Japan Cherry Blossom Tours 2020

Cherry blossom season and spring is a beautiful time of year to travel to Japan.  With the changing of the seasons people across the country enjoy the vibrant early plum blossom before the more popular and delicate colours of the cherry come into bloom. 

We have designed our blossom tours to capture some of the best displays the Japan has to offer.  However, our tours include much more than simply the opportunity to enjoy some of the cherry blossom festivals that are held in different parts of the country.  Japan is a country that allows you to enjoy terrific scenery, fascinating castles, temples, shrines, culture, a rich history as well as delicious food as you travel around.

In previous years our cherry tours have seen many early bookings, well in advance.  For our tours for the 2019 blossom season we closed to additional bookings in early in the New Year.  As this is a very popular time of year it is best to contact us to secure your place as soon as practical.  You can either use our simple contact us form or email us directly at admin@japancustomtours.co.nz

March and April 2020 Japan Cherry Blossom Tours

Similar to the past few years we have put together a sequence of tours covering the main cherry blossom festival season. These trips 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 found here.)

For spring 2020 we are offering several cherry blossom tours.  As in previous years we are continuing to offer a set of two week tours starting during the weekend in Tokyo and returning two weeks later.  In addition, we are running a slightly longer tour across the last two weeks of March and a shorter trip based around an eleven day schedule in April.  As with our other tours there is flexibility to add additional days at the start or end of the trip for those wanting additional or extra free time in Tokyo or to explore nearby locations.

Building on previous years we have made some changes to our schedules based on guest feedback and improvements to the order and travel times in some places.  This has resulted in a reduction in travel times between locations, but also things like an additional scenic journey between Takayama and Matsumoto, and incorporating a visit to the city of Sendai and one of the "three views of Japan, Matsushima Bay.

With most arrivals occurring one or two days prior to the commencement of the tours this allows us to meet you at the airport, transfer you to your hotel in Tokyo and provide an initial introduction to Japan and Tokyo, one of the largest and vibrant cities in the world.  This also gives you some free time to adjust to the time-zone, and explore a few areas of the city that interest you before we head off on our journey around the country.  We understand many guests wish to arriving before the formal start of a tour due to flights and flight pricing, this allows people flexibility to easily join a tour.  For our 2019 blossom tours the early arrivals also allowed us to offer an optional Fuji/Hakone excursion which was a popular add-on for many people.

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 average 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 "official" cherry blossom forecasts refer to a specific five petal variety (somei yoshino), and there are many different types of cherry trees - some that flower earlier and some later, extending the season.  Certainly for our previous tour seasons we had cherry blossom viewing across a two month period.  We also take pride in finding tranquil and uncrowded spots for our guests to enjoy the blossom season across the full March and April season


Cherry blossom tours and Schedules

Each year we update our schedules incorporating feedback from guests and to build in improvements over the previous year's tours.  Our 2020 cherry blossom tour brochure contains the outline for our planned tours for 2020 as well as useful information relating to the tours themselves.  The following provides a brief description of the tours we are planning for spring 2020.  A tour brochure is available for download using the following link. 


Early Cherry Blossom Tour during March (Sunday 15th March to Saturday 28th March 2020)

Starting in Tokyo, before heading south to Hiroshima and the beautiful Miyajima.  From our most southern point of our journey we head back to the old capital of Kyoto, a city of history and culture.  Departing for the west coast we visit Kanazawa and the Kenrokuen Gardens chasing the blossom before heading into the Alps and Nagano. 

Heading north we visit the city of Sendai and the beautiful Matsushima Bay before returning to Tokyo for the weekend and the the blossom season at the many parks and gardens around the city. 

Japan Spring Blossom Tour (Friday 20th March to Sunday 5th April 2020 - sorry, fully booked)

This spring tour incorporates time in the Japanese Alps, relaxing ryokan and onsen time, smaller locations and more of an art&culture focus.  With stays in Matsumoto, Takayama and Kanazawa the initial trip across the main island of Honshu includes visits to two castles and several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Shirakawa-go. 

The southern portion of the tour embraces Hiroshima, Takamatsu and Okayama.  This allows time in the picturesque Kurashiki, visits to historical sites and beautiful gardens, and a day exploring the "art island" of Naoshima.

Then time in Kyoto hits several of the famous sites of the city, including a trip across to the first capital of Japan at Nara, before returning to Tokyo.

Classic Cherry Blossom Tour (Sunday 29th March to Sunday 12th April 2020)

The peak period for cherry blossom viewing starts in Tokyo at the end of March, including some of the famous and popular viewing locations around the city before heading south to Kyoto a selection of its famous sights before heading to Hiroshima. 

From Hiroshima we head to the mountains and the scenic Takayama for two nights.  Completing the journey across the island we enjoy a visit to Kanazawa before returning to the Alps of Nagano for a stay at a traditional Japanese inn and onsen. 

Our next destination sees us heading to the Ogawara cherry blossom festival near Sendai city, as well as including a cruise around Matsushima Bay (considered one of the "three views of Japan".) The end of the tour sees us return to Tokyo.

Heritage Blossom Tour (Tuesday 7th April to Friday 17th April 2019)

Departing Tokyo this tour visits Kyoto for a selection of its famous sights (Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari), and a few of the famous cherry blossom locations well known to the Japanese including one of the longest running annual festivals in Japan.  We include a day trip to the first capital of Japan at Nara, before completing the southward journey to Hiroshima and the island Miyajima with its floating torii gate. 

Leaving Hiroshima we return to Kanazawa on the west coast of Japan for its gardens and castle before spending two nights in the alps at Takayama for the beautiful mountain scenery.

Late Cherry Blossom Tour (Wednesday 15th April to 28th April 2019)

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 blossom festival.

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 have options to either return to Tokyo via the scenic mountain bus to Matsumoto and then express train, or continue our journey to the historic capital of Kyoto. 

Price inclusions/exclusions

We price in Japanese yen, but can quote in your local currency on request. 

Early Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for fourteen days (accommodation for thirteen nights) is from Y595,000 per person share twin/double.

Japan Spring Blossom Tour: The price for seventeen days (accommodation for sixteen nights) is from Y745,000 per person share twin/double. 

Classic Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for fifteen days (accommodation for fourteen nights) is from Y695,000 per person share twin/double.

Heritage Blossom Tour: The price for eleven days (accommodation for ten nights) is from Y525,000 per person share twin/double.

Late Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for the base fourteen day tour (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 tours for a solo travellers at Y145,000 above the shared/double/twin rate to partly cover the cost of accommodation.

The price includes:

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 directly at admin@japancustomtours.co.nz.


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