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Charms of Southern Japan

Cherry Blossom Tour

8

Days

7

Nights

Sales
USD
$3,298
per person
$3,398

Tour Period

2025
May 18 - May 25

2026
May 17 - May 24

Included

Accommodations

  • 6 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation

Meals

  • Breakfast everyday

  • 3 lunches and 4 dinners

Admission Fees & Activities

  • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Others

  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka Airport

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

  • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan

  • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

Not Included

Airfares

  • International Airfares

Meals

  • Meals that are not included in the itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Travel Insurance

  • Travel Insurance

Others

  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Discover Southern Japan’s spring magic. Sakura blooms & deep-rooted traditions!

"Sakura," or cherry blossom, is a well-known and prevalent symbol of Japan. It is often depicted on traditional Japanese goods and art. The cherry blossom is particularly important in Japanese culture as it represents the end of winter and the beginning of new life and the growing season of spring. In southern Japan, cherry blossoms bloom as early as the end of March. This tour is designed to take advantage of this phenomenon and allows you to experience the world famous Japanese tradition of "hanami", or cherry blossom viewing.

Kobe Beef

There are many places that offer Kobe beef. Kobe is known around the world for its famous Kobe beef, which is beautifully marbled, delicious, and very expensive beef. The most popular way to enjoy Kobe beef is in a restaurant where the chef grills the meat in front of the guests. Eating Kobe beef is a popular activity for tourist visiting Kobe and can provide a delicious and unforgettable experience.

Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour himeji
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour himeji
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Kobe
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Kobe
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Miyajima
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Miyajima
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour beppu
Charms of Southern Japan Cherry Blossom Tour beppu

Itinerary

The Charms of Southern Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour is an 8-day, 7-night group tour that allows you to explore the rural and captivating sights of Southern Japan while admiring the renowned cherry trees.

day-1
Fukuoka Airport
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SagaNagasaki
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Ferry from Shimabara to Kumamoto, Takachiho
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BeppuKitsuki, the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, MiyajimaShimanami Kaido
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Takamatsu, Seto Ohashi Bridge
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KurashikiHimejiKobe
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Tour Ends
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day-1

Fukuoka Airport

Welcome to Fukuoka! You will be met at the arrival gate by a representative holding a name sign.


Hotel iconHotel Nikko Fukuoka or similar class
day-2

Saga

Mifuneyama Rakuen
We will visit the Mifuneyama Rakuen. This 500,000 square meter park announces the arrival of spring with thousands of cherry blossom trees and azaleas all blooming against a backdrop of the rugged cliff of Mt. Mifune.

Nagasaki

Nagasaki Peace Park: that holds the memorial for the victims of the second bomb that hit the land. A statue of a man pointing up and holding his other arm out is symbolic of the Nagasaki Peace Park.

Dejima: an area with over 400 years of history in Dutch trade. It features historical warehouses and residences, providing insight into the former Dutch Trade Post and how they lived during Japan's two centuries of isolation.

The Glover Gardens: an open air museum where we can see a fine collection of historic mansions of former Western residents of Nagasaki.

The Oura Catholic Church: the oldest standing Christian church in Japan. It was also the first Western building in Japan to be designated as a national treasure.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Nagasaki Gloverhill or similar class
day-3

Ferry from Shimabara to Kumamoto, Takachiho

We will take a 30 minute ferry from Shimabara and cross the Ariake Sea to Kumamoto.

Takachiho: a town in northern Miyazaki Pref. that is steeped in Japanese mythology. Takachiho is also known as a "power spot", a place of profound religious importance and natural beauty, which radiates spiritual energy. We will visit Takachiho Gorge, a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. The nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns, which resemble the scales of a dragon where the stone twisted and flowed as it was formed. Along the gorge is the Minainotaki waterfall, located against a backdrop of dense green foliage and surrounding grey cliffs.

