13 Days Essence Of Spring | Grand Tour - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour

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Tokyo | Asakusa Sensoji Temple
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Nara | Deer Park
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Kyoto | Golden Pavilion
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Maiko Dining Experience
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Hyogo | Himeji Castle
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Hiroshima | A-Bomb Dome
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Hiroshima | Itsukushima Shrine
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Miyazaki | Takachiho Gorge
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Oita | The Tour of Hell
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Osaka | Dotonbori
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Kaiten Sushi
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Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
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Tour Descriptions

Skip out on the ordinary during your next vacation and see the best and all Japan has to offer with Japan Deluxe Tour's fully-guided Essence of Spring | Grand Japan Tour holiday vacation packages. Explore the major cities Japan has to offer including gorgeous Japanese temples and shrines and delicious meals, all while Pink and White Sakura Japanese Cherry Blossom Flowers bloom along the sights. This is the perfect tour for an immersive experience in Japanese Culture.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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

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 spend the day at either Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea

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


Tokyo | Trendy Tokyo Spots & 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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Commence your immersive expedition along the lively streets of Tokyo during the captivating cherry blossom season, where the fusion of urban charm and cultural treasures ensures an indelible experience.

Our day initiates with an exploration of the Fukagawa Edo Museum, providing a window into the intricate historical tapestry of Tokyo. As you step into its faithfully recreated streets from the Edo era, you'll find yourself transported to a bygone time.

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 odyssey continues to Asakusa, where the iconic Senso-ji Temple stands as a testament to Tokyo's cultural legacy. Meander through Nakamise Street, a lively thoroughfare lined with traditional shops and lively stalls offering an array of treasures. The gentle presence of cherry blossoms adds an additional layer of allure to this cherished destination.

Progressing, we arrive at Harajuku, a district where contemporary trends and traditional elements seamlessly coexist. Traverse Takeshita Street, where the intersection of modern fashion and youthful exuberance creates a captivating ambiance.

Our expedition culminates amidst the bustling vigor of Shibuya Crossing, an iconic representation of Tokyo's dynamic spirit. Amidst the throngs, take a moment to visit the steadfast Hachiko statue, a touching story of companionship that resonates with the essence of the season.


Mt. Fuji | Captivating Cherry Blossoms and Mount Fuji Views

Breakfast Lunch

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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Commence on an enthralling expedition to delve into the captivating marvels of the region, where cultural significance and natural splendor intermingle to offer an unforgettable experience.

Our day begins with a visit to the *Chureito Pagoda, an iconic symbol that stands as a testament to the region's spiritual legacy. Set against the backdrop of cherry blossoms in bloom and the majestic silhouette of Mount Fuji, this exquisite combination creates a visual masterpiece that has earned fame through countless photographs.

Indulge in a culinary delight as we savor the flavors of Hoto, a local specialty dish renowned for its heartwarming taste and historical importance. This traditional dish offers a tantalizing glimpse into the area's rich gastronomic heritage.

Our exploration takes us to Nishiko Iyashinoyu, a serene retreat nestled by the picturesque Lake Kawaguchi. The soothing ambiance of this haven beckons you to unwind, providing the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

As the day transitions, we find solace in a traditional Japanese inn, where comfort and hospitality await. Sink into a realm of tranquility as you unwind, embracing the essence of Japanese hospitality.

*Note: the journey to the pagoda entails a leisurely stroll of approximately 20-30 minutes, allowing you to fully absorb the tranquil surroundings.


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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Our cherry blossom exploration starts with a visit to Todaiji Temple, a monumental symbol that reverberates with the spiritual legacy of the area. Discover the awe-inspiring presence of the Great Buddha within its sacred walls, a testament to centuries of history and devotion.

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of Nara Park, where gentle deer freely roam, adding a touch of enchantment to the natural landscape. Interact with these graceful creatures as they harmoniously coexist with human visitors.

Embark on a journey through the intricate world of sake at the Sake Museum, delving into the craftsmanship behind Japan's revered drink. Uncover the artistry and dedication that culminate in the creation of this beloved beverage.

