• Southern Japan Tour

  • 6 nights 7 days

Remote island of Shikoku to Kyushu via Hiroshima

Japan Package - Southern Japan Tour Southern Japan Tour will give you a glimpse of Japan in its elements away from the bright lights of the city. Travelling in Kyushu and Shikoku is an adventure on its own. Starting from Osaka, we will head south to Himeji, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kumamoto, Takachiho, Beppu, Matsuyama, Takamatsu, Tokushima and Naruto.

This unique fully escorted Southern Japan Tour packages features visiting Miyajima's floating torii, The Tour of Hell in Beppu, soaking in the hot springs of Dogo Onsen, watching a traditional kagura dance in Takachiho, and much more. This comprehensive Japan tour will mesmerize you with its natural beauty of sceneries you will not find anywhere else.

During spring season when the pink and white petals of sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms, are cascading on famous landmarks, Southern Japan's natural beauty is enhanced to an unforgettable sight. You can also extend your vacation before / after the tour in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Price : USD2,898 (Per person twin share)
Tour Start : Osaka Tour End : Osaka
Duration : 7 nights 8 days Departure Date : See below
Hotels : 4 nights Western and 2 night Japanese-style hotel
Meals : 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners)
Route : Osaka ⇒ Hiroshima ⇒ Miyajima ⇒ Yamaguchi ⇒ Fukuoka ⇒ Arita ⇒ Nagasaki ⇒ Kumamoto ⇒ Takachiho ⇒ Beppu ⇒ Matsuyama ⇒ Takamatsu ⇒ Osaka

Tour Start Date 2017 :

June 18
August 10
October 07, 21

Accommodation :

CityHotel NameRoom Type / Overview
[Day 1] Kyoto Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel1 Kyoto Tokyu Hotel2

Western-style Room /
Kyoto New Miyako Hotel is in the heart of the city. Directly across from Kyoto Station, it's easy access to other location in Kyoto and Japan. The hotel has great dining options and unique boutiques. Nearby the hotel is the Nishiki Market and Ryozen Museum of History.
Near by : Nishiki Market in 10 minutes by taxi
[Day 2] Hiroshima Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar

Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima1 Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima2

Western-style Room /
Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima is located in the heart of Hiroshima's Downtown. The Hotel offers beautiful view of Hiroshima City. Hotel offers many modern facilities and services like the gym, hot springs, and spa (these are extra charges). Many famous sight see spots are within walking distance such as Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Dome.
Near by : Hiroshima Peace Park in 10 mins by walk, Mazda Museum in 10 mins by car
[Day 3] Fukuoka Hyatt Regency Fukuoka

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto1 Hotel Nikko Kumamoto2

Western-style Room /
The Hyatt Regency Fukuoka hotel is a 4-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Hakata-Ku neighbourhood of Fukuoka, Japan. This Hotel is an extraordinary post-modern architecture of a world-famous landmark, Rome Colosseum. It is five minutes walk from Hakata subway station and walking distance to the shopping area.
[Day 4] Kumamoto Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto1 Hotel Nikko Kumamoto2

Western-style Room /
The Hotel Nikko Kumamoto offers great deals on luxury hotel rooms and is located at the center of the city, where both the office district and Kumamoto castle are within walking distance. There are Japanese, European, and Chinese-style restaurants available for business and leisure travelers to enjoy. Hotel Nikko Kumamoto also features the largest banquet room in the city, which can be used for various events, such as business conventions and weddings.
[Day 5] Miyazaki Hotel Takachiho or similar

Hotel Takachiho1 Hotel Takachiho2

Japanese-style Room /
One of the most popular places to stay in Takachiho. As a Kokuminshukuha ("Peoples Lodging") they offer outstanding service and comfortable stay. There is a indoor hot spring in ground level. The hotel has great access down to Takachiho Gorge. Enjoy watching a traditional kagura performance close by at Takachiho Shrine.
Near by : Takachiho Gorge in 15 mins by walk, Takachiho Shrine in 5 mins by walk
[Day 6] Matsuyama Tsubaki-kan or similar

Tsubaki-kan1 Tsubaki-kan2

Japanese-style Room /
Tsubaki-kan is located in the Dogo Onsen district, its a great location for shopping and taking the trolley to visit downtown and Matsuyama Castle. The hotel in conveniently located 5 minute walk from the famous Dogo Onsen. Dogo Onsen is the oldest hot spring in Japan and is rumored to have healing qualities. The hotel provides both western and Japanese-style rooms. Everyday there is a taiko show at 9 pm in the ground floor. There is also free Wi-Fi at the lobby area.
Near by : Matsuyama castle 10 mins by car, The Dogo Park 12 mins by walk
[Day 7] Osaka Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar

Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel1 Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel2

Western-style Room /
The only hotel on the Kansai International Airport Island. We are directly connected to the airport and the railway station. In addition, as a resort hotel, we are popular.
Near by : Kami-honmachi YUFURA, Kintetsu department, Shinkabukiza

Tour Itinerary :

DayEvent / VisitHighlight
1 Arrival Kansai Int'l Airport or Osaka Int'l Airport (Itami Airport)

Welcome to Osaka, Japan! We will have transportation services to take you to your hotel. Please refer to your tour handbook for more information. Rest at the hotel and be ready to start your exciting tour tomorrow.

