TOKYO & SENDAI PRE-TOUR 2020 – 3 nights, 4 Days

Sunrise 2 Day, 3Days, 4Days highlight Short Guided Tour

For those looking to see more of what Tokyo has to offer, and also take an adventure up north to visit the pine clad islets of Matsushima to experience one of the most scenic spots in Japan, we invite you to join us on this 4 day pre-tour extension!

DAY 1 – Fly into Osaka Kansai or Itami Airport

Upon arrival at Kansai or Itami Airport, meet your English speaking staff at the arrival lobby and he/she will take you to the limited express train or airport bus to Osaka Station. On arrival at Osaka Station, please check into Hotel Granvia Osaka on your own. The hotel is located inside the station. You will have the rest of the day free at leisure.

HOTEL GRANVIA OSAKA – Standard Room

DAY 2 – Osaka – Kyoto – Osaka (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. You will meet your fellow travellers and the English speaking guide, and start the tour of Osaka and Kyoto. The tour will visit Umeda Floating Garden Observatory with a height of 173m.

After enjoying the view of Osaka city, the tour will proceed to Dotombori, Osaka’s gourmet and entertainment district. Osaka is famous for its local food such as “Okonomiyaki” (Japanese style pancake) or “Takoyaki” (dumplings with octopus). Please feel free to enjoy lunch while we have a bit of free time in this area.

The tour will continue to Kyoto to highlight the historical capital of Japan, visiting Kinkakuji Temple (famous for the golden pavilion) and Ryoanji Temple. Kinkakuji is the Buddhist temple original constructed in 1397 by Shogun Ashikaga (Commander in Chief of the Samurai Administration), and a new building was constructed in 1955 after the original was burnt down by arson. Ryoanji Temple is famous for its beautifully shaped stone garden.

The tour guide will escort your back to Osaka, where the group will gather for an initial welcome dinner.

HOTEL GRANVIA OSAKA – Standard Room

Day 3 – Osaka – Takamatsu (Breakfast, Lunch)

*Your Luggage will be transported separately from Osaka to Takamatsu this morning. Please prepare overnight bags for the stay on Day 4.*

This morning, we’ll be travelling by Shinkansen (bullet train) and a local train to Takamatsu, one of the gate cites to the Shikoku region. On the way there, the train passes over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge, which was completed in 1988 and connected the main land of Honshu with the island of Shikoku for the first time in history. In Takamatsu, we will be making our own, handmade udon noodles for lunch; a local specialty of Kagawa prefecture. We’ll be enjoying a walking tour inside Ritsurin Park, highly noted for its beautiful landscape. After checking into our hotel, we will have the rest of the day free at leisure.

JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU – Compact Room

Day 4 – Takamatsu – Shodoshima Island – Takamatsu (Breakfast)

Today will be the first day we visit one of the island of the Japan Inland Sea. We take a ferry from Takamatsu Port to Shodoshima Island, which is famous for olives and soy sauce. After strolling around the Olive Garden with 100 years of history, to lean about the historical connection between Japan and olives, we continue to view the island from atop Kankakei Valley. Afterwards, we make our way to a local soy sauce factory museum to learn how soy sauce is made, a staple of Japanese cuisine.

We take the ferry back to Takamatsu and return to our hotel.

JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU – Compact Room

Day 5 – Takamatsu – Matsuyama (Breakfast)

*Your Luggage will be transported separately from Takamatsu to Hiroshima this morning. Please prepare overnight bags for the stay on Day 6.*

In the morning, we take a local express train to Matsuyama, another city on Shikoku Island. Dogo Onsen is a major highlight here, famous for having one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. The area appears in a famous novel called “Botchan”, penned by late 19th century renowned writer Soseki Natsume, and sightseeing spots connected to the novel are now must-sees for many local travellers. The hotel is located right in the centre of Matsuyama city, so you can enjoy exploring the local area for dinner this evening.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA MATSUYAMA – Standard Room

Day 6 – Matsuyama – Hiroshima (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We begin moving away from Shikoku Island toward Hiroshima, located back on the main island of Honshu. We’ll be taking a superjet ferry to Hiroshima Port, and then heading into town to visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

Hiroshima was severely damaged by the world’s first atomic bomb at the end of WWII, however decades of effort went into restoring and developing the city, and today, Hiroshima is the largest city in the region. The Park and Museum were constructed to symbolize Hiroshima’s commitment to peace.

