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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

Indulge in Japanese culture and visit the "must see" sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama & Kanazawa during the cherry blossom season, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.

Tour Code: GTT6592774

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $3798.00

Single supplement: USD $720.00

Tour duration: 9 days 8 nights

Destination:
Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

Tour cost includes:
• 7 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
• Meet and greet upon arrival at 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 2 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2025
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Apr 6, 2025 Mon. Apr 14, 2025 USD $3798.00 Tokyo Osaka 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.

Itinerary

Day 1

Tokyo Narita Airport

Welcome to Tokyo! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class (NOTE 1 & 2)

NOTE 1: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

NOTE 2: If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are 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.

NOTE 3: The meet-and-greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 & 2 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 3, airport pickup is not included, but we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.

NOTE 4: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Day 2

Tokyo (Tsukiji Outer Market / Drive by Imperial Palace / Sushi Making Experience / Ueno Park / Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Tokyo Skytree)

Today, you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market – a bustling outdoor street market known for its fresh and delicious seafood, produce, and kitchenware. From there, we drive by the Imperial Palace, which offers splendid views of the meticulously maintained front lawn and garden areas, the moat, and the old stone walls. Next, enjoy a fun and simple Sushi-Making Experience, where you can enjoy creating your own sushi, and eating it afterwards! Continue to Ueno Park, famous for its 1,000 cherry trees that line the central pathways, making it an excellent cherry blossom viewing spot. Then, we visit Tokyo’s oldest temple complex – Asakusa Sensoji Temple, featuring the Kaminarimon Gate, in which hangs an enormous red lantern. Leading up to the temple is Nakamise Street, which is lined with shops selling all manner of Japanese souvenirs. At the end of the day, we ascend Tokyo Skytree to the observation deck (Tembo Deck), which offers a panoramic 360-degree view of the Tokyo cityscape.
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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Day 3

Hakone (Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani), Mt Fuji

Today, we will first depart from Tokyo to Hakone on our private luxury coach. Enjoy extensive views of Hakone by taking a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakudani. Owakudani is known for its active volcanic zone that was created from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Here, you can experience its hot springs and bubbling pools, where volcanic gases still linger. The area also grants magnificent views of Mount Fuji during clear sky days. We will then proceed to Mt. Fuji, where you can enjoy the everchanging scenery of forested hills to picturesque plains along the way. Depending on weather conditions, we will stop by the Mt. Fuji 5th station to admire Japan's iconic peak. Tonight, we will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Yatsugatake, where you can soak in a soothing spa bath and savor dinner in the comfort of your hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Grand Mercure Yatsugatake Resort & Spa or similar class

Day 4

Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle), Takayama (Old Town / Takayama Jinya)

After breakfast, we will head to Matsumoto, where we will visit the photogenic Matsumoto Castle (Black Crow Castle), dating back over 400 years. Then, we will continue our tour to Takayama. This city is located amongst the Japanese Alps and is sometimes called "Little Kyoto" for its preserved historical structures and environment. Due to its remote position in the mountains, it was cut off from the rest of Japan for most of its history and thus has maintained a very unique and traditional atmosphere. As we explore the old town of Takayama, you may notice huge cedar balls hanging from the eaves of several shops. These indicate that the shops are sake breweries. Next, visit Takayama Jinya, a former local government office that now serves as a public museum. It features an interesting interrogation room and official documents of past feudal lords.

Breakfast

Mercure Hida Takayama or similar class

Day 5

Takayama (Morning Market), Shirakawa-go (Gassho- zukuri Minkaen), Kanazawa (Kenrokuen), Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride from Maibara to Kyoto

This morning, we will stop by the lively city market before heading to the rural area of Shirakawa- go. Shirakawa- go is home of the UNESCO designated gassho- zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri translates to "prayer hands", in which the roofs resemble hands in prayer. We will also tour the Gassho-zukuri Minkaen, an open air museum of farmhouses and other structures. Afterwards, we will travel to Kanazawa to visit the Kenrokuen Garden, one of three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. Here, you can find the oldest fountain in Japan and Kotoji-toro, an iconic two- legged stone lantern. Next, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride from Maibara to Kyoto, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay two nights in Kyoto, an ancient city known for its historic values.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 6

