Sakura Premium: April 1-10, 2023
Roundtrip economy airfare
4 star hotels (w/ Riyokan accomodation)
Japan Visa Processing
Witness the Sakura blooms with your whole family in this premium tour during Holy Week.
April is Springtime in Japan, one of the best season to visit. Hopeful to see the sakura (cherry blossoms), we start from Osaka and travel by land all the way to Tokyo.
The Sakura is revered by the Japanese. The brief life of the flowers, blooming only for about a week to ten days, illustrates that nothing in this world is permanent, everything passes away at some point.
Visiting major landmarks and historic shrines, tasting various seasonal treats, doing hands on takoyaki & sushi, sleeping in a Ryokan, riding a Shinkansen and chasing the elusive Mt Fuji… all these and more as we journey together!
Upon arrival, drive through Dotonbori District and have Tempura dinner tonight.
After breakfast, explore Osaka Castle one of the most famous landmarks in Japan. Then on to the new garden observatory of the iconic Umeda Sky Building for a panoramic view of Osaka city from atop. It’s a DIY Takoyaki for lunch today! Free time at the Shinsaibashi Shopping Street. Included is Japanese Sukiyaki dinner tonight.
Head to Nara, Japan’s capital in 710 to visit the Todaiji Temple, home of one of the 2 Great Buddhas. Experience making sushi. Head to Kyoto. Although ravaged by wars, fires, and earthquakes during its eleven centuries as the imperial capital. Visit Kiyomizu Temple before having a stroll along Higashiyama District (hopefully to get a glimpse of the Geishas as they go to work). Japanese Chanko Nabe for dinner tonight.
Visit Arashiyama. Feast your sight as you stroll along the river to the sakura-clad gardens then to the invigorating Bamboo Forest. See Togetsukyo Bridge and the famous Kinkaku-Ji or Golden Pavilion. Lastly, head for Toyota Kaikan Museum.
Proceed to Seki City’s Monet Pond to see beautiful water lilies, Koi fish and colorful seasonal foliage in clear water. Then to Gujo Hachiman and experience hands on food replica making – certified enjoyable! To Shizuoka next and take the Nihondaira Ropeway to the Toshogu Shrine.
Enjoy a boatride on Lake Ashi, take the Hakone Ropeway (cable car) then explore Owakudani Valley. Drive to Mt. Fuji 5th station (weather permitting). See Oshino Hakkai Village before lunch in a local restaurant. Experience an onsen in our Ryokan tonight.
Today we do some strawberry picking and tasting then visit Gotemba Premium Outlet. Then on to the port city of Yokohama and drive thru Minato Mirai 21. Visit a Ramen Museum and a Cup Noodle factory. Then experience a Shinkansen (bullet train) from Shin- Yokohama station to Shinagawa station. Last sto is Tokyo for our ramen dinner.
Visit Asakusa Kannon Temple and Nakamise shopping street where one can buy Japanese handcraft souvenirs. The Tokyo Sky Tree could be seen from here too. Japanese Grill Fish set for lunch. Proceed to Ueno Park for Sakura viewing (if blossom permits) and stroll along Ameyoko. See the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation deck & Shinjuku district.
Visit Meiji Shrine and Shibuya district. Drive past the Imperial Palace, residence of Japan’s Emperor, the National Diet Building and the Tokyo Tower. Proceed to Tsukiji Outer Market for a chance to taste fresh seafood and fruits. We end the day with a stroll around Ginza district on our last night in Tokyo