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Tour Inclusions
  • 10 Nights accommodation at hotels mentioned.
  • Meals - 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinner
  • Transfer & Sightseeing
  • For Group 15 pax or above: Chartered motor coach, otherwise as mentioned in the itinerary
  • For Group less than 15 pax: Charted motorcoach is arranged on Day 4, 6, 10 (between Matsue and Yonago) 
  • Public Transportation is used on Day 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 (for long transportation)
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour from Day 2 to Day 10 (Could be several guides)
  • English Speaking guide will be added if the group separates for options
  • English speaking assistant arranged for Day 1
  • Tourist Class train tickets reserved seats
  • Entrance fees included
  • Separate Baggage transfer on Day3 (Osaka-Takamatsu), Day5 (Takamatsu-Hiroshima), Day 9 (Okayama-Kyoto)
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Package inclusions are subject to change
Departure Dates
  • 05/27/2020 - 06/06/2020
  • 06/24/2020 - 07/04/2020
  • 07/22/2020 - 08/01/2020
  • 08/26/2020 - 09/05/2020

Setouchi, Japan's Inland Sea ( Low Season)

11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS

11 Days : Osaka, Kyoto, Takamatsu, Shodoshima Island, Matsuyama, Hiroshima, Kurashiki, Okayama, Naoshima, Himeji
Tour Itinerary
  • Day 1: Kansai or Itami apt. - Osaka Upon arrival at Kansai or Itami airport, meet your English speaking staff at the arrival lobby and he/she will take you to the limited express train (from Kansai) or limousine bus (from Itami) to Osaka station (train or limousine bus ticket will be given from the assistant). After arrived at Osaka station, check in Hotel Granvia Osaka on your own. The hotel is connected to the station. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.[Meals: No meals included]
    Accommodation
    • Hotel Granvia Osaka
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 2: Osaka - Kyoto - Osaka Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. You will meet your fellow travellers and the English speaking guide, and start the tour of Osaka and Kyoto. The tour will visit Umeda Floating Garden Observatory with the height of 173m. After enjoying the view of whole Osaka city the tour will proceed to Dotombori, Osaka’s gourmet and entertainment district. Osaka is famous for its local food such as “Okonomiyaki” (Japanese style pancake) or “Takoyaki” (dumplings with octopus). Those local foods are reasonable and please enjoy for lunch while having free time there. The tour will continue to Kyoto to show you the historical capital of Japan. Visit Kinkaku-ji temple, being famous for the golden pavilion, and Ryoanji temple. Kinkakuji is the Buddhist temple originally constructed in 1397 by Ashikaga shogun(commander in chief of Samurai administration), and new building was built in 1955 after original has been burnt down by arson. Then visit Ryoanji temple which is famous for beautifully shaped stone garden.The guide will escort you back to Osaka. For the dinner, gather as the group for welcome dinner. [Meals: BB, DD]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Dinner
    Accommodation
    • Hotel Granvia Osaka
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 3: Osaka - Takamatsu This morning leave Osaka by the “Shinkansen” (super express train) and Olive local train for Takamatsu, one of the gate cities to Shikoku Island. On the way there, the train passes the Seto-Ohashi Bridge. This bridge, being finished the construction in 1988, for the first time connected the main land of Japan and Shikoku Island by the land route. Your will have chance to make your own lunch udon noodles, which is local specialty of Kagawa prefecture. Please enjoy a walking tour inside Ritsurin Park, highly noted for its beautiful landscape. Check in to your hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day. [Meals: BB, LL]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    Accommodation
    • JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 4: Takamatsu - Shodoshima Island - Takamatsu This day will be your first day to visit one of the islands of the Inland sea of Japan. Take a ferry from Takamatsu port to Shodoshima Island, which is famous for olives and soy sauce. After strolling around the Olive Garden which has 100 years history to learn the historical connection between Japan and olives, continue to view the island from a top of Kankakei valley. Afterwards learn how soy sauces are made at a soy sauce factory museum, so that you can deeply learn the Japanese cuisine.Take the ferry back to Takamatsu port to return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. [Meals: BB, LL]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    Accommodation
    • JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 5: Takamatsu - Matsuyama In the morning, take a local express train to Matsuyama, another city on Shikoku island. This city has Dogo district, where is famous for having one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. This area appears in a novel written by Soseki Natsume, a famous writer in late 19th century, and now has sightsee spot connected to the novel called “Botchan”. The hotel you will stay is located right in the center of Matsuyama city, so you can enjoy strolling out for dinner tonight. [Meals: BB, LL]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    Accommodation
    • ANA Crowne Plaza Matsuyama or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 6: Matsuyama - Hiroshima
    Meals
    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Accommodation
    • Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 7: Hiroshima - Kurashiki - Okayama Today start the tour by visiting a makeup-brush making factory on the way to Kurashiki. Visit Kurashiki by local train to stroll around Bikan Historical Quarter which used to be the center of goods transportation. There you can enjoy lots of classical warehouses constructed with white and black walls, most of which are well preserved along the river. Followed by Ohara Art Museum which has been built in 1930, head to Okayama city to visit Okayama castle and stay at hotel in Okayama [Meals: BB, LL]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    Accommodation
    • ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 8: Okayama - Naoshima - Okayama Enjoy a day trip to Naoshima on Japan’s Inland Sea on this day. Naoshima is well known as the island featuring modern art. After enjoying your lunch at the restaurant in Benesse House visit Chichu Art Museum and “Ie” (Japanese traditional houses) project exhibitions,. After the visit return to the hotel and enjoy for the rest of the day. [Meals: BB, LL]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    Accommodation
    • ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 9: Okayama - Himeji - Kyoto Take a Shinkansen to Himeji station. In Himeji there is a white beautiful castle registered as the UNESCO World Heritage site. Constructed in 1346 it still remains the original building and hence regarded as the National Treasure of Japan. Please enjoy the walking tour of the castle from the station. After lunch at the local restaurant transfer to Kyoto to spend the afternoon free at leisure. [Meals: BB]
    Meals
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation
    • Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 10: Kyoto Spend the day free at leisure. You may join sunrise tours. Please be ready to join our farewell dinner all together with those who went on the Matsue option. [Meals: BB, DD]
    Meals
    • Breakfast & Dinner
    Accommodation
    • Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo or Similar
    Please note: The actual hotel is not confirmed until the booking is completed.
  • Day 11: Kyoto - Kansai or Itami apt. Transfer to Kansai or Itami airport by shuttle taxi with your luggage. Your room is available until regular check our time. [Meals: No meals included]