Blazing Autumn Tour

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Each year as autumn falls across Japan, the country becomes ablaze with color
13 Days / 11 Nights
Max People : 16
Min Age : 18+
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Fushimi Inari, Gion (Geisha District),
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The Blazing Autumn Tour follows the historic Tokaido road from Tokyo to Kyoto. It is a fantastic opportunity for first time travelers to experience all of the classic and iconic destinations found in Japan. But we don’t stop there, we dive deep into the culture and cities at each location, experiencing the country just as the locals do!

This tour is designed to show off the beautiful fall colors that millions of Japanese enjoy every year. As we travel, you’ll see trees ablaze with yellow, red and orange leaves around the countryside.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Japan at one of it’s best times of year!

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Highlights

11Osaka Castle
11Endo Sushi
11
  • Ride a Bullet Train
  • Relax in a Onsen (Hot Spring)
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine visit
  • Visit with a local family and enjoy a meal in their home(Based on availability)
  • Peace Park Atomic Bomb Site in Hiroshima
  • Great Torii visit on the Sacred Island of Miyajima
  • Nara ParkThe deer! Everywhere!
  • Japanese Castle visit
  • Gion, Kyoto Geisha District visit
  • Shibuya visitThe Time Square of Tokyo
  • SkyTree visitSee all of Tokyo laid out before you!

Tour Includes & Excludes

  • 11 Nights of Hotel Accommodation
  • Our Founder as your Guide!
  • Japan Rail Pass
  • $50 Pasmo CardFor additional bus/train travel
  • Local GuidesSome parts of the tour may use a local guide for a specific activity.
  • Nagomi Visit (Depending on Availability)Visit with a local family and enjoy a meal in their home
  • Welcome and Farewell DinnersIncluding 1 serving of alcohol per dinner
  • Airfare
  • Meals except for Kaiseki DinnerAllow $550 - $750 USD for meals not included.
  • Travel InsuranceTalk to us if you are interested in purchasing Travel Insurance
  • Any travel costs outside of the included Rail Passes and $100 Pasmo
  • Entrance Fees
Travel Style

Classic

All of the highlights and moments you’d expect with a deep emphasis on culture and meaningful experiences.

Service Level

Standard +

Exceptional 4-star accommodations or better during the Tokyo portion of the trip and usage of a world class public transportation network

Physical Rating

4 - Above Average

Japan is the land of quads and calves, expect 4 – 8 miles of walking each day.

Trip Type

Small Group

We only take groups of 10 – 16 in order make the experience as intimate and personal as possible.

Itinerary
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Day 1Fly to Tokyo

All packed up and ready to go? This is your travel day! Please make sure to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your schedule flight in order to avoid any potential issues.

A direct flight to Tokyo is 11 to 13 hours depending on where you are flying from (in the USA). You will arrive on the next day due to the international date line. Example: If you fly on a Tue at 2pm, you will arrive at 5pm on Wed in Tokyo.

Have a great flight!!!

Day 2Arrive in Tokyo - Introductions

Finally! You have arrived in Japan! Check into your hotel and get settled, then join the guide for a Introduction Tour of Japan. Walking the streets of Tokyo will give you your first real taste of the country. We will use this time to help familiarize you with the transportation system, customs, and maybe teach you a few useful interactions!

From there enjoy a Welcome Dinner and get to know your fellow travelers!

Walking: Light // Included Meals: Dinner

Day 3Bullet Train to Osaka!

We will be saving Tokyo for the end of the trip, on to Osaka!

The bullet train ride is long buy you may be able to spot Fuji along the way!

Once we’ve checked in, we’ll stretch our legs in Osaka and walk the grounds of Osaka castle!

From there we will visit Shinsekai and see a pre-WWII preserved look at Japan!

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: None

Day 4The Ancient Streets of Kyoto & Geisha

Begin your discovery of Kyoto by walking it’s streets to the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple. Peruse the temple grounds, see the great stage that towers above the trees, and even make a wish at the Otowa Waterfall.

Continue down the hill to the historic streets of Higashiyama, Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. These areas are known for the shops, cafes, restaurants, and preserved homes! You can feel the ancient history of Japan gushing from every crack and crevice!

Finish the walking tour at Maruyama Park and it’s majestic autumn views of reds and yellows!

As the sun begins to set, explore the nearby streets of Gion! Full of ancient history and traditions, Gion is at the center of the modern day Geisha. Maybe you’ll even spot one!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 5Nara Park & Osaka's Kitchen

Explore the infamous Nara park with temples, friendly deer, and preserved houses. A relaxing day in the park is a great way to spend a morning  and rest halfway through your trip! Nara park is particularly beautiful in the fall as yellow, orange, or red can be see everywhere, falling on the natives, and the deer!

