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Discover the beauty of Japan during cherry blossom season
Admiring the cherry blossom in spring, immersing yourself in Tokyo's dizzying neon-lit skyscrapers and finding tranquillity in ancient temples overlooking Mount Fuji - Japan is one of the world's most fascinating destinations.
It's also one of your favourites, as our first Cherry Blossom Tour proved. So now, back by popular demand, we're offering another opportunity to see this wonderful country and experience the magical sakura (cherry blossom) next year. This time we've partnered with Imagine Cruising to bring you a fantastic value holiday - just £2,699 for a 11-night bespoke tour, which includes the best Japan has to offer - a hotel stay in Tokyo and a cruise around the Pacific Coast.
We've negotiated a special itinerary that includes three nights at the four-star Shinagawa Prince Hotel in the heart of Tokyo. You'll enjoy a day trip to admire stunning Mount Fuji and travel on one of Japan's famous bullet trains. You'll then board your luxury cruise ship, the Diamond Princess - voted Best International Ship in Japan - for an 8-night round-trip cruise from Tokyo, including stops at Osaka (with the opportunity to visit Kyoto), Kochi and Busan (in South Korea), with many more wonderful opportunities to practise hanami - cherry blossom viewing.
Book now for the great price of from £2,699pp before the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics send prices soaring!
World-famous cherry blossom
Full-board 8-night cruise
All travel included
Visit Mount Fuji
- Return flights and airport transfers from London to Tokyo.
- Three nights four-star accommodation in Tokyo at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, with free WiFi and guaranteed skyline views.
- Traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
- Full day Mount Fuji tour including lunch, cable car ride, boat trip and bullet train journey.
- 8-nights full-board cruise on board the Diamond Princess with stops at Gamagōri, Osaka (for Kyoto), Kochi, Busan in South Korea and Yokkaichi.
- On-board credit voucher worth $100 per cabin for upgrades to an outside cabin or above.
- See the sakura (cherry blossom)
- Cable car and lunch in Hakone
- Scenic boat cruise on Lake Ashi
- Walk in the footsteps of the samurai and ninja in Nagoya
Day1Arrive in TokyoTokyo, Japan
23 March 2019
Fly overnight to Tokyo, Japan's vibrant and cutting-edge capital. On arrival, you'll be transferred to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, where you can settle in for the next three nights. You're guaranteed a room on one of the highest floors, which have fantastic views of the Tokyo skyline.
Day2Tokyo & traditional tea ceremonyTokyo, Japan
24 March 2019
Today you'll have lots of free time to explore Tokyo. Wander among the stunning cherry blossoms in Ueno Park or visit the Imperial Palace and Gardens. Or you could go shopping in the famous Harajuku district or Ginza for its department stores.
An exclusive tea ceremony experience is included in today's itinerary. Tea ceremonies are an important ritual in Japanese culture, and today you will have the chance to take part in one and learn how to serve matcha (green tea) the traditional way.
Day3Mount Fuji tourFuji, Japan
25 March 2019
Today is all about majestic Mount Fuji. Enjoy the scenery of rural Japan as you travel from Tokyo by coach. Your tour includes a stop for lunch at the Hakone Lake Hotel, cable car ride for spectacular aerial views, and a boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Keep an eye out for the bright red torii gates that bestride the lakeshore. You'll then return to Tokyo by high-speed bullet train.
Day4Board your cruise shipTokyo, Japan
26 March 2019
Transfer to Tokyo's port at Yokohama and board the Diamond Princess - your home for the next 8 nights.
Exclusive offer: Readers who upgrade to an outside cabin or above will receive a $100 credit voucher per cabin to spend on board - why not book an excursion of your choice or dine at one of the speciality restaurants?
27 March 2019
Today you'll visit Gamagōri, a city on Mikawa Bay in central Japan. Hot-spring resorts are scattered along the coastline and the tiny, forested Takeshima Island is home to the 12th-century Yaotomi Shrine.
28 March 2019
For centuries, Osaka was Japan's cultural and commercial gateway to Asia and its 16th century capital. It remains Japan's second largest city and is another fantastic place to see cherry blossom. Plus, Osaka is your gateway to Kyoto, home to 400 shrines and over 1,600 Buddhist temples. You can also see traditional Geisha in their kimonos.
29 March 2019
Today your port of call is Kochi in Shikoku, which takes its name from the feudal castle that sits at its heart.
Day8At seaKochi, Japan
30 March 2019
Enjoy relaxing on board the Diamond Princess - book in for a spa treatment in the Asian-themed Lotus spa with its Izumi Japanese Bath, or simply relax by one of the four pools.
Day9Busan, South KoreaBusan, South Korea
31 March 2019
Today you'll port at the second largest city in South Korea. Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new.
Day10At seaBusan, South Korea
1 April 2019
Another chance to relax on board the ship and enjoy the on-board entertainment, which includes outdoor movie screenings, Japanese karaoke, and rakugo - the 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling.
2 April 2019
Yokkaichi serves as the gateway to the city of Nagoya. Walk across the moat of a cherished castle, visit a sacred shrine, and walk in the footsteps of the samurai. You can also visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu to find out about the life of a ninja as well as see them in action.
Day12Return to the UKTokyo, Japan
4 April 2019
Transfer directly from the Diamond Princess to the airport to catch your overnight flight back to London and return home with fabulous memories - and beautiful pictures - of this fascinating country.
Shinagawa Prince Hotel
In the centre of Tokyo, this 4* hotel has all of the city's main draws on its doorstep - it's a truly exciting place to stay. We've arranged accommodation on the highest floors of the hotel, so you'll enjoy fabulous city views from your room.
Built in Japan, the Diamond Princess is a magnificent ship to sail around the Land of the Rising Sun
You will head south-west from Tokyo, before sailing through the Kanmon Straits and sailing along the north coast. It is notable for seeming roomier than other vessels its size, with a good space per person ratio. Beds in the Diamond Princess cabins come with Egyptian cotton as standard and en suite bathrooms.
There is a wide choice of restaurants including a sushi bar, and 24-hour panoramic buffet and bistro; a great programme of entertainment with a theatre, live music; and a whole range of spa options including Japanese baths.
This is an exceptionally comfortable way to travel around this nation of islands.