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Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.

Tour Code: GTK2339562

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $6098.00

Single supplement: USD $1260.00

Tour duration: 15 days 14 nights

Destination:
Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe

Tour cost includes:
• 9 nights Western style and 5 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
• 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2024
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 USD $6098.00 Tokyo Osaka View Tour
2025
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 USD $6098.00 Tokyo Osaka View Tour
2026
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 USD $6098.00 Tokyo Osaka 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

Narita Airport

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

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class (NOTE 1 & 2)

NOTE 1: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

NOTE 2: If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are 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.

NOTE 3: The meet-and-greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 & 2 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 3, airport pickup is not included, but we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.

NOTE 4: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Day 2

Tokyo (Tsukiji Outer Market / Drive by Imperial Palace / Sushi Making Experience / Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Tokyo Skytree)

Today, you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market – a bustling outdoor street market known for its fresh and delicious seafood, produce, and kitchenware. From there, we drive by the Imperial Palace, which offers splendid views of the meticulously maintained front lawn and garden areas, the moat, and the old stone walls. Next, enjoy a fun and simple Sushi-Making Experience, where you can enjoy creating your own sushi, and eating it afterwards! Then, we visit Tokyo’s oldest temple complex – Asakusa Sensoji Temple, featuring the Kaminarimon Gate, in which hangs an enormous red lantern. Leading up to the temple is Nakamise Street, which is lined with shops selling all manner of Japanese souvenirs. At the end of the day, we ascend Tokyo Skytree to the observation deck, which offers a panoramic 360-degree view of the Tokyo cityscape.
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

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Day 3

Mt Fuji, Hakone (Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani), Bullet Train Ride

We will depart from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands to rolling clouds. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather) to admire the world famous peak. Next, we will travel to Hakone, which is among Japan's most popular hot- spring resorts, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. We will take a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakundani. Most of the area around Owakundani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Now, you can experience hot springs and hot rivers there, where sulfurous fumes still linger. Owakundani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji in good weather. Next, take a Shinkansen bullet train ride for experience, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

The Hamanako or similar class

Day 4

Koka (Miho Museum), Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple)

After breakfast at the hotel, our group will visit the Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die". We will then continue to Kyoto, a historical city that was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. We will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.

Breakfast

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Note: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

Day 5

Kyoto (Nijo Castle / Golden Pavilion / Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple & Zen Garden - Sagano Bamboo Forest / Green Tea Ceremony with Maiko Interaction / Gion Geisha District)

In the morning, we explore Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Japan’s feudal era, and former residence of the Tokugawa shogun. While you walk around the stately Edo-period buildings, listen for the chirping of the “nightingale” floors. The tour continues to Kinkakuji Temple (also called the Golden Pavilion), which is one of Kyoto’s most coveted sights. Shimmering walls wrapped in gold leaf are reflected in the Mirror Pond below; look carefully to see the dainty phoenix sitting on the roof. Next, we travel to the Arashiyama district to see Tenryuji Temple. Tenryuji is most famous for its Zen Garden, which has been carefully maintained for centuries using the technique of “borrowed scenery” to create a breathtaking landscape. We continue from there to the Sagano Bamboo Forest, where towering stalks of bamboo packed close together create an otherworldly feeling of mystery and awe as you walk the path through the center. Then experience a traditional Green Tea Ceremony – an elegant ritual of hospitality once accorded only to the social elite. The experience is made even more special as it is hosted by an elegant Maiko (an apprentice Geisha. We end our day in the Gion Geisha District, a heritage district where stone-paved streets are lined with exclusive ochaya (teahouses). While admiring the old-fashioned buildings, the fortunate visitor may spot Geisha or Maiko (Geisha apprentices) walking between these establishments.

