14 Days Anime Japan Tour | Grand Tour

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Attention! Due to high demand, tour participants must book their tour on or before January 31st in order to guarantee admission to the Ghibli Museum
For die-hard fans of Anime and Japan, it's time to go full Otaku during our new Anime Japan | Grand Tour package! Enjoy Tokyo's beloved Anime and Manga spots, with admission to the largest anime convention in the world: AnimeJapan. Tour Japan's most popular cities, expand your anime & manga knowledge, and visit numerous cultural gems during your trip. Join us in this great Japan Anime Tour as we uncover every aspect of Japanese culture.
Itinerary

Tokyo Arrival

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sunshine City Prince Hotel

Sunshine City Prince Hotel is 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, across Sunshine City. Sunshine City is one of the biggest entertainment center in Tokyo. The complex holds an aquarium, observation deck, planetarium, theater, the Ancient Orient Museum, Namja Town, J World Tokyo, and shopping mall. Staying at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Prince Hotel is having Japan's entertainment close at hand.

Near by........
-Garden
Rikugien Garden in 10 mins by car

-Amusement park
Toshimaen in 25 mins by car

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Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

**INFORMATION**
From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 90 mins(Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 30 mins(Bus)

Tokyo | The Essentials of Akihabara

Breakfast Lunch

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sunshine City Prince Hotel

Sunshine City Prince Hotel is 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, across Sunshine City. Sunshine City is one of the biggest entertainment center in Tokyo. The complex holds an aquarium, observation deck, planetarium, theater, the Ancient Orient Museum, Namja Town, J World Tokyo, and shopping mall. Staying at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Prince Hotel is having Japan's entertainment close at hand.

Near by........
-Garden
Rikugien Garden in 10 mins by car

-Amusement park
Toshimaen in 25 mins by car

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Before our big day at the International Anime Fair - AnimeJapan tomorrow, our Anime tour will visit some of the best anime sites Tokyo has to offer. We begin with a visit to the lively Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Central Station. The area is lined with various anime-themed shops, including a Jump Store, Pokemon Center, Hello Kitty shop, Ghibli store, and more! There's also Tokyo Ramen Street, Okashi Land, and Gachapon Street, perfect for someone who wants some lunch and to do a little more gift shopping for friends or for themselves!

After our adventures at Character Street, we will head to Akihabara, the town of anime. While there, enjoy shopping ad sightseeing for the rest of the day at some of the most popular otaku destinations, including Animate. Animate carries all kinds of character goods, electronics, and games from current and popular anime/manga series. Be sure to check out Super Potato, SEGA Arcade, and the Gacha Gacha machines while you're there!

After our adventures in Akihabara, it's time for dinner at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku for those interested! Enjoy a show like none before, fusing classic Japanese elements with the dreams and fantasies of the future. The restaurant has a wild vibe and a unique experience you are sure to find entertaining.

Tokyo | AnimeJapan Festival

Breakfast

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sunshine City Prince Hotel

Sunshine City Prince Hotel is 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, across Sunshine City. Sunshine City is one of the biggest entertainment center in Tokyo. The complex holds an aquarium, observation deck, planetarium, theater, the Ancient Orient Museum, Namja Town, J World Tokyo, and shopping mall. Staying at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Prince Hotel is having Japan's entertainment close at hand.

Near by........
-Garden
Rikugien Garden in 10 mins by car

-Amusement park
Toshimaen in 25 mins by car

View Hotel Detail

Today’s the big day of the International Anime Fair - AnimeJapan! Join the many cosplayers, otaku, and anime lovers of all degrees in the biggest Anime event in the world. Anime, manga, doujinshi, guest speakers, figurines, rare items, video games, limited and exclusive covers are all accessible at this large event. Enjoy your day exploring the grounds and meeting people with the same passion as you!

