Takayama Festival Tour 2018

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Takayama Festival Tours

Enjoy the traditional feel in Takayam during the Takayama Festival. Enjoy the Edo period buildings while partaking in the Takyama Festival, considered one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals!

Spring
Takayama Festival
Hidden Village Tour

Spring
Takayama Festival
Hiroshima Tour

Spring
Takayama Festival
Grand Tour

Autumn
Takayama Festival
Hidden Village Tour

Autumn
Takayama Festival
Grand Tour

Photo of the decorated Takayama festival floats
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Photo of Takayama old town - beautifully preserved with many buildings
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Photo of Takayama Festival - Karakuri (mechanical dolls) Performance
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Photo of Takayama night festival - Parading of the gold decorated floats
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Image of fall leaves along Takayama's bridge
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Duration7 nights 8 days9 nights 10 days13 days or 14 days7 nights 8 days13 nights 14 days
Start
End
Tokyo to Osaka
Osaka to Tokyo
Tokyo to HiroshimaTokyo to Osaka
Osaka to Tokyo
Osaka to TokyoOsaka to Tokyo
AvailableAprilAprilAprilOctoberOctober
Meals14 Meals16 Meals25 Meals14 Meals28 Meals
Pricefrom
$3,198
$2,698
per person
from
$3,798
$3,148
per person
from
$4,948
$4,408
per person
from
$2,998
$2,398
per person
from
$4,898
$3,918
per person
Single SupplementUSD 700USD 800USD 1200USD 700USD 1300
Places VisitedTakayama Festival, Shirakawago, Matsumoto Castle, Kenroku Garden, Mt.Fuji, Fushimi Inari ShrineTakayama Festival, Shirakawago, Matsumoto Castle, Kenroku Garden, Mt.Fuji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima Peace ParkTakayama Festival, Shirakawago, Matsumoto Castle, Kenroku Garden, Mt.Fuji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima Peace Park, DogoTakayama Festival, Shirakawago, Matsumoto Castle, Kenroku Garden, Mt.Fuji, Fushimi Inari ShrineTakayama Festival, Shirakawago, Matsumoto Castle, Kenroku Garden, Mt.Fuji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Miyajima, Hiroshima Peace Park, Dogo
Hokkaido
Tokyo
Hakone
Nagano
Kyoto
Nara
Osaka
Hiroshima
Fukuoka
Kumamoto
Miyazaki
Shikoku
Okinawa

Destinations

Beautiful Spring Festival filled with dancing Cherry Blossoms in the skies & Magnificent Autumn Festival noted for Red and Orange Leaves in the background!

Takayama Festival Japan Tour 2018 Series

Japanese Festivals are unique, exciting parts of Japanese culture. With every distinct season are numerous festivals to compliment the season. Many festivals feature lavishly decorated floats, festive music, traditional costumes, beautiful lanterns, and thousands of participants and spectators. The Takayama Festival is one of these great festivals, considered one of three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Taking place in the old town of Takayama, this area is filled with many houses and buildings that have been preserved since the Edo Period. The rustic feel is what prompts many to call Takayama Little Kyoto. The festival takes place twice a year, drawing in thousands who wish to see the giant floats and awesome mechanical karakuri puppets dance. The Spring festival takes place in April, while the Autumn festival occurs during October. Both festivals are associated with certain shrines in the city. The spring festival is associated with Hie Shrine and the autumn with Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Both festivals include large floats, karakuri, and thousands of patrons looking to enjoy the fun. Even with two chances to celebrate a year, don't miss out on yours!

1. Spring Takayama Festival | Hidden Village Tour<a name=fest2></a>

1. Spring Takayama Festival | Hidden Village Tour

Departure Date(s)
8 Days
201804/11, 04/11

7 Nights 8 Days  From :  $3,198   $2,698 pp

This tour is offered from
Tokyo to Kyoto (Osaka) and Kyoto (Osaka) to Tokyo

Takayama is usaully a quiet rural town in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. However, Every spring tens of thousands of people come to this quite town to celebrate the Takayama Spring Festival, also known as Sanno Festival. The spring festival is centered on the Hie Shrine, also known as the Sanno Shrine. This festival prays for a good harvest for the year and is said to have started sometime during the 16th to 17th century.

