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Private 10-Day Japan Highlights and Cherry Blossom Tour

Best Sakura: Exclusive Journey through Japan's Spring Highlights

Ready to witness the exquisite beauty of Japan during its vibrant springtime? Look no further! Our carefully-crafted 10-day itinerary covering Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka takes you to the best places to enjoy the phenomenal vistas and the delicate aura of the spring season.

With your private guide managing your adventure in an exclusive vehicle, rest assured you would explore all of the standout attractions. Marvel at the mesmerizing cherry blossoms, dive into spirited metropolises, visit serene temples, and more. Prepare for an unmatched experience during Japan's cherry blossom season with us!

  • Days:10±
  • Best For:First-timers, Families, Nature lovers
  • Departure date:up to you (recommended in Spring, from late March to mid April)
  • Sample Price:from US$ 7,099 each (2 people) and US$ 4,399 each (4 people)

This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors and families. Sign up for your favorite part of the tour or simply treat the whole tour as inspiration, designing each element specially for you.

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Delight in worry-free, guided hanami (flower viewing) sessions, basking in the full bloom of cherry blossoms with a private guide.

Japan in cherry blossom season
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Plunge into the profound cultural heritage of Japan by touring the country's varied UNESCO World Heritage destinations.

Kasuga Taisha - a UNESCO World Heritage of Japan
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Traverse the contrasting worlds of cutting-edge technology and time-honored traditions in Japan for an enriching firsthand experience.

inside the teamLab Borderless
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Experience the awe-inspiring view of Mount Fuji and the adjacent lake, their magnificence amplified by the ethereal cherry blossoms.

View of Mount Fuji in Spring
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Relish the complexity of traditional Japanese flavors, showcasing culinary gems like ramen and sakura ice cream.

authentic sakura ice cream
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Embrace Japan's vivid traditions with activities like ramen preparation, a matcha tea ceremony, and ukiyo-e printing.

Japanese matcha tea ceremony
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Unwind in the serene ambiance of a classic Kyoto ryokan inn, brimming with local charm and heritage.

Japanese Ryokan
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Witness Nara's spring charm and encounter its lovely deer for a delightful day trip.

deer at Nara Park in Spring

Try on a traditional kimono or yukata in Kyoto for a memorable cultural exploration.

Travelers wearing Japanese kimonos strolled through the cherry blossoms
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Revel in the exhilaration of a journey aboard Japan's renowned Shinkansen bullet train.

the Shinkansen train passing a bridge

Journey Route

travel map of the 10 day tour

Itinerary in Detail

We arrange plenty of cultural activities to help create memorable experiences along the way. We also take time to admire the nature, and enjoy great foods. Of course, all of them are adjustable according to your ideas!

Day 1
Tokyo Arrival

Welcome to Tokyo!

Upon your arrival at Narita or Haneda International Airport, a dedicated driver would be ready to greet you. You would enjoy a stress-free, private transfer directly to your hotel in Tokyo. This private, one-way service ensures a comfortable start to your Tokyo journey. We wish you a memorable stay in Tokyo!

Tokyo in Spring
The view of Tokyo in Spring
Day 2
Tokyo Highlights

Venture into the heart of Tokyo on a fully-guided tour, encompassing iconic landmarks and local culture. Your day would unfold amid Tokyo's vibrant backdrop, showcasing its intricate blend of traditional elegance and modern charm:

  • Commence the journey at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a place of tranquility amid Tokyo's bustling city life. Majestic flora and seasonal blossoms provide a refreshing start to your day.
  • Pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine, the epitome of architectural beauty wrapped in spiritual significance. There, old and new collide, providing a fascinating insight into Japan's historical richness.
  • Hop onto a Sumida River cruise, admiring Tokyo from a unique water-bound perspective. Savor the skyline as the breeze whispers stories of the city's dynamic past and present. Along the Sumida River, indulge in hanami, the traditional Japanese activity of appreciating the transient beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms that adorn the city in springtime.
  • For the grand finale, visit Senso-ji Asakusa, Tokyo's oldest temple. There, spirituality and tradition pervade amid vibrant markets, souvenir shops, and numerous food stalls.

Each stop on this full-day tour by private vehicle offers a different facet of Tokyo. Immerse yourself in the city's captivating tale as expert guides facilitate your journey through the metropolis. Embark on this enriching experience for a quintessential Tokyo adventure.

