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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

Handpicked Hotels

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2024/2025/2026 AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS


Tour Code: GTU262167

Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour

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10 days 9 nights

fromUSD $6898.00 (Limit to 16 guests)


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Single Supplement: USD $1560.00

See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 16 guests.

Every autumn the deciduous trees of Japan - the maple, rowan, beech, and ginkgo, among others, leave off their summer colors in favor of flashier hues. Travelers on a tour of Japan in November find many parks and gardens fully flushed in red, orange, and gold leaves glowing in the autumn sun. This is the essence of Japan in fall, which you will experience on this tour along with the country's cultural treasures - temples, shrines, World Heritage sites, and time-honored traditions.

Tour through the busiest city in Japan, Tokyo, where our private guides and drivers will help you navigate through the city’s top attractions. Visit Tokyo’s historical monuments, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Then, head to Hakone and check out its open air museum before boarding a pirate ship cruise around Lake Ashi. Afterwards, enjoy the silk artwork of Itchiku Kubota's unfinished masterpiece, the Symphony of Light.

Take in the gorgeous natural vista of Lake Kawaguchi including, on a clear day, a magnificent view of Mount Fuji wreathed in autumn splendor, then travel through the ever- changing scenery to Matsumoto where you will see the original Matsumoto Castle. Spend a morning at market in Takayama and browse between the outdoor stalls of local handicraft for an quality souvenir. Next, travel to the UNESCO-inscribed village of Shirakawa-go, famous for its charming gassho-zukuri architecture. Head to Kanazawa and stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three gardens. Then take an afternoon to explore your choice local attractions, including a gold leaf workshop, a museum dedicated to Zen scholar DT Suzuki, and a Kutani-ware Ceramics Kiln.

Behold Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara, home to a towering Buddha statue, while nearby, in Nara Park, you can mingle in company of over a thousand adorable, friendly Sika deer. Spend three nights in Kyoto, where you will get to visit the city’s top temples and shrines. Take the chance to learn Japanese calligraphy, Ikebana flower- arranging, and how to play Taiko drums. Try on a colorful kimono, meditate like a Zen Buddhist monk at Kodaiji Temple, participate in a traditional green tea ceremony, and enjoy Kyoto cuisine with entertainment by an apprentice geisha (maiko).

This 10-day autumn tour package combines the historical sights, unique cultural experiences, and natural beauty of the fall foliage to bring you the Essence of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves. Please browse our detailed itinerary below.

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Dates & Price


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Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 USD $6898.00

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Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Wed. Nov 12, 2025 USD $6898.00

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Wed. Nov 11, 2026 USD $6898.00

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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.


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

  • • 8 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport
  • • Private 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 3 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


Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.

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) or Itami Airport (ITM).

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. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Hakone - Mt Fuji
  • Day4   Mt Fuji - Matsumoto
  • Day5   Takayama - Shirakawa-go
  • Day6   Kanazawa
  • Day7   Osaka - Nara
  • Day8   Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto

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