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11 Days Gion Festival Tour | Anime & Hiroshima

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Tour Descriptions

Celebrate Japan's most famous festival during our Kyoto Gion Festival Tour | Anime & Hiroshima in the colorful city of Kyoto. This tour includes the best Anime spots of Tokyo, the magnificent Gion Festival, and time spent at the beautiful City of Peace. The perfect blend of attractions, this tour has a little bit of everything Japan has to offer!
To secure a ticket for the Ghibli Museum, guests must provide their passport information and full payment for the tour by the 1st of the month prior to the date the tour visits the museum.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

07/10/2019

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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

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

Tokyo | Anime Adventures

07/11/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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Kicking things off with our anime tour, we head to the stunning Tokyo Skytree to explore the Pokemon Mega Center, a must-go for all Pokemon lovers. Besides all the Pokemon goods they sell, they also have a battling and trading room for customers to interact with other Pokemon fans. There are also other great souvenir shops and anime stores to check out while at SkyTree's Solamachi shopping area. Browse the JUMP store or explore a few recommended stores like: Tokyo Banana (Japan's top souvenir) & Ameshin (Beautiful Japanese Candy Art).

After our time at Skytree, we will head to Akihabara, the town of anime. While there, enjoy shopping at some of the most popular otaku destinations, including Animate. Animate carries all kinds of character goods, electronics, and games from current and popular anime/manga series. There's plenty of free time in Akihabara, so Japan Deluxe Tours recommends exploring Super Potato for vintage games, SEGA arcade, visit a Maid Cafe, or just explore the city during your Anime Tour.

After shopping through the Electronic Town of Akihabara, we will take a brief walk to the anime-famous Kanda Shrine. Famously featured in anime such as Love Live! and collaborating with hit anime & manga like My Hero Academia, Kanda Shrine is the only shrine to offer good luck charms for electronics and anime characters. After a brief time relaxing at the Anime shrine, it's off to the Robot Restaurant for dinner and a show. Enjoy thunderous music and crazy colors at a show unlike any other. Be sure to have your camera ready for the giant robots and dancing performers. We then return to the hotel.

Tokyo | Ramen and Anime Culture

07/12/2019 Breakfast

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

View Hotel Detail

We will begin our morning with a trip to Tokyo Tower, Japan’s iconic tower. Tokyo Tower has been taken over by One Piece, resulting in Tokyo One Piece Tower. Known as Tongari Island, this event is filled with attractions, wonderful restaurants, and a live-action show designed to wow fans of all ages. After our time at the tower, we will swing by the famous Ni-Tele Big Clock, or the Ghibli Clock as some call it. This massive clock was designed by Hayao Miyzaki and is sure to delight any Ghibli fan with it's charming show!

Following our time at the clock, our anime tour will head to the lively Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Central Station. The area is lined with various anime-themed shops, including a Jump Store, Pokemon Center, Hello Kitty shop, Ghibli store, and more! There's also Tokyo Ramen Street, Okashi Land, and Gachapon Street, perfect for someone who wants some lunch and to do a little more gift shopping for friends or for themselves! We recommend trying Tokyo Ramen Street for lunch, or explore the station and try great choices like Ikinari Steak, McDonalds, or other familiar options. After our adventures at Character Street, we will visit the anime specialized shopping complex: Nakano Broadway. Explore the many stores dedicated to anime and otaku goods or try the eight-layer ice-cream they serve downstairs!

Once we finish up at Nakano Broadway, we head east to visit the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Film fans will definitely enjoy the artistic museum, which not only exhibits the history and techniques of animation but also plays short movies in a theater room, produced exclusively for the museum. We then proceed to the hotel.

Tokyo | Museums, Gardens, & Sushi

07/13/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo ( Western Style )

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Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

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

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

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 start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights on Tokyo! From there, it's off to 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 Japan's traditional period.

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, we will enjoy authentic Teppan-Yaki before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy districts home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion, or visit one of the local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii deserts!

