Cherry Blossom Tours of Japan in 2021 & 2022

Travel Japan with a small group (maximum of 8 guests per tour) and you are in for a very special personal experience. Choose springtime in Japan with Cherry Blossom Tours of Journey to the East to take you to the magnificent Japanese cherry blossoms at just the right time, and you know it is going to be a holiday of a lifetime.

Each spring tour has been specifically designed to show you the best of Japan during Japan's famous cherry blossom season. On each trip the settings are different to take advantage of the season as it rolls by each year.

The popularity and smaller number of guests on these unique small group tours naturally mean they tend to fill quite quickly. Be sure to contact us today to discuss your personal preferences.

 Click to read about the best time to see cherry blossom in Japan.

February is wonderful time to visit Japan. The countryside is still covered in deep snow like a white blanket and the coastal towns are bursting with early speing flowers. It is a little known secret that at this time of the year, you can even enjoy beautiful cherry blossom while travelling through relatively less crowded Japan.

Departure Dates
14 Feb 2021Available

Think of Japan in spring and what springs to mind? Cherry blossoms of course! This tour has the works; the sights, unique experiences, food and culture.

Departure Dates
23 Mar 2021Available
30 Mar 2021Last Solo Place

A classic introduction to Japan’s must-see sights in spring time – temples, castles and gardens set against stunning cherry blossoms. This tour is for those who prefer a higher level of comfort in their travel style.

Departure Dates
24 Mar 2021Available
31 Mar 2021Last Solo Place

An exceptional 14-day culinary tour of Japan at cherry blossom time. The tour combines street food to Michelin star as well as significant historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes.

Departure Dates
27 Mar 2021Available

Journey through rustic alpine villages bursting with cherry blossoms and take part in the spectacular Takayama Festival. Once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Departure Dates
6 Apr 2021Available

Japan’s best-kept-secret is Northern Japan (Tohoku) & Hokkaido in spring-time. Cherry blossoms bloom later in the year and they are amazing. See Nikko, Matsushima, Kakunodate, Hakodate, Sapporo and Otaru at their best.

Departure Dates
14 Apr 2021Fully Booked
21 Apr 2021Available

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 in 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 any given day, there can be variations in where to see the blooms.

Planning plays a 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 to increase the chance of you seeing 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.

Please have a look at our Cherry Blossom Tours

Cherry Blossom News

Mt Fuji with cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossom Season 2020 Forecast

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Cherry Blossom in Kyoto

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Our Travel Style

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.