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Essence of Spring | Grand Tour 13 Days

Essence of Spring | Grand Tour

If you do anything, make sure you do it right. Likewise, when you travel, travel in style through all the best attractions in Japan during our Cherry Blossom | Grand Japan Tour from Osaka! Join an unforgettable journey through Japan's most beautiful cities during Spring, well-known as Japan's best season, when crisp, pink, Sakura petals dance through the air. If you want to make the most of your vacation, this package is perfect for you!

Tour Details

Information

Price: Adult (age 12+)
USD 6,248
Duration: 12 nights 13 Days
Tour Start: Kyoto or Osaka
Tour End: Tokyo
Departure Date:
2020
03 Apr, 07 Apr, 17 Apr
Route:
  • Osaka
  • Hyogo
  • Shimane
  • Hiroshima
  • Kumamoto
  • Takachiho
  • Beppu
  • Matsuyama
  • Tokushima
  • Takamatsu
  • Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Atami
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Hakone
  • Tokyo
Includes:
  • 10 nights Western and 2 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs
  • Daily Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, and 6 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
Exclusions :
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Excursions

Schedule

Day 1
Arrival Osaka
Kansai Int'l Airport (KIX) or Osaka Int'l Airport (ITM) - Itami Airport
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 KIX Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 70 mins (Bus)
From ITM Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 30 mins (Bus)
Hotel : Kyoto
Day 2
(Meals : B/D)
Hyogo & Shimane
Morning : [Hyogo] Himeji Castle
Afternoon : [Shimane] Adachi Museum of Art
Evening : [Hiroshima] Hotel
Dotonbori Kuromon Ichiba Marcket Himeji Castle Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
Our cherry blossom tour begins the day by heading to the Himeji prefecture to invade the remarkable Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo was registered as a UNESCO distinguished site in 1993, representing Japanese castle architecture at its peak. Nicknamed White Heron Castle due to the Japanese castle's graceful white walls, Himeji Castle maintains almost all of it's original structures from its initial construction in the early 1600’s. Unlike some of the country's other castles, this classic Japanese castle has overcome wars, earthquakes, and natural disasters over the last four centuries. While the castle's architecture and classic structures are stunning, Himeji Castle is often considered to be one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in all Japan!

From there, our cherry blossom tour will travel west to the Shimane Prefecture to explore the Adachi Museum of Art. The art museum is known for its great collection of artwork and amazing Japanese gardens. The musuem's art collection includes fine works from illustrious talented Japanese artists including Yokoyama Taikan, Takeuchi Seiho, Hashimoto Kansetsu, and Sakakibara Shiho. While the art is impressive, the true gem is the museum's impressive array of Japanese gardens. Split into six smaller gardens, each garden provides a distinct feel and atmosphere. Enjoy the relaxing scenery with your tour guide and gaze upon the stunning Japanese flowers. The art museum's impresive Japaense gardens have been named the Best Garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the Journal of Japanese Gardening and received the top rating of three stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Enjoy this scenic area before we make our way to our hotel.

Hotel : Hiroshima
Day 3
(Meals : B)
Hiroshima
Morning : [Miyajima] Itsukushima Shrine
Afternoon : [Hiroshima] Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Evening : [Fukuoka] Hotel
Peace Memorial Park Sadako Stature Itsukushima Shrine Genbaku Dome
Today our cherry blossom Japan tour begins with a visit to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, Japan's iconic gate that floats off the shores of Hiroshima is a must during your vacation in Japan. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight considered one of Japan’s top three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its mouthwatering momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and delicious oysters which you can enjoy while our cherry blossom tour explores scenic island.

After our time in Miyajima, it's off for our Hiroshima tour through the city. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath of World War Two's atomic bombing. Surrounding the magnificent A-Bomb Dome is the Peace Park Memorial where travelers can see and read about the history of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved as a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. Walk along the park with your tour guide to see famous attractions like Sadako’s statue and the Freedom Bell. We then return to the hotel.

Hotel : Fukuoka
Day 4
(Meals : B/D)
Kumanoto & Takachiho
Morning : [Kumanoto] Kumamoto Castle / Johsaien - Castle Town
Afternoon : Ama-No-Yasukawara / Takachiho Gorge / Tunnel Station
Evening : [Beppu] Hotel
Kumamoto Castle Takachiho Gorge Sandanbashi Amanoiwato
Our cherry blossom grand tour begins the day in Kumamoto to explore Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Among the impressive collection of treasures in this Japanese castle, thirteen structures in the complex are designated as Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. While we won't be going inside the castle due to reconstruction, enjoy the many views and picturesque scenery of this famous Japanese castle. While by the castle grounds, our Japan tour will visit the Johsaien. Johsaien is a shopping arcade by Kumamoto Caslte filled with over 20 shops and the Wakuwaku-za museum featuring the history and culture of Kumamoto.

