Japan Deluxe Tours, Inc.
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12 Nights 13 days Takayama & Villages | Hiroshima - Cherry Blossom Seasonal Tour
Day 1
Welcome to Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour app for more information.

Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.


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

We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish.

During this time, you can also:

  • Spend the day at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea

  • Visit the Ramen Museum

  • Explore Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo - THE MAKING OF Harry Potter

Day 3

Our journey begins with a visit to Tsukiji, where we'll immerse ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Tokyo's renowned fish market. Here, we'll marvel at the array of fresh seafood and culinary delights on offer, experiencing firsthand the hustle and bustle of this iconic destination.

Next, we'll venture to Shibuya Crossing and pay homage to Hachiko, the loyal Akita dog whose statue stands as a symbol of unwavering loyalty. Amidst the sea of pedestrians, we'll soak in the energy of one of the world's busiest intersections, capturing the essence of Tokyo's dynamic urban landscape.

For lunch, we'll indulge in a seasonal dining experience, savoring the flavors of Japan's rich culinary heritage. From delicate sushi to savory tempura, each dish will tantalize our taste buds and showcase the finest ingredients of the season.

Afterward, we'll explore the historic district of Asakusa and wander through Nakamise, a bustling shopping street lined with traditional shops and stalls. Here, we'll sample local snacks and browse for souvenirs, soaking in the timeless charm of old Tokyo.

To conclude our day, we'll venture to TeamLab Borderless, an immersive digital art museum where art, technology, and nature converge to create breathtaking installations. As we wander through this mesmerizing space, we'll be transported to otherworldly realms, experiencing art in a whole new dimension.

Breakfast Lunch
Day 4

Our Takayama Cherry Blossom Japan tour will start the day enjoying Hakone's Itchiku 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.

We will then stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish and considered a local specialty of the region.

Before heading to the hotel, your group will be visiting Matsumoto Castle, also named the Crow Castle due to the unique black color of the building. Considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, the castle has never been destroyed with its initial buildings still intact since construction. The castle tower is Japan’s oldest existing castle tower and is a designated national treasure.

Breakfast Lunch
Day 5

Today, our Takayama Cherry Blossom tour will have several stops before arriving in the city of Takayama. We’ll be following the Nakasendo Trail and enjoy a brief hike between Tsumago and Magome, the forty-second and forty-third stations of the trail respectively. The two towns are well-preserved and even go as far as making sure that electrical wires, TV antennas, and telephone poles do not show, allowing visitors to experience what it was like walking through town during the Edo Period. Enjoy some wagashi Japanese sweets and relax with a cup of tea before we make our way to Takayama.

Our Japan tour will finally reach Takayama. We will head to the Takayama Yatai Kaikan, a museum dedicated to the city’s famous festival floats. While the Takayama Festival itself is not taking place, you will still have the opportunity to witness the craftsmanship and beauty of these intricate floats up close. The Yatai Kaikan displays several festival floats year-round, beautifully adorned with detailed carvings, metalwork, and vibrant colors, illuminating the cultural and artistic heritage of Takayama. This visit provides a unique glimpse into the local traditions and the historical significance of the festival floats.

Day 6

We’ll begin our day in Takayama with a visit to the morning market, one of the many areas in the city with buildings and shops more than 300 years old. Enjoy exploring the area by visiting the numerous vendors and important sightseeing spots. We recommend trying Hida Nikuman (beef buns) or Gohei-Mochi while at the market.

While at the market, we also recommend visiting the Takayama Jinya, a building which served as the local government office from 1692 up until 1969. Now a public museum, you can learn about the history of the building as well as old government documents and city plans of the area. The tour will also take a stroll through Takayama’s old town district which is filled with many well-preserved buildings from the Edo Period back when the city thrived as a wealthy merchant town.

Your group will then make its way to the small, rural farming village of Shirakawa-go, famous for its thatched-roof houses made using the gassho-zukuri method. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will get a glimpse into the traditional Japanese farming life in the early eras. A visit to the Nagase House, will provide insight on the various tools and trinkets used in the farming village back in the day.

Day 7

We'll start our exploration of Kanazawa at the breathtaking Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens. This spot is particularly famous for its stunning cherry blossoms in spring, making it a perfect place for seasonal viewing. Stroll through meticulously maintained grounds that showcase not only seasonal flowers but also elegant water features, providing a perfect introduction to traditional Japanese garden aesthetics.

Next, we'll visit the Higashi Chaya District, an enchanting neighborhood known for its well-preserved tea houses where geisha once entertained. It's the ideal place to immerse yourself in the atmospheric beauty of old Kanazawa. Here, you’ll also find shops selling Kutaniyaki ceramics, famous for their intricate designs and vivid colors. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy sweets and souvenirs adorned with Kanazawa’s renowned gold leaf—a testament to the city’s rich artisanal heritage.

Our tour continues at the vibrant Omicho Market, where locals have come for fresh produce and seafood since the Edo period. This bustling marketplace is also a great spot to sample local delicacies like fresh sushi and sea urchin. Be sure to try some regional specialties at the food stalls that dot the market.

