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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

Handpicked Hotels

Private Transportation

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Tour Code: GTD193452

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria

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16 days 15 nights

fromUSD $6698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $1360.00

Experience Japan's famous cherry blossom trees and captivating wisteria flowers while exploring popular attractions and local gems.

Cherry Blossoms bloom in Northern Japan approximately one month later than in Central Japan, between the end of April to early May. We have designed this tour for people who wish to see both cherry blossoms and wisteria by starting the tour from Osaka, traveling all the way up to Ashikaga Flower Park to see its Great Wisteria, then see the cherry blossoms in Hokkaido on the first week of May. This tour features places that are rarely seen and the famous sights of Kyoto, Takayama and Tokyo. This tour will focus on modern city attractions, historical towns, romantic rural landscapes, and other famous sights in Japan.

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. You'll get the opportunity to enjoy a green tea ceremony with an apprentice geisha (maiko).

Ride a high speed bullet train before visiting the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, one of Japan’s top three gardens. Head to the charming village of Shirakawa- go and the quaint town of Takayama, located in the Japanese Alps. These areas have maintained a traditional, yet unique atmosphere due to their secluded location. Our travel group will also visit the dramatic Black Crow Castle (Matsumoto Castle).

Gaze upon the iconic Mt. Fuji before taking a ropeway ride to see the natural scenery of Hakone and Owakudani. Next, enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo. Learn how to make sushi with a professional sushi chef, and visit Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Tokyo attractions include the Shibuya Crossing, Tsukiji Outer Market, Asakusa Sensoji Temple, and Tokyo Skytree.

At the Ashikaga Flower Park, bask under a stunning tunnel of wisteria flowers and see the 150 year old Great Wisteria Tree. Continue your journey to Nikko and visit its designated World Heritage sites. The Japanese have a saying: "Don’t say kekko (wonderful) without seeing Nikko." We will visit the main attraction of Nikko - Toshogu Shrine. Toshogu enshrines the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate and is lavishly decorated with a large amount of gold leaf and countless wooden carvings of various creatures.

Proceed to Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of small islands covered in pine trees 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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Sun. Apr 20, 2025 Mon. May 5, 2025 USD $6698.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Sun. Apr 19, 2026 Mon. May 4, 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 - Uji - Kyoto
  • Day3   Kyoto
  • Day4   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawago
  • Day5   Takayama - Matsumoto
  • Day6   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day7   Tokyo
  • Day8   Tokyo
  • Day9   Ashikaga - Nikko
  • Day10   Matsushima
  • Day11   Hiraizumi - Kitakami - Morioka
  • Day12   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Hakodate
  • Day13   Hakodate - Shikabecho - Lake Toya
  • Day14   Noboribetsu - Shiraoi - Sapporo
  • Day15   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day16   Tour ends

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

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