Osaka→ Kobe → Himeji → Hiroshima → Miyajima → Dogo (DogoOnsen) → Tokushima→ Kyoto→ Kanazawa→ Noto Kongo → Wajima → Takayama→ Nagano(Kamikochi) → Tokyo
Day 1 / Osaka → Kobe
In the morning, you can Enjoy the Kitano Ijinkan area (Homes of Early Western Traders) in exotic Kobe city. A tour of Kobe's Ijinkan is a perfect way to get a taste of the city's exotic culture. Many years ago, traders built western style homes on the high ground overlooking the sea. The atmosphere of yesteryear still remains and there are exhibits, boutiques and tea rooms to enjoy. Each home has its own personality.
[Stay in Kobe]
Kobe → Himeji
In Himeji, we will take you to Himeji Castle, which is Japan's most magnificent, original castle still standing today. Many other castles in Japan are modern reconstructions with ferro-concrete walls and interior elevators, as the majority of Japan's wooden castles were destroyed in air raids in World War II.t. Himeji Castle is also known as "Shirasagijo" or "Hakurojo" (White Egret Castle) due to its bird-like silhouette and the white color of the castle walls.
[Stay in Himeji]
Day 2 / Himeji → Hiroshima
On August 6, 1945 the nuclear weapon Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by the crew of the Enola Gay, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people and completely destroying approximately 68% of the city's buildings. After the nuclear attack, Hiroshima was rebuilt and the closest surviving building to the location of the bomb's detonation was designated the Genbaku Dome or "Atomic Dome", a part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Hiroshima → Miyajima
Standing in the sea, Itsukushima Shrine is widely known for its grand and unique construction, and sublime and gorgeous appearance which display the artistic beauty of the Shinden style of architecture. About 200 meters in front of the main shrine and standing in the sea is the vermilion colored O-Torii(Grand Gate) which should be called the symbol of Miyajima. Itsukushima Shrine was officially designate in December 1996 as a precious asset of world heritage.
Miyajima → Dogo Hot Spring in Matsuyama
Taking a ferryboat From Hiroshima, we will take you to Dogo.
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.
After you took bath at "Kami-no-yu (God's hot spring)" and "Tama-no-yu (sprit of hot spring)", green tea and rice cracker served at 2nd floor will make you more relaxed.
[Stay at Dogo Onsen]
Dogo Hot Spring
Day 3 / Dogo → Oboke Kogoke (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 Tokushima]
Kiya suspension bridge
Day 4 / Tokushima → Kyoto
From Tokushima, you will cross the Akashi Bridge. This Bridge, also known as Pearl Bridge, is a suspension bridge in Japan that crosses the Akashi Strait; it links Maiko in Kobe and lwaya on Awaji Island as part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway. The central section is the longest bridge span in the world at 1991(6532ft). It was planned to be one of three Honshu-Shikoku connecting bridges, annexing two borders of the lnland Sea.
[Stay in Kyoto]
Day 5 / Kyoto - East Course
Ginkakuji Silver Temple →Sanjusangen-do Temple →Heian Jingu Shrine and Gardens → Nanzen-ji Temple →Shugaku-in Imperial Villa
Today we will take you to the eastern Kyoto.
For those who love tofu, Nanzenji temple and Yudofu (a pot of hot tofu) are inseparable. It is said that the origin of this delicious dish is in the vegetarian dish for monks in Nanzenji temple. This is one of the most famous spot for Yudofu today and people from all over the country come to the area to have authentic Yudofu. You can enjoy Yudofu for lunch today!
[Stay in Kyoto]
Day 6 / Kyoto - Walking Tour
Rokudo Chinnoji Temple →Kenninji Temple→Gion Hanamikoji→Gion Shinbashi→Antique street→Gion Corner
Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. You can experience the traditional Gion, strolling along Hanami-koji, a street lined by beautiful old buildings, teahouses and restaurants. Gion Corner, a unique theater which presents 1-hour shows of traditional performing arts of Kyoto, including Kyogen classical comedy, Kyomai dance, Gagaku Imperial Court music, koto (Japanese harp) and flower arrangement, is located inside of Yasaka Hall, on the north side of Gion's Kaburenjo Hall, where maiko and geiko are presented.
