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

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Tour Descriptions

If you do anything, make sure you do it right. Likewise, when you travel, travel in style through all the best attractions in Japan during our Cherry Blossom | Grand Japan Tour from Osaka! Join an unforgettable journey through Japan's most beautiful cities during Spring, well-known as Japan's best season, when crisp, pink, Sakura petals dance through the air. If you want to make the most of your vacation, this package is perfect for you!
Itinerary

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/22/2020

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi ( Western Style )

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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

Located in the heart of Kyoto with just a brief walk to the Kujo Station, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi has everything you need for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. Stay connected in the hotel and your rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, enjoy a meal at their hotel restaurant, or relax in the soothing hot-spring waters on site. Just a short walk away from the station and some of Kyoto's best landmarks, the Keihan Hachijouchi is the perfect hotel to unwind after an extensive Japan tour.

Nearby..........
-Kyoto Tower
-Fushimi Inari Shrine
-Kiyomizu Temple

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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.

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

Hyogo & Shimane | Chasing Castles & Japanese Gardens

03/23/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky ( Western Style )

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Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky

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

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

From there, it's off to Shimane Prefecture to visit the Adachi Museum of Art. The museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The gardens have been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and has been awarded the top rating of three stars in Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Hiroshima | History of World War 2

03/24/2020 Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Fukuoka ( Western Style )

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Hyatt Regency Fukuoka

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

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

-Factory
Asahi Beer Hakata Factory in 8 mins by taxi

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

After our time in Miyajima, it's off for our Hiroshima city tour. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. We then return to the hotel.

Kumamoto & Takachiho | Myths and Legends come Alive

03/25/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel ( Western Style )

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Beppu Kamenoi Hotel

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

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

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

Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.

Beppu & Matsuyama | Visiting Ancient Castles

03/26/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama ( Western Style )

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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama

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

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

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

After lunch, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. Enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride through the city grounds (additional fee's may apply).

Tokushima Course or Kagawa Course

03/27/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky ( Western Style )

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Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky

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

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Evening
Check into Hotel

To change things up, this tour through Southern Japan will either go to the Kagawa Prefecture to explore the famous art island of Naoshima or spend the day in Tokushima's Iya Valley.

For tour participants interetsed in Naoshima, enjoy a day exploring the island dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Home to multiple museums, many of which were built by the Benesse Corporation and designed by architect Ando Tadao, Naoshima is filled with stunning works of art. Enjoy popular art museums include the Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House, and more.

For those interested in Tokushima, your Japan tour holiday will venture off into the southern island of Shikoku to cross the ancient vine bridge of Iya Valley. Rebuilt every three years and made of vines suspended over the Yoshino River. Be sure to take a selfie or photos to share on Facebook and Insta of this epic bridge. Before our day in Tokushima ends, we also have a pleasurable boat ride along Oboke Gorge to further enjoy the untouched beauties of Japan's southern region.

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

03/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel ( Western Style )

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Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel

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


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

-Park
Rinku Park in 8 mins by taxi

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Evening
[ Osaka ]

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

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

Kyoto & Nara | Home of Japan's Traditional Culture

03/29/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi ( Western Style )

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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

Located in the heart of Kyoto with just a brief walk to the Kujo Station, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi has everything you need for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. Stay connected in the hotel and your rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, enjoy a meal at their hotel restaurant, or relax in the soothing hot-spring waters on site. Just a short walk away from the station and some of Kyoto's best landmarks, the Keihan Hachijouchi is the perfect hotel to unwind after an extensive Japan tour.

Nearby..........
-Kyoto Tower
-Fushimi Inari Shrine
-Kiyomizu Temple

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We start our tour with a visit to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat.

After our time in Nara, we will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center for some souvenir craft shopping. Find incredible, traditional Kyoto goods at this dedicated center for craft arts. After shopping, it's off to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. From there, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This rustic shopping street hasn't changed since the Edo Period, making it a perfect backdrop for photos or to enjoy traditional Japanese architecture. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After we take our tea ceremony, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko Dinner. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then proceed to the hotel.

Kyoto | Traditional Japanese Dinner & Bullet Train

03/30/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel ( Western Style )

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Yumoto Fujiya Hotel

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

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

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We begin our morning with a trip to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind. After our time taking photos at the shrine, we will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. We will also be stopping for a kaiten sushi lunch during your cherry blossom tour.

We will then take a bullet train to Atami. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. At Atami, enjoy a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. A Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food.

