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Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2020 - 5/1

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Japan Deluxe Tours

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.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

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.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

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.

Japan Walking Tours

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       Tour Code: GTL2673908     3 reviews

Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2020 - 5/1

21 days 20 nights

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USD $1800.00
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations. From the relatively newly settled Hokkaido with its western style buildings and abundant wildlife to the ancient capital city of Kyoto rich in a long history, you will be able to see many different sides of Japan. In addition to the must-see sites of temples, shrines, museums, and the like, you will also get to experience the Alpine Route ... View More

This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations. From the relatively newly settled Hokkaido with its western style buildings and abundant wildlife to the ancient capital city of Kyoto rich in a long history, you will be able to see many different sides of Japan. In addition to the must-see sites of temples, shrines, museums, and the like, you will also get to experience the Alpine Route and Snow Corridor, Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, Fuji Shibazakura, and if the weather is in our favor, the beautiful Cherry Blossoms.

You will start your tour in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island and prefecture. While Hokkaido is best known for beautiful scenery and landscapes, it is also the home of many breweries, great food, and a rich history. Though it was settled quite recently, Hokkaido still has an interesting background and many of the buildings resemble those of the western world. In Biratori, you will learn about the indigenous people of Hokkaido and Tohoku known as the Ainu. Once a hunting and fishing society, most of the Ainu have assimilated into the general population so there are great efforts to revive and preserve their heritage before it is forever lost. You will also be able to enjoy the Onsen hot springs of Noboribetsu and Lake Toya. In Hakodate, you will be able to see the western style building and heritage of the Trappistine Convent, the Red Brick Warehouses, and Motomachi. Some of these are quite old, from when Hokkaido was first being settled. In Matsumae you will be able to see the beautiful Matsumae Castle and experience the Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival. On this tour, you will also be able to experience the preparation of a home cooked, Japanese style seafood meal in Shikabecho and have the chance to design your own glass art in Niseko. In Otaru, you will see a glass workshop, music box museum, and the Otaru Canal. The canal was once filthy and decrepit until the locals decided that it need to be cleaned up and restored as they consider it to be an important piece of history for Otaru. Now, there are museums lining the canal made from old work buildings that tell the history of the canal and the whole city. In Asahikawa, you can experience one of many exceptional breweries in Hokkaido. You will then experience the natural beauty of Biei and Furano, known for their flowers and Biei's Blue Pond. In Sapporo, visit the Sapporo Beer Museum, located in one of the original factories of Sapporo Beer.

You will then fly from Sapporo to Tokyo to see the main island of Honshu. Here you will see Asakusa Temple, well known and awe-inspiring with its large, colorful main temple building. You can also experience sushi making with a professional chef and the famous Tsukiji outer market. You will also visit the Imperial Palace, the current residence of the imperial family. Next will be Tokyo Tower, modeled after the Eiffel Tower but taller at 333 meter high. Then, travel to Mt. Fuji for the Shibazakura Festival. Here, there are thousands of pink Shibazakura flowers forming a carpet with Mt. Fuji in the background. A great place for pictures and taking in the scenery. Then, travel north to Matsumoto for Matsumoto Castle. This castle is more eye-catching than most Japanese castles due to its black exterior finish. One of the stars of this tour is the nearby Snow Monkey Park of Yudanaka. Here, the monkeys have taken a liking to bathing in the hot spring baths. You will get to learn what that is like at the hotel and Onsen hot spring where you can relax and reflect on the beauty you have seen so far.

You will spend a whole day traveling along the much requested Alpine Route, featuring the Snow Corridor. These walls can get up to 20 meters high on either side of the path. Along with the Snow Corridor, there will be many beautiful natural sites to see and experience, especially high mountains and crystal clear lakes. In Takayama, you will continue to enjoy the rural atmosphere of the area by visiting the morning market and Old Town. Then in Shirakawa-go, visit the traditional style farmhouses that have been dedicated a UNESCO world heritage site. Some of these are still inhabited by farm families and some have been turned into museums.

You will then take a train to Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural and historical center. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for a little over 1000 years before Edo, now known as Tokyo, became the capital in 1869. As such, it has a very rich history which can be clearly seen. From the Golden Pavilion build in 1397 to Kiyomizu-dera which was founded in 778. You will also have opportunities to experience a traditional green tea ceremony hosted by an apprentice geisha (maiko). You will then tour Nara, an even more ancient capital of Japan. While it does not match Kyoto's longevity as a capital, only serving from 710 to 794, Nara still has a great history. It's landmark Todaiji Temple houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha in the world. It is also the location of the well-known deer park where wild deer roam contentedly and munch on cookies hand fed to them by visitors. You will then visit Hiroshima where you will see the harrowing site of the Peace Memorial Park and A-bomb museum. You can then visit Miyajima and it's famous Torii gate standing out in the water. This site will bring you hope that the world may one day achieve peace. The tour will then experience the famous Kobe Beef for a farewell dinner. Take this time to reflect on the history, culture, and beautiful sceneries you have experience on this tour of a lifetime!


Destinations

Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe

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