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The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

Handpicked Hotels

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2024/2025/2026 AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS


Tour Code: GTO2195418

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

9 days 8 nights

fromUSD $3698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $720.00

Experience and learn about the spiritual side of Japan.

The Pilgrimage Route of Japan tour will allow you to access and enjoy some of the culturally attractive areas and scenic sites of Japan. The tour will take you through a journey inside the religious aspects of Japan, and give you an alternative and deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history. This itinerary will provide insight to Japan’s cultural roots to Shintoism and Buddhism, which are still practiced in some of the temples that we will be visiting. 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.

Before beginning the pilgrimage routes, we will first journey through historical and landmark figures like Himeji Castle, Kurashiki and Hiroshima. Then, we will begin with the scenic routes of this tour by visiting Miyajima Island, one of Japan's three most scenic places (nihon sankei). 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, seeped in colorful legend, history, and dotted with 88 pilgrimage temples.

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.

Our Pilgrimage Route of Japan is a tour that will bring you cultural awareness of the historical past and belief systems so rooted in Japan.

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Fri. Nov 1, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 USD $3698.00 Osaka Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Fri. Nov 6, 2026 Sat. Nov 14, 2026 USD $3698.00 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

  • • 1 night temple lodging, 5 nights Western style and 2 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
  • • 5 lunches and 4 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   Himeji - Kurashiki
  • Day3   Hiroshima
  • Day4   Shimanami Kaido - Takamatsu
  • Day5   Naruto
  • Day6   Koyasan
  • Day7   Kumano
  • Day8   Ise Shima
  • Day9   Tour ends

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Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima

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