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Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

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Tour Code: GTU1534638

Charms of Southern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

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8 days 7 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $630.00


Discover the culture, national parks, countrysides, gardens and "must see" sights of Southern Japan in autumn leaves season.

This tour is an excellent way to discover the culture and landscape of Japan where you will get a chance to visit national parks, gardens, and "must see" sights of Southern Japan.

This tour begins in Osaka with a visit to Himeji Castle, a splendid example of traditional architecture and one of the few original castles remaining in Japan. Then, we will make our way to the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki, cross the inland sea to Shikoku Island, visit the open air museum of Shikoku Mura Village, and see why Japanese gardens are famous in Takamatsu.

From Shikoku Island, we will drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Shikoku to the island of Honshu, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, back to Honshu Island. Proceed to Hiroshima where you’ll visit the Peace Memorial Museum and surrounding Peace Park. On Miyajima Island, you will have a chance to view the famed "floating" Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine.

From Hiroshima, we will take a ride on the top speed Shinkansen bullet train to Kyushu Island and visit the Kitsuki Samurai Districts. In Beppu, marvel at the Jigoku 'hell' of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Then enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park where you will get an opportunity to meet with some of the 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys up close. We will also explore Takachiho, a place of myths and legends. In Nagasaki, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park that holds the memorial for the victims of the second bomb that hit the land. A statue of a man pointing up and holding his other arm out is symbolic of the Nagasaki Peace Park. Our next site is Dejima, an area with over 400 years of history in Dutch trade. It features historical warehouses and residences, providing insight into the former Dutch Trade Post and how they lived during Japan's two centuries of isolation. Then, visit the Glover Gardens, an open air museum where we can see a fine collection of historic mansions of former Western residents of Nagasaki. Continue to the Oura Catholic Church, the oldest standing Christian church in Japan. It was also the first Western building in Japan to be designated as a national treasure.

On this tour, you will have a chance to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Fukuoka, watch a Yokagura Dance Performance, and stay one night at a traditional Japanese Onsen Ryokan. You will also have the opportunity to relax in the therapeutic waters of a natural spa bath at an onsen, enjoy the fine flavors of a traditional Japanese banquet dinner, and take an evening stroll dressed in your yukata. Immersing yourself in Japanese culture while surrounded by the charm and picturesque architecture of exquisite wooden buildings, shoji sliding paper doors, tatami mat floors, and courtyard gardens is the essence of this tour.

This itinerary is perfect for those who want to see a little deeper into rural Japan. It is a great opportunity to see a Japan rarely seen by most visitors.

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Dates & Price

2024

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 USD $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 USD $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 USD $3498.00 Osaka Fukuoka 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

  • • 6 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai 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
  • • 3 lunches and 4 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 Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Fukuoka, with departures at Fukuoka (FUK).


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 Osaka
  • Day2   Himeji - Kurashiki
  • Day3   Takamatsu
  • Day4   Shimanami Kaido - Hiroshima
  • Day5   Bullet Train Ride - Kitsuki - Beppu - Takachiho
  • Day6   Takachiho
  • Day7   Nagasaki
  • Day8   Tour ends

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Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki


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