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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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Tour Code: GTT3108596

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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10 days 9 nights

fromUSD $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)


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Single Supplement: USD $1560.00

Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

The real, historic culture of Japan is best understood from a native cultural experience, and in the town of Takayama, a celebration of the changing season pair with centuries of fervent tradition to produce the Takayama Spring Festival. Also known as the Sanno Festival (for the shrine that celebrates it), this festival carries in the new spring along with about a dozen unique Yatai floats. An event such as the spring festival, when connected with the other temples, castles, shrines, and local experiences included in our tour, will draw you into the essence of Japan.

Tour through the busiest city in Japan, Tokyo, where our private guides and drivers will help you navigate through the city’s top amusements. Visit Tokyo’s historical monuments, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Then, head to Hakone and check out its open air museum before boarding a pirate ship cruise around Lake Ashi. Afterwards, enjoy the silk artwork of Itchiku Kubota's unfinished masterpiece, the Symphony of Light.

Take in the gorgeous natural vista of Lake Kawaguchi including, on a clear day, a magnificent view of Mount Fuji, then travel through the ever-changing scenery to Matsumoto. See the original-standing Matsumoto Castle, then continue to the main attraction of the tour at Takayama. Here you will witness the elaborate Yatai floats, hung with lanterns at night, as they parade throughout Takayama Old Town. Next, travel to the UNESCO-inscribed village of Shirakawa-go, famous for its charming gassho-zukuri architecture. Head to Kanazawa and stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three gardens.

Behold Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, home to a towering Buddha statue, while nearby, in Nara Park, you can mingle in company of over a thousand adorable, friendly Sika deer. Spend three nights in Kyoto, where you will get to visit the city’s top temples and shrines. Take the chance to learn Japanese calligraphy, Ikebana flower- arranging, and how to play Taiko drums. Try on a colorful kimono, meditate like a Zen Buddhist monk at Kodaiji Temple, participate in a traditional green tea ceremony, and enjoy Kyoto cuisine with entertainment by an apprentice geisha (maiko).

This 10-day tour package combines the historical sights, unique cultural experiences, and spring sakura wonderland to bring you the Essence of Japan: Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour. Please browse our detailed itinerary below.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sun. Apr 20, 2025 USD $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Mon. Apr 20, 2026 USD $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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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

  • • 8 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport
  • • Private 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 3 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 air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM).

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. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Hakone - Mt Fuji
  • Day4   Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Takayama
  • Day5   Takayama
  • Day6   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa
  • Day7   Osaka - Nara
  • Day8   Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

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