Chugoku: Japan's secret

  • Duration : 19 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Chugoku, Miyajima, Okayama, Osaka

Make the most of this Japan tour itinerary to visit, in addition to the must-see tourist cities, a more preserved, mysterious Japan.

After Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Kyoto, head to the rural Chugoku region.

Japanese countryside, rice fields, beaches, sand dunes, onsen, gardens and the sacred island of Miyajima await you on this tour, which features many traditional lodgings.

19-day itinerary 

  • Departure city/Airport : Tokyo (Narita : NRT or Haneda : HND)
  • Tokyo (3 nights)
  • Hakone - Mount Fuji (1 night)
  • Kyoto (3 days, including 1 day trip to Nara)
  • Chugoku area (7 nights, Kyoto - Hiroshima : North loop)
  • Miyajima (1 night)
  • Okayama Naoshima (2 nights)
  • Osaka (2 nights)
  • Return city/Airport : Osaka (Kansai International Airport : NRT)

Please find below the itinerary details.

Tour length : 18 nights / 19 days (+ 1 day at the beginning if you leave from Europe)

PLEASE NOTE: The departure and end dates shown on this page only apply to your stay in Japan. You must therefore leave Europe the day before the first day of your tour. The date of your return flight and that of your return to Europe are identical due to the time difference.

Example : 

  • Departure from Europe : January 1st
  • Arrival in Tokyo (= the date to be selected in the calendar when booking) : January 2nd
  • Return flight from NRT or HND airport / Return to Europe : January 20th

Please note that flights are not included in the price of your tour.

This tour information was last updated on May 27, 2024.

Why this trip to Japan ?

  1. Welcomed at the airport by our team, you will be taken to your hotel in Tokyo by shuttle bus
  2. Head to the edge of Mount Fuji for an unforgettable dinner and overnight stay in a ryokan
  3. Travel by Shinkansen to Kyoto : where you'll stay in traditional Japan Experience house
  4. Join the Chugoku and its traditional accommodation for 8 days off the beaten track
  5. An included guided day trip in English will show you the Japanese countryside
  6. Discover a more touristy Japan with the sacred island of Miyajima
  7. The artists' island of Naoshima and finally Osaka await you for an unforgettable end to your stay!
  8. Take advantage of your transport passes : Kansai Hiroshima Pass, Hakone Free Pass...
  9. Enjoy unlimited internet access thanks to your pocket Wi-Fi
  10. If needed, contact our bilingual Japanese/English-speaking assistance team available 7/7
  11. Benefit from the expertise of Japan Experience, European leading travel agency in Japan.

Your trip in detail


  • Day 1 : Wake up in Tokyo 東京

    Arrival at Tokyo airport (Narita NRT or Haneda HND).
    Welcome to Japan! 日本へようこそ!

    Welcome through customs by our airport assistant, who will give you all your travel documents and your Pocket WiFi. Unaccompanied transfer from the airport to Tokyo (see details).

    The transfer is done in a shared shuttle or bus, with other guests departing for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers depart between 1.5 and 3 hours after your scheduled flight arrival, and stops may be made before your hotel.

    If you would like a private, non-stop transfer directly after the arrival of your flight, feel free to take the "Private Taxi from the Airport" option.

    Check in at Hotel OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka by Hoshino Resorts or similar category 3* hotel (rooms available from 3pm).

  • Day 2 : First steps in the capital

    What to do in Tokyo on your first day

    We recommend that you start your visit to Tokyo slowly by visiting the following districts:
    - Harajuku, the avant-garde district ; 
    - Meiji Jingû, the imperial sanctuary ;
    - Takeshita-Dôri, a must-see street in the capital ; 
    - Omotesandô, Tokyo's Champs-Élysées ; 
    - Shibuya and its impressive crossroads.

    One of our many experienced English-speaking guides can also accompany you to visit the classic sights of Tokyo (optional, from 9am to 5pm).

  • Day 3 : The big loop

    For this second day of sightseeing in Tokyo, we recommend the following "loop".

