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11 Days Takayama & Villages | Hiroshima - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour

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Tour Descriptions

Hidden from the everyday, there is a village deep in the mountains of Japan known by many as Little Kyoto. Join us for an unforgettable vacation experience during this fully escorted Takayama & Villages | Hiroshima Tour vacation. Enjoy the most popular spots in Japan before you travel back in time while visiting the hidden mountain town of Takayama. Feel a unique blend of old and new alike while vacationing through Takayama.
Itinerary

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/29/2020

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba ( Western Style )

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.

Nearby.......
-Shopping mall & Amusement facility
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( the Theme Park of Hot Springs )

-Airport Limousine Bus (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)

* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)

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

**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 | History, Gardens, Sushi, & Tea

03/30/2020 Breakfast Lunch

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba ( Western Style )

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Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.

Nearby.......
-Shopping mall & Amusement facility
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( the Theme Park of Hot Springs )

-Airport Limousine Bus (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)

* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)

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

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market for a sushi breakfast. Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market is the former home of the world-famous tuna auction, best known for bringing in crowds at 3AM to watch restaurants auction for delicious blue fin tuna. 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.
(note: Cherry Blossoms may not be in bloom during your tour)

Hakone & Matsumoto | Craft Museum & Cherry Blossom Viewing

03/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel ( Western Style )

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Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel

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

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After our time in Tokyo, we will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head 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. Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty.

Then, we're off to the Suntory Hakushu Distillery to learn more about one of Japan's top whiksys. The Distillery is home to the Hakushu 18-years-old single malt, the winner of the 2006 International Spirits Challenge. Before making our way to the hotel, we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed since construction. The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. Thanks to the unique black color of the castle, it has been dubbed Karasu-jo, the Crow Castle. We then proceed to the hotel.

Matsumoto & Takayama | Scenic Hiking through Traditional Japan

04/01/2020 Breakfast Dinner
Featured Destinations & Experiences

Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae ( Western Style )

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Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae

Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae features a full-service spa, restaurant, bar/lounge for guests to unwind, and comfortable rooms to ensure a relaxing stay in Takayama. Guests can enjoy a complimentary manager's reception in the morning, and stay connected with complimentary WiFi available in the rooms and at public areas. Relax with wonderful amenities in this charming western-style hotel.

Nearby........
-Hidatakayama Information Center
-Miyagawa Morning Market
-Fuji Folk Museum

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Morning
Afternoon
Tsumago Magome Check into Takayama Hotel

Our day begins with a trip to the Narai Juku port town. This preserved district is the thirty-fourth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō and the second of eleven stops in Kisoji. Recognized as a Cultural Property of Japan in 1978, this district maintains the same facade as it kept during the Edo Period thanks to preservation efforts by the Japanese government.

From there, we will enjoy a brief hike between Tsumago and Magome, forty-second to forty-third of the sixty-nine post towns on the Nakasendō. These preserved port-towns are perfect for a scenic hike through Japan's former architecture and era. After our hike, we make our way to the beautiful city of Takayama and proceed to the hotel.

Takayama | Exploring Little Kyoto

04/02/2020 Breakfast

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa ( Western Style )

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

The ANA Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of Kanazawa, designed to provide a relaxing stay while in Japan. Enjoy the atmosphere at this 19 story hotel, conveniently located by some of the best destinations in Kanazawa.

Nearby
-Ishikawa Ongakudo
-Motenashi Dome
-Omicho Market

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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 like Japanese tsukemono, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities. We highly recommend sampling Gohei-Mochi or Hida Nikuman (beef buns) while at the market. During your Takayama travels, we recommend visiting the Takayama Jinya, which served as the local government office of the old town. Open to the public as a museum, visitors can enjoy browsing through the various rooms for administrative purposes, offices, kitchens, toilets, bath rooms, residential space, a court room and storehouses. We will also visit Takayama's old town. This district is filled with many well-preserved buildings and houses from the Edo Period (1600-1868), back when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.

After our time in Takayama, we will continue to the small farming community of Shirakawago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old traditional farm homes made using the Japanese gassho-zukuri method. These thatched-roof houses provide a glimpse of what life looked like during another era. We will also be visiting the Nagase house, a former house-turned-museum filled with tools and trinkets used during another era. Before we call it a day, our Takayama tour will explore Kanazawa's scenic Higashi Chaya tea-house district. Featuring preserved tea-houses from the days of Edo, this traditional shopping street is lined with souvenir stores and cafes offering Japanese sweets. We then proceed to the hotel.

Kanazawa | Lost in Japanese Flowers & Nature

04/03/2020 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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After our time in Takayama, we begin our day with the breath-taking 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 and relax your spirit. Afterwords, our Takayama vacation will visit 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.

Before our afternoon ends, our tour heads to Komatsu to explore the Yunokuni no Mori traditional Japanese handicraft village. This scenic craft village offers a variety of workshops including: Washi (Japanese paper) making, gold leaf works, how to make dorayaki, Kutani ceramic pottery, Wajima lacquer-ware, Kaga Yuzen (printed silk), glass work, ceramic painting, maki-e, Echizen-ware pottery board making, scent bag crafts, buckwheat noodle making, and music box decoration. Your Japan tour includes your choice of a craft experience during your vacation. The relaxing scenery and multiple craft areas are perfect to enjoy Japanese arts or to just catch your breath during your tour.

