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Classic Koyo 8 days Tokyo to Osaka
Sensoji (Asakusa), the city’s oldest temple, Day 2
Icho Namiki Avenue, Tokyo, Day 2
Tahoto Pagoda in Eikan-do, Kyoto, Day 3
The golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Day 5
Geisha performance at Gion Corner, Kyoto, Day 3
Enryaku-ji temple, Kyoto, Day 4
Arashiyama, Kyoto, Day 5
Mt. Yoshino Momiji light up, Day 5
Classic Koyo
Travel style: Comfort

8 days

TokyoKyotoKameokaKyotoArashiyamaYoshinoNaraOsaka

  • From¥ 426,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,813 USD

  • From 3,389 EUR

  • From£ 2,935 GBP

  • From$ 5,096 AUD

  • From฿ 130,438 THB

  • FromRp 50,642,478 IDR

Tour code: AC-01-EN
Theme: Autumn Colors
Availability: From mid- to late November

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Overview

For newcomers and returning visitors alike: our Classic Koyo brings you the divine autumn colors of Japan with no compromise. This tour emphasizes the traditional aspect of momiji appreciation, a custom that dates back to the classical period. Featuring both renowned and novel autumn destinations, the entire itinerary is designed to provide you a colorful outlook on the sophisticated culture and nature of Japan.

Experience being enveloped by the fiery streaks of fall wherever you go: a teahouse in a landscape garden, an almost hermetic Buddhist temple, a locomotive track along a gorge, an old hiking trail down a mountain, the list goes on. Much like the myriad shades of red in the autumn foliage, there is no monotony in any of the activities involved, even with the single unifying theme. Indeed, we aim to deliver to you both the public and the esoteric.

The tour is bookended by the big modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to get you acclimatized, and comprises many traditional attractions that emphasize the seasonal appeal of autumn. The lodging and food are carefully selected with variety and quality as our priority, while retaining the thematic experience that makes ILJT tours special. Expect no tedium during this 8-day autumn adventure!

Overview

For newcomers and returning visitors alike: our Classic Koyo brings you the divine autumn colors of Japan with no compromise. This tour emphasizes the traditional aspect of momiji appreciation, a custom that dates back to the classical period. Featuring both renowned and novel autumn destinations, the entire itinerary is designed to provide you a colorful outlook on the sophisticated culture and nature of Japan.

Experience being enveloped by the fiery streaks of fall wherever you go: a teahouse in a landscape garden, an almost hermetic Buddhist temple, a locomotive track along a gorge, an old hiking trail down a mountain, the list goes on. Much like the myriad shades of red in the autumn foliage, there is no monotony in any of the activities involved, even with the single unifying theme. Indeed, we aim to deliver to you both the public and the esoteric.

The tour is bookended by the big modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to get you acclimatized, and comprises many traditional attractions that emphasize the seasonal appeal of autumn. The lodging and food are carefully selected with variety and quality as our priority, while retaining the thematic experience that makes ILJT tours special. Expect no tedium during this 8-day autumn adventure!

Highlights

  • Appreciate the autumn leaves in the
  • Walk gracefully down the Harajuku ar
  • Visit a magnificent castle with a cl
  • Drink from the sacred streams of a 1
  • ..And many more!

Outline

Day 1 Arriving to TokyoTokyo

Arrive in Tokyo. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2 Tokyo City TourTokyo

Explore Tokyo, the capital city with avenues and gardens that lack no color

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3 Kyoto City TourKyoto

Explore Kyoto, with its prominent landmarks and authentic atmosphere

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4 Mt. Hiei TourKyoto › Kameoka

Explore Mt. Hiei, a quiet and sacred mountain of culture and nature

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5 Arashiyama & Yoshino TourKyoto › Arashiyama › Yoshino

Explore Arashiyama, a popular autumn destination of unmatched beauty

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6 Nara TourNara › Osaka

Explore Nara, an old city with impressive wooden structures and adorable deer

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7 Osaka TourOsaka

Explore Osaka, a modern city with history, style, and good food - perfect final destination

