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Autumn Course – Hidden Gems of Northern Kansai

6 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS (Group Model Course)
October to Start of December


DURATION:6 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS (Group Model Course)

Day Place Highlights
Day 1 Departure Airport Depart from the airport in your nearby city.
Day 2 Kansai International Airport (KIX) Arrive at KIX, collect your luggage, and rendezvous at the bus.
Kyoto Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its rows of vermilion gates, and Arashiyama, both are prime spots to view Kyoto's autumn colors.
Nariaiji Temple
Taiza Enjoy the onsen and spend the night here in Totoya. If requested, it is possible to do a crab rice bowl experience
Day 3 Taiza Nigiri sushi activity and breakfast
Hiyoriyama At Marine World, a seaside aquarium, you can see dolphins, sea lions, and more. From the parking lot you can also take pictures of the Palace of the Dragon King.
Kinosaki Onsen Take the gondola to the top of the mountain and enjoy the view over the town from Café Miharashi. In the case of rain, a traditional straw craft workshop will be done instead.
Toyooka Visit the basalt caves and museum of Genbudo Park. Then check in to your hotel before having dinner at Maruzen, a popular yakiniku restaurant.
Day 4 Toyooka See the national natural treasure the Oriental White Stork up close at the Homeland of the Oriental White Storkt, a research and preservation facility.
Izushi Try making your own Izushi soba, or buckwheat noodles, that are famous here. Enjoy your handmade soba for lunch. Then change into a traditional Kimono and explore this castle town.
Tanto See the breathtaking red bushes of Ankokuji Temple.
Kannabe Highlands Pick apples in the orchards in the mountains of Kannabe.
Yumura Onsen Explore this hot spring town. Sit at the foot baths and soak your feet in the natural hot spring waters.
Day 5 Yumura Onsen Hike to Saruo Waterfalls and view the fall foliage as you hike and at the waterfalls.
Himeji Castle
Osaka Spend the rest of your day sightseeing and exploring this bustling city.
Day 6 Kansai International Airport (KIX) Depart for your home country.

Day 1

Depart from the airport in your nearby city and fly to Kansai International Airport.

Day 2

Your first day will be spent exploring Kyoto, the ancient capital and its popular destinations in autumn well known for their autumn foliage. This includes Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama and Nariaiji Temple.

In the evening we will travel to Taiza where you can soak and relax in the hot springs. This is where we will stay for the night.
If you are interested, you can request a crab rice bowl experience.
  • Breakfast

    In-flight Meal

  • Lunch

    Kyoto-style Buffet

  • Dinner

    Fish or Crab Cuisine

Featured Accommodation

Family-run inn Totoya is located in Kyotango, just 50 meters from the beach and just 16.1 km from Yuhigaura Onsen. The rooms have great views of the rustic landscape of pine trees and the beach.

Day 3

In the morning, participate in a sushi making activity and make your own nigiri sushi breakfast.

After breakfast, we'll travel to Hyogo prefecture and visit Kinosaki Marine World, a seaside aquarium where you can sea dolphins, sea lions and more. From the cliffs you can also see the the Palace of the Dragon King.

For lunch you can choose where and what to eat.

Kinosaki Onsen is your next destination.
The best view of fall foliage in Kinosaki Onsen is from the top of the ropeway. You can take the gondola up to the top and see over the town and surrounding mountains that are now changing brilliant colors of orange and red. On clear days you can even see out to the Sea of Japan.

Then travel to Toyooka with a quick stop at Genbudo Park and Museum to view the national natural monuments, basalt caves created from cooled magma.

Finally, arrive in Toyooka for the night. Check into your hotel before going out for dinner at Maruzen. Maruzen is a local favorite for yakiniku and is famous for its Tajima Gyu (high grade Japanese beef) that melts in your mouth.
  • Breakfast

    Japanese Cuisine

  • Lunch
    Choose Where to Eat

    Your Choice

  • Dinner
    Maruzen Yakiniku Restaurant

    Korean BBQ, Yakiniku

Day 4

From your hotel you will go to the Homeland of the Oriental White Stork to see the Oriental White Stork also called Kounotori. Kounotori are a national natural treasure that was brought back from the brink of extinction. This park was established in 1999 as a research institution for breeding and reintroduction of the storks back into the wild. You can view these beautiful birds up close in the open observation enclosure.

After learning about the Kounotori travel over to Izushi, a castle town famous for its preserved buildings and soba. Join a workshop to make your own Izushi soba for lunch. After lunch, try on a kimono and explore the town. There are several trees located around the castle ruins that turn a beautiful red and orange in the autumn.
Take the city bus to Ankokuji Temple. Best known for the burning red colors of the Dodan Tsutsuji (Azalea) trees that provide a breathtaking view in the autumn.

Travel through Kannabe mountains, stopping at one of the apple orchards to pick some sweet apples before finishing up your day in Yumura Onsen.
  • Breakfast

    Japanese Cuisine

  • Lunch

    Izushi Soba

  • Dinner

    Japanese Beef Cuisine

Day 5

Hike along the river and through the autumn colored mountains to Saruo Waterfalls in Yumura before heading south to Himeji Castle.

In the afternoon you will have the chance to tour in and around the beautiful castle and UNESCO world heritage site, Himeji Castle.

After Himeji, travel over to Osaka where you will spend the remainder of the day and your night here sightseeing, shopping and anything else you wish to do.
  • Breakfast

    Japanese Cuisine

  • Lunch

    Himeji Oden

  • Dinner
    Choose where to eat

    Your Choice

Day 6

Complete departure procedures and depart from Japan.