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Trip to Setouchi: Japan's Largest Inland Sea

The Setouchi region is extraordinary for these temples, these historic palaces, its magnificent gardens, and its diverse cuisine. This organized trip to Japan is an immersion in this unique culture.

Your PROGRAM of the organized trip to Japan: 9 days

 Flight to Osaka  from your departure airport

Welcome to Japan! This is the starting point where the 8-day adventure begins. Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, you will be met by an English-speaking attendant at the airport meeting point. Then you will be transferred to the hotel at xxx by private vehicle. *Depending on your flight, the half-day tour is available before/after check-in. Night: Osaka

On this day, you will be transferred to Awajishima Island by private coach or car. On the way to the island, pass Himeji Castle. Himeji is also known for its sake brewing and you will visit the local sake brewery in the Nada district. After visiting the brewery, you’ll stop at Honpukuji Suigodo Temple on Awajishima Island, designed by Tadao Ando. Honpukuji is known as the “water temple” for reasons that become apparent when you see it. Night: Awajishima

Itinerary: After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Takamatsu by private coach or car. The first visit of the day is Ritusrin Park. This is a must visit place in Takamatsu. Next, a guide will take you to the Noguchi Isamu Garden Museum. The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan is the realization of Noguchi’s wish that his former studio in Mure be an extension of his museum in New York, a place of inspiration for artists and scholars. Night: Takamatsu

On this day, you will dive in front of the art in the Setouchi inland sea. The guide will take you to Naoshima and Teshima Island by ferry. Benesse Art Site Naoshima is a collective name for the art activities carried out by Benesse Holdings and the Fukutake Foundation in Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima. You will visit Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, Benesse House Museum and Teshima Art Museum in the islands. Overnight in Takamatsu

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Matsumaya by express train from Takamatsu Station. The main attraction of the day is Dogo Onsen. Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest and most famous hot springs, located east of central Matsuyama. The area is popular with tourists for its beautiful public baths and numerous ryokan. You will stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan.
Overnight: Dogo Onsen (Ryokan)

Itinerary: On this day, you will be transferred to Hiroshima by private coach or car. On the way to Hiroshima, you will pass through Onomichi and take the famous Shimanami Kaido bike path. In Onomichi, you will visit Senkoji Temple. It is famous for its panoramic view from the open stage. You can see the beauty of many islands in the Setouchi Inland Sea. Overnight: Hiroshima City

After breakfast, embark on a full-day tour of Hiroshima by private coach or car. The first visit of the day is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. And also, a guide will take you to Miyajima Island by ferry. After the tour is over, you will be transferred back to Osaka by bullet train.
Night: Osaka

Osaka flight to your departure airport

Duration 9 days

Departure guaranteed from 2 people including flights from a European airport.

Included in the price of this organized trip to Japan:
  • international flights
  • all transfers by train, and private car
  • Accompanying English-speaking local guide for all visits
  • 7 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 7 dinners at a local restaurant
Not included in the price:
  • visa
  • lunches
  • tips and personal expenses