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Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

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2023/2024 JAPAN AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS

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Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

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Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
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These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

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Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

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Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

Group Tour | Deluxe       Tour Code: GTM3307035     3 reviews

Tohoku & Central Japan: Rice Paddy Art & Autumn Leaves

14 days 13 nights

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from USD $5598.00
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Single Supplement:

USD $1170.00
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 Sh... View More

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 Tower 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.


Destinations

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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