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Japan Early Summer Hydrangea Tour 9 days

Japan Early Summer Hydrangea Tour 9 days

Onbashira Festival

Tour Highlights

The Highlight of this tour is...

Taking a walk with Sumo wrestler in Asakusa.
Passing and enjoy drinking at Shinjuku memorial Alley description.
View of hydrangeas in full bloom only at this season in Kamakura and Kyoto.
Local Train ride through the valley between the central Japan Alps and Southern Japan Alps.
Kyoto walking into the beautiful Japanese garden in the silence.
Stay at comfortable Hotel each major City.


Wifi is available in the bus. wifi

Itinerary & Price Details

Start Date(Day 1 of the Itinerary): June 18, 2017
Nights: 9days 8nights
Price:USD 2,798
Single room supplement:USD 850

PLEASE NOTE

All prices are per person, based on double 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!

TOUR COST INCLUDES

6 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
Meet and greet upon arrival at Narita Airport
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
Comprehensive escorted with our licensed professional English speaking tour guide
Meals described as in the itinerary
Admission fees and activities
Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

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
Gratuities

ADDITION INFORMATION

Transport : Travel by air conditioned, private coach, baggage handling free
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)
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 10:00 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer

Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

MAP

※View from a coach


TOKYO


Shinjuku skyscraper sumo wrestler shinjuku alley

Shinjuku Skyscraper
Asakusa walking with sumo wrestler
Shinjuku alley


Asakusa
Asakusa


KAMAKURA

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Koutokuin Hasedera
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Koutoku-in
Hasedera Temple


Meigetsu-in
Meigetsu-in


HAKONE

Onbashira Festival Owakudani hot springs Mt.Fuji 5th Station
Lake Ashi Cruise
Owakudani hot springs
Mt.Fuji 5th station

MAGOME / ENA

Magome juku Takayama Jinya 
Townscape of old town street (Magome Juku)
Takayama Jinya (only remaining samurai office)

KYOTO

Gion Kiyomizudera Nijojo

Gion (District where Geisha and Maiko work)
Kiyomizu Temple
Nijo Castle


Nishijin Kinkakuji Heian shrine
Kimono Show (Nishijin)
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion)
Heian Shrine


NARA

Todaiji Todaiji
Todaiji Temple
Deer Park


OSAKA

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle


DAY1

NARITA or Haneda -TOKYO
Welcome to Tokyo! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport. The assistant will get you in the bus to your hotel.

【About accomodation】
Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba or similar (WiFi=○)
DAIBA station on the Yurikamome line is facing the hotel entrance. It is 15 minutes from Shimbashi station linked with JR lines. There are DiverCity Tokyo Plaza(shopping mall) or Amusement park(Palette-Town) around the Hotel.

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=×, L(lunch)=×, D(dinner)=×

Day2
Sumo Wrestler

TOKYO
Full-day sightseeing in the Big City – Tokyo- Capital of Japan.
We go to Edo Tokyo museum where take visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo.
Then we proceed to Asakusa and Sumo wrestler will wait for you and walk and show the town.Sensoji Temple, the Five Storied Pagoda and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade. You can feel how tall and how big sumo wrestler is !
Today's lunch is Chankonabe! It means a one-pot dish containing chunks of vegetables, fish, meat, etc...commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers.
We move to Shinjuku which is one of most lively and the unsleeping city in Tokyo.We go up to Shinjuku Skyscraper, overlook a city of Tokyo, 202 meters above the ground.After enjoy viewing , next to visit is Shinjuku memorial Alley description. The history of Shinjuku West gate area shopping street goes back to the immediate postwar years. You can find out your favorite shop or bar there!

Shinjuku_alley

【About accomodation】
Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba or similar (WiFi=○)
DAIBA station on the Yurikamome line is facing the hotel entrance. It is 15 minutes from Shimbashi station linked with JR lines.There are DiverCity Tokyo Plaza(shopping mall) or Amusement park(Palette-Town) around the Hotel.

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○ Chankonabe , D(dinner)=×

Day3
Great Buddha

TOKYO-KAMAKURA-HAKONE
We go to Kamakura, an ancient city that developed Japanese history and culture.Kamakura has many sides of attractions such as history, culture and nature.The first place to stop by is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.The shrine is at the geographical and cultural center of the city of Kamakura, which has largely grown around it and its 1.8 km approach.
Next, we go to Kotoku-in temple.The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amitābha Buddha located at the Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura.
Then we proceed to Meigetsu-in Temple and Hasedera Temple.Both Temple are famous for to watch beautiful hydrangeas.
Meigetsu-in Temple is is a Rinzai Zen temple of the Kenchō-ji school in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Famous for its hydrangeas, it's also known as The Temple of Hydrangeas (ajisai-dera).
In Hasedera Temple, there is a very famous lookout point which the sea and cityscape of Kamakura can overlook and About 2,500 hydrangeas grow in colonies in the path of the hydrangea, and many people come in June. You must be impressed thousands of flowers.
When we are tired of walking, let's take a break while drinking green tea.
We go on to Hakone area for staying.



Meigetsu-in

【About accomodation】 Hakone Hotel Kowakien
Hakone Hotel Kowakien boasts of a vast expanse of beautiful Japanese garden in front of the lobby. The garden is 16000 square-meter and made in 1914.

