Tokyo - Wajima - Kanazawa - Fukuoka - Kagoshima –Yakushima - Kagoshima –Beppu- Dogo/ Matsuyama - Tokushima - Wakayama - Koyasan - Kyoto - Osaka
Day 1 / Tokyo
Shinjuku → Gyoen → National – Park → Meiji → Jingu Shrine → Ginza → Kabuki-za
At the Kabuki-za theater, you can see a performance of Kabuki . Kabuki is one of the most unique experience in the world of theater. The word of Kabuki literally means song, dance and technique. "English Earphone Guide" provides comment and explanations relating to the plot, music, actors, properties and other features of Kabuki.
[Stay in Tokyo]
Day 2 / Tokyo → Tokyo Disney Resort
Early morning excursion to the Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market. This is the world's largest fish market and the source of almost all Tokyo's fresh fish. Just skip over to the place early in the morning. You can feel the vibrant air at the outside market that spreads around the wholesale market.
Today, you will enjoy at Toyo Disney Resort in Chiba.
[Stay at Tokyo Disney Resort]
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tokyo Disney Resort
Day 3 / Tokyo Disney Resort → Tokyo→ Wajima, Ishikawa
The Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, Japan is a vacation and recreation resort opened in 1983. Comprised of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea theme parks, seven hotels and the Ikspiari shopping complex, it is the most annually-visited theme park complex in the world.
From Haneda airport, you will take a flight to Noto airport in the evening.
[Stay in Wajima]
Morning Market in Wajima
Day 4 / Wajima → Wakura Hot Spring Town
Morning Market (Asaichi) in Wajima is the most famous traditional market, which is opened very early in the morning selling freshly caught seafood and some special products of Wajima. As the day is breaking, people’s energetic voices echo through the street. You can hardly see the items’prices at the market - that means it depends on how you negotiate with the sellers! And then you will visit So-jiji Temple which is one of two main temples of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism.
[Stay at Kagaya Ryokan]
Day 5 / Wakura → Kanazawa
After arriving in Kanazawa, we will take you to Oyama Shrine. There you can learn how to visit a shrine. Then enjoy Kanazawa freely. In the evening, your host family meets you, and your unforgettable experience starts.
Kanazawa is famed for gold leaf production and an interesting and reasonable priced gift is a small box of gold leaf fragments, which can be used to decorate cakes and food or for adding sparkle to cups of sake. At Sakuda Gold Leaf Shop in Higashiyama, you can observe the process of making Gold Leaf.
[Home Stay in Kanazawa]
Purification fountain at a shrine
Day 6 / Kanazawa
Asanogawa Riverside Garden Party is held on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday of April along the Asano River banks which is a delightful place for a stroll among the blossoming cherry trees. This event always draws a large crowd who come to watch traditional displays on an elevated stage built over the river. There are enchanting, graceful performances of singing and dancing by local geisha and maiko from Higashi Chaya-Machi district. Keep an eye out for the water jugglery "Mizu-gei" performance.
[Home Stay in Kanazawa]
Asanogawa Riverside Garden Party
Day 7 & 8 / Kanazawa → Fukuoka → Kagoshima
Akime is located in the edge of Northwest in Kagoshima.The city is blessed with a warm climate, and its average annual temperature is approximately 18℃. The saw-toothed coastline is expanding from the northeast to the southeast of the Japanese coastline. Akime is the one of the biggest canals, and the several scenes of the movie “007 You Only Live Twice” was shooted in the Akime canal. You can try a dragnet called Jibikiami with local fishermen and enjoy catching squids, breams, and grunts.
[Stay in Kagoshima]
Day 9 & 10 / Kagoshima → Yakushima
YYakushima is a circular and conical island known as a world heritage natural property for the first time in Japan because of its abundant nature. 75% of the whole area of the island is mountains. With a lot of rainfall throughout the year, the island is covered with deep green forests and produces a mysterious atmosphere. Many of Yaku-sugi cedars are over 1,000 years old with their strong survival power, and the height is between 700m to 1,400m above sea level.
