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Southern Japan Experience

From £3310 for 12 days
Trip Overview
One of Japan’s greatest attractions is its ability to offer up both the modern and traditional versions of itself. Alongside future-focused cities like Osaka and Nagasaki, there are places that have kept to its traditions for hundreds of years, often to stunning effect. Set off on a journey of discovery into the Japan that lies south-west of Osaka, a ‘lost Japan’. Travel to Takamatsu and Naoshima Islands and be amazed at the contrast between the traditional beauty of the Ritsurin garden and the local avant-garde art exhibits.
Essential Info
Starts: Osaka
Ends: Osaka
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: ICJSO
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Japan
What's Included


1 Dinners included


Train,Ferry,Public Bus,Private bus,Metro,Bullet Train


Hotel (11nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Explore the unique island of Naoshima, transformed from a sleepy fisherman’s haunt to a world class art destination, with sleek and stylish museums and artworks that sit in harmony with the landscape

•   Join the locals in the 1,368 stone steps up to Kompirasan, be awed by the impressive Matsuyama castle or try one of the oldest onsen in Japan, Dogo Onsen

•   Feel like Indiana Jones as you cross the kazurabashi (vine bridges) of the hidden Iya Valley, a remote retreat of deep gorges and lush mountains on Shikoku island

•   Uncover the different characters of the cities of Nagasaki and Osaka, from the former’s thought-provoking Peace Park and Museum to the latter’s busy streets where the motto is ‘eat until you drop’

•   Venture into the thick and mysterious cedar forests on Yakushima, relax at the seaside onsen or see the giant turtle lay eggs in the night in the summer months

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Departing: 27th Mar 2020
Returning: 7th Apr 2020
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Itinerary & Notes
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Osaka, Japan. Ever-vibrant Osaka is also the country’s unofficial culinary capital, where the motto is 'Kuidaore' ('eat until you drop'). Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour guide and fellow travellers. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. Have your insurance and emergency contact details on hand as we'll be checking them at this meeting. After the meeting, perhaps join your new travel companions for an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
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