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Between Tokyo and Osaka: Autumn Leaves Tour

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Between Tokyo and Osaka: Autumn Leaves Tour

6 days 5 nights

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Explore the best destinations Between Tokyo and Osaka, including Takasaki, Yudanaka Onsen, Karuizawa, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa, on this 6-day journey during the captivating autumn leaves season.

Join our Between Tokyo and Osaka Autumn Leaves group tour and experience the wonderful destinations between Tokyo and Osaka, two of Japan’s biggest locations, for a regional tour with an authentic rural flavor. Tokyo and Osaka are touristy and popular, but travelers who want to explore the local history, fascinating culture, and natural splendor in the less-traveled areas between them should join this delightful tour timed to enjoy the breathtaking autumn leaves season.

After arrival in Tokyo, we travel towards Nagano, stopping first in Takasaki at Shorinzan Daruma Temple, home of the Buddhist Daruma doll. While there, you will have the chance to paint your own Daruma doll for a rare souvenir! We go from there to Karuizawa to see the magnificent architecture of Uchimura Kanzo Memorial Stone Church, followed by lovely Shiraito Waterfall, which is overhung with bright boughs of autumn leaves. At the end of the day, we arrive in Nagano at Yudanaka Onsen, and begin the next day with a visit to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park - home to a group of adorable Japanese macaques, who love bathing in the local outdoor hot spring. Though they are called Snow Monkeys, they can be seen throughout the park in every season. Admire them in their natural habitat before going to Matsumoto to visit the Japan Ukiyoe Museum, which preserves works from masters of the ukiyo-e, or “floating world” art style, which was popular in the Edo period. We continue to lovely Takayama to browse souvenirs at the Morning Market, study local history at the Takayama Jinya, and walk the rustic streets of Old Town Takayama. Then we head into the mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go, preserved for its unique architecture with broad thatched roofs sloping like hands folded in prayer. Explore an open-air museum showcasing the local architecture at the Gassho- zukuri Minkaen, before continuing on to Kanazawa. Our sightseeing in Kanazawa starts with a visit to Kenrokuen Garden, a splendid sight in fall, followed by browsing the old mansions of the Nagamachi Samurai District, including the affluent Nomura Residence. We end the day with a Gold Leaf Experience that allows you to learn about and try your hand at decorating with gold leaf, Kanazawa’s most famous local product, before taking an express train to Osaka, where we end the tour.

Our Between Tokyo and Osaka Autumn Leaves group tour is the perfect 6-day trip to Japan for travelers wanting a more authentic experience outside the big tourist cities. Transportation for these tours use our comfortable and convenient Private Coach Buses, and include deluxe accommodations, meals as listed on the itinerary, and the assistance of our friendly, professional English- speaking guides. Please browse the detailed itinerary below for more information.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sat. Nov 8, 2025 USD $2598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sat. Nov 7, 2026 USD $2598.00 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

  • • 4 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda 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
  • • 2 lunches and 2 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

Additional Information

Transport

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


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).


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 - Takasaki - Karuizawa - Yudanaka
  • Day3   Yudanaka - Matsumoto - Takayama
  • Day4   Tayakama - Shirakawago - Kanazawa
  • Day5   Kanazawa - Express Train to Osaka
  • Day6   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawago / Kanazawa / Osaka


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