We’ll be enjoying Hiroshima “Okonomiyaki” for lunch, before transferring to our hotel at Hiroshima Station, with the rest of the day free at leisure. Dinner at the hotel is included this evening.

HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA – Standard Room

Day 7 – Hiroshima – Kurashiki – Okayama (Breakfast)

We start the day off visiting a makeup-brush factory, on the way to Kurashiki. In Kurashiki, we’ll be strolling through the Bikan Historical Quarters, a heavily Dutch-influenced part of town and the highlight of Kurashiki. You can enjoy the preserved classical warehouses constructed with white and black walls along the river in the centre of town; along with a visit to the Ohara Museum of Art.

We’ll then be making our way to Okayama Castle in the city of Okayama, before finishing up the night at a hotel near Okayama Station.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA OKAYAMA – Standard Room

Day 8 – Okayama – Naoshima – Okayama (Breakfast)

The world famous art Island of Naoshima is our destination today, with various works of art dotted around the island and iconic museums to explore. There will be free time for lunch at Benesse House, then we’ll visit Chichu Art Museum and various “Ie” (Japanese traditional house) project exhibitions. We’ll be returning to Okayama to rest up for the night.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA OKAYAMA – Standard Room

Day 9 – Okayama – Himeji – Kyoto (Breakfast)

*Your Luggage will be transported separately from Okayama to Kyoto this morning. Please prepare overnight bags for the stay on Day 10.*

Today, we’re taking a shinkansen to Himeji Station, to visit Himeji Castle. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning white castle was constructed in 1346 and remains the original building to this day, giving it the status of National Treasure. After some free time for lunch, we’ll be continuing onward to Kyoto with the rest of the day free at leisure.

MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO – Standard Room

Day 10 – Kyoto (Breakfast, Dinner)

We have a full day free at leisure in Kyoto today; there are a number of group tours that you may wish to join for the day, or just head out and explore one of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites this remarkable city has to offer.

A farewell dinner has been organised for the group this evening!

MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO – Standard Room

DAY 11 – Kyoto – Kansai or Itami Airport (Breakfast)

If you are headed to Itami or Kansai Airport today, a shuttle taxi has been organised to take you there to meet your flight. Your room in Kyoto will be available until the regular check-out time.

*If you’d like to see more of Japan, you can link this tour with another tour: The Spiritual Heart of Central Japan. Let us know, and we can organise for you to join the Spiritual Heart of Central Japan tour prior and joining up with the group in Osaka prior to the start of the Setouchi Highlight Tour. The Spiritual Heart of Central Japan tour explores central Japan, including Tokyo, Kusatsu Hot Spring, Nagano, Kanazawa, Takayama, Kyoto, and Ise or Nara, with Sendai also as a possible pre-tour extension.*

DAY 1 – Fly into Osaka Kansai or Itami Airport

Upon arrival at Kansai or Itami Airport, meet your English speaking staff at the arrival lobby and he/she will take you to the limited express train or airport bus to Osaka Station. On arrival at Osaka Station, please check into Hotel Granvia Osaka on your own. The hotel is located inside the station. You will have the rest of the day free at leisure.

HOTEL GRANVIA OSAKA – Standard Room

DAY 2 – Osaka – Kyoto – Osaka (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. You will meet your fellow travellers and the English speaking guide, and start the tour of Osaka and Kyoto. The tour will visit Umeda Floating Garden Observatory with a height of 173m.

After enjoying the view of Osaka city, the tour will proceed to Dotombori, Osaka’s gourmet and entertainment district. Osaka is famous for its local food such as “Okonomiyaki” (Japanese style pancake) or “Takoyaki” (dumplings with octopus). Please feel free to enjoy lunch while we have a bit of free time in this area.

The tour will continue to Kyoto to highlight the historical capital of Japan, visiting Kinkakuji Temple (famous for the golden pavilion) and Ryoanji Temple. Kinkakuji is the Buddhist temple original constructed in 1397 by Shogun Ashikaga (Commander in Chief of the Samurai Administration), and a new building was constructed in 1955 after the original was burnt down by arson. Ryoanji Temple is famous for its beautifully shaped stone garden.

