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12 Day Cherry Blossoms in Japan

APT Small Ship Cruise starting in Osaka and finishing in Tokyo

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 12 Day Cherry Blossoms in Japan. With Botanica World Discoveries venture along the historic shores of Japan and South Korea, exploring ancient castles, peaceful Japanese gardens and opulent temples. Enjoy spring bursts of...read more


Operator: APT
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 12 Days
From: Osaka to Tokyo
Tour Code: BTJP12
Visits: Japan, South Korea
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Day By Day


Arrive Osaka, Kyoto

Depart Osaka Kansai International Airport at 10.30am or Imperial Hotel Osaka at 11am and explore Kyoto. Visit the rock garden masterpiece of Ryoanji and see the Cherry Blossom on the philosopher's walk. After lunch, transfer to the MS Caledonian Sky in Kobe. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner as you set sail for the port of Okayama. Stay 10 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky (L/D)

Okayama, Koraku-en Garden, Kurashiki

After breakfast this morning, we will visit Koraku-en Garden, one of Japan's most significant gardens – the name meaning 'garden of pleasure after'. Visit a classic Japanese teahouse with garden views. After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki, to explore the old merchant quarter and its fine 17th-century wooden warehouses. The beautiful houses are white with traditional black tiles and are situated along a canal lined with rows of weeping willows. (B/L/D)

Takamatsu, Ritsurin Park

Today tour the beautiful city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, the smallest of the four main Japanese Islands. Journey over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge and visit Kinashi Bonsai Town. Next visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its lush spring colours and Chrysanthemum-Moon Pavilion. (B/L/D)

Hiroshima, Miyajima

Arrive in Hiroshima to visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park, including the cenotaph that contains the names of all the known victims of the A-bomb. Return to the ship for lunch, then continue to Miyajima, which provides an impressive vista of the scarlet Torii Gate, the giant camphor wood gates at the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the 6th century. (B/L/D)

Uwajima, Freedom of Choice

Arrive in Uwajima, deep inside the sawtoothed coast of Uwajima Bay, the nation's largest pearl cultivation centre. You can learn about cultivating and sorting pearls on a visit to a pearl farm before continuing on to the Samurai era Tensha-en Garden. Alternatively explore Uwajima Castle and the beautiful Tensha-en Garden. (B/L/D)

Nagasaki, Dejima Island

Arrive at Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Tour the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. Continue to Dejima Island, built during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also once the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku isolation period for 200 years, until Japan reopened to the world. (B/L/D)


Embark on a full-day excursion to Gyeongju, in South Korea, a World Heritage-listed site often described as the world's finest open-air museum featuring numerous excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas. At lunch, sample Korean delicacies and enjoy the spectacle of traditional dancers during a cultural performance. (B/L/D)


Japan's revolution began here in Jokamachi's old Samurai residential quarter, where you will tour a Samurai's home. You will also visit the historic Daisho Temple, the resting place of the two first Mori daimyo (a family of powerful and territorial pre-modern Japanese lords) and all of the even-numbered daimyo. This traditional temple is located on Mount Mison, considered a holy mountain, on the island of Itsukushima. Inside, you will find a flame that is said to have been burning for some 1,200 years. Take time to explore Hagi, one of Japan's most beautiful castle towns, where you can explore the old streets and see the Hagi Castle ruins, Shizuki Park and the Tokoji Temple. (B/L/D)

Matsue, Yuushien Garden

Known as the 'Town of Water', Matsue, is on the shores of a scenic lake and a large lagoon. Here, you'll visit Matsue Castle, known as the 'Black Castle', it is one of only a few wooden medieval castles that remain in Japan today. Take the opportunity to explore the interior, which affords magnificent views of Lake Shinji. This afternoon, visit the stunning Yuushien Garden, a traditional flower garden full of colour and blossom, famous for ginseng and peonies. (B/L/D)

Kanazawa, Kenroku-en Garden

Kanazawa is a thriving centre of the arts, long known for its lacquer-ware, outstanding collectible pottery of the Kutani style, goldleaf workmanship and delicate hand-painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. Explore the winding cobblestone streets and around each bend discover traditional houses, museum and art gallery, craft shops, Samurai residences and even a Geisha house. Next visit the Kanazawa Castle ruins, which is one of Japan's premier highlights, and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, which is ranked among the country's top gardens. (B/L/D)

Kanazawa, Tokyo

Disembark the ship this morning and take the Bullet Train to Tokyo. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of Tokyo, then transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B/L) Stay: Tokyo, Hyatt Regency or similar.

Disembark Ship, Depart Tokyo

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport by shuttle bus for your flight home. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Highlights

  • See the cherry blossom of Japan in full bloom and discover its significance
  • Visit Ryoanji rock garden and see the stunning cherry blossom on the Philosopher's Walk
  • See Koraku-en Garden, the famous landscape garden of Okayama
  • Visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden famous for its spring colours
  • Discover Kyongju, a World Heritage-listed site in South Korea
  • See Yuushien Garden, famous for growing ginseng and peonies
  • Visit a Samurai's home
  • Learn about Japanese plants and gardens from your Botanical Guides
  • Explore Matsue, the 'Town of Water'
  • Learn about the process of pearl production in Uwajima

Included Experiences

  • Services of an expert Botanical Guide
  • All sightseeing and shore excursions as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and port taxes
  • 32 Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Wine, beer and soft drink included with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • 10 nights aboard the intimate MS Caledonian Sky
  • Onboard lectures by the Botanical Guides

Fine Dining

  • 32 Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Wine, beer and soft drink included with lunch and dinner on board the ship*

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Ask about pre and post accommodation
  • *Complimentary beverages are only served during your cruise and do not include French Champagne, premium spirits or selected wines. Complimentary beverages are not available during your city stay excursions
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included.

Operator Details

APT Reviews: (223)
Cruises on Sale: 348
Budget: Luxury & Premium
Airport Transfers: Included
Types: Tours, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Destinations: Worldwide

Reviews (1)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Cherry Blossoms in Japan with APT.
NSW, Australia
Mar 2017
1 Helpful Vote
3 Trips
“First time Solo!”
Booking With Global Journeys
APT Botanica & Global Journeys are so reliable! I know that when I book through Yvonne - the hassles & worries of organising such a trip as this, are left in very capable hands. I loved the combination of gardens, culture & art. My fellow travellers were a great mix & I would recommend this trip for solo travellers. Fabulous!
Mar 2018 - Mar 2018

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