Aurora Chamber Travel
Discover the wonders of Japan during cherry blossom season on a unique tour designed exclusively for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Travel to Japan on March 24, 2020 for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience during an 11-day trip. For details and booking, contact: Walt Lee, Marlin Travel, 1-855-751-1537. All bookings must to be finalized by January 20, 2020.
Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Departs: March 24, 2020 • 11 days
9 nights hotel accommodation at 3* or 3.5* hotels
Daily breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D) as indicated on the itinerary
English-speaking sightseeing tour including admission fees as indicated on the itinerary
All transportation as indicated on the itinerary
- Classic Japan: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya
- Hidden Gems: Yokohama, Shizuoka, Kanazawa, Takayama
- Spectacular Blossom Viewing
- Special Experiences: Tea Ceremony, Hot Spring, Fruit Picking,
- Local Food: Sumo Hot Pot, Shabushabu, Teppanyaki
Meet Walt Li, Marlin Travel, Aurora
The Aurora Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) chose Walt as our travel provider because his business is Aurora-based and he's well-known for providing excellent customer service to the local community. Walt has designed this tour exclusively for the ACOC - you cannot find a trip to Japan featuring the same special experiences anywhere else!
Contact Walt to learn more and book your trip.
Marlin Travel, 135 First Commerce Drive, Aurora (Inside Walmart)
Phone: 905-751-1537 or toll free 1-855-751-1537
Day 1: Canada - Tokyo via Air Canada Airlines
Travel from Canada to Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo – Yokohama (D)
Welcome to Japan! Meet and transfer by coach to your hotel in Yokohama. Enjoy a Japanese BBQ welcome dinner.
Day 3: Yokohama – Shizuoka (B/L/D)
After breakfast in the hotel, the tour will start from the Great Buddha of Kamakura where you will admire the monumental statue of Ktoku-in, one of the largest Buddha figures in Japan. When the coach bus passes Hakone, the Hakone sightseeing cruise tour will be arranged. Then we will continue to Shizuoka with a stop in the Owakudani valley.
Day 4: Shizuoka – Nagoya (B/L)
Visit the impressive Gyokuro No Sato Teahouse to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, followed by a walking tour to the historical and spiritual Tagata Jinja Shrine, home to an ancestral deity who originally cultivated the land in this area. You will arrive in Nagoya in the afternoon and be transferred to the Nagoya downtown and shopping area, where you will visit Oasis 21, TV Tower and Sakae shopping square.
Day 5: Nagoya – Osaka (B/L)
In the morning, depart for the Iga-ry Ninja Museum, established in 1964, dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. Enjoy a tour in Nara park, which represents the heritage area of Nara city, an environment composed of temple halls, pagodas, abundant trees and verdant lawns. Marvel at the combination of the Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall), greenery and free-roaming deer. After you arrive in Osaka, you don’t want to miss Osaka Castle Park with a visit to the historical and atmospheric main tower (Osaka Castle Museum). Then you may walk around in the Shisaibashi/Dotonbori area to enjoy the night view in Osaka.
Day 6: Osaka – Kyoto(B/L/D)
The first stop today will be Arashiyama/Bamboo Forest. No picture can capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove – it has a palpable sense of otherness unlike any forest we know of. Kinkakuji is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is famous for its Golden Pavilion. The last stop today is Fushimi Inari Taisha, the most famous shrines to Japanese people. Tonight, you will experience Sumo Hotpot and hear the stories of how Sumo eats.
Day 7: Kyoto – Kanazawa (B/L/D)
After departing from Kyoto, you will stop at Mikata-goto where five small lakes are located. To enjoy the view, you can travel down a beautiful scenic road. On the way to Kanazawa, you will stop at Tojinbo, known for the sight of its stormy waves as the Sea of Japan crashes into its cliffs – a truly magnificent visual experience. The last stop of the day is the traditional Higashi Chaya District in Kanazawa, featuring original teahouse architecture from the Edo Period, where you can explore traditional teahouses, cafes and shops.
Day 8: Kanazawa – Takayama (B/L/D)
First stop will be Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Shirakawa-go is another World Cultural Heritage Site where you can find a Japanese mountain settlement. After arriving in Takayama, you can wonder around the old town before enjoying the hot spring in the hotel.
Day 9: Takayama – Fuji (B/L/D)
Daio Wasabi Farm is the first stop of the day, where you can experience the history of the land. You can pick your own fruit or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. The highlight today is Fuji mountain and the hot spring. We will stop at Oshino Hakkai to have the best view of Fuji mountain.
Day 10: Fuji – Tokyo (B/L)
We will spend two days in Tokyo visiting Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamis shopping street, Tokyo Skytree and Ueno Park, which is the best location for viewing the incredible cherry blossoms.
Day 11: Tokyo - Canada (B/L)
On the last day you will be visiting the Imperial Palace, Odaida Statue of Liberty/Rainbow Bridge/Seaside Park/Gundam Statue and Shinjuku Shopping area before you board your flight back to Canada.
*Not including flight. Flight estimated at $1300/person; book Air Canada flights AC001 and AC002 (return) to receive a coach bus transfer from the airport.
Book your trip!
$200 deposit (non-refundable); balance due 60 days prior to departure (January 20, 2020). Trip cancellation must be 60 days or more before travel.