Japan Cherry Blossom Spring 2020

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. And enjoy the natural beauty of Hakone with Mt. Fuji and the terminally-heated mineral water baths at an onsen. Explore an old samurai and merchant districts that sell traditional Japanese arts and craftsmanship in Kanazawa. Pay a visit to the unforgettable history in Hiroshima. Enjoy magnificent beauty and isolation of Miyajima Island. Sightsee ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto and the red torii gates at Fushimi Inari. There are plans to visit to farmhouses, breweries, more temples, shrines, castles. You will experience traditional Japanese food and visit shops selling traditional Japanese goods. You have opportunities to experience Japanese culture, dressing up in Japanese kimono and to meet with local Deaf Japanese, too.

Tour Dates: April 3 ~ April 15, 2020
Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights
Style: small group (6 participants)
Accommodation: mix of 3 to 4 star hotels or Japanese inn & one ryokan
Travel: Japan Railway and public transportations
Tour Activity: sightseeing, history, culture and leisure walks
Tour Manager: Peggy L. Prosser
Tour Guides: Peggy Prosser & local guides
Language: American Sign Language & English
Physical: easy/medium – walking on pavement and concrete, some climbing stairs, standing and using public transportation
Price: $3,900 per person double occupancy
  *single supplement additional $600
Day 1 ~ Friday, April 3, 2020
Arrive and be escorted to your hotel in Tokyo.
Day 2 ~ Saturday, April 4, 2020
Visit the Ryogoku District where the Sumo wrestlers practice, go up the Skytree for a view of greater Tokyo, then to Asakusa for the Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Shrine and Nakamise-dori.

Day 3 ~ Sunday, April 5, 2020
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 ~ Monday, April 6, 2020
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 ~ Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Ride on a variety of transportation though Hakone, passing over the Owakudani volcano to Lake Asahi for your boat and on a clear day you might see Mount Fuji. Also you experience an overnight in a Japanese inn with natural hot springs.
Day 6 ~ Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Stroll through a farmer’s market set in the old town Sanmachi-suji district to the Takayama castle ruins and stopping at the Takayama-jinya the only existing government office erected by the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Day 7 ~ Thursday, April 9, 2020
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 ~ Friday, April 10, 2020
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 ~ Saturday, April 11, 2020
Travel to Hiroshima, the city where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, stroll around the Peace Memorial Park, visit a museum with testaments to the dropping of the A-bomb.
Day 10 ~ Sunday, April 12, 2020
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 ~ Monday, April 13, 2020
Start the morning at the Ryoanji, the famous rock garden, and move to see the Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion and the Nijo Castle that is unlike other castles in Japan and has interesting features.

Day 12 ~ Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Visit the Fushimi Inari with more than 10,000 vermilion torii gates, the Higashiyama District for the Kiyomizudera and other temples and shrines. And you walk through the Gion District, where the Geisha live and work.

Day 13 ~ Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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:

  • Airport transfers
  • 12-night accommodations (including all hotel taxes)
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass
  • Meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners)
  • Tour guide with local guides
  • Hakone Pass
  • Admission fees to parks, temples and other sites
  • Kimono dressing appointment
  • Concierge services
  • Electronic handbook with lists of tips, suggestions and more

NOT INCLUDED in the tour package:

  • International airfare
  • Flight insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • All other meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, snacks and desserts
  • Other additional expenses such as laundry, Internet, and souvenirs

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