JapanDeluxeTours

Japan Deluxe Tours, Inc.
1820 W. Carson St. Suite 224 Torrance California 90501 USA
Phone: 310-327-1111 FAX: 310-329-7609
13 Nights 14 days Essence Of Spring | Grand Tour - 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.



**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

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




Breakfast
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

Today, we'll explore the Hakone Open-Air Museum, home to an impressive collection of sculptures set amidst lush greenery and scenic landscapes. Here, we'll immerse ourselves in the beauty of art and nature, as we wander through the outdoor galleries and admire works by renowned artists from around the world.



After our visit to the museum, we'll venture to Owakudani, a volcanic valley known for its dramatic landscape and natural hot springs. As we ascend by the Owakudani Ropeway, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and volcanic activity below.



Upon reaching Owakudani, we'll have the opportunity to explore the area and experience the unique geothermal phenomena, including steam vents and bubbling pools of hot spring water. It's a remarkable opportunity to witness the power and beauty of nature up close.



Our journey contiues with an exhilarating experience as we board the Shinkansen, Japan's renowned bullet train. As we glide effortlessly across the country at high speed, we'll marvel at the efficiency and comfort of this iconic mode of transportation.



We'll conclude our day at Kyoto Station, where mesmerizing illuminations transform the station building into a dazzling spectacle of light as dusk falls.





Breakfast Lunch
Day 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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.





Breakfast
Day 10

We begin our exploration with a leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets of Yufuin. This charming town is nestled in a valley and is known for its stunning views of Mount Yufu, traditional ryokan inns, and hot springs. Yufuin's main street, Yunotsubo Kaido, is lined with unique shops, art galleries, and delightful cafes. The town also boasts beautiful natural scenery, including rice paddies and small rivers, creating a tranquil and idyllic atmosphere.



Next, we'll visit Kinrin Lake, a serene spot surrounded by lush greenery. The mist that rises from the lake in the early morning adds a mystical touch, making it perfect for peaceful walks and moments of reflection.



Our journey continues with an adventure to Beppu's famous hot springs: Sea Hell and Blood Hell. Sea Hell, with its striking blue waters, and Blood Hell, known for its vibrant red hue, offer unique geothermal experiences. These hot springs showcase the fascinating natural volcanic activity of the region, providing an unforgettable and thrilling experience.





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Breakfast Dinner
Day 11

We begin our adventure with a visit to Amano Iwato Shrine, a sacred Shinto site nestled in the mountains. The shrine is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu and steeped in mythology. We'll explore the grounds and learn about the legend of Amaterasu hiding in the cave, causing the world to fall into darkness.



Continuing our journey, we'll walk to Amano Yasugawara, a mystical cave along the Iwato River. This significant Shinto site is where the gods gathered to discuss coaxing Amaterasu out of her cave. The cave, adorned with countless visitor-stacked stones, creates a serene and spiritual atmosphere.



Our exploration culminates with a visit to Takachiho Gorge, a breathtaking natural wonder. The gorge is famous for its sheer cliffs, lush greenery, and the emerald waters of the Gokase River. For those interested, boat rentals are available to explore the gorge and view the stunning Manai Falls up close, enhancing the tranquil beauty of this remarkable landscape.




Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 12

We start our day at Sakura-no-baba Josaien, a cultural complex at the foot of Kumamoto Castle. Here, we immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the area, with traditional shops, restaurants, and historical exhibits offering a glimpse into the past.



Next, we visit the magnificent Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan's most impressive and well-preserved castles. We'll explore its grand architecture, learn about its rich history, and enjoy the beautiful views from the castle grounds.



Our journey then takes us to Yanagawa, known for its picturesque canals. We'll enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the waterways, surrounded by charming scenery and traditional buildings, making for a serene and memorable experience.



As night falls, we head to Mount Inasa for a breathtaking view of Nagasaki's nightscape. The observation deck offers panoramic views of the city illuminated below, providing a stunning and unforgettable end to our day.




Breakfast Lunch
Day 13

Our day begins in Nagasaki where we will visit several historically significant locations. The first stop will be the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park, a symbol of peace and a testament to the horrors of war. The Peace Statue sits at the epicenter of the atomic bomb blast. The right hand points up to symbolize the bomb, while the left hand points toward future peace. The statue's bent right leg symbolizes meditation, while the bent left leg represents the need to stand against war. The closed eyes offer prayers and respect for the souls lost in the devastation.



For lunch, we will enjoy local favorites champon and sara udon, both noodle dishes that originated in Nagasaki.



Next, we will head to Glover Garden, which exhibits Western-style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region in 2018.



Our journey continues to Imari in Okawachiyama Village, famous for its high-quality Imari porcelain. Here, we'll explore pottery shops and learn about the traditional techniques of ceramic craftsmanship.



We conclude our day in Fukuoka, exploring the vibrant Nakasu district. Known for its street food, Nakasu offers a lively atmosphere and a chance to sample delicious local delicacies.




TBA or similar
Breakfast Lunch
Day 14
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. Breakfast