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Majestic Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 10/3

Discover Majestic Japan during it's stunning autumn season, finding wonderful views bursting with autumn color.

Tour Code: GTD3345413

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $6498.00

Single supplement: USD $1360.00

Tour duration: 14 days 13 nights

Destination:
Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Jozankei Onsen / Yoichi / Otaru / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Hakone / Tokyo

Tour cost includes:
• 9 nights Western style, 3 nights Japanese style and 1 night overnight ferry 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
• Gratuities
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 9 lunches and 7 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2021
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. Oct 4, 2021 Sun. Oct 17, 2021 USD $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo View Tour
2022
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. Oct 3, 2022 Sun. Oct 16, 2022 USD $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo View Tour
2023
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. Oct 2, 2023 Sun. Oct 15, 2023 USD $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo View Tour

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.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sapporo New Chitose Airport

Welcome to Sapporo! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.

Hotel Okura Sapporo or similar class

NOTE 1: 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.

NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Day 2

Sapporo (Nijo Market / Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery / Live Crab Lunch / Historical Village of Hokkaido / Clock Tower / Odori Park)

Today we will take a sightseeing tour of Sapporo City, beginning with browsing through Nijo Market, a public market featuring the freshest produce and seafood. After, we will visit the Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery. As Sapporo's largest brewery, and the brewer of the incredibly popular Asahi Super Dry, the Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery offers tours of the production facility, including beer-tasting. For lunch, the group will be treated to a Hokkaido specialty - succulent live crab! The tour continues on to the Historic Village of Hokkaido, an outdoor museum where many preserved buildings from the Showa, Taisho and Meiji eras have been transplanted from across Hokkaido. A visit to this charming village gives visitors a good sense of what life was like in Hokkaido during it's colonial period. Then, we make our way to the city center for a look at the Sapporo Clock Tower, with vintage American colonial architecture and a clock brought over from Boston, USA. From there we will walk through Odori Park - a central park stretching across twelve city blocks, offering a peaceful place of relaxation decked in autumn leaves in the heart of busy Sapporo.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Okura Sapporo or similar class

Day 3

Shiraoi (National Ainu Museum), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani Hell Valley / Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath)

In the morning we will go to Shiraoi, and the National Ainu Museum, a newer museum facility that celebrates the cultural heritage of the native Ainu people, including exhibits on Ainu language, culture, history, crafts, music, and dance. From there we drive up to Noboribetsu, and into the mysterious, primordial beauty of Jigokudani "Hell Valley". Take the safe walking paths through this rocky crater, where water roils inside nearby bubbling pools and sulfurous steam rises from jagged cracks in the landscape. A hot river, flowing from out the area, eventually reaches the perfect temperature at the Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath. The tour continues on to Lake Toya for a relaxing evening at the hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Toya Sun Palace or similar class

Day 4

Lake Toya (Mt. Usu Ropeway / Showa Shinzan), Jozankei Onsen (Hoheikyo Dam / Shiraito no Taki Waterfall)

While visiting Lake Toya, we will take the Mt. Usu Ropeway for a gorgeous view of the surrounding area. Next, explore the area around Showa Shinzan, a young volcanic cone that slowly rose out of a wheat field during the reign of Emperor Showa, reaching a current height of about 290 meters. Sulfurous smoke can still be seen venting from the mountain to this day. We continue from there to Jozankei Onsen - a Hokkaido hot spring town. While there we will go see the magnificent arch of Hoheikyo Dam - a concrete dam across the Toyohira River and a popular spot for viewing autumn leaves in Hokkaido. Mountains surround the dam on all sides, bursting with trees in full autumn colors. Before returning to the hotel for the evening, we drive to Shiraito no Taki Waterfall - a tiny waterfall that also presents a lovely scene in autumn. Shiraito no Taki, or "White Thread Waterfall", is divided into delicate thin white streams of water rippling out from a leafy canopy.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Jozankei Onsen Hana Momiji or similar class

Day 5

Yoichi (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery), Otaru (Sakaimachi Street - Kitaichi Glass Shop & Music Box Museum / Otaru Canal)

After breakfast, we will take the day to explore more of Otaru, where you can find a lunch to suit your taste at the Otaru Sushi District. Next, take a stroll down Sakaimachi Street, which preserves much of the city's rich heritage as a prosperous fishing port. In particular, we will explore the evolution of Otaru's glass-blowing industry, which went from making simple glass fishing buoys to producing fine glassware. At the end of the street sits the Music Box Museum, with about 25,000 music boxes of various sizes and shapes. Then enjoy the Otaru Canal, which once supported the city's thriving fishing industry. Advancements in docking technology rendered the canals obsolete, but the city has since transformed the canal into a picturesque heritage district with preserved old buildings and trees lining a charming promenade. Once we finish our sightseeing for the day, we embark on an overnight ferry departing Otaru for Niigata.

