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The Zen temple of Tenryu-ji, surrounded by the beauty of Arashiyama

Hiking up Daimon-zaka, surrounded by nature

The roaring Nachi Falls behind the Seiganto-ji pagoda

A classy ryokan in Yunohana onsen, Kameoka

Sacred Autumn

7 days

OsakaShirahamaKumano KodoNachikatsuuraNachi FallsTotsukawaKoyasan (Mt. Koya)NaraKyotoArashiyamaKameokaArashiyamaKyotoOsaka

A cozy ryokan overlooking Nachi Bay

Seasonal kaiseki with a seasonal view outside your window

Shukubo (temple lodging), a spiritual way to spend the night

Old merchant shops lining the slopes of Higashiyama

A resort hotel by the white sands of Shirahama
Entering the grand shrine, Kumano Hongu Taisha
A cozy ryokan overlooking Nachi Bay
Hiking up Daimon-zaka, surrounded by nature
The roaring Nachi Falls behind the Seiganto-ji pagoda
The mystical atmosphere along Okuno-in's cemetery trail
Shukubo (temple lodging), a spiritual way to spend the night
Morning rituals in the temple
The autumn colors of Koya-san
The famous wild deer of Nara Park
A traditional Japanese ryokan in Nara
Old merchant shops lining the slopes of Higashiyama
The beautiful gardens of Kodai-ji temple, with a hint of autumn
A classy ryokan in Yunohana onsen, Kameoka
Hozu River Boat Ride, Kameoka, Day 6
Seasonal kaiseki with a seasonal view outside your window
The iconic facade of the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji
The Zen temple of Tenryu-ji, surrounded by the beauty of Arashiyama
Tour code: AC-03-EN
Sacred Autumn
Travel style: Boutique

7 days

OsakaShirahamaKumano KodoNachikatsuuraNachi FallsTotsukawaKoyasan (Mt. Koya)NaraKyotoArashiyamaKameokaArashiyamaKyotoOsaka

Theme: Autumn Colors
Availability: From November 1 to 20

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    • From$ 6,974 13,948 USD

    • From 6,107 12,214 EUR

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    • From฿ 230,390 460,780 THB

    • FromRp 101,752,336 203,504,671 IDR

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    • From$ 5,219 15,658 USD

    • From 4,570 13,711 EUR

    • From£ 4,089 12,268 GBP

    • From$ 7,144 21,431 AUD

    • From฿ 172,419 517,257 THB

    • FromRp 76,149,284 228,447,851 IDR

    • From¥ 480,000 1,920,000 JPY

    • From$ 4,342 17,367 USD

    • From 3,802 15,208 EUR

    • From£ 3,402 13,608 GBP

    • From$ 5,943 23,771 AUD

    • From฿ 143,434 573,734 THB

    • FromRp 63,347,758 253,391,030 IDR

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Overview

The spiritual pursuits of the court nobles of the Heian period are traditions with a long-lasting legacy that is still celebrated in modern Japan. The hunt for autumn colors (momiji-gari) and the pilgrimage to the holy sites of Kumano are both such traditions -- and we have packaged them into a great itinerary, Sacred Autumn, to deliver you a sublime experience. Attune yourself to nature, and achieve transcendence.

This itinerary emphasizes the wonders of nature that surround the heart of Japanese culture and faith. The colorful foliage of fall will accompany you as you journey deep into the sacred sites along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and Koya-san, starting with a grand Shinto shrine and finishing with a great Buddhist temple, with a mixture of both in-between. Upon completion of the route, you will continue your journey in Nara and Kyoto, both significant sites with remarkable natural beauty.

Due to the focus on an authentic spiritual experience, many of the attractions in this tour have a religious theme. One of the highlights is a stay in a temple lodging (shukubo) in the mountains of Wakayama. The itinerary also covers several unique activities, such as sutra copying and tea ceremony, as well as direct interaction with local fauna. If you are a fan of Japanese culture, natural scenery, and wildlife, this autumn adventure is meant for you!

