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.
These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.
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.
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.
The price is per person, based on twin or triple room occupancy
For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room throughout the tour
Prices are excluding international flights
Single room types are rooms for
single room occupants.
One person will be occupying the hotel room throughout the tour.
Twin room types are rooms set for two people who will occupy one room, but will have two separate beds.
A double room is a room that has one bed for two people to share.
A triple room is one room where three people may share the same room. It has three separate beds.
Japanese Style Room
A Japanese-style room traditionally does not have a western-style bed, it is a tatami floor room with futon bedding. However, if you prefer a western-style bed, you may request one though we cannot guarantee it.
Please note: If you would like to request neighboring rooms next to your traveling companions, you and your traveling companions must have the same room types in order to be next to each other. For example, if you have requested a double room, but your traveling companions have requested a twin, or triple room, then neighboring rooms cannot be accommodated. However, if both you and your traveling companions match in room type, then neighboring rooms will likely be arranged for your convenience.
Discover Japan during one of its most enchanting seasons, when the cherry blossom trees or "sakura", slowly come in to bloom. From late March to mid April at temples, parks, and gardens all across the country, the delicate pink petals unfold in a display of fleeting loveliness that attracts viewers from all over the world. This 12-day spring cherry blossom itinerary offers the top destinations in Japan for you to enjoy, with must- experience culture and historical sights in Tokyo, Kyoto, Na... View More
Discover Japan during one of its most enchanting
seasons, when the cherry blossom trees or "sakura",
slowly come in to bloom. From late March to mid April
at temples, parks, and gardens all across the country,
the delicate pink petals unfold in a display of fleeting
loveliness that attracts viewers from all over the world.
This 12-day spring cherry blossom itinerary offers the
top destinations in Japan for you to enjoy, with must-
experience culture and historical sights in Tokyo,
Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go,
Tokyo is Japan's top destination to visit, and we take you a tour of Tokyo's top sights, including Tokyo Skytree and Sensoji Temple - a landmark that is especially lovely during cherry blossom season. While there, take in some of the local cultural flavor with a visit to teamlab Borderless, and special sushi-making class. The city is also home to one of Japan's best cherry blossom-viewing spots - Chidorigafuchi Park. Sakura trees, branches puffed with pale pink blossoms, stand in long rows beside the old Imperial Palace moat, beckoning visitors walking beneath them into a uniquely Japanese springtime dream. Connect from Tokyo to Mount Fuji - a must-see national icon in any season, with the local addition of an exclusive visit to the silk art collection at the Itchiku Kubota Museum.
This tour of discovery offers a connection to Japanese culture on the local level with a visit to Ina and a culture exchange / cooking class with some of the city's residents. Then enjoy an exploration of the wonders of the Japanese Alps in a route that includes Takayama, with it's preserved merchants' district from the Edo period, followed by the UNESCO Heritage Village of Shirakawa-go, celebrated for rare local architecture known as "gassho-zukuri". Kanazawa sits at the other end of the alpine route, a city known for producing fine gold leaf. Here we've arranged you to attend a gold leaf workshop, without forgetting the magnificent Kenrokuen Garden - one of Japan's great traditional landscape gardens, exquisite in spring.
From there, Kyoto is our next destination, where you'll be awestruck by the hundreds of grandiose temples and shrines in the old imperial capital. This itinerary features the very best, including Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Golden Pavilion. We also visit Tenryuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist Temple located in the pretty Arashiyama District. While here, you'll stroll through a grove of towering bamboo, gaze out over Togetsukyo Bridge, and see the other charms of Arashiyama from the back of a rickshaw. Experiences designed to immerse you in traditional Japanese culture come included, with a chance to try on an elegant kimono, witness a time-honored Japanese tea ceremony, and delight in Kyoto kaiseki cuisine complete with entertainment by a geisha apprentice. Near Kyoto is Nara, an even more ancient capital city, and home to over a thousand friendly wild deer wandering freely outside Todaiji Temple.
Travel to Hiroshima to see the Peace Park and A- bomb Dome, followed by a delightful excursion to Miyajima Island and the floating gate of Itsukushima Shrine. Finally, wrap up your journey with visits to the Kurashiki canals, Himeji castle, and finally Kobe, where you'll savor some world-famous wagyu beef. The incredible culture, history, and food of Japan awaits your discovery on this memorable cherry blossom tour. Please browse the itinerary below for more detailed information.
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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.
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.
Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.
For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.
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.
Welcome to Tokyo! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.
