Railway Travel & Holiday Tour Packages


Japan by Rail for the Colours of Autumn

14 days • with Scott McGregor

2018 tour departed, new dates coming soon
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Discover the autumn treasures of Japan’s main island, Honshu, on this dynamic journey. Beginning in the modern neon-lit capital of Tokyo, the famous bullet train takes you north to Sendai to explore the Matsushima Islands – first by boat, then on a special steam train to Niigata on the other side of the island through mountains, valleys and forests that are full of deciduous trees ablaze with autumn colours. Combining legendary food, fine hotels, spectacular scenery, you are in for a rare feast for the eyes and senses, coasting around Japan in state-of-the-art trains, both large and small.

  • Extensive rail travel using your JR Green Class (first class) Rail Pass, including numerous journeys on the iconic Bullet Train
  • Travel by steam train on the famous heritage railways of Yamaguchi, Paleo, and Banetsu lines
  • Journeys on the Sagano Forest Railway, Tozan Mountain Railway, regional expresses, subways and a vintage tram charter in Hiroshima
  • Cruise the Matsushima Islands, Arakawa River and across Hiroshima Bay to Miyajima
  • Pay homage to survivors at Hiroshima and Sendai
  • Visit historic temples, castles and cultural sites in Tokyo, Kyoto and Himeji
  • Experience unsurpassed modern railway museums in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Have fun at a sumo wrestling demonstration in Tokyo, the wacky fashions in Harajuku, and traditional Japanese sword-making in Okayama
  • Savour Japan’s unique food culture at fine restaurants including two traditional full-course Japanese dinners, and a night with The Singing Chef in Sendai
  • Explore the unique story of Meiji Mura historic village, complete with an original Frank Lloyd-Wright-designed hotel and narrow gauge steam railway
  • Per Person: $ 10,485
  • Single Supplement: $ 2,485
  • DATE
  • 30 Oct 2018 - 12 Nov 2018
  • 13 nights accommodation in comfortable, centrally-located 4-5 star hotels
  • All breakfasts and many meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Drinks with welcome and farewell dinners
  • Chartered coach, with luggage transport throughout the tour
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with expert local guides
  • Tipping and gratuities
  • 14 Day, Green Class (first), JR Rail Pass
  • All excursions and entrance fees to attractions as listed in the itinerary
  • Multiple nights in hand-picked, centrally-located hotels – mostly 5-star and all with TripAdvisor™ Certificates of Excellence and ‘travellers choice’ or top ratings