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15 Days Anime Japan Tour | Grand Tour - Cherry Blossom Festival Tour

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Tour Descriptions

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
The perfect tour for fans of anime and manga, our AnimeJapan | Grand Tour is ideal for someone wanting to see the best of Japan while indulging in their passions. Join us in this great Japan Anime Tour as we uncover every aspect of Japanese culture from the Anime & Manga of Tokyo to the traditional treasures!
Itinerary

Tokyo Arrival

03/19/2020

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

The Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the perfect compliment during your stay in Tokyo. Located in Sumida, this hotel includes thoughtful touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During your stay, enjoy free Wi-Fi in your rooms, or venture off to popular close by spots to see the culture Japan has to offer. The Arcakit Kinshicho is conveniently located by the JR station nearby, perfect for shopping, lunch, snacks, daily goods, clothing, and more!

Near by.......
-Tokyo Skytree
-Edo-Tokyo Museum
-Asakusa Nakamise & Sensoji Temple
-Arcakit Kinshicho Shopping Plaza (Uniqlo, Daiso, MUJI, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

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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

03/20/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

The Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the perfect compliment during your stay in Tokyo. Located in Sumida, this hotel includes thoughtful touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During your stay, enjoy free Wi-Fi in your rooms, or venture off to popular close by spots to see the culture Japan has to offer. The Arcakit Kinshicho is conveniently located by the JR station nearby, perfect for shopping, lunch, snacks, daily goods, clothing, and more!

Near by.......
-Tokyo Skytree
-Edo-Tokyo Museum
-Asakusa Nakamise & Sensoji Temple
-Arcakit Kinshicho Shopping Plaza (Uniqlo, Daiso, MUJI, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

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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 trip to the famous Asakusa Sensoji Temple, a prominent temple in Tokyo featured in many anime works like Samurai Champloo or Ghost in the Shell. Walk along the crowded streets and be sure to snap a photo by the massive Thunder Gates before you leave!

After our adventures at Asakusa, it's off to Tokyo SkyTree to visit the Pokemon Center & Jump Shop. These two shops are can't miss destinations for Anime shopping, and the stores in Tokyo SkyTree are considered some of the best among all the locations. There's also plenty of shopping to be done for souvenirs at SkyTree, or feel free to ride to the top of the tower for epic views of Tokyo (additional fees may apply).

Once we finish with our shopping at SkyTree, 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, a Maid Cafe, 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

03/21/2020 Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

The Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the perfect compliment during your stay in Tokyo. Located in Sumida, this hotel includes thoughtful touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During your stay, enjoy free Wi-Fi in your rooms, or venture off to popular close by spots to see the culture Japan has to offer. The Arcakit Kinshicho is conveniently located by the JR station nearby, perfect for shopping, lunch, snacks, daily goods, clothing, and more!

Near by.......
-Tokyo Skytree
-Edo-Tokyo Museum
-Asakusa Nakamise & Sensoji Temple
-Arcakit Kinshicho Shopping Plaza (Uniqlo, Daiso, MUJI, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

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Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

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 & Hachiko Statue! Shibuya Crossing is known as one of the busiest intersections in the world, similar to the crowded streets of New York. Be sure to grab a picture with Hachiko before you leave, the world's most loyal puppy!

Tokyo | J-Pop, Ghibli, & Robots

03/22/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

The Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the perfect compliment during your stay in Tokyo. Located in Sumida, this hotel includes thoughtful touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During your stay, enjoy free Wi-Fi in your rooms, or venture off to popular close by spots to see the culture Japan has to offer. The Arcakit Kinshicho is conveniently located by the JR station nearby, perfect for shopping, lunch, snacks, daily goods, clothing, and more!

Near by.......
-Tokyo Skytree
-Edo-Tokyo Museum
-Asakusa Nakamise & Sensoji Temple
-Arcakit Kinshicho Shopping Plaza (Uniqlo, Daiso, MUJI, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

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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 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.

After shopping in Harajuku, it's off 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

03/23/2020 Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

The Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo is the perfect compliment during your stay in Tokyo. Located in Sumida, this hotel includes thoughtful touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. During your stay, enjoy free Wi-Fi in your rooms, or venture off to popular close by spots to see the culture Japan has to offer. The Arcakit Kinshicho is conveniently located by the JR station nearby, perfect for shopping, lunch, snacks, daily goods, clothing, and more!

Near by.......
-Tokyo Skytree
-Edo-Tokyo Museum
-Asakusa Nakamise & Sensoji Temple
-Arcakit Kinshicho Shopping Plaza (Uniqlo, Daiso, MUJI, Eddie Bauer, etc.)

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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

03/24/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel ( Western Style )

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Yumoto Fujiya Hotel

The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a relaxing hot-spring resort for your stay in Hakone. The perfect spot to enjoy your vacation, relax in comfort surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a variety of indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. The onsite restaurant serves delicious Japanese meals and stay connected with high-speed internet (LAN) in your room.