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Overview

The spiritual pursuits of the court nobles of the Heian period are traditions with a long-lasting legacy that is still celebrated in modern Japan. The hunt for autumn colors (momiji-gari) and the pilgrimage to the holy sites of Kumano are both such traditions -- and we have packaged them into a great itinerary, Sacred Autumn, to deliver you a sublime experience. Attune yourself to nature, and achieve transcendence.

This itinerary emphasizes the wonders of nature that surround the heart of Japanese culture and faith. The colorful foliage of fall will accompany you as you journey deep into the sacred sites along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and Koya-san, starting with a grand Shinto shrine and finishing with a great Buddhist temple, with a mixture of both in-between. Upon completion of the route, you will continue your journey in Nara and Kyoto, both significant sites with remarkable natural beauty.

Due to the focus on an authentic spiritual experience, many of the attractions in this tour have a religious theme. One of the highlights is a stay in a temple lodging (shukubo) in the mountains of Wakayama. The itinerary also covers several unique activities, such as sutra copying and tea ceremony, as well as direct interaction with local fauna. If you are a fan of Japanese culture, natural scenery, and wildlife, this autumn adventure is meant for you!

Highlights

Outline

Day 1: Arrival in Osaka and transfer to ShirahamaOsaka › Shirahama

Arrive in Osaka and transfer to Nanki Shirahama. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2: Kumano Kodo Part 1Kumano Kodo › Nachikatsuura

Explore Hongu Taisha and Hayatama Taisha, two of Kumano's three important shrines

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Kumano Kodo Part 2 and Koya-sanNachi Falls › Totsukawa › Koyasan (Mt. Koya)

Explore Kumano Kodo and Koya-san, hiking up to a waterfall and a mystical cemetery

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Koya-san and Nara TourKoyasan (Mt. Koya) › Nara

Explore more of Koya-san and Nara, where autumn beauty meets Buddhism

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5: Kyoto and Arashiyama Part 1Kyoto › Arashiyama › Kameoka

Explore Kyoto, with its prominent landmarks and authentic atmosphere

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6: Kyoto and Arashiyama Part 2Arashiyama › Kyoto › Osaka

Explore Arashiyama, a popular autumn destination of unmatched beauty

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 7: Leaving JapanOsaka

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Meals included : Breakfast

Hotels

What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 2 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 3 nights -- Temple lodging: 1 night

Meals

6 breakfasts -- 5 lunches -- 4 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 5 days

Tour guide

Airport pickup -- Guided tour: 5 days

Included activities

Tickets for attractions and rides as defined in the itinerary, where necessary

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 Osaka. Please book flights to/from 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 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. 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 1, 2, 3, 4, and 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 two nights in 4- and 5-star Western-style hotel, three nights in predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns), and one night in a shukubo (temple lodging). 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 shukubo 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. 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 1, 2, 3, 4, and 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.

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Day 1: Arrival in Osaka and transfer to Shirahama

  Osaka › Shirahama
Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel Western

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at Kansai International Airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. Afterward, a private coach will take you straight to your hotel in Shirahama, a beautiful beach resort in Wakayama. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves.

Day 2: Kumano Kodo Part 1

  Kumano Kodo › Nachikatsuura
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Katsuura Gyoen Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hongu Taisha
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Kumano Hongu Taisha
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Transfer to Hayatama Shrine
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Hayatama Shrine
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to Nachikatsuura
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Kaiseki dinner

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Maguro (tuna) cuisine, prepared in Western- and Japanese-styles
Dinner
Local kaiseki course in the ryokan

Activities

Today, you will explore two of the three holy sites of Kumano Sanzan. The first is Hongu Taisha, a Shinto grand shrine which serves as the center of the ancient pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo. The largest torii gate in the world at 33 meters tall was erected on this location, and it marks your initiation into the wonderful spiritual world of the Kii Peninsula.

