Top 4 Itineraries for a week-long Cherry Blossom Season Japan Tour

Last Updated: March 21,2024

Is a week sufficient for a cherry blossom trip to Japan? While it might seem a bit tight for a comprehensive exploration, with a carefully crafted 1 week Japan itinerary, you can still savor the best of the blossoms and immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Tokyo, explore the historical and cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara, marvel at the majesty of Mt. Fuji, relax in Hakone's hot springs, and indulge in the delectable local cuisine of Osaka. Here are the top four one-week Sakura Season tour itineraries we offer. You're free to adjust and customize all of them. Just plan your private guided trip if you're interested.

Table of Contents

-Option 1: Traveling Japan with Friends

-Option 2: Family Tour in Japan with Children

-Option 3: Honeymoon Getaway Tour in Japan

-Option 4: Japan Tour with Onsen Experience

-Costs for a 1-Week Tour during Japan's Cherry Blossom Season

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Option 1: 7-day Japan Travel with Friends

Quick Access>>>7 Days Tokyo -Osaka - Kyoto - Nara Tour

Surrounded by the delicate hues of Japan's Sakura season in late March to early April, a journey through cherry blossoms with friends promises to be a cherished memory for all. This 7-day Tokyo and Kansai Classic Tour invites you to traverse the vibrant streets of Tokyo, explore the timeless gardens of Kyoto, discover the ancient Osaka Castle, and wander through the historical sites of Nara. Each destination unfolds as a delightful backdrop for you and your friends. Join us on this enchanting Japan Sakura tour, where the beauty of cherry blossoms adorns the canvas of lasting friendship.

Summary of Tour

Days 1-2 Tokyo (Imperial Palace, Senso-ji)

Day 3 Mt. Fuji (Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Oshino Hakkai)

Days 4-5 Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nara Park)

Days 6-7 Osaka (Osaka Castle, Ninja experience)

Imperial Palace

Detailed Itinerary for the 7-day Japan Tour with Friends

Day 1: Welcome to Japan!

Make your arrival in Tokyo, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel via your personal driver.

Day 2: Tokyo Culture Tour

Explore Tokyo's cultural gems, including the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Senso-ji Temple, Shinjuku Golden Gai, and some of Asakusa's street food scene.

Day 3: Discover Mt. Fuji

Embark on a guided tour of Kawaguchiko, Tenjozan Park, Oshino Hakkai, and Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, experiencing Japan's natural beauty and historical heritage.

Day 4: Transfer to Osaka via Shinkansen

Travel to Osaka via Shinkansen (bullet train) with personal transportation to your hotel.

Day 5: Kyoto and Nara Highlights

Explore rich historical sites and experience local culture with visits to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Uji Matcha Street, and Nara Park.

Day 6: Explore Osaka on Foot

Savor highlights of Osaka at Osaka Castle Park, a Ninja Experience, riding the Donki Ferris Wheel, Dotonbori, and indulging in Japanese street food delights.

Day 7: Departure

Enjoy your remaining free time before your guide escorts you to the airport for your departure.

Feed the Tame Deer in Nara Park

What to Expect:

- Cultural immersion at Meiji Jingu, Harajuku, and Omotesando

- Deer and traditions experience at Nara Park

- Historical exploration at Senso-ji and Asakusa

- Tranquil journey to Oshino Hakkai and Arakurayama Sengen Shrine

- Culinary delights: Japanese street food tour

- Osaka's historic and modern blend: Osaka Castle and city vibes

- Spiritual hike at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Uji Matcha Street

- Ninja adventure and urban excitement in Osaka

- Mystic views at Kawaguchiko and Tenjozan Park

Embark on 1 week Japan trip, where the allure of cherry blossoms intertwines with the country's distinctive way of life. Whether you're tracing the fragrance of cherry blossoms through bustling cityscapes or absorbing the tranquility of traditional gardens, each moment becomes an indelible memory.

