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Land only tour package: $2298.00

2014

  • 10/7Definite Departure

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Pace Slow-Fast
Walking Distance Short-Long
Sightseeing Type Cultural-Natural
Ideal for

experience the traditional festival in Japan

Takayama Festival Tour from Osaka

Visiting Most Beautiful Festival and Rural Gassho Village

Isolated deep in the western mountain, there is a “little Kyoto” where the festival lights illuminate the night and music is filled in 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 lanterns.

This fully escorted tour takes you to West side of Japan exploring Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Shiragawa-go, Matsumoto, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo. You will get to experience a tea ceremony in a Buddhist Temple, a cruise in Lake Ashi with a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, and walk along a rural gassho village.

All this time you will have the beautiful Japanese maple illuminating in colors of red and yellow in the background. If you want to be part of the fun… just follow the taiko drums! You can also extend your vacation before/ after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

【Movie】Takayama Festival

Itineraries

Day 1: ( on board)

Osaka Kansai International Airport / Itami Airport


 

Welcome to Osaka! You will be greeted and escorted to your hotel by your tour guide.

**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 Information:

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel is a perfect location in downtown with great access to many of local attractions, shopping area, and dining. The four star hotel has high class customer service with great accommodations. Within the hotel, there is a indoor pool, bakery, flower shop, restaurants, day care, spa, and stores. The guest rooms are all elegant and spacious and can have a beautiful city views with free LAN internet connection. The hotel is located near Osakauehonmachi Station which is close to Namba Station to the Shinsaibashi Shopping Area.

Click here for Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel Official Site

Nearby......
(Department stores and Kabuki theater)
Kami-honmachi YUFURA Next to the Hotel
kintetsu department store Next to the Hotel
shinkabukiza (Kami-honmachi YUFURA at 6~8F)

Airport Limousine Bus (to and from between the Hotel and Kansai International / Itami Airport )

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Day 2: (Breakfast / Lunch)

Morning

 Bullet Train Ride Experience  Nishijin Textile Center - Kimono Show


Afternoon

 Golden Pavilion  Kiyomizu Temple  Ninenzaka  Kodaiji Temple - Green Tea Ceremony 


Evening

 Gion Geisha District  Hotel


 

Traveling at 150 mph, we are heading towards Kyoto using the "shinkansen," bullet train. After arrival, we shall begin by visiting Nishijin Textile Center, where you can witness the creation of a traditional kimono. The center offers courses in handweaving, trying on elegant kimonos, and, if you like it, you can purchase it. You will be invited to see dazzling arrays of kimonos in a fashion show.

Next in our agenda will be a trip to Kiyomizu Temple. The most iconic temple of Japan, Kiyomizu Temple is a wooden structure that overlooks the city of Kyoto. On the base, three canals sprout water representing love, wisdom, and longevity. The last stop will be Kodaiji Temple, built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his beloved wife, Nene. This beautifully constructed shrine 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 Tea Ceremony. We then return to Kyoto to visit the Gion Geisha District where you can spot geisha walking along the ancient capital.

Afterwards, we offer options for our guest: 1) you may freely roam on your own in Gion 2) Head toward Gion Corner where you can see Geisha dances and other traditional performances (PRICE: JPY 3150 TIME: 6:00pm, 7:00pm) 3) Go to a photo studio where you can dress as a Geisha with make-up or as a samurai (prices depends on number of exposures and location)

Hotel Information:

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.

Click here for Kyoto New Miyako Hotel Official Site

Near by.....
(Food Market)
Nishiki Market   in 10 mins by taxi
(Museum)
Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto or similar

Nestle in the outskirts of Kyoto City lies the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto near the forest and parks. The hotel's architecture is unique with circular body and beautiful Japanese Gardens that one can describe it as art. This four star hotel offers a spa, restaurants, banquet halls, and great access to beautiful parks for every season.

Click here for Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto Official Site

Nearby.....
(Temple and Park)
・Takaraga-ike in 5 mins by walk
・Sanzen-in in 20 mins by taxi
・Daikaku-ji in 20 mins by taxi
・Golden Pavilion in 20 mins by taxi

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Day 3: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Morning

[Kanazawa] Kenrokuen Garden


Afternoon

[Shirakawago] Gassho Village


Evening

[Takayama] Takayama Night Festival Hotel


 

From Kyoto, we will travel north-west with our first stop at Kanazawa prefecture. Kenrokuen is classified as one of Japan’s top three most beautiful landscape garden. This crowning champion is a hot spot for many tourists to visit this small town just to get a glimpse of its manicure trees and blooming flowers. We will continue to a small farming community of Shirakawago. It’s declared an UNESCO world heritage site where the old traditional farm homes, gassho-zukuri, are preserved to maintain the beauty of the scenery.

Following the sound of drums we will travel up the mountains 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.

Hotel Information:

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort or similar

Takayama is in the mountain rural side of Japan. The traditions are still kept alive with ancient Buddhist rituals, annual festivals, and preservation of older homes. One can enjoy the atmosphere from Hotel Associa Takayama Resort. The hotel has luxurious hotel accommodations. There are free shuttle bus to/ from JR Takayama Station to have a convenient access to local sight see spots.

