• Grand Takayama Festival Tour

  • 12 nights 13 days

Experience the Best of Japan in Cherry Blossom Season 12 days and a beautiful festival in perfect weather

Japan Package - Takayama Festival Grand Tour Spring The Grand Tour is a twelve day trip crossing to different terrains of city streets, rugged trails of the mountains, and agricultural rice field of Japan. Japan Deluxe Tour has exclusive tours to three major islands – Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku - with an added trip to Japan’s beautiful festival, Takayama Festival. We will visit important regions like Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shiragawa-go, Matsumoto, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Arita Ceramic Village, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Takachiho, Beppu and Matsuyama.

There is an additional trip to Takayama Festival, ranked as one of the most beautiful festival in Japan. One of the unique characteristic of the festival is the giant float also serves as entertainment with 16th century mechanical dolls inserted inside and paraded across town. 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 UNESCO’s rural gassho village.

Price : USD4,698 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Osaka Tour End : Tokyo
Duration : 12 nights 13 days Departure Date : 05 April 2017
Hotels : 9 nights Western and 3 nights Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 25 meals (12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 4 dinners)
Route : Osaka ⇒ Hiroshima ⇒ Miyajima ⇒ Arita ⇒ Nagasaki ⇒ Kumamoto ⇒ Mt. Aso ⇒ Takachiho ⇒ Beppu ⇒ Matsuyama ⇒ Takamatsu ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Kanazawa ⇒ Shirakawago ⇒ Takayama ⇒ Matsumoto ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Tokyo

Tour Start Date 2017 :

April 05

Accommodation :

CityHotel NameRoom Type / Overview
[Day 1&8] 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 2] Hiroshima Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima1 Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima2

Western-style Room /
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of Hiroshima's Downtown. The Hotel offers beautiful view of Hiroshima City. Hotel offers many modern facilities and services like the gym, hot springs, and spa (these are extra charges). Many famous sight see spots are within walking distance such as Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Near by : Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car, Peace Park Museum in 10 mins by walk
[Day 3] Fukuoka Hyatt Regency Fukuoka

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto1 Hotel Nikko Kumamoto2

Western-style Room /
The Hyatt Regency Fukuoka hotel is a 4-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Hakata-Ku neighbourhood of Fukuoka, Japan. This Hotel is an extraordinary post-modern architecture of a world-famous landmark, Rome Colosseum. It is five minutes walk from Hakata subway station and walking distance to the shopping area.
[Day 4] Nagasaki Hotel Nampuro or similar

Hotel Nampuro1 Hotel Nampuro2

Western-style Room /
Minutes away from Nagasaki is Hotel Nampuro near the Tarukidaichi Forest Park. This luxurious hotel faces Ariake Sea towards Kumamoto. It offers lots of entertainment and relaxation amenities like a petting zoo, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, spa, event showcase, and an award winning garden. Every morning, the hotel offers breakfast buffet with fresh local ingredients. Near proximity to the famous Mount Unzen, you will enjoy the beautiful wild nature in the comfort of your own hotel.
Near by : Mount Unzen in 30 mins by car, Shimabara Castle in 5 mins by car
[Day 5] Miyazaki Hotel Takachiho or similar

Hotel Takachiho1 Hotel Takachiho2

Japanese-style Room /
One of the most popular places to stay in Takachiho. As a Kokuminshukuha ("Peoples Lodging") they offer outstanding service and comfortable stay. There is a indoor hot spring in ground level. The hotel has great access down to Takachiho Gorge. Enjoy watching a traditional kagura performance close by at Takachiho Shrine.
Near by : Takachiho Gorge in 15 mins by walk, Takachiho Shrine in 5 mins by walk
[Day 6] Matsuyama Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama or similar

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama1 Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama2

Western-style Room /
The Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama is the perfect getaway while exploring the city of Matsuyama. Situated around great sites and with plenty of great amenities available, find comfort and pleasure during your stay. There is complimentary wi-fi available in all rooms and public areas, so you can stay connected even while on vacation!
Near by : Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, Matsuyama Castle, Ninomaru Historical Garden
[Day 7] Osaka Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel 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 9] Takayama Takayama Green Hotel or similar