Continue your exploration to Fushimi Inari Shrine, known for its mesmerizing path lined with vibrant torii gates. Traverse this enchanting tunnel as you absorb the spiritual energy that envelops you.

Step into history at the Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum, a captivating destination where ancient warrior traditions come to life. Gain a deeper understanding of their skills and culture, providing insight into Japan's martial heritage.

As daylight fades, immerse yourself in the captivating display of the Kyoto Station Illumination. Witness the architectural marvel transform into a mesmerizing canvas of light and color, a fitting finale to your day of discovery.


Kyoto | Breathtaking Maiko Show & Bamboo Forest

Breakfast Dinner

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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Begin an enchanting expedition to delve into the captivating marvels of Arashiyama during the mesmerizing cherry blossom season, where cultural treasures and the beauty of nature converge to offer an unforgettable experience.

Our journey unfolds with a delightful rickshaw ride, escorting you through the charming streets of Arashiyama. As you glide along, the blooming cherry blossoms create a breathtaking canvas of colors, setting the stage for a truly enchanting adventure.

Our path then takes us to the revered Kinkakuji Temple, an embodiment of cultural magnificence set amidst the delicate cherry blossoms. The resplendent temple, enhanced by the surrounding blooms, forms a picturesque tableau that captures the essence of Japan's timeless elegance.

Continuing our exploration, you'll be captivated by an exquisite performance by a maiko, a moment that brings the grace and charm of Kyoto's geisha culture to life.

Meander through the historic lanes of Ninenzaka, where cherry blossoms sway gently overhead, infusing the air with a sense of poetry. Each step along this traditional pathway is a step into history, offering a glimpse into Kyoto's rich heritage.

Culminating our journey is a serene tea ceremony, where you'll be guided through the art of Japanese tea culture. Under the guidance of a skilled tea master, you'll experience a ritual that embodies harmony and tranquility, enriching your adventure.


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.


Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

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

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

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


Tour Tokyo's trendy Shibuya & Harajuku

Tokyo's popular Asakusa Sensoji Temple

A spirited Rickshaw Ride through Arashiyama in Kyoto

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Fushimi Inari Shrine

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

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

Kumamoto Castle ground access and history of the samurai

Admission to Ritsurin Garden, one of the best Japanese gardens

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

Southern Japan's Dogo Onsen and Tour of Hell hot-springs

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

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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

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

Day 2

Tokyo | At your Leisure & Optional Excursions

Breakfast

We've cleared up the day for you to enjoy at your leisure or spend the day at either Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea

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


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 3

Tokyo | Trendy Tokyo Spots & Historic Asakusa

Breakfast Lunch

Commence your immersive expedition along the lively streets of Tokyo during the captivating cherry blossom season, where the fusion of urban charm and cultural treasures ensures an indelible experience.

Our day initiates with an exploration of the Fukagawa Edo Museum, providing a window into the intricate historical tapestry of Tokyo. As you step into its faithfully recreated streets from the Edo era, you'll find yourself transported to a bygone time.

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 odyssey continues to Asakusa, where the iconic Senso-ji Temple stands as a testament to Tokyo's cultural legacy. Meander through Nakamise Street, a lively thoroughfare lined with traditional shops and lively stalls offering an array of treasures. The gentle presence of cherry blossoms adds an additional layer of allure to this cherished destination.

Progressing, we arrive at Harajuku, a district where contemporary trends and traditional elements seamlessly coexist. Traverse Takeshita Street, where the intersection of modern fashion and youthful exuberance creates a captivating ambiance.

Our expedition culminates amidst the bustling vigor of Shibuya Crossing, an iconic representation of Tokyo's dynamic spirit. Amidst the throngs, take a moment to visit the steadfast Hachiko statue, a touching story of companionship that resonates with the essence of the season.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 4

Mt. Fuji | Captivating Cherry Blossoms and Mount Fuji Views

Breakfast Lunch

Commence on an enthralling expedition to delve into the captivating marvels of the region, where cultural significance and natural splendor intermingle to offer an unforgettable experience.

