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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

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12 days 11 nights

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Must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties in Winter that you can't miss.

One of our most popular tours with an added twist, this tour takes you to the must-see sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Hiroshima as well as a few seasonal specialties that you can't miss when you visit Japan in Winter. The first of these is the Kawazu Cherry Blossoms. Kawazu Cherry Blossoms are an early flowering variety of cherry tree. The trees usually start opening around the beginning of February. It has a different feature from other cherry blossoms, with larger petals and pinker color. The next seasonal highlight of this tour is the Snow Monkey Park where you can see wild monkeys behaving very human-like. These monkeys have taken quite a liking to the local hot springs and so had land designated for their use which includes a hot spring pool. While the monkeys are famous for being photographed during the winter, they can be seen in the park all year round.

In addition to the winter attractions, this tour also features popular cultural activities like experience a green tea ceremony and a meet-and-greet with a maiko – an apprentice geisha, learn how to make sushi with a professional sushi chef, enjoying traditional Onsen baths, visiting the famous Kiyomizu Temple and Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji Temple) in Kyoto as well as Todaiji Temple and deer park in Nara, exploring Kenrokuen Garden, and " Black Crow"' Castle in Matsumoto. Takayama, located amongst the Japanese Alps. Due to their remote location, these places are beautifully preserved and developed their own culture as a result, making it unique from the rest of Japan. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa- go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style through your own eyes. You'll also have a chance to visit the beautiful city of Kanazawa, which is often overlooked by Western tourists. Here, you'll visit the Kenrokuen Garden (one of Japan's top three gardens) and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

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

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Tue. Feb 11, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 USD $4898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Thu. Feb 12, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 USD $4898.00 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.

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

  • • 10 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
  • • 6 lunches and 5 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 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   Hakone - Kawazu
  • Day4   Lake Kawaguchi - Matsumoto
  • Day5   Yudanaka - Takayama
  • Day6   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day7   Kyoto
  • Day8   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day9   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day10   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day11   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day12   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe


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