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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

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Tour Code: GTG1065452

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival

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16 days 15 nights

fromUSD $6698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $1360.00

Experience one of Kyoto's largest festivals, visit Japan's main cities, see the baby blue eye flowers, and catch sight of cherry blossoms in Northern Japan.

Catch the last of the season’s beautiful cherry blossoms in Hokkaido. Cherry blossoms bloom approximately one month later in Hokkaido than the Honshu Island, between the end of April and early May. This tour is designed for travelers who wish to discover rarely seen parts of Japan, as well as the famous sites of Tokyo and Kyoto. This itinerary will focus on modern city attractions, historical towns, rural landscapes, and even a popular festival.

Beginning in the northern island of Hokkaido, we will first visit Otaru for its nostalgic canal area and glassblowing shops. Continue to Sapporo to see the city’s landmarks and entertainment district. You will also get to learn about the indigenous people of Japan in Ainu Museum and visit the steamy valley of Noboribetsu. Next, head to Lake Toya and Onuma Park for a scenic interlude. Experience one of Japan’s three best night views from the Mt. Hakodate Ropeway. Then, our group will proceed to Morioka by crossing the Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel.

Head to Hiraizumi, a city of precious cultural values and history, including the photogenic buildings of Chusonji Temple. Continue your journey to Matsushima, a picturesque bay dotted with small islands, where we will explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks.

Discover the wonderfully ornate shrines of Nikko, which are also designated World Heritage sites. Then, visit the nearly 100 meter (328ft) tall Kegon Waterfall situated in Lake Chuzenji, which is listed as one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. The last stop of the of the day will feature the breathtaking baby blue eye flowers in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki. The hills are covered by the baby blue eye flowers, creating a beautiful spring scene.

Continue your journey to one of the busiest cities in the world, Tokyo, where our guides and drivers will escort you to the top attractions. Visit Tokyo's historical landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and even learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef. Proceed to Mt. Fuji and enjoy the natural scenery of Hakone and Owakudani on a ropeway ride. Experience a high-speed Shinkansen bullet train ride before visiting the beautiful Hikone Castle and uniquely-designed Miho Museum.

Experience the Aoi Festival in Kyoto, a well-preserved and graceful procession of 500 people dressed in aristocratic styled clothing. Spend two more days in the historic city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's top gardens, temples, and specialty shops. Our travel group will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony, meet an apprentice geisha (maiko). Travel to Nara for its outstanding Todaiji Temple and surrounding Deer Park. End your tour in Osaka by visiting a neon- illuminated entertainment district and one of the city’s oldest shopping destinations.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. May 3, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 USD $6698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. May 3, 2026 Mon. May 18, 2026 USD $6698.00 Sapporo 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.


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

  • • 12 nights Western style and 3 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose 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
  • • 7 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


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

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

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 Sapporo
  • Day2   Otaru - Sapporo
  • Day3   Sapporo - Shiraoi - Noboribetsu
  • Day4   Lake Toya - Hakodate
  • Day5   Hakodate - Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Morioka
  • Day6   Hiraizumi
  • Day7   Matsushima
  • Day8   Nikko - Hitachi Seaside Park
  • Day9   Tokyo
  • Day10   Tokyo
  • Day11   Mt. Fuji - Hakone
  • Day12   Atami - Bullet Train Ride - Hikone - Koka
  • Day13   Kyoto (Aoi Festival)
  • Day14   Kyoto
  • Day15   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day16   Tour ends

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Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)

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