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Japan Autumn Colours
Commences Tokyo 06 November and ends Kyoto 18 November 2023

  • View of Mount Fuji
    View of Mount Fuji
  • Toshogu Shrine, Nikko
    Toshogu Shrine, Nikko
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
    Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
  • Matsumoto Castle
    Matsumoto Castle
  • Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kyoto
    Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kyoto
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD TBA
  • Program Code GCTJAC23
  • Single Supplement AUD TBA
  • Program Leader Robyn Laing
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 12 Nights
    • 1 - Tokyo
    • 1 - Nikko
    • 1 - Kawaji
    • 3 - Tokyo
    • 1 - Mt Fuji
    • 1 - Matsumoto
    • 1 - Nagoya
    • 3 - Kyoto

Commences Tokyo 06 November and ends Kyoto 18 November 2023

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy Japan's icons set against stunning autumn colours.
  • Nikko National Park and the 17th Century Toshogu complex.
  • Experience two nights of traditional hot spring 'onsen' accommodation.
  • Visit the Maglev Centre, where the speed of trains is tested. 
  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and the famous kimono artwork.
  • Heritage villages of Tsumago & Magome.
  • Temples & gardens of Kyoto.
  • A farewell dinner with a Geisha performance  

Tour Overview

The Autumn season in Japan is visually stunning and our tour is carefully arranged for participants to experience an authentic Japan with an insightful look at the culture, both old and new. The dates have been chosen in autumn when the maples start turning vivid orange, yellow and red in the north and which colour precedes us down to the south for the duration of the tour. .

The tour is being led by New Zealander, Robyn Laing, who says this time of year in Japan is her favourite. Robyn speaks fluent Japanese and has guided delighted group participants through Japan for many years, sharing her knowledge and advising on the best way to spend free time, if not choosing to accompany her on optional excursions.

Tour Inclusions

    • 10 nights en-suite 3.5-4 star hotel accommodation
    • 2 nights Onsen (spa) accommodation
    • Breakfast daily and 5 dinners
    • Accompanied Airport transfers (train or coach)
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Field trips and activities
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides 
    • Services of a Japanese speaking Program Leader 
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet
Robyn Laing

Robyn Laing's first contact with Japan came 40 years ago when she was selected to take part in the Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise programme organized by the Japanese government. This experience proved a major influence for the young Massey University science graduate. Four OE years were spent in Japan, studying in Kyoto. 

Returning to NZ as a fluent speaker of Japanese her skills were sought to teach Japanese in a high school, then by the Embassy of Japan, Wellington where she worked for four years and then by the NZ Dairy Board. During her time with the Board Robyn was seconded to Tokyo, working for six years with a joint venture operation on the market development of specialized dairy products. Next she was asked to work with TV crew from NHK, Japan's public broadcasting organization. Ten exhilarating years were spent on TV documentary projects across the globe.

After her return to NZ, when approached to take on the role of tour leader, Robyn was very reluctant having enjoyed extensive independent serendipitous travel world wide. Having agreed to co-lead a tour to Japan with the marvellous Ann Matheson, she was delighted to learn what a pleasure it is to accompany mature travellers interested in their destination, to facilitate their discovery by sharing knowledge acquired over decades. After that wonderful experience, she happily took on the role. Clients on tours to Japan have found her to be a thoughtful, knowledgeable program leader who has gone out of her way to ensure their interests and needs are fulfilled.

Robyn has also spent considerable periods of time travelling through the European Alps in both Austria and Switzerland.


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.