Grand Tour of Japan with Gion Festival 12 Days (B) Departs Tokyo

Grand Tour of Japan 12 Days with Gion Festival

Travel Japan extensively by stopping at three major islands – Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku- with an added bonus of participating in Japan’s largest and most vibrant festival, Gion Festival.

Starting from Tokyo, we travel south to Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Arita Ceramic Village, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Takachiho, Beppu, Matsuyama, and a prolong stay in Kyoto. You will get to experience tea ceremony in Kyoto’s Temple, a traditional kagura dance in Takachiho Gorge, the Tour of Hell in Beppu’s hot springs, and a cruise in Lake Ashi with a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji. We will visit famous landmarks like Nagasaki, Harajuku, and Dogo Onsen.

You will also get familiar with a luxurious ryokan, Japanese hotel, with a hot spring and a traditional multi-course dinner. This fully escorted tour will give you an assortment of experience from the metropolis city life to the off beaten track of Japan’s countryside; including a visit to Gion Festival. You can also extend your vacation before/ after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Itinerary:

Day 1 (12JUL2014) Arrival Tokyo Japan

Welcome to Tokyo! You will be greeted at airport and escorted to your hotel by your tour guide.
**INFORMATION**
From Narita Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 90 mins (Bus)
From Haneda Airport to downtown hotel in Tokyo - about 30 mins (Bus)
Transportation: Coach

Hotel: Grand Pacific Le Daiba, Tokyo or The Prince Park Tower Tokyo or similar


Day 2 (13JUL2014) Tsukiji Fish Market* - Edo Tokyo Museum - Akihabara - Asakusa - Sumida Cruise - Imperial Plaza Plaza - Ginza (B/L)

Today will be devoted to exploring the multi-cultural spots of Tokyo. Starting with an optional tour to the tuna auction live at the world famous Tsukiji Market (optional)*. It’s the biggest fish market in the world selling over 2,000 tons of fish per day. Though the tour starts at 3:30am, this districtis buzzing with life and activities distributing fishes to all the sushi shops in Tokyo. After this tour, you will be taken to your hotel to pack and meet the group.

The tour will then head out to Edo Tokyo Museum where you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo. Close by, we will explore Akihabara famous for their abundance in electronic stores and the home of anime lovers.

After lunch in Akihabara, we will delve in the old town district of Asakusa – shop around the Nakamise Shopping area and pray at the Sensoji Temple. We will also be stopping at the Imperial Palace Plaza today to get a glimpse at the current Emperor’s home.

In the evening, we will probe the stores at Harajuku. The unofficial fashion capital of Japan offers the latest pop culture and fashion. Returning to our hotel, we will be passing by the fame Shibuya Cross and Roppongi Hills.

*Tuna Auction at Tsukiji Fish Market is free of charge. However, if you schedule to go and failed to appear, there is a penalty fee which you require to pay.
Transportation: Coach
Hotel: Grand Pacific Le daiba, Tokyo or The Prince Park Tower or similar


Day 3 (14JUL2014)  Mt.Fuji - Hakone - Lake Ashi Cruise - Owakudani Boiling Valley - Bullet Train Ride (B/L/D)

After arrival, we shall begin by visiting Japan's most iconic symbol, the sacred Fuji-san, Mt. Fuji. It is 3776 meters tall, making it Japan's tallest mountain. It’s not surprising that the almost perfect shaped volcano has been worshiped through all the ages from poetry to art. From Fuji-san we will continue our journey to Hakone, where we will take a cruise in Lake Ashi. We will then take a ropeway to Owakudani, an active volcanic crater still steaming from its last eruption some 3,000 years ago. There you will get a taste of the local cuisine, the black egg, cooked in one of the craters.

