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Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves

This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens and wonders of art and architecture in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Osaka, Naoshima, Takamatsu, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and more.

Tour Code: GTV2649796

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $8298.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

Single supplement: USD $1860.00

Tour duration: 14 days 13 nights

Destination:
Himeji / Yasugi / Matsue / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo

Tour cost includes:
• 12 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
• Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport or Itami Airport
• Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
• Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
• Comprehensive escorted with a garden specialist English speaking tour guide
• Gratuities
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 8 lunches and 6 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2022
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Nov 6, 2022 Sat. Nov 19, 2022 USD $8298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe View Tour
2023
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. Oct 30, 2023 Sun. Nov 12, 2023 USD $8298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe View Tour
2024
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 USD $8298.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe 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

Osaka Kansai Airport or Itami Airport

Welcome to Osaka! We will pick you up from the airport and take to the hotel by private car.

Hotel Okura Kobe 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

Himeji (Himeji Castle / Kokoen Garden), Yasugi (Adachi Art Museum and Garden)

Travel to Himeji Castle nicknamed "white heron castle" for its noble gentility. It's one of Japan’s few remaining original castles and one of the 2 first World Cultural Heritage Sites. Following a long winding road, you’ll view its magnificent castle tower. Elegant from the outside, the interior quickly changes to a more masculine, simple aesthetic highlighting its beautifully preserved wooden features. Next to the castle is Koko-en Garden, featuring a large pond with a dynamic waterfall, full of colorful carp, and some other gardens. Then, you will make your way to Adachi Art Museum and Garden. This garden has been rated as the finest Japanese-styled garden by JOJG for many years in a row. It's unique in that you enjoy it by seeing it through the windows like "living pictures" before seeing the exhibits of real paintings on the second floor of the museum. It stands one of the most sophisticated gardens and museums in Japan. Tonight, you will experience staying at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) facing Lake Shinji in Matsue City in Japan.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Shouheikaku or similar class

Day 3

Matsue (Matsue Castle / Horikawa Moat Boat Cruise / Matsue Samurai District / Yushien Garden)

Today, you will visit landmarks around Matsue, a small and cozy city admired for an abundance of lovely water features including two large lakes and castle moats, with a long northern coastline bordering the Sea of Japan. First, tour Matsue Castle, another of Japan's remaining original castles, bordered by the preserved remains of an Edo- era castle town. Enjoy the area's feudal atmosphere, taking a small boat tour along the castle moat and walking around the former residential area of samurai warriors. Next, visit the Yushi-en Garden, a lovely garden on an island in the middle of Lake Nakaumi, featuring trees bursting with red and yellow leaves, where you will also have today’s lunch.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel or similar class

Day 4

Naoshima (Art House Project / Ando Museum / Chichu Art Museum / Benesse House)

Today, we travel to Naoshima Art Island for a day of inspiration, with buildings designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. We start with the Art House Project, where artists renovate old houses, turning the house and the space inside into a new work of art. Then we move to the Benesse House, a combination of modern museum and deluxe hotel, with myriad works of artists from all over the world. These include a series of outdoor sculptures set up on the park and shoreline. Next, we will visit the Chichu Art Museum. Built into a hill on the southern coast, Chichu Art Museum’s underground display rooms use natural light to showcase works from a limited selection of artists including Claude Monet and James Turrell. Finally,Tonight, you will stay in the Benesse House, which is equal parts hotel and art gallery, for a relaxing evening of artistic immersion.

Breakfast / Dinner

Benesse House or similar class

Day 5

Takamatsu (Bonsai Farm / Ritsurin Koen Garden & Kikugetsu-tei Teahouse), Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Osaka (Wagyu Beef Dinner)

In the morning, we make our way into Takamatsu, stopping first at a local bonsai farm. This private farm offers an exclusive look into the world of bonsai - miniature bonsai pine trees shaped into elegant and thought-provoking works of art. Continue to Ritsurin Garden, a traditional Japanese garden regarded as one of the top gardens of Japan. The garden features peaceful walking paths beneath well-maintained trees and 400-year-old Kikugetsu-tei teahouse with an excellent view, sitting next to a large pond . The garden is so tactlfully designed that each step will make you enjoy a different view. From there, we head across the Akashi- Kaikyo Bridge - the longest suspension bridge in the world - to Osaka, arriving just in time for a dinner of Wagyu Beef. Wagyu has become world-famous as a richly-textured, high-quality beef that is so tender it practically melts in your mouth, and tonight you will be able to savor for yourself the mouthwatering taste of this prized meat.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Hotel Nikko Osaka or similar class

