Mount Fuji in fall / autumn | Hakone | Japan
FROM: USD $8,195 pp

AUTUMN / FALL TOUR: While cherry blossoms may often steal the spotlight in Japan, the vibrant colors of autumn provide an equally stunning backdrop to this classic tour. Explore Tokyo and Kyoto, enjoy incredible views of Mount Fuji in Hakone and stay in a traditional ryokan in the alpine city of Takayama. Visit historic Kanazawa, opt to visit the samurai castle of Matsumoto and enjoy tea with a trainee geisha.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Tokyo - See highlights including Harajuku and Hamarikyu Gardens on a guided tour and enjoy a free day to further explore
Takayama - Visit the Hida no Sato folk village, enjoy the cool mountain air and plenty of leisure time, staying in a ryokan
Kyoto - Enjoy a day of guided sightseeing with a local, take tea with a trainee geisha, and enjoy a boat trip along the Hozugawa River
Matsumoto - Opt to visit the famous 'Black Crow' castle, one of the few surviving Japanese samurai castles
Kanazawa - Wander the streets of this well-preserved historic coastal region, and enjoy the golds and oranges of the autumnal trees
Hakone - Spend your time here hiking, riding the cable car and soaking up incredible views of Mount Fuji

Included

13 breakfasts & 4 dinners
Escorted by a tour leader
All relevant transportation including by minibus, private coach and train
Takayama bus pass
3-day Hakone Free Pass for transport in the Hakone region
Full day private coach in Tokyo
Full day guide, full day private coach in Kyoto
Boat trip along the Hozugawa River in Kyoto
Luggage forwarding from Tokyo to Takayama, Takayama to Kyoto and from Kyoto to Tokyo
Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
11 nights 3-4 star hotels & 2 nights ryokan in Takayama
Arrival airport transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 14
Transport card with 2,500 yen (USD $16) credit for city transport
Transfers from Takayama to Kanazawa by private coach
Entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
Entrance to the Hida no Sato folk village and full day guide in Takayama
Private afternoon tea with a maiko (trainee geisha) in Kyoto
Entrance to the Hakone Open-Air Museum
Information pack on arrival

Not Included

International flights
Entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
Any local transport (taxis, buses, subways) unless covered by the included transport passes
Baggage handling & luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

Itinerary

Days 1-3

Tokyo sightseeing & free time

Upon arrival in Japan, our driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. Your tour leader will be waiting in the lobby. Asakusa is a traditional, low-rise district known for Sensoji Temple, Kaminari gate, and vibrant street food and souvenir stalls. Take some time to explore the area before enjoying a welcome meal with your tour group at a local restaurant.

On day 2, we embark on a full-day tour of Tokyo with our tour leader, visiting a variety of sights including Akihabara and Harajuku. A visit to Hamarikyu Gardens will provide a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the evening, you'll have free time to relax or explore the city further.

Day 3 is at leisure. You can further explore Tokyo on your own or take a day trip to nearby destinations like Nikko or Mount Takao to experience the stunning fall foliage.

Accommodation: Gracery Asakusa Hotel or similar
Overnight: Tokyo (3)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 4

Matsumoto

Tokyo - Matsumoto. Escape the chaos of Tokyo as we head into the mountains to the historic castle town of Matsumoto. The city is home to one of Japan's few remaining samurai castles, the striking "Black Crow" castle, known for its distinctive black wainscoting. Our time in Matsumoto is free, but we strongly recommend visiting the castle. Climbing the steep stairways to gaze out over the plateau and surrounding mountains is a memorable experience. Art enthusiasts will also find plenty to enjoy in Matsumoto, with attractions such as the ukiyo-e woodblock print museum and the City Art Museum, which showcases the works of local artist Yayoi Kusama. Our tour leader will be able to recommend a good restaurant for dinner!

Accommodation: Marunouchi Hotel or similar
Overnight: Matsumoto  |  Breakfast

Days 5-6

Terrific Takayama

Matsumoto - Takayama. On day 5, we travel by coach to the alpine town of Takayama, where the autumn leaves showcase a beautiful array of reds, golds, and ambers. Known for its skilled craftspeople with a history in temple construction, Takayama features charming streets and unique trinkets reflecting its craft tradition. Spend the afternoon exploring workshops and sake breweries independently before enjoying an included kaiseki meal at our Japanese-style ryokan inn.

Day 6 includes a guided tour of Takayama with a local expert, including the morning market and the Hida no Sato Folk Village with preserved thatched-roof farmhouses. For dinner, try the local specialty Hida beef, known for its melt-in-the-mouth flavor. Our tour leader can provide recommendations for evening activities.