NOTE 1: The meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Begin your tour of the world’s largest metropolis at the museum which best shows Tokyo’s history: The Edo Tokyo Museum. The museum exhibits life size replicas as well as miniature models of structures during the Edo period in Japan. Next, ascend 350 meters up to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree, where a panoramic cityscape over Tokyo's magnificent skyline awaits your view. On especially clear days visitors can see all the way to Mount Fuji! Then travel to Asakusa Kannon Temple, in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Enter by way of the Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate”, underneath one of Japan’s largest paper lanterns. Don’t forget to look up to see the dragon sculpture underneath! Walk through Nakamise Market – a street lined with shops selling traditional goods of all kinds, before approaching Sensoji Temple. Take some time to explore Tokyo’s oldest temple complex. Then take a cruise on the Sumida River, taking in the treelined riverbanks in front of towering skyscrapers. Land in Odaiba, where you will discover the digital art world of teamlab Borderless. Imagine wandering into a digitally projected world surrounded in realistic floating lanterns, rainbow waterfalls of colored lights, or other immersive display experiences designed to dazzle the mind. The art exhibits of teamlab Borderless carry away each guest into worlds of digital imagination that leave you spellbound in wonder.
After breakfast, we take you to Chidorigafuchi Park, a pleasant spot of green next to the moat that borders the Imperial Palace. Known for its abundance of cherry trees, Chidorigafuchi is one of the best places to go for cherry blossom viewing in the capital. Enjoy an enchanting stroll under branches filled with countless cherry blossoms hanging over the grassy hills like fluffy pink clouds. Next, head to the famous Tsukiji Outer Market, lined with shops offering fresh seafood and wholesale produce, in addition to other culinary items, such as cooking utensils. Then enjoy a Tokyo sushi-making experience where you can learn to prepare different kinds of sushi from a master chef. Once finished, the tour continues to the Kawaguchiko region near Mount Fuji where we will visit the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Mr. Kubota was a master of traditional silk-dyeing art, and this museum displays his creations, including his unfinished textile masterpiece "Symphony of Light", which displays an elegant panorama of Japan's four seasons.
This morning, if the weather permits, we will make our way to the 5th station of Mount Fuji, for an close inspection of the mountain's picturesque natural charms. Then we continue up toward the Japanese Alps, taking time in Nagano prefecture to stop in the city of Ina for a friendly cultural exchange and simple cooking class with Japanese locals. After the cultural exchange, we travel further into the Japanese Alps, stopping for the evening in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, noted for architecture carefully preserved from the Edo period. We will take you to your hotel, where you are free to relax for the evening.
Start your morning in Takayama with a visit to the Morning Market, which sells local produce and handicraft, and can be a good place to find a unique souvenir! After browsing the charming local market, we will visit the Takayama Jinya, a former government building from the Edo Period. Takayama was valuable for its abundant natural resources, so the Tokugawa shogunate took direct control of the region around the town and installed an official at the Takayama Jinya to manage the affairs of the town. This administrative building includes tatami rooms that served as offices and conference rooms - there is even an old interrogation room. Adjacent to this building is one of the largest traditional rice storehouses still standing in Japan, now converted into a museum preserving official documents from that time period. Takayama Jinya stands in Old Town Takayama, which has a number of well-maintained houses and merchant buildings from the Edo period. While we stroll through this pretty heritage district, you will note many old- fashioned houses, shops, and sake breweries. Some of them have stayed in business for centuries! Then we take a drive to the UNESCO Heritage Town of Shirakawa-go, a idyllic, charming village nestled in a beautiful valley high in the mountains. From Shiroyama Viewpoint, you will have the perfect view of this sleepy mountain village, rustically beautiful in any season, like the setting of an old Japanese fairy tale. Shirakawa-go is known for the particular architecture of its farmhouses - a style called "Gassho-zukuri" involving broad, thickly thatched roofs folded together like hands in prayer. We will take some time to explore the beauty of these heritage buildings before continuing to our hotel in Kanazawa, and a restful evening.
After breakfast, we explore the city of Kanazawa, starting with a visit Kenrokuen Garden - one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Kenrokuen was designed after the "six sublimities" of Chinese landscape garden design, and features trees and flowering plants that provide a vision of unique beauty in any season. Take a stroll around the garden and enjoy the various water features, bridges, and wooden teahouses, with little nooks hiding stone lanterns and other treasures. Then we proceed to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. It showcases contemporary artists from Japan and all over the world. The museum was designed without a front or back in order to encourage viewers to approach the art from multiple angles. Step back through time in the Nagamachi Samurai District where many old samurai residences remain at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle. One such house, the Nomura family residence, has been fully restored and filled with artifacts of the time period to reflect the samurai class. Finally, we attend a Gold Leaf Workshop. The gold leaf of Kanazawa is of superior quality, never becoming discolored or oxidized, and as such is one of the city's signature products.
Today, spend a day sightseeing in the former imperial capital of Kyoto. Start with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, widely famed for its thousands of vermillion torii gates. Dedicated to Inari, a Shinto deity of agriculture and prosperity, the shrine is guarded by a number of fierce-looking fox statues, who represent her heavenly messengers. Then we visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, run by the Gekkeikan Sake Company, one of Japan's most prominent sake labels. Once a busy sake brewery in the early 1900s, the museum offers visitors a rare inside look into the history of Japanese sake, also housing around 400 sake production implements. Next, we take you to experience a more traditional Kyoto as we sit down for a Japanese green tea ceremony. Also known as "sado", the green tea ceremony is a unique custom which invites guests to slow down and enjoy authentic Japanese hospitality. Then we will go for a local Kimono Experience, which gives you the chance to try on a colorful kimono and take pictures. After, we take a walk through Gion, Kyoto's famous Geisha district, where you can see classical Japanese shops, restaurants, and teahouses. In the evening, have a taste of old Kyoto as you eat traditional kaiseki cuisine in the company of a maiko - a geisha apprentice.
