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Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Tour Code: GTD5067281

Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

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11 days 10 nights

fromUSD $4698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $900.00

Experience the best of Japan by visiting the country's top gardens, temples, and modern day sites during the cherry blossom season, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

This tour consists of the Best of Japan itinerary and an additional day in Osaka for the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

Expo 2025 Osaka is a global event in Japan showcasing future technologies, cultural exhibits, and sustainability solutions. The event features national pavilions, an innovation zone, and artistic installations. Visitors can explore themes like future living, sustainability, and cultural exchange while enjoying entertainment and international cuisine. The Expo aims to foster collaboration and envision a better future.

Springtime in Japan showcases an array of pale pink cherry blossoms, colorful gardens, and lush green foliage. This tour covers popular "must see" attractions in Tokyo and Kyoto, plus highlights in the Shikoku and Chugoku regions (Hiroshima & Miyajima). This itinerary caters to a wide variety of interests from culture, architecture, nature, onsen spa baths, 21st century sights, to Japanese cuisine.

Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate through Tokyo's cultural monuments, modern neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and the best spots to view cherry blossoms. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef and enjoy it for lunch. Spend a photo-worthy day at Hakone and Mt. Fuji, then board a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride for experience before transferring to the Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen. There, you will stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you will feast on dinner and can unwind in the hot springs (onsen).

Visit the Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami (flower- viewing) spot during the cherry blossom season. Hikone Castle is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan, meaning it survived the post feudal era without suffering from severe destruction or remodeling. It is also considered one of the four most beautiful castles in Japan. Visit the Genkyuen Garden, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden located on the castle grounds. Continue to Miho Museum, recognized for its architecture that encompasses the surrounding scenery while exhibiting ancient artifacts. There is also a tunnel that leads from the museum to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. Designed by I. M. Pei, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die".

Spend two days in the historical city of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. The gardens and temples you will visit in Kyoto have been chosen because for their reputation as the "best places to view cherry blossoms." Experience a Japanese green tea ceremony, meet a maiko (apprentice geisha). Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, which is renowned for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple. In the ancient capital of Nara, you will visit the notable Todaiji Temple and a deer park where 1,000 Sika deer roam freely.

Tour the remarkable Himeji Castle and the photogenic canal town of Kurashiki. Continue to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then head to Miyajima Island and take in views of the distinguished torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the vermillion-colored gate appears to "float" on top of the sea. Then, drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

On the Shikoku Island, take a trip to the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, enjoy a leisurely boat ride, and reflect on panoramic views of the Oboke Gorge. Our group will also have the chance to savor the world-famous Wagyu beef in Kobe. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to visit the renowned regions of Japan.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Apr 7, 2025 Thu. Apr 17, 2025 USD $4698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.


We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 9 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 4 lunches and 4 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information


Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Mt. Fuji - Hakone- Bullet Train Ride
  • Day4   Hikone - Koka
  • Day5   Kyoto
  • Day6   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day7   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day8   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day9   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day10   Osaka
  • Day11   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka

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