Breakfast / Dinner

Shin Nihonkai Ferry

Day 6

Yudanaka (Snow Monkey Park)

Today, we arrive in Niigata, and make our way to Yudanaka, in Nagano prefecture, where we will enjoy exploring the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Jigokudani is a word that means "Hell Valley", and the volcanic hot springs are this area's most memorable feature. It is well known as the bathing grounds of the adorable Japanese macaque, which troops down from the mountains to clean themselves and each other in the water. Although they are popularly known as "snow monkeys" for the cute winter scene they create when the region is covered in snow, they can be seen at the hot spring baths in any season. Though monkeys are often thought to be disgusting and dirty, these primates are the cleanest creatures around, combing through each other's hair until it becomes fluffy and soft. Once we finish exploring the snow monkey park, we continue on to Matsumoto for a relaxing evening at our hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Hotel Shoho Matsumoto or similar class

Day 7

Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle), Takayama (Matsuri no Mori / Old Town)

After breakfast, we explore Matsumoto Castle - a flat plain castle, and one of the oldest in the country. Nicknamed the "Black Crow Castle", the inky black- colored keep, mounted on a great stone basin, is one of Japan's most impressive castles. Then we continue the tour in Takayama, known for its preservation of cultural traditions. One of the most important of those traditions is the Takayama Spring Festival, which features a number of ancient floats that are carried through town in celebratory procession. We will see duplicates of these floats, as well as listen to traditional festival music. After, we head over to Takayama Old Town to explore the Sanmachi Suji, filled with vintage houses, shops, and even a few sake breweries.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort or similar class

Day 8

Takayama (Morning Market), Shirakawa- go (Shiroyama Viewpoint / Gassho-zukuri Minkaen), Kanazawa (Kenrokuen), Express Train to Kyoto

After breakfast, we take the morning to explore a Takayama Morning Market, which sells local produce and handicraft, and can be a good place to find a unique souvenir! Then we drive to the UNESCO- protected village of Shirakawa-go, a charming mountain village celebrated for its farmhouses with broad thatched roofs, known locally as gassho-zukuri. At Shiroyama Viewpoint, you will see the entire town spread out before your eyes in an idyllic vista. From there, we head to the Gassho-Zukuri Minkaen, a collection of old buildings in an outdoor museum which showcase the rural architectural style. Then we drive to Kanazawa to see Kenrokuen - one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Designed after the "six sublimities" of Chinese landscape garden design, autumn is a time of incredible beauty in Kenrokuen, as the summer green begins to fade at the approach of winter, autumn rewards visitors with liberal splashes of red, orange and yellow poking out from the treeline. A stroll around the garden reveals a captivating scene filled with old teahouses, colorful flowers, stone lanterns and other appealing features hidden throughout in nooks and corners. Finally as the day draws to a close, we will take the express train to Kyoto.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 9

Nara (Todaiji Temple / Nara Deer Park), Katsuragi (Sumo-kan Kehaya-za - Sumo Experience)

In the morning, we travel to Nara to see the city's most famous landmark - Todaiji Temple. The immense temple hall was, until recently, the largest wooden structure in the world, and houses the massive Great Buddha of Todaiji. The temple is located in a corner of Nara Park - especially lovely in autumn, which is home to over a thousand free-roaming, adorable Sika deer. These friendly creatures are protected by Nara, even recognized as an official symbol of the city. Stalls around the park sell special crackers to feed the deer, and some of the wild deer have even learned to bow when asking for food. On the way back to Kyoto, we stop in Katsuragi, the birthplace of Japanese sumo. This facility promotes the national sport of Japanese sumo and even offers a special sumo experience in a real sumo ring.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 10

Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine / Gekkeikan Ōkura Sake Museum / Green Tea Ceremony / Kimono Experience / Gion Geisha District - Kyoto Cuisine with Maiko Dinner)

