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Our best selling Japan Tour!Shikoku Secrets

Shikoku Secrets

13 Nights/14 Days Small Group Tour
from €5,530 / £4,950 / US$6,250 / AU$9,650 per person sharing (See Dates/Prices below)

Transverse Shikoku’s enchanting and spirited landscapes from coast to countryside via islands in the inland sea. Beginning with Kyoto’s serene dawn and ending with Tokyo’s dynamic dusk, this 2-week tour is paved with cultural treasures, exciting adventures, and architectural marvels.

For the culturally curious and active traveller, this tour offers a blend of adventure and tranquillity, connecting Japan’s ancient heritage with its natural beauty. Revel in luxurious stays in traditional ryokans and coastal glamping and immersive cultural escapades, including cycling, rafting, paper-making workshops, zen meditation, and hiking samurai trails.


Day 1: Ease into Kyoto's Elegance

Upon your arrival at Kansai International Airport, a private transfer will guide you to the historical heart of Japan—Kyoto. After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast with scenic views at your boutique hotel, take the morning to unwind and acclimatise to the calm elegance of this ancient city.

In the afternoon, venture out to explore Kyoto’s quaint streets and hidden alleyways, soaking in the ambience of a city that has been the epicentre of Japanese culture for over a millennium. In the evening, come together with your group leader and fellow travellers to prepare for the days of discovery that lie ahead.

Day 2: Riding through Time: Kyoto's Sunrise and Nara's Legacy

Greet the day with an invigorating dawn bike ride through Kyoto’s sleepy alleys, witnessing the city stir to life. The soft ringing of temple bells and the sight of locals beginning their day add to the immersive experience.

Post-ride, embark on an Arashiyama river adventure, where the calm waters mirror the serene spirit of the region. In the afternoon, a short train journey takes you to Nara. Here, amidst the sprawling gardens of Nara Park, you’ll find yourself in the company of graceful deer—a symbol of the city’s historic status as Japan’s first capital. Depending on the season, you might be enchanted by cherry blossoms or autumnal foliage, each adding its distinct character to your visit.

Day 3: Exploring Kyoto: A Day of Personal Discovery

Your third day in Kyoto begins with a continuation of your cultural exploration. After breakfast, delve into the city’s UNESCO-listed wonders, perhaps choosing to wander the stoic Bamboo Grove of Arashiyama, where towering stalks create a natural cathedral, inspiring awe and tranquillity.

The afternoon offers a chance to explore more of Kyoto’s illustrious sites or revisit a favourite spot to delve deeper into its story. As dusk approaches, the historic streets of Kyoto, lined with machiya houses, beckon for an evening stroll under the soft glow of lantern lights.


Day 4: Island Hopping on the Shimanami Kaido: A Cycling Odyssey

After a refreshing breakfast, embark on a journey from Onomichi to the serene Omishima, part of the breathtaking Shimanami Kaido route. The day’s ride, spanning about 40km, takes you over azure seas and picturesque islands, with e-bikes ensuring a comfortable journey for all. Non-cyclists have the option to travel by car, ensuring everyone enjoys the experience.

The destination is the luxurious Wakka glamping resort, where well-appointed dome tents offer comfort amidst the beauty of nature. As evening descends, a gourmet beachfront BBQ awaits, offering a perfect end to a day filled with adventure and scenic delights.

Day 5 : Luxury in the Wild: Omishima's Glamping Beachside Bliss

Wake up to the gentle sounds of the sea and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before spending your day at the beautiful Wakka glamping resort. Take the opportunity to explore the coastal charm of Omishima, where time moves slowly, and nature’s beauty is abundant.

In the evening, the starlit sky sets the stage for another exquisite beachside BBQ, capping off a day of tranquil exploration and culinary pleasure.

Day 6: Soothing Springs: The Warmth of Dogo Onsen

Travel to the revered Dogo Onsen after a traditional breakfast. Spend your day soaking in Japan’s oldest hot spring, believed to have therapeutic properties that have provided relief to travellers for centuries.

The quaint town of Matsuyama, with its atmospheric old town and impressive castle, offers an array of culinary explorations. Here, you’ll experience dishes that have been refined over generations, giving each bite a taste of Japan’s rich heritage.

Day 7: Ozu's Old-World Charm and Creative Craftsmanship

After breakfast, find yourself transported to the Edo period as you arrive in Ozu. The town’s historical charm is evident in its ancient merchant houses and the tranquil Garyu Sanso villa, a masterpiece of traditional Japanese architecture.

