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Fall Foliage Journey

10 days3 cities
Japan1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 21 Reviews
Private tour to Japan

A captivating tour through Japan that showcases the breathtaking autumn colors in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka. Experience the vibrant hues of the season as you explore iconic temples, serene gardens, and bustling cityscapes, all while immersing yourself in Japan's rich culture and history. This tour promises an unforgettable adventure filled with stunning landscapes and cultural treasures.

10 days3 cities
Japan1 country
From
 $5,668 
Tokyo, Japan
3
days
Japan

Being one of the most graceful and charming Asian cities, Tokio will steal your heart for sure. Always changing and full of surprises, the city attracts millions of tourists from all over the world who immediately become its passionate admirers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to Tokyo - the ultramodern and the traditional at the same time capital of Japan! Your driver will meet you at the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you check in and have the rest of the day at leisure to relax after your trip or start exploring the vibrant city on your own. 

2
day
Tokyo Autumn Foliage Tour

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Tokyo’s autumn foliage, starting with a private guide at Ueno Park, a large and popular public park known for its cultural institutions and stunning autumn colours. Stroll through tree-lined pathways, enjoy Shinobazu Pond, and admire the historic temples and museums. 

Next, visit the Imperial Palace East Gardens in central Tokyo. These meticulously maintained gardens offer a peaceful retreat with historical remnants of Edo Castle surrounded by beautiful seasonal foliage. The vibrant maple and ginkgo trees create a picturesque setting against the ancient stone walls.

After enjoying lunch, conclude your tour at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, one of Tokyo’s oldest and most beautiful gardens. This garden blends Chinese and Japanese design elements and features picturesque ponds, stone bridges, and traditional teahouses framed by brilliant autumn foliage. The central pond, surrounded by vibrant maples and ginkgo trees, offers a mesmerizing view.

3
day
Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise

Take a full-day tour of Ashi Lake and Mt. Fuji.

Throughout this tour, you will experience the beauty of Japanese nature and landscapes.

Located in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in the country. Since Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain, it is surrounded by temples and shrines, even at the crater's edge. The atmosphere of this place is reminiscent of Japanese culture.

Finish your splendid tour by admiring Ashi Lake, formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Park Hotel Tokyo

If you're looking for a modern hotel in Tokyo, look no further than Park Hotel Tokyo. It's centrally located and the perfect option for travelers that appreciate the comfort, exceptional service, and outstanding amenities.

train
Tokyo
Kyoto
2hrs 18min

Experience the fantastic way to travel from dazzling Tokyo to authentic Kyoto by train! Admire the breathtaking view you will pass by train, enjoy modern facilities, and relax in your comfortable and cozy seat!

Osaka, Japan
3
days
Japan

Having previously served as the capital of the country before 1868, the charming city of Kyoto is one of the ten largest cities in Japan with a population of 1.5 million people. The city is famous for hundreds of its gorgeous Buddhist temples and shrines, scattered along its territory, and is often called Japan’s spiritual heart.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Departure from Tokyo and Arrival in Kyoto

Today in the morning private guide/driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to the train station to continue your amazing trip!

Upon arrival in Kyoto, a private driver meets you at the train station and takes you to the hotel.

The rest of the day you can enjoy free time and some independent sightseeing or book any optional activities with us.

 

5
day
Kyoto Fall Serenity Journey & Tea Ceremony

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your private guide and start the tour at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of the Imperial Family. Here you have a chance to explore the palace buildings (from the outside) and the gardens, which was just recently opened to the public.

Head to Arashiyama, the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto that is filled with temples and shrines. The highlight of the district is the famed Bamboo Forest, one of the most photographed sights in Kyoto. The towering bamboo and colourful autumn leaves create a breathtaking and otherworldly experience.

Your tour continues with visiting Kinkakuji, one of the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most remarkable Buddhist temples, and a gorgeous golden must-see attraction! Admire the stunning golden temple and its surrounding garden, enhanced by the fall colours and the reflective pond.

Conclude your day with a Japanese tea ceremony experience, that provides an engaging induction to the traditional tea ceremony. This activity dates back hundreds of years and is the most idealistic pastime of ancient Japan. In this ceremony, you will have an opportunity to wear traditional kimono robes, taste the green matcha tea and eat unique Japanese sweets specifically made to match the tea's flavour.

After the ceremony, you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

6
day
Kyoto Foliage Highlights Tour

Experience the enchanting beauty of Kyoto in the fall and start your tour at Kiyomizu-dera, perched on a hillside with panoramic views of Kyoto. The temple is especially beautiful in autumn, with vibrant reds and oranges surrounding the historic site.

Next, visit Tofuku-ji Temple, renowned for its spectacular autumn foliage. The Tsutenkyo Bridge offers breathtaking views of the maple-covered valley below.

