15 Days
From £3,199
In association with Cruise Direction
Discover the incredible beauty of Japan’s cherry blossom on this exclusive 17-day tour that includes Tokyo and a luxury cruise along the Pacific coast

To see Japan in spring, when the iconic cherry blossom covers the country in beautiful pink blooms, is an experience on many readers' travel bucket lists. This bespoke tour gives readers the chance to appreciate unforgettable panoramic views of some of the prettiest and most-photographed cherry trees in the world which more than a million visitors enjoy each year.

You'll take in the very best of the sakura (blossoms), as well as the rest of Japan by land and sea. You'll stay in the dizzying, neon-lit Tokyo for three nights, in a four-star hotel, and enjoy two exclusive day trips. One will take you from Tokyo to Japan's most iconic mountain. You'll stop for lunch at Mount Fuji's fifth station, 2,300 metres above sea level. The other day trip will take you to the best spots in the city for hanami (cherry blossom viewing), taking a cable car ride on the Komagatake Ropeway, which boasts great views of the Hakone National Park, and a scenic boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Keep an eye out for the bright red torii gates that bestride the lake shore, too.

You'll then board luxury ship Celebrity Millennium in Tokyo's port at Yokohama for a luxury full board 11-night cruise around the coastline of Japan, including stops at Osaka for Kyoto, Kōchi Castle and Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. With a capacity of 2,158 passengers, the Celebrity Millennium is small enough to still feel intimate but large enough to support multiple restaurants, Jacuzzis, outdoor pools, an adults-only solarium and big Broadway-style theatre. You can choose from six different cabin types and upgrade to ocean-view or balcony cabins and suites.

With April being peak cherry blossom season, this perfectly timed tour is simply not to be missed. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic and mystery of Japan at the very best time of the year to go.

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Price includes

  • Return flights and private airport transfers.
  • Free airport lounge pass.
  • Three nights' four-star accommodation in Tokyo.
  • Tour of Tokyo taking in the best cherry blossom spots.
  • Full-day Mount Fuji and Hakone tour including lunch, Lake Ashi cruise and bullet train journey.
  • 11-night full-board cruise on the Celebrity Millennium.
  • All port taxes and fees.

Availability

From
Mon, Monday, Apr 6
To
Thu, Thursday, Apr 23
Duration
18 Days
Price per person
£3,199*
* Departs April 2020. Price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Regional flights may be available at a supplement, subject to availability. Single cabins available on request, at a supplement. Ask for upgrades and inclusive packages.
Call now to book 01462323736
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly London to Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    Fly overnight from London to Tokyo.

    Meals -
  2. Day
    2
    Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    Upon arrival in Japan's ulta-modern, bustling capital, transfer to your four-star hotel.

    Meals -
  3. Day
    3
    Tokyo’s Best Cherry Blossom Spots Tour
    Tokyo, Japan

    Today you'll take in the fabulous blooms from the best vantage points in the city, stopping by three of the most famous cherry blossom sighting spots. You'll head up to the dizzying heights of the Tokyo Tower to watch the city unfold before your eyes, taking in panoramic views of the blossoms covering the urban centre. Savour a Japanese lunch today at a hotel in the popular Odaiba area, which has its own ferris wheel and onsen hot springs.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Mt Fuji & Hakone on the Bullet Train
    Mt Fuji (Japan), Japan

    You can't visit Japan without seeing Mount Fuji or travelling by high-speed bullet train. So today we've included a wonderful day trip from Tokyo to Japan's most iconic mountain. You'll be able to enjoy the spectacular spring scenery of rural Japan as you travel to Mount Fuji's fifth station, which sits 2,300 metres above sea level. We'll stop here for lunch.

    You'll then take a cable car ride on the Komagatake Ropeway, which boasts great views of the Hakone National Park, and a scenic boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Keep an eye out for the bright red torii gates that bestride the lake shore, too!