After breakfast, we continue our sightseeing in Kyoto with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the old capital city's most iconic and magnificent temples. Kiyomizu features a dramatic wooden veranda offering incredible views of trees and cityscape. Then we enjoy the glittering shine of the Golden Pavilion, a three story Buddhist temple originally constructed in the late 1300s, featuring a golden phoenix perched on top. Then, in the Arashiyama district, we will visit several of the city's famous landmarks starting with Tenryuji Temple, the largest temple in the district, and a UNESCO world heritage site. On the temple grounds is Sogen Pond, an especially beautiful garden. Then we take a walk on a path through a dense grove of towering bamboo, an experience that feels like stepping into a hidden world. After, we will take a walk along Togetsukyo Bridge, a popular place to admire the natural beauty of the old city, known for its gorgeous seasonal scenery. Finally, we finish our day with a ride on a rickshaw through the charming streets of Kyoto for one last look at the beauty of the ancient city.
In the morning, we travel to Nara to see the city's most famous landmark - Todaiji Temple. The immense temple hall was, until recently, the largest wooden structure in the world, and houses the massive Great Buddha of Todaiji. The temple is located in a corner of Nara Park, which is home to over a thousand free- roaming, adorable Sika deer. These friendly creatures are protected by Nara, even recognized as an official symbol of the city. Stalls around the park sell special crackers to feed the deer, and some of the wild deer have even learned to bow when asking for food. On the way back to Kyoto, we stop in Katsuragi, the birthplace of Japanese sumo. This facility promotes the national sport of Japanese sumo and even offers a special sumo experience in a real sumo ring. After, we continue on to Hiroshima, riding the Shinkansen "bullet train" from Osaka to Hiroshima. On arrival, you will be free to enjoy the evening at the hotel.
Our first destination of the day is the Peace Memorial Park. The Peace Park consists of the Peace Memorial Museum, the A-Bomb Dome, and the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Peace Park is one of the most significant features of the city, devoted to the events that occurred on August 6, 1945, and featuring massive stone arches and broad grassy lawns. Afterwards, we will travel to Miyajima, where we will see Itsukushima Shrine. This magnificent shrine was built into a small cove, standing above high tide like a palace on the sea. The UNESCO Heritage Site is especially famed for its massive vermillion torii gate which appears to float over the waves through which, on a clear day, one can view the mountainous mainland in the distance.
Today take a drive to the city of Kurashiki. In merchant days, this scenic town thrived as a port for rice shipments. Several old rice granaries and examples of historic architecture still remain around a heritage stone canal area lined with willow trees in the Bikan Historical Quarter. We continue on to Himeji to visit the Himeji Castle. It is known as "White Egret Castle" and "White Heron Castle" because of its brilliant white exterior, resembling a bird taking flight. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. This splendid example of traditional architecture was declared one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Below the castle is Kokoen Garden, a recently built Japanese garden consisting of nine distinct walled gardens of different styles. In the evening we continue to Kobe, where we will savor a dinner of world-famous Wagyu beef.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport by Airport Limousine Bus.
NOTE 3: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.
NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
Tokyo is the number one destination for tourist bound for Japan. It is the number one most populated, the biggest city, and is the capital of Japan. From shopping to sightseeing, this city offers everything that tourist want to see. There are a number of places to see the entire city, tourist can visit the Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower to get a breathtaking view of the city. For shopping, visitors can head to the most popular areas such as Ginza, Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, or Shinjuku. There are also many museums available such as the Edo Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum. This modern city still has many parks, temples, and shines for anyone interested in a cultural experience.
Excellent museum about Tokyo's history.
The Edo Tokyo Museum is located in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district. The museum features exhibits that showcase Tokyo’s past in the Edo period. Visitors can learn about how people lived during the Edo period, and has many illustrations or miniature models showcasing the past. Guests can take pictures of the many models or life- sized figures.
World's tallest stand-alone communication tower.
The Tokyo Skytree is Japan’s tallest structure ever built and the world’s second tallest structure ever built at the time of its completion. Located not too far from Asakusa, this 634 meter tall tower is now one of the most popular destinations for visitors. The main observatory is 350 meters high and the second observation deck is 450 meters high and both offer a breathtaking view of the city.
Buddhist temple with souvenir shopping street, an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
The Sensoji Temple located in Asakusa is one of the most popular Buddhist temples to visit. The temple was built and completed in the year 645 and is Tokyo’s oldest temple. The surrounding area offers shopping for souvenirs and food. The Sanja Festival is one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals and is held every May at Asakusa Temple.
Leisurely cruise down Tokyo's Sumida River with picturesque city and nature views.
