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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Special Tour 2015 - 4/5

Deluxe Series
Nights 21 days 20 nights
Price
USD $7298.00
Currency US dollar Canada dollar Australian dollar Singapore dollar Euro Pond
Single room supplement
USD $1600.00
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This 21days Grand Tour of Japan is the longest and most comprehensive escorted group tour of Japan that you will find.

Visiting all 4 main islands of Japan, designed to travel Japan from south to north following the blooming of cherry blossoms. This tour caters a wide variety of interest about Japan from culture, festival, architecture, nature, rural villages, historic towns and modern city attractions.

This tour begins in Osaka with a visit to Himeji Castle, a splendid example of traditional architecture and one of the few original castles remaining in Japan. Then we make our way to the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki. In Hiroshima , we will visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then head on to Miyajima to view the famous giant vermilion colored Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine that looks like it is floating on the sea at high tide.

On the island of Kyushu you will experience what few have the opportunity to do: walk among the craters of an active volcano, Mt. Aso that erupted just a few years ago. In Nagasaki we will visit the Glover Gardens, Dejima , and Atomic Bomb Peace Memorial. In Beppu, let's view the Jigoku (hell) pools of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Then enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park. Mt. Takasaki is a forested mountain just outside of Beppu and home to over 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys.

From Kyushu Island, we board a ferry to Shikoku Island where we will visit Ishiteji Temple in Matsuyama and ride a boat down the Yoshinogawa River in the picturesque Oboke Gorge. Visit the Ritsurin Park, a Japanese style garden located in Takamatsu and also considered as one of the best Japanese garden in the world. The garden of this park is designated as Special Scenic Beauty of Japan. We will then drive across the Onaruto Bridge where we can also stop by for picture taking. From Shikoku Island, we will cross the inland sea back to Honshu Island arriving to Kobe. You will have a chance to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe.

We then proceed to Osaka and Nara as well as the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrine, castle and specialty shops. You will visit gardens and temples in Kyoto that is chosen to be the best place to view Cherry Blossoms. You can also experience Miyako Odori (cherry blossom dancing show that performed by the geiko and maiko) in Kyoto as well.

Next we will visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style is. In Takayama, you will experience the 15th Century of Japan as you watch thousands of people in costumes, traditional music performances, and wonderful ornate floats that parades the classic town.

See how impressive mother nature is at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo. Visit Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and also the best place to view cherry blossoms.

Let's explore the wonderfully ornate temples and shrines which have been designated as World Heritage sites in Nikko. We then proceed to Kegon Waterfall situated in Lake Chuzenji, it is one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. After that we will visit Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of pine tree covered small islands, where we explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Then we head up to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple . Next we will go to Morioka for a visit to the Morioka Castle Ruins for its beautiful cherry blossoms.

In Towada, we visit Lake Towada, Japan's third deepest lake. A volcanic crater lake 44km in circumference and nature walk along the creek through Oirase Gorge. Then we visit the Nebuta Warasse in Aomori before proceed to Hakodate by crossing the Tsugaru channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel.

On the island of Hokkaido, we will visit Hakodate, Onuma Park, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu , Shiraoi, Otaru, and ends our tour in Sapporo.

This itinerary is perfect for those who wish to discover the whole country in one time and see all Japan has to offer.


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Destinations:
Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Fukuoka / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Mt Aso / Beppu / Matsuyama / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Onaruto Bridge / Kobe/ Osaka / Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

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Tour Information

Start City End City Start Date End Date Season Special Status
Osaka Sapporo Sun. Apr 5, 2015 Sat. Apr 25, 2015 Spring -

DEPOSIT
US$ 200.00
 
PLEASE NOTE
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.
 
TOUR COST INCLUDES
13 nights Western style and 7 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
Gratuities
Meals
Breakfast everyday
16 lunches and 10 dinners
Admission fees and activities
Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary
Okonomiyaki Making
Shinkansen Bullet Train Rides
Ferry from Shimabara to Kumamoto
Mt Aso Ropeway
Ferry from Beppu to Shikoku
Oboke Gorge Boat Ride
Wagyu Beef Dinner
Green Tea Ceremony
Nishijin Kimono Show
Miyako Odori Cherry Blossom Dancing Performance Show
Takayama Sanno Spring Festival
Hakone Ropeway
Matsushima Cruise
Seikan Undersea Train Ride
Mt Hakodate Ropeway
Usuzan Ropeway
 
TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
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
 
ADDITION INFORMATION
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 Sapporo, with departures at Chitose Airport (CTS)
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
 
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1 : Arrive in Osaka
Day 2 : Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
Day 3 : Hiroshima - Bullet Train Ride - Fukuoka
Day 4 : Nagasaki - Kumamoto
Day 5 : Mt. Aso - Beppu
Day 6 : Beppu - Ferry to Shikoku - Matsuyama - Oboke Gorge
Day 7 : Kotohira - Takamatsu - Naruto - Kobe
Day 8 : Osaka - Nara - Uji - Kyoto
Day 9 : Kyoto (Miyako Odori)
Day 10 : Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
Day 11 : Takayama (Takayama Sanno Spring Festival )
Day 12 : Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
Day 13 : Tokyo
Day 14 : Nikko
Day 15 : Matsushima
Day 16 : Hiraizumi - Morioka
Day 17 : Towada - Aomori - Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Hakodate
Day 18 : Hakodate - Lake Toya
Day 19 : Noboribetsu - Shiraoi - Sapporo
Day 20 : Sapporo - Otaru
Day 21 : Tour End
 
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Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

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