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Kyoto Gion Festival 12 days – 7 ⁄ 16

Experience the Japan's most popular festival.

Gion Festival, the festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan.
It takes place over the entire month of July.
There are many different events, but two are particularly renowned: the Yamaboko Junko, a procession of floats on July 17th; and Yoiyama, the festive evenings preceding the procession.

Starting date,2011 – 7 ⁄ 16.

Land only tour package USD 3,998 ⁄ EUR 2,841

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Day 1 – Welcome to Osaka, you are greeted by a tour guide who will escort you to the hotel.
Hotel – Nikko Kansai airport or similar.

Day 2Gion FestivalGion Festival of Yasaka Shrine, is the most famous festival in Japan.
It takes place over the entire month of July.
There are many different events, but two are particularly renowned: the Yamaboko Junko, a procession of floats on July 17th; and Yoiyama, the festive evenings preceding the procession.
Hotel – Holiday inn Kyoto or similar.

Day 3Ritsurin Garden – This morning, we will begin from Ritsurin Garden, built during the Edo Period.
In Matsuyama, we will visit Ishiteji Temple.
Then, we will visit Dogo Onsen Honkan, a wooden public bathhouse.
It is said to have served as an inspiration for Miyazaki's popular animated film "Spirited Away".
And of course, the tour would not be complete without a long, relaxing soak in the Onsen (spa) that have rejuvenated the Japanese people for many centuries. Here, guests can try wearing the Yukata (Japanese robe) and enjoy dinner at hotel.
Hotel – Miel Parque Matsuyama

Day 4Blood pond hell – Today, we will take a three hour ferry ride to Beppu, Kyushu Island.
The "Hells" (Jigoku) of Beppu are nine spectacular hot springs suited for viewing rather than bathing.
We will visit Umi-jigoku ( sea hell ), made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Chi-no-ike-jigoku ( blood pond hell ) where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tatsumaki-Jigoku ( tornado hell ).
Later we will head to Aso city for over night.
Hotel – Aso Plaza hotel or similar

Day 5Mt.Aso – This morning, we will take a Ropeway to enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Aso, an active volcano and its ancient caldera ranks among the world's largest.
In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city destroyed by an atomic bomb. Our Nagasaki tour includes Glover Garden, a garden with the story of Madame Butterfly, Oura Tenshudo, the oldest standing Christian church in Japan, and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park.
Hotel – Hakata Excel hotel or similar.

Day 6Kintai-Kyo Bridge – Today, we will experience a ride on the "Bullet Train" to Shin-Shimonoseki.
At Mohri Museum and Gardens,
we will see the beautiful Zen garden and its displays including Japanese paintings, armory, textiles, pottery, Japanese lacquer ware, antique books and documents that belonged to the Mohri family of Choshu.
Then we will visit the Kintai-Kyo Bridge, which was completely made of wood and without the use of any nails in 1673.
This bridge makes five bold arches over the Nishiki River.
Hotel – Grand prince hotel Hiroshima or similar.

Day 7Miyajima – Today, we will take a morning tour of Hiroshima.
Our first stop is Miyajima.
Miyajima is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water.
Enjoy the beautiful sight ranked as one of Japan's three best views.
Then we will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum.
We will continue our journey to the East, Himeji Castle, considered Japan's most beautiful castle which was never destroyed in wars, earthquakes or fires and it keeps its original form.
In the evening we will arrive at Osaka.
Hotel – Sheraton MIyako Osaka or similar.

Day 8the Golden Pavilion – For this day, we will begin with a morning visit to the Golden Pavilion followed by a trip to Kiyomizu Temple.
Thereafter, we will visit Ryoanji Temple, famous for its Zen Garden, ( Karesansui or Dry landscape rock garden ) which describes the spirit of Zen Buddhism meditation.
also we will visit Gion Geisha District.
Hotel – New Miyako hotel or similar.

Day 9Bullet train – We will start the day with a visit to Nara, where the highlight is definitely the Giant Buddha who has sat in his meditative state for over 1000 years at Todai-ji, and Deer Park where numerous deer roam freely.
Thereafter, we will visit Iga Ninja Museum.
At the late afternoon we will experience the "Bullet train" ride. Of course, the tour would not be complete without a long, relaxing soak in the Onsen hot spring that have rejuvenated the Japanese for many centuries.
Hotel – Atami Resort pia or similar class.

Day 10Mt.Fuji – We shall begin today's tour by visiting Hakone, where we will take a Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani.
From Hakone we will continue our journey to Japanfs most iconic symbol, the sacred Fuji-san ( Mt. Fuji ). Drive to Odaiba where you enjoy a night vieew of Tokyo.
Hotel – Tokyo prince hotel

Day 11Akihabara – We have organized for a full day tour.
Our first stop is the Tsukiji Fish Outer Market.
At Edo Tokyo Museum, you can get acquainted with the history of Tokyo.
Then you will stop by Akihabara where you can experience Japan's latest pop culture scene.
After the sightseeing and lunch at Asakusa, we will enjoy Sumida River Cruise.
We will continue our tour of Tokyo to Imperial Palace Plaza, the former site of Edo Castle and now it is the residence of Japan's Royal Family.
At last, we will head to Ginza for our farewell dinner and final shopping.
Hotel – Narita excel hotel, Tokyo prince hotel or similar.

Day 12 – Sadly, your pleasant and memorable Japan Tour ends today.
Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan or in Asian Cities.

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