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Charms of Northern Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria

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2024/2025/2026 CHERRY BLOSSOM TOURS

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Charms of Northern Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria

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9 days 8 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $720.00


The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus cherry blossoms & wisteria in Spring.

In Japan, the main sign that spring has arrived comes in the form of light-pink petals begining to appear on the trees across the city. This marks the beginning of the year and brings out special sentiments among the Japanese people. Cherry Blossoms bloom in Northern Japan approximately one month later than in Central Japan, from mid-April to early May. Northern Japan has a long winter compared to other parts of Japan. Thus, the symbol of the arrival of spring has even more significance to the people in Northern Japan.

We have designed this tour for people who wish to see both cherry blossoms and wisteria. At the Ashikaga Flower Park, you can bask under a variety of wisteria and see the Great Wisteria Tree that is over 150 years old. Moreover, the park has been selected as one of the 9 international dream destinations, as well as one of the 31 most beautiful places in Japan by CNN.

After exploring Ashikaga, will continue our journey to Nikko. The Japanese have a saying: "Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko." We will visit the main attraction of Nikko - Toshogu Shrine. Toshogu enshrines the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is lavishly decorated with a large amount of gold leaf and countless wooden carvings of various creatures. These sites have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nikko.

Proceed to Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of small islands covered in pine trees where we'll explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Matsushima is famous for being one of the Three Most Beautiful Natural Sights in Japan. Then, we head up to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. 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. We have designed this tour for those who wish to discover parts of Japan that are rarely seen.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Apr 27, 2025 Mon. May 5, 2025 USD $3898.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Apr 26, 2026 Mon. May 4, 2026 USD $3898.00 Tokyo 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

  • • 6 nights Western style and 2 nights 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
  • • 4 lunches and 4 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 Sapporo, with departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).
  • • 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   Ashikaga - Nikko
  • Day3   Matsushima
  • Day4   Hiraizumi - Kitakami - Morioka
  • Day5   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Hakodate
  • Day6   Hakodate - Shikabecho - Lake Toya
  • Day7   Noboribetsu - Shiraoi - Sapporo
  • Day8   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day9   Tour ends

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Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo


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