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Kyoto Gion Festival 9 days

Gion Festival

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Gion Festival is the three Major Festival in Japan!

Start Date(Day 1 of the Itinerary): July. 12, 2017
Nights: 9 days 8 nights
Price: USD 2,950 2,780
Single room supplement: USD 800
Price (age6-11): USD1,475

Child Rate

Please note that children age 6-11 participant are half price when sharing a bed with their parents or guardians.
Children age 5 and under participant are free of charge.

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

7 nights Western style and 1night Japanese style accommodation.
Meet and greet upon arrival at Narita Airport or Haneda Airport.
Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan.
Comprehensive escorted with Japan Dream Tour 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 Kansai International Airport (KIX).
Meal Requests : Vegetarian, halal 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, please arrange your own hotel transfer

Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

MAP

※View from a coach


DAY1

ARRIVAL    July.12, 2017
Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport
【About accomodation】
Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu or Similar ( WiFi=○ )
【Meals】
B(breakfast)=x, L(lunch)=x, D(dinner)=×

Highlight

Edo Tokyo Museum Asakusa Meiji Shrine

Imperial Palace

Asakusa

Sky Tree



Meiji Shrine Shibuya Crossing


Harajuku

Shibuya Crossing


HAKONE / MT.FUJI

Hakone Open Air Museum Hakone Open Air Museum Meiji Shrine

Fuji Visitor Center

Lake Ashi cruise and cable car

Owakudani Valley


MATSUMOTO

Itchiku Kubota Museum 

Matsumoto Castle


TAKAYAMA

Itchiku Kubota Museum Itchiku Kubota Museum Itchiku Kubota Museum

Sanmachi

Takayama Jinya

Morning Market


KYOTO

Tea Ceremony Gion Kiyomizu temple

Tea Ceremony
Gion district
Kiyomizu Temple


Asakusa Nishijin Textile Center Sumida river cruise

Golden Pavilion
Nishijin-ori Kaikan ( Nishijin Textile Center )
Fushimi Inari


Nishijin Textile Center 

Nijo Castle


NARA

Itchiku Kubota Museum Deer Park 

Todaiji Temple
Deer Park


OSAKA

Itchiku Kubota Museum Deer Park 

Osaka Castle
Dotombori


DAY1

NARITA-TOKYO    July.12, 2017
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】
Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu or Similar ( WiFi=○ )
【Meals】
B(breakfast)=x, L(lunch)=x, D(dinner)=×

Day2
Asakusa

TOKYO   July.13, 2017
Full-day sightseeing in the Big City – Tokyo- Capital of Japan.
We will first stop by the Imperial Palace Plaza where is a current Emperor's home. Then we go to ※Edo Tokyo museum where take visitors a journey through the 400-year history of Edo-Tokyo since Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo.

After lunch, we proceed to Asakusa Sensoji Temple, the Five Storied Pagoda and the traditional Nakamise shopping arcade.
Our journey will still continue. Next, we go to Meiji Shrine. It completed in 1920, Meiji-Jingu was built in memory of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, under whose rule Japan ended its isolation from the outside world. Unfortunately, like much else in Tokyo, the shrine was destroyed in the bombing at the end of WW2. The rebuilding of the shrine was completed in 1958.
We will visit to Harajuku. Harajuku's main boulevard, Omote-sando, is lined with elegant shops and haute couture, while its side streets, more notably Takeshita-dori, teem with teenagers on the hunt for next big thing.
On the way to hotel, we will be passing by the Shibuya Crossing (view from the coach).


Tokyo Tower

【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)=×

※ We will visit Sumo Museum ,instead of Edo Tokyo Museum. Because it is closed on monday.

Day3
Mt.Fuji

TOKYO-Mt.FUJI-HAKONE-ATAMI   July.14, 2017
We head out to Lake Kawaguchi. Weather permitting, you can see Mt.fuji, the highest peak in Japan, which has just become No.17 World Heritage Site in Japan. First stop today, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum nearby Lake Kawaguchi, one of the five great lakes of Mt. Fuji. Itchiku Kubota was a Japanese textile artist who devoted his life in recreating Tsujigahana, a fabric dyeing technique from 15th century. Since that technique was forgotten, he revived the lost art and modernized it at the age of 60. Most of his beautiful crafted kimonos are exhibited in the museum.

