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The Golden Route Japan

Cherry Blossom Tour

7

Days

6

Nights

Sales
From USD
$3,098caution
per person
$3,198

Tour Period

2024
Mar 18 - Mar 24
Mar 25 - Mar 31
Mar 28 - Apr 3
Apr 1 - Apr 7
Apr 7 - Apr 13
Apr 10 - Apr 16

2025
Mar 18 - Mar 24
Mar 24 - Mar 30
Mar 27 - Apr 2
Mar 30 - Apr 5
Apr 7 - Apr 13

2026
Mar 16 - Mar 22
Mar 23 - Mar 29
Mar 25 - Mar 31
Mar 29 - Apr 4
Apr 5 - Apr 11
Apr 12 - Apr 18

Included

Accommodations

  • 5 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation

Meals

  • Breakfast everyday

  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners

Others

  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

  • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan

  • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  • Gratuities

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

Tour the must-see sights of Japan, enjoy cultural activities, and cherry blossom viewing spots.

enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. March and April are historically the best times to see cherry blossoms around Japan. Gardens abound with many varieties of flowering cherry trees and are usually filled with Japanese families enjoying a picnic under falling petals. On this tour, we will take you to gardens and parks known to be the best places to view cherry blossoms.

The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour - Museum
The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour - Museum
The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour - Mt. Fuji
The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour - Mt. Fuji
The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour - Kyoto
The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour - Kyoto

Itinerary

The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour is a 7-day, 6-night group tour that offers an enchanting exploration of Japan during the cherry blossom season

day-1
Tokyo Narita Airport
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Tokyo
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Mt. Fuji, Hakone
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day-4
HikoneKoka
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day-5
Kyoto
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day-6
KyotoNaraOsaka
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day-7
Tour Ends
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day-1

Tokyo Narita Airport

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


Hotel iconHotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class
day-2

Tokyo

Asakusa Sensoji Temple
In the morning, you will be taken to Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping street with several centuries of history.

Ueno Park
Continue to Ueno Park, famous for its 1,000 cherry trees that line the central pathways, making it an excellent cherry blossom viewing spot. Next, learn how to create your own sushi with a professional sushi chef. Whatever you make, you will get to eat for lunch!

Sushi Making Experience / Tsukiji Outer Market
Afterwards, make your way to the Tsukiji Outer Market, filled with shops and restaurants where you can try fresh produce and other food-related goods.

Imperial Palace
Then, we will proceed to the Imperial Palace, the current residence of Japan's Imperial Family and former site of the Edo Castle. It is surrounded by moats and stone fortifications, located in the heart of Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower
In the afternoon, we will visit the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower, the Tokyo Tower. Here, you can tour 150 meters up to the main observatory deck and enjoy a bird's eye view of Tokyo.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconHotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

day-3

Mt. Fuji, Hakone

Mt. Fuji
We will depart from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather conditions) to admire the world famous peak.

Hakone Ropeway/ Owakudani
Next, travel to Hakone, one of Japan's most popular hot-spring resorts. You will also get to view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. We will take a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakudani. Most of Owakudani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Visitors will encounter the area's hot springs and bubbling pools, complete with sulfurous fumes and steam vents. If the weather conditions are in our favor, Owakudani also grants splendid views of Mount Fuji.

Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride
Then, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.


Hotel iconBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel iconGrand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa or similar class
day-4

Hikone

Hikone Castle
After breakfast at the hotel, our group will visit the Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami (flower-viewing) spot during the cherry blossom season. Hikone Castle is an original castle, surviving the post feudal era without undergoing destruction and reconstruction. The castle is considered a great impression of what a complete feudal castle looks like.
It is also a national treasure, next to only four other castle keeps in Japan, which is the highest designation a cultural property can achieve. Visitors will have the opportunity to climb to the castle's top floor, where you may enjoy views of the castle grounds and city.

Genkyuen Garden
Then, head next door to the Genkyuen Garden, a serene Japanese landscape garden with views of the castle.

Koka

Miho Museum
From there, proceed to the Miho Museum, known for its stunning architecture integrated into the surrounding nature. It exhibits works from different ancient civilizations, including the Romans, Egyptians, and Asian cultures.