Day 6

Nara (Todaiji Temple / Isuien Garden / Higashimuki Shopping Street / Kofukuji Temple - Sarusawa Pond / Naramachi Nigiwai-No-Ie)

Today we travel to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan back in the 8th century. Our first stop is the city's most iconic historical landmark - Todaiji Temple, famous for the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha. The thousand adorable Shika deer wandering freely around the grounds of the temple make Todaiji especially charming. From Todaiji's Nandaimon Gate, its a short walk to Isui- en Garden, a name meaning “garden founded on water” in reference to its picturesque ponds dotting the green landscape, fed by the small river nearby. We go from there to the Higashimuki shopping area, where you will have lunch on your own. Then we take a short trip to see the five-storied pagoda of Kofukuji Temple - family temple of the noble and powerful Fujiwara clan and an iconic city landmark. We also visit its private museum full of Japan's most precious treasures from the 8th Century. On the southern edge of the temple grounds is a local contemplation spot - Sarusawa-ike Pond, lined with a row of willow trees. Nearby is Naramachi - an Edo-era heritage quarter, where you will find the nearly 100 year- old Nigiwai-No-Ie House. This former merchant's dwelling was simply built with old- fashioned tatami rooms, a traditional kitchen, and a pretty backyard garden. Then we return to Osaka for a relaxing evening at the hotel.

Breakfast

Hotel Nikko Osaka or similar class

Day 7

Osaka (Hasshu-an - Green Tea Ceremony, Ikebana Lesson & Zen Meditation / Harukas 300 Observatory / Shitennoji Temple / Osaka Architecture Walking Tour)

In the morning, sightseeing in Osaka continues with a visit to Hasshu-an, a charming establishment that intruduces visitors to Japanese traditions. Here we will enjoy a Green Tea Ceremony, an Ikebana (flower- arranging) Experience, and a lesson in Zen Meditation. Next, we enjoy a view from Harukas 300 Observatory - Japan's tallest skyscraper. We also go to Shitennoji Temple, an old temple established in the 7th Century. Then explore the diverse collection of structures in the city with an Osaka Architecture Walking Tour. We will see the Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji, designed by architect Jun Aoki with architecture that looks like billowing sails. Then we travel to the Galleria Akka which was designed by Tadao Ando. We will also visit the Daimaru Shinsaibashi, which features a blend of art-deco and neo-gothic designed by architect William Merrel Vories, an American architect favored by many Japanese. We will visit other iconic buildings around the city as well before going back to the hotel for the evening.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Nikko Osaka or similar class

Day 8

Kyoto (Nijo Castle / Nishiki Market / Silver Pavilion / Philosopher's Path / Meet a Japanese garden expert and former gardener, and visit Murin-an / Kyoto Cuisine with Maiko Dinner / Ponto-chō & Gion Geisha District Walking Tour)

In the morning, a short drive takes you to Kyoto, where our first attraction of the day is Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Japan’s feudal era, and palatial temporary residence of the Tokugawa shogun while he was in Kyoto.The gorgeous buildings and elegant interior are well preserved – the foremost example of Edo-era castle architecture. Next, we visit the Nishiki Market. This narrow shopping street, commonly referred to as 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' is filled with shops selling fish, pickles, sushi and Japanese sweets, and also small eating places. Then, visit the Silver Pavilion, where you can feel what Zen culture is like. This was a former retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who was a great connoiseur and patron of art and culture but a poor politician. The memory of that historical period can still be seen while strolling by rare dry sand gardens and old structures. After, you will take a walk down the famous Kyoto Philosopher's Path - a charming path along the river lined with cherry trees. Then meet with a Japanese garden expert and former gardener, and go together to visit Murin-an - a charming Japanese strolling garden built after Japan started rapid Westenization in the late 19th Century, designed by Ogawa Jihei, a famous garden designer at that time. While here, you can talk with the Japanese garden expert and ask questions about the time-honored art of Japanese landscape gardening. Then, we enjoy a dinner of Kyoto cuisine in the company of a Maiko, or Geisha apprentice, who shows you an elegant traditional dance in gorgeous kimono. After dinner, we continue with a mini walking tour of the Gion Geisha Entertainment District and Ponto-cho. Ponto-cho is an alley packed with various restaurants that serve everything from traditional and modern Kyoto cuisine to foreign dishes. The nearby Kamogawa River lends a charming atmosphere to the whole alley as you walk past the various storefronts.