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 8 Leaving JapanOsaka

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Meals included : Breakfast

Hotels

Day 1, 2: Hotel Niwa Tokyo , Tokyo
Hotel Niwa Tokyo is a 4-star Western-style lodging with a nice Japanese garden befitting of its name. This upscale, comfortable hotel is situated near Suidobashi station. The hotel is highly convenient and accessible -- you can even reach Tokyo Dome City by foot. There are many dinner options to choose from around the station.
Day 3: Hoshino Resorts L'Hotel de Hiei , Kyoto
Hoshino Resorts L’Hotel de Hiei is a quiet and unassuming 5-star Western-style lodging. Located close to the summit of Kyoto's sacred mountain, this auberge welcomes guests with splendid views of Japan's largest lake, Biwa. You can see the autumn colors around the mountain and lake through its large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Day 4: Sumiya Kihoan , Kameoka
Sumiya Kiho-an, a ryokan located in the Yunohana spa resort in Kameoka, offers you exceptional relaxation and unforgettable experiences in this hideaway surrounded by breathtaking nature. Its rustic landscape and characteristic architecture, combined with its mineral-rich hot spring waters, provide a superlative onsen experience.
Day 5: Yoshino Kato Ryokan , Yoshino
Ryokan Kato, a Japanese-style inn in Yoshino, is one of its kind. It is conveniently located near the Senbon Park at the foot of Mt. Yoshino National Park. The main building provides breathtaking views of Mt. Yoshino from all windows, and its log annex has been constructed from local Yoshino cedar and Japanese cypress.
Day 6: Cross Hotel Osaka , Osaka
The 4-star Cross Hotel Osaka is 2 minutes’ walk from the Dotonbori area, a bustling district that especially comes alive at night. Due to its proximity to restaurants and shopping centers, this stylish hotel is highly popular among visitors to Osaka. Apart from the location, this hotel also boasts modern and streamlined interior.
Day 7: Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport , Osaka
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is a modern-looking 4-star hotel located right by Osaka Bay. The location makes it the perfect accommodation for travelers who need to reach Kansai Airport easily -- in fact, the hotel is directly connected to Terminal 1 with a pedestrian walkway. It also provides free shuttle service to the terminals.

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2 pers
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3 pers
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What is included?

Accommodation

Western hotel: 5 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 2 nights

Meals

7 breakfasts -- 6 lunches -- 4 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 6 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Tokyo - Kyoto)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 6 days

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Please book a flight to either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), and a flight out of Kansai International Airport (KIX). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 5 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes five nights in 3- or 4-star hotels and two nights in predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. Dinner outside of the pre-included ryokan meal is provided on Days 2 and 3. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes the service of a driver and a private car on every guided day. It also includes a scheduled bullet train transfer between Tokyo and Kyoto on Day 3. The driver and car will be available only during the designated tour hours, and only for the included destinations. Please note that the driver will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 5 for logistical reasons. Airport pickup is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can extend the use of the private car for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost. Please note that airport transfer for departure is not included.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.
Hotel Niwa Tokyo Western

Day 1 Arriving to Tokyo

 Tokyo

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel Niwa Tokyo Western

Day 2 Tokyo City Tour

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Hama Rikyu Garden
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Hama Rikyu (tea break)
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Tokyo Tower
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Tofu kaiseki lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Shiba Koen and Zojo-ji
  • 15:00 - 15:15 Transfer to Aoyama
  • 15:15 - 15:45 Icho Namiki Avenue
  • 15:45 - 16:00 Transfer to Harajuku
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Meiji Jingu
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Sightseeing around Takeshita Street
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Transfer to restaurant in Chiyoda
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Teppanyaki dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Transfer to hotel

Activities

The day is designed to give you a classic taste of Japan with sprinkles of autumn colors (koyo), a perfect opening for this itinerary. There are three elements to a classic Japan experience: modernity, as represented by the soaring structures in Tokyo Tower and Skytree; history, as represented by the major temples and shrines from three different eras; and gastronomy, as represented by the crescendo of tea, tofu, and teppanyaki.