In the afternoon, engage in a hands-on washi papermaking workshop, connecting with Japan’s artisanal legacy. A light mountain hike leads you to Iwayaji Temple, offering spiritual solace and panoramic views. The day concludes at the Nipponia Hotel, where the elegance of the past meets modern luxury.

Day 8: Yusuhara: Samurai Spirit and Architectural Splendor

Start your day with a delightful breakfast before heading to Yusuhara, a mountain town where tradition and modernity coexist in harmony. Explore the architectural wonders designed by Kengo Kuma, where each structure pays homage to the natural setting and traditional craftsmanship. Follow the ancient samurai trails, taking in the fresh mountain air and the sense of history that pervades the landscape.

Day: 9 Walking Yusuhara's Samurai Trail

Yusuhara mountain town rises above clouds, with lush cedar forests, thatch and traditional carpentry. Traverse the samurai trail of Ryoma; where the fresh mountain air is rich with the whispers of legendary tales where warriors once crossed.

Day 10: Kochi's Market Vibrance and Coastal Calm

In Kochi, your morning begins with a visit to Chikurinji Temple, where you can partake in zazen meditation for inner peace. The afternoon is perfect for exploring Kochi’s natural landscape, with its rugged coastline and lush mountains. Return to your ryokan in the evening, where another exquisite meal and the warm hospitality of the Tosayama region await.

Day 11: Castle Splendor and Zen Discoveries in Kochi

In Kochi, your morning begins with a visit to Chikurinji Temple, where you can partake in zazen meditation for inner peace. The afternoon is perfect for exploring Kochi’s natural landscape, with its rugged coastline and lush mountains. Return to your ryokan in the evening, where another exquisite meal and the warm hospitality of the Tosayama region await.

Day 12: Tokyo's Dynamic Introduction: City of Contrasts

Your cultural journey transitions to the contemporary as you arrive in Tokyo, a city that pulses with life. After checking into your hotel, step out to experience the city’s dynamic energy. Explore its diverse neighbourhoods, marvel at the blend of traditional and ultra-modern architecture, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture that makes Tokyo a world-class metropolis.

Day 13: Tokyo's Neon Nights and City Sights

As your exquisite journey through Japan concludes, you may either say farewell to this land of profound beauty and depth or extend your stay to continue your exploration. Tokyo, a city with endless possibilities, invites you to discover more of its hidden gems, whether in the bustling city centre or the serene outskirts.

Day 14: Tokyo's Curtain Call or Extended Encore

As your exquisite journey through Japan concludes, you may either say farewell to this land of profound beauty and depth or extend your stay to continue your exploration. Tokyo, a city with endless possibilities, invites you to discover more of its hidden gems, whether in the bustling city centre or the serene outskirts.

Dates and Prices

Triple Room€5,200 £US$ AU$
Single Room€8,150£US$AU$


Tour Starts:

June 22, 2024

Tour Ends:

July 06, 2024
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Tour Starts:

July 31, 2024

Tour Ends:

August 14, 2024
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Tour Starts:

August 17, 2024

Tour Ends:

August 31, 2024


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Tour Starts:

November 20, 2024

Tour Ends:

December 04, 2024
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Tour Starts:

March 14, 2025

Tour Ends:

March 28, 2025


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Tour Starts:

July 31, 2025

Tour Ends:

August 14, 2025
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Tour Starts:

August 17, 2025

Tour Ends:

August 31, 2025


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Tour Starts:

October 26, 2025

Tour Ends:

November 09, 2025
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Tour Starts:

March 29, 2026

Tour Ends:

April 12, 2026


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Okura Hotels are Japan’s finest traditional hotels providing 5* service and tranquil setting for optimum comfort and relaxation. Lavish and stylish decor of warm wood paneling, majestic columns, and comfortable armchairs echo the 1920s, as an elegant staircase connects international explorers of Kyoto. A short walk to the central shopping area of Shijo-Kawaramachi and 15-minute drive from Kyoto Train Station and local attractions such as Kyoto’s oldest temple, Toji, the Imperial Palace, and Nijo Castle. Taste the fluffiest strawberry cake at the cafe before you venture out to explore this distinctive location.


Experience the spectacular Shimanami view, wrapped night and day by the charms of the Ocean. Wake up and fall asleep, enchanted by the Seto Inland Sea and the impressive view of Honshu, Ikuchi-jima Island, and the surrounding virgin islands. You, your bike and the perfect scenery.

