Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens
Visit one of the “10 Beautiful Places In The World That Actually Exist”
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens.
This tour caters to a wide variety of interests from culture, architecture, nature, Onsen spa baths, and traditional Japanese cuisine to 21st century sights.
Start your trip with a visit to the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, selected as one of the “10 Beautiful Places In The World That Actually Exist”. Then visit the Akiyoshido Cave and Kintaikyo Bridge en route to Hiroshima. Both Kawachi Fuji Gardens and Akiyoshido Cave have been selected as two of the “1000 places (30 places in Japan) to see before you die”.
In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park then head on to Miyajima to view the famed vermilion Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the gates look like they’re floating on the sea. We will then drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea to Shikoku Island. Take in the views of the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridges standing among hundreds of islands beautifully scattered over the Seto Inland Sea at the Kirosan Observatory.
In Shikoku Island, you will visit the open air museum of Shikoku Mura Village, and see why Japanese gardens are famous in Takamatsu. Cross the inland sea back to Honshu Island and visit the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki, and the majestic castle at Himeji. On this tour you will also have a chance to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe.
We will then take you to visit Nara, where you will be inspired by the intricate architecture and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you’ll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. Spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city’s gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. You’ll also get the opportunity to taste sake, experience a green tea ceremony and watch a kimono fashion show.
Visit Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Then proceed to Hikone Castle, considered one of the four most beautiful castles in Japan with its three-layered chalk tower. Visit the Genkyuen Garden, a beautiful Japanese landscape garden located on the castle grounds. Take a Shinkansen (bullet train) ride for experience before transfering to Hamanako Kanzanji Onsen. There you’ll stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you can unwind in the hot springs (onsen) and dine on gourmet kaiseki cuisine.
Spend a day at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo. Visit Tokyo’s cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the bustling streets of Shibuya, Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan’s largest and busiest fish market, the historical Imperial Palace, and the record- breaking Tokyo Tower.