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10-Day Japan Cherry Blossom Spring 2023 Mini-Group Tour

10-Day Japan Cherry Blossom Spring 2023 Mini-Group Tour

By RobertUpdated Dec. 6, 2022
Witness the Sakura Cherry Blossom of Japan in Spring 2023

Trying to plan a visit to Japan for the Sakura (cherry) blossom in spring, but don't know where to start?
Here we are pleased to share our well-planned itinerary with you. The perfect holiday experience is just one click away!
You can enjoy the seas of pink that are formed of cherry blossom with our professional guides in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka on this 10-day journey. Be ready to catch the best spring pictures and experience Japan during its high season!

  • Mini Group:4–7 pax 
  • Dates:Mar. 25, 2023 – Apr. 3, 2023 (10 days)
  • Price:US$3,699 p/p, 2 per room; single room + US$828 
    (child below 4-year-old, without bed or seat occupation: FREE)
  • Cancellation:100% refund! (up to Feb. 24)

Journey Route

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  • The most competitive price without a big-coach-tour feel.
  • The best destination connections to maximize your time and comfort.
  • Unique AH hand-picked experiences as mentioned on this page.

Tour Highlights

Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked) included in this tour:

Enjoy a worry-free guided hanami('viewing flowers in bloom') during the cherry blossom season.

Japan in cherry blossom season
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Lose yourself in the rich history and various temples.

inside the temple

Witness the Fuji Five Lakes during the cherry blossom season.

the Kawaguchiko lake near Mt. Fuji

Learn sushi making from a local family in Tokyo.

sushi making
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Experience the fastest train on the world-famous Shinkansen lines.

the Shinkansen train passing a bridge

Having a memorable afternoon tea with a geisha.

A Geisha entering the teahouse
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Relax in a traditional local style ryokan (inn) in Kyoto.

inside the local ryokan

Travel between the modern and old days of Osaka.

Japan in cherry blossom season

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The Itinerary in Detail

Day 1
Mar. 25th: Tokyo Arrival, Hi Japan!
Decent 4-star hotel in Tokyo
  • Konichiwa! Welcome to the capital city of Japan!
  • Airport to hotel transport is up to you. We recommend a taxi.
the evening of Tokyo in Spring
Day 2
Mar. 26th: Tokyo Highlights
Meals provided: breakfast, tea and sweets in the afternoon
Daily transfer: by private vehicle

Explore the fascinating city of Tokyo with its top attractions: Meiji Shrine, Omotesando avenue, Asakusa old district, and Hamarikyu garden:

  • Walk among the history and be a part of the story of Meiji Shrine.
  • See the world’s top fashion trends at the Omotesando.
  • Soak in the atmosphere of the Tokyo of old at Asakusa.
  • Taste a cup of steaming matcha at the Edo Period Hamarikyu Garden, which is surrounded by futuristic skyscrapers.
Hanoi highlights tour and christmas celebration Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple
Day 3
Mar. 27th: Fuji Five Lakes Excursion
Meals provided: breakfast, lunch
Daily transfer: by private vehicle

Have a day excursion out of Tokyo by private car with a personal guide, and discover the beauty and stories of the Fuji Five Lakes area.

  • Board a cruise, and sail around Lake Kawaguchiko.
  • Admire the works of Kubota Itchiku, one of Japan's greatest kimono artists, at Kubota Itchiku Art Museum.
  • Drive by Lake Saiko and Lake Shojiko to enjoy two other scenic lakes in the area.
  • Get a glimpse of Aokigahara 'Sea of Trees' Forest — a mysterious forest that was born after an eruption of Mt. Fuji.
  • Enter the Sengen Shrine in the thick cedar forest below Mt. Fuji, constructed in 788 AD.
Mt. Fuji, pagoda and sakura Appreciate Mt. Fuji in the Five Lakes area
Day 4
Mar. 28th: Local Culture Experience and Hanami
Meals provided: breakfast, sushi lunch
Daily transfer: by private vehicle

Dive into the daily life of local Japanese, and enjoy a cheerful view of the sakura (cherry blossom) along the Sumida River.

