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Musée Rodin

Located just steps away from the Eiffel Tower, you can’t miss the spectacular Musée Rodin. Founded in 1916 by Auguste Rodin himself, the museum features the artist’s incredible sculptures within an 18th-century rocco mansion and a stunning three-hectare garden, along with his personal collection of paintings, photographs and ancient artefacts.

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If you want to experience the height of Parisian opulence, it’s got to be the Palais Garnier. This extraordinary building is a 1,979-seat opera house constructed in the late 19th-century, and is renowned as the setting for The Phantom of the Opera. Today you can discover its magnificent treasures or even spend a glitzy night at the opera or ballet.

Grand Palais

Located right across from the Champs-Élysées, the Grand Palais is an icon of Paris with its giant glass ceiling and Beaux-Arts style architecture. Its interior is even more thrilling, with national art galleries, science museums and exhibition halls all held under the famous dome, and you can easily spend a day or two here.

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille is the ultimate French vegetarian dish, loved by all for its heartwarming local flavors. It’s essentially a vegetable stew, made with a rich tomato sauce and a rainbow of veggies like zucchini, eggplant and squash, and herbs like basil, garlic and thyme. One bite and you’ll fall in love with the home-cooked ratatouille of Paris.

One of France’s most famous recipes, Coq au Vin features wine-braised chicken served alongside ingredients like mushrooms and bacon. Across the country you will try many regional versions of this comforting dish, which translates fittingly to “rooster/cock with wine”.

French cuisine celebrates both savory and sweet ingredients, not just in the form of croissants. Find true street-food joy in the popular dessert of crêpes, with strawberries, Nutella, bananas and lemon curd just some of the toppings loved by locals and travelers alike. Or, try the national specialty crêpes Suzette with orange zest and caramelized butter.

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The Eiffel Tower is the city's most iconic monument and one of the most difficult to visit during peak travel seasons. Is it worth it? 100%! You can find different Eiffel Tower tours and experiences that will make your visit easy and include additional options like a Seine River cruise, elevator access, and summit access. The Louvre is arguably the world's greatest museum. It is home to 25% of all Da Vinci paintings, including the famous Mona Lisa. The museum began restricting access in 2023 to make your visit more enjoyable, so booking ahead is critical. You can choose from our small group, semi-private, and private tours, and book in advance before tickets run out! Versailles is a town 22km or 14 miles from Paris which originally was home to a hunting lodge that became Europe's most recognizable palace. Its evolution took place over a few centuries, with each French King making their own mark but none more than Louis XIV. The palace is a must-see attraction and worth at least a day of your attention. You can go it alone, but ticket lines are among the worst in Europe. Joining one of our below tours will not only help you skip the line but take the guesswork out of your visit. The Paris Catacombs are one of the most incredible works of civil engineering in Europe. An estimated six million skeletons are arranged not only in an orderly manner but organized beautifully. The ossuary is one of Paris' most saught after attractions and the line to get tickets reflects that. Joining a tour is an excellent way to save time standing around and learn about this incredible feat of engineering. The Parisii tribe founded Paris in the 3rd century B.C. The city of light's position on the Seine River caused it to grow into one of Europe’s most important cities. It became the capital of France in 987 A.D. The city has been built up, torn down, and rebuilt over and over resulting in some of Europe's most iconic monuments.

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Ultimate Palace of Versailles Tour from Paris

Breeze past the lines for the palace and gardens with a friendly English speaking guide

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Get to know Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People, and Napoleon's Coronation like never before

Paris in a Day Tour with Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Seine River Cruise

See the Mona Lisa, Sacre-Coeur, and Moulin Rouge with organized transportation and an expert guide

Louvre at Closing Time Tour with Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo

See the best of the Louvre with fewer crowds and a passionate guide on this late afternoon tour

Privileged Access Eiffel Tower Tour with Seine River Cruise

See beautiful Paris with second floor Eiffel Tower elevator tickets, a river cruise, and champagne

Semi-Private Louvre Tour with Mona Lisa

Skip the line to see the World's greatest art with a max group size of 6 and a friendly expert guide

Eiffel Tower Climbing Tour with Summit Access

Get your steps in to the second floor before taking the elevator to the summit for epic Paris views

Paris Catacombs Tour with Secret Rooms & Privileged Access

Skip the line and gain exclusive access to secret parts of the Catacombs

Premium Access Eiffel Tower Summit Tour with Seine River Cruise

Fulfill your bucket-list dream of viewing the City of Lights from the best spot in the city

Montmartre Food and History Walking Tour

Sample traditional French dishes and pastries while learning about Montmartre’s fascinating history

Private Louvre Tour in Paris with Expert Guide

See the Louvre your way with the help of an expert guide, with Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and more!

Versailles Gardens Tour from Paris with Skip the Line Palace Access

Guided tour of the gardens and the château, and round-trip transportation from Paris

Eiffel Tower Tickets with Exclusive Summit Access

Enhance your Eiffel Tower experience accessing the elevator and marvel at panoramic views of Paris

Private Paris in a Day Tour with Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Montmartre

See the most iconic Paris sites and cruise down the Seine in just a day with a dedicated local guide

Private Musée d'Orsay Tour with Skip the Line Tickets

Discover the incredible Paris museum that most tourists miss, with Monet, Van Gogh, Gaugin, and more

What "mega" monuments are there in Paris?

Paris is a treasure trove of monuments! The most visited are the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Versailles. You also have Musée d'Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Saint Chapelle, Paris Pantheon, Sacré-Cœur, and much more including a miniature copy of the Statue of Liberty! Check out our article on the top things to do in Paris for more!

Are tours in Paris worth it?

Yes, absolutely. The smaller the group the better. Tours take a lot of guesswork out of acquiring tickets and even just entering massive monuments which can be intimidating. From there, friendly and passionate local guides will make your experience more memorable by adding context to what you're looking at. Great stories, anecdotes, and history bring art alive. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of tours in Paris .

What is the best tour for Paris?

It really depends on your interests, but these are the most popular tours in Paris:

Ultimate Palace of Versailles tour from Paris

Paris in a day tour with Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Seine River cruise

Semi-private Louvre tour with Mona Lisa

Eiffel Tower climbing tour with summit access

Secrets of the Louvre museum with Mona Lisa

Are there long lines in Paris?

For most the year, yes. The good news is that its easy to book tours or tickets in advance. This way you don't have to queue up. We offer many tours, all of which skip the line for tickets.

Do tours ever have to wait in line?

Unfortunately yes, but its for the best. Tours to major monuments almost always have to go through security which tends to get backed up. That said, its a necessary step and you won't have to wait in line for tickets.

When is the Louvre closed?

Tuesdays, Jan 1st, May 1st, and Dec 25th. For more info, read how to visit the Louvre .

When is Versailles closed?

Mondays, Jan 1st, and Dec 25th. For more info, read how to visit Versailles .

Where should we stay in Paris?

Paris is well organized in arrondissement which means "district" or "neighborhood". We recommend staying close to the Seine for convenience to monuments and beauty. Learn more in our where to stay in Paris article.

What are the best restaurants in Paris?

There are tons of great restaurants in Paris and others a bit touristy. Luckily, the French care about cuisine. Check out our restaurant recommendations in Paris .

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Skip the line and gain direct access to the Raphael Rooms, Creation of Man, and St. Peter's Basilica

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Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

Save US$100.00

Apr-Oct 2025

From US$3198.00

7 days to 23 days in Japan

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An additional day in Osaka for the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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The Golden Route Japan Tour

The Golden Route Japan Tour

Jan-Dec 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$2798.00

7 days & 8 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Visit the must see sites of Tokyo & Kyoto, perfect for first time visitors with limited time

The Golden Triangle of Japan

The Golden Triangle of Japan

From US$3098.00

8 days to 11 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Visit sites that have persevered the history, traditions, and culture of Japan

Best of Japan Tour

Best of Japan Tour

From US$3998.00

10 days to 15 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Perfect for those who want to visit the most popular sites in Japan

Tokyo to Kyoto

Tokyo to Kyoto

Save US$50.00

Mar-Oct 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$1848.00

6 days in Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto

Experience bustling Tokyo and time-honored Kyoto

Anime Flavor Tour

Anime Flavor Tour

Feb-Dec 2024, 2025 & 2026

We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture

Signature: Essence of Japan

Signature: Essence of Japan

Save US$200.00

Mar-Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$6498.00

10 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

See Japan's top attractions and indulge in cultural experiences to make your trip truly memorable

Luxury Japan Tour

Luxury Japan Tour

Save US$300.00

From US$12698.00

8 days in Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto

Travel luxuriously to Japan while enjoying top tier accommodations, and the most exclusive cultural activities

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Discover Japan

Discover Japan

From US$5198.00

11 days to 13 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka (Hiroshima)

Discover the ancient history, cultural wonders, delicious cuisine, and natural splendor of Japan

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Private coach & public transportation

Japan In Depth Tour

Japan In Depth Tour

Mar, Apr, May, Oct & Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$5698.00

14 days in Japan from Tokyo to Fukuoka

Visit the undiscovered regions, as well as the most popular sites in Japan

Majestic Japan

Majestic Japan

Mar-Nov 2025 & 2026

From US$5798.00

14 days in Japan from Tokyo to Tokyo

A 14-day itinerary that includes Tokyo, Snow Monkey Park, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Shikoku Island, Nara, Kyoto, Hakone, Mount Fuji, and more.

Spirit of Japan Tour

Spirit of Japan Tour

Mar, Apr & October 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$6098.00

15 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Travelling to many scenic, spiritual, and historical places in Japan

Best Beyond Discoveries

Best Beyond Discoveries

Oct 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$5998.00

15 days Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Visit the must see and hidden gems of Japan

Grand Tour of Japan

Grand Tour of Japan

Apr, May, Sep & Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$8898.00

22 days in Japan from Sapporo to Fukuoka

Perfect for those who want to discover the whole country in one time and see all Japan has to offer

Japan Highlights

Japan Highlights

Feb, May & July 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$8598.00

21 days in Japan from Sapporo to Osaka

Must-see sights of Japan and a few unique-to-the- season activities you cannot miss

Signature: Classic Japan

Signature: Classic Japan

From US$8698.00

14 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of maximum 12 people

Beyond Tokyo

Beyond Tokyo

Feb-Oct 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$1798.00

5 days in Japan from Tokyo to Tokyo

5-day itinerary that offers our passengers a more local cultural experience than you will find in the big city

Between Tokyo & Osaka

Between Tokyo & Osaka

From US$2398.00

6 days in Japan from Tokyo to Osaka

Explore the region west of Tokyo, with memorable sights and experiences including the Snow Monkey Park, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa.

