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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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Tour Code: GTD0534710

The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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8 days 7 nights

fromUSD $3498.00


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Single Supplement: USD $630.00

Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Spring Festival.

Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a special, traditional Japanese custom. Experience this charming tradition and the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival on this exclusive tour. The Takayama Festival is known as one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan, and the spring festival (Sanno Festival) takes place on April 14th and 15th every year. Its main feature is the gorgeous yatai (floats) that parade the town, decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes).

This itinerary also features national parks, cultural opportunities, exceptional architecture, and "must see" sights of Tokyo & Kyoto. Included highlights are the best spring gardens and cherry blossom spots. This tour begins in Osaka, following a route of mountainous areas, through the coastal regions of Honshu island, and finishes in Tokyo. You will get the opportunity to experience a traditional green tea ceremony, interact and take photos with an apprentice geisha (maiko) , bathe in a relaxing hot springs (onsen), make sushi, and enjoy a lively festival.

Our private guides and drivers will also take you to Nara and the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's most famous gardens, temples, and specialty shops. The gardens and temples you will visit in Kyoto have been selected for their well- known reputation as the "best places to see cherry blossoms". Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple.

In Kanazawa, stroll through the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage site known for its gassho-zukuri architectural style. Continue to Takayama and transport yourself back to 15th century Japan as you watch traditional music performances and thousands of people in costume parade through town. Visit the world- famous Mt. Fuji and take in the natural scenery of Hakone.

Lastly, tour the vibrant city of Tokyo by visiting fashionable and diverse shopping districts. 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. You can even enjoy a special sushi making experience with a professional sushi chef and eat whatever you make. This tour lets you travel through time and experience the culture, traditions, and architecture that are uniquely Japanese.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Fri. Apr 18, 2025 USD $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Sat. Apr 18, 2026 USD $3498.00 Osaka Tokyo 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 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
  • • 4 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


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 Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the last day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport 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 Osaka
  • Day2   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day3   Kyoto
  • Day4   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawa-go - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day5   Takayama (Takayama Spring Festival)
  • Day6   Mt. Fuji - Hakone
  • Day7   Tokyo
  • Day8   Tour ends

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