Naoshima, Japan's Hidden 'Art Island' Visit Yayoi Kusama's iconic 'Yellow Pumpkin'
Himeji Castle Tour One of Japan's National Treasures
Itsukushima View from Afar and Even Walk Up To the Sacred Floating Torii Gate
Rurikoji Pagoda Explore Ancient Architecture
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Take a Profoundly Stirring Tour Through the Halls of History
A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. We design our Japan Tours to give you the best balance between sightseeing and free time while avoiding tourist traps.
Kyushu - Freely explore Fukuoka, one of Japan's liveliest cities.
Yamaguchi - Witness the ever changing beauty of the largest limestone cave in Japan, Akiyoshido.Explore one of the oldest five-storied pagodas, Rurikoji.Walk across an intimate marvel, the Iwakuni Kintai Wooden Bridge.Wear kimono and stroll in Kaikotei Zen Gardens.
Kagawa/Ehime- Biking on the Shimanami Kaido Expressway is one of the best ways to take in the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy an optional bike excursion or relax in a local coffee shop.
Kotohira/Kotohira - Ascend the steps of Kompira-san shrine for a breathtaking view of the Sanuki Plains.
Hiroshima (2 UNESCO sites) - Take in the best views of the famous "Floating Torii Gate" of Miyajima Island. Experience a profound visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park.
Kotohira/Naoshima Island - Tour interesting works & sculptures on Naoshima, Japan's island of art in the Seto Inland Sea, designed by famous Japanese architect Ando Tadao.
Kansai/Hyogo (1 UNESCO site) - Visit one of Japan’s national treasures, the Himeji Castle.Spend time in one of the three ancient hot springs, Arima Onsen.
Hakodate: Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei – Oceanfront ryokan with private spa in all rooms.
Once the capital of the Mori Clan, Hagi was the home to some Shogunate-era political activists who led Japan’s modernization in the late 19th century. Situated along the coast of the Sea of Japan, this old castle town is also known for its Hagiyaki pottery. Hagi-yaki pottery is considered one of the finest in Japan and is highly regarded as the preferred tea ware for tea ceremonies.
Located within the Akiyoshido Quasi-National Park are Japan’s largest and longest limestone caves. The Akiyoshido cave boasts the highest concentration of karst formation in the Akiyoshidai plateau. Stretching across 10 kilometers, the Akiyoshido cave took over 300,000 years to form. Currently, only one kilometer is open to the public. Guests can expect to see breathtaking limestone pools, underground waterfalls, and spectacular natural rock formations.
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, the Ruriko-Ji Pagoda in the city of Yamaguchi is one of Japan’s National Treasures. Built in 1442, this Buddhist temple showcases the beauty of Ouchi culture and is one of the oldest five-tiered pagodas in Japan. Wander through the surrounding manicured gardens, see the reflection of the pagoda in the pond, feel the serenity amongst the cherry and maple trees. The beauty of this hidden gem is dazzling.
Gion Saikotei was an expensive traditional Japanese style restaurant in business from 1877 to 1996. For more than a century, the restaurant served as a place for business, politics, and pleasure. In 2004, the building was restored and transformed into a museum hosting many historical artifacts, calligraphy writings, and other artwork.
The Iwakuni Kintai wooden bridge spans the Nishiki River with five arches. Commissioned in 1673 by the feudal lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, it was constructed without a single nail and is resistant to floods. It is an achievement admired by many and a proud symbol of Iwakuni.
The Seto Inland Sea is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Japan and was designated as a national park in 1934. It is peppered with over 3,000 pine-studded islands and islets of all sizes. The Inland Sea is surrounded by the main islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Super Value Tours have carefully arranged the itinerary to allow our guests to truly appreciate the unmatched natural scenic beauty of the Inland Sea from all the best locations. Our visit to the Itsukushima shrine, Shimanami Kaido Expressway, and Mt. Washuzan lookout point provide the most spectacular views of the Inland Sea.
The Itsukushima shrine is located on the island of Itsukushima or Miyajima meaning Shrine Island. In front of the Shinto shrine is the famous floating Torii Gate sitting in the Seto Inland Sea. The shrine and torii gate has been serving as a sacred religious site since 1168 when Taira no Kiyomori, the most powerful warlord at the time, selected the site for his clan’s family shrine. The shrine and torii gate is built over water and appear to be floating during high tide. During low tide, visitors can walk out and see the majestic wood columns of the gate up close. The combination of picturesque beauty and human ingenuity makes this shrine a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan's Sankei (top 3 views).
