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Fujidana
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Northern Culture Museum
Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata Wisteria
Itsukushima - Miyajima
Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata Wisteria
Himeji Castle
Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata Wisteria
Golden Pavilion
Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata Wisteria
Asakusa
Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata Wisteria
Bullet Train
Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata Wisteria
Tea Ceremony

Tour Descriptions

Discover the treasures both north and south of Japan on this adventerous Highlights of Japan | Hiroshima & Niigata package. Enjoy a dynamic adventure starting north in Niigata, then make your way south to Hiroshima to the best treasures south of Japan, including the famous floating gates off the coast!
Itinerary

Tokyo Arrival

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Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

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Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

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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)

Niigata | Japanese Mansion & Wisteria Tunnels

Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Okura Niigata ( Western Style )

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Hotel Okura Niigata
Morning
Bullet Train ( Sushi - Lunch )
Afternoon
Evening
Check into a hotel

We begin our day with a ride on the bullet train to Niigata. Shortly after the ride, we will stop for a sushi lunch and sample sake at the Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery. This brewery was founded in 1767 and showcases some of the best sake of Niigata.

After our lunch, it's off to the Northern Culture Museum, a Japanese mansion that once belonged to the Ito Family. The Ito Family was a wealthy family in the 1800's that donated their home and artworks so future generations could appreciate them the way they did. Before we call it a day, it's off to Fujidana to see wisteria trees at the Northern Culture Museum. We then head to the hotel.

Niigata | Strawberry Picking & Sake Tasting

Breakfast Lunch
or similar

Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

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Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

Today begins with a visit to the Fukushima-Gata Sea, then some strawberry picking. Niigata is known for juicy, fresh produce, and the strawberries are some of the best to enjoy!

After strawberry picking, we're off to Niigata Furumachi Geigi to see a lovely show. We will be taking a bullet train back to Tokyo, but first will stop along the way at Ponshukan Sake Vending Machines. Only a minute away from Niigata Station, the Ponshukan has a sake sampling area filled with vending machines that features over 90 variaties of locally brewed sake from Niigata.

We will then reach Tokyo and check into our hotel.

Tokyo | Make your way through Japan's Capital

Breakfast Lunch
or similar

Tokyo Dome Hotel ( Western Style )

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Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel is great access to Tokyo Dome next door. Suidobashi Station is walking distance from the hotel and is connected to the hot spots of Japan like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Tokyo Station. The guest rooms' decor is modern and warm, with wooden furniture and metallic accents. All rooms are available to use Free high-speed Internet . There is free high-speed WI-FI available. The hotel offers free limousine bus service to both Narita and Haneda airport.

Near by........
-Amusement Park
Tokyo Dome City Attractions within Walking distance

-University
University of Tokyo in 20 mins by Taxi

View Hotel Detail

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. Following our time at the market, the tour will probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion.

Experience the chaos and beauty that is Takeshita Dori, the place to go for fashion and crepes. Before leaving Takeshita Dori, walk along Omotesando street, a popular shopping destination lined with trendy cafe's in between. Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Scenic Ropeway & Traditional Japanese Dinner

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 morning begins with a visit 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. We will continue our journey to Hakone after our time in Tokyo.

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

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 meal known as Kaiseki Ryori!

Kyoto & Nara | The heart of Traditional Japan

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

View Hotel Detail

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride.

We will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. 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, 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. We then return to the hotel.

Kyoto | Rickshaw through the Bamboo Forest

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

View Hotel Detail

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! Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax before going back to the hotel. 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, Hyogo & Hiroshima | Sampling the finest Flavors

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 the Kuromon Ichiban Market in Osaka. This is the same market professional chefs in Osaka use to purchase new equipment for their kitchens. You can also find fresh produce and sample some of the flavors unique to this part of Japan.

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. After our time in Himeji, we will head to Hiroshima.

Hiroshima | Famous Floating Shrine & the City of Peace

Breakfast

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.

View Hotel Detail

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.

Hiroshima Departure

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 Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Airport(HIJ) - about 45 mins (Bus)

This tour disbands in Hiroshima.

