10 Days AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World

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AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
GHIBLI PARK
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
GHIBLI PARK
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
teamLab Planets TOKYO
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
teamLab Planets TOKYO
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Anime Japan
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Ghibli Museum
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Pokemon Center
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Tokyo | Kanda Shrine
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Nakano Broadway
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Kyoto | Golden Pavilion
AnimeJapan | teamLab & GHIBLI PARK & Mario World
Kyoto | Fushimi Inari Shrine

Tour Descriptions

[ Tokyo - Nagoya - Nara - Osaka - Kyoto ]
The following dates are the estimated dates for this tour. Please do not book flights until speaking with a travel agent at Japan Deluxe Tours.
Looking for the ultimate Anime & Ghibli-filled Japan Tour? Enjoy an epic vacation during our fully guided AnimeJapan 2023, 2024 & Ghibli Museum and Park package. From Akihabara's Anime & Manga Spots to the Ghibli Museum, this special Anime tour includes a day at the newest Ghibli Park in Nagoya & the largest anime convention in the world.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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.)

View Hotel Detail

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 Ghibli Museum & Akihabara's Trendy Anime Shopping

Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
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.)

View Hotel Detail

Today, we kick our anime tour off by heading to the Electronic Town of Akihabara. Before we head to the main shopping area, we will take a brief walk to the anime-famous Kanda Shrine. Famously featured in anime such as Love Live! and collaborating with hit anime & manga like My Hero Academia, Kanda Shrine is the only shrine to offer good luck charms for electronics and anime characters.

We make our way back to the main street where you can enjoy shopping 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. There's plenty of free time in Akihabara, so Japan Deluxe Tours recommends exploring Super Potato for vintage games, SEGA arcade, visit a Maid Cafe, or just explore the area.

After our adventures in Akihabara, we will visit 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!

We then head to Mitaka for a visit to the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits the works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world renown animated films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Studio fans will certainly 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.

The tour will end the day at Shibuya Parco. It has the latest anime spot called Cyberspace Shibuya which has become a popular spot in recent years. You can find the very first Nintendo shop, Nintendo Tokyo, the stylish Pokemon Center Shibuya, Capcom store, Jump shop and much more.


Tokyo | AnimeJapan Festival & Ninja Experience

Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
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.)

View Hotel Detail

Today’s the big day of the international anime convention – AnimeJapan! Join the many cosplayers and anime lovers in the biggest Anime event in the world. Everything from anime, manga, figurines, to video games, guest speakers, and event exclusive merchandise are all accessible. Enjoy your day exploring the grounds and meeting people with the same passion as you!

For people not interested in attending the event or would like to leave the event early, there is much to do around the area as well. There are several shopping malls to walk around at and perhaps purchase souvenirs. You can also visit MEGA WEB, an interactive car themed exhibit created by Toyota. With three different areas to explore, go back in time at the History Garage exhibit filled with classic models from the 1960's onward, learn and interact with next generation technology in the City Showcase area, or have your kid(s) enjoy a first-hand driving experience in a kid-friendly environment at the Ride Studio.

You can also go to Small World Tokyo (additional cost required). The attraction specializes in miniature models all made to scale. Not your typical models, Small Worlds has created unique worlds based on fantasy and space exploration as well as special models based on Sailor Moon and Evangelion. With moving parts within each model, feel as though you are truly watching each world in real time.

Your tour group will then assemble again at 2PM and head to the iconic 72 ft Unicorn Gundam Model. Replacing the previously standing 59 ft RX-78-2 Gundam, the Unicorn Gundam at the Tokyo Gundam Base is a must for any fan of Gundam or Japan's Robot Culture.

Next, we will head to the unique and interactive Ninja Trick House. You will learn about the way of the Ninja, touch a Japanese sword, throw Shuriken star blades, and take pictures with Ninja to complete your own ninja training regimen.

