March 19 - April 2, 2024


Escorted By: Mark Aitchison

15 Days

27 Meals


CT Rating

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Experience Japan's Sakura Season

Japan is a multifaceted gem, with neon-lit modern cities, alpine villages nestled amidst mountain regions with pastoral sceneries that appear untouched by the modern world, and relics of an imperial and feudal past, preserved for all to see.

Join us as we explore this nation during Sakura season, when the cherry trees burst forth in a glorious display of colour. In Japan, spring arrives early, and for approximately two weeks, millions of trees teem with new life.



This journey is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of all that is Japanese. It will feature an overnight in a Japanese ryokan (traditional inn), sleeping and eating in tatami-matted rooms, as well as a variety of different meals featuring traditional Japanese cuisine. By its nature, this journey involves a lot of walking, with some long walks and numerous visits involving many steps. To fully enjoy this journey, members should be fully mobile with no walking limitations and be in good physical health.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience Japan during the lovely Sakura season when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom
  • Komagatake Ropeway with scenic views of Hakone
  • Step into the past at the mountain village of Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a relaxing Japanese night in a traditional Ryokan (inn)
  • Visit one of Japan’s largest and most famous gardens, Kenroku-en, the “Garden of Six Qualities”
  • Enjoy a tea ceremony at Matsuri-no-Mori Museum
  • Tour Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima island
  • Visit Himeji Castle, Kyoto’s Nijo Castle, and Nara plus other UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Enjoy Japan’s extensive and very efficient rail system, including bullet train rides
  • Visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji Temple) in Kyoto

Inclusive Features

  • Return economy group airfare from Canada to Narita (Tokyo)
  • 13 nights in first-class hotels as indicated or similar, including 1 night in a traditional ryokan, a Japanese country inn
  • 27 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 13 Breakfasts, L - 6 Lunches, D - 8 Dinners) featuring traditional Japanese dishes
  • Transfers and intercity transportation by private coach and rail service, as indicated
  • Services of your tour escort plus our professional Japanese tour guide and local guides
  • All surcharges, taxes, and fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare


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Tour Cost in Canadian Dollars Per Person

Land Only (Join / Leave Tokyo hotel)
Calgary / Edmonton
Winnipeg / Regina / Saskatoon
Montreal / Ottawa
Halifax / St. John’s
Single Supplement

Deposit is $800 per person. Final payment is due December 13, 2023.

Airfares from other gateways are available on request.
Tour price is based on sharing a twin room at hotels and on a minimum of 15 members, based on rates, taxes and fees effective June 2023 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. Group to be escorted from Canada with a minimum of 15 group members.

Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Premiums are calculated based on the individual’s age, destination (country), trip length, and trip booking window – please contact our staff to receive a quote. Your coverage starts on the effective date of your confirmation of coverage. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to the enrollment form for terms and conditions.

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What are Craig Journeys all about?

Our goal is to offer meaningful authentic experiences that inspire a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Through immersive sightseeing and engaging interactions with local people and cultural sites, we strive to foster a greater appreciation of our global community.

We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

Why should I book with Craig Travel?

All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

What do you mean by 'Fully Inclusive' pricing?

Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

Not included in the published prices are personal services and items such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and beverages with meals or otherwise (according to local customs; for example, beverages like water, tea, and coffee are typically not included in Europe except during breakfast). Shore excursions on ocean cruises are not included unless specified.

While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.