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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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Tour Code: GTJ3925073

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

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8 days 7 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $630.00


Explore the must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

If you don't believe you can see sakura (cherry blossoms) and autumn leaves at the same time, the absolutely stunning fall scenery in the town of Obara in Aichi Prefecture will change your mind. Across Japan, the cherry blossoms usually bloom from March to mid- April. But the city of Obara, opposite seasons collide with their special kind of cherry tree which they call Shikizakura, or "four-seasons cherry tree". A tree with a rare blossoming schedule, the Obara-variety of sakura blooms in spring along with the rest of Japan, and once again in autumn for an unforgettable sight. During the Obara Shikizakura Festival, the city park paints a picture of dainty, pastel-pink blossoms in front of a fiery backdrop of maple leaves.. These Shikizakura start to come in around the end of October, and stay up to the beginning of December, providing a generous window to enjoy the cherry blossoms and the fall foliage at the same time.

This itinerary feature national parks, culture, architecture, and "must see" sights of Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa and Kyoto, as well as the combined colors of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves at Obara. The tour begins in Tokyo, following a route of mountainous interior through coastal regions of Honshu island, and finishes in Osaka. Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the 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.

See how impressive mother nature is at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Stay at an onsen hotel (Japanese style room), where you will have dinner and can unwind in the hot springs (onsen). Visit the Obara Shikizakura Festival to see both the fiery red and orange autumn leaves and the soft pink cherry blossoms en route to Takayama, located amongst the Japanese Alps. Due to their remote location, these places are beautifully preserved and developed their own culture that is unique from the rest of Japan. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa-go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style is. You'll also have a chance to visit the beautiful, but often overlooked by Western tourists, city of Kanazawa. Here, you'll visit the Kenrokuen Garden (one of Japan's top three gardens) and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

Spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrine, castle and specialty shops. You'll also get the opportunity to experience a traditional green tea ceremony hosted by an apprentice geisha (maiko) , and stroll the beautiful Arashiyama, the outskirt of Kyoto, famous for its beautiful autumn leaves.. At Nara, be inspired by the intricate architect and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From Nara, proceed to Osaka for last minute shopping.

This itinerary is designed for you to see the modern, innovative as well as the traditional, unspoiled Japan while taking advantage of the season to enjoy both the fiery red and orange autumn leaves and the soft pink cherry blossoms at the same time.

If you are interested in a 3-day extension to our The Golden Triangle of Japan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms that includes Himeji Castle, Hiroshima, Kobe, and Shikoku Island, please book one of our Best of Japan Tours by clicking the following link: Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms.

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2024

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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 USD $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Sat. Nov 23, 2024 USD $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 USD $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 15, 2025 Sat. Nov 22, 2025 USD $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sun. Nov 15, 2026 Sun. Nov 22, 2026 USD $3398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Nov 21, 2026 Sat. Nov 28, 2026 USD $3398.00 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

  • • 6 nights Western style and 1 night 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
  • • 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 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   Tokyo
  • Day3   Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day4   Obara - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Tour ends

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