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The Luxury Cherry Blossom Tour of Hokkaido is not just a tour; it's a celebration of spring's delicate beauty, meticulously crafted to provide an elite experience. From the historic allure of Matsumae's cherry blossoms to the serene onsen retreats of Noboribetsu and the vibrant urban tapestry of Sapporo, Otaru, Asahiyama and beyond, each destination is a chapter in a story of unparalleled beauty and luxury. Enjoy exclusive culinary delights, including a Michelin-starred feast and authentic Hanami parties, sake tasting and magnificent cultural experiences all set against the backdrop of Hokkaido's breathtaking sakura. This one-of-a-kind adventure is available nowhere else and is fully exclusive. This 11-day journey promises not just a tour, but a lifetime memory, appealing to those who seek to immerse themselves in the extraordinary. 

May 3rd - May 13th, 2025
Embark on an 11-day luxury exploration of Hokkaido's cherry blossom season with our "Hokkaido Cherry Blossom Tour." The journey begins in the historical Matsumae, featuring a myriad of cherry blossoms at Matsumae Park. Travel to Hakodate, where you'll enjoy a unique BBQ Hanami experience and visit scenic landmarks including Goryokaku Park and Mount Hakodate. Indulge in the serene hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen and Jozankei Onsen, immersing yourself in relaxation and natural beauty. Discover Sapporo's vibrant culture with visits to Maruyama Park and a special dinner at the Michelin-starred Tempura Araki. The tour includes day trips to picturesque Otaru, offering sushi lunches and sake tasting. This meticulously crafted tour combines sakura viewing, cultural experiences, and culinary delights, offering an exclusive and unforgettable Japanese springtime adventure.


Day 1

Date : May 3, 2025

10,000 Sakura Trees: Serene Beginnings in Matsumae

Step into a world where history and nature intertwine in Matsumae. Your journey begins in this serene town, a hidden gem renowned for its historical significance and breathtaking cherry blossoms. As you settle into the comforts of a traditional ryokan, prepare to indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine, an experience as exclusive as it is exquisite. Matsumae Park awaits, a spectacular showcase of over 250 varieties of cherry trees, each narrating a story of beauty and transience.

- Arrival and check-in at a traditional ryokan in Matsumae.
- Visit Matsumae Park, a haven for cherry blossom enthusiasts.

Meals: Dinner

*It is intended that guests arrive at Hakodate Airport. Guests are then transported to Matsumae via private vehicle. Full information is provided to guests who book The Luxury Cherry Blossom Tour of Hokkaido.

Day 2

Date : May 4, 2025

Sakura Wonders in Matsumae & Travel to Hakodate

Enjoy a tranquil morning in Matsumae with the cherry blossoms, a peaceful farewell to this historical town. As you journey to Hakodate, prepare for an afternoon exploring this captivating city. Delight in the unique sights such as the panoramic views from Mount Hakodate or the historical charm of the Motomachi district. Conclude your day with a relaxing evening at a Hakodate ryokan, indulging in the refined flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine.

- Morning in Matsumae.
- Travel to Hakodate; afternoon exploration of Mount Hakodate and Motomachi.
- Check into a ryokan in Hakodate.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Date : May 5, 2025

A Day of Cherry Blossoms and Vistas in Hakodate:

Embrace the day with a visit to Goryokaku Park, the highlight being a special BBQ Hanami lunch under the cherry blossoms, followed by an ascent of the Goryokaku Tower for panoramic views. The afternoon takes you to Hakodate Park, another exquisite sakura spot. Cap your day with the stunning sunset views from Mount Hakodate. Retreat to your ryokan for a delightful dinner, with the option for early risers to explore Hakodate's morning market the next day, skipping breakfast.

- Visit Goryokaku Park for cherry blossoms and BBQ Hanami lunch.
- Ascend Goryokaku Tower.
- Afternoon at Hakodate Park.
- Evening visit to Mount Hakodate.
- Optional early morning visit to Hakodate's morning market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Date : May 6, 2025

Journey from Hakodate to Noboribetsu Onsen:

Travel from Hakodate to Noboribetsu Onsen, transitioning from the historical charm of the city to the natural serenity of the hot springs town. The journey itself is a scenic delight, with cherry blossoms adorning the landscape. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the cherry blossom ambiance of Noboribetsu, exploring the beautiful paths lined with sakura. Conclude the day with a sumptuous dinner at your ryokan, embracing the local culinary traditions.

- Departure from Hakodate and scenic travel to Noboribetsu Onsen.
- Cherry blossom viewing along the way and in Noboribetsu.
- Overnight stay at a ryokan in Noboribetsu Onsen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Date : May 7, 2025

Tranquility in Noboribetsu Onsen

Savour a relaxed day in Noboribetsu Onsen, allowing yourself to fully embrace the therapeutic calm of the hot springs town. Enjoy a leisurely stroll amidst the cherry blossoms, bask in the serenity of the area, and perhaps revisit your favourite onsen spots. This day is about unwinding and absorbing the peaceful atmosphere, complemented by a delightful dinner at your ryokan, showcasing the simplicity and elegance of Japanese cuisine.