After our time in Kumamoto, our cherry blossom grand tour will proceed to the fabled lands of Takachiho. According the legends, when Susano-o, the God of Storms, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and the Sun Goddess, she hid into the heavenly rock cave Ama-No-Iwato. In doing so, the world was plunged into darkness. Legend states Amaterasu was drawn out of the cave, returning the light to Japan. Your grand tour will explore the mythical area before a brief stop at Tunnel Station to pick up local specialties and mementos during your vacation. After our time at the station, your cherry blossom tour will proceed to the hotel.

Hotel : Beppu
Day 5
(Meals : B/L/D)
Kumanoto & Takachiho
Morning : Tour of Hell
Afternoon : [Ehime] Matsuyama Castle / Dogo Onsen
Evening : Hotel
Blood Pond Hel Matsuyama Castle Dogo Onsen Shikake Dokei
Our cherry blossom tour begins with a visit to the the hot spring town of Beppu in Oita Prefecture. Famous for the abundant Japanese hot-springs waters, our tour will take on the highlight attraction, Beppu's exciting Tour of Hell. During our Tour of Hell, we will explore three of the famous Hell Spots, including: 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, our cherry blossom tour will take a ferry to the castle city of Matsuyama in Shikoku. While in Matsuyama, your grand Japan tour will invade Matsuyama Caslte, one of twelve original Japanese castles still standing since Japan's post-feudal era from 1868. Modified into a museum, this charming Japanese castle has a breathtaking view over the city of Matsuyama. After our castle invasion, your vacation will spend the rest of the day relaxing with a visit to one of the oldest hot springs in the world: Dogo Onsen. Said to have a history of over 3,000 years, this onsen is widely known for welcoming the imperial family as geusts in the exclusive Yushinden room. Bath like royalty in this ancient hot-springs, often said to be the inspiration to the hit anime film Spirited Away. Enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride through the city grounds or just relax with some light shopping in Dogo Onsen's shopping arcade. (additional fee's may apply).

Hotel : Matsuyama
Day 6
(Meals : B/D)
Tokushima
Morning : [Tokushima] Iya Valley / Yaen / Oboke Gorge
Afternoon : [Kagawa] Naoshima / Takamatsu
Evening : Hotel
Iya Valley 1 Iya Valley 2 Iya Valley 3 Naoshima
To change things up, your cherry blossom tour will either travel through Southern Japan's Kagawa Prefecture to explore the famous art island of Naoshima or spend the day in Tokushima's scenic Iya Valley.

For tour participants interetsed in Naoshima, enjoy a day exploring the island dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Home to multiple museums, many of which were built by the Benesse Corporation and designed by architect Ando Tadao, Naoshima is filled with stunning works of art. Enjoy popular art museums include the Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House, and more while on this island dedicated to contemporary and Japanese artists.

For those interested in Tokushima, your Japan tour holiday will venture off into the southern island of Shikoku to cross the ancient vine bridge of Iya Valley. Rebuilt every three years and made of vines suspended over the Yoshino River. Be sure to take a selfie or photos to share on Facebook and Insta of this epic bridge. Before our day in Tokushima ends, we also have a pleasurable boat ride along Oboke Gorge to further enjoy the untouched beauties of Japan's southern region.

Hotel : Tokushima
Day 7
(Meals : B/D)
Takamatsu & Tokushima
Morning : [Kagawa] Ritsurin Garden / Udon (Lunch)
Afternoon : [Tokushima] Awaodori Kaikan
Evening : [Osaka] Hotel
Ritsurin Garden Ritsurin Garden - Shoko Shoreikan Naruto whirlpools Awa-odori Museum
Our Cherry Blossom Japan tour will spend the day traveling towards Osaka with a couple unique stops along the way. Traveling East, our southern Japan tour will visit Risturin Garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens overlooking Shikoku's gorgeous Mt. Shiun. The Michelin Green Guide rated the garden three stars and is a great place to take photos, especially from the highest point that overlooks the entire garden. Often included in any list for what to do in Shikoku, Ritsurin Garden is a must when traveling through Japan's southern island.