[Stay in Yakushima]
Cedar trees over 1,000 years old called Yaku sugi
Day 11 / Yakushima → Ibusuki
You can experience the steaming-hot sand baths in Ibusuki, located in the Satsuma Peninsula. You will wear Yukata and lie in sand covered up to your neck. The weight and heat of the sand stimulate your blood circulation, and after about 10 minutes, your whole body break out in a sweat.
[Stay in Ibusuki]
steaming-hot sand baths
Day 12 / Ibusuki → Beppu, Oita
Jigoku Meguri: The word Jigoku means “burning hell”, and Meguri is “tour”. As you visit the 8 phenomenal and natural hot spring sites, you might taste the image of the hellish depths of the “Inferno” by Dante. The tour along a path in the Kannawa area is the highlight of sightseeing in the Beppu Spa. Beppu is located in the central part of Oita. The city is a high place in the world in the number of sources and the variety of chemical properties.
[Stay in Beppu]
Beppu Jigoku Meguri
Day 13 / Beppu → Dogo, Matsuyama
From Beppu,Oita, you will take a ferry boat for Dogo, Matsuyama.The main building, the symbol of Dogo Hot Spring with its history dating back 3,000 years, is a magnificent three-story timber structure built more than 110 years ago and is the first public bathhouse to be designated an Important Cultural Property. It is purported to be one of the models for a public bathhouse that appeared in the animated film “Spirited Away".
[Stay in Dogo]
fountainheads of Dogo spar
Day 14 / Dogo → Tokushima
Oboke and Koboke are the great valleys created by the rapids of the Yoshino-gawa River. They are very dangerous to walk along, whether the strides are big or small. From the observation platforms and trails, you can take a full view of the magnificent scenery in the whole valley area.
Kazurabashi (Kiya suspension bridge) is one of the 3 eccentric bridges in Japan designated to be the important cultural property. Your pulse quickens as you step onto the swaying planks of the bridge weaved with ivy.
[Stay in Tokyo]
Kiya Suspension bridge
Day 15 / Tokushima → Wakayama
From Tokushima, you will take a ferryboat to Wakayama.
Mt. Koya-san is located in the northeastern part of Wakayama. More than 120 temples are scattered throughout the area. Lodging facilities are provided by the temple and you can enjoy the traditional vegetarian diet of monks, Goma-dofu(sesame bean curd) and Koya-dofu (frozen-dried bean curd). You can also experience zazen, a kind of Zen Buddhist training.
[Stay at Shukubo in Koya-san]
priest's quarters “Shukubo”
Day 16 / Wakayama → Kyoto
Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, and during the time became the repository of much of the best of Japanese art, culture, religion, and thought. You will be taken to Nijo-jo Castle, Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and to Nishiki food arcade. During the tour, you can taste Japanese sweets at Kameya Yoshinaga Confectionery, Azuki gayu (boiled rice with azuki beans), and Kyoto kaiseki cuisine for dinner.
[Stay in Kyoto]
Day 17 / The Gion
In Kyoto, there are five hanamachi. The most famous is Gion. The Gion district is located on the west of Kawaramachi, Shijo-dori Street. The Gion district retains old Japanese-style buildings and the atmosphere is very different from other part of the city. You can enjoy the performance of geisha girls and dinner with geisha girls.
If you're interested, please try on geisha or maiko costumes. There are many places that offer services to have you dress and make-up like a geisha woman and take photographs. It might give you a fun souvenir from Kyoto.
[Stay in Kyoto]
“Maiko” at Gion district
Day 18 / Kyoto → Osaka
Unique places to visit in Osaka are Kuromon-Ichiba Market and Sen-nichimae Doguya-suji. Kuromon-Ichiba Market has total length of close to 600 meters with 170shops, the vast majority of which specialize in the freshest and best quality meat, vegetables, eggs and other ingredients from around the country and abroad. Sen-nichimae Doguya-suji is the place where Osaka’s finest cooks come to purchase their cooking utensils and restaurant supplies.
[Stay in Osaka]