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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

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9 days 8 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $720.00


Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

This tour consists of the reversed Golden Triangle itinerary and an additional day in Osaka for the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

Expo 2025 Osaka is a global event in Japan showcasing future technologies, cultural exhibits, and sustainability solutions. The event features national pavilions, an innovation zone, and artistic installations. Visitors can explore themes like future living, sustainability, and cultural exchange while enjoying entertainment and international cuisine. The Expo aims to foster collaboration and envision a better future.

The origin of Takayama Festivals dated back to the 16th or 17th century. Takayama Hachiman Festival is the autumn counterpart of the Takayama Sanno Festival in spring. Hence, this tour is the autumn equivalent of our " Takayama Sanno Spring Festival" tour. It is designed for you to experience one of the three largest festivals in Japan as well as other culture and customs that make Japan unique. Hachiman Autumn Festival takes place on October 9 and 10 every year. The main feature of the Takayama Festival is gorgeous yatai (floats) decorated with detailed carvings, tapestries, and karakuri dolls (marionettes). This itinerary also feature national parks, architecture, and "must see" sights of Tokyo & Kyoto.

The tour begins in Osaka, following a route of mountainous interior through coastal regions of Honshu island, and finishes in Tokyo. You’ll get the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony, interact and take photos with an apprentice geisha (maiko) , relax in the hot springs (onsen) and enjoy a festival. Our private guides and drivers will take you to visit Osaka and Nara as well as the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city’s gardens, imperial villas, temples, shrines and specialty shops. In addition, you will also have a chance to stroll the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

Visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style is. In Takayama, transport yourself back to the 15th Century Japan as you watch thousands of people in costumes, traditional music performances, and wonderfully ornate floats parading through town. See how impressive mother nature is at Hakone and Mt. Fuji.

Lastly, get yourself back to the 21st century in Tokyo visiting fashionable and diverse shopping districts. Here, you'll get one more chance to explore world famous attractions in Tokyo like the bustling streets of Shibuya, Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. This tour let you travel through time and experience the culture, traditions, and architecture that are distinctively Japanese.

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Dates & Price

2025

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Sun. Oct 5, 2025 Mon. Oct 13, 2025 USD $3798.00 Osaka 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

  • • 7 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai 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
  • • 4 lunches and 2 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 Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka 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 Osaka
  • Day2   Osaka
  • Day3   Nara - Kyoto
  • Day4   Kyoto
  • Day5   Bullet Train Ride - Kanazawa - Shirakawa-go - Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
  • Day6   Takayama (Takayama Autumn Festival)
  • Day7   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day8   Tokyo
  • Day9   Tour ends

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