Accommodation: Tanabe Ryokan or similar
Overnight: Takayama (2) (ryokan)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 7

Kanazawa free time

Takayama - Kanazawa. Known for its delicious cuisine, world-class modern art, well-preserved old town, and stunning gardens, Kanazawa offers everything you could desire in a Japanese city. Spared significant damage in World War Two bombings, Kanazawa boasts some of the finest examples of feudal-era samurai residences and traditional teahouses in Japan. Take time to explore the historic districts and visit the renowned Kenrokuen garden, famous for its beautiful cherry and maple trees displaying vibrant autumn colors. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, or let our tour leader guide you to their top dining and drinking recommendations in the city.

Accommodation: Mitsui Garden Kanazawa or similar
Overnight: Kanazawa  |  Breakfast

Days 8-10

Kyoto sightseeing & free time

Kanazawa - Kyoto. While Tokyo represents modern Japan, Kyoto is a stronghold of traditional art and culture. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, the city may seem like any other modern Japanese city, but a guided walking tour of Gion will unveil the rich history and charm of this ancient capital. Gion is the last remaining geisha district in Japan, with its old-fashioned teahouses lining the streets and alleys. We enjoy the rare opportunity to meet a trainee geisha and enjoy a meal with our group.

On day 9, a local Kyotoite will lead a full day exploration of the city by private minibus, providing insider knowledge on the best shrines and temples to visit. A boat trip on the Hozugawa River will offer stunning views of the colorful hills and lead us to the enchanting bamboo groves of Arashiyama.

Day 10 is free for independent exploration. You can continue exploring Kyoto, or head further afield. Thanks to Japan's rapid bullet train network, it is possible to travel as far as Hiroshima and still be back for dinner, but you may wish to head somewhere closer, such as Osaka or Himeji. Our tour leader will be on hand to help you plan your day, including logistics!

Accommodation: Intergate Kyoto Shijo Shinmachi or similar
Overnight: Kyoto  |  Breakfast x 3, Dinner x 1

Days 11-12

Hakone & Mount Fuji

Kyoto - Hakone. Travel to Hakone on the bullet train and spend the afternoon exploring the Chokoku no Mori open-air sculpture park, one of Japan's top art museums. Indulge in a delicious meal at a local restaurant before retiring to your Japanese-style inn with private and shared hot-spring baths.

On day 12, you can independently embark on a full day of exploring Hakone using various modes of transportation, including cable cars, ropeways, and even a pirate ship on Lake Ashi - a 3-day transportation pass for Hakone is included! Discover samurai checkpoints, intricate marquetry crafts, and hot springs where you can cook an egg. Enjoy sumptuous views of Mount Fuji, especially in the autumn when visibility is clearer.

Accommodation: Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika or similar
Overnight: Hakone (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Days 13-14

Return to Tokyo

Hakone - Tokyo. We make our way back to the capital via bullet train on day 13. And the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore areas you may have missed before. Visit the eclectic second-hand shops of Shimokitazawa, enjoy some retro gaming at Nakano Broadway, or take in the breathtaking views from the Tokyo Skytree, one of the tallest structures in the world. End the day with an include farewell group dinner with your tour leader to celebrate the end of an incredible trip (not included).

On day 14, bid farewell to Japan as you head to the airport for your flight home - a departure transfer is included.

Accommodation: JR Kyushu Blossom Shinjuku or similar
Breakfast x 2

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
USD $8,195
USD $9,705
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,195
USD $9,705
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,535
USD $10,035
USD $8,535
USD $10,035

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Gracery Asakusa Hotel, Tokyo

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Gracery Asakusa offers a prime location just 800 meters from the iconic Sensoji Temple. Each unit in the hotel is thoughtfully equipped with a kettle for added convenience, and the rooms feature private bathrooms with baths. For guest comfort, Hotel Gracery Asakusa provides air conditioning and flat-screen TVs in every room. The multilingual staff at the reception are proficient in both English and Japanese, ensuring a smooth and pleasant stay experience.

Tanabe Ryokan, Takayama

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Japanese Ryokan

A short walk from the main station in Takayama, Tanabe Ryokan is an authentic Hida-style Inn. Guest rooms are in a traditional style with matted floors and sliding doors. Guests are traditionally welcomed by the owner on arrival and served well through out. Bathing facilities are shared. This ryokan comes highly recommended and food served here is of a very high standard. The Inn is located just 2 blocks from the famous streets of Takayama just a short walk to the Kashibashi Bridge.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Tokyo
Ends
Tokyo
Departs
October - November
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 14
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
6 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
View of Matsumoto Castle from across the water
Beautiful, turquoise water surrounded by lush forest in Takayama
Beautiful lake with a temple in the background in springtime in Kyoto
View of Miyajima from across the water in Hakone
Rainbow Bridge, stretching across the water in Tokyo, lit up at night
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