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Sakura Express 7 days Tokyo to Osaka
Ueno Park, Tokyo, Day 2
Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, Day 2
Chidorigafuchi (sakura light-up), Tokyo, Day 2
Odawara Castle, Day 3
Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto, Day 4
Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto, Day
Sagano Romantic Train (Kameoka - Arashiyama), Day 5
Sakura Express
Travel style: Active

7 days

TokyoHakoneOdawaraKyotoKameokaArashiyamaNaraOsaka

  • From¥ 332,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,999 USD

  • From 2,445 EUR

  • From£ 2,161 GBP

  • From$ 3,742 AUD

  • From฿ 95,596 THB

  • FromRp 39,911,486 IDR

Tour code: CB-04-EN
Theme: Cherry Blossoms
Availability: From late March to early April

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Overview

By far the most popular travel season in Japan, spring is a great time to be visiting the Land of Rising Sun. For travelers who look for a quick and simple trip to some of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan, we have created an exciting 7-day itinerary that brings you to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Arashiyama, and Nara, each of which delivers different kinds of sakura views.

Tokyo brings you the beautifully lit sakura at night. Hakone presents a great view of the blossoms with Mt. Fuji in the backdrop. Kyoto has a 2-kilometer path full of cherry trees. Arashiyama will be visited on a romantic train, which provides a flowery scenery in motion. And Nara boasts a gorgeous park with sakura and deer in the same picture.

As a whole, Sakura Express is a more compact version of our Classic Sakura tour. However, we have included unique attractions that make this tour special, such as a visit to the famous Odawara Castle or a walk in a botanical garden in Nara. If you feel that a week-long spring adventure in Japan is what you are looking for, then look no further - the perfect itinerary is right here!

Overview

By far the most popular travel season in Japan, spring is a great time to be visiting the Land of Rising Sun. For travelers who look for a quick and simple trip to some of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan, we have created an exciting 7-day itinerary that brings you to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Arashiyama, and Nara, each of which delivers different kinds of sakura views.

Tokyo brings you the beautifully lit sakura at night. Hakone presents a great view of the blossoms with Mt. Fuji in the backdrop. Kyoto has a 2-kilometer path full of cherry trees. Arashiyama will be visited on a romantic train, which provides a flowery scenery in motion. And Nara boasts a gorgeous park with sakura and deer in the same picture.

As a whole, Sakura Express is a more compact version of our Classic Sakura tour. However, we have included unique attractions that make this tour special, such as a visit to the famous Odawara Castle or a walk in a botanical garden in Nara. If you feel that a week-long spring adventure in Japan is what you are looking for, then look no further - the perfect itinerary is right here!

Highlights

Outline

Day 1 Arriving to TokyoTokyo

Arrive in Tokyo. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2 Tokyo City TourTokyo

Explore Tokyo, a city where sakura is beautiful day and night

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3 Hakone and Odawara TourHakone › Odawara

Explore Hakone and Odawara, where history meets the vibrance of spring

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4 Kyoto City TourKyoto › Kameoka

Explore Kyoto, where cherry blossoms line your path between temples

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5 Arashiyama & Kyoto TourArashiyama › Nara

