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Springtime in Japan Tour

Preliminary itinerary through Japan


In 2019, Discover Japan's Springtime Beauty

From the cherry blossoms to majestic Mount Fuji, you'll fall in love with Japan in the spring.

This is our preliminary itinerary —  a full itinerary will be provided soon.

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Tour Director and complemented by our local, expert tour guides. Story's Japan Tour is the perfectly balanced adventure through this beautiful country.

International Flight Date

Day 1

Your international flight is not included in your tour package, however, we can arrange your air travel through our Story® Air Service Department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and on-line agencies to find the best rate.

Visit Air Service department by clicking here.


Welcome to Tokyo, Japan

Day 2

Arrival to Tokyo

Airport transfers to your Tokyo hotel are included.

Tonight, check-in, and enjoy a free evening.

Accommodation
Tokyo CSS - 2 nights


 
Tokyo

Day 3

Story Exclusives®
Enjoy a special Sushi Cooking Class today. Sushi not your thing? No problem, other options are available.

Experience a Tea Ceremony in Tokyo at Hamarikyu Gardens
Our amazing journey continues with an included experience at this garden tea house.


 
Ryokan in Hakone

Day 4

Lake Ashi Boat Cruise
We enjoy our time onboard this amazing ship as we cruise on the lake created 3,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. From this lake's southern edge you can see views of Mt. Fuji often seen in tourist brochures.

Hakone Cable Car Experience
When you hear ropeway in Japan, think gonolda (but not Venetian!). Glide through the skies in the world’s second-longest cable car, whose 13-passenger gondolas offer breathtaking and panoramic views of the surrounding terrain. Amazing.

Okada Museum
The Okada Museum of Art was constructed in 2013 on the site of the old hotel built in the Meiji period for Westerners.The Museum has an impressive exhibition space of just under 54,000 square feet. This spacious building exhibits Japanese, Chinese, and Korean works of art ranging from the ancient world to present age. This collection is by the businessman Okada Kazuo.

Accommodation
Hakone CSS - 1 night


 
Ryokan - JR Odawara Sta.

Day 5

Yatai Kaikan Hall
Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan Admire the detailed carvings, metalwork and puppets of the floats housed in this exhibition hall. You will learn why the floats were originally decorated in this way.

See Takayama's famed festival floats at Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan. This grand space, also known as the Takayama Float Exhibition Hall, houses four resplendent floats, each decorated with intricate weavings, carvings and metal adornments

Takayama Jinya
Because of its valuable timber resources, the Hida Region around Takayama was put under direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1692. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office headed by the officials dispatched from Edo (present day Tokyo).

The building complex was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum. It includes various nicely maintained tatami mat rooms that once served as offices, conference rooms, guest rooms and residential space. There is also an interesting interrogation room.

Japan

 

Accommodation
Takayama - 2 nights


 

Shirakawago & Kanazawa
Day 6

Wada Family's House
Wada house is part family home and part museum. It is also one of the largest gassho homes in the village of Shiraka-mura.

Doburoku Festival Museum
The Doburoku Festival Museum celebrates the Doburoku Festival occurs yearly from late September to October in Shirakawago. The exhibit features dolls and models to reproduce parts of the festival and not only shows an overview of the event, but also illustrates rituals of the festival as well as its transition over time.

Kenrokuen Garden
Beauty: Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is justifiably classified as one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens" alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen.

The spacious grounds used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and were constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries. Opened to the public in 1871, Kenrokuen features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season.

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Kyoto

Day 7

Tenryuji
Tenryū-ji —more formally known as Tenryū Shiseizen-ji —is the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Kyoto. Tenryuji is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site. Tenryuji is the head temple of its own school within the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.

Tenryuji was built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji. Takauji dedicated the temple to Emperor Go-Daigo, who had just passed away. The two important historic figures used to be allies until Takauji turned against the emperor in a struggle for supremacy over Japan. By building the temple, Takauji intended to appease the former emperor's

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Of Temples & Shrines

Day 8

Kiyomizu Temple
Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage site.

Tea Ceremony
We enjoy a formal Tea Ceremony today.

Kinkakuji
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

Heian Shrine
The Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The Shrine is ranked as a Beppyō Jinja by the Association of Shinto Shrines. It is listed as an important cultural property of Japan

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Kyoto

Day 9

Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a museum located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima, Japan, dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. This and the bombing of Nagasaki brought the Empire of Japan to terms of surrender thus saving the lives of countless more soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

Miyajima Ferry
Itsukushima, also known as Miyajima, is a small island in Hiroshima Bay, western Japan. It is known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant, orange Grand Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th-century. Nearby, the Museum of History and Folklore has cultural artifacts in a 19th-century merchant's home.

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Hiroshima

Day 10

Himeji Castle
This hilltop Japanese castle complex is located in the city of Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture.

Kokoen Garden
This amazing Japanese garden is located next to Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. It was constructed in 1992 at the site of the lord's west residence, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Himeji municipality.

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Departure Day

Day 11 - Homeward Bound

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Deluxe Accommodations

 

 

Amazing accommodations throughout our journey:



 





We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • 9 Dinners are included
  • 8 Lunches are included
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Up-sell while On Tour.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant, Cruise Staff, Naturalist Guide, and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage included from Baltra airport to the ship and on the return.
  • Services of Certified Naturalist Guide on board. 
  • All beverages including alcohol (bar) included on board the yacht. 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities for Story Tour Captain

 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. A $100 in cash National Park Fee is required.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Included per itinerary.

INSURANCE
Story highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story vacation.

 

Story ® Presents...

Springtime in Japan 10 Days

2019

— Japan in the Springtime —

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests. Rates are per person and do not include flights or gratuities for the Tour Captain.

Published Date Price
Featuring Story Tour Captain
April 9, 2019 $8779

Book early for best savings and cabin selection. Balance due 150 Days Prior to Departure.

Solo Supplement: $1543.

Triple Occupancy Reduction: Please inquire.


 

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