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The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour

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The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour

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Single Supplement: USD $540.00


Celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season at the must-see sites of Kyoto & Tokyo, and enjoy authentic cultural experiences.

The best time to see Japan's famous cherry blossoms is in March and April. Many of Japan's parks and gardens comprise of flowering cherry trees, and the people of Japan celebrate with hanami (flower-viewing) parties during this time. This tour will take you to gardens, parks, and temples that are known to be the best cherry blossom spots in Japan.

Whether you are a first time visitor to Japan or an experienced traveler, we recommend "The Golden Route" itinerary, our most popular tour. This is our reverse itinerary, meaning the tour begins in Osaka and ends in Tokyo. Our travel group will first visit Nara to see the inspiring architecture of Japan's largest wooden building, as well as the towering Great Buddha statue. Here, you will understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. Spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the best gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops in the city. The gardens and temples visited in Kyoto have been selected for their high reputation as the "best places to view cherry blossoms." Our travelers will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony, meet an apprentice geisha (maiko). Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple.

Visit Miho Museum, best known for its fascinating architecture that utilizes the surrounding nature and natural lighting while exhibiting works from different ancient civilizations. There is even a tunnel that leads from the museum to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die". Make your way to Hikone Castle, an original standing castle and charming hanami (flower-viewing) spot during the cherry blossom season. It is also a designated national treasure, and an excellent impression of a complete feudal castle. Visit the Genkyuen Garden, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden located on the castle grounds. Then, experience riding one of Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains before transferring to your next accommodation. You'll stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you can unwind in the hot springs (onsen) and dine on dinner in the comfort of the hotel.

Enjoy a scenic ropeway ride in Hakone and see the world-famous Mt. Fuji. Explore Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and best cherry blossom spots on a private guided tour. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. 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.

If you are interested in a 3-day pre-tour extension to our The Golden Route Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour that includes Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Shikoku Island, please book one of our Best of Japan Tours (Reverse) by clicking the following link: Best of Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour.

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2025

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Wed. Mar 26, 2025 Tue. Apr 1, 2025 USD $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Apr 4, 2025 Thu. Apr 10, 2025 USD $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Apr 7, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 USD $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Tue. Mar 24, 2026 Mon. Mar 30, 2026 USD $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Apr 2, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 USD $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Apr 6, 2026 Sun. Apr 12, 2026 USD $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Apr 13, 2026 Sun. Apr 19, 2026 USD $3198.00 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.

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

  • • 5 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
  • • 3 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

Transport

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   Koka - Hikone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day5   Hakone - Mt Fuji
  • Day6   Tokyo
  • Day7   Tour ends

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