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Samurai, Gardens & Arts: Autumn Tour

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

Handpicked Hotels

Private Transportation

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN AUTUMN TOURS


Tour Code: GTK232205

Samurai, Gardens & Arts: Autumn Tour

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10 days 9 nights

fromUSD $3998.00


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Single Supplement: USD $810.00

Be immerses in the samurai, garden and art culture of Japan.

On this tour you will be traveling to the best castles, gardens and art places in Japan. The highlights include three locations that have been listed in CNN’s top 31 most beautiful places in Japan which are Motonosumi-Inari Shrine, Tottori and Takeda Castle Ruins. Motonosumi Inari Shrine has 123 red torii gates situated on the side of a mountain with the Sea of Japan in the background. Tottori has the largest sand dunes in Japan that have were cultivated thousands of years ago. The Takeda Castle Ruins are said to be the Machu Picchu of Japan as it is built 353 meters above sea level. These locations are famous among Japanese natives, but are hard to reach for foreigners. This tour will give you the opportunity to visit these hidden gems.

For art you will be travelling to the famed Naoshima and visit the museums on the island. In addition to this tour you will be going to various art museums that have beautiful gardens available like the Adachi Museum of Art in Matsue. This tour will also be going to the Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum on Awaji Island where the beautiful garden exhibits express a lifestyle of coexistence with nature. Included with your travels is one of Tadao Ando's, a famous architect, works known as Water Temple on Awaji Island.

You will also have a chance to visit two of the twelve original castles in Japan. The original castles date back to feudal times and have not been reconstructed or damaged by war, fires, and earthquakes. Matsue Castle nicked named Black Castle and Himeji Castle also known as White Heron are a sight that will not disappoint. Experience the history, culture, and environment of the Japan by joining this tour.

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Fri. Oct 18, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 USD $3998.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Fri. Oct 24, 2025 Sun. Nov 2, 2025 USD $3998.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Fri. Oct 23, 2026 Sun. Nov 1, 2026 USD $3998.00 Osaka 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.


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

  • • 5 nights Western style and 4 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Osaka Kansai 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
  • • 3 lunches and 5 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 private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

This tour starts and finishes in Osaka for arrivals and departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

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 Osaka
  • Day2   Takamatsu
  • Day3   Naoshima
  • Day4   Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day5   Hiroshima - Iwakuni - Yamaguchi
  • Day6   Nagato - Hagi
  • Day7   Izumo - Matsue
  • Day8   Matsue - Tottori - Kinosaki Onsen
  • Day9   Asago - Himeji - Kobe
  • Day10   Tour ends

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Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe

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