The Golden Route Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Tour the must-see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto
Enjoy cultural activities, and visit the best Japanese cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
March and April are historically the best times to see cherry blossoms around Japan. Gardens abound with many varieties of flowering cherry trees and are usually filled with Japanese families enjoying a picnic under falling petals. On this tour, we will take you to gardens and parks known to be the best places to view cherry blossoms.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first time visitor to Japan, we recommend “The Golden Route” itinerary, our most popular tour. This tour gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer, from unique locales to “must see” tourist attractions in Tokyo and Kyoto. Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate Tokyo’s cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and of course, the best places for cherry blossom viewing. Explore world famous attractions like Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tsukiji Market, Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional chef and enjoy it for lunch. Spend a day at Hakone and Mt. Fuji, then take a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride for experience before transfering to Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen. There you’ll stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you can unwind in the hot springs (onsen) and dine on gourmet kaiseki cuisine.
Visit the Hikone Castle, an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season and a national treasure of Japan. It stands as one of Japan’s limited number of original castles, and is a great impression of what a complete feudal castle looks like. Next to it is the Genkyuen Garden, where you can stroll along its central pond and tranquil walking paths. Proceed to Miho Museum, best known for its unique architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting works from different ancient civilizations. It also features a tunnel that leads visitors to a road lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. The museum has been listed as one of the “1000 Places To See Before You Die”.
Spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city’s gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. The gardens and temples in Kyoto that you will visit have been chosen because of their reputation as the “best places to view cherry blossoms.” You will also have the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony and meet a maiko (apprentice geisha), and watch a kimono fashion show. Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple.
In Nara, be inspired by the intricate architecture of Japan’s oldest wooden building and the towering Great Buddha statue. You’ll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From there, we will proceed to Osaka to experience the nightlife in Japan, where you will visit bustling entertainment districts illuminated with neon light signs.