A Kid Plays Happily Under Sakura Tree

Option2: 8-day Japan Cherry Blossom Tour for Family with Children

Quick Access>>>8 Days Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka Tour

Embark on the 8-day Japan Cherry Blossom Classic Tour for a delightful 1-week family adventure during the Sakura season, as you frolic amid pink petals and savor the scent of spring. Kyoto's ancient gardens provide a perfect backdrop for family laughter, while Nara Park offers close encounters with tame deer, which we’re sure your kids will love. In Osaka's Dotonbori, families can relish traditional Japanese cuisine and local delights, ensuring a diverse and enjoyable experience for everyone on the itinerary.

Summary of Tour

Days 1-3 Tokyo (Shinjuku Gyoen, Chidorigafuchi, Meguro River)

Days 4-6 Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera, Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience, Daigo-ji)

Days 7-8 Osaka (Osaka Castle, Ninja Experience)

 Chidorigafuchi Sakura

Detailed Itinerary for the 8-day Family Japan Sakura Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo

A private car will take you from the airport to the hotel for a hassle-free transfer.

Day 2: Tokyo's Tranquil Retreats

Explore Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen, Chidorigafuchi, and Meguro River for a harmonious blend of nature and culture.

Day 3: Tokyo's Cultural Odyssey

Visit Akihabara, Sensoji Temple, and the Tokyo National Museum. Indulge in the unique experience of conveyor belt sushi at Kaitenzushi.

Day 4: Travel to Kyoto

Take a Shinkansen to Kyoto and visit Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu.

Day 5: Kyoto's Spiritual & Cultural Journey

Discover Kiyomizu-dera, Hongan-ji, and participate in a traditional Japanese Kimono and Tea Ceremony.

Day 6: Nara's Heritage and Flavor

Explore the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, Daigo-ji, Nara Park, and its roaming deer.

Day 7: Adventure in Osaka

Uncover the wonders of Osaka Castle Park, experience the thrills of being a ninja, ride the Donki Ferris Wheel, and savor the diverse flavors of Japanese street food.

Day 8: Departure

Enjoy the rest of your last day before your guide escorts you to the airport for your departure.

Ninja Experience

What to Expect

Enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen, Meguro River, Kiyomizu-dera, etc.

Immerse in anime and manga culture in Akihabara

Explore the Japanese Shrine and temples culture in Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Daigo-ji, etc.

Experience the Kimono and Tea Ceremony in Kyoto.

Taste delicious Japanese food like conveyor Belt Sushi, etc. in Kaitenzushi.

Experience the Shinkansen (Bullet train) via Tokyo and Osaka.

Feed the tame deer that roam Nara Park.

Dress in a Ninja garb & learn to wield some of their tools.

Shop in Dotonbori district.

Meguro River Cherry Blossom

Embark on this 8-day family adventure through Japan, weaving a rich tapestry of historical wonders, cultural exploration, and delightful culinary experiences across Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Amidst the enchanting cherry blossoms, create cherished moments with your children, turning this journey into a precious time for family bonding and crafting enduring memories that will linger in your hearts for years to come.

Romantic Time While Viewing the Pink Sakura

Option 3: 8-day Japan Honeymoon Getaway Tour

Quick Access>>>8 Days Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Osaka – Kyoto Tour

Indulge in the romance of Japan's cherry blossom season with our specially crafted 8-day honeymoon tour. Under the blooming cherry trees, discover the classic beauty of Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Osaka, making it an ideal journey for newlyweds as well. Immerse yourselves in the pink sea of cherry blossoms, sure to turn each moment into a picturesque memory.

Summary of Tour

Days 1-2 Tokyo (Sensoji Temple, Tsukiji Fish Market)

Days 3-4 Mt. Fuji and Hakone (West Lake Village, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Sightseeing cruise)

Days 5-6 Kyoto (Kimono Experience, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Tenryu-ji)

Days 7-8 Osaka (Honeymoon Dinner, Osaka Castle, Ninja experience)

Arakurayama Sengen Shrine

Detailed Itinerary for the 8-day Honeymoon Trip

Day 1: Arrive in Japan

Make your arrival in Tokyo, where you'll be transferred to your hotel via your personal driver.