Click here for Hotel Associa Takayama Resort Official Site

Near by.........
(Museum)
Art Forest within Walk distance
(Castle)
Matsukura Castle in 8 mins by taxi

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Takayama Green Hotel or similar

Takayama Green Hotel is a new type of resort that combines the functionality of an urban hotel with the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese inn, giving it an unique ambience of the old city of Hida. The hotel has a traditional indoor/ outdoor hot spring, a restaurant using local products, and traditional souvenir shop. The location is walking distant to Takayama Old Town.

Click here for Takayama Green Hotel Official Site

Near by.......
(Museum)
Hida Takayama Museum of Art in 5 mins by car
(Temple)
Hida Kokubunji Temple in 3 mins by foot
(Shopping)
Kokubinji Dori Shopping District in 5 mins by foot

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Day 4: (Breakfast / Dinner)

Morning

Morning Market / Old Town  Takayama Festival


Afternoon

 Matsumoto Castle


Evening

 Japanese Style Hotel (Traditional Japanese Cuisine)


 

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 also located in that area and we will explore many vendors and activities. You will have free time to roam around to buy souvenirs, take pictures, or visit other important sight see spots. 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.

Afterwards we will head back to Tokyo but with a side trip to Matsumoto Castle. This castle is one of the very few original castles that were kept intact and never destroyed. Also its unique black coloring gave its nickname karasu-jo, the Crow Castle. It’s one of three must see castles in Japan and ranked on the top 100 in the world castles. Today’s hotel is located in the banks of Suwa Lake. The ryokan, Japanese hotel, contains variety of onsen, hot springs, which you can dip in and relax. Dinner is provided in traditional style of kaiseki, a Japananese multi-course cuisine.

Hotel Information:

Hotel Saginoyu or similar

Hotel Saginoyu is an old and establish hotel built in 1905. With over 100 years of rich history, the hotel is imprinted in Japan's history with visits from famous calligraphers, artists, and poets. Built next to Lake Suwa, gives a great view from the hotel. The waters used in the hot springs of the hotel are from the natural resources found in the land around the agriculture area. Japanese style tatami rooms and Japanese garden with perfect view for each season will help you relax and enjoy outstanding natural beauty.

Click here for Hotel Saginoyu Official Site

Near by............
(Museum)
Katakurakan within Walking distance
Suwa City Museum            within Walking distance

*At Japanese style hotels, we arrange tatami rooms, traditional Japanese straw mat, with futons. However, we can arrange western style rooms at some hotels at participant’s request.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Day 5: (Breakfast / Lunch)

Morning

 [Shizuoka] Mt.Fuji 


Afternoon

 [Hakone]  Owakudani-Boiling Valley  Lake Ashi Cruise 


Evening

 [Tokyo] Shinjuku District  Hotel


 

After arrival, we shall begin by visiting Japan's most iconic symbol, the sacred Fuji-san, Mt. Fuji. It is 3776 meters tall, making it Japan's tallest mountain. It’s not surprising that the almost perfect shaped volcano has been worshiped through all the ages from poetry to art. From Fuji-san we will continue our journey to Hakone, where we will take a cruise in Lake Ashi. We will then take 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 cuisine, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters. In the end, we will head towards our hotel in Tokyo.

Hotel Information:

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo or similar

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is a five star hotel, ranked 2nd best hotel in the world by Expedia. Every room is luxurious and spacious with panoramic views of Tokyo. It features state-of-the-art amenities including a Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower stall. In the facility there is a swimming pool, indoor hot spring, gym, spa, and high-class restaurants. The hotel is walking distance from Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.

Click here for The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Official Site

Near by......
(Temple)
Zojoji Temple Next to the Hotel
(Facility)
Tokyo Tower 5 mins by walk

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Grand Pacific Le Daiba or similar

Grand Pacific Le Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.

Click here for Grand Pacific Le Daiba Official Site

Nearby.......
(Shopping mall & Amusement facility)
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Gundam Front Tokyo ( at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza )
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( the Theme Park of Hot Springs )

Airport Limousine Bus (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)

* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Day 6: (Breakfast / Dinner)

Early Morning

 Optional Free Excursion: Tsukiji Tuna Auction Tour 

Limited numbers allowed only on 6th morning at 4 am (close on Sundays and some Mondyas) 
Not guarantee since there arelimited spaces allowed at the auction.

Morning

Edo-Tokyo Museum  Akihabara Electric Town


Afternoon

 Asakusa Sensoji Temple  Harajuku 


Evening

Hotel


Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo.
Starting with an optional tour to the tuna auction live at the world famous Tsukiji Market.* It’s the biggest fish market in the world selling over 2,000 tons of fish per day. Though the tour starts at 3:30am, this district is buzzing with life and activities distributing fishes to all the sushi shops in Tokyo. After this tour, you will be taken to your hotel to pack and meet the group.

The tour will head out to Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. Close by, we will explore Akihabara famous for their abundance in electronic stores and the home of anime lovers. After lunch in Akihabara, we will delve in the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. We will also be stopping at the Imperial Palace Plaza today to get a glimpse at the current Emperor’s home.