Sensoji in spring
Senso-ji, Tokyo's oldest temple
Day 3
Unveil the Marvels of Kawaguchiko

Embark on a fascinating journey from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko for a full-day tour. Experience a seamless private transfer to this serene destination and back, relishing the scenery on your way:

  • Pay your respects at the Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine, a place of spiritual tranquility offering panoramic views of Mount Fuji and the five-story Chureito Pagoda, particularly enchanting draped in cherry blossoms or autumn leaves.
  • Marvel at the beauty of Lake Kawaguchi, counted among the Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes). The mirror-like waters offer a spectacular reflection of the towering Mount Fuji, creating an iconic landscape that never fails to impress.
  • Take a ride on the Mount Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, and feast your eyes on the stupendous aerial views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, an experience both thrilling and scenic.
  • Experience musical harmony at Kawaguchiko Music Forest, a charming museum with a European vibe dedicated to automatic musical instruments. Enjoy live performances and walk through beautifully manicured gardens.

After a day steeped in natural beauty, art, culture, and music, you would be transferred back to your hotel in Tokyo, enriched by unforgettable impressions of Fujikawaguchiko.

Mt. Fuji with the five-story Chureito Pagoda
Experience the classic viewpoint of Mount Fuji at the Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine
Day 4
Explore Tokyo's Culture and Culinary Delights

Delve deeper into the cultural charm of Tokyo, enjoying a day that balances traditional experiences with modern phenomena:

  • Start your day at the vibrant Tsukiji Outer Market, the world's largest wholesale fish and seafood market. Witness a lively atmosphere brimming with all sorts of marine delicacies, from the freshest sashimi to exotic sea creatures.
  • Experience hands-on culinary fun with a ramen-making experience. Learn from experts who would walk you through the process of making this quintessential Japanese comfort food from scratch. Savor the rich flavors of your self-made ramen.
  • Enter the immersive world of the teamLab Borderless: MORI Building Digital Art Museum. You would discover a labyrinth of interactive digital art installations, blending the boundaries between modern technology and artistry.
  • Finally, ignite your imagination at an anime café, a vital element of Japan's pop culture. These themed cafés offer a unique experience, with décor, food, and even staff outfits inspired by beloved anime series.

This day couples colorful interactive experiences with hands-on learning, immersing you in Tokyo's spirited environment. Enjoy the blend of authentic culinary experiences and cutting-edge digital happenings that only Tokyo has to offer.

ramen - one of the great foods in Japan
Unleash your culinary creativity in a ramen-making experience!
Day 5
Journey to Kyoto

Embark on a transformative journey from fast-paced Tokyo to historically-rich Kyoto. Your experience begins with a private car transfer from your hotel to a Tokyo train station, ensuring a smooth start to the day's adventures:

  • Board a Nozomi train to witness Japan's excellent rail system firsthand. Please note that this service includes the ticket only and does not come with guiding on board. Gaze out onto the changing landscapes as you venture toward the culturally enlightening city of Kyoto.
  • Upon arrival, a collection service would be ready to transfer you directly from the station to your next thrilling experience — a captivating geisha (maiko) tea ceremony and show. During this traditional tea ceremony, underscored by a geisha performance, you would witness the rich tradition and grace of Japanese hospitality firsthand.

After this immersive cultural experience, conclude the day with a transfer back to your hotel in Kyoto. A day of travel, mixed with an introduction to Kyoto's distinctive cultural charm, sets the pace for your exploration of this ancient city in the days to come.

Japanese tea ceremony
Have you ever savored the experience of a Japanese tea ceremony?
Day 6
Highlights of Kyoto

Enter Kyoto's fascinating blend of historic charm and modern flair. A private vehicle and guide would lead you through a cultural journey encompassing World Heritage sites, culinary delicacies, and traditional wear:

  • Bask in the shimmering beauty of Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion. With its top two floors covered entirely in gold leaf, it is a stunning sight in any season.
  • Delve into the history of Nijo Castle, featuring moats, fortifications, ornamental gardens, and resplendent interiors — a testament to the historical power of the shogunate era (1185–1868).
  • Explore the sensory delights of Nishiki Market. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this bustling marketplace is a food lover's paradise, offering a wide range of local delicacies.
  • Embrace the opportunity to don traditional attire with a kimono-wearing experience. Feel the elegance and beauty of Japan's cultural dress as you walk through Kyoto's historic streets.
  • Wander through the enticing Gion district, known as the geisha district, offering a glance into the preserved corners of historical Kyoto.
  • Immerse yourself in the serenity at Kiyomizu-dera, or the Pure Water Temple. Famous for its wooden stage, it offers sweeping views of Kyoto, which are particularly stunning during the cherry blossom season and autumn.
  • Indulge in sakura ice cream tasting — a truly authentic Japanese treat, where the delicate flavors of cherry blossom infuse a sweet end to the day.