    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    5
    Embark Celebrity Millenium
    Yokohama, Japan

    Your 11-day full board cruise starts today take a private transfer to Tokyo's port of Yokohama, where you'll board the luxury ship, Celebrity Millenium.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Mt Fuji (Shimizu)
    Shimizu, Japan

    Today, you'll visit the sacred active volcano, Mount Fuji, commonly called "Fuji-san". Mount Fuji is the country's tallest peak, at 3,776 meters and has served as a pilgrimage site for centuries. You'll be able to take in incredible sights, see the geography of this fascinating island up-close and learn about Japan's heritage.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Kyoto (Osaka)
    Kyoto, Japan

    Kyoto is well-known for its many classical Buddhist temples, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses as well as well as gorgeous gardens which will look particularly charming at this turn of the season, when many beautiful flowers will be in bloom.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Kobe
    Kobe, Japan

    Today, you'll visit the town famous for its tender, fatty, and well-marbled beef. Kobe beef is Wagyu beef from Japanese black cattle and retains a particular flavour popular around the world. But this is not all Kobe has to offer: it is also known for its hot springs, its cosmopolitanism and its fashion sense. Sandwiched between the coast and the mountains, Kobe's port area landmark is the red steel Port Tower. A Ferris wheel can also be found nearby in Harborland, a notable tourist promenade.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Kochi
    Kochi, Japan

    Kochi is a mostly rural area known for its mountains, rivers and Pacific beaches. Its cherry blossoms are some of the earliest to bloom in Japan, among those in Okinawa. You can see beautiful blossoms around Kochi-jo, one of Japan's best preserved castles from feudal times, and over Harimaya Bridge, made famous by a Kochi folk song and now visited as a monumental theme park to the lovers in the song. Cherry festivals are celebrated in many of these spots underneath the trees spotted with pink flowers. You can also admire the blossoms lit up with bonbori paper lanterns at night.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Fukukoka
    Fukuoka, Japan

    Fukuoka Island is famous for its ancient temples, beaches and modern shopping malls, such as the sprawling mall with fountain shows, Canal City. In Maizuru Park you can wander around the protected historic site of 17th-century Fukuoka Castle. Ogle the 10m tall wooden Buddha at Tōchō-ji Temple, or pay a visit to the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum. Fukuoka is also a wonderful spot for experiencing wisteria blooms. This flower has a sweet fragrance and blooms in vibrant swathes of white, purple and pink. Walk through wisteria tunnels and visit some of Japan's leading wisteria gardens here.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Busan, South Korea
    Busan, South Korea

    The port city of Busan is South Korea's second-largest city after Seoul, famous for its beaches, mountians and temples. Explore its majestic mountains and hot springs today and why not savour some of its traditional seafood dishes?

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    12
    Day at sea
    Sea of Japan (East Sea), Japan

    Enjoy a relaxing free day at sea, taking some time to explore Celebrity Millennium's many facilities and activities, from the relaxing and rejuvenating Canyon Ranch spa - the largest and most comprehensive spa at sea, to the inspirational Art Gallery, the new Rooftop Terrace showing open-air movies, the cosy Cellar Masters bar and the ice-topped Martini Bar. Dance the night away at the Cosmos Lounge, surrounded by stunning views as you sail across the Sea of Japan.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day
    13
    Aomori, Japan
    Aomori, Japan

    Multiple cherry blossom festivals are held in the city of Aomori - the northernmost prefecture on Japan's main island - throughout spring, celebrating the beginning of new cycles and the fleeting beauty of life. Its most famous cherry blossom viewing spot is Hirosaki Park, which transports you to a floral dreamworld, revered as one of the best in the world.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day
    14
    Arrive back in Yokohama Port
    Yokohama, Japan

    Arrive back into Tokyo's Yokohama Port this evening, and spend the evening moored in Yokohama, with all of the ship's facilities still free to use in this very last stretch of your journey.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day
    15
    Fly home
    Tokyo, Japan

    After breakfast this morning, take a private transfer to the airport for your flight home. Wave goodbye to Japan's incredible pink blossoms from the air as you leave for home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Celebrity Millenium

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Cruise ship

With a capacity of 2,158 passengers, the Celebrity Millennium is small enough to still feel intimate but large enough to support multiple restaurants, Jacuzzis, outdoor pools, an adults-only solarium and big Broadway-style theatre.

Celebrity Millennium offers a range of features and activities, from the relaxing and rejuvenating Canyon Ranch spa - the largest and most comprehensive spa at sea, to the inspirational Art Gallery, the new Rooftop Terrace showing open-air movies, the cosy Cellar Masters bar and the ice-topped Martini Bar. Dance the night away at the Cosmos Lounge, surrounded by stunning views as you sail through.

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Availability

From
Mon, Monday, Apr 6
To
Thu, Thursday, Apr 23
Duration
18 Days
Price per person
£3,199*
* Departs April 2020. Price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. Regional flights may be available at a supplement, subject to availability. Single cabins available on request, at a supplement. Ask for upgrades and inclusive packages.
Call now to book 01462323736
Quote ref: HEARST