13 Days Cherry Blossom | Grand Tour - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour

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Oita | The Tour of Hell
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Tour Descriptions

Ready to see Japan during the best season? Travel in style along the top sights in all Japan during our fully guided Cherry Blossom | Grand Japan Tour from Osaka. Embark on an epic holiday vacation through all Japan's top tourist attractions and destinations while the stunning Japanese cherry blossom or Sakura bloom bright as they dance in the air. Make the most of your vacation with a grand tour through Japan.
Itinerary

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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

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

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

Himeji | UNESCO Certified White Heron Castle

Breakfast Dinner

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima ( Western Style )

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Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima

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

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

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

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Today, we will travel further west to the Himeji prefecture to visit the magnificent Himeji Castle. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, it is considered one of Japan’s three premier castle. Nicknamed the White Heron Castle due to the castle’s brilliant white walls, the castle maintains almost all of its original structures since its construction in the early 1600’s. After overcoming war, natural disasters, and going through restorative work, enjoy exploring around the stunning castle grounds. Additionally, the cherry blossoms with Himeji Castle offer stunning photo opportunities, capturing the essence of Japan’s Spring season.

In Hiroshima, Okonomiyaki (Japanese style savory pancakes) has been a popular dish since before the World War. We will serve you this local favorite for today's dinner.


Hiroshima | the Iconic Floating Shrine of Japan

Breakfast Lunch

Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura ( Western Style )

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Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura

Conveniently situated right next to JR Kokura Station in Kitakyushu, this high-rise urban hotel comprises 30 floors and ascends majestically 433 feet (132 meters) high. RIHGA Hotel Kokura is equipped with the highest-quality facilities and technology, making it an ideal venue for business and community events.

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We will spend today exploring the city of Hiroshima. Our tour begins with a visit to the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath of the Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima. The A-Bomb Dome is located on the Peace Park Memorial park grounds, the site where the atomic bomb struck Hiroshima. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. 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. While at the Peace Park, enjoy the exhibits at the world-famous Hiroshima Peace Park Museum. This museum collects the history and artifacts from the bombing and is a reminder of the city of Hiroshima's wish for world peace.

In the afternoon our Japan Tour will head to Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima known for its Itsukushima Shrine, or floating torii gate. 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 | The Marvelous Dutch-Inspired Glover Garden

Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we will be visiting several historically significant locations. The first stop will be the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, a symbol of peace and a testament to the horrors of war. The Peace Statue sits at the epicenter of the blast from the atomic bomb dropped on the city. The right hand points up to symbolize the atomic bomb while the left hand points towards future peace. The statue's bent right leg symbolizes meditation, while the bent left leg represents the need to stand up against war. The closed eyes are to offer prayers and respect for the victims' souls lost in the devastation blast.

From there, our vacation 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 will then take a bullet train to Kumamoto and proceed to the hotel.


Kumamoto & Takachiho | the Myths come alive at Takachiho Gorge

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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Your Japan tour will make its way to Kumamoto to see Kumamoto Castle. 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. Note, during our vacation we won't be able enter the castle grounds due to renovations, but we will be able to see the castle and explore Johsaien, a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto & the famous Japanese Castle.

We will then travel to the fabled lands of Takachiho. The group will explore the Awano Iwato Shrine as we make our way through Takachiho Gorge. The gorge is said to be the hiding spot of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, when Susano-o, the God of Storms, was terrorizing her. The natural greenery in contrast with the volcanic rock that forms the gorge makes for a magnificent scenery. Our last stop of the day will be the Tunnel Station which houses the Kagura Shuzo Brewery. Sample the local sake and shop for potential gifts at this unique destination.


Beppu & Dogo | The Real World Inspiration for Spirited Away

Breakfast

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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[ Oita Prefecture ] Yufuin | Kinrin Lake | Tour of Hell | Saga Ferry | [ Ehime Prefecture ] Dogo Onsen | Check into hotel

We begin today with a leisurely stroll around the small town of Yufuin. Stop by the many traditional shops along the Yunotsubo Street and sample the many local specialties of the quaint town. We will also make our way to Kinrin Lake for some time in nature as you enjoy the scenery and peaceful koi fish in the lake.

Once we finish our time in Yufuin, we head to Beppu for a visit to one of the famous Tour of Hell hot springs. Each hot spring has a unique feature typically the color due to the different types of minerals present and is truly a one of a kind destination.

