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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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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

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Sun. Nov 6, 2022 Sat. Nov 19, 2022 US $8298.00

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Japan Pottery & Art Tour

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Japan Pottery & Art Tour
Japan Pottery & Art Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Karatsu / Imari / Arita / Sasebo / Hasami / Okayama / Yasugi / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Himeji / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery and Art tour stopping at from major arts destinations at Takamatsu, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Naoshima Island plus the small pottery towns at Karatsu, Imari, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Karatsu / Imari / Arita / Sasebo / Hasami / Okayama / Yasugi / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Himeji / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Find inspiration during a 14-day Japan Pottery and Art tour stopping at from major arts destinations at Takamatsu, Himeji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Naoshima Island plus the small pottery towns at Karatsu, Imari, Arita, Bizen, Sasebo, and Hasami.
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Sun. May 28, 2023 Sat. Jun 10, 2023 US $8298.00

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Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms

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Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms
Japan Garden & Art Tour: Cherry Blossoms

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Kurashiki / Seto Ohashi Bridge / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Garden and Art Cherry Blossoms Tour offers you the most magnificent of Japan's gardens in one of the loveliest seasons, guided by our garden-knowledgeable guide, including a trip to Naoshima Art Island.

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Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Kurashiki / Seto Ohashi Bridge / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Bizen / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The Garden and Art Cherry Blossoms Tour offers you the most magnificent of Japan's gardens in one of the loveliest seasons, guided by our garden-knowledgeable guide, including a trip to Naoshima Art Island.
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Sun. Mar 26, 2023 Sat. Apr 8, 2023 US $8298.00

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Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great 
Summer Festivals

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Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals
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This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

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Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Shikabecho / 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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Sat. Jul 29, 2023 Fri. Aug 18, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Sun. Sep 18, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

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Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
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21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

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This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8598.00

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
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Mon. May 1, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $8598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

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Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 18 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00 (Limit to 18 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
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Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $8598.00

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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & 
Wisteria

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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

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 / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.

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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 / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Follow a cherry blossom route through Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido and see Japan's beautiful wisteria flowers too.
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Mon. Apr 17, 2023 Mon. May 8, 2023 US $8698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & 
Aoi Festival

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Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
Grand Tour of Japan: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes & Aoi Festival
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / 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.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / 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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Wed. May 3, 2023 Wed. May 24, 2023 US $8698.00 Sapporo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring 
Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
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22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Celebrate the cherry blossom season by traveling to all four of Japan's main islands plus the Takayama Spring Festival.

22 Days 21 Nights | from US $8698.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Kitakami / Morioka / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Shikabecho / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo
Celebrate the cherry blossom season by traveling to all four of Japan's main islands plus the Takayama Spring Festival.
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Wed. Apr 5, 2023 Wed. Apr 26, 2023 US $8698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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