Explore Arashiyama, where flowers give color to the mountains and river

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 6 Nara TourNara › Osaka

Explore Nara, where hundreds of deer roam under the cherry trees

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7 Leaving JapanOsaka

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Hotels

Days 1, 2: Shinagawa Seaside Hotel , Tokyo
Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside is a 3-star Western-style accommodation located in the busy Shinagawa area. Boasting great value and a brilliant night view from its large-windowed rooms, the hotel is strategically located in the heart of Tokyo, where one can easily access the many major touristy stations along the JR Yamanote Line.
Day 3: Hotel Kunimi Odawara , Odawara
Hotel Kunimi Odawara is a 2-star Western-style hotel located near Odawara Castle. The rooms are immaculate and comfortable, with a clean private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi connection. The location grants easy access to Odawara Station, making this hotel a strategic place of stay for travelers who use the bullet train.
Day 4: Sumiya Kiho-an , Kameoka
Sumiya Kiho-an, a ryokan located in the Yunohana spa resort in Kameoka, offers you exceptional relaxation and unforgettable experiences in this hideaway surrounded by breathtaking nature. Its rustic landscape and characteristic architecture, combined with its mineral-rich hot spring waters, provide a superlative onsen experience.
Day 5: Hotel Sunroute Nara , Nara
Hotel Sunroute Nara is a 3-star Western-style hotel located just a little distance away from Nara Park. The hotel has simple, comfortable rooms with wireless internet and flat-screen TV satellite channels. The hotel’s proximity to some sightseeing spots is a bonus -- the illuminated five-storied pagoda of Kofuku-ji is visible at night.
Day 6: Washington Hotel Kansai Airport , Osaka
Washington Hotel Kansai Airport is a 3-star Western-style hotel located by Osaka Bay. The simple and comfortable rooms provide great views of the bay or the city. The hotel has a restaurant that serves different types of cuisine. It also provides free shuttle service to Kansai International Airport, just 15 minutes away.

Estimated rates

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  • March - April

    Mar - Apr

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From 2018-03-26 to 2018-04-10

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
2 pers
  • From¥ 697,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,295 USD

  • From 5,133 EUR

  • From£ 4,537 GBP

  • From$ 7,856 AUD

  • From฿ 200,693 THB

  • FromRp 83,790,078 IDR

  • From¥ 1,394,000 JPY

  • From$ 12,590 USD

  • From 10,266 EUR

  • From£ 9,073 GBP

  • From$ 15,712 AUD

  • From฿ 401,387 THB

  • FromRp 167,580,156 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 523,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,724 USD

  • From 3,852 EUR

  • From£ 3,404 GBP

  • From$ 5,895 AUD

  • From฿ 150,592 THB

  • FromRp 62,872,612 IDR

  • From¥ 1,569,000 JPY

  • From$ 14,171 USD

  • From 11,555 EUR

  • From£ 10,212 GBP

  • From$ 17,684 AUD

  • From฿ 451,776 THB

  • FromRp 188,617,836 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 436,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,938 USD

  • From 3,211 EUR

  • From£ 2,838 GBP

  • From$ 4,914 AUD

  • From฿ 125,541 THB

  • FromRp 52,413,879 IDR

  • From¥ 1,744,000 JPY

  • From$ 15,752 USD

  • From 12,844 EUR

  • From£ 11,351 GBP

  • From$ 19,656 AUD

  • From฿ 502,165 THB

  • FromRp 209,655,517 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 383,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,459 USD

  • From 2,821 EUR

  • From£ 2,493 GBP

  • From$ 4,317 AUD

  • From฿ 110,281 THB

  • FromRp 46,042,467 IDR

  • From¥ 1,915,000 JPY

  • From$ 17,296 USD

  • From 14,103 EUR

  • From£ 12,464 GBP

  • From$ 21,584 AUD

  • From฿ 551,403 THB

  • FromRp 230,212,337 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 349,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,152 USD

  • From 2,570 EUR

  • From£ 2,272 GBP

  • From$ 3,934 AUD

  • From฿ 100,491 THB

  • FromRp 41,955,147 IDR

  • From¥ 2,094,000 JPY

  • From$ 18,913 USD

  • From 15,421 EUR

  • From£ 13,629 GBP

  • From$ 23,601 AUD

  • From฿ 602,944 THB

  • FromRp 251,730,879 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 340,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,071 USD

  • From 2,504 EUR

  • From£ 2,213 GBP

  • From$ 3,832 AUD

  • From฿ 97,899 THB

  • FromRp 40,873,209 IDR

  • From¥ 2,380,000 JPY

  • From$ 21,496 USD

  • From 17,528 EUR

  • From£ 15,491 GBP

  • From$ 26,825 AUD

  • From฿ 685,294 THB

  • FromRp 286,112,461 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 332,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,999 USD