Hakone & Mt. Fuji | Yamanashi Ropeway Ride

03/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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Evening
[ Tokyo ] Check into Hotel

Our morning begins with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Enjoy over 120 sculptures and artwork in Japan's first ever open air museum. There are multiple exhibition halls to fascinate children and adults alike, as well as a foot-bath by natural hot-springs for a bit of relaxation before we continue on to Hakone!.

Enjoy a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. It's said eating one of these eggs will add years to your life! We will also visit the Hakone Shrine before we make our way to our hotel!

Note: In the event of poor weather conditions, we will visit the Pola Museum of Art instead of the Open-Air Museum.

Tokyo | Cherry Blossoms Sightseeing

04/01/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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Evening
Return to the Hotel
*Tsukiji Fish Market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. In the Event it is closed, we will skip this stop

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights on Tokyo! From there, it's off to the Fukagawa Edo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during the old days of Edo. Walk through the city and enjoy walking into houses that recreate life during Japan's traditional period.

We will then delve in the old town district of Asakusa for some gift shopping at the Nakamise area. We will also be visiting the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). For lunch, we will enjoy authentic Teppan-Yaki before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy districts home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion, or visit one of the local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii deserts!

Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.
(note: Cherry Blossoms may not be in bloom during your tour)

Tokyo | Leisure-Free

04/02/2020 Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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Optional
Optional 1 day tour (fees not included) Kamakura (Optional) -or- Nikko (Optional)
Evening
Return to the Hotel

We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. You can either
1) enjoy the entire day as you wish
2) visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland
3) Or go on a private-guided tour through Nikko or Kamakura.
For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions.
(Not all fees included for additional tour options. Please contact us in advanced for this service)

Tokyo | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/03/2020 Breakfast

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

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




13 DAYS

12 nights accommodation


23 MEALS

12 breakfasts
5 lunches
6 dinners


TRANSPORT

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Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 5 Lunches, and 6 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

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

Bullet train ride with Mt. Fuji & Green Tea Ceremony

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

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

Travel Highlights


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

Authentic Japanese Udon in Tokushima

Black Eggs from Owakudani Valley said to add years to your life

Time spent taking pictures with deer in Nara

A stroll through the Bamboo Groves of Kyoto's Arashiyama

Sightseeing through Tokyo's Multi-Cultural attractions

A trip to the famous Floating Torii gates of Itsukushima Shrine

A stroll through Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu's beautiful Japanese garden

A complimentary Taiko Show during your stay in Matsuyama

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
03/22/2020

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/22/2020

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

**INFORMATION**
From 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
03/23/2020

Hyogo & Shimane | Chasing Castles & Japanese Gardens

03/23/2020 Breakfast Dinner

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

From there, it's off to Shimane Prefecture to visit the Adachi Museum of Art. The museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The gardens have been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and has been awarded the top rating of three stars in Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky or similar

Day 3
03/24/2020

Hiroshima | History of World War 2

03/24/2020 Breakfast

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

After our time in Miyajima, it's off for our Hiroshima city tour. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. We then return to the hotel.

Hyatt Regency Fukuoka or similar

Day 4
03/25/2020

Kumamoto & Takachiho | Myths and Legends come Alive

03/25/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Our day begins in 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. While we won't be going inside the castle due to reconstruction, enjoy the many views and scenery of this famous Japanese castle. While by the castle grounds, our Japan tour will visit the Johsaien. Johsaien is a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto.

Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel or similar

Day 5
03/26/2020

Beppu & Matsuyama | Visiting Ancient Castles

03/26/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

After lunch, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. Enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride through the city grounds (additional fee's may apply).

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama or similar

Day 6
03/27/2020

Tokushima Course or Kagawa Course

03/27/2020 Breakfast Dinner
Evening
Check into Hotel

To change things up, this tour through Southern Japan will either go to the Kagawa Prefecture to explore the famous art island of Naoshima or spend the day in Tokushima's Iya Valley.

For tour participants interetsed in Naoshima, enjoy a day exploring the island dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Home to multiple museums, many of which were built by the Benesse Corporation and designed by architect Ando Tadao, Naoshima is filled with stunning works of art. Enjoy popular art museums include the Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House, and more.

For those interested in Tokushima, your Japan tour holiday will venture off into the southern island of Shikoku to cross the ancient vine bridge of Iya Valley. Rebuilt every three years and made of vines suspended over the Yoshino River. Be sure to take a selfie or photos to share on Facebook and Insta of this epic bridge. Before our day in Tokushima ends, we also have a pleasurable boat ride along Oboke Gorge to further enjoy the untouched beauties of Japan's southern region.