Information

From KIX Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 70 mins (Bus)
From ITM Airport to downtown hotel in Osaka - about 30 mins (Bus)

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Meals : Breakfast : X / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
Hotel : Kyoto
2 Kyoto - Osaka - Himeji - Hiroshima

Morning - [Osaka] Cup Noodles Museum
Afternoon - [Himeji] Himeji Castle
Evening - Hotel

We will begin today by heading to Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka. Cup Noodles Museum is an interactive museum where you can learn about the history of cup noodles and even make your own original cup noodle. Next our tour bus will make a stop at Himeji-jo, or Himeji Castle. Himeji-jo is a UNESCO distinguished site, representing Japanese castle architecture at its highest with almost all of the castle structure still intact from its original construction in the early 1,600's, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.
Osaka - Cup Noodles Museum Himeji - Himeji Castle
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Hiroshima
3 Hiroshima - Miyajima - Yamaguchi - Fukuoka

Morning - Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Dome
Afternoon - Miyajima / Itsukushima Shrine / [Yamaguchi] Kintai Bridge
Evening - [Fukuoka] Hotel

Our Japan tour will spend part of this morning at the Peace Park Memorial. Stroll along the park to see famous attractions like that of Sadako’s statue and the freedom bell. Here you can see and read about the relic of the war. We will also spend time at the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the main highlights here in Hiroshima, the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath. After our visit, we will take a small boat to Itsukushima, a small island off the main shore famously known as Miyajima. It is the home of the floating torii, which at high tide seems to float on water. Along the torii, the Itsukushima Shrine complex is also built over water and is ranked one of Japan’s three best sceneries. We close up the day with a visit to the Kintai Bridge, a series of five wooden arches over the Nishiki River.
Hiroshima - Hiroshima Peace Park Hiroshima - Sadako's statue Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Hiroshima - Itsukushima-jinja Shrine Yamaguchi - Kintai Bridge
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Fukuoka
4 Fukuoka - Saga - Nagasaki - Kumamoto

Morning - [Saga] Arita
Afternoon - [Nagasaki] Glover Garden / Oura Church / Peace Memorial Park
Evening - Hotel

Our day begins in Arita, where we will see some of the finest porcelain creations. Our day then takes us to Nagasaki where we have much to cover. We will head to Glover Garden which exhibits Western style mansions. After viewing these gorgeous mansions, we will continue with our foreign influences to the Oura Catholic Church. The Oura Catholic Church is Japan’s oldest standing Catholic church. Our last stop of the day is the Nagasaki Peace Park which was built to commemorate the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In the park is a large pillar engraved with the names of the victims.
Saga - Aritayaki Nagasaki - Glover Garden Nagasaki - Peace Memorial Park
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Kumamoto
5 Kumamoto - Takachiho

Morning - [Kumamoto] Kumamoto Castle
Afternoon - [Miyazaki] Takachiho Gorge / Amanoiwato
Evening - Hotel

Our day begins in Kumamoto to visit Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Then we proceed to Takachiho. Legend states, when Susanoo, god of storm, terrorized Amaterasu, his sister and sun goddess, she hid in a cave plunging the world into darkness. The cave is called Ama-no-Iwato, the heavenly rock cave, exists in Takachiho.
Hiroshima - A-bomb dome Miyazaki - Takachiho Gorge
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : O
Hotel : Takachiho
6 Takachiho - Beppu - Dogo Onsen

Morning - [Beppu] Tour of Hell / Saga Ferry Ride / [Matsuyama] Ishiteji Temple
Afternoon - Dogo Onsen
Evening - Hotel

Today we will head North to Beppu. There we will take the pleasure in joining The Tour of Hell. This interesting little town is ranked second in the world to discharge water creating thousands of mineral springs. The Tour of Hell will focus on the eight most popular hot springs in town. You can purchase pudding from local markets that were cooked using the steam from the geysers. We continue with a ferry ride, then visiting temple 51 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, Ishiteji Temple. After lunch, we will hitch a ride in a boat to Matsuyama, a castle city. Following the pattern of hot springs, we will soak in one of the oldest in the world, Dogo Onsen. It is said that its 3,000 years old with healing qualities. We can see the Imperial family own rooms and onsens that are reserved for them called Yushinden. We will return to our hotel for a traditional kaiseki style dinner, a luxurious multi-course Japanese meal. Afterwards, you have time to roam the old streets of Matsuyama or take a soak in the hot springs. There is a Taiko Show you can enjoy at the Tsubakikan Hotel in the main building for free. *You can also enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride (fee's not included)
Beppu - The Tour of Hell Ehime - Ishiteji Temple Dogo Onsen - Yushinden Matuyama - Dogo Onsen
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : O
Hotel : Matsuyama
7 Dogo - Takamatsu - Tokushima - Osaka

Morning - [Takamatsu] Ritsurin Garden
Afternoon - [Tokushima] Awaodori Kaikan / Naruto Whirlpools*
Evening - [Osaka] Dotonbori / Hotel

Travelling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt. Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden its highest rating of three stars. The picturesque garden features ponds, hills, bridges, footpaths, and beautiful pavilions divided into a Japanese style garden in the south and western style garden in the north. Our last stop before hitting Osaka is Naruto, a small town off the coast. Here in Naruto, many hope to observe the large Naruto whirlpools which are created by the large volumes of water moving between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean between high and low tide, combined with the unique underwater geography of the narrow straight. These whirlpools can only be seen under strict conditions and times and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpools in action. Before ending our day, we will spend some time at Osaka, Dotonbori, a popular tourist district for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The street is lit by hundreds of neon lights at night time, keeping the town lively throughout the night.

* The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.

Takamatsu - Ritsurin Park Tokushima - Naruto Whirlpools Osaka - Dotonbori
Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : O / Dinner : X
Hotel : Osaka
8 Departure Osaka / Your home town or enjoy your extended stay.

Sadly your enjoyable Japan tour ends today, you will return home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

Information

From Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport to KIX Airport - about 10 mins (Walk)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to KIX Airport - about 70 mins (Bus)
From downtown hotel in Osaka to ITM Airport - about 30 mins (Bus)

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Meals : Breakfast : O / Lunch : X / Dinner : X
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