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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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Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

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Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour

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Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour
Japan In Depth: Kyoto Aoi Festival Tour
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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Observe the graceful Kyoto Aoi Festival and travel deeper into Japan by exploring the country's three main islands.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki
Observe the graceful Kyoto Aoi Festival and travel deeper into Japan by exploring the country's three main islands.
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Thu. May 11, 2023 Wed. May 24, 2023 US $5398.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan

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Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan
Japan In Depth Autumn Tour (Reverse) with Koyasan
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5398.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Hiroshima / Shimanamo Kaido / Takamatsu / Tokushima / Mt Koya / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu.
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Mon. Oct 17, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Oct 16, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Oct 14, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $5398.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Sanno Spring Festival.
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Wed. Apr 5, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Apr 5, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry 
Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu as well as the Japanese Alps during cherry blossom season.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Saga / Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to Japan's three main islands: Kyushu, Shikoku, & Honshu as well as the Japanese Alps during cherry blossom season.
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Wed. Mar 29, 2023 Tue. Apr 11, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & 
Cherry Blossoms

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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves & Cherry Blossoms
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26 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Obara / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Takamatsu / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kitsuki / Beppu / Takachiho / Nagasaki / Fukuoka
Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu...plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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Sun. Nov 13, 2022 Sat. Nov 26, 2022 US $5598.00 Tokyo Fukuoka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): 
Takayama Autumn Festival Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
Japan In Depth with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour
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23 reviews

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $5598.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Explore Japan's three main islands and experience one of Japan's most beautiful festivals: the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival.
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Fri. Sep 30, 2022 Thu. Oct 13, 2022 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Sep 30, 2023 Fri. Oct 13, 2023 US $5598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $300

Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour
Best Beyond Discoveries: Autumn Tour

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Awaji Island / Takamatsu / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Nagato / Hagi / Iwami Ginzan / Izumo / Matsue / Tottori / Kinosaki Onsen / Asago / Himeji / Kobe
Visit the "must see" and hidden gems of Japan.
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Sun. Oct 16, 2022 Sun. Oct 30, 2022 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Sun. Oct 29, 2023 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $5798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves
Spirit of Japan Tour: Autumn Leaves

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails.
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Sat. Oct 29, 2022 Sat. Nov 12, 2022 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Sat. Oct 28, 2023 Sat. Nov 11, 2023 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Sat. Nov 9, 2024 US $5898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & 
Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms
Spirit of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Spring Festival & Cherry Blossoms

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5998.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Naruto / Koyasan / Kumano / Ise Shima / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Journey through the spiritual side of Japan by visiting centuries-old sites and scenic trails during the cherry blossom season.
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Tue. Apr 4, 2023 Tue. Apr 18, 2023 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Apr 4, 2024 Thu. Apr 18, 2024 US $5998.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry 
Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan with Hiroshima: Cherry Blossom Tour

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $5998.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Take a special journey into the wonderful islands of Taiwan and Japan, covered with magnificent cherry blossoms, featuring the beauties of Hiroshima and Japan's less- traveled southern regions.

17 Days 16 Nights | from US $5998.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo)
Take a special journey into the wonderful islands of Taiwan and Japan, covered with magnificent cherry blossoms, featuring the beauties of Hiroshima and Japan's less- traveled southern regions.
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Sun. Mar 26, 2023 Tue. Apr 11, 2023 US $5998.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Mar 24, 2024 Tue. Apr 9, 2024 US $5998.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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