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Known for the 88 temples in the Shikoku pilgrimage route, Shikoku is also home to the Naruto Whirlpools. Shimanami Kaido is also known as the Nishiseto Expressway, it is a long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

Shikoku is the smallest island and consists of only four prefectures. Most of Shikoku is still largely untouched by mass tourism. This is a place of immense natural beauty, steeped in colorful legend and history, crowned with 88 pilgrimage temples. The island can be traveled to by the Shimanami Kaido road. Shimanami Kaido is a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. It is also known as the Nishiseto Expressway. The Kirosan Observatory has views of the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridges standing among hundreds of islands. These islands are beautifully scattered all over the Seto Inland Sea, creating a scenery unlike many others in the region. There is also a modern observation deck there for visitors to overlook the scenic route. It was cleverly designed and built halfway into the ground of the hillside, protecting the natural environment and scenery.

In the city of Takamatsu there is a historical village called Shikoku Mura Village, it is an open air museum situated at the base of Yashima. This pleasant hillside park preserves and exhibits traditional buildings and structures that have been relocated here from all over Shikoku Island. Ritsurin Park is one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape garden with a 100 years in the making. This spacious and beautiful park features many ponds, hills, trees, bridges, and pavilions. Many people have argued that the park belongs on the list as one of the most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. There are a number of walking routes throughout the park and provides views that would leave any guest satisfied.

The city of Naruto is known for its swirling tidal whirlpools, which are considered the third fastest whirlpools in the world at around 20 kilometers per hour. Naruto's Ryozenji Temple is the first temple of the famous Shikoku pilgrimage, which leads the pilgrims to begin their path on the island to visit 88 temples across Shikoku. These temples are associated with the famous Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. At each of the posts, the henro, or pilgrims, usually dress in white and can carry a walking cane as they travel along the routes to each of the temples. The pilgrims usually wear white, a color that represents death. Even the details in what the pilgrims wear have a symbolic representation to their spiritual journeys.

Shikoku’s most popular shrine is the Kompirasan (formerly the Kotohira-gu Shrine), located in the town of Kotohira. This is the main shrine of many Kompira shrines, which are dedicated to sailors and seafaring. This place is one of the most difficult shrines to visit due to visitors having to climb close to 800 steps to reach the main shrine. Visitors wishing to get the luxury experience can hire a palanquin to carry them up the steep hill for a price. Despite the difficult approach to the shrine, this is still one of the most popular shrines in all of Shikoku. Oboke Gorge is located within the Iya Valley in Shikoku and is one of the top outdoor activities destinations in Japan. One of the most popular activities for guests visiting the area is riding one of the Oboke Gorge boat rides. Visitors that are not interested in the strenuous outdoor activities, such as hiking or rafting, can instead enjoy a pleasant ride down the Yoshino River.

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These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

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This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Tue. Nov 29, 2022 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Fuji 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor

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Tue. May 9, 2023 Sun. May 21, 2023 US $4998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Koyasan

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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, during Japan's pleasant spring season.

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For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, during Japan's pleasant spring season.
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Sat. May 20, 2023 Thu. Jun 1, 2023 US $4998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Japan and Korea with Hiroshima: Cherry 
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Highlights of Japan and Korea with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5098.00

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Explore Japan & Korea during the most beautiful time of the year - the cherry blossom season.

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Explore Japan & Korea during the most beautiful time of the year - the cherry blossom season.
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves Tour

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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5098.00

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For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while enjoying colorful autumn scenes.
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Sat. Oct 29, 2022 Thu. Nov 10, 2022 US $5098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Cherry Blossom Tour
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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Mt Yoshino / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while viewing the lovely cherry blossoms.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Mt Yoshino / Koyasan
For those wishing to see the most well-known of Japan's sights, starting in Tokyo and ending at Koyasan, while viewing the lovely cherry blossoms.
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Sun. Mar 26, 2023 Fri. Apr 7, 2023 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn 
Leaves & Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps & Koyasan: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
73 reviews
73 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5198.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Kashihara / Koyasan
This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Nov 19, 2022 Thu. Dec 1, 2022 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 18, 2023 Thu. Nov 30, 2023 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Nov 16, 2024 Thu. Nov 28, 2024 US $5198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring
Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.
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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

Group Tour | Active          

Group Tour | Active    

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5240.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa
A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse)

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse)
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps Spring (Reverse)
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
See what Japan has to offer with this extensive tour to the country's three main islands: Kysuhu, Honshu, and Shikoku.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
See what Japan has to offer with this extensive tour to the country's three main islands: Kysuhu, Honshu, and Shikoku.
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Mon. Apr 17, 2023 Sun. Apr 30, 2023 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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