Japan Spring 2019

Tour Summary

In this tour, you will visit the world’s most contemporary city, Tokyo, a traditional town, Takayama and the quaint village, Shirakawa-go. You will also enjoy the natural beauty of Hakone with the terminally-heated mineral water baths at an onsen, the arts and craftsmanship in Kanazawa, the unforgettable history of Hiroshima, the atmosphere and isolation of Miyajima Island and the ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto.  There will be trips to farmlands, breweries, temples, shrines, castles, traditional restaurants and shops.  You have opportunities to experience Japanese culture and to meet with local Deaf Japanese, too.

Tour Dates: April 3 ~ April 15, 2019
Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights
Max: 6 ~ 10 participants
Travel: Japan Railway and public transportations
Tour Activity: sightseeing, history, culture and leisure walks
Tour Manager: Peggy L. Prosser
Tour Guides: Meri Hirose with local Deaf guides
Language Used: American Sign Language
Physical: medium (walking on pavement and concrete, some climbing stairs, standing and using public transportation)
Price: TBA
Day 1 ~ Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Arrive and be escorted to your hotel in Tokyo.
Day 2 ~ Thursday, April 4, 2019
Go up the Skytree for a view of great Tokyo, then to Asakusa for the Senso-ji Buddhist temple, the Nakamise street, Asakusa Shrine and then to Ginza district for the nightlight.

Day 3 ~ Friday, April 5, 2019
Pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine and walk through Takeshita-dori a street with quirky shops to Omotesando, an upscale side of Harajuku before stopping at Shibuya for the Hachiko and the famous crosswalk.

Day 4 ~ Saturday, April 6, 2019
Relax at the Hokokuji Temple with a bamboo grove, see the Great Buddha and the Hase Dera temple that holds a Kannon made with gold before checking in Hakone Yumoto for the natural hot springs.
Day 5 ~ Sunday, April 7, 2019
Ride on a variety of transportation through Hakone, passing over the Owakudani volcano to Lake Asahi for your boat.  On a clear day you might get to see Mount Fuji.
Day 6 ~ Monday, April 8, 2019
Stroll through a farmer’s market set in Sanmachi-suji district to the Takayama-jinya the only existing government office erected by the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Day 7 ~ Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Embark on a local bus to Shirakawa-go, a village with many Gassho-zukuri style homes, go up to an observance deck for a panoramic view of the village and experience a traditional lunch of local foods.
Day 8 ~ Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Start at the Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three best gardens in Japan, then to Kanazawa castle and visit the Nagamachi that was the residence for the samurai serving the castle.
Day 9 ~ Thursday, April 11, 2019
Depart on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima, the city where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, stroll around the Peace Memorial Park and visit the museum with testaments to the dropping of the A-bomb.
Day 10 ~ Friday, April 12, 2019
Board on a ferry for the Miyajima Island, greet with deer at the entrance, stroll on the island to the Itsukushima-jinja shrine that is built over water, and shop at the Omotesando Street.
Day 11 ~ Saturday, April 13, 2019
Start at the Ryoan-ji, the famous rock garden, move to Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion, and to the Nijo Castle before your kimono dressing appointment.

Day 12 ~ Sunday, April 14, 2019
Visit the Fushimi Inari with more than 10,000 vermilion torii gates, catch a bus to Higashiyama District for other temples and shrines and walk through the Gion District, where the Geisha live and work.

Day 13 ~ Monday, April 15, 2019
Time to say sayonara, and be escorted from your hotel to the Shinkansen for your departure at either Narita or Haneda Airport.
Included in the tour package:

  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • 12-night accommodations (including all hotel taxes)
  • Meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner)
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel passes (for subway, train, bus, ferry)
  • Concierge services
  • Admission fees to sites
  • Sayonara dinner at the end of the tour
  • Electronic handbook with lists of tips, suggestions and more

NOT INCLUDED in the tour package:

  • International airfare
  • Insurance for international air travel
  • Insurance for travel in Japan
  • All other meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, and desserts
  • Other additional expenses such as laundry, Internet, and souvenirs

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