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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves

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2024/2025/2026 AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS


Tour Code: GTS1527893

Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves

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22 days 21 nights

fromUSD $8998.00


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Single Supplement: USD $1900.00

Exploring Japan's all four main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, Honshu, & Hokkaido, as well as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

Japan stretches from north to south and the autumn actually happens at a different time. October is historically the best month in which to see the most Autumn Colors in Tohoku and Southern Hokkaido, far northern Japan and in the high mountains of central Japan. You can experience this tradition plus many others such as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival when you join this tour.

This 22days Grand Tour of Japan is the longest and most comprehensive escorted group tour of Japan that you will find. Tour starts from the far south to the northern island by a private coach, visiting all 4 main islands of Japan. This tour caters a wide variety of interest about Japan from culture, festival, architecture, nature, rural villages, historic towns and modern city attractions.

Start your trip in the rarely visited island of Kyushu. Beginning in Nagasaki, visit Nagasaki Peace Park, Dejima, Glover Gardens with its romantic turn of the century houses, and Oura Catholic Church, the oldest standing Christian church in Japan. We will also explore Takachiho, a place of myths and legends. 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 a chance to meet with some of the 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys up close.

From Kyushu, the Shinkansen bullet train takes you 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. Then drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, to Shikoku Island.

In Shikoku Island, visit the open air museum of Shikoku Mura Village and see why Japanese gardens are famous in Takamatsu. Drive through the Seto- ohashi Bridge back to Honshu Island and visit the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki and the majestic castle at Himeji. Proceed to Kobe to savor the world famous Wagyu beef. Then to Nara as well as the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrine, castle and specialty shops. You will also have the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony and meet a maiko (apprentice geisha) . Visit Arashiyama, located on the outskirts of Kyoto, famous for its bamboo forest and traditional Zen landscape garden at Tenryuji Temple.

Next we will visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style is. In Takayama, you will experience the 15th Century of Japan as you watch thousands of people in costumes, traditional music performances, and wonderful ornate floats that parades the classic town. See how impressive mother nature is at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo. Visit Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and diverse shopping districts, and learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations.

Let's explore the wonderfully ornate temples and shrines which have been designated as World Heritage sites in Nikko. We then proceed to Kegon Waterfall situated in Lake Chuzenji, it is one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. After that we will visit Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of pine tree covered small islands, where we explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Then we head up to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. Next we will go to Morioka for a visit to the Morioka Castle Ruins for its beautiful autumn leaves.

In Towada, we visit Lake Towada, Japan's third deepest lake. A volcanic crater lake 44km in circumference and nature walk along the creek through Oirase Gorge. Then we visit the Nebuta Warasse in Aomori before proceed to Hakodate by crossing the Tsugaru channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel.

On the island of Hokkaido, we will visit Hakodate, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu, Shiraoi, Otaru, and ends our tour in Sapporo.

This itinerary is perfect for those who wish to discover the whole country in one time and see all Japan has to offer.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 USD $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Wed. Oct 21, 2026 USD $8998.00 Fukuoka Sapporo 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.


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

  • • 17 nights Western style and 4 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka 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
  • • 11 lunches and 10 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 private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Sapporo, with departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).

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 Fukuoka
  • Day2   Nagasaki
  • Day3   Takachiho
  • Day4   Beppu - Kitsuki - Bullet Train Ride - Hiroshima
  • Day5   Hiroshima - Miyajima Island - Shimanami Kaido
  • Day6   Takamatsu
  • Day7   Kurashiki - Himeji - Kobe - Osaka
  • Day8   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day11   Takayama (Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival)
  • Day12   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day13   Tokyo
  • Day14   Tokyo
  • Day15   Nikko
  • Day16   Matsushima
  • Day17   Hiraizumi - Morioka
  • Day18   Towada - Aomori - Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Hakodate
  • Day19   Hakodate - Lake Toya
  • Day20   Noboribetsu - Shiraoi - Sapporo
  • Day21   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day22   Tour ends

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Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

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