Autumn Tours of Japan 2021 & 2022

2021 Small Group Autumn Tours of Japan - max 8 guests

In addition to our 2021 Japan Autumn Tours, on this page we have listed some of our speciality Walking, Food and Garden and Art Tours that run during Japan's autumn. And don't forget to check out our Remote Japan Tours  which visit less touristy destinations.

The small numbers on all these trips in Autumn in Japan 2021 make it possible to enjoy the 'real Japan' in small restaurants and places off the beaten path where larger groups can't go.

2022 Season Japan Autumn Tours

Many of our guests like to plan well in advance and although our 2022 season tours are not released yet, if you contact us we will let you know as soon as they are released.


A favourite journey across Japan to experience the very best Japanese gardens including Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. The tour also covers magnificent Japanese art both traditional and contemporary. Highlights include a visit to Naoshima Island, interaction with a pottery master in Bizen and hands-on bonsai appreciation experience.

Departure Dates
8 May 2021 Available
22 May 2021 Available
18 Oct 2021 Available

2021 Walking Tour of Japan Alps in Autumn takes you to Japan’s pristine national parks with the Japan Alps high above you. In addition to the short nature walks (8-10km) on the plateaus and valleys in vibrant autumn colours, you will visit iconic cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Packed with cultural and personal experiences off the major tourist path.

Departure Dates
1 Oct 2021 Available

This tour covers culturally intriguing and naturally magnificent day walks (8-10 km/day) including the pilgrimage walks of sacred Dewa Sanzan in the northern parts of the main island of Japan in early autumn. Seriously off-the-beaten track, this tour exposes you to the warm traditional hospitality and immersive experiences of northern Japan.

Departure Dates
11 Oct 2021 Available

Taste-test the freshest and most sophisticated meals while experiencing Japan’s centuries-old food traditions on the journey through central Japan including Tokyo, Kanazawa, Noto Peninsula, Gifu, Kyoto and Osaka.

Departure Dates
13 Oct 2021 Available

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. Less visited by international tourists, this region offers an authentic culture and relaxed pace.

Departure Dates
25 Oct 2021 Available

This tour features Japan’s dramatic natural landscapes from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge. Full of cultural experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Along with the remoteness, you will also explore the sophisticated cultural cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Departure Dates
29 Oct 2021 Available

This autumn trip is typically selected by guests who like a higher level of comfort with superior accommodation and private transport at more leisurely pace. This tour takes you through some of Japan’s best locations displaying beautiful autumn colored leaves in the backdrop.

Departure Dates
7 Nov 2021 Available

A gastronomic adventure amid amazing autumn scenery, exploring Japan’s fantastic food traditions and culture on the friendly island of Kyushu. Enjoy exclusive experiences at small artisanal food producers not on the tourist map.

Departure Dates
7 Nov 2021 Available

Most comprehensive tour of Japan in autumn covering all the must-see destinations including Tokyo, Kyoto, Nikko, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Packed with cultural activities, this tour is ideal for people who would like to make the most of their time in Japan.

Departure Dates
8 Nov 2021 Available

Highlighting natural and manmade beauties of Japan in blazing autumn colours, this tour takes you to some of the internationally renowned Japanese gardens as well as hidden small beauties. With 4+ star western style accommodation, touch of luxury and relaxed pace.

Departure Dates
13 Nov 2021 Available

Walk through the well-preserved villages and cedar covered forests on Nakasendo Way where samurai walked hundreds of years ago. The well balanced tour between nature walks and cultural encounters, it is ideal for active people who are looking for variety of experiences.

Departure Dates
14 Nov 2021 Available

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

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.