Hidden Japan vacation

“13 day vacation starting and ending in Osaka, traveling in a small group. Going off the tourist trail, be it visiting islands, staying in temple lodgings or hiking the Iya Valley.”

Highlights

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.

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12 Mar 2020
£3850
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07 May 2020
£3850
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21 May 2020
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11 Jun 2020
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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.
Trip type:
Small group tour. Max. 14 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
3* hotels and ryokan inn.
Included:
Accomm., transfers, entrance fees, luggage forwarding.
Meals:
All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners included. Budget £3 for street food, £8-10 for dinner in modest restaurant.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We 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.
In order to save energy, water and detergent we will provide you with an eco-card in English and Japanese that you can leave in your room to inform hotel staff not to change your towels and sheets.
We will also give you a set of reusable chopsticks so you wonít need to go through many pairs of disposable ones.

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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

At 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.

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5 Reviews of Hidden Japan vacation

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Reviewed on 07 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The buddhist temples in Miyajima. I only saw them by chance. Also I did a wonderful nature walk on the island. I think the group would have benefitted from better guidance on that part of the trip. The puppet making craftsman and museum was very interesting. And the geisha afternoon. The food throughout was great too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It's a great trip. Enjoy it, and keep a raincoat to hand at all times!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Clearly there were some local payments made in Joge and, of course, we all spent money as tourists do. I wasn't aware of any particular environmental element.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was very good indeed. I loved that it really included practically everything so we didn't have to keep paying for activities. Jack, our guide, was superb as an organiser; he also kept things moving at a perfect pace. He was, however, scant on giving general information about Japan. He gave what anyone can read in the guide books just as we stood outside a given building, but I was hoping for a bit more detail and passion. I think the tour would benefit from more direct interaction with ordinary people. It would have been wonderful to learn a little
about the language and Japanese writing, even if only for one or two hours. A VERY simple class of some kind.

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all brilliant! If I had to pick one thing it would be the day on Mt Koya, where we stayed the night in a guesthouse in a Buddhist monastery. The Udon
noodle-making session was really fun; and our day with the villagers in Joge was very special too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Learn how to use chopsticks! - and be willing to try everything (the seabream head was delicious!).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We certainly felt that our day in Joge benefitted the local people.
We were impressed by the fact that we used public transport where possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely wonderful; probably the best we've ever had.

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Hard to single out one part, each day was different and a new fascinating experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light, wear comfortable footwear.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As far as is possible yes with the extensive and very well organised use of public transport and support of local businesses in the areas we visited

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing experience everything we hoped for and more.

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Visiting the village on the last day -meeting the school children and participating in martial arts lesson

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light- the Japanese donít expect you to dress up. Participate in everything you can.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes the Japanese are aware environmentally and nothing we did was contrary to this. The visit to village involved various purchases so this must have been beneficial. Conservation support less evident .

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a fantastic time. The guide, Yuri, was great and the tour was varied and constantly enlightening.

Reviewed on 09 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Everything! Traveling extensively using the local transport - every type, meant we saw such a large range of places, did lots of activities, experienced historical and modern displays, interacted with the local people and tasted a big variety of
food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light. Prepare for lots of traditional Japanese food. Bring comfy shoes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We travelled by public transport most of the time which is very efficient. We engaged with many locals especially those involved with volunteering. We ate local foods.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely 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. Such a good way to experience
Japan and it's history (old and new) and it's people.
Giving a 5 star rating which says 'I am reborn' is over the top for me so I have given the trip 4 stars but I could not fault the tour. It met our expectations in every way. Enjoy.

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