14 Days
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Join the Gardeners’ World presenter to see the wonders of Japan in springtime

Nobody ever forgets hanami - the Japanese tradition of viewing the brief but beautiful blossoms that adorn the nation's trees in springtime. The broadcaster and gardener Carol Klein certainly won't. After joining our exclusive Mail on Sunday itinerary to Japan in April, she was so taken by it that she has signed up to accompany readers again in 2019. On this wonderful trip, you will be joined by the Gardeners' World presenter in Tokyo when the pink and white shades of sakura - the local word for cherry blossom - are due to bloom. Transforming the parks and framing the country's mountains and temples, this is a magical sight. Following a brilliant tour exploring Tokyo and Mount Fuji, including a journey on the bullet train, you will board Diamond Princess for the start of an unforgettable nine-day voyage around ancient temples, feudal castles and an extraordinary coastline, including a stop in South Korea.

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Carol Klein
Gardeners' World presenter & broadcaster

Carol Klein is a regular presenter of Gardeners' World, where her down-to-earth approach has made her a hugely popular figure. She first appeared on the programme in the late 1990s when Geoff Hamilton featured the garden at her North Devon home, Glebe Cottage. In 2014, Life In A Cottage Garden was filmed at her property, and she was also seen on The Great British Garden Revival, a BBC series that won TV Broadcast of the Year at the Garden Media Guild Awards. Carol has a degree in Fine Art and spent many years teaching art in schools. She later ran a nursery from her home, Glebe Cottage, and showed at Chelsea for many year, so her hobby eventually became her career.

Doesn't the sight of a flowering cherry festooned with blossom, fill you with joy? To see these beautiful trees in their native home and appreciate their significance in Japanese culture will be wonderful. I hope you can join me.

Carol Klein

Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Eight nights on board Diamond Princess
  • All on-board meals
  • Exclusive talks and excursions from Carol Klein
  • Four nights' four-star hotel accommodation in Tokyo, including breakfast
  • All overseas transfers and taxes

Availability

From
Fri, Friday, Mar 29
To
Fri, Friday, Apr 12
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£3,479*
Sold out
* Based on two sharing. Oceanview £3,579pp, balcony £4,079pp. Subject to availability. Note that cherry blossom sightings are not guaranteed.
Call now to book 02037335081
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    MARCH 29, 2019

    Depart London on a direct overnight flight to Tokyo.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Welcome to Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    MARCH 30, 2019

    On arrival into Tokyo airport (Narita), you will be met by an English-speaking member of staff who will guide you to your shared transfer. You will transfer, unassisted, to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast
  3. Day
    3
    Discover Tokyo's blossoms with Carol Klein
    Tokyo, Japan

    MARCH 31, 2019

    In the morning, you will walk with your English-speaking guide to the venue where your morning lecture by Carol Klein will be held. Drinks/meals are not included during this lecture. After, walk back to the hotel for free time for your own lunch. At 1.30 begin your half day tour with your English-speaking guide of Tokyo. You will first visit the Imperial Palace Plaza and East Gardens, followed by Hamarikyu Garden and the Tokyo City View observation deck at Roppongi Hills. You will then be transferred back to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Tokyo
    Tokyo, Japan

    1 APRIL, 2019
    Enjoy breakfast then walk with your English-speaking guide to the venue where your morning lecture by Carol Klein will be held. Afterwards, continue your tour of Tokyo with your English-speaking guide. You will visit the Shinjuku Gyoen Park before enjoying some free time for lunch in the Harajuku/Omotesando area. After lunch, visit the Meiji shrine and Odaiba Waterfront area. This afternoon, you will transfer back to your hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    5
    Mount Fuji/ Hakone
    Tokyo, Japan

    APRIL 2, 2019

    Today, enjoy a full day tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone, where you will be transferred by coach with your English-speaking guide. On arrival, take in the spectacular views of Fuji area, before enjoying an aerial ropeway ride. Finish off the tour with a cruise on 'Lake Ashi' and lunch at a local restaurant. This evening, return back to Tokyo via bullet train from Odawara station to Shinagawa. From the station, you will be able to walk back to the hotel (only a 10 minute journey).

    Meals - Breakfast
  6. Day
    6
    Sail from Yokohama
    Yokohama, Japan

    APRIL 3 APRIL, 2018

    After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and head to the port city of Yokohama. Here you will board Diamond Princess to begin an extraordinary journey around Japan.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Toba
    Toba, Japan

    APRIL 4, 2018

    Dock today at Toba, known as the birthplace of the cultured pearl industry.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Himeji
    Himeji Castle, Japan

    5 APRIL, 2018

    Stop today at Himeji, known as the site of Japan's finest castle.

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

    APRIL 6, 2019

    Stop in Kochi today, which has an original hilltop castle and several striking temples, including Chikurenji Temple.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    At sea
    Kochi, Japan

    APRIL 7, 2014

    Spend a day enjoying the superb facilities on the Diamond Princess as you sail among Japan's islands.

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

    APRIL 8, 2019
    Today you will dock at Busan in South Korea, which is now recognised as one of the great Asian cities. There is a wide variety of excursions on offer here (at extra cost). One of the most striking stopping points is Beomeosa Temple, an ancient site with a mountainous backdrop.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    12
    At sea
    Busan, South Korea

    APRIL 9, 2018

    Today you will spend a final day at sea, taking advantage of the myriad dining options and activities on board, as you head back to the port of Yokohama.

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

    10 APRIL, 2018
    The gateway to the city of Nagoya, where you will find a much loved castle, sacred shrines, a centuries-old shopping area and a wealth of samurai history. With skyscrapers, bustling streets, theme parks with flower gardens, this is a vibrant 21st-century metropolis.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day
    14
    Return
    Tokyo, Japan
    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Diamond Princess

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Cruise ship

Built in Japan, the Diamond Princess is a magnificent ship to sail around the Land of the Rising Sun

You will head south-west from Tokyo, before sailing through the Kanmon Straits and sailing along the north coast. It is notable for seeming roomier than other vessels its size, with a good space per person ratio. Beds in the Diamond Princess cabins come with Egyptian cotton as standard and en suite bathrooms.

There is a wide choice of restaurants including a sushi bar, and 24-hour panoramic buffet and bistro; a great programme of entertainment with a theatre, live music; and a whole range of spa options including Japanese baths.

This is an exceptionally comfortable way to travel around this nation of islands.

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Availability

From
Fri, Friday, Mar 29
To
Fri, Friday, Apr 12
Duration
15 Days
Price per person
£3,479*
Sold out
* Based on two sharing. Oceanview £3,579pp, balcony £4,079pp. Subject to availability. Note that cherry blossom sightings are not guaranteed.
Call now to book 02037335081
Quote ref: KLEIN-MAIL-ON-SUNDAY