Explore Southern Japan

Classic, Osaka to Kyoto

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See a side of Japan that few experience with this 11-day tour that takes you off the main trails into landscapes and artistic hubs that inspire this country's unique culture. Spend time among the contemporary art galleries and public installations on Naoshima Island (including a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin), wander through an ancient moss forest reminiscent of a fairytale, and learn more about the important history of Nagasaki. The tour begins in Osaka and ends in Kyoto, allowing you time to explore these energetic cities and round off your experience in Japan.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Kyoto
  • Full day trip to Naoshima Art Island
  • CEO-led orientation walk of Naoshima port
  • Benesse House Museum visit (Naoshima)
  • CEO-led Peace Park visit with museum entrance (Nagasaki)
  • Shiratani Unsuikyo hiking excursion (Yakushima)
  • Japan Rail (JR) Pass (7 days)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Soak in contemporary art at naoshima island's museums
  • Hike through an ancient moss forest
  • Learn about the historic events of nagasaki
  • Explore the cultural hub of kyoto.

Itinerary

Day 1 Osaka We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this lively city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Osaka to Okayama Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street and Dotombori Bridge. Be sure to try "takoyaki" the city's famous octopus snack. Osaka is a unique culinary destination – opt for a meal of "kushikatsu". In the afternoon, travel to Okayama, known around Japan as the "The Land Of Sunshine". Spend free time wandering through gardens, exploring castles, and tasting the outstanding food of this charming city. Transport: Bullet train (1.00-2.00 hours, 185km)
Day 3 Naoshima Spend the day exploring Naoshima, a picturesque island dotted with impressive contemporary art museums and installations. After a brief orientation walk, enjoy free time to discover this unique island at leisure. In the evening, return back to Okayama. Included Activities: Naoshima Orientation Walk Benesse House Museum Transport: Train (1.00-1.50 hours) Ferry (0.50 hour(s)) Ferry (0.50 hour(s)) Train (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 4 Okayama to Nagasaki Travel southwest to the island of Kyushu. After arriving in the city of Nagasaki, explore with some free time. Don't miss out on the delicious local seafood! Transport: Bullet train (2.00 hour(s)) Train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 5 Nagasaki Visit Nagasaki's Peace Park with your CEO and learn more about the historic events of 1945. Explore more of this port city with some free time. Included Activities: Nagasaki Peace Park & Atomic Bomb Museum Visit
Day 6 Nagasaki to Yakushima Today is a long travel day – via train and ferry – to the southernmost tip of Kyushu island and beyond! After arriving on Yakushima, settle in and get some rest for tomorrow's excursion. Transport: Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours) Bullet train (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Yakushima Experience the magic of Yakushima with a hike through the island's mossy ancient forest. This lush subtropical island is home to impressive cedar trees, several of which are thousands of years old. Included Activities: Shiratani Unsuikyo Hike
Day 8 Yakushima Enjoy free day on beautiful Yakushima. Go for a hike, check out the beach, or relax at an oceanside onsen.
Day 9 Yakushima/Shibushi Today is a busy travel day. Start with a boat ride to Kagoshima before boarding an overnight ferry bound for Osaka. The ferry features a restaurant, onsen spa, and shop. Settle in and enjoy this unique journey across Japan's Inland Sea. Additional Notes: Please note the overnight ferry is multi-share accommodation. Transport: Ferry (2.00-2.50 hours) Shuttle (2.00-2.50 hours) Ferry (14.00-15.00 hours)
Day 10 Osaka/Kyoto (1B) Arrive at the port in the morning and continue to historic Kyoto. Enjoy a free day to explore this cultural hub. Opt for a final meal with the group. Transport: Train (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 11 Kyoto We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this historic city.
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