    Start at Tokyo Central Station, with its original architecture, then head off to visit :
    - Ginza, Tokyo's chic district ;
    - Tsukiji, the small outdoor food market ;
    - Hama-rikyû, the Japanese garden between Tokyo's buildings ;
    - Asakusa, a traditional district and place of pilgrimage, accessible by cruise on the Sumida river ;
    - Sensô-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in the Japanese capital ;
    - Tokyo Sky Tree, 643 metres high, with its panoramic view of Tokyo at sunset.

    Between Hama-rikyû Garden and Asakusa, why not enjoy a cruise on the Sumida River ?

  • Day 4 : At the heart of the Japanese soul

    In the morning, head to Shinjuku station to activate your Hakone Free Pass and board a train for Hakone Yumoto (1h30 journey, details in your travel guide, included in your package). The train leaves the Japanese megalopolis and gradually winds its way through the valleys of the Mount Fuji region. You will arrive in Hakone in the late morning. 

    Reach Ichinoyu Shinkan ryôkan or equivalent to drop off your small bag and explore the region.

    You'll be charmed by the beautiful scenery of this spa resort, Lake Ashi and its view of Mount Fuji (on a clear day!). Not forgetting the Owakudani volcanic site, accessible by cable car. All transport (train, bus, cable car and funicular) is included in your package.

    If you wish to be accompanied during this day, one of our English-speaking guides can help reveal the secrets of the Mount Fuji region (optional).

    Come back to your ryôkan at the end of the afternoon, as your traditional Japanese dinner will be waiting for you at around 6.30pm, before enjoying a Japanese-style night!

    More details below on the features of the night in a ryôkan.

  • Day 5 : The former capital

    Traditional Japanese breakfast at the ryôkan.

    Head to Hakone Yumoto station and then Odawara station to board one of the fastest trains in the world : the Shinkansen ! Shinkansen journey to Kyoto (direct, approx. 2h, including reserved tickets). We'll do our best to reserve seats for you so you can get a last look at Mount Fuji at the very beginning of the journey!

    From noon onwards, you can settle into your traditional Japan Experience house where a Travel Angel will welcome you.

    You have 3 days to visit Kyoto.
    Start in the afternoon in the historic Gion district, close to your accommodation :
    - Kiyomizu-Dera, the impressive water temple ;
    - The historic lanes of Sannen-zaka & Ninnen-zaka ;
    - Kôdai-ji, Kyoto's temple of maple trees and bamboo.

    Finish your day with a stroll through the Gion district and enjoy the sunset.
    Meet your guide at 7 p.m. to start your evening walk around Gion, Kyoto's historic district.
    More details on the exact day and meeting point can be found in your travel guide.

    At the end of this 1h30 walk, your guide will be able to recommend the best places to eat dinner!
    Please note that it is strictly forbidden to take pictures in the historic district of Gion.

  • Day 6 : Gold and Silver Treasures

    For your second day in Kyoto, we recommend the following itinerary:
    - The Zen garden of Ryôan-ji ;
    - Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) ;
    - Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)
    - The enchanting Philosopher's Path ;
    - Nanzen-ji temple.

    One of our many experienced English-speaking guides can accompany you on a tour of these iconic sites (available as an option, from 9am to 5pm).

  • Day 7 : Between temples and deer

    For your last day in Kyoto and its surroundings, we highly recommend a trip to Nara, a historic city just a 50-minute journey away using your prepaid transport card.

    Visit Nara, Japan's first fixed capital in the 8th century and discover :
    - The Kasuga-taisha Shinto shrine and its thousands of lanterns
    - Tôdai-ji, with its great bronze Buddha and the imposing Nan-Daimon gate ; 
    - Kôfuku-ji temple and its delightful pagoda.

    Return to Kyoto and stop to see the sunset at the Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto's immense shrine of 10,000 torii.

    If you wish to be accompanied on this day, one of our English-speaking guides will reveal all the secrets of Japan's first capital (optional).

  • Day 8 : The bridge in the sky

    After checking out in your Japan Experience house, travel to Amanohashidate.