The tour guide will escort your back to Osaka, where the group will gather for an initial welcome dinner.

HOTEL GRANVIA OSAKA – Standard Room

Day 3 – Osaka – Takamatsu (Breakfast, Lunch)

*Your Luggage will be transported separately from Osaka to Takamatsu this morning. Please prepare overnight bags for the stay on Day 4.*

This morning, we’ll be travelling by Shinkansen (bullet train) and a local train to Takamatsu, one of the gate cites to the Shikoku region. On the way there, the train passes over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge, which was completed in 1988 and connected the main land of Honshu with the island of Shikoku for the first time in history. In Takamatsu, we will be making our own, handmade udon noodles for lunch; a local specialty of Kagawa prefecture. We’ll be enjoying a walking tour inside Ritsurin Park, highly noted for its beautiful landscape. After checking into our hotel, we will have the rest of the day free at leisure.

JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU – Compact Room

Day 4 – Takamatsu – Shodoshima Island – Takamatsu (Breakfast)

Today will be the first day we visit one of the island of the Japan Inland Sea. We take a ferry from Takamatsu Port to Shodoshima Island, which is famous for olives and soy sauce. After strolling around the Olive Garden with 100 years of history, to lean about the historical connection between Japan and olives, we continue to view the island from atop Kankakei Valley. Afterwards, we make our way to a local soy sauce factory museum to learn how soy sauce is made, a staple of Japanese cuisine.

We take the ferry back to Takamatsu and return to our hotel.

JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU – Compact Room

Day 5 – Takamatsu – Matsuyama (Breakfast)

*Your Luggage will be transported separately from Takamatsu to Hiroshima this morning. Please prepare overnight bags for the stay on Day 6.*

In the morning, we take a local express train to Matsuyama, another city on Shikoku Island. Dogo Onsen is a major highlight here, famous for having one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. The area appears in a famous novel called “Botchan”, penned by late 19th century renowned writer Soseki Natsume, and sightseeing spots connected to the novel are now must-sees for many local travellers. The hotel is located right in the centre of Matsuyama city, so you can enjoy exploring the local area for dinner this evening.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA MATSUYAMA – Standard Room

Day 6 – Matsuyama – Hiroshima (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We begin moving away from Shikoku Island toward Hiroshima, located back on the main island of Honshu. We’ll be taking a superjet ferry to Hiroshima Port, and then heading into town to visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum.

Hiroshima was severely damaged by the world’s first atomic bomb at the end of WWII, however decades of effort went into restoring and developing the city, and today, Hiroshima is the largest city in the region. The Park and Museum were constructed to symbolize Hiroshima’s commitment to peace.

We’ll be enjoying Hiroshima “Okonomiyaki” for lunch, before transferring to our hotel at Hiroshima Station, with the rest of the day free at leisure. Dinner at the hotel is included this evening.

HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA – Standard Room

Day 7 – Hiroshima – Kurashiki – Okayama (Breakfast)

We start the day off visiting a makeup-brush factory, on the way to Kurashiki. In Kurashiki, we’ll be strolling through the Bikan Historical Quarters, a heavily Dutch-influenced part of town and the highlight of Kurashiki. You can enjoy the preserved classical warehouses constructed with white and black walls along the river in the centre of town; along with a visit to the Ohara Museum of Art.

We’ll then be making our way to Okayama Castle in the city of Okayama, before finishing up the night at a hotel near Okayama Station.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA OKAYAMA – Standard Room

Day 8 – Okayama – Naoshima – Okayama (Breakfast)

The world famous art Island of Naoshima is our destination today, with various works of art dotted around the island and iconic museums to explore. There will be free time for lunch at Benesse House, then we’ll visit Chichu Art Museum and various “Ie” (Japanese traditional house) project exhibitions. We’ll be returning to Okayama to rest up for the night.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA OKAYAMA – Standard Room

Day 9 – Okayama – Izumo – Matsue (Breakfast)

*Your Luggage will be transported separately from Okayama to Kyoto this morning. Please prepare overnight bags for the stay on Day 10.*

Today, we’ll be boarding a local express train towards Izumo and Matsue. Upon arriving at Izumo city, we’ll be visiting Izumo Shrine, a spiritual location known as a “Power Spot” in Japan, one where various deities of the Shinto religion are said to gather at once a year. We’ll be transferring back to Matsue City, located on the short of Shinji Lake; we’ll be visiting the picturesque Matsue Castle for some beautiful views of the city waterscape.

