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$81.27 Day Trips & Excursions

Biwako Valley and Keisoku-ji Temple Autumn Tour from Osaka

Depending on your tour day, gather at either JR Osaka (07:05) or Namba OCAT (07:20 or 07:35) for the early morning journey to Shiga Prefecture. The first destination is Biwako Valley in Otsu city which is reached by ropeway. Enjoy the ascent on the fastest cable car in Japan climbing 12 meters per second. The cars on all sides are made from glass giving passengers a sensation of floating in the air and provides magnificent 360 degree views of the fiery autumn colors on either side of the valley. Once at the top, take in the epic panoramic views of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, from Biwako Terrace. After an hour at Biwako Valley, the bus takes a scenic route via a road lined on both sides with metasequoia trees also known as Dawn Redwood Avenue. The 500 or so trees form a gorgeous crimson colored avenue over 2.4km which you can enjoy as the bus passes through. The bus then stops at Kita Omi resort for an all-you-can-eat lunch. The afternoon is spent at Keisokuji Temple, known in the autumn for its beautiful 'red carpet' approach created by the falling crimson maple leaves resting on the stone paved path. This is one of the most magical sights in Japan yet is often unfairly overlooked by tourists who are next door in Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the wonderful surroundings for an ample 90 minutes before boarding the bus to return to Osaka. Expect to arrive back in Osaka between 19:30~21:00 depending on traffic.

$81.27 Day Trips & Excursions

Biwako Valley and Keisoku-ji Temple Autumn Tour from Kyoto

Gather at Kyoto AVANTI at 08:00 for the journey to Shiga Prefecture to begin your day trip. The first destination is Biwako Valley in Otsu city which is reached by ropeway. Enjoy the ascent on the fastest cable car in Japan climbing 12 meters per second. The cars on all sides are made from glass giving passengers a sensation of floating in the air and provides magnificent 360 degree views of the fiery autumn colors on either side of the valley. Once at the top, take in the epic panoramic views of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan, from Biwako Terrace. After an hour at Biwako Valley, the bus takes a scenic route via a road lined on both sides with metasequoia trees also known as Dawn Redwood Avenue. The 500 or so trees form a gorgeous crimson colored avenue over 2.4km which you can enjoy as the bus passes through. The bus then stops at Kita Omi resort for an all-you-can-eat lunch. The afternoon is spent at Keisokuji Temple, known in the autumn for its beautiful 'red carpet' approach created by the falling crimson maple leaves resting on the stone paved path. This is one of the most magical sights in Japan yet is often unfairly overlooked by tourists who are next door in Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the wonderful surroundings for an ample 90 minutes before boarding the bus to return to Osaka. Expect to arrive back in Kyoto between 19:30~21:00 depending on traffic.

$34.58 Cultural & Theme Tours

GAILY TOUR in INTERLAKEN - Gay Tour & Unterseen's Secrets

Be ready for the beautiful and hidden spots of Interlaken. Take a look to the Roman Catholic Church, near the prominent and historic Interlaken Castle. Continue to Garden of Friendship, located on Höheweg Street next to the Hotel Interlaken, which is the first Japanese garden in Switzerland. It symbolizes friendly relationships between the cities of Interlaken and Otsu in Japan. During your walking tour, enjoy a special Swiss Chocolate Tasting and then reach the famous Höheweg, the main street of the city, which stretches from the city’s central square to the east. This street is home to a huge number of fashionable hotels, restaurants, cafes, local shops, night venues, and is a touristic, shopping, and entertainment center. Walk then till the Covered Bridge, a nice covered wooden bridge, which stands on a concrete foundation and provides wonderful views over the river and the surrounding landscape. Admire Swiss beauty and harmony. Once cross the bridge, welcome to Unterseen, found across the River Aare. In Unterseen are some lovely examples of lovely wooden buildings that exemplify the ‘typical’ Swiss chalet for many people but are usually only found out in the countryside. Also in this area you will find farmers that keep animals in their gardens. This area has a more historic feel to it than Interlaken and it isn’t touristy. Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Swiss Chocolate TastingAvailability Morning Tour (09:00 - 12:00) Afternoon Tour (15:00 - 18:00) Meeting Point Hotels IN the City Center - Pick up at Hotel's Reception Hotels NOT IN the City Center - Pick up at Main Train Station Tour Guide/Escort will have a Rainbow Sign with your name on it

$3799 Classic

Backroads of Japan

Wander off the beaten path away from Japan's big cities and popular sites with this 11-day tour that takes you to destinations that are often overlooked. Visit the treasured castle of Matsumoto and learn about samurai culture, relax in a traditional hot spring-fed onsen, and explore the quaint city of Hagi by bicycle, and settle in at a community homestay to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. Of course, there's time before and after to explore Tokyo and Kyoto, making this trip a well-rounded glimpse into Japan's past and present.