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Tokyo / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

The Golden Route Japan: Autumn Tour

7

Days

6

Nights

Sales
From USD
$2,898caution
per person
$2,998

Tour Period

Japan Time

2024

Sep 1 - Sep 7
Sep 15 - Sep 21
Sep 29 - Oct 5
Oct 13 - Oct /19
Oct 16 - Oct 22
(A small Group, $3,398.00)

2025

Sep 1 - Sep 7
Sep 7 - Sep 13
Sep 21 - Sep 27
Oct 5 - Oct 11
Oct 19 - Oct 25

2026

Sep 6 - Sep 12
Sep 20 - Sep 26
Oct 4 - Oct 10
Oct 18 - Oct 24

Included

Accommodations

  • 5 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation

Meals

  • Breakfast everyday

  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners

Admission Fees & Activities

  • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Others

  • 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

  • Gratuities

Not Included

Airfares

  • International Airfares

Meals

  • Meals that are not included in the itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Travel Insurance

  • Travel Insurance

Others

  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Discover Japan's autumn beauty, from Tokyo's vibrancy to Kyoto's serene temples.

Autumn in Japan is the most comfortable season of the year. It is no wonder that many visitors choose the months of September, October, and November to visit Japan. "The Golden Route" is the most popular itinerary. This tour gives you a sampling of all that Japan has to offer, from unique locales to "must see" tourist attractions in Tokyo and Kyoto.

The Golden Route Japan Autumn Kiyomizudera
The Golden Route Japan Autumn Kiyomizudera
The Golden Route Japan Autumn Ocha
The Golden Route Japan Autumn Ocha
The Golden Route Japan Summer tokyotower
The Golden Route Japan Summer tokyotower
The Golden Route Japan Summer sushi
The Golden Route Japan Summer sushi

Itinerary

This itinerary offers a blend of cultural experiences, historical site visits, and scenic explorations across iconic Japanese locations.

day-1
Narita Airport
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day-2
Tokyo
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day-3
Mt Fuji & Hakone, Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride
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day-4
KokaKyoto
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day-5
Kyoto
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day-6
KyotoNaraOsaka
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day-7
Tour Ends
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day-1

Narita Airport

Welcome to Tokyo! You will be met at the arrival gate by our representative holding a name sign.


Hotel iconHotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class
day-2

Tokyo

Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Ueno Park / Sushi Making Experience / Tsukiji Outer Market / Imperial Palace / Tokyo Tower

You will be taken to the Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. You will also be able to explore the Nakamise Market, which is located right after the temple's outer gates. It is a traditional-style shopping street with centuries of history. Next, you will have the chance to enjoy a sushi making experience with a professional sushi chef. Whatever you prepare, you will get to eat!

Afterwards, we will proceed to the Tsukiji Outer Market, where various restaurants and shops line the streets. Then, pay a visit to the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle and current residence of Japan's Imperial Family. In the afternoon, we will visit the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. At 333 meters high, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. You will be able to sightsee 150 meters up at the main observatory deck and get a bird's eye view of the city.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconHotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

day-3

Mt Fuji & Hakone, Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride

Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani

We will depart from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. Stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather conditions) to admire the world famous peak.

Next, travel to Hakone, one of Japan's most popular hot-spring resorts. You will also get to view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. We will take a 20 minute ropeway ride from Togendai to Owakudani. Most of Owakudani is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. Visitors will encounter the area's hot springs and bubbling pools, complete with sulfurous fumes and steam vents. If the weather conditions are in our favor, Owakudani also grants splendid views of Mount Fuji.

Then, experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzaiji Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.


Hotel iconBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel iconGrand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa or similar class
day-4

Koka

Miho Museum

After breakfast at the hotel, our group will visit the Miho Museum, a stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Moreover, the museum has been listed as one of the "1000 Places To See Before You Die".

Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple

We will then continue to Kyoto, a historical city that was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. We will visit the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.


Hotel iconKyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Note: If Miho Museum is closed, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

day-5

Kyoto

Nijo Castle / Nishijin Kimono Show

Today we will continue our tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center. First is a visit to the Nijo Castle, built in the early 17th century. Ninomaru- goten, renovated in 1626, is a building renowned as a priceless example of the architectural style of that period. At the Nishijin Textile Center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show.

Golden Pavilion / Arashiyama

Visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397.

Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden / Bamboo Grove / Togetsukyo Bridge

Next is a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple where you can have a glimpse of traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then proceed through a dense bamboo grove, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River.

