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The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Single Supplement: USD $540.00


Tour the must-see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto, enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

March and April are historically the best times to see cherry blossoms around Japan. Gardens abound with many varieties of flowering cherry trees and are usually filled with Japanese families enjoying a picnic under falling petals. On this tour, we will take you to gardens and parks known to be the best places to view cherry blossoms.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first time visitor to Japan, we recommend "The Golden Route" itinerary, our most popular tour. This tour gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer, from unique locales to "must see" tourist attractions in Tokyo and Kyoto. Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and of course, the best places for cherry blossom viewing.

Explore attractions like the Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef and enjoy it for lunch. Spend a day at Hakone and Mt. Fuji, then take a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride for experience before transferring to an Onsen Hotel. You'll stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you can dine on dinner and unwind in the hot springs (onsen).

Visit the Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season and a national treasure of Japan. It stands as one of Japan's limited number of original castles, and is a great impression of what a complete feudal castle looks like. Next to it is the Genkyuen Garden, where you can stroll along its central pond and tranquil walking paths. Proceed to Miho Museum, best known for its unique architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting works from different ancient civilizations. It also features a tunnel that leads visitors to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. The museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die".

Spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. The gardens and temples in Kyoto that you will visit have been chosen because of their reputation as the "best places to view cherry blossoms." You will also have the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony and meet a maiko (apprentice geisha). Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple.

In Nara, be inspired by the intricate architecture of Japan's oldest wooden building and the towering Great Buddha statue. You'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From there, we will proceed to Osaka to experience the nightlife in Japan, where you will visit bustling entertainment districts illuminated with neon light signs.

If you are interested in a 3-day extension to our The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 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: Cherry Blossom Tour.

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2025

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Tue. Mar 18, 2025 Mon. Mar 24, 2025 USD $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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2026

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Mon. Mar 16, 2026 Sun. Mar 22, 2026 USD $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Mar 23, 2026 Sun. Mar 29, 2026 USD $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Mar 25, 2026 Tue. Mar 31, 2026 USD $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Mar 29, 2026 Sat. Apr 4, 2026 USD $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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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

  • • 5 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
  • • 3 lunches and 2 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   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day4   Hikone - Koka
  • Day5   Kyoto
  • Day6   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day7   Tour ends

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