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Japan by rail: A Cherry Blossom spectacular

16 days • with John Medcalf or Scott McGregor

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Japan is famous for its cutting-edge rail technology and you can verify that fact first-hand on this rail tour of the Land of the rising Sun. Japan’s excellent railway system is one of the world’s most extensive and advanced – fast, efficient, comfortable and convenient. Our Japanese odyssey has a fantastic choice of spectacular destinations, and it’s an absolute joy in Springtime, when the landscape is alive with Cherry Blossoms. Japan’s brilliant train network will take us deep into the countryside on all manner of rolling stock to explore and soak up the wonders of the setting and the season.

  • Extensive rail travel using your JR Green Class (first class) Rail Pass, including numerous journeys on the iconic bullet trains
  • Travel by steam train on the famous heritage railways of Yamaguchi, Oigawa, and the Paleo Express lines
  • Ride the Sagano Forest Railway, Tozan Mountain Railway, the coastal ‘Resort’ train and a vintage tram charter in Hiroshima
  • Enjoy a sumo wrestling demonstration in Tokyo and wacky fashions in Harajuku
  • Cruise around the Matsushima Islands and Hiroshima Bay to Miyajima
  • Explore historic temples, castles and cultural sites in Tokyo, Kyoto and Himeji
  • Stay at stunning new rice paddy hotel and a luxury mountain spa
  • Marvel at the latest ultra-high-speed rail technology at the Mag-Lev test track
  • Capture and climb the grand castles at Himeji, Hirosaki and Kyoto
  • Explore five world heritage sites and many more natural wonderso
  • Visit the unsurpassed modern railway museums in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Experience Japan’s unique food culture at fine restaurants, including a traditional full-course Japanese Ryokan feast, and a night with The Singing Chef in Sendai
  • PRICE
  • Per Person: $ 12,875
  • Single Supplement: $ 3,525
  • DATE
  • 7 Apr 2020 - 22 Apr 2020
  • EXTRA DATES
  • 31 Mar – 15 Apr 2020
  • INCLUDED
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in quality, centrallylocated hotels, all 5-star or the best on offer, including a traditional Ryokan hotel and Onsen
  • Most meals; daily breakfasts, 5 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Drinks with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Luxury chartered coaches, with luggage transport on all major legs
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides providing commentary and assistance
  • 14-day JR Rail Pass in Green Class (first class), where available
  • All excursions and entrance fees to attractions as listed in the itinerary
  • Services of your expert Australia tour leader
  • Multiple nights in handpicked, centrally-located hotels – mostly 5-star and most with TripAdvisor™ Certificates of Excellence and ‘travellers choice’ or top ratings
  • English speaking local guides and the services of your experienced Australian host throughout