Even in a city as big and modern in Tokyo, there is no shortage of breathtaking sceneries. The destinations chosen allow you to enjoy different shades of autumn colors, from momiji (maple) to icho (ginkgo). We took it one step further: even the selected restaurants feature Japanese gardens that look especially mesmerizing in autumn. As you enjoy the unbridled beauty of Tokyo, please remember that today is just an opening act; the best is yet to come.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Niwa Tokyo. LUNCH is a kaiseki course in a classy, authentic restaurant at the foot of Tokyo Tower, known for its exquisite Tosui-tofu, made from high-quality soybean and spring water. DINNER is a teppanyaki course, where the chef will prepare delicious wagyu beef on an iron griddle. The restaurant boasts nice views of Japanese maple trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hoshino Resorts L'Hotel de Hiei Western

Day 3 Kyoto City Tour

 Kyoto

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:15 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Kyoto by shinkansen
  • 12:15 - 13:45 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:30 Kinkaku-ji
  • 14:30 - 15:15 Transfer to Eikan-do
  • 15:15 - 16:30 Eikan-do Zenrin-ji
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Mt. Hiei
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Hotel check-in >> free time
  • 18:30 - 20:00 French-style dinner

Activities

Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you will leave for the famous city of Kyoto on the famous bullet train. What awaits you is a classic Kyoto experience: a series of awe-inspiring temples. Witness the glittering Kinkaku-ji and its divine reflection in the water. Behold the blazing autumn colors from atop the Tahoto Pagoda in Eikan-do. You will also sample authentic Kyoto cuisine, an epitome of sophistication, beauty, and flavor.

The traditional city of Kyoto will serve as a transitioning point between the dazzling bustle of Tokyo and the peaceful quiet of your next destination. After a long-distance transfer and a relatively packed day in Kyoto, you will enjoy a classy stay in an auberge on Mt. Hiei, which boasts an incredible view of Lake Biwa. Having tasted several kinds of Japanese dishes for the past few meals, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel offers you French-style menu for dinner.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Niwa Tokyo.

LUNCH is a kaiseki course in Gion, Japan’s most famous geisha district. You will be served an array of Kyoto’s traditional dishes. Audience with maiko is available with an additional premium.

DINNER is creative French cuisine that integrates time-honored local ways of preparing the harvest of Shiga's fresh waters and fertile plains, served in the L’Hotel de Hiei.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Sumiya Kihoan Japanese

Day 4 Mt. Hiei Tour

 Kyoto › Kameoka

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Enryaku-ji
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Enryaku-ji Todo
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Shojin ryori lunch
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Walk to the Saito area
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Enryaku-ji Saito
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Descend Mt. Hiei (ropeway and cable car) >> transfer to Kameoka
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sukiyaki dinner

Activities

Checking out of your lavish hotel, you will visit Enryaku-ji, a secluded temple on Mt. Hiei. This is in itself symbolic of a pilgrimage, but it is also nothing less than an exciting adventure! During your visit to the historic temple, you will explore both the east (Todo) and west (Saito) area, between the two of which you will enjoy a pleasant trek through the woods. In keeping with the ascetic theme of the day, you will be served shojin ryori, a traditional Buddhist cuisine known for its creative use of natural vegetarian ingredients. As a result, both the excursion and food today will provide you a holistic study of both the history and nature of Mt. Hiei.

In the afternoon, to descend the mountain, you will take a ropeway and cable car as a side attraction to experience the moving beauty of Mt. Hiei. You will regroup with your driver at the end of the ride. Afterward, you will check into a ryokan in Kameoka. This location is a hidden gem much like
Enryaku-ji. Relax in the soothing hot springs at the end of this active day, and enjoy the quality seasonal dinner that the ryokan is proud of.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of L’Hotel de Hiei. LUNCH is shojin ryori served in a shukubo near Enryaku-ji. The meal is fully vegetarian, as expected from traditional Buddhist cuisine, and utilizes healthy ingredients such as tofu. DINNER is sukiyaki in Sumiya Kiho-an. The blend of Tamba beef and various fresh vegetables served in the stylish dining room completes the quintessential ryokan experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Yoshino Kato Ryokan Japanese

Day 5 Arashiyama & Yoshino Tour

 Kyoto › Arashiyama › Yoshino

Schedule

  • 09:30 - 10:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kameoka Station
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Sagano Romantic Train
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Sightseeing around Arashiyama
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Kaiseki lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:15 Transfer to Yoshino Station
  • 16:15 - 16:30 Take the ropeway to Shimo Senbon
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Walk around Shimo Senbon
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Hot pot dinner

Activities

Today, you will see the main highlights of the autumn colors tour - times two! In the first half, you will be taking the exciting Sagano Romantic Train from Kameoka to Arashiyama. In the so-called “truck train”, you will see fantastic views of the Hozu River and the surrounding mountains and forests, whose beauty during the season is best described as “indescribable”. Getting off at Arashiyama, you will explore its many attractions, including the world renowned bamboo grove. And of course, a delicious kaiseki lunch is in order.

