7 Days Essence of Spring | Southern Japan - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour

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Tour Descriptions

Forget the ordinary for your vacation and come join our Essence of Spring | Southern Japan Tour package for something new! Explore Kyushu and Shikoku, the untouched, scenic southern islands of Japan during the scenic spring cherry blossom season. Embark on an epic journy to see a new side of Japan on a Spring vacation you'll remember for years to come.
Itinerary

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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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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 KIX Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 70 mins (Bus)
From ITM Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 30 mins (Bus)

Hiroshima | History of World War 2 & Japanese Savory Pancakes

Breakfast Lunch

Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel ( Western Style )

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Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel

Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel is located in next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. All the rooms are remodeled with modern furnishings and feature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed. The facility contains a indoor pool, business service, internet lounge, fitness center, and a spa. The hotel's location gives you easy access to the city's trolley system to Hiroshima Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Nearby.........
-Department store and Station building
Yaleyale in 5 mins by walk.
ASSE (Station building) Next to the Hotel
Hiroshima Peace Park in 15 mins by trolley
Hiroshima Castle in 17 mins by trolley

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Our Japan tour will begin with a bullet train ride 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. We will also see the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war.

After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best scenery's.

Saga & Takachiho | Natural Scenery & Yokagura Show

Breakfast Dinner

SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL ( Western Style )

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Afternoon
Evening
Yokagura Check into Hotel

Our day begins in Saga with a visit to the Yoshinogari Historical Park. This park is filled with buildings preserved from the Yayoi-period. Walk around the grounds and learn about the history of Japan at this wonderful park filled with Japanese history.

We will then pass by Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and among the largest in the world. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

Takachiho & Beppu | Myths and Legends come Alive

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Beppuwan Royal Hotel ( Western Style )

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Beppuwan Royal Hotel

Beppu is world famous for their hot springs located near the ocean and mountain side. It is like paradise for weary travelers wanting to soak their fatigue away and relax in a hot-steam bath. Beppu-wan Royal Hotel is located at Hiji Town with one of the best view of Beppu Bay. It has great access to sightseeing spots including Beppu City, Yufuin, Kunisaki Peninsula, and popular theme park "Harmony Land.''

Near by...
-Theme Park
Harmony Land in 15 mins by taxi

-Peninsula
Kunisaki Peninsula          in 45 mins by taxi

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Afternoon
Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin our day at 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.

Then, we will head to 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.

Matsuyama | Visiting Ancient Castles

Breakfast 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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To start our day, 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. Enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride through the city grounds, or watch a traditional Taiko drum show in the evening (additional fee's may apply).

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Osaka ]
*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

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

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




7 DAYS

6 nights accommodation


12 MEALS

6 breakfasts
2 lunches
4 dinners


TRANSPORT

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Essence of Spring | Southern Tour Japan

Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 2 Lunches, and 4 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

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

A trip to the famous Floating Torii gates of Itsukushima Shrine

A stroll through Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu's beautiful Japanese garden

Time overlooking the ocean's spectacular Naruto Whirlpools

A chance to brave the Tour of Hell

Dogo Onsen, a 3,000 year old hot-springs, where former royalty has stayed

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

A complimentary Taiko Show during your stay in Matsuyama

See the stunning Matsuyama Castle in Ehnime

Shopping for souvenirs at Tunnel Station

Important Information


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We cannot guarantee cherry blossoms will be in full bloom for viewing during this tour. Please refer to our Cherry Blossom Forecast page for updates and information about Sakura Cherry Blossoms and when they are expected to bloom in select cities.

Day
Day 1

Osaka | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

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

**INFORMATION**
From KIX Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 70 mins (Bus)
From ITM Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 30 mins (Bus)

Day 2

Hiroshima | History of World War 2 & Japanese Savory Pancakes

Breakfast Lunch

Our Japan tour will begin with a bullet train ride 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. We will also see the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war.

After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best scenery's.

Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel or similar

Day 3

Saga & Takachiho | Natural Scenery & Yokagura Show

Breakfast Dinner
Afternoon
Evening
Yokagura Check into Hotel

Our day begins in Saga with a visit to the Yoshinogari Historical Park. This park is filled with buildings preserved from the Yayoi-period. Walk around the grounds and learn about the history of Japan at this wonderful park filled with Japanese history.

We will then pass by Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and among the largest in the world. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

SOLEST TAKACHIHO HOTEL or similar

Day 4

Takachiho & Beppu | Myths and Legends come Alive

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Afternoon
Evening
Check into Hotel

We will begin our day at 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.

Then, we will head to 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.

Beppuwan Royal Hotel or similar

Day 5

Matsuyama | Visiting Ancient Castles

Breakfast Dinner

To start our day, 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. Enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride through the city grounds, or watch a traditional Taiko drum show in the evening (additional fee's may apply).

Tsubaki-kan or similar

Day 6

Takamatsu & Tokushima | The best of Shikoku with Cherry Blossoms

Breakfast Lunch
Evening
[ Osaka ]
*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

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.)

The Park Front Hotel At USJ or similar

Day 7

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

**INFORMATION**
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

Dining Experience

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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Udon

Udon

Udon are Japanese thick noodles made from wheat flour. The thickness of the udon noodle varies by type of udon but udons in general are the thickest types of noodles in Japan.

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Cultural Experience

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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Taiko Show

Taiko Show

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese drums used throughout Japan's history. It is believed Taiko drums have been in Japan since the Kofun period in the 6th century.

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

Start Twin Share Note
Mar 25, 2019
$3748
$3185
Quo Rsv
Mar 29, 2019
$3748
$3185
Quo Rsv
Apr 06, 2019
$3748
$3185
Quo Rsv
Apr 17, 2019
$3748
$3185
Quo Rsv

Customer Reviews

Overall Customer Rating 26 customer reviews

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3 star
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All Spots and Experiences were 5/5!

By traveler Aidan R. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: All spots
Best experience had in Japan: Too many to choose
Any place you want to visit next time: Hokkaido


Loved the cherry blossoms all over Japan

By traveler Christopher M. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Anywhere there was Cherry Blossoms
Best experience had in Japan: bullet train, tea ceremony
Any place you want to visit next time: See cherry blossoms at full bloom


Beppu was quite the experience on our tour

By traveler Hamed A. on 2018

Not enough time to enjoy places we saw. We were in the bus for 2 to 3 hours and once we got to the place, we were only given 20 to 25 min to enjoy the place. We had very little free time as well.
Best place visited in this tour: Hiroshima Peace Park
Best experience had in Japan:...


Greatly enjoyed the cleanliness and polite people

By traveler Rosemary & Norbert on 2018

Best place visited in this tour:
Best experience had in Japan: the cleanliness and polite people
Any place went to visit next time: the Northern Part


Kazu was the best guide we ever had!

By traveler Leopold & Sanny on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Cherry blossoms
Best experience had in Japan: driving through the mountains
Any place you want to visit next time: Kyoto


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