enjoy beautiful autumn colours on special small group tour

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One of the highlights of Japan is travelling in the autumn when the turning colours of the leaves create a beautiful backdrop to Japan's many sights, especially in parks, gardens and temples. This small group tour at this time of year provides excellent value for money, covering the main sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as Takayama and Kanazawa.

Visit Japan at a great time of year for a very special price. Price includes flights, accommodation, daily breakfast and some lunches, transport and sightseeing.

Autumn colours - 13-day GROUP TOUR

Departures and price 2019

This tour departs UK on 11 November 2019.

Price: £4,245 per person including international flights (based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room). 

Single room supplement: £900

Flight supplements may apply for late bookings, so early confirmation is recommended.

Day 1: Tokyo

Depart London or regional airport for your flight to Tokyo.

Day 2: Tokyo

Once you arrive in Tokyo, you are met by our representative and helped on your bus. You then travel to your hotel.

Day 3: Tokyo

Pick-up from hotel and enjoy a full day's sightseeing tour of Tokyo visiting the Tokyo Tower Observatory, the Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace East Gardens, Hama-rikyu Garden, a short cruise on the Sumida River, the Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon) Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street..  (B, L)

Day 4: Tokyo 

Free day in Tokyo.

Day 5: Tokyo to Mt Fuji/Hakone

Excursion to Mt Fuji and Hakone. Your heavy luggage will be transported from Tokyo to Takayama so you should take an overnight bag for the night. Ascend half way up the mountain. After lunch,  enjoy an aerial cable car ride with spectacular views and a boat trip on Lake Ashi. Then transfer for your stay at your hotel with traditional "onsen" or hot springs. (B, L)

Day 6: Hakone to Takayama

Transfer to Odawara railway station for a bullet train to Nagoya. Change to train to Takayama. This ancient city is often known as 'Little Kyoto', with streets of old-style wooden houses. An afternoon walking tour includes the Kusakabe Folkcraft museum, formerly the residence of powerful merchants, and the Yatai Kaikan Hall where the colourful floats for the city's twice yearly festival are held. This tour also includes Kami-Sannomachi town, with its streets of well-preserved old houses, sake breweries, courtyards and shops. (B, L)

Day 7: takayama to kanazawa

Visit Takayama's colourful morning market before travelling alongside Lake Miboro and the Shokawa River to the World Heritage site of Shirakawago, with its unique 'gassho-zukuri' farmhouses with steep grass-roofed houses designed to shed snow during the winters in this mountainous region. The journey continues in the afternoon to Kanawaza. Your heavy luggage will be transported to Kyoto to await your arrival there. (B, L)

Day 8: kanazawa to kyoto

Enjoy this morning sightseeing tour of Kanazawa, visiting the classic Kenroku-en Garden - one of the most beautiful in Japan - and driving through the Higashi-chaya District. Also visit the Nagamachi samurai district where the samurai and their families lived in residences among the narrow lanes. In the afternoon, board an express train to Kyoto. Walk to your nearby hotel. (B)

Day 9: Kyoto

Morning tour to the nearby town of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan and an important Buddhist centre. Visit the Todai-ji Temple, a vast wooden building housing a giant bronze Buddha, the Deer Park and the Kasuga Shrine. Return to Kyoto and rest of the day free for you to explore, whether you want to see some of the exquisite temples and gardens, or the historic streets, such as those of the Gion district. (B)

Day 10: Kyoto

Free day for you to explore more of Kyoto's many treasures on your own. (B)

Day 11: kyoto to hiroshima

Travel to Hiroshima by bullet train. Your heavy luggage will be transported to Osaka, so overnight bag for stay in Hiroshima. Full day tour to Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima Island. First visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and museum, and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Then take the ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine and the iconic "floating" red torii gate. (B)

Day 12: hiroshima to OSAKA

In the morning take a bullet train to Osaka. Afternoon walking tour of Osaka including Osaka Castle and cruise on the Aqau Liner along Osaka's waterways. (B)

Day 13: EXIT

Transfer to Kansai International Airport and travel safely back to the UK, arriving later the same day. (B)

What’s Included

  • International Flights In Economy Class
  • Accommodation in good quality 4-Star Hotels
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers
  • Train Tickets
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Entrance Fees
  • Daily breakfast and five Lunches
  • English-Speaking Tour Guides

What's Not Included

  • Meals and Drinks Not Mentioned
  • Early or Late Hotel Check-In/Check-Out
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips

Hotels for this tour

Here are details of the preferred hotels for this tour. Similar hotels may be substituted. All are good 3- or 4-star standard, and are modern, clean, well-presented hotels offering a comfortable stay on a touring holiday.

New Otani Inn Tokyo

TOKYO: new otani hotel (garden Tower)

This large central hotel has more than 800 rooms. Located in Chiyoda, near the Imperial Palace, it has its own extensive grounds. It also boasts a number of restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, and French cuisine. The hotel contains an indoor pool and spa centre.

Yamato Fujiya Hotel Hakone

HAKONE: Yumoto fujiya hotel

A modern hotel in beautiful natural surroundings in Hakone. Has indoor and outdoor 'onset' or hot-spring baths. Restaurants serve Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto


The Crowne Plaza is in a good central location, directly opposite Nijo Castle. A free shuttle bus operates to the railway station. There are 5 restaurants, including French, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, plus an indoor swimming pool.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA: hotel granvia

Centrally located hotel right next to the JR railway station with access to good transport links in the city. Six restaurants, including Japanese and Chinese choices. 

Hida Hotel Takayama

takayama: Hida hotel

This modern hotel has a rooftop spa with mountain views, a heated swimming pool, and indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Rooms either a Western or Japanese style. It has several restaurants serving Japanese, Chinese, and French food. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the train station and the main historic sights.

Nikko Hotel Kanazawa

kanazawa: Nikko kanazawa Hotel

Large modern high-rise hotel with panoramic views of Kanazawa from its rooms, starting on the 17th floor of the building. Location right opposite the train station.  French. Chinese and Japanese restaurants.