Moving on, we’ll take a ferry over to neighboring Shikoku for a visit to 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.

Upon arrival to Dogo Onsen, we will walk around the old fashion hot spring shopping arcade that will bring you a somewhat retro experience. You can find a mechanical clock tower that performs every half an hour, a foot bath, and many orange related items as this area is known as the biggest producer of oranges in Japan.


Takamatsu & Tokushima | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel

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(Department stores and Kabuki theater)
Kami-honmachi YUFURA Next to the Hotel
kintetsu department store Next to the Hotel
Shinkabukiza (Kami-honmachi YUFURA at 6~8F)

Airport Limousine Bus (to and from between the Hotel and Kansai International / Itami Airport )

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Our Cherry Blossom tour will begin the day by heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, our vacation brings us to an interesting Udon Making workshop to learn how to carefully prepare Udon noodles. While ramen is enjoyed around Japan, Udon is a popular thick noodled dish famous in the Southern regions of Japan. Learn first-hand the ways to prepare this delicious Japanese cuisine during your Takayama tour.

Next, we will visit the famous 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.

After soaking in some natural beauty, the tour will make its way through Tokushima. We will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefecture dance of Tokushima. An annual festival where thousands of spectators will flock to the area to watch the dance being performed during Obon season. Here, we’ll learn about the history as well as learn some parts of the dance.


Kyoto & Nara | Meet & Greet the friendly Deer of Nara

Breakfast Lunch

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

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Discover the allure of Kyoto with our meticulously crafted Japan package tour. This journey is an immersive experience, designed to capture the essence of Japan's cultural treasures amidst the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms. Delve into the wonders of Kyoto's most iconic sites, each a chapter in your unforgettable Japan tour.

Begin your adventure with a visit to the esteemed Todaiji Temple in Nara, a testament to Japanese architectural grandeur. This historic temple claims the Guinness World Record as the largest wooden building ever erected. Inside its sacred walls, behold the serene Buddha statue, embodying Japan's spiritual legacy.

In the heart of Nara lies the charming Deer Park, where amiable deer roam freely. Engage with these friendly creatures and witness their graceful bows, a unique connection to nature's wonders that epitomizes the park's allure.

Returning to Kyoto, our exploration takes us to a sake museum, a haven of history and flavor. Immerse yourself in Japan's cherished drink, delving into its legacy through captivating exhibits and delightful tasting sessions.

The journey continues to Fushimi Inari Shrine, adorned with vermilion torii gates. Meander through these captivating pathways, embarking on a spiritual quest that resonates with Japan's reverence for tradition.

A unique facet of our tour awaits at Kyoto Samurai Ninja Museum, where history springs to life through engaging displays and interactive showcases. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient warriors, gaining insights into their way of life and skills.

As the sun sets, Kyoto Station transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of lights. The Kyoto Station Illumination dazzles with its captivating display, a testament to Kyoto's blend of modernity and tradition.


Kyoto | Dine with Japan's Next Generation of Geisha Artisans

Breakfast Dinner

Onyado Nono Kyoto Shichijo ( Western Style )

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Onyado Nono Kyoto Shichijo

Experience Kyoto at Onyado Nono Kyoto Shichijo Natural Hot Spring. Located in the city's heart, our hotel blends traditional aesthetics with modern comfort. Enjoy Japanese cuisine, relax in our natural hot springs, and explore the city's landmarks from our conveniently located hotel. Immerse in Kyoto's timeless charm at Onyado Nono Kyoto Shichijo.

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Journey into the heart of Kyoto during the enchanting cherry blossom season, where nature's beauty and cultural treasures harmonize in perfect unison.

In the captivating district of Arashiyama, delicate cherry blossoms enhance the morning sunlight filtering through the lush bamboo groves. A rickshaw ride through this picturesque setting becomes a truly spirited adventure, guided by our rickshaw drivers who are both entertainers and experts.

Moving on to the iconic Kinkakuji Temple, its two upper floors adorned in gold leaf create a breathtaking spectacle, reflected in the tranquil lake. The cherry blossoms' gentle presence adds an extra layer of beauty to this already stunning sight.

Indulge in a rare opportunity – a Maiko performance. These Geisha apprentices will enchant you with their traditional dances, offering you the chance to ask questions, capture photographs, and gain a deeper understanding of their lives.

