14 Days Grand Takayama Festival Tour 14 Days - Spring

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Miyajima Island
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The Tour of Hell
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Awaodori Kaikan
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Kenrokuen Garden
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The Shirakawa-go
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Matsumoto Castle
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Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
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Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Tokyo Tower
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Tsukiji Fish Market
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Meiji Shrine
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Cup Noodles Museum

Tour Descriptions

  • Isolated deep in the western mountain, there is a town known as Little Kyoto where the festival lights illuminate the night and music fills the air. Join us as we explore this hidden treasure and it's famous festival during out Takayama Festival Japan Tour.
  • Boasting huge floats that are paraded all day and night with mechanical puppet shows, brilliant color paper machete, and bright lanterns illuminating the night, the Takayama Festival isn't something you want to miss.
  • This fully escorted Takayam Festival Grand Tour takes you past the usual destinations like Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo, but also includes destinations in Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan's southern islands shrouded in legends and mystery.
  • Visit the top attractions ranging from the Meiji Shrine, Shibuya, Matsumoto Castle, Kenrokuen, and more!
  • Indulge yourself in Japanese culture while you experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, stroll through the Gion-District in hopes of seeing a Geisha, and while shopping in Old Town Takayama or Asakusa. And of course, the Takayama Festival.
  • Before the Takayama Festival, enjoy spots less traveled like Dogo Onsen (the inspiration to the famous film Spirited Away), the Tour of Hell, and more in the southern islands.
  • If you want to be part of the fun, just follow the sound of taiko drums! You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.
Itinerary

Tokyo

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba ( Western Style )

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.

Nearby.......
-Shopping mall & Amusement facility
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( the Theme Park of Hot Springs )

-Airport Limousine Bus (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)

* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)

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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

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba ( Western Style )

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.

Nearby.......
-Shopping mall & Amusement facility
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( the Theme Park of Hot Springs )

-Airport Limousine Bus (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)

* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)

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

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first stop by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides fresh ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike. Then we proceed to the Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. After lunch, we will delve in the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk.

Tokyo - Hakone - Nagano

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Yatsugatake Royal Hotel ( Western Style )

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Yatsugatake Royal Hotel

Yatsugatake Royal Hotel is surrounded by the famous peaks of Japan's Southern Alps that gazes over Mt. Fuji. This retreat has all the amenities for a relaxing getaway - golf course, spa, indoor/ outdoor hot spring, karaoke room, arcade center, astronomy dome, tennis court, and souvenir shop. The tranquil atmosphere has a sense of a resort in which you can relax and enjoy. It's great access for hiking trails to Doryu-no-taki Waterfall and Utsukushii no mori (Beautiful Forest).

Near by.........
-Waterfalls
Doryu-no-taki Waterfall in 10 mins by taxi
Utsukushii no mori in 10 mins by taxi

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We will continue our journey to Hakone, where we will take a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. We then take a relaxing ride on the Hakone Ropeway for more stunning views of Mt. Fuji. We will also stop by the famous Hakone Sekisho, a checkpoint during the Edo Period known to be one of the most difficult to cross. The tour will take you to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Here we will witness tsujigahana, the technique used to dye kimonos over five centuries ago. The beautiful works of tsugigahana are displayed in this museum which stands in a great location with a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. This Takayama Festival Japan Tour package with Hiroshima would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food.

Nagano - Takayama

Breakfast Lunch

Takayama Green Hotel ( Japanese Style )

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Takayama Green Hotel

Takayama Green Hotel is a new type of resort that combines the functionality of an urban hotel with the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese inn, giving it an unique ambience of the old city of Hida. The hotel has a traditional indoor/ outdoor hot spring, a restaurant using local products, and traditional souvenir shop. The location is walking distant to Takayama Old Town.

Near by.......
-Museum
Hida Takayama Museum of Art in 5 mins by car

-Temple
Hida Kokubunji Temple in 3 mins by foot

-Shopping
Kokubinji Dori Shopping District in 5 mins by foot

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Morning
Afternoon
Azumino Wasabi Farm [ Takayama ] Check into Hotel

In the morning, we will head to Takayama Festival with some side trips along the way. First stop is Matsumoto Castle. This castle is one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed. Also its unique black coloring gave its nickname karasu-jo, the Crow Castle. It’s one of three must see castles in Japan and ranked on the top 100 world castles. We will then head to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. Following the sound of drums, we will reach our destination to Takayama just in time to witness the festival in full swing. Takayama Festival is considered to be one of the best festivals in Japan. Their huge floats will light up the night’s sky with many arrays of color paper lanterns.