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 | Traditional Crafts & Hot-Springs

07/14/2019 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel ( Western Style )

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Yumoto Fujiya Hotel

The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is a relaxing hot-spring resort for your stay in Hakone. The perfect spot to enjoy your vacation, relax in comfort surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a variety of indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. The onsite restaurant serves delicious Japanese meals and stay connected with high-speed internet (LAN) in your room.

Nearby......
-Hakone Hot Springs
-Odawara Castle
-Hakone Open Air Museum

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Our morning begins with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Enjoy over 120 sculptures and artwork in Japan's first ever open air museum. There are multiple exhibition halls to fascinate children and adults alike, as well as a foot-bath by natural hot-springs for a bit of relaxation before we continue on to Hakone!.

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! We will also visit the Hakone Shrine before we make our way to our hotel!

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!

Note: In the event of poor weather conditions, we will visit the Pola Museum of Art instead of the Open-Air Museum.

Kyoto | Embark on a Speedy Bullet Train Ride

07/15/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi ( Western Style )

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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

Located in the heart of Kyoto with just a brief walk to the Kujo Station, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi has everything you need for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. Stay connected in the hotel and your rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, enjoy a meal at their hotel restaurant, or relax in the soothing hot-spring waters on site. Just a short walk away from the station and some of Kyoto's best landmarks, the Keihan Hachijouchi is the perfect hotel to unwind after an extensive Japan tour.

Nearby..........
-Kyoto Tower
-Fushimi Inari Shrine
-Kiyomizu Temple

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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. In Kyoto, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko lunch. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the lunch is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture.

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. After we take our photos, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This street is filled with shops and souvenir stands as well as a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago. We then proceed to the hotel.

Kyoto & Nara | The Center of Japanese Culture

07/16/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi ( Western Style )

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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

Located in the heart of Kyoto with just a brief walk to the Kujo Station, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi has everything you need for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. Stay connected in the hotel and your rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, enjoy a meal at their hotel restaurant, or relax in the soothing hot-spring waters on site. Just a short walk away from the station and some of Kyoto's best landmarks, the Keihan Hachijouchi is the perfect hotel to unwind after an extensive Japan tour.

Nearby..........
-Kyoto Tower
-Fushimi Inari Shrine
-Kiyomizu Temple

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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 our time at the Golden Pavilion, we will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. We will also stop for a kaiten sushi lunch during your Japan tour. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After our tea ceremony, 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 | Magnificent Floats of the Gion Festival

07/17/2019 Breakfast
Featured Destinations & Experiences

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi ( Western Style )

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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

Located in the heart of Kyoto with just a brief walk to the Kujo Station, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi has everything you need for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. Stay connected in the hotel and your rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, enjoy a meal at their hotel restaurant, or relax in the soothing hot-spring waters on site. Just a short walk away from the station and some of Kyoto's best landmarks, the Keihan Hachijouchi is the perfect hotel to unwind after an extensive Japan tour.

Nearby..........
-Kyoto Tower
-Fushimi Inari Shrine
-Kiyomizu Temple

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All Day
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today is the day of the Kyoto Gion Festival, the most famous festival in Japan. There are hundreds of food vendors, carnival games, activities, parades, art displays, and more.

The highight of the event is definitely the procession of its magnificent floats which weigh up to 12 tons. Be sure to check out the food booths for some a wide selection of delicious Japanese festival foods.

Hyogo & Okayama | UNESCO Castle Visit

07/18/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi ( Western Style )

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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi

Located in the heart of Kyoto with just a brief walk to the Kujo Station, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi has everything you need for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. Stay connected in the hotel and your rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, enjoy a meal at their hotel restaurant, or relax in the soothing hot-spring waters on site. Just a short walk away from the station and some of Kyoto's best landmarks, the Keihan Hachijouchi is the perfect hotel to unwind after an extensive Japan tour.

Nearby..........
-Kyoto Tower
-Fushimi Inari Shrine
-Kiyomizu Temple

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Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to 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.

From there, it's off to Okayama Prefecture to visit Kurashiki. Kurashiki is a beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes and is as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as town of storehouses and served as an important rice distribution center. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Hiroshima | Famous Floating Shrine & The City of Peace

07/19/2019 Breakfast Lunch

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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Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to 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, it's off to the 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.

