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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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Tour Code: GTK1543242

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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14 days 13 nights

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

Colorful autumn leaves, known as koyo in Japanese, draw just as many visitors in autumn as the cherry blossoms do during spring time. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries. Today, travelers journey all over the country to find the best spots for viewing the stunning blend of yellow, orange, and red leaves. On this tour, we will take you to visit places that are well known in Japan as the "best places to view autumn leaves", as well as enjoy the coveted sight of cherry blossoms against a backdrop of autumn leaves at the Obara Shikizakura Festival. At Obara, unique cherry trees called Shikizakura bloom twice a year: once in spring, and again just as the autumn leaves are at their best.

Like our other "Japan In Depth" itineraries, this comprehensive tour is designed for people who want to see the undiscovered regions of Japan, as well as the more popular sights in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima plus an opportunity to visit the Japanese Alps regions - Takayama. In addition, you will also visit Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa on this tour. We will explore Japan's three main islands by visiting places in Honshu Island such as Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Himeji and Kurashiki, cross the inland sea to Shikoku Island (Takamatsu), drive through the Shimanami kaido to back to Honshu Island to visit Hiroshima, then take a ride on the top speed Shinkansen bullet train to Kyushu Island to visit Beppu, Takachiho, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, and finish in Fukuoka.

The tour includes Tokyo's modern attractions, popular gardens in Takamatsu, as well as Kyoto’s famous temples and shrines. You'll get the opportunity to experience a traditional green tea ceremony hosted by an apprentice geisha (maiko), learn how to make sushi with a professional sushi chef, enjoy a traditional Yokagura Dance Performance in Takachiho, relax in the hot springs (onsen), ride a shinkansen bullet train, and taste the world famous Wagyu beef in Fukuoka.

We will also visit Fuji-Hakone National Park, a majestic castle in Himeji, and the Peace Memorial Museum and Park at Hiroshima. At Miyajima, you can view the famed vermilion Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the gates look like they're floating on the sea. At Nara, be inspired by the intricate architect and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. We will also take you back in time with visits to the charming village of Shirakawa-go and the beautifully preserved old town of Takayama, and stroll the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

In Nagasaki we will 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. Visit Takachiho, a place of myths and legends. In Beppu, we will view the Jigoku "hell" pools of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Next, we will enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park where you can interact with some of the park’s 1,500 Japanese monkeys. Kitsuki Samurai Districts will also be included in this tour.

This itinerary is perfect for those who want to see the main cities but also explore a little deeper into rural Japan.

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Dates & Price

2024

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 USD $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 USD $5898.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 USD $5898.00 Tokyo 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

  • • 11 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita 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
  • • 7 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 Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Fukuoka, with departures at Fukuoka Airport (FUK).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

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
  • Day3   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day4   Obara - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Himeji - Kurashiki
  • Day9   Takamatsu
  • Day10   Shimanami Kaido - Hiroshima
  • Day11   Bullet Train Ride - Kitsuki - Beppu - Takachiho
  • Day12   Takachiho
  • Day13   Nagasaki
  • Day14   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka


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