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Autumn Tours of Japan

The coloured autumn leaves contrast especially well with Japan’s majestic castles and temples. These autumn tours of Japan follow the fall as it starts in the north of Japan and moves south. This means each trip creates its own unique memories of the beautiful colours that dance on the wind in autumn.

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Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

This Small Group Tour starts in Kyoto for good reason – it is the peak of Kyoto’s gorgeous Autumn Colours. As if that is not enough, the tour aims for Tokyo’s intense Autumn colours too. The variety and diversity of this tour never ceases to stun its guests, creating whole picture book of lifetime memories.

Departure Dates
20 Nov 2019 Available

Select this tour for the broadest exposure to Japan and the curious Japanese culture. The Autumn colours on the tour have to be seen to be believed.

Departure Dates
28 Oct 2019 Last Double place
4 Nov 2019 Fully Booked
12 Nov 2019 Available

From the highest mountain to the deepest gorge, exploring Japan’s central mountainous region and its less populated western coast at peak autumn-time is simply… WILD!

Departure Dates
29 Oct 2019 Available

Strolling through some of Japan’s iconic sites, under gorgeous coloured autumn leaves, is like a dream. This holiday is paced to giving you the time to absorb the dream.

Departure Dates
3 Nov 2019 Fully Booked
10 Nov 2019 One solo spot only

This tour takes you beyond the main tourist trails to explore Japan’s rugged northern region of Tohoku with its distinctive rural traditions, intense Autumn colours and stunning natural landscapes.

Departure Dates
22 Oct 2019 Fully booked

This tour takes you on short walks (8-10k), well off the beaten track, through spiritual mountains and autumn coloured national parks, passing by Japanese gardens and temples and seeing rural landscapes. It exposes you to the warm traditional  hospitality of northern Japan.

Departure Dates
7 Oct 2019 Fully Booked

Walking Central Japan in Autumn along the Nakasendo trail in a blaze of autumn colours is one thing, but add the experience of walking the pristine mountain plateau of Kamikoch is simply inspirational; Walks through the back streets of some of Japan’s giant cites will expose you to some of the wonderful culture. The small group of 8 people is the best way to walk Japan.

Departure Dates
14 Nov 2019 Fully Booked

Selecting from Autumn Tours of Japan

Choosing the right time to see the best autumn colours is mostly about where you go to in Japan. Almost everywhere in Japan, at the right time of autumn, is spectacular. A good time to tour Japan is from mid-October to see Northern and higher altitude parts to the west of Japan. The less crowded and most pristine areas see the autumn colours first. In the North, by early November, most of the colour has fallen to the ground.

Conveniently, however, the coloured leaves start to appear in volume in the central areas of Japan in early November. So, November is the time to tour central Japan. Tours of the east coast of Japan towards the end of November are very rewarding. There are strong displays up to early/ mid-December.

Further south, in places like Kyushu where it is warmer, very big displays are on show until well into December.

Journey to East the provides a range of Autumn Tours of Japan. The tours straddle the autumn coloured leaves season. Each tour takes advantage of the area in colour to see many of the unique sites there.

See the range of Autumn trips in Japan 

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Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.