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Western part of Japan

Kyoto → Kobe → Okayama →Kurashiki → Tsuwano →Hagi → Izumo → Tottori → Kinosaki → Izushi → Kanazawa →Tokyo

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Day 1 / Kyoto

Shouseien Garden→ Higashi Honganji Temple→Nishi Honganji Temple→Sumiya Motenashi Art Museum→Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum→Toji Temple

The Sumiya Motenashi Art Museum is the only extant ageya in Kyoto. An ageya was an elegant restaurant where banquets and dinner parties were held accompanied by the entertainment of Geiko and Taiyu [premiere geiko], who performed tea ceremonies, sang and danced. In 1952 the building was designated as an Important Cultural Property and is now used as a museum. Being able to see this ageya as was in the Edo period is a real rarity in Japan.

[Stay in Kyoto]

Route

Day 2 / Kyoto

Nijo-jo Castle→Shinsen-en Garden→Nijo Jinya→Machiya Café, Kurotake-ke → Mibu Temple

Today we will take you to Nijo Castle,which is one of Kyoto's many

UNESCO world heritage sites. In Shinsen-en Garden, an elegant drum-shaped bridge leads to the island inside the pong is so remarkable how its elegant curved line in a fascinating color forms a wavering circle with its reflection over the pond surface.
Nijo Jinya is a former inn used by feudal lords (daimyo) who were visiting Kyoto during the Edo Period. In order to guarantee the safety of the important guests, the building has been equipped with various security gadgets. The most interesting and unique feature of Nijo Jinya is its cleverly hidden trap doors, secret pathways and hidden storage places, designed to protect those staying there. And--they're all the real thing! Not only are the traps in the inn itself cleverly planned out, but the rooms themselves are all very beautiful, as well. You would never suspect that an inn of this quality could have so many extraordinary surprises! Bfore visiting Mibu Temple, you can take a coffee break at Machiya café, which used to be the former residence of a samurai family.

[Stay in Kyoto]

Nijo Jinya

Day 3 / Kyoto → Okayama → Kurashiki

On the way to Kurashiki, you can visit Korakuen in Okayama ,which is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Kurashiki was a center for rice harvested in the surrounding, fertile regions. The Edo Era (1603-1867) atmosphere remains in this historical area with its white walls and dark colored Japanese-style tiles. They contrast beautifully with the willow trees drooping over a quaint canal that harbors two trumpeter swans. This area is also filled with many sightseeing spots, but don’t forget the locally crafted “Kurashiki Beer” (they even give you plastic cups if you order to go).

[Stay in Kurashiki]

Historical area in Kurashiki

Day 4 / Kurashiki → 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.

Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima → Hagi

Halfway up Mt. Shiroyama (Tsuwano-jo Castle ruins), you can see a numerous line of vermilion color torii (shrine gates) of Taikodani Inari Shrine in Tsuwano..
This shrine was built to pray for the safety of Kamei's castle and peace among his people.

[Stay in Hagi]

Taikodani Inari Shrine

Day 5 / Hagi

Hagi is a former castle town, off the major transport ways, along the tranquil Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Hagi is best known for its nicely preserved former castle town and local pottery, which ranks among Japan's finest.
You can try to make your own Hagi-yaki at a Hagi Pottery Studio.

[Stay in Hagi]

Hagi, former castle town

Day 6 / Hagi → Izumo → Matsue,Tamatsukuri Hot Spring Town

Izumo Taisha is the preeminent religious structure in the region. Located about 30km outside of Matsue, this ancient shrine is dedicated to the god of happy marriages and designated as a National Treasure. Couples from all over the region come here to get married, and singles to find a marriage partners.

[Stay in Matsue]

Day 7 / Matsue → Tottori

Tottori Sand Dunes are the largest sand hills in Japan.  The surface of the sand dunes is constantly and magnificently changing, and the picturesque patterns are formed by the ocean winds from the Sea of Japan. You can also enjoy a tour on a camel or in a horse-drawn carriage. Adachi Museum of Art is well known for both its superb Japanese gardens and its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings.

[Stay in Tottori]

Tottori Sand Dunes

Day 8 / Tottori → Uratomi Seashore Cruise → Kinosaki

Kinosaki Onsen is located in northern Hyogo prefecture and is famous for seafood especially crab which is best during the winter months. There are 6 other hot spring bath houses to enjoy. You can stroll along the river in Yukatas (cotton kimono) and geta (wooden sandals) enjoying weeping willows as well of the traditional feel of the town. Before taking a bath, you can have a lecture on how to take a bath.

 [Stay in Kinosaki]

Hot spring bath house

Day 9 / Kinosaki → Izushi → Kanazawa

Izushi Town has prospered as a castle town and is called the Little Kyoto of Tajima, a town where you can still find traditional scenes once seen in the ancient city of Kyoto. The specialty here is buckwheat noodles, called Izushi soba, and there are about 50 soba restaurants in this town. You can enjoy soba for your lunch.

[Stay in Kanazawa]

Izushi Town

Day 10 / Kanazawa → Shirakawago → Kanazawa

We will take you to Shirakawago hamlet, a UNESCO World Heritage site by a chartered bus. In the bus, you can learn of history and culture with a lecture. Shirakawago, surrounded by mountains and rice-field
Is best known its gassho-zukuri houses. Gassho-zukuri is a traditional building style featuring steep thatched roofs designed to withstand heavy snow. 25 gassho-zukuri houses. As well as temple, coal house and horse paddock can be visited in Shirakawago’s open air museum.
Here you can try your hand at soba noodle makig or take in one of the traditional arts performances like dye and weaving.

[Stay in Kanazawa]

Shirakawago hamlet

Day 11 / Kanazawa

The Hyakumangoku festival takes place every year around held on the second Saturday of June which is the historical date of Lord Maeda's entry converted to the Western calendar. The festival begins with Kaga Yuzen Toro-Nagashi, the floating of lanterns, lit with candles and decorated with Kaga Yuzen, down the Asanogawa River at dusk. The Second Saturdays of June is the date of the magnificent Hyakumangoku Parade, the festival's main event. The festival concludes with a torch-lit Noh performance outdoors and concert.

[Stay in Kanazawa]

Hyakumangoku Parade

Day 12 / Kanazawa → Tokyo

Asakusa, Nakamise→Sensoji Temple→Edo Shitamachi Traditional Art Museum→Asahi Beer→Kaminari Gorogoro jaya→Water Bus→Odaiba

Nakamise’s beauty of integrated electric sign boards and seasonal decorations against stone pavement will make you exclaim "Wonderful!" many times.

[Stay in Tokyo]

Asakusa

Day 13 / Tokyo - Sumo Course

Tokitsukaze beya morning practice → Ekoin→Ryogoku Firework Museum→Chankonabe for Luch→Edo-Tokyo Museum →Yasuda Garden→Sumo Museum→See Sumo bouts

For Lunch, please try to have Chanko Nabe. Chanko nabe is a stew-like assortment of vegetables, meat, and seafood cooked in one huge pot and is, in large quantities, the primary source of energy for sumo wrestlers.

[Stay in Tokyo]

Sumo