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Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4

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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 are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

Group Tour | Deluxe       Tour Code: GTT2688092

Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms 2020 - 4/4

15 days 14 nights

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from USD $5698.00
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USD $1260.00
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.

While Japan is known by many as one of the leaders in technological advancements, it's long and storied history is still easily seen from the metropolis of Tokyo to the rural villages of Shikoku. This ancient culture is filled with stories of spirits, gods, and demons from a multitude of religions. Many of these are still practiced and some of the most popular sites to visit are Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples. While an abundance of these can be found in Tokyo, some of the more spiritu... View More

While Japan is known by many as one of the leaders in technological advancements, it's long and storied history is still easily seen from the metropolis of Tokyo to the rural villages of Shikoku. This ancient culture is filled with stories of spirits, gods, and demons from a multitude of religions. Many of these are still practiced and some of the most popular sites to visit are Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples. While an abundance of these can be found in Tokyo, some of the more spiritually significant sites are hidden in the forests and backcountry. The hikes, climbs, and long walks to these places of prayer and meditation can be extremely rewarding. These places escort you back to a simpler time. A time which is truly endless; it was here before us and it will be long after.

In addition to these spiritual sites, this tour also visits the Takayama spring festival, which is a great stop for any traveler. You will also experience some of the must-see sights of Japan. By the end of this tour, you will have a much deeper understanding of Japan as a whole than your average tourist.

Start with some of the more iconic landmarks of Japan with Himeji Castle and Miyajima Island. Himeji castle is one of the few original castles that survived the feudal era and provides a window into the past. Miyajima is famous for Itsukushima shrine which, at high tide, appears to be floating on the water. Along the 60- kilometer long Shimanami Kaido that connects the main island of Honshu to Shikoku, there will be many photo- worthy opportunities. The fascinating history of Japan shines through in Shikoku where there are 88 pilgrimage temples and a number of scenic trails. Here, you can visit Shikoku Mura Village where a number of traditional buildings have been preserved in an open-air museum. At Ritsurin Park, marvel at the Japanese techniques of landscaping that are truly unique.

After a ferry ride to Wakayama prefecture, visit the spiritually renowned Koyasan. Here, you will have the unique experience of staying overnight at a temple and see the simple life of Buddhist monks. Do not expect any frills here! Getting in touch with your spiritual side is not a luxurious venture. To further your spiritual journey, you will join the monks in their early meditation and try to connect on a deeper level to their way of life. After returning to the physical world, traverse along the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail where you will see a number of shrines, temples, and perhaps other pilgrims attempting to reach deeper into their spiritual side. This trail has been rightfully named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its long and continued history. At Nachi Grand Shrine, you will see what is said to be the tallest waterfall in Japan. Follow the route along to Ise Grand Shrine. Dedicated to Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, this is one of the most sacred shrines in all of Japan.

Ease back into civilization with a visit to Nara's Todaiji Temple and the surrounding Deer Park. You will then spend 2 days in the "1000 Year Capital" of Japan, Kyoto. Here, the history and culture shrine bright even through the modern city around it. Kyoto has a number of highly ranked Cherry Blossom sites which include gardens and temples, if you are lucky enough to catch them. You will experience a traditional green tea ceremony, interact with an apprentice Geisha(maiko) , and witness the beauty of the Japanese kimono at the kimono fashion show.

Next, visit the underrated city of Kanazawa, where western tourist normally do not trod. Visit one of the top three gardens in all of Japan: Kenrokuen. Travel further into the Alps region of Japan to Shirakawa-go and Takayama. The towns have a more traditional feeling because of their secluded nature and they have made great efforts to preserve some of their outstanding heritage sites. In Takayama, witness one of Japan's most famous festivals and revel in most Japanese sign of spring: Cherry Blossoms.

Travel to the famous Mt. Fuji, a great landmark and spiritual location in its own right. You will then end in the great city of Tokyo. Here, you can experience making your own sushi with a professional chef. You will also see how the rich heritage of Japan is not forgotten in the urban sprawl of Tokyo. Tokyo has grown around but not invaded areas like Asakusa Temple, Ueno Park, and the Imperial Palace. Get a last view of Tokyo from atop the Tokyo Tower. From this height, reflect on how the Spirit of Japan lives on not only in its hidden temples and shrines but in the very heart of Tokyo.


Destinations

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

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