14 Days Takayama & Villages | Grand Tour - Cherry Blossom Festival Tour

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Tour Descriptions

This fully escorted Takayama & Villages | Grand Tour takes you to through out Japan, visiting the best spots on three of the four main islands. Travel back in time visiting historic cities, dine on Japanese specialities, and breath in the fresh air of Cherry Blossoms. This Japan tour blends just the right amount of traditional culture with modern day marvels, equaling a well-balanced vacation.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/23/2018

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.

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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 | Exploring the Multi-Cultural Capital

03/24/2018 Breakfast Lunch

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 Fukagawa Edo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during the old days of Edo. Walk through the city and enjoy walking into houses that recreate life during the period. We will also visit the Kiyosumi Garden located nearby. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through a Japanese garden, and be sure to take a picture of the tea house on the waters.

We will then delve in the old town district of Asakusa for some gift shopping at the Nakamise area. We will also be visiting the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). For lunch, enjoy sushi with fish provided by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides freshest ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike.

After walking around the market for a bit, we will head to Hamarikyu Garden for a tea ceremony. The Japanese garden provides an air of calmness as we enjoy our tea, making it the perfect place to relax before we head off to probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Before returning home, we will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Cherry Blossoms in Scenic Japan

03/25/2018 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel ( Western Style )

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Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel

Mastumoto Marunouchi Hotel is just a short walk away from the famous Matsumoto Castle. A relaxing stay close to plenty of enjoyable attractions, this hotel is perfect for the traveler looking to soak in Japanese culture and looking to soak in soothing hot springs.
Near by........
-Yohashira Shrine
-Matsumoto Castle
-Daio Wasabi Farm

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Evening
Check into Hotel

After our time in Tokyo, we will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head to the Iyashi no Sato, a traditional craft open-air museum reconstructed from the village's thatched roofed houses. Each house features a different exhibit, workshop, or cafe, including some cooking lessons.

Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty.

Then, we're off to enjoy the fine works of art at the Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum.

While many people want to climb Mt. Fuji, unfortunately the climb is only accessable three months out of the year. However, to visit Japan and not see Mt. Fuji is a real shame, so we make sure to take you to one of the best spots to enjoy Mt. Fuji's beauty. Be sure to take a picture with the mountain for a great memento of your trip!

This Japan tour 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 & Takachiho | The Crow Castle & Wasabi Farm

03/26/2018 Breakfast

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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Today we will head to Takayama with a couple of interesting stops along the way. First, we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed since construction. The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. Thanks to the unique black color of the castle, it has been dubbed Karasu-jo, the Crow Castle.

We will then venture to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. The Japanese horseradish grown here is used for the popular sushi condiment, as well as other dishes.

Following our visit to the wasabi farm, we reach Takayama. After checking into the hotel, we will head to the Takayama Jinya, which served as the local government office of the old town. Open to the public as a museum, visitors can enjoy browsing through the various rooms for administrative purposes, offices, kitchens, toilets, bath rooms, residential space, a court room and storehouses. We will also visit Takayama's old town. This district is filled with many well-preserved buildings and houses from the Edo Period (1600-1868), back when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.

Takachiho, Shirakawago & Kanazawa | Visiting Little Kyoto

03/27/2018 Breakfast Lunch 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 one of these areas we will explore. Enjoy some time to to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities.

After our time in Takayama, we will continue to the small farming community of Shirakawago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old traditional farm homes made using the Japanese gassho-zukuri method. These thatched-roof houses provide a glimpse of what life looked like during another era. We will also be visiting the Nagase house, a former house-turned-museum filled with tools and trinkets.

Leaving the village, our tour takes us to Gyokusentei, rated one star by the Michelin Guide, is a Japanese restaurant made from a 300 year-old traditional Japanese mansion. The garden view and traditional atmosphere mix perfectly with the beauty of Kanazawa.

Our final stop of the day before our hotel is 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.

Kanazawa, Nara & Kyoto | Photos with Friendly Deer

03/28/2018 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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Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

We begin our morning with a visit to the Koke no Sato Wisdom Forest. The Forest of Wisdom is one of the best places to see various Japanese moss, and the Wisdom House in the forest is meant to encourage guests to share experiences with others or engage in a workshop before getting lost in nature.

We move onward to the Yunokuni no Mori, a traditional Japanese handicraft village that converted old thatched-roofed houses into displays that showcases the different arts & crafts of Ishikawa. Enjoy a workshop before we make our way to Yamanakaza for a stunning Geiko (Geisha) show.

Then, we move to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat. After playing with the deer, it's off to the hotel to rest.