▪Important Notice▪
*Itinerary and hotels are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
*Complimentary airport/hotel transfers are for designated airports only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
*Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please make a note that your bus and tour guide may be changed once other groups join the tour.
*B : Breakfast   L : Lunch   D : Dinner




10 DAYS

9 nights accommodation


17 MEALS

9 breakfasts
6 lunches
2 dinners


TRANSPORT

All transport shown

Tour Includes


8 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 6 Lunches, and 2 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


Admission to the Northern Culture Museum

Souviner shopping & Sake Tasting at Imayotsukasa Brewery

Sake Sampling at Ponshukan Sake Vending Machine

Fresh Strawberry Picking in Niigata

Tokyo's lively Harajuku and Takeshita Dori

Zen Rock Garden visit at Ryoanji Temple

Kyoto's Gion-Geisha District where you just might spot a Geisha

Time spent taking pictures with deer in Nara

Owakudani Valley's Black Steamed Eggs snack

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

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.

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.

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!
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Day
Day 1

Tokyo Arrival

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 Dome Hotel or similar

Day 2

Niigata | Japanese Mansion & Wisteria Tunnels

Breakfast Lunch
Morning
Bullet Train ( Sushi - Lunch )
Afternoon
Evening
Check into a hotel

We begin our day with a ride on the bullet train to Niigata. Shortly after the ride, we will stop for a sushi lunch and sample sake at the Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery. This brewery was founded in 1767 and showcases some of the best sake of Niigata.

After our lunch, it's off to the Northern Culture Museum, a Japanese mansion that once belonged to the Ito Family. The Ito Family was a wealthy family in the 1800's that donated their home and artworks so future generations could appreciate them the way they did. Before we call it a day, it's off to Fujidana to see wisteria trees at the Northern Culture Museum. We then head to the hotel.

Hotel Okura Niigata or similar

Day 3

Niigata | Strawberry Picking & Sake Tasting

Breakfast Lunch

Today begins with a visit to the Fukushima-Gata Sea, then some strawberry picking. Niigata is known for juicy, fresh produce, and the strawberries are some of the best to enjoy!

After strawberry picking, we're off to Niigata Furumachi Geigi to see a lovely show. We will be taking a bullet train back to Tokyo, but first will stop along the way at Ponshukan Sake Vending Machines. Only a minute away from Niigata Station, the Ponshukan has a sake sampling area filled with vending machines that features over 90 variaties of locally brewed sake from Niigata.

We will then reach Tokyo and check into our hotel.

Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 4

Tokyo | Make your way through Japan's Capital

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. Following our time at the market, the tour will probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion.

Experience the chaos and beauty that is Takeshita Dori, the place to go for fashion and crepes. Before leaving Takeshita Dori, walk along Omotesando street, a popular shopping destination lined with trendy cafe's in between. Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.

Tokyo Dome Hotel or similar

Day 5

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Scenic Ropeway & Traditional Japanese Dinner

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our morning begins with a visit 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. We will continue our journey to Hakone after our time in Tokyo.

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

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 meal known as Kaiseki Ryori!

Kanponoyado Atami or similar

Day 6

Kyoto & Nara | The heart of Traditional Japan

Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride.

We will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. 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, 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. We then return to the hotel.

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Day 7

Kyoto | Rickshaw through the Bamboo Forest

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! Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax before going back to the hotel. 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

Osaka, Hyogo & Hiroshima | Sampling the finest Flavors

Breakfast Dinner
Evening
(Dinner - Hiroshima Okonomiyaki (Dinner) ) Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to the Kuromon Ichiban Market in Osaka. This is the same market professional chefs in Osaka use to purchase new equipment for their kitchens. You can also find fresh produce and sample some of the flavors unique to this part of Japan.

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. After our time in Himeji, we will head to Hiroshima.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar

Day 9

Hiroshima | Famous Floating Shrine & the City of Peace

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.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar

Day 10

Hiroshima Departure

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 Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Airport(HIJ) - about 45 mins (Bus)

This tour disbands in Hiroshima.

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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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

Experience the unique flavors of the various types of Japanese sake. Learn to discern the differences between each sake and perhaps you will find a new favorite.

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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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Fujidana

There is a famous 150 year-old Wisteria-trellis (Fujidana) at Northern Culture Museum in Niigata. The mass of blue blossoms and the sweet fragrance have a soothing effect.

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Niigata Furumachi Geigi

Niigata Furumachi is one of the three biggest GEIKO City as well as Kyoto and Tokyo. Furumachi Geigi is said to have a 200 year tradition and is still ongoing.

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Strawberry Picking

Niigata is famous for producing big, juicy, and sweet brand strawberries. In the strawberry picking event there, people can enjoy picking various kinds of brand strawberries which are made in there.

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Riding Experience

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 (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

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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Tour Departure and Prices *Price per person. Airfare is not included.

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May 10, 2018
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