Charms of Hokkaido

Charms of Hokkaido

From US$3598.00

9 days in Hokkaido

Designed for people who wish to discover the beauty and nature of Japan

Charms of Northern Japan

Charms of Northern Japan

Apr, May, Jul, Oct & Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$3698.00

9 days & 12 days in Japan from Sapporo to Tokyo

For travelers wishing to go beyond the typical Japan itinerary

Charms of Tohoku

Charms of Tohoku

9 days in Tohoku

Discover the unique culture and incredible nature of Tohoku, on a tour featuring the rice paddy art of Inakadate and a Yamabushi mountain monk experience at Mount Haguro!

Charms of Southern Japan

Charms of Southern Japan

From US$3298.00

8 days & 9 days in Japan from Osaka to Fukuoka

Discover the culture, countryside and “must see” sights of Southern Japan

Discover Hokkaido

Discover Hokkaido

Feb 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$5898.00

12 days in Hokkaido from Sapporo to Sapporo

Discover the breathtaking nature and cultural delights of Hokkaido during a 12-day tour of the island

Discover Tohoku

Discover Tohoku

May 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$6898.00

14 days in Tohoku from Tokyo to Tokyo

Experience the rich natural splendor, historical landmarks, and cultural delights of the Tohoku Region

Discover Kyushu

Discover Kyushu

Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

12 days in Kyushu from Fukuoka to Fukuoka

Experiencing the history, nature, and culture of Kyushu, including the exciting Karatsu Kunchi Festival

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan

Apr & Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

9 days in Japan from Osaka to Osaka

Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan

Samurai, Gardens & Arts

Samurai, Gardens & Arts

From US$3898.00

10 days in Japan from Osaka to Osaka

Be immerses in the samurai, garden and art culture of Japan

Highlights of Korea and Japan

Highlights of Korea and Japan

Mar, Apr, May, Jun & Oct 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$4198.00

6 days in Korea and 7 days or 10 days in Japan

Explore two beautiful countries in one tour - Korea & Japan

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan

Mar, May, Jun, Oct & Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$4398.00

7 days in Taiwan and 7 days or 11 days in Japan

Explore two beautiful countries in one tour - Taiwan & Japan

Highlights of China and Japan

Highlights of China and Japan

From US$4498.00

8 days in China and 7 days or 11 days in Japan

Route of history and cultural imagination through the lands of China and Japan

Highlights of Hong Kong and Japan

Highlights of Hong Kong and Japan

Mar 2024, 2025 & 2026

5 days in Hong Kong and 7 days in Japan

Route of history and cultural imagination through the lands of Hong Kong and Japan

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan

Apr, May, Oct & Nov 2024, 2025 & 2026

16 days in Japan from Sapporo to Osaka

Visit Hokkaido, Tohoku and Central Japan (Tokyo & Kyoto)

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu

Jan, Jul, Aug, Sep & Oct 2024, 2025 & 2026

15 days & 16 days in Japan

Visit 2 main islands of Japan - Hokkaido and Honshu

Tohoku & Central Japan

Tohoku & Central Japan

From US$5498.00

Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!

Hokkaido & Beyond

Hokkaido & Beyond

From US$4898.00

13 days in Japan from Sapporo to Tokyo

Combine the best seasonal must-sees of Hokkaido with unforgettable experiences in Honshu

Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour

Kumano Kodo Walking & Hiking Tour

Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov 2024

From US$3395.00

9 days in Japan from Kyoto to Kyoto

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail

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Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour

Nakasendo Trail Walking & Hiking Tour

From US$4420.00

12 days in Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour

Apr, May, Jun, Oct & Nov 2024

From US$3105.00

7 days in Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo

A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3- 6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail

Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour

Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour

Jan, Feb & Mar 2024

From US$2095.00

8 days in Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo

A small-group guided winter tour to the Nakasendo trail. Walk or snow-shoe on five days for 1-3 hours

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour

May & Oct 2024

From US$5175.00

13 days in Japan from Osaka to Kotohira Onsen

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail

Hokkaido Walking & Hiking Tour

Hokkaido Walking & Hiking Tour

Jul, Aug & Sep 2024

From US$4045.00

9 days in Japan from Kushiro to Memanbetsu

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour through the wild lands of Eastern Hokkaido in Summer

Tohoku Walking & Hiking Tour

Tohoku Walking & Hiking Tour

From US$4930.00

12 days in Japan from Tokyo to Tokyo

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour exploring mountains in Tohoku with 6 days of walking and hiking of 2-6 hours per day

Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour

Kyushu Walking & Hiking Tour

Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct 2024

From US$5160.00

14 days in Japan from Kyoto to Osaka

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours

Tokyo Anime Tour

Tokyo Anime Tour

Mar-October 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$2348.00

7 days & 8 days in Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto

Join our refreshing Anime Tour of Japan through Tokyo, Hakone and Nagoya

Otaku Tour

From US$3548.00

Immerse yourself in Otaku culture like you have dreamed about.

Japan Garden & Art Tour

Japan Garden & Art Tour

March & Oct 2024, 2025 & 2026

From US$8498.00

14 days in Japan from Osaka to Tokyo

Visit the very best gardens of Japan with a garden specialist guide and have the exclusive opportunity to visit a private garden

Japan Pottery & Art Tour

Japan Pottery & Art Tour

14 days & 17 days in Japan

Explore the pottery and art culture of Japan - plus an extension to Tokyo and Mt Fuji

Japan Food Tour

Japan Food Tour

May. Sep & Nov 2024

From US$5020.00

11 days in Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto

A small-group guided food tour through Japan's best- kept culinary traditions

Japan Birding & Wildlife Tours

Japan Birding & Wildlife Tours

9 days in Japan from Kushiro to Kushiro

Join one of our Japan birding and wildlife winter photography tours to discover the beautiful nature and fascinating wildlife of Hokkaido.

Japan Photography Expedition

Japan Photography Expedition

Join a Japan Photography Expedition through Hokkaido on one of our three unforgettable Japan nature photography trips

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Japan Escorted Group Tours

The most cost-efficient and hassle-free way to travel japan.

AJT group tours are the best way to ensure that you do not miss seeing any of the highlights of Japan. We plan our group tours based on seasonal attractions with must see sites in every tour. All of our Japan group tour itineraries are researched and developed by our professional staff, all of whom have spent years working as a tour guide in Japan. We offer six different tour styles to pick from that are best suited to your interests, from train travel to luxury tours. We are confident that you will find something that is appealing and fascinating to you from our Group Tours. AJT group tour packages offer something suitable for everyone, no matter what your budget or tastes are.

Japan Private Journeys

Japan Private Journeys

Just you and your traveling partner.

A private journey is the perfect solution for if you can't find a published departure date that you and your companion(s) agree on. Our private journeys allow you to customize the perfect itinerary for you and your companion(s). Whether you're seeking an intimate honeymoon, private family tour, or a guided package tour for you and a few friends, we'll customize an itinerary just for you. We will not only design a trip exclusive to your tastes, but give you recommendations and guidance, handle all your arrangements, and organize all aspects of your journey, leaving you to take pleasure in a satisfying, memorable trip from beginning to end. Get started with one of our sample tours.

Japan Custom Group Travel

Japan Custom Group Travel

You plan, with our help, where and when your group travels.

All Japan Tours offers custom group travel to accommodate any group size or interest, including special interest groups, religious organizations, leisure groups, students or band performance groups, and more. We plan the your custom tour to fit your budget to bring you the best of Japan in an affordable travel package. Our team of Japan travel experts can create your perfect vacation, with a level of flexibility that is unmatched by anyone else. Our custom group tours give you the freedom to create, change, adjust, and reimagine your ideal itinerary. Our team will provide you with countless options and insights to tailor your Japan experience to fit your exact needs, and are happy to plan the best trip for your travel group.

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Ultra-Deluxe by AJT

Travel japan in style with exclusive experiences and the best of the best.

Ultra-Deluxe Tours represent the best in luxury travel. The most luxurious hotels and ryokans, top-tier dining, immersive cultural delights unattainable on standard tours…all this and more await you on our Ultra-Deluxe Tours. We provide luxury transportation services, including a personal guide and driver for excursions tailored specially to the destinations you want to see. Ride Shinkansen (bullet trains) in first-class seating, and relax in the best hotels and ryokans (traditional inns). These fully customizable itineraries are arranged with your interests and travel needs in mind, and include access to destinations and entertainment inaccessible by your average group tour.

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All Japan Tours has a broad selection of professionally designed Japan travel packages that reach across a wide array of travel interests and come with a variety of perks. From active train tours to luxury group tours, cherry blossom tours to Japanese garden tours - we have them all.

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All Japan Tours has a broad selection of professionally designed Japan travel packages that reach across a wide array of travel interests and come with a variety of perks. From active walking tours to luxury small group tours, cherry blossom tours to Japanese garden tours - we have them all.

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Japan Cherry Blossom Tours

Our Japan cherry blossom tours are our most popular tours because we highlight the top places to see sakura, the most renowned flower in the country. Experience Japanese cherry blossom festivals, a cherry blossom dance show performed by geisha, and sakura views from Mt. Fuji, to gardens in Kyoto.

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Our Japan autumn leaves tours give you exclusive access to beautiful gardens, temples, shrines, and famous landmarks while enjoying the colorful autumn scenery along the way. We offer Japan tours to rural parts of Japan, historical towns, World Heritage sites, and diverse shopping districts.

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Japan Festival Tours

Our Japanese festival tours cover festivals from all seasons. Matsuri (festivals) can range from celebrations to honor a shrine`s deity to joyful seasonal occurrences. Participate in one of the biggest festivals in Japan, the Kyoto Aoi Festival, or check out the Gion Summer Festival on one of our Japan tours.

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Japan Winter Festivals

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Awa Odori Dance Festival

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Gion Summer Festival

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Kyoto Aoi Festival

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Shibazakura Festivals

Baby Blue Eye Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park

Baby Blue Eye Flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park

Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals

Experience the takayama spring & autumn festivals during your trip to japan, one of japan's most beautiful festivals..

Witness the beautiful Takayama Festivals in Japan, not once, but twice a year. We offer a list of Japan tour packages that allow you to experience the lavishly decorated floats, known as yatai, which feature karakuri (mechanical puppets) that dance and move impressively. Whichever season you prefer, we have a Japan tour package reserved for either Takayama Festivals.

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Get lost in the lovely furano flower fields surrounded with lavender flowers, and enjoy views of the spacious fields in biei..

Our Hokkaido lavender tours showcase the best spots to indulge in lavender beauty during its flowering season. Take a Japan trip to Farm Tomita in Furano, known as one of the best places in Japan to see spectacular backdrops of lavender. Our lavender tours will also take you to a small town called Biei, overlapping with picturesque hills, vast fields, and the popular Panorama Road.

