Autumn Colours in North Central Japan 8D7N
Hitachi Seaside park “Kochia”, Autumn Leaves viewing at Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls, Toshogu Shrine, Watarase Railway Trocco, Kajikabashi Bridge, Tanigawadake Gorge Ropeway, Brief Hiking @ Kamikochi, Yokoya Valley (Brief hiking to Otome falls 30min)
Japanese Mask “Omen” Painting Experience, Grape Picking
Sightseeing & Shopping Experiences:
Lake Oku Shima, Free Time at Shima Onsen Town, Oni Oshidashien, Daio Wasabi Farm, Matsumoto Castle
Special Gourmet Delights:
Sumptuous Japanese multi-course dinner Japanese Kaiseki or buffet in Ryokans/Hotels, local delights at restaurant
05-nights authentic Japanese Onsen/Ryokan/Hotel at Nikko, Ikaho Onsen, Shima Onsen, Omachi Onsen & Yatsugatake. 02-nights centrally located hotel in Mito & Tokyo
Upon arrival at Haneda Airport, coach transfer to Mito for dinner at Sansuitei (Seasonal Kaiseki Course). After dinner, transfer to hotel check in for the night.
After breakfast, transfer to Hitachinaka to visit Hitachi Seaside Park ( ひたち海浜公園), is a spacious park near Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture featuring a variety of green spaces and seasonal flowers spread out across 350 hectares, as well as an amusement park and several cycling and walking trails. In autumn, you can enjoy the kochia (summer cypress) which are changing their colour gradually. After that, transfer to a local restaurant for lunch [Gyoza Set]. After lunch, visit Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖) & Kegon Falls (華厳の滝) for autumn leaves viewing. Finally, transfer to hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner at the hotel restaurant (Japanese Kaiseki) and don’t forget to pamper yourself in the onsen at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Nikko and proceed to Toshogu Shrine (東照宮), Toshogu’s buildings and pagoda feature intricate carvings and are painted in vibrant colors. The Three Wise Monkeys are another highlight — a carving which gave rise to the maxim “hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. This afternoon, your lunch [Okowa Set] will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Ashio Station and experience Watarase Railway Trocco. This railway connects Kiryu City of Gunma prefecture and Nikko City of Tochigi prefecture. Visitors can enjoy the trip along Watarase Gorge with wonderful scenery by trolley train. After the Railway arrive at Omama Station and transfer to Ikaho Onsen. Follow by visit Kajikabashi Bridge (Walk approximately 20 min from drop off point). This is a vermillion-lacquered arched bridge. The bridge is a beautiful sight especially against autumn foliage. At the end of the day, transfer to hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner (Kaiseki) at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Tanigawa Gorge for Tanigawadake Gorge Ropeway. This is an aerial lift system, which allows you to see Tanigawa-dake Mountain lying between Gunma and Niigata prefectures. It runs between Doai-guchi station (746m) and Tenjindaira station (1,319m). It gives you access to the splendid views. Around Tenjindaira station, there are many alpine plants and from May to July, you can also see fields of skunk cabbage. After this, will have lunch (Nobotoke Soba) at a local restaurant. After lunch, experience Japanese Mask painting “Omen”. Finish painting, transfer to Shima Onsen visit Lake Oku Shima, a dam lake in place of approximately 4km from Shima Onsen Kashiwaya Ryokan. In particular, it becomes outstanding blueness from winter to May, when snow melt water flows into the river. Thereafter, transfer for hotel check in and free time till dinner (Japanese Set) at hotel.
After breakfast, leave from Shima Onsen to Oni Oshidashien (鬼押出し). Visitors are able to walk through and take a look at lava of Oni Oshi Dashi. It is spectacular to take a closer look at gigantic lava. After that, transfer to Azumino for lunch at Daio Wasabi Farm (Wasabi Rice Bowl). After lunch, visit Daio Wasabi Farm (大王わさび農場) lies in the peaceful outskirts of Hotaka town and is recognized as the largest such farm in Japan. The quaint watermills that were especially constructed for the 1990 film “Dreams” remain in the farm today, and can be best viewed by taking one the special raft tours that are available throughout the spring and summer months. Next, proceed to Matsumoto to visit Matsumoto Castle (松本城) is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan’s original castles. Finally, transfer for hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner (Japanese Kaiseki) and natural hot spring at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Kamikochi for brief Hiking at Kamikochi (上高地 ) is a high mountain valley located in the Northern Japan Alps in Chubu Sangaku National Park of Nagano Prefecture. Open for only about seven months a year, the valley is flocked to by nature lovers from spring to mid-November. Next, lunch at Kamikochi Alpen Hotel (Grilled Fish Set). After lunch transfer to Yokoya Valley (横谷渓谷) for brief hiking to Otome falls (30 mins) is one of best tourist spot in Tateshina Highland, Nagano prefecture. It is about 6km long beautiful valley with many waterfalls. Yokoya Valley has many beautiful aspects in each seasons. In Autumn, it has beautiful Koyo. After hiking, transfer to Yatsugatake for hotel check in and enjoy tonight dinner (Japanese Kaiseki) at the hotel.
After breakfast, will transfer to Kofu for Grape picking. Next, transfer to Tokyo city for hotel check in. Enjoy your free & easy time in Tokyo. Lunch and Dinner on your own expense.
After breakfast at the hotel, free at your own leisure until departure.
Bid farewell to Tokyo as we proceed to the airport and take a flight back to Singapore. We hope that you have enjoyed this vacation with JTB and we look forward to helping you create your next perfect moments, always!
*All the photos are for illustration purposes only
* The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions
* Meals indicated are for reference only and subject to change
* Flight schedule is subject to change
* Autumn Leaves / Flowers viewing locations are dependent on weather conditions
Tax & Fuel Surcharge: $S 95** (Subject to changes)
10:30 - 20:00 (Mon to Sat)
10:30 - 19:00 (Sun & PH)