Hidden Japan vacation
One of our most popular in-depth Japan tours uses bullet trains and ferries to take you to islands and valleys away from the tourist trail. Staying at locally-owned temple lodges and ryokans, you’ll experience local rituals and home-cooked feasts
Kyoto Mount Koya Shikoku Island Takamatsu Naoshima island Kotohira and Kompira-san shrine Iya Valley Miyajima Stay in ryokan traditional inn with hot spring bath.
Maximum Group Size: 14. Single Supplement from £360. Extra pre & post tour nights available.
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Description of Hidden Japan vacation
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Our top tip:
It is a deep part of the culture to be good hosts, and engaging with Japanese people is the best way of saying thank you.
Small group tour. Max. 14 people.
3* hotels and ryokan inn.
Accomm., transfers, entrance fees, luggage forwarding.
All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners included. Budget £3 for street food, £8-10 for dinner in modest restaurant.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
6 Reviews of Hidden Japan vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 11 Oct 2022 by Theodore BakerConversation with Make was probably most memorable. Temples/shrines, gardens, castles all interesting... Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2019 by Aine O CeallaighThe most memorable part of the vacation was the buddhist temples in Miyajima. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Nov 2018 by Jane DunphyAbsolutely wonderful; probably the best we've ever had. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by Jean BurgessIt was an amazing experience; everything we hoped for and more...each day was different and a new fascinating experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jun 2018 by Lynda McCallWe had a fantastic time. The guide, Yuri, was great and the tour was varied and constantly enlightening. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 May 2016 by Susan WhiteAbsolutely wonderful. Great to get away from the very big cities and engage with the people. Visiting Shikoku Island for over five days was brilliant. Our guide was excellent and the entire trip was hassle free. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are extremely passionate about Japan and therefore try to reduce any potential negative environmental impact our vacations could have on this beautiful country.
For most journeys during the tour you will be using Japan's fantastic public transport system and will be traveling by the famous Shinkansen (bullet train), local trains and even ferry.
On Mt Koya you will spend a night in a temple lodging and will get an insight into the traditional buddhist lifestyle. Showing respect and being in harmony with nature are some of the tenets of Buddhism: you will enjoy meals of local vegetarian food, and join the morning prayers with the monks.
PeopleAt Mt Koya we will arrange a local Japanese guide who knows the area inside out and can give you unique insights into Buddhism, the Japanese culture and history and answer all the question about this fascinating place that you might have.
On your journey through Shikoku you will have enjoy local arts and traditions. In Tokushima you will visit the Awa Odori Kaikan museum at the foothills of Mt Bizan. The dancers here wear traditional costumes and perform their dances following a 800 years old tradition. In Takamatsu you will see authentic Bunraku, a very refined puppet-theatre that counts to one of the big Japanese arts next to Noh and Kabuki. Bunraku was once very popular, but there are only a handful of true Bunraku-masters left today.
Attending any of these local performances will help to keep this unique and beautiful arts alive, and pass this heritage on to future generations.