Gion Geisha District

Lastly, we will tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter, and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Dinner
Hotel iconKyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class
day-6

Kyoto

Green Tea Ceremony with Maiko Interaction

The day begins with a green tea ceremony and a meet- and-greet with a maiko – an apprentice geisha. You will have photo-taking opportunities and a chance to interact with the maiko.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

After that, make your way to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine is famous for its thousands of stunning vermilion torii gates that are lined along a 4 km (2.5 mile) long tunnel, which was even featured in the film "Memoirs of a Geisha". This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that consists of mountains, streams, and ponds, making it the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike.

Nara

Todaiji Temple / Deer Park

We will then travel to Nara, where we will go to Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha at 15 meters (49 feet) tall. Nearby, explore the surrounding Deer Park, filled with over 1,000 Sika Deer.

Osaka

Dotonbori / Shinsaibashi

Our final stop of the day will be in Osaka. We will spend some time in Dotonbori, a popular shopping, entertainment, and food district. It is known for the hundreds of neon and mechanized signs that line its streets. Our group will also stop by Shinasaibashi, one of Osaka's oldest shopping destinations.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconHotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class
day-7

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Osaka Kansai Airport can be reached in a three-minute walk.


Hotel iconBreakfast

If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book transfers and hotel accommodations.

Accommodations

This tour combines the comfort of Western amenities with the unique experience of a traditional Japanese stay, ensuring a well-rounded travel experience

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Hotel Mystays Premier Narita ext

31 Oyama, Narita, Chiba 286-0131, Japan

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class

The Hotel Mystays Premier Narita is conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from Narita International Airport. It offers an indoor pool, tennis courts, and a Jacuzzi. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a sauna, and 24-hour room service. The hotel provides a blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.

2
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro exterior

1-6-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-8505, Japan

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is centrally located in Ikebukuro, offering guests convenient access to Tokyo's vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment. This hotel features modern rooms, diverse dining options, and comprehensive amenities including fitness facilities and meeting rooms. Its proximity to major transport links makes it an ideal base for exploring Tokyo's key attractions, combining comfort and convenience for travelers.

3
Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa overview

4396-1 Yutocho Yamazaki, Nishi-Ku, Hamamatsu, 431-0101, Japan

Grand Mercure Lake Hamana Resort and Spa or similar class

The Hamanako - hotel - is known for its scenic lakeside location, offering guests stunning views of Lake Hamana. It's a resort that combines relaxation with the charm of nature, featuring amenities such as hot spring baths, comfortable and well-appointed rooms, and dining options that highlight local cuisine. The hotel provides a tranquil retreat ideal for those looking to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, making it a favorite for both leisure and rejuvenation.

4
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel main

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519, Japan

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. With elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, and panoramic city views, it’s an ideal base for exploring Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a business traveler or a tourist, this hotel offers a blend of comfort and sophistication.

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Kyoto Tokyu Hotel main

Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8519, Japan

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

The Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. With elegant rooms, exquisite dining options, and panoramic city views, it’s an ideal base for exploring Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a business traveler or a tourist, this hotel offers a blend of comfort and sophistication.

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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport main

1 Senshu-kuko Kita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka 549-0001, Japan

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class

The Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is the only full-service hotel directly connected to Kansai International Airport. With comfortable rooms, free WiFi, and a variety of dining options, it offers convenience for travelers. Whether departing or arriving, guests can enjoy a seamless experience on Kansai Airport Island.

Notes

Please review the important notes below for key tour details and arrangements, ensuring a smooth travel experience.

Tour Pricing, Occupancy, and Flight Details

  • All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy. Single Supplement: USD $540.00

  • 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 if needed, please ask for details.

  • The peak of the autumn foliage period depends on the place and climate.

Additional Information

Deposit

  • We require a NON-Refundable US$500 deposit per person to hold the space at the time of booking and the final payment is due 2 months prior to departure.

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.

  • If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the last night instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included, but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

  • If you will be flying out from Itami Airport (ITM) instead of Kansai International Airport (KIX), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Elsereine Osaka (or similar class) instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance.

Meal Requests

  • Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

  • The meet-and-greet is ONLY available for flights arriving in Terminal 1 & 2 after 11:00 AM. For guests arriving in Terminal 3, airport pickup is not included, but we will provide you with directions to get to your hotel in advance.

Others

  • If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the first night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.

  • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita International Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay in the center of Tokyo (Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, meet-and- greet and airport transfer are 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.

  • 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.

  • If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

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