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Taiko Lesson

The taiko is a traditional Japanese drum fashioned of wood and hide leather, played with short, thick wooden sticks, which create a bold, powerful sound.

The word taiko actually can refer to any kind of drum in Japanese, but outside Japan has come to mean any of the various drums native to Japan. Taiko construction in Japan has been traced back to ancient times, and was used not only in classical Japanese music, but also to motivate armies, communicate orders, and set the time of marches. Noh theatre and other forms of drama might use taiko to punctuate scenes with dramatic tension. Japanese Taiko are usually crafted of wood, with hide from cows, horses, or deer stretched tightly over each end and secured with tacks. The wood of the drum body is often stained a deep reddish-brown color, and the outside is polished to a smooth shine. Large wooden sticks called bachi are used to strike the drum head. Learning to perform Japanese taiko involves a method of posture and movement similar to a martial art, known as kata. Taiko drummers rigorously train to position their bodies, learning to move in a precise and lively manner to deliver a bold and well-timed strike.

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

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

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6698.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Wed. Sep 11, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Wed. Sep 10, 2025 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Wed. Sep 16, 2026 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Wed. Nov 12, 2025 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Wed. Nov 11, 2026 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura 
Festival

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Travel to Japan's main cities and rural regions with a chance to see the Great Wisteria Tree and captivating Shibazakura with a maximum group size 16 guests.
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Mon. May 6, 2024 Wed. May 15, 2024 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. May 5, 2025 Wed. May 14, 2025 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. May 4, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 US $6898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Tue. Oct 15, 2024 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Wed. Oct 15, 2025 US $7098.00

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Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Thu. Oct 15, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 24, 2025 Wed. Apr 2, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Wed. Mar 18, 2026 Fri. Mar 27, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Mar 30, 2026 Wed. Apr 8, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour

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

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

Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossom Tour

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $7098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Fri. Apr 11, 2025 Sun. Apr 20, 2025 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Apr 11, 2026 Mon. Apr 20, 2026 US $7098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour

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

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

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8898.00 (Limit to 16 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 16 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8898.00 (Limit to 16 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 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 2, 2024 Sun. Sep 15, 2024 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Sep 1, 2025 Sun. Sep 14, 2025 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Sep 7, 2026 Sun. Sep 20, 2026 US $8898.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

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

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

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

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9098.00 (Limit to 16 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 16 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9098.00 (Limit to 16 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 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / 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 16 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9098.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

Tokyo / Ashikaga / 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 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. May 6, 2024 Sun. May 19, 2024 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 5, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. May 4, 2026 Sun. May 17, 2026 US $9098.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival 
Tour

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

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

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9298.00 (Limit to 16 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 16 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9298.00 (Limit to 16 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 16 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Mon. Oct 19, 2026 US $9298.00

Small Group Limited to 16 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
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