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The tateyama kurobe alpine route is an amazing route that goes through the northern japan alps..

Visit the famous and long demanded Alpine Route in Japanese Alps. Requiring varying modes of transportation, this route takes you through mountains and valleys for some of the most scenic views in all of Japan. From high mountain peaks reflected in the surface of calm, crystal lakes to the lower elevations at the Kurobe Dam and the famous site of the snow corridor, this route is sure to be unforgettably beautiful.

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Take delight in viewing elegant wisteria flowers at ashikaga flower park and kawachi fuji garden during your tour to japan..

Wisteria are dream-like flowers that hang like pink and purple chandeliers. On our Japan Wisteria Tours, you will visit places like the Kawachi Fuji Garden and Ashikaga Flower Park. The Kawachi Fuji Garden features picture-worthy flower tunnels you can walk underneath, while the Ashikaga Flower Park is significant for their "Great Wisteria", a famous tree that's over a 150 years old.

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Watch japanese snow monkeys bathe in hot springs at jigokudani snow monkey park on a japan winter tour..

Our snow monkey tours will take you to the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park, where you can see Japanese Macaque, known as "snow monkeys". Thousands of people come to see the monkeys, whom are native to northern Japan and can be recognized by their red faces and light brown-grey fur. Watching the snow monkeys bathe up close is quite an experience, so don't forget your camera!

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Our japan tours will take you to the best winter festivals in the country, where you can admire giant ice sculptures and unique fairgrounds..

Believe it or not, some of the best festivals that attract millions of visitors each year are located in the coldest parts of Japan. We have arranged tours to travel to the Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Asahikawa Winter Festival, and the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival. Experience seeing illuminated ice sculptures on one our tour packages.

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Join a tour that visits japan's largest dance festival, awa odori, and enjoy traditional music accompanied with lots of food in a lively celebration..

Attracting over 1.3 million visitors per year, Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan. We have a Japan tour package showing you the best of Japan, including this famous dance festival. It is also called the "Fool's Dance", which originates from 400 years ago. Many instruments including taiko, shamisen, and flutes are accompanied with the dancers that parade through the city.

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Spend your japan vacation indulging in traditional japanese culture and stunning floats at the gion summer festival..

The Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s largest annual festival and one of Japan's most famous. We have arranged Japan tour packages that include this 1100 year old celebration, which originally began as a religious ceremony dating back to 869. The main event occurs on July 17th and July 24th, where locals and visitors gather to view two extravagant procession parade floats.

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Book a trip to japan that includes a taste of japanese history at the elegant and popular kyoto aoi festival..

Every May 15th, the Kyoto Aoi Festival features a large parade of over 500 people dressed in Heian Period (794-1185) styled clothing to illustrate a graceful procession. We provide several tours that highlight one of Kyoto's most celebrated festivals. The Kyoto Aoi Matsuri takes you back to the 10th century, where traditional makeup and impressive costumes can be appreciated.

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Admire thousands of ground cherry blossoms at the fuji shibazakura festival & takinoue koen park shibazakura festival during your japan tour..

Known as the ground cherry blossoms, our Shibazakura Festival tours will take you to attractions that are blanketed with vivid shibazakura. See the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, featuring over 800,000 spectacular moss phlox with the great Mt. Fuji in the background. Also visit Takinoue Koen Park, noteworthy for its hillside covered with 100,000 square meters of shibazakura.

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Take your japan tour to the majestic flower gardens at hitachi seaside park, widely known for its hillside of 4.5 million baby blue eye flowers..

Scientifically known as Nemophila, the largest collection of baby blue eye flowers can be seen at the Hitachi Seaside Park. There are over 4.5 million baby blue eyes blooming from mid-April to mid-May, referred as "Nemophila Harmony" during its annual bloom. The Hitachi Seaside Park features vast, gorgeous flower gardens of tulips, poppies, roses, kochia, and more.

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Join the fiery celebration at tohoku's 3 great summer festivals during your japan trip..

Be keen on Tohoku's Three Great Summer Festivals all in one Japan tour package. These summer festivals known as Aomori Nebuta, Akita Kanto, and Sendai Tanabata are lively experiences you don't want to miss. Enjoy magnificent views of lantern-lit floats, high-spirited dancing, music performances, kanto skills, firework displays, thousands of colorful streamers, and more.

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1. Hokkaido

Enjoy a tour to japan in hokkaido, renowned for its flower fields and attractions unique to every season..

Hokkaido, Japan has a distinctive change of seasons that only adds to its beauty. The island is renowned for its lavender fields in the summer and winter festivals that attract millions of visitors every year. Our Japan tours to Hokkaido will take you to the flower fields in Furano, the atmospheric Otaru Canal, Hokkaido's biggest entertainment district in Susukino, and to Shiraoi to learn about the Ainu people of Hokkaido. A Japan trip to Hokkaido means trying various fresh foods at the famous Nijo Market, strolling through the heart of Sapporo in Odori Park, and stopping by Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort in Noboribetsu. Hokkaido is proud to have its four distinct seasonal differences that include a number of events and activities each unique to the season. There is no other place like Hokkaido to enjoy your Japan vacation to the fullest.

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Make your way to the Tohoku region to see the great Towada Lake, visit the prominent Zeuiganji Zen temple, and see one of Japan's three most scenic views during your Japan tour.

Tohoku is known for its great summer festivals, picturesque landscapes, and its long history of samurai. Predominantly mountainous, this region offers broad areas of natural surroundings. A Japan tour to Tohoku involves visiting must-see sites among its six prefectures. Tour to one of Japan's three most scenic views at Matsushina, Tohoku's famous Zuiganji Zen temple, and the lovely Towada Lake. Numerous castles and samurai homes reside in Tohoku, making it an appropriate place to visit and appreciate history. Tohoku is also a suitable backup option when cherry blossom viewing, since the blossoming period takes place a few weeks later than in Kyoto or Tokyo. We offer several tours to see the best of Tohoku in one Japan trip.

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Dive into the fascinating world of Tokyo, where you will visit ancient landmarks and electrifying towns during your tour to Japan.

Populated by over 36 million people, Tokyo is the worlds largest city. It is a metropolis that offers a mixture of both futuristic and traditional qualities. We offer tours to Tokyo that take you to destinations such as the Meiji Shrine, the Tokyo Tower, and the Imperial Palace. Indulge in Japanese history at the interesting Edo-Tokyo Musuem. We have Japan tour packages that will also take you to a popular tourist attraction called Odaiba, a man made island that serves as a shopping and entertainment district. Admire Tokyo's oldest temple built in 645, the colorful Sensoji Temple, also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Find yourself in the lively and colorful Shibuya, renowned for endless dining, shopping, and clubbing. Its trademark is a large intersection featured in a number of films and photos. A Japan trip is not complete without traveling to Japans most distinguished city.

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Travel to an active volcano in Hakone and ride the scenic Hakone Ropeway on one of our Japan tour packages.

Located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, the town of Hakone is mostly a mountainous region part of the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Hakone is a famed holiday resort renowned for its variety of popular hot springs. On our Japan tours, you can enjoy a stunning view of Mt. Fuji in Hakone and its natural beauty. Our tours will also take you to Owakudani, a volcano with active steam vents, hot river valleys, and scenic trails. Enjoy a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, where you can view the active volcano zone and excellent views of Mt. Fuji on clear days. Hakone is a popular destination in Japan for travelers looking to enjoy their tour outside of Tokyo. Since Hakone is in the Kanagawa Prefecture, our Japan tour packages will also include the must-see sites in this region.

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5. Mt. Fuji

Check out astonishing views of mt. fuji and all of its natural surroundings when you book a tour to japan..

Take a tour to the highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji, an active volcano standing at 12,380 feet (3,776 meters). Mt. Fuji is not only famous for its majestic cone shape and impressive aura, but also being the subject for distinguished paintings, photos, and literature. It is recognized as an international famous symbol of Japan. Impressive views can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days. On the other hand, cloudy days often block visibility of Mt. Fuji, so those who get to experience the clear view of the mountain are considered fortunate. Our Japan tour packages will take you to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, the halfway point on the climb to Mt. Fuji. It is accessible almost any time of the year and is well developed. This is a popular sightseeing spot for thoroughly admiring the grand and awe-inspiring view of Mt. Fuji and its surroundings.

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6. Takayama

Add a traditional touch to your japan tour by visiting rural destinations in takayama and its authentic, historical buildings..

Celebrate at one of Japan's three most beautiful festivals here in Takayama, the Takayama Festivals, held in both spring and autumn. Since Takayama is located in the Japanese Alps, it is preferred among travelers wishing to add a rural destination to their visit to Japan. Takayama has been referred as "Little Kyoto", due to its preserved historical structures and traditional atmosphere. It is also popularly known as Hida-Takayama to refrain from confusion with other places called Takayama. We offer Japan tours to Old Town, where you can view entire streets and structures dating back to the Edo Period (1600-1868). Continue your Japan trip to the Matsumoto Castle, also called "Crow Castle" due to its black exterior. Here you can admire a prime example of original Japanese wooden architecture. Take delight in sightseeing in Takayama on your Japan vacation.

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7. Kanazawa

Tour to kanazawa if you wish to see one of japan's three great gardens and a well-preserved samurai district during your trip to japan..

Capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture, the eminent city of Kanazawa is known for its preserved Edo districts and other historical attractions. Since the construction of the Kanazawa Castle during the rule of powerful feudal lord Maeda Toshiie, the city has prospered with many cultural achievements. Visit one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, the Kenrokuen Garden, during your tour to Japan. Its name translates to "Garden of the Six Sublimities", qualities that make up the perfect garden according to Chinese landscape theory. Here you can find Japan's oldest fountain and the two meter tall Kotojitoro Lantern, an icon of Kanazawa and Kenrokuen. Some of our tour packages even travel to Kanazawa's Samurai District. Upon arrival, you will catch sight of well-preserved buildings and the former living quarters of samurai. Tour to Japan to enjoy these attractions unique to Kanazawa.

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Say hello to authentic Japanese culture by visiting Japan's most popular temples and shrines, beautiful parks and gardens, and the best summer festivals during a tour to Kyoto.

Kyoto is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and ravishing gardens. The city served as Japan's capital and was the residence of the Imperial family during 794 to 1868. During your tour to Kyoto, you will get to participate in sake tasting at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Musuem, visit the famous tunnel of scarlet torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, see the iconic Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavillion), and stroll through the city of geisha in Gion. Continue your trip to the former residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu at Nijo Castle, check out the noteworthy Kiyomizu Temple and its impressive wooden stage, and see what a traditional Zen garden looks like at the Tenryuji Temple. Experience three of Kyoto's world-famous festivals, including the Aoi-matsuri Festival, the Gion-matsuri Festival, and the Jidai-matsuri Festival. Tour to Kyoto for an unforgettable Japan experience.

