• Takayama Festival with Hiroshima

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Golden Route and Hiroshima- Must See Spots in 9 Days with Takayama Festival

Japan Package - Takayama Festival with Hiroshima In a town called Takayama, isolated deep in the western mountains, a great Japanese festival takes place every year, lighting up the night and filling the air with wonderful music. Takayama Festival, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals, is a parade of huge floats with mechanical puppet shows day and night, covered in intricate color paper machete and stunning lanterns.

This fully escorted Takayama Festival Tour with Hiroshima package takes you from Tokyo Tower and Asakusa Sensoji Temple to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome to understand Japanese history. On our way to Hioshima we will be making numerous trips to other cities including Hakone, Lake Kawaguchi, Nagano, Takayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji, and Miyajima. From great views of Mt. Fuji in Hakone to Kyoto’s countless treasures of the Golden Pavilion and Gion Geisha District, this tour cannot be missed. You will also have the chance to participate in an authentic Japanese green tea ceremony and watch dazzling kimono fashion shows during this trip. In Takayama, you will see the great festival not once, but twice, both day and night to experience the festival in both environments. The catchy tune of drums and bright lights from the lanterns will surely get you dancing.

This Takayama Festival Tour is filled with rich and meaningful experience that runs deep to Japan’s history. You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.

Price : USD3,498 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Tokyo Tour End : Hiroshima
Duration : 9 nights 10 days Departure Date : 11 April 2018
Hotels : 7 nights Western & 2 night Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 18 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners)
Route : Tokyo ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Matsumoto ⇒ Takayama ⇒ Kanazawa ⇒ Shirakawago ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Osaka ⇒ Kurashiki ⇒ Hiroshima

Tour Start Date 2018 :

April 11

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] Nagano 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 : Hida Takayama Museum of Art in 5 mins by car, Hida Kokubunji Temple in 3 mins by foot
[Day 4] 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 5-7] 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 8-9] 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 : Hiroshima Peace Park in 10 mins by walk, Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car

Tour Itinerary :

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

Rest at the hotel and be ready for tomorrow.

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Meals : Breakfast : X / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Tokyo
2 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 : O
Hotel : Tokyo
3 Tokyo - Yamanashi - Hakone - Mt. Fuji - Matsumoto

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

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 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 head to Lake Kawaguchi to enjoy the fine works of art at the Kubota Art Museum before we check into our hotel. This Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese food.
Sakura - Mt. Fuji Lake Kawaguchi - Kubota Art Museum Hakone - Owakudani
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Nagano
4 Nagano - Takayama

Morning - Matsumoto Castle
Afternoon - Azumino Wasabi Farm / [Takayama] Check-in a hotel
Evening - Takayama Festival

In the morning, we will head to Takayama Festival with some side trips along the way. First stop is 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 world castles. We will then head to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. Following the sound of drums, we will reach our destination 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.
Matsumoto - Matsumoto Castle Azumino - Wasabi Farm Takayama - Takayama Night Festival
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Takayama
5 Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto

Morning - Takayama Morning Market / Takayama Old Town / Takayama Jinya
Afternoon - Takayama Festival / [Kanazawa] Kenrokuen Garden / Shirakawago
Evening - [Kyoto] Gion-Geisha District /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 make 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 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.
Takayama - Kamisannomachi Street Takayama Festival Kanazawa - Kenrokuen Gifu - Shirakawago
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : O
Hotel : Kyoto
6 Full Day Kyoto

Morning - Arashiyama
Afternoon - Golden Pavilion / Kiyomizu Temple / Ninenzaka
Evening - Gion-Geisha District / Hotel

We will open our day with a walk through the serene bamboo grooves of Arashiyama. The sun passing through the bamboo is a sight you won't want to miss. Then we are off to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japan’s must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. The reflection of the golden temple on the lake adds to the stunning sight. We then proceed to Kiyomizu Temple, famous for one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Kyoto. Along the way, we will walk the street of Ninenzaka, a traditional street that has a good feel for ancient Kyoto, perfect for shopping. In the evening, we 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 - Arashiyama Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto - Kiyomizu Temple Kyoto - Gion District
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
7 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto

Morning - [Kyoto] Fushimi Inari Shrine / Tea Ceremony
Afternoon - [Nara] Todaiji Temple / Deer Park
Evening - [Kyoto] Hotel

Today we spend more time sightseeing in Kyoto. We start our day at Fushimi Inari Shrine, a popular destination that can't be skipped while in Kyoto. After a tea ceremony, it's off to Nara to Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness 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.
Kyoto - Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine1 Nara - the Great Buddha Nara - Deer Park
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
8 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
9 Full Day Hiroshima

Morning - Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Afternoon - Miyajima / Itsukushima Shrine / Hiroshima City Sightseeing
Evening - Hotel

We will spend today exploring the city of Hiroshima. First we will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako's statue and the freedom bell. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. In the afternoon our Japan Cherry Blossom Tour will head to Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima known for its Itsukushima Shrine, or floating torii gate. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan's three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island. The rest of the day will be spent touring the city with your Japan tour guide who will show you all the best places Hiroshima has to offer.
Hiroshima - Hiroshima Peace Park Hiroshima - Sadako's statue Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Hiroshima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine1 Hiroshima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine2
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Hiroshima
10 Departure Hiroshima

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.


From Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) - about 45 mins (Bus)

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