Takayama Festival 8days

Autumn

Takayama Festival 8 days Osaka to Tokyo

Tour Date : Oct.06, 2017 - Oct. 13, 2017

Takayama festival is considered to be one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Their huge floats are paraded all day and night with mechanical puppet shows, brilliant color paper machete, and lanterns. Then, tea ceremony in Kyoto and Workshop of paper lantern (or folding fan) in Tokyo.Please enjoy big cities & mountainous townscape.

DAY 1

KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT-OSAKA

Welcome to Osaka! 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 Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka(WiFi=○)
Meals Breakfast: NA     Lunch: NA     Dinner: NA

DAY 2

OSAKA-NARA-KYOTO

From the top pf the Osaka catsle,enjoy panoramic view of the city of Osaka(2nd largest city in Japan) as if you were feudal load.Osaka is said, "City of food". After meeting with the biggest Buddha statue in the world at Todaiji (temple), let's enjoy tasting a sip of Sake at Gekkeikan Sake Brewery in southern Kyoto. You may understand why Kyoto is blessed with and said as "the source of Japanese taradition & culture" like sake, tofu, kimono, tea ceremony etc. due to tremendous amount of underground water. As soon as we arrive Kyoto, we will visit Gion where Geisha (kimono clad ladies who work for entertainment at traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants etc...

About accomodation Kyoto area or Nara area (WiFi=○)
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: NA

DAY 3

KYOTO

Please enjoy your stay in ancient capital of Japan (794 - 1868). Green Tea Ceremony at Kodaiji (temple) will be unforgettable experience. After the ceremony, let's take short walk through beautiful garden and bamboo trail. At Nishijinori Kaikan, ladies wearing kimonos show you beautiful seasonal design and patterns of kimonos and sashes. Kinkakuji (temple) or Golden Pavilion with beautiful garden and pond take you back to the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1537) when Kyoto flourished in its economy and culture.

About accomodation Kyoto Tokyu Hotel (WiFi=○) or Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: NA

DAY 4

KYOTO-GUJOHACHIMAN-SHIRAKAWAGO–TAKAYAMA

We will depart from Kyoto and drive to Gujohachiman to see water flows that running throughout the town. People in Gujohachiman live with and cherish water in their daily lives. Then, we will move to Shirakawago to see traditional thatched roof houses that are designated as World Heritage of UNESCO. Village and town among mountains may reminds you of nostalgic feeling. We will stay in Takayama. On this day, "Takayama Festival" will be held and you will see beautiful and elaborate floats. The floats are lit-up by light of paper lantern. Feature in the night is so beautiful and tasteful.

About accomodation Takayama Green Hotel (WiFi=○) or similar class
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ✓

DAY 5

TAKAYAMA-MATSUMOTO-SUWA

In the morning, we will see procession of floats in Takayama.Elaborate carving work and KARAKURI trick (moving dolls) are amazing. Please see craftsmanship of artisans who contribute to build the floats.After seeing the festival, we will move to Matsumoto to visit Matsumoto Castle (National Treasure). Dinner at traditional Japanese house and staying at Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in Suwa will be unforgettable experience. As one of special feature of the tour, we prepare the rooms with onsen (hot spring) in each private room. Please enjoy and feel relaxed!

About accomodation Aburaya Ryokan (WiFi=×, LAN cable only)
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: ✓

DAY 6

SUWA-INA-Mt.FUJI-ODAWARA-TOKYO

We will visit the former site of Takato Castle that is designated as one of the three famous cherry viewing sites in Japan.

The sightseeing continues to Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and is considered as sacred mountain. On the way to our final destination Tokyo, please enjoy riding on Shinkansen (bullet train) from Odawara to Tokyo.

About accomodation Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba or The Prince Park Tower Tokyo (WiFi=○)
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: NA

DAY 7

TOKYO

If you hear "Tokyo", you may imagine huge metropolis with skylines.

On this day, we will visit historical sites such as Sensoji Temple (Asakusa) and Imperial Palace. Of course, we will visit newly built tower with high technology Tokyo Sky Tree (about 1,900ft) to go up to the viewing deck to see panoramic view of metropolis Tokyo.

Then to Akihabara, the electronic district and the mecca for the anime (Japanese cartoon characters), there we will visit one of “maid cafes”, where you will be served by waitress dressed in maid costumes.

About accomodation Hotel Grand Pacific Le Daiba or The Prince Park Tower Tokyo (WiFi=○)
Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: ✓     Dinner: NA

DAY 8

TOKYO-NARITA AIRPORT

Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir. Return by air. SAYONARA (Good Bye) and please have a safe trip!

Meals Breakfast: ✓     Lunch: NA     Dinner: NA
Start Date(Day 1 of the Itinerary) 2016/10/06
Nights 8 days 7 nights
Price USD 2,720
Single room supplement USD 650

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 1 nights Japanese style accommodation.
  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai International Airport
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • Comprehensive escorted with TC 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 Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita International Airport (NRT)
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 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

OSAKA

  • Osaka Castle

NARA

  • Todaiji Temple
  • Deer Park

KYOTO

  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Golden Pavilion
  • Kodaiji Temple

TAKAYAMA

  • Sanmachi district
  • Jinya (morning market)

SHIRAKAWAGO

  • Shirakawago

MATSUMOTO

  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Japan Alps *

MT.FUJI

  • Mt.Fuji 5th step

TOKYO

  • Tokyo Sky Tree
  • Sensoji Shrine