16 Days Takayama Festival & Anime | Grand Tour

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Take photos of massive floats with dancing mechanical puppets, traditional Japanese arts, and dance to the roaring sound of drums during our fully-guided Takayama Festival & Anime | Grand Japan Tour for an epic holiday vacation. This fully-guided Japan tour showcases the highlights of Japan's three biggest islands with lively fun at the Takayama Festival.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

10/04/2019

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! Japan Deluxe Tours has arranged transportation services to meet you at your airport's arrival lobby and will take you to your hotel. Keep an eye out for a sign with your name on it to find your driver.
Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

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


Tokyo | The best spots for Anime Shopping

10/05/2019 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 | Anime Across the City

10/06/2019 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.)

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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. 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.


Tokyo | Tradition & Pop-Culture

10/07/2019 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.)

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Today, your vacation will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights in Tokyo. From there, your tour is off to the Fukagawa Edo Museum to get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during Japan's traditional days of Edo. Travel back in time and walk through the old city of Tokyo made to recreate life during Japan's Edo period.

From there, your tour group will delve into the old town district of Asakusa for some traditional Japanese souvenir and gift shopping at the Nakamise area. Your Japan tour will also travel through the majestic 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 shopping district. Enjoy Japanese arts and traditional snacks with your tour group through this can't miss Tokyo temple. For lunch, we will enjoy a delicious, authentic Teppan-Yaki meal before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the unique Japanese scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy district home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion and Japanese street fashion style. Be sure to visit one of Harajuku's local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii Tokyo treats in the lively Takeshita Dori. The decadent Omotesando is also nearby, home to incredible Japanese cafes and luxury shopping.

Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily. This crosswalk gathers as much foot traffic as New York City, and crossing is an experience unlike any other. While here, our Tokyo tour will also visit the popular Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the internationally-known story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner. This Tokyo spot is a popular meet-up area for couples and friends when visiting Shibuya Station. Anime fans have probably seen this famous statue and crosswalk in some of their favorite anime & manga works like Persona5 or Tokyo Ghoul. After making our way through the crossing with your tour guide, we will head to a depachika to explore a variety of Japanese foods and snacks. These department store food floors are packed with an impressive collection of cuisine to choose from before we return to the hotel.


Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Scenic Gardens, Museums, & Nature

10/08/2019 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Shirakaba Resorts Ikenotaira Hotel ( Western Style )

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Shirakaba Resorts Ikenotaira Hotel

The Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Hotel is nestled right by Lake Shirakaba, tucked away from the loud noises of the city. Enjoy a relaxing stay at this family oriented hotel that boasts numerous attractions to keep guests satisfied from check-in to check-out. For those shy about using hot-springs, the hotel allows guests to use their swim suits instead for an enjoyable experience.

Nearby..........
-Shirakabako-Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum
-Shadow-cut Picture Glass Music Box Museum of the World
-Shirakaba Familyland

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After our time in Tokyo, our vacation will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head off to enjoy the fine works of art at the Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum. Browse through the decadent collection of Kimono decorated in this traditional Japanese art.

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 local Japanese specialty is a must for any tourist in Mt. Fuji.

After lunch, it's off to Lake Shirakaba to enjoy the stunning fall foliage. During your Autumn Takayama Festival Japan tour, your group tour will venture to Mt. Tateshina to enjoy the crisp hue's of red, orange and yellow leaves. While Spring is Japan's Cherry Blossom season, Autumn is easily the Fall Foliage season in Japan. Mt. Tateshina is a popular nature spot for photographers and hikers alike. Thanks to the mild Fall climate, the hiking paths of Mt. Tateshina are excellent to connect with Japan's season and nature. Take plenty of photographs along the lake while thousands of red and yellow leaves are reflected along the water. Enjoy the scenery or relax in your hotel.


Nagano & Takayama | Enchanting Colors of the Autumn Takayama Festival

10/09/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Wood Takayama ( Western Style )

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Hotel Wood Takayama

The Hotel Wood Takayama is an ideal stay during a vacation in Takayama. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast before exploring the sights at the Takayama Festival at this charming Japanese hot-springs hotel. The public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access, and the hotel offers tours/ticketing services, a multilingual staff, coffee/tea, and complimentary self-parking to help curb your stress and maximize your relaxation.