Traveling at 150 mph, we are heading towards our hotel in Shizuoka prefecture using the "shinkansen" bullet train. The tour would not be complete without a long relaxing soak in the onsen, hot spring, to rejuvenate you for tomorrow’s adventure. Yukata, a Japanese robe, will be provided for you. The onsen (hot spring) is located in our own ryokan, a Japanese style hotel, which includes a traditional Japanese cuisine to be enjoyed for tonight's dinner.
Transportation: Coach, Ropeway, Cruise, Bullet Train
Hote: Hamanako Royal Hotel at Lake Hamana or similar


Day 4 (15JUL2014) Nishijin Textile Centre: Kimono Show - Kiyomizu Temple - Green Tea Ceremony - Kodaiji Temple - Tea Ceremony - Gion Geisha District (B/L)
We will traverse to Nishijin Textile Center, where you can witness the creation of a traditional kimono. The center offers courses in handweaving, trying on elegant kimonos, and, if you like it, you can purchase it. You will be invited to see dazzling arrays of kimonos in a fashion show.

Next in our agenda will be a trip to Kiyomizu Temple. The most iconic temple of Japan, Kiyomizu Temple is a wooden structure that overlooks the city of Kyoto. On the base, three canals sprout water representing love, wisdom, and longevity. The last stop will be Kodaiji Temple, built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his beloved wife, Nene. This beautifully constructed shrine is well balance with nature maintaining a Japanese and Zen Garden with a Bamboo Forest. It is this location overlooking the scenery that you will be taking lessons in Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Afterwards, we offer the following options for you to choose from:
1) You may freely roam on your own in Gion
2) Head toward Gion Corner where you can see Geisha dances and other traditional performances (PRICE: JPY 3150 TIME: 6:00pm, 7:00pm)
3) Go to a photo studio where you can dress as a Geisha with make-up or as a samurai (prices depends on number of exposures and location)
Transportation: Bullet Train, Coach
Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto or similar

Day 5 (16JUL2014) Golden Pavillion - Nijo Castle - Sake Museum - Todaji Temple The Giant Buddha - Nara Deer Park (B/L)
We will begin our morning with a visit to the Golden Pavilion, a must see attraction where the two upper floors are covered in gold leaf. We will continue to Nijo Castle. Its walls and door panels are heavily decorated with gold and beautiful pictures of nature.Afterwards, why not try a little sake tasting? We will be heading to a sake brewery to learn how sake is made and try different types of sake.

We then proceed to Nara, where you will be greeted by numerous deer that roam free around Todaiji Temple. Todaiji Temple holds the World Guinness Record as the largest wooden building. Inside the temple, you will behold the biggest Buddha statue in Japan. We then return to Kyoto to visit the Gion Geisha District where you can spot geisha walking along the ancient capital.
Transportation: Coach
Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto or similar

Day 6 (17JUL2014) Kyoto Gion Festival (B)
Today is dedicated to the Gion Festival, the largest and extravagant festival in Japan. You will be joining thousands of people in the merriment by watching the performances and dancers, eating matsuri (festival) food, and listening to great taiko drums. This festival is renowned for their Yamaboko Junko, a procession of portable shrines that are 25 feet tall and weighing up to 12 tons! You can compare how festivals change atmosphere from the day time to night time where it’s the peak of the processions.
Transportation: Walk
Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto or similar

Day 7 (18JUL2014) Kyoto - Miyajima - Itsukushima Shrine - Hiroshima - Hotel (B/L/D)

After a ride in the Bullet Train, will visit two UNESCO World Heritage site today. Our first stop is Hiroshima Peace Park. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the Freedom Bell. One of the main highlights of the park is the A-bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial Museum where you see and read about the relics of the war.

Afterwards, we will take a ferry toward a small island off the main shore to Itsukushima, famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the Floating Torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan's three best sceneries. Then we will return to Hiroshima. The evening is open for your own leisure to sight see and go shopping maybe in Hondori.
Transportation: Bullet Train, Ferry, Walk, Coach
Hotel: Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel or Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Day 8 (19JUL2014) Hiroshima - Fukuoka - Arita Ceremic Village - Glover Garden - Oura Catholic Church - Nagasaki Peace Park  (B/L/D)

Early morning, we will head out to Nagasaki via Bullet Train and bus. Along our way we will make a quick stop at Arita Village. It’s located in the mountains near a great river connecting to the ocean, all the resources you need to make pottery. From late 17th century, this area is known to create ceramics using kaolin clay for the first time in Japan. The ceramics is often referred as “imari-yaki.” You can tour around this old town and see the many art pieces of ceramics.