During our Takayama Festival Japan tour package, we will take part watching this incredible festival during the day and night. Thoughout the day, the festival features lavishly decorated yatai, or floats, which are beautifully lit by lanterns and wheeled throughout the city. Karakuri, or puppet shows are also very popular aspects of the festival, attracting guests of all ages with its unique marionette performances from the floats. The Karakuri dance while music of the drums keep them in rhythm!

This Spring Takayama Festival | Hidden Village Tour packages in Spring takes you to major cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, Kanazawa, Nagano, and Takayama during the beautiful cherry blossom season. In Tokyo you will be visiting major spots like old town Asakusa, major shopping and fashion district Shibuya, Harajuku, and more. Kyoto has many historically significant locations and treasures such as the Golden Pavilion, Gion Geisha District, and the impressive gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. In Kyoto you will also have the chance to participate in Japanese green tea ceremony.

While this Takayama Festival Tour package makes stops at many other noteworthy locations such as the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Matsumoto Castle in Nagano, and Shirakawago, a town in the remote mountains famous for their traditional farmhouses more than 250 years old, the main highlight of this Japan tour is the beautiful Takayama Festival. You can also extend your vacation before / after your tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Immerse yourself at one of Japan's most beautiful and vibrant festivals in the mountain village of Takayama.

Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Nagano - Shirakawago - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Osaka

2. Spring Takayama Festival | Hiroshima Tour<a name=fest3></a>

2. Spring Takayama Festival | Hiroshima Tour

Departure Date(s)
9 Days
201804/11

9 Nights 10 Days  From :  $3,798   $3,148 pp

This Spring Takayama Festival Hiroshima Tour includes all of our destinations and attractions use for our regular Takayama Festival tour, with additional days in the historically significant city of Hiroshima. The Takayama Festival is one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals, especially during the spring season when cherry blossom petals can be found wherever you go. After our fun exploring the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and joining in the fun of Takayama, we head to Hiroshima for some quality sight seeing! Hiroshima was deeply affected by the atrocities of war, being the first city in the world to suffer the attack of the atomic bomb.

In Hiroshima we will visit the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Bomb Dome to learn about how the war affected the lives of the Japanese people and how the city has developed since, wishing for world peace. Today, the A-Bomb Dome is the remains of the Hiroshima Prefectural Promotion Hall building, the closest building to the hypocenter of the bomb. The skeletal remains of the building remain today due to the vaporization of the atomic bomb which kept the entire building from completely collapsing. The A-Bomb Dome now serves as a symbol for everlasting world peace.

This Spring Takayama Festival | Hiroshima Tour will also stop to visit Miyajima. Miyajima is a small island northwest of Hiroshima, famous for its Itsukushima Shrine, or the floating torii gate. During high tide, the gate appears to be floating in the water, earning its unique nickname. You can also extend your vacation before/after the tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, or Hiroshima.

Journey to all of the major cities of the Takayama festival tour in Spring, including the City of Peace, Hiroshima.

Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Nagano - Shirakawago - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima

3. Spring Takayama Festival | Grand Japan Tour <a name=fest4></a>

3. Spring Takayama Festival | Grand Japan Tour

Departure Date(s)
13 Days
201804/11
14 Days
201804/05

12 Nights 13 Days  From :  $4,948   $4,408 pp

13 Nights 14 Days  From :  $5,148   $4,633 pp

This tour is offered from
Tokyo to Kyoto (Osaka) 13 Days and Kyoto (Osaka) to Tokyo 14 Days

Leave no stone unturned on an epic Japan tour journey during our Spring Takayama Festival Grand Japan Tour! Enjoy an incredible journey traveling to the best destinations Japan has to offer. After all of the sights we cover in Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, we leave the festive drum tunes and beautifully decorated floats of the Takayama Festival behind, we will head to Kyushu, where the southern beauties are a well kept secret of Japan. Kyushu boats incredible sights where reality and fantasy come together. Enjoy all the sights of Takachiho Gorge before you test your courage while talking a walk through Beppu's Tour of Hell. Don't worry, it's not as scary as it sounds, except for maybe the fiery stream of hot-spring water that errupt at one of the stops along the walk.

On a ferry, we will move to Shikoku Island and visit Dogo Onsen, Japan’s oldest wooden bathhouse that served as the inspiration for the famous Ghibli film Spirited Away. Shikoku is also famous for Ritsurin Garden, a beautiful landscape garden built in the early Edo Period. Our Festival Japan tour package will also stop in Tokushima to learn about Awa Odori, a famous traditional dance of another great festival of Japan. The Awa-Odori Festival is another popular festival that draws thousands to Tokushima to enjoy watching the traditional dance. Take the opportunity to learn some of the moves and bring them home to share with friends, or enjoy the Naruto Whirlpool's before your trip is over. This Japan tour package includes a stay at a ryokan, or Japanese inn, to truly experience Japanese hospitality. The ryokan will have hot springs for you to relax in and serves a delicious traditional Japanese meal.