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 after dinner.
Note: Note all experiences may be available during your Japan tour

Shiga & Kyoto | Traditional Hot-Spots & Crafts

04/04/2020 Breakfast

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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Morning
Evening
Return to the Hotel

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 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, return to the hotel.

Nara & Kyoto | Uniquely Japanese Cultural Experiences

04/05/2020 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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Our day begins with a visit to Nara to explore the scenic 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. Following our time in Nara, we will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center for some souvenir craft shopping. Find incredible, traditional Kyoto goods at this dedicated center for craft arts.

After our time at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, it's off 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, it's off 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 shopping, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This rustic shopping street hasn't changed since the Edo Period, making it a perfect backdrop for photos or to enjoy traditional Japanese architecture. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After our tea ceremony, we will 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, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko Dinner. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hyogo & Shimane | Chasing Castles & Japanese Gardens

04/06/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky ( Western Style )

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Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky

The Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky is located in the heart of Kumamoto for the traveler looking for convenience and comfort during our Japan tours in Kyushu. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, in addition to a bar/lounge on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This 4-star property offers access to a business center and limo/town car service. A computer station is located on site and wireless Internet access is complimentary. This business-friendly hotel also offers multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.
Nearby....
-Kitaoka Nature Park
-Kato Shrine
-Aso Uchinomaki Onsen

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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 Shimane Prefecture to visit the Adachi Museum of Art. The museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The gardens have been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and has been awarded the top rating of three stars in Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Hiroshima | History of World War 2

04/07/2020 Breakfast

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima ( Western Style )

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Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima in the ideal location directry connected to JR Hiroshima Station. A great deal of sophisticated hospitality welcomes you.
Our hotel accommodates 605 guests in 403 fully-equipped guest rooms. There is no better place to stay in Hiroshima than our Hotel Granvia Hiroshima. Comfortable bed and well-cleaned room will guarantee your leisurely stay.
12 banquet rooms of our hotel enable to hold large events and meetings of great variety. The largest banquet room is capable of seating 600 at the maximum.
Moreover, 8 restaurant and bars of all kinds are available, and it is sure that you enjoy meals and time in Hiroshima.

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Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island.

After our time in Miyajima, it's off for our Hiroshima city tour. 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. We then return to the hotel.

Hiroshima | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/08/2020 Breakfast

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

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

This tour disbands in Hiroshima.

▪Important Notice▪
*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


17 MEALS

10 breakfasts
2 lunches
5 dinners


TRANSPORT

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Tour Includes


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

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 2 Lunches, and 5 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


Sightseeing in Takayama, the mountain's Little Kyoto

Shirakawago Village, a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

Admission to the Fukagawa Edo Museum

Admission to the Itchiku Kubota Museum for Kimono viewing

Hōtō - Yamanashi Prefecture's flat udon noodle lunch

Sightseeing at Todaiji Temple and Deer Park

The floating gates of Itsukushima Shrine

A lunch with a Maiko, Kyoto's Geisha apprentices

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

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.

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
03/29/2020

Tokyo | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

03/29/2020

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

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

Day 2
03/30/2020

Tokyo | History, Gardens, Sushi, & Tea

03/30/2020 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 for a sushi breakfast. Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market is the former home of the world-famous tuna auction, best known for bringing in crowds at 3AM to watch restaurants auction for delicious blue fin tuna. 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.
(note: Cherry Blossoms may not be in bloom during your tour)

Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

Day 3
03/31/2020

Hakone & Matsumoto | Craft Museum & Cherry Blossom Viewing

03/31/2020 Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After our time in Tokyo, we will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head 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. Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty.

Then, we're off to the Suntory Hakushu Distillery to learn more about one of Japan's top whiksys. The Distillery is home to the Hakushu 18-years-old single malt, the winner of the 2006 International Spirits Challenge. Before making our way to the hotel, we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed since construction. The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. Thanks to the unique black color of the castle, it has been dubbed Karasu-jo, the Crow Castle. We then proceed to the hotel.

Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel or similar

Day 4
04/01/2020

Matsumoto & Takayama | Scenic Hiking through Traditional Japan

04/01/2020 Breakfast Dinner
Morning
Afternoon
Tsumago Magome Check into Takayama Hotel

Our day begins with a trip to the Narai Juku port town. This preserved district is the thirty-fourth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō and the second of eleven stops in Kisoji. Recognized as a Cultural Property of Japan in 1978, this district maintains the same facade as it kept during the Edo Period thanks to preservation efforts by the Japanese government.

From there, we will enjoy a brief hike between Tsumago and Magome, forty-second to forty-third of the sixty-nine post towns on the Nakasendō. These preserved port-towns are perfect for a scenic hike through Japan's former architecture and era. After our hike, we make our way to the beautiful city of Takayama and proceed to the hotel.

