Perfect Introductory Tour at Japan's most beautiful season

Highlight Tour of Japan Sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom, bloom briefly, overwhelming trees from the mountains, next to the rivers, and inside the cities in clusters of pink flowers. This breathtaking view can be seen with our fully escorted Essence of Spirng Tours traveling from Tokyo to Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Nara, and Kyoto.

This tour will begin from the great Tokyo Metropolis, stopping at some of the highlights of the city including Sensoji Temple in old town Asakusa, Centre of youth fashion Harajuku, and Edo-Tokyo Museum for incredible replicas of Tokyo during the Edo Period. From Lake Kawaguchi we will enjoy breathtaking views of the incredible Mt. Fuji perhaps with sakura - Japanese cherry blossom in its backdrop. In Atami you will stay at a Japanese style hotel where you can soak in the hot springs and enjoy a traditional Japanese cuisine. With the bullet train, the ride to Nara and Kyoto will be a quick one. We will say our greetings to the Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple in Nara then head to Kyoto's Gion Geisha District where you might even run into geishas making their ways to their performances. Our Essence of Spring Tour would not be complete without participating in Japanese green tea ceremony and viewing a dazzling kimono show, which we have managed to fit into our Japan tour packages.

Price : Adult (age 12+)
USD2,698
Price : Adult (age 12+) USD2,698
Duration : 5 nights 6 Days
Tour Start : Tokyo
Tour End : Osaka
Departure Date :
2018
20 Mar, 25 Mar, 01 Apr, 13 Apr, 18 Apr
Route : Tokyo ⇒ Mt.Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Atami ⇒ Nara ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Osaka
Includes : 4 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs, Daily Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 1 Dinner, 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 - Fukagawa Edo Museum / Kiyosumi Garden / Asakusa
Afternoon - Tsukiji Fish Market (Lunch) / Harajuku / Omotesando / Shibuya Crossing
Evening - Hotel

Fukagawa Edo Museum Asakusa Harajuku  Shibuya Crossing

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first stop by the Fukagawa Edo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during the old days of Edo. Walk through the city and enjoy walking into houses that recreate life during the period. We will also visit the Kiyosumi Garden located nearby. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through a Japanese garden, and be sure to take a picture of the tea house on the waters.

We will then delve in the old town district of Asakusa for some gift shopping at the Nakamise area. We will also be visiting the Sensoji Temple, one of Tokyo's most popular temples. This is the perfect place to appreciate Japanese culture and take some spectacular shots of the famous Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate).

For lunch, enjoy sushi with fish provided by the Tsukiji Fish Market, the famous fish market that provides freshest ingredients for thousands of families and businesses alike.

Following our time at the market, the tour will probe the stores at Harajuku, the unofficial fashion capital of Japan that offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Experience the chaos and beauty that is Takeshita Dori, the place to go for fashion and crepes. Before leaving Takeshita Dori, walk along Omotesando street, a popular shopping destination lined with trendy cafe's in between. Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily, and to see the Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the story of Hachiko, the dog who would come back to the station every day to see his owner.

Information
Tsukiji Fish Market is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. In the Event it is closed, we will skip this stop.

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

Morning - Saiko Iyashi no Sato NEBA / Hoto (Lunch)
Afternoon - [Hakone] Owakudani Valley / Lake Ashi Cruise / Hakone Ropeway
Evening - [Atami] Hotel

Saiko Iyashi no Sato NEBA Owakudani Valley Lake Ashi Cruise Hakone Ropeway

Our morning begins with a visit to the Iyashi no Sato, a traditional craft open-air museum reconstructed from the village's thatched roofed houses. Each house features a different exhibit, workshop, or cafe, including some cooking lessons. Before making our way to the next destination, we will stop for Hoto, a Japanese noodle dish native to the Yamanashi area. A hybrid of miso soup and flat udon noodles, this dish is truly a local Japanese specialty. We will continue our journey to Hakone after our time in Tokyo.

Enjoy 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. It's said eating one of these eggs will add years to your life!

This Japan tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrowfs 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 meal known as Kaiseki Ryori!

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

Morning : Bullet Train
Afternoon : [Kyoto] Kizakura-sake Brewery / Fushimi Inari Shrine [Nara] Todaiji Temple / Deer Park
Evening : [Kyoto] Hotel

Kizakura-sake Brewery Fushimi Inari Shrine Todaiji Temple Nara Deer Park

Our day begins with a bullet train ride to Kyoto. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Enjoy riding to Kyoto in comfort and speed, and be sure to take some photos of the scenery during your ride. We will stop at a sake museum for some sampling and to learn the history of Japan's national drink. We will then head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto's many can't miss destinations that features hundreds of red tori gates. The path is perfect for photos or just to calm your mind.

Once we get all our photos done, 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. We then return to the hotel.

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

Morning - Arashiyama / Rickshaw Ride / Golden Pavilion
Afternoon - Ryoanji Temple / Nishijin Kimono Show / Tea Ceremony
Evening - Gion-Geisha District / Hotel

Arashiyama Kinkakuji Temple Ryoanji Temple Gion

Our day begins with a visit to Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight. We will also enjoy a spirited rickshaw ride through Arashiyama. Guests can enjoy seeing many of the traditional-style shops and temples during the ride.

Following our time in Arashiyama, we will head to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, a Japanfs 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. After taking pictures, it's off to Ryoanji Temple to see the stunning rock gardens. Not all Japanese temples have them, so we made sure to include one of Kyoto's zen gardens.

To avoid getting too repetitive with the temples and shrines, we include a visit to the Nishijin Textile Center for a stunning kimono show! Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax before going back to the hotel. In the evening, we will head to the Gion Geisha District, Japanfs 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 Centre.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Kyoto
6
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

4 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs.

Kanponoyado Atami Kanponoyado Atami Room Kanponoyado Atami 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 Kanponoyado Atami or similar Hotel (Japanese-style Room)
4-5 Kyoto Kyoto New Miyako 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 : USD800
Hotels : 4 nights Western and 1 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 : 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
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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