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Takayama Festival Tour Spring

Japan Package - Takayama Festival Tour from Osaka Do you hear the sound of the taiko drums? Join us in our tour as we enter the old town of Takayama and feel the excitement of the great Takayama Festival.

Takayama festival is considered to be one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. The festival attracts many tourists and locals with its large floats featuring mechanical puppet shows, brilliant color paper machete, and lanterns. Takayama Festival takes place twice a year, and during this spring season, the fun and excitement is surrounded by beautiful sakura or cherry blossoms that fill the sight will colour.

This fully escorted Takayama Festival Tour package begins in Osaka and makes its first stop in Kyoto. Here the tour will visit famous landmarks such as Fushimi Inari Shrine, Golden Pavilion, and Kiyomizu Temple. You'll also watch a fabulous kimono fashion show at Nishijin Textile Center where you can even purchase your own from a great selection of kimonos. Heading north, we will take a walk in the beautiful Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa. The garden is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Shirakawago in Kanazawa is another landmark and UNESCO world heritage site, preserving farmhouses and culture over two centuries old that can only be experienced here. In Takayama we will explore the old town as well as watch the festival not one, but twice, at day and night to experience both. At Hakone and Lake Kawaguchi you will get a great view of Mt. Fuji, perhaps with sakura in the background. In Tokyo we will take you to Tokyo Tower, Sumida River Cruise, Edo Tokyo Museum, and more.

Join the fun as we explore Japan with a great side trip to the unique old town of Takayama and its great festival. You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Price : From USD2,698 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Osaka Tour End : Tokyo
Duration : 6 nights 7 days Departure Date : 12 April 2018
Hotels : 4 nights Western & 2 nights Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinners)
Route : Osaka ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Kanazawa ⇒ Shirakawago ⇒ Takayama ⇒ Matsumoto ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Tokyo

Tour Start Date 2018:

April 12

Accommodation :

CityHotel NameRoom Type / Overview
[Day 1] Osaka Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar or similar

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel1 Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel2

Western-style Room /
The only hotel on the Kansai International Airport Island. We are directly connected to the airport and the railway station. In addition, as a resort hotel, we are popular.
Near by : Kami-honmachi YUFURA, Kintetsu department store Next to the Hotel
[Day 2] Kyoto Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel1 Kyoto Tokyu Hotel2

Western-style Room /
Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.
Near by : Nishiki Market in 10 minutes by taxi
[Day 3] Takayama Takayama Green Hotel or similar

Takayama Green Hotel1 Takayama Green Hotel2

Japanese-style Room /
Takayama Green Hotel is a new type of resort that combines the functionality of an urban hotel with the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese inn, giving it an unique ambience of the old city of Hida. The hotel has a traditional indoor/ outdoor hot spring, a restaurant using local products, and traditional souvenir shop. The location is walking
Near by : Art Forest within Walk distance, Matsukura Castle in 8 mins by taxi
[Day 4] Matsumoto Hotel Saginoyu or similar

Hotel Saginoyu1 Hotel Saginoyu2

Japanese-style Room /
Hotel Saginoyu is an old and establish hotel built in 1905. With over 100 years of rich history, the hotel is imprinted in Japan's history with visits from famous calligraphers, artists, and poets. Built next to Lake Suwa, gives a great view from the hotel. The waters used in the hot springs of the hotel are from the natural resources found in the land around the agriculture area. Japanese style tatami rooms and Japanese garden with perfect view for each season will help you relax and enjoy outstanding natural beauty.
Near by : Katakurakan and Suwa City Museum within Walking distance
[Day 5-6] Tokyo Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu1 Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu2

Western-style Room /
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.
Near by : Shopping mall and Amusement facility, AQUA CITY ODAIBA, Gundam Front Tokyo, Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Tour Itinerary :

DayEvent / VisitHighlight
1 Arrival Kansai Int'l Airport or Osaka Int'l Airport (Itami Airport)

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

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Meals : Breakfast : X / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Osaka
2 Osaka - Kyoto

Morning - [Kyoto] Nishijin Kimono Show / Golden Pavilion
Afternoon - Fushimi Inari Shrine / Tea Ceremony / Sannenzaka
Evening - Gion Geisha District / Hotel