Kyoto (Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple & Zen Garden - Sagano Bamboo Forest / Golden Pavilion / Green Tea Ceremony with Maiko Interaction / Kiyomizu Temple / Maruyama Park / Gion Geisha District)

After breakfast, we begin our tour of Kyoto – the center of Japan’s traditional culture. We first go to the Arashiyama district to see Tenryuji Temple. Tenryuji is most famous for its Zen Garden, which has been carefully maintained for centuries using the technique of “borrowed scenery” to create a breathtaking landscape. We continue from there to the Sagano Bamboo Forest, where towering stalks of bamboo packed close together create an otherworldly feeling of mystery and awe as you walk the path through the center. Next, we go to Kinkakuji Temple (also called the Golden Pavilion), which is one of Kyoto’s most coveted sights. Shimmering walls wrapped in gold leaf are reflected in the Mirror Pond below; look carefully to see the dainty phoenix sitting on the roof. Then experience a traditional Green Tea Ceremony – an elegant ritual of hospitality once accorded only to the social elite. The experience is made even more special as it is hosted by an elegant Maiko (an apprentice Geisha). The tour continues with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, also known as the Temple of Pure Water, a celebrated landmark famed for its iconic three-story pagoda, large wooden stage offering a spectacular view, and trio of sacred springs pouring from the base of the main hall. After, we make our way to Maruyama Park, which is one of the top spots in Kyoto to see the beautiful cherry blossoms. One tree is especially famous – the Shidarezakura, or “weeping cherry tree”. We end our day in the Gion Geisha District, a heritage district where stone-paved streets are lined with exclusive ochaya (teahouses). While admiring the old-fashioned buildings, the fortunate visitor may spot Geisha or Maiko (Geisha apprentices) walking between these establishments.

Breakfast / Dinner

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 7

Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine), Nara (Todaiji Temple / Deer Park), Osaka (Dotonbori - Shinsaibashi)

Today, we travel to Fushimi Inari Shrine – the chief shrine of the thousands throughout the country dedicated to Inari, the Shinto deity of economic prosperity, rice, and foxes. What sets this shrine apart is the sight of thousands of bright vermillion “torii” gates that form long pathways through the forest covering sacred Mount Inari. Next, we will travel to the ancient city of Nara, where we will visit one of Japan’s most famous temples and an icon of the city: Todaiji Temple, which is home to the Great Buddha of Nara – a massive, seated image of Rushana-butsu, known as the “Cosmic Buddha”. Outside the temple, spend some time with the friendly wild deer of Nara Deer Park. These adorable creatures are largely accustomed to interacting with people, and some have even learned to bow when asking for the special deer crackers, which can be bought around the park. We go from there to Osaka to visit the colorful, neon-lit entertainment district of Dotonbori. This area is popularly known for being the heart of Osaka’s food culture. Osaka is known as the city of “Kuidaore” or “to eat until you drop”, and you will find Dotonbori to be filled with numerous eateries underneath large, eye-catching billboards, including the famed Glico “Running Man”. Lastly, make your way to Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka. Originally established during the Edo period, this historic district is now home to various modern retailers including jewelers, trendy boutiques, western clothing and footwear stores, even traditional kimono tailors.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class

Day 8

Osaka (Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai)

Today, we will go to Yumeshima in Osaka Bay to explore the wonders of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. This unique event is perfect for those interested in community-building, creative technology, and culture! The expo will showcase cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, and cultural exhibits from around the world. With the theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives," it aims to address global challenges and envision a sustainable, interconnected future. The event will provide a platform for countries, organizations, and individuals to collaborate and share ideas, fostering international cooperation and progress. The convention includes an array of entertainment, from music to water shows to projection maps. A mix of traditional and pop- culture performances will also take place at the expo! Spend the day immersing in the Expo’s enchanting mélange of multicultural delights, thought-provoking proposals, and modern/traditional entertainment after which we return for a relaxing evening at the hotel.

Breakfast

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class
Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class (NOTE 5 & 6)

NOTE 5: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

NOTE 6: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

Day 9

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Osaka Kansai Airport can be reached in a three minute walk.

If you are interested in a 3-day extension to our The Golden Triangle of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka 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: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka.

Breakfast

NOTE 7: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.