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Hidden Treasures of Japan

Hidden Treasures of Japan

15 Nights / 16 Days
From €6,680 | £6,050 | US$7,725 | AU$11,760 per person sharing

A tour created to capture the essence of Japan’s soul, beauty, and heritage

Immerse yourself in Japan’s ancient past and contrasting present. Visit some of its oldest and most magnificent temples and shrines. Enjoy the contrasting Naoshima Island, home to some of Japan’s most innovative and artistic architecture and design. Experience its religious roots first hand as you become acquainted with the monks of Koyasan. Glide through the stunning Iya Valley and Ritsurin Garden. The perfect tour for those in search of a richer travel experience.

 

 

Itinerary

Kobe (2 nights)

Embrace the chic vibrance of Kobe, a city made famous for the sumptuous, marbled Kobe Beef and Sake Distilleries. Join a private viewing of a renowned distillery with a chance to sample and buy the best of Japan’s sake produce. An inviting port city with an international heartbeat, Kobe blends cosmopolitan elegance with its vibrant streets and the maritime charm of its scenic harbour. Visit the colourful Nunobiki Herb Gardens, reached by ropeway on Mt. Rokka. As twilight descends, the illuminated Kobe Port Tower and Harborland’s vibrant nightlife beckon. Kobe beef dinner is a must!

 

Accommodation: Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel (Superior Western Style)

Tokushima, Shikoku (1 night)

Tokushima presents the enthralling Naruto whirlpools, where the forces of nature create a spectacular aquatic ballet. Dive into traditional craftsmanship with an Aizome indigo dyeing session, taking a piece of Japan’s artisanal culture home. Should your visit coincide with the Awa Odori Festival, held in August each year, prepare for a captivating spectacle of dance and revelry that epitomises Tokushima’s lively cultural scene.

 

Accommodation: Tokushima Clement Hotel (Standard Western Style)

Iya Valley, Shikoku (1 night)

Iya Onsen

Nestled in the hidden Iya Valley in Shikoku Island, after a long day traveling, relax and unwind in a unique onsen resort. The onsen water in this region is very famous for being soft quality with the characteristic of alkaline hot spring water.  Descend to the onsen open-air baths by cable car. Baths are not mixed so females/males bath separately. This is considered one of the best onsen experiences in the whole of Japan – overlooking the river with gushing water streaming by while you bath outside.

The Iya Valley’s steep mountain surroundings, holy atmosphere, and significance in Japanese history have caused the area to be known as ‘Tibet of Japan’.

During Awa Odori Festival Season (August tour), you will be given accommodation at the time of booking.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Iyaonsen (Superior Ryokan, Japanese Style)

Naoshima Island (2 nights)

Art and architecture converge on Naoshima Island, an enclave of creativity where contemporary public art displays stand in dialogue with the landscape. Galleries with exquisite art collections and public art installations resonate with the island’s scenic natural backdrop. Traverse the island’s unique art spaces, including the iconic Benesse House. Explore visionary spaces like the Chichu Art Museum and contemplate modernity at Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkins.

 

Accommodation: Benesse Art-Site Naoshima (Boutique Western Style)

Kyoto (3 nights)

Kyoto, Japan’s sanctuary of culture, is where the past is ever-present. Experience Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese art form that transforms broken pottery into stunning works of art. Meet with Geisha over tea at a traditional tea house in Gion. Immerse yourself in the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and appreciate the tranquillity of Zen gardens and the spirituality of ancient shrines. The city’s UNESCO-listed sites, such as the Silver Pavilion, reveal layers of Kyoto’s imperial legacy, inviting you to lose yourself in a cultural labyrinth that has charmed travellers for centuries.

Accommodation: The Chapter Hotel / Kanra Hotel (Boutique Western Style)

Mt Koya & Nara (1 night)

Venture to the revered peaks of Mount Koya for a soulful retreat into spiritual solace, with its temple lodgings and monastic rituals set amidst forested serenity. Engage in monastic practices with zazen meditation and/or calligraphy. In Nara, history breathes through the grandeur of Todai-ji and the gentle deer of Nara Park, ambassadors of a time when the city was the ancient capital.

Accommodation: Mt. Koya Temple Stay (Temple Stay, Japanese Style)

Ise & Mikimoto Island (2 nights)

In Ise, the sacred shrines of Ise stand as bastions of spiritual heritage, enveloped by ancient forests and traditions. The Grand Shrine is considered a symbol of Shinto purity and Japan’s spiritual foundation. On Mikimoto Pearl Island, discover the fascinating history of pearl cultivation and meet the remarkable Ama divers, whose age-old tradition captures the essence of Japan’s connection with the sea. A fascinating insight into Mikimoto Pearl’s history.

Accommodation: Toba International Hotel (Superior Japanese-Western Style)
OR Upgrade to Ise Amanemu (Super-Deluxe Western Style)

Tokyo (3 Nights)

Conclude your odyssey in Tokyo, where the pulse of modern Japan beats the loudest. Dive into the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods, from the fashion-for- ward streets of Harajuku and Shibuya to the tech mecca of Akihabara. Experience the contrast between the serene calm of the Imperial Palace Gardens or Hamarikyu Gardens and the electric neon buzz of Shinjuku or Ginza after dark. Tokyo, with its dynamic rhythm and boundless energy, offers a memorable finale to a journey that has traversed the breadth of Japan’s timeless allure and hidden treasures.