The Sumida suijo-bus (or "water bus"), while not as quick as the trains, is the best way to see Sumida River and Tokyo Bay up close, as well as scenic views of Tokyo. The leisurely boat travels between 12 locations on its voyage, including Asakusa, Hamarikyu Garden, Odaiba Seaside Park, and Tokyo Big Sight. It offers travelers a perfect opportunity to relax, breath in fresh sea air, and enjoy Tokyo from a different perspective.
World's first digital art museum.
Located in Odaiba's MORI Building, teamLab Borderless creates a series of digital art exhibits seamlessly stitched together to form a world of artwork without borders. The visuals are completely immersive, created to take up entire rooms allowing for the audience to explore and interact with the images. As one moves from one artwork to the next, they start to feel like a part of the exhibit, surrounding each person in a fantasy world of moving digital art. The artworks even intersect and change other neighboring works, creating an entirely new fusion work. Each artwork is a sensory riot of image and color, yet with a harmony to it that connects the viewer what they see and hear, allowing them to fully enjoy their time in this one- of-a-kind art experience.
Former moat of Edo Castle, transformed every April into a wonderland of blossoming springtime beauty.
Near the Imperial Palace is an broad moat named Chidorigafuchi, that once separated Edo Castle from the city proper. During most of the year, this landmark is a tranquil park of stately beauty - an excellent place for a short break from the ceaseless frenzy of downtown Tokyo. Yet during the waning weeks of spring, Chidorigafuchi is elevated from functionally pretty park to terrestrial paradise, when hundreds of cherry blossoms bloom and fall along the shallow banks, turning the peaceful moat into a pink pastel fantasy.
Visit a famous Japanese market filled with fresh fish and agricultural products, plus delicious dishes.
The outer Tsukiji Fish Market offers a variety of freshly prepared food products and ingredients. Travel in between the different stores and taste a few of their dishes, freshly prepared with some of the best ingredients.
Learn how to make and prepare fresh sushi for yourself in Japan.
Take a lesson from an expert and prepare fresh sushi. Experience the difference in the taste of Japanese-grown ingredients. Then, enjoy eating your masterpiece for lunch after completing your sushi lesson.
The highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters above sea level, and is located more or less in the center of Japan, stretching over Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. Its elegant conical form has frequently been depicted in many paintings and literary works since ancient times. Many artists have been captivated by the diverse expressions shown by this mountain depending on the season, or depending on the time of the day, whether in the morning or early evening. It is widely believed that Mt. Fuji is unparalleled worldwide as a mountain that has so frequently been narrated, sung in verse, and drawn.
Excellent museum about the kimono artist.
The Kubota Itchiku Art Museum is located on the north coast of Lake Kawaguchiko near Mount Fuji. This museum showcases the works of the late Kubota Itchiku, a famous Japanese kimono artist. This museum showcases several of Kubota Itchiku’s kimono art, which are based on themes of nature, the seasons, and the cosmos.
Great view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below.
Mt. Fuji is a widely-known symbol of Japan. At 3,773 meters, Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain. “Station (gome)” is the unit representing one tenth of the length from the trail entrance to the top.The fifth station Mt. Fuji is the fifth point from the base at the height of 2,305 meter. Being the end of the Fuji Subaru Line toll road and the highest point that general cars can reach. From the observatory you can see below Komitake Shrine, an ancient place for prayer that has been visited by worshippers and disciplinant, and Yamanaka-ko, the largest lake among the five Fuji lakes.
Located within the Nagano Prefecture is the city of Ina. Ina is known for its mushroom production and the famous Takato Castle Ruins Park. The most popular attraction for visitors is the Takato Castle Ruins Park, which is known for one of the top locations to view the cherry blossoms during the spring. This city is also known or its mushroom production and visitors can even pick their own mushrooms.
Ina offers a culture exchange and cooking class for travelers looking for a real immersive Japan experience and fun local interaction.
The Ina Culture Exchange and Cooking Class is an immersive local experience that allows travelers to soak up the culture of Ina, Japan. A cooking class and culture exchange is a perfect way to truly connect to the Japanese community on a native level, as well as an initiation into Japanese daily life. Make a cultural connection, and perhaps a few new friends, while learning to cook a simple dish with under the experienced and friendly guidance of elderly members of the community. This community group provides all the necessary ingredients and cooking implements for a memorable experience cooking together in a relaxed atmosphere.
The city of Takayama is located within the Hida mountain region in the Gifu Prefecture. This city is one of the top destinations for tourist wishing to explore a touch of rural Japan. The old town of Takayama is one of Japan’s most beautifully preserved area of historic buildings and houses that date back to the Edo period.
Guests can enjoy shopping for goods such as small crafts, foods, snacks and flowers.
Every morning in Takayama there are two morning markets set up for tourist to visit. Both markets are well within walking distance from Takayama station. In front of the Takayama Jinya is the Jinya-Mae Market and along the Miyagawa River in the old town section is the Miyagawa Market. Guests can enjoy shopping for goods such as small crafts, foods, snacks and flowers.
The former local government office.