  • From 2,445 EUR

  • From£ 2,161 GBP

  • From$ 3,742 AUD

  • From฿ 95,596 THB

  • FromRp 39,911,486 IDR

  • From¥ 2,656,000 JPY

  • From$ 23,989 USD

  • From 19,560 EUR

  • From£ 17,287 GBP

  • From$ 29,936 AUD

  • From฿ 764,765 THB

  • FromRp 319,291,889 IDR

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 5 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 1 night

Meals

6 breakfasts -- 5 lunches -- 2 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 5 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Odawara - Kyoto)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 5 days

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Please book a flight to either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), and a flight out of Kansai International Airport (KIX). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 3 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes five nights in 2-, 3- or 4-star hotels and one night in a predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inn). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. Dinner outside of the pre-included ryokan meal is provided on Days 2 and 3. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes the service of a driver and a private car on every guided day. It also includes a scheduled bullet train transfer between Odawara and Kyoto on Day 4. The driver and car will be available only during the designated tour hours, and only for the included destinations. Airport pickup is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can extend the use of the private car for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost. Please note that airport transfer for departure is not included.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.
Hotel Sunroute Nara Western

Day 1 Arriving to Tokyo

 Tokyo

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Shinagawa Seaside Hotel Western

Day 2 Tokyo City Tour

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Shinjuku Gyoen
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Shinjuku Gyoen (lunch and hanami)
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Odaiba
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Sightseeing around Odaiba
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer to central Tokyo / Ueno
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Tokyo Imperial Palace / Ueno Park
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to Tsukiji
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Sushi dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Transfer to Chidorigafuchi
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Chidorigafuchi (sakura light-up)
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Return to hotel

Activities

This day is designed around 3 different sakura viewing spots, each a different experience. On the first one, you will enjoy the hanami custom as the Japanese do, eating a light lunch under a cherry tree. For the second, you will visit either the East Garden of Tokyo Imperial Palace or Ueno Park, both of which offer you great sakura views and classic Japanese architecture. Finally, you will see cherry blossoms light up during the evening at Chidorigafuchi.

The sakura appreciation will be interspersed with famous Tokyo spots along the Sumida River, Asakusa and Odaiba. You will see, among other things, the Senso-ji temple, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay. You will also have an early dinner of delicious sushi at Tsukiji, the famous fish market. The best is yet to come, for you will be treated to even more marvelous sights on the next day.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is a bento set. This so-called Japanese lunchbox typically contains rice with fish or meat and pickled vegetables. Please enjoy the bento under the blooming sakura. DINNER is a sushi set served in Tsukiji Fish Market. The fatty tuna and various other ingredients are superbly fresh, and the itamae prepares them with utmost care and mastery.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel Kunimi Odawara Western

Day 3 Hakone and Odawara Tour

 Hakone › Odawara

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hakone
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Hakone Sekisho
  • 11:30 - 12:45 Onshi Hakone Park
  • 12:45 - 13:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Soba lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Odawara
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Odawara Castle
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sashimi dinner

Activities

Checking out of Tokyo in the morning, you will go on an excursion to Hakone and Odawara, both historically significant, but each with their own brand of sakura view. The main attraction in Hakone is its Mt. Fuji view beyond Lake Ashi, the best spot to see which is the Onshi Hakone Park. As this park is filled with many cherry trees which bloom for an extended amount of time in Hakone, you will get a scenic panorama of incredible beauty on clear days, with mountains, lake, and flowers within one frame.

