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Blaze Trailer 9 days Tokyo to Tokyo
Sensoji (Asakusa), the city’s oldest temple, Day 2
Tosho-gu, Nikko, World Heritage Site, Day 3
Takaragawa Onsen, the biggest open air hotspring in Kanto, Day 4
Yumomi performance, Kusatsu Onsen, Day 5
Kenroku-en garden, Kanazawa, Day 6
Historic VIllage of Shirakawa-go, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Day 7
Blaze Trailer
Travel style: Active

9 days

TokyoNikkoMinakamiKusatsu KanazawaShirakawa-goTokyo

  • From¥ 349,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,137 USD

  • From 2,613 EUR

  • From£ 2,318 GBP

  • From$ 3,895 AUD

  • From฿ 103,679 THB

  • FromRp 41,656,519 IDR

Tour code: AC-02-EN
Theme: Autumn Colors
Availability: From mid- to late October

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Overview

True adventurers are pioneers; they seek to be the first to do, and to do the lesser known. To satiate their wanderlust, we have tailored an autumn itinerary unlike any other. Our Blaze Trailer is created with two goals in mind: to string together the most pristine and untouched autumn destinations, and to deliver them earlier than any other tour in the season. The result is a unique and authentic journey that spans from one coast of Japan to another.

The meat of the adventure is the extensive route across the Japanese Alps, which will be ablaze with autumn colors in the month of October. As you follow the turning leaves into the beautiful mountain range, you will also find hidden gems such as a gigantic onsen bath, a romantic old settlement, or a hiking trail toward a waterfall. The views you get in this area are not sculpted by human hands, but molded by nature.

The tour starts with your arrival in Tokyo, where the autumn colors have yet to grace this early in the season. We have chosen to take this opportunity to instead present to you the most artificial, yet no less impressive parts of the city, thus balancing out the abundance of genuine natural settings that will follow. That completes this 9-day itinerary, an eclectic autumn package of blazing colors and hot spring resorts!

Overview

True adventurers are pioneers; they seek to be the first to do, and to do the lesser known. To satiate their wanderlust, we have tailored an autumn itinerary unlike any other. Our Blaze Trailer is created with two goals in mind: to string together the most pristine and untouched autumn destinations, and to deliver them earlier than any other tour in the season. The result is a unique and authentic journey that spans from one coast of Japan to another.

The meat of the adventure is the extensive route across the Japanese Alps, which will be ablaze with autumn colors in the month of October. As you follow the turning leaves into the beautiful mountain range, you will also find hidden gems such as a gigantic onsen bath, a romantic old settlement, or a hiking trail toward a waterfall. The views you get in this area are not sculpted by human hands, but molded by nature.

The tour starts with your arrival in Tokyo, where the autumn colors have yet to grace this early in the season. We have chosen to take this opportunity to instead present to you the most artificial, yet no less impressive parts of the city, thus balancing out the abundance of genuine natural settings that will follow. That completes this 9-day itinerary, an eclectic autumn package of blazing colors and hot spring resorts!

Highlights

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  • ...และอื่นๆอีกมาก!

Outline

Day 1 Arriving to TokyoTokyo

Arrive in Tokyo. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2 Tokyo City TourTokyo

Explore Tokyo, a major metropolis with an impressive artificial island

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3 Nikko TourNikko

Explore Nikko, a majestic blend of Japanese culture and nature

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4 Takaragawa OnsenMinakami

Relax at Takaragawa Onsen, an accommodating and beautiful hot spring resort

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5 Kusatsu & Mt. Shirane TourKusatsu

Explore Mt. Shirane and Kusatsu, where action meets recreation in style

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6 Kanazawa TourKanazawa

Explore Kanazawa, where beauty is derived from samurai legacy

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7 Shirakawa-go TourShirakawa-go

