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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21

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Group Tour | Deluxe       Tour Code: GTO306653     72 reviews

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2020 - 10/31, 11/21

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For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.

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. This tour, part of our "Best of Japan" series, is for those who enjoy these autumn scenes, taking you to the most delightful spots to view the bright fall foliage. It includes not only Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, and Mount Fuji, but Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and Koyasan, and offers tr... View More

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. This tour, part of our "Best of Japan" series, is for those who enjoy these autumn scenes, taking you to the most delightful spots to view the bright fall foliage. It includes not only Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, and Mount Fuji, but Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and Koyasan, and offers travelers a sample of Japanese cultural aspects, architectural styles, nature spots, hot spring baths, contemporary sights, and traditional cuisine.

Arrive in Tokyo, beginning your journey with a visit to Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, where you'll see Tokyo's oldest temple covered in fall leaves. Your time in Tokyo also includes visits to the Toyosu Fish market, a sushi-making experience, and a stroll through the Imperial Palace Garden. 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 Matsumoto to see imposing Matsumoto "Black Crow" Castle, unspoiled and complete despite the passage of time, 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 - before taking the Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto.

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) and watch a kimono fashion show. 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 climb the stone steps up to Kotohira-gu Shrine. 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 Katsuragi to learn about the history of sumo, and 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.


Destinations

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

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