The memorial park is both awesome and heart-wrenching. Walk through the park and see monuments, memorials, and museums that commemorate the passionate desire for world peace after the deadly nuclear attack. Visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (A-Bomb Dome). It was the only building left standing after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and is preserved in its original state. Today, it serves as a powerful reminder of the suffering and victims lost caused by the nuclear attack.
The 60km long Shimanami Kaido expressway, built in 1999, connects six islands in the Seto Inland Sea from Onomichi City in Hiroshima prefecture to Imabari City in the Ehime prefecture. Savor the sea breeze and splendid views as you bike across the islands on the first three consecutive suspension bridges in the world.
The Kompira-san Shrine is located on the slopes of Mt. Zozu. The Shinto shrine is said to keep sailors and seafarers safe. One must climb 785 steps to reach the main shrine, but for the best bird’s eye view of the Sanuki Plain and the Inland Sea at your feet, one must ascend an additional 583 stone steps to reach the very top and the inner shrine.
The Great Seto Bridge was constructed over the course of 10 years. It stretches across five islands in the Seto Inland Sea and connects Okayama and Kagawa prefectures. This 13.1 km bridge is the world’s longest double deck bridge. Travel across the Great Seto Bridge to Mt. Washuzan lookout point for an unforgettable panoramic view of the Inland Sea and its many islands.
During the Edo period (1603-1867), the city of Kurashiki was a hub in the rice distribution system in Japan. A canal system was developed and used for the transportation of rice and other goods between storehouses and nearby ports before exporting it to different parts of Japan. Kurashiki is a charming historical town that can be characterized by weeping willows lining the canals and storehouses built with white walls and black tiles. Today, a part of the canal system is preserved in the Bikan Historical Quarter along with storehouses that are now cafes and shops.
Naoshima, in the Seto Inland Sea, is a special art island featuring stunning underground architecture, art museums and interesting sculptures. Let's explore Naoshima's underground galleries together, and figure out the discovery of "puzzles" together!
Arima Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs resorts in Japan dating back to the 7th century. It is regarded as one of Japan's Sanmeisen (top 3 hot springs). The hot springs are rich in natural minerals that are said to have many health benefits. Close in proximity to Kobe and Osaka, Arima onsen is the perfect weekend gateway spot for the locals.
Directly connected to Canal City Hakata, one of the biggest shipping complexes in the city, the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is right in the heart of the city and walking distance to many attractions, including Hakata train station. The large luxurious rooms ensure you will have a comfortable stay in Fukouka.
Located next to major shopping and entertainment venues in the heart of Fukuoka, the Nikko luxury hotel is just 5 minutes from Fukuoka Airport via subway. Japan Rail and local subway lines are accessible in nearby Hakata station which is just a 3-minute walk.
Conveniently located in the commercial and shopping district of the Kyushu Tenjin area, this 5-star hotel combines historic charm, modern amenities, and impeccable service. It is hands down in the best location of Fukuoka
Situated in the center of Yuda Onsen Resort, Matsumasa Onsen offers exceptional convenience, hospitality, and comfort. During your stay, try the “hand onsen” and take a dip in the famous open-air bath that is 100% sourced directly from the earth.
Centrally located in Hiroshima, this 4-star hotel is located within walking distance from the Japan Rail Hiroshima Station which offers direct access to the bullet train and bus stations. Spacious rooms, modern amenities, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed are just a few of the special touches you can expect from a Sheraton
Located at the foot of Konpira shrine, this is one of the best ryokan hotels in Japan. This ryokan is not only walking distance to the Konpira Temple and the Kabuki Theater, but its open-air hot spring is also strategically positioned to overlook Mt. Zozu. The female guests are in for a treat! Ladies can indulge in “Hana-buro,” an open air bath filled with fragrant rose petals.
Located in the city center, this hotel is just a short stroll to the Kurashiki bikan old quarter. It is also adjacent to the Ohara Museum of Art, and the hotel itself is a part of the museum attracting many international art enthusiasts.
One of the three most famous hot springs in Japan, Arima Grand Onsen is situated on a hillside overlooking the town of Arima. Continuing the centuries old tradition of natural hot baths, this ryokan’s spring water is said to be rich in iron and provides many health benefits to past Emperors and current guests alike.