Autumn Leaf Colors in Japan - November 2018
We have designed our November tours to take in the beautiful autumn leaf colors
offered during the Japanese leaf viewing season. Many of the cherry trees
that provided beautiful views during spring provide orange hues while the
Japanese maple can provide beautiful red leaves as well as brilliant yellow and
browns. With the cooling Japan weather we have included a range of famous,
historic and culturally significant sights to showcase the variety and beauty of
the country. From the metropolis of Tokyo to the Japanese Alps, these
tours of Japan allow you to experience a wide variety of what Japan has to offer
and there is the flexibility to add days on at either end or to overlap tour
If you are interested in a visit to Japan in November, consider joining one
of our Japan autumn tours. You can use the contact us form or email us at
Joining a tour:
We will normally be available to meet you at the airport and
travel with you into Tokyo. If not, we will provide you with detailed
instructions on how to do this. We have included a tour start date of
Saturday 18th November, but we can generally cater for guests arriving a few
days earlier or later and can adjust the
schedule and pricing for you accordingly.
Departing a tour: Activities on a day where you are departing a
tour will be adjusted to take into account travel time to the airport. We
will assist you with your departure as required.
Late November Autumn Leaf Viewing Tour (peak season)
Saturday 17th November Tokyo: We meet you at the
airport (Narita or Haneda) and transfer to your hotel in Tokyo. Options
for the day depend on your time of arrival but for the first day we keep the
tour fairly low-key including things like dinner at a local restaurant, seeing some of
the city (afternoon and/or evening) or just sleep if you are jetlagged.
Sunday 18th November Tokyo: Visit Asukusa Kaminarimon (thunder
gate), Hozomon and pagoda. An array
of stalls lines the entrance to this shrine (Nakamise Street) providing a wide
range of souvenirs and snacks on the approach to Sensoji Temple. We can
arrange a kimono photo shoot or an introductory samurai lesson for the
adventurous. In the afternoon visit one or more of the famous
neighbourhood areas of Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ginza. An option for Shinjuku
includes a visit to the Robot Restaurant, (more a cabaret show) before selecting
something delicious for dinner.
Monday 19th November Tokyo to Takayama: Travel
by Shinkansen and then local train to the onsen (hot spring) mountain town of Takayama. Use
the afternoon for a relaxing onsen bath or explore some of this old-style
Tuesday 20th November Takayama: During the morning explore the
town's historic buildings, morning market and shops on foot and/or visit the
festival floats exhibition hall. The afternoon is reserved for a 1/2 day bus tour
that visits the World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go with its old traditional "A
frame" farmhouses. Dinner time is an ideal
opportunity to sample the famous Hida Beef.
Wednesday 21st November Takayama to Kyoto: Taking the WideView Hida
train down the scenic Kiso valley to Nagano and then a short shinkansen ride to
the historic previous capital of Japan. In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing at
Inari Fushimi Shinto shrine (10,000 torii gates).
Thursday 22nd November Kyoto: Visit the beautiful Arashiyama
district for viewing the autumn
leaves and enjoy the view across the Katsura River and the nearby Sagano
bamboo grove. After spending time in Arashiyama, head to
Pavilion" Kinkaku-ji in the north-west of the city. Returning to the
centre of Kyoto exploring the 400 year old covered Nishiki Market.
Friday 23rd November Kyoto: Start the day at Nijo Castle before heading to
the Heian Shrine and gardens. During the evening visit Kodai-ji
temple for the autumn leaf illumination. The temple complex includes a Zen
garden, bamboo forest and interesting artisan shops.
Saturday 24th November Kyoto to Hiroshima: Heading south from
Kyoto, take the shinkansen to Hiroshima. The afternoon is available to
visit the Peace Park and Museum in Hiroshima city and the rebuilt Hiroshima
Castle (the castle includes a samurai museum).
Sunday 25th November Hiroshima: A full day in Hiroshima allows time to
visit and explore Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine
are the location of the famous
"floating" torii gate, accessed by a short local train and ferry ride.
Depending on fitness and inclination we can use the ropeway and head to the top of Mount Misen.
The walk back down the mountain provides some good viewing and vantage points.
Monday 26th November Hiroshima to Osaka: Head to Osaka the second
largest city of Japan. From the hotel it is a short walk across the moat
bridge to visit
the castle and grounds. During the evening head to the Dotonbori
Tuesday 27th November Osaka: Day trip to the world heritage site at
Nara. At Nara there are both Todai-ji temple (with the world's largest
bronze Buddha), and Kagusa Shinto shrine. Sacred deer roam the park and
Wednesday 28th November Osaka to Kanazawa: Completing the trip
across the main island take the "Thunderbird" express train to
Kanazawa. Visit the famous Kenrokuen Garden and
Kanazawa castle. Enjoy local cuisine including fresh sushi and
sashimi at the Omicho food market.
Thursday 29th November December Kanazawa to Togura: Departing from Kanazawa head
back into the Japanese Alps to Nagano transfer to a local train bound for Togura (30 minutes) and check in at
Ryokan Kamesei. Have a private soak in the ryokan's hot spring baths or explore
the neighbourhood before enjoying an especially prepared traditional ryokan
dinner. During dinner we can arrange geisha entertainment of traditional music
and dance. The ryokan accommodations include breakfast and dinner.
Friday 30th November Togura: After breakfast (provided), head to Nagano
station and take the bus to Jigokudani Monkey Park. Depending on the weather it
could be cold (maybe snow). There is a walk of approximately 2km to the "snow
For those not wanting to see the monkeys, we can visit the Togakushi Shrine in the forest to the north-west of Nagano with its impressive tree lined approach.
There is a local cycling tour around Togura and Chikuma for those that want to
stay close to the ryokan. After a day of activity, a soak in the onsen
provides a relaxing option.
Saturday 1st December Togura to Tokyo: Transfer back to Tokyo by
shinkansen. A visit to Harajuku
and the Meiji Shrine, an important focal point of the city commemorating the
Emperor and a significant change in the structure of Japan. The nearby
Takeshita Dori provides an experience in the local youth culture of the city and
the adjacent Omotesando shopping area provides some higher-end brands.
Also in this area is Yoyogi Park, a popular place on Sundays for people to spend
time and provide entertainment.
Sunday 2nd December Tokyo: Last day in Tokyo and transfers back to
Narita or Haneda.
the price for a fifteen day tour (accommodation for fourteen
nights) is JPY595,000 per person share twin/double.
For solo travellers (one person, without a shared room), the cost of
accommodation is unable to be shared, but we have a policy to limit the extra
cost and have priced our tour for a single person at JPY695,000.
Prices include rail transfers from Narita to Tokyo and
14 day rail pass, castle/temple/shine entrance fees and tour fees. Accommodation
is selected to average 4-star or higher and will normally include breakfast.
Bookings and Inquiries
If you are interested in joining this tour, please contact us or email us