In the second half, you will take the ropeway up Mt. Yoshino and gaze in marvel as the forest of momiji gets illuminated at dusk. A romantic walking trail passes by both a large wooden temple and a famous shrine, and features many light-up spots that provides an almost illusory sight after sunset. It is only fitting that your place of stay at the end of this spectacular day will be a ryokan just a few minutes away by foot. The open-air baths and large windows will provide you with even more breathtaking views of the autumnal scenery.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Sumiya Kiho-an. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Quality ingredients that accentuate the essence of the four seasons are used in this hotel restaurant. DINNER is a nabe course in Ryokan Kato. The chicken hot pot (tori-nabe) uses local Yamato poultry and vegetables. Boar meat hot pot (shishi-nabe) is also available.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch Cross Hotel Osaka Western

Day 6 Nara Tour

 Nara › Osaka

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Nara
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Nara Park
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Todai-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:15 Transfer to restaurant (Sabo Non-non)
  • 12:15 - 13:45 Yamato cuisine lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:00 Transfer to Kasuga Taisha
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Kasuga Taisha
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Transfer to Horyu-ji
  • 15:45 - 16:30 Horyu-ji
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Osaka >> hotel check-in

Activities

Much like Kyoto on day 3, Nara is a traditional city that serves as a buffer between the all-natural setting of the previous day and the metropolis of the next. Today’s schedule brings you an exciting time with a thousand wild deer in a park, a visit to temples with impressive wooden architecture, and a walk into a grand shrine famous for its hundreds of lanterns. You will also witness the largest Buddha statue in the country. It is indeed a city of wonderful landmarks!

To complete the classic Nara experience, you will be served cha-gayu for lunch. The so-called tea porridge is a traditional food of the Yamato Province, which is what present-day Nara was called 17 centuries ago. In other words, the dish is rich in history just as it is in flavor. After your excursion in Nara, it is time for you to be reacquainted to that lively side of Japan, this time in Osaka.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Ryokan Kato. LUNCH is cha-gayu, or tea porridge, a signature dish of Nara. This traditional Yamato cuisine is served in a tea house converted from a centuries-old machiya (merchant house). DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport Western

Day 7 Osaka Tour

 Osaka

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Osaka Castle
  • 0:00 - 11:30 Osaka Castle
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Namba
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Crab lunch (Kani Doraku)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Shopping walk at Shinsaibashi/Amerika-mura
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Transfer to Kansai International Airport >> hotel check-in, free time

Activities

The penultimate day of this trip is designed to give you ample time to prepare for your flight on the next day. As such, the schedule includes the two things Osaka is best known for: the grand Osaka Castle, and the country’s most popular crab dishes. Afterward, you will have enough time to browse for gifts and souvenirs in the city’s premier shopping area.

At the end of your adventure, you will be transferred to a new hotel near Kansai International Airport, which will be your port of exit. It is time to start packing all the good stuff you collected during your stay in Japan. And if you haven’t bought enough, there is always the Rinku Premium Outlets nearby! Have fun on your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Cross Hotel Osaka. LUNCH is a course of crab dishes in the iconic restaurant in Dotonbori. This popular eatery has traditional Japanese seating, and every variety of crab is prepared deliciously. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast

Day 8 Leaving Japan

 Osaka

Activities

You have completed the Japan Highlights tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast
 Tokyo
Hotel Niwa Tokyo Western

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. A private coach will take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves

 Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hotel Niwa Tokyo Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Hama Rikyu Garden
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Hama Rikyu (tea break)
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Transfer to Tokyo Tower
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Tofu kaiseki lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Shiba Koen and Zojo-ji
  • 15:00 - 15:15 Transfer to Aoyama
  • 15:15 - 15:45 Icho Namiki Avenue
  • 15:45 - 16:00 Transfer to Harajuku
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Meiji Jingu
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Sightseeing around Takeshita Street
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Transfer to restaurant in Chiyoda
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Teppanyaki dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:00 Transfer to hotel

Activities

The day is designed to give you a classic taste of Japan with sprinkles of autumn colors (koyo), a perfect opening for this itinerary. There are three elements to a classic Japan experience: modernity, as represented by the soaring structures in Tokyo Tower and Skytree; history, as represented by the major temples and shrines from three different eras; and gastronomy, as represented by the crescendo of tea, tofu, and teppanyaki.

