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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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13 days 12 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $1080.00


This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

The fall season is one of Japan's most enchanting yearly periods, when the weather is sunny, the air is crisp, and the leaves of the maple trees glow with vivid colors of orange, yellow, and red. On this tour, we will take you to visit places that are well known as the "best places to view autumn leaves", as well as the cherry blossoms at Obara Shikizakura Festival. In Obara, special cherry trees called Shikizakura bloom twice a year: once in spring, and again just as the autumn leaves are at their best. This tour includes not only Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, and Mount Fuji, but Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and Koyasan, immersing travelers in a generous variety of Japanese cultural aspects, architectural styles, nature spots, hot spring baths, contemporary sights, and Japanese cuisine.

Arrive in Tokyo, beginning your journey with a visit to Asakusa Sensoji Temple, where you'll see Tokyo's oldest temple. Your time in Tokyo also includes visits to the Tsukiji Market, and a sushi-making experience. Continue from there to Hakone, where you'll ride the Hakone Ropeway. Mount Fuji's impressive snow- capped cone may be easily viewed on a nice day, as your gondola descends to Owakudani. The sulfurous steam flowing out from the boiling pools and steamy fissures between the rocks lends this smoking valley a mysterious air. Weather permitting, you will visit the 5th station of Mount Fuji, where you will be able to appreciate the iconic mountain's splendor up close.

Proceed from there to Obara Shikizakura Festival to see both the fiery red and orange autumn leaves and the soft pink cherry blossoms, before continuing to Takayama. This city is nestled in the Japanese Alps and contains Takayama Jinya - a palatial administrative building used by governors from the Tokugawa shogunate - complete with conference rooms, guest rooms, and an interrogation chamber. From there you'll head further into the Alps to stop at Shirakawa-go - a UNESCO Heritage site famed for its farmhouses with large thatched roofs called "Gassho-zukuri". Next, you'll travel to Kanazawa to stroll through Kenrokuen Garden - its pathways and sweeping lawns strewn with fall leaves.

Your sightseeing tour through Kyoto includes visiting a number of local temples which are celebrated for such splendid features as the Golden Pavilion's dazzling phoenix, Kiyomizu Temple's dramatic veranda, and the exacting detail of Tenryuji's Zen garden. Other charms of the old city include the Sagano Bamboo Grove whose towering green stalks, rustling in the breeze, are one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. You'll also get the opportunity to experience a traditional green tea ceremony hosted by an apprentice geisha (maiko). At the ancient capital of Nara, you will visit Todaiji Temple and a deer park where 1,000 Sika deer roam free. You will also visit Osaka and have a chance to see why Osaka is called the "night life city."

Visit the city of Himeji and breathtaking Himeji "White Heron" Castle before going to explore the canals of Kurashiki. These canals were vital during the Edo period for the transport of rice and other foodstuffs, which were held in the city storehouses before being shipped to Osaka and Tokyo. A stop in Hiroshima brings you to the emotionally moving Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Then, at Miyajima Island, you'll see the large red torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, then take a scenic drive along the Shimanami Kaido, a road that connects several small islands, sitting prettily in Seto Bay and covered in bright foliage, between the main island of Honshu and the southwest island of Shikoku. While in Shikoku, take a cruise down the Yoshino River at Oboke Gorge, enjoying the lush green foliage waving over the stones. Then take a stroll through Ritsurun Park to gaze at the groves of chestnut trees at the foot of Mount Shion. At night, a feast of tender, delectable wagyu beef awaits your palate in Kobe. After, head back to Osaka to make your own original flavor of instant noodles at the Cup Noodles Museum, stop at Kashihara to find the fabled point where Jimmu, Japan's legendary first emperor, ascended his throne at Kashihara on your way to Mount Koyasan.

Discover the mountain temples of Koyasan, sacred to the Shingon sect of Buddhism, where you can experience the real life of Buddhist monks. Stay the night in a local temple and savor a dinner of shojin ryori, or monks' food. Awake to a morning session of meditation with the monks before going on a tour of Okunoin - Japan's largest cemetery, and Kongobuji temple, refurbished by legendary samurai warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi to honor his mother. Finally, round out the trip with a visit to Danjo Garan, the main temple complex on Koyasan. This tour is ideal for those looking to appreciate Japan's glorious autumn season on a journey through Japan's top sights and experiences.

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2024

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Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 USD $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Thu. Nov 27, 2025 USD $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Thu. Dec 3, 2026 USD $5398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 1 night temple lodging, 10 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Narita Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 5 lunches and 6 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

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Transport

Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.


Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day4   Obara - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa
  • Day6   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day7   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day8   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day9   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day10   Osaka - Kashihara - Koyasan
  • Day11   Koyasan
  • Day12   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan


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