After lunch, you will visit the second shrine, Hayatama Taisha. Deities are said to have descended upon the earth on a sacred rock near this shrine. The treasure hall also houses religious artifacts from millennia ago, as well as an ancient nagi tree believed to have been planted by the Taira clan in the 12th century. After visiting the two holy sites, you will check into a cozy ryokan overlooking Nachi Bay.

Day 3: Kumano Kodo Part 2 and Koya-san

  Nachi Falls › Totsukawa › Koyasan (Mt. Koya)
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Fukuchi-in Temple

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 09:15 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Daimon-zaka
  • 09:15 - 10:00 Hike up Daimon-zaka
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi Falls
  • 11:30 - 13:15 Transfer to Totsukawa
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Soba lunch
  • 14:45 - 16:15 Transfer to Koya-san
  • 16:15 - 18:00 Okuno-in
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Transfer to temple >> check-in
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Shojin ryori dinner

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Local soba, with different variations such as one topped with egg and sweetened dry plum
Dinner
Shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine served in the temple

Activities

Today is your opportunity to experience the famous hiking experience in Kumano Kodo. You will check out of your ryokan and, after driving up to a certain point, you will be going on a pleasant trek among the old cedar trees of Nachi to reach the last of the three sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines. The shrine complex, which incorporates both Buddhist and Shinto elements in an example of syncretism, includes the temple of Seiganto-ji. Visible next to its three-story pagoda is the tallest waterfall in Japan, roaring down at 133 meters of height and 13 meters of width. This iconic view is the reward for the court nobles who went through the arduous journey to reach this site in days of yore, and for you who followed their trail in the present.

Upon completing your pilgrimage to the sacred ternion of Kumano, you will head north to Totsukawa, the largest village in Japan. This is where you will have your lunch, surrounded by scenic mountain views. Afterward, you will continue your journey to the temple town of Koya-san, the center of a major sect of Japanese Buddhism, Shingon-shu. Immediately upon arrival, you will have another exciting walk at Okuno-in. Being the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, this site exudes a mystical atmosphere. The trail along the cemetery is particularly scenic at dusk. At the end of the day, you will check into your shukubo (temple lodging) and enjoy a Buddhist dinner.

Day 4: Koya-san and Nara Tour

  Koyasan (Mt. Koya) › Nara
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Wakasa Bettei Japanese

Schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Morning rituals
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Shukubo check-out >> transfer to Garan Complex
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Garan Complex and Kongobu-ji
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Daishi Kyokai (shakyo)
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Transfer to Nara
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Cha-gayu lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Todaiji
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Nara Park
  • 17:30 - 17:45 Transfer to ryokan
  • 17:45 - 19:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Kaiseki dinner

Meals

Breakfast
Vegetarian breakfast in the temple
Lunch
Cha-gayu, a traditional Nara-style tea porridge
Dinner
Kaiseki course in the ryokan

Activities

As part of the shukubo experience, you are encouraged to take part in the morning rituals of the temple. You will then have your breakfast in the temple and check out. This morning you will explore the main temple complex and the head temple of Shingon-shu, Kongobu-ji, which are renowned for its beautiful autumn colors. Before leaving Koya-san, you will partake in an activity called shakyo (copying sutra). Trace the kanji on the paper and complete your own Buddhist scripture -- you can take it home with you as a memento of your spiritual journey!

Afterward, you will leave the mountains and drive to Nara, a city which served as the religious center and the capital city of Japan during the eponymous period in the 8th century. Enjoy the traditional tea porridge cuisine, interact with wild deer among the maple trees in Nara Park, and witness the country’s largest statue of Buddha in Todai-ji. In the afternoon you will check into your ryokan in Nara, just a few minutes away from Nara Park.

