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Japan is a holiday destination that guarantees a unique experience to each traveler, whether it be sampling Japanese delicacies or strolling through an old castle town. Within every large city there are many temples and shrines, creating a mixture of the past, present and future.  

Tokyo, simultaneously modern and comfortable, yet traditional and chaotic, is endlessly fascinating in its variety.   Osaka is known as a city with a well-developed network of underground shopping areas.  The city is bursting with places to see and things to do. Scene of many epic battles in the feudal era and the core of Japan's manufacturing and technological strength, Nagoya and its vicinity offer natural splendor, traditional delights and modern wonders.  Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, and ruling that time became the repository of much of the best Japanese art, culture, religion and thought.  Fukuoka is known for its Hakata-ori textiles, and gala festival of Hakata Dontaku, as well as refined Hakata clay dolls. In summer Sapporo Odori Park is full of beer gardens, while in winter it becomes the location for a snow festival. During the festival, this big park is lined with magnificent snow statues.

Tohoku Region
Central Japan Region
Hokkaido Region

The Tohoku Region is located in the northeast part of Honshu, the main island of Japan.  It comprises the six prefectures Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Akita Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture, which collectively account for about 30% of Honshu's surface area.

From Tokyo, bus tours usually go through Tohoku's neighbour prefectures such as Niigata, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba and Saitama.  Combination of Tohoku and these areas can make bus tours  more attractive.

Travel Hint:  Regarding a group tour by bus, using a charter bus for all days starting from the departure point and returning  to the departure point will bring the best cost-efficiency, because the cost for the out-of-service-bus which is to be returned to the departure point is not required.

Not only famous places such as Takayama and Shirakawago, there are also a lot of charm in towns that have deviated from the main travel route.

Visit Okuhida Onsengo and enjoy rustic natural hot springs.

Visit Achi village and enjoy peach flowers and beautiful starry night.

Here are 7 tour suggestions start from New Chitose Airport (Sapporo) for 4 days and 5 days.  Probably 4-5 days are the minimum required time to travel around Hokkaido.  Needless to say, the more you can spend time, the more you can enjoy this island deeply.

Kyushu Region
Kii Peninsula & Koyasan
Tokyo

This tour is one of the regular tours which cover Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Tosu Premium Outlet and Fukuoka.

Nagasaki was Japan's early gateway to trade with the West, and this influence still shines through in its district of stately European-style homes and a large Christian population.

The Kii Peninsula offers prime examples of many of Japan’s most lauded attractions.

 

There are Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, sublime natural scenery and steaming hot springs, traditional culture and modern convenience.

For example:

1. Kumano Sanzan - Sacred Shrines and Waterfall

2. Shirahama - Beaches and Onsen

3. Koyasan - Home over 100 temples, but the most important are Kongobuji Temple and Okunoin mausoleum

4. Ise Jingu - Japan's most sacred shrine.

About Ninja - Musashi Clan
The Musashi clan consists of number of families and people who have built close relations of trust with the Shibata Family of the Musashi Province. The Shibata of Musashi became retainer of Tokugawa Ieyasu and served the Tokugawa Shogunate for 265 years as intelligence operatives called 'Metsuke (inspectors)' and 'Onmitsu (undercover agent)'.

JL Off the Beaten Track Japan 5 - Okuhida Onsengo

Suggested itinerary by JL from Manila, Philippines

Valid 01Sep19 - 31Oct19

The tour visits Takaoka, Toyama, Inami, Gokayama, Takayama, Okuhida Onsengo, Shirakawago and Kanazawa by private chartered car with an English speaking driver.

Car type:  Alphard for 2-4 pax,

Hi-ace for 6-8 pax.

JL Off the Beaten Track Japan 5 - Fossa Magna

Suggested itinerary by JL from Manila, Philippines

Valid 01Sep19 - 31Oct19 

The tour visits Toyama, Nagano, Matsumoto, Azumino, Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama, Shirakawago, Gokayama and Kanazawa by private chartered car with an English speaking driver.

Car type:  Alphard for 2-4 pax,

Hi-ace for 6-8 pax.

Okuhida Onsen-go
Mt. Fuji 1 Day Tour 2019
Tokyo
Kusatsu Onsen

Okuhida Onsen-go, known as one of the best weekend getaway destinations for Onsen Lovers, is scattered with five rural and rustic hot spring villages:  Hirayu, Fukuji, Shin-hirayu, Tochio and Shin-Hotaka.  All are conveniently accessible on the same bus route.  Located in the center of Japan, Okuhida Onsen can be easily accessed by public transportation from Tokyo, Matsumoto or Takayama. 

Bridges and pathways lead you around and over these tranquil ponds in Oshino Hakkai. The traditional thatched roof buildings, slowly spinning water wheels, and amazing view of Mt. Fuji all transport you to another era.

This is one of the most popular 1 day tour by coach from Tokyo.  You won't miss must-see sights.

Visit Akihabara by Power Assist Electric Bicycle and enjoy Japanese Anime, Pop Culture and 'Shitamachi' atmosphere with an English speaking tour coordinator.