Explore Shirakawa-go, a historic village amid the autumn-colored mountains

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8 Return to TokyoTokyo

Return to Tokyo, and prepare for your flight out of Japan

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 9 Leaving JapanTokyo

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Meals included : Breakfast

Hotels

Days 1, 2: Shinagawa Seaside Hotel , Tokyo
Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside is a 3-star Western-style accommodation located in the busy Shinagawa area. Boasting great value and a brilliant night view from its large-windowed rooms, the hotel is strategically located in the heart of Tokyo, where one can easily access the many major touristy stations along the JR Yamanote Line.
Day 3: Shiunsou , Nikko
Shiunso Nikko is a Japanese-style inn located near Lake Yuno in the Oku-Nikko area. The area is well-known for its autumn colors in mid-October. The ryokan has both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, both drawing the water from the nearby Yumoto Onsen. The hot spring town is a perfect place for a morning stroll.
Day 4: Takaragawa Osenkaku , Minakami
Takaragawa Osenkaku, perhaps the number one Japanese ryokan in the hot spring town of Minakami, is most known for its world-class onsen baths, with the most spacious bath around 330 m2 large. Its variety of onsen and rustic buildings that have stood for decades complement the natural appeal of this hidden location.
Day 5: Tokinoniwa , Kusatsu
Tokinoniwa Ryokan is a luxurious Japanese-style hotel in one of the most famous onsen resorts in the country. The rooms have been remarked to be very clean and cozy, and the service exceptional. The spa and sauna facilities are excellent, and visitors are encouraged to explore the different kinds of onsen available (yu-meguri).
Day 6: HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle , Kanazawa
Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle is a 3-star Western-style lodging in the heart of Kanazawa. Located around 5 minutes from the East gate of Kanazawa Station, this newly renovated hotel has a lot to offer in terms of convenience. A flat-screen TV and complimentary yukata robe ensure that your night in this hotel is comfortable.
Day 7: Furusato , Shirakawa-go
Minshuku Furusato, which literally means “hometown inn,” is one of the several family-operated lodgings available in the area. The house is built in the gassho-zukuri style. As expected from a minshuku, the service does not rely on modern amenities that one would find in a conventional hotel, but rather on the hospitality of the host family.
Day 8: Narita View Hotel , Narita
Narita View Hotel is a 3-star hotel located very near Narita International Airport. The rooms are spacious and simple, and the amenities include restaurants with diverse culinary options, a spa, a cozy bar, and a karaoke room. Most importantly, the hotel provides free shuttle service to the airport, making it a convenient last stop before departure.

Estimated rates

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  • October

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From 2017-10-15 to 2017-10-31

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
2 pers
  • From¥ 817,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,344 USD

  • From 6,116 EUR

  • From£ 5,425 GBP

  • From$ 9,119 AUD

  • From฿ 242,709 THB

  • FromRp 97,516,837 IDR

  • From¥ 1,634,000 JPY

  • From$ 14,687 USD

  • From 12,232 EUR

  • From£ 10,851 GBP

  • From$ 18,237 AUD

  • From฿ 485,418 THB

  • FromRp 195,033,673 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 603,000 JPY

  • From$ 5,420 USD

  • From 4,514 EUR

  • From£ 4,004 GBP

  • From$ 6,730 AUD

  • From฿ 179,135 THB

  • FromRp 71,973,871 IDR

  • From¥ 1,809,000 JPY

  • From$ 16,260 USD

  • From 13,542 EUR

  • From£ 12,013 GBP

  • From$ 20,190 AUD

  • From฿ 537,406 THB

  • FromRp 215,921,612 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 497,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,467 USD

  • From 3,720 EUR

  • From£ 3,300 GBP

  • From$ 5,547 AUD

  • From฿ 147,645 THB

  • FromRp 59,321,748 IDR

  • From¥ 1,988,000 JPY

  • From$ 17,869 USD

  • From 14,882 EUR

  • From£ 13,201 GBP

  • From$ 22,188 AUD

  • From฿ 590,582 THB

  • FromRp 237,286,990 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 433,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,892 USD

