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Artistic Spirit & Stunning Nature of Western Japan

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465,000 JPY

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Tour code : 0074N
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13 Days/12 Nights in Western Japan
Combining the sacred mountain temple complex of Koyasan, the relaxing hot spring resort town of Kinosaki and a rare visit to the Tottori Sand Dunes, this epic adventure in Western Japan is full of lifelong memories.



Konpon Daito at Koyasan
The highlight of the Danjo Garan, at the heart of Koya-san, is the Konpon Daito. Built as a center for the study of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, it has been a holy site for approximately 1,200 years. Standing 49 meters tall, the vermillion Konpon Daito displays a sense of majesty and dignity. Together with the central statue of the Dainichi Nyorai, statues of the four protector Buddhas and paintings of the sixteen bodhisattvas on the surrounding pillars and walls form an unusual three-dimensional mandala. The moment you step inside, the scent of purifying incense surrounds you and you can feel all your worries and troubles fade away, leaving only calm behind.

Maiko (Apprentice Geisha
The most interesting point of this tour is that you can eat lunch with maiko,geisha! The 'professional maiko,geisha', who undergo strict training in traditional Japanese arts such as dance, music, and communication, are something that even people who live in Kyoto rarely get to see. This tour is the only opportunity to meet such women! Wouldn’t you like to see them perform Japanese traditional dance as you enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine? You can take pictures with the maiko,geisha, and it is sure to be a wonderful memory.

Kinosaki Onsen
This hot spring town has more than a thousand years of history and is a favorite getaway spot for the people of the Kansai area. Visitors to the town can often be seen walking from one public bath house to the next wearing yukatas. Wearing a yukata makes it easier for bathers to try the different bath houses without having to change in and out of their regular clothes. Kinosaki is such a yukata-friendly town that some stores have signs in their windows to show that they can help with any yukata wardrobe malfunctions! Kinosaki is a picturesque hot spring town and a perfect place to relax and experience Japanese hospitality.

Tottori Sand Dunes & Sand Museum
This vast area of sand dunes offers wide views of the picturesque Sea of Japan. This landscape has been changing for thousands of years as the sands shift.

The Sand Museum showcases incredibly detailed sand sculptures. You are sure to appreciate the expertly created structures and statues made from millions of grains of sand. The museum recently moved to fantastic new premises so now is a great time to explore the world of sand art.

Adachi Museum of Art
This extremely innovative museum that art lovers will enjoy incorporates spectacular views of one of the premier Japanese gardens in its structure. Between the expertly curated displays and galleries are magnificent views of Japanese gardens. There are new ways of seeing the gardens around every corner. The permanent collections including ceramics, woodblock prints, modern Japanese paintings, and many visiting exhibitions compliment the gardens perfectly.


Onbashi
Found in the city of Shobara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Onbashi is a natural bridge, formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, consisting of a form of corroded limestone called karst. It is one of Japan’s registered natural monuments. With a height of 40 meters and width of 19 meters, Onbashi is one of the world’s three largest natural bridges, along with Virginia’s Natural Bridge, and the Prebischtor in the Bohemian Switzerland region of the Czech Republic.

Adding to the fun of a visit to Onbashi is the landmark’s almost mystical appearance, which varies depending on whether you’re viewing it from upstream or downstream. When viewed from upstream (passing beneath the bridge), there’s a spot in the middle of Onbashi that, when the sunlight hits just right, looks like a face. Be sure to try for yourself and see if, as the legend goes, “Those who see the face of a demon will find happiness.” The path to Onbashi is level, making it an easily accessible destination even for those traveling with children.

Miyajima
Established by Empress Suiko in the year 593, the World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine is located on Miyajima in Hiroshima Bay. The entire island is believed to be sacred, and there was even a time in the past when people were prohibited from entering. Unlike the similarly 'floating' Mont Saint-Michel, high tide and low tide occurs twice a day.