There is also a tunnel that leads from the museum to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. It was designed by I. M. Pei, and has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die".


Hotel iconBreakfast
Hotel iconKyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Note: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

day-5

Kyoto

Arashiyama / Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden
Today, we will start our tour of Kyoto, the former capital of Japan that holds priceless historical values. We will first visit Arashiyama, known for its natural scenery and is particularly popular during the spring and fall season. Visit the Zen garden of the Tenryuji Temple, ranked first among Kyoto's five great Zen Temples.

Sagano Bamboo Forest / Golden Pavilion / Nishijin Kimono Show / Kiyomizu Temple
Afterwards, enjoy a pleasant walk through the attractive Sagano Bamboo Forest. Make your way to the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), known for its two top floors covered entirely in 18 carat gold leaves. Watch the elegant Nishijin Kimono Fashion Show and learn how kimonos are made. Continue to the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that overlooks the scenic hillside below.

Maruyama Park/ Gion Geisha District
The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below, as well as a beautiful scene of Kyoto in the distance. From Kiyomizu Temple we will head to Maruyama Park, one of the most popular places for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto. Lastly, we will tour Gion, Kyoto's most famous geisha district. It is filled with various restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where maiko and geisha entertain their guests.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Dinner
Hotel iconKyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class
day-6

Kyoto

Green Tea Ceremony with Maiko Interaction
The day begins with a green tea ceremony and a meet- and-greet with maiko. A maiko is simply an apprentice geisha. You will have photo-taking opportunities and a chance to interact with the maiko.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
After that, make your way to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine is famous for its thousands of stunning vermilion torii gates that are lined along a 4km long tunnel, which was even featured in the film "Memoirs of a Geisha". This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that consists of mountains, streams, and ponds, making it the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike.

Nara

Todaiji Temple / Deer Park
We will then travel to Nara, where we will go to the Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha at 16.3 meters high. Nearby, explore the surrounding Deer Park, filled with over 1,000 Sika Deer.

Osaka

Dotonbori / Shinsaibashi
Our final stop of the day will be in Osaka. We will spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment, and food district. It is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line its streets. Our group will also stop by Shinasaibashi, one of Osaka's oldest shopping destinations.


Hotel iconHotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class

NOTE: 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.

day-7

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

These accommodations provide comfortable stays while you enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan.

1
Hotel Mystays Premier Narita ext

31 Oyama, Narita, Chiba 286-0131, Japan

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class

The Hotel Mystays Premier Narita is conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from Narita International Airport. It offers an indoor pool, tennis courts, and a Jacuzzi. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a sauna, and 24-hour room service. The hotel provides a blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.

2
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro exterior

1-6-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-8505, Japan

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is centrally located in Ikebukuro, offering guests convenient access to Tokyo's vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment. This hotel features modern rooms, diverse dining options, and comprehensive amenities including fitness facilities and meeting rooms. Its proximity to major transport links makes it an ideal base for exploring Tokyo's key attractions, combining comfort and convenience for travelers.

3
Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa overview

4396-1 Yutocho Yamazaki, Nishi-Ku, Hamamatsu, 431-0101, Japan

Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa or similar class

Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort & Spa, located in Hamamatsu, Japan, offers a serene escape by the picturesque Hamana Lake. This upscale hotel provides an all-inclusive stay experience, complete with soothing scents, sounds, and flavors. Guests can enjoy luxurious meals overlooking the lake and unwind in the hot springs after a day of sightseeing. The resort features various room options, including ocean/sea view and lake view rooms. Immerse yourself in tranquility at this newly opened retreat.

4
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel main

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519, Japan

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. With elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, and panoramic city views, it’s an ideal base for exploring Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a business traveler or a tourist, this hotel offers a blend of comfort and sophistication.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel main

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. With elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, and panoramic city views, it’s an ideal base for exploring Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a business traveler or a tourist, this hotel offers a blend of comfort and sophistication.

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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.

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 Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

  • 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 in Terminal 1 & 2 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 3, airport pickup is not included, but we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.

  • 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.

Hotels

  • If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

  • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are 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.

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

  • 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.

Others

  • If group tour dates don't suit you, we can arrange a similar private tour! Contact us. (Prices may vary.)

  • 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.

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