If the fair isn't enough, you also have the option to join an optional tour at 3pm to explore the famous Shibuya Crossing and Harajuku! Enjoy shopping and snacks along Takeshita Dori. This shopping area is the perfect place to get in touch with Japan's pop culture trends, and to sample some of the best crepes in Japan.

We then make our way to Sunshine City to check out the Pokemon Mega Center, a must-go for all Pokemon lovers. Besides all the Pokemon goods they sell, they also have a battling and trading room for customers to interact with other Pokemon fans. After browsing through exclusive products, we will head over to J-World, the Shonen Jump theme-park in Tokyo! Play games and win prizes based on all your favorite characters, including Goku from Dragonball, Luffy and Co from One Piece, Naruto and Sasuke, Kuroko and the rest of the Generation of Miracles, and Hinata and his team of volleyball hopefuls! Win prizes and shop to your hearts content at the J-World store.

Tokyo | J-Pop, Ghibli, & Robots

Breakfast Lunch

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sunshine City Prince Hotel

Sunshine City Prince Hotel is 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, across Sunshine City. Sunshine City is one of the biggest entertainment center in Tokyo. The complex holds an aquarium, observation deck, planetarium, theater, the Ancient Orient Museum, Namja Town, J World Tokyo, and shopping mall. Staying at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Prince Hotel is having Japan's entertainment close at hand.

Near by........
-Garden
Rikugien Garden in 10 mins by car

-Amusement park
Toshimaen in 25 mins by car

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Afternoon
Evening
Check-in a hotel

We will start our morning heading to Tokyo Tower, Japan’s iconic tower. Tokyo Tower has been taken over by One Piece, resulting in Tokyo One Piece Tower. Known as Tongari Island, this event is filled with attractions, wonderful restaurants, and a live-action show designed to wow fans of all ages. Following our time at the tower, our anime tour will head to the anime specialized shopping complex: Nakano Broadway. Explore the many stores dedicated to anime and otaku goods or try the eight-layer ice-cream they serve downstairs!

Following our time at Nakano Broadway, we head east to visit the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Film fans will definitely enjoy the artistic museum, which not only exhibits the history and techniques of animation but also plays short movies in a theater room, produced exclusively for the museum.

Tokyo | The City's Most Famous Temple

Breakfast

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sunshine City Prince Hotel

Sunshine City Prince Hotel is 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, across Sunshine City. Sunshine City is one of the biggest entertainment center in Tokyo. The complex holds an aquarium, observation deck, planetarium, theater, the Ancient Orient Museum, Namja Town, J World Tokyo, and shopping mall. Staying at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Prince Hotel is having Japan's entertainment close at hand.

Near by........
-Garden
Rikugien Garden in 10 mins by car

-Amusement park
Toshimaen in 25 mins by car

View Hotel Detail

We begin today with some traditional Japanese culture and shopping at Asakusa. Enjoy shopping at the Nakamise area and the stunning red temple that is Sensoji. Browse through the traditional shops and be sure to take a picture with the temple gates. Afterwords, feel free to enjoy the night at your leisure, or sign up for a few optional excursions. We have the new VR Zone Shinjuku, an incredible VR-focused arcade, enjoy a cup of coffee with excellent service at a Maid Cafe in Akihabara, or sign up for a MariKart experience and drive go-karts around Tokyo dressed as some of your favorite characters!

Hakone | Traditional Dinner & Hot-Springs

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hamanako Royal Hotel ( Japanese Style )

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Hamanako Royal Hotel

Hamanako Royal Hotel offers a great variety of entertainment and facilities. The hotel includes garden pool, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, launder-mat, vending machine corner, restaurants, bar, spa, karaoke room, and banquet halls. Located next to Lake Hamana, it is ideal vacation getaway to enjoy the tranquility of a resort spa.

*At Japanese style hotels, we arrange tatami rooms, traditional Japanese straw mat, with futons. However, we can arrange western style rooms at some hotels at participant’s request.