In the afternoon, you will visit Odawara Castle, presently the closest castle from Tokyo. This place is a popular spot for sakura viewing due to the staggering beauty of the castle rising above the pink clouds of petals. The rows of cherry trees by the moat are also an inspiring sight. After the pleasant walk around the castle, you will check into your hotel in Odawara, close to the station for your shinkansen transfer on the next day.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is a healthy meal of soba in Hakone. A bowl of local buckwheat noodles is served with clear broth and various toppings, such as large shrimp tempura. DINNER is a sashimi course of sea produce harvested directly from the nearby Sagami Bay. The restaurant is known for the freshness and volume of its dishes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Sumiya Kiho-an Japanese

Day 4 Kyoto City Tour

 Kyoto › Kameoka

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Odawara
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Transfer to Kyoto by shinkansen
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 13:30 - 13:45 Transfer to Heian Jingu
  • 13:45 - 14:45 Heian Jingu
  • 14:45 - 15:00 Transfer to Ginkaku-ji
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Philosopher’s Path
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Kameoka
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> free time, onsen
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sukiyaki dinner

Activities

A bullet train will take you to Kyoto, a historic city of a thousand temples. Two of them you will visit today: Heian Jingu and Ginkaku-ji. In the former, you will see budding shidare-zakura blossoms, also known as the weeping cherry. From the latter, you will take a walk on the famous Philosopher’s Path, a 2-km stretch of blooming cherry trees. A canopy of flowers will filter the sunlight along the path, creating a breathtaking scene.

Throughout the day, you will experience the classic side of Japan that Kyoto epitomizes. For lunch, you will try authentic Kyoto cuisine, delectable for not only your palates but also all your senses. In the evening, you will enjoy a stay in a true ryokan in Kameoka, a hidden gem just west of Kyoto. In this atmospheric lodging, you can enjoy good food and refreshing onsen. Get plenty of quality rest after the long walk in Kyoto!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Kunimi Odawara. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Beautifully presented dishes in this riverside ryokan restaurant demonstrates a real taste of Kyoto. DINNER is sukiyaki in Sumiya Kiho-an. The blend of Tamba beef and various fresh vegetables served in the stylish dining room completes the quintessential ryokan experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Sunroute Nara Western

Day 5 Arashiyama & Kyoto Tour

 Arashiyama › Nara

Schedule

  • 09:30 - 10:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kameoka Station
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Sagano Romantic Train
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Sightseeing around Arashiyama
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Transfer to Kyoto
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Kinkaku-ji
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Transfer to Nara >> hotel check-in

Activities

Today, you will see the first highlight of the Classic Sakura tour. In the morning, you will board the Sagano Romantic Train from Kameoka Station. The scenic railway runs slowly along the Hozu River, affording you an incredible view of the surrounding nature, including the rows of cherry trees and the beautiful mountains. Stopping at Arashiyama, you will then take in even more unbelievable sights, including the panorama from the Togetsukyo bridge and the bamboo grove.

After a delightful kaiseki lunch, you will return to the city of Kyoto and visit another of its iconic landmark: the golden pavilion. This temple will bedazzle you with its glittering exterior, reflected in the water along with the greens that surround it. You will bid Kyoto goodbye after briefly revisiting it and leave for Nara, where you will be staying tonight.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Sumiya Kiho-an. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Quality ingredients that accentuate the essence of the four seasons are used in this hotel restaurant. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Washington Hotel Kansai Airport Western

Day 6 Nara Tour

 Nara › Osaka

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Nara Park
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Nara Park
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Todai-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:15 Transfer to restaurant
  • 12:15 - 13:45 Irori lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:00 Transfer to Kasuga Taisha
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Kasuga Taisha
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Manyo Botanical Garden
  • 15:45 - 17:30 Transfer to Kansai International Airport >> hotel check-in

Activities

You will start your day in the scenic Nara Park, where hundreds of deer roam under a forest of cherry trees. Afterward, you will visit the nearby Great Eastern Temple, Todai-ji, which houses the largest Daibutsu statue in the world, and the grand shrine Kasuga Taisha, which is known for its thousands of lanterns. You will also have authentic Japanese grill for lunch.

