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Charms of Southern Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour

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Tour Code: GTA1562050

Charms of Southern Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour

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8 days 7 nights

fromUSD $3598.00


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Single Supplement: USD $630.00

Explore a little deeper into the rural, "must see" sights of Southern Japan and admire the season's renowned cherry trees.

"Sakura," or cherry blossom, is a well-known and prevalent symbol of Japan. It is often depicted on traditional Japanese goods and art. The cherry blossom is particularly important in Japanese culture as it represents the end of winter and the beginning of new life and the growing season of spring. In southern Japan, cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of March. This tour is designed to take advantage of this phenomenon and allows you to experience the world famous Japanese tradition of "hanami", or cherry blossom viewing.

This tour is an excellent way to discover the culture and landscape of Japan, where you will get a chance to visit national parks, gardens, and "must see" sights of southern Japan.

Start your trip in the region of Kyushu. Beginning in Saga, visit the Mifuneyama Rakuen, a park famous for its cherry blossoms and azaleas. Start your trip in the region of Kyushu. Beginning in Saga, visit the Mifuneyama Rakuen, a park famous for its cherry blossoms and azaleas. In Nagasaki, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park that holds the memorial for the victims of the second bomb that hit the land. A statue of a man pointing up and holding his other arm out is symbolic of the Nagasaki Peace Park. Make your way to Dejima, an area with over 400 years of history as a Dutch Trade Post. Afterwards, visit the Glover Gardens with its romantic turn of the century houses, as well as Oura Church, the oldest Christian church in Japan. We will also explore Takachiho, a town steeped in myths, legends, and natural beauty. In Beppu, marvel at the Jigoku "hell" of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Then, enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park, where you will get a chance to meet some of the 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys up close. The Kitsuki Samurai District will also be included in this Kyushu tour.

From Kyushu, the Shinkansen bullet train takes you to Hiroshima where you will visit the Peace Memorial Museum and the surrounding Peace Park. On Miyajima Island, you will have a chance to view the famed "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. Then, drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, to Shikoku Island.

On Shikoku Island, visit the open air museum of Shikoku Mura Village and see why Japanese gardens are famous in Takamatsu. Drive through the Seto-ohashi Bridge back to Honshu Island, and visit the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki and the majestic castle in Himeji.

On this tour, you will get to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe and watch a Yokagura Dance Performance. You will also have the opportunity to relax in the therapeutic waters of a natural spa bath at an onsen (hot spring), enjoy the fine flavors of a traditional Japanese banquet dinner, take an evening stroll dressed in your yukata, and rest at a traditional Japanese Ryokan (inn). Immerse yourself in Japanese culture while experiencing the charm and picturesque architecture around you; the elegant wooden buildings, shoji sliding paper doors, tatami mat floors, and courtyard gardens are the essence of this tour.

This itinerary is perfect for those who want to see a little deeper into rural Japan. It is a great opportunity to see a Japan rarely seen or imagined by most visitors.

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Wed. Mar 26, 2025 Wed. Apr 2, 2025 USD $3598.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Apr 5, 2025 Sat. Apr 12, 2025 USD $3598.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Wed. Mar 25, 2026 Wed. Apr 1, 2026 USD $3598.00 Fukuoka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Apr 5, 2026 Sun. Apr 12, 2026 USD $3598.00 Fukuoka 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.


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 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka 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 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


Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

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 Fukuoka
  • Day2   Saga - Nagasaki
  • Day3   Takachiho
  • Day4   Beppu - Kitsuki - Bullet Train Ride - Hiroshima
  • Day5   Hiroshima - Miyajima Island - Shimanami Kaido
  • Day6   Takamatsu
  • Day7   Kurashiki - Himeji - Kobe - Osaka
  • Day8   Tour ends

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Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

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