- Leisurely exploration and relaxation in Noboribetsu Onsen.
- Time to unwind and enjoy the hot springs and cherry blossoms.
- Overnight stay at a ryokan in Noboribetsu Onsen.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Date : May 8, 2025

From Noboribetsu to Jozankei Onsen

Journey from Noboribetsu to the serene Jozankei Onsen, nestled in the picturesque mountains. Here, the enchanting cherry blossoms create a harmonious blend with the soothing hot springs. Spend your day leisurely exploring the area, perhaps taking a walk along the Toyohira River. In the evening, savor another exceptional meal at your ryokan, highlighting the seasonal best of Hokkaido's cuisine.

- Travel to Jozankei Onsen, known for its scenic hot springs.
- Immerse in the beauty of cherry blossoms in the area.
- Overnight stay at a ryokan in Jozankei Onsen.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Date : May 9, 2025

Sapporo: Arrival and Cultural Exploration

Embark on a scenic drive from Jozankei to Sapporo, Japan's northern metropolis. Sapporo, a city where modernity and tradition coalesce, offers a delightful contrast to the serene onsen towns. Explore the city's famed sites such as Odori Park, known for its beautiful cherry blossoms. After enjoying a delightful lunch, explore the Sapporo TV Tower for city views, and delve into history at the Sapporo Clock Tower and the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

- Travel from Jozankei Onsen to Sapporo.
- Visit Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Sapporo Clock Tower, and the Red Brick Office.
- Overnight stay in Sapporo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Date : May 10, 2025

Otaru Experience:

Discover the charm of Otaru, a picturesque port city near Sapporo. Known for its beautifully preserved canal area and glassworks, Otaru offers a delightful blend of history and natural beauty, especially with its cherry blossoms. Enjoy a Michelin Starred sushi lunch in Otaru, followed by a Twilight Sake Experience at Mount Tengu, offering splendid views. Return to Sapporo for the evening, where you can further explore or relax.

- Day trip to Otaru from Sapporo.
- Michelin Starred Sushi lunch in Otaru and Twilight Sake Experience at Mount Tengu.
- Return to Sapporo for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Twilight Sake & Gourmet Accompaniments.

Day 9

Date : May 11, 2025

Sapporo's Cherry Blossoms

The day begins at Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Jingu Shrine setting the stage for a day of cherry blossom enchantment. Begin by strolling through Maruyama Park's scenic pathways, where blooming sakura trees paint the landscape. Then, step into the serene world of Hokkaido Jingu Shrine, known for its picturesque surroundings, indulge in traditional sakura snacks in hanami-style. Next we will return to downtown Sapporo, where charming shops and local markets await your exploration. In the afternoon, embark on a captivating journey to the Chitosetsuru Sake Museum, delving into the art and history of sake production in Hokkaido. The day continues with a leisurely visit to Nakajima Park, offering a stunning cherry blossom display. As you take a tranquil walk beneath the sakura, capture the serene beauty of this urban oasis. The evening unfolds with a gourmet feast at the Chitosetsuru Sake Restaurant, featuring sake pairings and a delectable array of Japanese dishes.

- Explore Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Jingu Shrine, immersing in cherry blossom beauty and enjoying traditional sakura snacks.
- Discover downtown Sapporo with free time for shopping and exploration.
- Visit the Sake Museum to learn about sake production in Hokkaido.
- Savour a gourmet feast at Chitosetsuru Sake Restaurant, complete with sake pairings and Japanese cuisine, before returning to your Sapporo accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Date : May 12, 2025

Culinary Adventure

Begin your morning at Moerenuma Park, designed by Isamu Noguchi, to immerse yourself in the Sakura Forest with 1,800 cherry trees. In the afternoon, choose between a quintessential Sapporo experience or enjoy free time for souvenir shopping or private exploration, guided by our expert recommendations. As evening sets in, prepare for a the most memorable dining experience at the two Michelin star Tempura Araki, where exquisite dishes showcase the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine.

- Visit Moerenuma Park
- Free Choice Experience
- Michelin Starred Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Date : May 13, 2025

Farewell & Departure

As your extraordinary journey in Sapporo comes to a close, we ensure your departure is as seamless as the rest of your tour. Begin the day with a delightful breakfast, enjoying the last moments of your stay in this captivating city. After breakfast, our dedicated Tour Directors will assist with check-out and provide comfortable transfers to Chitose Airport for travellers heading home. Your journey has been filled with cherished memories, new friendships, and the discovery of Hokkaido's beauty and culture.

