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Tour Details:

   
  Begins: 4/30/2011
Ends: 5/8/2011
Total: 7 nights
  Air-included Price from: $2,260.00
(per person, based on double occupancy)
- Fuel surcharge, applicable taxes & fees INCLUDED
Approx. 313.00
(The price may vary depending
on currency exchange fluctuations and other factors)


Departing From: Los Angeles
(Check for other U.S. cities)
- Must depart the U.S. one day prior to the tour date


Land Only Price: $1,695.00
(does not include airfare & ground transportation between airport and hotel unless specified)


Single Room Supplement: $520.00


   
 
  Reservation Deadline: 3/15/2011
  TOUR STATUS: Reservation closed

Minimum number of participants required for operation: 15

 

Tour itineraries subject to change without notice. Tax and fuel surcharges are determined by the supplying airline and are subject to change without notice. For more info, please see our Tour Terms and Conditions



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Japan Bonsai Tour 2011

Here is our brand new tour! This tour is especially made for BONSAI enthusiasts! A seven-night package takes you to Great Bonsai Festival in Omiya, known as Bonsai Village, and Bonsai Masters’ gardens and nurseries. Fulfill your interests of Bonsai and of course enjoy Tokyo sightseeing and feel the mixture of traditional and modern culture of Japan. You willl also have an option to extend your stay to Kyoto. Looking forward to seeing you on the tour! 


 

Reservation closed. We'll see you next time!!

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

DAY1

4/30

Sat

Depart Los Angeles International Airport for Narita via Korean Airlines #002 at 11:40 am

 

DAY2

05/01

Sun

Arrive at Narita International Airport at 03:05 pm
Transfer to the hotel


Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY3

05/02

Mon

Tokyo Sightseeing
Full Day Tokyo Sightseeing

Lunch
Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY4

05/03

Tue

Great Bonsai Festival in Omiya
The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Bonsai Village, Bonsai Festival

Lunch: Japanese Kaiseki Cuisine
Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY5

05/04

Wed

Visit Bonsai Masters' gardens & nurseries
Uchikutei garden owned by Mr. Seiji Morimae
Mr. Masahiko Kimura's garden
Yorozuen Shohin nursery
Shunkaen Bonsai Museum owned by Mr. Kunio Kobayashi's Garden






Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY6

05/05

Thu

Free at Leisure
Go back to Great Bonsai Festival again to fulfill your interest
OP) Full Day Edo Tokyo Walking Tour




Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY7

05/06

Fri

Modern Tokyo Shopping & Walking by local trains
Akihabara - Shibuya - Harajuku


Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY8

05/07

Sat

Free at Leisure
Enjoy the last day in Japan
OP) Mt. Fuji-Hakone 1-day Tour
OP) Kamakura Walking Tour
OP) Nikko World Heritage 1-day tour




Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

DAY9

05/08

Sun

Depart Narita International Airport for Los Angeles via Korean Airlines #001 at 02:55 pm
Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 08:40 am

- Tour disbands at Narita Airport.
- If you prefer to extend your trip in Japan, please provide us with the information of your desired return date at the time of booking, so that we can hold seats for you.

 


Omiya Bonsai Village (as known as bonsai Mecca)

Omiya Bonsai Village in Saitama started in 1925 after bonsai growers in Tokyo experienced the Great Kanto earthquake and decided to move to Omiya where there was good soil for nurturing bonsai with clean water and fresh air. The Village now consists of five Bonsai nurseries and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum which is just opened March, 2010. This Village holds the Great Bonsai Festival from May 3rd to May 5th every year and more than 230,000 people visited last year. You will find many of fine bonsai collections owned by bonsai nurseries as well as exhibits by amatures, and shops for bonsai, and bonsai pots too. Bonsai enthusiasts just can’t miss this big event of the year!

Visit Bonsai Masters' gardens & nurseries

Start a day visiting Uchiku-tei garden, Japan’s greatest and most comprehensive bonsai center, owned by Mr. Seiji Morimae who is known for his Bonsai and Suiseki works. Then visit the garden of Mr. Masahiko Kimura who is widely recognized as a Bonsai master in the world. After appreciating master’s works, visit Yorozuen Shohin nursery which has been leading Shohin industry for four generations in 100 years. At the end of the day, visit Shunkaen Bonsai Museum owned by Mr. Kunio Kobayashi, the world famous bonsai master who is a four-time winner of the top Prime Minister's Award at Japan Professional Artist Exhibition. There is a good probability of meeting some of masters too. Wish us luck!

Tokyo Sightseeing

Take some time to get acquainted with the sights and sounds of Japan. You've seen Japan in pictures - now see it with your own eyes. A trip to Japan should never be without visits to some classic Japanese shrines and temples. Get a full taste the immensely deep history of Japan by sightseeing around the city.

