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Lost in Japan (featuring Shikoku Island)

Lost in Japan takes you on a journey through the spiritual temples of Koyasan, hidden valleys and remote villages of Shikoku, and the must-see cities of Kyoto and Tokyo. Shikoku Island, the smallest of the four main islands, enjoys less populated towns and villages and is an excellent place to experience unique cultural traditions while meeting friendly locals and traveling along stunning scenic routes. Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima is not to be missed if you plan on traveling in August. One of Japan’s largest street festivals, it attracts more than one million visitors every year.

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Duration: 14 Nights
Route: Osaka/Kyoto - Koyasan - Tokushima - Iya Valley - Takamatsu - Naoshima Island - Matsuyama & Dogo Onsen - Hiroshima / Miyajima Island - Tokyo

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Self Guided Tours - Lost in Japan
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by Steve & Pete on Self Guided Tours - Lost in Japan
Hotels had nice with big rooms and excellent service

Home safe and sound after an amazing trip ( apart from washing our passports ). All the information and travel directions provided worked really well and we didn't have any real travel problems. Our favourite place was Miyajima and the Watanabe Inn was faultless. All the hotels were great but the Sheraton in Hiroshima was especially nice with big rooms and excellent service. Our least favourite place was Takamatsu who's best days seem a bit behind it.
Thank you for the hard work in getting our trip together.
Steve & Pete


Dates: Available all year round
Duration: 14 Nights
Starts: Kyoto/Osaka
Ends: Tokyo
Route: Osaka/Kyoto - Koyasan - Tokushima - Iya Valley - Takamatsu - Naoshima Island - Matsuyama & Dogo Onsen - Hiroshima / Miyajima Island - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self Guided ­­­­­­with local guides in places and detailed Travel Pack
Prices from: From €3,969 per person (based on two people sharing twin or double room)
Accommodation Category: 3*standard /4*superior /5*deluxe

Experiences

Spiritual Awakening at Mt Koya (Koyasan)

Upon arrival you will spend three culturally inspired nights in Kyoto, the ancient capital, before starting your real ‘Lost in Japan’ adventure when you set out for Koyasan (Mt Koya). Set on the summit of Koyasan, 1000m above sea-level, is the mausoleum of Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi. You will travel here by local trains and mountain tram. Our local guide will meet you on arrival and assist you with checking-in to your temple lodge before taking a stroll around the village. They will provide you with insight into Japan’s two main religions: Buddhism & Shinto. Overnight at one of Koyasan’s 110 Temple Lodges (shokubo) where monks have lived and worked for hundreds of years, serving pilgrims who have completed the eight-eight temple pilgrimage route. Experience traditional shojin ryouri (vegetarian food), calligraphy (shodo) and morning meditation/chanting with your temple monks.

Awa Odori Dance at Tokushima

After your night with the monks, you will move towards Shikoku by ferry.  Our local Shikoku guide will introduce the island starting in Tokushima, home to the annual Awa Odori dance festival (August). While most people can’t make the festival, you will be given the opportunity to attend the local dance hall where nightly performances take place by local dancers dressed in original festival costumes,performing a replica of the festival (indoors/on stage).

Iya Valley river boat ride and vine ropeways

A true highlight while in Shikoku is going deep into the Iya Valley. This stunning remote setting is centered along the ten kilometer Iya River, and is known as one of the three largest hidden mountain ranges in Japan. Take a boat ride along the river, cross the Vine Bridge, and stop off in the traditional town of Kotohira, home of the first Kabuki theatre in Japan.

Takamatsu - Exquisite Japanese Garden

Takamatsu, a pretty port town facing the inland sea, is home to the wonderful Ritsurin Garden among other attractions. Two nights here will give you the option to take a day-trip to Naoshima, an island two hours from Takamatsu renowned for its collection of modern art museums, architecture, and sculpture exhibits.

Art, Architecture & Design - Naoshima Island

A trip to Naoshima will undoubtedly appeal to those who enjoy modern art and alternative design & architecture. The wonderful aesthetic of the island was created from a desire to produce a new kind of space and experience, by juxtaposing contemporary art and architecture against the beautiful backdrop of Naoshima’s natural ecology. The results are incredible with the Chichi Museum, Benesse House, and Lee Ufan Museum being a few of the highlights. Also, if you are a James Bond fan, don’t miss the chance to visit Naoshima’s oddly esoteric 007 Museum.

Soak in Japan’s first Onsen bath at Dogo Onsen

Matsuyama, Shikoku’s largest city, is home to one of Japan’s finest feudal castles, as well as its oldest onsen village, Dogo Onsen. Get dressed up in a Samurai costume while you climb the original steps to the top of the castle. Dogo Onsen is home to Japan’s first hot spring bath (onsen).  The main onsen building was erected in 1894 and designated an important cultural site in 1994. You can’t help feel a part of a very long traditional when soaking in the baths!

