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I am proud and delighted to present our Springtime Flower Tour of Japan. We welcome Members of the Tailor Made Travel data base and listeners of Ace Radio to join us.

There is so much to offer in this highlight packed itinerary including the world famous cherry blossoms and springtime flowers of Tohoku, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Yokohama, the magnificent temples and shrines of historic Kyoto, all of which make this tour of Japan a thrilling experience.

One highlight will be an opportunity to attend the Group 1 Emperor's Cup meeting held at Kyoto Racecourse. Past winners of Japan's top staying race over 3,200 metres include champions such as Deep Impact, Gold Ship and Kitasan Black. The pre-race excitement of the Tenno Sho is unforgettable, the atmosphere is electric and the memory will be everlasting! Horses that run well in the Emperor's Cup may come to Australia to contest the Melbourne Cup.

My background in Japan travel stems from having worked there in the 90's, learning the language to a fluent level and subsequently escorting many group tours to Japan. And what a wonderful journey it has been with so many wonderful memories created.

I am delighted to be joined by my great mate and media personality Keith Hillier. Keith has a warm, fun loving nature which makes him a wonderful asset to our team.

The current strength of the Australian dollar is a bonus for those who enjoy shopping. For our optional lunches and dinners together I will escort you to restaurants which provide wonderful value, great service, delicious food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Our accommodations throughout our stay in Japan are 3.5 to 4 star hotels, conveniently located to give us instant access to a wide range of restaurants, shops and transport. Please note Japanese hotel rooms are compact and practical without too many frills.

We will have the convenience of a 7 Day Japan Rail Pass and a Pasmo Card to use on Japan's super fast and efficient transport system. The train is the most convenient and quickest way to travel. You will quickly master the navigation as the timetable screens and announcements are also in English. Your first impression will be daunting, but soon you will be giving lessons to other first time travelers.

Fascinating sightseeing by day is complimented by the camaraderie of our outings at night. Our tours are noted for their friendliness. Over the years, firm and lasting friendships have been formed within our tour groups. You will be made extremely welcome whether travelling alone or with a partner or friends.

Our tour departs Australia on April 20!

I do hope you will join us on this amazing tour amongst friends!

Haydn Thompson


Haydn Thompson


Keith Hillier


Haydn Thompson and Keith Hiller


Tailor Made Travel
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Victoria 3000
Phone: (03) 9909 7213

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