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Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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Tour Code: GTH2373102

Hokkaido, Tohoku & Central Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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16 days 15 nights

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Exploring Japan's two main islands: Hokkaido & Honshu…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

If you have ever wished you could enjoy Japan's gorgeous autumn leaves and the exquisite beauty of cherry blossoms together at once, this tour has what you are looking for. The town of Obara features a unique and dazzling sight: cherry blossoms in full bloom, with a background of bright autumn leaves, in a scene that brings the beauties of autumn and spring together in one place. The town's Shikizakura, or "four-seasons cherry trees" bloom twice a year: first in spring at the usual time, and then once again in fall, for a marvelous scene where two opposite seasons collide. Over ten thousand of the Shikizakura trees begin to bloom around late October, reaching their best from mid to late November. On this tour, we take full advantage of the season to enjoy this rare, incredibly beautiful fantasy scene.

This tour begins in Hokkaido, where we will visit Otaru, Sapporo, Shiraoi, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, and Hakodate. Then we proceed to Aomori by crossing the Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel. Next we will visit to 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 head to Morioka and Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. 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. Allow yourself to also 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.

Next we will continue our journey to one of the busiest city in the world. Let's enjoy a fully guided tour in Tokyo. Visit Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck.

Then proceed to the Mt Fuji-Hakone national park. See how impressive Mother Nature is when you are there. Visit the Obara Shikizakura Festival to see both the fiery red and orange autumn leaves and the soft pink cherry blossoms en route to Takayama, located amongst the Japanese Alps. Due to their remote location, these places are beautifully preserved and developed their own culture that is unique from the rest of Japan. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go and understand what gassho- zukuri architectural style is. You'll also have a chance to visit the beautiful, but often overlooked by Western tourists, city of Kanazawa. Here, you'll visit the Kenrokuen Garden (one of Japan's top three gardens) and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

We will then continue our journey and spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, castle, shrine and specialty shops. Follow up you will get the opportunity to experience a traditional green tea ceremony hosted by an apprentice geisha (maiko), and stroll the beautiful Arashiyama, the outskirt of Kyoto, famous for its beautiful autumn leaves. At Nara, be inspired by the intricate architecture and towering monuments including the Great Buddha statue. You'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From there, proceed to Osaka for last minute shopping.

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2024

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 USD $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 USD $6598.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sat. Nov 7, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 USD $6598.00 Sapporo 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

  • • 12 nights Western style and 3 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose 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
  • • 8 lunches and 6 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 New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo 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 Sapporo
  • Day2   Otaru - Sapporo
  • Day3   Sapporo - Shiraoi - Noboribetsu
  • Day4   Lake Toya - Hakodate
  • Day5   Seikan Undersea Tunnel - Aomori - Towada
  • Day6   Morioka - Hiraizumi
  • Day7   Matsushima
  • Day8   Nikko
  • Day9   Tokyo
  • Day10   Tokyo
  • Day11   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day12   Obara - Takayama
  • Day13   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa
  • Day14   Kyoto
  • Day15   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day16   Tour ends

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Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate), Tohoku (Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima), Central Japan (Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka)


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