Breakfast / Dinner

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 6

Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine), Nara (Todaiji Temple / Deer Park), Osaka (Dotonbori - Shinsaibashi)

Today, we travel to Fushimi Inari Shrine – the chief shrine of the thousands throughout the country dedicated to Inari, the Shinto deity of economic prosperity, rice, and foxes. What sets this shrine apart is the sight of thousands of bright vermillion “torii” gates that form long pathways through the forest covering sacred Mount Inari. Next, we will travel to the ancient city of Nara, where we will visit one of Japan’s most famous temples and an icon of the city: Todaiji Temple, which is home to the Great Buddha of Nara – a massive, seated image of Rushana-butsu, known as the “Cosmic Buddha”. Outside the temple, spend some time with the friendly wild deer of Nara Deer Park. These adorable creatures are largely accustomed to interacting with people, and some have even learned to bow when asking for the special deer crackers, which can be bought around the park. We go from there to Osaka to visit the colorful, neon-lit entertainment district of Dotonbori. This area is popularly known for being the heart of Osaka’s food culture. Osaka is known as the city of “Kuidaore” or “to eat until you drop”, and you will find Dotonbori to be filled with numerous eateries underneath large, eye-catching billboards, including the famed Glico “Running Man”. Lastly, make your way to Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka. Originally established during the Edo period, this historic district is now home to various modern retailers including jewelers, trendy boutiques, western clothing and footwear stores, even traditional kimono tailors.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class

Day 7

Awaji Island (Kiseki- no-Hoshi Botanical Museum / Water Temple), Takamatsu (Ritsurin Garden)

Today we will begin with a visit to Awaji Island where we will explore the Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. The museum has various exhibits that are meant to be experienced by your 5 senses and show a lifestyle of coexistence. There are 8 unique areas utilizing various plants. Afterwards we will head to the Water Temple, which was designed by the famed Tadao Ando. With pools of water secured by concrete, a set of stairs in the middles heads towards a sacred temple down below. Then, we will travel by coach to the Japanese-style garden, Ritsurin Koen in Takamatsu. The garden has both Western-style and Japanese style sections available. After taking in the beautiful hillside and garden scenery, we will spend one night in Takamatsu.

Breakfast / Lunch

JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu or similar class

Day 8

Naoshima (Benesse House / Chichu Art Museum / Lee Ufan Museum)

This morning, we will take a ferry to Naoshima, a small island with a lot of modern art. The Naoshima Benesse House is known for Japanese contemporary art and the environmental context in which the art is set. The famous giant pumpkin set on a pier is an iconic landmark for Naoshima. After visiting the Benesse House, we will visit Tadao Ando's art exhibitions in the Chichu Art Museum, which often features a room with a giant black sphere and a square roof opening that creates visual effects with shapes and shadows. Next is the Lee Ufan Museum, a contemporary and modern art museum based on a collaboration of Lee Ufan with Tadao Ando, the architect. Once we visit and explore the museum, we will leave Naoshima by ferry to arrive in Uno.

Breakfast

Hotel Granvia Okayama or similar class

Day 9

Kurashiki (Canal Area / Ohara Museum), Hiroshima (Miyajima - Itsukushima Shrine)

Today will begin with a visit to Kurashiki's Canal Area, a romantic view point where one of Edo's original canal's can be enjoyed by the public. This canal was once utilized by rice storehouse merchants for transporting their goods around Kurashiki. After enjoying the Edo-like atmosphere, we will move onto the Ohara Museum. The first Western museum to open in Japan has Japanese works of art as well, however you can find works by artists like Picasso and El Greco sharing the same museum. The museum has sections for Egyptian and Chinese art aside from pieces of art done by Japanese artists who painted in Western- styles. After viewing the multicultural works of art, we will visit HIroshima's Miyajima Island where the elegant and noble Itsukushima Shrine is located. The famous torii gates are said to float above the water when high tides cover their base.

Breakfast / Lunch

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima or similar class

Day 10

Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park - A-Bomb Museum), Iwakuni (Kintaikyo Bridge), Yamaguchi (Akiyoshido Cave)

Today our travels will continue with a visit to the Peace Memorial Park, the iconic landmark of Hiroshima's memorial for those who passed away due to the infamous Hiroshima bomb that dropped in August 6th, 1945. There, we will also enter the A- Bomb Museum where documents, artifacts, and videos are displayed throughout the museum. From the museum, we will head out to Iwakuni's Kintaikyo Bridge. The bridge is compromised of 5 arches that have concrete bases, which allow the public to cross over the Nishiki River. The historical worth of the bridge can go back as far as 400 years, and is one of the most famous bridges in Japan. Afterwards, we will visit the eerie but enchanting limestone caves of Yamaguchi, the Akiyoshido Cave. Tonight, we will stay at the Onsen Hotel in Yumoto Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.