Takayama - Kanzawa - Kyoto

Breakfast Dinner

Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh ( Western Style )

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Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh

The Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh is located in Kaga and has everything you need for a perfect ryokan experience. The hotel offers two restaurants in addition to the hot-springs, and offers free wi-fi in your room to keep you connected through out your stay. Guests can enjoy the numerous spa services offered, or enjoy a leisurly bicycle ride with one of the complimentary use bicycles. There is also a coffee shop onsite as well as a bar.


Near by.......
-Yamashiro Onsen
-Natadera Temple
-Motorcar Museum of Japan

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Takayama, or as some people call it Little Kyoto, has many areas where homes and shops are more than 300 years old and well preserved. The morning market is also located in that area and we will explore many vendors and activities. You will have free time to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots. Takayama is famous for its old town which has preserved buildings and houses since the Edo Period. Takayama Jinya is a great example of Edo architecture, having actually served as the local government office, headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. Our Takayama Festival Tour will also have time to see the Takayama floats during the daytime to see a puppet performance from the floats. The portable shrines also act as stages to mechanical puppets, or karakuri, that people control from the inside of the floats. The tour will then make a visit to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. A stroll along this beautiful garden featuring streams, hills, and everything nature has to offer is sure to calm your soul. We will continue to a small farming community of Shirakawago. It’s declared an UNESCO world heritage site where the old traditional farm homes, gassho-zukuri, are preserved to maintain the beauty of the scenery.

Kyoto

Breakfast Lunch

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel ( Western Style )

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Kyoto New Miyako Hotel

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.

Near by.....
-Food Market
Nishiki Market   in 10 mins by taxi

-Museum
Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi

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Afternoon
Evening
Gion-Geisha District Return to the Hotel

We will open our day with arts and crats, first learning about Kutani-yaki, a style of porcelian art dating back from the 17th century. Continuing on, we head to Yunokuni No Mori, a handicrafts village with numerous workshops and styles to learn from. We will continue on to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. In the evening, we will head to the Gion Geisha District, Japan’s most famous geisha district. This area is filled with shops, restaurants, and tea houses and the area in Japan that you are most likely to run into real geisha and maiko on their way to perform at the Gion Geisha Center.

Kyoto - Nara

Breakfast

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel ( Western Style )

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Kyoto New Miyako Hotel

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.

Near by.....
-Food Market
Nishiki Market   in 10 mins by taxi

-Museum
Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi

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Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today it's off to Nara to Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat. Then we are off to spend more time sightseeing in Kyoto. We will head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, a popular destination that can't be skipped while in Kyoto. We then proceed to Kiyomizu Temple, famous for one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Kyoto. After a tea ceremony, we will return to our hotel.

Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima

Breakfast Dinner

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima ( Western Style )

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Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima in the ideal location directry connected to JR Hiroshima Station. A great deal of sophisticated hospitality welcomes you.
Our hotel accommodates 605 guests in 403 fully-equipped guest rooms. There is no better place to stay in Hiroshima than our Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. Comfortable bed and well-cleaned room will guarantee your leisurely stay.
12 banquet rooms of our hotel enable to hold large events and meetings of great variety. The largest banquet room is capable of seating 600 at the maximum.
Moreover, 8 restaurant and bars of all kinds are available, and it is sure that you enjoy meals and time in Hiroshima.

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Afternoon
Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka. A fresh market in Osaka filled with various kitchen goods, foods, and fake-food samples makes for an entertaining stop, and a great place to get lunch. Next our tour bus will make a stop at Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1600’s, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters. We will then make our way to Kurashiki, a town in Okayama for more sight-seeing before checking into our hotel.

Hiroshima - Miyajima

Breakfast Dinner

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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Evening
Check into Hotel

Our Japan tour will spend part of this morning at Hiroshima. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water.

Fukuoka - Arita - Nagasaki

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto ( Western Style )

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Hotel Nikko Kumamoto

The Hotel Nikko Kumamoto offers great deals on luxury hotel rooms and is located at the center of the city, where both the office district and Kumamoto castle are within walking distance. There are Japanese, European, and Chinese-style restaurants available for business and leisure travelers to enjoy. Hotel Nikko Kumamoto also features the largest banquet room in the city, which can be used for various events, such as business conventions and weddings.