Takayama Green Hotel1 Takayama Green Hotel2

Japanese-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 10] 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 11-12] 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 : Kyoto
2 Kyoto - Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima

Morning - [Osaka] Cup Noodles Museum
Afternoon - [Himeji] Himeji Castle
Evening - Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka. Cup Noodles Museum is an interactive museum where you can learn about the history of cup noodles and even make your own original cup noodle. Next our tour bus will make a stop at Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1,600's, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.
Osaka - Cup Noodles Museum Himeji - Himeji Castle
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Hiroshima
3 Hiroshima - Miyajima - Yamaguchi - Fukuoka

Morning - Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Afternoon - Miyajima / Itsukushima Shrine / [Yamaguchi] Kintai Bridge
Evening - [Fukuoka] Hotel

Our Japan tour will spend part of this morning at the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. We will also spend time at the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the main highlights here in Hiroshima, the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath. After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best sceneries. We close up the day with a visit to the Kintai Bridge, a series of five wooden arches over the Nishiki River.
Hiroshima - Hiroshima Peace Park Hiroshima - Sadako's statue Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Hiroshima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine Yamaguchi - Kintai Bridge
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Fukuoka
4 Fukuoka - Saga - Nagasaki

Morning - [Saga] Arita
Afternoon - [Nagasaki] Glover Garden / Oura Church / Peace Memorial Park
Evening - Hotel

Our day begins in Arita, where we will see some of the finest porcelain creations. Our day then takes us to Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church. Our last stop of the day is the Nagasaki Peace Park which was built to commemorate the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the park is a large pillar engraved with the names of the victims.
Saga - Aritayaki Nagasaki - Glover Garden Nagasaki - Peace Memorial Park
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Kumamoto
5 Nagasaki - Kumamoto - Takachiho

Morning - [Kumamoto] Kumamoto Castle
Afternoon - [Miyazaki] Takachiho Gorge / Amanoiwato
Evening - Hotel

Our day begins in Kumamoto to visit Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.
Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Miyazaki - Takachiho Gorge
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : O
Hotel : Takachiho
6 Takachiho - Beppu - Dogo Onsen

Morning - [Beppu] Tour of Hell
Afternoon - [Matsuyama] Ishiteji Temple / Dogo Onsen
Evening - Hotel

Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes. We continue with a ferry ride, then visiting temple 51 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, Ishiteji Temple. After lunch, we will take a boat ride to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. We will return to our hotel for a traditional style dinner, a luxurious multi-course Japanese meal. Afterwards, you have time to roam the old streets of Matsuyama or take a soak in the hot springs. There is a Taiko Show you can enjoy at the Tsubakikan Hotel in the main building for free.
Beppu - The Tour of Hell Ehime - Ishiteji Temple Dogo Onsen - Yushinden Matuyama - Dogo Onsen
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Matsuyama
7 Dogo - Takamatsu - Osaka

Morning - [Takamatsu] Ritsurin Garden
Afternoon - [Tokushima] Awaodori Kaikan / Naruto Whirlpools*
Evening - [Osaka] Dotonbori / Hotel

Travelling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden its highest rating of three stars. The picturesque garden features ponds, hills, bridges, footpaths, and beautiful pavilions divided into a Japanese style garden in the south and western style garden in the north. Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools which are created by the large volumes of water moving between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean between high and low tide, combined with the unique underwater geography of the narrow straight. These whirlpools can only be seen under strict conditions and times and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpools in action. Before ending our day, we will spend some time at Osaka, Dotonbori, a popular tourist district for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The street is lit by hundreds of neon lights at night time, keeping the town lively throughout the night.

* The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

Takamatsu - Ritsurin Park Tokushima - Naruto Whirlpools Osaka - Dotonbori
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Osaka
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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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