Japanese Gardens in Springtime

Tokyo, Japan

Sheila Stone Tours
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5 reviews
Apr 14 - 28, 2024
Group size: 5 - 10
Japanese Gardens in Springtime
Tokyo, Japan

Sheila Stone Tours
  • Email address verified
5 reviews

Apr 14 - 28, 2024
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

Japanese gardens are rightly world-famous. Visiting at this time, we will miss most of the crush of people who come for the cherry blossoms (sakura). We will still see some blossoms - different varieties bloom at different times and the season varies from year to year.  But, even if peak sakura time has ended, there will be other flowers in bloom: azaleas, peonies,  tulips, and - most stunning of all - wisteria. Spring is colorful in Japan!

We will start in the bustling capital of Tokyo, relax in the spa town of Hakone, wear kimono in the ancient city of Kyoto, reflect in the 'never forget' city of Hiroshima, meet cheeky deer on the nearby island of Miyajima, visit one of Japan's 'Great Gardens' in Okayama, and "Eat ourselves broke" which is the city motto of the 'Kitchen of Japan', Osaka.

In addition to the sensational gardens, we will experience indigo dying, see a fun puppet show, ride on a 'pirate ship', walk in an enchanting crystal garden, wear a kimono, walk to a 'floating torii gate', and try our hand at calligraphy.  We'll eat plenty delicious food, meet many interesting Japanese ladies, and enjoy the company of other fun, garden-obsessed women.  This trip will be an experience you'll never forget!

All along the way, we will stay in onsen (hot spring) hotels where we can soak in blissful comfort each evening.  And - of course - we will visit some of the best gardens, both large and small, that Japan has to offer.  Spring is a celebratory time in this wonderful country and we will embrace it!

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    14 nights, Western-style, private room 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, on subways, taxis, and the famous bullet-train
  • All group admissions
    Including demonstrations and special experiences
  • Meet local women
    The best way to get to know a country!
  • Airport transfers
    Into Tokyo, out of Osaka
  • Goodie Bag
    Because - Welcome to Japan!

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
    Recommended but not included

Available Packages

Available until August 31, 2023

Balance is due February 28, 2024.     NOTE - AMEX IS NOT ACCEPTED.  

 Deposit is non-refundable unless tour is cancelled.

If you would prefer not to use the payment plan, just let me know and I'll remove it for you. 

Deposit: $500
Available until February 7, 2024
Deposit: $500
Charlene Stewart Private Price
Available until February 29, 2024Sold Out

Total price - $5999 minus 1500 already paid = $4499 balance.

Balance is due no later than February 28, 2024.


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Arrival in Japan

Whenever you arrive, you will be picked up and driven to our hotel in Tokyo. Details of your transfer to the hotel will be given to you before the trip.  After you check in and have a chance to freshen up, we have dinner at a nearby restaurant where we cook our own meat and veggies on the BBQ in the middle of the table.  After dinner, we head back to the hotel (and possibly a dip in the onsen there?) and make an early night of it. 

Meal included:  Dinner

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 caroline.marshall@cshs.org 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