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Evening
Check into Hotel

Our day begins in Arita, where we will see some of the finest porcelain creations. Our day then takes us to Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We 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. Our last stop of the day is the Nagasaki Peace Park which was built to commemorate the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the park is a large pillar engraved with the names of the victims.

Kumamoto - Takachiho

Breakfast Dinner
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Hotel Takachiho ( Japanese Style )

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Hotel Takachiho

One of the most popular places to stay in Takachiho. As a Kokuminshukuha ("Peoples Lodging") they offer outstanding service and comfortable stay. There is a indoor hot spring in ground level. The hotel has great access down to Takachiho Gorge. Enjoy watching a traditional kagura performance close by at Takachiho Shrine.

Near by.......
-Gorge and Shrine
Takachiho Gorge in 15 mins by walk
Takachiho Shrine in 5 mins by walk

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Afternoon
Evening
Check into Hotel Yokagura

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

Beppu - Dogo

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Tsubaki-kan ( Japanese Style )

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Tsubaki-kan

Tsubaki-kan is located in the Dogo Onsen district, its a great location for shopping and taking the trolley to visit downtown and Matsuyama Castle. The hotel in conveniently located 5 minute walk from the famous Dogo Onsen. Dogo Onsen is the oldest hot spring in Japan and is rumored to have healing qualities. The hotel provides both western and Japanese-style rooms. Everyday there is a taiko show at 9 pm in the ground floor. There is also free Wi-Fi at the lobby area.

Near by.......
-Castle & Park
Matsuyama castle 10 mins by car
The Dogo Park 12 mins by walk

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Morning
[ Beppu ] Tour of Hell Saga Ferry
Evening
Check into Hotel

Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes. After lunch, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away.

Takamatsu - Tokushima - Osaka

Breakfast Lunch

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel

Nearby......
(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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Evening
[ Osaka ] Check into Hotel

Traveling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden three stars. Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools that can be seen under very ideal conditions. (*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.)

Departure Osaka

Breakfast

Sadly, your pleasant and memorable Japan Tour ends today. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan or in Asian Cities. **INFORMATION** From Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport to KIX Airport - about 10 mins (Walk) 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▪
*Complimentary transfers are for designated airports/hotel only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
*Your group may be joined with other groups during the tour. If so, your tour guide and bus may be changed during your tour.
*Any special request(s) must be submitted when booking your tour (meals, accommodations, etc.). Note: Not all requests can be fulfilled.
*Itinerary, hotels, and meals are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
*This tour includes 1.5~2 hours of walking on sightseeing days. Tour Participants are expected to be of moderate fitness, keep up with the pace of the group, and can climb stairs with no difficulty.
*B : Breakfast   L : Lunch   D : Dinner
  • Tour through major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka!
  • Trek past the ordinary to Kyushu and Shikoku, Japan's southern treasures.
  • See the iconic Mt. Fuji from the hot spring town of Hakone, with sakura petals floating in the background.
  • See the beauty of nature in Japan at Ritsurin Garden and the Tour of Hell during your trip.
  • Spot a Geisha while you take a walk through the Kyoto Gion-Distrcit.
  • Enjoy Japanese culture during a traditional Japanese tea ceremony
  • Get caught up in the fun and festivities during the Takayama Festival!
Tour Includes:
  • 13 nights and 28 meals accommodation
  • All ground transportation in Japan
  • Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities
  • Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Free Wifi in Bus & Most hotels
Day
Day 1

Tokyo

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

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

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first stop by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides fresh ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike. Then we proceed to the Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. After lunch, we will delve in the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk.

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

Day 3

Tokyo - Hakone - Nagano

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We will continue our journey to Hakone, where we will take a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. We then take a relaxing ride on the Hakone Ropeway for more stunning views of Mt. Fuji. We will also stop by the famous Hakone Sekisho, a checkpoint during the Edo Period known to be one of the most difficult to cross. The tour will take you to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Here we will witness tsujigahana, the technique used to dye kimonos over five centuries ago. The beautiful works of tsugigahana are displayed in this museum which stands in a great location with a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. This Takayama Festival Japan Tour package with Hiroshima would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food.

