West Japan- 9 Days

2017-2018

Land Only from US $2599-$2799

Fukuoka, Hagi, Yamaguchi, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Kotohira, Kurashiki, Hyogo, Arima

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE 

 

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. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps

Featured Arrangements

We design our Japan Tours to balance sightseeing and free time while avoiding tourist traps.

Kyushu
  • Free exploration in one of the liveliest cities in Japan, Fukuoka. 
Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • 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 Prefecture
  • Ascend the steps of Kompira-san shrine for a breathtaking view of the Sanuki Plains. Bike across the Seto Inland Sea on the beautiful Shimanami Kaido Expressway. 
Hiroshima Prefecture (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.
Kansai/ Hyogo Prefecture (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.

Luxury Accommodations:

  • Yuda Matsumasa Onsen: Soak in the famous open-air bath that is 100% sourced directly from the earth.
  • Kotohira Grand Hotel: One of the best ryokan hotels in Japan, bathe in an open air bath filled with fragrant rose petals.
  • Arima Grand Onsen: Indulge in the centuries old hot spring rich in minerals.

Culinary Experiences  

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Kaiseki banquets, udon, sashimi, unagi and much more.

Super Value Standard

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan.
  • Hear our tour guide clearly with high-quality headsets.
  • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip. 


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Itinerary
Day1

Departure 


Depart for Japan from your home airport to Fukuoka, Japan via Narita. Have an enjoyable flight!



Day2

Arrive in Fukuoka Airport (FUK)  (4 miles, 0:20) Fukuoka【Dinner】


  • “Yokoso!” or “Welcome” to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrivals area and escort you to the hotel.
  • Enjoy free time to explore Fukuoka on your own. We recommend visiting Tenjin Chikagai, an underground shopping mall in downtown Fukuoka. 
  • Airport pickup is available for flights arriving Fukuoka (FUK) from 9:50 AM - 9:30 PM
  • If your flight arrival is after 8:00 PM, we will refund 2,000 JPY per person to cover the cost of dinner. Please arrange to have dinner on your own.


DinnerKyushu Specialties HotelHotel Okura Fukuoka or Hotel Nikko or Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Day3

Fukuoka  (88 miles, 2:00) Akiyoshi Cave  Hagi (25 miles, 1:15)  Yuda Onsen【3 meals】


  • Mekari Park Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view and see the Straits of Shimonoseki, dividing Kyushu from the rest of Japan.   
  • Hagi Stroll through an old castle town known for its Hagi-yaki pottery and the birthplace of modern Japan’s forefathers.
  • Akiyoshido Witness the ever changing beauty of the largest limestone cave in Japan.
  • Rurikoji Pagoda Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful five-storied pagodas in Japan.
  • Yuda Onsen Rest your tired feet in the famous foot baths of Yuda Onsen. 


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchUdon Lunch DinnerTiger Pufferfish Kaiseki Banquet Dinner HotelHotel Matsumasa (Hot Spring Hotel)

Day4

Yuda Onsen  (65 miles, 1:30) Iwakuni  (22 miles, 0:40) Miyajima/Hiroshima【3 meals】


  • Saikotei Museum & Zen Gardens Change into a kimono and stroll through the Japanese style Zen garden. The Saikotei Museum embodies a wealth of Japanese history and culture not to be missed by any visitor.
  • Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge Travel across one of the tremendous engineering feats of its time. The wooden bridge stretched over 570 feet and was built without a single nail. 
  • Floating Torii Gate and Itsukushima Shrine Take a ferry across the Seto Inland Sea to Miyajima for an up-close view of the iconic floating Torii Gate and the sacred Itsukushima Shrine.