Even in a city as big and modern in Tokyo, there is no shortage of breathtaking sceneries. The destinations chosen allow you to enjoy different shades of autumn colors, from momiji (maple) to icho (ginkgo). We took it one step further: even the selected restaurants feature Japanese gardens that look especially mesmerizing in autumn. As you enjoy the unbridled beauty of Tokyo, please remember that today is just an opening act; the best is yet to come.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Niwa Tokyo. LUNCH is a kaiseki course in a classy, authentic restaurant at the foot of Tokyo Tower, known for its exquisite Tosui-tofu, made from high-quality soybean and spring water. DINNER is a teppanyaki course, where the chef will prepare delicious wagyu beef on an iron griddle. The restaurant boasts nice views of Japanese maple trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kyoto
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Hoshino Resorts L'Hotel de Hiei Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 12:15 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Kyoto by shinkansen
  • 12:15 - 13:45 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:30 Kinkaku-ji
  • 14:30 - 15:15 Transfer to Eikan-do
  • 15:15 - 16:30 Eikan-do Zenrin-ji
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Mt. Hiei
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Hotel check-in >> free time
  • 18:30 - 20:00 French-style dinner

Activities

Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you will leave for the famous city of Kyoto on the famous bullet train. What awaits you is a classic Kyoto experience: a series of awe-inspiring temples. Witness the glittering Kinkaku-ji and its divine reflection in the water. Behold the blazing autumn colors from atop the Tahoto Pagoda in Eikan-do. You will also sample authentic Kyoto cuisine, an epitome of sophistication, beauty, and flavor.

The traditional city of Kyoto will serve as a transitioning point between the dazzling bustle of Tokyo and the peaceful quiet of your next destination. After a long-distance transfer and a relatively packed day in Kyoto, you will enjoy a classy stay in an auberge on Mt. Hiei, which boasts an incredible view of Lake Biwa. Having tasted several kinds of Japanese dishes for the past few meals, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel offers you French-style menu for dinner.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Niwa Tokyo.

LUNCH is a kaiseki course in Gion, Japan’s most famous geisha district. You will be served an array of Kyoto’s traditional dishes. Audience with maiko is available with an additional premium.

DINNER is creative French cuisine that integrates time-honored local ways of preparing the harvest of Shiga's fresh waters and fertile plains, served in the L’Hotel de Hiei.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kyoto › Kameoka
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Sumiya Kihoan Japanese

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Enryaku-ji
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Enryaku-ji Todo
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Shojin ryori lunch
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Walk to the Saito area
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Enryaku-ji Saito
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Descend Mt. Hiei (ropeway and cable car) >> transfer to Kameoka
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sukiyaki dinner

Activities

Checking out of your lavish hotel, you will visit Enryaku-ji, a secluded temple on Mt. Hiei. This is in itself symbolic of a pilgrimage, but it is also nothing less than an exciting adventure! During your visit to the historic temple, you will explore both the east (Todo) and west (Saito) area, between the two of which you will enjoy a pleasant trek through the woods. In keeping with the ascetic theme of the day, you will be served shojin ryori, a traditional Buddhist cuisine known for its creative use of natural vegetarian ingredients. As a result, both the excursion and food today will provide you a holistic study of both the history and nature of Mt. Hiei.