Day 5: Kyoto and Arashiyama Part 1

  Kyoto › Arashiyama › Kameoka
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Sumiya Kiho-an Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kyoto
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Higashiyama (tea ceremony)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Kodai-ji
  • 13:00 - 13:15 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Lunch
  • 14:45 - 15:15 Transfer to Arashiyama
  • 15:15 - 16:30 Iwatayama Monkey Park
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Sightseeing around Arashiyama (rickshaw ride)
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Transfer to Kameoka >> ryokan check-in
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sukiyaki dinner

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style breakfast set
Lunch
Kyoto-style kaiseki set, also known as Kyo-ryori
Dinner
Sukiyaki, a hot pot-esque dish featuring Tamba beef

Activities

Having completed your pilgrimage on Kumano Kodo, today you will celebrate the beauty of Japanese culture and nature in Kyoto and Arashiyama. Your first destination is Higashiyama, an old-town district with many old Japanese-style buildings and revered temples. Among these is Kodai-ji, which boasts superb views of autumn colors within its gardens. You will also experience the famous tea ceremony in Higashiyama for an authentic taste of Japanese culture.

After lunch, you will visit Arashiyama. This mountainous region is known for its sublime scenery. The wildlife in Iwatayama Monkey Park await your visit, and after that a rickshaw ride reminiscent of the old Meiji days will take you around Arashiyama’s most inspiring sights, including the famous bamboo groves. At the end of this exciting day, you will be transferred to your ryokan in a quiet location in Kameoka. Feast on a delightful dinner, take a relaxing hot spring bath, and enjoy a well-earned rest.

Day 6: Kyoto and Arashiyama Part 2

  Arashiyama › Kyoto › Osaka
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport Western

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Boat Ride Boarding Site
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Hozu River Boat Ride
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Tenryu-ji
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Ryoan-ji
  • 15:00 - 16:15 Ryoan-ji
  • 16:15 - 17:00 Kinkaku-ji
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Transfer to Kansai Airport

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style buffet
Lunch
Quality Kyo-ryori in a hotel restaurant by Hozu-gawa

Activities

To continue with your appreciation of Japanese nature, you will start the day with an exhilarating boat ride down the Hozu River. Surrounding the ravine are mountains and rocks of indescribable beauty, hued with the picturesque autumn colors. Your two-hour journey down the stream will bring you back to Arashiyama. After the exciting adventure, enjoy a course of delicious dishes in a restaurant by the river.

The Zen temples of Kyoto are exceptional examples of a meld between spiritual tranquility and natural beauty, and thus make a fitting closing act for this Sacred Autumn tour. In the second half of today’s itinerary, you will visit three more of the most iconic Zen Temples. First, you will visit Tenryu-ji, the first of the five great Zen temples. Second is Ryoan-ji, best known for its karesansui rock garden. Last but not least is Kinkaku-ji, its glittering golden visage being perhaps the best-known icon of Kyoto. At the end of the day, you will be transferred to back Osaka, to a modern hotel near Kansai International Airport.

Day 7: Leaving Japan

  Osaka
Breakfast

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet

Activities

You have completed the Sacred Autumn 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!

 Osaka › Shirahama
Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel Western

Activities

The first day is a standard affair. Your guide will pick you up at Kansai International Airport and assist you with preparations for the tour. Afterward, a private coach will take you straight to your hotel in Shirahama, a beautiful beach resort in Wakayama. After the check-in procedures are completed, you will have the rest of the day to yourselves.

 Kumano Kodo › Nachikatsuura

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Hongu Taisha
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Kumano Hongu Taisha
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Transfer to Hayatama Shrine
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Hayatama Shrine
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Transfer to Nachikatsuura
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Kaiseki dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Katsuura Gyoen Japanese

Activities

Today, you will explore two of the three holy sites of Kumano Sanzan. The first is Hongu Taisha, a Shinto grand shrine which serves as the center of the ancient pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo. The largest torii gate in the world at 33 meters tall was erected on this location, and it marks your initiation into the wonderful spiritual world of the Kii Peninsula.