Near by.......
-Museum
Hamamatsu Musical Instrument Museum in 30 mins by Taxi
-Sight seeing
Arai Barrier in 20 mins by Taxi

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Our morning begins with a visit to Hakone to visit the Iyashi no Sato, a traditional craft open-air museum reconstructed from the village's thatched roofed houses. Each house features a different exhibit, workshop, or cafe, including some cooking lessons.

After our time in the village, enjoy a ropeway to Owakudani. Owakudani is an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. It's said eating one of these eggs will add years to your life!

Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty

This Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese meal known as Kaiseki Ryori!

Kyoto & Nara | Scenic Bullet Train Experience

Breakfast Lunch

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel ( Western Style )

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Kyoto New Miyako Hotel

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.

Near by.....
-Food Market
Nishiki Market   in 10 mins by taxi

-Museum
Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi

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Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. We will begin exploring Kyoto with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind.

Once we get all our photos done, we will stop at the Kyoto International Manga Museum to learn more about Japan's unique manga culture. After our time in the museum, it's off to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat.

Kyoto | The Ancient streets of Japan

Breakfast Lunch

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel ( Western Style )

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Kyoto New Miyako Hotel

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.

Near by.....
-Food Market
Nishiki Market   in 10 mins by taxi

-Museum
Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi

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For today, it's off to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight.

Taking advantage of the beauty in Kyoto, we will head to Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, two ancient streets reminiscent of the Edo period, perfect for gift shopping or just to sip on some coffee at one of the many local cafes. We end our day at the Gion Geisha District, Japan’s most famous geisha district. This area is filled with shops, restaurants, and tea houses and the area in Japan that you are most likely to run into real geisha and maiko on their way to perform at the Gion Geisha Center.

Hiroshima | City of Peace & the Floating Shrine

Breakfast Lunch

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima ( Western Style )

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Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of Hiroshima's Downtown. The Hotel offers beautiful view of Hiroshima City. Hotel offers many modern facilities and services like the gym, hot springs, and spa (these are extra charges). Many famous sight see spots are within walking distance such as Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Near by....
-Amusement district
Nagarekawa in 5 mins by car
Hondori Shopping Area in 5 mins by walk

-Museum
Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car
Peace Park Museum in 10 mins by walk

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Our Japan tour will begin with a bullet train ride to Hiroshima. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war.

The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. We will also see the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war.

After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best scenery's.

Takachiho | Natural wonders of Saga

Breakfast Dinner

SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL ( Western Style )

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SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL
Afternoon
Evening
Check-in a hotel Yokagura

Our day begins in Saga with a visit to the Yoshinogari Historical Park. This park is filled with buildings preserved from the Yayoi-period. Walk around the grounds and learn about the history of Japan at this wonderful park filled with Japanese history.

We will then pass by Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and among the largest in the world. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

Takachiho & Beppu | Scenic Kyushu

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Beppuwan Royal Hotel ( Western Style )

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Beppuwan Royal Hotel

Beppu is world famous for their hot springs located near the ocean and mountain side. It is like paradise for weary travelers wanting to soak their fatigue away and relax in a hot-steam bath. Beppu-wan Royal Hotel is located at Hiji Town with one of the best view of Beppu Bay. It has great access to sightseeing spots including Beppu City, Yufuin, Kunisaki Peninsula, and popular theme park "Harmony Land.''

Near by...
-Theme Park
Harmony Land in 15 mins by taxi

-Peninsula
Kunisaki Peninsula          in 45 mins by taxi

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We will begin our day at Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.

Then, we will head to the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes.

Matsuyama | Hot Springs & Thunderous Taiko Drums

Breakfast Dinner
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Tsubaki-kan ( Japanese Style )

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Tsubaki-kan

Tsubaki-kan is located in the Dogo Onsen district, its a great location for shopping and taking the trolley to visit downtown and Matsuyama Castle. The hotel in conveniently located 5 minute walk from the famous Dogo Onsen. Dogo Onsen is the oldest hot spring in Japan and is rumored to have healing qualities. The hotel provides both western and Japanese-style rooms. Everyday there is a taiko show at 9 pm in the ground floor. There is also free Wi-Fi at the lobby area.

