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West Japan- 9 Days
West Japan- 9 Days

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Itinerary

Land Only from US $2550-$2699

Highlights

Featured Arrangements

  • Kyushu:
    •  Free exploration in one of the liveliest cities in Japan, Fukuoka. 
  • Yamaguchi Prefecture:
    • Witness the ever changing beauty of the largest limestone cave in Japan, Akiyoshido.  
    • Explore one of the oldest five-storied pagodas, Rurikoji.
    • Walk across an intimate marvel, the Iwakuni Kintai Wooden Bridge.
  • Kagawa/Ehime Prefecture:
    • Ascend the steps of Kompira-san shrine for a breathtaking view of the Sanuki Plains. 
    • Dogo Onsen: Japan’s oldest hot spring town.
    • Bike across the Seto Inland Sea on the beautiful Shimanami Kaido Expressway. 
  • Kansai/Hyogo Prefecture:
    • Visit one of Japan’s national treasures, the Himeji Castle.
    • Spend time in one of the three ancient hot springs, Arima Onsen.

Luxury Accommodations

  • Yuda Matsumasa Onsen: Soak in the famous open-air bath that is 100% sourced directly from the earth. 
  • Dogo Prince Onsen: Let the oldest hot springs detoxify your body.
  • Kotohira Grand Hotel: One of the best ryokan hotels in Japan, bathe in an open air bath filled with fragrant rose petals. 
  • Arima Grand Onsen: Indulge in the centuries old hot spring rich in minerals.

Culinary Experiences  

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Kaiseki banquets, udon, sashimi, unagi and much more.   

Tour Map

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Departure 

 

 

  • Your Japan vacation begins as you board your flight and jet across the Pacific on your way to Fukuoka, Japan via Narita.

 

Day 2

Arrival 

 

 

  • “Yokoso!” or “Welcome” to Japan! Upon arrival, be greeted by a Super Value Tours representative.  Take time to explore Fukuoka or rest for tomorrow’s sightseeing. 
  •   If your arrival is after 8:00PM, we will present you with 2,000 JPY per person (1,700 JPY per child) to cover the cost of dinner.

 

Dinner  
Local Specialty
Hotel  
Fukuoka Okura or Hotel Nikko (walking distance from city center)
Day 3

Fukuoka - Hagi - Yamaguchi

 

 

  • Mekari Park: Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view from Mekari Park and see the Straits of Shimonoseki, dividing Kyushu from the rest of Japan. 
  •   Wisteria Flower Tunnel: Be amazed at this enchanting pastel-colored fairytale tunnel. Local forecast predicts the best time to visit this year will be early May. Our special departure on May 8th hopes to capture this rare view. We will replace Mekari Park with a visit to Kawachi-Fuji Garden if the Flower Tunnel is in bloom.  
  • Hagi: Stroll through an old castle town known for its Hagi-yaki pottery and the birthplace of modern Japan’s forefathers.
  • Akiyoshido: Witness the ever changing beauty of the largest limestone cave in Japan.
  • Rurikoji Pagoda: Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful five-storied pagodas in Japan.
  • Yuda Onsen: Rest your tired feet in the famous foot baths of Yuda Onsen. 
  •   Get dressed in a Kimono (traditional Japanese robe) and immerse yourself in the meditative atmosphere of Yamaguchi.

 

 

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Breakfast  
Western or Japanese Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Udon Lunch
Dinner  
Kaiseki Banquet Dinner
Hotel  
Matsumasa Onsen (hot spring hotel)
Day 4

Yamaguchi - Iwakuni - Miyajima - Hiroshima 

 

 

  • Saikotei Museum & Zen Gardens: Explore an over a century old restaurant now preserved as a museum. The Saikotei Museum & Zen Gardens embodies a wealth of Japanese history and culture not to be missed by any visitor.
  • Iwakuni Kintai Bridge: Travel across one of the tremendous engineering feats of its time. The wooden bridge stretches over 570 feet and was built without a single nail. 
  • Floating Torii Gate and Itsukushima Shrine: Take a ferry across the Seto Inland Sea to Miyajima for an up-close view of the iconic floating Torii Gate and the sacred Itsukushima Shrine. 
  •   Hiroshima: Dinner is not included tonight so you may freely explore the area and try local specialties such as Okonomiyaki (Savory Pancakes). We will provide you with our guided suggestions and maps! Your hotel is also walking distance to the train station, allowing you easy access to public transportation.

