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Takayama Festival | Hiroshima 11 Days

Takayama Festival | Hiroshima 11 Days

Immerse yourself in the festivities during our Takayama Festival | Hiroshima Tour and watch huge floats paraded all day and night! This fully escorted Japan Tour takes you to the west side of Japan stopping at only the essential spots along the way. Enjoy the best sights the country has to offer and one of the best festivals in all of Japan!

Overview

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Takayama Festival | Hiroshima 11 Days
Tour StartsTokyo Tour EndsHiroshima Twin ShareUSD3,798 SingleUSD4,638

Duration :

10 nights 11 Days

Visit :

Tokyo - Nagano - Shirakawago - Takayama - Kanazawa - Shiga - Nara - Kyoto - Hyogo - Shimane - Hiroshima

Includes :

9 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs, Daily Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 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

Departure Dates

10 Apr, 06 Oct
10 Apr

Schedule

Day 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)
Hotel : Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar
Day 2 (Meals : B/L)
Leisure-Free Tokyo
All Day :Free at your leisure
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 : Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar
Day 3 (Meals : B)
Tokyo | Sightseeing through Tokyo's Multi-Cultural attractions
Morning : Fukagawa Fudo Temple & Fire Ritual / Tsukiji Fish Market / Asakusa / Sensoji Temple
Afternoon : Teppan-Yaki / Harajuku / Shibuya Scramble Crossing / Shibuya Hachiko
Evening : Hotel
Today, your vacation will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Our tour will first start in Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the former home of the world-famous tuna auction. Browse through the freshest flavors, mouth-watering dishes, and incredible sushi meals at this market that serves over thousands of businesses and local families daily before we explore the sights in Tokyo! From there, your tour is off to the Fukagawa Edo Museum to get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. This charming museum is designed to replicate what life looked like during Japan's traditional days of Edo. Travel back in time and walk through the old city of Tokyo made to recreate life during Japan's Edo period.

From there, your tour group will delve into the old town district of Asakusa for some traditional Japanese souvenir and gift shopping at the Nakamise area. Your Japan tour will also travel through the majestic 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 a delicious, authentic Teppan-Yaki meal before we head to Harajuku to do some shopping and to admire the unique Japanese scenery. Enjoy shopping in the trendy district home to the world-renowned Harajuku Fashion and Japanese street fashion style. Be sure to visit one of Harajuku's local restaurants and sample Harajuku Crepes or other extra kawaii Tokyo treats in the lively Takeshita Dori. The decadent Omotesando is also nearby, home to incredible Japanese cafes and luxury shopping!

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 visit the popular Hachiko Statue close to the station. The statue is based on the internationally-known 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 visiting Shibuya Station. Anime fans have probably seen this famous statue and crosswalk in some of their favorite anime & manga works like Persona5 or Tokyo Ghoul. After making our way through the crossing with your tour guide, we will then return to the hotel.

Hotel : Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo or similar
Day 4 (Meals : B/L)
Tokyo & Nagano | Traditional Japanese Kimono Art
Morning : [Hakone] Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Afternoon : [Nagano] Matsumoto Castle
Evening : Hotel
After our time in Tokyo, our Takayama Festival tour will stop by Lake Kawaguchi for some sight-seeing before making our way to our hotel. We will first head 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. 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.

After lunch, your Takayama Festival tour is off to the imposing Matsumoto Castle nestled in the Northern Alps of Japan. As one of the few remaining original Japanese castles intact since construction, the castle's 5-story, 6-layer tower built int he Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure. Remaining unscathed over centuries, Matsumoto Castle, or Karasu-jo (Crow Castle), is one of the best spots for viewing cherry blossoms and enjoying traditional Japaneses arts and architecture. Our Takayama Festival tour will spend some time enjoying the scenery and relaxing with the stunning view of the city from Matsumoto Castle. We then proceed to the hotel.

Hotel : IROHA GRAND HOTEL Matsumoto Ekimae or similar
Day 5 (Meals : B)
Nakasendo & Takayama | Takayama Night Festival
Morning : [Gifu] Magome | Tsumago
Afternoon : [Takayama] Takayama Old Town
Evening : Takayama Festival / Hotel
Today, our Takayama tour will have several stops before arriving in the city of Takayama. We’ll be following the Nakasendo Trail and enjoy a brief hike between Tsumago and Magome, the forty-second and forty-third stations of the trail respectively. The two towns are well-preserved and even go as far as making sure that electrical wires, TV antennas, and telephone poles do not show, allowing visitors to experience what it was like walking through town during the Edo Period. Enjoy some wagashi Japanese sweets and relax with a cup of tea before we make our way to Takayama.

Our Japan tour will finally reach Takayama. After checking into the hotel, we will follow the sound of drums to make it 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.