Available period Throughout the year

Fees(Adult)
465,000 JPY
Tour date
Mondays - Fridays
Minimum number of participants
2 Persons
Departure point
Takashimaya Osaka Department Store (At Nankai Namba Station)

* Price for one Adult
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)

*Included in the tour price
・An ICOCA prepaid travel card charged with 10,000 yen. You can use this travel card for easy travel on city buses and subways and on highway buses between Hiroshima and Shobara.
・Taxi fares for three days of your tour.
・Expert tour guide for Koya Kaido, Miyajima, and the Adachi Museum of Art.
・Breakfast every morning of the tour.
・Evening meals made with the finest local specialty ingredients. (Four meals)
・Hotel and traditional Japanese inn accommodation, all with excellent facilities.
・Natural hot springs bathing experience.
・Spectacularly presented traditional meals in the authentic Japanese style. (Two lunches)
・Traditional green tea experience while looking out at an incredible Japanese style garden.
・Experiences of treasured culture and handicrafts.
・Unmissable opportunity to meet a real life maiko, a geisha’s apprentice.
・Active outdoor experience for nature lovers.
・Access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
・ Hands-on experience to learn about traditional handicrafts.
・ Entry to the Adachi Museum of Art, one of Artistic Japan’s premier locations!

※Our tour guide normally conducts tours in English. If you would like to request a tour guide for another language such as French, German or Chinese, please feel free to contact us.

Reservation deadline
10 days before the tour starts
Cancelation charge
Company name
RIELA

* Depending on weather and road conditions changes to the tour without prior notice can be possible.

Assembly Point
Nankai Namba Station
access
[Access to Nankai Namba Station by Train]
・From Tokyo - about 2 hours 40 minutes by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - about 1 hour by train
・From Nara - about 1 hour by train
Assembling time
9:15 am
Ending place
JR Shin-Osaka Station
Time required
13 Days / 12 Nights

Schedule

Tour Plan


Tour Plan

Day 1
Accommodation in Osaka You will stay in a hotel in Central Osaka.
The evening is all yours! Please enjoy exploring the world of Gourmet Osaka! We like takoyaki, okonomiyaki and kushikatsu. Give them a try!
Day 2
09:15 Departure After meeting up with our guide, it’s time to take the Nankai train and head out on our spectacular journey, starting with Koyasan.
10:10 Koya Kaido Near Kawachi Nagano Station, four main roads from Osaka and Kyoto converge into one and become the Koya Kaido. This is the pilgrimage route leading to the sacred ground of Koyasan.

It is pleasant to walk the streets of this area and see sights which have remained unchanged for centuries such as Eboshigata Hachiman Shrine or Nagano Shrine. Nagano Shrine is registered as a national important cultural property. With so many places staying the same as they have always been, you will feel like you are walking in the footsteps of the pilgrims.
11:30 Lunch Time for lunch in a Michelin Guide featured restaurant! This is for lovers of Gourmet Japan!
14:00 Amanosan Kongō-ji Temple Amanosan Kongō-ji Temple was built in the reign of Emperor Shomu between 729 and 749 CE. The temple houses four national treasures and registered important cultural properties. Flowers surround the temple’s grounds. The temple is a perfect place to enjoy some tea as you gaze at the moss-covered garden.
15:00 Sudare blinds craft experience Sudare blinds are an indispensable feature in Japanese interior design. Learn about the history of sudare blinds and try making your own blinds too!
17:00 Amami Hot Springs Your accommodation for the night is in an elegant and refined hotel which is listed as an important cultural property. Take a stroll through the gardens and feel at home in your room and in the natural hot spring baths. This is a luxurious place to spend time and relax.
Day 3
10:15 Koyasan A premier location for those who want to see the spiritual side of Japan. There are great sights to see such as the Danjo Garan temple complex with its majestic pagoda and the gravestones and tall trees of Okunoin. Take some pictures and collect some calligraphy and red stamps in a notebook like Japanese visitors to special places do. If you are lucky, you might see Buddhist monks going about their daily duties around the various temples of Koyasan.
16:00 Departure for Kyoto The Nankai train will bring you from Koyasan back to Osaka. Then it's time to continue on to Kyoto. Enjoy the old-fashioned scenes around Gion and other districts. You can spend the evening any way you would like.
Day 4
10:00 Fushimi Inari Shrine The uncountable red torii gates form a tunnel. What a sight! This shrine is definitely on a lot of people's bucket lists. It is even recommended in the Michelin Guide.

