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2023 Cherry Blossoms Saigo Takamori History Tour

2023 Cherry Blossoms Saigo Takamori History Tour

Starting from Starting from: $4888 * / per person

2023 Cherry Blossoms Saigo Takamori History Tour

Very unique tour itinerary! Fly non-stop to Fukuoka and return from Osaka!

  • 10 Nights / 12 Days
  • 23 Meals (10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners)
  • Escorted from Honolulu
  • Includes English-Speaking Local Guide

TOUR DATE:

March 31 – April 11, 2023

Saigo Takamori (1828–1877) was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history. As a leader in the Meiji Restoration, he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate (military government) and the return of the control of the country to direct imperial rule under Mutsuhito (the emperor Meiji). While this brought about the modernization and Westernization of the country, it also meant the abolishment of the privileged social status of Saigo’s beloved samurai class.

Disenfranchised with his new government, Saigo escaped to Kagoshima and opened a private military academy as a way to employ the faithful samurai who had also left Tokyo to follow him. As tensions grew between the imperial government and the samurai class, Saigo was reluctantly persuaded by his peers to lead a revolt against the government just 9 years after helping to place it in power. The rebellion lasted just 9 months before Saigo was shot and mortally wounded. The rebellion died along with him.

Unable to overcome the affection that the people had for this paragon of traditional samurai virtues, the Meiji Era government pardoned him posthumously in 1889. He was dubbed, “the last Samurai” by the Japanese people, who appreciated the fact that he remained loyal to his virtues and the way of the samurai until his death in 1877.

In the early 21st century, Western audiences became familiar with Saigo’s life through a fictionalized account of his ill-fated rebellion in the Hollywood-produced film The Last Samurai (2003).

VISIT:

Fukuoka • Kagoshima • Sakurajima • Makurazaki • Chiran • Hinatayama Kirishima • Miyazaki • Kumamoto • Hitoyoshi • Kyoto • Uji • Osaka

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

JR Super Express Train Ride • Terukuni Shrine • Tenmonkan Street Saigo Nanshu Kenshokan • Reimeikan • Ishin Furusato-Kan • Saigo Takamori Tanjouchi Ferry Ride to Sakurajima • Yunohira Observatory • Ferry to Kagoshima • Chiran Bukeyashiki Chiran Tokko Peace Museum • Saigo Takamori Statue • Former Site of the Private School Senganen Garden • Segodon Village and Lodge • Kirishima Shrine • Udo Jingu Shrine Nichinan Kaigan Coast • Oni no Sentaku Ita • Kumamoto Castle • Sakura no Baba • Suizenji Taharasaka Museum • Kumagawa Boat Ride • Aoi Shrine • Eikokuji • Kiyomizu Temple Sannen Zaka • Ryozen Museum • Byodoin Temple • Toji Temple • Sanjusangen-do Kuromon Ichiba Market • Dotonbori Shopping • Shinsaibashi Shopping • AEON Mall

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES:

Meiji Sake Brewery Tour and Tasting Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes) Making Experience • Japanese Sweets Making Experience

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES:

Kiyomizu Temple • Byodoin Temple • Toji Temple

COMPLETE PACKAGE!

$4888*

INCLUDES ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE FROM HONOLULU, 10 NIGHTS HOTEL, 23 MEALS, TIPS FOR LOCAL TOUR GUIDES AND BUS DRIVERS, ALL TAXES & FEES

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
PER PERSON

SAVE $50
BOOK BY OCTOBER 31, 2022*

*For complete tour details, please view the PDF below.

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