Your last stop is a botanical garden outside Kasuga Taisha which displays over 300 species of plants. It also has a large pond with many voracious koi fish swimming around that you can feed. This display of nature’s beauty is a fitting final attraction for this vernal adventure. At the end of the day, you will leave Nara for Kansai International Airport, and check into your hotel.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Nara. LUNCH is a type of Japanese grilled dishes called irori. High quality kuroge wagyu beef with seasonal vegetables are served in this classy restaurant with traditional decor. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Leaving Japan

 Osaka

Activities

You have completed the Sakura Express tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

 Tokyo
Hotel Sunroute Nara Western

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves

 Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Shinagawa Seaside Hotel Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Shinjuku Gyoen
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Shinjuku Gyoen (lunch and hanami)
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Odaiba
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Sightseeing around Odaiba
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer to central Tokyo / Ueno
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Tokyo Imperial Palace / Ueno Park
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to Tsukiji
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Sushi dinner
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Transfer to Chidorigafuchi
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Chidorigafuchi (sakura light-up)
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Return to hotel

Activities

This day is designed around 3 different sakura viewing spots, each a different experience. On the first one, you will enjoy the hanami custom as the Japanese do, eating a light lunch under a cherry tree. For the second, you will visit either the East Garden of Tokyo Imperial Palace or Ueno Park, both of which offer you great sakura views and classic Japanese architecture. Finally, you will see cherry blossoms light up during the evening at Chidorigafuchi.

The sakura appreciation will be interspersed with famous Tokyo spots along the Sumida River, Asakusa and Odaiba. You will see, among other things, the Senso-ji temple, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay. You will also have an early dinner of delicious sushi at Tsukiji, the famous fish market. The best is yet to come, for you will be treated to even more marvelous sights on the next day.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is a bento set. This so-called Japanese lunchbox typically contains rice with fish or meat and pickled vegetables. Please enjoy the bento under the blooming sakura. DINNER is a sushi set served in Tsukiji Fish Market. The fatty tuna and various other ingredients are superbly fresh, and the itamae prepares them with utmost care and mastery.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Hakone › Odawara
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel Kunimi Odawara Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hakone
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Hakone Sekisho
  • 11:30 - 12:45 Onshi Hakone Park
  • 12:45 - 13:00 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Soba lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Odawara
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Odawara Castle
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to hotel >> check-in
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sashimi dinner

Activities

Checking out of Tokyo in the morning, you will go on an excursion to Hakone and Odawara, both historically significant, but each with their own brand of sakura view. The main attraction in Hakone is its Mt. Fuji view beyond Lake Ashi, the best spot to see which is the Onshi Hakone Park. As this park is filled with many cherry trees which bloom for an extended amount of time in Hakone, you will get a scenic panorama of incredible beauty on clear days, with mountains, lake, and flowers within one frame.

In the afternoon, you will visit Odawara Castle, presently the closest castle from Tokyo. This place is a popular spot for sakura viewing due to the staggering beauty of the castle rising above the pink clouds of petals. The rows of cherry trees by the moat are also an inspiring sight. After the pleasant walk around the castle, you will check into your hotel in Odawara, close to the station for your shinkansen transfer on the next day.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is a healthy meal of soba in Hakone. A bowl of local buckwheat noodles is served with clear broth and various toppings, such as large shrimp tempura. DINNER is a sashimi course of sea produce harvested directly from the nearby Sagami Bay. The restaurant is known for the freshness and volume of its dishes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kyoto › Kameoka
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Sumiya Kiho-an Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Odawara
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Transfer to Kyoto by shinkansen
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 13:30 - 13:45 Transfer to Heian Jingu
  • 13:45 - 14:45 Heian Jingu
  • 14:45 - 15:00 Transfer to Ginkaku-ji
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Philosopher’s Path
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Kameoka
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> free time, onsen
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sukiyaki dinner

Activities

A bullet train will take you to Kyoto, a historic city of a thousand temples. Two of them you will visit today: Heian Jingu and Ginkaku-ji. In the former, you will see budding shidare-zakura blossoms, also known as the weeping cherry. From the latter, you will take a walk on the famous Philosopher’s Path, a 2-km stretch of blooming cherry trees. A canopy of flowers will filter the sunlight along the path, creating a breathtaking scene.