Then we will continue our trip to Nagasaki. The city was the only doorway to the outside world before Commodore Perry kicked open the door. Foreign influences can be seen in different sectors of the city, from Chinatown to Glover’s Garden and Oura Catholic Church. We will be visiting those locations plus the Nagasaki’s own Peace Park to commemorate the tragedy that struck there less than a century ago. Then we will head to Nanpuro Hotel, a Japanese ryokan hotel, where you can relax in a hot spring, wear a yukata, and eat delicious Japanese traditional dinner.
Transportation: Bullet Train, Coach
Hotel: Nampuro Hot Spring Ryokan Hotel or similar

Day 9 (20JUL2014) Kumamoto Castle - Mt Aso - Takachiho Gorge - Kagura Dance Show - Hotel (B/L/D)
Early morning we will take a ferry to Kumamoto, an old city centering on its castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered the most impregnable fortress in Japan up to this day. The founder, Kato Kiyomasa, was renowned castle architect in the 17th century who constructed castles in Japan and Korea. We will be passing by Mt. Aso, so make sure you have your camera ready. Reaching opposite shore of Kyushu, we will reach Takachiho. This magical town holds a legend about Amatarasu and her cave. In the evening, we will go to Takachiho Shrine to see a traditional Kagura Dance Show base on the local legend.
Transportation: Ferry, Coach, Walk
Hotel: Takachiho Hotel or similar

Day 10 (21JUL2014) Takachiho Sightseeing - The Tour of 'Hell' - Matsuyama - Dogo Onsen (B/L/D)
Waking early in the morning, we will sightsee Takachiho Gorge and, if you like, you can take a boat ride. You will see the beautiful waterfalls in the canyon and unique rock formations. Then we will head North to Beppu. There we will take the pleasure in joining The Tour of Hell. This interesting little town is ranked second in the world to discharge water creating thousands of mineral springs. The Tour of Hell will focus on the eight most popular hot springs in town. You can purchase pudding from local markets that were cooked using the steam from the geysers.

After lunch, we will hitch a ride in a boat to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will soak in one of the oldest in the world, Dogo Onsen. It is said that its 3,000 years old with healing qualities. We can see the Imperial family own rooms and onsens that are reserved for them called Yushinden.

We will return to our hotel for a traditional kaiseki style dinner, a luxurious multi-course Japanese meal. Afterwards, you have time to roam the old streets of Matsuyama or take a soak in the hot springs. There is a Taiko Show you can enjoy at the Tsubakikan Hotel in the main building for free.
Transportation: Coach, Ferry
Hotel: Tsubaki-Kan Hot Spring Ryokan Hotel or similar

Day 11 (22JUL2014)  Ishiteji Temple - Ritsurin Garden - Naruto Whirlpools - Osaka (B/L)
We will be traveling around Shikoku, the fourth largest island of Japan. After one last look at Dogo Onsen, we will head towards Ishiteji Temple, 51st of the 88 temples along the holy pilgrimage route. This extraordinary temple has an underground labyrinth and caves that can date back to 8th century. There is a legend about Emon Saburo who returned to the temple after he was reincarnated.

Traveling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden three stars. Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. It's famous for The Naruto Whirlpools which occur along the Shikoku coast of the Naruto Strait, and are created by the large volumes of water moving between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean between high and low tide, combined with the unique underwater geography of the narrow strait.
Transportation: Coach
Hotel: Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar

Day 12 (23JUL2014) Osaka - Osaka Airport - Depart Japan (B)
After breakfast, you will have time to explore Osaka on your own. Transfer Service from Osaka hotel to Osaka (KIX) Airport is included for your onward flight.  
**INFORMATION**
From Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport to KIX Airport - about 10 mins (Walk)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus) 

