In the Shadow of Mountains

A small-group guided cultural tour exploring two sides of western Japan - the Japan Sea Coast and the Inland Sea

In the Shadow of Mountains

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In the Shadow of Mountains
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Solo supplements guarantee solo rooms at the hotels on your tour. At inns, you will share with another member of your departure of the same gender.


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  • Duration: 12 days
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  • Availability: May and September
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: USD 4,560(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • See the lovely canals and historic white storehouses of Kurashiki
  • Explore enchanting castle towns of southern Japan - Tsuwano and Hagi
  • Visit a sake brewery with history stretching more than 200 years
  • Visit and enjoy an overnight stay in Hiroshima
  • Stay in hot-spring inns on the Japan Sea coast and the Inland Sea coast
  • Listen to traditional shamisen music
  • Explore Miyajima Island with its iconic red torii gate and free-roaming deer
  • Visit the preserved remains of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site

The tour begins in Japan's old capital of Kyōto; let this ancient city fascinate you with its traditional narrow streets. Admire Kurashiki's historical area and listen to traditional shamisen local folk music. We travel by train to Yunotsu on the Japan Sea Coast, one of the oldest hot spring towns in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. 

Enjoy soaking in the mineral water before leaving for Tsuwano, a charming town known as the 'little Kyōto of San'in' with its picturesque streets lined with Edo-era buildings and koi carp ponds. The journey continues through the former castle town of Hagi, famous for its pottery, then to Hiroshima and the famous Miyajima Island as well as Sensuijima Island, a secret paradise on the Seto Inland Sea. We will arrive in energetic Ōsaka, where neon and crowds welcome you back to the modern side of Japan.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
11 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast and 10 dinners
All transportation between tour locations
Entrance to museums, temples and other sights on the group's itinerary
Forwarding of 1 item of luggage on 3 occasions
Sake brewery experience
Hagi-yaki pottery making experience
What is not included
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to museums, temples etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement for solo travellers at hotels

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.