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Highlights of Hong Kong and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

This 11-day tour offers travelers a special combined route through Hong Kong and Japan.

Tour Code: GTL2894943

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $4198.00

Single supplement: USD $1180.00

Tour duration: 11 days 10 nights

Destination:
Hong Kong, Lantau Island & Macau (Optional), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)

Tour cost includes:
• 9 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
• Meet and greet upon arrival at Hong Kong Airport & Osaka Kansai Airport
• Airport transfers on arrival and departure
• Private coach transfers between destinations in Hong Kong & Japan
• Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 5 lunches and 2 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2023
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Fri. Mar 24, 2023 Mon. Apr 3, 2023 USD $4198.00 Hong Kong Tokyo View Tour
2024
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Fri. Apr 5, 2024 Mon. Apr 15, 2024 USD $4198.00 Hong Kong Tokyo View Tour
2025
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Thu. Apr 3, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 USD $4198.00 Hong Kong Tokyo View Tour

Please Note:
All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!
We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Itinerary

Day 1

Hong Kong International Airport

Welcome to Hong Kong! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.

The Royal Garden Hotel or similar class

NOTE 1: The meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Day 2

Hong Kong (Victoria Peak / Repulse Bay / Lunch at Jumbo Floating Restaurant / Aberdeen Fishing Village - Sampan Boat Ride / Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden / Ladies Market Shopping Area)

Begin your first day of sightseeing in Hong Kong with a trip up to Victoria Peak. Often simply referred to by locals as "The Peak", this place offers the perfect vantage point at which to see all the city spread out before you. It has also become an upscale residential area for some of Hong Kong's most prominent residents. Next, head down to Repulse Bay, a curved crescent-shaped stretch of coastline with buildings designed to mimic the area's old colonial aesthetic including the site of the old Repulse Bay Hotel, in addition to one of the most popular beaches in Hong Kong. Then go to Aberdeen for a special treat - a Chinese lunch at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. As the largest floating restaurant in the world, Jumbo is internationally acclaimed, and has served food to famous foreign dignitaries and celebrities. While in Aberdeen, take a ride on a sampan (traditional chinese boat) around the Aberdeen Fishing Village for a better view of the houseboats and fishing trawlers moored there. Then take a break from Hong Kong's endless bustle at Chi Lin Nunnery, a Buddhist monastery established in 1934 using the Tang-era style of architecture, made without nails to express a greater harmony with the environment. In this popular retreat for Buddhist nuns, visitors can stroll in peaceful contemplation on the winding walks of Nan Lian Garden, surrounded by fragrant trees and flowering plants. Within this meticulously landscaped escape, make sure to find your way to the Pavilion of Absolute Perfection. Finally, explore the lively Hong Kong Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street. This street market has a wide variety of products for women (as well as other general merchandise) for bargain prices. Practice your haggling skills, or just enjoy the excellent people-watching opportunity.

Breakfast / Lunch

The Royal Garden Hotel or similar class

Day 3

Lantau Island (Ngong Ping Bazaar / Po Lin Temple & Giant Buddha)

Today, travel to Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, where we'll make our way up to Ngong Ping Village via the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. On arrival, we'll stop for a short visit to Ngong Ping Bazaar before heading up to the island's main highlights: Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Giant Buddha. The temple is famous for their three enshrined buddhas and signature wooden bracelets, as well as housing many of the Buddhist scriptures, while Tian Tan Giant Buddha is one of the largest Buddha statues of the world sitting tall at 34 meters in height. After, make your way back down by cable car, and transfer back to your hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch

The Royal Garden Hotel or similar class

Day 4

Hong Kong (Free for leisure or join an optional tour to Macau - US$121 per person - book in person)

Macau Optional Tour
The name "Macau", is derived from the name of a Chinese goddess, popular with seafarers and fishermen, known as A-Ma or Ling Ma. Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 20 December, 1999 and will maintain its social and economical characteristics in accordance to the principle of “One country, two systems.” After hotel pick up, we'll transfer you to Macau Ferry Pier for departure to Macau. Upon arrival, sightseeing tour begins include Macau Tower(optional ticket to observation deck), A-Ma Temple, St. Paul’s Ruins, Senado Square & Casino visit. ** Gentlemen wearing shorts or child under age 21 will be declined entry to casino **

Breakfast

The Royal Garden Hotel or similar class

Day 5

Hong Kong International Airport - Osaka Kansai Airport

After breakfast, free for leisure until your transfer to Hong Kong International Airport for your flight to Japan. Upon arrival Osaka, an AJT representative will meet you at the arrival gate holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.

