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Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

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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.

Spring tours in Japan should include some time for flower- gazing, and whether you dream of strolling beneath the bright purple canopy of wisteria vines or wandering among a sea of pink shibazakura (phlox moss), it is one of the nation's most popular seasonal activities. So we offer the following itinerary, full of the UNESCO Heritage Sites, natural wonders, and traditional experiences that describe the Essence of Japan, lightly accented with moments of appreciation for two of Japan's loveliest flowers.

Tour through the busiest city in Japan, Tokyo, where our private guides and drivers will help you navigate through the city’s top attractions. Visit Tokyo’s historical monuments, fashionable neighborhoods, and unique shopping districts. Take a short drive up to the Ashikaga Flower Park to walk under the beguilding beauty of the Wisteria grove, and view the Great Wisteria Tree. These trees are perfectly complemented with carefully planted azaleas, among other flowers. Then take some more time to soak in the Tokyo atmosphere as you witness a Shinto ceremony at Meiji Shrine, and explore Japan's largest and busiest fish market, learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations.

Then we take you to the Fuji Five Lakes region for the Fuji Shibazakura Festival. Here the local phlox moss, or "shibazakura" covers the area around Lake Motosuko with a lovely carpet of bright pink, white, and purple. Take in the gorgeous natural vista of Lake Kawaguchi including, on a clear day, a magnificent view of iconic Mount Fuji, then travel through the ever-changing scenery to Matsumoto, where you will see the original-standing Matsumoto Castle. Spend a morning at market in Takayama and browse between the outdoor stalls of local handicraft for an quality souvenir. Next, travel to the UNESCO-inscribed village of Shirakawa-go, famous for its charming gassho-zukuri architecture. Head to Kanazawa and stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three gardens. Then take an afternoon to explore your choice local attractions, including a gold leaf workshop, a museum dedicated to Zen scholar DT Suzuki, and a Kutani-ware Ceramics Kiln.

Behold Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, home to a towering Buddha statue, while nearby, in Nara Park, you can mingle in company of over a thousand adorable, friendly Sika deer. Spend three nights in Kyoto, where you will get to visit the city’s top temples and shrines. Take the chance to learn Japanese calligraphy, Ikebana flower- arranging, and how to play Taiko drums. Try on a colorful kimono, meditate like a Zen Buddhist monk at Kodaiji Temple, participate in a traditional green tea ceremony, and enjoy Kyoto cuisine with entertainment by an apprentice geisha (maiko).

This 10-day tour package combines the historical sights, unique cultural experiences, and gorgeous floral displays to bring you the Essence of Japan Tour: Wisteria and Shibazakura. Please browse our detailed itinerary below.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. May 5, 2025 Wed. May 14, 2025 USD $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. May 4, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 USD $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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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

  • • 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

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 5 lunches and 3 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 air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM).


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. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo - Tochigi
  • Day3   Tokyo - Mt Fuji
  • Day4   Mt Fuji - Matsumoto
  • Day5   Takayama - Shirakawa-go
  • Day6   Kanazawa
  • Day7   Osaka - Nara
  • Day8   Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Tour ends

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


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