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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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14 days 13 nights

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Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.

Take pleasure in visiting one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals, the Takayama Festival, which is held twice a year during spring and autumn. This tour lets you experience the Takayama Spring Festival (Sanno Festival) while enjoying cherry blossoms in full bloom, as well as an in-depth exploration of Japan's three main islands.

Like our other "Japan In Depth" itineraries, this comprehensive tour is designed for people who wish to see the less frequented parts of Japan, as well as the more popular sights in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit the remote Japanese Alps area in Takayama. We will explore Japan's three main islands by visiting noteworthy destinations on Kyushu, Honshu, and Shikoku Island.

Beginning in Saga, we will first visit the Mifuneyama Rakuen, a large garden famous for its azaleas and cherry blossoms. Continue to Nagasaki and visit Glover Gardens with its romantic turn of the century houses, Nagasaki Peace Park, Oura Catholic Church, and Dejima, a former district reserved for Dutch traders. Spend time in the legendary town of Takachiho and enjoy spectacular views of the Takachiho Gorge. In Beppu, view the “hells” of Jigoku, which are bubbling hot springs and geysers scattered across the town. Afterwards, make your way to the Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park, where you can interact with some of the park's 1,500 Japanese monkeys. You will also visit a beautifully preserved samurai district and ride a Shinkansen bullet train for experience.

Travel to Hiroshima for an eye-opening experience at Peace Memorial Park. Take a short ferry ride to Miyajima Island, where you can view the famed vermilion torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. Drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands. Stroll through a pleasant air museum, visit Ritsurin Park, and then cross the Seto Ohashi Bridge back to the Honshu Island.

Visit a picturesque canal town and the brilliant Himeji Castle. In Nara, appreciate the intricate architecture and towering monuments of Todaiji Temple, including the Great Buddha statue. Then, spend time at a deer park where over 1,000 Sika deer freely roam. Our group will also spend two days in Kyoto, where we have hand selected the best temples, shrines, and parks to see cherry blossoms. Outside of Kyoto, tour through a charming bamboo forest and the traditional Zen garden of Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama.

Go back in time by visiting the quaint village of Shirakawa-go and the beautifully preserved old town of Takayama. Here, you will get to experience the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival at night, where ornate floats are lit with traditional lanterns and are escorted around the city by people dressed in traditional costumes. Afterwards, enjoy the town’s morning market and the continuing festive atmosphere.

Experience a scenic ropeway ride over Hakone and Owakudani, and then gaze upon Japan’s famous Mt. Fuji. You will also have the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony, meet a maiko (apprentice geisha), enjoy a traditional Yokagura Dance Performance, learn how to make sushi with a professional chef, and taste the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe. End your tour in Tokyo, where you will visit the city’s modern attractions, historical monuments, and lively entertainment districts.

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2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Apr 5, 2025 Fri. Apr 18, 2025 USD $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Apr 5, 2026 Sat. Apr 18, 2026 USD $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo 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

  • • 11 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka 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
  • • 7 lunches and 6 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 Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the last day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport 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 Fukuoka
  • Day2   Saga - Nagasaki
  • Day3   Takachiho
  • Day4   Beppu - Kitsuki - Bullet Train Ride - Hiroshima
  • Day5   Hiroshima - Miyajima Island - Shimanami Kaido
  • Day6   Takamatsu
  • Day7   Kurashiki - Himeji - Kobe
  • Day8   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawa-go - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day11   Takayama (Takayama Spring Festival)
  • Day12   Mt. Fuji - Hakone
  • Day13   Tokyo
  • Day14   Tour ends

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Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo


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