Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Japan. The vibrant changing colors of the Japanese maples are a wonder to behold. Hermes Travel and Tours is proud to offer two beautiful scenic and unforgettable autumn tours this year.

The Colorful Roads of Japan, October 28 – November 8. This tour will include the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, the sacred Tokugawa Shoguns shrines in Nikko, Kamakura, Hakone, the beautiful Kiso Valley the route of the Edo-period post road, Takayama, a lunch stop at historic Gassho style houses in UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, the magnificent Gifu Castle, and just south-east of Kyoto, the spectacular Miho Museum designed by I.M. Pei, houses the finest art collection in all Japan. Hermes Travel and Tours is an active supporter of the Miho Museum. When in Miho Museum we are warmly received by the Curator and treated to a very special private tour of the museum. The old capital of Japan Kyoto without any exaggeration the most beautiful and culturally rich city in Japan with all historical monuments which seventeen of them register by UNESCO W.H. will fill our days while staying in the heart of the city. Nara and Osaka Castle will be the perfect finale to this unforgettable trip

A Different View of Japan, Autumn, November 8 -19, tours the southern area of Japan seldom seen by Western tourists. On this tour we will start with a private tour of the incredible Otsuka Museum of Arts, a collection of more than 1,000 of the most famous works of Western art spanning over 3,500 years reproduced and baked onto ceramic tile boards using a unique technique. we will visit Himeji Castle considered to be the most beautiful castles in Japan, picturesque town of Kurashiki and visit to private Ohara museum with western painting and Japanese craft collection, Hiroshima, the beautiful Miyajima Island and its most famous red Torii sitting in the ocean, and Kintaibashi Bridge, the intriguing natural wonders of Shuho-so Caverns in Akiyoshi-dai Plateau National Park, the Yaba-kei Gorge. The natural hot springs known as Hells and Mount Nake-dake(one of the most active volcanoes in the world), Nagasaki and visit to Peace Memorial and the house of Madam Butterfly in this old harbor city. The traditional flavor of Kyoto abound in the vibrant colors of momoji maples with pleasant weather will be a nice way to complete our Japan adventure.

Each unique and specially tailored tours include:
-Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles in the hospitality and comfort of Japan Airlines
-Japans best deluxe hotels
-All meals, except lunch and dinner on “free days”. Meals are a delicious
samples of both modern and traditional Japanese cuisine
-Japanese traditional Onsen (hot spring bath)
-Domestic flight on Southern Japan tour
-All ground transportation, tours and entrance fees
-English speaking tour leader and Japanese guide

October 28-November 8, 2005 Colorful Roads of Japan $2,990
Single supplement $850

November 8-19, 2005 A Different View of Japan $2,950
Single supplement $750

The above two tours can be combined into 23 days $5,400