Kyoto | Zen Garden & The Golden Pavilion

03/29/2018 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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Our day begins with a visit to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. After taking pictures, it's off to Ryoanji Temple to see the stunning rock gardens. Not all Japanese temples have them, so we made sure to include one of Kyoto's zen gardens.

To avoid getting too repetitive with the temples and shrines, we include a visit to the Nishijin Textile Center for a stunning kimono show! We will then head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind. Once we get all our photos done, we will stop at a sake museum to learn the history of Japan's national drink.

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.

Osaka & Himeji | Japanese Castle Architecture & Okonomiyaki

03/30/2018 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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Evening
( Dinner - Hiroshima Okonomiyaki (Dinner) ) 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.

Hiroshima | The City of Peace

03/31/2018 Breakfast

Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu ( Western Style )

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Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu

Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu is located in Nakasu, the largest shopping and amusement district in Kyushu. Just 1 minute from the subway station and 8 minutes from the Tenjin, tourists can easily access their destinations.

Near by......
-Museum
Fukuoka City Red Brick Culture Center within Walking Distance

-Shopping Arcade
Shintencho Shopping Street within Walking Distance

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Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights.

Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island. After our visit, we will spend more time sight-seeing in 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.

Saga & Nagasaki | Japanese Porcelain & Dutch-Inspirations

04/01/2018 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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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 | The Pride of Kyushu

04/02/2018 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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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.

Located next to the castle is the Hosokawa family Mansion, the family home for one of Japan's most powerful samurai families. Walk through the residence to get a better understanding of the life among the elites, and see some relics from the Edo period in the home-turned-museum.

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. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

Beppu & Matsuyama | Southern Japan's best Hot-Springs

04/03/2018 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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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 | Adventure through Nature

04/04/2018 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

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

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

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.)

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/05/2018 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▪
*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




14 DAYS

13 nights accommodation


27 MEALS

13 breakfasts
8 lunches
6 dinners


TRANSPORT

All transport shown

Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 8 Lunches, and 6 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

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

Bullet train ride with Mt. Fuji & Green Tea Ceremony

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

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

Travel Highlights


A visit to a Wasabi Farm to learn about the famous sushi garnish

Shirakawago Village, a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site

Admission to the Itchiku Kubota Museum for Kimono viewing

One of Japan's three most beautiful gardens, Kenrokuen Garden

A walk through the busy Shibuya Crossing

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Fushimi Inari Shrine

Friendly deer to take pictures with in Nara

A day exploring the Hiroshima Peace Park and A-Bomb Dome

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

An enchanting Yokagura Show during your stay in Takachiho

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.

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Day
Day 1
03/23/2018

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/23/2018

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
03/24/2018

Tokyo | Exploring the Multi-Cultural Capital

03/24/2018 Breakfast Lunch
Evening
Return to the Hotel
*Tsukiji Fish Market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. In the Event it is closed, we will skip this stop

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first stop by the Fukagawa Edo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during the old days of Edo. Walk through the city and enjoy walking into houses that recreate life during the period. We will also visit the Kiyosumi Garden located nearby. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through a Japanese garden, and be sure to take a picture of the tea house on the waters.

We will then delve in the old town district of Asakusa for some gift shopping at the Nakamise area. We will also be visiting the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). For lunch, enjoy sushi with fish provided by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides freshest ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike.

After walking around the market for a bit, we will head to Hamarikyu Garden for a tea ceremony. The Japanese garden provides an air of calmness as we enjoy our tea, making it the perfect place to relax before we head off to probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Before returning home, we will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

Day 3
03/25/2018

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Cherry Blossoms in Scenic Japan

03/25/2018 Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Evening
Check into Hotel

After our time in Tokyo, we will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head to the Iyashi no Sato, a traditional craft open-air museum reconstructed from the village's thatched roofed houses. Each house features a different exhibit, workshop, or cafe, including some cooking lessons.

Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty.

Then, we're off to enjoy the fine works of art at the Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum.

While many people want to climb Mt. Fuji, unfortunately the climb is only accessable three months out of the year. However, to visit Japan and not see Mt. Fuji is a real shame, so we make sure to take you to one of the best spots to enjoy Mt. Fuji's beauty. Be sure to take a picture with the mountain for a great memento of your trip!

This Japan tour 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.

Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel or similar

Day 4
03/26/2018

Nagano & Takachiho | The Crow Castle & Wasabi Farm

03/26/2018 Breakfast

Today we will head to Takayama with a couple of interesting stops along the way. First, we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed since construction. The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. Thanks to the unique black color of the castle, it has been dubbed Karasu-jo, the Crow Castle.

We will then venture to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. The Japanese horseradish grown here is used for the popular sushi condiment, as well as other dishes.