Breakfast / Dinner

Cross Hotel Kyoto or similar class

Day 9

Kyoto (Kyoto Imperial Palace / Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple & Garden - Bamboo Groves / Ryoanji Temple / Golden Pavilion / Visit a Private Garden / Kimono Experience)

Begin the day with a visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. This was the former palace of Japan’s Imperial Family for 500 years until 1868, during which the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It means the Emperor moved to Tokyo at that time.Then we will tour the Arashiyama district. First is a visit to see Tenryuji Temple where you can catch a glimpse of a gorgeous landscape garden with a big pond and borrowed scenery. Then we walk through a dense grove of towering bamboo trees before our visit to Ryoanji Temple. Ryoanji is home to a world- famous rock garden, or "karesansui". While the exact meaning of the garden is a mystery, one can't help but feel a sense of peace and tranquility from its simple, elegant design. Next, we visit the Golden Pavilion, which is perhaps Kyoto's most renowned landmark. The three- story temple is covered in shining gold-leaf and topped with a representation of a phoenix. Enjoy exclusive access to a local private garden in Kyoto by visiting the Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. Namikawa Yasuyuki was a Japanese cloisonne artist known for his naturalistic style and transparent black enamel, and this museum houses some of his most famous works. Finally, enjoy a Kimono Wearing experience where you will be able to try on a colorful kimono, and take pictures while in the traditional Japanese attire.

Breakfast / Lunch

Cross Hotel Kyoto or similar class

Day 10

Bullet Train to Shin-Fuji Station, Mt Fuji (Kawaguchiko Muse Museum / Itchiku Kubota Art Museum / Oishi Park)

Before traveling to Mt. Fuji, you will first board one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains to experience the thrill of this high-speed local transportation. Disembark at Shin- Fuji Station near Lake Kawaguchi to visit the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, featuring charming dolls made by renowned artist Yuki Atae. Continue around the lake to the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, located on the other side. This art museum is devoted to the works of silk-dyeing artist Kubota Itchiku, who devoted his life to recreating elaborate kimonos using the lost art of silk- dyeing. Then take a stroll around Oishi Park, which sits on the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko and offers spectacular views of Mount Fuji when it's sunny.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika or similar class

Day 11

Hakone (Lake Ashi Cruise / Hakone Open Air Museum), Tokyo (Rikugien Garden)

This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise along Lake Ashinoko, which borrows scenery from Mt. Fuji to create a stunning landscape. The next attraction will be the Hakone Open- Air Museum, which displays abstract sculptures and exhibitions from various artists. It is recognized for successfully balancing its outdoor exhibits with the surrounding mountains and valley. Then make your way into the heart of Tokyo to Rikugi-en Garden, one of Tokyo's most beautiful landscape gardens, Built in 1700, the garden is an excellent example of Edo Periond strolling gardens with parthways around a central pond.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel New Otani Tokyo or similar class

Day 12

Tokyo (New Otani Hotel Garden / Meiji Shrine / Omotesando Architecture Walking Tour / Nezu Museum / Roppongi Hills / Mori Art Museum)

After breakfast, we will make our way to the garden of the hotel we are currently staying at. This beautiful garden with a dynamic waterfall is steeped in 400 years of samurai lord history and possesses a peaceful ambience while nestled in the heart of Tokyo. Next, we will go to enjoy the natural atmosphere of the Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Take a Walking Architecture Tour of Omotesando, a fashionable street in the center of Tokyo, which showcases contemporary architecture designed by renowned architects. Then, at the Nezu Museum, you can enjoy a collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichiro put together. After bombing in World War II destroyed some of the collection, Nezu Kaichiro’s son continued to add to it to ensure that his father’s collection remained impressive. After, we tour Roppongi Hills, a modern urban development project that has become a sort of "city inside a city" with residential apartments, offices, shops, restaurants, an observation deck...all centered around Mori Tower, which is one of Tokyo's tallest skyscrapers. Finally, we tour the Mori Art Museum – displaying modern art from new artists around the world. Though modern art can sometimes be complex, the Mori Art Museum aims to have exhibitions which are accessible to the everyday viewing public.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel New Otani Tokyo or similar class

Day 13

Tokyo (Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Sumida River Cruise / Hamarikyu Garden / Tsukiji Outer Market / Ginza Architecture Walking Tour)

The second day of Tokyo sightseeing begins with a visit to Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple with Kaminarimon gate - a gate hung with an enormous paper lantern in the midst of old areas of Tokyo. Next, board a Sumida River Cruise, where you can enjoy urban scenery of the city on your way to Hama Rikyu Garden, a huge traditional landscape garden next to the sea surrounded by Tokyo's skyscrapers. Visit the famous Tsukiji Outer Market, home to tasty and fresh sushi, and have lunch on your own. Finally, discover the unique urban designs of Ginza architecture on a local walking tour with your friendly guide. This is the last night of the tour, and we have farewell dinner.

Breakfast / Dinner

Hotel 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 private car.

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.