Near by.......
-Castle & Park
Matsuyama castle 10 mins by car
The Dogo Park 12 mins by walk

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Today, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. Enjoy a Rickshaw ride through the city grounds while you're at the hotspring, and be sure to watch a traditional Taiko drum show in the evening.

Takamatsu & Tokushima | Culture of Southern Japan

Breakfast Lunch

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel ( Western Style )

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Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel is located five minutes walk from the airport which you can check in with your baggage cart. The hotel combines convenience with first-class amenities and hospitality. Built in the man-made island of the airport, it's has an ocean-side view and departure flights. The train station connecting the rest of Japan is a short distance away.


Near by........
-Outlet mall
Rinku Premium Outlets in 10 mins by taxi

-Park
Rinku Park in 8 mins by taxi

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Evening
[ Osaka Prefecture ] Check-in a hotel
*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

Our day will begin heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden three stars and is a great place to take photos, especially from the highest point that overlooks the entire garden.

While making our way through Tokushima, we will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefectural dance of Tokushima. During the annual Awa-Odori festival, thousands of spectators flock to Japan to watch the traditional dance. Enjoy learning some steps and history of Awa-odori at this great museum.

Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools that can be seen under very ideal conditions. (*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.)

Osaka Departure

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

**INFORMATION**
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

▪Important Notice▪
*Complimentary transfers are for designated airports/hotel only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
*Your group may be joined with other groups during the tour. If so, your tour guide and bus may be changed during your tour.
*Any special request(s) must be submitted when booking your tour (meals, accommodations, etc.). Note: Not all requests can be fulfilled.
*Itinerary, hotels, and meals are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
*This tour includes 1.5~2 hours of walking on sightseeing days. Tour Participants are expected to be of moderate fitness, keep up with the pace of the group, and can climb stairs with no difficulty.
*B : Breakfast   L : Lunch   D : Dinner




14 DAYS

13 nights accommodation


25 MEALS

13 breakfasts
8 lunches
4 dinners


TRANSPORT

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Tour Includes


11 nights Western and 2 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 8 Lunches, and 4 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide & separate bus driver

Bullet train ride with Mt. Fuji & Green Tea Ceremony

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

Not Included
  • - Airfare
  • - Travel Insurance
  • - Optional Excursions

Travel Highlights


Admission to the AnimeJapan convention

Time spent geeking out in Akihabara

A trip to the Ghibli Museum

An unforgettable dinner and show at the Robot Restaurant

The ancient streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka

Explore the Otaku Heaven of Shopping at Nakano Broadway

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Golden Pavilion

Friendly deer to take pictures with in Nara

A trip to the famous Floating Torii gates of Itsukushima Shrine

Time at Dogo Onsen, the backdrop for the popular Ghibli Film Spirited Away

Important Information


The maximum number of participants will not exceed 26 people during your Japan tour. Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please note that your bus and tour guide may be changed if other groups join the tour.

Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement in order to guarantee single room accommodation.

We request one suitcase, one carry-on bag, and an overnight bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room.

Please note: The maximum weight of a checked in bag is typically 20 Kilograms or 44 Pounds. You will be traveling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride (if applicable).

All hotel rooms come with a full bathroom and room amenities free of charge unless stated otherwise.

All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi.

All of our tours begin in either Tokyo or Osaka/Kyoto. When beginning or ending a tour in Tokyo, please book flights to or from Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport. For tours beginning or ending in Osaka/Kyoto, please book flights to or from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport.

You can also contact us if you would like for Japan Deluxe Tour's to arrange your flights.

