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World Heritage Autumn Tour 2024

Spectacular scenery! Regional specialty cuisine! Delightful onsen!

Shirakawa-go, Mt. Fuji, and so much more with our World Heritage Autumn Tour!

Mt. Fuji glinting in the autumn sunlight

Fully guided and including 23 delicious meals, a free pocket WiFi router, and much more, our carefully considered schedule takes you to TWO UNESCO World Heritage sites and has everything from picking apples fresh at a Nagano orchard, to superb light-up illumination at Nabana no Sato, and even the incredibly rare experience of seeing autumn colors AND sakura together at Obara’s “Shikizakura” Festival! Try making your own soba noodles, and then express your creativity with a traditional Edo Kiriko glass etching experience. You’ll have many unique shopping opportunities, including Takayama’s traditional Old Town shops and the exquisite metalworks at Nousaku Foundry, plus ample free time at the end of the tour to explore the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. And much, much more!

A particular highlight of this tour is visiting Shirakawa-go, a historical village inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Shirakawa-go and its environs is the only place in Japan that still has original dwellings built in the gassho-zukuri style, with thatched roofs that slant steeply to the ground to mitigate the region’s heavy snowfall. The local economy was traditionally driven by silkworm cultivation but now serves as one of the country’s best showcases of how village life was closely adapted to the area’s particular social and economic circumstances.

The tour’s second World Heritage Site is none other than the main symbol of Japan, majestic Mt. Fuji! You’ll see this giant mountain from several different angles as you visit the Fuji Five Lakes region and Hakone. Mt. Fuji, at about 12,388 feet, is the country’s highest and most famous mountain, and has been a foundational component of Japanese art, Buddhist and Shinto beliefs, and general Japanese identity for centuries. During this season the summit may even already be covered in snow, further adding to the mountain’s powerful beauty.

Featuring multiple nights at deluxe, relaxing onsen (hot springs) hotels, incredible meals at local restaurants, and with a strong focus on bringing you to central Japan’s most gorgeous landscapes while exploring the region’s various cultures and particular histories, this tour is your ticket to autumn bliss. Leave it to us and just enjoy!

Destination Highlights

Nagoya – Nabana no Sato Illumination Park – Obara – Takayama – Shirakawa-go – Unazuki Onsen – Kurobe Gorge – Nagano – Fuji Five Lakes – Hakone – Kamakura – Yokohama – Tokyo – and more!

Tour Includes

9 nights excellent accommodations – 23 memorable meals – Onsen (Hot Springs) – WiFi router – HNL Airport Lounge – Unique activities & experiences – and much more!


Full Package $4,790 (Adult) / Land Package $3,890 (Adult)

Tour Details


For a detailed look at the many activities and destinations you’ll visit, download our written itinerary (PDF file).

Or see the short summary below!

Itinerary Summary

Nabana no Sato Autumn Illumination
Koshu Valley winery tour & tasting
Obara “Shikizakura” Festival – see sakura in autumn!
“Pirate Ship” cruise on Lake Ashi
111/11HNL Airport departure on Japan Airlines
211/12Arrive in Nagoya, bento box dinner, rest at hotel in Nagoya
311/13Atsuta Shrine (autumn leaves), Nagoya Castle and Kinshachi Yokocho shopping area, Mt. Gozaisho Ropeway, Nabano no Sato Autumn Illumination
411/14Korankei River (autumn leaves), Obara “Shikizakura” Festival (see sakura in autumn!), Sake Brewery visit, onsen hotel!
511/15Miyagawa Morning Market and Takayama Old Town shopping, Shirakawa-go Village UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nousaku specialty metalworks tour & shopping, onsen hotel!
611/16Kurobe Gorge Torokko sightseeing train, Keyakidaira autumn scenery sightseeing, apple picking in Nagano Prefecture
711/17Daio Wasabi Farm, Miso factory + soup tasting, Soba-making experience, Lake Suwa and Suwa Glass Museum, Fuji Five Lakes region onsen hotel
811/18Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, Oshino Hakkai (freshwater springs fed by Mt. Fuji), Hakone area (Owakudani Ropeway, boat cruise on Lake Ashi), onsen hotel!
911/19Kamakura sightseeing and Giant Buddha, Yokohama Chinatown shopping/sightseeing & free time for lunch, traditional Edo Kiriko glass etching experience, farewell dinner in Tokyo
1011/20Full free day to explore Tokyo
1111/21Free morning and afternoon, depart Japan for HNL in evening

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Tour Itinerary (PDF Download)

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