Japanese

Spring in Japan

Spring in Japan: Cherry blossom.

Japanese sakura is a well-known symbol of Japan and Japanese culture.
And spring in Japan is the time of cherry blossom, which is associated with one of the most beautiful holidays of the Land of the Rising Sun. According to an old Japanese legend, the custom of “Hanami”, or admiring the cherry blossom, prolongs life up to a hundred years. The tradition originated in Japan at the imperial court and was repeatedly sung in poems and music. The cherry blossom lasts only a few days, and sometimes only a few hours, conveying the metaphor of all earthly life: its impermanence, ephemerality and transience… This period is a great reason to make a trip to Japan.
Do not miss the time and opportunity to see the cherry blossom and feel the atmosphere of a real Japanese holiday!
Tokyo – Hakone – Osaka – Nara – Kyoto – Tokyo.

Day 1.
Arrival in Tokyo, Narita Airport. Meeting with a Russian-speaking guide. Transfer from the airport to the metropolis of Tokyo (60-80 minutes). Tokyo is a huge metropolis, the streets of which are crowded with transport, and around skyscrapers made of glass and concrete. Small parks, Japanese gardens and majestic temples seem to be amazing intersperses among this urbanized city. Combining the past and the future, Tokyo is extremely interesting for tourists. Accommodation at the hotel. After accommodation-rest, an independent walk around the city.

Day 2.
Breakfast at the hotel. A full-day sightseeing tour of Tokyo with a Russian-speaking guide.
This day will start unusually for you, from luxury and splendor, pomp and wealth, you will step into a surprisingly simple world of sensations, sounds, smells, beauty and grace, and time will stop for one hour (during the tea ceremony). Visiting the square of the Imperial Palace will leave an ambivalent impression: you cannot enter the Palace itself, and this leaves you with a feeling of some kind of understatement, but it is this feeling that will accompany you during the entire journey through Japan, which is impossible to know until the end, but you can know that it exists. you will enjoy admiring the cherry blossom in one of the central parks of the city.
The Tokyo TV tower and its viewing platform. Ginza Luxury Street and the Imperial Palace. Visit one of the most beautiful Tokyo temples — Sensoji in the Asakusa district. This temple is considered the most sacred and significant in Tokyo.
Asakusa district is one of the most interesting and vibrant areas of Tokyo. It originated around the Senso-ji Temple, which, according to legend, was built on the site where two fishermen fished a statue of Kannoy, the Buddhist embodiment of boundless compassion, out of the Sumida-gawa River. The Kannon was carefully preserved and became the main shrine of the temple. The 250-meter-long alley that leads from the Hojo-mon gate to the Kannon-do Hall passes through the Nikamise shopping district, which is always crowded and bright in an oriental way.
After visiting the temple-a walk along Nakamise-dori-a street-a treasure trove of traditional products: obi belts, combs, fans, dolls, kimonos, yukata, amulets, Japanese national amulets and various sweets.
Here you can buy cheap souvenirs for friends and family, as well as admire the view of Tokyo and cherry blossom from the water during a river cruise on the Sumida River.

Day 3
Tokyo-Hakone.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Hakone by public transport. Hakone is one of the most popular resorts, it is located between Mount Fuji and the Izu Peninsula. It is a vast region surrounded by wooded mountains, and its beauty is emphasized by beautiful valleys, gorges and ravines. Hakone and Mount Fuji sightseeing tour. A cable car that rises to a height of more than 1000 meters. Ovakudani Valley, which means “The Valley of great boiling”, where you can see firsthand the volcanic activity, the so-called “valley of geysers” and taste “black eggs”, which, according to the Japanese, prolong life for 7 years.
Stunning views of the sacred Mount Fuji and magnificent mountain scenery. Cruise on Lake Asi, which is located in the crater of an ancient extinct volcano, on a luxury “pirate” ship. The Yunessan thermal spring complex, which offers many special baths with different fillers for relaxation: wine, rose, lavender, lemon, green tea and even sake, Finnish and Turkish baths, a pool with water from the Dead Sea, a “Cave of Surprises”, as well as massage and other treatments.
Overnight in Hakon. !! If desired, you can extend your stay in Hakone for another night, then the excursion program will look like this: 1 day-a tour of Hakone, with a visit to the Ovakudani Valley and the Yunessan complex 2 day-an excursion to Mount Fusdi.

Day 4.
Hakone-Osaka. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Osaka on the Shinkansen express train
Meeting with a Russian-speaking guide in Osaka. Osaka city tour. Walk along the central street of Dotonbori, where the Umeda sky building is located. Osaka acquired the status of a trading city thanks to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who built Osaka Castle in I586. Osaka became an industrial center. Today, the unremarkable silhouette has changed thanks to galleries, international hotels, modern residential buildings and bold postmodern structures. Here you can visit the largest aquarium in the world – Kaiyu-kan. The vibrant nightlife of the city and the addiction of its residents to culinary excesses have become widely known.
Visit the ancient samurai castle-Osaka-jo, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of cherry blossoms. Visit the main showcase of Osaka-the Dotonbori quarter. Visit to the viewport of the Umeda building.