  • From 3,241 EUR

  • From£ 2,875 GBP

  • From$ 4,833 AUD

  • From฿ 128,633 THB

  • FromRp 51,682,730 IDR

  • From¥ 2,165,000 JPY

  • From$ 19,460 USD

  • From 16,207 EUR

  • From£ 14,377 GBP

  • From$ 24,164 AUD

  • From฿ 643,164 THB

  • FromRp 258,413,649 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 390,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,506 USD

  • From 2,919 EUR

  • From£ 2,590 GBP

  • From$ 4,353 AUD

  • From฿ 115,859 THB

  • FromRp 46,550,265 IDR

  • From¥ 2,340,000 JPY

  • From$ 21,033 USD

  • From 17,517 EUR

  • From£ 15,539 GBP

  • From$ 26,117 AUD

  • From฿ 695,152 THB

  • FromRp 279,301,588 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 374,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,362 USD

  • From 2,800 EUR

  • From£ 2,484 GBP

  • From$ 4,174 AUD

  • From฿ 111,105 THB

  • FromRp 44,640,510 IDR

  • From¥ 2,618,000 JPY

  • From$ 23,532 USD

  • From 19,598 EUR

  • From£ 17,385 GBP

  • From$ 29,220 AUD

  • From฿ 777,738 THB

  • FromRp 312,483,572 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 349,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,137 USD

  • From 2,613 EUR

  • From£ 2,318 GBP

  • From$ 3,895 AUD

  • From฿ 103,679 THB

  • FromRp 41,656,519 IDR

  • From¥ 2,792,000 JPY

  • From$ 25,096 USD

  • From 20,900 EUR

  • From£ 18,540 GBP

  • From$ 31,162 AUD

  • From฿ 829,429 THB

  • FromRp 333,252,151 IDR

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 4 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 3 nights -- Local minshuku: 1 night

Meals

8 breakfasts -- 7 lunches -- 4 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private cars: 7 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Kanazawa - Tokyo)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 7 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 and ends in Tokyo. Please book flights to/from either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND). 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, 7, and 8. 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 Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 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 four nights in 3- or 4-star hotels, three nights in predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns), and one night in a minshuku (family guesthouse). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan and minshuku unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. 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 Kanazawa and Tokyo on Day 8. 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 Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 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.
Shinagawa Seaside Hotel 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 Shinagawa Seaside Hotel Western

Day 2 Tokyo City Tour

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Ningyo-cho
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Steak kaiseki lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Tokyo Sumidagawa Cruise
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Sightseeing at Odaiba
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Toyota Mega Web
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Board the Yurikamome Train toward Shimbashi
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Drive around Marunouchi/Otemachi and the Imperial Palace
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Return to hotel

Activities

The appetizer to this tour is the great city of Tokyo. Like the sweets before the bitter matcha in the Japanese art of tea ceremony, the day is designed to offset the overabundance of nature in the next days by offering you a stunning array of man-made attractions. Starting the morning at Asakusa, known for its iconic temple gate and majestic 634-meter tower, you will take a cruise boat down to the artificial island of Odaiba.

Odaiba has it all - a Statue of Liberty replica, the Rainbow Bridge, a futuristic TV station HQ, a Toyota showroom, and even a fully automatic monorail to take you back to the heart of Tokyo. Overall, you will experience the cutting-edge side of Japan. At the end of the day, you will have a pleasant drive around the Imperial Palace before returning to your hotel.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is a steak kaiseki course of high-quality kuroge wagyu beef. The restaurant, established in 1952, puts particular emphasis in selecting and processing its own meat. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Shiunsou Japanese

Day 3 Nikko Tour

 Nikko

Activities

Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you will head to one of Japan’s most beautiful destinations in Tochigi Prefecture. The first half of the day will be used to visit the premier World Heritage Site in Nikko, whereas the second half will bring you to the picturesque nature deep in Nikko’s wilderness. You will appreciate the seamless transition from a lavish temple of a great samurai clan to an unadulterated lakeside landscape of autumn leaves as you slowly move toward the northwest. Indeed, Nikko is the epitome of harmony between human culture and Mother Earth.

