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Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

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Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

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Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus       Tour Code: GTH313231     6 reviews

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2021 - 5/10

14 days 13 nights

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

Swaying in the gentle warm winds, the wisteria plays on the heartstrings of those captivated by its beauty. The clusters of flowers on the elongated vines have long been inspirational in classic Japanese poems, so on this trip you will have the opportunity to understand the romanticism behind the attraction. At the Ashikaga Flower Park you can bask under a variety of wisteria and see the Great Wisteria Tree that is over 150 years old, which is designated a Natural Monument. Another main attr... View More

Swaying in the gentle warm winds, the wisteria plays on the heartstrings of those captivated by its beauty. The clusters of flowers on the elongated vines have long been inspirational in classic Japanese poems, so on this trip you will have the opportunity to understand the romanticism behind the attraction. At the Ashikaga Flower Park you can bask under a variety of wisteria and see the Great Wisteria Tree that is over 150 years old, which is designated a Natural Monument. Another main attraction on this tour is the opportunity to attend the Fuji Shibazakura Festival where there are about 800,000 stalks of shibazakura, or “moss phlox,” on display in colors of purple, pink and white.

Start in Tokyo, where you can experience an authentic Shinto ceremony at Meiji Shrine officiated by a local priest or miko (priestess). Take a look back into the city's history when you visit the Edo Tokyo Museum and walk under the Kaminarimon Gate at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Relax on a cruise down the Sumida River to Odaiba, where the digital displays of teamLab Borderless immerse you in a world of light and color art. You will also take a brief excursion into Tochigi Prefecture to see the beauteous wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park, including the Great Wisteria Tree, with its magnificent canopy of purple flowers.

From Tokyo you will go to explore the Fuji Five Lakes Region, where you will attend the annual Fuji Shibazakura Festival. The area around Lake Motosu will be blanketed in a gorgeous covering of phlox moss in appealing arrangements of pink, purple, and white. Then head to Lake Kawaguchi where you will discover the "Flowers Road" near Oishi Park, lined with seasonal flowers of various kinds, and where, weather permitting, you will find breathtaking views of Mount Fuji above the lake.

Go to Matsumoto to view the Matsumoto "Black Crow" Castle, and take a walk through the classical atmosphere of Takayama Old Town. Then discover the charming World Heritage Village of Shirakawa-go, noted for its gassho- zukuri architecture. Take a drive down to Kanazawa to relax in Kenrokuen - on of Japan's top gardens, tour the Nagamachi Samurai District, and then take the afternoon to explore the city in a series of sightseeing options including the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, a Kutani-ware Ceramics Kiln, and a gold leaf workshop.

Take an express train to Osaka for a Taiko Drums class, followed by a sushi experience in Nara. While there, you will marvel at the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple, and the herd of over a thousand friendly, free-roaming Sika deer. Then spend three nights in the old imperial capital of Kyoto. This city will completely immerse you in Japan's ancient culture and customs, with visits to the Golden Pavilion, the traditional streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, and the thousand red gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Other sights include a walk through the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, the view from Kiyomizu Temple's dramatic veranda, and a magical performance by human "robots" at the GEAR Theatre. You will also enjoy lessons in calligraphy and ikebana, try on a colorful kimono, eat traditional Kyoto cuisine with an apprentice geisha, and learn to meditate in a temple like a Zen Buddhist monk.

A trip on a bullet train connects your group to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island, famed for the dramatic sea gate of Itsukushima Shrine. While in Hiroshima, travel to the austere Peace Memorial Park and tour a sake brewery including a sake-tasting experience. You'll drive from there down to Naoshima Art Island to see the island's various art museums, displays, and sculptures including the Chichu Museum, Benesse House, and Art House Project. The next part of the tour takes you to Kurashiki for a walk by the old city canals, then on to Himeji for a viewing of magnificent Himeji "White Heron" castle. You will finish the tour in the city of Kobe, where you can savor a mouthwatering dinner of world-famous wagyu beef.

Our Signature: Classic Japan group tour combines enjoyment, discovery, and understanding with ample time to appreciate the history, culture, and stunning wisteria and shibazakura of Japan. Browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.


Destinations

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

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