2019 – Autumn Leaves in Japan No.2 – Departing 10th November – Now Sold Out! - 22 Days

Brochure Autumn Leaves in Japan No2

After a ‘sell out’ first tour we are delighted to release our 2nd departure to Japan in Autumn for 2019.
Join our small group as we visit the bustling cities and small towns on this autumn tour of Japan.
Highlights include Mt Fuji, Hiroshima, Osaka Castle, Gion Corner in Kyoto, Tea Ceremony, Kimono dressing, Cooking class, Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Matsumoto Castle, the UNESCO Heritage listed Village Shirakawa-go, Jigokudani Monkey Park to see the Snow Monkeys and much more.  This tour is now sold out!

Day 1
Sunday 10 Nov 2019


Day 2
Mon 11 Nov – TOKYO

Sightseeing today of some of the major tourism parts of Tokyo including Metropolitan building for aerial view of the city, Asukusa Kannon and Nakamise Street, Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine and the Oriental Bazaar of Omotasendo. Tonight a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 3
Tue 12 Nov – TOKYO

Departing this morning on The Romance Train for a full day excursion to the Hakone Region. Enjoy views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting), enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi and explore the Hokone Ropeway including a ride on the cable car. (B)

Day 4
Wed 13 Nov - TOKYO

A free day today to explore the capital of Japan at your leisure. (B)

Day 5
Thu 14 Nov - NAGANO 2 nights

Today we travel to Nagano by Bullet Train where we will visit the Zenkoji Temple and food markets before exploring in the afternoon. (B)

Day 6

An exciting day as we travel to Yamanouchi to visit Jigokudani Monkey Park where the wild monkeys bathe in the park’s natural hot springs. (B)

Day 7
Sat 16 Nov - MATSUMOTO 2 nights

Today we journey to the picturesque castle town of Matsumoto with its 400 year old castle nestled between the Japanese Alps and Utsukushigahara Heights. The region is famous for delicious apples and soba (buckwheat noodles) and the birthplace of the contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama as well as Suzuki music. (B)

Day 8
Sun 17 Nov – MATSUMOTO

Today we travel by train to Hotaka to explore the largest Wasabi Farm in Japan and get the chance to try Wasabi Ice Cream! In the afternoon we will visit Matsumoto Castle and Yohashirajinjya Shrine and some traditional streets. (B)

Day 9
Mon 18 Nov – TAKAYAMA 2 nights

During the next 2 days we will explore the 18th century ambiance of this delightful area of Japan. Known for its handicraft techniques including lacquerware, carving and dyeing we will explore workshops and morning markets of this intriguing area. The historic streets preserve the atmosphere of the old Edo era town dating back to the early 17th century and the old buildings now house stores, restaurants, snack shops and galleries but maintain the ‘old town’ feel. (B)

Day 10
Tue 19 Nov - TAKAYAMA

More exploring and wandering through the ancient streets of Takayama today visiting Kokubungi Temple which was rebuilt in 1615 after the original was burnt down during civil wars. The huge 1200 year old gingko tree in the precincts has been designated a National Monument. (B)

Day 11
Wed 20 Nov – KANAZAWA 3 nights

Today we travel by bus to Kanazawa via the UNESCO Heritage listed village of Shirakawa-go in the Japanese Alps. The traditional farmhouses here are famous for their steep thatched roofs and the colours here in autumn are breathtaking. (B)

Day 12
Thu 21 Nov – KANAZAWA

During our stay in Kanazawa we will visit the Kenrokuen Gardens including the castle, Seisonkaku built by the 13th Lord of the Maeda family, the Samurai Houses, Kutani pottery shops and the Omicho Markets which consist of 200 small shops selling mostly food in the narrow covered alleys. (B)

Day 13
Fri 22 Nov – KANAZAWA

Today is a day of craft and culture. We will try our hand at Indigo dyeing and then at gold leaf imprinting followed by making sweets in the 400 year old sweets store finished off by a traditional tea ceremony. (B)

Day 14
Sat 23 Nov - KYOTO 5 nights

We travel by bullet train to Kyoto today where we will enjoy a wonderful cooking class before a relaxing night. (B)

Day 15
Sun 24 Nov – KYOTO

A private guided tour today of Kyoto visiting the ‘must see’ places including the Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji, the Philosophers path and Silver Pavilion and Gardens and in the evening the famous Gion District. (B)

Day 16
Mon 25 Nov – NARA

Travelling by rail this morning to the historic town of Nara we will enjoy a walking tour which includes a visit to the Nara Deer Park, the Todaji Temple and Kasuga Shrine. A chance today to dress in traditional Yakata style Kimono and enjoy a Tea Ceremony. (B)

Day 17
Tue 26 Nov - KYOTO

Today you have a free day to explore Kyoto further or relax and enjoy your surrounds before our excursion to Hiroshima tomorrow. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 18
Wed 27 Nov - HIROSHIMA

We travel by rail today to Hiroshima for a full day tour including the Peace Memorial Park with visits to Ground Zero, Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine and Daishoin Temple before returning to Kyoto. (B)

Day 19
Thu 28 Nov - OSAKA 2 nights

Our first visit today is the imposing Osaka Castle which played a major role in the unification of Japan in the 16th century. Next a Tonbori river cruise followed by some retail therapy in the Tenjinbashisuji shopping street, the longest shopping street in Japan. A chance here to try the famous udon noodles. (B)

Day 20
Fri 29 Nov - OSAKA

Today is yours to explore Osaka further or do some last minute shopping. In the evening we will gather for a farewell dinner together to share stories and remember our Japan adventures. (B,D)

Day 21
Saturday 30 November, 2019 - DEPART FOR HOME

This morning is at leisure to get any last minute souvenirs or last minute photos before our transfer to the airport for our homeward flight. (B)

Day 22
Sunday 1 December, 2019

Arrive in Australia.

Cost $12,262pp* twin share
#(includes approx airline taxes $250 as at 5/2/19 and subject to change).

Single supplement $1,602

Based on minimum touring group of 10 travellers and subject to currency fluctuations.

#Ex Brisbane and Sydney.  Other capital city departures available on application and fares and taxes may differ.

To book, download and complete the booking form and return it by either post or email along with your deposit to the address shown in our ‘Contact Us’ details.  Please carefully read the T&C’s on page 2 before completing.  This trip is now sold out!

Booking form and conditions combined 2016


  • Return international flights ex Brisbane - Economy class
  • Transfers, ferries as shown including luggage transfer Matsumoto to Kyoto.
  • All transport in air-conditioned coaches
  • Breakfast daily. Other meals as shown.
  • Cooking class in Kyoto
  • All entries and touring as shown on itinerary.
  • Professional guides and GOT escort
  • Tea Ceremony & Kimono Dressing
  • 14 day Rail Pass for Bullet Train.


  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airline taxes approx $250
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Anything not specified above


What type of transport will we have?

As Japan prides itself on it’s public transport system we will use a mix of private and public transport including the Bullet Train.

Who is the GOT escort for this tour?

Founder and owner of Girls On Tour, Judy Polkinghorne will be your escort for this trip.

Do I need a visa to visit Japan as an Australian Citizen?

No. Australians who enter Japan as tourists may stay for up to ninety days as long as they hold an Australian passport which remains valid during their stay and do not receive any income while in Japan.

How do I book?

To book on this amazing tour download and complete the booking form in the ‘Details’ tab and either email or post it using the contact details provided. Please read the T&C’s on page 2 of the booking form before doing so.

Trip Facts

  • 22 days
  • $1,500
  • 8th September, 2019
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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