The Amano Iwato Shrine: was built near the cave where Amaterasu is said to have hid herself. A short walk down the road from Amano Iwato Shrine is a path that leads down to the river below. Eventually, the path leads to a simple shrine inside a cave known as Amano Yasukawara. This is said to be the cave where the gods and goddesses met to discuss their strategy of luring Amaterasu out of hiding.

After a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner, we will have the chance to see a special Yokagura Dance Performance. This dance supposedly caused Amaterasu to leave the cave to see what all the fun was about, and in doing so she returned her light to the world.



Hotel iconBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel iconHotel Takachiho or similar class
day-4

Beppu

We will tour to a bather's paradise -the famous hot spring resort of Beppu. Marvel at one of Beppu's most celebrated attractions, the Jigoku Meguri, or "Boiling Hells" hot springs. View two of the nine hot springs, or “hells” of Beppu. Ideal for viewing rather than bathing, the springs earned their name because it was said that these mysterious, steamy attractions resembled a scene from hell ("jigoku" means "hell").

Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park, where we will take a monorail up to the observation area. Mt. Takasaki is a forested mountain just outside of Beppu and home to over 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys. Within this natural habitat, the monkeys have been fed regularly in order to keep them living on the mountain and prevent conflicts with local fruit farmers. The monkeys are quite accustomed to human visitors, and it is possible to get very close in order to take their pictures!

Kitsuki, the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima

From here, visit the Kitsuki Samurai Districts en route to Kokura before taking a ride on the top speed Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconGrand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or similar class
day-5

Hiroshima, Miyajima

The Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum: a solemn reminder of the importance of world peace.

After lunch, we will take a short ferry ride to the island of Miyajima; one of the most scenic spots in Japan. At high tide, the island's famed vermilion torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine appears to float in the middle of the sea. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Shimanami Kaido

(Scenic Driving)

In the afternoon, experience driving through the Shimanami Kaido to Shikoku Island.

The Shimanami Kaido is a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. It is also known as the Nishiseto Expressway.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Dinner
Hotel iconImabari Kokusai Hotel or similar class
day-6

Takamatsu, Seto Ohashi Bridge

Takamatsu to visit the Shikoku Mura Village. Shikoku Mura (Shikoku Village) : an open air museum situated at the base of Yashima. This pleasant hillside park preserves and exhibits traditional buildings and structures that have been relocated here from all over Shikoku Island.

Then, Ritsurin Park: a masterpiece of Japanese landscape 100 years in the making. This sprawling park features beautiful ponds and pavilions, with Mt. Shiun as the perfect backdrop.

In the evening, we will drive through the Seto Ohashi Bridge back to Honshu Island. Seto Ohashi Bridge, or the Great Seto Bridge, is a collective term for the six bridges that connects Japan's main island of Shikoku to the island of Honshu, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Tonight, we will stay in a spa hotel in Kurashiki, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a buffet dinner.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Dinner
Hotel iconWashu Blue Resort Kasago or similar class
day-7

Kurashiki

Canal Area
Today, we will visit Kurashiki. In merchant days, this scenic town thrived as a port for rice shipments. Several old rice granaries and examples of historic architecture still remain, in addition to the stone lined canal.

Himeji

Himeji Castle
Then, we will proceed to Himeji Castle. It is known as the "White Heron Castle" because of its brilliant white exterior, resembling a bird taking flight. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. This splendid example of traditional architecture was declared one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan.

Kobe

In the evening, we continue to Kobe, where we will savor the world famous Wagyu Kobe beef.


Hotel iconHotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class

NOTE1: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

NOTE2: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

day-8

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Osaka Kansai Airport can be reached in a three minute walk.


Hotel iconBreakfast

Note: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Accommodations

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Hotel Nikko Fukuoka exterior

2-18-25 Hakata Eki-mae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 812-0011, Japan

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka or similar class

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, a world-class hotel conveniently located across from Hakata Station and only 15 minutes from Fukuoka International and Domestic Airport, offers attractively furnished rooms, gourmet cuisine, and top-notch service. With banquet rooms accommodating over 2,000 people, it’s an ideal choice for business or social events. From private single rooms to the prestigious Imperial Suite, this luxury hotel boasts 360 guest rooms. A perfect blend of elegance and comfort awaits discerning travelers.