A sample itinerary
Tokyo Tower observatory as a symbol of Tokyo, Tea ceremony at Happo-en Garden, Imperial Palace Plaza, Sumida River Cruise, and Asakusa Kannon temple which is the oldest temple in Tokyo.

Modern Tokyo Shopping & Walking by local trains

Experienced bilingual tour guide will take you through using the trains in Tokyo, showing you how to find your way around to some of the best spots in the city for shopping and city sightseeing! Scope out the hottest fashion trends in Harajuku! Lose yourself in the electronics/game/anime/manga heaven of Akihabara! Shop for hours and soak in the pop culture flavor of modern Japan! You'll have plenty of time at each location to venture off on your own as much as you like. There will be guidance to give you a walkthrough of the coolest places to shop, and then you're let loose to explore. By the end of the day, you'll have learned how to get almost anywhere in city!

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Free at Leisure

You still have TWO free days! You can just hop on trains and explore the city! Here are a couple of suggestions how you’d like to spend your free days.

May 5 (Thu)
Go back to Great Bonsai Festival to see more bonsai displays or for bonsai tools and pots shopping
Or you can join an optional tour
1. Full Day Edo Tokyo Walking Tour
Or just explore visiting Japanese gardens or areas of your interests. An escorted tour guide will advise you where to visit and directions.

May 7 (Sat)
The last day of Japan, have you done everything you wanted to do? Are there any places you’ve been missing?
Go out for the last minute shopping and adventure.
Or join another optional tour
2. Mt. Fuji-Hakone 1-day tour
3. Kamakura Walking Tour
4. Nikko World Heritage 1-day tour


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7 night accommodations in Hotel Metroplitan Hotel, Tokyo

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo, formerly the Crowne Plaza Metropolitan, boasts style, comfort, and convenience. It's only a 3-minute walk from West exit of Ikebukuro station where you can have all experiences of shopping, food, arcades, Karaoke, and amusement spots. It also gives you quick access to other big cities like Akihabara, Shinjuku and Shibuya just within a 20-minute ride by JR line. Mos Burger, our popular must-try burger shop is right in front of the hotel and three major convenience stores around the hotel will make you easy to grab breakfast, snacks, or drinks whenever you need. Everything is just within walking distance.

Your hotel at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo

Click here to see the Hotel & Ikebukuro Area Map (PDF 356KB)

Stay longer by extending your trip!

This tour will end on May-8 but if you want to stay longer to explore more of Japan or plan to visit your family and relatives, you’re free to do that.  Please be sure to tell us your desired return date at the time of booking, then we can reserve a seat for your return trip.  We can easily arrange your extended stay either in the same hotel or anywhere else in Japan.  Very convenient Japan Rail Passes and discounted Japan domestic tickets are available, too. Just let us know how long and in what city you'd like to stay, so that we can find the best way for you to fully enjoy your stay!

Click here for a 3-night Kyoto Extension Plan 

Included:

Not Included:

- Round-trip air transportation from Los Angeles to Japan (Coach Class)*
- English/Japanese speaking guide from Los Angeles
- 7 night stay in Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo
- Sightseeing tours specified on the itinerary
- Transportation specified on the itinerary**
- 2 Lunches (Day 3 and Day 4)
*Air transporation is not included when you choose "Land Only Package" **Transportation between Narita airport and Hotel in Tokyo is not included when you choose "Land Only Package"
- Fuel surcharge, applicable taxes & fees on air-included package (Approx. $313.00 as of Jan. 4, 2011)
- Meals unless specified on the itinerary
- Incidental charges and expenses other than those specified in the itinerary, including but not limited to, laundry, domestic and international phone calls, telephone rental, additional meals and drinks, and any other expense of personal nature
- U.S. domestic air fares, excess baggage charges in respect to number and weight, medical expenses for injuries and illness, and traveling and accommodation costs between arrival and departure outside the duration of the tour itinerary


Korean Airlines Flight Information between Los Angeles and Narita

Leave
Apr. 30 (Sat) KE 002 Economy  
  Dep. 11:40 am Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  Arr. 03:05pm Narita, Japan (NRT)
(on May. 1)
Return
May. 8 (Sun) KE 001 Economy  
  Dep. 02:55 pm Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  Arr. 08:40 am

Narita, Japan (NRT)

* For the participants from other cities

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  • The order of the tour itinerary is subject to change.
  • Tour Price is subject to change until all documents are confirmed.
  • Additional fees on air-included package apply. (Total amount of fuel surcharge, applicable taxes and fees are $313.00 as of Jan. 4, 2011, which may be subject to change without notice)
  • Please ask your agent for more details.
 
 
 
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