Breakfast – B Dinner – D
April 3 • • •
Arrive in Tokyo anytime and transfer to hotel via JR trains. Rest, dine, and recover from jet lag. Stay in Tokyo for 5 nights.
April 4 • • •
Explore all day on the “eastside” of Tokyo, specifically Asakusa & Odaiba. See Senso-ji Temple and Kaminari-mon Gate all morning. After lunch, enjoy the panorama view of Tokyo from SkyTree. Board on Sumida River Cruise to Odaiba. Orientation briefing and welcome dinner in Odaiba. Return to hotel. B, D
April 5 • • •
Explore all day on the “westside” of Tokyo, including Harajuku, Shibuya & Shinjuku. First stop at bi/bi deaf school. Walk to Ginza and check out the Sony store. Lunch at Sign With Me Cafe. Take calligraphy class in Chiyoda. Cross the world’s largest and busiest intersection in Shibuya. Mingle with Deaf locals at Hobglobin Bar. Return to hotel. B
April 6 • • •
Head over and watch the Sumo wrestling practice briefly. Walk to the world’s largest Fish Market in Tsukiji. Learn Japan’s history at Edo Tokyo Museum. Lunch at Ueno Park. Visit the “Electric Town” of Akihabara. Watch a performance at Japan Theatre of the Deaf and have dinner at deaf-owned restaurant. Return to hotel. B
April 7 • • •
Take a whole day trip to Nikko, home to the most lavishly decorated shrine in Japan and a center of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries. Lunch and dinner in Nikko before returning to hotel. B
April 8 • • •
Check out hotel and board on train to Hakone, to view Mt. Fuji from a distance. Enjoy the town’s sights – Hakone Shrine, open air museum, famous Hotel Fujya, hot springs, and more. Have lunch and dinner in town. Stay in Hakone for 1 night. B, D
April 9 • • •
Board on train to mountainous Hida region of Gifu prefecture to Takayama, a beautifully preserved old town. Sample sake at old sake brewery. Stay, explore and have dinner in a traditional Japanese inn. Stay in Takayama for 1 night. B, D
April 10 • • •
Board on morning train to Kyoto. a true traditional city. After hotel check-in, head to Nanzenji Temple and walk up the Philosopher’s Path. Then, explore Gion’s geisha district. where we will see the real maiko performance for 1 hour. Have dinner in Gion. Stay in Kyoto for 4 nights. B, D
April 11 • • •
Take subway and visit all day at the historical, cobble-stone Higashiyama-ku town. Go up and see the Kiyomizu-dera (historical buddhist temple). Take bus to see the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and nearby smaller landmarks, Ninnaji and Ryoanji. Optional: Dare to dress up as a geisha! B
April 12 • • •
Board on train and stop by Fujimi-ku to see the picturesque Fushimi Inari-taisha (red shrines). Re-board again to a nearby town of Nara, aka Japan’s first capital established in 710 AD. See the world’s oldest standing wooden temple, Horyu-ji, and the largest bronze statue in the world, Daibutsu. Feed the deers at Nara Park — if you bow to deer, deer will bow to you. Have dinner in Nara before returning to Kyoto. B
April 13 • • •
Take train to a tiny beautiful, serene town, Arashiyama. Walk across the Moon Bridge to the beautiful bamboo forest and gardens. See Tenryu-ji Zen temple, one of World Heritage sites. Sample traditional teas and finish the day with laughter at Iwatayama Monkey Park. Optional: Watch the fascinating Ukai fishermen that catch fishes with their birds! B
April 14 • • •
Board on train to Hiroshima with a stopover in Himeji to see the Himeji Castle. Have lunch. Re-board on Shinkansen train to Hiroshima. After hotel check-in, visit Hiroshima Museum and the Peace Park and ring the Peace Bell. Chow down famous Okonomiyaki for dinner with deaf locals. Stay in Hiroshima for 2 nights. B
April 15 • • •
Brief morning stroll through the Shukkeien Garden before heading out by ferry for a whole day trip to see the scenic Miyajima Island aka Island of Gods. See the iconic giant red torii “floating” on the lake during low and high tides. Optional: take tram with a short 20 minutes hike to atop Mt. Misen and enjoy the panorama view! Return to Hiroshima and have a farewell dinner. B, D
April 16 • • •
Board on early morning train to Tokyo and arrive at Narita International Airport before 12 PM to catch your return flight to your home destination. B
$500 USD deposit per person is required to reserve space on a first come, first serve basis.
The remaining balance must be paid in full 90 days before the first day of the tour.
International airfares at the start and end of the tour are not included.
We highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance.
All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses are not included.
It is essential to consult the HOT terms and conditions before booking.
There is a lot of walking expected during the tour. Appropriate physical fitness is required.
Tour itinerary and price are subject to change.
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For more information, please contact Tour Manager Darren Frazier at email@example.com.
Darren was raised in a nomadic family in USA and held many occupations: teacher, actor, photographer, filmmaker, carpenter, chef and more. Of his 60+ countries, his favorites are Japan, Chile; Finland (Suomi). Twice, he was an expat for 8 years in Finland and Cambodia. Darren resides in Tacoma, Washington, with his deaf family, Ronise and Franki.
Martin was raised in suburban Detroit and graduated at Gallaudet University with B.A. in English. Wanting to travel the world, he caught a plane to Cancun, Mexico and hitchhiked all the way to the southernmost city of the Americas, Ushuaia. After two years of odd jobs, his desire to live in another country led him to a job teaching ASL and English in Japan. Currently, Martin remains there since 2013 while he enjoys studying Japanese language, cycling and exploring every corners in Japan.