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Splendours of Japan - Celebrate the Takayama Festival

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In Takayama celebrate the changing seasons as the jangle of bells and boom-boom-bang of drums accompany a captivating parade of festival floats on the streets.

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    • 2020 departures are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels. These will be confirmed in June 2019.
    • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead.
    • Takayama Festival is considered one of Japan's best festivals to see the traditional floats in the streets of Takayama. Please see our special Takayama Festival departures.
    • Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip but this is not guaranteed.
    • Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
    • Extend your stay in Kyoto and take the opportunity to absorb genuine Japanese hospitality while staying in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear. Breakfast and dinner are included and consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki.
    • One highlight would be Gokayama, where we can see Gassho-style houses. The village is a part of the World Heritage Site, registered in 1994. Most houses are 400 years-old, with the roofs being rethatched every 20 years. Inside the house, the first floor is used for living; the second and third floors are for sericulture and the basement for gunpowder production. Under the enormously shaped roof, the house is more like a factory. The houses are designed like this in order to withstand the heavy snow. They are a great invention, born of human ingenuity.Keiko, Japan Travel Director
    • Visas are generally not required for Japan for many nationalities. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
    • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      • 2020 departures are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels. These will be confirmed in June 2019.
      • The Imperial Palace East Gardens are closed on Fridays so trips starting in Tokyo on Wednesdays will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Garden instead.
      • Takayama Festival is considered one of Japan's best festivals to see the traditional floats in the streets of Takayama. Please see our special Takayama Festival departures.
      • Cherry Blossom season varies between different regions of Japan and is dependent on weather conditions so can also vary slightly each year. Late March to mid April are the most likely times to experience it on this trip but this is not guaranteed.
      • Gion Festival: Takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Events and parades are held for the entire month of July.
      • Extend your stay in Kyoto and take the opportunity to absorb genuine Japanese hospitality while staying in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn). The ryokan features traditional rooms with tatami mats, communal segregated gender bathing areas and provides guests with a yukata (cotton kimono) to wear. Breakfast and dinner are included and consist of traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki.
      • One highlight would be Gokayama, where we can see Gassho-style houses. The village is a part of the World Heritage Site, registered in 1994. Most houses are 400 years-old, with the roofs being rethatched every 20 years. Inside the house, the first floor is used for living; the second and third floors are for sericulture and the basement for gunpowder production. Under the enormously shaped roof, the house is more like a factory. The houses are designed like this in order to withstand the heavy snow. They are a great invention, born of human ingenuity.Keiko, Japan Travel Director
      • Visas are generally not required for Japan for many nationalities. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      In Takayama celebrate the changing seasons as the jangle of bells and boom-boom-bang of drums accompany a captivating parade of festival floats on the streets. In Kyoto indulge in a delicious kaiseki lunch at a traditional ryokan and gain an insight into Japanese customs.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: JPNF

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 8 buffet breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Connect with Locals)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR of Tokyo and Kyoto

        • SEE the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

        • VIEW Mt. Fuji

        • VISIT the Edo Tokyo Museum, the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall, Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 4 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Splendours of Japan - Celebrate the Takayama Festival

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      ARRIVE TOKYO (2 NIGHTS)

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      TOKYO SIGHTSEEING

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      LAKE YAMANAKAKO - MT. FUJI - TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS)

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      TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING AND FESTIVAL

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      TAKAYAMA - GOKAYAMA - KANAZAWA

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      KANAZAWA - KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)

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      KYOTO SIGHTSEEING

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      DEPART KYOTO/OSAKA

      Day 1

      ARRIVE TOKYO (2 NIGHTS) Day 1 - ARRIVE TOKYO (2 NIGHTS)

      Your in-depth exploration of Japan begins in Tokyo. Take a shuttle bus transfer to your centrally located hotel, where you'll join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.

      Hotel

      New Otani Garden Tower

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      New Otani Garden Tower

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      TOKYO SIGHTSEEING Day 2 - TOKYO SIGHTSEEING

      We launch our City Tour in the old-time entertainment centre of Asakusa, where we'll encounter the Sensoji Buddhist Temple. One of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples, Sensoji has been rebuilt countless times since it was founded in 628, making it Tokyo's oldest temple site. Strolling down Nakamise next, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of shitamachi (downtown Tokyo), admiring the wooden dolls, colourful chiyogami (origami paper) and traditional Japanese sweets. We'll ascend Tokyo Skytree, the world's highest free-standing broadcasting tower for panoramic views of the city, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or on an Optional Experience.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      TOKYO - LAKE YAMANAKAKO Day 3 - TOKYO - LAKE YAMANAKAKO

      Our first stop today is the Imperial Palace Plaza from where the two bridges that form the entrance to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace can be viewed. We'll have the opportunity to explore the leafy Imperial Palace East Gardens before continuing our City Tour. At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, we delve into the history and culture of Tokyo's Edo era, then continue to the Ginza district where we'll learn how to make sushi with a 'Local Specialist'. We venture to the Five Lakes District next, keeping a keen eye out for the UNESCO listed Mt. Fuji which dominates the landscape.

