Of course, we knew most of these places already, and we’ve sent many of our clients to these places to. But we always want to learn more, look deeper and see what’s new and exciting. Over the next few blog posts, we’re going to explore the areas we visited, introduce them to you, and share our pictures.
Today, we’re just going to give a brief overview of the tour. First off, we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the JNTO for organizing and inviting us on this FamTrip. It was a lovely trip, we enjoyed it, and most importantly, we learned a lot and can’t wait to incorporate it into our tours!
Okayama & Kurashiki
We visited the beautiful Korakuen garden and Kurashiki historical area.
|Korakuen Garden is stunningly beautiful|
|Okayama Castle is visible from Korakuen Garden|
|Kurashiki canal district is beautiful at night|
After staying overnight in Kurashiki, we traveled down into Shikoku. We visited the Iya Valley, and crossed one of the Iya Valley vine bridges, or kazurabashi. We also has a leisurely cruise down the river in the Iya Valley. Then we got to experience indigo dying, and we dyed our own handkerchiefs. Finally, we made our way to Tokushima city, where we visited the Awa Odori Kaikan, and got to see the Awa dancers. The Awa dancers usually only perform once a year at the Awa Odori, which is the second biggest dance festival in the world after Carnival. But recently, the different dance groups have started putting on nightly performances in order to practice throughout the year. This was a particular highlight!
|Crossing the Iya Valley vine bridge really sets your heart beating|
|Leisurely cruise down the Iya Valley|
|The vine bridge spans a big distance|
|The lady Awa dancers from the Awa Odori festival|
|The male Awa dancers from the Awa Odori festival|
|Olive tree grove on Shodoshima|
|Greek style architecture on Shodoshima|
|Somen making – stretching the noodles|
|Somen making – separating the noodles|
|View from the peak of the island|
|Overcast weather is not good for photos|
|The view from the top of Himeji Castle|
|Himeji Castle at night|
|The gate into Himeji Castle at night|
As you can see, we visited many places and took in many incredible sights. In the coming days we’ll be posting more pictures and information on the places we visited, so keep an eye out for that!