)

Day 1: Osaka Itami airport (Arrival )

Arrival at Osaka Itami airport. An English speaking guide will assist you to get on the chartered bus to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, free at leisure

Day 2: OSAKA

Full day free at leisure Optional Tour: Universal Studio Japan *Studio $89.00/adult, $63.00/child(4-11yo) Optional Tour: Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour $121.00/adult, $109.00/child(4-11yo) Tour includes Osaka Castle (cherry blossom viewing if blooming) and Aqua Liner

Day 3: OSAKA

Full day free at leisure

Day 4: Osaka - Kyoto

Your luggage will be transferred direct to your hotel in Kyoto An English speaking guide will assist you with transportation (JR train to Kyoto) A guide will not accompany with the group during the train ride Upon arrival at your hotel in Kyoto, free at leisure (Complementary shuttle bus between the hotel and JR Kyoto station is available)

Day 5: Kyoto

Full day private tour with an English speaking guide Visit Nijyo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple After lunch at local restaurant, visit Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Gion District Return to your hotel in Kyoto

Day 6: Kyoto

Full day free at leisure (Complementary shuttle bus between the hotel and JR Kyoto station is available)

Day 7: Kyoto - Tokyo

Your luggage will be transferred direct to your hotel in Tokyo An English speaking guide will assist you with transportation (Bullet train to Tokyo) A guide will not accompany with the group during the train ride PM Tokyo afternoon tour with an English speaking guide The tour includes Ueno Park (cherry blossom viewing if blooming), Asakusa Kannon Temple and Skytree

Day 8: Tokyo

Full day private tour to Mt Fuji & Hakone with an English speaking guide Visit 5th Station of Mt. Fuji (weather permits) After lunch at local restaurant, visit Hokone Ropeway, Owakudani Boiling Valley, and Hakone Gora Park (cherry blossom viewing if blooming) Return to your hotel in Tokyo

Day 9: Tokyo - Narita airport departure

After breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until departure An English speaking guide will assist you to get on the chartered bus to Narita Airport Depart for your homeward flight

LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Japan  

VISAS: Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have a passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay. Australia and New Zealand have “Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements” with Japan for a period of 90 days or less. Upon landing Australian and New Zealand passport holders will be issued with a “Temporary Visitor” entry status stamp, which allows them to stay in Japan for a period of up to 90 days for non-remunerative activities such as sightseeing, participating in amateur sports, visiting relatives, taking inspection tours, participating in lectures or research, attending conferences, making business contacts or other similar activities. Nationals of countries that do not have “Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements” with Japan must obtain a visa.

MONEY: 1 AUD = 82.9 JPY (23/05/2017). Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and is generally a safe place to carry cash. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted at stores, restaurants and hotels in most major cities, but some smaller regional areas may only accept cash. If you wish to use travellers’ cheques, they are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan and stores in major cities. Japan Post ATMs (JP Bank) and Seven-Eleven Convenience Store ATMs accept most international credit and debit cards for cash withdrawal, however international withdrawal fees apply. Shinsei Bank and Citibank ATMs also accept international cards.   

ELECTRICITY: The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka). Australian appliances can be used in Japan as long as they have a travel adapter, which can be purchased at airports or in the travel section of department stores. A 2-flat-pin plugs are used in Japan. Please note that when purchasing electrical appliances from Japan, be sure to only purchase dual-voltage appliances such as laptop computers, digital cameras etc. Otherwise, a step-down power transformer will be required when using the Japanese appliance in Australia. 

Spring ( March - May):
The plum blossom is a good sign that the cold winter will soon end and spring is just around the corner, followed by the cherry blossom at its best in the Tokyo area between the end of March and the beginning of April to bring this beautiful season to a climax. Splendid views of mountains, fields and gardens all blanketed in gentle pink abound in this season.
  • Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Summer (June - August): The Japanese summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season. This is an important time for farmers to plant rice. It becomes seriously hot and humid from July onward and many Japanese enjoy bathing in the sea and relaxing at cool resorts in mountainous areas. Summer is when many interesting festivals and other events are held all over the country.
  • Clothing: light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)
Autumn (September - November) :Autumn always brings such freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. All forests are dyed in glorious autumn colors. Chrysanthemums create beautiful displays with their abundance of flowers to enchant visitors to parks and gardens. Autumn is also the season for many exhibitions, music concerts and sports tournaments in Japan.
  • Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Winter (December - February):The temperature rarely drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific coast during wintertime. It is also quite dry and very often sunny. Central Japan and Northern Japan are highly reputed regions for winter sports. Southern Japan is comparatively mild and pleasant in winter.
  • Clothing: overcoats, sweaters, etc.
Standard Time:
NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC & TAS: Japan is 1 hour behind
NT & SA: Japan is 30 mins behindWA: Japan is 1 hour ahead