In addition to the cafe, by their cottages and dome tent decks, you can enjoy their BBQ grills, and grill local fish, meat, and vegetables while looking at the breathtaking Ocean view, for an even more memorable holiday.

They take care of their guests’ comfort and safety, and we offer the best cycling support in Japan. Tired of cycling? You can contact our Cycle-taxis and we can pick up you and your bike along the way. Need more? We offer onsite repair, rental bicycle delivery, and return (from your location to the rental service and vice-versa).

Original and stimulating activities are waiting for you! Marine sports, agricultural experience, trekking, cycling and so many other activities.


Since 1868 Yamatoya Honten has been providing hospitality infused with tradition. Situated near the symbol of Dogo Onsen town, close to the Honkan bathhouse and a 5-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Tram Station. Renewed and reborn in 1996 with a contemporary approach to hospitality in this historic setting. Traditional techniques in architecture appear in Japanese-style rooms and are based on a tea ceremony room. exquisite craftsmanship for a refined simplicity. A fine Kyoto Nishijin sourced soil becomes Juraku mud to create a rustic finish on walls. A standard room in the traditional style will be composed of ten tatami mats, and offers an enclosed veranda and alcove. Every spacious 484 sq ft/45 sq m area room is distinct, with unique ceiling, and latticework. Simple and contemporary Western-style rooms are ensuite and single rooms come with a massage chair.
The Setouchi Region enjoys a mild climate and boasts a bounty from the mountains and the sea. Enjoy a multi-course dinner, “Sansho” or “Kocho” in a dining room, or as room service. French and Chinese cuisine are freshly prepared and served one at a time with each dish using local produce combined with sophisticated techniques for refined taste and to bring out the flavours to their fullest in “Nouvelle Chinois” new Chinese.
Large bathing rooms are available for hot spring dips in addition to the complex nearby. Wood-panelled ceilings and walls create a calm, soothing space with a rustic ambience in a rock-lined bath. Relax and unwind to the sound of cascading thermal waters.
After bathing, be sure to rest in the lounge at leisure in a Yukata cotton kimono, the perfect place to regroup after bathing.


NIPPONIA is a luxury hotel brand of renovated old and precious Japanese architectures remaining throughout various areas in Japan. Respecting its historical significance, each architecture is revitalized as a facility where you can feel the lifestyle, culture and history of the land.

NIPPONIA HOTEL Ozu Castle Town is a decentralized hotel that overlooks Ozu Castle and allows you to fully enjoy the castle town of Iyo Ozu. The entire Ozu castle town along the Hijigawa River, including 28 guest rooms in 10 buildings, including historic residences, castles, and old folk houses, as well as a reception desk and restaurant, is treated as one hotel, allowing you to enjoy all of the nature, food, culture, and history that exists there. We will deliver you a rich journey like never before.


Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Yusuhara, Machi no Eki – Yusuhara Marché Hotel offers guests a unique retreat with rural charm and modern comforts. Situated within a bustling marketplace, this hotel provides an authentic taste of local life while serving as a gateway to the natural wonders of Kochi Prefecture. Guests are welcomed into a warm and inviting atmosphere, with rustic wooden accents and traditional Japanese design elements. Each guest room is thoughtfully appointed with comfortable furnishings and modern amenities, providing a peaceful retreat after a day of exploration. Browse an array of locally made crafts, artisanal goods, and fresh produce, or sample delicious treats from the various food stalls and vendors in the marketplace.

For those seeking relaxation, the hotel offers a peaceful outdoor hot spring bath, where guests can soak in the rejuvenating waters while surrounded by scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, unwind with a leisurely stroll through the hotel’s landscaped gardens, or simply relax on the terrace and soak in the serene ambiance of Yusuhara.

In the evenings, guests can indulge in a delicious meal at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, which specializes in regional cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.


In the serene countryside of Kochi, Auberge Tosayama offers guests a luxurious retreat surrounded by natural beauty. From the moment you arrive, you’ll adore the hotel’s warm hospitality and elegant ambiance.  Each guest room at Auberge Tosayama is meticulously designed to provide a peaceful sanctuary from the outside world. With spacious layouts, tasteful decor, and panoramic views of the lush countryside, every room offers a blend of comfort and sophistication that invites relaxation and rejuvenation.