There is a special stone lantern in the grounds of the shrine. The head of this stone lantern is called Omokaru Ishi. After you make a wish at the stone lantern, try lifting the top part of the lantern. If it’s heavier than you thought, your wish will not come true. But, if it’s lighter than you thought, your wish will come true.
12:00 Traditional Restaurant What better way to enjoy Kyo-Ryori (Kyoto's celebrated local cuisine) than in an atmospheric, calm restaurant? And to make things even more memorable and more Kyoto-esque, a maiko will perform a traditional dance. This geisha's apprentice will come from her tea house to perform. Please feel free to take pictures. This is definitely a Grade A Kyoto experience!
14:00 Old Fashioned Ambiance of Fushimi This area is famous for delicious sake. The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is famous for its easy to drink sake. Please try some after you visit the museum. The Teradaya district is recommended for history buffs, especially those familiar with Shinsengumi police force active in the nineteenth century.
15:00 Jikkoku-bune Boat Ride This old-fashioned boat will take you along the river the old-fashioned way! You can admire the contrast of the rows of houses and the natural beauty through all four seasons.
Day 5
Your Day in Kyoto Please spend the day taking in Kyoto’s sights as you see fit! We recommended places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Golden Temple Pavillion of Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama.
Day 6
Free Time in Himeji Now is a great time to see Himeji Castle! In fact, it has recently undergone a five and half year restoration process. It is nicknamed the Egret Castle because of its dazzling white walls. The surrounding grounds are splendid too and are a perfect place to enjoy matcha green tea and see some Japanese gardens.
Day 7
Kinosaki Onsen Kinosaki has retained the atmosphere of a hot spring resort town. Visitors to the town wearing cotton yukata and wooden geta sandals stroll from one of the seven public bath houses to the next. For tour participants with children, why not bring them along to Kinosaki Marine World? There are lots of fun activities to do including deep frying fish that you catch yourself! Self-caught tempura! Let’s try it.
Day 8
11:30 Uradome Coastline – Sightseeing Cruise The scenery along the Uradome Coastline formed by the wild Sea of Japan waves and winds is a sight to behold. The ragged islands and chalk white rocks and sand along with the clear waters are captivating. Take all the natural beauty in from on board a sightseeing boat!
12:30 Tottori Sand Dunes & Sand Museum A singular experience and unique amongst Japanese sights – the vast sand dunes and the backdrop of the Sea of Japan make a wonderful picture.

Using the sea and sand of the Tottori Dunes for inspiration and raw materials, the intricate sand sculptures in this gallery are mesmerizing. The theme of the sculptures changes so there are lots of repeat visitors to this great location.
16:30 Mizuki Shigeru Road This street is a celebration of the famous manga Kitaro. Its Japanese title is Gegege no Kitaro. The creator is this comic, Mizuki Shigeru, created many characters and stories after his experiences in war. This is a carefully planned-out location and the best place to learn about Mizuki Shigeru’s life and the world of manga. Why not strike a pose with some of the bronze Yōkai statues? There are more than 170 of these supernatural characters to be found here!
Day 9
Adachi Museum of Art A three star location in the Michelin Green Guide. There are many reasons why this expertly designed and laid out art and culture experienced achieved this accolade! Among them are the glorious Japanese gardens, the paintings of Yokoyama Taikan, the ceramics by masters like Kawai Kanjirō and the collections curated for children. Immerse yourself in this world of art.
Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture Like Himeji Castle, the keep at Matsue-jo is a spectacular, multi-layered structure. Not only is the keep itself an impressive sight, you can enjoy the scenery of the moat too.
Day 10
09:40 Soy Sauce Brewing An indispensable ingredient in Japanese cooking – soy sauce is essential! But how about making your own original batch? It will be the only one of its kind in the world!
12:00 Bihoku Hillside Park This tranquil park covers an extensive area and is full of flowers blooming throughout each season. At Hiba no Sato, you can experience what life was like long ago in Japan. There are houses with thatched rooves in this little village. Try the all natural seasonal drinks there.
14:40 Onbashi Rock Bridge This is the third largest natural bridge in the world. A giant rock bridge surrounded by nature – this is definitely worth seeing! The forest around this area might remind you of the movie Princess Mononoke. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for this hike. For those who are interested, we can show you the Shirakumo limestone caves nearby.