    A 2 hour train ride will take you to this small town located near the Sea of Japan and home to one of the three most beautiful landscapes in Japan : a narrow sandbar measuring almost 4 kilometres long covered with pine trees. It can be crossed on foot or by bicycle. However, we advise you to make to cross it the next morning. 

    After dropping off your belongings in your 3* ryôkan, we advise you to take a bus ride (1 hour, not included in your package, details in your travel guide) to Ine, one of Japan's best preserved fishing village.

    Return to your ryôkan in Amanohashidate at the end of the afternoon for a tasty traditional Japanese dinner.

  • Day 9 : The village of many thermal baths

    Breakfast at the ryôkan.

    In the morning, discover the sandbar that makes this city so famous throughout Japan.

    Around noon, embark on a scenic train journey (included in your package) to Kinosaki Onsen, a charming village nestled amongst mountains. 

    Upon arrival in Kinosaki, prepare to be captivated by its picturesque charm. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of your ryôkan's baths, or venture out to discover the village's seven unique public onsen.

    Ditch your usual attire and slip into a yukata, a traditional Japanese robe provided by your ryôkan. Stroll along calming willow-lined canals, past charming shops, as you make your way towards the onsen. Each bath offers a unique experience, from breathtaking rooftop views to invigorating "penguin" saunas and serene outdoor baths. 

    As the evening unfolds, indulge in a delectable dinner at your ryôkan, featuring the region's rich culinary delights, including the famed Japanese sea crab – a true treat for your taste buds. 

  • Day 10 : A castle by the water

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Our train whisks you away to Matsue, nestled on the shores of Lake Shinji (direct, included in your package). Gaze out the window as the coastline unfolds : pristine beaches, on one side, and the majestic slopes of Mount Daisen, a spiritual landmark, on the other.

    Matsue, the capital of Shimane prefecture, offers a taste of off-the-beaten-path Japan :
    - Matsue Castle (Plover Castle), ascend one of Japan's last remaining original feudal castles for breathtaking panoramic views.
    - Lafcadio Hearn Museum, immerse yourself in the life of Lafcadio Hearn, an Irishman who documented Japan's modernisation in the late 19th century. The recently renovated museum offers an interactive and engaging experience.
    - Samurai District, explore preserved samurai houses and gardens, transporting you back in time.
    - Shimane Art Museum, discover a treasure trove of Japanese art, including Hokusai prints.

    As the sun dips below the horizon, witness a mesmerising sunset over Lake Shinji, a captivating sight due to the city's unique orientation.

    In the evening, explore the lively student city's vibrant bars before retiring to your comfortable 3* hotel in the heart of Matsue.

  • Day 11 : Japan's most beautiful garden

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Indulge in a delicious breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a journey through Matsue's exquisite gardens.

    The Yushien Peony Garden, nestled on an island in the heart of Lake Nakaumi. A quick 25-minute bus ride from Matsue station whisks you away to a haven of vibrant blooms. 

    The Adachi Museum of Art & Garden, prepare to be mesmerised by the "Japan's Most Beautiful Garden", as lauded by national and international press. This haven, meticulously crafted by a philanthropist, seamlessly blends breathtaking landscapes with a museum showcasing iconic 20th-century Japanese art. A 20-minute train ride and a 10-minute shuttle bus ride connect you to this masterpiece.

    Not a fan of gardens? No problem! Immerse yourself in the spiritual significance of Izumo Taisha, Japan's second-most important Shinto shrine after Ise. This magnificent structure (accessible by a 1-hour train ride from Matsue, not included) sits right next to a stunning beach, offering a perfect blend of cultural and natural beauty.

    Reflect on your day's discoveries as you return to your comfortable hotel in Matsue for a relaxing second night.

  • Day 12 : The Silver Mountain

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    We advise that you leave at dawn for this day full of travel and discovery. The journey to your first destination of the day will take you 2 hours (direct train included in your offer up to Odashi + 30min by bus, 6€, to be paid to the driver). 

    Iwami Ginzan is an old silver mine classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its peak in the 17th century, it accounted for up to a third of world production of this metal, at the heart of an industrial area of 250,000 people.

