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Japanese Spring Blossoms

Accommodation Breakfast Cruise Drinks Escorted Tours Package Transfers

14 Nights from $ Per Person


  Fly Cruise


  14 Nights



In the first flourish of spring, enjoy bursts of colour from magnificent tree peonies, Japanese azaleas and peach blossoms. Enjoy an 11 night small ship cruise exploring ancient castles, peaceful Japanese gardens and opulent temples.

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Your Fly, Stay & Cruise package includes:

  • Economy class flights from Sydney to Tokyo
  • 14 night Japanese Spring Blossoms, Gardens & Culture Cruise with Botanica World Discoveries
  • Includes  1 Night in Tokyo and Kyoto, 11 Nights aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, Bullet train from Tokyo to Kanazawa,  Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship, A total of 38 Meals, All sightseeing & touring*, Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes



  • Late Spring in Japan - The timing of this cruise is planned for late season cherry blossom, peach blossom, azaleas and tree peonies in bloom.
  • Japan’s Finest Gardens - Visit Koraku-en Garden, Kenroku-en, the Imperial Palace and more.
  • Historical Wonders of Japan - Visit the important historical sites including Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto and more.




06 Apr 20

Arrive Tokyo

Depart Tokyo Narita International Airport at 10am or the Imperial Hotel at 11.30am to explore Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens, and the Meiji Shrine and grounds. This evening, settle in to your accommodation in Tokyo. Stay: Tokyo, Imperial Hotel (L)

07 Apr 20

Tokyo To Kanazawa

Today you will take a bullet train from Tokyo to Kanazawa. Kanazawa is a thriving centre of the arts, known for its lacquerware, collectable pottery of the Kutani style, gold-leaf workmanship and delicate hand-painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. Board your ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening. (B/L/D)

08 Apr 20

Kanazawa & Kenroku-En Garden

This morning depart from the port and visit Omicho Market that sells and displays everything from flowers to fish and local handicrafts. Afterwards visit one of Japan’s premier highlights and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, ranked among the country’s top gardens. This afternoon immerse yourself in Kanazawa culture with a visit to Higashi Chaya Gai Geisha District, where there are still remains of the traditional form of the town which traces back to the Samurai Era. You will also view handcrafted items famous in Kanazawa such as the kimono and gold-leaf. (B/L/D)

09 Apr 20

Yuushien Garden & Matsue

This morning visit Matsue, known as the ‘Town of Water’, which nestles by a scenic lake and lagoon. Visit a number of cultural attractions including Matsue Castle. Known as the ‘Black Castle’, it is one of only a few wooden Medieval castles remaining in Japan today. Admire the graceful exterior of the complex structure, and then take the opportunity to explore the interior and its magnificent views of Lake Shinji. This afternoon visit the stunning Yuushien Garden, full of colour and blossom, famous for growing ginseng and peonies.(B/L/D)

10 Apr 20


This morning visit Hagi, one of Japan’s most beautiful castle towns, where you can explore the old streets, the Hagi Castle ruins, Shizuki Park and the Tokoji Temple. Japan’s revolution began here in Jokamachi’s old Samurai residential quarter, where we will tour a Samurai’s home. We will also visit the Daishoin Temple, the resting place of the two first Mori daimyo, powerful pre-modern lords.(B/L/D)

11 Apr 20

Ulsan, South Korea

Embark on a full-day excursion to Kyongju, a World Heritage-listed site often described as the world’s finest open-air museum. As the ancient capital of the Shilla dynasty, Kyongju’s heritage dates back to the first millennium. Enjoy a stroll through some of the numerous excavated monuments, temples, tombs and pagodas, and there will be time to explore the National Museum, with its exceptional collection of finely worked gold jewellery, metal weapons and pottery. At lunch, sample Korean delicacies followed by a special cultural performance of traditional dance.(B/L/D)

12 Apr 20

Dejima Island & Nagasaki

This morning explore Nagasaki, the second city destroyed by an A-bomb in World War II. Tour the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden. This afternoon visit Dejima Island, built during the Edo period to house Portuguese Christian missionaries and prevent the propagation of their religion. It was also 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)

13 Apr 20

Yakushima Island

Today arrive on the island of Yakushima, which became Japan’s first World Heritage-listed site in 1993. Yakushima is famous in botanical circles for many great garden plants, including dwarf plants that have evolved to grow smaller than their mainland cousins. We will spend time here on nature walks, including Yakusugi Land, a nature park populated by a number of the island’s ancient cedar trees, such as the Buddhasugi, Futagosugi and Sennensugi.(B/L/D)

14 Apr 20

Uwajima, Freedom Of Choice

Arrive in Uwajima, situated deep inside the saw-toothed coast of Uwajima Bay. Today you have two choices. Learn the process of cultivating and sorting pearls on a visit to a pearl farm before continuing on to Tensha-en Garden which is a typical example of a Japanese garden built during the Samurai era. Alternatively explore Uwajima Castle and Tensha-en Garden.(B/L/D)

15 Apr 20

Miyajima & Hiroshima

Arrive in Hiroshima to visit the compelling Peace Memorial Park. The park is dotted with memorials, including the cenotaph that contains the names of all the known victims of the A-bomb. Return to the ship for lunch, then continue on to Miyajima to see one of Japan’s scenic wonders, the scarlet Torii Gate*, the giant camphor wood gates at the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. We will go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the sixth century.(B/L/D)

16 Apr 20

Okayama Koraku-En Garden & Kurashiki

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

17 Apr 20

Takamatsu & Ritsurin Park

Today tour the stunning city of Takamatsu on Shikoku, the smallest of the four main Japanese Islands. We will journey over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge and visit Kinashi Bonsai Town. Next visit Ritsurin Park, a 350-year-old garden, famous for its spring colours and Chrysanthemum Moon pavilion. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board the ship.(B/L/D)

18 Apr 20

Kobe To Kyoto

Arrive this morning into Kobe where you will be transferred from the ship to Kyoto. Kyoto was the former Imperial capital of Japan and is now ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Soak up the tranquil natural beauty of this peaceful place. Visit one of Kyoto’s famous temples Ginkakuji and see the spring colours from the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto.(B/L/D)

19 Apr 20

Depart Kyoto

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport by shuttle bus for your flight home. Alternatively, choose to stay on in Kyoto with Botanica’s 3 Day Kyoto Extension.(B)




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