We understand the catharsis in being attuned to nature, and our choice of food and lodging further emphasizes this aspect of the day. For lunch, you will be served quality vegetarian meal made from natural ingredients. And your place of stay for the night is a lakeside ryokan just a few minutes’ walk away from the majestic Kegon falls, which you may want to revisit for an early morning jog. We encourage you to enjoy the beauty Nikko your way!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is shojin ryori served in a restaurant near Tosho-gu. The meal is fully vegetarian, as expected from traditional Buddhist cuisine, and utilizes healthy ingredients such as tofu. DINNER is a kaiseki course served in Shiunso Nikko. The menu employs seasonal ingredients, spring water from Hakone Tonosawa, and fresh home-made soba.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Takaragawa Osenkaku Japanese

Day 4 Takaragawa Onsen

 Minakami

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 13:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Minakami
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Local harvest lunch
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sumibi ryori dinner

Activities

They say that it is not the destination, but the journey that matters. We say it’s both! Checking out of Nikko in the morning, you will go on a 3-hour drive to a spectacular hidden onsen resort in Gunma Prefecture. On the way, you will be making periodic stops to stretch and enjoy the best momiji spots along the river. The serene view outside the window makes even the long drive toward the destination a pleasant one.

Arriving at Takaragawa Onsen, you will feast on a delicious lunch of local mountain harvest. After checking in, the rest of the day can be spent the way you want it. There are a variety of onsen baths that you can enjoy, both indoor and outdoor, separate and mixed-gender, and they are all very spacious. You can also take a walk along the creek to enjoy the mountain scenery -- who knows what you might find!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Shiunso Nikko. LUNCH is a washoku set served in the annex building of Takaragawa Osenkaku. The simple menus, including soba, udon, and steamed rice, utilize local mountain harvest. DINNER is sumibi ryori served in the main restaurant of Takaragawa Osenkaku, which are decorated with bamboo pillars. Most of the dishes are prepared using charcoal grill.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Tokinoniwa Japanese

Day 5 Kusatsu & Mt. Shirane Tour

 Kusatsu

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 12:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kusatsu
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Washoku lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Mt. Shirane
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Mt. Shirane (via ropeway)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer back to Kusatsu
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Ryokan check-in
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Sightseeing around Kusatsu
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Seasonal kaiseki dinner

Activities

Going deeper into Gunma prefecture, you will be exploring hot spring town of Kusatsu, known in Japan for the high quality of its water. Today is an exotic adventure in many senses. Taking the ropeway up Mt. Shirane, you will enjoy a pleasant hike to a nearby pond with patches of autumn colors around you. After the exercise, you will explore the onsen town in the afternoon. You will be wearing yukata and experiencing local Japanese life, including watching a yumomi performance and visiting the hot water field.

The water cooled via the yumomi custom will be available in your ryokan to bathe in. Enjoy a dip in the renowned water of Kusatsu Onsen, whose acidic nature gives it superb antibacterial properties. Reward yourself at the end of the active day with the relaxing atmosphere of the establishment, and savor the seasonal kaiseki dinner prepared in the ryokan.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Takaragawa Osenkaku. LUNCH is a healthy meal of soba in Kusatsu. Both hot and cold buckwheat noodles are served with various toppings, the most popular of which is maitake mushrooms. DINNER is a kaiseki course served in Tokinoniwa Ryokan. The ryokan prides itself in its large selection of menu that changes every month to match the season.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

Day 6 Kanazawa Tour

 Kanazawa

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Joetsu
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Kaisen-don lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Transfer to Kanazawa
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

Three days have passed since leaving the big city of Tokyo -- three days spent exploring the vast expanse of nature in the heart of Honshu. Today you will finally reach the other side of the island. You will be going on a drive on a highway that runs along the coast of the Sea of Japan. Your destination, Kanazawa, is where you will be reacquainted to the samurai culture that you have been introduced to during your excursion to Nikko.

