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Senso-ji and the illustrious pagoda in Asakusa

The hot spring town of Kusatsu

Shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian meal

Historic Village of Shirakawa-go, with a touch of autumn

Blaze Trailer

9 days

TokyoNikkoMinakamiKusatsu OnsenKanazawaShirakawa-goKanazawaTokyo

Spacious hot spring bath in Takaragawa Onsen

Fresh sushi lunch at Tsukiji Fish Market

A kuroge wagyu beef lunch course

A luxurious ryokan in Kusatsu

Your hotel in Tokyo with an attractive garden
Senso-ji and the illustrious pagoda in Asakusa
A kuroge wagyu beef lunch course
Entrance to Nikko Tosho-gu, an impressively lavish temple
Kegon Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan
Shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian meal
An upscale ryokan by the lake, Nikko
Spacious hot spring bath in Takaragawa Onsen
The hot spring town of Kusatsu
Yumomi, a traditional way to cool down hot spring water
A luxurious ryokan in Kusatsu
Kenroku-en, among the most beautiful gardens in the country
Historic Village of Shirakawa-go, with a touch of autumn
Traditional experience: a stay in a gassho-zukuri guesthouse!
Fresh sushi lunch at Tsukiji Fish Market
Tour code: AC-02-EN
Blaze Trailer
Travel style: Active

9 days

TokyoNikkoMinakamiKusatsu OnsenKanazawaShirakawa-goKanazawaTokyo

Theme: Autumn Colors
Availability: From October 16 to 31

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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!

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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!

Highlights

Outline

Day 1: Arrival in TokyoTokyo

Arrive in Tokyo. Adventure is about to start!

Day 2: Tokyo 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 and Mt. Shirane TourKusatsu Onsen

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 TokyoKanazawa › Tokyo

Return to Tokyo, and celebrate the completion of the tour

Meals included : Breakfast / Lunch

Day 9: Leaving JapanTokyo

Leave Japan, and bring home many wonderful memories!

Meals included : Breakfast

Hotels

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 car: 7 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Kanazawa - Tokyo)

Tour guide

Airport pickup -- Guided tour: 7 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 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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Sacred Autumn Osaka to Osaka 7
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Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo

  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.

Day 2: Tokyo Tour

  Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Niwa Tokyo 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
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Steak kaiseki lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Tokyo Sumidagawa Cruise
  • 16:00 - 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

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Steak kaiseki course with high-quality kuroge wagyu beef

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.

Day 3: Nikko Tour

  Nikko
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Oku-Nikko Hotel Shikisai Japanese

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Nikko
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Tosho-gu
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Shojin ryori lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:45 Transfer to Lake Chuzenji
  • 14:45 - 15:30 Kegon Falls
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Drive around the Oku-Nikko area
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to ryokan
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Kaiseki dinner

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine that utilizes yuba (tofu skin)
Dinner
Seasonal kaiseki course with local ingredients

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 deep in the Oku-Nikko area, whose onsen features natural carbonated hot spring water that is very rich in sulphate. We encourage you to enjoy the beauty of Nikko your way!

Day 4: Takaragawa Onsen

  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

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style breakfast set
Lunch
Kama-meshi, a serving of steamed rice with local mountain harvest
Dinner
Sumibi ryori, various dishes prepared using charcoal grill

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!

Day 5: Kusatsu and Mt. Shirane Tour

  Kusatsu Onsen
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Tokinoniwa Japanese

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 12:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kusatsu
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Soba 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 in Japanese attire >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Seasonal kaiseki dinner

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style buffet
Lunch
Soba (buckwheat noodle) with maitake mushrooms
Dinner
Seasonal kaiseki course served in the ryokan

Activities

Going deeper into Gunma prefecture, you will be exploring the 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 using the traditional yumomi method 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.

Day 6: Kanazawa Tour

  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

Meals

Breakfast
Japanese-style breakfast set
Lunch
Kaisen-don, a large bowl of rice topped with various seafood

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.

Day 7: Shirakawa-go Tour

  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

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Grilled Hida beef, along with a set of other dishes local to Shirakawa-go
Dinner
Home-made cooking served in the minshuku

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.

Day 8: Return to Tokyo

  Kanazawa › Tokyo
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Narita 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

Meals

Breakfast
Home-made cooking served in the minshuku
Lunch
Sushi set in Tsukiji Fish Market

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 Haneda or Narita, 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!

Day 9: Leaving Japan

  Tokyo
Breakfast

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet

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!

 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

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Transfer to Asakusa
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Asakusa and Senso-ji
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Transfer to Ningyo-cho
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Steak kaiseki lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Tokyo Sumidagawa Cruise
  • 16:00 - 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
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Niwa Tokyo Western

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
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Steak kaiseki course with high-quality kuroge wagyu beef

Open previous day

 Nikko

Schedule

  • 09:00 - 11:30 Hotel check-out >> transfer to Nikko
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Tosho-gu
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Shojin ryori lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:45 Transfer to Lake Chuzenji
  • 14:45 - 15:30 Kegon Falls
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Drive around the Oku-Nikko area
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to ryokan
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Ryokan check-in >> onsen, free time
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Kaiseki dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Oku-Nikko Hotel Shikisai 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 deep in the Oku-Nikko area, whose onsen features natural carbonated hot spring water that is very rich in sulphate. We encourage you to enjoy the beauty of Nikko your way!

Meals

Breakfast
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Shojin ryori, a Buddhist vegetarian cuisine that utilizes yuba (tofu skin)
Dinner
Seasonal kaiseki course with local ingredients

Open previous day

 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
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Takaragawa Osenkaku Japanese

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
Japanese-style breakfast set
Lunch
Kama-meshi, a serving of steamed rice with local mountain harvest
Dinner
Sumibi ryori, various dishes prepared using charcoal grill

Open previous day

 Kusatsu Onsen

Schedule

  • 10:00 - 12:00 Ryokan check-out >> transfer to Kusatsu
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Soba 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 in Japanese attire >> onsen, free time
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Seasonal kaiseki dinner
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Tokinoniwa Japanese

Activities

Going deeper into Gunma prefecture, you will be exploring the 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 using the traditional yumomi method 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
Japanese-style buffet
Lunch
Soba (buckwheat noodle) with maitake mushrooms
Dinner
Seasonal kaiseki course served in the ryokan

Open previous day

 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
Breakfast / Lunch HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle Western

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
Japanese-style breakfast set
Lunch
Kaisen-don, a large bowl of rice topped with various seafood

Open previous day

 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
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Furusato Japanese

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
Western-style buffet
Lunch
Grilled Hida beef, along with a set of other dishes local to Shirakawa-go
Dinner
Home-made cooking served in the minshuku

Open previous day

 Kanazawa › 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
Breakfast / Lunch Hotel Nikko Narita Western

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 Haneda or Narita, 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
Home-made cooking served in the minshuku
Lunch
Sushi set in Tsukiji Fish Market

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
Western-style buffet

Open previous day

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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 car: 7 days -- Bullet train: 1 time (Kanazawa - Tokyo)

Tour guide

Airport pickup -- Guided tour: 7 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 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.