• Takayama Festival Tour Autumn

  • 6 nights 7 days

Visiting Most Beautiful Festival and Rural Gassho Village

Japan Package - Takayama Festival Tour Autumn Isolated deep in the western mountain, there is a "little Kyoto" where the festival lights illuminate the night and music is filled in the air. Takayama festival is considered to be one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Their huge floats are paraded all day and night with mechanical puppet shows, brilliant color paper machete, and lanterns.

This fully escorted tour takes you to West side of Japan exploring Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shiragawa-go, Matsumoto, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo. You will get to experience a tea ceremony in a Buddhist Temple, a cruise in Lake Ashi with a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, and walk along a rural gassho village.

All this time you will have the beautiful Japanese maple illuminating in colours of red and yellow in the background. If you want to be part of the fun… just follow the taiko drums!

Price : From AUD3,320 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Osaka Tour End : Tokyo
Duration : 6 nights 7 days Departure Date : 07 October 2015
Hotels : 5 nights Western & 1 night Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 12 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners)
Route : Osaka ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Kanazawa ⇒ Shirakawago ⇒ Takayama ⇒ Matsumoto ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Tokyo
Highlights : Tokyo :
Tsukiji Tuna Auction (except Sundays), Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Akihabara Electric Town, Edo Tokyo Museum, Odaiba, Harajuku, Ginza
Hakone, Mt.Fuji, Atami :
Lake Ashi Cruise, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani Boiling Valley, Mt.Fuji Fifth Station (if weather permits), Visitor Centre
Kanazawa / Takayama / Nagano :
Kenroku Garden, Shirakawago Gassho Village, Takayama Festival, Matsumoto Castle
Kyoto :
Kinkakuji Temple-Golden Pavilion, Kodaiji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Geisha District, Nishijin Textile Centre-Kimono Show, Nijo Castle

Tour Start Date 2014 :

October 07

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 New Miyako Hotel1 Kyoto New Miyako Hotel2

Western-style Room /
Directly across from Kyoto Station, the location is perfect for tourists. With easy access to great dining options and shopping experiences, the Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city.
Near by : Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi
[Day 3] Takayama Hotel Associa Takayama Resort or similar

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort1 Hotel Associa Takayama Resort2

Western-style Room /
Takayama is in the mountain rural side of Japan. The traditions are still kept alive with ancient Buddhist rituals, annual festivals, and preservation of older homes. One can enjoy the atmosphere from Hotel Associa Takayama Resort. The hotel has luxurious hotel accommodations. There are free shuttle bus to/ from JR Takayama Station to have a convenient access to local sight see spots.
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 The Prince Park Tower or similar

Tokyo Prince Hotel1 Tokyo Prince Hotel2

Western-style Room /
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is a five star hotel, ranked 2nd best hotel in the world by Expedia. Every room is luxurious and spacious with panoramic views of Tokyo. It features state-of-the-art amenities including a Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower stall. In the facility there is a swimming pool, indoor hot spring, gym, spa, and high-class restaurants. The hotel is walking distance from Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.
Near by : Zojoji Temple Next to the Hotel, Tokyo Tower 5 mins by walk

Tour Itinerary :

DayEvent / VisitHighlight
1 Arrival Osaka Kansai International Airport / Itami Airport

Welcome to Osaka! You will be greeted and escorted to your hotel by your tour guide.

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 - Bullet Train Ride Experience / Nishijin Textile Centre (Kimono Show)
Afternoon - Kiyomizu Temple / Ninenzaka / Kodaiji Temple (Green Tea Ceremony)
Evening - Gion Geisha District / Hotel

Travelling at 270 km/h, we are heading towards Kyoto using the "shinkansen," bullet train. After arrival, we shall begin by visiting Nishijin Textile Centre, where you can witness the creation of a traditional kimono. The centre offers courses in handweaving, trying on elegant kimonos, and, if you like it, you can purchase it. You will be invited to see dazzling arrays of kimonos in a fashion show.

Next in our agenda will be a trip to Kiyomizu Temple. The most iconic temple of Japan, Kiyomizu Temple is a wooden structure that overlooks the city of Kyoto. On the base, three canals sprout water representing love, wisdom, and longevity. The last stop will be Kodaiji Temple, built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his beloved wife, Nene. This beautifully constructed shrine is well balance with nature maintaining a Japanese and Zen Garden with a Bamboo Forest. It is this location overlooking the scenery that you will be taking lessons in Japanese Tea Ceremony. We then return to Kyoto to visit the Gion Geisha District where you can spot geisha walking along the ancient capital.

Afterwards, we offer options for our guest:
1) you may freely roam on your own in Gion
2) Head toward Gion Corner where you can see Geisha dances and other traditional performances (PRICE: JPY 3,150 TIME: 6:00pm, 7:00pm)
3) Go to a photo studio where you can dress as a Geisha with make-up or as a samurai (prices depends on number of exposures and location)

Autumn - Kiyomizu Temple Autumn - Kodaiji Kyoto - Gion District
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
3 Kyoto - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama

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

From Kyoto, we will travel north-west with our first stop at Kanazawa prefecture. Kenrokuen is classified as one of Japan’s top three most beautiful landscape garden. This crowning champion is a hot spot for many tourists to visit this small town just to get a glimpse of its manicure trees and blooming flowers. We will continue to a small farming community of Shirakawago. It’s 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 : O
Hotel : Takayama
4 Takayama - Matsumoto

Morning - Morning Market / Old Town / Takayama Festival
Afternoon - Matsumoto Castle
Evening - Japanese Style Hotel (Traditional Japanese Cuisine)

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.

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 Festival Matsumoto - Matsumoto Castle
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Matsumoto
5 Matsumoto - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Tokyo

Morning - [Shizuoka] Mt. Fuji
Afternoon - [Hakone] Owakudani-Boliling Valley / Lake Ashi Cruise
Evening - [Tokyo] Shinjuku Distinct / Hotel

In the morning, we shall begin by visiting Japan's most iconic symbol, the sacred Fuji-san, Mt. Fuji. It is 3,776 meters tall, making it Japan's tallest mountain. It's not surprising that the almost perfect shaped volcano has been worshiped through all the ages from poetry to art. From Fuji-san we will continue our journey to Hakone, where we will take a cruise in Lake Ashi. 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 cuisine, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. In the end, we will head towards our hotel in Tokyo.
Autumn - Mt. Fuji Hakone - Lake Ashi Cruise Hakone - Owakudani
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
6 Full Day Tokyo

Morning - Tsukiji Fish Market (optional) / Edo Tokyo Museum / Akihabara
Afternoon - Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Harajuku
Evening - Hotel

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo.
Starting with an optional tour to the tuna auction live at the world famous Tsukiji Market. It's the biggest fish market in the world selling over 2,000 tons of fish per day. Though the tour starts at 3:30am, this district is buzzing with life and activities distributing fishes to all the sushi shops in Tokyo. After this tour, you will be taken to your hotel to pack and meet the group.

The tour will head out to Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. Close by, we will explore Akihabara famous for their abundance in electronic stores and the home of anime lovers. After lunch in Akihabara, we will delve in the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. We will also be stopping at the Imperial Palace Plaza today to get a glimpse at the current Emperor’s home.

In the evening, we will probe the stores at Harajuku. The unofficial fashion capital of Japan offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Returning to our hotel, we will be passing by the fame Shibuya Cross and Roppongi Hills.

Tokyo - Tsukiji Market Tokyo - Sensoji Temple Tokyo - Imperial Palace
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : O
Hotel : Tokyo
7 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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