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Hitachi Sakura Festival Tour Details


Hitachi Sakura Festival Tour

In association with Tauranga City and Hitachi City Sister City activities…

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  • Dates: Thursday 4th April to Friday 12th April 2019
  • Program duration: 8 nights 9 days
  • Location: Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, & Tokyo City, Japan
  • Age: Open to all residents of Tauranga City and surrounding areas
  • Cost TBA


  • Return Flight on Air New Zealand, Auckland to Japan.
  • 2 nights hotel in Hitachi
  • 3 nights homestay with a host in Hitachi
  • Attend the Sakura Festival as a special guest of Hitachi City
  • Cultural activities and sightseeing in Hitachi
  • 2 nights in Tokyo Hotel
  • Fully escorted by a Japanese Speaking guide from Let’s Homestay

Not included:

  • some lunches and dinner where indicated “own” on the itinerary
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel between Tauranga and Auckland


  • 3 nights hotel stay instead of 3 nights homestay. Incl bed and breakfast
  • Hotel single room option

Conditions: Tour Numbers must reach 10 or more for the tour to be operational.  You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the tour return date.  All costs are subject to change without notice due to tariff rises and currency fluctuations until paid in full.  A non refundable $1000 deposit required at time of booking.  Full payment required by 15th December 2018.  As cancellation fees apply travel insurance is mandatory.  Note: refund in full if the program is cancelled due to insufficient numbers.  Please note the single room hotel occupancy and the hotel option instead of homestay in Hitachi available, additional cost applies. (see above fees)


Important Dates

Applications due by 15th December 2018
Full payment due 15th December 2018
Host Information Sent in March
Depart for Japan 4th April 2019
Depart Japan 11th April 2019
Return home to Tauranga 12th April 2019

*There will be a pre-departure meeting : TBA

Program Key Points

  • Application and Participants
    The tour has been created for residents of Tauranga city and surrounding areas to visit the sister city in Japan.  Participants outside the area may join the tour but may be subject to some surcharge.
    A minimum of 10 participants is required for the tour to go ahead.
  • The group will meet at Auckland Airport on the morning of the departure day.
  • Air New Zealand Flight
    The group will fly Air New Zealand non-stop to Narita International Airport, Tokyo on the latest dreamliner aircraft.
  • Japan Arrival
    Transfer by bus to Hitachi City. The group’s first nights accommodation is in the Hotel Terrace The Square Plaza (or similar class).
  • Discover Hitachi and Japanese Culture
    Discovery Hitachi City , visit the Hitachi Civic center and experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and try on a Kimono for some photos.
  • The Homestay
    Commencing Friday, experience a 3 nights hosted hospitality
    *Option to stay in the hotel for the 3 nights at extra costs.
  • Sakura Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
    Enjoy the Sakura Festival as a special guest of Hitachi City.  Option to participate in the “Road Race”.  See the Furyumono performance and join in carrying the mikoshi festival shrine.
  • Hitachi Sightseeing
    After the weekend with you host the group gathers once again to see more of Hitachi including the famous Oiwa Shrine and a tour and tasting experience at a Japanese Sake Brewery.
  • Farewell Dinner
    Enjoy a farewell dinner with new friends in Hitachi
  • Hitachi Departure and Tokyo
    Depart for for Tokyo by the Super Hitachi train.  That afternoon visit Tokyo’s latest attraction Skytree, visit Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple and Kaminarimon with the Nakamise Shopping street for tourists.  That evening enjoy a delicious Sukiyaki dinner together.
  • Free Day in Tokyo
    Enjoy a fee day in Tokyo.  You can enjoy some shopping, visit a place of interest or join a day trip tour from the hotel.  (extra cost)
  • Depart Japan
    Enjoy a final relaxing relaxing morning in Tokyo.  After lunch travel to Narita International Airport. Check in for the NZ bound flight departing at 6:30pm that evening.  Overnight flight.
  • Arrive in Auckland
    Arrive Auckland International Airport and make your own way home.
  • Group Escort
    The group will be escorted by a Japanese Speaking staff member of Let’s Homestay.
  • Handling and Support
    The program is being promoted by You Travel, Bethlehem and Lets Homestay, Tauranga.  All Homestay and Cultural arrangements are provided by the Hitachi City Office.  The tour is officially recognised as a Sister City Activity by Tauranga City and Hitachi City.

You Travel Contact :
Suzanne Hardie
Bethlehem Town Centre, PO Box 16174, Bethlehem
Email: suzanne@youtravelbop.co.nz
Tel: (07) 579 3431

Lets Homestay Contact Details:
Stuart Cundy
20 Cornwall Street, Greerton, Tauranga
Email: stuart@letshomestay.com
Tel: (07) 543 3220
Mobile: 027 294 3144