Sun and Sakura 2018
March 31st, 2018 - April 11th, 2018
$525/month - ($4,195 total with flight, or $3,395 land only)
Blossoms in the air. Sand between your toes.
There are few flowers more iconic than Japan's sakura (cherry blossoms), and Sun and Sakura is designed to give you the best possible view of them: a relaxed one. With a slower pace than the typical tour, Sun and Sakura will take you to three different views of the sakura - from the river on a riverboat cruise, from a picnic in the park, and a local festival! We'll also head to the historical city of Kamakura to check out the shrines in full bloom. In keeping with the relaxing vibe, we've also added two special stops to the journey: an overnight stay at a hot spring resort by Nikko, and a truly unforgettable stay next to one of Japan's best beaches on Miyakojima Island! You'll be able to start your summer vacation early as you swim, snorkel, and explore warm ocean waters while pampering yourself in one of Okinawa's most pristine environments. Get ready to kick back, friends; the springtime of a lifetime is just a plane ride away!
Highlights: Miyakojima, Okinawa
  • Travel Style: R&R
    Relax and recharge while basking in traditional Japanese hospitality
  • Pace: Easy
    A little walking but mostly relaxing
  • Season: Spring
    Cherry blossoms and cool breezes
Food Matsuri Onsen

Day 1: Off to the Blossoms!

We'll meet up at Los Angeles International Airport and board our flight to Japan.

Welcome Meeting and Tour Guidebook

At the airport, you'll be given the tour guidebook, maps, and other goodies.

The Flight

The flight to Japan will take approximately 10~11 hours.
Meals and on-board entertainment are complimentary!

Note: Guests flying to Japan on their own ("Land Only") guests should consult with PacSet with regards to their travel arrangements and meeting the group in Japan.

Be sure to read our tour pre-departure emails to be prepared for the trip!

Day 2: Park at the Picnic

After arriving in Tokyo, we'll drop our stuff at the hotel.
Feeling awake? Join us for the first cherry blossom
party of the trip, under the blossoms at Ueno Park!

Ueno Park

Tokyo's most legendary park is the city's most
famous place to view the blossoms. Expect friendly
locals, roaming pizza salespeople, food booths, and
lots and lots of fun. <3

Day 3: Harajuku Heights

Time to get a peek at Tokyo! We begin the day at Meiji Jingu Shrine, where cool spring breezes will lead us to picturesque shrine courtyards before our wallets whisk us off to our second stop, Harajuku! Here you'll be able to
shop, eat crepes, check out art galleries, or join your guide for a relaxing tour of our favorite neighborhood cafes. That evening, join us aboard a traditional Yakatabune
longboat for a feast of Tempura and a cruise past the blossoms along the Sumida River.

MEAL PROVIDED: Dinner (Multi-course Tempura feast w/ complimentary drinks on the Yakatabune)

Day 4: From the river to the mountains

We begin our day in Asakusa, the most famous temple
area in the city of Tokyo! You'll shop for traditional goods
and souvenirs on the famed Nakamise-dori and have
the chance to explore Sensoji Temple.

Afterwards, we'll board an express train to the mountains and settle in at a resort in Kinugawa Onsen! Wander the mountainsides of the town, take in the views from the ropeway or the footbath, or just relax in the spa - the choice is yours.

In the evening, join your friends and guides for an evening
party and get-together.

Day 5: Nikko!

The Tokugawa Shoguns have their mausoleums here, and
when you visit, you'll see why they chose Nikko: it's breathtaking. We'll start our visit at the Kegon Waterfall, where we'll take in some fantastic views and breathe in some mountain air.

Then it's back to central Nikko for a visit to the riverside Tamozawa Imperial Villa, where you can explore the gorgeous rooms of this historical treasure before taking in the view over a cup of tea. A visit to the gorgeous Toshogu Mausoleum will round out the day before we return to Tokyo.

Day 6: Hase and History

Considered by some historians a former capitol of Japan,
Kamakura sits on the sea and will offer us a variety of good blossom views! We'll start at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and its picturesque ponds before taking a break to explore the city's merchant quarter in search of trinkets and treats.

The afternoon will have us relocating to Hase Temple to take in views of the seaside and see the caves (yes, CAVES) that have long been part of the temple. Finally, we'll visit the giant statue of the Buddha at Kodaiji!

Day 7: Urban Freedom!

Today is a free day! Take your time to explore any corner of Tokyo and the Kanto area as you like. Your guides will be on hand to assist with directions, maps, and more.

Day 8: Soar to the Sea

It's time to bid farewell to Tokyo and the blossoms; we're
Okinawa-bound! When we touch down, we'll begin our
journey in the rural part of the island we'll be calling
home. Settle into your resort hotel room before joining
your guides for a quick bike tour of the surrounding area,
including the bridge to Kurima Island, where we'll gaze at
the shoreline from the deck chairs of a local cafe.

In the evening, return to the resort for a beachfront meal and BBQ!

Day 9: Snorkels and Sunshine

We've been staring at the sea - let's get in it!

Join your guides for a trip out to Yoshino Beach, where we'll snorkel through some of Japan's
clearest waters and see some friendly locals (if they're not too shy!).

After we snorkel around for a while, we'll head into Hirara Town to do a little souvenir shopping and nibble on local
delicacies. This is also when you'll have a chance to head across the more than mile-long Irabu-Ohashi bridge to Irabu Island.

Day 10: Treat yourself!

You have a few choices today: to head to the shores again, kick back at the resort with a massage, or get back in the water or on the wheels for more snorkeling,
cycling, or anything else your heart desires. Tonight,
join us for a special dinner and party as we close out
the last night at our resort in style!

Day 11: Treat yourself!

Today is a free day to enjoy the island! Your guides will be on hand as always to help with any additional help you might need. In the afternoon, we'll bid Miyako goodbye and head back to Tokyo.

Day 12: Return home

Return home to tell your friends how much fun you had!
What's Included
Miyakojima, Okinawa , Tokyo
R/T airfare from LAX to Japan
All transportation within Japan
Train, ropeway, bus, shinkansen (bullet train)
6 nights Tokyo Hotel, 1 night Kinugawa Onsen hot spring resort, 3 nights Miyako Island beachside resort
8 meals total (breakfast + dinner in Kinugawa and Miyako Island)
Tour guide services
Professional, bilingual guide and onsite concierge services
Admission to all activities
Costs for all scheduled tour activities (temples, museums, boat rides, etc.) are covered!
Customized tour guidebook
Includes detailed itinerary, Japan travel basics, maps
Nightly turndown service
Local snacks and homemade sweets

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Let's make memories together
"I don't think my first time to Japan could be any better. Evan and Chrstine were amazing and they were both super helpful and Evan's managing of time was stellar. We never waited for a train. Also Evan's and Christine's humor was amazing. I appreciated how much work went into making this run. They have so much going on and they still managed to be personable." - Stephen, Taste of Japan 2017 "This tour was a food lover's paradise. The PacSet staff is top notch, friendly & always looking out for their guests' needs/wants. As usual, PacSet seems to attract a fantastic group of fun & interesting guests. That alone can make or break a great trip." - Rich Tracy
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