2
ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki exterior

1-18 Minamiyamatemachi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki 850-0931, Japan

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Nagasaki Gloverhill or similar class

ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki Gloverhill, situated in Nagasaki’s Minamiyamate area, exudes cosmopolitan charm. With first-class hospitality and refined services, it’s a favored choice for travelers. The elegantly furnished guest rooms provide a comfortable retreat. Savor Nagasaki’s local cuisine at the western restaurant, Pave. The hotel offers banquet rooms for various events. Conveniently located near Nagasaki Airport and JR Nagasaki Station, it’s an accessible haven for both business and leisure travelers.

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Hotel Takachiho exterior

1037-4 Mitai, Takachiho, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki Prefecture, 882-1101, Japan

Hotel Takachiho or similar class

Hotel Takachiho, nestled in the serene Matsushima area, offers a tranquil retreat surrounded by lush nature. Conveniently located near Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine, this ryokan provides a comfortable stay. Guests can savor kaiseki cuisine made from seasonal mountain ingredients. Wi-Fi-equipped rooms ensure a relaxing experience. A delightful haven for those seeking solace and rejuvenation.

4
Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima exterior

23-1 Motoujina-machi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8543, Japan

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or similar class

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, nestled in the Setonaikai National Park, is approximately 15 minutes by car from central Hiroshima. Its 510 guest rooms offer stunning views of the Seto Inland Sea, including Hiroshima Bay. Tourist sites like Miyajima and Etajima are accessible via high-speed boat from the hotel’s pier. A serene blend of comfort and natural beauty awaits discerning travelers.

5
Imabari Kokusai Hotel lobby

Address: 2-3-4 Asahi-Cho, Imabari-chi, Ehime, Japan

Imabari Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Imabari Kokusai Hotel, a landmark in Imabari, connects Honshu, Shikoku, and the Geiyo islands. With 11 types of guest rooms, most offering twin beds, guests enjoy beautiful views. Recreational facilities include restaurants, bars, banquet venues, outdoor baths, a pool, and a fitness gym. The hotel allows guests to bring bicycles into rooms. Notable attractions nearby include Imabari Castle and the Towel Art Museum. Dining options range from seasonal Japanese dishes to Western meals and international breakfast buffets.

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Washu Blue Resort Kasago exterior

303-17 Shimotsui Fukiage, Kurashiki, Okayama 711-0926, Japan

Washu Blue Resort Kasago or similar class

Washu Blue Resort Kasago, located in Kurashiki, Japan, offers a serene retreat with panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea and Seto Ohashi Bridge. Guests can choose from ocean-view rooms with private open-air baths or Japanese-modern rooms. The resort features a unique dining concept called “Kaiseki Buffet.” Enjoy the natural hot spring baths, including the popular “Hachimitsu Pearl Bath.” Conveniently accessible by car from Kurashiki (30 minutes), Kojima Interchange (3 minutes), and JR Kojima Station (10 minutes).

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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport main

1 Senshu-kuko Kita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka 549-0001, Japan

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class

The Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is the only full-service hotel directly connected to Kansai International Airport. With comfortable rooms, free WiFi, and a variety of dining options, it offers convenience for travelers. Whether departing or arriving, guests can enjoy a seamless experience on Kansai Airport Island.

NOTE1: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

NOTE2: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

Notes

Please review the notes below for important details about your trip. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us. These notes are designed to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Price

  • All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.

Deposit

  • We require a NON-Refundable US$500 deposit per person to hold the space at the time of booking and the final payment is due 2 months prior to departure.

Transport

  • Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

  • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Sapporo, with departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).

  • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel 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

  • The meet and greet is ONLY available for flights arriving at Narita Airport after 11:00 AM on the first day. If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT), we will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

  • 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.

Others

  • 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 if needed, please ask for details.

  • If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

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