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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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13 days 12 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $1080.00


For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while viewing the lovely cherry blossoms.

Japan's spring season is internationally prized for its exhibitions of delicate cherry blossoms. This itinerary, like others in our "Best of Japan" series, takes you to stroll this pink springtime wonderland, as you visit the most popular sights in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and the Japanese Alps, including visits to Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawa- go and Kanazawa. The tour will finish with a visit to Koyasan - the sacred mountain of Shingon Buddhism, and an overnight stay at one of the temples. This tour also offers travelers a sample of Japanese cultural aspects, architectural styles, nature spots, hot spring baths, contemporary sights, and traditional cuisine.

Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate though Tokyo's finest cherry blossom viewing spots on a route that brings you around the most acclaimed landmarks to be found in the capital, paired with unforgettable cultural experiences. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef and enjoy whatever you made. Take in views of the impressive scenery at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you can relax in a soothing hot springs bath (onsen) and dine on gourmet kaiseki cuisine. Visit the dramatic Black Crow Castle (Matsumoto Castle) en route to Takayama, located amongst the Japanese Alps. Due to their remote location, these places are beautifully preserved and have developed their own unique culture different from the rest of Japan. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go, a rural area recognized for their gassho-zukuri architectural style. In Kanazawa, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden and note the six attributes which make a perfect landscape.

Tour through the traditional city of Kyoto for two days. Cherry blossom viewing opportunities abound in the old capital, and this itinerary combines the most picture- perfect scenes from among Kyoto's innumerable shrines and temples. Experience, during this leg of the tour, an authentic green tea ceremony, a meet- and- greet with a maiko (apprentice geisha). Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, where you will explore the Sagano Bamboo Grove, and see a traditional Zen garden at Tenryuji Temple. Continue your tour to Nara, where you will visit the magnificent Todaiji Temple and a park full of 1,000 adorable, free-roaming Sika deer. You will also travel to Osaka, a city with a reputation for a lively night life.

Visit the famous Himeji Castle and the photogenic canal town of Kurashiki. In Hiroshima, spend time at the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then make your way to Miyajima Island to see the "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. Afterwards, drive the Shimanami Kaido, a scenic toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku while passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. On Shikoku Island, visit the captivating Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu. Then enjoy a quaint boat ride while enjoying the natural beauty of Oboke Gorge. At night, a feast of tender, delectable wagyu beef awaits your palate in Kobe. Then take a short trip back through Osaka, stopping at the Cup Noodles Museum to craft your own original flavor of cup noodles. After, you will visit Mount Yoshino, Japan’s most acclaimed cherry blossom viewing spot.

Discover the mountain temples of Koyasan - sacred mountain of the Japanese sect of Shingon Buddhism, and resting place of the temple's founder, Kobo Daishi. Stay overnight in the temple complex, enjoying a healthy vegetarian meal of monks' food. Take part in morning meditation with the monks, and enjoy in-depth tours of Kongobuji Temple - built by legendary samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Okunoin - Japan's largest cemetery, and Danjo Garan - the main temple complex on Koyasan. This tour is ideal for travelers looking to find the perfect selection of Japan's top sights and activities during the pleasantly cool spring season.

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Dates & Price

2025

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Sat. Mar 29, 2025 Thu. Apr 10, 2025 USD $5498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Mar 28, 2026 Thu. Apr 9, 2026 USD $5498.00 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

  • • 1 night temple lodging, 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
  • • 5 lunches and 6 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 - Mt. Fuji
  • Day4   Matsumoto - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day9   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day10   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day11   Osaka - Mt Yoshino - Koyasan
  • Day12   Koyasan
  • Day13   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Mt Yoshino / Koyasan


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