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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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Tour Code: GTO1017569

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan (Reverse): Takayama Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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16 days 15 nights

fromUSD $6698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $1360.00

Travel on a cherry blossom filled journey through Honshu and Hokkaido, and experience the Takayama Spring Festival.

“Hanami”, or cherry blossom viewing, is a special, old Japanese custom. You can experience this tradition plus many others such as the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival when you join this tour. We have designed this tour for travelers who wish to discover parts of Japan that are rarely seen as well as famous sights of Tokyo and Kyoto. This tour will focus on modern city attractions, historical towns, rural landscapes, and the Takayama Festival.

Begin in Osaka before traveling to Nara to see the remarkable Todaiji Temple and the Nara Deer Park. Spend two days in the prominent city of Kyoto, where we have hand selected the best gardens and temples to enjoy Japan’s seasonal cherry blossoms. Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple. Then, ride a high speed Shinkansen bullet train for experience.

Our travel group will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony, meet an apprentice geisha (maiko). Stroll through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa before visiting the charming village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Takayama, get a glimpse of what 15th Century Japan was like as you watch thousands of people dressed in costumes, traditional music performances, and stunning ornate floats parade the town at the Takayama Spring Festival.

Enjoy the ever-changing scenery along the way to Mt. Fuji, then take a ropeway ride over Hakone and Owakudani. Enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo, where you will visit the city’s cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and even learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef. Explore attractions like the bustling streets of Shibuya, 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.

Visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and see over 100 bonsai masterpieces before traveling to Nikko. From there, we will visit the Kegon Waterfall, one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. Then, discover the uniquely decorated Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to the founder of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate.

Proceed to Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of pine tree-covered small islands, where we'll explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Matsushima is famous for being one of the Three Most Beautiful Natural Sights in Japan. Then we head up to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. Enjoy the Kitakami Tenshochi Cherry Blossom Festival before proceeding to Hakodate by crossing the Tsugaru channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel.

Our trip continues in Hokkaido, the second largest, northernmost, and least developed land of Japan's four main islands. On the island of Hokkaido, we will visit Hakodate, Onuma Park, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu, Shiraoi, Otaru, and end our tour in Sapporo.

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Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sat. Apr 26, 2025 USD $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Sun. Apr 26, 2026 USD $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo 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

  • • 12 nights Western style and 3 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai 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
  • • 8 lunches and 6 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 Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Sapporo, with departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).

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 Osaka
  • Day2   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day3   Kyoto
  • Day4   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day5   Takayama (Takayama Sanno Spring Festival)
  • Day6   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day7   Tokyo
  • Day8   Tokyo
  • Day9   Omiya - Nikko
  • Day10   Matsushima
  • Day11   Hiraizumi - Kitakami - Morioka
  • Day12   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Hakodate
  • Day13   Hakodate - Lake Toya
  • Day14   Noboribetsu - Shiraoi - Sapporo
  • Day15   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day16   Tour ends

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Central Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko), Tohoku (Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel), Hokkaido (Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo)

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