After lunch, you will visit the second shrine, Hayatama Taisha. Deities are said to have descended upon the earth on a sacred rock near this shrine. The treasure hall also houses religious artifacts from millennia ago, as well as an ancient nagi tree believed to have been planted by the Taira clan in the 12th century. After visiting the two holy sites, you will check into a cozy ryokan overlooking Nachi Bay.

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Maguro (tuna) cuisine, prepared in Western- and Japanese-styles
Dinner
Local kaiseki course in the ryokan

Open previous day

 Nachi Falls › Totsukawa › Koyasan (Mt. Koya)

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 09:15 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Daimon-zaka
  • 09:15 - 10:00 Hike up Daimon-zaka
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi Falls
  • 11:30 - 13:15 Transfer to Totsukawa
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Soba lunch
  • 14:45 - 16:15 Transfer to Koya-san
  • 16:15 - 18:00 Okuno-in
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Transfer to temple >> check-in
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Shojin ryori dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Fukuchi-in Temple

Activities

Today is your opportunity to experience the famous hiking experience in Kumano Kodo. You will check out of your ryokan and, after driving up to a certain point, you will be going on a pleasant trek among the old cedar trees of Nachi to reach the last of the three sacred Kumano Sanzan shrines. The shrine complex, which incorporates both Buddhist and Shinto elements in an example of syncretism, includes the temple of Seiganto-ji. Visible next to its three-story pagoda is the tallest waterfall in Japan, roaring down at 133 meters of height and 13 meters of width. This iconic view is the reward for the court nobles who went through the arduous journey to reach this site in days of yore, and for you who followed their trail in the present.

Upon completing your pilgrimage to the sacred ternion of Kumano, you will head north to Totsukawa, the largest village in Japan. This is where you will have your lunch, surrounded by scenic mountain views. Afterward, you will continue your journey to the temple town of Koya-san, the center of a major sect of Japanese Buddhism, Shingon-shu. Immediately upon arrival, you will have another exciting walk at Okuno-in. Being the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, this site exudes a mystical atmosphere. The trail along the cemetery is particularly scenic at dusk. At the end of the day, you will check into your shukubo (temple lodging) and enjoy a Buddhist dinner.

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Local soba, with different variations such as one topped with egg and sweetened dry plum
Dinner
Shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine served in the temple

Open previous day

 Koyasan (Mt. Koya) › Nara

Schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Morning rituals
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Shukubo check-out >> transfer to Garan Complex
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Garan Complex and Kongobu-ji
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Daishi Kyokai (shakyo)
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Transfer to Nara
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Cha-gayu lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Todaiji
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Nara Park
  • 17:30 - 17:45 Transfer to ryokan
  • 17:45 - 19:00 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Kaiseki dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Wakasa Bettei Japanese

Activities

As part of the shukubo experience, you are encouraged to take part in the morning rituals of the temple. You will then have your breakfast in the temple and check out. This morning you will explore the main temple complex and the head temple of Shingon-shu, Kongobu-ji, which are renowned for its beautiful autumn colors. Before leaving Koya-san, you will partake in an activity called shakyo (copying sutra). Trace the kanji on the paper and complete your own Buddhist scripture -- you can take it home with you as a memento of your spiritual journey!

Afterward, you will leave the mountains and drive to Nara, a city which served as the religious center and the capital city of Japan during the eponymous period in the 8th century. Enjoy the traditional tea porridge cuisine, interact with wild deer among the maple trees in Nara Park, and witness the country’s largest statue of Buddha in Todai-ji. In the afternoon you will check into your ryokan in Nara, just a few minutes away from Nara Park.