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky or similar

Day 7
03/28/2020

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

03/28/2020 Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Osaka ]

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

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

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel or similar

Day 8
03/29/2020

Kyoto & Nara | Home of Japan's Traditional Culture

03/29/2020 Breakfast Dinner

We start our tour with a visit to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat.

After our time in Nara, we will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center for some souvenir craft shopping. Find incredible, traditional Kyoto goods at this dedicated center for craft arts. After shopping, it's off to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. From there, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This rustic shopping street hasn't changed since the Edo Period, making it a perfect backdrop for photos or to enjoy traditional Japanese architecture. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After we take our tea ceremony, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko Dinner. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 9
03/30/2020

Kyoto | Traditional Japanese Dinner & Bullet Train

03/30/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We begin our morning with a trip to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind. After our time taking photos at the shrine, we will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. We will also be stopping for a kaiten sushi lunch during your cherry blossom tour.

We will then take a bullet train to Atami. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. At Atami, enjoy a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. A Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food.

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel or similar

Day 10
03/31/2020

Hakone & Mt. Fuji | Yamanashi Ropeway Ride

03/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Tokyo ] Check into Hotel

Our morning begins with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Enjoy over 120 sculptures and artwork in Japan's first ever open air museum. There are multiple exhibition halls to fascinate children and adults alike, as well as a foot-bath by natural hot-springs for a bit of relaxation before we continue on to Hakone!.

Enjoy a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. It's said eating one of these eggs will add years to your life! We will also visit the Hakone Shrine before we make our way to our hotel!

Note: In the event of poor weather conditions, we will visit the Pola Museum of Art instead of the Open-Air Museum.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 11
04/01/2020

Tokyo | Cherry Blossoms Sightseeing

04/01/2020 Breakfast Lunch
Evening
Return to the Hotel
*Tsukiji Fish Market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. In the Event it is closed, we will skip this stop

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights on Tokyo! From there, it's off to the Fukagawa Edo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during the old days of Edo. Walk through the city and enjoy walking into houses that recreate life during Japan's traditional period.

We will then delve in the old town district of Asakusa for some gift shopping at the Nakamise area. We will also be visiting the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). For lunch, we will enjoy authentic Teppan-Yaki before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy districts home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion, or visit one of the local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii deserts!

Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.
(note: Cherry Blossoms may not be in bloom during your tour)

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 12
04/02/2020

Tokyo | Leisure-Free

04/02/2020 Breakfast
Optional
Optional 1 day tour (fees not included) Kamakura (Optional) -or- Nikko (Optional)
Evening
Return to the Hotel

We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. You can either
1) enjoy the entire day as you wish
2) visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland
3) Or go on a private-guided tour through Nikko or Kamakura.
For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions.
(Not all fees included for additional tour options. Please contact us in advanced for this service)

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 13
04/03/2020

Tokyo | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/03/2020 Breakfast

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

**INFORMATION**
From downtown hotel in 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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Udon

Udon

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

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Cultural Experience

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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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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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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Taiko Show

Taiko Show

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese drums used throughout Japan's history. It is believed Taiko drums have been in Japan since the Kofun period in the 6th century.

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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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Customer Reviews

Overall Customer Rating 63 customer reviews

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A great holiday & look forward to returning to Japan

By traveler Trevor M. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Mt. Aso
Best experience had in Japan: People and Culture
Any place went to visit next time: Hokkaido We had a great holiday and look forward to returning to Japan.


Sights were very diverse during our Japan Tour

By traveler Helen I. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Glover Garden
Best experience had in Japan: Local lunch/visiting hot-springs
Any place went to visit next time: Hokkaido, Okinawa


Really enjoyed the country and sights during the tour

By traveler Steve B. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Takachiho Area
Best experience had in Japan: Todaiji Temple
Any place went to visit next time: Need opportunity to have time on own.


Guide was taking photos for us whenever we wanted

By traveler John D. on 2018

The itinerary was so weak and inconsiderate. Spending hours in the bus everyday just to see 20 minutes at each site. It should have been flights for some of the trips. It was so exhausting and a waste of time no the bus.
Best place visited in this tour: Fushimi Inari
Best experience had...


I enjoyed Japan. For us, it is a tour of a lifetime.

By traveler Tommy L. on 2018

I enjoyed our tour of Japan. For us, it is a tour of a lifetime. I wished I had spent more time on this vacation.
Best place visited in this tour: Hiroshima
Best experience had in Japan: Cherry blossoms at Kumamoto castle
Any place you want to visit next time: Kyoto


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