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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

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15 days 14 nights

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Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

Japan maybe known for its technological advances, but its’ culture can be traced back to religious practices that influenced modern society. On this tour we will be travelling to many scenic, spiritual and historical places in Japan. Many of the spiritual sites are located in places surrounded by nature. This means that you will be rewarded with scenic views that will invoke a sense of calmness. Be immersed in the environment as you will have the opportunity to experience the lifestyles and cultures firsthand.

We start off in Tokyo with a private guide and driver to help navigate through cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and various 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.

We will continue to travel to Hakone where majestic sceneries of Mt. Fuji can be seen. Visit the dramatic Black Crow Castle (Matsumoto Castle) 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. In Kanazawa, stroll the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

Two days will be spent in Kyoto, the traditional center for Japanese culture. We will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrines 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 architecture and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. After Nara we will traverse to Osaka the second largest metropolitan city in Japan. Experience the nightlife surrounded by bright neon light signs.

Visit the famous Himeji Castle and the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then head on to Miyajima to view the famed vermilion Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the gates look like they're floating on the sea. Then drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Most of Shikoku is still largely untouched by mass tourism. This is a place of immense natural beauty, steeped in colorful legend and history, dotted with 88 pilgrimage temples.

The journey will continue towards many spiritual sites. Take a ferry to Wakayama and visit Koyasan. You will have the opportunity to experience staying at a temple and to eat a Shojin Ryori (vegetarian) dinner. In the morning, you will join the monks in their meditation practice in order to further understand their spiritual customs. In Kumano, we will be walking and breathing in the sites of the trail along temples and shrines among other significant structures of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From those holy grounds you can see the tallest waterfall in Japan, Nachi Fall. It is said that the deity of the waterfall is enshrined at the main shrine. Ise Grand Shrine is one of the most important shrines in Japan and is rebuilt every twenty years to symbolize death and rebirth. It is surrounded by 300 year old cedar trees and untouched foliage. After visiting the mountains and temples, we will visit one of the lesser known treasures of Japan where pearl harvesting was first officially crafted into an art and trade.

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2024

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 USD $6198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2025

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Sat. Nov 1, 2025 Sat. Nov 15, 2025 USD $6198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Sat. Oct 31, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 USD $6198.00 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

  • • 1 night temple lodging, 10 nights Western style and 3 nights 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
  • • 9 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

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   Hakone - Mt. Fuji
  • Day4   Matsumoto - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Himeji - Kurashiki
  • Day9   Hiroshima
  • Day10   Shimanami Kaido - Takamatsu
  • Day11   Naruto
  • Day12   Koyasan
  • Day13   Kumano
  • Day14   Ise Shima
  • Day15   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima


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