Deaf World Adventures Tours
|TRIP DATES||AVAILABILITY||PRICE||SPACE LEFT|
|March 23, 2023 - April 5, 2023||Guaranteed||$4300||
|April 11, 2023 - April 24, 2023||Guaranteed||$4300||
|April 2, 2024 - April 15, 2024||Guaranteed||$4300||
Dates and prices are subject to change.
See Tokyo, the world’s most contemporary metropolis.
Stay at a traditional Japanese inn with hot springs.
Walk through a forest to see the Snow Monkeys.
Discover Kyoto with old temples and shrines.
Share this awesome tour with your family and friends.
The Japanese have managed to integrate ancient traditions and contemporary technology into their daily lives. With this mix, our spring tour has something for everyone. In the best that the Japanese spring season has to offer, Japan has amazing views of cherry blossoms, in almost every corner of the country. These trees create a picturesque scenery against Japanese old and new architectures.
Highlights of this tour include visiting major historical and cultural cities of Japan with cherry blossom spots. The tour starts in the megacity, Tokyo and then you travel out west to other cities with amazing cultural heritages, landmarks, architecture, natural scenery, and all kinds of markets.
Activities in the tour include exploring old cities like Kyoto, Kamakura, Takayama, Nagano, and Kanazawa with ancient Buddhist temples, Japanese shrines, preserved tea houses, samurai residences, merchant districts, and more. Spectacular sceneries include the quaint traditional village with fascinating farmhouses in Shirakawago, the atmosphere and isolation of Miyajima Island with the giant floating Torii gate, and the natural beauty of Hakone with views of Mt. Fuji with terminally-heated mineral water baths at an onsen. The tour also includes a nature walk on a dirt trail through a green forest to a natural hot spring water hole to watch the Japanese macaque, known as snow monkeys soak in the hot springs. Additionally, you will meet Deaf locals, Japanese farmers, sake brewers, artisans, cooks, and young students.
Furthermore, you learn the unforgettable history of the Shogun in Kanagawa and about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Also, you get to dine on great foods and taste some of the best-known dishes of west Japan. The region has some of the best craft beer and sake, too.
Your guide will greet you at the airport and escorted you to your hotel in Tokyo. Overnight is in Tokyo.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kiyobashi
The 3.5-star hotel is located in the heart of Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace
The hotel is a five-minute walk away from the Tokyo JR station, the largest in Japan. It is in the neighborhood of two popular entertainment, dining, and shopping districts Ginza and Nihonbashi.
Information and photos from Mitsui Garden Hotel Kiyobashi and Trip Advisor websites.
Visit the Ryogoku District where the Sumo wrestlers practice, go up the Skytree for a view of greater Tokyo, tour Kappabashi, Japan’s kitchen town, and walk nearby to then to Asakusa for the Senso-Ji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Also, stop to see the Asakusa Shrine, and explore the Nakamise-Dori. A welcome lunch of Japanese cuisine is included on this day.
You visit the Yanaka neighborhood stopping at the Yanaka Ginza, and the Yanaka Cemetery with cherry blossoms. Lunch is at the Deaf-owned ramen shop. In the afternoon you see Shinjuku with the Tokyo Metropolitan building, Harajuku with the Meiji Shrine, and Shibuya with the Hachiko statue and the famous crosswalk. Overnight is in Tokyo.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kiyobashi
Optional Activity: Deaf social at an Izakaya. Reservations required.
Travel to Kamakura Japan’s first political capital. There you see the Hokokuji Temple with the bamboo grove, the Kotoku-in with the Great Buddha, and the Hase-Dera with Japan’s largest wooden statue of Kannon. In the late afternoon, you check-in a traditional ryokan with a Japanese dinner and natural hot spring onsen. Overnight Hakone Yumoto.
Hotel: Yoshiike Ryokan
Yoshiike Ryokan is located at the entrance of Hakone onsen town. It is just a 6-minute walk away from Hakone-Yumoto station.
The Japanese garden, which is the pride of the hotel, spreads out in front of you. And the ryokan owns six hot spring sources. The sources provide abundant hot spring water. The hot spring bathing facilities including the open-air baths in the garden are excellent. They are filled with 100% Yoshiike’s hot spring sources. The spa facilities have a lounge and Karaoke room.
