Experience the beauty of autumn in Japan this year!

9 days / 8 nights from $ 2,450

Discover the beauty of Autumn in Japan in our 9 day tour, taking you to Japan’s essential sites such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Hiroshima, Osaka, and more. Complete with accommodation, transportation, fully guided tours, many meals, with special experiences such as access to a deluxe onsen (hot spring) bath, and gorgeous, authentic Japanese cuisine included, there’s no more convenient or economical way to enjoy Japan in this brilliant season. Hurry to secure your spot on this very special group tour!

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Places to Visit



Japan’s capital Tokyo is one of the largest and most populous cities in the world. In this tour you will have a good balance of tours giving you in depth insight on Tokyo’s iconic sites, as well as free time to pursue the endless subcultures of the city, whether it be its cuisine, history, architecure, art, or popular culture. goldenroute_photo_city_imperialYou’ll stay in a grand hotel in one of the cities most cental locations, offering nearly endless dining, cultural, and shopping opportunities.

Hakone, Mt.Fuji


The gorgeous resort area Hakone is one of the best places to see Mt. Fuji. Although you’ve surely seen Mt. Fuji in photos and pictures, seeing it in person for the first time (weather permitting!) is truly a stunning experience. We will also see views of the volcanic Owakudani Valley from a panoramic ropeway.goldenroute_photo_city_lakeAshi



Remnants of this city’s tragic history can be viewed at the Peace Memorial Park, a must-visit for anyone traveling in the area, as well as the Atomic Bomb Dome, the only building that was left standing after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. goldenroute_photo_city_hiroshimaNo matter where you’re from, you are guaranteed to leave Hiroshima with a renewed understanding of the importance of world peace.



Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima [literally, “shrine island”] is perhaps the most famous shrine in Japan, known for its floating torii gate. Long a holy site and place of pilgrimage, the shrine complex connected by boardwalks over the sea is one of the most unique spots in Japan. You’ll be staying the night on the island in a deluxe hotel complete with dinner and hot spring baths.


kyoto1Kyoto is the religious and cultural heart of Japan, and with thousands of temples, shrines, gardens, natural wonders, and cuisine the exemplify the pinnacle of Japanese aesthetics. Bustling, modern streetscapes are juxtaposed with serene temples and Zen gardens, and geisha still hurry along to evening appointments. You’ll get a taste of it all in our tour through the city’s highlights.




Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 794, and is home to some of the most ancient but grand suriving wooden structures in the world, whose scale would never suggest their great age.goldenroute_sm_todaiji We’ll see one of Japan’s most iconic Buddha’s at Todai-ji Temple and the seemingly endless series of beautiful lanterns at the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and also visit the deer that roam freely around the Nara Deer Park.



No second candle to Tokyo, Osaka is a place to let loose and enjoy, full of bright lights and some of Japan’s best casual dining, offering a pleasant contrast to neighboring Kyoto. goldenroute_photo_city_dotonboriWarm people, rich culture, and opportunity for growth and change define Osaka, and we’ll get a taste for the city as the last destination of our tour.


Day 1 Tokyo
November 10
goldenroute_photo_city_tokyoCheck into your hotel in the heart of Tokyo
Enjoy your first evening in Japan on your own!
Staying: Hotel Grand Palace (or similar)

Day 2 Tokyo
November 11
Full day tour with an expert guide taking you to Tokyo’s most iconic spots

  • Tokyo Tower
  • Imperial Palace
  • Asakusa – Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Street
  • Omote Sando
  • Harajuku area

Staying: Hotel Grand Palace (or similar)

Day 3 Tokyo
November 12
Explore Tokyo on your own
Many optional experiences and excursions available both within and outside the city!

For example,

Staying: Hotel Grand Palace (or similar)

Day 4

November 13
goldenroute_photo_city_bullet– Full day excursion to Hakone and Mt. Fuji
– See views of Japan’s most famous mountain from a lake cruise and make your way partway up the summit via a private coach for our group

  • Lake Ashi Cruise
  • Sekisho Monogatari
  • Transfer to Hiroshima by Shinkansen Bullet Train via Nagoya

Staying: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (or similar)

Day 5 Hiroshima-Miyajima
November 14
goldenroute_photo_city_itsukushimaExperience the historical legacy of Hiroshima by visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park & Museum, then head to see the legendary floating torii gate of Itsukushima. Stay by the sea at a fine hotel complete with a gorgeous dinner.

  • Atomic Bomb Memorial Dome
  • Peace Park & Museum
  • Miyajima Island – Itsukushima Shrine
  • Miyajima Walking Street
  • Relax yourself in Onsen Hot-spring
  • dinner at your hotel

Staying: Miyajima-guchi Aki Grand Hotel in Japanese-style Room (or similar)

Day 6

November 15
goldenroute_photo_city_takoyakiTour the best areas of eclectic and energetic Osaka
In the evening check into your hotel in Kyoto

  • Umeda central district
  • Osaka Castle
  • Dotonbori area

Staying: ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto (or similar)

Day 7 Kyoto
November 16
goldenroute_photo_city_kinkakujiFrom the shining Kinkakuji temple to the stunning views from Kiyomizu Temple, see a Kyoto in a full day tour, maybe even catching a glimpse of a real geisha in Gion.

  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Kiyomizu Temple
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kyoto Handicraft Center
  • Gion area

Staying: ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto (or similar)

Day 8 Nara Kyoto
November 17
Head to the neighboring city of Nara
See famous sites such as the Great Buddha in Todaiji and the deer that roam freely in Nara Deer Park.

  • Todaiji Temple
  • Nara Deer Park
  • Kofukuji Temple
  • Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Staying: ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto (or similar)

Day 9
Kyoto-Kansai Airportgoldenroute_sm_day9

November 17
Check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport, or lengthen your stay to discover Japan more deeply!


If you plan to extend your trip, we can also arrange your Hotel, Japan Rail Pass, Japan Air Pass, and Day Tours for all your travel needs.

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Things to Do

Watch Morning Sumo Training
Take the rare opportunity to see a real training session and even meet and take a photo with professional sumo wrestlers.

07:00 – 10:00 AM USD77

Japanese Cooking Class
godentour_photo_cookingLearn how to make some authentic Japanese dishes in the friendly atmosphere of a private kitchen from a local.

Sushi Roll Course USD66 (participant under 16 must be with a parent)

Yakatabune Dinner Cruise
godentour_photo_boatEnjoy beautiful views from Tokyo Bay while dining on fine Japanese and enjoying unlimited alcohol aboard a traditional houseboat called “yakatabune.”

3:00 – 9:00 PMAdult : USD 110

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Hear a lecture about the principles of the Japanese tea ceremony and then try it for yourself, of course also drinking the tea which you create.

10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Adult/Child(age+5) : USD 46