All of the excitement of the Takayama Festival Tour with Hiroshima with further journeys out to Kyushu and Shikoku Islands.

The destinations and attractions featured are for our 13 Day Grand Tour package from Tokyo.

Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Nagano - Shirakawago - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima - Fukuoka - Kumamoto - Takachiho - Beppu - Dogo

4. Autumn Takayama Festival | Hidden Village Tours<a name=fest5></a>

4. Autumn Takayama Festival | Hidden Village Tours

Departure Date(s)
8 Days
201810/06

7 Nights 8 Days  From :  $2,998   $2,398 pp

Considered one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals, our Autumn Takayama Festival Hidden Village Japan Tour package packs in a full itinerary of exploring through Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, with two days of entertainment at the Takayama Festival. The autumn festival is considered one of the three largest festivals in Japan and is centered around the Hachiman Shrine, and is also known as Hachiman Festival. This festival gives thanks to the good harvest they prayed for during the spring festival.

During our Takayama Festival Tour we will see the great festival twice, once at daytime and once at nighttime to experience both environments. This Japan festival features beautifully decorated floats which karakuri or marionette performances are held on and pushed through town. During the nighttime the floats are beautifully lit by lanterns creating a festive ambiance.

During our tour, we made sure to keep the key ingredients for a memorable time through Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo. Our time in Kyoto is highlighted with a visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Golden Pavilion, in addition to visiting the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama. There's also a tea ceremony and a visit to the Gion-Geisha District to appreciate in Japanese culture first hand. In Kanazawa we will make a stop at Kenrokuen Garden, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, and Shirakawago, a town bordering Kanazawa and Takayama famous for its traditional farmhouses that are unique to the rest of the country. While also going on a cruise in Lake Ashi and ropeways up to Owakudani Boiling Valley, as well as stops at many great places in Tokyo including Edo Tokyo Museum, Harajuku, and more, the highlight of the Takayama Festival Tour in Autumn is the old town of Takayama where the great festival takes place.

The Takayama Festival Tour packages in Autumn takes you to an old town Takayama during the gorgeous koyo, or fall foliage season.

Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Nagano - Shirakawago - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Osaka

5. Autumn Takayama Festival | Grand Tours

5. Autumn Takayama Festival | Grand Tours

Departure Date(s)
14 Days
201809/30

13 Nights 14 Days  From :  $4,898   $3,918 pp

Experience first hand the best destinations and attractions offered in some of Japan's most popular cities, topped off with a visit to one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals! Join an unforgettable Autumn odyssey with our Autumn Takayama Festival Grand Japan Tour is filled from start to finish with only the best sights, attractions, and fun for a vacation unlike any before.

See the famous landmarks of Tokyo, enjoy playing with friendly deer at Nara, and be in awe over the rich-history in Kyoto. We also have time spent in Hiroshima seeing the iconic spots including the A-Bomb Dome and the floating torri gates of Itsukushima! Of course, all of this leads up to two days of fun visiting Takayama's old town to partake in the Takayama!

Leaving the festive drum tunes and beautifully decorated floats of the Takayama Festival behind, the tour also includes time at Kyushu and Shikoku. These two southern islands house some of the best natural wonders in Japan, including the fiery Tour of Hell in Beppu and the charming Ritsurin Garden in Tokushima. Dine on authentic Japanese cuisine during your tour, including local specialties you won't find in Japanese restaurants anywhere else! You can also extend your stay before/after your tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, or Osaka!

Experiences of the Grand Takayama Festival in Autumn, with further stops in two other major islands, Kyushu and Shikoku.

Tokyo - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Nagano - Shirakawago - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima - Nagasaki - Kumamoto - Takachiho - Beppu - Dogo

Standard on All Tours

  • Excellent mix of fine Western style hotels and Japanese style Ryokan
  • Most Meals (Western & Japanese Cuisine)
  • All ground transportation in Japan
  • Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities
  • Round-trip airport transfers (on designated tour dates; see details)
  • Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide
  • Free Wifi in Bus & Most hotels
  • No local payment

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