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Bonsai Japan Tour – 10 days

Our Bonsai Japan Tour has been designed to let bonsai enthusiasts fully enjoy their passion while discovering Japan. The below itinerary is an example and it can be customized to perfectly fit you. You will visit some of Japan’s most prestigious bonsai nurseries at Omiya bonsai village near Tokyo and its unique Omiya Bonsai Museum. If the dates of your trip are matching we will arrange a visit the Kokufu Bonsai Ten or other bonsai event.

Our Bonsai Japan Tour gives you a fantastic chance to see some of the finest bonsai in the world. It starts in Tokyo with a day trip to Omiya before exploring the town of Tokoname famous for its pottery and particularly bonsai pot production. You will then travel by Shinkansen Bullet train and visit the magnificent temples and gardens of Kyoto such as Kinkaku-ji, Daitoku-ji featured in our video, the unique Hoshun-in bonsai gallery… Wander around World Heritage sites in Nara and then travel to Osaka where you will visit bonsai nurseries like Yoshoen and Fujikawa Kouka-en which is great because you might get a chance to talk to international apprentices while they work on fantastic bonsai.

This is a private tour so feel free to ask any request to your Japan Travel Expert. At Rediscover Tours we will make sure you get the best bonsai experience!

Tour Themes:
Traditional Japan
Cultural

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$4,040
Superior: from US$5,540
Luxury: price upon request
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Cycling Lake Biwa & Kyoto

This tour is an invitation to enjoy cycling and discover rural Japan at your own pace around Lake Biwa near Kyoto. Firstly this journey will start in Kyoto. The ancient capital offers countless attractions that you will explore with a private local guide. Then on the third day, you will take the direction of lake Biwa, the largest Japanese lake. You will pick up your bicycles for a 5-day self-guided ride. We can reserve almost any kind of bicycle, so talk to your Japan Travel Expert for more details. Join this cycling adventure to experience the rustic, rural beauty and culture of Japan.

Biwa, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com

On your first cycling day

You will firstly start by exploring Omi-Hachiman and its traditional merchant town. Then you will stop in Hikone, famous for its well-preserved Castle. Next, you will reach Maibara where you will pick up your bicycles. Your first cycling day will be an easy 11 km (7 miles) bicycle ride up to Nagahama where you will board for a cruise to visit the sacred Island of Chikubushima, known to be a source of great spiritual energy on lake Biwa.

Second cycling day

You will follow the eastern shore of the lake up to Kinomoto where you will have dinner and spend the night. It’s a 35 km (about 21 miles) ride. Cycle at your own pace through beautiful natural scenery and rural landscapes: stunning lake views, vast rice fields, discover ancient Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

Third cycling day

Visit hidden Lake Yogo, known as the “mirror lake”, and enjoy the view from Shizugatake hill-top. Then you will head for Sugaura a picturesque lakeside village with a rich local history where you will rest for the night.


For the fourth cycling day

Take it easy! Omimaiko Beach is the most famous one with white sand and groves of shady pines.

Biwa, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com

Final day on the saddle

An easy ride to Omi-Maiko where you drop off your bicycles. The ride is about 22 km long (13 miles). Don’t miss the Shirahige Shrine Torii gate it’s a must in the region! You will then take a train to go back to Kyoto.

Additionally this tour is a chance to appreciate spectacular views and traditional Japanese architecture. Meet local people, taste regional cuisine, and stay at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).

Finally, you will come back to Kyoto before visiting Nara, the other ancient capital, and its great Buddha. This is a tailor-made tour so feel free to ask any request to our Japan Travel Expert. At Rediscover Tours we will make sure you get the best cycling experience!



Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Cycling
Rural Japan

The price of your tour will vary depending on what you want to do, where you want to go and other details. For help estimating your budget please see
https://www.rediscovertours.com/private-tour-pricing/


Seto Inland Sea Tour

Take this journey as an invitation to discover the beauty of traditional Japan and the less touristy island of Shodoshima. Starting in Osaka and then heading to Miyajima, Hiroshima, Kurashiki,… you will appreciate the Japanese culture and spirituality. To balance sightseeing days with some good rest you will stay at a hot spring ryokan in Iya Valley. You will have 3 days and 2 nights to fully enjoy Shodoshima, the Japanese Olive Island. Finally, you will have 3 days to enjoy Kyoto, the ancient capital at your pace before returning home with great memories.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Rural Japan

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$5,720
Superior: from US$8,890
Luxury: price upon request
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Hiroshima, Shimanami & Shikoku

Hiroshima, Shikoku, and the Seto Inland Sea are some of the most scenic areas of Japan. This tour offers a complete exploration of the wonderful variety of towns, villages, and islands through excellent cycling and hiking in the region.

Shimanami Kaido - From Honshu to Shikoku by bicycle

Firstly explore the seaside town of Tomonoura and UNESCO World Heritage island Miyajima (famous for its friendly deer and the iconic ‘floating’ Torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine), walk through the emotional history of Hiroshima and timeless hilltop communities of Onomichi. Then from here, continue on with our version of the varied and scenic island-hopping cycling course Shimanami Kaido.

Pass over the Setouchi Inland Sea visiting remote islands, which together with deliciously fresh seafood cuisine, offer a uniquely modern cafe culture, before arriving in Ehime prefecture on Shikoku Island; the perfect entry point of our 4-day Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage tour. As Japan’s fourth-largest island, Shikoku is home to some of the country’s most spectacular and undeveloped scenery.