After our time at the Japanese garden, your grand tour will make it's way through Tokushima. During our travels, we will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefecture dance of Tokushima. During the annual Awa-Odori festival, thousands of spectators flock to Japan to watch the traditional dance performed during Obon. Enjoy learning some steps and history of Awa-odori at this great museum and maybe pick up a few moves for the next time you hit a dance floor. Although a relatively new style of dancing, Japan Deluxe Tours has confidence the Awa Odori yosakoi dancing is bound to show up in future few dance videos and competitions. We then head to our hotel in Osaka.

Hotel : Osaka
Day 8
(Meals : B/D)
Nara & Kyoto
Morning : [Nara] Todaiji Temple / Deer Park
Afternoon : [Kyoto] Kyoto Handicraft Centre / Arashiyama / Rickshaw Ride /Golden Pavilion / Ninenzaka / Tea Ceremony / Maiko Dining Experience
Evening : Hotel
Todaiji Temple Arashiyama Kinkakuji Temple Ninenzaka
Our cherry blossom tour begins with a visit to Nara to see Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the Guinness World Record as the largest wooden building. While Todaiji's size is impressive, the true treasure awaits inside. Resting peacefully in the beautiful Japanese temple is the largest Buddha statue in Japan. Snap photos of these record-holding attractions to share with friends back home via Instagram or Facebook, or head over next door to Nara Deer Park. Considered a must in Nara, the Deer Park is home to numerous deer that roam freely on the grounds. The internationally-known deer are rather friendly, and will bow to tourists for a treat. Just be careful not to get chased by the deer during your vacation.

After our time in Nara, your vacation will head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center for some souvenir craft shopping. Find incredible, traditional Kyoto goods and Japanese arts at this dedicated center for craft arts. After shopping, it's off to Kyoto's charming Arashiyama to walk through the Bamboo Groove Forest. The morning's sunlight passing through the bamboo makes for a perfect morning sight during your vacation. 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. From there, we head out to the ancient street of Ninenzaka. This rustic shopping street hasn't changed since the Edo Period, making it a perfect backdrop for photos or to enjoy traditional Japanese architecture. Keeping with the traditional feel, we included a tea-ceremony to help you relax and enjoy Japanese culture. After we take our tea ceremony, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Maiko Dinner. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the dinner is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hotel : Kyoto
Day 9
(Meals : B/L/D)
Full Day Kyoto
Morning : Fushimi Inari Shrine / Sake Museum
Afternoon : Kaiten Sushi / Bullet Train
Evening : [Atami] Hotel
Nijo Castle Fushimi Inari Shrine Gion Bullet Train
We begin our morning with a trip 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. After our time taking photos at the shrine, your Japan tour will head to a sake museum to learn more about the history of Japan's national drink. The waters of Kyoto are said to be perfect to produce high-quality Japanese sake, making the area popular among sake breweries.

After learning more about sake, our cherry blossom tour will make a brief stop for a kaiten sushi lunch. Sometimes called sushi trains or conveyor belt sushi, kaiten sushi is a great way for tourists to pick and try their favorite rolls and nigiri sushi while giving new flavors a shot during their vacation. Most kaiten sushi restaurants also offer other options, like kaarage (Japanese fried chicken), edamame (Japanese green beans), and noodles!

From there, enjoy a bullet train to Atami during your vacation. The bullet train is the fastest way to travel on land and is considered an essential Japanese experience. Ride in comfort and speed through the Japanese countryside on this mechanical marvel. Your cherry blossom tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in an onsen (Japanese hot springs) to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Relax in the soothing waters meant to revitalize your spirit, and be sure to don your Yukata (informal, linen Kimono) provided at the tour's hotel. The onsen is located in a traditional Japanese ryokan (Japanese style hotel) which includes a delicious traditional Japanese meal known as Kaiseki Ryori!

Hotel : Hakone
Day 10
(Meals : B/L)
Mt.Fuji & Hakone
Morning : [Hakone] Owakudani Valley / Hakone Ropeway
Afternoon : Open-Air Museum / Hakone Shrine
Evening : [Tokyo] Hotel
Fuji-san World Heritage Centre Owakudani Valley Lake Ashi Cruise Hakone Ropeway
Our vacation begins with a visit to the scenic Hakone Open-Air Museum. Known as Japan's first ever open air museum, this expansive art museum contains over 120 sculptures and pieces of artwork. There are multiple exhibition halls on the museum grounds meant to fascinate children and adult travelers alike. There's also a relaxing foot-bath fed by natural hot-springs waters nearby for a bit of relaxation as your tour continues on to Hakone!

