Essence of Spring | Southern Tour 8 Days

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Remote island of Shikoku to Kyushu via Hiroshima

Essence of Spring | Southern 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 : Adult (age 12+)
USD3,498
Price : Adult (age 12+) USD3,498
Duration : 7 nights 8 Days
Tour Start : Osaka
Tour End : Osaka
Departure Date :
2018
24 Mar, 29 Mar, 05 Apr
Route : Osaka ⇒ Himeji ⇒ Hiroshima ⇒ Arita ⇒ Kumamoto ⇒ Takachiho ⇒ Beppu ⇒ Dogo Onsen ⇒ Kagawa ⇒ Naruto ⇒ Osaka
Includes : 6 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs, Daily Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 4 Dinners, All ground transportation and airport transfers, Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations, Bullet train ride, Tea Ceremony, and other Japanese activities, Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide, Handbook and Tour Goods Package, Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels
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DayEvent / Visit
1
Arrival Osaka

Kansai Int'l Airport (KIX) or Osaka Int'l Airport (ITM) - Itami Airport

Welcome to 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)

Meals : -
Hotel : Kyoto
2
Osaka & Himeji

Morning - [Osaka] Dotonbori / Kuromon Ichiba Market
Afternoon - [Hyogo] Himeji Castle / [Hiroshima] Hiroshima Okonomiyaki (Dinner)
Evening - Hotel

Dotonbori Kuromon Ichiba Marcket Himeji Castle Hiroshima Okonomiyaki

We will begin today by heading to Dotonburi and Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka. These are great locations to sample some of Osaka's famous cuisine, or to get any kitchen suplies you may need.

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 1600's, having survived all wars, earthquakes and natural disasters.

During our day, we will enjoy Okonomiyaki, savory Japanese pancakes that is a specialty in both Osaka and Hiroshima. We will then make our way to Hiroshima and check into our hotel.

Meals : Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel : Hiroshima
3
Full Day Hiroshima

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

Peace Memorial Park Sadako Stature Itsukushima Shrine Genbaku Dome

Today our Japan tour begins with a visit to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Located off the main shore on the island of Miyajima, the iconic gate that floats is a must see. During high tide, the torii gate looks as though it is floating in water, creating a unique sight, considered one of Japan's three most beautiful sights. Miyajima is also known for its momiji manju (maple leaf shaped cake with red beans) and oysters which you can enjoy during your time on the island.

After our visit, we will spend more time sight-seeing in Hiroshima. One of the main highlights here in Hiroshima is the A-Bomb Dome, the only surviving building from the aftermath, and the Peace Park Memorial where you can see and read about the relic of the war. The A-Bomb Dome has been preserved to be a reminder of the tragedy for future generations and to symbolize its wishes for everlasting peace. 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.

Meals : Breakfast
Hotel : Fukuoka
4
Saga & Nagasaki

Morning - [Saga] Aritayaki / [Nagasaki] Nagasaki Champon (Lunch)
Afternoon - Glover Garden / Oura Church / Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park
Evening - [Kumamoto] Hotel

Aritayaki Glover Garden Oura Church Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park

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.

We will check-in to our hotel for a traditional style dinner, a luxurious multi-course Japanese meal. Afterwards, you have time to take a soak in the hot springs.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hotel : Kumamoto
5
Kumamoto & Takachiho

Morning - Kumamoto Castle / Hosokawa Mansion
Afternoon - [Miyazaki] Takachiho Gorge / Sandanbashi / Tanada / Tunnel Station
Evening - Yokagura / Hotel

Kumamoto Castle Hosokawa Mansion Takachiho Gorge Yokagura show

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.

Located next to the castle is the Hosokawa family Mansion, the family home for one of Japan's most powerful samurai families. Walk through the residence to get a better understanding of the life among the elites, and see some relics from the Edo period in the home-turned-museum.

We will then head to Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and among the largest in the world. Before our day ends, we will enjoy watching a Yokagura show.

Meals : Breakfast / Dinner
Hotel : Miyazaki
6
Beppu & Dogo

Morning - [Beppu] Tour of Hell / Saga Ferry
Afternoon - [Ehime] Dogo Onsen / Rickshaw Ride
Evening - Taiko Show / Hotel

Sea Hell Blood Pond Hel Dogo Onsen Automaton clock

Our morning begins in the hot spring town of Beppu, where we are going for an exciting Tour of Hell. From the eight famous spots, we will visit three: the Sea Hell made up of bright cobalt blue hot water, the Blood Pond Hell where hot water containing red melted clay gushes out, and the Tornado Hell, a fiery geyser that erupts every 20 minutes.