Traveling and visiting sights in Japan includes a good amount of walking. To fully enjoy the tour, please be prepared to keep up with the pace of the group, climb stairs with no difficulty, and wear comfortable shoes for all day use.

We understand sometimes unanticipated situations may arise before or even during your Japan tour. In order to best assist you when things don't go as planned, Japan Deluxe Tours recommends purchasing travel insurance offered through Travel Guard® Insurance.

Travel Guard® Insurance offers coverage for: Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage Delay, Medical Expense (deductible required), Emergency Medical Transportation, and an Exclusive Family Protection Plan: One child 16 or under will receive coverage at no additional cost for every adult that purchase a protection plan. Every Travel Guard policy includes 24-hour emergency travel assistance services for emergencies or last-minute travel changes, such as re-booking flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, tracking lost luggage, and more!
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Day
Day 1

Tokyo Arrival

Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

**INFORMATION**
From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 90 mins(Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 30 mins(Bus)

Day 2

Tokyo | The Essentials of Akihabara

Breakfast Lunch

Before our big day at the International Anime Fair - AnimeJapan tomorrow, our Anime tour will visit some of the best anime sites Tokyo has to offer. We begin with a visit to the lively Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Central Station. The area is lined with various anime-themed shops, including a Jump Store, Pokemon Center, Hello Kitty shop, Ghibli store, and more! There's also Tokyo Ramen Street, Okashi Land, and Gachapon Street, perfect for someone who wants some lunch and to do a little more gift shopping for friends or for themselves!

After our adventures at Character Street, we will head to Akihabara, the town of anime. While there, enjoy shopping ad sightseeing for the rest of the day at some of the most popular otaku destinations, including Animate. Animate carries all kinds of character goods, electronics, and games from current and popular anime/manga series. Be sure to check out Super Potato, SEGA Arcade, and the Gacha Gacha machines while you're there!

After our adventures in Akihabara, it's time for dinner at the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku for those interested! Enjoy a show like none before, fusing classic Japanese elements with the dreams and fantasies of the future. The restaurant has a wild vibe and a unique experience you are sure to find entertaining.

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 3

Tokyo | AnimeJapan Festival

Breakfast

Today’s the big day of the International Anime Fair - AnimeJapan! Join the many cosplayers, otaku, and anime lovers of all degrees in the biggest Anime event in the world. Anime, manga, doujinshi, guest speakers, figurines, rare items, video games, limited and exclusive covers are all accessible at this large event. Enjoy your day exploring the grounds and meeting people with the same passion as you!

If the fair isn't enough, you also have the option to join an optional tour at 3pm to explore the famous Shibuya Crossing and Harajuku! Enjoy shopping and snacks along Takeshita Dori. This shopping area is the perfect place to get in touch with Japan's pop culture trends, and to sample some of the best crepes in Japan.

We then make our way to Sunshine City to check out the Pokemon Mega Center, a must-go for all Pokemon lovers. Besides all the Pokemon goods they sell, they also have a battling and trading room for customers to interact with other Pokemon fans. After browsing through exclusive products, we will head over to J-World, the Shonen Jump theme-park in Tokyo! Play games and win prizes based on all your favorite characters, including Goku from Dragonball, Luffy and Co from One Piece, Naruto and Sasuke, Kuroko and the rest of the Generation of Miracles, and Hinata and his team of volleyball hopefuls! Win prizes and shop to your hearts content at the J-World store.

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 4

Tokyo | J-Pop, Ghibli, & Robots

Breakfast Lunch
Afternoon
Evening
Check-in a hotel

We will start our morning heading to Tokyo Tower, Japan’s iconic tower. Tokyo Tower has been taken over by One Piece, resulting in Tokyo One Piece Tower. Known as Tongari Island, this event is filled with attractions, wonderful restaurants, and a live-action show designed to wow fans of all ages. Following our time at the tower, our anime tour will head to the anime specialized shopping complex: Nakano Broadway. Explore the many stores dedicated to anime and otaku goods or try the eight-layer ice-cream they serve downstairs!