Following our visit to the wasabi farm, we reach Takayama. After checking into the hotel, we will head to the Takayama Jinya, which served as the local government office of the old town. Open to the public as a museum, visitors can enjoy browsing through the various rooms for administrative purposes, offices, kitchens, toilets, bath rooms, residential space, a court room and storehouses. We will also visit Takayama's old town. This district is filled with many well-preserved buildings and houses from the Edo Period (1600-1868), back when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.

Takayama Green Hotel or similar

Day 5
03/27/2018

Takachiho, Shirakawago & Kanazawa | Visiting Little Kyoto

03/27/2018 Breakfast Lunch 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 one of these areas we will explore. Enjoy some time to to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities.

After our time in Takayama, we will continue to the small farming community of Shirakawago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old traditional farm homes made using the Japanese gassho-zukuri method. These thatched-roof houses provide a glimpse of what life looked like during another era. We will also be visiting the Nagase house, a former house-turned-museum filled with tools and trinkets.

Leaving the village, our tour takes us to Gyokusentei, rated one star by the Michelin Guide, is a Japanese restaurant made from a 300 year-old traditional Japanese mansion. The garden view and traditional atmosphere mix perfectly with the beauty of Kanazawa.

Our final stop of the day before our hotel is 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.

Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh or similar

Day 6
03/28/2018

Kanazawa, Nara & Kyoto | Photos with Friendly Deer

03/28/2018 Breakfast Lunch
Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

We begin our morning with a visit to the Koke no Sato Wisdom Forest. The Forest of Wisdom is one of the best places to see various Japanese moss, and the Wisdom House in the forest is meant to encourage guests to share experiences with others or engage in a workshop before getting lost in nature.

We move onward to the Yunokuni no Mori, a traditional Japanese handicraft village that converted old thatched-roofed houses into displays that showcases the different arts & crafts of Ishikawa. Enjoy a workshop before we make our way to Yamanakaza for a stunning Geiko (Geisha) show.

Then, we move to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat. After playing with the deer, it's off to the hotel to rest.

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Day 7
03/29/2018

Kyoto | Zen Garden & The Golden Pavilion

03/29/2018 Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins with a visit to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. After taking pictures, it's off to Ryoanji Temple to see the stunning rock gardens. Not all Japanese temples have them, so we made sure to include one of Kyoto's zen gardens.

To avoid getting too repetitive with the temples and shrines, we include a visit to the Nishijin Textile Center for a stunning kimono show! We will then head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind. Once we get all our photos done, we will stop at a sake museum to learn the history of Japan's national drink.

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 8
03/30/2018

Osaka & Himeji | Japanese Castle Architecture & Okonomiyaki

03/30/2018 Breakfast Dinner
Evening
( Dinner - Hiroshima Okonomiyaki (Dinner) ) 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.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar

Day 9
03/31/2018

Hiroshima | The City of Peace

03/31/2018 Breakfast

Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights.

Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island. After our visit, we will spend more time sight-seeing in 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.

Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu or similar

Day 10
04/01/2018

Saga & Nagasaki | Japanese Porcelain & Dutch-Inspirations

04/01/2018 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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
04/02/2018

Kumamoto & Takachiho | The Pride of Kyushu

04/02/2018 Breakfast Dinner

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.

Located next to the castle is the Hosokawa family Mansion, the family home for one of Japan's most powerful samurai families. Walk through the residence to get a better understanding of the life among the elites, and see some relics from the Edo period in the home-turned-museum.

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. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

Hotel Takachiho or similar

Day 12
04/03/2018

Beppu & Matsuyama | Southern Japan's best Hot-Springs

04/03/2018 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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

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

Tsubaki-kan or similar

Day 13
04/04/2018

Takamatsu & Tokushima | Adventure through Nature

04/04/2018 Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Osaka ] Check into Hotel

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

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

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
04/05/2018

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/05/2018 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

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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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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Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

It traditionally consists of seafood placed on top of a small, bite sized portion of vinegared white. The seafood is usually a sliced piece of raw fish; tuna, salmon, yellow tail, or seafood such as shrimp or uni.

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Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki (Japanese style pancakes or pizza) has been a popular dish in Hiroshima. It is primarily made from flour, eggs, cabbage mixed and is cooked on a hot plate.

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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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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

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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Sake Tasting

Kizakura Sake Brewery is a brewery that handles various types of Japanese sake. Kizakura Sake Brewery also makes beer with the same yeast they use for their sake, for a truly unique flavor.

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Kimono Show

Nishijin Textile Center displays several kimonos for viewing and holds demonstrations explaining the techniques involved in creating a beautiful kimono.

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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

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

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Taiko Show

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese drums used for various purposes. The functions have ranged through communication, military, theater, religious ceremonies, and for festival and performances.

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Riding Experience

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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