The final stop of the day is the Nomura Samurai House, a historic residence that gives a glimpse into the life of a samurai family. The house features beautiful architecture, a small but elegant traditional garden, and a collection of artifacts that depict the lifestyle of the samurai era.

Day 8

Our journey begins with a delightful rickshaw ride through Arashiyama, where we'll be captivated by the towering bamboo groves and the tranquil ambiance of this historic district. This serene setting offers a perfect start to our adventure, providing a glimpse into traditional Japanese beauty.

Next, we visit the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji, a stunning Zen temple covered in gold leaf. Set amidst meticulously maintained gardens and reflective ponds, Kinkaku-ji stands as a testament to Kyoto's rich cultural heritage and architectural splendor.

We'll then wander through Ninenzaka's picturesque streets, lined with traditional machiya townhouses. As we stroll through this charming area, we'll soak in the timeless atmosphere of old Kyoto, admiring the well-preserved wooden buildings and quaint shops that evoke the spirit of Japan's historical past.

Our cultural journey continues with a traditional tea ceremony, where we'll learn the art of matcha preparation from a skilled tea master. This experience offers a serene and meditative insight into the ancient ritual, allowing us to appreciate the intricate beauty of Japanese tea culture.

To conclude our day, we'll enjoy a memorable dining experience featuring Kyoto cuisine. During dinner, we'll have the opportunity to meet Maiko, apprentice geisha, who will offer us a unique taste of traditional entertainment and hospitality. This immersive experience provides a captivating end to our day, blending exquisite food with cultural enrichment.

Breakfast Dinner
Day 9

Our journey begins in Kyoto with a visit to Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of Kyoto's most iconic landmarks. Renowned for its thousands of vibrant torii gates leading up Mount Inari, this Shinto shrine offers a magical experience. Walking through the pathways lined with these gates provides an unforgettable and serene experience.

Next, we'll delve into the world of samurai and ninja at the Samurai and Ninja Museum in Kyoto. Interactive exhibits and demonstrations reveal the fascinating history and skills of these legendary warriors, giving us a hands-on understanding of Japan's martial heritage.

Then, we travel to Nara to visit Todai-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site housing the Great Buddha, one of the largest bronze statues globally. Adjacent to the temple, Nara Park offers a chance to interact with friendly deer in a picturesque setting, providing a peaceful and memorable encounter with nature.

We'll explore Naramachi, Nara's old merchant district, where traditional machiya townhouses line the narrow streets. This area provides a glimpse into Edo period life with its well-preserved architecture and charming atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for leisurely exploration.

Finally, we head to Osaka to enjoy the vibrant street food scene in Dotonbori. This bustling district is renowned for its neon lights, energetic atmosphere, and delicious local delicacies, offering a lively and flavorful end to our day.

Breakfast Lunch
Day 10

Our journey begins with a visit to the Awa-odori Museum in Tokushima. This museum is dedicated to the traditional Awa Dance, celebrated during the Obon season. We'll explore the rich history of this vibrant dance and even have the opportunity to participate and try some dance steps ourselves. The interactive exhibits provide a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of Awa-odori.

Next, we head to Takamatsu to explore the stunning Ritsurin Garden. Awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide, this garden is an ideal spot for taking breathtaking photos. The meticulously landscaped grounds feature beautiful ponds, bridges, and teahouses. Climbing to the highest point of the garden offers a panoramic view, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the serene beauty and design of this historical garden.

Breakfast Lunch
Day 11

Our journey begins with an interactive Udon Making experience in Takamatsu, where we'll learn the art of crafting these delicious noodles and enjoy our handmade creations.

Next, we'll head to Hiroshima to visit the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome, a powerful symbol of peace and resilience. We'll then explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to the memory of the victims and a place for reflection and hope for a peaceful future. Our visit continues at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where we'll learn more about the city's history and the impact of the atomic bombing through poignant exhibits.

To conclude our day, we'll indulge in a traditional Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki dinner, savoring the unique flavors of this local specialty at a renowned restaurant.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 12

Our journey begins with a scenic ferry ride to Miyajima, offering beautiful views of the Seto Inland Sea. As we glide over the calm waters, take in the fresh sea breeze and the stunning landscape, setting the tone for an unforgettable day of exploration.

Upon arrival, we'll explore the island of Miyajima, renowned for its lush natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Stroll through the charming streets, admire traditional architecture, and experience the serene ambiance that makes Miyajima a beloved destination for both locals and visitors.

Next, we'll visit the iconic Itsukushima Shrine, famous for its "floating" torii gate, which appears to float on the water during high tide. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique and picturesque setting, perfect for capturing memorable photographs and appreciating the historical significance of the shrine.

Don't miss the chance to savor local delicacies like momiji manju, maple leaf-shaped cakes filled with sweet bean paste, and fresh oysters, a specialty of the region. Indulge in these treats as you explore the island, adding a culinary delight to your cultural journey.

For the adventurous, take the ropeway up to the higher elevations of Miyajima and enjoy a trek through the island's scenic trails. The ropeway ride offers breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding sea, while the trails provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, with stunning vistas and peaceful forests.

Day 13
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.