JAPAN – Highlights with Cherry Blossom

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March 27, 2023
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8 Days
Availability : Pick your date
Narita International Airport (NRT)
Max People : 12
Overview

There is no doubt that spring is Japan’s most beautiful season. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people gather in parks between late March to early April to enjoy the beautiful pink flowers all over the country. Experience the wonderful spring flowers and the most famous sights in Japan on this package Japan Highlights Cherry Blossom Tour including Hiroshima.

On this tour, you will follow the Golden Route including Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Kyoto, and Hiroshima during the enchantingly beautiful cherry blossom season. You will spend 3 nights in Tokyo and 4 nights in Kyoto while you visit all the absolute must-sees on Japan’s most popular route. The tour takes place in the middle of the cherry blossom season, so you’re most likely to see sakura flowers.

Highlights
Visited Places:
  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto
  • Ueno Park
  • Imperial Palace
  • Nakamise
  • Asakusa
  • Harajuku & Takeshita Street
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Lake Kawaguchi
  • Fushimi Inari
  • Todaiji Temple
  • Sake Brewery
  • Nara Park
  • Ryoanji Temple
  • Golden Pavilion
  • Nishijin Textile Center
  • Gion Area
  • Arashiyama
  • Nijojo Castle
  • Miyajima
  • Atomic Bomb Dome
Travel Experience:
  • Local culture & cuisine
  • Pure nature
  • Scenic drives
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Zoo & wildlife
  • Bullet train ride
  • Shibuya Crossing
  • Tea ceremony
  • Shopping

6 Reasons To Book This Trip

1. Affordable Adventure – Traveling with a like-minded group is not only fun but also it’s cost-effective instead of traveling solo.

2. Forget About The Planning – We take care of permits, transportation, and logistics, so all you have to do is show up.

3. Shared Photos – At the end of every trip we will have a google photo album where we share our wonderful tour pictures. We can also share to this website and multiply the memories!

4. Make New Friends – On every trip you will meet new people, it’s a good opportunity to make friends for your life while enjoying the group event.

5. Group Leader –  Event organizer will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible.

6. Unforgettable Memories – All events are designed keeping in mind to have an unforgettable memory of your lifetime.

Notes
Tour Start

Tokyo

Tour End

Kyoto

Destination

Japan

Flights
  • Arrival: Day01 before 4 pm (flexible)
  • Return: Day08 anytime after 9 am (flexible)
Fly In Airport: Narita International Airport (NRT) Or Haneda Airport
Fly Out Airport: Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
Availability
  • Seat available till the booking is open!
  • Balance due 2 months before the tour departure date!
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
Itinerary
Day01

Airport (Narita or Haneda) – Tokyo

shibuya-crossing
Description:

Welcome to Japan! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at Narita or Haneda airport who will help you get on the bus to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day and evening to spend at your leisure in Tokyo.

Activities Included:
  • Airport transfer
Accommodation:
  • Overnight in Tokyo (Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar)
Day02

Tokyo Highlights Tour

asakusa
Description:

Today we are going to discover Tokyo! Our first stop is at the Imperial Palace with its large park surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo where we go to Nijubashi-mae to take photos. Next on the program is the Sakura Festival in Ueno Park, which is famous for its pink sea of cherry blossoms. We will see a lot of people enjoying their traditional Hanami picnic in the park. We then head to Asakusa, the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo which is reminiscent of the Edo period. The Kaminarimon is the outer gate of the temple that is a very famous landmark of Asakusa for its huge red lantern. Nakamise street is a nice shopping street that is over 200m long and it is the best place to buy traditional Japanese souvenirs in Tokyo.

In the afternoon, we will visit the imposing Meiji Shrine in the middle of a small city forest, after which you can enjoy shopping in Harajuku’s Takeshita Street which is popular among young teenagers, or Omotesando street for some luxury (window) shopping. Of course, we’ll also go to the Shibuya crossing to experience one of the world’s busiest pedestrian crossings and meet the statue of the famous loyal dog, Hachiko, which is located in front of Shibuya station. We will then return to the hotel.

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing 
  • Cherry blossoms
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation:
  • Overnight in Tokyo (Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar)
Day03

Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Tokyo

Description:

On our second day, we will take a one-day excursion to Mt Fuji and the Kawaguchiko area. First, we will take the Fuji Subaru line road to Mt. Fuji’s 5th station by bus. Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and it is one of the country’s most famous symbols with its iconic shape. Our lunch today is ‘houtou’, a hearty local noodle dish that is cooked in miso-based soup.