Accommodation: Hotel Allamanda Aoyama (Boutique Deluxe Western Style)

Dates and Prices

 

Triple Room€6,240 £5,650US$7,220 AU$10,990
Twin/Double€6,680£6,050US$7,725AU$11,760
Single Room€8,885£8,050US$10,275AU$15,640

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Starts:

March 25, 2024

Tour Ends:

April 09, 2024
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Tour Starts:

June 28, 2024

Tour Ends:

July 13, 2024
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July 12, 2024

Tour Ends:

July 27, 2024
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Tour Starts:

August 08, 2024

Tour Ends:

August 22, 2024
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Accommodation

Kobe City (2 nights)

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel

(Superior Western Style)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokushima (1)

Tokushima Clement Hotel

(Standard Western Style)

Iya Valley, Shikoku (1 night)

Hotel Iyaonsen

(Superior Ryokan, Japanese Style)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naoshima (2 nights)

Benesse Art-Site Naoshima

(Boutique Western Style)

Kyoto (3 nights)

The Chapter Hotel / Kanra Hotel

(Boutique Western Style)

Mt Koya (Koyasan) - Temple Stay (1 night)

Your overnight in Koyasan will be your first real introduction to Japanese Buddhism and spirituality. You will live like a monk for one night: sleeping on futon tatami mats, staying in traditional accommodation in a real temple, and enjoying the vegetarian masterpieces presented to you for breakfast and dinner. Embrace this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

 

 

Ise (2 nights)

Toba International Hotel – Two nights stay in a luxurious 4 star hotel located right on the water with harbour and island views from your room.

 

Tokyo (3 nights)

Hotel Allamanda Aoyama

(Boutique Deluxe Western Style)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whats Included

TOUR PRICES from:

Twin/Double Sharing: €6,680   |    £6,050   |    US$7,725    |   AU$11,760

*If you are willing to be paired up with another solo traveller, enquire with your travel consultant. While we cannot guarantee this option, we will do our best to find you a suitable roommate.

All prices are per person and are subject to change at the discretion of the company.

Service
Accommodation

15 Nights Total

  • 11 Nights combination of Boutique, Superior & Deluxe Western Hotels
  • 3 Nights Ryokan (Japanese style)
  • 1 Night Temple Stay (Japanese style)
English Speaking tour leaderFully Escorted (Groups of 6 – 12):

You will be escorted by our friendly English- speaking tour leader who will travel with you from Day 1 to 12.

Semi-Escorted (Groups of 1 – 5):

The same tour leader will not travel with you from place to place. Instead, you will have local guides and assistants meeting you along the way.

Airport TransfersTransfer from Kansai International Airport to Kobe hotel.

Transfer from your Tokyo hotel to Haneda or Narita Airport.

Private Tour GuidesLocal English-speaking tour guides in Kobe, Tokushima & Iya Valley, Naoshima, Kyoto, Koyasan, Ise, & Tokyo
Entrance Fees
Included in all sights listed on the itinerary
Cultural ExperiencesKobe Beef Welcome Dinner, Kobe Sightseeing (Herb Rose Garden & Sake Distillery), Indigo Dying Workshop Participation, View Naruto Whirlpools Natural Phenomena, Iya Valley Boat Ride, Ritsurin Japanese Garden visit, Naoshima Art Island Museums, Stay in Benesse Art-Site Naoshima, Himeiji Castle Visit, Kyoto World Heritage Temples & Shrines on Guided Tour, Afternoon Tea with Kyoto Geisha/Maiko, Kintsugi Master Workshop Kyoto, Koyasan Temple Stay, Calligraphy and/or Meditation with Buddhist Monks, Mikimoto Pearl Island Visit & Ama Divers Demonstration, Visit Grand Ise Shinto Shrine, Overnight Stays in a Luxurious Traditional Ryokan with Kaiseki Dinner and Onsen, Tokyo Sightseeing (by day and night).

 

Seasonal Events / Festivals: 

Cherry Blossom Viewing (March), Koyasan Festival (June), Awa Odori Dance Festival (August)*, Koyasan Candle Festival (August), Live Sumo Wrestling Tournament (September), Autumn Leaf Colours (November)

 

MealsBreakfast daily, 2 lunches, 7 evening meals

Other Inclusions:
  • Comprehensive Travel Pack
  • Local Emergency Contact
  • Financial Protection
  • Luggage Courier Service (2 times / Allowance of 1 bag per person)
  • All Taxes & Accommodation Surcharges
This package dose not include:
  • International Flights
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages consumed at any meal (Water served freely)
  • Baggage Handling (You are requested to carry your bags)
  • Tour Leader, Guide Or Driver Gratuity – can be arranged among your group (Optional)

 

 


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