In the afternoon, to descend the mountain, you will take a ropeway and cable car as a side attraction to experience the moving beauty of Mt. Hiei. You will regroup with your driver at the end of the ride. Afterward, you will check into a ryokan in Kameoka. This location is a hidden gem much like
Enryaku-ji. Relax in the soothing hot springs at the end of this active day, and enjoy the quality seasonal dinner that the ryokan is proud of.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of L’Hotel de Hiei. LUNCH is shojin ryori served in a shukubo near Enryaku-ji. The meal is fully vegetarian, as expected from traditional Buddhist cuisine, and utilizes healthy ingredients such as tofu. DINNER is sukiyaki in Sumiya Kiho-an. The blend of Tamba beef and various fresh vegetables served in the stylish dining room completes the quintessential ryokan experience.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kyoto › Arashiyama › Yoshino
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Yoshino Kato Ryokan Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:30 - 10:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kameoka Station
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Sagano Romantic Train
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Sightseeing around Arashiyama
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Kaiseki lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:15 Transfer to Yoshino Station
  • 16:15 - 16:30 Take the ropeway to Shimo Senbon
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Walk around Shimo Senbon
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Hot pot dinner

Activities

Today, you will see the main highlights of the autumn colors tour - times two! In the first half, you will be taking the exciting Sagano Romantic Train from Kameoka to Arashiyama. In the so-called “truck train”, you will see fantastic views of the Hozu River and the surrounding mountains and forests, whose beauty during the season is best described as “indescribable”. Getting off at Arashiyama, you will explore its many attractions, including the world renowned bamboo grove. And of course, a delicious kaiseki lunch is in order.

In the second half, you will take the ropeway up Mt. Yoshino and gaze in marvel as the forest of momiji gets illuminated at dusk. A romantic walking trail passes by both a large wooden temple and a famous shrine, and features many light-up spots that provides an almost illusory sight after sunset. It is only fitting that your place of stay at the end of this spectacular day will be a ryokan just a few minutes away by foot. The open-air baths and large windows will provide you with even more breathtaking views of the autumnal scenery.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Sumiya Kiho-an. LUNCH is a style of kaiseki originating from Kyoto, also known as Kyo-ryori. Quality ingredients that accentuate the essence of the four seasons are used in this hotel restaurant. DINNER is a nabe course in Ryokan Kato. The chicken hot pot (tori-nabe) uses local Yamato poultry and vegetables. Boar meat hot pot (shishi-nabe) is also available.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Nara › Osaka
Breakfast / Lunch Cross Hotel Osaka Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Nara
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Nara Park
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Todai-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:15 Transfer to restaurant (Sabo Non-non)
  • 12:15 - 13:45 Yamato cuisine lunch
  • 13:45 - 14:00 Transfer to Kasuga Taisha
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Kasuga Taisha
  • 15:00 - 15:45 Transfer to Horyu-ji
  • 15:45 - 16:30 Horyu-ji
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Transfer to Osaka >> hotel check-in

Activities

Much like Kyoto on day 3, Nara is a traditional city that serves as a buffer between the all-natural setting of the previous day and the metropolis of the next. Today’s schedule brings you an exciting time with a thousand wild deer in a park, a visit to temples with impressive wooden architecture, and a walk into a grand shrine famous for its hundreds of lanterns. You will also witness the largest Buddha statue in the country. It is indeed a city of wonderful landmarks!

To complete the classic Nara experience, you will be served cha-gayu for lunch. The so-called tea porridge is a traditional food of the Yamato Province, which is what present-day Nara was called 17 centuries ago. In other words, the dish is rich in history just as it is in flavor. After your excursion in Nara, it is time for you to be reacquainted to that lively side of Japan, this time in Osaka.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Ryokan Kato. LUNCH is cha-gayu, or tea porridge, a signature dish of Nara. This traditional Yamato cuisine is served in a tea house converted from a centuries-old machiya (merchant house). DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Osaka
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> Transfer to Osaka Castle
  • 0:00 - 11:30 Osaka Castle
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Transfer to Namba
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Crab lunch (Kani Doraku)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Shopping walk at Shinsaibashi/Amerika-mura
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Transfer to Kansai International Airport >> hotel check-in, free time

Activities

The penultimate day of this trip is designed to give you ample time to prepare for your flight on the next day. As such, the schedule includes the two things Osaka is best known for: the grand Osaka Castle, and the country’s most popular crab dishes. Afterward, you will have enough time to browse for gifts and souvenirs in the city’s premier shopping area.