In the afternoon, explore Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion, known for its elegant gardens and serene atmosphere. The autumn colours enhance the beauty of this tranquil site.

Conclude your tour at Eikando Temple, famous for its stunning autumn colours and evening illuminations. The vibrant maples create a mesmerizing display.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

THE BLOSSOM KYOTO

Elegant accommodations, traditional Japanese hospitality, and modern amenities in the heart of the historic city.

car
Kyoto
Osaka
8 hrs

Join the exciting journey to Osaka and discover the wonders of Nara on the way! Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan, was once known as Heijo and boasts a rich history that shaped the country's culture. Before the establishment of the first permanent capital in 710, the capital used to be moved to a new location whenever a new emperor ascended to the throne. Nara (Heijo) remained a capital for less than a century, but the city’s past had a significant impact and the city remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.
Experience the grandeur of this ancient city, home to some of Japan's oldest and largest temples, and delve into its remarkable past. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Japan's heritage!

Osaka Castle
4
days
Japan

With its lively urban atmosphere, delicious street food, and numerous dazzling neon billboards, colorful Osaka is the third-largest city in the country and an ideal destination to enrich your Japan itinerary.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Kyoto Departure and Osaka Arrival

After breakfast, you meet your guide and driver and continue your trip to Osaka, visiting Nara on the way. 

Upon arrival in Osaka, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel and you check in and have the evening at leisure.

8
day
Osaka Fall Foliage Adventure

Start your day at Osaka Castle Park, the most convenient and appealing foliage spot in the city. Stroll through the spacious park, admiring the colourful maple and ginkgo trees. The historic Osaka Castle provides a stunning backdrop, especially when viewed through the autumn leaves.

Next, head to Midosuji Boulevard, Osaka’s main street, lined with ginkgo trees that turn a brilliant yellow during the fall. After lunch, take a short trip to Banpaku Memorial Park, known for its fantastic fall foliage. The spacious park is perfect for a leisurely walk, and the nearby Expo City dining and entertainment complex makes a nice add-on to the trip.

Conclude your day with a visit to Minoo Park, located about half an hour by train from central Osaka. This mountain park offers the best foliage in Osaka, with a scenic hike along the river to the picturesque Minoo Falls. Enjoy the tranquil natural beauty as the sun sets over the colourful leaves.

9
day
Himeji and Himeji Castle Exploration

Begin your tour with a visit to the ancient Yamadera/Enkyoji Temple, a site with a storied past stretching over a millennium in Himeji, just an hour's train journey from Osaka.. As you wander through the temple’s serene precincts, including the municipal hall, the expansive auditorium, and the solemn dining hall, you'll be surrounded by the stunning fall foliage that transforms the area into a picturesque landscape. This revered traditional temple is a nationally recognized cultural asset and has served as a picturesque filming location for Hollywood movies.

Next, step into the world of the samurai at Himeji Castle, Japan's premiere UNESCO World Heritage site. The rich tapestry of Japan's feudal era comes alive as you explore the castle’s awe-inspiring architecture and hear captivating tales of warriors and battles past. The castle is especially magnificent during the fall, with its majestic exterior framed by vibrant autumn leaves, making it an ideal spot for photography and appreciation of Japan's natural beauty.

After the tour, you return to Osaka by train and have the evening at leisure. 

10
day
Departure

After breakfast and check-out your private driver transfers you to the Osaka airport or train station depending on where you go next.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Zentis Osaka

Blending modern design with traditional Japanese elements to provide a unique and luxurious stay.

What's included

  • Exceptional downtown hotel accommodations;
  • Delicious breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Tickets and intercity transportation as per itinerary;
  • Guided sightseeing tours with expert English-speaking guides;
  • Professional meeting services at the airport;
  • Entrances to Mount Fuji, Ashi Lake and more;
  • Dedicated support team before and during your trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, as well as all tourist fees & taxes.

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Tour Highlights

  • The breathtaking beauty of Tokyo’s autumn foliage;
  • A visit to the Imperial Palace East Gardens in central Tokyo;
  • Mt. Fuji & Ashi Lake Cruise;
  • Kyoto Fall Serenity Journey & Tea Ceremony;
  • Kyoto Foliage Highlights Tour;
  • The wonders of Nara on the way to Osaka;
  • Osaka Fall Foliage Adventure;
  • Himeji and Himeji Castle Exploration.

What To Know

  • Japanese culture places a high value on respect and politeness. Remove your shoes when entering homes and certain traditional accommodations. Bowing is a common form of greeting. Speaking quietly on public transportation and disposing of trash properly is expected.
  • Tipping is not customary in Japan, as excellent service is expected and included in the price.
  • Japan is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, including ancient temples, shrines, and castles. Respect the rules and customs at these sites, such as not taking photos in certain areas and following dress codes.
  • Tax-free shopping is available for tourists at many stores. Keep your passport handy to take advantage of this benefit.