• Escorted Tour

Japan in Autumn

This tour of Japan is the perfect time to see the spectacular autumn colours and late November is the last chance you have to see the beautiful fall leaves. The myriad of colour will astound. While visiting Tokyo is a huge must, the best place to see the autumn colours is in the Kansai region – especially Kyoto, Nara, Arashiyama and Mt Fuji and we visit them all.  Japan is a mixture of modern and traditional, conventional but progressive, bustle and serenity, colour and culture. 

Visit iconic Mt Fuji – Japan’s distinct landmark, ride bullet trains, sample seafood, sushi and sake – the famous rice wine, wander castles and historic sites from the 1500s. 

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Your travel itinerary

Saturday 23 November

Auckland – Tokyo

A mid - morning departure from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive late afternoon in Tokyo. Transfer to your inner-city hotel for a three-night stay. 

Sunday 24 November


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After breakfast we begin a sightseeing tour of Tokyo including the Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, the Tokyo Skytree and a Sumida River Cruise.  In the evening experience a typical Japanese (Izakaya) dinner.

Tokyo is a paradox of ancient tradition and post-modern culture where consumerism and elegance and serenity go hand-in-hand 

Monday 25 November


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This morning a half day sightseeing tour including the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Suntory Museum. A free afternoon to further discover the city at leisure.

Tuesday 26 November

Tokyo – Hakone – Mishima

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Today we depart for Mt Fuji. Enjoy a cruise on the crater Lake - Ashi, the Hakone Cable car Ropeway with spectacular views to Mt Fuji and a trip to Mt Fuji 5th station. Dinner in the hotel this evening.

Wednesday 27 November

Mishima – Bullet Train – Kyoto

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After a leisurely breakfast we board a Bullet Train to arrive in Kyoto before lunch time. After lunch our afternoon sightseeing tour will include visiting the Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple. 

Thursday 28 November

Kyoto – Nara – Kyoto

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This morning starts with further sightseeing of Kyoto that includes a visit to Fushimi Shrine followed by a Saki tasting. We continue onto Nara a city that remains full of cultural treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples. We return to Kyoto and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. 

Nara - Japan’s first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo. Prior to that, the capital was moved to a new location whenever a new emperor ascended to the throne

Friday 29 November

Kyoto – Osaka - Kyoto

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Today’s tour visits Japan’s other major city Osaka. Dotonbori, the famous heart of Osaka is known for its bright and extravagant neon lights. On to the Umeda Meda Sky Building where the observatory offers great views of the city through its windows and from its open-air deck. We continue with a trip on the Aqua Liner, a water bus that provides a view of Osaka from the river’s surface and onto visit the Osaka Castle. The evening finishes with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Osaka Castle - This five-story castle is one of the most famous Japanese landmarks. Originally built in the 1580s, their main attraction is the stone wall. Impressive even in terms of its sheer size, it is said that up to a million large stones were used


Saturday 30 November

Osaka – Tokyo – Auckland

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A leisurely morning before transferring to the airport for your return flights. On arrival in Tokyo change planes and depart on Air New Zealand for an overnight flight home.

Sunday 01 December


Arrive Auckland mid-morning



• Economy ‘the works’ air travel Auckland – Tokyo // Osaka - Tokyo – Auckland

• Accommodation as per itinerary

• All international transfers

• Sightseeing as per itinerary

• Daily breakfast, two lunches, six dinners

• Special typical Japanese (Izakaya) dinner

• One journey by Bullet Train

• Sudima River Cruise

• Saki Tasting

• Cruise on Lake Ashi and Hakone Cable car Ropeway

•  Local professional English speaking Japanese guide

• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 persons travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 



Air New Zealand Only Premium Economy upgrade   


Air New Zealand Only Business class upgrade  


*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Items of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance is essential (please ask us for a quote)

• Airline and airport taxes (approx. $150)

• Items not specified

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person will secure a place on the tour

• Full payment is due no later than 10 August 2024


• From the date of booking to 10 August 2024 – loss of deposit

• After 10 August 2024 – no refund

Travel Insurance

• Travel insurance is essential – please ask for a quote.

General Information

Temperatures Max ˚c Min ˚c     

Tokyo 14˚c 9˚c


Visiting Japan in autumn does require a bit more planning when it comes to packing. The key to packing for autumn in Japan is layers – lots and lots of layers. Since it’s probably going to be chilly in the morning and evenings, pack clothes that will keep you warm but also ones that won’t take up too much space in your luggage. It is essential you can manage your own suitcase. A bag with wheels is an advantage when travelling through airports.


• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel 

• No visa is required for New Zealand   Passport holders 

• All other passport holders 


• Japanese Yen 

Health and Mobility

• To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you and others in the group, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required.


Terms and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or please ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change