At the end of your adventure, you will be transferred to a new hotel near Kansai International Airport, which will be your port of exit. It is time to start packing all the good stuff you collected during your stay in Japan. And if you haven’t bought enough, there is always the Rinku Premium Outlets nearby! Have fun on your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Cross Hotel Osaka. LUNCH is a course of crab dishes in the iconic restaurant in Dotonbori. This popular eatery has traditional Japanese seating, and every variety of crab is prepared deliciously. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Osaka
Breakfast

Activities

You have completed the Japan Highlights tour! We hope that you enjoyed your trip with ILJT! On the last day, you will check out of your hotel and conduct an independent transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight back home, and see you again soon!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast

Open previous day

Estimated rates

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1 pers
  • From¥ 1,608,000 JPY

  • From$ 14,392 USD

  • From 12,793 EUR

  • From£ 11,077 GBP

  • From$ 19,237 AUD

  • From฿ 492,358 THB

  • FromRp 191,157,523 IDR

  • From¥ 1,608,000 JPY

  • From$ 14,392 USD

  • From 12,793 EUR

  • From£ 11,077 GBP

  • From$ 19,237 AUD

  • From฿ 492,358 THB

  • FromRp 191,157,523 IDR

2 pers
  • From¥ 952,000 JPY

  • From$ 8,521 USD

  • From 7,574 EUR

  • From£ 6,558 GBP

  • From$ 11,389 AUD

  • From฿ 291,495 THB

  • FromRp 113,172,862 IDR

  • From¥ 1,904,000 JPY

  • From$ 17,041 USD

  • From 15,148 EUR

  • From£ 13,116 GBP

  • From$ 22,778 AUD

  • From฿ 582,991 THB

  • FromRp 226,345,724 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 733,000 JPY

  • From$ 6,561 USD

  • From 5,832 EUR

  • From£ 5,049 GBP

  • From$ 8,769 AUD

  • From฿ 224,439 THB

  • FromRp 87,138,348 IDR

  • From¥ 2,199,000 JPY

  • From$ 19,682 USD

  • From 17,495 EUR

  • From£ 15,148 GBP

  • From$ 26,307 AUD

  • From฿ 673,318 THB

  • FromRp 261,415,045 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 624,000 JPY

  • From$ 5,585 USD

  • From 4,965 EUR

  • From£ 4,298 GBP

  • From$ 7,465 AUD

  • From฿ 191,064 THB

  • FromRp 74,180,531 IDR

  • From¥ 2,496,000 JPY

  • From$ 22,340 USD

  • From 19,858 EUR

  • From£ 17,194 GBP

  • From$ 29,860 AUD

  • From฿ 764,257 THB

  • FromRp 296,722,125 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 558,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,994 USD

  • From 4,439 EUR

  • From£ 3,844 GBP

  • From$ 6,675 AUD

  • From฿ 170,856 THB

  • FromRp 66,334,514 IDR

  • From¥ 2,790,000 JPY

  • From$ 24,971 USD

  • From 22,197 EUR

  • From£ 19,219 GBP

  • From$ 33,377 AUD

  • From฿ 854,278 THB

  • FromRp 331,672,568 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 514,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,600 USD

  • From 4,089 EUR

  • From£ 3,541 GBP

  • From$ 6,149 AUD

  • From฿ 157,383 THB

  • FromRp 61,103,835 IDR

  • From¥ 3,084,000 JPY

  • From$ 27,603 USD

  • From 24,536 EUR

  • From£ 21,244 GBP

  • From$ 36,894 AUD

  • From฿ 944,298 THB

  • FromRp 366,623,010 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 509,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,556 USD

  • From 4,050 EUR

  • From£ 3,506 GBP

  • From$ 6,089 AUD

  • From฿ 155,852 THB

  • FromRp 60,509,440 IDR

  • From¥ 3,563,000 JPY

  • From$ 31,890 USD

  • From 28,347 EUR

  • From£ 24,544 GBP

  • From$ 42,624 AUD

  • From฿ 1,090,965 THB

  • FromRp 423,566,078 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 491,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,395 USD

  • From 3,906 EUR

  • From£ 3,382 GBP

  • From$ 5,874 AUD

  • From฿ 150,341 THB

  • FromRp 58,369,617 IDR

  • From¥ 3,928,000 JPY

  • From$ 35,157 USD

  • From 31,251 EUR

  • From£ 27,058 GBP

  • From$ 46,991 AUD

  • From฿ 1,202,725 THB

  • FromRp 466,956,934 IDR

9 pers
  • From¥ 469,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,198 USD