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

Day4
Lake Ashi

HAKONE-MT.FUJI-SUWA
Today's excursion starts from Hakone, the weekend getaway from the Tokyo metropolitan area, a nature-rich resort with the beautiful Lake Ashi where we take a cruise. Also, we will take a cable car to see the volcanic activity area in Owakudani hot springs.
Then we proceed to Mt.Fuji, the highest peak in Japan, which has just become No.17 World Heritage Site. It is has been appreciated by many Japanese for ages because of its perfect conical shape. Weather permitting, we will go as high as the 5th step by bus to have a great view from above.
We then head out to Suwa. We visit Japanese home for dinner.If the sky is clear, let's look up at the sky. You may see star-filled night sky !

Mt.Fuji

【About accomodation】 Aburaya Ryokan
Hotel Aburaya-Ryokan has a history of 100 years.You will also be able to enjoy Japanese cuisine, prepared with local fresh foods and hot spring.

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

Day5
Senjoujiki carl

SUWA-KISO AREA-ENA
We start to drive through Central to southern Japan Alps. We transfer to local bus and Central Alps Komagatake Ropeway,then we visit Senjojiki Carl - bowl-shaped terrain that was shaved off in Ice Age. Many tourists from all over the country visit this beautiful view of scenery. Early summer, flower garden with lovely alpine plants bloom is like a jewelry box. If you walk the promenade deprived of their eyes, and forget to passage of time.
Before arriving the Ena Town that we will stay tonight, we continue to drive and stop by Shukuba-machi which is Post Town connected Edo (present-day Tokyo) with Kyoto during the Edo period. We visit one of most popular Shukuba-machi, Tsumago-juku or Magome-juku.
We stay Ena today. Please enjoy hot spring and Japanese style dinner. Sleeping on Futon too..



Magome-Juku

【About accomodation】 Enakyo Grand Hotel
They have natural hot springs and open-air bath with magnificent views of Enakyo gorge, the prefectural natural parks.
【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○ Hida Beef

Day6
Akechi train

ENA-AKECHI-NAGOYA-KYOTO
Today, we will have two experience of train ride, very idyllic local train called Akechi Train, and Japanese super express rail – Bullet Train.
First, we ride Akechi Train from Ena Station to Akechi Station. Let’s enjoy rural scenery in a relaxed manner! After walking around Akechi Town, we go on and drive to Nagoya Station. We ride Bullet Train for Ancient city Kyoto. We take a walk Gion Area before check-in the Hotel.



Gion

【About accomodation】Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (WiFi=○) or similar

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=×

Day7
kokedera

KYOTO
Visiting the ancient capital of Japan is a must in your tour. First we visit Saihoji-temple that which is famed for its moss garden, is commonly referred to as "Koke-dera", meaning "moss temple", while the formal name is "Kōinzan Saihō-ji".In 1994, Saihō-ji was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto".
At Nishijinori Kaikan, ladies wearing kimonos show you beautiful seasonal design and patterns of kimonos and sashes.
After the bus ride,we visit Fushimi inari shrine.The Japanese sightseeing spot first place that the foreigner chooses.
Then we proceed to Tea Ceremony. Japanese tea ceremony, called Sado or Cha-no-yu, has more than 400 years of history, the most elevated way to fully enjoy a bowl of tea. Spiritually and physically, we would like you to feel the air as well. It will be unforgettable experience.
We can’t miss one place to visit…“Nijyou castle”. The shogun constructed this building when visiting Kyoto until 150 years ago. It’s also the place where the last shogun gave his political power back to the Emperor.
The Mimurudo temple is known as a temple of a flower representing Kyoto.It is known for azaleas come into bloom in May, the 10,000 Japanese hydrangeas that bloom in June, the lotus flowers that bloom in July and renowned for its beatifully colored autumn leaves.Only in June, it also open at night.Please enjoy the garden with illuminated hydrangeas.



Fushimi Inari Shrine

【About accomodation】 Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (WiFi=○) or similar
It is located right next to Nishi Honganji (temple, World Heritage).
It is good idea to take walk to Nishi Honganji to see peace morning atmosphere (no entrance fee).
Also, they have shuttle bus service to Kyoto station. The are so many place to eat and please enjoy having dinner around there.

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=○

Day8
Kinkakuji Temple

KYOTO-NARA-OSAKA
Visiting the ancient capital of Japan is a must in your tour. You will be greeted with cute deer vowing to you around Todaiji temple at Nara. You will feel sacred when looking up the huge Buddha statue made in 8th century.
After Nara we move to our final destination Osaka. Osaka is said, "City of food". Let's take short walk through Dotonbori street to see local food and people's night life.
We go to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. They introduce the living spaces and lifestyles of Osaka.You can enjoy various events and workshops in the town.Then we stop at Osaka castle for photo. Osaka's Castle, constructed in 1583, is one of Osaka's representative sightseeing spots.

Kiyomizu

【About accomodation】Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka (WiFi=○)
It is located in central Osaka and there are various kinds of restaurants due to the city is called "City of Food".

【Meals】
B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=×

Day9
1Ritsurin Park

OSAKA-KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir.Leaveing for Kansai International Airport by Hotel shattle. Return by air.

【Meals】
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Tokyo city tour:1-13-10, Sanshin Building 2A, Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan