Japan Cherry Blossom Tours 2018
Cherry blossom is a busy time of year in Japan. Our 2016 and 2017 cherry
tours all saw strong bookings more than six months before the scheduled
departure dates so if you would like to reserve a spot on one of our Japan
cherry blossom tours for 2018, please get in touch using the
contact us form or email us
Please note that as at the beginning of February 2018 there are only a few places
available on the tours that we currently have scheduled for 2018 (listed below). We
are in the early planning stages for 2019 if you wanted to secure an early spot
for next year.
March and April 2018 Japan Cherry Blossom Tours
For the 2018 cherry blossom (sakura) season in Japan we have put together a
sequence of cherry blossom tours covering the main cherry blossom
festival season. These commence early in March and run through to the end
of April and are designed to maximise the opportunities to view the different
types of sakura (blossom) as it progresses
from south to north. (More information on the forecast blossom timing can be
Most of our cherry blossom tours start and end in
Tokyo starting on a Sunday and running through to the Saturday two weeks later.
We can normally accommodate early arrivals and later departures as flights often
do not line up with these times in every case, so this allows people
flexibility to easily join or leave a tour on any one of these days.
weekend in Tokyo allows us to meet you at the airport, transfers you to your
hotel in Tokyo and provide a basic
introduction to Japan and Tokyo, one of the largest and vibrant cities in the
world. This also provides you with free time to adjust to time-zone, and
explore the areas of the city that interest you before we head off on our
journey around the country.
We have designed the cherry blossom tour schedules taking into account the dates for
the Japanese cherry blossom festivals and viewing in each
location. These dates are based on the flowering times from the last ten years
and are a guide only. (The actual dates are out of our control.) However, there
are a couple of things that make chasing the cherry blossom a little easier.
Firstly, the early part of the season is when plum trees are flowering, providing an
alternative offering of spectacular colours.
Secondly, the cherry blossom forecast refers to a specific five petal
variety, and there are many different types of cherry trees - some that flower earlier and
some later, extending the season. Certainly for the 2017 we had cherry blossom viewing
across two months. We also take pride in finding tranquil and uncrowded
spots for our guests to enjoy the blossom season across the full March and April
Joining a tour:
We try to meet you at your preferred arrival airport, but due to different
schedules, that might not always be possible. If we are unable to meet you at
the airport we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to join the
Departing a tour: Activities on a day where you are departing a
tour will be adjusted to take into account travel time to the airport.
Cherry blossom tours Brochure and Schedules
For a brochure with an overview of each of the tours, or for a more detailed
schedule, select one of the icons to download additional information.
Early Cherry Blossom Tour during March (18th March to 31st March - two spaces
Starting in Tokyo, before heading to the Japanese alps and the onsen town of
Togura. After an overnight stop in Kanazawa travel south to Hiroshima and the
From our most southern point we head back to the old capital of Kyoto, before
heading back into the mountains to the picturesque town of Takayama. From here
the two weeks is completed with the journey back to Tokyo.
Japan Spring Blossom Tour (Friday 23rd March to Tuesday 3rd April - no
additional spaces available. )
This tour takes in many locations famous for its cherry blossom, including
during the expected peak of the season. In addition, visits to Hiroshima,
Kanazawa and Nagano provide some additional variation and opportunities to
experience more of what Japan has to offer.
Returning to Tokyo after the first weekend of April helps avoid some of the
hanami crowds, and also allows for some variation in peak blossom timing.
Classic Cherry Blossom Tour (1st April to 14th
April - no additional spaces available.)
The peak period for cherry blossom viewing starts in Tokyo at the beginning of
April, including some of the famous and popular viewing locations around the
city before heading south to Hiroshima and the island Miyajima with its floating
Leaving Hiroshima we head to Kyoto and a selection of its famous sights before
heading west to Kanazawa and its famous Kenrokuen Gardens and castle.
We then head to the mountains for a stay at a traditional Japanese inn and onsen
before chasing the cherry blossom festival in the area around Sendai city, including a
cruise around Matsushima Bay. The end of the tour sees us return to Tokyo for
Heritage Cherry Tour (5th April to 19th
April - no additional spaces available)
With a slightly different focus to the "Classic" blossom tour, this tour has a
schedule that takes in some of the famous and iconic attractions of Japan
including many of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites (nine are included on
Depending on the timing of the season, a late arrival (as little as half a week)
would put you firmly in an ideal location peak period for cherry blossom in Tokyo.
Then heading to the Alps via Matsumoto stay in the picturesque town of Takayama
with a trip to Shirakawa-go. Completing the trip across to the west coast,
visit Kanazawa and their famous Kenrokuen gardens and castle grounds.
Head to Kyoto and a selection of its famous sights (Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji,
Fushimi Inari), a day trip to the first capital of Japan at Nara, before going south to Hiroshima and the island Miyajima with its floating torii gate.
Leaving Hiroshima we return to Osaka allowing us to include a visit to Himeji
Castle before returning to Tokyo.
Late Cherry Blossom Tour (15th April to 28th April - no additional spaces
Our late cherry tour includes a trip to the north of Tokyo including side
trips from Sendai (for Matsushima and Kakunodate), and also Aomori for the
Hirosaki Castle Park, a site with 2,600 cherry trees and a beautiful cherry
Returning to the centre of the country, we stay in the mountains at an onsen
near Nagano and a visit to the snow monkeys before two days in the western city
of Kanazawa and the mountain town of Takayama. From Takayama we take the
scenic bus and train route via Matsumoto back to Tokyo.
We have left our pricing for the 2018 tours the same as 2017.
Pricing is takes into account the accommodation rates that we expect to be in
place at the time of bookings. We price in Japanese yen, but can quote in
your local currency on request.
Early Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for a fourteen days (accommodation for
thirteen nights) is from Y595,000 per person share twin/double.
Classic Cherry Blossom Tour: The
price for a fourteen days (accommodation for thirteen nights) is from Y695,000 per person share twin/double.
Heritage Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for a fourteen days (accommodation for thirteen
nights) is from Y595,000 per person share twin/double.
Blossom Tour: The price for a fourteen days (accommodation for thirteen
nights) is from Y595,000 per person share twin/double.
For solo travellers (one person, without a shared room), the cost of
accommodation is unable to be shared, but we have a policy to limit the extra
cost and have priced our tour for a single person at JPY695,000.
The price includes:
- Our tour service, including a dedicated guide for the duration of your
tour. That includes a meet&greet at the airport and transfers to the hotel in
- Accommodation, averaging 4* - 5* properties and usually including
breakfast. We aim to book superior rooms to give additional space
and comfort during your trip.
- Transport, all train travel, subways, and transfers. Taxis are also covered
during the day for our sightseeing as well as the occasional bus connection.
(Not flights to/from Japan.)
- Entrance fees for temples, shrines, castles, parks, gardens, and museums.
These are listed in your agreed tour schedule.
- Evening meals at ryokan (Japanese inn) accommodation are normally
included as well as breakfast. In general, we do not include lunch and
dinner meals because Japan has a huge range of foods and we prefer not to
restrict options, especially when food is a significant part Japan.
Exclusions are generally items such as theatre performances, sporting or
other special events, theme parks, lunch and evening meals, snacks/drinks and
other incidental costs such as hotel room service/laundry.
Bookings and Inquiries
If you are interested in joining one of these tours, please contact us or email us