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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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14 days 13 nights

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Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

There are two major festivals in Takayama every year, the Spring Sanno Festival in April and the Autumn Hachiman Festival in October. This itinerary is designed to give you an opportunity to experience one of the three largest festivals in Japan while enjoying Japan's popular custom of "koyou," or autumn leaves viewing, as well as an in-depth exploration of Japan's three main islands.

We will take you from Kyushu Island (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Takachiho, Beppu) to Hiroshima (Honshu Island), then drive through the Shimanami Kaido to Shikoku Island (Takamatsu ), and cross the inland sea back to Honshu Island to visit Kurashiki, Himeji, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Mt Fuji, and Tokyo. This 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.

Hachiman Festival takes place on October 9th and 10th of every year. The main features of the Takayama Festival are gorgeous yatai (floats) decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes). This tour includes Tokyo's modern attractions, famous gardens in Takamatsu, as well as Kyoto's famous gardens, temples and shrines. We will take you back in time with visits to the charming village of Shirakawa-go and the beautifully preserved old town of Takayama and, notably, the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival. You'll have a profound appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship of the people of this land while watching ornate floats being lit up by traditional lanterns and escorted around the city by people dressed in traditional kimonos. This festive atmosphere is an unforgettable experience.

You'll get the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony, meet a maiko (apprentice geisha) , enjoy a traditional Yokagura Dance Performance in Takachiho, learn how to make sushi with a professional chef, relax in the hot springs (onsen), ride a shinkansen (bullet train), and taste the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe.

We will also visit Fuji-Hakone National Park, majestic castle at 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.

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, view the Jigoku "hell" pools of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Then 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 delve 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
Mon. Sep 30, 2024 Sun. Oct 13, 2024 USD $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Wed. Sep 30, 2026 Tue. Oct 13, 2026 USD $5998.00 Fukuoka Tokyo 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 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
  • • 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 Fukuoka Airport (FUK), this tour starts in Fukuoka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT).
  • • If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the last day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport 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 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 - Shirakawa-go - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day11   Takayama (Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival)
  • Day12   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day13   Tokyo
  • Day14   Tour ends

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