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BreakfastJapanese Style Set Course LunchIwakuni-Style Sushi Lunch DinnerKaiseki Banquet HotelMiyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto or Sheraton Hiroshima (Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice 2015 Winner)

Day5

Miyajima  (16 miles, 0:40) Hiroshima 【B, L】


  • Miyajima Ropeway Mt. Misen, as one of Japan's Sankei (top 3 views), Miyajima is worth seeing from many angles. Hop aboard the cable car here for stunning views of the vast sea and sky before you.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana. Encounter history at a profound memorial including the Hypocenter, A-Bomb Dome, and the Museum, dedicated to the preservation of peace.  
  • Hiroshima's small town feel makes it an ideal place to experience local cuisine independently (with the help of our suggestions of course!).



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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchJapanese-Style Set Meal DinnerNot Included - Explore Hiroshima local cuisine on your own HotelSheraton Hotel Hiroshima

Day6

Hiroshima  (71 miles, 1:50) Shimanami Kaido Expressway  (95 miles, 2:00) Kotohira 【3 meals】


  • Konpira-san shrine Ascend 1,368 stone steps for an excellent bird’s eye view of the Sanuki Plain at your feet. A visit here is considered a must-do for many Japanese people. 
  • Shimanami Kaido Expressway Travel across the Seto Inland Sea on a seaside bike tour or visit the Kosan-Ji Temple, a Buddhist temple built to resemble many of Japan's most famous temples. 


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchSeafood Meal DinnerKaiseki Banquet HotelKotohira Grand Hotel (Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 Winner)

Day7

Kotohira  (24 miles, 0:50) Mt. Washuzan Observatory  (18 miles, 0:45) Kurashiki【3 meals】


  • Great Seto Bridge Memorial Park Get a close-up view of world's longest two-tiered bridge. Spanning over eight miles, this monumental engineering feat is comprised of six consecutive bridges connecting five islands in the Seto Inland Sea. 
  • Mt. Washuzan Observatory Cross the Great Seto Bridge to Mt. Washuzan Lookout Point for spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and the Great Seto Bridge. 
  • Kurashiki Bikan Freetime to experience the historic town of Kurashiki Bikan. The city offers a blend of the traditional Edo-period and modern Western influence against the backdrop of beautiful canals. Take some time and browse through local boutiques and cafes in the historical quarter or travel down the canal on a boat.


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchKorean Yakiniku DinnerFrench Cuisine HotelKurashiki Kokusai Hotel or Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel

Day8

Kurashiki  (104 miles, 1:30) Hyogo  (14 miles, 0:30) Arima Onsen【3 meals】


  • Himeji Castle Explore the grounds of one of the best-preserved castles and a national treasure of Japan. (In the case of closure, we will visit Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.)
  • Arima Grand Onsen: Arima is one of Japan’s Sanmeisen (top 3 hot springs) towns and one of the oldest. Enjoy a quintessential Japanese experience here with luxurious tatami-floored rooms, breathtaking scenery, and indulge in relaxing hot springs.


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchUnagi Rice Pot DinnerArima Kaiseki Banquet Dinner HotelArima Grand Hotel (2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence)

Day9

Osaka   Your next destination


  • “Sayonara” or "Goodbye"! Our West Japan tour has come to an end. 
  • Airport sendoff is available for flights arriving Kansai International Aiport(KIX) from 12:55 PM - 6:00 PM


BreakfastJapanese or Western Buffet in Hotel

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Hagi

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. 


Akiyoshido

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.


Rurikoji Pagoda

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. 


Saikotei Museum & Zen Gardens

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. 


Iwakuni Kintai Bridge

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. 


Seto Inland Sea

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.  


Itsukushima Shrine and Floating Torii Gate

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).


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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


Shimanami Kaido Expressway

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.


Kompira-san Shrine

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 and Mt. Washuzan

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.


Kurashiki

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. 


Arima Onsen

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. 


Fukuoka Okura

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


Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

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.


Matsumasa Onsen

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. 


Sheraton Hiroshima

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


Kotohira Grand Hotel

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.


Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel

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. 


Arima Grand Onsen

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. 


Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

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.

  • Udon Lunch


  • Iwakuni Style Sushi Lunch


  • Kaiseki banquet Dinner


  • Unagi Lunch Set


  • Tiger Pufferfish Kaiseki Banquet


  • French Cuisine


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