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

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Tour Descriptions

Don't waste another vacation this year by visiting the same old boring spots. Join us as we embark on a fully-escorted Essence of Spring | Grand Japan Tour for an experience you won't forget. During this fully-escorted Japan tour, explore the major cities of Japan, travel to famous temples and shrines, and indulge like a local on the best meals, all while Cherry Blossoms enhance the natural beauty of each destination. The perfect tour for someone who really wants to experience the many layers of Japan's unique 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 handbook for more information.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

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


Tokyo | Experience a Japanese Fish Market local-style

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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Today, we’ll start our morning exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the numerous vendors lining the walkways and pick up a couple of mouth-watering snacks made from the freshest ingredients while you are there. The tour then takes you the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, the busiest pedestrian crosswalk in the world. Be a part of the almost 2500 people crossing and pay a visit to the Hachiko Statue.

After our time in Shibuya, we’ll dive into the center of Japanese street fashion in Harajuku. Shop through the trendy district while snacking on the famous Harajuku crepes and other kawaii treats from Takeshita Dori. For lunch, enjoy a delicious, authentic Teppan-yaki meal in Akihabara.

After our wagyu lunch, our tour guide will lead us to the old town district of Asakusa where you can purchase traditional Japanese souvenirs at the Nakamise area. The shopping area is lined with tasty snacks loved by locals and fun trinkets to take home as souvenirs. Be sure to snap a photo with Senoso-ji Temple, Tokyo's most popular temple.

Finishing up souvenir shopping and photos in Asakusa, your tour will venture to the enormous Tokyo Skytree shopping center to enjoy Tokyo's iconic landmark. Be sure to stop and sample tasty treats at the world-famous Tokyo Banana or decorative Japanese candy art of Ameshin. We then return to the hotel.


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 join one of our popular excursion tours in the morning or afternoon.

Our morning excursion ventures to the Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum to make our own custom cup noodles.
In the afternoon, enjoy a complimentary Cherry Blossom Walking tour to see the beautiful Sakura Japanese Flowers.

Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea are also popular options to spend your leisure-free day in Tokyo.

Note: Additional fees & costs may apply for Optional Excursions

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Comfortable Rope-way Ride with views of Mt. Fuji

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Kanponoyado Atami ( Western Style )

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Kanponoyado Atami

[The main building]
Located on high ground that offers view of Atami's seashore and night skyline.The large public baths are full-length,and the other faclities include jet baths.Shuttle available to enjoy the hot springs at Kanponoyado Atami.
[The annex building]
Offers a sweeping view of Sagami Bay.You can enjoy the night view of the shining deep-blue sea.

Nearby....
Sea/Sea Fishing/Golf/Flower Park/Art Gallery /Castle/Shrine
Atami Sun Beach/Fishing Pier in Atami/Akaohabu&Rose Garden/ Park in Atami/ MOA art gallery/ Atami Castle /Izusan Shrine/Kinomiya Shrine/ Yuzen Shrine /Atami Onsen/ /Kiunkaku

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Our Japan tour will start the day by heading to the renown Hakone area. The first stop of the day will be at Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station where you will find breathtaking views of the mountain as well as the surrounding scenery.

Before we head to our next destination, enjoy a warm bowl of Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanshi area, for lunch. After your hearty meal, we’ll make our way to Owakudani Valley for a ride on the Hakone Ropeway. The valley itself is an active volcanic crater and is famous for its black boiled egg that is said to add eight years to your life. If weather permits, enjoy a scenic view of Mt. Fuji as your ride the ropeway down the hill.

We will then check into your ryokan (Japanese style hotel) where the welcoming bath waters of the onsen await you. Take a long relaxing soak to rejuvenate you and don your yukata (informal, linen kimono) before enjoying a delicious traditional Japanese meal known as Kaiseki Ryori.


Kyoto & Nara | Piece Together the Perfect Sushi Lunch

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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This morning, you will speed through central Japan as you ride the bullet train to Kyoto. As the fastest mode of land transportation available, it has become an integral part of life in Japan and is sure to be an exciting experience. After we arrive in Kyoto, the group will stop for a kaiten sushi lunch, a perfect way for travelers to pick and try new flavors. Most kaiten sushi restaurants will also offer other options such as kaarage (Japanese fried chicken) or noodle dishes.

