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Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2016 - 4/8

Nights 13 days 12 nights
USD $5598.00
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USD $1120.00
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Springtime in Japan means the annual return of cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms hold a very special place in the Japanese heart. You can experience this tradition, plus many others, such as the Miyako Odori (cherry blossom dancing show that performed by the geiko and maiko) and Takayama Sanno Spring Festival when joining this tour. The Takayama Festival is known as one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan, and the spring festival called Sanno Festival takes place on April 14 and 15 every year. The main feature of the Takayama Festival is gorgeous yatai (floats) decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes).

This tour combines Japan's most popular destinations when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom: Himeji, Hiroshima , Nara , Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Mt Fuji and Tokyo. This package is ideal for travelers who have more time to enjoy Japan and soak in the atmosphere of each location. It features slower pacing, and upgraded hotel accommodations. We'll start in Osaka, the largest city in the Kansai Region. Visit Himeji Castle , where over a thousand cherry trees are scattered across the castle grounds. Enjoy the combination of the castle's stone walls and imposing buildings with the blooming flowers.

You will visit the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki and proceed to Hiroshima , a dynamic city offering great food, nightlife and the sobering Peace Memorial Museum and Park. Take a day trip to the nearby sacred Miyajima Island to see the iconic floating torii gate. Hop on a bullet train to Osaka; visit Nara before transferring to the ancient city of Kyoto for three nights. With your private guide and driver, tour important castles and temples, gain exclusive access to gardens, enjoy a private tea ceremony in a traditional Kyoto wooden townhouse (Machiya), explore an enormous bamboo forest, sample shojin ryori ("monk's food") in a local temple, stroll Kyoto's elegant residential backstreets and browse small specialty shops. Travel to Kanazawa , one of feudal Japan's wealthiest cities, located on the Sea of Japan.

Enjoy a tour of the UNESCO- listed thatched-roof farmhouses in Shirakawa-go en route to Takayama, a tradition-steeped mountain hamlet in the shadow of the Japanese Alps. In Takayama , transport yourself back to the 15th Century Japan as you watch thousands of people in costumes, traditional music performances, and wonderfully ornate floats parading through town. Visit the dramatic Black Crow Castle (Matsumoto Castle ) and the Ukiyoe Museum in Matsumoto . Spend a day at Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Here you'll stay at a ryokan (traditional inn), relax in the therapeutic waters of a private hot springs (onsen) bath, and delight in the fine flavors and presentation of a Japanese banquet dinner. Lastly, get yourself back to the 21st century in Tokyo for a three night stay and try to get your grip on this modern metropolis, a city of pulsating energy. In between, you'll have the chance to experience the many aspects of Japan that make it such a unique and fascinating country.

Our Classic Japan tours are created to connect you to your destination. That's why our Classic Japan tours are limited to just 18 guests. This allows you to eat in small local restaurants and enjoy more interaction with your tour guide.

Takayama Sanno Spring Festival

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Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji /Hakone /Tokyo

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Tour Information

Start City End City Start Date End Date Season Special Status
Osaka Tokyo Fri. Apr 8, 2016 Wed. Apr 20, 2016 Spring -

US$ 200.00 per person
All prices are per person, based on double or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money! We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.
11 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
Private luxury coach transfers between destinations in Japan
Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide
Breakfast everyday
9 lunches and 4 dinners
Admission fees and activities
Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary
Okonomiyaki Making
Bullet Train Ride from Hiroshima to Osaka
Sushi Making
Miyako Odori Cherry Blossom Dancing Performance Show
Green Tea Ceremony
Machiya Townhouse Tour
Sagano Romantic Train Ride
Shojin Ryori ("Monk's Food")
Takayama Spring Festival
Hakone Ropeway
Sumida River Cruise
International Airfares
Meals that are not included in the itinerary
Travel Insurance
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
Transport : Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free
Arrival/Departure Airports : For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT)
Meal Requests : Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
Meet and Greet : Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer
Day 1 : Arrive in Osaka
Day 2 : Himeji - Kurashiki
Day 3 : Hiroshima
Day 4 : Bullet Train to Osaka - Nara
Day 5 : Kyoto (Miyako Odori)
Day 6 : Kyoto
Day 7 : Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama (Night Festival)
Day 8 : Takayama ( Takayama Spring Festival)
Day 9 : Matsumoto
Day 10 : Mt. Fuji - Hakone
Day 11 : Tokyo
Day 12 : Tokyo
Day 13 : Tour end
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Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

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Japan In Depth (Reverse) - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2016 - 4/5
  Exploring Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu, as well as the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse) - Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2016 - 3/21, 3/28
  Exploring Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu in the cherry blossom season.
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps - Spring 2016 - 5/22
  Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.

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