After your tour explores the museum, it's off to the active volcanic crater or Owakudani. Enjoy a scenic rope-way up Owakudani over the volcanic crater, still spewing steam from it's last eruption over 3,000 years ago. During your vacation, get a taste of the local Japanese food, Owakudani black eggs cooked in the steaming volcanic craters by Mt. Fuji. There's an old Japanese tradition that says eating one of these eggs will add eight years to your life!

Following up your cherry blossom tour's adventures in Owakudani, we will also explore Hakone Shrine! Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, this beautiful shrine sits peacefully among the tall trees in Hakone. Looking like a picture from a book of classic Japanese scenery, Hakone Shrine is a beautiful stop before our tour makes our way to the hotel

Hotel : Tokyo
Day 11
(Meals : B/L)
Tokyo | Cherry Blossoms Sightseeing
Morning : Fukagawa Fudo Temple & Fire Ritual / Tsukiji Fish Market / Asakusa / Sensoji Temple
Afternoon : Teppan-Yaki / Harajuku / Shibuya Scramble Crossing / Shibuya Hachiko
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 start in Tokyo's Koto-ward to explore visit the inconspicuous Fukagawa Fudo Temple. Unlike other temples in Tokyo, Fukagawa Fudo hosts daily fire-burning rituals which your tour group plans to join. Refresh your mind and your spirit while the thunderous sounds of taiko drums and the burning of the goma-taki revitalizes your soul. The temple grounds is also home to a few can't miss attractions, including a massive collection of crystal figures and a mystifying tribute to Shikoku's 88 Temple Pilgrimage. From there, it's off to the Tsukiji Fish Market, former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily as your Japan tour explores the wonderful sights and attractions of Tokyo!

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 shopping district. Enjoy Japanese arts and traditional snacks with your tour group through this can't miss Tokyo temple. For lunch, we will enjoy authentic Teppan-Yaki meal before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy districts home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion, or visit one of the local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii Tokyo treats!

Returning to our hotel, the tour bus will be passing by the famous Shibuya Crosswalk to be part of the thousands who cross daily. This crosswalk gathers as much foot traffic as New York City, and crossing is an experience unlike any other. While here, our Tokyo tour will also 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. This Tokyo spot is a popular meet-up area for couples and friends when at Shibuya Station. Anime fans have probably seen this famous statue featured in some of their favorite anime & manga works. We then return to the hotel.

Hotel : Tokyo
Day 12
(Meals : B)
Leisure-Free Tokyo
All Day :Free at your leisure
Kamakura Buddha Nikko Toshogu Tokyo Skytree FujiQ Highland
We have cleared up the day for you to explore and enjoy Japan as you wish. You can either 1) enjoy the entire day as you wish, 2) visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, 3) or go on a private-guided tour through Nikko or Kamakura. For those who wish to visit Tokyo Disney Land, Fuji Q Amusement Park, or Sanrio Puroland, your tour guide will be happy to explain directions. (Not all fees included for additional tour options. Please contact us in advanced for this service)
Hotel : Tokyo
Day 13
(Meals : B)
Departure Tokyo
Departure Tokyo / Your home town or enjoy your extended stay.
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 Tokyo to Narita Airport - about 90 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Tokyo to Haneda Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)
Hotel : N/A

Hotel

10 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, 8 Kyoto Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
2 Hiroshima Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
3 Fukuoka Hyatt Regency Fukuoka or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
4 Beppu Beppuwan Royal Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
5 Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-kan or similar Hotel (Japanese-style Room)
6 Tokushima Crowne Plaza or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
7 Osaka Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
9 Hakone Yumoto Fujiya Hotel or similar Hotel (Japanese-style Room)
10-12 Tokyo Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)

Condition

Tour Operator:
Travel Oriented Inc T/A Japan Deluxe Tour
Participants :
1-30 (The maximum number of participants will not exceed 30 people during your Japan tour.)
Single Supplement:
USD 1,250
Hotels :
10 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:
12 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 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.
  • This tour includes 1.5-2 hours of walking on sightseeing days. Tour Participants are expected to be of moderate fitness, keep up with the pace of the group, and can climb stairs with no difficulty.
  • Please read our terms and conditions carefully before you make a reservation.

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