Our first destination in Kyoto will be a sake museum to learn more about Japan’s national drink. Following this, you will head south to Nara to explore Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park. Todaiji Temple is considered one of the largest wooden buildings in the world and holds the largest Buddha statue in Japan, a truly impressive sight to behold. A short walk over and you will stand among the deer of the Nara Deer Park. Considered divine, they are adored by people all over the world. Just be sure not to get chased by one.


Kyoto | Morning Rickshaw Ride through Arashiyama

Breakfast Dinner

Hotel Vischio Osaka ( Western Style )

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Hotel Vischio Osaka

The Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia has everything you need to keep your vacation travels comfortable during a Japan tour with Japan Deluxe Tours. This charming hotel is just a stone's throw away from some of Osaka's top tourist attractions and destinations you can't miss in Japan. Unwind at the hotel's restaurant or cafe after a day of exploring the sights of Osaka with your wonderful tour guide.

Nearby......
-Umeda Sky Building
-Osaka Castle
-Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

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Our day in Kyoto will start off with a spirited rickshaw ride through the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Experience what it was like to get around the city back in the day as you enjoy the relaxing scenery.

Next, the group will make its way to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, an absolute must-see attraction where the upper two floors are covered with gold leaf. Another short ride away and you will be at Fushimi Inari Shrine, home of the famed thousand torii gates. Explore the area by either making your way through the torii gates to the Omokaru Stone or watch the local priests performing prayers every so often.

The rest of the day will be spent taking part in activities that are quintessential to Japanese culture. First up will be a hands-on lesson on the tea ceremony. Learn about the history and meaning behind the ceremony as you watch it being performed before your eyes. Before our last activity, the tour will make a stop at the Kyoto Handicraft Center where you will get to browse a wide variety of traditional Japanese works of art, a perfect place to buy a potential souvenir. Lastly, we will end the evening with a kaiseki dinner accompanied by a maiko performance. Afterwards, your group will get to interact with the maiko, ask questions, and play some classic party games to end the day.


Himeji & Kurashiki | One of 12 Original Japanese Castles

Breakfast Dinner
Featured Destinations & Experiences

Richmond Hotel Fukuyama Ekimae ( Western Style )

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Richmond Hotel Fukuyama Ekimae

Richmond Hotel Fukuyama Ekimae is the perfect way to unwind while exploring the sights and sounds of Japan during a fully guided Japan Tour vacation package. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in this charming business hotel including complimentary internet, flat-screen televisions, in-room climate control, and a pillow menu for maximum relaxation during your vacation.

Nearby.........
-Fukuyama Castle
-Tomonoura Museum of History and Folklore
-Fukuyama City Zoo

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[ Hyogo Prefecture ] Himeji Castle | [ Okayama Prefecture ] Kurashiki | Check in to the hotel

Our Japan tour begins the day by heading to the Himeji prefecture to invade the remarkable Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo was registered as a UNESCO distinguished site in 1993, representing Japanese castle architecture at its peak. Nicknamed White Heron Castle due to the Japanese castle's graceful white walls, Himeji Castle maintains almost all of it's original structures from its initial construction in the early 1600’s. Unlike some of the country's other castles, this classic Japanese castle has overcome wars, earthquakes, and natural disasters over the last four centuries. The rich history and beautiful location makes the castle grounds are perfect to enjoy scenic views of Japanese flowers and nature!

After our time in Himeji, our Japan tour will move to the Okayama Prefecture to explore the well-preserved Kurashiki district. Kurashiki is a beautiful street scapes of storehouses and merchant homes and is included as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as town of storehouses and the area historically served as an important rice distribution center. The city canal area dates back to the days of the Edo Period and offers enjoyable gondola-style boat rides if time permits. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.