Throughout the day, you will experience the classic side of Japan that Kyoto epitomizes. For lunch, you will try authentic Kyoto cuisine, delectable for not only your palates but also all your senses. In the evening, you will enjoy a stay in a true ryokan in Kameoka, a hidden gem just west of Kyoto. In this atmospheric lodging, you can enjoy good food and refreshing onsen. Get plenty of quality rest after the long walk in Kyoto!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Kunimi Odawara. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Beautifully presented dishes in this riverside ryokan restaurant demonstrates a real taste of Kyoto. DINNER is sukiyaki in Sumiya Kiho-an. The blend of Tamba beef and various fresh vegetables served in the stylish dining room completes the quintessential ryokan experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Arashiyama › Nara
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Sunroute Nara Western

Schedule

  • 09:30 - 10:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kameoka Station
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Sagano Romantic Train
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Sightseeing around Arashiyama
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Transfer to Kyoto
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Kinkaku-ji
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Transfer to Nara >> hotel check-in

Activities

Today, you will see the first highlight of the Classic Sakura tour. In the morning, you will board the Sagano Romantic Train from Kameoka Station. The scenic railway runs slowly along the Hozu River, affording you an incredible view of the surrounding nature, including the rows of cherry trees and the beautiful mountains. Stopping at Arashiyama, you will then take in even more unbelievable sights, including the panorama from the Togetsukyo bridge and the bamboo grove.

After a delightful kaiseki lunch, you will return to the city of Kyoto and visit another of its iconic landmark: the golden pavilion. This temple will bedazzle you with its glittering exterior, reflected in the water along with the greens that surround it. You will bid Kyoto goodbye after briefly revisiting it and leave for Nara, where you will be staying tonight.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Sumiya Kiho-an. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Quality ingredients that accentuate the essence of the four seasons are used in this hotel restaurant. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Nara › Osaka
Breakfast / Lunch Washington Hotel Kansai Airport Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Nara Park
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Nara Park
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Todai-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:15 Transfer to restaurant
  • 12:15 - 13:45 Irori lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:00 Transfer to Kasuga Taisha
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Kasuga Taisha
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Manyo Botanical Garden
  • 15:45 - 17:30 Transfer to Kansai International Airport >> hotel check-in

Activities

You will start your day in the scenic Nara Park, where hundreds of deer roam under a forest of cherry trees. Afterward, you will visit the nearby Great Eastern Temple, Todai-ji, which houses the largest Daibutsu statue in the world, and the grand shrine Kasuga Taisha, which is known for its thousands of lanterns. You will also have authentic Japanese grill for lunch.

Your last stop is a botanical garden outside Kasuga Taisha which displays over 300 species of plants. It also has a large pond with many voracious koi fish swimming around that you can feed. This display of nature’s beauty is a fitting final attraction for this vernal adventure. At the end of the day, you will leave Nara for Kansai International Airport, and check into your hotel.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Nara. LUNCH is a type of Japanese grilled dishes called irori. High quality kuroge wagyu beef with seasonal vegetables are served in this classy restaurant with traditional decor. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Osaka

Activities

You have completed the Sakura Express tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Open previous day

Estimated rates

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  • March - April

    Mar - Apr

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From 2018-03-26 to 2018-04-10

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
2 pers
  • From¥ 697,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,295 USD

  • From 5,133 EUR

  • From£ 4,537 GBP

  • From$ 7,856 AUD

  • From฿ 200,693 THB

  • FromRp 83,790,078 IDR

  • From¥ 1,394,000 JPY

  • From$ 12,590 USD

  • From 10,266 EUR

  • From£ 9,073 GBP

  • From$ 15,712 AUD

  • From฿ 401,387 THB

  • FromRp 167,580,156 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 523,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,724 USD

