Cherry Blossoms Japan Tour: 10-days in March 2023

We had a wonderful time on our 10-day Best Cherry Blossoms Japan Tour starting March 29, 2023. This was our second tour of 2023, and we had a wonderful time with our guests.

Cherry Blossoms Japan Tour: 10-days

March 29- April 7, 2023

Day 1

We met everyone at the airport and got them back to the hotel in Shibuya, one of the main districts of Tokyo.

Shibuya Streets

Shibuya Streets | ©

Day 2

Our adventure started out with a subway ride to Ueno Park, to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Ueno Park in Full Bloom

Ueno Park in Full Bloom | ©

Then we enjoyed a cooking class and learned to prepare a traditional washoku meal.
Cooking Class

Japanese Cooking Class | ©

We ended our day at Asakusa, where we visited Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple.
Senso-Ji Thunder Gate

Senso-Ji Thunder Gate | ©

Day 3

The following day, we visited one of the Fuji Five Lakes and witnessed the magnificence of Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji | ©

That night, we stayed in a traditional Japanese ryokan and ate an authentic Japanese Kaiseki dinner.
Kaiseki Dinner at Mt. Fuji Ryokan

Kaiseki Dinner at Mt. Fuji Ryokan | ©

Day 4

We took the bullet train Shinkansen to Nagoya and visited Inuyama Castle, one of Japan’s oldest castles and one of only five castles that have been designated a National Treasure.

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle | ©

Next, we strolled along the historical Honmachi-dori and took in a local cherry blossom celebration in Inuyama.
Inuyama Spring Festival Floats

Inuyama Spring Festival Floats | ©

Day 5

We went to Magome and Tsumago, two beautiful post-towns in the Kiso Valley.


Magome Post-Town in the Kiso Valley | ©

We also hiked a section of the Nakasendo Trail, a road from the Edo era that is filled with bamboo forests, rice terraces, and waterfalls.
The Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo Trail | ©

Day 6

Today, we headed to Nara to see the UNESCO-listed sites of Todai-ji and Kasuga Shrine, as well as countless wild deer.

Todai-ji in Nara

Todai-ji in Nara, Japan | ©

More deer in the Kasuga Shrine forest.
Kasuga Shrine Forest Deer

Kasuga Shrine Forest Deer | ©

It was also a great time to see the cherry blossoms at their best.
Nara Park Cherry Blossoms

Nara Park Cherry Blossoms | ©

Day 7

On Day 7, we visited the Golden Pagoda in Kinkakuji.

Golden Pagoda in Kinkakuji

Golden Pagoda in Kinkakuji | ©

We also visited the renowned Zen Rock Garden at Ryoanji.
Ryoanji Zen Garden

Ryoanji Zen Garden | ©

That evening, we watched the Miyako Odori, a geisha performance that has been performed annually for the past 149 years.
Miyako Odori Stage

Miyako Odori Stage | ©

Day 8

We visited the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu Temple, and explored the Higashiyama District, with its quaint wooden houses and boutique shops.

Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple | ©

Then we had lunch at a 388-year-old tofu restaurant.
Kyoto Tofu Restaurant

Kyoto Tofu Restaurant | ©

Day 9

We headed back to Tokyo and explored Akihabara, the center for electronics, anime, manga, video games, and Cosplay.


Akihabara, Tokyo | ©

Day 10

Group Photo March 2023

Best Cherry Blossoms Tour Group Photo | ©

On the final day, we all said our goodbyes and headed to the airport, with our minds full of memorable experiences and smartphones brimming with extraordinary photographs.

You may also be interested in our 12-day Early Cherry Blossom Japan Tour in March 2023.

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