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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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Tour Code: GTN3126547

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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14 days 13 nights

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.

The Takayama Festival is known as one of the most beautiful and original festivals in Japan. The Spring Festival, also called the Sanno Festival, takes place every year in April. The main feature of the Takayama Festival is the gorgeous yatai (floats) decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes). 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.

Start in Tokyo, where you can experience an authentic Shinto ceremony at Meiji Shrine officiated by a local priest or miko (priestess). Explore Japan's largest and busiest fish market, learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Walk under the Kaminarimon Gate at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, then enjoy a different view of Asakusa on a traditional rickshaw ride as you cruise through the historical streets, sightseeing from your own private chariot.

From there you will explore the region around Hakone, with tour of the Open Air Museum's thought-provoking sculptures, followed by a pirate cruise on picturesque Lake Ashi surrounded by verdant forests covering the rocky hills. Then head to Lake Kawaguchi where you will discover the silk art of Itchiku Kobota and witness his unfinished masterpiece. Also near the lake is Oishi Park, where, weather permitting, you will find breathtaking views of Mount Fuji above the lake, along with a walk of seasonal flowers and trees.

Go to Matsumoto to view the Matsumoto "Black Crow" Castle, then head into Takayama city for the tour's main attraction - the Takayama Spring Festival. Witness the enormous floats moving down the street in an exciting procession! You will also have time to browse the Morning Market and visit the Takayama Jinya - an Edo-era government building. After, take a drive down to Kanazawa to relax in Kenrokuen - on of Japan's top gardens, and tour the Nagamachi Samurai District.

Take an express train to Osaka for a Taiko Drum Experience. In Nara, you will marvel at the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple, and the herd of over a thousand friendly, free-roaming Sika deer. Then spend three nights in the old imperial capital of Kyoto. This city will completely immerse you in Japan's ancient culture and customs, with visits to the Golden Pavilion, the traditional streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, and the thousand red gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Other sights include a walk through the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, the view from Kiyomizu Temple's dramatic veranda, and a magical performance by human "robots" at the GEAR Theatre. You will also enjoy lessons in calligraphy and ikebana, try on a colorful kimono, eat traditional Kyoto cuisine with an apprentice geisha, and learn to meditate in a temple like a Zen Buddhist monk.

A trip on a bullet train connects your group to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, famed for the dramatic sea gate of Itsukushima Shrine. While in Hiroshima, travel to the austere Peace Memorial Park and tour a sake brewery including a sake-tasting experience. You'll drive from there down to Naoshima Art Island to see the island's various art museums, displays, and sculptures including the Chichu Museum, Benesse House, and Art House Project. The next part of the tour takes you to Kurashiki for a walk by the old city canals, then on to Himeji for a viewing of magnificent Himeji "White Heron" castle. You will finish the tour in the city of Kobe, where you can savor a mouthwatering dinner of world-famous wagyu beef.

Our Signature: Classic Japan Takayama Spring Festival tours combine enjoyment, discovery, and understanding with ample time to appreciate the history, culture, and nature of Japan. Browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Thu. Apr 24, 2025 USD $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Fri. Apr 24, 2026 USD $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) 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.

Deposit

We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 12 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport
  • • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 7 lunches and 4 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • 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

Additional Information

Transport

Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM).


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. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Hakone - Mt Fuji
  • Day4    Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Takayama
  • Day5   Takayama
  • Day6   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa
  • Day7   Osaka - Nara
  • Day8   Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Miyajima Island
  • Day11   Hiroshima - Saijo
  • Day12   Naoshima
  • Day13   Kurashiki - Himeji - Kobe
  • Day14   Tour ends

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