After a busy afternoon, the tour will take you to have a short break with Godzilla! Located on the rooftop, Godzilla has found home in Shinjuku at Café Bonjour for the time being. Here, enjoy a Godzilla themed cake set with your choice of drink. Once done, you can take pictures of/with the HUGE Godzilla.


Tokyo | At your Leisure & Optional Excursions

Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
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.)

View Hotel Detail

We've cleared up the day for you to enjoy at your leisure or opt for a day at either Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea. Our guides will be happy to help you with directions to the Disneyland or DisneySea on your self-guided day at the park. Note: Additional fees & costs will apply for arrangements to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea.


Tokyo | Trendy Anime meets Historic Asakusa

Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
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.)

View Hotel Detail

We start off our Tokyo tour with a visit to Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the rest of the sights in Tokyo!

Then we are off to discover Harajuku to explore the famous Takeshita Street. The area is filled with cute shops, delicious crepes, high end stores, and beautiful cafés and restaurants. Don't forget to check out the Cat Café and Headgehog café for those who love animals. Anime fans may recall Takeshita Street from scenes featured in Death Note.

We will then make our way to the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily. This crosswalk gathers as much foot traffic as New York City, and crossing is an experience unlike any other. We will also visit the popular Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the internationally-known story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner. As an iconic area, the crosswalk and surrounding areas are often featured in animes, most notably Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ravens.

The tour will then head to the old town district of Asakusa where you can purchase traditional Japanese souvenirs at the Nakamise area and explore Senso-ji Temple, the oldest and the most popular temples in Tokyo. Being another must-see landmark, Asakusa shows up in various animes as well like Demon Slayer, Fire Force, and Sarazanmai.


Nagoya | Ghibli Park - The Studio Ghibli's Newest Park

Breakfast
or similar

We will start our exciting morning with a bullet train ride to Nagoya. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Nagoya in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride.

This day will be a relaxing adventure for the imagination in the world of Ghibli at the newly opened Ghibli Park.

This is a special moment as the opening of this park was much-awaited by many people in Japan, but also all over the world since the explosive popularity of the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. However, this isn't your typical amusement park with wild rides. In fact, Ghibli Park is literally a park. Built in a forest-like area, you will feel like you are a resident of the world of Ghibli.

To wrap up the day, we will head back to Kyoto Station and watch the famous Kyoto Station Light Show.

This is a popular spot for many. The luminous staircases captivate visitors that pass by and you can't help but to stop and stare at the beautiful combination of technology and tradition going hand in hand as light shows are often themed after traditional aspects of Japanese culture as well as highlighting the city of Kyoto.


Nara & Osaka | Greet the friendly Deer of Nara and Explore the Food City Osaka

Breakfast

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

View Hotel Detail

We will stop for 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.

We will take ourselves around Naramachi, where you can see the houses and stores on the street in their old-timey form. This area is speckled with small individually-owned stores where you can head in for small snacks, or to buy souvenirs.

We make our way to Osaka afterwards to switch up the scenery to a more modern area. At night, the Dotonbori area lights up and you can see the iconic Glico man illuminated. There are so many places to shop around and an array of street food stalls await you. Make sure to have some of the famous Kushiage and konamono foods such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.


Kyoto | Breathtaking Red Torii & Bamboo Forest

Breakfast

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

View Hotel Detail

Today, our Kyoto tour begins with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red torii gates. The path is perfect for photos or to just calm your mind. You will be sure to find very familiar scenery as the shrine is the main stage for Inari Kon Kon, Koi Iroha. You can also find fox masks similar to those featured in Demon Slayer as well!

Afterwards we will head to Arashiyama. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. Pose with the serene backdrop of the Bamboo forest that you will want to show all your friends back home.

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. Kinkakuji has also been featured in popular anime series K-ON! and Seitokai Yakuindomo.

After an active morning, relax in your kimono as we take part in a hands-on lesson on traditional Japanese tea ceremony.Learn about the history and meaning behind the ceremony as you watch it being performed before your eyes. Try your hand at making a traditional cup of matcha!