    The small, unspoilt mining town of Omori welcomes you along a 2 kilometre route. This route allows you to visit the major sites of this era of prosperity : mine shafts, the remnants of a silver refinery, a mine museum and a merchant's residence are all along the way.

    In the early afternoon, you will return to the coast with the same bus, before taking the train to Tsuwano (2 hours, included in your package), a picturesque mountain town

    Your Noren-Yado Meigetsu 3* ryôkan or equivalent will be waiting for you for dinner.

  • Day 13 : Samurai City

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Discover this small town and its inhabitants with Adrien, your local English-speaking guide

    The old samurai quarter, castle ruins, a sanctuary overlooking the region, or the church that sheltered the secret Christians of Nagasaki : Adrien will share with you his passion for his town. He will also be able to show you the region, combining wooded hills and small agricultural estates.

    In the evening, your ryôkan will serve you a traditional dinner.

  • Day 14 : The Sacred Island

    Breakfast at your accommodation.

    In the morning, send your luggage to your hotel in Okayama (details in your travel diary, check with the hotel reception) so that you can travel light for your night in Miyajima.

    Trade mountain views for seaside charm! A 3-hour journey (2 transfers, included in your package) brings you to the stunning Sea of Japan coastline. Explore the famed Miyajima Island, a sacred Shinto site accessible by a 15-minute boat ride (included). This "Mont Saint-Michel of Japan" awaits!

    Reach your ryôkan near the island's ferry terminal. The time to explore the island has come ! Its Itsukushima-jinja shrine and the great Ôtorii gate built into the sea are definitely a must-see.

    Take the cable car up to Mount Misen and then descend on foot. A breathtaking view of Hiroshima Bay awaits you!

    At the ryôkan, you will be treated to a tasty traditional Japanese dinner before retiring to your tatami room.

  • Day 15 : Make way for history

    Traditional Japanese breakfast at the ryôkan.

    In the morning, make a stop in Hiroshima (30 minutes by train from Miyajimaguchi Ferry Station, included in your package) and visit the Peace Park and its memorial before tasting one of Hiroshima's specialities : okonomiyaki.

    From Hiroshima, head to the feudal city of Okayama by shinkansen (about 40min, included in your package), located on a plain on the Sea of Japan.

    Once arrived, drop off your belongings at your hotel - located between the station and the castle - and explore the castle and its magnificent Kôraku-en park, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

  • Day 16 : The Art Island

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    We recommend you to spend the day visiting Naoshima Island, located 1 hour from Okayama : 45 minutes by train (1 change, included in your package) and 15 minutes by boat (not included in your package, about €4.50/pers for a one-way ticket). Details in your travel diary.

    Naoshima Island is world-famous for its modern art museums, the architecture of some of its buildings, and the scattered outdoor sculptures throughout its territory. These numerous museums and buildings were designed by the architect Andô Tadao. You will be impressed, among other things, by Monet's Water Lilies, displayed in a simple room where you enter without shoes!

    Please note that a reservation is required in order to access the Chichu Art Museum

    Return to Okayama at the end of the day by the same route as in the morning, in the middle of the Japanese countryside.

    If you consider yourself less of an artist and more of a romantic, the city of Kurashiki, less than 20 minutes by JR train from Okayama, will seduce you!

  • Day 17 : Castle and samurai

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Wrap up your trip with a vibrant finale in Osaka (50 minutes by train, included). But on the way, make a pit stop in Himeji to explore its crown jewel – a magnificent feudal fortress. Nicknamed the "White Heron Castle" for its striking white exterior, this iconic castle is arguably Japan's most famous

    After soaking in the history, continue your journey to the Intergate Osaka Umeda or equivalent in the heart of Osaka, where you'll spend your last night two nights in Japan.