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Experience visiting the world's largest wooden building and Japan's biggest bronze statue of Buddha when you travel to Japan.

Located less than one hour away from Kyoto and Osaka, the city of Nara is one of Japan's most rewarding destinations. Nara is Japan's first permanent capital, and is second to Kyoto as a cultural legacy with eight Unesco World Heritage Sites. Under the rule of the Imperial family and aristocrats, many temples and shrines were built here, as well as the development of temple towns. Our tours include seeing one of Japan's most significant temples, the Todaiji Temple, home to the famous Daibutsu (Big Buddha). The temple's main hall (Daibutsuden) is the world's largest wooden building, which is where you can also find the giant bronze statue of Buddha. Your trip to Japan will also give you the opportunity to visit the popular Deer Park nearby the temple, filled with over 1,000 deer you can greet and feed. Choose one of our Japan tour packages to experience Nara's historic treasures.

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10. Hiroshima

Travel to the peace memorial park for an awakening experience about war and world peace, as well as the famed "floating" torri gate on the beautiful miyajima island, only in hiroshima..

Hiroshima is located in the Chugoku Region, a major city that is home to over a million residents. After the first atomic bomb dropped, there were predictions that the city would be uninhabitable. However, great endeavors were taken to rebuild Hiroshima and the speculations were proved wrong. During your Japan tour, you can visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), a must-see exhibition and eye opening experience. You can visit these landmarks of world history at Peace Memorial Park, located in the center of the city. Our Japan tour packages also take you to Itsukushima-jinja, a Shinto shrine located on Miyajima Island. It is famous for its "floating" torii gate and is inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site and one of Japan's three most scenic places. Don't miss out on a remarkable tour to Hiroshima.

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11. Shikoku

Journey to shikoku during your japan vacation for a tour full of remarkable sites and impressive coastal views, such as the incredibly scenic drive along the great seto bridge and the shimanami kaido toll road..

Shikoku is home to the Shikoku pilgrimage route, which includes 88 temples and other sacred sites. Shikoku offers many historic locations, breathtaking spots in nature, and traditional festivals. Here on your tour to Japan, you can enjoy scenic views from the Great Seto Bridge and the Shimanami Kaido, passing six small islands to get to Shikoku. Shimanami Kaido is renowned for its beautiful drive along its picturesque toll road. Take a pleasant stroll through Shikoku Mura Village and experience an awe-inspiring masterpiece of Japanese landscape at Ritsurin Park, featuring ponds, pavilions, and a Mt. Shuin backdrop. Shikoku may be the smallest main island of Japan, but offers many spectacular attractions to experience.

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Explore Kyushu during your tour to Japan, where you'll wander through an abandoned island known as Gunkanjima, and visit the site of legend where the Shinto Sun Goddess hid herself in a cave.

Kyushu is the third largest main island of Japan and offers significant landmarks, natural beauty, and vibrant cities. Our Japan tour packages will take you to the best things to see and do in Kyushu. Take a trip to Gunkanjima, translating to "battleship island", a small and abandoned coal mine with the highest recorded population density in the world. You will also visit Glover Garden, an open-air exhibit featuring mansions of former Western residents in Nagasaki. Tour to Takachiho, a town pervaded with Japanese mythology. There you can visit the supposed site of legend of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, where she hid in a cave distraught from her brother's cruel pranks, causing other gods and goddesses to attempt to lure her out. Takachiho is a "power spot" profound with spiritual energy and religious importance. Nearby, you can see a cascading waterfall at the Takachiho Gorge.

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The best decision we made was to book a tour through AJT. Our guide, Miharu, did an excellent job and provided information and history before we arrived at each stop on our tour. She kept the itinerary focused and gave us just enough time at each location to get a taste of it. We cannot wait to return to Japan and visit some new places.

Loved it all! Wish we would of had more time! Made some great memories and would definitely go again! Size of the group was perfect and made the experience easier!

Wonderful. We had private tours - 7 of them Everything worked as planned with one exception . And the hitch was corrected quickly by AJT . Excellent guides

We gained great appreciation for the culture and history of Japan through the sites we visited. The transportation was comfortable and convenient, and our guide, Trend, was outstanding, knowledgeable and entertaining. The accommodations were terrific, and it was so convenient to have two meals included each day. We enjoyed every aspect of the tour and we'd highly recommend it to others!

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Autumn leaves in Japan are almost as popular as the cherry blossom season. Kōyō is the Japanese word for autumn leaves. Kōyō and momiji (maple leaves) use the same kanji and has been that way since the Heian Period.

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Trip Planning FAQs

The best travel style for you will depend on your personal travel preferences and budget. Group tours are popular because they are more cost-effective than private tours , more hassle-free, and offer the chance for friendship within tour groups. Most of our group tours use a private coach for sightseeing, your driver will take you to the closest parking and you just need to walk to each destination from there. A private coach is a more flexible and a more hassle free way to visit Japan, this allows you to see as much of Japan as stress-free as possible. Private tours are often more costly, but offer full control of the travel pace and the sights you want to see, at the budget you set. If you would like to travel at your own pace, then custom private tours are for you. For a small group of 2 or 3 people, public transportation is the most cost efficient way to travel Japan. However, there is a lot of walking if you travel by public transportation since some attractions are far from the station, you will need extra days to visit the same sites compared to our group tours , and also you will need to able to walk 3-5 miles per day. We can also offer private tours by using private van. If you are looking for a private tour for 2 people with the same quality as our group tours , it will cost almost double the price. The larger the group size, the lower the cost per person.

Japan is a country with more places to see than might be expected of its size. For first-time travelers to Japan, the cities of Tokyo , Hakone , Mount Fuji , Takayama , Kanazawa , Nara , Kyoto , and Hiroshima are most recommended. Tokyo's glittering lights, tall skyscrapers, fine dining, and cultural experiences make it the number one place to visit. Kyoto is a must-see for its ancient temples, shrines, and gardens. It is also one of the best places for a spring cherry blossom tour . First time travelers enjoy Hakone and Mount Fuji's natural beauty, and a tour to see the autumn leaves in fall is especially lovely. Nara is near Kyoto and a top city for temples and beautiful nature. If you have enough time, go to Takayama and Shirakawago for ancient Japan historical sites and an authentic cultural experience, and go to Hiroshima for a walk in the Peace Park, past the A-Bomb Dome. More time means you can visit all the best Japanese cities!

A second trip is the perfect chance to explore a more real, authentic Japan atmosphere. The most recommended destinations for a second-time traveler to Japan are Tohoku , Hokkaido , Kyushu , and Okinawa . Take a trip out of central Honshu to visit the Tohoku region, where you can see the Aomori Nebuta Festival and the Sendai Tanabata fireworks in an exciting summer tour . Venture off the main island to the beautiful nature landscapes up in Hokkaido . Go down into Shikoku to discover the amazing treasures of Naoshima Art Island and the local Awa Odori dance festival of Tokushima . Go further south into Kyushu for the shrine at Takachiho or the Hidden Christian Sites at Nagasaki . Second-time travelers will enjoy a summer vacation in Japan to Okinawa's beautiful, perfect beaches. Japan has endless destinations to appeal to the second time traveler!

The prices will range widely depending on the destinations, duration, and your demands for comfort. Let's take one of the most popular itineraries as an example - a 7-day tour to Tokyo , Hakone , Mt Fuji , Kyoto , Nara and Osaka . For 2 people staying in 4-star accommodations, it will cost about US$3500 per person as a private Japan land tour , using public transportation (bullet train, local train, subway and taxi). If you join in a group tour with a similar itinerary, the trip usually costs about US$2700 per person. No matter how much you want to spend on a trip, as the best Japan tour company, we are always happy to tailor make a private tour itinerary that best fits your needs. In addition, our early bird discount can also help you save more.

The length of the trip will depend on the destinations and how much of Japan you want to see. For a single city vacation package ( Tokyo or Kyoto ), two to three days are required. If you want to visit three to four cities ( Tokyo , Mt Fuji , Kyoto & Nara ), you will need around one week. A 10-day Japan vacation package usually would cover five to six cities ( Tokyo , Mt Fuji , Kyoto , Nara , Osaka & Hiroshima ). For a two-week trip to Japan, you can add Takayama , Shirakawa-go , and Kanazawa to the popular sights in central Japan.

Yes, we do. Our Ultra-Deluxe Luxury Tours include luxury accommodation, private transportation, high-class dining, and exclusive cultural experiences. We also offer Luxury Train Travel Packages for a one-of-a-kind, stylish trip by rail through the amazing landscape of Japan. A Private Jet Journey is another one of our luxury tour options, offering you perfect control of what you see as you fly from one incredible destination to the next in your luxurious private jet that includes whatever amenities you want. We are glad to arrange a luxury travel tour tailored to your preferences.

Yes, we do. Through our sister company, All Asia Tours, we offer group tour packages to China, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and can arrange private tour packages to any country in Asia that interests you. Starting with one of our Japan tour itineraries that take you through Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, you can connect it to an extension in Korea to savor a bowl of spicy kimchi, or to China to walk atop the Great Wall outside Beijing. If you want to travel anywhere in Asia, All Japan Tours can plan a tour to suit your needs.

Any time of the year is the best time to visit Japan! In March and April, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms, in May there are seasonal flowers, such as Wisteria, Baby blue eyes, and shibazakura (phlox moss). The summer months from June to August is the best time for festivals like Awa Odori, and there are amazing fireworks festivals, too. In Hokkaido, fields of lavenders are in bloom at this time, as well as many other summer flowers. Autumn is the best time to see the bright autumn leaves, as the fall foliage changes to vibrant colors, and winter is good for the Sapporo Snow Festival, skiing in the mountains, and seeing snow monkeys! We have group tours available in every season, and can plan a private tour around your schedule.

You can see the cherry blossoms at different times in spring, depending on where you travel - earlier in the south, and later as you move north. Southern to Central Japan sees cherry blossoms from late March to mid April. This is the perfect time to see the pretty pink flowers anywhere from Nagasaki and Fukuoka to Kyoto's Maruyama Park, all the way over to popular Ueno Park in Tokyo. The Tohoku region's cherry blossoms bloom around late April, if you travel up to Sendai or Morioka. Up in Hokkaido, late April to early May is the perfect time for a stroll in a park in Hakodate or Sapporo to see the famous cherry blossoms.