What’s a visit to Kyoto in your kimono without going to Yasaka Chaya Starbucks in Ninenzaka?

Feel tradition and modernity blend in harmony as you sip your sweet frappuccino on the tatami flooring while you relax in the old-town Japan themed teahouse.

If you want to take a piece of this memory home with you, you can get your hands on some of the regional limited Starbucks tumblers, coffee mugs, and travel bottles.

Once you are recharged, we will take a stroll through the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This street is filled with shops and souvenir stands as well as a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago.

We then proceed to the hotel.


Osaka | Explore the Mario Nintendo World

Breakfast

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

View Hotel Detail

Explore this self-guided day at Nintendo World Area at Universal Studio Japan in Osaka. Get ready to slap on your Mario Kart racing gear and toss some Koopa Shells. Do not forget to purchase Power-up Bands, a wristband that can be linked to a smartphone app or a Nitendo Switch, where they can store these virtual coins and keys. Enjoy other attractions and areas at Universal Studio Japan such as Hollywood Dream Ride and Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream. After an exciting day at Universal studio Japan, we will go back to a hotel.

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

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▪
*JDT Recommends Experiences are not included with your tour package.
*Group Tour Participants (Not applicable to Private Tours) - 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

Tour Departure and Prices 1) Price per person.   2) Airfare is not included.  

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10 DAYS

9 nights accommodation


9 MEALS

8 breakfasts


TRANSPORT

Bus
Public Transportation
Bullet Train

Tour Includes


9 nights at a Western-style hotel

Daily Breakfast-Buffets 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

Kimono wearing experience in Kyoto

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 home for Anime & Otaku Nerd Culture: Akihabara

Purchase Exclusive Pikachu Goods at the Pokemon Center

Discover the magic hidden in the Ghibli Museum and take a relaxing stroll arounf the newly opened Ghibli Park in Nagoya

Tour Kyoto's traditional streets & attractions

Take photos with the Friendly Deer of Nara Park

Experience the first Starbucks with tatami flooring at Ninenzaka

Jump into life-size Mario World

Enjoy Osaka nightlife on the Dotonbori Boat with delicious street food

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

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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 Ghibli Museum & Akihabara's Trendy Anime Shopping

Breakfast

Today, we kick our anime tour off by heading to the Electronic Town of Akihabara. Before we head to the main shopping area, we will take a brief walk to the anime-famous Kanda Shrine. Famously featured in anime such as Love Live! and collaborating with hit anime & manga like My Hero Academia, Kanda Shrine is the only shrine to offer good luck charms for electronics and anime characters.

We make our way back to the main street where you can enjoy shopping 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. There's plenty of free time in Akihabara, so Japan Deluxe Tours recommends exploring Super Potato for vintage games, SEGA arcade, visit a Maid Cafe, or just explore the area.

After our adventures in Akihabara, we will visit 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!

We then head to Mitaka for a visit to the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits the works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world renown animated films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Studio fans will certainly 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.

The tour will end the day at Shibuya Parco. It has the latest anime spot called Cyberspace Shibuya which has become a popular spot in recent years. You can find the very first Nintendo shop, Nintendo Tokyo, the stylish Pokemon Center Shibuya, Capcom store, Jump shop and much more.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 3

Tokyo | AnimeJapan Festival & Ninja Experience

Breakfast

Today’s the big day of the international anime convention – AnimeJapan! Join the many cosplayers and anime lovers in the biggest Anime event in the world. Everything from anime, manga, figurines, to video games, guest speakers, and event exclusive merchandise are all accessible. Enjoy your day exploring the grounds and meeting people with the same passion as you!

For people not interested in attending the event or would like to leave the event early, there is much to do around the area as well. There are several shopping malls to walk around at and perhaps purchase souvenirs. You can also visit MEGA WEB, an interactive car themed exhibit created by Toyota. With three different areas to explore, go back in time at the History Garage exhibit filled with classic models from the 1960's onward, learn and interact with next generation technology in the City Showcase area, or have your kid(s) enjoy a first-hand driving experience in a kid-friendly environment at the Ride Studio.

