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The cherry blossoms erupt in early April. Each season in Japan has unique charms.
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  • Duration 12 days
    Group Size 2-9
    Land Cost $4,500-$6,800 Details
    Single Supplement $1,000
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Classic and Festive Japan

    Tokyo, Kyoto, Nikko, Mount Fuji, traditional villages, hot springs, and seasonal festivals

    JOURNEYS has found a way to create an itinerary for a very small group at competitive prices.  Join this special trip during Cherry Blossom Festivals in April, during the Shichi-go San and Autumn Foliage Festivals in November, during the beautiful Oeshiki Festival of lanterns in October, or on your own dates. Witness the Japanese culture's unabashed and effusive homage to the seasons.

    Visit the country's most exquisite landmarks, and meet locals off the tourist paths. Overnight in a few different traditional-style Japanese ryokans. Experience the hot springs baths so beloved by the Japanese. You'll have plenty of time to explore vibrant Tokyo before visiting Mt. Fuji and scenic Lake Kawaguchi. Travel back in time in the traditional villages at Matsumoto, Hida Takayama, and Shirakawa. Perhaps best of all, spend time in the old capital of Kyoto where the the simple elegance of the temples and gardens defy description. 

    If your schedule permits, add a day-long or multi-day extension. Visit Nara or Hiroshima.  Consider an overnight stay on monastry grounds at Mt. Koya.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive Tokyo
    Day 2Tokyo Temples and Views
    Day 3Tokyo Shrines and Pop Cultures
    Day 4Tokyo Free Day
    Day 5Lake Kawaguchi
    Day 6Matsumoto / Hida Takayama City
    Day 7Hida Takayama
    Day 8Shirakawa-go and Kyoto
    Day 9Kyoto
    Day 10-11Kyoto
    Day 12Depart or Extend

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    "The Japanese go all out when it comes to honoring the seasons. In springtime, there are cherry blossoms on everything -- train stations, shop fronts, streetlights, banquet setting, gift wrap, everything. And in autumn, it's red and orange leaves, everywhere." - Joan Weber

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