Perfect introductory tour for everyone including Cherry Blossom and the most beautiful festival in Japan

Takayama Festival Tour Isolated deep in the western mountain, there is a town known as "little Kyoto" where the festival lights illuminate the night and music fills the air. Takayama Festival is considered to be one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Their huge floats are paraded all day and night with mechanical puppet shows, brilliant color paper machete, and bright lanterns lighting up the night.

This fully escorted Takayama Festival Tour package takes you to West side of Japan exploring Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shiragawa-go, Matsumoto, Hakone, Kyoto, and Tokyo with an added trip to Takayama Festival. This Japan tour will offer the chance to experience Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto, visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum with a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, watch a fabulous kimono fashion show, and walk along a rural gassho village standing for over 250 years. The tour will take you to Japan's must see spots of all the cities including Kyoto's lavish Kinkakuji Temple covered in gold leaf, Tokyo's most famous icon Tokyo Tower, Nagano's national treasure Matsumoto Castle, and more.

If you want to be part of the fun, just follow the sound of taiko drums! You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Price : Adult (age 12+)
USD3,198
Price : Adult (age 12+) USD3,198
Duration : 7 nights 8 Days
Tour Start : Tokyo
Tour End : Osaka
Departure Date :
2018
11 Apr
Route : Tokyo ⇒ Mt.Fuji ⇒ Hakone ⇒ Nagano ⇒ Shirakawago ⇒ Takayama ⇒ Kanazawa ⇒ Kaga ⇒ Nara ⇒ Kyoto ⇒ Osaka
Includes : 6 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs, Daily Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, and 2 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
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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

After our time in Tokyo, we will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head 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. Then, we're off to enjoy the fine works of art at the Kubota Art Museum. Itchiku Kubota was a textile artist who devoted his life to recreating the forgotten 15th century Tsujigahana fabric dyeing technique. Many of his work is on display at this museum.

While many people want to climb Mt. Fuji, unfortunately the climb is only accessable three months out of the year. However, to visit Japan and not see Mt. Fuji is a real shame, so we make sure to take you to one of the best spots to enjoy Mt. Fuji's beauty. Be sure to take a picture with the mountain for a great memento of your trip!

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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hotel : Matsumoto
4
Nagano, Shirakawago & Takayama

Morning - [Nagano] Matsumoto Castle
Afternoon - Azumino Wasabi Farm / Shirakawago / Nagase House / [Takayama] Hotel
Evening - Takayama Old Town / Takayama Festival

Matsumoto Castle Azumino Wasabi Farm Shirakawago Takayama Old Town

Today we will head to Takayama with a couple of interesting stops along the way. First, we will visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed since construction. The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1,593-1,594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. Thanks to the unique black color of the castle, it has been dubbed Karasu-jo, the Crow Castle.

We will then venture to the Azumino Wasabi Farm to get a better understanding about the famous sushi garnish. The Japanese horseradish grown here is used for the popular sushi condiment, as well as other dishes. Following our visit to the wasabi farm, we reach the small farming community of Shirakawago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features old traditional farm homes made using the Japanese gassho-zukuri method. These thatched-roof houses provide a glimpse of what life looked like during another era. We will also be visiting the Nagase house, a former house-turned-museum filled with tools and trinkets.

We will leave Shirakawago for Takayama, and after checking into the hotel, we will head to Takayama's old town. This district is filled with many well-preserved buildings and houses from the Edo Period (1,600-1,868), back when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants. 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.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Takayama
5
Takayama & Kanazawa

Morning - Takayama Morning Market / Takayama Jinya
Afternoon - Takayama Festival / [Kanazawa] Kenrokuen Garden / Kutani Porcelin
Evening - Hotel

Takayama Jinya Takayama Festival Kenrokuen Garden Kutani Porcelin

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 one of these areas we will explore. Enjoy some time to to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots through this market filled with vendors and activities. We will also visit the Takayama Jinya, which served as the local government office of the old town. Open to the public as a museum, visitors can enjoy browsing through the various rooms for administrative purposes, offices, kitchens, toilets, bath rooms, residential space, a court room and storehouses.

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.

After our time in Takayama, we will continue 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 leave the garden and will continue our tour, learning about Kutaniyaki, a traditional porcelian art of Japan. We will then proceed to the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel : Kaga
6
Nara & Kyoto

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

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

Today will begin with a trip to Nara to see 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 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, we will stop at a sake museum to learn the history of Japan's national drink. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax before going back to the hotel.

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

Morning - Arashiyama / Rickshaw Ride
Afternoon - Golden Pavilion / Ryoanji Temple / Nishijin Kimono Show
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'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. 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 Centre for a stunning kimono show! 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 Centre.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Kyoto
8
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

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

Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh Room Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh Bath

※ Example images, actual hotels may vary.

DayCityHotel NameHotel Type
1-2 Tokyo Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
3 Matsumoto Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
4 Takayama Takayama Green Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
5 Kaga Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh or similar Hotel (Japanese-style Room)
6-7 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 : USD1,000
Hotels : 6 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 : 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 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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