Hiroshima | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

07/20/2019 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.
If you plan on flying from Haneda, Narita, Kansai, or Itami Airport(s),
Please refer to our Hiroshima Airport page for more details.

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




11 DAYS

10 nights accommodation


18 MEALS

10 breakfasts
5 lunches
3 dinner


TRANSPORT

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Kyoto Gion Festival Tour with Anime & Hiroshima Map

Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 5 Lunches, and 3 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

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

Bullet train ride with Mt. Fuji & Green Tea Ceremony

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

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

Travel Highlights


The Kyoto Gion Festival in full Procession

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Golden Pavilion

A stroll through the Bamboo Groves of Kyoto's Arashiyama

Sightseeing through Tokyo's Multi-Cultural attractions

Shopping for anime goods at Tokyo Character Street

Sushi at the well-known Tsukiji Fish Market

A trip to the Ghibli Museum & Ghibli Clock

A walk along the endless gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

An unforgettable show at the Robot Restaurant

A trip to the famous Floating Torii gates of Itsukushima Shrine

Explore teh grounds of Himeji Castle in Hyogo

Important Information


The maximum number of participants will not exceed 26 people during your Japan tour. Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please note that your bus and tour guide may be changed if other groups join the tour.

Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement in order to guarantee single room accommodation.

We request one suitcase, one carry-on bag, and an overnight bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room.

Please note: The maximum weight of a checked in bag is typically 20 Kilograms or 44 Pounds. You will be traveling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride (if applicable).

All hotel rooms come with a full bathroom and room amenities free of charge unless stated otherwise.

All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi.

All of our tours begin in either Tokyo or Osaka/Kyoto. When beginning or ending a tour in Tokyo, please book flights to or from Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport. For tours beginning or ending in Osaka/Kyoto, please book flights to or from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport.

We recommend you do not book your flights until the tour status changes from Book Now to Guaranteed Departure. You can also contact us if you would like for Japan Deluxe Tour's to arrange your flights.

Traveling and visiting sights in Japan includes a good amount of walking. To fully enjoy the tour, please be prepared to keep up with the pace of the group, climb stairs with no difficulty, and wear comfortable shoes for all day use.

Guests with tattoos may not be able to use the hot-springs or onsens while in Japan. We apologize if you are unable to enjoy this experience during your stay.

We understand sometimes unanticipated situations may arise before or even during your Japan tour. In order to best assist you when things don't go as planned, Japan Deluxe Tours recommends purchasing travel insurance offered through Travel Guard® Insurance.

Travel Guard® Insurance offers coverage for: Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage Delay, Medical Expense (deductible required), Emergency Medical Transportation, and an Exclusive Family Protection Plan: One child 16 or under will receive coverage at no additional cost for every adult that purchase a protection plan. Every Travel Guard policy includes 24-hour emergency travel assistance services for emergencies or last-minute travel changes, such as re-booking flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, tracking lost luggage, and more!
For more information about coverage, view our Travel Insurance Page.

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Please notify us before your tour starts if you have any dietary restrictions or requirements we should be aware about. Japan Deluxe Tours can provide Vegetarian meals for guests, and we will do our best to cater to any serious allergies or dietary restrictions. We will not be able to substitute or change meals after your tour begins.

Day
Day 1
07/10/2019

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

07/10/2019

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
07/11/2019

Tokyo | Anime Adventures

07/11/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Kicking things off with our anime tour, we head to the stunning Tokyo Skytree to explore the Pokemon Mega Center, a must-go for all Pokemon lovers. Besides all the Pokemon goods they sell, they also have a battling and trading room for customers to interact with other Pokemon fans. There are also other great souvenir shops and anime stores to check out while at SkyTree's Solamachi shopping area. Browse the JUMP store or explore a few recommended stores like: Tokyo Banana (Japan's top souvenir) & Ameshin (Beautiful Japanese Candy Art).