Explore the great Kanazawa Castle, built by the wealthiest daimyo of feudal Japan, and Kenroku-en, a glorious attempt in capturing the beauty of nature. Late in October, in one of the most beautiful landscape gardens in the country, you will bear witness to the descent of autumn colors in the coastal city. As the day comes to a close, you will once again be staying in a modern hotel in a big city.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Tokinoniwa Ryokan. LUNCH is kaisen-don in Joetsu. The restaurant prides itself in its large portion -- the bowl of vinegared rice is completely covered by copious amounts of fresh seafood. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Furusato Japanese

Day 7 Shirakawa-go Tour

 Shirakawa-go

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hakusan
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Drive through Hakusan White Road toward Shirakawa-go
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Hida beef lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Historic Village of Shirakawa-go
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Minshuku check-in >> free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Home-made dinner

Activities

After the brief intermission in Kanazawa, once again you will be taken to the mountainous part of Japan, this time to the old settlement in Gifu Prefecture. Another adventure awaits as you drive through the scenic White Road. You will stop at a couple points to admire the chain of waterfalls along the road, and even make a short hike toward one of them. Naturally, the slopes around you will be impressively dyed in many shades of autumn colors.

Your destination, Shirakawa-go, is a peaceful village of tremendous history. You will observe the traditional lifestyle around the farmhouses, which feature an antiquated style of architecture. You will enjoy a serving of the local beef prepared on a magnolia leaf. To top it all off, you will be staying in a local family guesthouse called a minshuku. Amid the red leaves of the surrounding mountains, enjoy a peaceful stay in a peaceful village.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle. LUNCH is a Hida beef set served in Shirakawa-go. The Hida beef in miso can be cooked to the tenderness that you prefer. The restaurant itself is a quaint gassho-zukuri house. DINNER is home-made cooking served in Minshuku Furusato.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast / Lunch Narita View Hotel Western

Day 8 Return to Tokyo

 Tokyo

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Minshuku check-out >> transfer to Kanazawa
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Transfer to Tokyo by shinkansen
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Tsukiji
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Sushi lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Transfer to Shinagawa/Chiba >> hotel check-in

Activities

The apex of the tour is over; it is time to return to Tokyo. Checking out of the minshuku, you will once again be brought to Kanazawa to board the bullet train back to Tokyo.

After a great sushi lunch in Tsukiji Fish Market, you will check into a hotel in either Shinagawa or Chiba, from where it will be easy to access public transportation to the airport of your choice. Prepare for your flight tomorrow, and enjoy your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is home-made cooking served in Minshuku Furusato. LUNCH is a sushi set served in Tsukiji Fish Market. The fatty tuna and various other ingredients are superbly fresh, and the itamae prepares them with utmost care and mastery. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast

Day 9 Leaving Japan

 Tokyo

Activities

You have completed the Blaze Trailer 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 Narita View Hotel. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast
 Tokyo
Shinagawa Seaside Hotel 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 Shinagawa Seaside Hotel Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Ningyo-cho
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Steak kaiseki lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Tokyo Sumidagawa Cruise
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Sightseeing at Odaiba
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Toyota Mega Web
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Board the Yurikamome Train toward Shimbashi
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Drive around Marunouchi/Otemachi and the Imperial Palace
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Return to hotel

Activities

The appetizer to this tour is the great city of Tokyo. Like the sweets before the bitter matcha in the Japanese art of tea ceremony, the day is designed to offset the overabundance of nature in the next days by offering you a stunning array of man-made attractions. Starting the morning at Asakusa, known for its iconic temple gate and majestic 634-meter tower, you will take a cruise boat down to the artificial island of Odaiba.

Odaiba has it all - a Statue of Liberty replica, the Rainbow Bridge, a futuristic TV station HQ, a Toyota showroom, and even a fully automatic monorail to take you back to the heart of Tokyo. Overall, you will experience the cutting-edge side of Japan. At the end of the day, you will have a pleasant drive around the Imperial Palace before returning to your hotel.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is a steak kaiseki course of high-quality kuroge wagyu beef. The restaurant, established in 1952, puts particular emphasis in selecting and processing its own meat. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Nikko
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Shiunsou Japanese

Activities

Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you will head to one of Japan’s most beautiful destinations in Tochigi Prefecture. The first half of the day will be used to visit the premier World Heritage Site in Nikko, whereas the second half will bring you to the picturesque nature deep in Nikko’s wilderness. You will appreciate the seamless transition from a lavish temple of a great samurai clan to an unadulterated lakeside landscape of autumn leaves as you slowly move toward the northwest. Indeed, Nikko is the epitome of harmony between human culture and Mother Earth.