Also, you enjoy a sophisticated Japanese multi-course meal using fresh local ingredients. You may enjoy dining at either Dining room Houshintei or Lounge Sangetsu. Both rooms feature panoramic views of our boasting Japanese garden so that it will make your dining experience better even more!
Information and photos from Yoshiike Ryokan website.
Embark on a circular tour of the Hakone route. Hakone is famous for its natural beauty and views of nearby Mount Fuji. You travel the region on five different means of transport passing over the Owakudani volcano, sailing on a boat across Lake Asahi, and going on a short leisure walk on the ancient Cedar Avenue. Overnight is in Nagano.
Hotel: Hotel JAL City Nagano
The Hotel JAL City Nagano has 16 stories above ground. It provides 242 guest rooms, including non-smoking options and internet availability. You will enjoy a fine view from your room of the landscape such as Zenkoji temple and the Northern Alps. The hotel has four banquets halls including a sky banquet room available for party or wedding use. It is situated on the Central Street of Zenkoji Omote-sandou in Nagano city. For business travelers the hotel is conveniently located; a 7-minute walk from the Nagano Station and 5-minute walk from the governmental offices and a business center; and for tourists, it provides easy access to noteworthy sites; a 15-minute walk to Zenkoji, National Treasure, and Higashiyama Kaii gallery. The hotel serves throughout all seasons as a base for hopping to other sightseeing areas, Obuse, Togakushi, and Hakuba.
Information and photos from Hotel JAL City Nagano website.
You travel by bus to Jigokudani and walk through a natural forest to the site where the Japanese Macaques (aka snow monkeys) gather and bathe in natural hot springs water. After lunch, you tour the old hot-spring resort with old Japanese inns, ryokans, and bathhouses. In the late afternoon, you travel on the train back to Nagano. Overnight is in Nagano
Hotel: Hotel JAL City Nagano
continued: Hotel JAL City Nagano
In the morning you visit the Zennoji Temple with the dark underground passage and walk through Nakamise street with galleries and shops. Then you take the train to Matsumoto for a lunch break and a tour of Matsumoto Castle. By late afternoon you ride a charter bus over the Hida mountains to Takayama, an old preserved town. Overnight is in Takayama
Hotel: EPH Takayama
The hotel is a 1-min. walk from Takayama station. EPH TAKAYAMA hotel is a boutique hotel that encapsulates the natural scenery of Hida Takayama city and the surrounding mountains of Shirakawago. An escape from the grand buildings and skyscrapers of Japan’s larger metropolises, this change in scenery is the beginning of a welcome and relaxing retreat.
Walkthrough a city filled with beautifully-preserved historical streets, green mountain ranges, the UNESCO-designated Shirakawago Village, and eateries & shops both nostalgic and traditional. Discover the history of Takayama, Japan through your stay at EPH TAKAYAMA hotel.
Every EPH TAKAYAMA room welcomes you with a colorful fusuma artwork, inviting you to slide open the windows and reveal a view of Hida-Takayama. Gaze out towards the forested mountain ranges that surround the city and its residents – giving you a sense of calm.
Our rooms feature a bathroom enveloped in Hida-Takayama-made hinoki wood. Enjoy a calming and relaxing bath after a day of exploring the city, or as you refresh to ready for your next destination in Japan.
Enjoy a cup of our original EPH COFFEE blend, or our original bath amenities during your time with us.
Information and Photos from EPH Takayama website.
In the morning you stroll through a farmer’s market, see old wealthy merchant’s homes and tour the Takayama-Jinya, the last existing government office by the Shogunate. In the afternoon you have free time on your own to explore the old Sannomachi district or book to dress-up in a Kimono. Overnight in Takayama
Hotel: EPH Takayama
Optional Activity: Grab a rare chance to dress in a kimono (female, male, and children) and be able to experience other traditional Japanese cultural art forms to truly give you an authentic Japanese experience. Booking appointments are required, prices vary depending on the type of kimono and accessories.
Optional Dinner: Hida beef dinner. It’s a local specialty. The main differences of Hida beef from other wagyu can be found in its muscle and marbling. Hida beef is considered by many to be the ideal wagyu and a close cousin to Kobe Beef. Booking is required, the restaurant menu has a variety of Hida beef options and prices.