Our day begins with a visit to the *Chureito Pagoda, an iconic symbol that stands as a testament to the region's spiritual legacy. Set against the backdrop of cherry blossoms in bloom and the majestic silhouette of Mount Fuji, this exquisite combination creates a visual masterpiece that has earned fame through countless photographs.

Indulge in a culinary delight as we savor the flavors of Hoto, a local specialty dish renowned for its heartwarming taste and historical importance. This traditional dish offers a tantalizing glimpse into the area's rich gastronomic heritage.

Our exploration takes us to Nishiko Iyashinoyu, a serene retreat nestled by the picturesque Lake Kawaguchi. The soothing ambiance of this haven beckons you to unwind, providing the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

As the day transitions, we find solace in a traditional Japanese inn, where comfort and hospitality await. Sink into a realm of tranquility as you unwind, embracing the essence of Japanese hospitality.

*Note: the journey to the pagoda entails a leisurely stroll of approximately 20-30 minutes, allowing you to fully absorb the tranquil surroundings.


Onyado Nono Kyoto Shichijo or similar

Day 5

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

Breakfast Lunch

Our cherry blossom exploration starts with a visit to Todaiji Temple, a monumental symbol that reverberates with the spiritual legacy of the area. Discover the awe-inspiring presence of the Great Buddha within its sacred walls, a testament to centuries of history and devotion.

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of Nara Park, where gentle deer freely roam, adding a touch of enchantment to the natural landscape. Interact with these graceful creatures as they harmoniously coexist with human visitors.

Embark on a journey through the intricate world of sake at the Sake Museum, delving into the craftsmanship behind Japan's revered drink. Uncover the artistry and dedication that culminate in the creation of this beloved beverage.

Continue your exploration to Fushimi Inari Shrine, known for its mesmerizing path lined with vibrant torii gates. Traverse this enchanting tunnel as you absorb the spiritual energy that envelops you.

Step into history at the Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum, a captivating destination where ancient warrior traditions come to life. Gain a deeper understanding of their skills and culture, providing insight into Japan's martial heritage.

As daylight fades, immerse yourself in the captivating display of the Kyoto Station Illumination. Witness the architectural marvel transform into a mesmerizing canvas of light and color, a fitting finale to your day of discovery.


Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 6

Kyoto | Breathtaking Maiko Show & Bamboo Forest

Breakfast Dinner

Begin an enchanting expedition to delve into the captivating marvels of Arashiyama during the mesmerizing cherry blossom season, where cultural treasures and the beauty of nature converge to offer an unforgettable experience.

Our journey unfolds with a delightful rickshaw ride, escorting you through the charming streets of Arashiyama. As you glide along, the blooming cherry blossoms create a breathtaking canvas of colors, setting the stage for a truly enchanting adventure.

Our path then takes us to the revered Kinkakuji Temple, an embodiment of cultural magnificence set amidst the delicate cherry blossoms. The resplendent temple, enhanced by the surrounding blooms, forms a picturesque tableau that captures the essence of Japan's timeless elegance.

Continuing our exploration, you'll be captivated by an exquisite performance by a maiko, a moment that brings the grace and charm of Kyoto's geisha culture to life.

Meander through the historic lanes of Ninenzaka, where cherry blossoms sway gently overhead, infusing the air with a sense of poetry. Each step along this traditional pathway is a step into history, offering a glimpse into Kyoto's rich heritage.

Culminating our journey is a serene tea ceremony, where you'll be guided through the art of Japanese tea culture. Under the guidance of a skilled tea master, you'll experience a ritual that embodies harmony and tranquility, enriching your adventure.


Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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 11

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 12

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 13

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

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

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

Dining Experience

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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Hoto Udon

Hoto

Hōtō is a popular dish in Yamanashi made using miso soup and flat udon noodles. While some may consider Hōtō a variant of udon, locals consider this a unique dish separate to the popular thick noodles.

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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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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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