In the evening, we will probe the stores at Harajuku. The unofficial fashion capital of Japan offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Returning to our hotel, we will be passing by the fame Shibuya Cross and Roppongi Hills.


*Tuna Auction is free. However, if you schedule to go and failed to appear, there is a penalty fee which you require to pay.

Hotel Information:

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo or similar

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is a five star hotel, ranked 2nd best hotel in the world by Expedia. Every room is luxurious and spacious with panoramic views of Tokyo. It features state-of-the-art amenities including a Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower stall. In the facility there is a swimming pool, indoor hot spring, gym, spa, and high-class restaurants. The hotel is walking distance from Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.

Click here for The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Official Site

Near by......
(Temple)
Zojoji Temple Next to the Hotel
(Facility)
Tokyo Tower 5 mins by walk

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

view hotel »

Grand Pacific Le Daiba or similar

Grand Pacific Le Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.

Click here for Grand Pacific Le Daiba Official Site

Nearby.......
(Shopping mall & Amusement facility)
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Gundam Front Tokyo ( at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza )
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( the Theme Park of Hot Springs )

Airport Limousine Bus (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)

* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)

PLEASE NOTE: This is the hotel we Japan Deluxe Tours generally uses on the touring styles and regions shown. There is no guarantee that you will stay in the lodgings listed on the website. We encourage you to check your travel documentation for confirmation of the exact accommodation you will be staying in.

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Day 7: (Breakfast)

Your home town

or enjoy your extended stay


Sadly your enjoyable Japan tour ends today, you will return home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.


**INFORMATION**
From Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu to Narita Airport - about 15 mins(Bus)
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 Information:





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Tour Highlights
  • Kyoto
  • Kinkakuji Temple-Golden Pavilion, Kodaiji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Nishijin Textile Center-Kimono Show, Gion Geisha District

  • Kanazawa/Takayama/Nagano
  • Kenroku Garden, Shirakawago Gassho Village, Takayama Festival, Matsumoto Castle

  • Hakone/Mt.Fuji/Atami
  • Lake Ashi Cruise, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani Boiling Valley, Mt.Fuji Fifth Station(if weather permits), Visitor Center

  • Tokyo
  • Tsukiji Tuna Auction (except Sundays) Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Akihabara Electric Town, Edo Tokyo Museum, Odaiba, Harajuku, Ginza


Land Only Tour Package Includes
  • Accommodations, 5 nights Western & 1 night Japanese style Hotel
  • 12 meals - Buffet Breakfast daily & variety of Japanese delicacies
  • All ground transportation during tour
  • All admission fees as listed on itinerary
  • Gratuities & Local Taxes during tour (no-hidden charges)
  • Round-trip airport transfers to/from designated hotels (except for early arrival & late departure & hotel changed by request)
  • Meet Assist Service will be available between 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Narita/Kansai Airport. (Itami Airport arrival, airport bus coupon will be provided for your transfer to downtown hotel.)
  • Seamless service of English speaking tour guide during tour

Air-Inclusive Tour Package Includes
  • All of the land-only tour package features
  • International flights between US cities and Japan
  • Tax (USD 98) & Fuel Surcharge (USD 576 as of 12/15/2011) applicable ONLY for Air Inclusive Tour participants from USA
  • (Please see Departure City Chart for add on air fare.)

Stop over, extension to Asian Destinations & Non US Departure
  • Special stop over rate for Hawaii & Okinawa available
  • Low cost add-on air fare to Asian destinations available
  • We arrange flights for non US departure customers

  • Not Included in the Tour Price
    • Passports; visas and vaccinations; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol; beverages and food not on the regular table menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection insurance; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature

    Package prices are per person, based on double occupancy
    (2 people sharing 1 room, single supplement USD 680)

    Prices are subject to change without prior notice

    Cancellation penalties and other conditions or restrictions may apply

    *Tour schedule may change without prior notice.

    Hotel Options [+]

    Room Upgrade
    • Room Upgrade to deluxe room is available at most hotels on this itinerary from $70/person
    • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
    • Please contact us for single or triple occupancy

    Pre/Post Tour Hotels and Optional Tours or Extension to Asian Cities
    We offer specially selected hotels in and near Osaka or Tokyo with special rates for your pre and/or post tour overnight. With a pre and/or post night you have the chance to start and end your holidays in a pleasant and comfortable way. You will be picked up at your hotel or can easily get to one of our pick-up-points on the day of your departure and being dropped off, respectively…


    Pre/Post tour hotel rate (Includes tax & breakfast)
    • Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel $140/person
    • Kyoto New Miyako Hotel $140/person
    • Grand Pacific Le Daiba $140/person
    • Prince Park Tower $160/person

    *Single supplement $100/night

    Change of Hotel (Airport Area to Downtown Area)
    We can arrange changing your hotel from airport area (ie. Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu or Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel) to downtown area (ie. Sheraton Miyako Osaka or Grand Pacific Le Daiba), so you can reach your favorite destination easier during pre/post stay.

    *Hotel Change Fee: $50

    Optional Tour List [+]

    Optional Tour
    Currency conversion