You can also go to Small World Tokyo (additional cost required). The attraction specializes in miniature models all made to scale. Not your typical models, Small Worlds has created unique worlds based on fantasy and space exploration as well as special models based on Sailor Moon and Evangelion. With moving parts within each model, feel as though you are truly watching each world in real time.

Your tour group will then assemble again at 2PM and head to the iconic 72 ft Unicorn Gundam Model. Replacing the previously standing 59 ft RX-78-2 Gundam, the Unicorn Gundam at the Tokyo Gundam Base is a must for any fan of Gundam or Japan's Robot Culture.

Next, we will head to the unique and interactive Ninja Trick House. You will learn about the way of the Ninja, touch a Japanese sword, throw Shuriken star blades, and take pictures with Ninja to complete your own ninja training regimen.

After a busy afternoon, the tour will take you to have a short break with Godzilla! Located on the rooftop, Godzilla has found home in Shinjuku at Café Bonjour for the time being. Here, enjoy a Godzilla themed cake set with your choice of drink. Once done, you can take pictures of/with the HUGE Godzilla.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 4

Tokyo | At your Leisure & Optional Excursions

Breakfast

We've cleared up the day for you to enjoy at your leisure or opt for a day at either Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea. Our guides will be happy to help you with directions to the Disneyland or DisneySea on your self-guided day at the park. Note: Additional fees & costs will apply for arrangements to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 5

Tokyo | Trendy Anime meets Historic Asakusa

Breakfast

We start off our Tokyo tour with a visit to Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the rest of the sights in Tokyo!

Then we are off to discover Harajuku to explore the famous Takeshita Street. The area is filled with cute shops, delicious crepes, high end stores, and beautiful cafés and restaurants. Don't forget to check out the Cat Café and Headgehog café for those who love animals. Anime fans may recall Takeshita Street from scenes featured in Death Note.

We will then make our way to the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily. This crosswalk gathers as much foot traffic as New York City, and crossing is an experience unlike any other. We will also visit the popular Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the internationally-known story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner. As an iconic area, the crosswalk and surrounding areas are often featured in animes, most notably Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ravens.

The tour will then head to the old town district of Asakusa where you can purchase traditional Japanese souvenirs at the Nakamise area and explore Senso-ji Temple, the oldest and the most popular temples in Tokyo. Being another must-see landmark, Asakusa shows up in various animes as well like Demon Slayer, Fire Force, and Sarazanmai.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 6

Nagoya | Ghibli Park - The Studio Ghibli's Newest Park

Breakfast

We will start our exciting morning with a bullet train ride to Nagoya. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Nagoya in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride.

This day will be a relaxing adventure for the imagination in the world of Ghibli at the newly opened Ghibli Park.

This is a special moment as the opening of this park was much-awaited by many people in Japan, but also all over the world since the explosive popularity of the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. However, this isn't your typical amusement park with wild rides. In fact, Ghibli Park is literally a park. Built in a forest-like area, you will feel like you are a resident of the world of Ghibli.

To wrap up the day, we will head back to Kyoto Station and watch the famous Kyoto Station Light Show.

This is a popular spot for many. The luminous staircases captivate visitors that pass by and you can't help but to stop and stare at the beautiful combination of technology and tradition going hand in hand as light shows are often themed after traditional aspects of Japanese culture as well as highlighting the city of Kyoto.


TBA or similar

Day 7

Nara & Osaka | Greet the friendly Deer of Nara and Explore the Food City Osaka

Breakfast

We will stop for 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.

We will take ourselves around Naramachi, where you can see the houses and stores on the street in their old-timey form. This area is speckled with small individually-owned stores where you can head in for small snacks, or to buy souvenirs.