We understand the catharsis in being attuned to nature, and our choice of food and lodging further emphasizes this aspect of the day. For lunch, you will be served quality vegetarian meal made from natural ingredients. And your place of stay for the night is a lakeside ryokan just a few minutes’ walk away from the majestic Kegon falls, which you may want to revisit for an early morning jog. We encourage you to enjoy the beauty Nikko your way!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside. LUNCH is shojin ryori served in a restaurant near Tosho-gu. The meal is fully vegetarian, as expected from traditional Buddhist cuisine, and utilizes healthy ingredients such as tofu. DINNER is a kaiseki course served in Shiunso Nikko. The menu employs seasonal ingredients, spring water from Hakone Tonosawa, and fresh home-made soba.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Minakami
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Takaragawa Osenkaku Japanese

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 13:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Minakami
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Local harvest lunch
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sumibi ryori dinner

Activities

They say that it is not the destination, but the journey that matters. We say it’s both! Checking out of Nikko in the morning, you will go on a 3-hour drive to a spectacular hidden onsen resort in Gunma Prefecture. On the way, you will be making periodic stops to stretch and enjoy the best momiji spots along the river. The serene view outside the window makes even the long drive toward the destination a pleasant one.

Arriving at Takaragawa Onsen, you will feast on a delicious lunch of local mountain harvest. After checking in, the rest of the day can be spent the way you want it. There are a variety of onsen baths that you can enjoy, both indoor and outdoor, separate and mixed-gender, and they are all very spacious. You can also take a walk along the creek to enjoy the mountain scenery -- who knows what you might find!

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Shiunso Nikko. LUNCH is a washoku set served in the annex building of Takaragawa Osenkaku. The simple menus, including soba, udon, and steamed rice, utilize local mountain harvest. DINNER is sumibi ryori served in the main restaurant of Takaragawa Osenkaku, which are decorated with bamboo pillars. Most of the dishes are prepared using charcoal grill.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kusatsu
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Tokinoniwa Japanese

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 12:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kusatsu
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Washoku lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Mt. Shirane
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Mt. Shirane (via ropeway)
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Transfer back to Kusatsu
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Ryokan check-in
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Sightseeing around Kusatsu
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Seasonal kaiseki dinner

Activities

Going deeper into Gunma prefecture, you will be exploring hot spring town of Kusatsu, known in Japan for the high quality of its water. Today is an exotic adventure in many senses. Taking the ropeway up Mt. Shirane, you will enjoy a pleasant hike to a nearby pond with patches of autumn colors around you. After the exercise, you will explore the onsen town in the afternoon. You will be wearing yukata and experiencing local Japanese life, including watching a yumomi performance and visiting the hot water field.

The water cooled via the yumomi custom will be available in your ryokan to bathe in. Enjoy a dip in the renowned water of Kusatsu Onsen, whose acidic nature gives it superb antibacterial properties. Reward yourself at the end of the active day with the relaxing atmosphere of the establishment, and savor the seasonal kaiseki dinner prepared in the ryokan.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Takaragawa Osenkaku. LUNCH is a healthy meal of soba in Kusatsu. Both hot and cold buckwheat noodles are served with various toppings, the most popular of which is maitake mushrooms. DINNER is a kaiseki course served in Tokinoniwa Ryokan. The ryokan prides itself in its large selection of menu that changes every month to match the season.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Kanazawa
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Joetsu
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Kaisen-don lunch
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Transfer to Kanazawa
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Transfer to hotel >> check-in

Activities

Three days have passed since leaving the big city of Tokyo -- three days spent exploring the vast expanse of nature in the heart of Honshu. Today you will finally reach the other side of the island. You will be going on a drive on a highway that runs along the coast of the Sea of Japan. Your destination, Kanazawa, is where you will be reacquainted to the samurai culture that you have been introduced to during your excursion to Nikko.