Continuing our journey, we step into history on the ancient street of Ninenzaka. As cherry blossoms adorn the scene, this atmospheric street transports you to Japan's past. Enjoy a hands-on tea ceremony, where you'll not only witness its history and meaning but also have a chance to create your own traditional cup of matcha.

As the day transitions to evening, we retreat to a welcoming ryokan, a traditional inn. Slip into a comfortable yukata, the casual kimono, and prepare for a soothing dip in the onsen, a traditional Japanese hot spring. Draped in a tranquil yukata, you'll experience the perfect harmony of relaxation and elegance.

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Scenic Views of Japan's most Famous Mountain

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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Embark on an enchanting journey to Hakone during the captivating spring season, where the harmony of nature and cultural treasures creates an experience beyond compare.

Our day begins with the renowned Shinkansen, the bullet train that effortlessly blends speed and comfort. As we journey towards Hakone, the gentle beauty of spring paints a serene picture outside your window, giving you a glimpse of the wonder that lies ahead.

Our first stop is the Hakone Open-Air Museum, an artistic haven nestled in nature's embrace. Stroll through this outdoor gallery, where sculptures harmonize with the season's tranquility, creating a unique and immersive experience.

Continuing onward, we reach Owakudani, a mystic volcanic valley that offers breathtaking landscapes and natural hot springs. Against the backdrop of the cherry blossom season, this unique destination presents an otherworldly atmosphere that is sure to captivate your senses.

Our day concludes with a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that offers panoramic views of Hakone's natural beauty. As you ascend, the landscape unfolds before you, revealing the serene allure of this renowned destination.


Tokyo | Tour Tokyo Landmarks including Historic Asakusa

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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Begin your immersive journey through Tokyo's vibrant streets during the enchanting cherry blossom season, where the fusion of urban allure and cultural treasures promises an unforgettable experience.

Our day kicks off with an exploration of the Fukagawa Edo Museum, offering a glimpse into Tokyo's historical tapestry. As you step into its meticulously recreated Edo-era streets, you'll be transported to a bygone era.

Subsequently, we venture to the Tsukiji Outer Market, a bustling hub of gastronomic delights. Amidst the vibrant energy of the market, please enjoy a special lunch surrounded by the lively atmosphere of the market and the four seasons of Japan.

Our journey continues to Asakusa, where the iconic Senso-ji Temple stands as a testament to Tokyo's rich cultural heritage. Meander through the vibrant Nakamise Street, lined with traditional shops and lively stalls offering a diverse array of treasures. The cherry blossoms' delicate presence adds an extra layer of charm to this cherished locale.

Moving on, we reach Harajuku, a district where modern trends and traditional elements seamlessly coexist. Traverse Takeshita Street, where a collision of contemporary fashion and youthful spirit fills the air.

Our adventure concludes amidst the bustling energy of Shibuya Crossing, an iconic symbol of Tokyo's dynamism. Amidst the crowds, take a moment to visit the loyal Hachiko statue, a heartwarming story of friendship that resonates with the spirit of the season.


Tokyo | At your Leisure & Optional Excursions

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've cleared up the day for you to enjoy at your leisure or opt for a full day at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea.

Note: Additional fees & costs will apply for Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea.

Tokyo | 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 Tokyo to Narita Airport - about 90 mins(Bus)
From downtown hotel in Tokyo to Haneda 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
*Please be advised that Maiko performances are not available on their designated days off or on days when special Maiko events are taking place.

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

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13 DAYS

12 nights accommodation


21 MEALS

12 breakfasts
6 lunches
3 dinners


TRANSPORT

Bus
Bullet Train
Ferry
Essence of Spring | Grand Tour Map

Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 6 Lunches, and 3 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

Dine with a Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) in Kyoto

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

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

Travel Highlights


World Famous Kyoto destinations including the Golden Pavilion

Time spent crossing Japan's massive Shibuya Crossing

The Scenic Koko-en Garden of Edo Period Building & Landscaping

Dogo Onsen, a 3,000 year old hot-springs, where former royalty has stayed

Friendly deer to take pictures with in Nara

A scenic ride on the Hakone Ropeway with views of Mt. Fuji

Admission to Ritsurin Garden, one of the best Japanese gardens

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Museum, the top-pick museum in Japan

Tour Tokyo's Top Rated Attractions according to TripAdvisor

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.

Please notify us before your tour starts if you have any dietary restrictions or requirements we should be aware about. Japan Deluxe Tours can provide Vegetarian meals for guests, and we will do our best to cater to any serious allergies or dietary restrictions. We will not be able to substitute or change meals after your tour begins.