[Stay in Kyoto]
Day 7 / Kyoto → Kanazawa
You will arrive in Kanazawa around noon. In the afternoon,
you will visit Kenrokuen Garden, and then enjoy tea ceremony at Gyokusen-en Garden. There are several hundred different kinds of plants in the garden, as well as a huge Korean pentaphylla pine tree believed to be 330 years old. The changing moods of this garden as the four seasons pass offer us keen pleasure today.
[Stay in Kanazawa]
Day 8 / Kanazawa
In the morning, you can enjoy the nature of Mt.Hakusan, and visit Shirayama Hime jinja Shrine. This is the head shrine of about 3000 Shirayama Shrines throughout Japan. Before lunch, experience making your own soba noodles with the help of expert noodle makers.This is a very good chance for you to try healthy and delicious natural Japanese food by yourself In the evening, you will enjoy Japanese hospitality and enjoy a typical Japanese dinner with your Japanese hosts. Home visit must make your stay in Kanazawa even more exciting!
[Stay in Kanazawa]
Making Soba Noodle
Day 9 / Kanazawa → Noto Kongo (Noto peninshula) → Wajima
This beautiful stretch of coastline is sometimes described as male, because of its rugged, masculine cliffs and rock formations, and its fierce ocean waves. The name Kongo comes from a similarly beautiful and admired coastline in Korea. The Ganmon and Seki-no-hana rock formations are of particular interest.
You can enjoy the beautiful view of Senmaida Rice Field on the way to Wajima.One thousand tiny paddies in tiers can be seen on this steep slope toward the sea. It attracts many visitors who flock to see the collective efforts of tens of generations of farmers who sought to exploit even the smallest of areas for their planting. It is said that the smallest paddy can be hidden under a farmer's hat.
[Stay in Wajima]
Senmaida Rice Field
Day 10 / Wajima → Takayama
Takayama is an old castle town situated in a valley surrounded by the Japan Alps. Takayama retains much of the atmosphere of old Japan. The whole town is museum-like, dotted with attraction after attraction, including a variety of small museums devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long-standing tradition of the finest in craftsmanship.
[Stay in Takayama]
Day 11 / Takayama → Kamikochi, Nagano
Kamikochi is a popular resort in the Japanese Alps of Nagano Prefecture, offering some of Japan's most spectacular mountain scenery. You can enjoy hiking from the Kappabashi (Kappa bridge), and the hiking trails lead up and down the valley.
[Stay in Kamikochi]
Day 12 / Kamikochi → Tokyo
Ryogoku→Tsukiji →Tokyo Tower →Imperial Palace →Asakusa
→Water bus to Odaiba
At the Sumo stable of Ryogoku, you can see powerful training of sumo wrestlers. Tsukiji fish market is a Tokyo central wholesale market handled (2,888 ton a day) marine product.
You can enjoy the scenery from a Water bus to Odaiba.
[Stay in Tokyo]
Day 13 / Tokyo - Walking Course
Meiji Jingu shrine →Takeshita Street→Togo Shrine →Ukiyoe Ota Memorial Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine was built to honor the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. Meiji Jingu is an incredibly beautiful shrine and, even though it’s just a short walk from Harajuku station, the wooded shrine grounds help to give the illusion that you are somewhere far outside of urban Tokyo.
Ukiyo-e stepped out of traditional Japanese painting in the Edo period and developed as a unique popular art.Ukiyoe Ota Memorial Museum displays from a collection that hold more than 10,000 prints, including those by masters of the art such as Hokusai and Hiroshige.
[Stay in Tokyo]
Ukiyoe at Ota Memorial Museum