  • From 3,852 EUR

  • From£ 3,404 GBP

  • From$ 5,895 AUD

  • From฿ 150,592 THB

  • FromRp 62,872,612 IDR

  • From¥ 1,569,000 JPY

  • From$ 14,171 USD

  • From 11,555 EUR

  • From£ 10,212 GBP

  • From$ 17,684 AUD

  • From฿ 451,776 THB

  • FromRp 188,617,836 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 436,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,938 USD

  • From 3,211 EUR

  • From£ 2,838 GBP

  • From$ 4,914 AUD

  • From฿ 125,541 THB

  • FromRp 52,413,879 IDR

  • From¥ 1,744,000 JPY

  • From$ 15,752 USD

  • From 12,844 EUR

  • From£ 11,351 GBP

  • From$ 19,656 AUD

  • From฿ 502,165 THB

  • FromRp 209,655,517 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 383,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,459 USD

  • From 2,821 EUR

  • From£ 2,493 GBP

  • From$ 4,317 AUD

  • From฿ 110,281 THB

  • FromRp 46,042,467 IDR

  • From¥ 1,915,000 JPY

  • From$ 17,296 USD

  • From 14,103 EUR

  • From£ 12,464 GBP

  • From$ 21,584 AUD

  • From฿ 551,403 THB

  • FromRp 230,212,337 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 349,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,152 USD

  • From 2,570 EUR

  • From£ 2,272 GBP

  • From$ 3,934 AUD

  • From฿ 100,491 THB

  • FromRp 41,955,147 IDR

  • From¥ 2,094,000 JPY

  • From$ 18,913 USD

  • From 15,421 EUR

  • From£ 13,629 GBP

  • From$ 23,601 AUD

  • From฿ 602,944 THB

  • FromRp 251,730,879 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 340,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,071 USD

  • From 2,504 EUR

  • From£ 2,213 GBP

  • From$ 3,832 AUD

  • From฿ 97,899 THB

  • FromRp 40,873,209 IDR

  • From¥ 2,380,000 JPY

  • From$ 21,496 USD

  • From 17,528 EUR

  • From£ 15,491 GBP

  • From$ 26,825 AUD

  • From฿ 685,294 THB

  • FromRp 286,112,461 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 332,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,999 USD

  • From 2,445 EUR

  • From£ 2,161 GBP

  • From$ 3,742 AUD

  • From฿ 95,596 THB

  • FromRp 39,911,486 IDR

  • From¥ 2,656,000 JPY

  • From$ 23,989 USD

  • From 19,560 EUR

  • From£ 17,287 GBP

  • From$ 29,936 AUD

  • From฿ 764,765 THB

  • FromRp 319,291,889 IDR

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 5 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 1 night

Meals

6 breakfasts -- 5 lunches -- 2 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 5 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Odawara - Kyoto)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 5 days

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Please book a flight to either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), and a flight out of Kansai International Airport (KIX). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 3 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes five nights in 2-, 3- or 4-star hotels and one night in a predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inn). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. Dinner outside of the pre-included ryokan meal is provided on Days 2 and 3. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes the service of a driver and a private car on every guided day. It also includes a scheduled bullet train transfer between Odawara and Kyoto on Day 4. The driver and car will be available only during the designated tour hours, and only for the included destinations. Airport pickup is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can extend the use of the private car for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost. Please note that airport transfer for departure is not included.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.

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Sakura Express

| 7 days - Tokyo to Osaka -
  • From¥ 332,000 JPY

  • From$ 2,999 USD

  • From 2,445 EUR

  • From£ 2,161 GBP

  • From$ 3,742 AUD

  • From฿ 95,596 THB

  • FromRp 39,911,486 IDR

 |  Tour code: CB-04-EN

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