Hotels Information: 
Hotels Descriptions

Grand Pacific Le Daiba Hotel, Tokyo 

 Aerial view

Western Style Rooms
Tthe perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. The five-star hotel is equip with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a gym, etc. Located at Odaiba, the hotel offers amazing views of Tokyo waterfront and the Rainbow Bridge. Enjoy the serene and eye catching scenery and entertainment in the area. Joypolis Amusement Park, Diver Aqua City Mall, and Fuji TV Tower are all located near the hotel.
Nearby:
Shopping mall & Amusement facilit:
・AQUA CITY ODAIBA
・Gundam Front Tokyo ( at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza )
・Oedo Onsen Monogatari ( Hot Spring Theme Park)
* Airport Limousine Bus Stop (from/to Narita / Haneda Airport)
* Free Shuttle Bus to/from Disneyland and Disneysea is available. (Advance reservation is required)
 
The Price Park Tower, Tokyo
 
Western style rooms
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo is a five star hotel, ranked 2nd best hotel in the world by Expedia. Every room is luxurious and spacious with panoramic views of Tokyo. It features state-of-the-art amenities including a Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower stall. In the facility there is a swimming pool, indoor hot spring, gym, spa, and high-class restaurants. The hotel is walking distance from Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.
Nearby: 
Zojoji Temple Next to the Hotel
Tokyo Tower is within 5 mins by walk
 
Hamanako Royal Hotel, Lake Hamana
 Hamanako Royal Hotel

Japanese style rooms
Hamanako Royal Hotel offers a great variety of entertainment and facilities. The hotel includes garden pool, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, launder-mat, vending machine corner, restaurants, bar, spa, karaoke room, and banquet halls. Located next to Lake Hamana, it is ideal vacation getaway to enjoy the tranquility of a resort spa.
Nearby:
Hamamatsu Musical Instrument Museum 30 mins by Taxi
Arai Barrier in 20 mins by Taxi

Atmi Hotel New Akao Resort, Lake Hamana


Japanese style rooms
Akao is a beautiful ocean front resort located at the tip of Uomisaki Point in Atami. This hotel includes a Japanese garden, a herb and rose garden, and a private beach.
Nearby:
Atami Castle within walking distance

Grand Prince Hotel, Kyoto
Grand Prince Hotel
            Kyoto

 
Western style rooms
Nestle in the outskirts of Kyoto City lies the Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto near the forest and parks. The hotel's architecture is unique with circular body and beautiful Japanese Gardens that one can describe it as art. This four star hotel offers a spa, restaurants, banquet halls, and great access to beautiful parks for every season.
Nearby:
・Takaraga-ike in 5 mins by walk
・Sanzen-in in 20 mins by taxi
・Daikaku-ji in 20 mins by taxi
・Golden Pavilion in 20 mins by taxi
 
Kyoto New Miyako Hotel, Kyoto
New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Western style rooms
Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.
Nearby:
Food Market: Nishiki Market 10 mins by taxi
Ryozen Museum of History in 10 mins by taxi
 
Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu, Near Narita Airport
Western Style rooms
Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu is located near Narita International Airport. It is a great place for weary fliers who wants to sleep off their jet-lag or pending to return back. The hotel constitutes of 706 guest rooms and gives the feel of an extravagant resort. The hotel is equipped with all modern amenities. You can enjoy and relax over the comfortable and fresh atmosphere. It has easy access to Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple and Narita Dream Dairy Farm.
Nearby:
Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple 15 mins by car
Narita Dream Dairy Farm 25 mins by car
 
Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel Western style rooms
Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel is located in next to JR Hiroshima Station, with direct access to the bullet train and bus terminals. All the rooms are remodeled with modern furnishings and feature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed. The facility contains a indoor pool, business service, internet lounge, fitness center, and a spa. The hotel's location gives you easy access to the city's trolley system to Hiroshima Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Nearby:
・Yaleyale Department Store 5 mins by walk.
・ASSE (Station building) Next to the Hotel
・Hiroshima Peace Park in 15 mins by trolley
・Hiroshima Castle in 17 mins by trolley
 