Hiroshima | Sakura Japanese Flowers Bloom in the City of Peace

Breakfast

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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Our cherry blossom tour will start the day with a short boat ride over to Miyajima Island. Here, you will find the iconic floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine greeting you as you enter the shrine grounds. The unique sight is due to the natural sequences of the ocean’s tide and is considered on of Japan’s top three most beautiful sights. The island is also known for its Momiji manju and delicious oysters which you can snack on during your visit.

After our morning in Miyajima, we will head into the city of Hiroshima. Spend the afternoon strolling around the historically important A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the atomic bombing of the city during World War Two. Surrounding the dome is the Peace Memorial Park where you can learn more about the bombing and see famous attractions like Sadako’s statue and the Freedom Bell.


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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Today, we begin our journey into the southern two islands of Japan. Our first stop will be at the city of Kumamoto for a visit to Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is one three premier castles in Japan, along with Matsumoto Castle and Himeji Castle which we visited earlier. While we won’t be going inside the castle due to reconstruction, the many views and scenery can still be enjoyed from the castle grounds. The castle grounds also contain Johsaien, a shopping arcade with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto.

Next, your cherry blossom tour will travel to the fabled lands of Takachiho. Takachiho 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 a 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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[ Beppu ] Yufuin Kinrin Lake Tour of Hell | Saga Ferry | [ Ehime Prefecture ] Dogo Onsen | Check in to the hotel

Our Southern Japan tour continues onwards to Yufuin, a charming rural hot spring town where we will stop by Lake Kinrin and the local shopping street. A special feature of Lake Kinrin is that on top of the regular spring water, hot spring water also feeds into the lake, creating a layer of wondrous mist during cool mornings.

After a relaxing morning in Yufuin, we’ll head toward Beppu, a famous hot spring city known for its 8 unique hot spring areas intended for sightseeing only. Today, we will stop by the Umijigoku, or “Sea Hell”, which has beautiful cobalt blue waters due to the various minerals present.

This completes our tour of Kyushu and we’ll hop onto a ferry for ride to neighboring island of Shikoku. Our destination city, Matsuyama, has one of the oldest hot springs in the world: Dogo Onsen. With a history of over 3000 years, this onsen is famous for welcoming the imperial family as guests in the exclusive Yushinden room. The surrounding area also has plenty to see and do with an optional rickshaw ride through the area or some light shopping at the local stores.


Tokushima | Crossing the Old Vine Bridge

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka ( Western Style )

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Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka

Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka is the perfect escape from the lights of Tokyo while recharging in Iya Valley during your Japan vacation with Japan Deluxe Tours. This Japanese ryokan hotel offers a restaurant and public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access. This business-friendly ryokan also offers gift shops/newsstands, laundry facilities, and an elevator in addition to on site hot springs for a relaxing stay from start to finish.

Nearby.........
-Oboke Gorge
-Oboke Iya Onsen
-Iya Kazurabashi Bridge

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[ Tokushima ] Udon
(Cooking Workshop)
- Cooking Workshop | Oboke Gorge
(Boat Cruise Experience)
- River Cruise | Iya Valley - Kazurabashi | Check in to the hotel

Our cherry blossom tour today starts today with an Udon making workshop to learn how to hand-make the popular thick-noodle Japanese dish. While Udon is not as well known as Ramen, it is considered a local specialty of the area loved by all the locals. Enjoy a hearty bowl of Udon while learning the art of crafting your own dish. After filling ourselves with a warm meal, your tour will take a relaxing boat cruise along the Oboke Gorge. Enjoy the nearly untouched beauty of Southern Japan’s natural scenery as you refresh your mind.

The last stop of the day will have the group venturing to the ancient vine bridge of Iya Valley. The bridge is rebuilt every three years and are made from the vines suspended over the Yoshino River.


Takamatsu & Tokushima | Dancing under the Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Vischio Osaka ( Western Style )

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Hotel Vischio Osaka

The Hotel Vischio Osaka by Granvia has everything you need to keep your vacation travels comfortable during a Japan tour with Japan Deluxe Tours. This charming hotel is just a stone's throw away from some of Osaka's top tourist attractions and destinations you can't miss in Japan. Unwind at the hotel's restaurant or cafe after a day of exploring the sights of Osaka with your wonderful tour guide.

