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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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22 days 21 nights

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Celebrate the cherry blossom season by traveling to all four of Japan's main islands plus the Takayama Spring Festival.

This 22 Days Grand Tour of Japan is the longest and most comprehensive escorted group tour of Japan that you will find. Visiting all four main islands of Japan, it is designed to travel Japan from south to north following the blooming route of cherry blossoms. This itinerary caters to a wide variety of interests about Japan from culture, festivals, architecture, nature, rural villages, historic towns, and modern city attractions.

Start your trip in Saga and visit the Mifuneyama Rakuen, a 500,000 square meter park filled with colorful azaleas and cherry blossoms. In Nagasaki, visit Dejima, an area with over 400 years of history as a Dutch Trade Post. Make your way to Glover Gardens with its romantic turn of the century houses, as well as Oura Church, the oldest Christian church in Japan. We will also explore the legendary town of Takachiho and have the opportunity to see a special Yokagura Dance Performance.

Continue to Beppu for its “Boiling Hells” hot spring attractions. Afterwards, our group will go to the Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park and meet with some of the 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys up close. You will also have the chance to spend time in a former samurai district before boarding a high speed Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima.

From there, visit the eye-opening Peace Memorial Museum and surrounding Peace Park. Take a ferry to Miyajima Island, one of the top three scenic places in Japan and home to the famed "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. 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.

Stroll through an open air museum and visit the stunning Ritsurin Park in Takamatsu. Drive through the Seto Ohashi Bridge back to Honshu Island, and end your night with dinner and a relaxing spa bath. Spend time in the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki and at the majestic Himeji Castle, one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. Proceed to Kobe to savor the world famous Wagyu beef.

Travel to Nara, where you can appreciate the intricate architecture and towering monuments of Todaiji Temple, including the Great Buddha statue. Then, spend time at a deer park where over 1,000 Sika deer freely roam. Our group will also spend two days in Kyoto, where we have hand selected the best temples, shrines, and parks to see cherry blossoms. Outside of Kyoto, tour through a charming bamboo forest and a traditional Zen garden of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama. Our travel group will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony, meet an apprentice geisha (maiko).

Ride a high speed Shinkansen bullet from Kyoto to Maibara. From there, visit the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa before touring the charming village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Takayama, get a glimpse of what 15th Century Japan was like as you watch thousands of people dressed in costumes, traditional music performances, and stunning ornate floats parade the town at the Takayama Spring Festival.

Enjoy the ever-changing scenery along the way to Mt. Fuji, then take a ropeway ride over Hakone and Owakudani. Enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo, where you will visit the city’s cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and even learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef.

Visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and see over 100 bonsai masterpieces before traveling to Nikko. From there, we will visit the Kegon Waterfall, one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. Then, discover the uniquely decorated Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the founder of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate. Continue to Matsushima, where you will get to enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the picturesque bay of pine tree covered islands.

Head to Hiraizumi for a peaceful stroll along the Chusonji Temple, another designated World Heritage Site. Enjoy the Kitakami Tenshochi Cherry Blossom Festival before proceeding to Hakodate by crossing the Tsugaru channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel.

Our trip continues in Hokkaido, the second largest, northernmost, and least developed land of Japan's four main islands. On the island of Hokkaido, we will visit Hakodate, Onuma Park, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu, Shiraoi, Otaru, and end our tour in Sapporo. This itinerary is perfect for those who wish to discover the whole country at once and see all that Japan has to offer.

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Dates & Price

2025

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Sat. Apr 5, 2025 Sat. Apr 26, 2025 USD $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Apr 5, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 USD $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo 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

  • • 17 nights Western style and 4 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka 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
  • • 11 lunches and 10 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 Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Sapporo, with departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).


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 Fukuoka
  • Day2   Saga - Nagasaki
  • Day3   Takachiho
  • Day4   Beppu - Kitsuki - Bullet Train Ride - Hiroshima
  • Day5   Hiroshima - Miyajima Island - Shimanami Kaido
  • Day6   Takamatsu
  • Day7   Kurashiki - Himeji - Kobe - Osaka
  • Day8   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day11   Takayama (Takayama Sanno Spring Festival)
  • Day12   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day13   Tokyo
  • Day14   Tokyo
  • Day15   Omiya - Nikko
  • Day16   Matsushima
  • Day17   Hiraizumi - Kitakami - Morioka
  • Day18   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Hakodate
  • Day19   Hakodate - Lake Toya
  • Day20   Noboribetsu - Shiraoi - Sapporo
  • Day21   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day22   Tour ends

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Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo


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