Indulge your senses with a culinary journey at the hotel’s restaurant, where expert chefs showcase the best of Kochi’s seasonal ingredients. From delectable seafood dishes to innovative interpretations of traditional Japanese cuisine, each meal is a masterpiece to be savoured.

From hiking trails and scenic viewpoints to cultural attractions and local markets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the surrounding Kochi landscapes. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or simply a moment of relaxation, a stay at Auberge Tosayama promises to be a journey of discovery and delight.


Stylish and funky, as friendly staff await in an atrium rising ten floors above the main lobby. Request one of the rooms designed by artists, inspired by Bamboo, Sumo and Geisha Goldfish (images of colourful fish swim across walls). The Shiodome business district has skyscrapers and salarymen in this central location with views of top attractions. A short walk to Shimbashi Station, an energetic area of Izakayas. Enjoy an impressive buffet breakfast, restore at THANN spa, then dine on lacquer-box lunches or chic French. Finish off with sparkling views and a nightcap from a marble bar at The Society.

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Whats Included

Accommodation7 Nights Boutique and 4★ Western Hotels / 2 Nights Glamping by the Sea / 4 Nights of Japanese Ryokans and Japanese Inns
English-speaking tour leader
  • Daily local English-speaking Tour Leader* (Group Size: 6 persons – 12 persons)
*If your tour has less than 6 people on it, we will arrange the tour on a semi-escorted basis. You will met in each area by our local assistants and guides on days you don’t have private guides).
Private Tour GuidesLocal English-speaking tour guides in Tokyo, Kyoto, Gokayama, Kanazawa, Takayama, and Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

Arrival transfer from Kansai (Osaka) or Chubu Centrair Int’l (Nagoya) Airports to Kyoto hotel

Departure transfer from Tokyo hotel to Narita or Haneda airports

All necessary transport, including chartered vehicles, bikes or e-bikes, high-speed bullet trains, regular trains, and internal domestic flights

Entrance Fees
Included in all sights listed in the itinerary
Cultural Experiences
  • Kyoto Sightseeing by Bike at Dawn
  • Kyoto River-Rafting (or Alternative Outdoor Activity)
  • Unesco Historic Monuments of Kyoto and Nara
  • High-Speed Bullet Train Journeys
  • Shimanami Kaido Island Hopping E-Bike Cycle (40km) or Chartered Transfer
  • Glamping by the Sea
  • Beachside Gourmet BBQ Under the Stars
  • Soak in Heritage at Dogo’s Ancient Hot Springs
  • Admire Garyu Sanso’s Edo-Era Elegant Villa
  • Hike to Spiritual Heights on Temple Pilgrimage
  • Stay at Traditional Ryokans and Inns
  • Savour Sensational Kaiseki Meals
  • Explore Yusuhara’s Architectural Wonders by Kengo Kuma
  • Kochi Vibrant Market Excursion
  • Savour Local Delicacies at Lively Izakaya
  • Learn some Samurai Tales in Kochi Castle
  • Artisanal Crafts of DelicateWashi-Paper-Making
  • Zazen Meditation at Chikurinji Temple
  • Guided Tour in TokyoSEASONAL EVENTS
  • Cherry Blossom Season (March)
  • Dogo Onsen Festival (March)
  • Yasakoi Kochi Festival (August)
  • Sumo Grand Tournament (Aichi, July)
  • Aoi Matsuri (Festival) Kyoto (May)
  • Gion Festival Kyoto (July)
  • Autumn Colours (November)
Meals Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 7 evening meals
Other Inclusions:
  • Comprehensive Travel Pack
  • Luggage Forwarding where neccessay on longer journeys (one large suitcase per person is included) (extra luggage must be paid for locally – approximately 2,000yen per 20kg item).
  • Local Emergency Contact
  • All Taxes & Accommodation Surcharges
  • Fixed Price Policy
  • Minimum 6 / maximum 12 people
  • No hidden Costs!!
This package does not include:
  • International Flights [Arrange your own flights into and out of Tokyo’s Haneda or Narita Airports – Always check the arrival date on your flight e.g. if flying from Europe/US, you will arrive into Tokyo the following day (depending on airline you use)]. The tour starts at 6pm on Day 1.
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary. Generally, you can expect to pay 1,000yen for lunches and anything from 2,500yen for your evening meals.
  • Beverages consumed at any meal (Water served freely)
  • Baggage Handling (You are requested to carry your own bags so be careful when packing)!
  • Tour Leader, Guide or Driver Gratuity – can be arranged among your group (Optional)



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