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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka

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9 days 8 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $720.00


The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

This tour is our current "Golden Route Japan" itinerary plus one extra day for the Aoi Festival and an additional day in Osaka for the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

Expo 2025 Osaka is a global event in Japan showcasing future technologies, cultural exhibits, and sustainability solutions. The event features national pavilions, an innovation zone, and artistic installations. Visitors can explore themes like future living, sustainability, and cultural exchange while enjoying entertainment and international cuisine. The Expo aims to foster collaboration and envision a better future.

Aoi Festival is the festival of Kamigamo Shrine, held on May 15th. This festival is one of the most solemn and graceful festivals in the country, and has been well preserved since the eighth century, when it first started. It's a very popular festival that includes a procession of about 500 people who are clad in the elegant and ornate dress of the ancient imperial court followed by gorgeous carriages pulled by oxen. The festival consists of a private imperial service, a Shinto ritual, and a parade from the Imperial Palace in Kyoto to Kamigamo Shrine. When people talk about the Aoi Festival, they usually mean the parade and the courtly music and dances that are performed along the way. The festival began with the court officials in the Heian period (794-1185) who made an outing to offer their prayers at the Kamigamo Shrine, as well as the Shimogamo Shrine just to the south. The parade attracted many onlookers a thousand years ago, just as it does today, it has even been the subject of many literary and artistic works.

Beginning with Tokyo, our private guides and drivers will help you navigate Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck. Spend a day at Fuji Hakone National Park and stay at a onsen hotel in Atami, where you will feast on dinner and can unwind in the hot springs.

Take a Shinkansen bullet train ride from Atami to Nagoya. Visit Hikone Castle, considered one of the four most beautiful castles in Japan with its three-layered chalk tower. Visit the Genkyuen Garden, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden located on the castle grounds. Then, visit Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die".

Spend three days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, castle, shrine, specialty shops, and the Aoi Festival. You'll also get the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony and meet a maiko (apprentice geisha) . At Nara, be inspired by the intricate architecture and towering monuments including the Great Buddha statue. After such a site, you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From there we will proceed to Osaka to experience the nightlife in Japan, which is illuminated by huge neon light signs.

If you are interested in a 3-day extension to our The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka that includes Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Shikoku Island, please book one of our Best of Japan Tours by clicking the following link: Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. May 11, 2025 Mon. May 19, 2025 USD $3798.00 Tokyo Osaka 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

  • • 7 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita 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
  • • 3 lunches and 2 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 Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel 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 Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Mt. Fuji - Hakone
  • Day4   Atami - Bullet Train Ride - Hikone - Koka
  • Day5   Kyoto
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Osaka
  • Day9   Tour ends

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