Nearby
-Takayama Jinya
-Miyagawa Morning Market
-Takayama Tourist Information Center

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

For lunch, your vacation will enjoy delectable Japanese Hida Beef. Although many are aware of Kobe Beef from the Hyogo Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture's Hida Beef is another high-quality variant known for it's rich marbling of fat. Enjoy your gourmet lunch before we make our way to your Japan tour's next destination.

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

From there, our Japan tour will reach Takayama. After checking into the hotel, we will follow the sound of drums to make it just in time to witness the festival in full swing. Takayama Festival is considered to be one of the best festivals in Japan. Their huge floats will light up the night’s sky with many arrays of color paper lanterns.


Takayama, Shirakawago & Kanazawa | Japan's most Beautiful Garden

10/10/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh ( Japanese Style )

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Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh

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


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

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Takayama, or as some people call it “little Kyoto,” has many areas where homes and shops are more than 300 years old and well preserved. The morning market is one of these areas we will explore. Enjoy some time to to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities.

We will have time to see the Takayama floats in the day time to see a puppet performance from the floats. The portable shrines are also stages to mechanical puppets that people control inside the floats called karakuri.

After our time in Takayama, our tour will continue to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. A stroll along this beautiful garden featuring streams, hills, and everything nature has to offer is sure to calm your soul.

Before returning to the hotel, our Japan tour will also stop by the Koke no Sato Wisdom Forest. The Forest of Wisdom is one of the best places to see various Japanese moss, and the Wisdom House in the forest is meant to encourage guests to share experiences with others or engage in a workshop before getting lost in nature.

This Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food. There's also an optional taiko show performance after dinner.


Kyoto & Nara | The Heart of Japanese Traditions

10/11/2019 Breakfast

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

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Our Japan tour begins with a visit to the MIHO Museum to enjoy the exhibits. The museum was designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei and features architectural designs blended seamlessly into the surrounding nature. The museum is filled with works from ancient civilizations to modern day artworks.

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


Kyoto | Ancient Streets and Sights

10/12/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA ( Western Style )

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Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA

Located in Higashikujo Nishisannocho, the Hotel Vischio Kyoto is a comfortable hotel to relax during your Japan tour featuring numerous Kyoto landmarks nearby. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are within walking distance, as is the convenient Kujo Station.

Near by.......
-Kyoto Tower
-Toji Temple
-Nijō Castle

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Our day begins with a visit to Arashiyama for a rickshaw ride through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. 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 pavilion, your vacation will venture 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 of the shrine, we head out to the ancient shopping street Ninenzaka. This rustic street is filled with shops and souvenir stands, and is a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago.

While here, enjoy an authentic green tea ceremony Japanese experience during your tour. Keeping with the traditional Japanese experiences, your tour includes a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with a Maiko. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then return to the hotel.


Shimane | Art Museum Visit

10/13/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Washington Hotel Plaza Yonago ( Western Style )

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Washington Hotel Plaza Yonago

The Yonago Washington Hotel Plaza offers an impressive collection of accommodations to keep you relaxed during your vacation through Japan. Stay connected in your hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi during your vacation, or head down to the onsite restaurant for a quick bite. Numerous attractions are just a brief walk away, such as the Yonago Castle Ruins or Mr. Fukada's Garden. Housekeeping is offered daily and enjoy a wide set of amenities during your stay.

Nearby
-Galaxy Express 999
-Kiyomizu-dera Temple
-Adachi Museum of Art

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Our vacation begins navigating the railways of Japan from Kyoto to Adachi. Our first bullet train ride has us rapidly traveling between Kyoto to Kobe, a popular port town and home of the world famous Japanese Kobe Beef. We will enjoy another brisk ride along the shinkansen to Okayama. Enjoy the scenery of Japan from the comfort and speedy bullet train cabin.

