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Hidden Treasures of Japan

Hidden Treasures of Japan

12 Nights / 13 Days
€4,450 | £3,800 | US$4,900 | AU$7,300 per person

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

Day 1: Tokyo (1st of 3 nights)

Arrive into one of Tokyo’s International Airports (Narita or Haneda).
 
Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel, you’ll meet your group and tour leader in hotel lobby at 6pm. Enjoy an evening together in Tokyo with dinner at one of the city’s countless delicious restaurants (please pay locally).

Day 2: Tokyo Sightseeing

After breakfast, your group will meet in the hotel lobby for a full day of sightseeing in Tokyo with one of our local guides, including:
  • Tsukuji Fish Market & Outer Shopping Streets
  • Hamarikyu Garden
  • Lunch in local restaurant (pay locally)
  • Asakusa Sensouji Temple & Shopping Street
  • Ueno Area including Tokyo National Museum

Day 3: Tokyo Free Day

Today will be a free day in Tokyo. Rest assured we will provide you with lots of suggestions in advance. You can continue to explore Tokyo on your own, take a trip out to Kamakura or Yokohama, or have a fun day out at amusement parks such as Tokyo Disney Resort, Studio Ghibli, etc. (tickets available upon request). So be sure to inform us in advance if you have something particular you would like to see or do. Your tour leader will be ready to assist you in making this plan.

Day 4: Mikimoto Pearl Island (1st of 2 nights), Ise

After three nights among Tokyo’s glittering skyscrapers and winding back streets, we begin our journey into the country itself in search of Japan’s glorious hidden treasures, traveling by bullet train (shinkansen).

Day 5: Mikimoto Pearl Island & Ise Grand Shrine

After a visit to the museums on Mikimoto Pearl Island to see some of the priceless crown jewels (featuring over 18,000 pearls and many other precious stones), watch the “Ama Divers” (women pearl divers) demonstrate this long-held traditional occupation and way of life, searching  daily for hard won treasures from the sea. After this, enjoy a visit to the Ise Grand Shrine.

Day 6: Mt Koya Temple Stay

From Ise and after a scenic two-hour journey, we will arrive at Mt Koya (Koyasan), a sacred site established 1,200 years ago. Our local Koyasan guide will take us on a spiritual walk around this mystical setting. Tonight, we will sleep in an authentic temple lodges. If you’re feeling up to it, you can take part in an evening calligraphy session and/or an early morning chanted prayer with the monks before breakfast. You will enjoy beautifully presented shojin ryori (highly stylised traditional Buddhist cuisine) for dinner and breakfast.

Day 7: Tokushima & Iya Valley (1st of 2 nights)

After breakfast, you will sail from Wakayama port to Japan’s fourth largest island, Shikoku. Stopping briefly in Tokushima before moving on to Iya Valley.

Day 8: Tokushima & Iya Valley

Today we will explore the remote Iya Valley region. A stunning and remote setting is centred along the 10km Iya River, it is also known as one of the three largest ‘hidden’ mountain regions in Japan. A boat ride along the river, walk across a vine bridge, and overnight stay in superior hot spring accommodation are just some of the adventures promised while traveling through Shikoku.

Day 9: Takamatsu (1 night)

After two nights in the rural retreat of the Iya Valley, you will move north to the port town of Takamatsu, most famous for the stunning Ritsurin Garden. En-route you will stop-off at Kotohira; a small village most famous for serving sanuki udon noodles.

Day 10 Naoshima Island Day Trip

Before reaching Kyoto we will island hop from Takamatsu to a small island Naoshima, best known for its art museums. Built into the hillside, Chichu Art Museum has paintings from Monet’s “Water Lilies” series. Benesse House Museum shows contemporary sculpture and installations. One of Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin sculptures stands by Miyanoura Port. On the east coast, the Art House Project is a collection of architectural art pieces.

Day 10/11/12/13: Kyoto

Three nights in the culturally intense city of Kyoto. One day with our friendly local guides taking you to see seasonal highlights (recommended by our guides).

One free day will allow you explore Kyoto on your own like a local. There are literally thousands of places to see in Kyoto so pick your top 4 or 5 places and ask our team how to get there.

 

Kyoto Authentic Tea Ceremony

After breakfast, our local tour guide will meet and guide you on a tour around this magnificent city, narrating the history and cultural heritage of this ancient capital. Then wet your whistle with Japanese tea at a ceremony in one of Kyoto’s traditional machi-ya tea houses.