Japan is great for families! It is one of the safest countries in the world, and offers a range of attractions to appeal to both children and adults. Kids who like anime will love Akihabara Electric Town and The Ghibli Museum. You could plan some Disney days to enjoy at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, or include some time at Universal Studios Japan in your itinerary. Families can also enjoy Japanese culture together, including a Ninja Mansion, watching sumo or learning how to make sushi. We can help to plan an itinerary that is sure to provide endless amusement for the kids, without leaving adults and seniors out of the fun!

Yes, it is. Japan offers some of the most breathtakingly romantic locations on the planet, more Michelin star restaurants than any other country, luxurious hotels and ryokans with onsen baths, along with memorable cultural experiences you can't find in any other honeymoon destination! We can even arrange an authentic Japanese wedding ceremony at a Shinto shrine, officiated by priest or priestess. Plan a honeymoon trip with seasonal scenery that will stand out in the honeymoon photos, like spring cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, or snow-capped mountains. There are also a range of cultural activities that couples can enjoy, like tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, nature hikes, and more!

Yes, we work closely with travel agents from around the world, and we are a preferred tour supplier for Japan travel. Our published tours can be sent to clients as they are listed on our site, or can be customized to fit their specific needs.

It depends how far in advance you prefer to plan. We book last-minute trips all the time, and also arrange tours that are planned years in advance. The main points to consider when booking last-minute are holiday and festival availability, and seasonal demand (e.g., cherry blossom season in Japan).

Please contact us by telephone (1-909-988-8885 or Toll Free 1-855-325-2726 ), e-mail ([email protected]), or via your travel agent when you are considering a trip. At that point, we can answer any questions regarding weather, recommended destinations, or special events taking place, and help you determine the best itinerary and destination(s). Once you are ready to book one of our trips, contact our office or your travel agent to make arrangements to place your trip deposit. We then book all services and generally have confirmations within 24 hours, depending on the extent of your services.

Internal flights are included in our tour prices unless otherwise specified. The addition of international airfare is an additional cost to the listed tour price. Many of our clients prefer to book their own international flights using airline miles. As regards the operation of our tours, our services begin when you arrive at your first international destination.

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How Can I Tour the White House in Washington, DC?

Everything you need to know about planning a visit to the country’s most famous house., requesting a white house tour.

Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress ( find your member of Congress and contact information ) and submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit. If you're an international visitor and wish to schedule a tour, please contact your home country’s embassy in Washington, DC.

You are encouraged to submit your tour request as early as possible as tours fill up quickly and a limited number of spaces are available. Tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All White House tours are free. Please note tours are subject to last-minute cancellations based on the official White House schedule.

Public, self-guided tours are 45 minutes and are run between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays unless otherwise noted. For complete details on White House tours, visit the White House tours and events page or call the White House Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Touring the White House - Washington, DC

Touring the White House - Washington, DC

What to expect on a White House tour

If there is a tour slot available during your visit to DC, you will be given a specific date and time to arrive and be instructed on where to check in. All guests over 18 years old will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID upon check-in. Foreign nationals must present their passport. Please bring as little as possible (avoid backpacks, food, large handbags, bottled water, etc.). Note that smartphones and compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are permitted on the public tour route, but video recording devices and flash photography are not allowed inside the White House. Visitors will go through security prior to entering the White House. There are no restrooms available at the White House. The closest restroom is located at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion nearby.

Public tours of the White House include the public rooms in the East Wing, which includes the Blue Room, Red Room and Green Room; the State Dining Room; the China Room; and a view of the White House Rose Garden. Secret Service members are stationed in each room and are available to answer questions about the history and architecture of each room.

You can also visit the White House Visitor Center   before or after your tour.

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How to get to the White House

The closest Metro stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines), Metro Center (Blue, Orange and Red lines) and McPherson Square (Blue and Orange lines). Please note there is NO PARKING near the White House. Public transportation is strongly encouraged.

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How to tour the White House Garden

Another opportunity to visit the White House is to attend either its fall or spring garden tour. Check whitehouse.gov in early October and April. The announcement of the garden tours is usually made within a week or two of when they take place. Garden tours generally run for two consecutive days. They may be canceled due to poor weather. A ticket is required for all attendees (including small children). Usually, tickets are distributed by the National Park Service at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion on 15th and E streets NW on each tour day beginning at 9 a.m. Review the announcement for specific details.

Will I still be able to see the White House without going on a tour?

While visitors are not allowed entry to the White House without requesting a tour through your congressional representative, you will still be able to see the White House from Pennsylvania Avenue NW at Lafayette Square and view the White House and the South Lawn from the Ellipse. Please note that a new fence is currently under construction at the White House, as the current 6-foot fence is being replaced by a stronger, wider fence that will be 13 feet.

Where can I store my belongings during the tour?

It is important to note that security at the White House is extremely high. If your hotel is nearby, we suggest leaving your belongings in your room during the tour. If this is not possible, there are a few other options. You can designate one member of your tour group to hold everyone’s belongings. That person can take the self-guided tour once his or her group has finished the tour.

If you're a ticketed Amtrak customer, you may be able to check luggage in advance at  Union Station . These are located near Gate A. Lockers are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. A photo ID is required and lockers must be paid for via cash or credit in advance. Rates are $3-$6 per hour per bag depending on the size of your bag. For questions on bag storage, please call 202-906-3000.

Catch up on White House history with the free podcas t The 1600 Sessions and enhance your trip with the  White House Experience app  from the White House Historical Association. The app offers three tour experiences, including a virtual tour of the White House (with rooms you normally don't see on the tour), a neighborhood walking tour and a room-by-room guide for visitors on an in-person tour of the White House.

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Visit The White House

The President and Dr. Biden are delighted to welcome members of the public to tour the White House. Public tour requests are scheduled through your Member of Congress and their Congressional Tour Coordinator. Constituents may reach your Member of Congress and Congressional Tour Coordinator through the U.S. House of Representatives Switchboard at 202-225-3121, the U.S. Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121, or online at  www.congress.gov/members .

Consistent with prior practices, public White House tour requests must be submitted a minimum of 21 days in advance and no more than 90 days in advance of the requested tour date(s). Reservations cannot be accepted for tour dates outside this 21 – 90-day window.  

Public tours are typically available from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, excluding Federal holidays or unless otherwise noted. If your tour is confirmed, please note that you will be assigned a specific time.  All White House tours are free of charge. The White House tour schedule is subject to change, with little notice, based on inclement weather or official use.

If you are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, D.C. for assistance in submitting a tour request.

Identification Requirements

All U.S. citizens ages 18 and older, and foreign nationals of all ages (including children), must present a valid, government-issued photo ID upon arrival for their tour. Acceptable forms of identification are below.

U.S. CITIZENS

  • United States Driver’s License
  • Valid United States Passport
  • United States Military ID

FOREIGN NATIONALS

  • Valid Passport
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • U.S. State Department Issued Diplomatic ID Card

A U.S. driver’s license is not an acceptable form of identification for foreign nationals. No foreign-issued state IDs, foreign-issued driver’s licenses, expired passports, photocopies, other transmissions of these documents, or other forms of identification will be accepted. Individuals without acceptable identification, or whose identification does not exactly match the information previously registered, may be denied entry.

Prohibited Items

  • Bags of any kind (including fanny packs and clutches)
  • Cameras with detachable lenses
  • Electric stun guns
  • E-cigarettes
  • Knives of any kind
  • Martial arts
  • Tobacco Products
  • Toy Weapons
  • Video cameras
  • Weapons/devices
  • Any pointed object
  • Any other item determined to be a potential safety hazard

Please note that storage facilities are not provided during your visit. Individuals who arrive with bags or prohibited items will not be permitted to enter the White House.

Permitted Items

  • Baby carriers worn on the body
  • Breast pumps
  • Cell phones
  • Compact cameras with lenses less than 3 inches
  • Umbrellas without metal tips
  • All items needed for medical purposes (i.e. wheelchairs, EpiPens, medication, etc.)

Getting Here

Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged, as there is no parking available on the White House complex and street parking is limited. The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, silver, and red lines), and McPherson Square (blue, orange, and silver lines).

The White House Tour entrance is located in Sherman Park at 15th Street NW and Alexander Hamilton Place NW. If arriving by rideshare, use the White House Visitor Center (WHVC) as the drop-off address. The WHVC is located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20230, which is one block from the White House.

Restrooms are located at the White House Visitors Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20230. There are no restrooms available once you arrive for your tour.

Accessibility

The White House tour route is wheelchair accessible. Visitors who wish to use a White House wheelchair should notify a U.S. Secret Service officer upon arrival.

Guide animals are permitted in the White House.

Health and Safety Guidance

Guests who receive a confirmed tour reservation will be issued a White House Tour Pass ahead of their tour date containing pertinent health and safety guidance.

Know Before You Go

  • Tours are self-guided and last approximately 45 minutes
  • Eat a snack and stay hydrated prior to arrival.
  • Dress for the weather, knowing you will be outside before your tour.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.
  • No late arrivals are accepted.
  • All guests must be previously registered via the RSVP link provided by the White House.
  • Please silence your cell phone and refrain from phone calls during the tour.
  • No flash photography or video recording is permitted during your tour.
  • Visitors may call the 24-hour Visitors Office information line at 202-456-7041 for latest updates and information relevant to White House tours.

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You’ll sense it when you stand under the oaks at Toomer’s Corner. You’ll feel it when you’re greeted by your future classmates on the red brick sidewalks that snake through campus. You’ll know it when you hear “War Eagle” shouted across Samford Lawn.

Your campus visit to Auburn will feel both familiar and exciting: like coming home again for the first time.

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What to expect from your campus tour..

We start with a 30-minute information session, where you’ll learn about:

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Next, a 75-minute walking tour, led by a Student Recruiter, will focus on Auburn’s history, tradition, and student life. Don’t be surprised if current students say “hey” or “War Eagle!” as you pass. It’s in our DNA to be welcoming to all who visit campus.   

Campus Tours Important Information

  • Registration is required for all campus tours
  • Do not make flight reservations until after your campus tour registration is confirmed
  • Self-Guided Tour Brochures will be available for walkups with no reservation

Housing tours are not a part of the general campus tour. You can register for a housing tour via this link: https://universityhousing.auburn.edu/communities/tours/

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Parking for Campus Tours:  

Guests must park on the Top Level Only of the  Stadium Parking Deck , in the designated Visitor Spaces, facing the stadium (Brown Signs).  Parking in any other space, or level, or any other area on campus may result in a parking ticket. No permit is required. Please allow ten minutes extra to your travel time to park and walk over to the Quad Center where your campus tour will begin.