From there, our Takayama Festival tour will travel west to the Shimane Prefecture to explore the Adachi Museum of Art. The art museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The museum's art collection includes fine works from illustrious talented Japanese artists including Yokoyama Taikan, Takeuchi Seiho, Hashimoto Kansetsu, and Sakakibara Shiho. While the art is impressive, the true gem is the museum's impressive array of Japanese gardens. Split into six smaller gardens, each garden provides a distinct feel and atmosphere. Enjoy the relaxing scenery with your tour guide and gaze upon the stunning Japanese flowers. The art museum's impressive Japanese gardens have been named the Best Garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and received the top rating of three stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to enjoy a Shabu-Shabu dinner.


Hiroshima | Bullet Train Ride & Miyajima's Floating Shrine

10/14/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Leopalace Hakata ( Western Style )

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Hotel Leopalace Hakata

The Hotel Leopalace Hakata offers 120 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. LED televisions come with pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, slippers, bidets, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and blackout drapes/curtains. In-room massages and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Nearby....
-Canal City Hakata
-Marine Messe Fukuoka
-Ohori Park

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We will spend today exploring the city of Hiroshima. Our tour begins with a visit to the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath of the Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima. The A-Bomb Dome is located on the Peace Park Memorial park grounds, the site where the atomic bomb struck Hiroshima. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. 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. While at the Peace Park, enjoy the exhibits at the world-famous Hiroshima Peace Park Museum. This museum collects the history and artifacts from the bombing and is a reminder of the city of Hiroshima's wish for world peace.

In the afternoon our Japan Tour will head to Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima known for its Itsukushima Shrine, or floating torii gate. 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. Before our day ends, we will enjoy a delicious Hiroshima Okonomiyaki dinner, a beloved specialty Japanese cuisine in the region. We then will take a bullet train to Hakata after dinner.


Nagasaki | Champon Lunch & Stunning Garden

10/15/2019 Breakfast Lunch

The New Hotel Kumamoto ( Western Style )

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The New Hotel Kumamoto

Dining is available at one of the hotel's 4 restaurants and guests can grab coffee at the coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. This business-friendly hotel also offers dry cleaning/laundry services, a safe deposit box at the front desk, and an elevator (lift). The New Hotel Kumamoto has designated areas for smoking.

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Our day begins in Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We begin with a visit to Dejima in Nagasaki, one of the few ports that traded with outside influences during the Edo Period. Dejima featuers preserved artifacts from another era when the Dutch and Japanese would trade on the man-made island.

From there, our vacation will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church. We will then take a bullet train to Kumamoto and proceed to the hotel.


Kumamoto & Takachiho | Natural Wonders come Alive

10/16/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Beppu Kamenoi Hotel ( Western Style )

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Beppu Kamenoi Hotel

The Beppu Kamenoi Hotel is designed to give guests a comfortable stay from check-in to check-out. Relax without worry or indulge in the on-site hot springs and sauna. This magnificent hotel is just a brief walk away from the coast and Beppu station for easy access to explore the city.

Nearby......
-Takegawara Onsen
-Beppu Park
-Hot-Spring Hells of Beppu
-African Safari

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Our day begins in Kumamoto to see Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Note, during our vacation we won't be able enter the castle grounds due to renovations, but we will be able to see the castle and explore Johsaien, a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto & the famous Japanese Castle.

Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. We will explore the cave near Awano Iwato Shrine in Takachiho.


Beppu & Dogo | Kyushu and Shikoku's most famous Hot-Springs

10/17/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama ( Western Style )

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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama

The Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama is the perfect getaway while exploring the city of Matsuyama. Situated around great sites and with plenty of great amenities available, find comfort and pleasure during your stay. There is complimentary wi-fi available in all rooms and public areas, so you can stay connected even while on vacation!

Near by.......
-Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum
-Matsuyama Castle
-Ninomaru Historical Garden

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Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. Each of the pools at the Tour of Hell showcase a unique property thanks to the unique collection of volcanic Japanese hot-springs waters of Beppue. After our tour in Beppu, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city to explore Matsuyama Castle. As one of only 12 original Japanese Castles, this magnificent testament to Japanese architecture has stood in Ehime since 1628, and offers tourists and visitors a nifty museum on the history of the area.