We make our way to Osaka afterwards to switch up the scenery to a more modern area. At night, the Dotonbori area lights up and you can see the iconic Glico man illuminated. There are so many places to shop around and an array of street food stalls await you. Make sure to have some of the famous Kushiage and konamono foods such as Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.


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Day 8

Kyoto | Breathtaking Red Torii & Bamboo Forest

Breakfast

Today, our Kyoto tour begins with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red torii gates. The path is perfect for photos or to just calm your mind. You will be sure to find very familiar scenery as the shrine is the main stage for Inari Kon Kon, Koi Iroha. You can also find fox masks similar to those featured in Demon Slayer as well!

Afterwards we will head to Arashiyama. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. Pose with the serene backdrop of the Bamboo forest that you will want to show all your friends back home.

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. Kinkakuji has also been featured in popular anime series K-ON! and Seitokai Yakuindomo.

After an active morning, relax in your kimono as we take part in a hands-on lesson on traditional Japanese tea ceremony.Learn about the history and meaning behind the ceremony as you watch it being performed before your eyes. Try your hand at making a traditional cup of matcha!

What’s a visit to Kyoto in your kimono without going to Yasaka Chaya Starbucks in Ninenzaka?

Feel tradition and modernity blend in harmony as you sip your sweet frappuccino on the tatami flooring while you relax in the old-town Japan themed teahouse.

If you want to take a piece of this memory home with you, you can get your hands on some of the regional limited Starbucks tumblers, coffee mugs, and travel bottles.

Once you are recharged, we will take a stroll through the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This street is filled with shops and souvenir stands as well as a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago.

We then proceed to the hotel.


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Day 9

Osaka | Explore the Mario Nintendo World

Breakfast

Explore this self-guided day at Nintendo World Area at Universal Studio Japan in Osaka. Get ready to slap on your Mario Kart racing gear and toss some Koopa Shells. Do not forget to purchase Power-up Bands, a wristband that can be linked to a smartphone app or a Nitendo Switch, where they can store these virtual coins and keys. Enjoy other attractions and areas at Universal Studio Japan such as Hollywood Dream Ride and Hello Kitty’s Cupcake Dream. After an exciting day at Universal studio Japan, we will go back to a hotel.

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Day 10

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

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

Japanese Kawaii Sweet

Kawaii Sweets

Harajuku Takeshita street is lined with amazing dessert restaurants to satisfy your sweet tooth. From super-kawaii swirls of color to the world famous Crepes and cute cake pops, there’s plenty of choice!

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Teppan-Yaki Display

Godzilla Cake Set

Enjoy a cake set complete with a Godzilla chocolate piece recreated to stunning detail from skin to facial features. Don’t forget to take pictures of your set as well as the giant Godzilla head next to you!

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Kushikatsu/Kushiage

Deep Fried Skewers

Kushikatsu or Kushiage is a Osaka specialty made of meats, seafood, and vegetables on a skewer. You can enjoy these by using a small fryer to deep fry them and dip it in different sauces.

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Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

This is your chance to try Osaka's famous konamono food, Okonomiyaki. This savory pancake harmonizing with the rich sauce as the katsuo flakes dance in the steam is sure to leave your appetite satisfied.

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Takoyaki

Takoyaki

These grilled octopus balls are the perfect snack to share one of the very well-known matsuri foods from the many food stands in Osaka.

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Cultural Experience

Anime Girl holding 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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Animation spots Sign

Japanese Anime 88-Spots

Anime fans chose 88 manga, animation landmarks as “animation spots” to encourage visitors to seek out the train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly everyday places where popular manga characters are depicted.

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Ninja Experience

Ninja Workshop

Interactive experience where you can learn the tricks and trade of Japan's famous warriors, the ninja. Learn about the tools used by ninja, try your hand at throwing shuriken (ninja stars).

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Green Tea Ceremony

Green Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony (sado: "the way of the tea") is a ceremonial way of preparing and drinking tea. The custom has been strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism.

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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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