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Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival

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Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival

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11 days 10 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $900.00


Visit the most popular regions of Japan, sightsee the country's main cities, and observe the elegant Kyoto Aoi Festival.

On this tour, submerse into the culture and soul of Japan by visiting a festival, museums, temples, shrines, castles, and gardens. This itinerary is perfect for those who wish to travel to the most popular regions of Japan.

Begin your journey in one of the busiest cities in the world, Tokyo, where our guides and drivers will escort you to the top attractions. Visit Tokyo's historical landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts, and even learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef. Proceed to Mt. Fuji and enjoy the natural scenery of Hakone and Owakudani on a ropeway ride. Experience a high- speed Shinkansen bullet train ride before visiting the beautiful Hikone Castle and uniquely-designed Miho Museum.

Experience the Aoi Festival in Kyoto, a well- preserved and graceful procession of 500 people dressed in aristocratic styled clothing of the Heian Period (794 – 1185). It is one of Kyoto’s three most famous festivals. Spend two more days in the historic city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's top gardens, temples, and specialty shops. Our travel group will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony, meet an apprentice geisha (maiko) . Then, travel to Nara to see the towering Great Buddha statue at Todaiji Temple, as well as the surrounding Deer Park. Continue to Osaka, renowned for its colorful entertainment districts and shopping destinations.

Visit the Himeji Castle, an original standing castle and world heritage site. Then, make your way to the photogenic canal town of Kurashiki and the Ohara Museum of Art, Japan’s first museum of Western art. Spend time in Hiroshima, where you will visit the Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome. Then, take a short ferry ride to the picturesque Miyajima Island, home to the famed vermillion torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine.

Next, drive through the scenic Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that passes over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Continue your tour with a relaxing boat ride along the lush Oboke Gorge and stroll through ponds and pavilions at the beautiful Ritsurin Park. End your tour with a delicious Wagyu beef dinner in Kobe.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. May 11, 2025 Wed. May 21, 2025 USD $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. May 11, 2026 Thu. May 21, 2026 USD $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

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

  • • 9 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport
  • • 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
  • • 4 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 private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.


Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

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 after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Mt. Fuji - Hakone
  • Day4   Atami - Bullet Train Ride - Hikone - Koka
  • Day5   Kyoto
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day9   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day10   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day11   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe


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