You go on a day trip through the Hida mountains to a remote landlocked village, Shirakawa-go. The village is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is famous for the many Gassho-zukuri homes. Some of the houses are 300 years old. You explore the village, enter one of the homes. A farm-style lunch is included on this tour. Overnight is in Takayama
Hotel: EPH Takayama
Special Lunch: In Shirakawa-go, you’ll find a traditional local mountainous dish made from homemade miso, mountain vegetables, mushrooms, and meat grilled atop a large hoba leaf. The sweet-smelling grilled miso is paired with white rice, creating a wonderfully rich dish. The hoba leaf itself is used as a dish.
You travel to Hiroshima, the city where the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. You arrive in the afternoon and visit the Peace Memorial Park with the Hiroshima Memorial museum. Your guide will take you to other landmarks and buildings with testaments of the bombing. In the evening have free time around the Hiroshima castle. Overnight is in Hiroshima.
Hotel: Nest Hotel Hiroshima Station/Ekime
Optional Dinner: local specialty, Okonomiyaki. Hiroshima okonomiyaki is a savory pancake packed full of vegetables, seafood, meat, and noodles underneath. There are vegetarian options. If you want to experience this special dish booking is required.
Like a “nest of comfort”, each room is thoughtfully designed to provide guests with a welcoming and relaxing experience.
All rooms are equipped with world-class Simmons beds and feather pillows.
Enjoy a selection of complimentary bread and coffee.
We offer guests a hand-picked selection of natural yeast bread at our lobby.
Guests are invited to enjoy the complimentary breakfast in the cafe lounge or in the comfort of their rooms.
You take a local train to a seaport and board on a ferry for the sacred Miyajima Island. At the pier, some deer will greet you. The deer were worshipped as messengers of the Gods on the island. You go on a leisure walk, passing the giant iconic vermilion tori gate to the Itsukushima Jinja (shrine). The Japanese say the tori gate and the shrine float on water. Overnight is in Kyoto.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto-Shijo
Optional Lunch: Oysters are a specialty dish of Miyajima Island, in Hiroshima prefecture. The shellfish are cooked in various ways typical of Japanese cuisine that will delight foodies from all over the world. Booking is required with a fee.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is located in Central Kyoto, a neighborhood in Kyoto, and is in the city center and near a metro station. Nishiki Market and Nijō Castle are notable landmarks>
It offers modern accommodations with a public bath, a restaurant, and rooms with free WiFi. Shijo Station Exit 2 on the Karasuma Subway Line is a 6-minute stroll.
All rooms are renovated in 2020. Guestrooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle with tea bags, and a flat-screen TV. Free bath amenities, toothbrush sets, and slippers are also provided.
Massage services are available upon request. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered. Guests can purchase beverages from the drinks vending machine on site.
The on-site restaurant serves a daily buffet breakfast.
Information and Photos from Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto-Shijo and Trip Advisor websites.
Start your day at the famous Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, and at Nannajn Temple a UNESCO site with cherry blossom trees. In the afternoon you visit Arashiyama with the Togetsukyo Bridge. There are many different walking paths that lead you to many interesting temples, gardens, tea houses, and the massive bamboo grove. Overnight is in Kyoto.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
After breakfast, you travel to Fushimi Inari for the thousands of vermilion tori gates that straddle a network of trails to the top of Mt. Inari (233m). In the afternoon you visit the Kiyomizudera and the Higashiyama district with galleries, specialty shops, and the Yasaka pagoda and shrine. You stop at the Gion where the Geisha live, work and play. The evening is a Sayonara dinner. Overnight is in Kyoto.
Hotel: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
Time to say sayonara, and be escorted from your hotel to the Shinkansen for your departure at either Narita or Haneda Airport.
What is included and not included 0n the tour?
- Airport transfers (arrival and departure)
- Accommodations: (12 nights - mix of 3 to 4-star hotels, 1 night - Japanese inn with hot springs & dinner)
- Meals (13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners)
- Hakone Pass
- Nohi highway bus (Takayama & Shirakawago)
- City Passes
- Admission fees to temples, parks, and other sites on the tour
- Tour conductor and guides
- Concierge and luggage services
- An electronic handbook with a list of tips, suggestions, and more
- International airfare
- Flight insurance
- Travel insurance
- Japan Rail Pass
- Other meals not included on the itinerary
- Other cultural or tour activities not included on the itinerary
- Laundry, WIFI and other services not included on the tour
- Alcohol, soft drinks, and desserts
- Gratuity for guides
- Transaction Fees