Next, we will take the Panoramic Kachi Kachi Ropeway to an observation deck near the peak of Mt Tenjo. From the observation deck, which sits more than 1000 meters above sea level, you can see panoramic views of the lake below and of Mount Fuji. After enjoying a pleasant 20-minute cruise on Lake Kawaguchi, we will return to Tokyo.

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing
  • Kachi Kachi Ropeway
  • A 20-minute cruise on Lake Kawaguchi
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation:
  • Overnight in Tokyo (Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar) 
Day04

Tokyo – Nara Highlights Tour

fushimi-inari
Description:

Today we will get on the super-fast shinkansen to Kyoto. Our first visit in Kyoto is to the impressive Fushimi Inari Taisha, a shrine that is especially renowned for its stone fox statues as well as the thousands of orange torii gates lined up along the pathway to Mt Inari. We then proceed to a sake brewery, where you will learn about the sake-making process, and of course, get the chance to taste some great rice wine.

Then we head to Nara, which was the first permanent capital in Japan in the 8th century. In Nara, we visit the Todaiji Temple and Nara Park which is famous for its many tame deer. You can feed them special crackers called Shika-sembei if you want. In the late afternoon, we go back to Kyoto to check in at our hotel.

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing
  • Shinkansen (Bullet train)
  • Sake brewery
  • Nara Park
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  •  Overnight in Kyoto (Daiwa Roynett Hotel or similar) 
Day05

Kyoto Highlights Tour

kimono
Description:

First, we will go to the Ryoanji Temple, a Zen temple known for its mysterious-looking stone garden. The nearby Kinkakuji Temple is our next stop, it is known as the Golden Pavilion for its brilliant exterior that will surely captivate you.

The Nishijin textile style is a traditional silk weaving technique in Kyoto that is used for making kimono, a traditional Japanese garment. We visit the Nishijin Textile Center to learn more about Nishijin textile weaving. You will also have a chance to enjoy a kimono fashion show and go shopping. After lunch, you will experience a real tea ceremony, where you will also get to try real matcha tea with Japanese sweets!

The Gion area is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. It is filled with shops, restaurants, and ochaya (tea houses). While walking through a street lined with preserved machiya houses, you might come across real geisha or maiko in the evening.

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing
  • Tea ceremony
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation:
  • Overnight in Kyoto (Daiwa Roynett Hotel or similar)
Day06

Kyoto Arashiyama Tour

kyoto
Description:

Today we will discover Arashiyama, a popular and pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. This area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185). We will visit the Tenryuji Temple, which is known for its Japanese landscape garden with various plants and a pond. We will also enjoy a pleasant walk through the famous bamboo grove nearby and past the many small shops and restaurants around Arashiyama.

The Nishiki Market is a narrow shopping street lined with more than 100 shops and restaurants. This foodie destination is also known as Kyoto’s Kitchen. The lively market specializes in all things food-related, such as fresh seafood, sushi, Japanese sweets, pickles, cookware, etc. Find your favorite food for lunch here! Then we will visit Nijo Castle, which was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Afterward, we will head back to the hotel.

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Overnight in Kyoto (Daiwa Roynett Hotel or similar)
Day07

Kyoto – Hiroshima Tour – Kyoto

hiroshima
Description:

In the morning we proceed to Kyoto station to get on the shinkansen bound for Hiroshima. We will take a ferry to the sacred Miyajima island, where we’ll see the famous Itsukushima Shrine and the elaborate torii gate that seems to float in the sea. Try tasty local foods such as momiji manju (Japanese maple-shaped cake with red bean paste), oysters, and okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake).

In the afternoon, we will return to Hiroshima city. Hiroshima is known all over the world as the first city to suffer an atomic bomb disaster. It is an impressive experience to visit the Peace Memorial Park and museum, as well as the Atomic Bomb Dome. Although you can’t really feel the aftermath of the disaster in Hiroshima anymore today, the museum tells you what really happened here in 1945. After visiting the museum and Peace Park, we will return to Kyoto by bullet train.

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Overnight in Kyoto (Daiwa Roynett Hotel or similar)
Day08

Kyoto – Kansai Airport

shinkansen
Description:

It is already time to go back home with many unforgettable memories and lots of souvenirs. A transfer is not included, but if you would need an airport transfer we can arrange one for you. Thank you very much for coming to Japan and we hope to see you again!

Activities Included:
  • NA
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Inclusions

Price Includes

  • 7 nights of western-style accommodation
  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport
  • Airport transfers on arrival
  • Pasmo (5,000 JPY per person) for public transportation in Tokyo
  • Comprehensive escort of our professional English-speaking tour guide as described in the itinerary
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Admission fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • 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
  • Gratuities
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FAQ

I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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