  • From 3,731 EUR

  • From£ 3,231 GBP

  • From$ 5,611 AUD

  • From฿ 143,604 THB

  • FromRp 55,754,278 IDR

  • From¥ 4,221,000 JPY

  • From$ 37,779 USD

  • From 33,582 EUR

  • From£ 29,076 GBP

  • From$ 50,496 AUD

  • From฿ 1,292,439 THB

  • FromRp 501,788,497 IDR

10 pers
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  • From$ 4,046 USD

  • From 3,596 EUR

  • From£ 3,114 GBP

  • From$ 5,407 AUD

  • From฿ 138,399 THB

  • FromRp 53,733,334 IDR

  • From¥ 4,520,000 JPY

  • From$ 40,455 USD

  • From 35,961 EUR

  • From£ 31,136 GBP

  • From$ 54,073 AUD

  • From฿ 1,383,991 THB

  • FromRp 537,333,335 IDR

11 pers
  • From¥ 438,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,920 USD

  • From 3,485 EUR

  • From£ 3,017 GBP

  • From$ 5,240 AUD

  • From฿ 134,112 THB

  • FromRp 52,069,027 IDR

  • From¥ 4,818,000 JPY

  • From$ 43,123 USD

  • From 38,332 EUR

  • From£ 33,189 GBP

  • From$ 57,638 AUD

  • From฿ 1,475,236 THB

  • FromRp 572,759,294 IDR

12 pers
  • From¥ 426,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,813 USD

  • From 3,389 EUR

  • From£ 2,935 GBP

  • From$ 5,096 AUD

  • From฿ 130,438 THB

  • FromRp 50,642,478 IDR

  • From¥ 5,112,000 JPY

  • From$ 45,754 USD

  • From 40,671 EUR

  • From£ 35,214 GBP

  • From$ 61,155 AUD

  • From฿ 1,565,257 THB

  • FromRp 607,709,737 IDR

What is included?

Accommodation

Western hotel: 5 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 2 nights

Meals

7 breakfasts -- 6 lunches -- 4 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 6 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Tokyo - Kyoto)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 6 days

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the tour

International flights are not included in the tour price, and should be independently arranged by the traveler. This particular itinerary starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka. Please book a flight to either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), and a flight out of Kansai International Airport (KIX). It should be noted that we can arrange the included airport pickup service only if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). We recommend flights that arrive around/after noon, as you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM.
An English-speaking guide will accompany you on Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The guide will be at your service during the designated tour hours. Please note that the guide will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 5 for logistical reasons. The guide will also pick you up at the airport if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange a half-day tour on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes five nights in 3- or 4-star hotels and two nights in predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. Dinner outside of the pre-included ryokan meal is provided on Days 2 and 3. As you can only check into your hotel starting at 3 PM, in the event that your flight arrives early, we can arrange lunch on the day of arrival at an additional cost.
The tour price includes the service of a driver and a private car on every guided day. It also includes a scheduled bullet train transfer between Tokyo and Kyoto on Day 3. The driver and car will be available only during the designated tour hours, and only for the included destinations. Please note that the driver will be staying at the same hotel as you on Day 5 for logistical reasons. Airport pickup is also included if your flight arrives during working hours (between 9 AM and 5 PM, Japan time). In the event that your flight arrives early, we can extend the use of the private car for the purposes of lunch or a half-day tour at an additional cost. Please note that airport transfer for departure is not included.
All entrance tickets for destinations defined in the schedule are included in the tour price. Some tickets cannot be pre-booked, and it may be necessary for the guide to procure them on the spot. Please note that some attractions require strict compliance to pre-booked entrance times, and may void the booking if the schedule is not observed. As such, please complete your preparations to leave the hotel by the designated start time of the day.

Got questions?

Classic Koyo

| 8 days - Tokyo to Osaka -
  • From¥ 426,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,813 USD

  • From 3,389 EUR

  • From£ 2,935 GBP

  • From$ 5,096 AUD

  • From฿ 130,438 THB

  • FromRp 50,642,478 IDR

 |  Tour code: AC-01-EN

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