Historical Hiroshima Tales & Magical Miyajima

Home to the World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine, also known as the floating shrine, Miyajima Island is located across the inland sea from Matsuyama. The ferry journey will take a couple of hours. After spending the morning in Miyajima, move to Hiroshima in the late afternoon.

Tokyo, a city that never fails to surprise & excite

Finally you will make your way back to the capital, Tokyo. Our local guide will meet you on one of these days and show you around this massive and marvelous city. Tokyo is a city that refuses easy definition.The never-ending hustle-and-bustle of the city creates an energy that is quite contagious. Despite the incredible number of people constantly moving around the city, there is an order that allows everything work efficiently. Towering skyscrapers dominate the skyline in Shinjuku, Ginza is a shopping Mecca, Shibuya displays all the newest trends and fashions, and Asakuse provides a taste of old Tokyo.

Accommodation

Kyoto (Three Nights)

Standard: Keihan Kyoto Hotel (or similar)

Superior: Kyoto Century Hotel (or similar)

Deluxe: The Thousand Hotel (or similar)

Koyasan Temple Lodge (One Night)

All categories will have the same standard in Koyasan

Tokushima (One Night)

Standard: Daiwa Roynet Ekimae (or similar)

Superior & Deluxe: JR Clement Hotel (or similar)

Ryokan Stay in Iya Valley (One Night)

All Categories: Iya Onsen

Takamatsu (Two Nights)

Standard: Tokyu Rei Takamatsu (or similar)

Superior & Deluxe: JR Clement Hotel Takamatsu (or similar)

Matsuyama and Dogo Onsen

Standard: Hotel JAL City Matsuyama

Superior & Deluxe: Yamatoya Hoten Dogo Onsen

Miyajima Island (Two Nights)

Standard: Miyajima Seaside Hotel

Superior: Arimoto Miyajima

Deluxe/Super Deluxe: Kuroyado Ryokan

[Includes breakfast & Japanese style dinner]

Tokyo (Three Nights)

Standard: Centurion Hotel Akasaka
Superior: Akasaka or Shibuya Excel Hotel
Deluxe: Okura Prestige or Hoshinoya
Super Deluxe: Okura Heritage

[Includes breakfast daily / if you prefer to stay in a different area inside Tokyo, just ask!]

Whats included

 

ServiceStandardSuperiorDeluxe
Airport Transfers (Arrival & departure / door to door service)Mini-van or Airport Limousine BusPrivate VehiclePrivate Vehicle
Accommodation3* Western x 12 nights

Standard Ryokans x 2 nights

Temple Stay x 1 night

4* Western x 12 nights

Superior Ryokans x 2 nights

Temple Stay x 1 night

5* Western x 9 nights

4* Western x 3 nights

Superior Ryokans x 2 nights

Temple Stay x 1 night

Meals13 breakfasts, 1 lunch + 3 dinners13 breakfasts, 1 lunch + 3 dinners13 breakfasts, 1 lunch + 3 dinners
Transfers & Getting Around
  •  14 Day Japan Rail Pass (ORDINARY)
  • One/Way Ferry Ticket from Wakayama to Tokushima
  • One/Way Ferry Ticket from Matsuyama to Hiroshima
  • Return Ferry Ticket Takamatsu <=> Naoshima Island
  •  14 Day Japan Rail Pass (GREEN)
  • Chauffeur Driven Transfers on arrival and departure in Kyoto, Tokyo
  • One/Way Ferry Ticket from Wakayama to Tokushima
  • One/Way Ferry Ticket from Matsuyama to Hiroshima
  • Return Ferry Ticket Takamatsu <=> Naoshima Island
  • 14 Day Japan Rail Pass (GREEN)
  • Chauffeur Driven Transfers on arrival and departure in Kyoto, Tokyo, Shikoku Iya Valley, Koyasan to Wakayama Ferry Terminal, Matsuyama to Dogo Onsen, and Hiroshima
  • One/Way Ferry Ticket from Wakayama to Tokushima
  • One/Way Ferry Ticket from Matsuyama to Hiroshima
  • Return Ferry Ticket Takamatsu <=> Naoshima Island
Tokyo Guided TourFull/Day Included Full/Day Included Full/Day Included with private car
Kyoto Cultural TourFull/Day Included Full/Day Included Full/Day Included with private car
Authentic Tea CeremonyKyoto Tea CeremonyTea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & GreetTea Ceremony + Geisha Meet & Greet
Historical Hiroshima & Magical Miyajima Guided TourFull/Day Included
Full/Day Included Full/Day Included with private car
Shikoku Local GuideNot Included
One Full Day IncludedTwo Full Days Included with private car
UJT’s Essential Travel PackIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departureIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departureIncluded – 2 weeks prior to departure

Per Person Prices from:

Tour CategoryEURGBPUSD$AUD$
Standard€3,970£3,400$4,460$7,175
Superior£$$
Deluxe£$$
Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a Twin or Double Room. Single room supplements apply. Triple room discounts available. 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 we always try our best to get you the best price available. Early booking (up to 12 months preferred) during busy seasons is highly recommended (but not essential) to avoid higher supplements.

 

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