Explore the great Kanazawa Castle, built by the wealthiest daimyo of feudal Japan, and Kenroku-en, a glorious attempt in capturing the beauty of nature. Late in October, in one of the most beautiful landscape gardens in the country, you will bear witness to the descent of autumn colors in the coastal city. As the day comes to a close, you will once again be staying in a modern hotel in a big city.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Japanese-style breakfast set served in Tokinoniwa Ryokan. LUNCH is kaisen-don in Joetsu. The restaurant prides itself in its large portion -- the bowl of vinegared rice is completely covered by copious amounts of fresh seafood. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Shirakawa-go
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Furusato Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hakusan
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Drive through Hakusan White Road toward Shirakawa-go
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Hida beef lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Historic Village of Shirakawa-go
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Minshuku check-in >> free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Home-made dinner

Activities

After the brief intermission in Kanazawa, once again you will be taken to the mountainous part of Japan, this time to the old settlement in Gifu Prefecture. Another adventure awaits as you drive through the scenic White Road. You will stop at a couple points to admire the chain of waterfalls along the road, and even make a short hike toward one of them. Naturally, the slopes around you will be impressively dyed in many shades of autumn colors.

Your destination, Shirakawa-go, is a peaceful village of tremendous history. You will observe the traditional lifestyle around the farmhouses, which feature an antiquated style of architecture. You will enjoy a serving of the local beef prepared on a magnolia leaf. To top it all off, you will be staying in a local family guesthouse called a minshuku. Amid the red leaves of the surrounding mountains, enjoy a peaceful stay in a peaceful village.

Meals

BREAKFAST is a Western-style buffet served in the restaurant of Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle. LUNCH is a Hida beef set served in Shirakawa-go. The Hida beef in miso can be cooked to the tenderness that you prefer. The restaurant itself is a quaint gassho-zukuri house. DINNER is home-made cooking served in Minshuku Furusato.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Open previous day

 Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch Narita View Hotel Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Minshuku check-out >> transfer to Kanazawa
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Transfer to Tokyo by shinkansen
  • 13:30 - 14:00 Transfer to Tsukiji
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Sushi lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Transfer to Shinagawa/Chiba >> hotel check-in

Activities

The apex of the tour is over; it is time to return to Tokyo. Checking out of the minshuku, you will once again be brought to Kanazawa to board the bullet train back to Tokyo.

After a great sushi lunch in Tsukiji Fish Market, you will check into a hotel in either Shinagawa or Chiba, from where it will be easy to access public transportation to the airport of your choice. Prepare for your flight tomorrow, and enjoy your last night in Japan!

Meals

BREAKFAST is home-made cooking served in Minshuku Furusato. LUNCH is a sushi set served in Tsukiji Fish Market. The fatty tuna and various other ingredients are superbly fresh, and the itamae prepares them with utmost care and mastery. DINNER is not included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Open previous day

 Tokyo
Breakfast

Activities

You have completed the Blaze Trailer 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 Narita View Hotel. LUNCH and DINNER are not included.
Meals: Breakfast

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Estimated rates

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  • October

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From 2017-10-15 to 2017-10-31

