Breakfast – B Dinner – D
OCTOBER 20 • • •
Arrive in Tokyo anytime or before and transfer to hotel via JR trains. Rest, dine, and recover from jet lag. Stay in Tokyo for 5 nights.
OCTOBER 21 • • •
Start your morning by hopping in a rickshaw to Senso-ji Temple and Kaminari-mon Gate. Have lunch before enjoying the panorama view of Tokyo’s SkyTree. Go for a refreshing stroll in Ueno Park. Have an orientation meeting and welcome dinner/show nearby hotel. B, D
OCTOBER 22 • • •
Head over to the world’s largest fish market in Tsukiji in early morning. Check out the unique Fish Temple nearby. Stroll through a ritzy street in Ginza, with a good coffee break. Then, head to Sign With Me Cafe for lunch. Nearby, head to a center to take calligraphy class taught by Deaf locals. Finally, cross the world’s largest and busiest intersection in Shibuya as well as check out the famous Hachiko. Have dinner in Shibuya. B
OCTOBER 23 • • •
Stop by deaf school in the morning to meet/observe young deaf pupils. Have lunch nearby Shinagawa before heading to Edo Tokyo Museum to learn all about Japan’s history. Have dinner at deaf-owned restaurant, Fusao, nearby hotel.
OCTOBER 24 • • •
Take a whole day trip to Nikko, with deaf locals, home to the most lavishly decorated shrine in Japan and a center of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries. Have dinner in Utsunomiya, famous for their gyozas, before heading back to hotel. B
OCTOBER 25 • • •
Board on early morning train to mountainous Hida region of Gifu prefecture to Takayama, a beautifully preserved old town. Stay, explore the town in the afternoon and have late dinner in a traditional Japanese inn. Stay in Takayama for 2 nights. B, D
OCTOBER 26 • • •
Take morning bus to Shirakawa-go where a beautiful folk village, Ogimachi, awaits your arrival. Have lunch before heading to Gero via Takayama, famous for its hot springs ‘onsens’ and foot baths! Return back to Takayama and have dinner in town. B
OCTOBER 27 • • •
Board on morning train to Kyoto. a true traditional city. After hotel check-in, head to Ginkakuji Temple and walk up the Philosopher’s Path. Then, explore Gion’s geisha district as well as stop by a cultural center, time permitting. Have dinner in Gion district or nearby. Stay in Kyoto for 4 nights. B, D
OCTOBER 28 • • •
Take subway and visit all day at the historical, cobble-stone Higashiyama-ku town. Go up and see the Kiyomizu-dera (historical buddhist temple). Experience a Tea Ceremony nearby. Take bus to see the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion and nearby smaller landmarks, Ninnaji and Ryoanji. B
OCTOBER 29 • • •
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. B
OCTOBER 30 • • •
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. Enjoy the local shops and sample snacks/teas. Optional: Go up to the top of the hill and have a laughter at Iwatayama Monkey Park. B
OCTOBER 31 • • •
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, D
NOVEMBER 1 • • •
Take morning ferry 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! Have lunch before returning to city. A serene stroll in beautiful Shukkeien ‘zen’ Garden by late afternoon. Have a farewell dinner nearby hotel. B, D
NOVEMBER 2 • • •
Board on early morning train to Tokyo and arrive at Narita International Airport before noon to catch your return flight to your home destination. B
$3,770 USD per person/double occupancy (for a group of 8 persons)
$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.
Small tour group size. Minimum – 8 persons. Maximum – 12 persons.
Total of 13 nights in moderately priced hotels.
Meals included: Breakfast – 13, Dinner – 5
Services of a deaf group leaders on call 24 hours a day.
Services of local deaf guide(s).
All transportation expenses connected with the tour itinerary.
All admission fees for attractions and museums mentioned in the itinerary.
All tips connected with the tour itinerary.
Informative travel preparation packet.
Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
$100 credit off your next full tour with Hands On Travel.
Average price for lunch & dinner meals range from $20 to $40.
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.
Inclement weather may not allow us to see Mt. Fuji clearly.
It is essential to consult the HOT terms and conditions before booking.
Tour itinerary and price are subject to change.
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Martin was raised in Detroit and graduated at Gallaudet University with B.A. in English. Best travel highlight was hitchhiking from Mexico to the southernmost city of South America, Ushuaia. Later, he taught ASL and English in Japan and remains there since 2013. Currently, residing in Tokyo and enjoys studying Japanese as well as exploring every corners in Japan.