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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

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9 days 8 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $720.00


The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

Winter in Japan is not severe, especially on the Pacific coast where the climate is generally dry and the skies are often blue. This is "The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys", an itinerary especially revised for your winter visit. This tour gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer, from unique locales to "must see" tourist attractions in Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Nara. You will also be able to see a variety of winter scenes and attractions that cannot be experienced during other seasons.

The tour begins in Tokyo, following a route of mountainous interior through the coastal regions of the Honshu island, then we finish in Osaka. Watch snow monkeys bathe in the warm waters of thermal pools against an icy mountain backdrop, and catch the first blooms of Kawazu Cherry in Kawazu. Kawazu Cherry blossoms begins to bloom in January or February. They are some of the earliest cherry blossoms to bloom and they also stay in full bloom longer than the Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms, which is the most common kind of cherry blossoms in Japan. Hence, you have more chances to catch the best of the cherry blossoms during your trip.

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.

Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate Japan’s cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and diverse shopping districts so you will have an ultimate Japanese experience. This itinerary is designed for you to see both the modern, innovative as well as the traditional, unspoiled areas of Japan while taking advantage of the season to enjoy nature's gorgeous winter highlights.

If you are interested in a 3-day extension to our The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys that includes Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Shikoku Island, please book one of our Best of Japan Tours by clicking the following link: Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Tue. Feb 11, 2025 Wed. Feb 19, 2025 USD $3698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Thu. Feb 12, 2026 Fri. Feb 20, 2026 USD $3698.00 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

  • • 7 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 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

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   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka


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