Size of your group Price per person Price per group
2 pers
  • From¥ 817,000 JPY

  • From$ 7,344 USD

  • From 6,116 EUR

  • From£ 5,425 GBP

  • From$ 9,119 AUD

  • From฿ 242,709 THB

  • FromRp 97,516,837 IDR

  • From¥ 1,634,000 JPY

  • From$ 14,687 USD

  • From 12,232 EUR

  • From£ 10,851 GBP

  • From$ 18,237 AUD

  • From฿ 485,418 THB

  • FromRp 195,033,673 IDR

3 pers
  • From¥ 603,000 JPY

  • From$ 5,420 USD

  • From 4,514 EUR

  • From£ 4,004 GBP

  • From$ 6,730 AUD

  • From฿ 179,135 THB

  • FromRp 71,973,871 IDR

  • From¥ 1,809,000 JPY

  • From$ 16,260 USD

  • From 13,542 EUR

  • From£ 12,013 GBP

  • From$ 20,190 AUD

  • From฿ 537,406 THB

  • FromRp 215,921,612 IDR

4 pers
  • From¥ 497,000 JPY

  • From$ 4,467 USD

  • From 3,720 EUR

  • From£ 3,300 GBP

  • From$ 5,547 AUD

  • From฿ 147,645 THB

  • FromRp 59,321,748 IDR

  • From¥ 1,988,000 JPY

  • From$ 17,869 USD

  • From 14,882 EUR

  • From£ 13,201 GBP

  • From$ 22,188 AUD

  • From฿ 590,582 THB

  • FromRp 237,286,990 IDR

5 pers
  • From¥ 433,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,892 USD

  • From 3,241 EUR

  • From£ 2,875 GBP

  • From$ 4,833 AUD

  • From฿ 128,633 THB

  • FromRp 51,682,730 IDR

  • From¥ 2,165,000 JPY

  • From$ 19,460 USD

  • From 16,207 EUR

  • From£ 14,377 GBP

  • From$ 24,164 AUD

  • From฿ 643,164 THB

  • FromRp 258,413,649 IDR

6 pers
  • From¥ 390,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,506 USD

  • From 2,919 EUR

  • From£ 2,590 GBP

  • From$ 4,353 AUD

  • From฿ 115,859 THB

  • FromRp 46,550,265 IDR

  • From¥ 2,340,000 JPY

  • From$ 21,033 USD

  • From 17,517 EUR

  • From£ 15,539 GBP

  • From$ 26,117 AUD

  • From฿ 695,152 THB

  • FromRp 279,301,588 IDR

7 pers
  • From¥ 374,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,362 USD

  • From 2,800 EUR

  • From£ 2,484 GBP

  • From$ 4,174 AUD

  • From฿ 111,105 THB

  • FromRp 44,640,510 IDR

  • From¥ 2,618,000 JPY

  • From$ 23,532 USD

  • From 19,598 EUR

  • From£ 17,385 GBP

  • From$ 29,220 AUD

  • From฿ 777,738 THB

  • FromRp 312,483,572 IDR

8 pers
  • From¥ 349,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,137 USD

  • From 2,613 EUR

  • From£ 2,318 GBP

  • From$ 3,895 AUD

  • From฿ 103,679 THB

  • FromRp 41,656,519 IDR

  • From¥ 2,792,000 JPY

  • From$ 25,096 USD

  • From 20,900 EUR

  • From£ 18,540 GBP

  • From$ 31,162 AUD

  • From฿ 829,429 THB

  • FromRp 333,252,151 IDR

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 4 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 3 nights -- Local minshuku: 1 night

Meals

8 breakfasts -- 7 lunches -- 4 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private cars: 7 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Kanazawa - Tokyo)

Tour guide

Airport transfer: 1 day -- Guided tours: 7 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 and ends in Tokyo. Please book flights to/from either Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND). 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, 7, and 8. 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 Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 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 four nights in 3- or 4-star hotels, three nights in predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns), and one night in a minshuku (family guesthouse). Breakfast is included for each night’s stay in a hotel, whereas both dinner and breakfast are included for every night in a ryokan and minshuku unless otherwise specified in the itinerary. Lunch is provided on every guided day, but not on days of arrival or departure. 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 Kanazawa and Tokyo on Day 8. 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 Days 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 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.

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Blaze Trailer

| 9 days - Tokyo to Tokyo -
  • From¥ 349,000 JPY

  • From$ 3,137 USD

  • From 2,613 EUR

  • From£ 2,318 GBP

  • From$ 3,895 AUD

  • From฿ 103,679 THB

  • FromRp 41,656,519 IDR

 |  Tour code: AC-02-EN

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