Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Magome Samurai Village
Nagoya – ISE – Nara – Kyoto (bullet train)
Kobe – Himeji Castle – Osaka
Tour 1: Mar 23 – Apr 02, 2024
Tour 2: Mar 30 – Apr 09, 2024
From $4,095 + Tax
Inclusive of non-stop international flight tickets
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Osaka castle in cherry blossom season, Osaka, Japan
Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical. Japan’s iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors and locals as their beautiful flowers blanket the country in soft pink splendor.
MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME
Tokyo: Visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, the most beautiful place for sakura-viewing. Visit Sensō-ji Temple, Akihabara District. Visit Ushiku Daibutsu, recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest standing statue of Buddha.
Mt. Fuji: Standing at a height of 3.776m, Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan. Your tour features a visit at Camp 5 on Mt. Fuji (depending on weather conditions). We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) and bathing in the onsens (thermal hot springs) that Mt. Fuji has to offer.
ISE: Visit Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan, worshiping 8 million Shinto gods and 124 Japanese emperors. Visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, where you’ll be watching a pearl-diving demonstration.
Nara: Japan’s first capital city. Pay a visit to Todaiji Temple, the biggest wooden temple in the world. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu and watch a Ninja performance.
Kyoto: Japan’s second capital city before the title was given to Tokyo. At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art.
Osaka. Visit Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered as Japan’s most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. Visit the Osaka Castle, Dotomburi – Namba shopping mall and the well-known Shinsaibashi street.
Kobe: Lunch at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! Join a sake-tasting tour at a Sake brewery in Kobe. Exclusively by AV Travel: Enjoy the Shinkansen Bullet train with a speed of 320km/h in 3 hours from Osaka to Tokyo.
Check in with AV Travel tour guide at LAX and depart for Tokyo, Japan.
Welcome to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a population of over 13 million residents. Tokyo is not only the center of politics and economy of Japan, but also a center of the global economy and culture. Your tour of the city today includes the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. (D)
Start our cherry blossom (Sakura)-viewing trip by visiting Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, the most beautiful place for sakura-viewing. The Garden is divided into 3 areas, each of which is influenced by the English, French or traditional Japanese style. The Shinjuku Garden features more than 2000 sakura trees of over 60 varieties with numerous colors, including green. Cherry blossoms are fragile and only last for 2-3 weeks. During this time, not only the Japanese but people from all over the world also come to Japan to enjoy the delicate flower. Continue to visit Ushiku Daibutsu, recognised in the Guiness Book of Records as the world’s largest standing statue of Buddha. Come night time, its bright lights and maze of streets beckon crowds to enjoy its company. You will experience the craziest part of Tokyo nightlife at Shinjuku. (B/L/D)
Visit Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan. The mountain contributes to Japan’s physical, cultural,& spiritual geographic. Mount Fuji is with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries. Mount Fuji is an active volcano, which most recently erupted in 1708. It stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days. Note: If the weather permits, the bus will drive us to the 5th station
Enjoy Kawaguchi cruise, where is one of the best places to see the iconic Mount Fuji with a perfectly shaped volcano and looks especially stunning when snow-capped in winter and spring. You will enjoy walking along the pathway that leads to the Peace Garden, with sakura trees lining up on both sides.
Continue to visit Oshino Hakkai – Eight Magnificent Ponds, is a peaceful nature area around Mount Fuji. These natural ponds are crystal clear and each one is a little unique. The water in the lakes directly come from Mount Fuji, the natural pools are deep, the large fish swimming around make it feel like an aquarium. This is a very popular spot for nature lovers and it is beautiful every season.
We’ll be staying at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). After dinner, you can enjoy bathing in the onsens (thermal hotsprings) that Mount Fuji has to offer, and have all of your tiredness after a long day rinsed out. (B/L/D)
Depart to Nagoya, as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. On the way, stop to visit Magome Samurai Village. A walk though Magome-juku will transport you back to the Edo period, some 300 years ago. The area is known internationally as a place that retains the particular atmosphere of old Japanese posting stations. Visitors can hike a portion of the Nakasendo from Magome to Tsumago. This scenic trail is especially popular among overseas visitors who seek an authentic experience of traditional life.
