Japan Cherry Blossom Tours 2025

Plum blossom Shinjuku in Bloom Matsushima Blossom

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.  On occasion we have closed these tours to additional bookings as early as January meaning we were unable to accommodate inquiries and bookings that arrived during February and March.  Therefore, we recommend that you contact us early to secure your place.  You can either use our simple contact us form or email us directly at admin@japancustomtours.co.nz  We are offering two main blossom tours for 2025.

April 2025 Japan Cherry Blossom Tours

For our busy spring 2025 season we currently have two main blossom tours during March and later in April.  We also have scope to offer a plum blossom tour in February as that is also a nice time of year for travel.  

Our main tour is based around the core blossom season covering late March and April.  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 most of our guests 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. 

We design our cherry blossom tour schedules taking into account the likely dates for the cherry blossom season 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 on our trips.

The following provides a brief description of the tour we are planning for spring 2024 and a more detailed schedules are available on request.  A tour brochure with additional information is available for download using the following link.  Comments from previous guests can be found on our TripAdvisor listing on on our previous tours page. 

Cherry blossom Kanazawa  

Classic Cherry Blossom Tour (Saturday29th March to Sunday 13th April 2025)

(Note that as of the beginning of July 2024, there are two available places.)

For this tour we are offering a pre-tour Fuji/Hakone excursion on the Friday 29th March as an option for early arrivals (priced at JPY19,500 per person).

The peak period for cherry blossom viewing usually starts in Tokyo at the end of March and into the beginning of April.  Therefore, we include some of the famous and popular viewing locations around the city including the Shinjuku National Gardens and Ueno Park.  For the early 2023 season we also included the Hamarikyu gardens that included green blossom as a contrast to the usual white and pink.

From Tokyo, the shinkansen (bullet train) carries us south to the historic capital of Kyoto for some of the famous sites around the city, including a day trip to the first capital of Japan at Nara.  From Kyoto, we travel to Hiroshima and time on the beautiful island of Miyajima with its floating torii gate.

Leaving Hiroshima we head to the west coast city of to Kanazawa and its famous Kenrokuen Gardens and castle buildings.  We then head to the Japanese alps and Takayama before visiting Nagano prefecture for a stay at a traditional Japanese inn and onsen.

Rounding out the tour and chasing the cherry blossom north we visit the festival in the area around Sendai city.  During out time in the city we also include a visit to the scenic Matsushima and a cruise around Matsushima Bay (considered one of the "three views of Japan".) The end of the tour sees us return to Tokyo on the Sunday.


Spring Cherry Blossom Tour (Saturday 8th March to Sunday 22nd March 2025)

As cherry blossom season extends across many weeks and not just a few days at the beginning of April, we have added an early blossom tour for March that showcases the uniqueness of Japan at this time of year.   

While the peak period for cherry blossom viewing starts in Tokyo towards the end of March, there are many locations that provide beautiful displays through March.  These including some of the famous and popular viewing locations around the city before heading into the Japanese Alps including a stay at a traditional Japanese inn/ryokan in Matsumoto. 

From Matsumoto the scenic journey through the Alps continues to Takayama, including a visit to the gassho style buildings at the Hida no Sata open-air museum (more accessible and diverse than the tourist spot of Shirakawa-go).  Passing through Kanazawa (one night) for the famous Kenrokuen Gardens we go south to Hiroshima for Miyajima island and its famous floating torii.

Moving north our journey next takes us next to Kyoto, the previous capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years. With hundreds of possible sites to explore across the city we cover a mix of famous/popular location and some of the less crowded sites. A day trip to Nara is included.  From Kyoto we take the shinkansen ride back to Tokyo completing the tour.

Price inclusions/exclusions

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

Classic Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for sixteen days (accommodation for fifteen nights) is from JPY795,000 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 JPY995,000

Spring Cherry Blossom Tour: The price for fifteen days (accommodation for fourteen nights) is from JPY720,000 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 JPY895,000

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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