Introduction
Tales of Samurai and Shoguns. Gleaming bullet trains and tranquil country ryokans. Boisterous taiko drums and the mystical twang of the shamisen. Japan is a land where ancient tradition and modernity blend and blur into an unforgettable and utterly unique cultural experience. On this Special Edition departure, timed to coincide with the stunning cherry blossom season, you begin in the clamor of Tokyo, slip into the serene forest of Hakone in the shadow of Mount Fuji, and end in sophisticated, historic Kyoto. Exceptional local guides decode the culture and provide insight into rituals that define life today as they have for a thousand years or more. Along the way, you’ll meet practitioners of the tea ceremony, a sushi master who teaches you his craft, calligraphy instructors and others. You will also enjoy dining experiences that will treat you to the spectrum of styles for which Japan is known. Your hotels, from 5-star city properties to a mountainside inn overlooking a volcanic lake, are among the very finest Japan has to offer. To broaden your experience, you may also add a pre-trip extension in Tokyo and a post-trip visit to Hiroshima.
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - TOKYO
You meet in bustling Tokyo (1 night) and begin your Japan tour together side-by-side with a chef to learn the craft of sushi-making. After, your local guide will take you to a prime spot for viewing the blush-pink spectacle of the city’s cherry trees in bloom.  To finish off the day, you'll engage in a hands-on Taiko drum lesson. 
 
DAYS 2-3 - HAKONE
A vehicle transfer takes us to Hakone, a nature reserve and hot springs area close to Tokyo (2 nights). On foot, we’ll stroll to Hakone Shrine, hidden in the woods. You'll ride the ropeway tram for high mountain views, and enjoy a visit to the Hakone Open Air Museum. Your home here is a classic ryokan (inn) where you’ll have the chance to soak in the open-air bath. 
 
DAYS 4-7 - KYOTO
A brief bullet train ride delivers us to Kyoto (2 nights), the hub of traditional culture and home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. An array of activities here includes the Arashiyama bamboo forest, the spectacular Golden Pavilion and a calligraphy lesson. You’ll also be invited to participate in and learn about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. On our last day, we'll walk in the tea farms of Wazuka, and if the season permits, tea picking. Our farewell dinner offers a rare chance to experience the hospitality and entertainment of the geisha.
Picture Yourself...
  • Strolling Tokyo's cherry blossom gardens and parks
  • Riding the bullet train from Hakone to Kyoto
  • Sipping tea at an authentic Japanese tea ceremony
Japan Cherry Blossom
Special Edition
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Tokyo - 10:30 AM, lobby of Conrad Tokyo Hotel

Ending Point: Osaka Kansai Airport - upon flight departure (airport transfers included on day 7)

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Let us create a special departure or itinerary just for you.
Guest Reviews
“Our guide Masako was extremely accommodating in setting our itinerary. She is very knowledgeable about Japan, and offered a lot of cultural insight.”
Nancy I., Irving, TX

“Best hotels I've ever been in for Classic Journeys. Far exceeded my expectations. I thought that the Hakone hotel was especially a nice mix of modern, but still having the flavor of ryokan.”
Joe S., Irving, TX

Japan Cherry Blossom
Special Edition
7 Days / 6 Nights

Want to Extend Your Trip?

Tokyo

Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
APR, MAY, AUG, SEP, NOV 

Hiroshima

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APR, MAY, SEP, NOV 

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Mar 30-Apr 5, 2020$7295.00$2295.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics 
• Admissions to sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Japan Cherry Blossom
Special Edition
7 Days / 6 Nights
In March, Tokyo's spring weather is an average of 55 degrees during the afternoon, and 40 degrees during the morning and evening. In April, the afternoon temperatures reach an average of 65 degrees, while temperatures in the morning and night are around 50 degrees. In Hakone and Kyoto, the average highs are 56-65 degrees with lows between 38-47 degrees.

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Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Accommodations
Conrad Tokyo

Located near the Ginza, heart of the city, this glamorous contemporary hotel overlooks magnificent views of Tokyo's skyline. The luxurious guest rooms are decorated in minimalist Japanese design. The property has a variety of fine restaurants and a spa.

Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu

This recently opened sanctuary is everything you want in a ryokan—a sense of remoteness, tatami-matted floors, and a private open-air onsen bath. Situated in the mountains, there are lovely views all around of the mountains and forest.

Four Seasons Kyoto

Set in the beautiful temple district, this brand-new hotel has an 800-year-old pond garden at its heart. Spacious guest room feature large windows, and the décor blends refined, modern aesthetics and the creations of Japanese artisans.

Japan Cherry Blossom
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7 Days / 6 Nights

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Extension

2 Days, 2 Nights
APR, MAY, AUG, SEP, NOV 

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