Nearby......
-Hakone Hot Springs
-Odawara Castle
-Hakone Open Air Museum

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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 | Scenic Bullet Train Experience

03/25/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo ( Western Style )

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Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

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 the traditional street Ninenzaka. This Kyoto street has been well preserved and retain the traditional atmosphere of Japan's cultural capital. Browse the many shops and stop by for yatsuhashi, dango, or tea before you make it to the top of this splendid shopping district. We then proceed to the hotel.

Kyoto & Nara | Golden Pavilion & Friendly Deer

03/26/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo ( Western Style )

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Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo

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. After our time at the Golden Pavilion, we head off to Teramachi-Kyogoku. This shopping district is the place to go in Kyoto for anime, manga, and souvenir stores. Find exclusive Kyoto-themed anime goods while here, or visit the close by Nishiki Market for a snack.

After we explore the shopping grounds of Teramachi-Kyogoku, 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.

Hyogo & Okayama | UNESCO Castle Visit

03/27/2020 Breakfast

Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel ( Western Style )

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Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel

Nestled between multiple museums, libraries, temples, and parks, the Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel has everything you need to enjoy Japanese culture while relaxing in comfort. Grab a bite from the hotel's restaurant or cafe, or maybe unwind with a drink at one of the hotel bars. Enjoy complimentary WiFi to stay connected wherever you go in the hotel, or hit one of the museums close by for a day of culture.

Nearby.....
-Ohara Museum of Art
-Kurashiki City Art Museum
-Kurashiki Museum of Natural History
-Bikan Historical Area

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Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1600’s, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.

From there, it's off to Okayama Prefecture to visit Kurashiki. Kurashiki is a beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes and is as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as town of storehouses and served as an important rice distribution center. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Hiroshima | Floating Gates on Miyajima Island

03/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Hyatt Regency Fukuoka ( Western Style )

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Hyatt Regency Fukuoka

The Hyatt Regency Fukuoka hotel is a 4-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Hakata-Ku neighbourhood of Fukuoka, Japan. This Hotel is an extraordinary post-modern architecture of a world-famous landmark, Rome Colosseum. It is five minutes walk from Hakata subway station and walking distance to the shopping area.

Near by........
-Aquarium
Marine World Uminonakamichi in 30 mins by taxi

-Factory
Asahi Beer Hakata Factory in 8 mins by taxi

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Today our Japan tour begins with a visit 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. 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, it's off to the the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island.

Nagasaki | Dutch-Inspired Wonderland

03/29/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky ( Western Style )

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Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky

The Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky is located in the heart of Kumamoto for the traveler looking for convenience and comfort during our Japan tours in Kyushu. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, in addition to a bar/lounge on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 4-star property offers access to a business center and limo/town car service. A computer station is located on site and wireless Internet access is complimentary. This business-friendly hotel also offers multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.
Nearby....
-Kitaoka Nature Park
-Kato Shrine
-Aso Uchinomaki Onsen

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Evening
Check into Hotel

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church.

We then make our way over to Kumamoto to visit the Johsaien. Johsaien is a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto. We then proceed to the hotel.

Kumamoto & Takachiho | Chasing Castles and Legends

03/30/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel ( Western Style )

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Beppu Kamenoi Hotel

The Beppu Kamenoi Hotel is designed to give guests a comfortable stay from check-in to check-out. Relax without worry or indulge in the on-site hot springs and sauna. This magnificent hotel is just a brief walk away from the coast and Beppu station for easy access to explore the city.

Nearby......
-Takegawara Onsen
-Beppu Park
-Hot-Spring Hells of Beppu
-African Safari

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Our day begins in Kumamoto to see Kumamoto Castle from Johsaien. Johsaien is a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. While we won't be going inside the castle due to reconstruction, enjoy the many views and scenery of this famous Japanese castle.

Then we proceed to 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.

Beppu & Dogo | Hot-Springs over 3,000 Years old

03/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama ( Western Style )

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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama

The Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama is the perfect getaway while exploring the city of Matsuyama. Situated around great sites and with plenty of great amenities available, find comfort and pleasure during your stay. There is complimentary wi-fi available in all rooms and public areas, so you can stay connected even while on vacation!

Near by.......
-Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum
-Matsuyama Castle
-Ninomaru Historical Garden

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Our morning begins in 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.

After lunch, 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.

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The Finest of Shikoku

04/01/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama ( Western Style )

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Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama

Discover the best in Osaka while you stay in the relaxing Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama hotel. Located in Chuo, this hotel has everything you need to recharge after exploring the exciting city of Osaka. Universal Studios Japan is just a short bus ride away, or explore the shopping at Umeda Sky Building!

Nearby......
-Sukunahikona Shrine
-Yuki Museum
-Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade

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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 | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/02/2020 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.
*JDT Recommends Experiences are not included with your tour package.
*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




15 DAYS

14 nights accommodation


27 MEALS

14 breakfasts
9 lunches
4 dinners


TRANSPORT

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Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 9 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


A day at the AnimeJapan Festival in Tokyo

The electronics and anime town of Akihabara

20+ Anime stores at Tokyo Character Street

A trip to the Ghibli Museum

Shopping and trading time at the Pokemon Center

Sightseeing at Todaiji Temple and Deer Park

A boat ride to Miyajima to see the floating gates of Itsukushima Shrine

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

The historic Kumamoto Castle and Samurai Mansion

Time exploring Takachiho Gorge, where Japan's myths and legends originate

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.