Our journey will continue to 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 splendid scenery from an observatory deck, Mt.Fuji, Gulf of Sagami and Lake Ashi...
Then we proceed to Atami.We have Japanese style dinner at the hotel.Enjoy hot spring and Kaiseki dinner... Sleeping on Futon too...

Itchiku Kubota Museum

【About accomodation】
Atami Hotel New Akao Resort ( Japanese style ) or similar (WiFi=○)
It has large onsen (hot spring). Please enjoy Japanese style RYOKAN.

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

Day4
Todaiji Temple

ATAMI-NARA-KYOTO   July.15, 2017
We start the day Bullet train experience to Kyoto or Nara. After the bus ride, we will visit 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. We stay at a hotel in Osaka tonight.Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely.

Afterward, we head to Kyoto, the heart of Japanese tradition. You will feel that you have time slipped into the world one thousand year ago.
We proceed to Kodaiji-Temple to experoence 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.

If you are a drinker, you would love to visit our next stop…the sake brewery ! The guide gives you a little tour inside the brewery followed by tasting at Gekkeikan Sake Museum.

In the evening you will be taken to Gion “Geisha district” Those who have seen “Memoirs of Geisha” will be fascinated by its shooting spots. We stay in Kyoto for the night.


Gion district

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

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

ATAMI-NARA-KYOTO   July.15, 2017 We start the day Bullet train experience to Kyoto or Nara. After the bus ride, we will visit 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. We stay at a hotel in Osaka tonight.Just outside the temple is the Nara Deer Park, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam around freely. Afterward, we head to Kyoto, the heart of Japanese tradition. You will feel that you have time slipped into the world one thousand year ago. We proceed to Kodaiji-Temple to experoence 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. If you are a drinker, you would love to visit our next stop…the sake brewery ! The guide gives you a little tour inside the brewery followed by tasting at Gekkeikan Sake Museum. In the evening you will be taken to Gion “Geisha district” Those who have seen “Memoirs of Geisha” will be fascinated by its shooting spots. We stay in Kyoto for the night. 【About accomodation】 Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto (WiFi=○) or similar 【Meals】 B(breakfast)=○, L(lunch)=○, D(dinner)=×
Day5
Kiyomizu Temple

KYOTO   July.16, 2017
Today, you will feel that you have time slipped into the world one thousand year ago, when visiting Kiyomizu temple. Kiyomizu temple is known as there is not a single nail used in the entire structure.We will then walk to Ninenzaka. Many souvenir shops and Japanese-style restaurants are located along the road.

We can’t miss one place to visit…“Golden Pavillion”. Golden Pavilion, beautifully constructed shrine is well balance with nature maintaining a Japanese and Zen Garden with a Bamboo Forest.
Then we visit at Nishijin Textile Center, ladies wearing kimonos show you beautiful seasonal design and patterns of kimonos and sashes.
Our next stop is Fushimi inari shrine, famous for its thousands of red torii gates. It is known best place of the Japanese sightseeing spot that the foreigner chooses.

As for the name Sanjusangen-do Temple, the number between the pillar of main halls of a Buddhist temple is said to be 33 of them. And the highlight of Sanjusangen-do Temple is 1,001 Kannon-with-One-Thousand-Arms statues.

We will head to Nijo castle, it is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudal lords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626.



Nijo Castle

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

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

Day6
Fushimi Inari Shrine

KYOTO   July.17, 2017
Today is the day of the Kyoto Gion Festival, the procession is a parade of 33 floats towed through the streets of Kyoto and the floats weigh as much as 12 tons and turning them is the highlight of the procession.

As the significant tangible folk cultural assets travel on the public way during the Yamahoko Junko, they are even described as 'moving museums'.

Not only watching floats, please check out the food booths for some a wide selection of delicious Japanese festival foods.



Deer Park

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

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

Day7
Shikoku Driving

OSAKA-KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT   July.18, 2017
Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir.Leaveing for Kansai International Airport by Hotel shattle.Return by air.






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