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Takayama Holiday

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 797

Take a holiday to the pastoral idylls of northwestern Honshu. Stroll through the charming town of Takayama in the foothills of the Japanese Alps before heading to coastal Kanazawa to visit its lush gardens and historical districts.


This 3-day tour highlights two of Honshu’s best cities, mountainous Takayama and coastal Kanazawa.

Your Japanese vacation begins in the mountain town of Takayama. Takayama used to be a rarely-visited mountain town only a decade ago but it has become one of the northwest’s most beloved destinations in the past few years. Within minutes of arriving, you will recognize that there are few towns as lovely or friendly as Takayama. You'll wish you lived here by the time your tour ends! Takayama is home to one of the most popular festivals in all of Japan and you can visit the parade floats all year round at the Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Stroll through the old quarter to marvel at sake distilleries and samurai houses or visit the nearby Hida Folk Village to get a sense of what traditional farm life was like. Get lost in the quaint atmosphere strolling Takayama’s narrow streets or visiting the stalls during the morning farmers market along the riverbank. While in town, be sure to sample some Hida beef, which is as marvelously marbled (and delicious) as famous Kobe beef.

In coastal Kanazawa, you’ll witness one of the best historical centres in all of Japan. Unlike many of Japan’s cities, Kanazawa avoided Allied bombardment during World War II, meaning most of its historical sites are well-preserved in their original forms. The crown jewel of Kanazawa is Kenroku-en, a magnificent castle garden that ranks as one of the three best gardens in all of Japan. Stroll through its manicured lanes and marvel at the sheer variety of flowers, trees, and toro or stone lanterns. After seeing Kenroku-en, cross a pedestrian bridge to visit the gorgeously-reconstructed Kanazawa Castle. Later, visit the samurai and geisha districts with their wood-slated exteriors and traditional courtyards. Don’t forget to enjoy some sushi while you visit this coastal city. Kanazawa’s sushi competes with Tokyo in terms of quality, but is a fraction of the cost.

This brief escape to northwestern Honshu on a Japanese vacation will beguile you with its pastoral charm and stunning history.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 797

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Day 1

Takayama

Meet your small group at 3:00pm in the lobby of the Hida Hotel Plaza and proceed on a walking tour of Takayama City. First, head to the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall to view the floats used in the famous Takayama Festival, and admire the detailed craftsmanship that goes into making them. Continue to the Kusakabe Heritage House, a historical Japanese-style townhouse with exquisite folk art and traditional handicrafts. Later, explore Kami-Sannomachi, an enchanting neighbourhood in Takayama's old quarter. Return to the Hida Hotel Plaza between 5:30-6:30pm and the evening is at leisure. You may want to take advantage of the hotel's mineral-rich hot spring baths.

Duration1 Night
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Hida Hotel Plaza

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    Hida Hotel Plaza


    Hida Hotel Plaza is located just 5 minutes on foot from JR Takayama Station, the Miyagawa Asaichi morning market, and a selection of tourist spots. All the guestrooms are well- furnished and equipped with basic amenities to cater to the needs of every traveller.

    Hida Hotel Plaza is located just 5 minutes on foot from JR Takayama Station, the Miyagawa Asaichi morning market, and a selection of tourist spots. All the guestrooms are well- furnished and equipped with basic amenities to cater to the needs of every traveller.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Takayama to Kanazawa

Depart your hotel at 8:30am to visit the bustling Takayama Morning Market, where many regional specialties are sold, then continue by coach to Shirakawa-go. Proceed to the observatory deck where you can get a birds' eye view of this picturesque mountain village. Visit the Wada Residence, a traditional thatch-roofed farmhouse, then enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. Later in the afternoon, continue to Kanazawa by bus, arriving between 4:00-6:30pm. The evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Kanazawa

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    Hotel Kanazawa



    Hotel Kanazawa is located close to Train station in Kanazawa and features 186 room with 10 suites.

    Hotel Kanazawa is located close to Train station in Kanazawa and features 186 room with 10 suites.

    Facilities

    • Banquet Facilities
    • Garden
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Kanazawa

This morning, explore historic Kanazawa, starting with a visit to the Nomura Samurai House. Wander the streets of the Nagamachi district, where earthen walls, waterways and stone paths remain much as they were in the days of the samurai. Continue to the magnificent Kenrokuen Garden, one of the top three gardens in Japan, and beautiful in all seasons. Stroll through the Higashi Chaya district, where wooden-latticed exteriors of teahouses line both sides of the stone-paved streets. Stop in at the gold leaf shop Hakuza Honten, then proceed to Kanazawa Station.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Monday, Thursday and Saturday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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