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


Takamatsu & Kobe | Culture of Southern Japan

10/18/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama ( Western Style )

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Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama

Discover the best in Osaka while you stay in the relaxing Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama hotel. Located in Chuo, this hotel has everything you need to recharge after exploring the exciting city of Osaka. Universal Studios Japan is just a short bus ride away, or explore the shopping at Umeda Sky Building!

Nearby......
-Sukunahikona Shrine
-Yuki Museum
-Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade

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[ Kagawa Prefecture ] Udon (Lunch) - Making Workshop Ritsurin Garden [ Kobe ] Check into Hotel

Our day will begin heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, our vacation brings us to an interesting Udon Making workshop to learn how to carefully prepare Udon noodles. While ramen is enjoyed around Japan, Udon is a popular thick noodled dish famous in the Southern regions of Japan. Learn first hand the ways to prepare this delicious Japanese cuisine during your Takayama tour.

After our Udon making workshop, we will visit one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens overlooking 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. We then proceed to Osaka.


Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

10/19/2019 Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The Takayama Festival tour will disband after breakfast.
Japan Deluxe Tours has arranged transportation services to take you to your designated airport. 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.
*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




16 DAYS

15 nights accommodation


30 MEALS

15 breakfasts
9 lunches
6 dinners


TRANSPORT

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Tour Includes


13 nights Western and 2 nights Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 9 Lunches, and 6 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Airport Transfers (see details)

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

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

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

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Travel Highlights


Two days to enjoy the Takayama Festival

Time spent geeking out in Animate

Kanda Shrine, the Anime Shrine by Akihabara

Wasabi Farm to see how the popular sushi garnish is made

A look into the past at the UNESCO Shirakawago Village

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

World Famous Kyoto destinations including Golden Pavilion

Sightseeing through Tokyo's Multi-Cultural attractions

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

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


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!
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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
10/04/2019

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

10/04/2019

Welcome to Japan! Japan Deluxe Tours has arranged transportation services to meet you at your airport's arrival lobby and will take you to your hotel. Keep an eye out for a sign with your name on it to find your driver.
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
10/05/2019

Tokyo | The best spots for Anime Shopping

10/05/2019 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
10/06/2019

Tokyo | Anime Across the City

10/06/2019 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. 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.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 4
10/07/2019

Tokyo | Tradition & Pop-Culture

10/07/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Today, your vacation will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights in Tokyo. From there, your tour is off to the Fukagawa Edo Museum to get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during Japan's traditional days of Edo. Travel back in time and walk through the old city of Tokyo made to recreate life during Japan's Edo period.

From there, your tour group will delve into the old town district of Asakusa for some traditional Japanese souvenir and gift shopping at the Nakamise area. Your Japan tour will also travel through the majestic 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 shopping district. Enjoy Japanese arts and traditional snacks with your tour group through this can't miss Tokyo temple. For lunch, we will enjoy a delicious, authentic Teppan-Yaki meal before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the unique Japanese scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy district home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion and Japanese street fashion style. Be sure to visit one of Harajuku's local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii Tokyo treats in the lively Takeshita Dori. The decadent Omotesando is also nearby, home to incredible Japanese cafes and luxury shopping.

Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily. This crosswalk gathers as much foot traffic as New York City, and crossing is an experience unlike any other. While here, our Tokyo tour will also visit the popular Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the internationally-known story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner. This Tokyo spot is a popular meet-up area for couples and friends when visiting Shibuya Station. Anime fans have probably seen this famous statue and crosswalk in some of their favorite anime & manga works like Persona5 or Tokyo Ghoul. After making our way through the crossing with your tour guide, we will head to a depachika to explore a variety of Japanese foods and snacks. These department store food floors are packed with an impressive collection of cuisine to choose from before we return to the hotel.


Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar

Day 5
10/08/2019

Mt. Fuji & Hakone | Scenic Gardens, Museums, & Nature

10/08/2019 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After our time in Tokyo, our vacation will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head off to enjoy the fine works of art at the Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum. Browse through the decadent collection of Kimono decorated in this traditional Japanese art.

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 local Japanese specialty is a must for any tourist in Mt. Fuji.