Day 13: Depart

Sayonara! We recommend that you arrange your departing flight out of Kansai Airport in Osaka. In any event, we will be happy to assist you in making any alternative arrangements to ensure a hassle-free departure. Or why not travel back to Tokyo stopping at Mt Fuji on the way! Ask our team. We will be happy to arrange.

Dates and Prices

Tour Starts:

March 29

Tour Ends:

April 10, 2020

Prices from:

€4,450 | £3,800 | US$4,900 | AU$7,300 per person
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May 24

Tour Ends:

June 05, 2020

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Tour Starts:

July 11

Tour Ends:

July 23, 2020

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€4,950 | £4,200 | US$5,400 | AU$8,200 per person
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Tour Starts:

August 30

Tour Ends:

September 11, 2020

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Tour Starts:

November 16

Tour Ends:

November 28, 2020

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Tour Starts:

March 27

Tour Ends:

April 08, 2021

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April 04

Tour Ends:

April 16, 2021

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May 01

Tour Ends:

May 13, 2021

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June 06

Tour Ends:

June 18, 2021

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July 10

Tour Ends:

July 22, 2021

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Tour Starts:

September 18

Tour Ends:

September 30, 2021

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Tour Starts:

October 16

Tour Ends:

October 28, 2021

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Accommodation

Tokyo (3 nights)

Shinjuku Granbell (or similar)

Ise (2 nights)

Toba International Hotel (or similar)

Koyasan, Wakayama (1 night)

Fudo-in, Koyasan (or similar)

 

Iya Valley, Shikoku (2 nights)

Hotel Kazurabashi (or similar)

 

Takamatsu (1 night)

ANA Clement Hotel Takamatsu (or similar)

Kyoto (3 nights)

The Century Hotel Kyoto (or similar)

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Whats Included

TOUR PRICES from:

Twin/Double Sharing: €4,550   |    £3,800   |    US$4,900    |   AU$7,300

Single Room Throughout: €5,750   |    £4,900   |    US$6,400    |   AU$9,400

Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Exchange rate fluctuations may lead to price changes. Peak Season Supplements may apply during Cherry Blossom Season, Autumn Leaf Season, National Holiday Weekends inside Japan however it is always our aim to keep prices as advertised. To avoid supplements, early booking is recommended. Once deposit is paid, your price is fixed.
Service
Accommodation9 nights in 4-star Western-style hotels, 1 night in an authentic Buddhist temple lodge, 2 nights in traditional Japanese-style ryokans (including onsen hot springs & Kaiseki dinner) (total 12 nights)
English Speaking tour leaderWhen 6 or more are on the group you will be escorted by our English speaking tour leader. If your group is less than 6 people, you will be doing the tour on a semi-escorted basis (Met in each area by our local assistants and guides).
Airport TransfersArrival & departure airport transfers included from Tokyo & Kyoto hotel
Private Tour GuidesLocal English speaking tour guides in Tokyo, Ise, Koyasan, Iya Valley, & Kyoto
Entrance Fees
Included Into all sights listed on itinerary
Cultural ExperiencesTokyo sightseeing (by day & by night), the Great Ise Shrine, Toyota Car Factory Tour & Museum, Mikimoto Pearl Island visit & Ama Divers Demonstration, Overnight stays in luxurious traditional ryokans with Kaiseki dinners included, Koyasan temple stay, calligraphy and/or meditation with monks, ferry ride to Shikoku, Indigo Dying workshop participation, Iya Valley Boat Ride, Japanese Garden visit, Naoshima Art Island museums, Kyoto World Heritage temples & shrines
Meals Breakfast daily, 5 evening meals

Other Inclusions:
  • Comprehensive Travel Pack
  • Local Emergency Contact
  • Financial Protection
  • All Taxes & Accommodation Surcharges
This package dose not include:
  • International Flights
  • Meals other than those specified in itinerary
  • Beverages consumed at any meal (Water served freely)
  • Baggage Handling (You are requested to carry your own bags so be careful when packing! Your tour leader will help you arrange luggage forwarding on some journeys by the reliable ‘Takkyubin Service’)
  • Tour Leader, Guide Or Driver Gratuity – can be arranged among your group (Optional)

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