Located by only a ten minute walk away from Takayama Station is the Takayama Jinya. The Takayama Jinya was once the former local government office until the year 1969, but now has been turned into a museum. Guests can see the various items on display such as past official documents and other historical items in this museum.
Beautifully preserved old town.
One of the most popular attractions for visitors in Takayama is the old town district. Many of the buildings and houses in this area have been preserved since the Edo Period. There are many shops, sake breweries, tea houses, and even some homes open for the public to enjoy.
Shirakawa-Go is located within the Shogawa River Valley and listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Hertiage Site. This popular rural area is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses and some of the farmhouses are up to 250 years old. Many of the villages located here offer plenty of sightseeing and different experiences for guests. Many of the famous farmhouses offer minshuku, or a farmhouse stay where guests can experience an overnight homestay at a gassho-zukuri farmhouse.
Scenery from the Shiroyama Viewpoint overlooking the entire settlement.
Ogimachi Village is part of Shirakawa-Go, which is one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ogimachi is Shirakawa-Go’s largest village and the most popular destination for visitors. One of the most popular attractions available for visitors is the Shiroyama Viewpoint. This place is only about a twenty minute walk from the village center and offers a beautiful view of Ogimachi.
Open air museum about the historic gassho (praying hands) farm houses.
An open air museum that exhibits farmhouses and other structures relocated to Ogimachi in order to save them from destruction
Kanazawa is the capital city of the Ishikawa Prefecture and has many attractions available for visitors to enjoy. Kanazawa was one of Japan’s cities to avoid any bombing runs from air raids during the Second World War, thus hosts a number of historic attractions. Guests can enjoy a number of museums, gardens, temples, shrines, and other interesting districts.
One of the three most famous gardens in Japan.
Located in Kanazawa is the Kenrokuen Garden, which is one of Japan’s most famous and three most beautiful landscape gardens. The garden is especially beautiful during the plum blossom season and cherry blossom season with the different flowers that bloom as well. This garden is also a popular location to view the fall colors during autumn. Nearby are plenty of attractions including restaurants, shops, and the popular Kanazawa Castle.
Spectacular contemporary art museum.
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Japan’s most popular art museums is located in Kanazawa next to the popular Kenrokuen Garden. The museum holds a number of different exhibits with no real entrance, it was designed for people to enter and approach the art from different directions. This place also includes a workshop for children, lecture halls, a library, and art that is free for the public to view.
Kanazawa's former samurai district.
A popular destination located within Kanazawa is the Nagamachi Samurai District. This historic location used to house the world famous samurai of Japan and their families. This district features many restored buildings, shops, restaurants, and museums. This area is the location of museums such as the Nomura- ke, Shinise Kinenkan Museum, and the Ashigaru Shiryokan Museum.
The Gold Leaf Workshop of Kanazawa provides insight into the city’s gold leaf production process and includes an opportunity to design with gold leaf.
Kanazawa offers a Gold Leaf Workshop as an introduction to the production process and uses for one of their city’s principal products. Since the late 1500s, the city has been a leader in producing the finest gold leaf in Japan, and it has become an integral part of the city’s culture. Many native items use gold leaf in Japan, from Buddha statues to lacquerware to ceramic teacups. Souvenir shops all around the city sell various items that have been locally gilded. This workshop gives visitors an inside look on how the local gold leaf is so finely made, and even offers the opportunity to do a little hands-on decorating. After the workshop, attendees can make their own original patterns in gold leaf, producing a good souvenir.
Kyoto was once the old capital of Japan and is filled with historic temples, shrines, buildings, and other structures. Kyoto is filled with many temples and shrines such as the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Golden Pavilion. It is also home of the Gion Festival, which is the most famous festival in Japan. Kyoto is the number two destination for tourist bound for Japan, and is the number one destination for tourist looking for a full Japanese cultural experience.
One of the most famous and visited shrines in Kyoto.
The Fushimi Inari-Taisha Grand Shrine is located in southern Kyoto and is one of the most famous and visited shrines in Kyoto. This shrine is only five minutes away from Kyoto Station by train, and features over a thousand vermillion colored torii gates that brings many tourist to this shrine every year.
One of the largest sake brewers in Japan
The Gekkeikan Brewery is one of the leading sake breweries and one of the oldest family owned in Japan. The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is located in southern Kyoto in the famous Fushimi Sake District, which is home to around 40 sake breweries. The museum features the methods, traditional tools used, and history of sake brewing.
Traditional way of preparing and drinking tea.
Green tea has a rich history in Japan and has been the most popular non-alcoholic beverage for years. A green tea ceremony is the ceremonial way of preparing and drinking green tea that has been practiced for hundreds of years. The ceremony is full of many rituals and has a strong Zen Buddhism influence. The tea is prepared by the host for the guests and is usually green tea made from powdered tea leaves.
Continue exploring Japan, but wearing a kimono for a more traditional flavor.
Japan is a very unique cultural experience because much of Japan’s history is still preserved, protected, and celebrated. One of the best ways to experience a visit to Japan would be to explore it while wearing a kimono. The kimono is one of Japan’s most oldest and traditional pieces of clothing. There are many places available in Japan to rent a kimono to wear and explore this beautiful country.