Hotel : Takayama Green Hotel or similar
Day 6 (Meals : B/D)
Takayama, Shirakawago & Kanazawa
Morning : Takayama Morning Market / Takayama Festival / Takayama Old Town / Takayama Jinya
Afternoon : Shirakawago / Nagase House / [Kanazawa] Kenrokuen Garden
Evening : Hotel
We’ll begin our day in Takayama with a visit to the morning market, one of the many areas in the city with buildings and shops more than 300 years old. Enjoy exploring the area by visiting the numerous vendors and important sightseeing spots. We recommend trying Hida Nikuman (beef buns) or Gohei-Mochi while at the market.

While at the market, we also recommend visiting the Takayama Jinya, a building which served as the local government office from 1692 up until 1969. Now a public museum, you can learn about the history of the building as well as old government documents and city plans of the area. The tour will also take a stroll through Takayama’s old town district which is filled with many well-preserved buildings from the Edo Period back when the city thrived as a wealthy merchant town.

Your group will then make its way to the small, rural farming village of Shirakawa-go, famous for its thatched-roof houses made using the gassho-zukuri method. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will get a glimpse into the traditional Japanese farming life in the early eras. A visit to the Nagase House, will provide insight on the various tools and trinkets used in the farming village back in the day.

Our last stop of the day will have you taking in the beautiful landscape of Kenrokuen Garden. Considered one of the top three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen contains everything nature has to offer including streams, hills, and seasonal flowers which are sure to calm the soul.

Hotel : Yamashiro Onsen Rurikoh or similar
Day 7 (Meals : B)
Shiga & Kyoto
Morning : Moss Village & Wisdom Forest
Afternoon : [Shiga] Miho Museum / [Kyoto] Ninenzaka / Tea Ceremony
Evening : Hotel
We begin our day with a visit to the Koke no Sato Wisdom Forest. The Forest of Wisdom is one of the best places to see various Japanese moss, and the Wisdom House in the forest is meant to encourage guests to share experiences with others or engage in a workshop before getting lost in nature.

We then make our way to the Miho Museum to enjoy a morning filled with contemporary and Japanese art. Designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Miho Museum is a modern architectural treasure located in the quiet forests of the Shiga prefecture and is meant to blend seamlessly into the surrounding nature. Take in the calm and picturesque grounds while enjoying the works of art on display ranging from classic modern-day artworks to treasures from ancient civilizations.

The tour will then head to Kyoto for a hands-on lesson on the tea ceremony in Ninenzaka. Learn about the history and meaning behind the ceremony as you watch it being performed before your eyes. Try your hand at making a traditional cup of matcha!

Hotel : Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar
Day 8 (Meals : B/L)
Kyoto & Nara
Morning : [Kyoto] Arashiyama / Jin-riki-sha Ride / Golden Pavilion / Maiko Dining Experience
Afternoon : [Nara] Todaiji Temple / Deer Park
Evening : Hotel
Our day in Kyoto will start off with a spirited rickshaw ride through the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Experience what it was like to get around the city back in the day as you enjoy the relaxing scenery.

Next, the group will make its way to the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji Temple, an absolute must-see attraction where the upper two floors are covered with gold leaf making for a spectacular photo-op. We continue the tour with a kaiseki lunch accompanied by a maiko performance. Maiko are apprentice to Geisha and the meal is a great chance to take photos and learn about Kyoto's traditional culture.

The tour will then head to Nara to explore Todaiji Temple and the Deer Park. Todaiji Temple is considered one of the largest wooden buildings in the world and holds the largest Buddha statue in Japan, a truly impressive sight to behold. A short walk over and you will stand among the deer of the Nara Deer Park. Considered divine, the deer are adored by people all over the world.

The rest of the day will be spent at Fushimi Inari Shrine, home of the famed thousand torii gates. Explore the area by either making your way through the torii gates to the Omokaru Stone or watch the local priests performing prayers every so often.

Hotel : Vischio Kyoto Hotel By GRANVIA or similar
Day 9 (Meals : B/L)
Hyogo & Shimane
Morning : [Hyogo] Himeji Castle
Afternoon : [Shimane] Adachi Museum of Art
Evening : [Hiroshima] Hotel
Our Japan 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. The grounds inside showcase the history of Himeji, and the castle grounds are perfect to enjoy scenic views of Japanese flowers and nature!

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 : Dormy Inn Izumo or similar
Day 10 (Meals : B/L)
Hiroshima
Morning : [Miyajima] Itsukushima Shrine
Afternoon : [Hiroshima] Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Evening : Hotel
Our vacation begins with a Hiroshima tour through the city's can't miss destinations. One of the main highlights 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.

In the afternoon ourJapan 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 mouthwatering momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and delicious oysters which you can enjoy while your tour group explores scenic 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. We then return to the hotel.

Hotel : Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar
Day 11 (Meals : B)
Departure Hiroshima
Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) / 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 Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) - about 45 mins (Bus)
Hotel : N/A

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.)
Hotels :
9 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.
Meals :
10 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 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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