Register for a Housing Tour

Registration is not required for housing tours, but the extra effort is worth it. To learn more about housing and register for a housing tour, click on the Residence Hall Tours to fill out your information. 

Schedule an Academic Visit

Before you get to campus for your visit, schedule time to meet with someone from your academic area. During the meeting you can ask any questions you have about your scholarly interests and learn more about the opportunities available in your major. 

Recreation and Wellness Center Tours

Walk-in Tours are available at the Recreation and Wellness Center between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you should have any questions about the Recreation and Wellness Center, please contact our office at  [email protected]  or at (334) 844-0025.

If you are unable to participate in a student-led campus tour, you may enjoy a virtual tour at any time. It provides a 360-degree view and an audio description of select areas on campus. 

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If you can’t make it during weekly and Saturday visit tour times, self-guided tours enable you to explore Auburn on your own schedule and at your own pace.

Be sure to bring a self-guided tour brochure (which includes a campus map, the best spots for photo ops and student traditions), and don’t hesitate to ask anyone on campus for help getting around.

We have limited availability for Group Tours. If you are interested, please follow this link to access guidelines for Group Tours and available dates for this semester.

Registration is required for all housing tours, but the extra effort is worth it. To learn more about housing and register for a housing tour, click on the Residence Hall Tours to fill out your information. If you have additional questions about on-campus housing, please contact our office at  (334) 844-4580  or email  [email protected] .

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Weekday Tour Parking

Guest parking is on top level of the  Stadium Parking Deck  only. Parking in any other location on campus may result in a parking ticket.

Stadium Parking Deck Address: 350 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL 36849

When planning your visit please allow at least 20 minutes to park your vehicle, walk to the Quad Center and check-in at the front desk.

Below is a map of the walking path from the Stadium Parking Deck to the Quad Center for your information. Follow the Campus Tour signs from the Stadium Deck to the Quad Center.

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Find Your Building – Interactive Campus Map Campus buildings can easily be located by using Auburn University’s Interactive Campus Map .

Guests With Disabilities Guests with disabilities will need a “University Parking Pass” in addition to your handicap parking tag in order to utilize on-campus handicap parking. To obtain your parking pass, please go to the South Quad Parking Deck to pick up your parking tag. There is a drive-through window you can use to pick up your pass. Please contact Parking Services if you should need more information at (334) 844-4143.

ADA Entrance for the Quad Center The ADA entrance is located on the first floor of the Quad Center . Please take the elevator to the second floor then turn left and follow the hallway around until you reach the front desk of the lobby. Parking Services If you have further questions about parking on campus, please contact Parking Services at (334) 844-4143, Monday-Friday from 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Nearby airports.

If you have plans to fly to Auburn, we would recommend either the  Birmingham International Airport  (Birmingham, AL) or the  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport  (Atlanta, GA). Driving time from either airport is approximately 2 hours.

Note: There is a one hour time change (Eastern Time to Central Time) when driving across the Georgia-Alabama state line.

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No one tells the Auburn story better than our students, and the student recruiters do just that. Selected through a rigorous interview process, these student representatives are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The recruiters lead walking tours of the Auburn campus four times daily and are ready to provide a student's point of view of what makes Auburn a truly special place.

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

A book tour may sound like some fanciful dream for an indie author, the kind of thing that’s only available to traditionally published authors with six-digit advances. But plenty of independent authors plan and execute successful book tours. In the end, bookstores don’t care if your book was published by one of the Big 5 publishers or if you self-published it; they only care that you can drive traffic to their store.

Table of Contents: • Before contacting bookstores • Create a sell-sheet • Scaling your tour • How can I find suitable venues for my book tour? • Schedule way in advance • Collaborate with other writers or influencers • Create promotional campaigns • Adapt to the ambiance • Rehearsal and dry runs • Day of the event • You need books for your tour!

Book tours offer independent authors a chance to forge partnerships with bookstores, libraries, and other venues. They also offer opportunities to meet their readers, find new ones, and get a better sense of how their writing connects with their audience. So how do you plan a successful book tour?

Before contacting bookstores

Before you start calling bookstores to schedule dates, you’re going to need some essential information on hand. When is your exact release date? How can the store get copies of your book?

A good idea is to create a sell-sheet you can deliver to venue owners so they will have everything they need in one organized, complete document.

Create a sell-sheet

A sell-sheet should include:

  • A prominent image of your book’s cover.
  • A three-to-five sentence blurb describing your book.
  • General information, including your release date, publisher/ imprint , the book’s ISBN, page count, and purchasing info.
  • A short about the author paragraph introducing who you are. Mention anything that will make you look great, like other published books or awards.
  • Your contact information, including website, email address, and phone number.
  • Any testimonials or reviews you’ve amassed that can vouch for the quality of your book and writing.

Here is an article that offers up great design ideas for sell-sheets. If you’re not a designer, consider hiring one.

Scaling your tour

The words “book tour” tend to evoke images of flying off to distant and glamorous locales across North America, but if this is your first tour, think locally. Start with a library, bookstore, and school in your hometown and branch out from there. Draw a circle around your house and find appropriate venues within an hour’s drive so you’re not dealing with hotel and travel expenses.

Also, by keeping it local, you are more likely to be a draw — and you’re more likely to know people who can come out to your event. Once you’ve hit all the places in your region, you’ll have a better sense of how well your tour is going and how people are reacting to your live event. Then you’ll be in a better place to expand your tour to other regions.

When choosing your next region, hit areas where you have friends first, or bring friends with you and make it a road trip.

How can I find suitable venues for my book tour?

Bookstores seem like the most logical venues for hosting a book signing or reading, but that may not be the only or best place for you. (Not to mention, bookstores tend to book up, especially in the holiday season.) If you’re a children’s book author, you might want to focus on schools. Libraries are always open to hosting events, especially if the author is local and especially for nonfiction authors who can work educational angles into their presentations.

Cafes, community centers, art galleries, museums, and universities can also be excellent places to host an event. Consider the demographics of your target audience as well as the subject matter of your book. Tailoring your venue choices to your readers’ preferences will enhance the overall experience and boost attendance.

Research local book festivals and conferences to see if you can attend as a reader, panelist, or judge.

Schedule way in advance

If you wait until the last minute, you’re not going to have many options available to you. You also won’t have time to promote your appearance. Consider booking your tour four-to-six months ahead of time. Not only will you be more likely to get the dates you want, but you’ll have time for promotion and more flexibility should plans change.

Collaborate with other writers or influencers

Consider teaming up with other authors or influencers who share your target audience. Collaborative events can draw a larger crowd and provide a dynamic experience for attendees. Plus, these joint efforts will lighten the workload for you when it comes to promotion and planning.

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Adapt to the ambiance

Each venue has its ambiance, and you should tailor your event to match. If you’re in a cozy cafe, an intimate, conversational format might be suitable. In contrast, a bookstore might accommodate a larger crowd for readings and Q&A sessions.

Rehearsal and dry runs

If you’ve never read your work out loud before, you will definitely want to practice. If possible, conduct dry-run events with a small group of friends or colleagues to gather feedback and identify spots to address in your presentation. Or try recording yourself and review to determine what works and what doesn’t. Make sure you are confident and rehearsed when it comes to showtime.

Day of the event

On the day of any of your tour events, arrive early to set up. Greet attendees with warmth and enthusiasm and create a welcoming atmosphere. Engage in meaningful interactions, sign books, and make an effort to connect with your readers. Capture the moments through photos and videos to share on your social media platforms and keep the tour’s momentum alive.

You need books for your tour!

Planning a book tour requires meticulous preparation and creativity. And if this is your first book tour, keep your expectations realistic — it’s not likely you’ll have 400 people showing up for each stop. Your goal with this first tour is to plant the seeds for your future tours: form personal connections with readers and venue owners, showcase your work, and build your email list. These should be the hallmarks of a successful tour.

Of course, the first thing you need for a book tour is your physical books, and BookBaby’s Complete Self-Publishing Packages have everything you need to publish printed books that will impress your readers at every tour event.

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Cajun cookbook author to celebrate book's republishing with signing, plantation tour

The "Queen of Cajun Cooking" is celebrating the republishing of her cookbook in Thibodaux with a book signing and a plantation tour. The last time the plantation was open to the public was five years ago.

Marcelle Bienvenu, an accomplished chef, former Nicholls State University culinary teacher and Times-Picayune columnist, is celebrating the republishing of her Cajun cookbook, "Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, And Can You Make A Roux?," with a book signing June 27 and 28 at the Rienzi Plantation House in Thibodaux.

The book was first published in 1989 and features about 200 recipes. The new edition of the book will keep all the old recipes but update some of the photos with new colored pictures, many of which were taken at the Rienzi Plantation House, 215 E. Bayou Road, Thibodaux.

"I'm glad that I did write it, because it really does bring back memories of my childhood," Bienvenu said. "It's a nice nostalgic thing that people have related that they enjoy the book because of the stories — they maybe don't even use the recipes."

Physical copies of the updated book will ship Oct. 1. They can be preordered for $48 either at the event or at her website, https://www.marcellebienvenu.com/ . Bienvenu will be signing book plates that can be inserted into the books at the event. Tours of the plantation will be $30 and take place at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.,  2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. 

The book is divided by seasons and recipes include classics like gumbo, jambalaya, tarte a la bouillie and more. Each recipe has a short write up about her childhood experience with the meals. Many of the stories showed up in her writings over the 33 years as a columnist for the Times-Picayune.

The owner of the plantation, John Lafargue, and Bienvenu planned the timing of the event to coincide with the Manning Football Camp at Nicholls State University. Those dropping their kids off for training could swing by for something to do, they said.

"It's always very popular with the local people and brings in all the parents from the football players and everything," Bienvenu said. Her friend Lafargue suggested opening the plantation for tours to help her presell the book, "So that's what we are doing."

The Rienzi Plantation House is rarely opened to the public. Lafargue purchased the plantation from Nicholls in 2012 after the university decided it would not fit their plans to turn it into its culinary school. Nicholls had owned it since 2004. Lafargue opened it to the public in 2019 for the Louisiana Architecture Foundation .

To see historic photos of the house, click here: https://www.houmatoday.com/story/entertainment/2016/08/25/plantation-photos-put-area-history-on-display/25579118007/

Lafargue said the house was built some time between 1814 and 1825 and over its lifetime the property was owned by three different governors: Henry Thibodeaux, the namesake of the city of Thibodaux; Henry Johnson, who may have had a hand in the house's construction; and former Alabama Governor Thomas Bib.

An Italian owner named the home after 14th-century Italian patriot Cola de Rienzi, and it remained a functioning sugar cane plantation through the Civil War. J.B. Levert purchased the home in 1922, and sugar continued to be raised through the 1980s.