Kyoto's most famous geisha district.
Located only 20 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station, is the Gion Geisha District. The Gion Geisha District is one of the most famous and popular destinations for tourist visiting Kyoto. This area is filled with restaurants, teahouses, shops, and other attractions to entertain guests. The machiya merchant houses along with river and the occasional geisha walking around, brings visitors from everywhere to experience everything that this area has to offer.
Enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner in the company of a Maiko.
Kyoto is known for its Gion district which is famous for its geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) and apprentice geisha called maiko. There are many locations within Kyoto and the Gion district where visitors can have a maiko experience. Enjoy a traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner in the company of a Maiko.
Temple famous for its large wooden terrace (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Kiyomizu-Dera Temple is located only 15 minutes away by bus from Kyoto Station to the eastern side of Kyoto. This temple is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto and is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple features a large wooden terrace that offers a fantastic view of the cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn colors during the fall season with the city of Kyoto in the background.
Temple building covered in gold (National Special Historic Site).
The famous Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple is located in northern Kyoto and is most known for the building covered in gold leaf. This famous building is the number one most popular destination for tourist visiting Kyoto. The Golden Pavilion sits overlooking a large pond and various small attractions and shops are available for visitors.
Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.
Arashiyama is located on the western outskirts of Kyoto and is a well-known destination for both the cherry blossoms and fall colors seasons. North of the famous Togetsukyo Bridge is Sagano, and together they make this place a nice little getaway from temples and shrines to enjoy nature. Popular destinations include the Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama.
Zen Temple in the Arashiyama district (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Located in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, the Tenryu- Ji Temple is Arashiyama’s most popular temple. The temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The original buildings of Tenryu-Ji Temple was lost many times throughout its history, except for Tenryu-Ji’s garden. The Tenryu-Ji Temple Zen Garden that visitors see today is the original garden and landscape.
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors in Arashiyama.
One of the most popular and well-known spots for visitors is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. A nice walking path takes visitors through the groves of bamboos. The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is also one of the most famous and photographed places in all of Kyoto and brings many visitors every year during the autumn color season.
The most iconic landmark of Arashiyama.
The Togetsukyo Bridge is located in the Arashiyama district in Kyoto and is the most iconic landmark of Arashiyama. It is a very popular spot to view the cherry blossoms during the spring and to view the autumn colors during the fall season. The bridge connects Arashiyama to Sagano and many shops, restaurants, and attractions are found nearby as well.
Ride on an authentic traditional rickshaw – a two-wheeled cart pulled by hand, through the gorgeous streets of Arashiyama in Kyoto.
The rickshaw is a traditional mode of transit – a throwback to a feudal age when these were constructed of simple wood. They were used as a medieval taxi service or as private transit for the rich, with an estimated 40,000 rickshaws in operation. Today’s rickshaw is more modern, with a sleek metallic frame, with a seat is lined in plush cushioning making it one of the best ways to view Kyoto’s Arashiyama district in style. Arashiyama is filled with gorgeous wonders and landmarks to admire, including the towering green Arashiyama bamboo grove, as well as a number of impressive local temples and old- fashioned houses.
The city of Nara was once known as the first capital established in Japan. Nara is located only less than an hour away from both Kyoto and Osaka. Nara is home to some of Japan’s oldest, largest, and historic temples. The landmark and symbol of Nara is the Todaiji Temple, which was built in the 7th century. One the most popular attractions is Nara Park where visitors come every day to see the wild deer that roam free throughout the park.
One of Japan’s most historic and famous temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Located north of Nara Park is one of Japan’s most historic and famous temple called the Todai-Ji Temple. This temple is listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple’s main hall named Daibutsuden, is the largest wooden building in the world. It is home to one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha siting at fifteen meters tall.
Over 1,000 Sika deer roam free.
Located in central Nara is Nara Park, it is one of the most famous and popular parks in Japan. The park is famous and popular because it is home to over one thousand deer. The deer roam freely throughout the park and visitors are able to get up close and feed the deer as well. This park is conveniently located near most of Nara’s main tourist destinations, which include Todai-Ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofuku-Ji Temple, and the Nara National Museum.
Katsuragi, in the western part of Nara Prefecture, maintains a deep connection to the foundation of sumo, Japan’s national sport. According to legend, a local strongman of Katsuragi boasted before the emperor that he could defeat any who would challenge him. Another fighter stepped up and killed him with a powerful kick to the stomach, which began the sport of Sumo. Now the city is home to the Sumo-Kan Kehaya-za Museum, where visitors can learn the history of this beloved sport, even trying on the gear and stepping into the ring for themselves. Katsuragi is a hikers’ wonderland, home some prominent mountains in the Kongo Mountain Range, including Mt. Nijo, Mt. Iwahashi, and Mt. Katsuragi. The natural landscape in this region is filled with various flowers including rolling green hills flush with wild azaleas blooming bright red and pink in late spring and early summer. As a city with strong ties to Buddhism, the nearby temple of Taimadera enshrines the legendary Princess Chujo, an especially virtuous noblewoman who became a pious Buddhist nun and pioneered Japanese embroidery.
