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Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 16 guests.

Tour Code: GTM30899

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Single supplement: USD $1560.00

Tour duration: 10 days 9 nights

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

Tour cost includes:
• 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
• Breakfast everyday
• 5 lunches and 3 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. May 5, 2025 Wed. May 14, 2025 USD $6898.00 Tokyo Osaka Luxury View Tour
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. May 4, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 USD $6898.00 Tokyo Osaka Luxury View Tour

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.


Day 1

Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport

Welcome to Tokyo! We will pick you up from the airport and take to the hotel by private car.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo or similar class

NOTE 1: 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.

NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Day 2

Tokyo (Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise District / Asakusa Rickshaw Tour), Tochigi (Ashikaga Flower Park)

Our tour of Tokyo begins with a trip to the Asakusa district for a visit to Sensoji Temple. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and features the Kaminarimon Gate hung with a massive paper lantern. Beside the temple is the colorful Nakamise street, filled with rows of shops that sell all manner of traditional souvenirs. Then, enjoy a different view of Asakusa on a traditional rickshaw ride as you cruise through the historical streets, sightseeing from your own private chariot. Finally, enjoy a drive into Tochigi Prefecture for a visit to the Ashikaga Flower Park. Here, we will find the most beautiful and well-cultivated grove of Wisteria in Japan, which spread a bright canopy of hanging vines swaying with purple flowers in the gentle spring breeze. These flowers are accompanied by other flowers to add to the beautiful scene, including azaleas. One of the trees, the Great Wisteria Tree, is over 150 years old. After relaxing under the shade at the flower park, we head back to your hotel in Tokyo for a relaxing evening.

Breakfast / Lunch

Imperial Hotel Tokyo or similar class

Day 3

Tokyo (Meiji Shrine - Shinto ceremony with a Shinto priest or miko - priestess / Tsukiji Outer Market / Sushi Making Experience), Fuji Five Lakes (Fuji Shibazakura Festival)

Today is a sightseeing tour of Tokyo that begins with a once in a lifetime experience! We start the day at Meiji shrine, built to honor Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, where you can enjoy a Shinto ceremony officiated by a Priest or Miko priestess. During the ceremony, they will pray for good luck and prosperity for the group. Afterwards, we will proceed to the Tsukiji Outer Market, where we will find various shops selling fresh seafood and delicious fruit. After walking through the market, we will enjoy lunch together, where a professional sushi chef will guide you in preparing your very own sushi! Vegetarian options are available for those with dietary restrictions. Afterwards, we will head to Fuji Five Lakes located at the base of Mount Fuji. The Fuji Shibazakura Festival will be near Lake Motosu. There are about 800,000 stalks of shibazakura, "moss phlox," on display for the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. Shibazakura fields are adorned in hues of purple, pink and white, which contrasts to the greenery of Mount Fuji in the background. After checking-in at a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn) in the area, relax in the warm hot spring baths before indulging in traditional, multi-course Japanese food, or kaiseki cuisine, which will allow you to taste local and seasonal flavors.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Fujisan Onsen Hotel Kaneyamaen or similar class

Day 4

Mt Fuji (Lake Kawaguchi - Oishi Park), Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle)

Start the morning at with a drive up to Lake Kawaguchi. The lake offers a rich natural appeal in any season, and is considered the loveliest of the Fuji Five Lakes. If the weather is favorable, an amazing view of Mount Fuji can be seen from Oishi Park on Lake Kawaguchi's northern shore. In addition to breathtaking views, Oishi Park features a variety of flowers and trees that bloom through every season, including a "Flowers Road", bordered by tulips, narcissus, lavenders, summer cypress, and others. From there, the tour continues to Takayama, stopping along the way in the city of Matsumoto for a visit to Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's remaining original castles, known as "Black Crow Castle" for it's dark exterior. Then continue on the way to check into your hotel in Takayama for the night.

Breakfast / Dinner

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort or similar class

Day 5

Takayama (Morning Market / Old Town), Shirakawa-go (Shiroyama Viewpoint - Gassho-zukuri Minkaen - Wada-ke House)

Start your morning in Takayama browsing among the various handicrafts, farm-fresh produce and snacks available at the Takayama Morning Market. The market is truly a native experience, where locals and visitors meet and mingle every morning among the rows of small stalls. The other main attraction of the area is Takayama Old Town, where narrow streets are lined with preserved houses dating from the feudal Edo Period, when Takayama was a town of tradespeople. Stroll Sannomachi Street, where some local cafes and shops have served the local community for centuries. Then we take a drive up to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, famed for its distinctive farmhouses with broad thatched roofs. Ogimachi Village is the main attraction, where we can see rustic Edo period wooden buildings beside cultivated farmland. We will first stop by the Shiroyama Viewpoint for an idyllic glimpse of the town tableau, then go down to the Gassho-zukuri Minkaen – an open-air museum of farmhouses and structures relocated to this area. Wada- ke House is the largest farmhouse in the area, which belongs to the village leader and is now open for visitors to have a look inside. Finally, we will drive into Kanazawa and check into the hotel for the night.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa or similar class

