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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is one of the twelve original castles in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a preserved castle ground.

Himeji Castle was inscribed in the World Heritage list as a cultural site in 1993. It is also known as Shirasagijo, White Heron Castle, because of the white plastered walls. It is one of the twelve original castles still surviving till this day. Himeji-jo is one of the best castles to visit for its enormous size, well preserved castle grounds and elegant beauty. The architecture of Himeji- jo is one of the finest examples of 17th century Japanese castles. It is comprised of 83 buildings with greatly developed defense systems and marvelous protection strategies. The three watchtowers are connected by winding maze-like passages with concealed mechanisms to halt the incoming enemies by throwing them into frenzy over their location. This is to prevent invaders from reaching the tallest watchtower and castle keep, which is the center of the castle.

The castle was first built by Akamatsu, a local samurai leader, atop Mt. Hime in 1333. Himeji Castle was never involved in battles nor destroyed by earthquakes or fires. When the Shogunate system collapsed in 1868 and the Meiji Restoration began, Himeji-jo was put on the list for demolition or sale. In 1872 there was a public bidding for the castle and the highest denomination was 23 yen and 50 sen. The person who bid on the castle found out that it that it would cost more to take apart the castle and did nothing to it. The castle ground was then used by the Imperial Army Himeji Regiment until it was classified as a national treasure by the Ministry of Education in 1927.

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Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

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Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.
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Spirit of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 3/29
Spirit of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 2020 - 3/29

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

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Experience the beautiful cherry blossom season at Japan's most sacred sites, picturesque trails, and historical landmarks.

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Experience the beautiful cherry blossom season at Japan's most sacred sites, picturesque trails, and historical landmarks.
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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4

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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4

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Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.

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Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.
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Sat. Apr 4, 2020 Sat. Apr 18, 2020 US $5798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival 2020 - 5/11

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Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2020 - 5/11
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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$8,298 per person.
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Signature: Classic Japan Tour Summer 2020 - 6/15

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Signature: Classic Japan Tour Summer 2020 - 6/15
Signature: Classic Japan Tour Summer 2020 - 6/15

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

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Signature: Classic Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18
Signature: Classic Japan Tour Autumn 2020 - 9/21, 10/18

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$8,298 per person.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Smaller Group Departures – Guaranteed a limit of 12 guests are priced from US$8,298 per person.
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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & 
Wisteria 2020 - 4/13

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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2020 - 4/13
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2020 - 4/13

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.
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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2021 - 7/29
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2021 - 7/29

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8198.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8198.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.
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Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes 
Flowers & Aoi Festival 2020 - 5/3

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes Flowers & Aoi Festival 2020 - 5/3
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes Flowers & Aoi Festival 2020 - 5/3

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

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Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8198.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Take the ultimate journey to Japan during cherry blossom season, see the baby blue eye flowers, and view the elegant Aoi Festival.
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