The island is also the setting for an ancient walking trail, the challenging Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples and the full walk covers more than a thousand kilometers. Pilgrims, known as O-henro, traditionally covered the journey on foot over many weeks, staying overnight at Shukubo temple lodgings. Most modern travelers now travel from temple to temple by tour bus, but we have found sections of the original route which can still be enjoyed on foot.

Takahara - Kumano 2, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com

This tour offers gentle walking and cycling and hiking suitable for children of 12 and up. All activities are optional, so please inquire about alternatives if traveling with younger passengers. For the cycling sections, E-bikes are also available for a supplement.


Tour Themes:
Cultural
Walking
Cycling
Rural Japan

This tour is sold as-is and is not customizable.


Japanese Snow Monkey Tour

You will start by exploring Japan’s capital city of Tokyo before heading north to the hot spring town of Yudanaka. During the winter in Japan snow monkeys keep warm by bathing in a natural hot spring. Their antics and cuteness have traveled the world and make a popular travel destinations. You will then head back to Tokyo where you will base your exploration of Japan with day trips to Nikko and Kamakura.

Snow Monkeys, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Rural Japan
Wildlife

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$3,490
Superior: from US$4,950
Luxury: price upon request
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Shikoku Adventure

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.

Hotel Iyaonsen in Iya Valley, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Food & Spirits

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$3,330
Superior: from US$5,330
Luxury: price upon request
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Rural Discovery Tour

Our Rural Discovery Independent Tour will introduce you to rural Japan and its people while staying with a Japanese family. Of course, you will see some amazing sights but the point is to sit down and talk with Japanese people, learn how Japanese live, and experience something beyond traditional sightseeing. Our rural home-stay tour will give you stories that you will remember long after your photos have faded.

During your rural home stay opportunities are endless…

*Learn to cook traditional Japanese dishes

*Explore the village by bicycle or on foot, visit Izumo Daijingu Shrine and the Anao Temple which usually do not welcome tourists

*Experience a traditional tea ceremony, try Japanese ikebana (flower arrangement), write Japanese calligraphy, and try to play the Koto (traditional Japanese stringed instrument) with our local cultural experts and artisans

*Ride riverboats through the Honzu River Gorge, an ancient trade route to Kyoto

*Tour a local sake brewery, a tofu maker, a pottery studio, a antique shop

*Relax at the Hiyoshi Hot Springs, treat yourself to a Shiatsu massage

*Bonsai workshop

*Visit the world’s best whetstone excavation site

*Journey through rice paddies and farmlands to the historic mountain village of Miyama

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$2,710
Superior: from US$3,810
Luxury: price upon request
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North Central Exploration

After exploring famous sites in the bustling city of Tokyo, the route extends north, where the countryside is mountainous and picturesque. You will stay in one of Japan’s most scenic regions, relax in the quiet atmosphere of secluded hot springs, and experience the vibrancy of one community’s cultural revival.

Kuroyu Onsen in Nyuto Onsen, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com



Our North Central Exploration Tour is a 13-day private tour that will give you a chance to see Tokyo and visit beautiful mountainous destinations on the main island of Honshu. Since this is a private tour you will not have to worry about visiting places you have no interest in or sightseeing at a pace that is not right for you.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Food & Spirits
Rural Japan

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$5,570
Superior: from US$8,390
Luxury: price upon request
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Kyushu Hot Spring Tour

Starting in Osaka, our Kyushu Hot Spring Tour will convince you that nothing is better for refreshing your body and spirit than a long soak hot spring bath. Before arriving in Yufuin you will visit Hiroshima, a city of peace and harmony, and Miyajima, one of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan. After Yufuin and a day visit to Beppu, you will head to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital and the center of Japanese culture.

Beppu, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com


Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Luxury


This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$2,900
Superior: from US$4,490
Luxury: price upon request
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Classical Japan Tour

You will start in Tokyo which was the seat of the military government during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868). On the second day of your tour your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and will show you Tokyo based on your interests. You will then head to Yudanaka where you will get a chance to meet Japanese monkeys in their wild habitat. Later refresh yourself and enjoy a traditional meal in a hot spring ryokan. Many of Japan’s artisans are from this area so you will travel to Kanazawa to see Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s best. Rural Japan will be your next visit as you take a day trip to Shirakawa-go filled with thatched-roof farmhouses. 

Kanazawa, Japan Tours, RediscoverTours.com


You will then head north to Takayama to see a well-preserved merchant street and morning market. For the next day you can stay in Takayama area and take a cycling tour in rural Takayama or head to Gero Onsen to stay at a hot spring ryokan.

The samurai capital was in Edo but the imperial capital remained in Kyoto, your next destination. Here you will explore the streets where the emperor and other aristocrats played and worshiped. In Kyoto we include a traditional tea ceremony and a private local guide for your second day in Kyoto. From the ancient capital, we invite you to take a day trip to Osaka, most famous for its inhabitants and local cuisine. Nara was the capital of Japan before Kyoto was founded so we also include a day trip. You will then head back to Tokyo to prepare for your flight home.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Modern Japan

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$5,540
Superior: from US$8,630
Luxury: price upon request
Request a Quote