Explore Japan on foot
The Beppu Hatto, is a set of 8 separate hot spring sources and each offering a different bathing experience. You will come to learn that nothing is better for refreshing your body and spirit than a long soak hot spring bath. Before arriving in Beppu you will visit Himeji, home of Japan's best preserved castles, Hiroshima, a city of peace and harmony, and Miyajima, one of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan. After Beppu and a day visit to Yufuin, you will head to Kyoto, Japan's ancient imperial capital and the center of Japanese culture.
As with all of our Independent tours, changes can be made to this tour depending on your requirements.
Open - Independent Tour
Per Person prices starting at US$ 2,910 double occupancy for two travelers
Detailed materials as well as support from our experts in Japan will be available for this independent tour. No tour leader is supplied.
Modern Japan in Osaka, peaceful city of Hiroshima and the beauty of Miyajima, various hot spring baths in Beppu and Yufuin, the ancient capital Kyoto
Train ('Shinkansen' bullet train, limited express and local trains), streetcar, and on foot.
Everyone younger than 20 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport you will be met by a member of Japan Roads staff and taken to your hotel in Osaka by public transportation. Our staff member will validate your JR Rail Pass Exchange Orders and make train seat reservations for you. They will also give you your cell phone and other transportation tickets. The train from Kansai Airport to Namba Station (in Osaka) will take approximately 40 minutes. Osaka is most famous for its inhabitants and local cuisine. The people of Osaka are widely known for their outgoing spirit and friendliness and the local dialect has been adapted as the standard for stand-up comedians and actors. Osaka’s regional cuisine is thought to be the best in Japan. Dishes include okonomiyaki (a pancake-based dish containing vegetables, meat, and/or seafood), takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and udon (a noodle dish).
Hiroshima was the first city to ever experience an atomic bomb which physically destroyed it. The people of Hiroshima, however, rebuilt the city, filling it with charm and history. Hiroshima is also famous for its food, specifically Okonomiyaki which is a must try inexpensive lunch or dinner. Okonomi means as you like it and yaki mean cooked. Though hard to explain, I have never heard of anyone not liking it. While in Hiroshima you can visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, Shukkei-en Garden, or the Hondori Shopping Arcade.
Itsukushima Island, better know as Miyajima, is located about 1 hour from downtown Hiroshima. Its center piece is its large red torii gate which during high tide looks as if it is floating on water. This gate leads to Itsukushima Shrine which was established in 1168. The current torii gate was built in 1875. The island is filled with many small shops and walking paths. Once you have wandered a bit you should take the ropeway up to Mt Misen for views of the Seto Inland Sea and to see the monkeys. If you have the energy you can walk down the mountain back to the village.
Due to the steam and fumes that rose from Beppu it was thought to be Hell on Earth. This changed though in the early Showa Era (1925-1989) when Mr. Kumahachi Aburaya created the Jigokukmeguri or Hell Pilgrimage as a way to attract tourists to these amazing hot springs. This pilgrimage includes visits to the 8 hot spring sources also known as Beppu Hatto or 8 hot springs sources of Beppu. Each hot spring has different characteristics and can reach temperatures that are near boiling. The baths that you will be enjoying will not be that hot. You will have a traditional Japanese dinner on Day 4 & 5 at your Ryokan (Japanese inn). After dinner you can either stroll around the area or enjoy a nice relaxing soak in a hot spring bath (onsen).
Yufuin is a rural hot spring area with a quaint feel, with cafes, boutiques and art museums. Mt Yufu's twin peaks hover large over the city and rice patties are just a short walk away. Located just 6 mile (10 kilometers) from Beppu which makes a nice day trip.
On the last night of your tour you will stay in the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto. Here you will have a chance to visit hundreds of temples, shrines, gardens, shops and neighborhoods. The beauty and history of Kyoto is so vast that it is impossible to see it all in one visit.
Today will be your last day in Japan and your last chance for sightseeing and shopping. Please make sure you arrive at Kansai Airport or Itami Airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight. Your tour organizer will have exact directions to the airport.