Rihga Royal Hotel, Hiroshima
Western style rooms
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of Hiroshima's Downtown. The Hotel offers beautiful view of Hiroshima City. Hotel offers many modern facilities and services like the gym, hot springs, and spa (these are extra charges). Many famous sight see spots are within walking distance such as Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Nearby:
Nagarekawa in 5 mins by car
Hondori Shopping Area in 5 mins by walk
Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car
Peace Park Museum in 10 mins by walk
Nampuro Hotel, Nagasaki
Japanese style rooms
Minutes away from Nagasaki is Hotel Nampuro near the Tarukidaichi Forest Park. This luxurious hotel faces Ariake Sea towards Kumamoto. It offers lots of entertainment and relaxation amenities like a petting zoo, outdoor/ indoor hot springs, spa, event showcase, and an award winning garden. Every morning, the hotel offers breakfast buffet with fresh local ingredients. Near proximity to the famous Mount Unzen, you will enjoy the beautiful wild nature in the comfort of your own hotel.
Nearyby:
Mount Unzen in 30 mins by car
Shimabara Castle in 5 mins by car
Takachiho Hotel
Western style rooms
One of the most popular places to stay in Takachiho. As a Kokuminshukuha ("Peoples Lodging") they offer outstanding service and comfortable stay. There is a indoor hot spring in ground level. The hotel has great access down to Takachiho Gorge. Enjoy watching a traditional kagura performance close by at Takachiho Shrine.
Nearby:
Takachiho Gorge in 15 mins by walk
Takachiho Shrine in 5 mins by walk
Tsubaki-kan Ryokan
Japanese style rooms
Tsubaki-kan is located in the Dogo Onsen district, its a great location for shopping and taking the trolley to visit downtown and Matsuyama Castle. The hotel in conveniently located 5 minute walk from the famous Dogo Onsen. Dogo Onsen is the oldest hot spring in Japan and is rumored to have healing qualities. The hotel provides both western and Japanese-style rooms. Everyday there is a taiko show at 9 pm in the ground floor. There is also free Wi-Fi at the lobby area.
Nearby:
Matsuyama castle 10 mins by car
The Dogo Park 12 mins by walk
Sheraton Miako Hotel Osaka
Western Style room
Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel is a perfect location in downtown with great access to many of local attractions, shopping area, and dining. The four star hotel has high class customer service with great accommodations. Within the hotel, there is a indoor pool, bakery, flower shop, restaurants, day care, spa, and stores. The guest rooms are all elegant and spacious and can have a beautiful city views with free LAN internet connection. The hotel is located near Osakauehonmachi Station which is close to Namba Station to the Shinsaibashi Shopping Area.
Nearby:
Kami-honmachi YUFURA Next to the Hotel
Kintetsu department store Next to the Hotel
Sinkabukiza (Kami-honmachi YUFURA at 6~8F)
Airport Limousine Bus (to and from between the Hotel and Kansai International / Itami Airport )


Notes: 
At hotels where Japanese style rooms are offered, we arrange tatami rooms, traditional Japanese straw mat, with futons. However, we can change to western style rooms at some hotels (subject to availabilities in hotels) at participant’s request. 


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Price guide

Grand Tour of Japan with Kyoto Gion Festival 12 Days Tour (B)
Tour Code: JPGT12D
Land Tour Price        A$4650  
Single Supplement:   + A$1600

 

Tour Starts: Tokyo
Tour Ends: Osaka
Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
Hotels: 4~5 Stars
Meals: 24 Meals

Departure
Dates:

2014

July: 12

2015
July: TBA

 

 

Inclusions:

  • 11 nights accommodation (9nts Western & 2nts Japanese style)
  • 24 meals (Mix of local Japanese delicacies & Western): B=11, L=8, D=5
  • All ground transportation during tour
  • All admission fees as listed on itinerary
  • Gratuities & Local Taxes during tour (no-hidden charges)
  • Round-trip airport transfers to/from designated hotels (except for early arrival & late departure & hotel changed by request)
  • Meet Assist Service will be available between 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Narita / Kansai Airport. (Itami Airport arrival, airport bus coupon will be provided for your transfer to downtown hotel.)
  • Seamless service of English speaking tour guide during tour 

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Passports & Visa (if applicable)
  • Drinks & Food not mentioned in your itinerary
  • All other items of a personal nature. 