After our time at Skytree, we will head to Akihabara, the town of anime. While there, enjoy shopping at some of the most popular otaku destinations, including Animate. Animate carries all kinds of character goods, electronics, and games from current and popular anime/manga series. There's plenty of free time in Akihabara, so Japan Deluxe Tours recommends exploring Super Potato for vintage games, SEGA arcade, visit a Maid Cafe, or just explore the city during your Anime Tour.

After shopping through the Electronic Town of Akihabara, we will take a brief walk to the anime-famous Kanda Shrine. Famously featured in anime such as Love Live! and collaborating with hit anime & manga like My Hero Academia, Kanda Shrine is the only shrine to offer good luck charms for electronics and anime characters. After a brief time relaxing at the Anime shrine, it's off to the Robot Restaurant for dinner and a show. Enjoy thunderous music and crazy colors at a show unlike any other. Be sure to have your camera ready for the giant robots and dancing performers. We then return to the hotel.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 3
07/12/2019

Tokyo | Ramen and Anime Culture

07/12/2019 Breakfast

We will begin our morning with a trip to Tokyo Tower, Japan’s iconic tower. Tokyo Tower has been taken over by One Piece, resulting in Tokyo One Piece Tower. Known as Tongari Island, this event is filled with attractions, wonderful restaurants, and a live-action show designed to wow fans of all ages. After our time at the tower, we will swing by the famous Ni-Tele Big Clock, or the Ghibli Clock as some call it. This massive clock was designed by Hayao Miyzaki and is sure to delight any Ghibli fan with it's charming show!

Following our time at the clock, our anime tour will head to the lively Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Central Station. The area is lined with various anime-themed shops, including a Jump Store, Pokemon Center, Hello Kitty shop, Ghibli store, and more! There's also Tokyo Ramen Street, Okashi Land, and Gachapon Street, perfect for someone who wants some lunch and to do a little more gift shopping for friends or for themselves! We recommend trying Tokyo Ramen Street for lunch, or explore the station and try great choices like Ikinari Steak, McDonalds, or other familiar options. After our adventures at Character Street, we will visit the anime specialized shopping complex: Nakano Broadway. Explore the many stores dedicated to anime and otaku goods or try the eight-layer ice-cream they serve downstairs!

Once we finish up at Nakano Broadway, we head east to visit the famed Ghibli Museum. This animation and art museum exhibits works of Miyazaki Hayao, creator of world famous films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Ghibli Film fans will definitely enjoy the artistic museum, which not only exhibits the history and techniques of animation but also plays short movies in a theater room, produced exclusively for the museum. We then proceed to the hotel.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 4
07/13/2019

Tokyo | Museums, Gardens, & Sushi

07/13/2019 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 start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights on Tokyo! From there, it's off to 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 Japan's traditional period.

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, we will enjoy authentic Teppan-Yaki before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy districts home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion, or visit one of the local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii deserts!

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.

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 5
07/14/2019

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Traditional Crafts & Hot-Springs

07/14/2019 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Our morning begins with a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Enjoy over 120 sculptures and artwork in Japan's first ever open air museum. There are multiple exhibition halls to fascinate children and adults alike, as well as a foot-bath by natural hot-springs for a bit of relaxation before we continue on to Hakone!.

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! We will also visit the Hakone Shrine before we make our way to our hotel!

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!

Note: In the event of poor weather conditions, we will visit the Pola Museum of Art instead of the Open-Air Museum.

Yumoto Fujiya Hotel or similar

Day 6
07/15/2019

Kyoto | Embark on a Speedy Bullet Train Ride

07/15/2019 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. In Kyoto, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko lunch. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the lunch is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture.

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. After we take our photos, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This street is filled with shops and souvenir stands as well as a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 7
07/16/2019

Kyoto & Nara | The Center of Japanese Culture

07/16/2019 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 our time at the Golden Pavilion, we will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. We will also stop for a kaiten sushi lunch during your Japan tour. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After our tea ceremony, 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.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 8
07/17/2019

Kyoto | Magnificent Floats of the Gion Festival

07/17/2019 Breakfast
All Day
Evening
Return to the Hotel

Today is the day of the Kyoto Gion Festival, the most famous festival in Japan. There are hundreds of food vendors, carnival games, activities, parades, art displays, and more.