Following the pattern of hot springs, we will visit one of the oldest hot springs in the world, Dogo Onsen, which is said to have over 3,000 years of history. The onsen is also widely known for welcoming the imperial family as guests and has a room called Yushinden on reserve exclusively for their use. Dogo Onsen's impressive wooden structure served as a model for the famous film Spirited Away. Enjoy an optional Rickshaw ride through the city grounds, or watch a traditional Taiko drum show in the evening (additional fee's may apply).

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hotel : Dogo Onsen
7
Takamatsu & Tokushima

Morning - [Kagawa] Ritsurin Garden / Udon (Lunch)
Afternoon - [Tokushima] Awaodori Kaikan / Naruto Whirlpools
Evening - [Osaka] Hotel

Ritsurin Garden Ritsurin Garden - Shoko Shoreikan Naruto whirlpools Awa-odori Museum

Our day will begin heading towards Osaka. Traveling East, we will visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan that overlooks Mt.Shiun, Ritsurin Garden. Michelin Green Guide graded the garden three stars and is a great place to take photos, especially from the highest point that overlooks the entire garden.

While making our way through Tokushima, we will stop at the Awa-odori Museum, a museum dedicated to the prefectural dance of Tokushima. During the annual Awa-Odori festival, thousands of spectators flock to Japan to watch the traditional dance. Enjoy learning some steps and history of Awa-odori at this great museum.

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 that can be seen under very ideal conditions. (*The whirlpool can only be seen at certain times of the day and thus we cannot guarantee seeing the whirlpool in action.)

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch
Hotel : Osaka
8
Departure Osaka

Kansai Int'l Airport (KIX) or Osaka Int'l Airport (ITM) - Itami Airport

Your pleasant and memorable Japan tour ends today. The tour will disband after breakfast. Fly home with cherished memories or enjoy your extended stay in Japan.

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

Meals : Breakfast
Hotel : N/A

6 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs.

Tsubaki-kan Tsubaki-kan Room NTsubaki-kan Bath

※ Example images, actual hotels may vary.

DayCityHotel NameHotel Type
1 Kyoto Kyoto New Miyako Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
2 Hiroshima Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
3 Fukuoka Hakata Excel Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
4 Kumamoto Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
5 Miyazaki Hotel Takachiho or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
6 Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-kan or similar Hotel (Japanese-style Room)
7 Osaka Sheraton Miyako Osaka Hotel or similar Hotel (Western-style Room)
Tour Operator : Travel Oriented Inc T/A Japan Deluxe Tour
Participants : Minimum 1-30 (The maximum number of participants will not exceed 30 people during your Japan tour.)
Single Room Supplement : USD1,000
Hotels : 6 nights Western and 1 night Japanese-style hotel with hot-springs. All accommodation have been tested and carefully selected so you will enjoy the comfortable rooms and quality amenities. Accommodation listed above may change to the similar class hotels without prior notice.
Meal : 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Tour Guide : A tour guide will accompany the group throughout travelling with you from destination to destination. The tour guide is a professional guide, living and working in Japan, and will be abele to give personal insights about Japanese culture and society.
Admission Fees : All admission fees are included on itinerary.
Transportation : All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi. This tour includes a bullet train ride experience.
Luggage : We request one suitcase, plus one carry-on bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room. You will be travelling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride.
International Flight : We offer the option of purchasing air inclusive tour packages, or land only tour packages, giving our customers the freedom to source their own flights. However, we are always more than happy to arrange your flights.
Extra Night: We suggest an extra night at the start of the tour or after the tour. If you would like to explore Japan further after the tour is over. Please let us know if this would interest you.
Remarks :
  • Package prices are per person, based on double occupancy (2 people sharing 1 room. Surcharge will be added to the basic fare for a single room or triple occupancy discount)
  • Itinerary and hotels are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
  • Complimentary airport/hotel transfers are for designated airports only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
  • Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please make a note that your bus and tour guide may be changed once other groups join the tour.
  • Package price is based on US Dollar. The price will be frequently changed according to daily exchange rate.
  • Please read our terms and conditions carefully before you make a reservation.

Kyushu

Miyajima
Miyajima
Hiroshima Okonomiyaki
Himeji Castle
Aritayaki
Glover Garden
Oura Church
Takachiho Gorge
Sea Hell
Naruto whirlpools
Dotonbori
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