Breakfast / Dinner

Yumoto Kanko Hotel Saikyo or similar class

Day 11

Nagato (Motonosumi-Inari Shrine), Hagi (Former Castle Town - Kikuya Residence / Hagiyaki-Kaikan)

Today we will be heading to Nagato and from there we will head to the Motonosumi Inari Shrine. It has been listed by CNN as one of the top 31 most beautiful places in Japan. There are 123 red torii gates going down a mountain side towards the Sea of Japan with beautiful greenery surrounding them. From there we will be towards to Hagi, a former castle town that prospered during the Edo Period (1603-1869). There we will be paying a visit to one of the old residences that was once owned by a samurai family turned merchants. The Kikuya Residence has over 350 years of history with an avant garde interior design. Then we will head to the Hagiyaki Kaikan where we will learn and see the famed Hagiyaki pottery.

Breakfast / Dinner

Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Hotel Ichibata or similar class

Day 12

Izumo (Izumo Grand Shrine), Matsue (Matsue Castle / Horikawa Boat Tour / Former Samurai District - Buke Yashiki)

Our first stop of the day will be in Izumo for the Grand Shrine. The Izumo Grand Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. It is said that the main deity enshrined at the shrine is Okuninushi who, according to the creation myths, created the land of Japan and rule ancient Izumo. He is also the deity that represents good relationships and marriage. Afterwards we will be heading to the nearby Matsue. There we will be going to Matsue Castle, which is one of the twelve original castles in Japan. Next we will be going on the Horikawa Boat Tour around the moat of Matsue Castle. On the cruise you will experience the scenic views of the area while traversing under various bridges. After the boat tour we will end the day with visiting the former Buke Yashiki (samurai district) where some samurai mansions have been preserved.

Breakfast / Dinner

Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Hotel Ichibata or similar class

Day 13

Matsue (Adachi Museum of Art), Tottori (Tottori Sand Dunes), Kinosaki Onsen

Before leaving Matsue we will be first going to Adachi Museum of Art. The museum was founded by Adachi Zenko in 1990 in order to create a world that combined both artwork and gardens together. He hoped to expand people’s perceptions and interests in Japanese Art. You can only view the gardens from the Adachi Museum of Art building as you enjoy paintings and artwork dating back to the twentieth century. Next we will be heading towards Tottori where the largest sand dunes in Japan are located. While there we will be going to The Sand Museum where large sand sculptures are displayed all year round with the theme changing on an annual basis. At the Tottori Sand Dunes there are various activities available for you to try out. After we will head to Kinosaki Onsen (hot spring) located on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It is one of the top hot spring locations in the Kansai Region. You will have the chance to enjoy the onsens and stroll around the old fashioned town.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Kawaguchiya Kinosaki Riverside Hotel or similar class

Day 14

Asago (Takeda Castle Ruin), Himeji (Himeji Castle / Kokoen Garden), Kobe (Wagyu Beef)

The tour begins with travelling to Asago where the Takeda Castle Ruins are located. Situated at 353 meters above sea level, the castle is listed as one of the top 10 castles in Japan. The Takeda Castle Ruins have been referred to as “Japan’s Machu Picchu.” Next we will head south towards Himeji where another one of the twelve original castles is located. Himeji Castle is one of the best preserved feudal castles in Japan. It is known as White Heron because of its majestic white appearance. To the west of Himeji Castle’s main entrance is the Kokoen Garden. There are a total of nine gardens that are separated by walls. They feature the various gardening styles of the Edo Period even though it was created in 1992. Then we will traverse to Kobe to experience the famous mouthwatering Wagyu Beef.

Breakfast / Dinner

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class
Hotel Elsereine Osaka or similar class (NOTE 5 & 6)

NOTE 5: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

NOTE 6: If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

Day 15

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Osaka Kansai Airport can be reached in a three minute walk.

Breakfast

NOTE 7: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.