Breakfast

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class
Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class (NOTE 4)

NOTE 3: The meet and greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 2, airport pickup is not included, but and we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.

NOTE 4: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance.

Day 6

Nara (Todai-ji Temple / Nara Deer Park), Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine / Green Tea Ceremony with Maiko Interaction)

This morning you will travel to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan, by private coach. We will first visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha at 16.3 meters high. Just outside the temple grounds is the Nara Deer Park, filled with over 1,000 Sika deer, where you can greet and feed them deer crackers. We continue our tour to Kyoto, where we will visit the stunning vermilion colored Fushimi Inari Shrine, whose 4km long tunnel of scarlet torii gates was featured in the film "Memoirs of a Geisha". This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that includes mountains, streams, and ponds, the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. Finally, you will partake in a traditional green tea ceremony, where you will also have the chance to meet a maiko. A maiko is simply an apprentice geisha. There will be photo taking opportunities and time to interact with the maiko.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 7

Kyoto (Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden - Sagano Bamboo Forest / Golden Pavilion / Nishijin Kimono Show / Kiyomizu Temple / Maruyama Park / Gion Geisha District)

Today, we will continue our tour of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan and arguably its biggest cultural center. First, you will go to Arashiyama, well known for its natural scenery and popular during the spring and fall season. Visit the Zen garden of the Tenryuji Temple, which is ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples. Afterwards, enjoy a pleasant walk through the Sagano Bamboo Forest. We will then make our way to the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a temple with two floors completely covered with 18 carat gold leaves. Next, you will have the chance to see an elegant kimono fashion show at the Nishijin Textile Center and learn how kimonos are made. Our next attraction is the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that extends from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of numerous cherry and maple trees below, as well as a beautiful scene of Kyoto in the distance. From Kiyomizu Temple, we will head to Maruyama Park, which is one of the most popular places for cherry blossom viewing (hanami) in Kyoto. Lastly, we will tour Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. Here, you will find many restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where maiko and geisha entertain.

Breakfast / Dinner

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 8

Koka (Miho Museum), Hikone (Hikone Castle - Genkyuen Garden), Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride

This morning, we will visit the famous Miho Museum. The Miho Museum is known for its stunning architecture that allows visitors to appreciate the surrounding nature and natural light. It exhibits many works from different ancient civilizations. There is also a tunnel that leads from the museum to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. The group will continue to Hikone to visit Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season. Hikone Castle is an original castle, meaning it has survived the post feudal era without undergoing destruction and reconstruction. It is regarded as a national treasure next to four other castles, the highest designation a cultural property can receive. Afterwards, visit the tranquil Genkyuen Garden, located on the grounds of Hikone Castle. Next, our group will experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. Tonight, you will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath (onsen) and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.

Breakfast / Dinner

The Hamanako or similar class

Note: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

Day 9

Hakone (Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani), Mt Fuji, Tokyo (Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing - Hachiko Statue)

After enjoying a Japanese breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Hakone and take a 20 minute ropeway from Togendai to Owakudani. Much of the area here is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. There, you can experience hot springs and bubbling pools, where sulfurous fumes and steam vents still linger. Owakudani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji during pleasant weather conditions. From Hakone, we will proceed to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. We will stop at the Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on the weather) to admire the world famous peak. In the afternoon, we will travel to Tokyo. Our final stop of the day will be in Shibuya. There, you will get to see the famed Shibuya Crossing in action and cross the street with the crowd. You will also be able to take photos with the Hachiko Statue, a monument dedicated to Japan's most loyal dog, which continued for nine years after his owner's death.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Day 10

Tokyo (Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Ueno Park / Sushi Making Experience / Tsukiji Outer Market / Imperial Palace / Tokyo Tower)

Today, you will be taken to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping street with centuries of history. Continue to Ueno Park, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot with more than 1,000 cherry trees. Afterwards, you will be able to participate in a sushi making experience with a professional sushi chef. Whatever you make, you will get to enjoy for lunch! Our group will continue to the Tsukiji Outer Market, which is lined with shops that sell fresh produce and other food-related goods. Then we will proceed to the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle and current residence of Japan's Imperial Family. It is surrounded by moats and stone fortifications, located in the heart of Tokyo. In the afternoon, we will visit Tokyo Tower, the world's tallest self supporting steel tower standing at 333 meters high. You will get to tour 150 meters up to the main observatory and enjoy a bird's eye view of Tokyo.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class (NOTE 5 & 6)

NOTE 5: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the last night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

NOTE 6: If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, airport transfer is not include. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Day 11

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Narita Airport can be reached by hotel shuttle bus.

Breakfast

NOTE 7: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.