If the walk to Onbashi is not suitable for you because of accessibility or health reasons, please contact us ahead of time. We can arrange alternative activities like visiting the charming streetscapes of the nearby town.
17:30 Shobara Sakura Hot Springs Enjoy your stay at Kanpo no Sato Shobara. The meals which use nourishing ingredients from the countryside and the fourteen kinds of hot spring bath will soothe you! There is even an outdoor bath so you can gaze at the stars as you have a nice soak!

As is tradition in hot spring vacations in Japan, you can enjoy a fun activity in the evening.

Please choose one from the list below (The options you have chosen might not be available, depending on availability).
( Table tennis , Karaoke )
Day 11
Hiroshima City After dropping luggage at the hotel, please feel free to take in the sights of Hiroshima City. There are must-see locations like Hiroshima Castle, the Peace Memorial Museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome. We recommend trying some Hiroshima specialties like Okonomiyaki and oysters while walking in the evening.
Day 12
Miyajima After meeting up with our tour guide at Hiroshima Station, please enjoy the spectacular scenery of Miyajima. There is lots to see and do (and eat!) in the shopping streets on the way to Itsukushima Shrine, a famous world heritage site.

Momiji manju are famous in this area. These cakes filled with bean paste are shaped like maple leaves! You can try them grilled or even deep fried and there are some variations with fillings other than the traditional sweet red bean paste. See which ones you can find!

With the incredible torii shrine gate standing in the sea as your background, take some photos to remember your trip. One of the many deer who roam the island might want to be in the picture too!
Day 13
Return to Osaka The Shinkansen will return you to Osaka in style. This is where our tour ends. Please enjoy your stay in Osaka and if you are heading to other cities or flying home, please have a safe journey.

This tour can be modified and extended. Please contact us ahead of time if you have requests.

※Please make sure to read our [Terms & Policies]
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Cancellations and Modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation Period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[One day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the day of departure before departure time]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee.
About Taxi Drivers and Sightseeing ・ Concerning Your Luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.
For Customers Joining Tours During the Winter Period ・ Warning About Tattoos
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

・Be warned that if you have any tattoos, you may not be allowed to enter a public onsen or sento.
If your tattoo is small enough to cover with Band-Aid and you will have no problem.
Please ask the staff at the front desk, if you can go in despite your tattoo.

Thank you very much for your kind understanding.
Itinerary Changes
・Customers may make changes to their tour itineraries, such as length of stay, etc. if they so wish.
・Please note that any extensions to the length of stay will incur additional charges.
・Additional charges are generally paid on the day, in cash, to the taxi driver.
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.
Tour Operation: Regarding the Minimum Number of Participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Our Expert on This Area

Mr.Hiromichi Kumamoto from Shobara City Tourism Association (about Onbashi Bridge)

If I were to put Shobara’s charms in as few words as possible, I’d say it’s a place rich in nature. By that I mean, the people in Shobara all love flowers, they love greenery, they really love that about Shobara. Onbashi is a famous place that just about everyone around here has been to. It’s treasured, as a place that we can boast about to the world. Shobara has other places that are full of that ancient mystery and romance. By all means, please come and visit Shobara.

Mr. Shimomori from National Bihoku Hill Park (Hiba no Sato)

It has been four years since I started working at the National Bihoku Hill Park. What I love about it is that it is a place filled with nature. In order to be able to attract as many customers as possible, we have put in various efforts such as transplanting mountain plants into the park, or planting daffodils in a slanted position such that they all face the same direction. At the Hiba no Sato where we have attempted to reproduce the village forests of Japan, seasonal drinks such as perilla leaf juices in summer and sweet sake (alcoholic drink made from fermented rice) in winter are sold. Please come and visit us at the National Bihoku Hill Park that is abundant with nature and flowers!

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