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Best of Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour

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Best of Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour

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10 days 9 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $810.00


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

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, to 21st century sights.

This is the reverse itinerary that starts from Osaka. You'll visit the famous Himeji Castle and the canal town of Kurashiki. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then head on to Miyajima to view the famed vermilion Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the gates look like they're floating on 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 Shikoku Island, you will visit the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and take in the panoramic views of the Oboke Gorge. On this tour you will also have a chance to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe.

We'll then take you to visit Nara, where you'll be inspired by the intricate architecture and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. 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.

Visit 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". Then proceed to 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. Take a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride for experience before transfering to Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen. There you'll stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you will have dinner and can unwind in the hot springs (onsen).

Spend a day at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a guided tour through Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the bustling streets of Shibuya, Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck.

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2025

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Sun. Mar 23, 2025 Tue. Apr 1, 2025 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Apr 1, 2025 Thu. Apr 10, 2025 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Apr 4, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sat. Mar 21, 2026 Mon. Mar 30, 2026 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Mar 30, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Apr 3, 2026 Sun. Apr 12, 2026 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Apr 10, 2026 Sun. Apr 19, 2026 USD $4398.00 Osaka Tokyo 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.

Deposit

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

  • • 8 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai 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

Transport

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


Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the last day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport 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 Osaka
  • Day2   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day3   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day4   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day5   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Koka - Hikone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day8   Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Tokyo
  • Day9   Tokyo
  • Day10   Tour ends

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


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