Come to visit the Toyota Kaikan Museum showcases Toyota’s latest products and offers a history of the Toyota company, has a large showroom where visitors can get inside the vehicles and a number of video displays. (B/L/D)
Depart to the home of the Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto Shrine in Japan with the nickname “The Holy City”. Ise Grand Shrine worships 8 million Shinto gods and 124 emperors of Japan. Visit the Mikimoto Pearl Island with the “Woman diver show” This area is the Shima Peninsula, birthplace of Kokichi Mikimoto, who rose to become one of the pioneers of pearl culture with the production of the first D-shaped pearl in 1893. His achievements are commemorated at the Pearl Museum in his hometown of Toba, in Mie Prefecture on Japan’s main island of Honshu. In the early days, Mikimoto employed the Ama divers to raise adult oysters from the sea bed and replace them after the implantation of a nucleus. But with the development of new breeding and growing techniques in the 1950s, the Ama were no longer required.” Make a stop at the Wedded Rocks (known as Meoto Iwa in Japanese). The two rocks represent a married couple who, according to Shinto mythology, created Japan and the spirits that exist in people, places, and objects. The rocks were featured in the movie Sayonara co-produced by Japan and the U.S. (B/D)
We’ll move on to Nara, Japan’s first capital city. Visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu located in Iga, Mie Prefecture, Japan, is a museum dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. It was established in 1964. Ninja were a type of warriors during Japan’s feudal ages, specialized in gathering information about the enemy and conducting various acts of espionage and sabotage. The Iga Ninja Museum delivers a comprehensive ninja experience: it consists of a ninja residence, two exhibition halls and a stage which hosts ninja shows. The Ninja residence looks ordinary from the outside, but within it is devised with revolving walls, trap doors and hidden compartments. The Ninja show features authentic ninja skills and real weapons, including a splendid demonstration of using throwing stars. Although the shows are held in Japanese only, they are still highly entertaining for non-Japanese speakers as most of the action speaks for itself.
Continue to visit to Todaiji Temple, once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples and still houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. We will also stop by Nara Deer Park before moving on to Kyoto. Kyoto was Japan’s capital city from 794 to 1868 before the title was given to Tokyo city. For 12 centuries in history, Kyoto witnessed all the rise and fall of Japan. At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the center of the city’s art. Gion is the most charming in the early evening, when the lanterns are lit and Geishas and Maikos flit about the back streets on their way to their appointments. (B/L/D)
Known as the cradle of Japan’s cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. You’ll see the main highlights of the wonderfully rich culture of Kyoto. Places such as the Kiyomizu Temple will dazzle your eyes. Your guide will also introduce you to Kyoto’s most popular temple, Kinkakuji, home of the world’s most authentic and exquisite Japanese garden as well as the celebrated Golden Pavilion. Visit the Nishijin company which produces Kimonos. Watch a Kimona demonstration. Start your journey in Kobe city. Kobe, scene of the worst earthquake in the living memory of most Japanese, has rebuilt and revitalized to form one of the most delightful and peaceful cities you can wish to visit. Historically, due to its port, Kobe has a long history of foreign contact, which has imbued its people with a very global outlook and attitude. It is also home to the famous Kobe Beef, which is known for its tenderness, sweet flavor and fine texture. Dine at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! Tasting some Sake at a Sake brewery is also a must-do while you’re visiting Kyoto. (B/D)
Visit Himeji castle, which is Japan’s foremost historic castle, was built in the 17th century, and became the first site in Japan to be registered in the World Cultural Heritage listings in 1993. The stunning appearance, and high level of detail of this wooden architectural masterpiece have made Himeji Castle known all over the world. Furthermore, the castle is surrounded by Sakura trees. Each spring, the trees flower simultaneously, covering Himeji castle in a sea of beautiful pink blossoms. Early April is the one chance each year to see Himeji Castle with its cherry blossoms in full bloom, one of Japan’s truly beautiful and iconic sights. The sight of this amazing scenery will live long in the memory as a memento of your visit to Japan.
Perhaps spend the rest of your day in Dotonbori – Namba – Shinsaibashi – the largest shopping area in Osaka where many boutiques and specialty shops are gathered, attracting local people and visitors. (B/D)
Start your journey in Kobe city. Kobe, scene of the worst earthquake in the living memory of most Japanese, has rebuilt and revitalized to form one of the most delightful and peaceful cities you can wish to visit. Historically, due to its port, Kobe has a long history of foreign contact, which has imbued its people with a very global outlook and attitude. It is also home to the famous Kobe Beef, which is known for its tenderness, sweet flavor and fine texture. Lunch at a restaurant specialized in Kobe beef – a delicious treat! Tasting some Sake at a Sake brewery is also a must-do while you’re visiting Kyoto. Continue to visit the Osaka Castle, one of the main attractions in Osaka. It was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most powerful feudal lords in Japan, known as the second person who united Japan. Dining and shopping on Shinsaibashi street will be a memorable experience while you’re in Osaka. (B/L/D)
Enjoy Shinkansen Bullet train between Osaka-Tokyo with speed 320kn/h in 3 hours. No trip to Japan would be complete without taking the Shinkasen Bullet train, provides the fastest, most convenient and most comfortable transport service in Japan. Fly Non-Stop to Los Angeles. (B)
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