 

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Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Iwakuni-Style Sushi Lunch
Dinner  
Not Included - Explore Hiroshima
Hotel  
Sheraton Hiroshima
Day 5

Hiroshima - Shimanami Kaido - Mastuyama - Dogo Onsen 

 

 

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana. Encounter history at a profound memorial including the Hypocenter, A-Bomb Dome, and the Museum, dedicated to the preservation of peace. 
  • Shimanami Kaido Expressway: Travel across the Seto Inland Sea on a seaside bike tour or visit the Kosan-ji Temple, a Buddhist temple built to resemble many of Japan's most famous temples. 
  • Dogo Onsen: Indulge in one of the oldest and most famous hot springs in Japan. See for yourself why it is loved by celebrities and locals alike.  
  •   Dogo Prince Hotel: Unwind in one of TripAdvisor's favorites! Treat yourself to a variety of open air baths, saunas, and foot baths. 

 

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Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Japanese Italian Lunch
Dinner  
Kaiseki Banquet Dinner
Hotel  
Dogo Prince Hotel (Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 Winner)
Day 6

Matsuyama - Kotohira 

 

 

  • Matsuyama: Explore the quaint town and home to Dogo Onsen. Take a tour of this unique Meiji-era town aboard the Botchan mini train (a classic miniature steam locomotive).
  • If the train is under maintenance during our visit, we will visit the Matsuyama Castle, a focal highlight in Matsuyama. 
  •   Enjoy cooking or just love to eat? Learn a new skill while you are in Japan. You will have a chance to make Udon and enjoy it for lunch. An experience only Super Value Tours provides. 
  • Kompira-san shrine: Ascend the steps of Kompira-san shrine for an excellent best bird’s eye view of the Sanuki Plain at your feet.
  •   Rejuvenate at one of the best Ryokans in Japan. Exclusive to our female guests, soak in the open-air hot spring among fragrant rose petals and immerse yourself in the tranquility of your surroundings. 

 

 

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Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Udon-Making Lunch
Dinner  
Kaiseki Banquet Dinner
Hotel  
Kotohira Grand Hotel (Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 Winner)
Day 7

Kotohira - Mt. Washuzan - Kurashiki

 

 

  • Mt. Washuzan Lookout Point: Cross the Great Seto Bridge to Mt. Washuzan Lookout Point for spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea. 
  • Kurashiki Bikan: Experience the historical town of Kurashiki Bikan. The town offers a blend of the traditional Edo-period and modern Western influence against the backdrop of beautiful canals. Take some time and browse through local boutiques and cafes in the historical quarter or travel down the canal on a boat.

 

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Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
French Cuisine
Dinner  
Kurashiki Izakaya Dinner
Hotel  
Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel
Day 8

 Kurashiki - Hyogo - Arima 

 

 

  • Kurashiki Bikan: Take a leisure morning stroll through Kurashiki for a different feel of the town. 
  • Himeji Castle: Explore the grounds of one of the best-preserved castles and a national treasure of Japan. 
  •   Arima Grand Onsen: Stay in a luxurious hot spring resort located in one of Japan’s Sanmeisen (top 3 hot springs) towns. Enjoy breathtaking scenery year round while indulging in one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. 

 

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Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel
Lunch  
Unagi Lunch Box
Dinner  
Arima Kaiseki Banquet Dinner
Hotel  
Arima Grand Onsen
Day 9

Osaka   Your next destination 

 

 

  • “Sa-yo-na-ra” or (Goodbye)! Our West Japan tour has come to an end. After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your next destination. 

 

Breakfast  
Japanese or Western Buffet in Hotel

West Japan- 9 Days

Tour Code Departure Date Tour Start Date Tour End Date Tour Language Availability  
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