Shikoku Island vacation in Japan, tailor made

“12 day tailor made tour of Japan traveling by rail, road, ferry and air as well as the opportunity to hire a car and explore the Iya Valley close to Takamatsu.”


Osaka | Tokushima | Naoshima island | Takamatsu | White water rafting in the Oboke Gorge | Kannonji | Matsuyama hot springs | Okayama |

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Departure information

All our itineraries can be tailor made to suit your specifications and budget. Departures are year round, depending on your preferred dates of travel
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Tailor made vacation

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

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.

The hot spring baths at Matsuyama are some of the oldest onsen waters in Japan and the people have been visiting them for over one hundred years. The waters are communally used and replenished daily, using recycled water rich in mineral content and reviving properties, while still having a smaller impact than the hot spring use may have were the waters not refreshed and recycled. Japanese culture has a great respect for the environment so staying in traditional properties is a good way to avoid waste.

Transfers and travel is by public transport where available to minimize the additional impact to the environment of your stay. Where unavailable, we have recommended shared transfers for the same reason. Guidelines are provided before departing that indicate best practice for travelers to avoid damaging environments or communities.

Your rafting activity is with local operators who will advise on how best to enjoy the activity without impacting the surrounding area that you are spending time in.

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation is Japanese run and owned throughout, with a total of 6 nights spent in traditional ryokan accommodation, guesthouses or communal properties. Food here is locally sourced, based on availability and seasonality. Expect mountain vegetables, home-made tofu and miso soup and locally reared beef and chicken, as well as regional varieties of tea and sake.

Staying at the Chiiori House in the Iya Valley gives you a chance to interact with a local community and help maintain this unique property. Guests must help to cook, clean and repair during their stay and are encouraged to keep in touch with the Chiiori Project once they return home. Chiiori House was renovated by orientalist and author of two books on Japanese society, Alex Kerr. He bought the derelict building in 1973 with the dream to save traditional construction techniques and revive an interest in cultures and traditions that had endured for centuries before being suddenly swept from the hills by Japan's 20th century industrial revolution. More recently Alex has been involved in restoring Kyoto Machiya houses and tours of the historic residences are available in Kyoto.


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