      Hotel

      Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Fuji Marriott Yamanakako

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      LAKE YAMANAKAKO - MT. FUJI - TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS) Day 4 - LAKE YAMANAKAKO - MT. FUJI - TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS)

      This morning ascend Mt. Fuji by road to 2,300 metres at the 5th station before taking a ride up Mt. Tenjo on the Kachikachiyama Ropeway (both weather permitting), for jaw dropping views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. Continue your journey through the Japanese Alps to the hillside town of Takayama, before enjoying an early dinner at the hotel. Later 'Dive into Culture' as the warm glow of lanterns beckon and with them, an opportunity to delve into centuries of tradition at the Yomatsuri Night-time Festival. Watch in wonder as ornate floats lit up by hundreds of lanterns parade through the streets to sounds of cheery bystanders, drums and jangling bells.

      Hotel

      Associa Takayama Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Associa Takayama Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING AND FESTIVAL Day 5 - TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING AND FESTIVAL

      Immerse yourself in tradition as you walk through the Edo-style streets of Takayama's Old Town. Indulge in a lunch of Japanese Hida-gyu - beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, renowned as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. After lunch, immerse yourself in the town's festive atmosphere. Admire the intricately carved yatai (floats) that date back to the 17th century and feature karakuri ningyo, (marionettes) which move and dance as their strings are managed by the tsunakata (puppeteers). Later, return to the hotel by coach.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 5

      Day 6

      TAKAYAMA - GOKAYAMA - KANAZAWA Day 6 - TAKAYAMA - GOKAYAMA - KANAZAWA

      Journey back in time this morning during a visit to the peaceful UNESCO-listed Gokayama, a mountain village set amidst five valleys. Admire the unique construction of the local Gassho-zukuri wooden houses that have been built without the use of nails with steeply sloped thatched roofs to prevent snow from building up on them. Later 'Dive into Culture' observing local artisans making washi paper and trying your hand at making your own. 'Make a Difference' to the sustainability of this small business during your visit. Then, continue to Kanazawa and take a short walk through the Omicho market and enjoy an insider's view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Next, visit the gardens of Kenroku-en, shaped over a hundred years before continuing with a visit to a 'Local Specialist' to learn the secrets of painting gold leaf. Stay overnight in Kanazawa.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      KANAZAWA - KYOTO (2 NIGHTS) Day 7 - KANAZAWA - KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)

      We board an Express train this morning to Kyoto, where we'll 'Connect with Locals' at a traditional ryokan, built in 1932 to serve as the second residence of Emperor Akihito's uncle. We'll enjoy a Be My Guest lunch and learn about local Japanese customs as our hosts welcome us into their beautiful home. After lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed Kinkakuji Temple with its famous Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), the proud symbol of Kyoto and a Zen temple, which has its origins as a 14th century villa.

      Hotel

      Nikko Princess Kyoto

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Hotel

      Nikko Princess Kyoto

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 7

      Day 8

      KYOTO SIGHTSEEING Day 8 - KYOTO SIGHTSEEING

      The blazing orange torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine guide our path through the forest, up into the mountains and to a sacred site that has heard prayers for prosperity and happiness since the 8th century. We continue to Sanjusangen-do Hall and admire the minute detail of each of its 1,001 "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy, then enjoy a walking tour of the Gion area. This evening, we indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      DEPART KYOTO/OSAKA Day 9 - DEPART KYOTO/OSAKA

      Our encounter with Japan's age-old traditions and modern cityscapes at its end, we take a transfer by airport shuttle service to Kansai International Airport or Osaka Itami Airport for our onward flight. Alternatively, continue to Hiroshima by choosing the 13 day itinerary.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-gb/tours/splendours-of-japan-celebrate-the-takayama-festival?tripcode=jpnf for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        A kaiseki lunch at a traditional Japanese ryokan home near Kyoto where you will learn about local customs. (Day 7)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Join the locals at the Takayama Festival (Day 4 & 5). Sample Japanese sake during a walking tour in the Edo-style streets of Takayama Old town (Day 5). Learn how local artisans make Japanese washi paper in the UNESCO village of Gokayama (Day 6).

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        Sushi making in Tokyo (Day 3) and Gold Leaf painting in Kanazawa (Day 6).

      • MAKE A DIFFERENCE
        by supporting a local business with a visit to a washi paper workshop. You'll watch the family at work, and test your paper-making skills for yourself. (Day 6)

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR of Tokyo and Kyoto

        • SEE the traditional Gassho-zukuri houses in Gokayama, the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa

        • VIEW Mt. Fuji

        • VISIT the Edo Tokyo Museum, the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, the Kinkakuji Temple, Sanjusangen-do Hall, Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 4 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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