Kyushu-the Birth Place of Japanese Civilization to Neon lit of Tokyo via Ancient Capital of Kyoto

Grand Tour of Japan The Land of the Rising Sun is filled with contrast elements of cutting edge technology and vibrant metropolis to traditional temples and raw beauty of nature.

We will journey to three major islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. This fully escorted tour will travel to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Arita Ceramic Village, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Takachiho, Beppu, Matsuyama, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo. You will not miss the indescribable experiences of a tea ceremony in a Buddhist Temple, visit a rural town known for their "imari-yaki" ceramic, watch a traditional kagura dance, Todaiji Temple where "Big Buddha" and roaming deer resides, "black crow" castle of Kumamoto, and the famous Ritsurin Garden.

From sunrise to sunset, you will be immerse in Japanese culture and experience the beauty of Japan's countryside.

Price : Adult (age 12+)
USD4,548
Price : Adult (age 12+) USD4,548
Duration : 11 nights 12 Days
Tour Start : Tokyo
Tour End : Osaka
Departure Date :
2018
13 Jun, 30 Jul, 26 Sep, 09 Oct
Route : Tokyo ⇒ Mt. Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Atami ⇒ Nara ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Osaka ⇒ Hiroshima
Includes : 9 nights Western and 2 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs, Daily Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, and 5 Dinners, All ground transportation and airport transfers, Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations, Bullet train ride, Tea Ceremony, and other Japanese activities, Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide, Handbook and Tour Goods Package, Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels
Download : PDF Itinerary
DayEvent / Visit
1
Arrival Tokyo

Narita Int'l Airport (NRT) or Haneda Int'l Airport (HND)

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)

Meals : -
Hotel : Tokyo
2
Full Day Tokyo

Morning - Tsukiji Fish Market (Lunch) / Fukagawa Edo Museum
Afternoon - Sensoji Temple / Meiji Shrine / Harajuku / Shibuya Crossing
Evening - Hotel

Fukagawa Edo Museum Sensoji Temple Meiji Shrine  Shibuya Crossing

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first stop by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides fresh ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike. Then we proceed to the Fukagawa Edo 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. The tour will also stop by the famous Meiji Shrine located in Shibuya. Then, the tour will probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Tokyo
3
Mt. Fuji & Hakone

Morning - [Lake Kawaguchi] Fuji-san World Heritage Centre / [Hakone]
Afternoon - Owakudani Valley / Lake Ashi Cruise / Hakone Ropeway
Evening - [Atami] Hotel

Fuji-san World Heritage Centre Owakudani Valley Lake Ashi Cruise Hakone Ropeway

Our morning begins with a visit to the Open-Air Museum. Its spectacular grounds are the permanent home for approximately 120 works by well-known modern and contemporary sculptors. It also has five exhibition halls including the Picasso Pavilion, as well as pieces where children can play, a foot-bath fed by natural hot-springs, and a variety of other facilities where our visitors can relax and enjoy the splendor of art in nature. We will continue our tour to Hakone, where we will take a cruise in Lake Ashi. We will then take a ropeway to Owakudani boiling valley, 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. Our 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 hot spring is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese multi-course meal.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hotel : Atami
4
Nara & Kyoto

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

Bullet Train Todaiji Temple Nara Deer Park Gion

We will begin our morning on the bullet train for a quick ride to Todaiji Temple in Nara. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guiness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the largest Buddah 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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Kyoto
5
Full Day Kyoto

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

Nijo Castle Ninenzaka Fushimi Inari Shrine Kinkakuji Temple

Our first stop of the day will be a trip to Nijo Castle. While the main court of the castle was burnt down in 1788, the Second Court maintains its original form from 1603. The castle has many cultural treasures including Chinese Gate and Second Court buildings dating from Momoyama Era (16th Century), and is designated a national treasure for its splendid architecture and interior decoration. We will then head to Ninenzaka, an area of town with streets filled with Kyotoesque shops, perhaps an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The 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 we will head to the Nishijin Textile Centre, where you can witness the creation of traditional kimonos. The centre 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. We will end our day with a visit to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a must see attraction where the two upperfloors are covered in gold leaf.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Kyoto
6
Osaka & Himeji

