5 Days Essence of Spring | Anime Pioneer - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour

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Pokemon Center
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Mario Kart
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J-World
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Ghibli Museum
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Nakano Broadway
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Robot Restaurant

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Tour Descriptions

If you're a fan of Anime or Manga, you probably know that cherry blossom season is shown to be a beautiful time of year. Instead of reading about your favorite characters adventure during the spring, join us on our Essence of Spring | Anime Pioneer Tour this Cherry Blossom season! Enjoy a tour tailor made for the biggest anime fans who want to experience Japan's stunning Sakura season!
To secure a ticket for the Ghibli Museum, guests must provide their passport information and full payment for the tour by the 1st of the month prior to the date the tour visits the museum.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/28/2019

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........
-Rikugien Garden
-Toshimaen
-Sunshine City

Note: There will be a fine for 50,000 Yen for guests who smoke (including electronic cigarettes, vapes, etc.) in the rooms.

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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 best spots for Anime Shopping

03/29/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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  • Trip Advisor Rating
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........
-Rikugien Garden
-Toshimaen
-Sunshine City

Note: There will be a fine for 50,000 Yen for guests who smoke (including electronic cigarettes, vapes, etc.) in the rooms.

View Hotel Detail

Kicking things off with our anime tour, we head to 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. From there, we will visit 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 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 check out Super Potato for vintage games, SEGA arcade, visit a Maid Cafe, or just explore the city.

After shopping through the Electronic Town of Akihabara, it's off to the Robot Restaurant for dinner and a show. Enjoy thunderous music and crazy colors at a show unlike any other. Be sure to have your camera ready for the giant robots and dancing performers. To end our day with a great finish, we will go 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!

Tokyo | Anime Across the City

03/30/2019 Breakfast

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
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........
-Rikugien Garden
-Toshimaen
-Sunshine City

Note: There will be a fine for 50,000 Yen for guests who smoke (including electronic cigarettes, vapes, etc.) in the rooms.

View Hotel Detail

Afternoon
Evening
Return to the Hotel
* Every Tuesdays & Wednesdays are closed.

We will begin our morning with a trip 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!

Once we finish up 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.

Before calling it a day, we recommend visiting the Gundam Base Tokyo to see the awesome life-size RX-0 Unicorn Gundam model (72 ft). The Gundam Base is an expansive store, museum, and features a cafe for guests to enjoy everything Gundam.

Tokyo | Free Day

03/31/2019 Breakfast

Sunshine City Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

  • Expedia Rating
  • Trip Advisor Rating
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........
-Rikugien Garden
-Toshimaen
-Sunshine City

Note: There will be a fine for 50,000 Yen for guests who smoke (including electronic cigarettes, vapes, etc.) in the rooms.

View Hotel Detail

We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. During this time, we recommend a short train ride to Odaiba for shopping at the various shopping centers, and to see the life-size Gundam protecting the island at the Gundam Base. This 72 foot Unicorn Gundam is the embodiment of Japan's Anime and Robot culture!
You can either
1) enjoy the entire day as you wish
2) Visit Odaiba and the Gundam Base
3)visit Tokyo Disney Land or DisneySea
4) Visit the Ninja Trick House to learn the ways of the ninja
For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land or DisneySea, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions.
(Not all fees included for additional tour options. Please contact us during your booking to reserve this service)

Tokyo | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/01/2019 Breakfast
or
*Extended-Stay
$180 (Twin/Double), $150(Single) is available
Available Excursions
Opt 2
Tokyo City Tour - $100
Opt 3
Tsukiji Fish Market (Sushi) Tuna Auction & Sushi - $150
Opt 4
Mt. Fuji - $200

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




5 DAYS

4 nights accommodation


5 MEALS

4 breakfasts
1 lunch


TRANSPORT

All transport shown
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Tour Includes


4 nights Western hotel

Daily Breakfast-Buffets and 1 Lunch 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

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 visit to the Pokémon Center for exclusive Pokémon goods

20+ Anime stores at Tokyo Character Street

Admission to J-World Jump Theme Park

A trip to the Ghibli Museum

The electronics and anime town of Akihabara

The Gundam Base Tokyo and Lifesize Unicorn Gundam

Authentic Japanese Ramen Lunch at Tokyo Ramen Street

Time at the famous Animate store for all your Otaku needs

A day of leisure in Tokyo (optional excursion's available)

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
03/28/2019

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/28/2019

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
03/29/2019

Tokyo | The best spots for Anime Shopping

03/29/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Kicking things off with our anime tour, we head to 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. From there, we will visit 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 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 check out Super Potato for vintage games, SEGA arcade, visit a Maid Cafe, or just explore the city.