Nearby......
-Umeda Sky Building
-Osaka Castle
-Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

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The last stretch of our Southern Japan journey will take us to what is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Ritsurin Garden. With the gorgeous Mt. Shiun overlooking the garden and specifically designed to seem as if the garden does not end, you are sure to snap a great picture wherever you are in the grounds.

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.

The tour will end the day by heading to Osaka for dinner in Dotonbori, an area famous for its numerous food stalls and restaurants to choose from.


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.
*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


22 MEALS

12 breakfasts
5 lunches
5 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 5 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


Delicious Kaiten Sushi Japanese Lunch Experience

Tour Tokyo Landmarks including Asakusa Sensoji Temple

A visit to the famous Ninenzaka Street for Japanese Culture

World Famous Kyoto destinations including the Golden Pavilion

A stroll through the Bamboo Groves of Kyoto's Arashiyama

Hike through the gorgeous Iya Valley Vine Bridge

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

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

Time at Dogo Onsen, the backdrop for the popular Ghibli Film Spirited Away

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

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

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


Day 2

Tokyo | Experience a Japanese Fish Market local-style

Breakfast Lunch

Today, we’ll start our morning exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the numerous vendors lining the walkways and pick up a couple of mouth-watering snacks made from the freshest ingredients while you are there. The tour then takes you the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, the busiest pedestrian crosswalk in the world. Be a part of the almost 2500 people crossing and pay a visit to the Hachiko Statue.

After our time in Shibuya, we’ll dive into the center of Japanese street fashion in Harajuku. Shop through the trendy district while snacking on the famous Harajuku crepes and other kawaii treats from Takeshita Dori. For lunch, enjoy a delicious, authentic Teppan-yaki meal in Akihabara.

After our wagyu lunch, our tour guide will lead us to the old town district of Asakusa where you can purchase traditional Japanese souvenirs at the Nakamise area. The shopping area is lined with tasty snacks loved by locals and fun trinkets to take home as souvenirs. Be sure to snap a photo with Senoso-ji Temple, Tokyo's most popular temple.

Finishing up souvenir shopping and photos in Asakusa, your tour will venture to the enormous Tokyo Skytree shopping center to enjoy Tokyo's iconic landmark. Be sure to stop and sample tasty treats at the world-famous Tokyo Banana or decorative Japanese candy art of Ameshin. We then return to the hotel.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 3

Tokyo | At your Leisure & Optional Excursions

Breakfast

We've cleared up the day for you to enjoy at your leisure, or join one of our popular excursion tours in the morning or afternoon.

Our morning excursion ventures to the Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum to make our own custom cup noodles.
In the afternoon, enjoy a complimentary Cherry Blossom Walking tour to see the beautiful Sakura Japanese Flowers.

Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea are also popular options to spend your leisure-free day in Tokyo.

Note: Additional fees & costs may apply for Optional Excursions

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 4

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Comfortable Rope-way Ride with views of Mt. Fuji

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our Japan tour will start the day by heading to the renown Hakone area. The first stop of the day will be at Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station where you will find breathtaking views of the mountain as well as the surrounding scenery.

Before we head to our next destination, enjoy a warm bowl of Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanshi area, for lunch. After your hearty meal, we’ll make our way to Owakudani Valley for a ride on the Hakone Ropeway. The valley itself is an active volcanic crater and is famous for its black boiled egg that is said to add eight years to your life. If weather permits, enjoy a scenic view of Mt. Fuji as your ride the ropeway down the hill.

We will then check into your ryokan (Japanese style hotel) where the welcoming bath waters of the onsen await you. Take a long relaxing soak to rejuvenate you and don your yukata (informal, linen kimono) before enjoying a delicious traditional Japanese meal known as Kaiseki Ryori.


