Ross McKinnon's Japan Cherry Blossom Garden Tour
A small group escorted springtime tour of Japan, visiting traditional and contemporary landscape gardens & architecture, MIHO art museum, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Himeji Castle, Nara and Shigaraki. All Western style hotel beds and all dining at tables with chairs.
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Fully Escorted Tour with Ross McKinnon A.M.
This exclusive tour is fully escorted by Mr Ross McKinnon A.M. curator in charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Ross has once again donated his own holiday time to lead you through some of Japan's most beautiful gardens and historic sites. Well known as a radio and TV garden show presenter, Ross is also a garden writer for several magazines and newspapers. Previously, Ross has led tours to China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, UK and Canada.
Toursgallery has, since 1983, been sending more high quality tour groups to Japan per year than any other travel company. We have personal knowledge of Japan, its culture and unusual places to visit.
Gardens you will visit include the Imperial Palace East Garden, Hamarikyu, Rikugien, Ryoanji, Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji as well as Himeji Castle, Nara and Maruyama parks and cityscapes all famous for their flowering cherry trees.
Top quality Hotels and Transportation
Your accommodation has been especially chosen for its high standard of service and comfort. A full breakfast is provided daily and three special dinners are included featuring a selection of Japanese cuisine. Exclusively on this tour all your dining will be at familiar western style tables and chairs and all your hotel rooms provide western beds. No sitting or sleeping on tatami floors.
You will stay at the Tokyo Prince Park Tower Hotel located next to the famous Tokyo Tower, offering all the luxuries you would expect of a top quality hotel. In Osaka we stay at the 5 star Osaka Hilton whose name speaks for itself. In Kyoto you stay in the Kyoto Kokusai Hotel, conveniently located in front of Nijo Castle.
Touring will be in 42 seat luxury private charter coaches, even though we will only be accepting about 20 guests and you will also be able to experience the famous Shinkansen ' Bullet Train' that reaches speeds up to 250 kph.
Cherry blossom gardens, pottery, art and history
April is historically the best time to see the most Cherry Blossom around Japan. Gardens abound with many varieties of flowering cherry trees, and are usually filled with Japanese families, enjoying a picnic under falling petals
On this tour we will take you to gardens reputed to be the best places for viewing cherry blossoms including Himeji Castle, the most complete and photogenic castle in all Japan. You must be prepared to walk a lot on this tour as gardens and castle grounds are extensive.
In addition, you will be visiting Shigaraki, famous as one of the 6 ancient historic pottery towns of Japan, MIHO Art Museum, built by architect I M Pei to house some of the worlds great art treasures and the historic former capital of Nara, with its free roaming deer under the cherry trees in Nara Park.
Meals, security and health
Three special Japanese dinners are provided as part of this programme. Breakfast is included each morning and Ross can help you find evening meals to suit any budget from $10 to $50. For lunches you could work within a budget of $8 to $10 for anything from fruit and sandwiches to noodle soup or about $15 for a 3 course set lunch. Your hotel concierge can book a more opulent evening restaurant for your convenience, either inside or outside of your hotel.
Safety is an aspect of Japan not present in most other countries. To walk alone, late at night, through the streets of Japan is considerably safer than the same activity in many other countries. The local people are particularly friendly towards foreigners and will go out of their way to help you.
Japan is a very clean country where eating is a healthy, inexpensive and enjoyable experience. Vaccinations are not necessary for travellers to Japan.
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