Japan Cherry Blossom Tours 2021
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
in early in the New Year. (The 2020 season was effectively cancelled due
to the Covid pandemic and Japan closing its borders.) 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
March and April 2021 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
For spring 2021 we are
offering two main cherry blossom tours. Due to the disrupted 2020 season
we have needed to change the tours we are offering in March and April. For
March we have a flexible slot in the first half of the month to capture some
tail end of the late plum/early cherry blossom season. The second half of
the month we have a rescheduled private tour so, unfortunately those dates are
not available for 2021.
Our main tours are therefore based around the core season in 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 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. Depending on guest arrival times we my
also be able to offer an optional Fuji/Hakone excursion that has 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
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. The following provides a brief
description of the tours we are planning for spring 2021 and more detailed
schedules are available on request. A tour brochure
is available for download using the following link.
Spring Cherry Blossom Tour (Wednesday 31st March to Thursday 15th April 2021)
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 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 World Heritage site 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 and Iwakuni's
Kintaikyo Bridge area.
Moving across to Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku we have a day scheduled on
the art island of Naoshima. Returning to the main island with a stay at Okayama,
the Korakuen Gardens and a visit to the picturesque Kurashiki canal district and
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.
Late Cherry Blossom Tour (Sunday 18th April to Saturday 1st May 2021)
Our late cherry tour includes a trip to the north of Tokyo including side
trips from Sendai (for Matsushima and Kakunodate depending on the season), and also Aomori for the
Hirosaki Castle Park, a site with 2,600 cherry trees and a site of a large and
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 undertaking a scenic mountain trip to Matsumoto and onward
to the alpine town of Takayama (including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage
site of Shirakawago). Heading to the western side of Japan we visit the city of Kanazawa. From
Kanazawa, for those limited to a two week trip there is a speedy shinkansen
journey back to Tokyo. For those with a little more time, the historic
capital of Kyoto beckons.
We price in Japanese yen, but can quote in
your local currency on request.
Spring Cherry Blossom Tour: The
price for seventeen days (accommodation for sixteen nights) is from Y745,000 per person share twin/double.
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:
- 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. 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. 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