Afterwards, head back to Osaka and on to Dotonbori for dinner! You may have already visited this district during your stay, but it features and endless amount of food. Begin your foodie journey and keep tasting late into the night! Use this time to explore Japan’s cuisine or use this as free time to explore on your own!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 6Day Trip to Hiroshima & the Sacred Island of Miyajima

Take an early morning bullet train to Hiroshima and reflect on our shared history with Japan in Peace Park. See the Dome that survived the atomic blast and is still standing! Ring the Peace Bell and see the thousands of origami cranes (and even leave one yourself!) This is a time to reflect on a sobering history and appreciate our newfound friendship with Japan

Have a delicious lunch of the famous Hiroshima Okonomiyaki before heading to the sacred island of Miyajima. Explore the island, and the many deer contained on it! See the shrine and the Great Torii jutting out of the water. Tide permitting, you can even walk out to it!

As it gets dark, head back to Hiroshima for some dinner before traveling back to Osaka!

Walking: Moderate// Included Meals: None

Day 7Majestic Shrines and Temples of Kyoto

Back in Kyoto again, find yourself at the infamous Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. Reflect as you walk through the seemingly endless torii gates that carve a path through the forest. Enjoy the street food that is regularly available near the entrance of the shrine, tasting the rich culture of Japan.

If available for your tour, enjoy a tour of the Fushimi sake breweries and taste various local sakes from the area!

Continue your day to the local Tofukji Temple! This temple comes alive with color in the fall and is an amazing place to explore!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 8Travel to Tokyo!

Before we leave Kyoto, let’s see one more thing! With a variety to choose from, we’ll make our choice that day! Nothing should be set in stone, we’ll go with the flow!

Now we ride for Tokyo! Once settled we’ll spend our time in Akihabara! This is anime culture central! (Also a great place to find electronics for sale!)

Walking: Light // Included Meals: None

Day 9Yoyogi Park and Tokyo Night Life

Take the morning to explore the famous Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine! This park is an integral part of local life in Tokyo.

Enjoy the latest cutting-edge fashion by exploring Harajuku, out-there outfits, crazy socks, and good food can be found there. Sometimes you’ll even see local fashionistas dressed to kill in these fantastic outfits.

Finish the day with Shibuya, the Time Square of Tokyo. Always awake and brightly lit, Shibuya boasts of many shops and eateries worth your time!  The scramble crosswalk, Hachiko the dog, and the many shops such as Tokyu Hands, Mega Donki, Disney Store, Marui and more leave you with more than you could possibly do in one night!

Walking: Medium // Included Meals: None

Day 10The Old and the New

Time to really explore Asakusa. Start at Sensoji temple before the shops open and immerse yourself in Japanese religion and culture. Once it hits 10 am, hit up Nakamise and let the shopping begin! This is a great time to find souvenirs for those at home or a great hat or fan for yourself!

Now head to the beautiful Ueno Park to do some exploring! The fall colors there are brilliant and captivating. A lake, food stalls, a shrine, what more could you ask for?

From the park we will walk through a large, picturesque cemetery with traditional headstones and beautiful fall trees lining the roads. This large cemetery houses famous artists, actors, and politicians from many eras!

From the cemetery we’ll venture into Yanaka Ginza, a traditional 1950s shopping street with original architecture and stores! There we can shop, snack and explore until dinner!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: None

Day 11Kamakura

This is a more relaxing day because we don’t have to start early! Spend the first part of your day in Kamakura. Just an hour away from the big city, Kamakura offers a deep spiritual experience just waiting to be discovered. The great bronze Buddha statue, towering nearly 40 feet tall looks out over a beautiful costal town.

A dinner surprise on the way the back will sure leave you stuffed and the late evening is yours!

Walking: Moderate // Included Meals: None

Day 12Fiery Leaves and City Views

Continuing where we left off from Yanakaginza, we continue to circle Tokyo! It is autumn after all, so we’ll start at the Rikugien garden to get glorious views of the foliage. This garden has wonderful paths to walk, especially at this time of year!

From there, we’ll head to Ikebukuro, an up and coming area of Tokyo that features arcades, anime, and other nerd culture highlights!

Finally, we’ll land in Shinjuku, a bustling part of Tokyo, known for it’s alleys and bars. A great place to to have our farewell dinner. For tomorrow is our last day!

Walking: Heavy // Included Meals: Dinner

Day 13Final Day!

This is your final day and it is yours! This is an open day so you can visit any remaining sites, shrines, stores, or just walk aimlessly through the streets of Tokyo.

If you are leaving Japan on this day, ensure that you arrive early at the airport so that you don’t miss your flight!

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