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"Koyo Tour (Autumn Red leaves)"

"Koyo" are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a quite popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous spots.

Each year, starting in mid September, the "koyo front" slowly moves southwards from the northern island of Hokkaido until it reaches the lower elevations of central and southern Japan towards the end of November.

Nikko,Yellow leaves,Autumn leaves

Nikko (Tochigi prefecture)

Lake Chuzenji and Yumoto Onsen is particularly nice for koyo. Depending on the elevation, the trees are most beautiful between late September and early November.

Fuji view Lakes,Yamanashi

Fuji Five Lakes (Yamanashi prefecture)

In combination with the lakes and autumn leaves makes a spectacular sight. The autumn leaves are usually best in late October and early November.

Autumn red leaves in Nanzenji temple

Nanzenji (Kyoto prefecture)

Eikando is one of Kyoto's most popular koyo spots. This temple also offer special light-up opening hours in the evenings.

Autumn red leaves in Arashiyama

Arashiyama ( Kyoto prefecture)

Arashiyama is a district at the outskirts of Kyoto. The forested mountains in the background and the trees on the grounds of Arashiyama's temples usually turn colors in the second half of November.

Autumn red leaves in Mt.Takao,Tokyo

Mt. Takao (Tokyo prefecture)

A wooded mountain, roughly one hour from Shinjuku. The autumn leaves are usually best in the second half of November.

Itinerary of Autumn Red Leaves Tour for a group from Israel

Nov.7
Arrive in Narita. → Transfer to Hotel by shuttle bus.Hotel check-in.
Buffet Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Nov.8
Sightseeing in Tokyo by chartered bus.
Start your Tokyo tour with English speaking guide.→ Meiji Shrine →Oriental Bazar in Harajuku→Lunch Ginza Shopping Area → Kabuki Theater for a single show or strolling at Ginza Area.→ Back to the hotel by chartered bus. Shabu-Shabu dinner at a restaurant.

Nov. 9
Sightseeing in Nikko by chartered bus with English speaking guide.
→Visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine →Lunch at a local restaurant→Irohazaka→ Kegon Fall →Lake Chuzenji
Transfer back to Tokyo.
Tempura dinner at a restaurant.

Nov.10
Sightseeing in Tokyo by chartered bus with English speaking guide → Visit Tokyo Tower→National Diet → Asakusa. Lunch on own in Asakusa.Stroll in Nakamise shopping street in Asakusa.
Back to the hotel on own. Dinner at a restaurant.

Nov.11
Chartered bus will pick you up at the hotel with English speaking guide.
Leave Tokyo for the Lake Kawaguchi.→Cruising on the Lake Kawaguchi.
Check in at a Japanese style Ryokan. Relux at a Japanese style room and enjoy Hot spring baths-Onsen.
Enjoy Japanese dinner.

Nov.12
Travel to Matsumoto by chartered bus. → Matsumoto City tour with English speaking guide Matsumoto castle →Travel to Takayama. Arrive in Takayama and check in at a hotel. Relux and enjoy Teppanyaki dinner.

Nov.13
Visit Takayama morning market with English speaking guide.→ Takayama city tour.→Enjoy the history-filled streets in Takayama.→Dinner at a Japanese style restaurant.

Nov.14
Travel to Shirakawago by chartered bus. → Visit the world heritage spot of Gassho style houses.→ Travel to Kyoto by chartered bus.→Hotel check in. Dinner at a French restaurant.

Nov.15
Kyoto city tour with English speaking guide. →Golden Pavillion →Kiyomizu Temple→Nijo castle→Kimono show→ Nishiki Fresh market.
Dinner with Maiko girls at a Japanese restaurant.

Nov.16
Western Kyoto tour with English speaking guide →Visit Sagano Bamboo Forest trail →Arashiyama →Tenryuji Temple→Okochi Sanso.
Dinner at a Kushiyaki restaurant.

Nov.17
Travle to Nara by chartered bus and Nara city tour with English speaking guide.
Nara Park→Todaiji Temple.→Travel back to Kyoto.
Dinner at a Japanese style restaurant.

Nov.18
Travel to Himeji by chartererd bus with English speaking gudie.→Visit Himeji castle. → Transfer to Osaka.→ Osaka castle→Kuromon fresh market→Dotonbori.
Hotel check in. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Nov.19
Transfer to Kansai Airport.
Leave Japan.

Fall Color Pictures from the Israelite Group

Fall color,Autumn leaves
I visited New England during the Indian Summer and Eastern Canada at peak foliage but nothing can be compareed to the so called Japan in red.
Fall color in Lake Kawaguchi
We had a great view of the bearutiful gardens aournd the hotel. This is Lake Kawaguchi as seen from our balccony at 6:00am.
Bell near the Takayama Shrine
Bell near the Takayama Shrine.
Takayama Autumn leaves
The street with gardens are more colorful
Japanese maple trees
Japanese Maple Tree is different from the common one of the West.
The garden of the historical government house inTakayama
The garden of the Historical Government house in Takayama.
Shirakawago,Gassho style houses
Shirakawago-Ogimachi Gassho style houses
Fall color i1n Kyoto.jpg
When the sun shines on the Golden Pavillion in Kyoto
Okochi Sanso was the private villa of a famouse.jpg
Okochi Sanso was the private villa of a famous silent film era actor. The house as well as the gardens are beautifull.
Kasuga Shrine Taisha in Nara
Kasuga Taisha Srine in Nara
Chrysanthemum in Osaka castle
The Chrysanthemum Festival was held in Osaka Castle.