Meals

Breakfast
Vegetarian breakfast in the temple
Lunch
Cha-gayu, a traditional Nara-style tea porridge
Dinner
Kaiseki course in the ryokan

Open previous day

 Kyoto › Arashiyama › Kameoka

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kyoto
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Higashiyama (tea ceremony)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Kodai-ji
  • 13:00 - 13:15 Transfer to restaurant
  • 13:15 - 14:45 Lunch
  • 14:45 - 15:15 Transfer to Arashiyama
  • 15:15 - 16:30 Iwatayama Monkey Park
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Sightseeing around Arashiyama (rickshaw ride)
  • 17:30 - 18:00 Transfer to Kameoka >> ryokan check-in
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Sukiyaki dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Sumiya Kiho-an Japanese

Activities

Having completed your pilgrimage on Kumano Kodo, today you will celebrate the beauty of Japanese culture and nature in Kyoto and Arashiyama. Your first destination is Higashiyama, an old-town district with many old Japanese-style buildings and revered temples. Among these is Kodai-ji, which boasts superb views of autumn colors within its gardens. You will also experience the famous tea ceremony in Higashiyama for an authentic taste of Japanese culture.

After lunch, you will visit Arashiyama. This mountainous region is known for its sublime scenery. The wildlife in Iwatayama Monkey Park await your visit, and after that a rickshaw ride reminiscent of the old Meiji days will take you around Arashiyama’s most inspiring sights, including the famous bamboo groves. At the end of this exciting day, you will be transferred to your ryokan in a quiet location in Kameoka. Feast on a delightful dinner, take a relaxing hot spring bath, and enjoy a well-earned rest.

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style breakfast set
Lunch
Kyoto-style kaiseki set, also known as Kyo-ryori
Dinner
Sukiyaki, a hot pot-esque dish featuring Tamba beef

Open previous day

 Arashiyama › Kyoto › Osaka

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Boat Ride Boarding Site
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Hozu River Boat Ride
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Kyo-ryori lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Tenryu-ji
  • 14:30 - 15:00 Transfer to Ryoan-ji
  • 15:00 - 16:15 Ryoan-ji
  • 16:15 - 17:00 Kinkaku-ji
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Transfer to Kansai Airport
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport Western

Activities

To continue with your appreciation of Japanese nature, you will start the day with an exhilarating boat ride down the Hozu River. Surrounding the ravine are mountains and rocks of indescribable beauty, hued with the picturesque autumn colors. Your two-hour journey down the stream will bring you back to Arashiyama. After the exciting adventure, enjoy a course of delicious dishes in a restaurant by the river.

The Zen temples of Kyoto are exceptional examples of a meld between spiritual tranquility and natural beauty, and thus make a fitting closing act for this Sacred Autumn tour. In the second half of today’s itinerary, you will visit three more of the most iconic Zen Temples. First, you will visit Tenryu-ji, the first of the five great Zen temples. Second is Ryoan-ji, best known for its karesansui rock garden. Last but not least is Kinkaku-ji, its glittering golden visage being perhaps the best-known icon of Kyoto. At the end of the day, you will be transferred to back Osaka, to a modern hotel near Kansai International Airport.

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style buffet
Lunch
Quality Kyo-ryori in a hotel restaurant by Hozu-gawa

Open previous day

 Osaka
Breakfast

Activities

You have completed the Sacred Autumn 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
Western-style buffet

Open previous day

Prices And Dates

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  • Nov 2018

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    • From฿ 143,434 573,734 THB

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What is included?

Tour Accommodation

Western hotel: 2 nights -- Japanese ryokan: 3 nights -- Temple lodging: 1 night

Meals

6 breakfasts -- 5 lunches -- 4 dinners

Transport

Airport pickup -- Private car: 5 days

Tour guide

Airport pickup -- Guided tour: 5 days

Included activities

Tickets for attractions and rides as defined in the itinerary, where necessary

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 Osaka. Please book flights to/from 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 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. 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 1, 2, 3, 4, and 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 two nights in 4- and 5-star Western-style hotel, three nights in predesignated ryokan (Japanese-style inns), and one night in a shukubo (temple lodging). 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 shukubo 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. 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 1, 2, 3, 4, and 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.