Day
Day 1

Osaka | 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 app for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

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

Day 2

Himeji | UNESCO Certified White Heron Castle

Breakfast Dinner

Today, we will travel further west to the Himeji prefecture to visit the magnificent Himeji Castle. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, it is considered one of Japan’s three premier castle. Nicknamed the White Heron Castle due to the castle’s brilliant white walls, the castle maintains almost all of its original structures since its construction in the early 1600’s. After overcoming war, natural disasters, and going through restorative work, enjoy exploring around the stunning castle grounds. Additionally, the cherry blossoms with Himeji Castle offer stunning photo opportunities, capturing the essence of Japan’s Spring season.

In Hiroshima, Okonomiyaki (Japanese style savory pancakes) has been a popular dish since before the World War. We will serve you this local favorite for today's dinner.


Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Day 3

Hiroshima | the Iconic Floating Shrine of Japan

Breakfast Lunch

We will spend today exploring the city of Hiroshima. Our tour begins with a visit to the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath of the Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima. The A-Bomb Dome is located on the Peace Park Memorial park grounds, the site where the atomic bomb struck Hiroshima. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. 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. While at the Peace Park, enjoy the exhibits at the world-famous Hiroshima Peace Park Museum. This museum collects the history and artifacts from the bombing and is a reminder of the city of Hiroshima's wish for world peace.

In the afternoon our Japan Tour will head to Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima known for its Itsukushima Shrine, or floating torii gate. 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.


Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura or similar

Day 4

Nagasaki | The Marvelous Dutch-Inspired Glover Garden

Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we will be visiting several historically significant locations. The first stop will be the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, a symbol of peace and a testament to the horrors of war. The Peace Statue sits at the epicenter of the blast from the atomic bomb dropped on the city. The right hand points up to symbolize the atomic bomb while the left hand points towards future peace. The statue's bent right leg symbolizes meditation, while the bent left leg represents the need to stand up against war. The closed eyes are to offer prayers and respect for the victims' souls lost in the devastation blast.

From there, our vacation 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 will then take a bullet train to Kumamoto and proceed to the hotel.


Candeo Hotels Kumamoto Shinshigai or similar

Day 5

Kumamoto & Takachiho | the Myths come alive at Takachiho Gorge

Breakfast Dinner

Your Japan tour will make its way to Kumamoto to see Kumamoto Castle. 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. Note, during our vacation we won't be able enter the castle grounds due to renovations, but we will be able to see the castle and explore Johsaien, a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto & the famous Japanese Castle.

We will then travel to the fabled lands of Takachiho. The group will explore the Awano Iwato Shrine as we make our way through Takachiho Gorge. The gorge is said to be the hiding spot of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, when Susano-o, the God of Storms, was terrorizing her. The natural greenery in contrast with the volcanic rock that forms the gorge makes for a magnificent scenery. Our last stop of the day will be the Tunnel Station which houses the Kagura Shuzo Brewery. Sample the local sake and shop for potential gifts at this unique destination.


Beppu Kamenoi Hotel or similar

Day 6

Beppu & Dogo | The Real World Inspiration for Spirited Away

Breakfast
[ Oita Prefecture ] Yufuin | Kinrin Lake | Tour of Hell | Saga Ferry | [ Ehime Prefecture ] Dogo Onsen | Check into hotel

We begin today with a leisurely stroll around the small town of Yufuin. Stop by the many traditional shops along the Yunotsubo Street and sample the many local specialties of the quaint town. We will also make our way to Kinrin Lake for some time in nature as you enjoy the scenery and peaceful koi fish in the lake.

Once we finish our time in Yufuin, we head to Beppu for a visit to one of the famous Tour of Hell hot springs. Each hot spring has a unique feature typically the color due to the different types of minerals present and is truly a one of a kind destination.

Moving on, we’ll take a ferry over to neighboring Shikoku for a visit to 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.

Upon arrival to Dogo Onsen, we will walk around the old fashion hot spring shopping arcade that will bring you a somewhat retro experience. You can find a mechanical clock tower that performs every half an hour, a foot bath, and many orange related items as this area is known as the biggest producer of oranges in Japan.


Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama or similar

Day 7

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch

Our Cherry Blossom tour will begin the day by heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, our vacation brings us to an interesting Udon Making workshop to learn how to carefully prepare Udon noodles. While ramen is enjoyed around Japan, Udon is a popular thick noodled dish famous in the Southern regions of Japan. Learn first-hand the ways to prepare this delicious Japanese cuisine during your Takayama tour.