Daylight savings time:
NSW, ACT, VIC & TAS: Japan is 2 hours behind
QLD: Japan is 1 hour behind
NT: Japan is 30 mins behind
SA: Japan is 1.5 hours behind
WA: Japan is 1 hour ahead

LANGUAGE: There is only one official language spoken in Japan, which is of course Japanese. However, many Japanese are able to understand English to a certain extent since English is the foreign language that everyone must learn as part of compulsory education.

Early History: Japanese civilisation can be traced back thousands of years to prehistoric times. Over the centuries, Japan alternated between feudal, empirical and government rule, with each period birthing different styles of art, architecture and ways of living. Agriculture, particularly rice-growing, was a very important part of life in early Japan, and craftsmanship like metal working was also highly developed and respected in Japan's early days. Recent History: Over the decades, Tokyo has grown to become an economic powerhouse and one of the most cosmopolitan, modern cities in the world. Enduring an earthquake in 1923 that caused widespread damage and civilian fatalities, as well as several bombings during World War II, Tokyo remains a global city focused on trade, tourism and technological advances. The Japanese Army were very aggressive during World War II, playing an important part in the war and therefore suffered many losses. Many troops were lost but the most notable losses were the civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - two cities which were destroyed by atomic bombs dropped by the United States towards the end of the war. After World War II Japan slowly found its feet, creating a strong economy based on manufacturing and telecommunications. Enjoying decades of prosperity and abundance, Japanese arts, culture and cuisine flourished, allowing the rest of the world to see and enjoy Japan's unique heritage. Emperor Hirohito passed away in 1989 after reigning for many decades. This signified the end of the Showa era and the beginning of the Heisei era. In 1998, Japan hosted the Winter Olympics and fast became known as one of the hottest new places to enjoy snow sports. Currently, Japan is still in recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011. But with large parts of the country unaffected, Japan is still a very special place to visit. 

SHOPPING: Shopping in Japan is fun, but expensive! In cities like Tokyo there are loads of quirky stores and funky galleries showcasing the works of independent fashion designers and gadget-creators. From the outlandish to the kitsch, you're guaranteed to find loads of colourful clothing and edgy art that you won't be able to find elsewhere. 

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 14: Coming of Age Day
Feb 11: National Foundation Day
Mar 20: Vernal Equinox
Apr 29: Showa Day
May 3: Constitution Memorial Day
May 4: Greenery Day
May 5: Children's Day
Jul 15: Marine Day
Sep 16: Respect for the Aged Day
Sep 23: Autumnal Equinox
Oct 8: Health and Sports Day
Nov 3: Culture Day
Nov 23: Labour Thanksgiving Day
Dec 23: Birthday of the Emperor 

SAFETY / SECURITY: Japan is known for its clean, safe urban areas and for the quality of its healthcare and public safety infrastructure. Still, as is the case with travel in any unfamiliar place, it always pays to exercise common sense, and to be familiar with the resources at your disposal should you experience problems or need assistance. 

TIPPING: Tipping isn't customary in Japan and is not expected of you. Some inns or ryokans may leave a small envelope in your room where a small gratuity can be left for the maid staff. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you. 

Australian Embassy in Japan
2-1-14, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8361

Australian Consulate-General in Osaka
Twin21 MID Tower 16Fl., 2-1-61, Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City 540-6129
Tel: 06-6941-9271

Australian Consulate-General in Fukuoka
Tenjin Twin Bldg. 7Fl., 1-6-8, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0001
Tel: 092-734-5055

Australian Consulate in Nagoya
AMMNAT Bldg. 13Fl., 1-3-3 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City 460-0008
Tel: 052-211-0630

Australian Consulate in Sendai
Aoba-dori Plaza 14Fl., 3-2-1 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai City 980-0021
Tel: 022-265-6810

Australian Consulate in Sapporo
Sapporo Center Bldg. 17Fl., Nishi 6-2, Kita 5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City 060-0005
Tel: 011-242-4381