  • Pay a visit to the world's largest fish market – Tsukiji Market, and witness the daily life of locals
  • Sample some of the freshly-prepared finger foods at the market if interested.
  • Enter a typical Japanese home and learn to prepare maki sushi (rolled sushi), gunkan maki (wrapped rice balls), and nigiri sushi (rice fingers topped with raw fish).
  • Enjoy a river boat ride on the Sumida River, smell the atmosphere of sakura and get great views of the cherry blossom along the river side for your hanami.
Mt. Fuji, pagoda and sakura The view of Tokyo in Spring
Day 5
Mar. 29th: Tokyo to Kyoto by Nozomi Train, Afternoon Tea with a Geisha
Meals provided: breakfast, afternoon tea
Daily transfer: transfer between hotels and railway stations by private vehicle, Kyoto trip by taxi
Ryokan or similar hotel in Kyoto
  • Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto by the fastest train — a Nozomi (with private hotel transfer).
  • Explore the back streets of Kyoto's geisha districts with the leading foreign geisha-culture expert.
  • Sample traditional song and dance, and do games, which make great photo opportunities at a private ochaya (Geisha teahouse).
street of Kyoto with sakura The street of Kyoto in Spring
Day6
Mar. 30th: Kyoto Highlights
Meals provided: breakfast
Daily transfer: by private vehicle
  • Start the day trip by visiting one of Kyoto’s most famous temples — Kinkaku-ji ('Golden Pavilion').
  • Continue to Nijo Castle — a two-ring-fortfied, 400-year-old castle built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence, surrounded by stunning gardens.
  • Walk down Nishiki Market, a narrow, five-block-long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. It's known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen'.
  • Choose between visiting Kiyomizu ('Pure Water') Temple — under repair, but still enjoyable and a Kyoto landmark, or visit Sanjusangen-do — a temple that is Japan's longest wooden structure (120 m) instead.
Kiyomizu Temple with sakura The Kiyomizu Temple in Spring
Day 7
31st: Kyoto Culture and Hanami
Meals provided: breakfast
Daily transfer: Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine & local sake brewery by private vehicle, the Philosopher's Path, Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji by public bus
  • Enter Fushimi Inari Shrine, which was used in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha".
  • Quench your thirst at a sake brewery. Learn about the traditional brewing process, and then sample the different types of Japanese sake.
  • Lose yourself on the Philosopher's Path, and enjoy the blossom of hundreds of cherry trees.
  • Wander between Ginkaku-ji ('Silver Pavilion') and the neighborhood of Nanzen-ji and try not to count the small temples and shrines during the walk.
The Philosopher's Path with sakura The Philosopher's Path in Spring
Day 8
Apr. 1st: Free and Easy in the Morning, Head to Osaka in the Afternoon
Decent 4-star hotel in Osaka
Meals provided: breakfast
  • Have a good rest after a week's travel.
  • Our local guide and the hotel would be glad to provide suggestions for your own discovery of the city.
  • Optional day-trips are avaliable!
Osaka with sakura Osaka in Spring
Day 9
Apr. 2nd: Osaka Highlights
Meals provided: breakfast, and Takoyaki snack
Daily transfer: by private vehicle
  • Step into the magnificent Osaka Castle as well as into the history of Osaka.
  • Taste the famous street food takoyaki (octopus dumplings) in the bustling district of Dotonbori.
  • Take the chance to admire famed Japanese prints from the 18th century, and make your own woodblock print at Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum.
  • Astonish yourself with the panorama of Osaka City by standing in Floating Garden Observatory.
takoyaki making See how takoyaki be cooked
Day 10
Apr. 3rd: Farewell, Japan!
Meals provided: breakfast
  • We hope your journey home provides a happy conclusion to your holiday!
  • Hotel to airport transport is up to you. We recommend a taxi. Your hotel would be glad to assist!
Kansai International Airport The Kansai International Airport in Osaka
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Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features, and we may adujust the hotel arrangement based on their availability due to high demand.

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (4-star)
Kyoto Ryokan the Kinoe
Kyoto Ryokan the Kinoe (4-star)
Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia
Vischio Osaka by Granvia (4-star)

Price Includes:

  • Train tickets between Tokyo and Kyoto as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English-speaking tour guide and business vehicle service
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary or similar options based on availability
  • Breakfasts at hotels and listed meals in the itinerary
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights to Tokyo and depart from Osaka
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 10
  • Tips for the guide and the driver
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received up to 30 days before departure: 100% refund
  • Cancellation received 14 to 29 days before departure: 50% refund
  • Cancellation received 0 to 13 days before departure: 0% refund

Tour code: ah-jp-11-gp

*It is possible to have a private tour with the same itinerary as this one (or a bespoke version of it). Please contact us for a quote using the tour code: ah-jp-11-gp, and let us know any customization you would like.

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