Secrets of Japan with Spring Takayama Festival from Kyoto
Small group tour
15 days -
Discover Japan's contrasts, from its ancient towns and traditional customs to sleek, modern cities. See the thriving geisha culture in Kyoto, then journey back in time to discover the Old Town of Takayama. Enjoy the excitement of the Takayama Festival, with elaborate floats paraded throughout the streets. View cutting edge technology at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Nagoya and stay at a traditional inn near Mount Fuji at Hakone. Hurtle along on the bullet train to Tokyo and wander the city's energetic streets. Japan is a place where ancient traditions remain, while technology races into the future.
- 13 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night Ryokan accommodation
- breakfast daily and 1 dinner
- 10 day trains
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- luggage transport
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travelers
- local English-speaking guides
- return transfers (on first and last day of tour only)
Prices and Departures
Small Group Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Kyoto where you will be met at the airport, then transfer to your hotel. Take in a full day tour, enjoying a tea ceremony and taking in historic temples and streets, including the geisha quarter at Gion. Enjoy free time to uncover the fascinating culture of Kyoto on day 3 or alternatively, why not take a scenic train that passes through Arashiyama, before a walk through a gorgeous bamboo forest? Enjoy a Maiko performance and traditional kaiseki dinner, a once in a lifetime experience. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a highly exclusive service that is usually only available through a personal introduction.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
A unique option that doesn't feel like a business hotel, this property offers a great location next to Karasuma Oike station and shops on Shijo Street. The hotel has lovely Japanese touches, including a gorgeous ground-floor garden, Japanese-style baths, and a rustic restaurant serving wonderful food. Western-style rooms and bathrooms are compact yet very comfortable, with wide beds.
HIROSHIMA & KANAZAWA
Travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) to the seaside city of Hiroshima, which has overcome its tragic past to emerge as a pleasant modern city. En route, enjoy a stop at Himeji Castle. In Hiroshima, take the ferry to Miyajima Island to see a brilliant red temple and Todaiji gate, a symbol of Japan. Further explore Hiroshima at the famous Peace Memorial Park and Museum, a sobering yet educational experience, and the A-Bomb Dome, a tragic symbol left standing in a ruinous state after more than 60 years. Head to Kanazawa. Wander among the ponds and teahouses of beautiful Kenrokuen Garden. Browse the bustling Omicho Market.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
A contemporary hotel in the center of town, this property is located near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, just a short walk from most tourist attractions. There is good shopping and a great range of restaurants on the doorstep, and easy access to the rest of the city. Rooms are modern and large by Japanese standards, and decorated in chic, neutral tones.
Kanazawa Manten Hotel Ekimae
The description of this hotel will be coming very soon.
TAKAYAMA, KISO VALLEY VILLAGES & NAGOYA
This morning visit Nomura-ke house in the former samurai quarter. On your road journey to Takayama, stop at Shirakawago to see the thatched-roof farming houses and learn the traditional art of paper making. Filled with skillful artisans and sake breweries, Takayama’s Old Town is wonderfully preserved. During your stay, the Spring Takayama Festival will be taking place, a tradition dating back to the 1600s. Discover traditional houses and local museums including the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum and Takayama History & Art Museum. Enjoy a free day in Takayama, taking in the Spring Festival’s floats and traditional puppet displays. You could also take the local train to Hida-Furukawa, taking in the sights of Enkouji Temple, white storehouses, old residences and a sake brewery or two. Immerse yourself in the old-world atmosphere of the Kiso Valley villages of Tsumago and Magome before continuing on to Nagoya.
Best Western Hotel Takayama
Ideally located in the heart of Takayama, this hotel has been recently renovated. Perfect for discovering “little Kyoto”, friendly service and cozy rooms make for an enjoyable stay in this highlight destination. The hotel is within walking distance of all major tourist attractions, shopping centers, the bus terminal and JR Takayama Train Station.
Nagoya Castle Plaza
In a great downtown location, Castle Plaza Hotel is affordable and very convenient. Just a two minute walk to the main JR station, the hotel is surrounded by great restaurants, bars and shops. The staff speak reasonable English and help out with local information or translations.
HAKONE & TOKYO
Experience the amazing Toyota Motor Plant before traveling by train to Hakone, a picturesque town famous for its hot springs and natural beauty. The next day enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi-no for a chance to spot majestic Mount Fuji. A final bullet train journey takes you to Tokyo. An early morning trip takes you to the massive Tsukiji Fish Market, followed by the peaceful Rikyu Garden and a stunning river cruise to Asakusa. On a walking tour venture through Ueno Gardens, and visit the Tokyo National Museum. Discover the serenity of the Meiji Jingu Shrine, before plunging into the streets of Tokyo with some retail therapy in vibrant Harajuku. On your last day, enjoy free time before a transfer to the airport.
Set in the wooded forests of Hakone, this property is at the entrance to the Hakone area, giving you easy access to explore this lovely region. Japanese-style rooms have tatami mat flooring, futon bedding, and a traditional ambience, with basic Western showers and toilets for a comfortable stay. The restaurant serves a Japanese-style dinner, served on the floor of a tatami mat dining room.
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyo
This refurbished hotel located in downtown Tokyo features modern rooms and easy access to many of Tokyo's popular districts. There are several metro lines close to the hotel, including the Akasaka-Mitsuke station which is just a short walk away, allowing you to explore the city. Each room is small but comfortable with modern furnishings and a comfortable bed.
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