Day 2: Tokyo Exploration

Enjoy a full-day tour in Tokyo by visiting the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Akihabara Electric Town, and Senso-ji temple.

Savor a traditional Imahan Sukiyaki Lunch with carefully selected high-quality beef.

Day 3: Mt. Fuji Adventure

Explore Lake Kawaguchiko, Tenjozan Park, Oshino Hakkai, and Sengen-jinja Shrine, all offering stunning scenery and immersive cultural experiences.

Day 4: Transfer to Kyoto

Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto, where you can get fitted with a kimono for a personal photography session, and visit the sprawling Nishiki Market, where you can purchase many of the city’s best & most famous goods.

Day 5: Kyoto Highlights

Walk Fushimi Inari Taisha's infamous torii (red shrine) path, visit Uji for the country’s best green tea, feed Nara Park’s roaming deers, Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, and Tōdai-ji Temple.

Day 6: Arashiyama Discoveries

Discover Arashiyama with visits to Tenryuji Temple, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Togetsukyo Bridge, and Okochi-Sanso. Experience multi-course Kaiseki cuisine at Gion Kyo-ryuri Hanasaki.

Day 7: Osaka's Delights

Visit Kuromon market, Osaka Castle, partake in a Ninja Experience, explore the HEP Five shopping complex and its Ferris wheel, and stroll through the lively nightlife of the Dotonbori shopping district. Cap it off with a rooftop dining experience at Umeda Sky Building.

Day 8: Departure

Enjoy your remaining free time before your guide escorts you to the KIX airport for your departure.

Kimono Photography

What to Expect:

- Visit must-see attractions and popular anime places in Japan

- Experience a day in the life of a local at Tsukiji Fish Market

- Immerse in Japanese culture with Kimono photography

- Explore Oriental culture through Uji's high-quality tea

- Stay in a Mount Fuji View Hotel to enjoy stunning vistas of Mt. Fuji

- Deepen your understanding of Japan by visiting Kyoto's World Heritage Sites, such as Fushimi Inari Taisha and Kiyomizu-Dera

- Indulge in culinary delights, including Imahan Sukiyaki Lunch, Hanasaki Kaiseki Cuisine Mai, and Umeda Sky Building Rooftop Dining

Japan Honeymoon Tour

This 8-day honeymoon trip promises unforgettable memories as beautiful as the cherry blossoms which'll surround you, offering not just a romantic getaway but a week of cherished moments in Japan with your loved one.

Senso-ji Cherry Blossom

Option 4: 9-day Japan Tour with Onsen Experience

Quick Access>>>9 Days Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Kyoto - Nara Tour

During the enchanting Cherry Blossom Season, you not only can bask in the romantic ambiance of cherry blossoms, but also unwind and embrace nature's warmth in the best onsen resorts in Japan. To provide you with an immersive experience of both Japan's Sakura season and its hot spring culture, we've meticulously crafted a 9-day journey spanning Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Nara. Revel in the full bloom of cherry blossoms, unwind in traditional Japanese ryokans' onsens, experience a day as a local, and even master the art of crafting various sushi delights. Join us on this unforgettable 9-day Japan tour.

Summary of the Tour

Days 1-3 Tokyo (Meiji Jingu Shrine, Senso-ji, Tsukiji Market)

Days 4-5 Mt.Fuji and Hakone (Onsen, West Lake Village, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Sightseeing cruise)

Days 6-9 Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Sake Brewery)

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Detailed Itinerary for the 9-day Japan Onsen Tour

- Day 1: Arrive in Tokyo

Fly to Tokyo and enjoy a worry-free private transfer to your hotel.

- Day 2: Tokyo Exploration

Visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Omotesando, and Senso-ji Temple for a cultural and fashion experience.