The house has many unique quirks not found in other plantations of its time. It is 11,000 square feet, with only 6,000 square feet of living space. It has 14-inch-thick brick walls, multiple fireplaces at the ground level, and exposed ceiling joists. 

"Rienzi is absolutely 100% an American-style house," Rienzi House owner John Lafargue said.

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TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager says she “may never have loved a book as much” as she loves her July selection, “All the Colors of the Dark” by Chris Whitaker.

“I read it over a year ago, but it has stayed with me in such a beautiful way,” Jenna says.

On Tuesday, July 23, Jenna will sit down with Chris for the next Read With Jenna event. The virtual event will feature an extensive conversation with the author, followed by discussions with other Read With Jenna members in breakout rooms.

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"All the Colors of the Dark" is about "two best friends — both misfits — Patch and Saint," Jenna says.

"They live in a small town and the small town is such a part of the story,” she says. “Something happens to them when they are young, which catapults a whole life of friendship and chasing each other.”

The nearly 600-page book spans decades of Patch and Saint's friendship, starting from when a teenage Patch intervenes when a man tries to abduct a young girl in rural Missouri — and how that decision shapes the rest of his life.

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“It is so beautiful. It is fast-paced, I know it looks kind of big, but I read it in a weekend — one weekend,” Jenna says. “I know you all will love it too. I can’t wait for you to read ‘All the Colors of the Dark.’”

Whitaker, the bestselling British author behind “We Begin at the End,” tells TODAY.com portions of the book were inspired by his own experiences as a child.

“I think a lot of Patch came from my experiences. When I was really little, my mom’s partner broke my arm and it was a really traumatic experience,” Whitaker says. “Writing this book, I’ve looked back to that event, and charted the rest of my life — the mistakes that I’ve made and the bad things that have happened to me and I think, in part, they’re all connected to this trauma when I was a child.”

“That’s something I considered when writing Patch — how much of how much of it is choice and how much of it is put upon us,” he continues.

Whitaker, 42, shares that he was also stabbed when he was a teenager, and that his medical providers suggested he try writing as part of his therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“They said to write about the trauma, but change the location to the last place you were happy,” he says. “My dad had taken us to Disney World, so the U.S. became, like, my safe place. So when I’d sit down to write, all my problems were in London, but I’d mentally traveled 4,000 miles away, and left everything behind and felt like clarity of thought was easier to find.”

Whitaker was working at a library when he started writing what would become “All the Colors of the Dark." His process began by researching the book's setting.

“I’m a really strong believer in a gut feeling,” he says. “I was flipping through books about the U.S., like nonfiction books and travel guides, and I came upon a picture of an area called Dogwood Canyon in Missouri. It just was really beautiful and it kind of stopped me in my tracks, and I got this feeling like this is where the story is supposed to be set.”

He adds with a smile: “I had the character of Patch who is a pirate, and I kind of wanted him to be a pirate that had never been anywhere near the ocean.”

Whitaker says he first began writing “All the Colors of the Dark” with a simple pitch: “Two abducted teenagers fall in love in the pitch-black basement they’re being held in, having never seen each other, and the boy escapes and can’t find his way back to the girl.”

The book began as a missing person mystery, Whitaker says, but it quickly evolved into a decades-long story centering on Patch and Saint’s friendship — and a four-year writing process for the author.

“I knew how it would end, but as for how I’d get there, it was kind of still up for grabs. I think I missed my deadline by about two years,” Whitaker says with a laugh.

“I could see Patch and I could see Saint, and I knew that the key to the story would be their friendship, and it’d be this epic friendship story,” he continues. “And from there, it just ran and ran, and I didn’t want to stop as well... I didn’t want to let it go.”

He now describes the book as “a sweeping story of friendship — first and foremost, platonic friendship.”

“I think there’s something quite beautiful about it. Like, if you’re choosing a partner, there’s other things at play like attraction, family you can’t choose, things like that,” he says. “But choosing to be friends with someone is like this gift that you’re giving them.”

The novel also looks at the idea of how childhood trauma can impact one’s life, Whitaker says.

“If something bad happens in your childhood, is your future predetermined, or is it still open for you to write? I wanted to really explore that because we all have had these moments in our lives,” he says. “I liked the idea of there being two versions of our lives — Patch does this amazingly brave thing at the start of the story, and we find out that it’s really hard for him to overcome that."

“We’re kind of rooting for him to do that throughout the book,” he continues. “By the end of it, we’re going to find out if he’s able to leave that behind and move forward and determine his own future.”

Jenna describes the book as “genre-bending:” “When you first start, it’s a mystery, and you don’t know what’s going to happen ... and then during parts of it, I felt like it reminded me of ‘The Goldfinch’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”

Whitaker says he still can’t believe Jenna picked “All the Colors of the Dark” for her book club.

“I know that we’re quite far down the road now and I’m talking to you here about it, but it seems like in a world of books, I can’t quite believe that my book was chosen,” he says. “I feel like most authors have a level of imposter syndrome, but mine is like, I feel a bit like, ‘I’m not worthy.’ But I’m very, very grateful.”

Whitaker, who says he was working three jobs while writing the book, dealing with a house in disarray (“with no roof on it,” he describes) and awaiting a baby, says he hasn’t had a chance to go to Missouri, until now — he has a book tour stop scheduled in St. Louis in July.

“All the Colors of the Dark” publishes on June 25, and Whitaker’s U.S. book tour begins in Seattle on the same day.

“This is the first time I’ve been properly nervous for a book to come out,” he says. “And I think it’s because, at this stage in my career, I know that I can’t write a better book — like this is the absolute best that I’ve got.”

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"How the Light Gets In" (William Morrow, $30) by Joyce Maynard, jacket painted by Daniel Thibeault.

Joyce Maynard has written 12 novels, as well as three memoirs, short stories, true crime tales and hundreds of newspaper and magazine pieces, but she's never written a sequel to a novel before.

Her new novel, “How the Light Gets In,” picks up where the 2021 bestseller, “Count the Ways,” left off.

“Count the Ways” followed heroine Eleanor through decades of her life, including a move into the countryside of New Hampshire, the beginnings of a career as an artist, a young marriage, three children, a tragic accident, a divorce, a move and much more.

“How the Light Gets In” begins in time where the previous novel left off, in 2009, with Eleanor at 54, dealing with life as the mother of adult children, changes in her life and career and a possible new romance, and follows her up through the present day.

“I thought when I had finished 'Count the Ways' that I was totally done. It was readers who suggested otherwise,” Maynard said, speaking from France, where she was visiting friends before starting her current book tour.

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“Almost as soon as the book came out, I began to get really passionate letters from readers. Some of them were quite upset. They said, 'You can't just leave us here,'" Maynard said.

"They were also upset with my character, Eleanor, the way she always sacrificed for everyone else. It seemed important to bring her to the next stage in life, which I know something about, because I'm in it, where finally you turn around and your children are grown, and there's space to consider what we might need for ourselves.

"And then I still didn't write the sequel for about a year , because I love this character so much. I had to think really long and carefully about what I wanted her next chapter to be."

The novel is written in such a way that it can either stand on its own or as a follow-up to the earlier novel, though readers who don't want spoilers should start with the first one.

Writing it presented certain challenges, though.

“If I had known I was going to write a sequel, I would have planted some things in the first one," Maynard said.

"Whenever I write, I either have a giant white board, almost the size of my wall, or, because I was doing a lot of this in my little cabin in New Hampshire, a wall full of Post-it notes. I had to keep track of all the characters — how old they were, what was going on in their lives and the world and with each other over the course of more than 50 years.

"Most of all, I wanted to both give a realistic picture of the sorrows of the world and the sorrows of life and love, and still hold on to a sense of optimism and joy, which I really do have about my own life. I really wanted a hopeful ending. I knew it wasn't just going to be some great man coming along to gallop up on a big white horse and sweep her away. I wanted to give her some love and some passion, but I didn't want a man to be the whole answer."

Among the heartaches that Eleanor faces along the way is long-term estrangement from one of her adult children, and therefore, from her grandchildren.

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“One of the things that matters to me as a writer is to talk in my stories about things we don't always get to talk about. In the last 10 years, as I have been teaching memoir writing, I have probably come to know well and hear the stories of 50 women who have a deeply loved adult child with whom they no longer speak and grandchildren they do not know," Maynard said.

"We don't hear that story; people don't talk about it, maybe because there's an enormous amount of shame and guilt around it. So many women suffer extraordinarily with that. And they suffer alone."

While Maynard will be occupied with her book tour for a while, she said she looks forward to getting back to writing afterward.

“There are two books that are very much on my mind. For the first time ever, I want to write about writing. So I'm going to write a book that I consider a hybrid: A book about my writing life and one that I also hope will be helpful to people who want to write," she said.

"And the other is a sequel to the novel 'The Bird Hotel,' which came out between these two books. When I finally land, I've given myself an entire month of absolutely no commitments but the commitment to be at my desk, and we'll see what happens.

“It may be a whole new set of characters who haven't even come alive in my head yet. Often I'm taken by surprise, and I love that.”

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Maynard is to be appearing at an event sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Library at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Dempsey Event Center, 123 Hyatts Road, Delaware.

The cost is $55, which includes a copy of the novel, a conversation between Maynard and novelist Lee Martin, book signings, wine and charcuterie, qigong, singing bowls, crafts and a tour of the herb garden.

More information can be found by visiting delawarelibraryfriends.org .

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ON CALL: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service , by Anthony Fauci, M.D.

In his new memoir, Dr. Anthony Fauci bares all. After he’s unthinkingly opened a typewritten letter containing a mysterious white powder that could be anthrax (treatable with Cipro), ricin (almost certainly fatal in an Agatha Christie kind of way) or perhaps confectioner’s sugar, guys in hazmat suits arrive and order him to strip.

Following a “Silkwood” shower, Fauci has a few tense if resigned hours with his wife, Christine Grady, a nurse and bioethicist, and adult daughters before getting the all-clear. Having personally eased many patients’ passage into the Great Beyond over his almost six-decade career, he writes, “I do not fear death.”

Aside from this episode, “On Call” is a well-pressed gray flannel suit of a book with a white coat buttoned over it: a calm reply to deranged calls for this distinguished public servant’s head on a pike . Is it measured and methodical in sections? Sure. So is science.

These days, Fauci is most closely associated with Covid-19, hero or rogue depending on your political persuasion, under repeated and heated scrutiny for his messaging about masks, vaccines and the lab-leak theory . (“We must keep an open mind to the origin of Covid,” he writes with seeming weariness. “As I do.”) People blame him for their bad pandemic experience, as if he’s a waiter who served them the wrong meal and might be hiding what is going on in the kitchen.

