Join JOURNEYS Asia Destination Specialist Kerina Rowley and our Japanese team for the Shichi-go San and Autumn Foliage Festivals in November. Witness the Japanese culture's unabashed and effusive homage to the seasons. Kerina has worked with JOURNEYS Asia travelers for 16 years, and this is her second trip to Japan.
JOURNEYS Japan trips accomplish something rare: personalized, small-group engagement with Japan. Visit the country's most exquisite landmarks, and meet locals off the tourist paths. Overnight in a few different traditional-style Japanese ryokans. Experience the hot springs baths so beloved by the Japanese.
Begin with vibrant Tokyo and breathtakingly beautiful Nikko National Park. View Mt. Fuji and enjoy scenic walks at Lake Kawaguchi. Travel back in time in the traditional villages at Matsumoto, Hida Takayama, and Shirakawa. Perhaps best of all, spend time in the old capital of Kyoto where the simple elegance of the temples and gardens defy description.
If your schedule permits, add a day-long or multi-day extension. Visit Nara or Hiroshima. Consider an overnight stay on monastry grounds at Mt. Koya-san
"The Japanese go all out when it comes to honoring the seasons. In springtime, it's the pink blush of cherry blossoms -- but in autumn it's copper, orange, yellow, golds and deep deep red. - Joan Weber
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