Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan!

Tokyo, Japan

5 reviews
Mar 19 - Apr 2, 2023
Group size: 4 - 10
Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan!
Tokyo, Japan

5 reviews

Mar 19 - Apr 2, 2023
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip

This tour is set during the world-famous sakura - or cherry blossom - time!  In Tokyo we visit shrines, temples, and shopping centers; learn a traditional craft; watch a fun puppet show; and hang out with a group of Japanese English teachers. In the spa town of Hakone, we travel by train, cable car, funicular, and ‘pirate’ ship; see glittering crystal trees at the Venetian glass museum; wear yukata (traditional cotton kimonos) while eating a delicious kaiseki dinner; walk among the whimsical sculptures of the Open-Air Museum; and soak in the milky waters of a natural hot spring. In Kyoto, we learn first-hand how to wear a kimono; visit Kiyumisu temple; and stroll through thousands of scarlet Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine. In Hiroshima, we pay our respects at the Peace Park and Museum. We also visit nearby Miajima Island where we ride a cable car up Mt. Misen for the glorious views; meet the local deer, and take selfies with the famous Floating Tori Gate. In Osaka, we make new friends at an English Club, share a dinner with foreign women living in Japan, sample the Osaka night life in the exciting Namba district; and find out why this city is the Kitchen of Japan! 

**Please note - due to crossing the International Date Line - your flight will leave Saturday, March 18.  Your return flight will both leave - AND ARRIVE - April 2nd because you'll be crossing the dateline back.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    14 nights, Western-style single rooms with bathroom
  • 28 meals
    14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Japanese guides
    All of whom speak excellent English
  • All ground travel
    We travel like locals - subways, taxis, and 1st class seating on the famous bullet train!
  • All group admissions
    Including demonstrations and special experiences
  • Meet local women
    The best way to get to know a country!
  • Tokyo Airport pick up
    If you arrive with the group (details will be given when you book)
  • Kyoto Airport drop off
    If you leave with the group
  • Goodie bag
    Because - Welcome to Japan!
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance

Available Packages


Balance is due February 28, 2023.     NOTE - AMEX IS NOT ACCEPTED. 

Deposit: $500


Arrival in Tokyo

 If you are on the group flight, it will arrive at Haneda Airport in the late afternoon where you will be picked up and driven directly to our hotel in Tokyo.  The English-speaking driver of the private van will be holding a ‘Sheila Stone Tours’ sign.  After you check in and have a chance to freshen up, we have dinner at a nearby restaurant for dinner and make an early night of it. If you are not on the group flight, you will make your own way to the hotel (although I will be available to help).
Meal included: dinner.  

Who’s Going

Your Organizer

Sheila Stone Tours
5 reviews
I’m Sheila Stone and I love travel so much that I started a tour company when I was 60. (Have I mentioned that I’m also a late bloomer?) I create and lead small groups of women to interesting places in Europe & Japan. I have also created some Speed Date a City weekends here in the States. My tours give women an opportunity to meet other women travelers and local women too. We support local businesses by staying in small hotels and eating at family restaurants as much as possible so this is travel you can feel good about!


I had such a great day with Sheila. She organize all of our stops. Explained the origin of the food we were eating. I felt as if I was in another country. It's always wonderful to spend time with Sheila!
By Judy m for Sawtelle Foodie Walk 1 on May 30, 2022
Thank you Sheila for a fabulous time in Santa Fe. Everything was perfectly set up for us. The Hotel was in a great location. It was very clean and included breakfast. The museums were so interesting. Sheila is a delight to travel with. So organized. I definitely will travel with her in the future. I'm still thinking about the delicious chocolate tasting!
By Judy m for SPEED DATE A CITY: SANTA FE on Apr 05, 2022
What a great weekend in Santa Fe. Sheila is a great organizer and everything ran smoothly. Action packed but with plenty of time to walk around and relax. We hit some great spots and I don't think we missed anything. Sheila did a great job and it was just a fantastic trip. Caroline
By for SPEED DATE A CITY: SANTA FE on Mar 28, 2022
Really fun four-day weekend! Sheila is a knowledgable tour guide, and was able to pivot when we needed to make changes to the itinerary, and she also kept our needs in mind. I had a great time and hope to join her on another one of her tours!
By Lynne L for GALentine's GETAWAY WEEKEND on Feb 23, 2022
The Christmas Holiday Tea in Santa Monica was wonderful. Sheila always organizes great events. We all had fun getting to make new friends!
By janet c for Los Angeles Christmas Afternoon Tea on Dec 13, 2021


I recently traveled with Sheila on her Japan cherry blossom tour 2023. We had a wonderful time, seeing and doing so much, both traditional and unusual tourist stuff. Sheila was open to suggestions and did not hesitate to change the itinerary when weather or interests dictated a change was needed. I particularly enjoyed meeting her Japanese friends as their personal approach to guiding provided insight into the lives and culture of Japanese families. There was lots of laughter, great food and good company. I would definitely recommend traveling with Sheila.
By Berit H on 17 Apr, 2023
The Wild About Harry Tour was amazing! My kids and I had a fantastic time. Sheila was great in making sure we saw as much of Harry Potter that London and Oxford have to offer, and she was also helpful in getting us to see the cities and planning our side trip to Paris. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will never forget, and we talk about constantly. Thank you!
By Denise R on 21 Jul, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed my Bayou trip with tour host Sheila and local host Andrina. Great mix of fun sights including Mardi Gras museum, local food, shopping, bars and music in NOLA. A powerful Whitney plantation visit. Andrina hosted a traditional crawfish boil and an amazing get together with women of the local area representing the various cultures of the region. Felt like visiting with friends and family. Highly recommend this trip! Sheila is a great guide and trip planner.
By Nancy F on 19 Jul, 2021