Following our time at Nakano Broadway, we head east to visit the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Film fans will definitely enjoy the artistic museum, which not only exhibits the history and techniques of animation but also plays short movies in a theater room, produced exclusively for the museum.

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 5

Tokyo | The City's Most Famous Temple

Breakfast

We begin today with some traditional Japanese culture and shopping at Asakusa. Enjoy shopping at the Nakamise area and the stunning red temple that is Sensoji. Browse through the traditional shops and be sure to take a picture with the temple gates. Afterwords, feel free to enjoy the night at your leisure, or sign up for a few optional excursions. We have the new VR Zone Shinjuku, an incredible VR-focused arcade, enjoy a cup of coffee with excellent service at a Maid Cafe in Akihabara, or sign up for a MariKart experience and drive go-karts around Tokyo dressed as some of your favorite characters!

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 6

Hakone | Traditional Dinner & Hot-Springs

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our morning begins with a visit to Hakone to visit the Iyashi no Sato, a traditional craft open-air museum reconstructed from the village's thatched roofed houses. Each house features a different exhibit, workshop, or cafe, including some cooking lessons.

After our time in the village, enjoy a ropeway to Owakudani. Owakudani is an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. It's said eating one of these eggs will add years to your life!

Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty

This Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese meal known as Kaiseki Ryori!

Hamanako Royal Hotel or similar

Day 7

Kyoto & Nara | Scenic Bullet Train Experience

Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. We will begin exploring Kyoto with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind.

Once we get all our photos done, we will stop at the Kyoto International Manga Museum to learn more about Japan's unique manga culture. After our time in the museum, it's off to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat.

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Day 8

Kyoto | The Ancient streets of Japan

Breakfast Lunch

For today, it's off to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight.

Taking advantage of the beauty in Kyoto, we will head to Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, two ancient streets reminiscent of the Edo period, perfect for gift shopping or just to sip on some coffee at one of the many local cafes. We end our day at the Gion Geisha District, Japan’s most famous geisha district. This area is filled with shops, restaurants, and tea houses and the area in Japan that you are most likely to run into real geisha and maiko on their way to perform at the Gion Geisha Center.

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Day 9

Hiroshima | City of Peace & the Floating Shrine

Breakfast Lunch

Our Japan tour will begin with a bullet train ride to Hiroshima. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war.

The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. We will also see the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war.

After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best scenery's.

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Day 10

Takachiho | Natural wonders of Saga

Breakfast Dinner
Afternoon
Evening
Check-in a hotel Yokagura

Our day begins in Saga with a visit to the Yoshinogari Historical Park. This park is filled with buildings preserved from the Yayoi-period. Walk around the grounds and learn about the history of Japan at this wonderful park filled with Japanese history.

We will then pass by Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and among the largest in the world. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL or similar

Day 11

Takachiho & Beppu | Scenic Kyushu

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We will begin our day at Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.

Then, we will head to the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes.

Beppuwan Royal Hotel or similar

Day 12

Matsuyama | Hot Springs & Thunderous Taiko Drums

Breakfast Dinner

Today, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. Enjoy a Rickshaw ride through the city grounds while you're at the hotspring, and be sure to watch a traditional Taiko drum show in the evening.

Tsubaki-kan or similar

Day 13

Takamatsu & Tokushima | Culture of Southern Japan

Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Osaka Prefecture ] Check-in a hotel
*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

Our day will begin heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden three stars and is a great place to take photos, especially from the highest point that overlooks the entire garden.

While making our way through Tokushima, we will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefectural dance of Tokushima. During the annual Awa-Odori festival, thousands of spectators flock to Japan to watch the traditional dance. Enjoy learning some steps and history of Awa-odori at this great museum.

Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools that can be seen under very ideal conditions. (*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.)