Remarks:

  • All prices are in AUD, and based on PER PERSON TWIN SHARE. Prices are indicative only and are subject to change at anytime due to currency fluctuations.
  • During Public Holidays or Special Events surcharges may apply. Please always check with our consultants for more details.
  • Comfort References:
    Pace:
    Slow-Fast (1~5):
     

     4

    Walking Distance:
    Short-Long (1~5):
     
     4
    Sightseeing Type:
    Cultural-Natural (1~5):
     1
    Ideal for:

    First time visit  Japan.
    Family holiday in Japan.


Room Upgrade:
Room Upgrade to deluxe room is available at most hotels on this itinerary from A$110 p.p.

Pre/Post Tour Hotels and Optional Tours or Extension to Asian Cities
We offer specially selected hotels in and near Osaka or Tokyo with special rates for your pre and/or post tour overnight. With a pre and/or post night you have the chance to start and end your holidays in a pleasant and comfortable way. You will be picked up at your hotel or can easily get to one of our pick-up-points on the day of your departure and being dropped off, respectively.


Pre/Post tour hotel rates:
(Per Person Twn Share Inc. breakfast):

Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel A$180 p.p.
Kyoto New Miyako Hotel A$180 p.p. 
Grand Pacific Le Daiba Tokyo A$180 p.p. 
Prince Park Tower A$195 p.p.

*Single supplement: +A$120 per night

Change of Hotel (Airport Area to Downtown Area):
We can arrange changing your hotel from airport area (ie. Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu or Nikko Kansai Airport Hotel) to downtown area (ie. Sheraton Miyako Osaka or Grand Pacific Le Daiba), so you can reach your favorite destination easier during pre/post stay.
Hotel Change Fee: A$70 p.p. 

Images of Japan:
Japan Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom at Mt Fuji  


Cherry Blossom in Kyoto


Cherry-Blossom Time 

Garden Staircase, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan


Hokkaido, Japan

 

Hokkaido Landscape

 

Tokyo City, Japan

 

Japan Cherry Blossom

Tokyo Disneyland

 

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The Great Buddha of Kam

 

Asakusa Kanonji Temple

 

Meiji Shrine

 

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Beach in Taketomi, Okinawa

 

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Shinjuku, Tokyo

 

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Buddhist temples, Mount Koya

 

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Shinto torii gate, Dewa Sanzan

 

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Autumn colors in Kofu, Yamanashi

 

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A 700-series shinkansen train

 

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Express train to Shibuya

 

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Uwajima Castle, Uwajima

 

 

Fancy Japanese multi-course

 

Sushi Platter

 

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Bukkake udon with tempura, Kurashiki

 

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Ramen, Onomichi

Japanese Set Dinner

 

 Mix Sushi

 

A fancy nigiri assortment.

 

Japanese Cuisine

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Yakiniku-style beef , Ishigaki, Okinawa

 

Japanese Cold Noodle 

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Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima
 

Japanese food on display

 

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A pot of Yonezawa beef sukiyaki 

square-watermelon

 

heart shaped watermelons in Japan

Heart-Shaped  Watermelon

 

fruit juice boxes by naoto fukasawa

Japanese Fruit Juice Packaging

 

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Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo

 

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Flat sakazuki tray

 

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Okinawa's Orion beer

 

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Matcha and traditional sweets, Kanazawa

 

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Rotenburo outdoor bath 

Oku-Hida Onsen Villages


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Midwinter in Shirabu Onsen

 

Beppu Hot Sping, Kyushu

 

Beppu onsen, Kyushu

 

Kikuchi, Japan: Tatami Living Room

Tatami Living Room   

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Space-efficient sleeping in Sapporo

 

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The Hello Kitty bondage room, Osaka.

 

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A typical guest room in a ryokan

 

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Ryokan breakfast

 

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Mount Aso, the world's largest volcanic caldera

 

 

Onsen in Nachikatsuura

 

 Japanese Culture and Customs

Japanese Culture, Greeting

 

Japanese Culture Facts

Japanese Green Tea Ceremony