This day invites you to walk through history while enjoying modern comforts, truly capturing the essence that is Kyoto. Your thorough exploration would leave you with a deepened understanding of Japan's cultural richness.

the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
The shining Golden Pavilion under the sun
Day 7
Kyoto Immersion: Temples, Enchanting Hanami, and Sake Sips

Continue your exploration of Kyoto with another full day of enriching experiences. A private vehicle and knowledgeable guide are at your disposal as you navigate Kyoto's historical marvels, scenic beauty, and a traditional sake brewery:

  • Experience the tranquil beauty of Ginkaku-ji, otherwise known as the Silver Pavilion. It holds a distinct place in Kyoto's cultural landscape, with its meticulously maintained sand gardens.
  • Take a peaceful stroll under a canopy of cherry blossoms along the Philosopher's Walk for hanami — the Japanese custom of flower viewing that celebrates the transient beauty of cherry and plum blossoms.
  • Visit historied Nanzen-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple known for its expansive grounds featuring beautiful gardens, an aqueduct, and a variety of sub-temples.
  • Embark on an intoxicating journey at the Gekkeikan Sake Brewery. Here, you'll explore the process of sake brewing and have the opportunity to taste this traditional Japanese rice wine.
  • Your day culminates in a visit to the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, renowned for its thousands of vermilion torii gates that trail into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari.

The seventh day of the trip ensures that you dive deeper into Kyoto's rich cultural heritage, indulging your senses in historical, natural, and culinary delights. By the day's end, you could expect to have gathered unforgettable impressions of Kyoto's captivating allure.

The Philosopher's Path with sakura
The Philosopher's Path in Spring
Day 8
From Kyoto to Osaka via Nara: Matcha, Deer, and Ancient Shrines

Embark on a journey from Kyoto to Osaka, with a delightful detour through Nara. Along the way, partake in a traditional matcha-making session and immerse yourself in Nara's cultural treasures:

  • Start your day with a hands-on matcha-making experience at Mitsuboshien-Kanbayashisannyu-Honten. Discover how this revered green tea powder is made and enjoy the unique, earthy flavor of your handmade matcha.
  • Feel a sense of enchantment in Nara Park, famous for its hundreds of freely roaming friendly deer. Treasuring the experience of feeding these culturally-sacred creatures is certain to be an indelible memory.
  • Visit Kasuga Taisha, Nara's most celebrated shrine, which is well-known for its lanterns that are donated by worshippers.
  • Explore the Nara National Museum to witness a collection of Buddhist art, including statues, scrolls, and ceremonial objects collected from temples and shrines from across the country.

After this cultural expedition, a transfer awaits to take you to your hotel in Osaka. This day weaves together a blend of ceremonial tea culture, wildlife interaction, and an exploration of historical art and religion, making it a day filled with diverse and stimulating experiences.

deer at the gate of shrine in Nara
Gear up for Nara's deer encounter!
Day 9
Osaka Highlights: Cultural Activities and Gastronomic Adventure

Plunge into the heart of Osaka on a fully-guided tour that covers iconic landmarks, cultural endeavors, and a feast of local culinary delights:

  • Immerse yourself in history at Osaka Castle Park, home to the famous Osaka Castle, which played a crucial role in uniting Japan in the 16th century.
  • Experience Japanese woodblock printing at the Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum, and take it one step further with a ukiyo-e printing experience. Engage hands-on with this traditional form of art, creating your own ukiyo-e print.
  • Embark on a half-day gastronomic adventure in Shinsekai, a district known for its old Osaka charm. Explore the varied tastes and flavors of dishes like kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers) that are symbolic of local culture.
  • End the day at Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination known for its neon lights. Shop, eat, and take pictures by the famous Glico Man sign, a landmark of this lively area.

The day binds together Osaka's historical, artistic, and culinary aspects into one comprehensive experience. You would end the day with a full stomach, inspired creativity, and a profound appreciation for this dynamic city.

the Osaka Castle in Spring
Osaka Castle amidst the Spring Cherry Blossoms
Day 10
Bid Adieu to the Grand Land of the Rising Sun

A seamless transfer from your hotel to the airport has already been taken care of in our package, featuring a private transport service conducted by a professional driver. There's no need for any additional arrangements on your part.

Bid farewell to Osaka and Japan, embarking on your journey home with memorable impressions etched in your heart from your unique exploration of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sayonara! Wishing you a safe and peaceful onward journey!

flight at the airport
Have a safe flight home!

Hand-Picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

hotel in Tokyo
Hotel in Tokyo with superb location
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Traditional Ryokan located in Gion District of Kyoto
Hotel in Osaka
Hotel ideally located for leisure activities in central Osaka

Tour Price:

10 days from
US 7,099 p/p (with 4-star hotel options)
  • The price is based on a private tour for 2 people during the peak (cherry blossom) season.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

Tour code: ah-jp-20

Our Service Includes:

10 days from
US$ 6,499
per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transport and personal English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels
  • Governmental taxes

Tour code: ah-jp-20

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