If you're continuing onto a post-tour extension, our team will guide you through the next steps of your adventure, ensuring a smooth transition. As you bid farewell to Sapporo, take with you the joy of unforgettable moments, and know that you're always welcome back to Japan for more remarkable experiences with Luxury Japan Travel in the future.

Post-Tour Extension

Date : May 13, 2025

3 Night Post-Tour Extension

Contact Luxury Japan Travel for this exclusive tour extension option.


  • Accommodations for 10 nights in premium ryokans and hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and selected dinners at all ryokans and on specific nights in Sapporo.
  • Michelin-starred dining experience at Tempura Araki in Sapporo.
  • Exclusive Hanami parties with traditional Japanese picnics.
  • Guided tours of cherry blossom sites in Matsumae, Hakodate, Noboribetsu, and Sapporo.
  • Day trips to Otaru, including Michelin sushi lunch and twilight drinks experience at Mount Tengu.
  • Sake brewery tour with dinner in Sapporo.
  • Private Vehicle Transportation for scheduled tours and city transfers.
  • Services of experienced tour directors.
  • Entry fees to all parks and attractions per itinerary.
  • International airfare to and from Japan.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as additional beverages, souvenirs, and shopping.
  • Optional activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Additional charges at hotels or ryokans (e.g., spa services).
  • Transportation outside of scheduled tours.
  • Visa fees, if applicable.

We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances. Luxury Japan Travel does not sell travel insurance, but we advise getting a policy from a reputable company that suits your individual needs.

Japan is renowned for its safety, with an exceptionally low crime rate. It's tourist-friendly, and locals are often eager to help foreign tourists.

Our accommodations are 4 and 5-star standard, selected for comfort, location, and authenticity. We choose hotels and ryokans that provide an authentic Japanese experience, often unknown to international tourists.

Our tours require a low to moderate level of fitness as walking is a common mode of travel in Japan. We design our tours to include a mix of activities to suit various fitness levels.

The tours are conducted in English. A good understanding of English is necessary to fully enjoy the experience.

Yes, solo travellers are welcome. A single traveller supplement fee is applied at the time of booking, the amount of which will be provided to you then.

We specialize in the tour component within Japan and do not sell airfares. However, we can recommend flight routes and timings post-booking.

We offer a variety of premium transportation options, including first-class Shinkansen tickets and private vehicle services, ensuring a comfortable and luxurious travel experience within Japan.

You can book our tours and experiences through our website or by contacting our customer service team. We will guide you through the booking process and answer any questions you may have.

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To get a custom quote, please contact us with your travel preferences, desired experiences, and any specific requests. Our team will craft a personalized luxury travel package tailored to your needs.

We offer a range of luxury tours, including cultural, historical, gastronomic, and adventure tours. Each tour is designed to provide an exclusive and immersive experience of Japan's unique offerings.

Our cancellation policy varies based on the tour and booking conditions. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions or contact us for specific details regarding cancellations.

For custom or private tours, please contact our team with your preferences and requirements. We specialize in creating tailor-made experiences that cater to your unique interests.

Yes, we can arrange exclusive cultural experiences such as private geisha entertainment, samurai workshops, tea ceremonies, and more, providing a deep dive into Japan's rich cultural heritage.

We can arrange luxury dining experiences, including reservations at Michelin-starred restaurants, private chef services, and unique culinary events that showcase Japan's gastronomic excellence.

Understanding Japan's cultural etiquette is key to a respectful and enjoyable travel experience. We provide guidance on local customs, dining etiquette, temple visit protocols, and more to ensure you navigate Japan's culture with ease and respect.

Our Terms and Conditions are available on our website 24/7 and upon request. They provide detailed information on booking policies, liability, cancellation procedures, and other important aspects of our services.

Our tours are intimate and exclusive, limited to either 6 or 8 guests. This small group size ensures a personalized and luxurious experience, allowing for deeper immersion into Japanese culture.

Japan experiences four distinct seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant. Summer (June to August) is warm and humid, while winter (December to February) can be cold, with snow in some regions. We provide specific weather forecasts closer to your travel dates for more precise planning.

Packing depends on the season of your visit. Essentials include comfortable walking shoes, layers for varying temperatures, and an umbrella or rain gear. Luxury Japan Travel will provide you with personalized and tailored advice on packing, specific to your tour, prior to its commencement.

Yes, our tours require a minimum number of guests to depart. If this number isn't met, we will inform you in advance. For details on how we handle these situations, including alternatives and options, please refer to our terms and conditions.

Our tours are not just about luxury and comfort; they are an extraordinary blend of fun, enjoyment, and memorable experiences. Each day is filled with excitement, offering an unparalleled learning experience and a deep cultural connection. You'll delve into the heart of Japan's culture with expert-guided explorations, relish exceptional dining, and stay in premium accommodations. Expect each moment to be a delightful journey, one that leaves you with happy memories and a profound understanding of Japan's unique beauty.

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