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Cherry Blossom Tours of Japan

The 2018 Cherry Blossom Tours of Japan take you to the magnificent cherry blossom at just the right time. Each tour is different helping you to catch the short cherry blossom season at its best. Click to read about the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan.

2018 Cherry Blossom Spectacular

This tour has “the works” if you want to see Japan in spring

17 days Fully booked 27 March – 12 AprilSee details
17 days Fully booked 3 April – 19 AprilSee details
Shinjuku Tokyo Spring
2018 Cherry Blossom Tour – Central Japan

The Japanese countryside and the cherry blossom are extraordinary. No wonder there are such grand festivals!

14 days Place for one solo traveller 6 April – 19 AprilSee details
Hrosaki Spring
2018 Cherry Blossom Tour – Northern Japan

The blossoms come later in Northern Japan – but they are simply the BEST

13 days Fully booked 17 April – 29 AprilSee details
2018 Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan – Classic Route

Is there anything better in the cherry blossom season than visiting Japan’s most iconic spots?

11 days Fully booked 24 March – 3 AprilSee details
11 days Place for one solo traveller 31 March – 10 AprilSee details
2018 Food & Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan

Be spoilt with sumptuous food and beautiful cherry blossom

13 days Fully booked 26 March – 7 AprilSee details

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

When and Where Are Japan’s Best Cherry Blossoms?

The time to see the best cherry blossom in Japan is about planning and luck. Luck because an early or late spring is in nature’s control. Good planning because it will increase your luck.

Japan is a long archipelago and the cherry blossom peak is earlier in spring in the south and later the further north you go. A second factor is altitude and the higher you go the later in the year will be the peak there. Two other key factors for your planning are the warmer sea winds and the strain (species) of cherry blossom, both of which impact their blooming time. So even in the same city on the same day there can be variations in where and when to see the blooms.

Planning plays big part in our cherry blossom tours of Japan. Although we aim to show you some of the foremost iconic exhibits in Japan, the sequence is determined by the cherry blossom season. The timing, a cross section of locations, species etc all play a part in the planning. Regardless of an early or late spring the goal is increasing the chance of you see all phases of the cherry blossom bloom. From buds, to the peak blossom and to the beautiful pink carpets of dropped petals. The final card in our planning is our smaller groups, enabling us to even adjust where we go in a city on the fly to catch the best blooms on the day.

Cherry Blossom News

Soon To Be Released

Our Early Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan, departing February 2018, will be released shortly! Kawazu Sakura (cherry blossom) in Izu Peninsula is the best kept secret of Japan in February. If you can’t wait for the online release and would like to receive more information right away, please call us on +61 (0)7 3876 3851.…

Four seasons in Japan

You often hear that Japan is blessed with a beautifully distinct four seasons. But you’ve got to experience one or more of the seasons to actually know what it means. We have just completed our signature spring ‘Cherry Blossom Spectacular Tour’ and comments we received from the members of the tour demonstrate that the experience…

Cherry blossom Kyoto

Spring in Japan

Mention spring in Japan and most people immediately think of the cherry blossom (sakura in Japanese). Often however their thoughts don’t go much further. Today I want to talk about the cherry blossom because it is so beautiful, however the cherry blossom season does not span the whole of Spring. So as the title of…

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At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.

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