Day 6

Kanazawa (Kenrokuen Garden / Nagamachi Samurai District - Nomura House / Omicho Market), Free for Leisure in the Afternoon

Kanazawa is a city filled with various delights, and this morning we bring you to arguably the most famous - Kenrokuen Garden. One of Japan's Three Great Gardens, Kenrokuen features a landscape arrangement patterned after the six Chinese sublimities of garden design theory. This includes a good variety of flowering trees, ponds and streams, wooden bridges, stone lanterns, and charming teahouses to offer equally fantastic scenes in every season. At mid-morning, we head over to the Nagamachi, a former samurai district near Kanazawa Castle. Many of the restaurants, shops, and houses in the area are well preserved from the Edo era. The Nomura House is one such residence, exquisitely restored, which maintains a number of features common to the homes of feudal Japan's noble warrior class. After, the group will go to Omicho Market where you can enjoy your own lunch. The afternoon is free for you to spend at your leisure, but your guide will provide a few suggestions for how to possibly spend your free time. Among the experiences local to Kanazawa, consider a visit to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - one of Japan's most popular museums with a collection of modern art from all over the world. Or you might visit the smaller D.T. Suzuki Museum. D.T. Suzuki was a prominent Buddhist philosopher from the Meiji and Showa Eras, and the museum is dedicated to his life and writings. For a more hands-on experience, consider the Kutani Pottery Kosen Kiln, which gives visitors the chance to participate in the ceramics decoration process. Finally, you might choose the Gold Leaf Experience. Kanazawa is one of Japan's main producers of gold leaf, and this workshop provides expert insight into the production process.


Hotel Nikko Kanazawa or similar class

Day 7

Express Train to Osaka (Taiko Drum Experience), Nara (Todaiji Temple / Deer Park)

Take an express train into Osaka, where we will join a local class in playing the Taiko Drums. Taiko are made from tanned hide leather dried and stretched over a base of polished wood. A master drummer will lead your group through a series of easy traditional Japanese songs and coach you in the basic techniques of taiko. After the lesson, the tour proceeds to Nara for further immersion into Japanese history and culture. We will first visit Nara's most famous landmark - Todaiji Temple. This temple was, until the late 1990s, the world's largest wooden building, and contains a massive seated Buddha statue nearly 50 meters tall, as well as a few other statues. Nearby, we will find Nara Deer Park, home to a thousand friendly and adorable Sika deer walking under the trees, who can be fed with small crackers available for purchase around the park. In the evening, we take a short drive into Kyoto to check into the hotel for a restful evening.

Breakfast / Lunch

The Okura Kyoto or similar class

Day 8

Kyoto (Golden Pavilion / Arashiyama - Bamboo Grove / Visit to a Traditional Wooden Townhouse to learn about Calligraphy and the art of Ikebana / Fushimi Inari Shrine / GEAR Theatre)

After breakfast, begin your morning in Japan's old imperial capital with a visit to the Golden Pavilion, and icon of the city and one of its most popular sites. Built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the upper tiers are covered in 18- carat gold leaf and the top is crowned with a delicate phoenix. Next, tour the Arashiyama district, home to the Sagano Bamboo Grove. Standing between the towering bamboo stalks and listening to the wind rustling through them feels for a moment like you have stepped out of the city and into a landscape painting. Next, visit a traditional wooden townhouse to learn the Japanese arts of Calligraphy and Ikebana. Take some time to admire the thousands of vermillion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine before going to the GEAR Theatre for a live performance unlike anything you've ever seen. Five human performers play "robots" who come to life and learn through creative playfulness and skill how they might approach humanity. GEAR uses only silent motion – dance, performance art, and stage magic – to delight audiences of any age and language.

Breakfast / Lunch

The Okura Kyoto or similar class

Day 9

Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple / Kimono Experience / Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka / Kodaiji Temple - Zen Meditation & Tea Ceremony / Gion Geisha District - Kyoto Cuisine with Maiko Dinner)

Begin today with a morning visit to Kiyomizu Temple. This temple is known for its dramatic wooden veranda that provides breathtaking views of Kyoto as well as its sacred waterfall. While in the area, enjoy a Kimono Experience where you can try on and take pictures in an elegant Japanese kimono. This traditional attire is still worn for many formal occasions. Leading up to the temple are Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, these streets are filled with preserved buildings from Japan’s past. Many of the buildings are now shops that sell souvenirs and Kyoto- specific wares. Then, we will travel to Kodaiji Temple, a lavish temple built in memory of samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Here, we can experience Zen meditation and Green Tea Ceremony. We will end our day in the Gion Geisha District, where its streets are lined with ochaya (teahouses), exclusive establishments where guests are entertained by Geisha and Maiko. Here, we will enjoy traditional Kyoto Cuisine in the company of a beautiful Maiko – a geisha in training.

Breakfast / Dinner

The Okura Kyoto or similar class

Day 10

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport or Itami Airport by private car.


NOTE 3: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.