The highight of the event is definitely the procession of its magnificent floats which weigh up to 12 tons. Be sure to check out the food booths for some a wide selection of delicious Japanese festival foods.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 9
07/18/2019

Hyogo & Okayama | UNESCO Castle Visit

07/18/2019 Breakfast Dinner
Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin today by heading to 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.

From there, it's off to Okayama Prefecture to visit Kurashiki. Kurashiki is a beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes and is as an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as town of storehouses and served as an important rice distribution center. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 10
07/19/2019

Hiroshima | Famous Floating Shrine & The City of Peace

07/19/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to 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, it's off to the 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.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar

Day 11
07/20/2019

Hiroshima | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

07/20/2019 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.
If you plan on flying from Haneda, Narita, Kansai, or Itami Airport(s),
Please refer to our Hiroshima Airport page for more details.

Dining Experience

Kaiseki Ryori

Kaiseki Ryori

It is a traditional Japanese multi course meal consists of multiple small dishes starting with appetizers and sashimi then leading to the main dishes tempura and grilled fish, rice, pickled vegetables, and miso soup.

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Hoto Udon

Hoto

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

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Nigiri Sushi

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

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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Ramen

Ramen

Ramen has developed into a popular dish in Japan and throughout the world. Ramen consists of noodles, soup, and toppings, each with a great variety of choices.

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Cultural Experience

Green Tea Ceremony

Green Tea Ceremony

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

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Japanese Sake

Sake Tasting

Experience the unique flavors of the various types of Japanese sake. Sample Japan's national drink during your Japan tour.

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Ladies in colorful kimono

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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Outdoor Hot Spring

Hot Spring

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

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Japanese Style Hotel with tatami mat

Japanese Style Hotel

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

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Gion Festiavl

Gion Festival

Gion Festival, the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July.

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Anime girl holding Japanese Sword

Anime & J-Pop

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

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Riding Experience

Bullet Train

Bullet Train

World known as The Bullet Train, The Shinkansen fascinates foreign tourists. Shinkansen runs average 300kmh, about 186mph, and they depart every 10 minutes in rush hours very punctual.

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Rickshaw

Rickshaw

Rickshaw (Jinrikisha) is two-wheeled cart that is pulled by a single person and carries one to two passengers at a time.

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Hakone Ropeway

Hakone Ropeway

The Hakone Ropeway is an aerial lift that takes you 1000 m (2830 ft) above sea level for scenic views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi (if weather permits).

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I would do Japan Deluxe again and again

By traveler Paul L. on 2017

Japan Deluxe was absolutely amazing. The tour guide was top notch. Hiroko is recommended by me to be everyone's tour guide. The amount of sights seen, free time given to explore, meals provided, transportation given and experience being offered. I would do Japan Deluxe again and again. The...


Hiroko made Japan fun and I would love to came back

By traveler Sophat C. on 2017

Hiroko is such a hard worker. I feel that there should be an assistant helping her out because this tour group is a huge amount of people. It's hard to watch over everyone. Hiroko help out and show us where to go during our free time. I thank her for giving us the free time. I was able to do a...


All places were spot on! Had the best time ever

By traveler Carlos F. on 2017

Best place visited in this tour: Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Best experience had in Japan: The kindness and respectfulness of people. Any place went to visit next time: Some places all over Japanese is a beautiful country.


It was very fun with the group

By traveler Montserrat F. on 2017

Best place visited in this tour: Tokyo Best experience had in Japan: Spending time looking different places with the other group members. Any place went to visit next time: More areas in Tokyo It was very fun!


This tour was excellent. We got to see many sights.

By traveler Lydia C. on 2016

Best place visited during the tour: Mt. Fuji, Sensoji Temple, Fushimi Inari Best experience had in Japan: All of it was wonderful - clear day at Mt. Fuji Any place you want to visit again/next time: North of Japan This tour was excellent. My only comment on suggestions is spending one more...


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