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Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

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Tour Code: GTM3307035

Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

14 days 13 nights

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Experience a tour through the rare cultural beauties of Tohoku, followed by the golden route through Japan’s top destinations!

Take a journey up into the largely untouristed Tohoku region, then explore the top locations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka during Japan’s colorful autumn leaves season. This 14-day itinerary combines our Charms of Tohoku Autumn Leaves Tour with our wildly popular Golden Route Japan Autumn Tour for a memorable journey of magnificent nature scenes, must-see monuments, and rare cultural experiences.

The tour begins with an exploration of Japan’s Tohoku region, taking the Shinkansen bullet train up to Aomori prefecture, then taking a winding, leisurely route back down to Tokyo. On the way, we will visit the village of Inakatade, and the Rice Paddy Art. The villagers take different varieties of rice and grow them in patterns and colors to create portraits of famous people, pop culture, landmarks, monuments, and even other artworks. We will learn about the life of a Yamabushi monk on Mount Haguro, one of the sacred Three Mountains of Dewa, as you put on the traditional monk attire, eat a vegetarian meal of shojin ryori “monks’ food”, and take climb up a stone staircase past a five-storied pagoda to reach Haguro-san Shrine. Other charms of Tohoku you will see on this tour include a riverboat Mogami River Gorge as you are regaled by singing boatmen, a performance by the Sakata Maiko (geisha apprentices) at the Somaro Teahouse, and a cruise around the pine-covered islands of Matsushima Bay before we make our way to Tokyo and the “Golden Route”.

The Golden Route takes our guests through the most popular must-see sights of Japan. A day of sightseeing in Tokyo takes you to Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa Sensoji Temple, with the addition a lesson in learning how to prepare sushi. If the weather is favorable, we will go to the 5th station of Mount Fuji and take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway to the volcanic pools of Owakudani. Then we will discover the UNESCO Heritage Temples and Shrines of Kyoto and Nara, including the thousand red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, the wooden veranda of Kiyomizu Temple, and the Golden Pavilion. At last, we explore Osaka’s Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi districts – the city’s most popular shopping areas.

For more information regarding this 14-day autumn itinerary, please browse our detailed itinerary below.

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Dates & Price

2024

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 USD $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Sold Out / Waiting List

2025

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Sun. Sep 28, 2025 Sat. Oct 11, 2025 USD $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sun. Sep 27, 2026 Sat. Oct 10, 2026 USD $5598.00 Tokyo Osaka 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

  • • 10 nights Western style and 3 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
  • • 8 lunches and 7 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 Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is 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.

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 Tokyo
  • Day2   Bullet train to Aomori - Inakadate
  • Day3   Hirosaki - Kakunodate
  • Day4   Sakata
  • Day5   Mt Haguro
  • Day6   Mogami River Gorge - Yamadera
  • Day7   Matsushima
  • Day8   Nikko
  • Day9   Tokyo
  • Day10   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day11   Koka - Kyoto
  • Day12   Kyoto
  • Day13   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day14   Tour ends

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Aomori / Inakadate / Hirosaki / Kakunodate / Sakata / Mt Haguro / Mogami River Gorge / Yamadera / Matsushima / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka


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Learn to create your own Sushi, meet a geisha or maiko, and more

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