Next, we will visit the famous 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.

After soaking in some natural beauty, the tour will make its way through Tokushima. We will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefecture dance of Tokushima. An annual festival where thousands of spectators will flock to the area to watch the dance being performed during Obon season. Here, we’ll learn about the history as well as learn some parts of the dance.


Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar

Day 8

Kyoto & Nara | Meet & Greet the friendly Deer of Nara

Breakfast Lunch

Discover the allure of Kyoto with our meticulously crafted Japan package tour. This journey is an immersive experience, designed to capture the essence of Japan's cultural treasures amidst the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms. Delve into the wonders of Kyoto's most iconic sites, each a chapter in your unforgettable Japan tour.

Begin your adventure with a visit to the esteemed Todaiji Temple in Nara, a testament to Japanese architectural grandeur. This historic temple claims the Guinness World Record as the largest wooden building ever erected. Inside its sacred walls, behold the serene Buddha statue, embodying Japan's spiritual legacy.

In the heart of Nara lies the charming Deer Park, where amiable deer roam freely. Engage with these friendly creatures and witness their graceful bows, a unique connection to nature's wonders that epitomizes the park's allure.

Returning to Kyoto, our exploration takes us to a sake museum, a haven of history and flavor. Immerse yourself in Japan's cherished drink, delving into its legacy through captivating exhibits and delightful tasting sessions.

The journey continues to Fushimi Inari Shrine, adorned with vermilion torii gates. Meander through these captivating pathways, embarking on a spiritual quest that resonates with Japan's reverence for tradition.

A unique facet of our tour awaits at Kyoto Samurai Ninja Museum, where history springs to life through engaging displays and interactive showcases. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient warriors, gaining insights into their way of life and skills.

As the sun sets, Kyoto Station transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of lights. The Kyoto Station Illumination dazzles with its captivating display, a testament to Kyoto's blend of modernity and tradition.


Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 9

Kyoto | Dine with Japan's Next Generation of Geisha Artisans

Breakfast Dinner

Journey into the heart of Kyoto during the enchanting cherry blossom season, where nature's beauty and cultural treasures harmonize in perfect unison.

In the captivating district of Arashiyama, delicate cherry blossoms enhance the morning sunlight filtering through the lush bamboo groves. A rickshaw ride through this picturesque setting becomes a truly spirited adventure, guided by our rickshaw drivers who are both entertainers and experts.

Moving on to the iconic Kinkakuji Temple, its two upper floors adorned in gold leaf create a breathtaking spectacle, reflected in the tranquil lake. The cherry blossoms' gentle presence adds an extra layer of beauty to this already stunning sight.

Indulge in a rare opportunity – a Maiko performance. These Geisha apprentices will enchant you with their traditional dances, offering you the chance to ask questions, capture photographs, and gain a deeper understanding of their lives.

Continuing our journey, we step into history on the ancient street of Ninenzaka. As cherry blossoms adorn the scene, this atmospheric street transports you to Japan's past. Enjoy a hands-on tea ceremony, where you'll not only witness its history and meaning but also have a chance to create your own traditional cup of matcha.

As the day transitions to evening, we retreat to a welcoming ryokan, a traditional inn. Slip into a comfortable yukata, the casual kimono, and prepare for a soothing dip in the onsen, a traditional Japanese hot spring. Draped in a tranquil yukata, you'll experience the perfect harmony of relaxation and elegance.

Onyado Nono Kyoto Shichijo or similar

Day 10

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Scenic Views of Japan's most Famous Mountain

Breakfast Lunch

Embark on an enchanting journey to Hakone during the captivating spring season, where the harmony of nature and cultural treasures creates an experience beyond compare.

Our day begins with the renowned Shinkansen, the bullet train that effortlessly blends speed and comfort. As we journey towards Hakone, the gentle beauty of spring paints a serene picture outside your window, giving you a glimpse of the wonder that lies ahead.

Our first stop is the Hakone Open-Air Museum, an artistic haven nestled in nature's embrace. Stroll through this outdoor gallery, where sculptures harmonize with the season's tranquility, creating a unique and immersive experience.

Continuing onward, we reach Owakudani, a mystic volcanic valley that offers breathtaking landscapes and natural hot springs. Against the backdrop of the cherry blossom season, this unique destination presents an otherworldly atmosphere that is sure to captivate your senses.