  • Day 18 : Gastronomic introduction

    For your second day in Osaka, we recommend the following itinerary :

    - Osaka Kaiyûkan Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium in terms of volume ;
    - The Tennôji district and its Shitennô-ji Buddhist temple, one of the oldest in Japan ;
    - Spa World, Japan's largest thermal baths (onsen) ;
    - Shinseikai, with its retro charm ;
    - DenDen machi, the technologeek village ;
    - Finish off with Dôtonbori, the liveliest district in Japan.

    Enjoy your last night in Japan!

  • Day 19 : Sayonara, and see you next time!

    Take a direct transfer to Kansai International Airport (included but not accompanied).

    This transfer is by shuttle or shared bus, with other customers departing from the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers arrive between 3 hours and 1.5 hours before the actual departure of your flight, and stops can be made before you arrive at the airport.

    If you prefer a private transfer at a time of your choice, direct to the airport and with no intermediate stops, select the "Private Taxi to Airport" option.

    Return flight to Europe, North America, Australia.

    Don't hesitate to extend your trip by a few days, in Kansai or elsewhere... Get in touch and we would be happy to advise you!

    Included in your self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    - 3 nights in a 3* hotel in the heart of Tokyo, close to public transport

    - 1 night in a 3* ryôkan in Hakone - Mount Fuji, traditional half-board

    - 3 nights in a traditional Kyoto house

    - 7 nights in the Chugoku region (4 in ryôkan traditional half-board, 3 in 3* hotel)

    - 1 night in a 3* ryôkan in Miyajima (on or opposite the island), traditional half-board

    - 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Okayama, near the train station

    - 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Osaka, close to public transport

    The basic rate includes a twin room for two people.

  • Transport

    - Airport transfer to Tokyo HND or NRT

    - Return airport transfer Osaka > Kansai International Airport KIX

    - Prepaid public transport card

    - Hakone Free Pass 2 days

    - Shinkansen Odawara (Hakone) > Kyoto, seats reserved in standard class

    - San'yo Area Pass 7 days

    - Kansai Hiroshima Pass 5 days

  • Experiences and meals

    - Airport meet and greet 

    - Welcome to Kyoto by a Travel Angel

    - Traditional dinner and breakfast included in the 6 ryôkan of your tour

    - The 5 breakfasts in Matsue and Okayama

    - Night guided tour of Gion, Kyoto

    - Guided day in Tsuwano

  • Additional services

    - Unlimited internet access with Pocket WiFi

    - Complete digital travel guide sent before your departure

    - Luggage transfer between your hotels in Tsuwano > Okayama

    - Telephone assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in English and Japanese bilingual. The number will be given to you in your travel pack. This phone number is valid for telephone calls and also for WhatsApp.

  • Not included in the price of your trip

    - Flights Europe <> Japan

    - Optional insurance

    - Personal expenses, including meals (breakfasts can sometimes be added as an option at your hotel reception, see details). For other meals, you will find addresses selected by us in your travel pack.

    - Public transport once your transport cards have run out (see details)

    - Everything not mentioned in the section "Included in your tour".

More about your trip

Your tour :

  • The prices displayed on this page may vary according to the exchange rate of the Japanese ¥.
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Children and babies accepted. From 3 to 11 years old a child rate is offered. In each accommodation, a standard adult bed will be offered to them, and a standard seat will be allocated to them in transport. From 0 to 2 years old inclusive, a "baby" rate is offered. This price corresponds to the allocation of a cot in the majority of the accommodation of the chosen circuit. However, we cannot guarantee a baby cot in each accommodation.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • This programme is subject to change due to circumstances such as weather conditions or any other case of force majeure. Please note that due to the current circumstances, any information mentioned is subject to change or modification.
  • Your travel documents will be given to you as follows:
    • Travel diary by email before departure, and other electronic documents ; 
    • Paper documents (airport transfer ticket, transportation card, regional pass voucher) and Pocket WiFi upon arrival at the airport by our airport assistant.
  • Note: In very rare cases, mostly in very high season, steps might be reversed. You will be informed in your travel diary. Thanks for your kind understanding.

