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Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves

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2024/2025/2026 AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS


Tour Code: GTV2649796

Japan Garden, Art & Architecture Tour: Autumn Leaves

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14 days 13 nights

fromUSD $8598.00 (Limit to 12 guests)


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Single Supplement: USD $1860.00

This 14-day tour takes you to some of the best gardens and wonders of art and architecture in Japan, plus delicious cuisine, ancient temples, with other local experiences in Osaka, Naoshima, Takamatsu, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and more.

Japanese Gardens are known across the world for their peaceful elegance and charm, and walking through one is like taking step into a landscape painting. They're unique in that they're essentially designed to represent nature and have been developed and well-maintained by Japanese gardeners who know trees well. There are many different kinds, including large strolling gardens with water, zen rock gardens, and moss gardens, each with features that set them apart. These landscapes are meticulously designed, not only for a quiet place to sip green tea in the shade, but also for a moment of thoughtful contemplation on recurring themes of harmony, purity, tranquility, and beauty. Each year, the autumn leaves provide an especially lovely atmosphere that is not to be missed. This is also an art and architecture tour, and Japanese Art and Architecture is known for their distinctive design in both traditional and modern styles, with a creative genius that can be seen in their museums, preserved heritage districts, and city skylines. This tour of Japan features the best garden, art, and architecture experiences in the country in a comprehensive 14-day itinerary.

Your journey through Japan's best garden, art, and architecture hotspots will be facilitated by an English- speaking, government certified guide with over 10 years of experience. Having studied under the NHK Kyoto garden program, your knowledgeable and friendly guide will bring a specialized expertise to your tour. Your expert guide also brings a passion for Japanese art and architecture that they can't wait to share with you. Additionally, the tour includes meeting an insightful tour with a Japanese garden expert and former gardener, as well as an exclusive visit to a private garden in Kyoto.

Discover the best gardens of Japan, as well as other gorgeous locations as you travel through Himeji, Matsue, Naoshima, Takamatsu, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo. Tour the Adachi Museum of Art, which features an award-winning garden and outstanding exhibits. You will also see the most famous rock garden in Japan at Ryoanji Temple. The tour includes such breathtaking locations as Himeji, Matsue, Hakone, and Lake Kawaguchi near Mount Fuji, covered in their autumn colors. A Japan Art Tour means museums, and this itinerary has hand-picked some of the most fascinating museums in the country, including the Adachi Art Museum, the Hakone Open Air Museum, the Nezu Museum, and the Kawaguchiko Muse Museum. By far the most inspirational is Naoshima Art Island, with museums and galleries built by famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando. We include a night at the Benesse House - a combination hotel and art gallery that immerses you in modern artwork in every room. As for architecture, we feature a set of Architecture Walking Tours through Osaka, plus Tokyo's Omotesando, and Ginza neighborhoods. We also provide a Geisha District Walking Tour in Kyoto. With the additional tours of historic Japanese castles and temples, our itineraries offer the perfect blend of ancient and modern Japanese architecture.

Travelers on this itinerary can also experience some of Japan's traditional culture, including green tea ceremony (sado), zen meditation, and ikebana flower arranging (ikebana). Other experiences include trying on a Japanese kimono, eating Kyoto cuisine in the company of an apprentice geisha (maiko), and drinking tea in a garden teahouse. Explore the colorful city of Tokyo, where you will visit its bustling shopping streets and historical landmarks. Enjoy your Japanese garden- focused tour accompanied with an original castle, top shrines and temples, shopping areas, a scenic cruise, autumn leaves, and much more.

Browse our itinerary below to explore in greater detail the beautiful Japanese gardens, thought-provoking Japanese artworks, fascinating Japanese architecture, and many other wonders you can discover on our Japan Garden, Art, and Architecture Tour.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Nov 4, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 USD $8598.00

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Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Nov 3, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 USD $8598.00

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Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Sun. Nov 15, 2026 USD $8598.00

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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.


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

  • • 12 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport or Itami Airport
  • • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with a garden specialist English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 8 lunches and 6 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


Travel by air conditioned, luxury private coach, baggage handling free.

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) or Itami Airport (ITM), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).

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. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Osaka
  • Day2   Himeji - Yasugi
  • Day3   Matsue
  • Day4   Naoshima
  • Day5   Takamatsu - Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge
  • Day6   Nara
  • Day7   Osaka
  • Day8   Kyoto
  • Day9   Kyoto
  • Day10   Bullet Train Ride - Mt Fuji
  • Day11   Hakone - Tokyo
  • Day12   Tokyo
  • Day13   Tokyo
  • Day14   Tour ends

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Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice

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