Traditional & Tropical Japan
Sub-tropical Pacific Island, Amami Ooshima, is one of Japan’s best kept secrets. This is the perfect way to finish an exhilarating journey through Honshu Japan
Traditional & Tropical is one of our all-time favourite tours. Expect once-in-a-life-time experiences. Visit Japan’s most impressive awe-inspiring sites with our local guides who provide informative & fun excursions. Savour the mouth-watering feasts. Explore Kyoto & Tokyo on your free days. Travel around on first class bullet trains & quirky transport modes. Unwind on a picture-perfect paradise island with crystal clear waters at your feet
Traditional & Tropical Japan - Video Overview
Day 1: Welcome to Tokyo - Where East Meets West
Day 2: Tokyo City Sightseeing
Day 3: Yudanaka Onsen & A Visit to the Snow Monkeys
Day 4: Matsumoto & Traditinoal Takayama
Takayama Festival (April & October Tours Only)
On our April & October tours, you will get the very special chance to see the Takayama Spring or Harvest festival. Watch the whole town come alive from morning til evening over two full days, with giant festival floats parading the streets, local artisans displaying their wares, street food stalls on every corner, naked or half dressed men running through the streets, and women and children performing their native local dances with great excitement. The atmosphere is something that cannot be bought, only experienced in Japan, unique to this ancient town of Takayama.
Day 5: Takayama Walking Tour
Day 6: Cultural Activities in Gokayama
Day 7: Kanazawa Morning Tour / Evening in Kyoto
- Dinner with Kyoto Geisha at local restaurant
Day 8: The Kyoto Experience
♥♥Highlight: Afternoon Tea with Geisha (Maiko) ♥♥
Day 9: Free time in Kyoto (Optional Tours Available)
Day 10-13: Tropical Paradise on Amami Ooshima
Day 14-15: Journey back to Tokyo for some free time before flying home
Dates and Prices
Tour Starts:April 10
Tour Ends:April 24, 2022 [Takayama Spring Festival] Book Now
Tour Starts:May 08 [Almost Full]
Tour Ends:May 22, 2022 [May Sumo Tournament] Book Now
Tour Starts:September 05
Tour Ends:September 19, 2022 [September Sumo Tournament] Book Now
Tour Starts:October 05 (Almost Full)
Tour Ends:October 19, 2022 (Takayama Autumn Festival) Book Now
Tour Starts:April 10 (Almost Full)
Tour Ends:April 24, 2023 [Takayama Spring Festival] Book Now
Tour Starts:May 10
Tour Ends:May 24, 2023 [May Sumo Tournament] Book Now
Tour Starts:September 06
Tour Ends:September 20, 2023 [September Sumo Tournament] Book Now
Tour Starts:October 05
Tour Ends:October 19, 2023 [Takayama Autumn Festival] Book Now
Shibuya Excel Tokyu Hotel (or similar 4*)
We will base you smack bang in the centre of the worlds busiest crossings in Shibuya for your first two nights. What better way to start your trip to Japan with – great shopping, variety of restaurants and entertainment areas, impressive buildings and an atmosphere that says so many things about Tokyo…. Vibrant, wacky, non-stop, crowded, busy, but serviced like no other city in the world! Conveniently accessed by many of the JR subway lines, it is a very handy place to be based for the duration of your stay in Tokyo.
Kanbayashi Hotel Senjukaku (or similar)
Founded in 1928, Senjukaku was a famous rural retreat of the Meiji Era and one of the earliest hotels to introduce a mix of Japanese and Western aesthetics. It has been the favorite of many cultural figures historically. During the post-War Occupation, it was also used as a resort by the American army. Rebuilt in 1989, with its wooden beams and family treasures on display, this expansive ryokan resort very much retains the same “modern” mood as the original. Senjukaku’s offerings include garden walks on site, indoor and outdoor hot spring baths and a massage service, as well as superb service from the staff and delicious and generous multi-course meals. In short, Senjukaku continues to uphold its proud tradition as a perfect country getaway.
Wat Hotel & Spa Hida Takayama
Takayama is a nice-sized town, easy to get around on foot. We love this hotel for its quality, onsen, location, and room sizes. You can reserve your own private onsen bath, or use the facilities of the public onsen. Whatever your choice, you can enjoy the relaxed pace in this quaint mountainside town.
Kyoto Okura Hotel (or similar 4/5*)
Okura Hotels are Japans finest traditional hotels providing 5* service throughout. Kyoto Okura is centrally located, just a short walk from downtown.
Amami Bashayama Mura Hotel (or similar)
Bashayama Mura Hotel is the perfect place to simply chill!! Located in front of the cyrstal blue sea, your room comes with the perfect view, one you won’t find in many other hotels in Japan. Spacious rooms, again a rare attraction for hotels in Japan, the hotel is famous for its abundance of fresh seafood, friendly easy going service, and is a popular wedding venue in Japan. Just 20 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from the main city of Naze with a local bus stop right outside the door.
The Imperial Hotel (or similar 5*)
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this 5 star hotel offers traditional luxury in the heart of Tokyo’s prime shopping and business district in Yurakucho. You will have everything you expect from Tokyo on your doorstep such as, the Imperial Palace, Ginza shopping district, beautiful parks and gardens, and world class cuisine.
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Unique Japan Tours made our time in Japan so special, especially when we landed on Amami Ooshima...a sub tropical paradise island in the Pacific. They couldn't do enough for us and really know how to put together a well thought out itinerary and route. Professional at all times with clear inside knowledge of Japan - giving us experiences we know we would not have got on our own. At first we thought it was pricey, but when we got there, we knew we paid for what we got! Highly recommend Traditional & Tropical Japan. A whirldwind adventure through the mainland before a sit-back and unwind on a tropical paradise Amami Ooshima. Thank you so much to Hokuto and all at Unique Japan Tours.
Denise & Ciaran (October 2019)
* If you require a bed for health reasons (1 night only will be on futon), let us know early. We can put in a request but cannot guarantee it.
|English Speaking tour leader|
Daily local English speaking Tour Leader* (Group Size: 5 persons – 12 persons)
*If your tour has less than 5 people on it, we will arrange the tour on a semi-escorted basis. You will met in each area by our local assistants and guides on days you don’t have private guides).
|Private Tour Guides||English-speaking local tour guides in Tokyo, Kanazawa, Gokayama, Takayama, Kyoto, & Amami Ooshima|
|Transfers & Luggage|
|Entrance Fees||Included into all sights listed on itinerary|
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