Your accommodation :

  • Some hotels may ask you to pay a tourist tax on arrival. This depends on the city and even the hotel, as some do not include it in the booking price. Normally, it is 200¥/night/person (about £1.37/1.93$) but can be slightly higher in 4* hotels. It must be paid in cash at the hotel reception. For traditional Japan Experience accommodations, it is included in the initial tour price.
  • Room size: in Japan, a densely populated country where everything is compact, 3-star luxury hotels are of very good quality but the rooms are often quite narrow (12 to 20m2/129 sq ft to 215 sq ft) depending on the hotel. Please note the size of the single room, between 10 and 16m2 (107sq ft and 172 fq ft). For more comfort, you can choose our luxury 4* accommodation upgrade option. 
  • Double room: Rooms for two people in western hotels have 2 single beds (twin rooms) by default, which can usually be joined together. As an option, you can select a double room instead of a twin if you prefer a double bed. This option is not valid in the Japan Experience house in Kyoto nor in the ryokans (on individual futons).
  • Single room: People travelling alone and wishing to book a single room must pay a supplement at the time of booking. The single room supplement is compulsory for orders with an odd number of participants. Please note that if you request more than two people in a single room, the single room supplement will be applied to all accommodation except for the ryokans (3 and 4*). In fact, as this is traditional accommodation, people with the same reservation are grouped together in spacious rooms for up to 5 people.
  • 3-person room: If there are 3, 5 or more of you and you do not select the single supplement, a triple room will be allocated to you.
  • In the case of a group order (> 5 people), it is possible, depending on hotel availability, that not all members of the group will be accommodated in the same hotel. Nevertheless, we aim to keep you close. 
  • Names of the hotels: The names given on the site are for information only. In the event of unavailability, an establishment of equivalent standing will be scheduled. Hotels, corresponding to local standards, are given as an indication and may be changed on site for hotels of a similar category.
  • In the ryôkan, guests sleep on comfortable futons placed on the tatami mat. The room has a private sink and toilet. As is customary in Japanese ryôkan, the onsen bathroom is shared (not mixed) unless you take the "private bathroom in the room" option.
    OPTION only valid for Hakone ryôkan: Enjoy a private Japanese bathroom (traditional or modern onsen) in your room. This option is recommended for mixed couples, families, people who are modest or have visible tattoos.
  • Traditional house in Kyoto: each house has been chosen for its location (transport, shops, temples...) and thus to facilitate your stay. Most of them are either located in the historical district of Gion or on the edge of the Path of Philosophy and the Silver Temple. All lodgings have at least one Japanese tatami room and are equipped with a minimum of 3 beds, either in a single western bed (not double) or on a futon. Do not hesitate to specify in your comments that you want to sleep in a western bed.

Your transport :

