• Gion Festival Tour

  • 6 nights 7 days

Perfect introductory tour of Japan and Kyoto Gion Festival

Japan Package - Japan Golden Route Tour from Tokyo Bright colour lanterns, music in the air, dancing in the street, and food vendors on every corner: it points to festival time. Kyoto Gion Festival stretches for the month of July, climaxing with a parade of 32 floats that can measure up to 25 feet tall, weighing 12 tons. It is easily consider the largest and best festival in Japan.

Starting from Tokyo we will follow the old Tokaido Trail to Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Nara and Kyoto visiting main site like Akihabara, Asakusa, and the Golden Pavilion. With this exciting tour package, you will experience tea ceremony, sake tasting, a Kimono Fashion Show, and a cruise in Lake Ashi with a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji.

You will also get familiar with Japan’s hot springs in a luxurious ryokan, Japanese hotel, with a traditional multi-course cuisine. It is a great cultural experience especially being part of a Japanese festival where you get to listening to folk music, witness the different arrays of kimono's patterns, and sample the variety of food that can only be found in Japanese festivals.

Price : USD2,198 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Tokyo Tour End : Osaka
Duration : 6 nights 7 days Departure Date : 12 July 2017
Hotels : 5 nights Western & 1 night Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 11 meals (6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner)
Route : Tokyo ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Atami ⇒ Nara ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Osaka

Tour Start Date 2017 :

July 12

Accommodation :

CityHotel NameRoom Type / Overview
[Day 1-2] 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
[Day 3] Atami Atami Hotel New Akao Resort or similar

Atami Hotel New Akao1 Atami Hotel New Akao2

Japanese-style Room /
Akao is a beautiful ocean front resort located at the tip of Uomisaki Point in Atami. This hotel includes a Japanese garden, a herb and rose garden, and a private beach.
Near by : Atami castle within Walking Distance
[Day 4-6] Kyoto Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel1 Kyoto Tokyu Hotel2

Western-style Room /
Experience the refinement, elegance and traditional calm of Japan's ancient capital. Kyoto Tokyu Hotel was established in 1982 as a one of the Tokyu Hotels Ltd and earned the Kyoto Scenic Beauty Award. The hotel's atmosphere of quiet composure communicates a sense of calm and relaxation to every guest.

Tour Itinerary :

DayEvent / VisitHighlight
1 Arrival Tokyo / Narita Int'l Airport or Haneda Int'l Airport

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

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Meals : Breakfast : X / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
2 Full Day Tokyo

Morning - Imperial Palace Plaza / Edo Tokyo Museum
Afternoon - Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Meiji Shrine / Harajuku / Shibuya Crossing
Evening - Hotel

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. We will first stop by the Imperial Palace Plaza to get a glimpse of the current Emperor's home. Next the tour will head out to Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. After lunch, 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 stop by the famous Meiji Shrine located in Shibuya. In the evening, we will probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Returning to our hotel, we will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk.
Tokyo - Senshoji Kaminari Gate Tokyo - Meiji Shrine Tokyo - Tokyo Tower
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
3 Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Atami

Morning - Mt. Fuji (or Visitor Center)
Afternoon - [Hakone] Owakudani Valley / Hakone Ropeway / Lake Ashi Cruise
Evening - Hotel

The tour will continue our journey to Hakone, where we will take a cruise in Lake Ashi. We will also 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. Tonight we will be staying in a ryokan. 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 food.
Hakone - Hakone Open Air Museum Hakone - Lake Ashi Cruise Hakone - Owakudani
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Atami
4 Atami - Nara - Kyoto

Morning - Bullet Train Ride
Afternoon - [Nara] Todaiji Temple / Deer Park / Tea Ceremony / Gekkeikan Sake Museum
Evening - Gion Geisha District / Hotel

We will begin our morning on the bullet train to Kyoto. Here, we will visit the Golden Pavillion, a stunning structure covered with gold foil, beautifully reflected in the lake. We continue with magnificent sights at Fushimi Inari Shrine, where hundreds of red torii gates are lined up. Next up we will go see Todaiji Temple in Nara. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guiness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. The deer here at the park are known to be friendly and may even bow at you for a little treat. After our friendly encounter with the deer, we will head to experience some peaceful green tea ceremony at Kodaiji Temple, built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his beloved wife, Nene. This beautifully constructed temple 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 Green Tea Ceremony. Afterwards, why not try a little Japanese sake tasting? The tour will be heading to a sake brewery to learn how sake is made and try different types of sake. Our final stop of the day is the Gion Geisha District.
Nara - Todai-ji Temple Nara - the Great Buddha Kyoto - Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum2 Kyoto - Gion District
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
5 Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

Morning - Kiyomizu Temple / Ninenzaka / Sanjusangendo / Fushimi Inari Shrine
Afternoon - Nishijin Kimono Show / Nijo Castle / Golden Pavilion
Evening - Hotel

Our first stop of the day will be a trip to the 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. We will then walk to Ninenzaka, an area of town with streets filled with Kyotoesque shops, perhaps an ideal place for souvenir shopping. Your Japan tour will then head to Sanjusangen-do, a temple in eastern Kyoto famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Our next stop is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of red torii gates that lead to the sacred Mt. Inari. After lunch, this Japan tour package will head to the Nishijin Textile Center, where you can witness the creation of traditional kimonos. The center offers courses in handweaving, traying on elegant kimonos, and if you'd like you can even purchase it. You will be invited to see dazzling arrays of kimonos in a fashion show. This tour will then head to Nijo Castle, where the first shogun of the Edo Period, Tokugawa Ieyasu, resided. Its walls and door panels are heavily decorated with gold and beautiful pictures of nature. The castle was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 as one of the best examples of castle palace architecture of Japan's feudal era. We will end our day with a visit to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji, a must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. This gorgeous temple is sure to leave you speechless.
Kyoto - Kiyomizu Temple Kyoto - Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine1 Kyoto - Nijo Castle Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Osaka
6 Kyoto

Morning - Kyoto Gion Festival
Afternoon - Kyoto Gion Festival
Evening - Hotel

Today is the day of the Kyoto Gion Festival, the most famous festival in Japan. There are hundreds of food vendors, carnival games, activities, parades, art displays, and more. The highight of the event is definitely the procession of its magnificent floats which weigh up to 12 tons. Be sure to check out the food booths for some a wide selection of delicious Japanese festival foods.
Kyoto - Gion Fesrival 1 Kyoto - Gion Fesrival 2 Kyoto - Gion Fesrival 3
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
7 Departure Osaka / 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 Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

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Hotel : N/A

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