Kanponoyado Atami or similar

Day 5

Kyoto & Nara | Piece Together the Perfect Sushi Lunch

Breakfast Lunch

This morning, you will speed through central Japan as you ride the bullet train to Kyoto. As the fastest mode of land transportation available, it has become an integral part of life in Japan and is sure to be an exciting experience. After we arrive in Kyoto, the group will stop for a kaiten sushi lunch, a perfect way for travelers to pick and try new flavors. Most kaiten sushi restaurants will also offer other options such as kaarage (Japanese fried chicken) or noodle dishes.

Our first destination in Kyoto will be a sake museum to learn more about Japan’s national drink. Following this, you will head south to Nara to explore Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park. Todaiji Temple is considered one of the largest wooden buildings in the world and holds the largest Buddha statue in Japan, a truly impressive sight to behold. A short walk over and you will stand among the deer of the Nara Deer Park. Considered divine, they are adored by people all over the world. Just be sure not to get chased by one.


Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 6

Kyoto | Morning Rickshaw Ride through Arashiyama

Breakfast Dinner

Our day in Kyoto will start off with a spirited rickshaw ride through the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Experience what it was like to get around the city back in the day as you enjoy the relaxing scenery.

Next, the group will make its way to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, an absolute must-see attraction where the upper two floors are covered with gold leaf. Another short ride away and you will be at Fushimi Inari Shrine, home of the famed thousand torii gates. Explore the area by either making your way through the torii gates to the Omokaru Stone or watch the local priests performing prayers every so often.

The rest of the day will be spent taking part in activities that are quintessential to Japanese culture. First up will be a hands-on lesson on the tea ceremony. Learn about the history and meaning behind the ceremony as you watch it being performed before your eyes. Before our last activity, the tour will make a stop at the Kyoto Handicraft Center where you will get to browse a wide variety of traditional Japanese works of art, a perfect place to buy a potential souvenir. Lastly, we will end the evening with a kaiseki dinner accompanied by a maiko performance. Afterwards, your group will get to interact with the maiko, ask questions, and play some classic party games to end the day.


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Day 7

Himeji & Kurashiki | One of 12 Original Japanese Castles

Breakfast Dinner
[ Hyogo Prefecture ] Himeji Castle | [ Okayama Prefecture ] Kurashiki | Check in to the hotel

Our Japan tour begins the day by heading to the Himeji prefecture to invade the remarkable Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo was registered as a UNESCO distinguished site in 1993, representing Japanese castle architecture at its peak. Nicknamed White Heron Castle due to the Japanese castle's graceful white walls, Himeji Castle maintains almost all of it's original structures from its initial construction in the early 1600’s. Unlike some of the country's other castles, this classic Japanese castle has overcome wars, earthquakes, and natural disasters over the last four centuries. The rich history and beautiful location makes the castle grounds are perfect to enjoy scenic views of Japanese flowers and nature!

After our time in Himeji, our Japan tour will move to the Okayama Prefecture to explore the well-preserved Kurashiki district. Kurashiki is a beautiful street scapes of storehouses and merchant homes and is included as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as town of storehouses and the area historically served as an important rice distribution center. The city canal area dates back to the days of the Edo Period and offers enjoyable gondola-style boat rides if time permits. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.


Richmond Hotel Fukuyama Ekimae or similar

Day 8

Hiroshima | Sakura Japanese Flowers Bloom in the City of Peace

Breakfast

Our cherry blossom tour will start the day with a short boat ride over to Miyajima Island. Here, you will find the iconic floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine greeting you as you enter the shrine grounds. The unique sight is due to the natural sequences of the ocean’s tide and is considered on of Japan’s top three most beautiful sights. The island is also known for its Momiji manju and delicious oysters which you can snack on during your visit.

After our morning in Miyajima, we will head into the city of Hiroshima. Spend the afternoon strolling around the historically important A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the atomic bombing of the city during World War Two. Surrounding the dome is the Peace Memorial Park where you can learn more about the bombing and see famous attractions like Sadako’s statue and the Freedom Bell.


Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky or similar

Day 9

Kumamoto & Takachiho | the Myths come alive at Takachiho Gorge

Breakfast Dinner

Today, we begin our journey into the southern two islands of Japan. Our first stop will be at the city of Kumamoto for a visit to Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is one three premier castles in Japan, along with Matsumoto Castle and Himeji Castle which we visited earlier. While we won’t be going inside the castle due to reconstruction, the many views and scenery can still be enjoyed from the castle grounds. The castle grounds also contain Johsaien, a shopping arcade with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto.

Next, your cherry blossom tour will travel to the fabled lands of Takachiho. Takachiho 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 a the Kagura Shuzo Brewery. Sample the local sake and shop for potential gifts at this unique destination.


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Day 10

Beppu & Dogo | The Real World Inspiration for Spirited Away

Breakfast
[ Beppu ] Yufuin Kinrin Lake Tour of Hell | Saga Ferry | [ Ehime Prefecture ] Dogo Onsen | Check in to the hotel

Our Southern Japan tour continues onwards to Yufuin, a charming rural hot spring town where we will stop by Lake Kinrin and the local shopping street. A special feature of Lake Kinrin is that on top of the regular spring water, hot spring water also feeds into the lake, creating a layer of wondrous mist during cool mornings.

After a relaxing morning in Yufuin, we’ll head toward Beppu, a famous hot spring city known for its 8 unique hot spring areas intended for sightseeing only. Today, we will stop by the Umijigoku, or “Sea Hell”, which has beautiful cobalt blue waters due to the various minerals present.

This completes our tour of Kyushu and we’ll hop onto a ferry for ride to neighboring island of Shikoku. Our destination city, Matsuyama, has one of the oldest hot springs in the world: Dogo Onsen. With a history of over 3000 years, this onsen is famous for welcoming the imperial family as guests in the exclusive Yushinden room. The surrounding area also has plenty to see and do with an optional rickshaw ride through the area or some light shopping at the local stores.


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Day 11

Tokushima | Crossing the Old Vine Bridge

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
[ Tokushima ] Udon
(Cooking Workshop)
- Cooking Workshop | Oboke Gorge
(Boat Cruise Experience)
- River Cruise | Iya Valley - Kazurabashi | Check in to the hotel

Our cherry blossom tour today starts today with an Udon making workshop to learn how to hand-make the popular thick-noodle Japanese dish. While Udon is not as well known as Ramen, it is considered a local specialty of the area loved by all the locals. Enjoy a hearty bowl of Udon while learning the art of crafting your own dish. After filling ourselves with a warm meal, your tour will take a relaxing boat cruise along the Oboke Gorge. Enjoy the nearly untouched beauty of Southern Japan’s natural scenery as you refresh your mind.

The last stop of the day will have the group venturing to the ancient vine bridge of Iya Valley. The bridge is rebuilt every three years and are made from the vines suspended over the Yoshino River.


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Day 12

Takamatsu & Tokushima | Dancing under the Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch

The last stretch of our Southern Japan journey will take us to what is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, Ritsurin Garden. With the gorgeous Mt. Shiun overlooking the garden and specifically designed to seem as if the garden does not end, you are sure to snap a great picture wherever you are in the grounds.

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.

The tour will end the day by heading to Osaka for dinner in Dotonbori, an area famous for its numerous food stalls and restaurants to choose from.


Hotel Vischio Osaka 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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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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Teppan-Yaki Display

Teppan-Yaki Lunch

Dine on Premium Wagyu beef while enjoying a unique Japanese culinary experience as your chef prepares a delicious teppan-yaki meal before your eyes.

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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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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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Cultural Experience

Green Tea Ceremony

Green Tea Ceremony

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

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Image of a Maiko

Maiko Dining Experience

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

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Hot Spring

Hot Spring

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

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Japanese Style Hotel with Tatami mat

Japanese Style Hotel

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

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Anime Girl holding Japanese Sword

Anime & J-Pop

Anime is the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of "animation." There are huge anime fairs in spring and summer which attract tourists from all over the world.

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Image of various Cup Noodles

Cup Noodles Museum

Create your own Cup Noodle at this interactive museum dedicated to the history of cup noodles and instant ramen. Select your soup base & toppings to create an original instant ramen designed by you and your family.

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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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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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