OSAKA - HIMEJI- HIROSHIMA - KUMAMOTO - TAKACHIHO - BEPPU - DOGO - KYOTO - NARA - KANAZAWA - TAKAYAMA - NAGANO - MT.FUJI -TOKYO
Our Grand Takayama Festival Tour
is a twelve day trip crossing to different terrains of city streets, rugged trails of the mountains, and agricultural rice fields of Japan.
Japan Deluxe Tours has created this tour with exclusive trips to three major islands – Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku- with an added trip to Japan’s beautiful festival, Takayama Festival. We will visit important regions like Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Matsumoto, Hakone, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Beppu, Matsuyama, and more. + [ Read more ]
Beginning from Osaka, our Grand Takayama Festival Tour will head east to Hiroshima, making stops at Himeji Castle and Kurashiki for great examples of Japanese castle architecture and streetscapes of storehouses dating back to the Edo Period. In Hiroshima we will learn about the atrocity of war and how the country has developed since, hoping for everlasting world peace. A side trip to Miyajima will take us to the beautiful floating torii, Itsukushima Shrine. As we travel south, we will uncover the beauty of Southern Japan that has remained untouched by many. Takachiho Gorge’s breathtaking waterfalls in the magical town and Intriguing colors of Beppu’s Tour of Hell is only a few of the many beauties of Kyushu. On Shikoku Island is Dogo Onsen which served as an inspiration for the famous Ghibli film, Spirited Away. To truly experience Japanese culture, our Grand Takayama Festival Tour will offer the chance to soak in its hot springs and enjoy a traditional Japanese multi course meal at a Japanese inn. After some time in Takamatsu and Tokushima we will be heading back to Osaka before heading north to Kyoto. Kyoto has many treasures and beauties we’d like to share with you including the impressive vermillion gates of Fushimi Inari shrine and the Gion Geisha District. We will also take part in Japanese green tea ceremony and ride a bullet train
Heading to Takayama for the great festival, we will make one last stop at Kanazawa for Kenrokuen and Shirakawago for one of Japan’s top three gardens and for a look at UNESCO distinguished impressive preservation of traditional farmhouses of Japan. Once we arrive in Takayama, we will witness the Takayama Festival at night, ranked one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan. One of the unique characteristic of the Takayama festival is the giant float which also serves as entertainment with 16th century mechanical dolls inserted inside and paraded across town. The next morning our tour will explore the unique old town of Takayama before we see the festival again, but at daytime for a different experience. The tour will then head to Tokyo, stopping at Nagano and Hakone on the way. Nagano’s Matsumoto Castle and Hakone’s great views of Mt. Fuji from the ropeways should not be missed. Our day in Tokyo will be spent visiting various spots like Asakusa, Shibuya, and more.
You can also extend your vacation before / after this Grand Takayama Festival Tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
A-Bomb Dome | Yoshinogari Historical Park | Tour of Hell | Takachiho Gorge | Dogo Onsen | Japanese Hot Springs | Takayama Festival | Shirakawago | Asakusa | Tunnel Station