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Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Osaka by public transportation. Our representative 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).


This morning you will take a Shinkansen bullet train for a bout 100 minutes to reach Hiroshima which 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.


After breakfast in Hiroshima you will take a short train and ferry ride to Itsukushima Island, better know as Miyajima. 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.


After breakfast in Hiroshima you will head for Yufuin Onsen also known as Yufuin Hot Spring on the island of Kyushu. Located in the shadows of Mt Yufudake and with an abundance of hot spring water, this town attracts millions of visitors each year. This would normally mean tightly packed hotels and ryokan inns located around a small town square but in Yufuin the gensen or hot spring sources are spread out. This means that tourists are also spread out a bit. This simple fact means that Yufuin can maintain a small-town feel that is much more relaxing than other hot spring towns. City planners have also gone to great lengths to ensure that Yufuin does not get overdeveloped. In fact, local ordinances make it illegal to build tall buildings that might distract visitors from the natural beauty of the area. Yufuin is easily reached from Beppu Onsen.

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).


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.


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

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