We will spend our morning traveling from Osaka to Kyoto at which our first stop is the Nishijin Textile Center where you are invited to its dazzling kimono fashion show. Here at Nishijin Textile Center you can also witness the creation of beautiful kimonos and even purchase it along with many other traditional Japanese goods that will make for great souvenirs. Our next stop is the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a must see attraction where the two upper floors of the temple are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. Then the tour will head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of red torii gates that lead to the sacred Mt. Inari. Fushimi Inari Shrine is often rated Japan’s #1 destination by tourists and produces gorgeous pictures. Next we will experience some peaceful Japanese green tea ceremony. The ceremony itself consists of many rituals that have to be learned by heart. Almost each hand movement is prescribed. Basically, the tea is first prepared by the host, and then drunk by the guests. We will then walk to Sannenzaka, an area of town with streets filled with Kyotoesque shops, an ideal place for souvenir shopping. This pedestrian only street is a great depiction of what the streets of ancient Kyoto looked like before modernization. In the evening, the tour will head to the Gion Geisha District, Japan's most famous geisha district. This area is filled with shops, restaurants, and tea houses and the area in Japan that you are most likely to run into real geisha and maiko on their way to perform at the Gion Geisha Center.
Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto - Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine1 Kyoto - Gion District
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
3 Kyoto - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama

Morning - [Kanazawa] Kenrokuen Garden
Afternoon - Shirakawago
Evening - [Takayama] Takayama Night Festival / Hotel

We will start the day with a visit 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. We will spend the afternoon at the Gassho Village in Shirakawago, a small farming community of the city. It is declared an UNESCO world heritage site where the old traditional farm homes, gassho-zukuri, are preserved to maintain the beauty of the scenery. Following the sound of drums we will travel up the mountains to Takayama 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.
Kanazawa - Kenrokuen Gifu - Shirakawago Takayama - Takayama Night Festival
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Takayama
4 Takayama - Matsumoto

Morning - Takayama Morning Market / Takayama Old Town / Takayama Jinya
Afternoon - Takayama Festival / Azumino Wasabi Farm / Matsumoto Castle
Evening - Hotel

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 also located in that area and we will explore many vendors and activities. You will have free time to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots. 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. We will then head to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. Afterwards we will head back to Tokyo but with a side trip to Matsumoto Castle. This castle is one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed. Also its unique black coloring gave its nickname karasu-jo, the Crow Castle. It’s one of three must see castles in Japan and ranked on the top 100 in the world castles. Today’s hotel is located in the banks of Suwa Lake. The ryokan, Japanese hotel, contains variety of onsen, hot springs, which you can dip in and relax. Dinner is provided in traditional style of kaiseki, a Japananese multi-course cuisine.
Takayama - Kamisannomachi Street Takayama jinya Matsumoto - Matsumoto Castle
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : O
Hotel : Matsumoto
5 Matsumoto - Yamanashi - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Tokyo

Morning - [Yamanashi] Kubota Art Museum
Afternoon - [Hakone] Owakudani Valley / Hakone Ropeway
Evening - [Tokyo] Hotel

Our day begins with a visit to the famous Kubota Art Museum, where you not only can fine amazing Kimono on display, but also a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji. We will continue our journey to Hakone. We will then take a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local Japanese food, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. Before our day ends, enjoy a relaxing ride on the Hakone Ropeway. We will then head to Tokyo.
Sakura - Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchi - Kubota Art Museum Hakone - Owakudani
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
6 Full Day Tokyo

Morning - Asakusa / Edo Tokyo Museum
Afternoon - Meiji Shrine / Shibuya Crossing
Evening - Tokyo Tower / Hotel

Our day starts off in the Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. We proceed to Asakusa, the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. The tour will also stop by the famous Meiji Shrine located in Shibuya. While in Shibuya, we will explore Shibuya Crossing, one of the bussiest intersections in the world. We close off our day with a visit to Tokyo Tower, Japan's former largest tower before Skytree was built.
Tokyo - Sensoji Temple Tokyo - Senshoji Kaminari Gate Tokyo - Meiji Shrine Tokyo - Tokyo Tower
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
7 Departure Tokyo / Your home town or enjoy your extended stay.

Sadly your enjoyable Japan tour ends today, you will return home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Information

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

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Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : N/A

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