The tour visits: Akihabara Raidokaikan, Taito Station, Don Quijote, Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan, Super Potato, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Kan'eiji Temple, Yanaka Cemetry and Yanaka Ginza.

Kusatsu Onsen, located in Guma Pref., northwest of Tokyo has been recognized as one of the three best hot springs in Japan along with Arima Onsen (Hyogo Pref.) and Gero Onsen (Gifu Pref.). 

Easy access from Tokyo by  express bus.  It takes about 3.5 hrs., one way.

Kanazawa
Yuya Ruru Saisai
Fukui
Takasaki Antique Shop

A prosperous castle town for over 300 years.  At the center of the city lies the Kenroku-en Garden, famous for the "Yukitsuri," ropes stretched from the top of a tree to the lower branches like an umbrella to protect it from snow damage.

With opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, travelling to Kanazawa from Tokyo has become even more convenient.  This is a city with townscapes that evokes historic images of the past, which visitors can experience the unique history of Japan.

Yuya Ruru Saisai

​由屋るる犀々

One of the highly reputed Ryokan in Kanazawa.  Situated by the Sai River, Yuya Ruru Saisai offers spacious Japanese-style rooms with private facilities.

"Yuya Ruru Saisai" was opened in April 2008, making use of the long established Japanese ‘Kappo Ryokan割烹旅館’ (a restaurant with attached accommodation) named "Kiyokawa きよ川" which was once reputed in this place. 

Fukui prefecture is off the prime tourist track for international visitors, but the prefecture has some beautiful scenery and excellent food, and it boasts some surprising claims to fame such as Echizen lacquerware, Echizen-washi (Japanese paper), ...etc.   One of the high-lights must be the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum , which is considered one of the three most important in the world along with Royal Tyrrell Museum (Canada) and 自貢恐竜博物館 (China).

Takasaki Kotto Kaikan (antique shop) is one of the most reputable antique shops in Kanto area.  The first time visitors will be overwhelmed by the number of items and the variety. 

When advice is needed, the shop staff respond at any time.  You can actually pick up any items in which you’re interested and check the quality carefully.

We can modify the itinerary to 1N2D including Kusatsu or Ikaho hot springs.

Peach Flower Village 2020   花桃の里

Hanamomo has the  best blooming season from the end of April to the beginning of May.  The area around Hirugami Onsen, Achi Village turns into a paradise of flowers and a fantastic fairytale-like scenery unfolds.

The 3 nights & 4 days tour from Tokyo features all charms that Central Japan can offer.  The tour departs from Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchi, Matsumoto, Achi Village, Magome, Seki, Gujo Hachiman, Gero, Shirakawago, Takayama, Okuhida Onsengo, Kofu and back to Tokyo.

Central Hokkaido Hi-Lite
Explore Southern Hokkaido

The tour visits Shiroi Koibito Park, Otaru, lake Toya, Sobetsu Fruits Farm, Mt. Usu Ropeway, Noboribetsu Bear Park, Chitose Salmon Acquarium, Mitsui Outlet Park Kita-Hiroshima and Sapporo by private chartered car with English speaking driver.

Fruit Picking in Hokkaido

Sep - Oct:  Grape, Prune, Pear, Apple, ...

The tour visits Lake Toya, Onuma Quasi National Park, Mt. Hakodate, Kanemori Red-brick Warehouse, Hakodate Asaichi Morning Market, Goryokaku Park, Mt. Usu Ropeway, Noboribetsu Onsen, Hokkaido Shrine, Okurayama Jump Stadium, Mitsui Outlet Park Kita-Hiroshima and Shiroi Koibito Park by private chartered car with English speaking driver.

Eastern Hokkaido Hi-Lite

The tour visits Tokachi Hills, Onneto Observatory, Lake Akan, Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf MOO, Kushiro Japanese Crane Reserve, Ikeda Wine Castle, Tokachigawa Onsen, Ryugetsu Sweetpia, Tokachi Milenium Forest, Mitsui Outlet Park Kita-Hiroshima and Sapporo by private chartered car with English speaking driver.

Urabandai Lake Resort - Goshiki no Mori

Urabandai Lake Resort – Goshiki no Mori 五色の森

Ura-Bandai covers Bandai-Kogen Plateau with Mt. Bandai in its center and occupies the major parts of the Bandai Asahi National park 磐梯朝日国立公園.  Ura-Bandai means the area behind Mt. Bandai and belongs to the Kitashiobara Village.  The area, a very popular mountain resort, has many lakes and ponds including the Goshikinuma 五色沼 (Five-Colored Lakes), which were created the eruption of Mt. Bandai in 1888.

Featuring indoor and outdoor public baths for men and women, which make use of the free flowing natural hot spring water, the hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi.  With both Japanese and Western food on offer, as well as fresh seasonal local cuisine as well, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  An on-site gift shop offers local specialties and local sake rice wine.  Goshikinuma Lakes are just a 3-minute walk from the hotel.  Check-in 15:00/Check-out 11:00, 241 rooms in total.

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