Our day concludes with a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that offers panoramic views of Hakone's natural beauty. As you ascend, the landscape unfolds before you, revealing the serene allure of this renowned destination.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 11

Tokyo | Tour Tokyo Landmarks including Historic Asakusa

Breakfast Lunch

Begin your immersive journey through Tokyo's vibrant streets during the enchanting cherry blossom season, where the fusion of urban allure and cultural treasures promises an unforgettable experience.

Our day kicks off with an exploration of the Fukagawa Edo Museum, offering a glimpse into Tokyo's historical tapestry. As you step into its meticulously recreated Edo-era streets, you'll be transported to a bygone era.

Subsequently, we venture to the Tsukiji Outer Market, a bustling hub of gastronomic delights. Amidst the vibrant energy of the market, please enjoy a special lunch surrounded by the lively atmosphere of the market and the four seasons of Japan.

Our journey continues to Asakusa, where the iconic Senso-ji Temple stands as a testament to Tokyo's rich cultural heritage. Meander through the vibrant Nakamise Street, lined with traditional shops and lively stalls offering a diverse array of treasures. The cherry blossoms' delicate presence adds an extra layer of charm to this cherished locale.

Moving on, we reach Harajuku, a district where modern trends and traditional elements seamlessly coexist. Traverse Takeshita Street, where a collision of contemporary fashion and youthful spirit fills the air.

Our adventure concludes amidst the bustling energy of Shibuya Crossing, an iconic symbol of Tokyo's dynamism. Amidst the crowds, take a moment to visit the loyal Hachiko statue, a heartwarming story of friendship that resonates with the spirit of the season.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 12

Tokyo | At your Leisure & Optional Excursions

Breakfast

We've cleared up the day for you to enjoy at your leisure or opt for a full day at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea.

Note: Additional fees & costs will apply for Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 13

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

Dining Experience

Kaiseki Ryori

Kaiseki Ryori

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

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Kaiten Sushi

Kaiten Sushi

Sometimes called sushi trains or conveyor belt sushi, pick & choose your favorite sushi dishes off a revolving conveyor belt lined with mouth-watering morsels and your favorite rolls.

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Teppan-Yaki Display

Seasonal Japanese Dining

From world-renowned dishes to local specialties, our tour provides an opportunity to savor the best of Japanese cuisine, perfectly aligned with each season. Please look forward to discovering what will be offered.

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Kaiten Sushi

Hiroshima Okonomiyaki

Hiroshima may be famous for many landmarks and attractions, but when it comes to food, Hiroshima Okonimyaki is a must. It is primarily made from flour, eggs, cabbage mixed and is cooked on a hot plate.

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Udon

Udon - Cooking Workshop

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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Nagasaki Champon Ramen

Champon

Champon is a noodle dish that originated in Nagasaki. The dish was created with the intent to provide cheap and filling meals for Chinese students studying in Japan during the Meiji period.

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Cultural Experience

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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Image of a Maiko

Maiko Dining Experience

Learn about Japanese culture and traditional history during an unforgettable meal with a Maiko apprentice Geisha while in Kyoto. Enjoy the top local cuisine of Kyoto while a beautiful Maiko entertains you with games, dancing, and performances.

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Hot Spring

Hot Spring

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

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Japanese Style Hotel with Tatami mat

Japanese Style Hotel

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

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Pics of Japanese Museum

Japanese Museum

Japan is filled with numerous museums covering a wide variety of subjects, from the traditional and contemporary Japanese arts to historical museums based on war, samurai, and Japanese history.

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Japanese Sake

Sake Tasting

Experience the unique flavors of the various types of Japanese sake. Sample Japan's national drink during your Japan tour.

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Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden represents many aspects of the Japanese culture. Zen and serenity calm your soul as you stroll down the paved paths past the koi pond and bamboo to a place of peace.

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Image of Osaka Castle

Japanese Castle

Castles emerged in Japan during the 15th century when the country was in the midst of wars and battles. They served as guards and strategic sites where the local feudal lords could come up with strategies and battle tactics.

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Awaodori Dancing

Awaodori Dance

With a live performance and a workshop, immerse in this exciting Japanese tradition. Learn, participate, and appreciate this vibrant cultural activity firsthand.

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Riding Experience

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

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

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Rickshaw

Rickshaw

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

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Hakone Ropeway

Hakone Ropeway

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

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