Yatsugatake Royal Hotel or similar

Day 4

Nagano - Takayama

Breakfast Lunch
Morning
Afternoon
Azumino Wasabi Farm [ Takayama ] Check into Hotel

In the morning, we will head to Takayama Festival with some side trips along the way. First stop is Matsumoto Castle. This castle is one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed. Also its unique black coloring gave its nickname karasu-jo, the Crow Castle. It’s one of three must see castles in Japan and ranked on the top 100 world castles. We will then head to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. Following the sound of drums, we will reach our destination to Takayama just in time to witness the festival in full swing. Takayama Festival is considered to be one of the best festivals in Japan. Their huge floats will light up the night’s sky with many arrays of color paper lanterns.

Takayama Green Hotel or similar

Day 5

Takayama - Kanzawa - Kyoto

Breakfast Dinner

Takayama, or as some people call it Little Kyoto, has many areas where homes and shops are more than 300 years old and well preserved. The morning market is also located in that area and we will explore many vendors and activities. You will have free time to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots. Takayama is famous for its old town which has preserved buildings and houses since the Edo Period. Takayama Jinya is a great example of Edo architecture, having actually served as the local government office, headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. Our Takayama Festival Tour will also have time to see the Takayama floats during the daytime to see a puppet performance from the floats. The portable shrines also act as stages to mechanical puppets, or karakuri, that people control from the inside of the floats. The tour will then make a visit to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. A stroll along this beautiful garden featuring streams, hills, and everything nature has to offer is sure to calm your soul. We will continue to a small farming community of Shirakawago. It’s declared an UNESCO world heritage site where the old traditional farm homes, gassho-zukuri, are preserved to maintain the beauty of the scenery.

Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh or similar

Day 6

Kyoto

Breakfast Lunch
Afternoon
Evening
Gion-Geisha District Return to the Hotel

We will open our day with arts and crats, first learning about Kutani-yaki, a style of porcelian art dating back from the 17th century. Continuing on, we head to Yunokuni No Mori, a handicrafts village with numerous workshops and styles to learn from. We will continue on to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. In the evening, we will head to the Gion Geisha District, Japan’s most famous geisha district. This area is filled with shops, restaurants, and tea houses and the area in Japan that you are most likely to run into real geisha and maiko on their way to perform at the Gion Geisha Center.

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Day 7

Kyoto - Nara

Breakfast
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today it's off to Nara to Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat. Then we are off to spend more time sightseeing in Kyoto. We will head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, a popular destination that can't be skipped while in Kyoto. We then proceed to Kiyomizu Temple, famous for one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Kyoto. After a tea ceremony, we will return to our hotel.

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Day 8

Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima

Breakfast Dinner
Afternoon
Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka. A fresh market in Osaka filled with various kitchen goods, foods, and fake-food samples makes for an entertaining stop, and a great place to get lunch. Next our tour bus will make a stop at Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1600’s, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters. We will then make our way to Kurashiki, a town in Okayama for more sight-seeing before checking into our hotel.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar

Day 9

Hiroshima - Miyajima

Breakfast Dinner
Evening
Check into Hotel

Our Japan tour will spend part of this morning at Hiroshima. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water.

Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura or similar

Day 10

Fukuoka - Arita - Nagasaki

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Evening
Check into Hotel

Our day begins in Arita, where we will see some of the finest porcelain creations. Our day then takes us to Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We 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. Our last stop of the day is the Nagasaki Peace Park which was built to commemorate the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the park is a large pillar engraved with the names of the victims.

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar

Day 11

Kumamoto - Takachiho

Breakfast Dinner
Afternoon
Evening
Check into Hotel Yokagura

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

Hotel Takachiho or similar

Day 12

Beppu - Dogo

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
[ Beppu ] Tour of Hell Saga Ferry
Evening
Check into Hotel

Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes. After lunch, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away.

Tsubaki-kan or similar

Day 13

Takamatsu - Tokushima - Osaka

Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Osaka ] Check into Hotel

Traveling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden three stars. Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools that can be seen under very ideal conditions. (*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.)

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar

Day 14

Departure Osaka

Breakfast

Sadly, your pleasant and memorable Japan Tour ends today. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan or in Asian Cities. **INFORMATION** From Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport to KIX Airport - about 10 mins (Walk) From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus) From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

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