After lunch, it's off to Lake Shirakaba to enjoy the stunning fall foliage. During your Autumn Takayama Festival Japan tour, your group tour will venture to Mt. Tateshina to enjoy the crisp hue's of red, orange and yellow leaves. While Spring is Japan's Cherry Blossom season, Autumn is easily the Fall Foliage season in Japan. Mt. Tateshina is a popular nature spot for photographers and hikers alike. Thanks to the mild Fall climate, the hiking paths of Mt. Tateshina are excellent to connect with Japan's season and nature. Take plenty of photographs along the lake while thousands of red and yellow leaves are reflected along the water. Enjoy the scenery or relax in your hotel.


Shirakaba Resorts Ikenotaira Hotel or similar

Day 6
10/09/2019

Nagano & Takayama | Enchanting Colors of the Autumn Takayama Festival

10/09/2019 Breakfast Lunch

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

For lunch, your vacation will enjoy delectable Japanese Hida Beef. Although many are aware of Kobe Beef from the Hyogo Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture's Hida Beef is another high-quality variant known for it's rich marbling of fat. Enjoy your gourmet lunch before we make our way to your Japan tour's next destination.

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

From there, our Japan tour will reach Takayama. After checking into the hotel, we will follow the sound of drums to make it just in time to witness the festival in full swing. Takayama Festival is considered to be one of the best festivals in Japan. Their huge floats will light up the night’s sky with many arrays of color paper lanterns.


Hotel Wood Takayama or similar

Day 7
10/10/2019

Takayama, Shirakawago & Kanazawa | Japan's most Beautiful Garden

10/10/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Takayama, or as some people call it “little Kyoto,” has many areas where homes and shops are more than 300 years old and well preserved. The morning market is one of these areas we will explore. Enjoy some time to to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities.

We will have time to see the Takayama floats in the day time to see a puppet performance from the floats. The portable shrines are also stages to mechanical puppets that people control inside the floats called karakuri.

After our time in Takayama, our tour will continue to the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens of Japan. A stroll along this beautiful garden featuring streams, hills, and everything nature has to offer is sure to calm your soul.

Before returning to the hotel, our Japan tour will also stop by the Koke no Sato Wisdom Forest. The Forest of Wisdom is one of the best places to see various Japanese moss, and the Wisdom House in the forest is meant to encourage guests to share experiences with others or engage in a workshop before getting lost in nature.

This Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food. There's also an optional taiko show performance after dinner.


Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh or similar

Day 8
10/11/2019

Kyoto & Nara | The Heart of Japanese Traditions

10/11/2019 Breakfast

Our Japan tour begins with a visit to the MIHO Museum to enjoy the exhibits. The museum was designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei and features architectural designs blended seamlessly into the surrounding nature. The museum is filled with works from ancient civilizations to modern day artworks.

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


Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 9
10/12/2019

Kyoto | Ancient Streets and Sights

10/12/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins with a visit to Arashiyama for a rickshaw ride through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. 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 pavilion, your vacation will venture 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 of the shrine, we head out to the ancient shopping street Ninenzaka. This rustic street is filled with shops and souvenir stands, and is a great place for photos and to see what Japan looked like many years ago.

While here, enjoy an authentic green tea ceremony Japanese experience during your tour. Keeping with the traditional Japanese experiences, your tour includes a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with a Maiko. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then return to the hotel.


Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar

Day 10
10/13/2019

Shimane | Art Museum Visit

10/13/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Our vacation begins navigating the railways of Japan from Kyoto to Adachi. Our first bullet train ride has us rapidly traveling between Kyoto to Kobe, a popular port town and home of the world famous Japanese Kobe Beef. We will enjoy another brisk ride along the shinkansen to Okayama. Enjoy the scenery of Japan from the comfort and speedy bullet train cabin.

From there, our Takayama Festival tour will travel west to the Shimane Prefecture to explore the Adachi Museum of Art. The art museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The museum's art collection includes fine works from illustrious talented Japanese artists including Yokoyama Taikan, Takeuchi Seiho, Hashimoto Kansetsu, and Sakakibara Shiho. While the art is impressive, the true gem is the museum's impressive array of Japanese gardens. Split into six smaller gardens, each garden provides a distinct feel and atmosphere. Enjoy the relaxing scenery with your tour guide and gaze upon the stunning Japanese flowers. The art museum's impressive Japanese gardens have been named the Best Garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and received the top rating of three stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to enjoy a Shabu-Shabu dinner.