Sumo-kan Kehaya-za is a museum in Katsuragi dedicated to the history of Japanese sumo, and includes a sumo experience invites visitors to step into the sumo ring.
According to popular local legend, the Japanese sport of sumo began in the city of Katsuragi, when a local strongman named Taima no Kehaya declared to Emperor Suinin that he could defeat any challenger, yet in a challenge the emperor arranged with another fighter, Taima was killed by a powerful kick to the stomach. From that event, rules were added so that sumo was no longer fatal, and it gained in popularity until the day it was declared Japan’s national sport. But in Katsuragi, the hometown of this beloved sport, this museum opened to foster interest in the history of sumo wrestling. The Sumo-kan Kehaya-za offers visitors a Sumo Experience, looking to engage and immerse all who are interested in this unique Japanese sport. Here you can try on a sumo wrestler linen loincloth and even engage in a practice match in a standard sumo ring. A collection of related items is displayed in exhibits around the museum detailing the history and evolution of the sport.
Japan's main islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido are served by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the country's major cities. Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen and are operated by Japan Railways (JR). The shinkansen network consists of multiple lines, among which the Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo - Nagoya - Kyoto - Osaka) is the oldest and most popular. All shinkansen lines (except the Akita and Yamagata Shinkansen) run on tracks that are exclusively built for and used by shinkansen trains. Most lines are served by multiple train categories, ranging from the fastest category that stops only at major stations to the slowest category that stops at every station along the way.
High-speed railway at speeds up to 300 km/hr.
The shinkansen (or Japan’s bullet train) is a high speed train that travel between most of the major cities in Japan. Travelers can reserve seats on either ordinary or green car seats for an added cost. The shinkansen can run up to 320 kilometers per hour (close to 200 miles per hour), and are known to always be on time, comfortable and safe.
Hiroshima is the capital city of the Hiroshima Prefecture located on the western region of Japan’s main island Honshu. This city is unfortunately remembered for its tragic history from the dropping of the atomic bombs, but this modern city is now a top destination for travelers. Many western visitors, especially Americans, feel apprehensive about visiting this city, but it is like any other friendly city in Japan that welcomes tourist. Guests can visit the many museums available, the Hiroshima Peace Park, or Hiroshima Castle, and other popular destinations.
Remembering the drop of the atomic bomb (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Hiroshima Peace Park is a memorial park located in the center of the Hiroshima City. Many of the memorials related to the dropping of the atomic bomb are located in and around this area. The park is the location to the memorials such as the A-Bomb Dome, Children’s Peace Monument, and the Peace Memorial Museum. This area is also listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum collects and displays belongings left by the victims.
The Peace Memorial Museum is one of the main destinations for guests visiting the Hiroshima Peace Park. The features the history of Hiroshima, effects of the atomic bomb, and its aftermath. Guests visiting the museum can explore the various artifacts and displays related to the atomic blast.
Itsukushima Island, is famously called Miyajima Island and located only an hour outside of Hiroshima and is a popular tourist destination for people visiting the Hiroshima area. It is famous for the large torii gate that seems to be floating on water during high tide (ranked as one of Japan’s top three most scenic views). There are many activities for visitors to explore, there is a temple, museum, walking trails, aquarium, and more to view.
Famous shrine with floating torii gate (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
One of the most famous and well known shrines in Japan is the Itsukushima Shrine. This location is one of Japan’s top three most scenic places along with the famous Matsushima Bay and Amanohashidate, and brings plenty of tourist every year. This shrine and its famous torii gate are built over the water, which makes it seem like it is floating in the sea. Guests can stay in the ryokan hotels nearby or ride one of the many boat cruises while here.
Located near Okayama City in the Okayama Prefecture is the city of Kurashiki, which is known for its well preserved Edo Period canal area. Guests can visit one of the most beautifully canal areas in Japan, where many of the buildings that were once storehouses have been turned into modern attractions. The Ohara Museum of Art is also a great museum for tourist to visit while exploring Kurashiki. Other popular destinations include the Ohashi House, Ivy Square, and many museums.
Canal lined by willows and old storehouses.
Kurashiki’s canal area is one of Japan’s most beautifully preserved canals that date back as far to the Edo Period. The canals were once used to transport rice into the storehouses where they would be shipped to cities such as Osaka and Tokyo (was known as Edo during those times). Now this historic area is the most popular destination for tourist visiting Kurashiki. Many of the historic storehouses have been turned into shops, cafes, restaurants, and museums for guests to enjoy.
They city of Himeji is located in western Kansai and is known for one of Japan’s most beautiful and finest castles. This is a popular destination or side-trip for tourist visiting Kyoto or Osaka. Himeji is famously known for the beautiful Himeji castle, which is both a national treasure castle and listed as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of shops, food, and sight-seeing spots available for tourist visiting Himeji.