We recommend you do not book your flights until the tour status changes from Book Now to Guaranteed Departure. 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.

Guests with tattoos may not be able to use the hot-springs or onsens while in Japan. We apologize if you are unable to enjoy this experience during your stay.

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!
For more information about coverage, view our Travel Insurance Page.

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We cannot guarantee cherry blossoms will be in full bloom for viewing during this tour. Please refer to our Cherry Blossom Forecast page for updates and information about Sakura Cherry Blossoms and when they are expected to bloom in select cities.

Day
Day 1
03/19/2020

Tokyo Arrival

03/19/2020

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
03/20/2020

Tokyo | The Essentials of Akihabara

03/20/2020 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 trip to the famous Asakusa Sensoji Temple, a prominent temple in Tokyo featured in many anime works like Samurai Champloo or Ghost in the Shell. Walk along the crowded streets and be sure to snap a photo by the massive Thunder Gates before you leave!

After our adventures at Asakusa, it's off to Tokyo SkyTree to visit the Pokemon Center & Jump Shop. These two shops are can't miss destinations for Anime shopping, and the stores in Tokyo SkyTree are considered some of the best among all the locations. There's also plenty of shopping to be done for souvenirs at SkyTree, or feel free to ride to the top of the tower for epic views of Tokyo (additional fees may apply).

Once we finish with our shopping at SkyTree, 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, a Maid Cafe, 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.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 3
03/21/2020

Tokyo | AnimeJapan Festival

03/21/2020 Breakfast
Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

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 & Hachiko Statue! Shibuya Crossing is known as one of the busiest intersections in the world, similar to the crowded streets of New York. Be sure to grab a picture with Hachiko before you leave, the world's most loyal puppy!

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 4
03/22/2020

Tokyo | J-Pop, Ghibli, & Robots

03/22/2020 Breakfast Lunch

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 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.

After shopping in Harajuku, it's off 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.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 5
03/23/2020

Tokyo | The City's Most Famous Temple

03/23/2020 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!

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 6
03/24/2020

Hakone | Traditional Dinner & Hot-Springs

03/24/2020 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!

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel or similar

Day 7
03/25/2020

Kyoto | Scenic Bullet Train Experience

03/25/2020 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 the traditional street Ninenzaka. This Kyoto street has been well preserved and retain the traditional atmosphere of Japan's cultural capital. Browse the many shops and stop by for yatsuhashi, dango, or tea before you make it to the top of this splendid shopping district. We then proceed to the hotel.

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar

Day 8
03/26/2020

Kyoto & Nara | Golden Pavilion & Friendly Deer

03/26/2020 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. After our time at the Golden Pavilion, we head off to Teramachi-Kyogoku. This shopping district is the place to go in Kyoto for anime, manga, and souvenir stores. Find exclusive Kyoto-themed anime goods while here, or visit the close by Nishiki Market for a snack.

After we explore the shopping grounds of Teramachi-Kyogoku, 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.

Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or similar

Day 9
03/27/2020

Hyogo & Okayama | UNESCO Castle Visit

03/27/2020 Breakfast
Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1600’s, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.

From there, it's off to Okayama Prefecture to visit Kurashiki. Kurashiki is a beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes and is as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as town of storehouses and served as an important rice distribution center. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel or similar

Day 10
03/28/2020

Hiroshima | Floating Gates on Miyajima Island

03/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Today our Japan tour begins with a visit 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. 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, it's off to the the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island.

Hyatt Regency Fukuoka or similar

Day 11
03/29/2020

Nagasaki | Dutch-Inspired Wonderland

03/29/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Evening
Check into Hotel

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church.

We then make our way over to Kumamoto to visit the Johsaien. Johsaien is a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto. We then proceed to the hotel.

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky or similar

Day 12
03/30/2020

Kumamoto & Takachiho | Chasing Castles and Legends

03/30/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Our day begins in Kumamoto to see Kumamoto Castle from Johsaien. Johsaien is a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. While we won't be going inside the castle due to reconstruction, enjoy the many views and scenery of this famous Japanese castle.

Then we proceed to 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.

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel or similar

Day 13
03/31/2020

Beppu & Dogo | Hot-Springs over 3,000 Years old

03/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our morning begins in 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.

After lunch, 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.

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama or similar

Day 14
04/01/2020

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The Finest of Shikoku

04/01/2020 Breakfast Lunch

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.)

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama or similar

Day 15
04/02/2020

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/02/2020 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

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 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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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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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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Cultural Experience

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

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 & 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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Capsule Hotel (Opt)

Capsule hotels have become popular lodging options. The small rooms mimic the shape and small size of capsules, measuring at about 1.2 meters wide, 2 meters long, and 1 meter high.

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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

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 (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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Experienced a variety of towns & visited along our tour

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Best place visited in this tour: Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Best experience had in Japan: The variety of towns + cities we visited
Any place went to visit next time: Hokkaido Excellent Bus Driver


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