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Shikoku is the smallest of the four main islands of Japan, and has its own unique culture and customs. A trip to Shikoku offers a more relaxing experience, complete with beautiful natural scenery, impressive sights such as feudal castles, hot spring baths, ancient religious sites, and a southern flair that cannot be experienced anywhere else in Japan.
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Sample Accommodations (may vary but will be of similar quality)
Himeji: Himeji Nikko Hotel
Kurashiki: Tsurugata Ryokan
Takamatsu: ANA Hotel Clement Takamatsu
Iya Valley: Kazurabashi Ryokan
Matsuyama (Dogo Onsen): Kowakuen Ryokan
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$ 2,460~ 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.
An authentic feudal castle in Matsuyama, Konpirasan Temple in Kotohira, famous Japanese garden in Okayama, well-preserved Edo Period (1600-1868) buildings in Kurashiki, Dogo Onsen (one of the oldest hot spring areas in Japan), unique Shikoku-style architecture in Takamatsu.
Train ('Shinkansen' bullet train, limited express and local trains), streetcar, ropeway and on foot.
Everyone younger than 20 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Today your airport pick up will meet you at Kansai International Airport (assuming your flight arrives after 8:00am and before 21:30) and taken to your hotel in Osaka by public transportation. They will give you an orientation, hand you your transportation tickets, check you into your hotel, and answer any of your questions. The train from Kansai Airport to Namba Station in Osaka will take about 45 minutes. You will be on your own for dinner but your airport pick up will make a few suggestions.
Finish your exploration of Osaka before heading to nearby Kurashiki. After stopping by your ryokan, you can explore the nearby historic district, willow-lined canal area with storehouses preserved since the Edo Period (1600-1868), before returning to your lodging for some fine Japanese cuisine and a relaxing bath.
Upon leaving Kurashiki, you will cross the Seto-Ohashi bridge, which was built in the late 1970s and 1980s in order to connect the main island of Honshu with Shikoku. It is one of the world's longest bridges at 13.1 kilometers (8.14 miles). After crossing into Shikoku and checking in to your city center hotel in the seaside city of Takamatsu, you will head to the nearby town of Kotohira. Here you will have the chance to see Konpirasan (also known as Kotohira-gu), a popular Shinto Shrine located atop a huge staircase. Afterwards, you can see Kanamaruza, one of the oldest remaining Kabuki theaters in Japan (Kabuki is a traditional form of theater with elaborate costumes, stage devices and music). Afterwards, you can return to Takamatsu and sample the local specialty food, Sanuki Udon, which is a thick, wheat-based noodle dish served in a clear broth
In the morning you will leave Takamatsu city and head for a part of Japan that few have seen. This unspoiled area is so remote that during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) criminals would come her to hide from the law. You will spend 2 nights in a ryokan (Japanese inn) where you will be served dinner and breakfast. This is a great time to relax and connect to the quieter side of Japan.
Today you explore the remote valley and enjoy the vine bridges that span the gorge.
You will stay in the Dogo Onsen (Dogo Hot Spring) area today, one of the oldest hot spring areas in Japan, located in the heart of Matsuyama City. The location is convenient if you are interested in shopping for traditional crafts or souvenirs in the nearby Dogo Shopping Arcade. But before you begin shopping, you will head to Ishiteji temple, an impressive temple that is number 51 of the "88 Temple Pilgrimage", the most famous religious pilgrimage route in Japan that circles around the entire island of Shikoku. The "Niomon" gate is at this temple is a national treasure, its three story pagoda and main hall are designated important cultural properties, and the architecture is in the style of the Kamakura Period (1192-1333).
Today your return to Osaka for your final night in Japan.
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.
Note: If you want to visit Kyoto, Osaka or Nara, you will be at a good location to do so. Although the JR Rail Pass is included in the tour price, it is only a 7 day pass, but if you pay the additional cost we can purchase a 14 day pass so you can continue sightseeing in Japan once the tour is over. If you are interested in this option, we recommend you take the tour first and do other sightseeing afterwards.
I would like to commend you for the excellent preparations made for my family's Shikoku Tour. Although I was not able to join them, my wife and daughter enjoyed themselves thoroughly through out the seven-day tour. All of the accommodations were top class, and your independent tour instructions were very effective in helping them to get around all the interesting sights. Best of all was the assistance that they got from Takeo-san who went out of his way to be a very good host to them. I will certainly recommend services of Japan Roads to my friends who are planning to visit Japan.