MATSUE EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU – Standard Room

Day 10 – Matsue – Yasugi – Kyoto (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast this morning, we’ll be visiting Shiomi Nawate Street in Matsue, an exceptionally well preserved samurai housing district. The area is remarked as 1 of the 100  iconic roads in Japan, for retaining the traditional landscape of the castle town.

The final visit of the trip will be to the Adachi Museum of Art, located in a rural part of Shimane known as Yasugi, where the unique landscape views from the museum windows are made to be a part of the museum’s exhibit. The garden area is comprised of 6 differing styles across a total space of 16,000 square metres, and the museum has a whole is a 3-star Michelin Green Guide Japon recommended site.

Following the visit to Yasugi, we’ll be enjoying lunch before travelling to Kyoto for a farewell dinner.

MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO – Standard Room

DAY 11 – Kyoto – Kansai or Itami Airport (Breakfast)

If you are headed to Itami or Kansai Airport today, a shuttle taxi has been organised to take you there to meet your flight. Your room in Kyoto will be available until the regular check-out time.

*If you’d like to see more of Japan, you can link this tour with another tour: The Spiritual Heart of Central Japan. Let us know, and we can organise for you to join the Spiritual Heart of Central Japan tour prior and joining up with the group in Osaka prior to the start of the Setouchi Highlight Tour. The Spiritual Heart of Central Japan tour explores central Japan, including Tokyo, Kusatsu Hot Spring, Nagano, Kanazawa, Takayama, Kyoto, and Ise or Nara, with Sendai also as a possible pre-tour extension.*

Remarks

  • Minimum 4 Participants Required to Operate
  • Hotels may differ according to availability
  • Transfers and Sightseeing will utilize chartered motorcoach or public transportation depending on the total number of participants
  • English Speaking guides/assistants (various) will be included for the entire duration
  • Train seating will be reserved Economy class seats
  • All Admissions included
  • Separate Baggage Transfer included on Day 3 (Osaka to Takamatsu), Day 5 (Takamatsu to Hiroshima), Day 9 (Okayama to Kyoto)

Payment must be received in full 60 days prior to travel

Operation Dates – Arrival into KIX/ITM, depart from NRT/HND

 


18MAR-28MAR – Peak Season

01APR-11APR – Peak Season

15APR-25APR – Low Season

29APR-09MAY – Peak Season

13MAY-23MAY – Peak Season

27MAY-06JUN – Low Season

24JUN-04JUL – Low Season

22JUL-01AUG – Low Season

26AUG-05SEP – Low Season

09SEP-19SEP – Shoulder Season

07OCT-17OCT – Shoulder Season

21OCT-31OCT – Shoulder Season

11NOV-21NOV – Peak Season

Basic Hotels

 

2 nights Hotel Granvia Osaka – Standard Room

2 nights JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu – Compact Room

1 night ANA Crowne Plaza Matsuyama – Standard Room

1 night Hotel Granvia Hiroshima – Standard Room

2 nights ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama – Standard Room

REGULAR OPTION – 2 nights Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo – Standard Room

MATSUE OPTION – 1 night Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu – Standard room, 1 night Kyoto

Superior Hotels

 

2 nights Hotel Granvia Osaka – Comfort Room

2 nights JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu – Deluxe Room

1 night ANA Crowne Plaza Matsuyama – Deluxe Room

1 night Hotel Granvia Hiroshima – Superior Room

2 nights ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama – Premium Room

REGULAR OPTION – 2 nights Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo – Premium Room

MATSUE OPTION – 1 night Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu – Standard room, 1 night Kyoto

Meal Inclusions

 

10 Breakfasts

2 Lunches, 3 for Matsue Option

3 Dinners