- Day 3: Tokyo Highlights

Explore Tsukiji Fish Market, Shinjuku, and Odaiba or Shibuya, featuring vibrant markets and entertainment. Enjoy the Sushi-making experience. Dine at Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku's Kabukicho district.

- Day 4: Tokyo to Hakone

Embark on a day trip to Hakone, enjoying the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Ashino, the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani, and a visit to the scenic Venetian Glass Museum.

Stay overnight at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) to relax with a soak in the town's hot springs.

- Day 5: Mt. Fuji Discovery

Explore Oishi Park, West Lake Village, Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave, and Arakurayama Sengen Shrine for breathtaking views and natural wonders.

- Day 6: Kyoto Free Day

 Transfer from Odawara to Kyoto by Shinkansen, with private car pick-up services between the hotel and the station.

- Day 7: Kyoto Highlights

Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkaku-dera Temple, Nijo Castle, and Nishiki Market to immerse yourself in Kyoto's historical and culinary treasures.

- Day 8: Nara and Fushimi Excursion

Explore Fushimi Inari Taisha, Uji, Nara Park, and Tōdai-ji Temple for a day filled with history and natural beauty. Discover the Sake District of Kyoto and enjoy an exclusive tasting at a renowned brewery.

- Day 9: Departure

Your private driver will take you to the airport for your onward flight.

Owaku-dani Valley

Embark on an 8-day journey through Japan during the spring season, where you'll marvel at the wonders of nature, and indulge in the allure of Japanese hot springs. The breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms will captivate your senses, while the soothing hot springs in Kawaguchiko onsen ryokan will provide respite from travel fatigue, ensuring both physical and mental relaxation. Alongside the hot springs, relish traditional Japanese cuisine by the poolside, creating a sensation of being immersed in an earthly paradise. Contact our travel experts to tailor your itinerary for a rejuvenating and enchanting exploration of Japan's springtime wonders. 

For more cherry blossom viewing apart from Japan, you can also plan an 18-day trip across Japan and Korea to immerse yourself in diverse natural wonders and historical and cultural exploration of both two countries.

Kiyomizu Temple

Costs for 1 Week in Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Japan for one week? Is it expensive to take Japan cherry blossom tours? The following is a price list for reference for 1 day in Japan: Experience the beauty of Japan with our budget-friendly tour options. For family private tours (3-5 people), the cost is approximately $350-500 per person per day, while couples (2 people) can enjoy a private tour for about $450 per person per day. This inclusive service covers a Private Car & Driver, Private Guide, 4-star Hotel with Breakfasts, Sightseeing & Activities Tickets, and Train Rides & Flights within Japan. For the question about how much does a trip to Japan cost for 1 week? The total estimated cost for a week in Japan ranges from US$2,500 to $3,500 for an immersive and memorable experience. 

Cost of Japan Trip

Actual costs may vary based on specific itinerary arrangements and services included in our Japan tour packages, and you can fill out this form to get your quote.

For the top 4 Japan one-week itineraries recommended during the cherry blossom season, the costs for a 2-person private group are as follows:

Japan Cherry Blossom Classic Tour
8 Days Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka Tour
8 days | From $ 4224
A Diverse Honeymoon in Japan
8 Days Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Osaka - Kyoto
8 days | From $ 5486
Tokyo and Kansai Classic Tour
7 Days Tokyo -Osaka - Kyoto - Nara Tour
7 days | From $ 3359
Best of Japan Tour
9 Days Tokyo - Hakone - Mt.Fuji - Kyoto - Nara Tour
9 days | From $ 4421

Conclusion

Each Japan cherry blossom itinerary listed here offers a mix of cultural experiences, historical sites, and culinary delights, ensuring a well-rounded exploration of Japan's beauty and traditions in 1 week. Whether you wish to travel to Japan with friends or family, or hope for a romantic honeymoon tour, or even dream of soaking in the Japanese hot springs, there will be the best 1-week Japan Sakura itinerary suitable for you.

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