Our Japan Cherry Blossom Private Tour Package is an unforgettable trip featuring Japan’s highlights during the most beautiful season that is only for your group or family. This 6-day tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto. Travel the cherry blossom season in Japan and enjoy the very best it has to offer!
Spring in Japan is a season full of flamboyant vitality, symbolized by delicate pink flowers blooming on the branches of cherry trees and colorful azaleas decorating the hills and fields. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, many people gather in parks for Hanami between late March to early April to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan.
Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Package Description
The sakura season is also one of the most popular seasons to travel to Japan, and what better way to do this than with a combination of carefree travel with the backing of an experienced agent, two wonderful days full of stories and experiences with a private guide, and enough time to explore Tokyo and Kyoto by yourself? To make your trip extra smooth you also get assistance for all transfers.
Extra: we offer you concierge service by phone or WhatsApp while staying in Japan. Please let us know if you have any requests or need a reservation in a restaurant and we will help!
Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Date and Price : Private tour
Arrival and departure: start in Tokyo and end in Kyoto
Tour date: set your own dates : Flexible date : March 20 to April 10 : All in 2024
Tour price: USD 2,480 (based on twin/triple room)
Solo traveler : USD 3,350
Child price (age 4-11): USD 1,580
Japan Cherry Blossom Tour Highlights
Day 1: Meet and Greet at Airport (Narita or Haneda) – Transfer to hotel – Free afternoon in Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo tour (Tokyo 8-hour tour with English speaking guide)
Day 3: Free day in Tokyo (we also offer several optional tours and activities)
Day 4: Tokyo – Bullet train – Free afternoon in Kyoto
Day 5: Kyoto tour (Kyoto 8-hour tour with English speaking guide)
Day 6: Free morning in Kyoto – Airport
Your guide will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel at 9 am, and the first visit of the day is to Asakusa. Your guide will explain all about the history of this charming traditional area and take you not just to the main streets but show you some of its side streets as well.
Then it is time for cherry blossoms as we visit the Sakura Festival in Ueno Park, which is famous for its many cherry blossoms. Many Japanese people enjoy eating, drinking, and singing under the cherry blossom trees in full bloom, a tradition called Hanami.
Now it is time to see a very different side of this multi-faceted metropolis as we head to Akihabara. The guide will tell you about Tokyo’s subcultures and show you some surprising sights you wouldn’t have found so easily by yourself. You will also get the opportunity to play a high-energy game.
After the madness of Akihabara you will go to the calming Hamarikyu Gardens where you will see plenty of blooming blossoms and be able to take some amazing pictures. This garden used to belong to one of the feudal lords in the Edo period, became property of the Imperial Family after that and is now a pleasant garden for all to enjoy. Your guide will educate you on the Edo period and what Japan looked like during this time of national isolation.
The tour will end around 5 pm in one of the locals’ favorite districts for the Sakura season, Nakameguro. Your guide will drop you off and give you some tips to enjoy the rest of the evening here.
*this itinerary is adjustable in consultation with the guide
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Today you have a day for yourself to explore more of Tokyo’s highlights and lesser-known areas. Your guide can make you personalized recommendations at the end of the tour of day 2, or if you’d like to plan ahead you can have a look at our recommendations as well.
If you’d like to go a bit more off the beaten path in Tokyo you can go to Shibamata, Kagurazaka, Monzennakacho, or Nihonbashi for a more historical feel. If you are looking for some more ‘hip’ and younger areas then Kiyosumi, Shimokitazawa or Koenji might be just what you are looking for. If you want to go deeper into subcultures be sure to check out Nakano or Ikebukuro. Either way, your guide can help you with making a plan for today.
In the evening the Shimbashi/Yurakucho area or Shinjuku are worth checking out for dinner and drinks.
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Today you can either spend the morning in Tokyo if you would like to stay a bit longer, or you can get on the train to Kyoto early if you want to have more time in Japan’s ancient capital city. Once you arrive in Kyoto by bullet train and dropped off your luggage, you will have the rest of the day to explore Kyoto by yourself.
There are many things to see in Kyoto, and it will be hard to choose where to go. As you will spend day 5 exploring eastern Kyoto with a guide, today is a good day to discover the western side. Some of the must-see attractions are Arashiyama with the famous bamboo grove, the Golden Pavillion, and the Ryoanji with its Zen garden. For some more cherry blossoms, the Omuro Zakura garden not far from the Ryoanji is definitely worth a visit. Please note that many temples and other attractions tend to close around 5 pm. One notable exception is the Fushimi Inari, which is open 24 hours and very much a must-see. You can visit this shrine in the late evening or early morning to beat the crowds.
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Today your guide will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel at 9 am and take you straight to the Philosopher’s Path. This area is especially amazing during cherry blossom season, and best visited a bit earlier to avoid the most crowded times. Next on the itinerary is the Silver Pavillion, or Ginkakuji, which played a large role in spreading the arts in Japan. Your guide will tell you all about the illustrious history of the temple which will make the place come alive.
The Heian Shrine is modeled after the original Imperial Palace and has a short but interesting history which you will learn about while walking around the beautiful grounds. The Kiyomizudera temple and its surrounding district are some of Kyoto’s popular highlights. By yourself, it is a bit easy to get lost and miss out on the most interesting details, but your guide will help you make the most of your visit to this impressive place.
The tour will end in one of Kyoto’s most talked-about districts, the Gion area. This is where the geiko and maiko, Kyoto’s geisha and apprentice geisha, entertain their guests in one of the many teahouses. If you are lucky you might spot one of the ladies going about her business and the guide will tell you what their job entails and the history of this work. Your guide will drop you off and give you some tips to enjoy the rest of the evening here.
*As this is a private tour, if there is anything specific you would like to do with the guide that is not on the itinerary you can always adjust the itinerary in consultation with the guide
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Depending on the time of your flight home or other plans, you might still have the morning in Kyoto. If you didn’t already do so, you can visit Fushimi Inari this early morning. You will then take a train or bus to the airport.
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5 nights Western-style accommodation
Meet and greet upon arrival at Narita or Haneda Airport
Airport transfer on arrival
Pasmo ( 5,000 yen per person ) for JR and Metro
One 8-hour private guided tour in Tokyo and one 8-hour private guided tour in Kyoto
Meals as described in the itinerary
Admission fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary
Meals that are not included in the itinerary
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
You can also extend your vacation before/after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, or other areas. We can provide an extension of your stay in the same hotel as during the tour for 15,000 yen ~ per night, per person. Please contact us for inquiries!
Transport: Travel by air-conditioned, private coach, baggage handling free
Arrival / Departure Airports: For arrivals at Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) airport, this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX)
Meal Requests: Vegetarian, halal or special meals can be arranged
Meet and Greet: 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 10 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer
Please note that the tour schedule and prices are subject to change without notice
- 46 days or more prior to arrival date in Japan: no penalty
- 45-31 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 10% of the tour fee
- 30-15 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 20% of the tour fee
- 14- 8 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 30% of the tour fee
- 7 – 3 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 50% of the tour fee
- Less than 3 days prior to arrival date in Japan: 100% of the tour fee