Hotel Kuretakeso Takayama Ekimae or similar

Day 5
04/02/2020

Takayama | Exploring Little Kyoto

04/02/2020 Breakfast

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 like Japanese tsukemono, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities. We highly recommend sampling Gohei-Mochi or Hida Nikuman (beef buns) while at the market. During your Takayama travels, we recommend visiting the Takayama Jinya, which served as the local government office of the old town. Open to the public as a museum, visitors can enjoy browsing through the various rooms for administrative purposes, offices, kitchens, toilets, bath rooms, residential space, a court room and storehouses. We will also visit Takayama's old town. This district is filled with many well-preserved buildings and houses from the Edo Period (1600-1868), back when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.

After our time in Takayama, we will continue to the small farming community of Shirakawago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old traditional farm homes made using the Japanese gassho-zukuri method. These thatched-roof houses provide a glimpse of what life looked like during another era. We will also be visiting the Nagase house, a former house-turned-museum filled with tools and trinkets used during another era. Before we call it a day, our Takayama tour will explore Kanazawa's scenic Higashi Chaya tea-house district. Featuring preserved tea-houses from the days of Edo, this traditional shopping street is lined with souvenir stores and cafes offering Japanese sweets. We then proceed to the hotel.

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa or similar

Day 6
04/03/2020

Kanazawa | Lost in Japanese Flowers & Nature

04/03/2020 Breakfast Dinner

After our time in Takayama, we begin our day with the breath-taking 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 and relax your spirit. Afterwords, our Takayama vacation will visit 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.

Before our afternoon ends, our tour heads to Komatsu to explore the Yunokuni no Mori traditional Japanese handicraft village. This scenic craft village offers a variety of workshops including: Washi (Japanese paper) making, gold leaf works, how to make dorayaki, Kutani ceramic pottery, Wajima lacquer-ware, Kaga Yuzen (printed silk), glass work, ceramic painting, maki-e, Echizen-ware pottery board making, scent bag crafts, buckwheat noodle making, and music box decoration. Your Japan tour includes your choice of a craft experience during your vacation. The relaxing scenery and multiple craft areas are perfect to enjoy Japanese arts or to just catch your breath during your tour.

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 after dinner.
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Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh or similar

Day 7
04/04/2020

Shiga & Kyoto | Traditional Hot-Spots & Crafts

04/04/2020 Breakfast
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Evening
Return to the Hotel

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 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, return to the hotel.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 8
04/05/2020

Nara & Kyoto | Uniquely Japanese Cultural Experiences

04/05/2020 Breakfast Dinner

Our day begins with a visit to Nara to explore the scenic 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. Following our time in Nara, we will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center for some souvenir craft shopping. Find incredible, traditional Kyoto goods at this dedicated center for craft arts.

After our time at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, it's off 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, it's off 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 shopping, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This rustic shopping street hasn't changed since the Edo Period, making it a perfect backdrop for photos or to enjoy traditional Japanese architecture. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After our tea ceremony, we will 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, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko Dinner. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hachijoguchi or similar

Day 9
04/06/2020

Hyogo & Shimane | Chasing Castles & Japanese Gardens

04/06/2020 Breakfast Dinner
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 Shimane Prefecture to visit the Adachi Museum of Art. The museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The gardens have been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and has been awarded the top rating of three stars in Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky or similar

Day 10
04/07/2020

Hiroshima | History of World War 2

04/07/2020 Breakfast

Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island.

After our time in Miyajima, it's off for our Hiroshima city tour. 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. We then return to the hotel.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar

Day 11
04/08/2020

Hiroshima | Tour Disbands & Depart from Japan

04/08/2020 Breakfast

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

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

This tour disbands in Hiroshima.

Dining Experience

Kaiseki Ryori

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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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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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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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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Amazing Itinerary and Tour Guide

By traveler Marlene B. on 2018

This was my first trip to Japan. Because of the itinerary (and Rocky), I can't wait to come back and spend more time here!
Best place visited in this tour: Takayama
Best experience had in Japan: Fushimi Inari, Takayama Museum
Any place went to visit next time: All of Japan


Rocky (guide) was wonderful! Very friendly!

By traveler Tristan & Angie on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Takayama Old Town
Best experience had in Japan: seeing Kyoto and Takayama
Any place went to visit next time: Hokkaido


Cherry blossoms & bus driver were outstanding

By traveler Mary D. on 2018

Cherry blossoms were outstanding as well as the bus driver. Wish the sake place had an English explanation.
Best place visited in this tour: Kubota Art Museum
Best experience had in Japan: Cherry Blossoms
Any place went to visit next time: Northern Japan


Glad to see the cherry blossoms in Japan

By traveler Roland C. on 2018

Best place visited in this tour: Todaiji Temple
Best experience had in Japan: seeing the cherry blossoms


Chico was the best guide. Very Outstanding!

By traveler Marilyn W. (Australia) on 2016

I will complete my review when Tour ends. There are some things I am not happy with, But i will contact Japan Deluxe Tours when I get home.
Chiko was Best thing about tour!
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