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A true bucket-list destination, visiting Japan during the sakura cherry blossom season offers not only outstanding natural beauty, but deeply meaningful experiences. JANESCO’s escorted spring tours immerse travellers in the culture, cuisine, and contrasts of this beguiling island nation
From its sprawling cities to its peaceful remote regions, Japan is a land of contrasts. With a culture that is, simultaneously, deeply rooted in tradition and renowned for its modernity, it’s no wonder that Japan remains a destination of intrigue for many travellers — whether it’s first-time visitors or those who can’t get enough of its natural beauty, ancient traditions, and revered gastronomy.
Australia-based JANESCO has been escorting small groups to discover Japan’s magic for more than 17 years. Meticulously researched, their carefully curated tours showcase the best of the country’s magnificent seasons, with the spring cherry blossom months of March and April among the most spectacular times to visit. JANESCO Travel has cultivated and refined a specialist expertise over decades, that sees small groups of up to 15 likeminded travellers experience Japan at a pace that allows for authentic connection with its history, cultural traditions, and welcoming people.
Experience springtime in Japan
12 days, departs 4 March 2024
Ideal for art and architecture appreciators, this trip uncovers Japan’s cultural monuments, museums, and meticulously kempt gardens. Visit contemporary art museums on the islands of Teshima and Naoshima, where you’ll spot artist Yayoi Kusama’s iconic dotted pumpkin sculpture perched on a pier. In UNESCO World Heritage Site-abundant Kyoto, visit the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, named for its top two floors that are covered in gold leaf, and the striking rock garden at Zuihou-in Zen temple.
15 days, departs 19 March 2024
Tokyo–Matsumoto–Narai-juku–Kiso Valley–Kanazawa–Takayama–Shirakawago–Uji–Kyoto–Nara Himeji–Hiroshima–Miyajima–Osaka–Mt. Fuji & Hakone
Traversing the ‘Golden Route’, this tour delves into what makes Japan in spring so special. Feel as though you’ve stepped back in time with a stay in a traditional ‘post town’, where signs of modernity are concealed, and the atmosphere of the historic Edo period is preserved; explore samurai history during a visit to Kanazawa; and cruise across Lake Ashi as you take in the marvel that is Mount Fuji, with its majestic symmetrical peak.
9 days, departs 20 March 2024
JANESCO’s Elysium tour offers an elevated experience in five-star luxury. Unwind in a mineral onsen bath in the hot spring-rich region of Hakone; dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Kyoto; visit the ‘floating’ Itsukushima shrine and Torii gate on Miyajima Island; and sample some of Japan’s most coveted green tea in the small city of Uji, with its undulating landscapes dotted with sculpted tea plants.
14 days, departs 28 March 2024
Tokyo– Mt. Fuji & Hakone–Kyoto–Naoshima–Hiroshima–Osaka–Nara–Kanazawa–Wajima
Get an authentic taste of Japan on this elevated journey catered to those with a love of food and culture. Highlights include a stay in a ryokan renowned for its collection of beautiful Japanese art and craft pieces; feasting on regional specialties like teppanyaki Wagyu beef, okonomiyaki pancakes, and takoyaki octopus balls; a visit to a 1,000-year-old market; and sitting down to a traditional Japanese dinner with a Geisha performance—a moving experience.
Travel with the Japan experts
JANESCO is synonymous with luxury group tours, blending elegance and cultural depth. Our carefully curated small-group tours across Japan offer exclusive accommodations, and immersive cultural experiences. Our commitment to unparalleled service, coupled with our extensive expertise in the travel industry, underpin our dedication to delivering the ultimate experience.