  • Flights are not included in this tour. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to include flights in your order: Flights in economy class with stopovers or direct flights, eco-premium or business air upgrades, provincial departures or abroad: we will be able to advise you.
  • The tour departure and end dates presented on this page relate to your stay in Japan. You will arrive in Japan via Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airports) and depart from Kansai airport (KIX, not Itami ITM). On departure, you will have to leave Europe the day before and land at 6:30 p.m. at the most to make the most of the airport services of your circuit (reception and transfer to Tokyo).
    The return flight is on the same day due to the time difference, with a departure time of 9am at the earliest. Please do not hesitate to consult us for any uncertainty or need for precision in the choice of international flights.
  • If the flights have been purchased by your care without the intervention of Japan Experience, it is necessary to send us by mail 1 month before your departure your flight information (flight number, airport, date and time of arrival) to allow us organise your welcome and airport transfer.
  • Airport Transfers: The shared limousine bus leaves from the airport and stops either in front of your hotel or at a stop within 1-15 minutes walk from your hotel. Our airport assistant in Tokyo will drive you to the platform to pick up the airport transfer. The transfer to the hotel is unassisted. If you wish to be accompanied from the airport to your hotel reception, please choose the option "Accompanied Airport Transfer". This transfer is done in a shared shuttle or bus, with other clients leaving for the same hotel or a hotel close to yours. These transfers leave between 1.5 and 3 hours after your flight's scheduled arrival and stops can be made before your hotel. If you would like a private, non-stop transfer directly after the actual arrival of your flight, feel free to take the "Private Taxi from the Airport" option. Please note: due to the many changes in flight schedules by the airlines, if the airline notifies you of a change in arrival time less than 72 hours before your departure, and if it exceeds 45 minutes, we cannot guarantee your airport shuttle. You will then have to take a taxi at your own expense, requesting a refund from your airline for abusive schedule changes. The same applies to your return journey: 72 hours before your return flight, we cannot change the shuttle schedule. Similarly, you will have to take a taxi booked with the hotel, at your own expense, with reimbursement procedures with the airline company being the only solution. Japan Experience is not responsible for last minute schedule changes. On the way back, the shared shuttle bus leaves from your hotel or very close by to take you directly to the Kansai KIX airport in 1 hour 30. On the return journey, the Osaka shuttle bus to KIX airport leaves from a stop located 1 to 15 minutes from your hotel
  • Included in your tour is a pre-charged transport prepayment card of ¥ 1,500 (around £10.30 / 14.54$) (suica or Pasmo brand); a Hakone Free Pass 2 days, Shinkansen tickets for Odawara (Hakone) > Kyoto, seats reserved in standard class, a San'yo Area Pass 7 days and a Kansai Hiroshima Pass 5 days. These cards should cover a large part of your trips during the stay. Upon expiry of the 1,500¥ Transport Prepayment Card, any travel will be at your own expense by recharging your pre-paid transport card (at vending machines in all stations and metro stations).

Your activities :

  • Airport reception is in English. Your airport assistant will be waiting for you at the customs exit holding a sign with the name of the reservation. They will give you your travel documents and take you to your airport transfer. They will not accompany you to Tokyo (this is possible, but optional).
  • An English speaking Travel Angel who is a specialist in Japan will be there to welcome you to your traditional house in Kyoto. They will give you the keys, explain how the house and its facilities work, give you a tour of the area (tourist sites, supermarkets, bike rental...) and answer all your questions. They will be available throughout your stay in case of any problems or questions.
  • The guided tour of Gion lasts around 2 hours and departs at 7pm. Please note that the tour will be conducted in English if your group is made up of travellers of different nationalities. More details on the meeting point in your travel pack. Dinner is not included, but your guide will be able to recommend the best places to eat.
  • The guided daytime tour of Tsuwano is private and can be given in English.

Your meals :

  • Traditional Japanese dinner and Japanese breakfast (mostly savoury) are included in your ryôkan. Do not hesitate to indicate any dietary requirements you may have, we will pass them on to the ryôkan so that they can take them into account when planning the meals. If the ryôkan does not take any of these dietary requirements into account, we cannot be held responsible and no compensation will be issued.
  • Breakfasts which are not included in your package can be added at the reception when you arrive at the hotel. However, you will find many cafés near your hotel serving copious breakfasts, often tastier than those in the hotels, which sometimes have tight schedules and are predominantly savoury. However, if you would like to add breakfast to your offer when you make your reservation, you can select it as an option. Please note that in Japan Experience traditional Japanese house in Kyoto, additional charges apply.
  • Japan Experience houses come with a fully equipped kitchens and are located close to markets.

Your additional services:

  • A pocket wifi is included in your tour. It allows unlimited high-speed internet access. Your Pocket WiFi will be given to you at the airport of arrival.
  • It comes with a small booklet to operate your device (don't panic: simple operation) and a prepaid envelope to return your device at the end of your stay. Your pocket wifi will work naturally until the last day of your trip to Japan.
  • A maximum of 5 devices can be connected to a pocket wifi (phone, tablet, computer).
  • A single pocket wifi is provided for a circuit order of 1 to 5 people. For an order of 6 people or more, a second pocket wifi will be added automatically and at no extra cost to your reservation.

When you buy, Japan Experience offers you 2 types of protection:

Japan Experience Flex : 
Cancellation insurance before departure under conditions.

Japan Experience Protect :
Pre-departure cancellation insurance under conditions and on-site assistance under conditions. 


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Chugoku: Japan's secret

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