Morning - [Osaka] Cup Noodles Museum
Afternoon - [Hyogo] Himeji Castle / [Hiroshima] A-Bomb Dome
Evening - Hotel

Cup Noodles Museum Himeji Castle Himeji Castle Genbaku Dome

We will begin our day with a stop at the Cup Noodles Museum where you can make your own custom cup noodles. After our ramen adventure, we head to Himeji to find ourselves at Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Hiroshima
7
Full Day Hiroshima

Morning - Peace Memorial Park
Afternoon - [Miyajima] Itsukushima Shrine
Evening - [Fukuoka] Hotel

Peace Memorial Park Sadako Stature Itsukushima Shrine Miyajima Deer

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. 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. We then proceed to Fukuoka.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Fukuoka
8
Saga & Nagasaki

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

Aritayaki Glover Garden Oura Church Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park

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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hotel : Kumamoto
9
Kumamoto & Takachiho

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

Kumamoto Castle Takachiho Gorge Ama-no-Iwato Kihachi

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.

Meals : Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel : Miyazaki
10
Beppu & Dogo

Morning - [Beppu] Tour of Hell / Saga Ferry
Afternoon - [Ehime] Dogo Onsen
Evening - Hotel

Sea Hell Blood Pond Hel Dogo Onsen Automaton clock

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. 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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hotel : Dogo Onsen
11
Takamatsu & Tokushima

Morning - [Kagawa] Ritsurin Garden
Afternoon - [Tokushima] Naruto Whirlpools
Evening - [Osaka] Dotonbori / Hotel

Ritsurin Garden Ritsurin Garden - Shoko Shoreikan Naruto whirlpools Dotonbori

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 three stars. From there, we head over to Tokushima. 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 that can be seen under very ideal conditions. (*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.) Before ending our day, we will spend some time at 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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Osaka
12
Departure Osaka

Kansai Int'l Airport (KIX) or Osaka Int'l Airport (ITM) - Itami Airport

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.

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)

Meals : Breakfast
Hotel : N/A

9 nights Western and 2 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs.

New Akao Resort New Akao Resort Room New Akao Resort Bath

※ Example images, actual hotels may vary.

DayCityHotel NameHotel Type
1-2 Tokyo Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
3 Atami Atami Hotel New Akao Resort or similar Hotel (Japanese-style Room)
4-5 Kyoto Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
6 Hiroshima SSheraton Hiroshima Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
7 Fukuoka Rihga Royal Hotel Kokura or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
8 Kumamoto Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
9 Miyazaki Hotel Takachiho or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
10 Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-kan or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
11 Osaka Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
Tour Operator : Travel Oriented Inc T/A Japan Deluxe Tour
Participants : Minimum 1-30 (The maximum number of participants will not exceed 30 people during your Japan tour.)
Single Room Supplement : USD1,100
Hotels : 9 nights Western and 2 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs. All accommodation have been tested and carefully selected so you will enjoy the comfortable rooms and quality amenities. Accommodation listed above may change to the similar class hotels without prior notice.
Meal : 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Tour Guide : A tour guide will accompany the group throughout travelling with you from destination to destination. The tour guide is a professional guide, living and working in Japan, and will be abele to give personal insights about Japanese culture and society.
Admission Fees : All admission fees are included on itinerary.
Transportation : All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi. This tour includes a bullet train ride experience.
Luggage : We request one suitcase, plus one carry-on bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room. You will be travelling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride.
International Flight : We offer the option of purchasing air inclusive tour packages, or land only tour packages, giving our customers the freedom to source their own flights. However, we are always more than happy to arrange your flights.
Extra Night: We suggest an extra night at the start of the tour or after the tour. If you would like to explore Japan further after the tour is over. Please let us know if this would interest you.
Remarks :
  • Package prices are per person, based on double occupancy (2 people sharing 1 room. Surcharge will be added to the basic fare for a single room or triple occupancy discount)
  • Itinerary and hotels are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
  • Complimentary airport/hotel transfers are for designated airports only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
  • Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please make a note that your bus and tour guide may be changed once other groups join the tour.
  • Package price is based on US Dollar. The price will be frequently changed according to daily exchange rate.
  • Please read our terms and conditions carefully before you make a reservation.
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