After shopping through the Electronic Town of Akihabara, it's off to the Robot Restaurant for dinner and a show. Enjoy thunderous music and crazy colors at a show unlike any other. Be sure to have your camera ready for the giant robots and dancing performers. To end our day with a great finish, we will go 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!

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 3
03/30/2019

Tokyo | Anime Across the City

03/30/2019 Breakfast
Afternoon
Evening
Return to the Hotel
* Every Tuesdays & Wednesdays are closed.

We will begin our morning with a trip 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!

Once we finish up 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.

Before calling it a day, we recommend visiting the Gundam Base Tokyo to see the awesome life-size RX-0 Unicorn Gundam model (72 ft). The Gundam Base is an expansive store, museum, and features a cafe for guests to enjoy everything Gundam.

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 4
03/31/2019

Tokyo | Free Day

03/31/2019 Breakfast

We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. During this time, we recommend a short train ride to Odaiba for shopping at the various shopping centers, and to see the life-size Gundam protecting the island at the Gundam Base. This 72 foot Unicorn Gundam is the embodiment of Japan's Anime and Robot culture!
You can either
1) enjoy the entire day as you wish
2) Visit Odaiba and the Gundam Base
3)visit Tokyo Disney Land or DisneySea
4) Visit the Ninja Trick House to learn the ways of the ninja
For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land or DisneySea, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions.
(Not all fees included for additional tour options. Please contact us during your booking to reserve this service)

Sunshine City Prince Hotel or similar

Day 5
04/01/2019

Tokyo | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/01/2019 Breakfast
or
*Extended-Stay
$180 (Twin/Double), $150(Single) is available
Available Excursions
Opt 2
Tokyo City Tour - $100
Opt 3
Tsukiji Fish Market (Sushi) Tuna Auction & Sushi - $150
Opt 4
Mt. Fuji - $200

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

Dining Experience

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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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.

See Details >


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

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Mar 19, 2019
$1698
$1528
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$1698
$1528
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Mar 28, 2019
$1698
$1528
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$1698
$1528
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$1698
$1528
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Apr 07, 2019
$1698
$1528
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Apr 11, 2019
$1698
$1528
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Apr 13, 2019
$1698
$1528
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Apr 16, 2019
$1698
$1528
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Apr 20, 2019
$1698
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Customer Reviews

Overall Customer Rating 9 customer reviews

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A truly memorable trip at the Ghibli Museum

By traveler Michele V. on 2018

Grateful in every way for a truly memorable trip with my family.
Best place visited in this tour: Ghibli Museum
Best experience had in Japan: Meeting the people
Any place you want to visit next time: Hiroya Restaurant


Sights were memorable and a great experience

By traveler Mark R. on 2018

Enjoyed the tour and to experience life in Japan.
Best place visited in this tour: Tokyo
Best experience had in Japan: Riding public transportation
Any place you want to visit next time: Northern Japan, Akihabara


Very Caring Tour Guide & Beautiful Sights on the way

By traveler Elise K. on 2018

There was not enough time during the first half of the tour in Tokyo.
Best place visited in this tour: Arashiyama
Best experience had in Japan: Owl Cafe in Arashiyama
Any place went to visit next time: Kyoto, Tokyo


Loved the anime spots in Tokyo and Akihabara!

By traveler Jonathan D. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: J-World, Pokemon Center
Best experience had in Japan: Robot Restaurant
Any place went to visit next time: J-World


Loved Animate & the tour's anime locations

By traveler Bao T. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Animate
Best experience had in Japan: Robot Restaurant


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