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel or similar

Day 14

Osaka Departure

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

**INFORMATION**
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

Dining Experience

Kaiseki Ryori

Kaiseki Ryori

It is a traditional Japanese multi course meal consists of multiple small dishes starting with appetizers and sashimi then leading to the main dishes tempura and grilled fish, rice, pickled vegetables, and miso soup.

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Ramen

Ramen

Ramen has developed into a popular dish in Japan and throughout the world. Ramen consists of noodles, soup, and toppings, each with a great variety of choices.

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Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki (Japanese style pancakes or pizza) has been a popular dish in Hiroshima. It is primarily made from flour, eggs, cabbage mixed and is cooked on a hot plate.

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Udon

Udon

Udon are Japanese thick noodles made from wheat flour. The thickness of the udon noodle varies by type of udon but udons in general are the thickest types of noodles in Japan.

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Cultural Experience

Outdoor Hot Spring

Hot Spring

Natural hot springs (onsen) are numerous and highly popular across Japan. There are many types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water.

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Japanese Style Hotel with Tatami mat

Japanese Style Hotel

Ryokan is Japanese style hotel which has natural onsen (spa) water that have rejuvenated people for hundreds of years. Moreover, it has tatami floors, futon beds and traditional Japanese cuisine.

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Anime girl with holding a Japanese sword

Anime & J-Pop

Anime is the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of "animation." There are huge anime fairs in spring and summer which attract tourists from all over the world.

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Taiko Show

Taiko Show

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese drums used for various purposes. The functions have ranged through communication, military, theater, religious ceremonies, and for festival and performances.

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Riding Experience

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

World known as The Bullet Train, The Shinkansen fascinates foreign tourists. Shinkansen runs average 300kmh, about 186mph, and they depart every 10 minutes in rush hours very punctual.

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Rickshaw

Rickshaw

Rickshaw (Jinrikisha) is two-wheeled cart that is pulled by a single person and carries one to two passengers at a time.

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Hakone Ropeway

Hakone Ropeway

The Hakone Ropeway is an aerial lift that takes you 1000 m (2830 ft) above sea level for scenic views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi (if weather permits).

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Tour Departure and Prices *Price per person. Airfare is not included.

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Mar 22, 2019
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Customer Reviews

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Grateful that we had Hiro (guide) for our tour

By traveler Ryan Z. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Takachiho Gorge/Mt. Fuji/ Himeji Castle/Tokyo
Best experience had in Japan: Wagyu beef, free day in Tokyo, onsen
Any place went to visit next time: Robot Restaurant


We enjoyed. This tour surpassed our expectations

By traveler Alan & Christine on 2018

We enjoyed our time on this tour. It surpassed our expectations.
Best place visited in this tour: It was a tie between Hiroshima and Sea Hell
Best experience had in Japan: The hotels and variety of well planned meals
Any place went to visit next time: We would have liked a little...


Want to return to Japan after this amazing experience

By traveler Emma C. on 2018

A tour based solely for younger people. Not splitting and then adding two different tour groups. Both groups come to Japan for different reasons and sometimes that lowered the energy of the group.
Overall I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Hiro-san was excellent, I was extremely happy...


Guide provided us with attention + information

By traveler Demmis H. on 2018

1) I enjoyed Japan, countryside scenery pics
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2) 2nd week long time on coach, leaving time early and arrival time late leaving no time to look around.
Best place visited in this tour: Miyajima Island
Best experience had in Japan: Hiroshima Museum
Any place went to...


Amazing Trip, perfect length, amazing guide!

By traveler Rhian H. on 2018

Amazing Trip, perfect length, Hiro was an amazing guide!
Best place visited in this tour: Tokyo
Best experience had in Japan: Harajuku, Robot Restaurant, Tokyo Character Street, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nara Deer Park
Any place went to visit next time: Other "hell" sites -> Blood Hell


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