Today, spend a day sightseeing in the former imperial capital of Kyoto. Start with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, widely famed for its thousands of vermillion torii gates. Dedicated to Inari, a Shinto deity of agriculture and prosperity, the shrine is guarded by a number of fierce-looking fox statues, who represent her heavenly messengers. Then we visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, run by the Gekkeikan Sake Company, one of Japan's most prominent sake labels. Once a busy sake brewery in the early 1900s, the museum offers visitors a rare inside look into the history of Japanese sake, also housing around 400 sake production implements. Next, we take you to experience a more traditional Kyoto as we sit down for a Japanese green tea ceremony. Also known as "sado", the green tea ceremony is a unique custom which invites guests to slow down and enjoy authentic Japanese hospitality. Then we will go for a local Kimono Experience, which gives you the chance to try on a colorful kimono and take pictures. After, we take a walk through Gion, Kyoto's famous Geisha district, where you can see classical Japanese shops, restaurants, and teahouses. In the evening, have a taste of old Kyoto as you eat traditional kaiseki cuisine in the company of a maiko - a geisha apprentice.

Breakfast / Dinner

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 11

Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple / Golden Pavilion / Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden - Bamboo Grove - Togetsukyo Bridge - Rickshaw Ride)

After breakfast, we continue our sightseeing in Kyoto with a visit to Kiyomizu Temple, one of the old capital city's most iconic and magnificent temples. Kiyomizu features a dramatic wooden veranda offering incredible views of autumn-colored trees and cityscape. Then we enjoy the glittering shine of the Golden Pavilion, a three story Buddhist temple originally constructed in the late 1300s, featuring a golden phoenix perched on top. Then, in the Arashiyama district, we will visit several of the city's famous landmarks starting with Tenryuji Temple, the largest temple in the district, and a UNESCO world heritage site. On the temple grounds is Sogen Pond, an especially beautiful garden. Then we take a walk on a path through a dense grove of towering bamboo, an experience that feels like stepping into a hidden world. After, we will take a walk along Togestukyo Bridge, a popular place to admire the natural beauty of the old city, known for its gorgeous seasonal scenery. Finally, we finish our day with a ride on a rickshaw through the charming streets of Kyoto for one last look at the beauty of the ancient city.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 12

Bullet Train to Odawara - Hakone (Lake Ashi Cruise / Open Air Museum), Tokyo (teamLab Borderless)

After breakfast, we hop board a high-speed Shinkansen "bullet train" to Odawara, where we will transfer to Hakone. Once there, we will visit the Hakone Open Air Museum. Many of the sculptures and artsy structures use "borrowed scenery", integrating the surrounding landscape into each overall exhibit. The grounds also include a Picasso Exhibition Hall which feature various works by the famous artist. Then we take the Hakone Ropeway which, on clear days, offers spectacular views of Mount Fuji, before arriving at Owakudani. Explore this rocky, volcanic landscape, which is constantly wreathed in steam and sulfurous fumes from the boiling pools and steamy hot springs. Then we will continue to Tokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world, where we will discover the creative digital art displays at teamLab Borderless. Imagine wandering into a digitally projected world surrounded in realistic floating lanterns, rainbow waterfalls of colored lights, or other immersive display experiences designed to dazzle the mind. The art exhibits of teamlab Borderless carry away each guest into worlds of digital imagination that leave you spellbound in wonder.

Breakfast / Lunch

New Otani Tokyo or similar class

Day 13

Tokyo (Tsukiji Outer Market / Sushi Making Experience / Edo Tokyo Museum / Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise District / Tokyo SkyTree / Farewell Dinner at Izakaya)

After breakfast, make your way to the Tsukiji Outer Market, filled with shops and restaurants where you can try fresh produce and other food-related goods. Next, we have a sushi-making experience where you can learn to prepare different kinds of sushi from a master chef. The Edo Tokyo Museum is next, and offers a look into the old fishing town of Edo (also called Tokyo), including old buildings, historic displays, and a library. Then travel to Asakusa Kannon Temple, in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Enter by way of the Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate”, underneath one of Japan’s largest paper lanterns. Don’t forget to look up to see the dragon sculpture underneath! Walk through the Nakamise Market – a street lined with shops selling traditional goods of all kinds, before approaching Sensoji Temple. Take some time to explore Tokyo’s oldest temple and shrine complex. From there, we travel to Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest towers in the world, for an awe-inspiring view of the Tokyo cityscape. Finally, we meet for a farewell dinner at a local izakaya - a special type of relaxed dining establishment unique to Japan, before returning to the hotel.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

New Otani Tokyo or similar class

Day 14

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Tokyo Narita Airport or Haneda Airport by airport shared shuttle.

Breakfast

NOTE 3: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.