Japan Autumn Foliage 2020

Tour Summary

In this tour you will visit the world’s most contemporary city, Tokyo and old traditional towns like Tsumago and Matsumoto. You will enjoy nature walks, visit an ancient highway and well-preserved post towns, watch the snow monkey bathe in a hot spring water, and see deer roam freely on the streets. You will take a unique and spectacular route over the North Alps of Japan, which is traversed by various means of transportations up to a 2,450 meters (8,038 feet) high mountain peak and stay there overnight in a lodge. There will be trips to a farm, brewery, temples, shrines, castles, traditional restaurants and shops. And you will have opportunities to experience Japanese culture and to meet with Deaf Japanese, too.

Tour Dates: October 29 ~ November 10, 2020
Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights
Style: small group (6 participants)
Accommodation: mix of 3 to 4 stars hotel or Japanese inn and one ryokan
Travel: Japan Railway and public transportations
Tour Activity: sightseeing, history, culture, and nature walks
Tour Manager: Peggy Prosser
Tour Guide: Peggy Prosser and local guides
Language Used: American Sign Language and English
Physical: easy/medium – nature walks through woodlands, walking on pavement and concrete in cities, some climbing stairs, standing and using public transportation/medium
Cities & Parks Tokyo > Kiso Valley > Matsumoto > Nagano > Jigokudani > Mount Tateyama > Kanazawa > Kyoto > Nara > Tokyo
Price: $3,900 per person double occupancy room
  *single supplement additional $600
Day 1 ~ Thursday, October 29, 2020
Arrive and be escorted to your hotel in Tokyo.
Day 2 ~ Friday, October 30, 2020
Visit the Ryogoku District where the Sumo wrestlers practice, go up the Skytree for a view of greater Tokyo, then to Asakusa for the Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Shrine and Nakamise-dori.

Day 3 ~ Saturday, October 31, 2020
Pay a visit to the Meiji Shrine and walk through Harajuku district from the Takeshita-dori to Omotesando before going to Shibuya to see the Hachiko dog statue and the famous crosswalk.

Day 4 ~ Sunday, November 1, 2020
Take a scenic walk on an ancient highway from Magome passing through the Japanese countryside to Tsumago the best preserved post town and stay overnight at a Japanese inn with hot spring bath.
Day 5 ~ Monday, November 2, 2020
Arrive to Matsumoto City where Japan’s oldest and most beautiful castle stands, stop by Yayoi Kusama’s Magical Flower outdoor exhibition and dine at the Nakamachi with old and preserved buildings converted into galleries and restaurants.
Day 6 ~ Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Go on a day trip to a wasabi farm, learn about how wasabi is grown and experience a wasabi theme foods, travel to Nagano for the Zenkoji Temple with dark underground passage and the Nakamise lined up with shops and galleries.
Day 7 ~ Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Travel on local bus to the Jigokudani Monkey Park and walk pass an onsen resort into the woods, following a trail to the hot spring pool to where Japanese Snow Monkeys gather to bathe.
Day 8 ~ Thursday, November 5, 2020
Ride on a variety of transportation through the Japan Alps, stopping at various stations for sightseeing on the way to the highest altitude station, 2,500m/ 8,202ft and enjoy an afternoon walk on snow.
Day 9 ~ Friday, November 6, 2020
Get up early to watch the sunrise, then descend on a variety of transportation for your train to the Toyama coastline for a rare panoramic view of the mountain range and the ocean together.
Day 10 ~ Saturday, November 7, 2020
Arriving to Kyoto the afternoon with a trip to the Higashiyama District to visit one of Japan’s most important temple, the Kiyomizudera and a walk through Gion District, where the Geisha live and work.
Day 11 ~ Sunday, November 8, 2020
Start at Saga Arashiyama for the bamboo groves and the Togetsukyo Bridge then to the Ryoan-ji, the famous rock garden, move to the Kinkaku-ji, known as the Golden Pavilion.
Day 12 ~ Monday, November 9, 2020
Travel to Nara for the Great Buddha, meet and mingle with the deer and walk through a former merchant district where many old buildings are preserved.
Day 13 ~ Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time to say sayonara, and be escorted from your hotel to the Shinkansen for your departure at either Narita or Haneda Airport.
Included in the tour package:

  • Airport transfers
  • 12-night accommodations (hotel and spa taxes included)
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass & other travel passes
  • Meals (12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners)
  • Tour guide with local guides
  • Kurobe Pass
  • Admission fees to parks, temples and other sites
  • Kimono dressing appointment
  • Concierge services
  • Electronic handbook with lists of tips, suggestions and more

NOT INCLUDED in the tour package:

  • International airfare
  • Flight insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • All other meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Other cultural activities not stated on the itinerary
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, snacks and desserts
  • Other additional expenses such as laundry, Internet, and souvenirs

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