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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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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

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Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Fri. Sep 30, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour
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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

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Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.
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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

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

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.
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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
You'll discover the must-see culture, history, and natural wonders of Japan in this 12-day spring itinerary that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka through the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima!

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You'll discover the must-see culture, history, and natural wonders of Japan in this 12-day spring itinerary that takes you from Tokyo to Osaka through the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima!
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Discover Japan Autumn Tour

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Discover Japan Autumn Tour
Discover Japan Autumn Tour

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5898.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

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Japan awaits your discovery in a 12-day autumn itinerary that features immersive experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and other must-see destinations.

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Japan awaits your discovery in a 12-day autumn itinerary that features immersive experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, the Japanese Alps, Kanazawa, and other must-see destinations.
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Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.
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Tue. Apr 4, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $5998.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Take a special journey into the wonderful islands of Taiwan and Japan, covered with magnificent cherry blossoms, featuring the beauties of Hiroshima and Japan's less- traveled southern regions.

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $5998.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Take a special journey into the wonderful islands of Taiwan and Japan, covered with magnificent cherry blossoms, featuring the beauties of Hiroshima and Japan's less- traveled southern regions.
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Highlights of China and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of China and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour

18 Days 17 Nights | from US $6098.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Discover China and Japan in the gorgeous cherry blossom season, including Hiroshima and Shikoku Island, in an itinerary that includes top historic must-sees, breathtaking natural wonders, and delicious native cuisine.

18 Days 17 Nights | from US $6098.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Discover China and Japan in the gorgeous cherry blossom season, including Hiroshima and Shikoku Island, in an itinerary that includes top historic must-sees, breathtaking natural wonders, and delicious native cuisine.
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Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Discover Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $6198.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Take a memorable journey of discovery through Japan during the incredible cherry blossom season, with must- see locations and immersive experiences over a 12-day itinerary that takes you through Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, and more.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $6198.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Ina / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Katsuragi / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Take a memorable journey of discovery through Japan during the incredible cherry blossom season, with must- see locations and immersive experiences over a 12-day itinerary that takes you through Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Mount Fuji, and more.
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Wed. Mar 29, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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