Washington Hotel Plaza Yonago or similar

Day 11
10/14/2019

Hiroshima | Bullet Train Ride & Miyajima's Floating Shrine

10/14/2019 Breakfast Lunch

We will spend today exploring the city of Hiroshima. Our tour begins with a visit to the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath of the Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima. The A-Bomb Dome is located on the Peace Park Memorial park grounds, the site where the atomic bomb struck Hiroshima. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. 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. While at the Peace Park, enjoy the exhibits at the world-famous Hiroshima Peace Park Museum. This museum collects the history and artifacts from the bombing and is a reminder of the city of Hiroshima's wish for world peace.

In the afternoon our Japan Tour will head to Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima known for its Itsukushima Shrine, or floating torii gate. 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. Before our day ends, we will enjoy a delicious Hiroshima Okonomiyaki dinner, a beloved specialty Japanese cuisine in the region. We then will take a bullet train to Hakata after dinner.


Hotel Leopalace Hakata or similar

Day 12
10/15/2019

Nagasaki | Champon Lunch & Stunning Garden

10/15/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We begin with a visit to Dejima in Nagasaki, one of the few ports that traded with outside influences during the Edo Period. Dejima featuers preserved artifacts from another era when the Dutch and Japanese would trade on the man-made island.

From there, our vacation will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church. We will then take a bullet train to Kumamoto and proceed to the hotel.


The New Hotel Kumamoto or similar

Day 13
10/16/2019

Kumamoto & Takachiho | Natural Wonders come Alive

10/16/2019 Breakfast Dinner

Our day begins in Kumamoto to see Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Note, during our vacation we won't be able enter the castle grounds due to renovations, but we will be able to see the castle and explore Johsaien, a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto & the famous Japanese Castle.

Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. We will explore the cave near Awano Iwato Shrine in Takachiho.


Beppu Kamenoi Hotel or similar

Day 14
10/17/2019

Beppu & Dogo | Kyushu and Shikoku's most famous Hot-Springs

10/17/2019 Breakfast Lunch

Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. Each of the pools at the Tour of Hell showcase a unique property thanks to the unique collection of volcanic Japanese hot-springs waters of Beppue. After our tour in Beppu, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city to explore Matsuyama Castle. As one of only 12 original Japanese Castles, this magnificent testament to Japanese architecture has stood in Ehime since 1628, and offers tourists and visitors a nifty museum on the history of the area.

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..


Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama or similar

Day 15
10/18/2019

Takamatsu & Kobe | Culture of Southern Japan

10/18/2019 Breakfast Lunch
[ Kagawa Prefecture ] Udon (Lunch) - Making Workshop Ritsurin Garden [ Kobe ] Check into Hotel

Our day will begin heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, our vacation brings us to an interesting Udon Making workshop to learn how to carefully prepare Udon noodles. While ramen is enjoyed around Japan, Udon is a popular thick noodled dish famous in the Southern regions of Japan. Learn first hand the ways to prepare this delicious Japanese cuisine during your Takayama tour.

After our Udon making workshop, we will visit one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens overlooking 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. We then proceed to Osaka.


Hotel Brighton City Osaka Kitahama or similar

Day 16
10/19/2019

Osaka | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

10/19/2019 Breakfast

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The Takayama Festival tour will disband after breakfast.
Japan Deluxe Tours has arranged transportation services to take you to your designated airport. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

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

Dining Experience

Kaiseki Ryori

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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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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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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Nagasaki Champon Ramen

Champon

Champon is a noodle dish that originated in Nagasaki. The dish was created with the intent to provide cheap and filling meals for Chinese students studying in Japan during the Meiji period.

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Cultural Experience

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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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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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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Takayama Festival Floats

Takayama Festival

The Takayama Festival features a parade of large floats (yatai) decorated with thick curtains, lacquer ware, and mechanical dolls (karakuri). Twelve floats appear in the spring festival and eleven in autumn.

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Riding Experience

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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