Japan's best preserved feudal castle (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Himeji Castle is located in the city of Himeji and is only a five minute bus ride away from Himeji Station. Himeji Castle the most popular and visited castle in Japan, it is also listed both as one of Japan’s national treasure castles and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This castle is also one of Japan’s twelve original castles, which means it was never destroyed in its history and has been standing since it was originally completed in the year 1609. The surrounding area is also one of Japan’s most popular cherry blossom destinations during the spring.
Beautiful Japanese Garden next to the famous Himeji Castle.
Located right next to the famous Himeji Castle is the beautiful Kokoen Garden. This garden was constructed and completed in the year 1992 where noble residences once stood in the past. The landscape features various trees, flowers, bamboos, ponds, and waterfalls. Visitors can explore and enjoy the tea at the tea house or at the restaurant located on the garden grounds.
Kobe is one of Japan’s largest cities and popular destination for tourist visiting Japan. There is plenty for visitors to see and do in the capital city of the Hyogo Prefecture. Guests can try the world famous and expensive Kobe beef in the many restaurants available here. There is plenty of museums, shopping, food, and sight-seeing to experience in this modern port city.
There are many restaurants located within Kobe that serve Japanese or international cuisine, but there are many places that offer Kobe beef. Kobe is known around the world for its famous Kobe beef, which is beautifully marbled, delicious, and very expensive beef. The most popular way to enjoy Kobe beef is in a restaurant where the chef grills the meat in front of the guests. Eating Kobe beef is a popular activity for tourist visiting Kobe and can provide a delicious and unforgettable experience.
Tokyo (Day 1 & Day 2)
Western Style Accommodation
Surrounded by a gorgeous ten-acre Japanese garden, with the bright lights of Tokyo glimmering nearby, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo has achieved a zen-like balance between traditional beauty and stylish modernity. Each room is appointed with plush linens, the most modern technological accessories, and floor-to-ceiling windows which provide you with breathtaking views of the lush grounds.
Mt Fuji (Day 3)
Japanese Style Accommodation
Offering stunning views of the iconic Mt. Fuji, Japan’s symbol and spirit, the Fujisan Onsen Hotel Kaneyamaen is a traditional Japanese ryokan located just north of the majestic mountain. This onsen (hot springs) hotel offers a variety of indoor and outdoor hot springs baths, including public and private baths. Kaneyamen emphasizes its tranquil ambience, exceptional hospitality, Japanese gardens, and outstanding views of Mt. Fuji. Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, variety of hot springs, complimentary internet access, and a free buffet breakfast. Guests will stay in traditional tatami mat rooms at various sizes with options to include an open-air hot springs bath, private garden, or spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. For cuisine, the chefs of Kaneyamaen select only fresh seasonal ingredients to create delicate, tasty dishes. Spa services are also available, including aromatherapy and reflexology. Enjoy a peaceful stay at Kaneyamen with Mt. Fuji just outside your window.
Takayama (Day 4)
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort soars on the Takayama
highland at 640 meters above sea level.
You can experience living with nature and have an irreplaceable time. Every room of the hotel has magnificent views of the Northern Japanese Alps. Spa Wing-onsen or Hot Spring Baths features 'Ten'- no-yu or Sky bath (7th floor) and 'bou'-no-yu or Overlooking bath (5th floor). There are ten outdoor baths and two indoor baths which have fine hot spring water of the highlands. Here, you can enjoy a variety of warmth within the Hida Takayama highland hot springs.
Kanazawa (Day 5 & Day 6)
Western Style Accommodation
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is the tallest hotel in Hokuriku destrict with 30 stories and located just in front of JR Kanazawa Station. All rooms are upper than 17th floor and can command the beautiful streets of Kanazawa. The staffs including international will serve with hospitality mind at the historical and traditional city, Kanazawa.
Kyoto (Day 7 & Day 8)
Western Style Accommodation
Just 5 minutes from Kyoto Station on the free shuttle, Kyoto Tokyu Hotel features 3 restaurants, a bar and a fitness gym. The modern rooms have Tempur comfort pillows and a satellite LCD TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a fridge and an electric kettle. Guests are entitled to complimentary access to the on-site fitness centre. All guest rooms are non-smoking, while there is a designated smoking area on site.
Hiroshima (Day 9 & Day 10)
Western Style Accommodation
Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel is conveniently located in the city next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the Shinkansen (bullet train) and bus terminals. Guests are in the middle of the energy and excitement of Hiroshima, along with its historic sites and architecture. Find total comfort in rooms all of which feature The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Restaurants offer the finest and freshest cuisine, and the bar is a great place to gather with friends old and new. And be sure to relax and recharge your mind and body at Shine Spa for Sheraton.
Kobe (Day 11)
Western Style Accommodation
Boasting chargeable natural hot spring baths, Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel and Towers is a 3-minute walk from the Island Center Station and 5.6 miles from the Rokko Cable Shita (cable car) Station. It features 5 dining options, a spa and all-year indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms are fitted with a fridge, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. The hotel has a tennis court and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy a massage or unwind in the sauna room. Bicycle rental is available for those who wish to explore the area.
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