Gently, “On Call” reminds us that Fauci oversaw an entire Seder plateful of plagues, from AIDS to Zika, as the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Washington, D.C., saving millions of lives around the world before stepping down in 2022.

He speeds through his early background. Born on Christmas Eve 1940, to first-generation Italian immigrants living in Bensonhurst, with a sister three years older, Fauci recalls the “extraordinarily soothing” sounds of foghorns in Gravesend Bay and his mother crying over photos of the mushroom cloud on the front page of the New York Daily News after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

His father was a pharmacist working long hours for whom Anthony, a tippety-top student, sometimes delivered prescriptions on his Schwinn bicycle. He won admission to Regis, the elite Jesuit high school in Manhattan, where he was captain of the varsity basketball team despite being 5’7,” and the College of the Holy Cross, where he studied classical Greek and spent summers working on a construction gang.

By Page 21, his mother has died of cancer at 56 and Fauci has graduated first in his class at Cornell Medical School. There are a few glimpses of his life as a young doctor: the mentor who offers him soft shell crabs fried over a Bunsen burner and the time he treats a tear-gassed Vietnam War protester.

But the story really begins after Fauci, following a decade in the field at the at the N.I.A.I.D., reads about outbreaks of pneumocystis pneumonia among gay men in California and New York. His increasing preoccupation with the rapidly spreading, catastrophic human immunodeficiency virus helps to torpedo his brief first marriage, and he’s appointed to lead the organization in 1984.

“On Call” contains many shout-outs, not just to respected friends and colleagues but also to patients like Ron Rinaldi, who went blind after cytomegalovirus “literally chewed up the critical sight elements of his retina from the time we had made morning rounds to the time we walked into the room that evening.” Despite the help of a collaborator, Linda Kulman, stories like this are somewhat diluted by bureaucratese like “pushing the envelope,” “proof of the pudding” and so on. You kind of wish Fauci’s elementary-school nuns, who “introduced me to the experience of tough love,” had stood over him with a ruler.

But the narrative sharpens when, as he did playing point guard on the court, Fauci goes one-on-one with formidable adversaries.

In the AIDS era this was Larry Kramer , the writer and activist who in an open letter to The San Francisco Examiner called him a “murderer” for not moving quickly enough with research into the disease. This too turned out to be a kind of confectioner’s sugar. Even as they sparred in the media, the two men came to develop a private relationship, and “reminisced like two aging warriors” while dining together at Kramer’s apartment. Fauci helped an actor prepare to play a thinly veiled version of himself in Kramer’s 1992 play “The Destiny of Me” and eventually oversaw his liver transplant. In their last phone conversation, he relates, they exchanged tearful “I love yous.”

In a weird way, the hotheaded Kramer’s push-pull of the calmer Fauci presages Donald Trump’s. In the early stages of the pandemic, the president would tell the physician that he “loved” him, then denounce him on Twitter if the stock market didn’t spring properly to attention after encouraging news. About this chaotic administration, whose supporters have vilified him, Fauci is restrained. (On Jared Kushner: “a lot of positive attributes,” including “good common sense,” although the president’s son-in law “knew very little about infectious diseases and he did not always get everything right.”)

Fauci is equally controlled about Barack Obama, with whom he also has an “I love you, man” moment. If there were a KN95 mask that protected against partisan politics, Fauci would snap it on. The warmest fuzzy in “On Call” comes when George W. Bush signs the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ( Pepfar ) in 2003.

During that period, the actress Bo Derek shows up in the West Wing, “looking as stunning as she did in that iconic scene in the movie ‘10’ when she and Dudley Moore were running toward each other on the beach.” Fauci is delighted to see her: “The White House is always full of surprises!”

Unlike many who’ve passed through there, Fauci has earned a victory lap. He easily clears the hurdles thrown up by his detractors; his eyes stay trained on the finish line, not the commotion in the bleachers.

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Former President Donald Trump assured Puerto Rico’s ex-governor that he was prepared to launch a first strike in the event of nuclear warfare during a tour of the hurricane ravaged island back in 2017, the former governor claims in an upcoming book. 

Ricardo Rosselló, now a congressional delegate for the US territory, said he was “floored” by Trump’s comments, which came as they sat in a helicopter surveying damage from Hurricane Maria . 

“Nature has a way of coming back,” Trump said as they overlooked the devastation. 

“Well, it does until it does not. Who knows with nuclear warfare what will happen,” he continued, according to Rosselló book, “The Reformer’s Dilemma and the Need for a Radical Middle.” 

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What followed, Rosselló writes, left him “more concerned than anything else in the entire visit.” 

“‘But I tell you what…’ He paused for effect. ‘If nuclear war happens, we won’t be second in line pressing the button,’” the delegate recalled Trump telling him.

The then-president’s quip left Rosselló stunned. 

“I could not believe what I was hearing,” he writes. “It was surreal. Was he really talking about total annihilation as we flew over the ravaged sights of the island?”

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The Trump campaign in a statement defended the 78-year-old presumptive GOP nominee president’s record on foreign policy, noting that he “abhors the idea of nuclear war.”

“Under President Trump’s leadership, the world was safer and more peaceful than any time in decades,” Trump campaign adviser Steven Cheung told The Post. “President Trump abhors the idea of nuclear war.”

“That’s why his historic diplomacy with North Korea stopped the regime’s nuclear tests and long range missile launches, which resumed after Biden took office. President Trump negotiated historic UN Security Council sanctions on Iran that left the regime weak and broke — until Biden enriched them. And it’s Joe Biden who is leading the world to the precipice of World War 3. President Trump’s top priority will be the safety and security of the American People. He is determined to return the world to peace,” he added. 

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​​On the campaign trail, Trump has called nuclear weapons – which he sometimes refers to as the “N-word” –  “the single biggest threat” to the world. 

During heightened tensions with North Korea in 2018, however, he boasted about having “a Nuclear Button” that is “much bigger & more powerful” than dictator Kim Jong Un’s.

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In today’s newsletter, we’re heading to North Lawndale, where our reporter Mariah Rush recently attended a youth-led walking tour.

The tour invites Chicagoans from all over the city into different neighborhoods to learn about essential but often underappreciated local history — with the teens who call the areas home as guides.

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Youth-led tours show off north lawndale culture, history, reporting by mariah rush.

Listening to the youth : Teen-led walking tours from My Block My Hood My City aim to spotlight the culture and history North Lawndale has to offer.

New stops : Now in its sixth year, the tour has added stops around North Lawndale, highlighting community gardens, a local grocer, churches, restaurants and the history of the neighborhood.

Hidden gems : The tour stops at the MLK Legacy Apartments, a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s time in North Lawndale in 1966. Guides also showcase the Stone Temple Baptist Church, a Chicago landmark built by Jewish immigrants where King gave many speeches.

‘Hear their pride’ : "[The youth] get to change the narrative, and they always hear negative things about their neighborhood, but you can walk with them and hear their pride,” said Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block My Hood My City. “It gives them presentation skills for college and allows them to do storytelling.” The tours also are a way for students to earn money during the summer. Most are paid $15 an hour, Cole said.

Reciprocal value : Xavier Ferguson marked his first day as a tour guide on Wednesday. With about 10 other guides, the 15-year-old Austin resident spent the two hours talking individually with attendees about the stops. “I’m actually learning a lot about this neighborhood,” he said. “While we are teaching people about it, I’m learning about it.”

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(Left) Cover for the first issue of Big Shoulders by Scott Gray, and an alternate cover by artist Charlie Adlard, known for his extensive work on the popular series "The Walking Dead."

The cover for the first issue of “Big Shoulders” (left) by Scott Gray and an alternate cover by artist Charlie Adlard showcase the creators’ love for the city.

Comic book series ‘Big Shoulders’ a ‘love letter’ to the city

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Chicago is about to be invaded by snarling dragons, rogue artificial intelligence and alien visitors from a distant world.

No cause for alarm — those are just some of the fantastic elements in “Big Shoulders,” a new comic book series set in the city that launched a Kickstarter campaign for its first issue earlier this month.

John Dudley, indie comic scribe and co-creator of the series, said the project is meant as a “love letter” to Chicago, using characters and stories to highlight the city as a crossroads of America, where people can dream bigger than Lake Michigan. The series is named after one of Chicago’s many monikers, the City of Big Shoulders, from Carl Sandburg’s 1914 poem “Chicago.”

Dudley and co-creator Scott Gray, artist on the project, describe the story as an “urban fantasy.” That’s where the aliens and dragons come in.

But readers can also expect plenty of real Chicago history within the pages, which are colored by illustrator Faz Choudhury. The narrative includes an immortal character named Greg who has been stuck in Chicago since it hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

“That’s where having the immortal character gives us an avenue to explore Chicago history but blend it into the narrative so it’s not like anyone is getting lectured,” Dudley said.

The series will explore several characters, newcomers to Chicago with big aspirations, over a span of six issues. Tales will showcase different genres — sci-fi, crime thriller — but be tied together through Greg the immortal, who weaves in and out of the plot lines. The issues will be collected into one volume once completed.

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Four baby Peregrine falcons recently hatched at UIC.

University of Illinois Chicago welcomes four new falcon chicks: ‘They’re very vocal’

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As the University of Illinois Chicago sent off its graduating students in May, it gained new residents — four baby Peregrine falcons.

The baby birds hatched the first weekend of May, during the university’s commencement weekend, according to a school news release. Field Museum ornithologists Mary Hennen and Dylan Maddox tagged the falcons later in the month, helping to keep track of the newest city falcons as part of larger research into falcon populations.

“It was like holding a newborn and realizing how special it is that these creatures call UIC their home,” UIC Chancellor Marie Lynn Miranda, whose office shares the 28th floor with the birds, said in the statement.

Mouse and Loop, the happy parents, have made their nest at the school for more than a decade now, and another pair of falcons, along with their two chicks, live near the medical buildings on the west side of campus. The couples are just two of the 15 pairs of Peregrine falcons in the Chicago area.

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  18. How Can I Tour the White House in DC?

    Public, self-guided tours are 45 minutes and are run between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays unless otherwise noted. For complete details on White House tours, visit the White House tours and events page or call the White House Visitors Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041. The White House is located at 1600 ...

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  22. Visit Auburn

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  24. Book signing and plantation tour June 27-28 in Thibodaux

    The "Queen of Cajun Cooking" is celebrating the republishing of her cookbook in Thibodaux with a book signing and a plantation tour. The last time the plantation was open to the public was five years ago. Marcelle Bienvenu, an accomplished chef, former Nicholls State University culinary teacher and ...

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  30. Afternoon Edition: Youth lead this West Side walking tour

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