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Shikoku Tour

Konpirasan Shrine, Kotohira, ShikokuShikoku is the smallest of the four main islands of Japan, and has its own unique culture and customs. A trip to Shikoku offers a more relaxing experience, complete with beautiful natural scenery, impressive sights such as feudal castles, hot spring baths, ancient religious sites, and a southern flair that cannot be experienced anywhere else in Japan.

Himeji - Himeji Castle is one of the best Original Castles in Japan,
Kurashiki - a preserved Edo Period town center along the willowed lined canal,
Takamatsu - Ritsuin Park, Konpirasan Shrine and Kanamaruza (an old Kabuki theater),
Iya Valley - One of Japan hidden valleys and hot spring resorts
Matsuyama - Dogo Onsen - one of Japan's oldest and most famous hot springs.

This 7 day tour begins and ends in Japan.

The price is US$ 2,460 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes all transportation between destinations, accommodations, 6 breakfasts and 3 evening meals. This tour can also be combined with a tour of Kyoto, Nara or other famous sights in the Kansai Area, as it starts and ends in Osaka.

We hope the above has piqued your interest in this tour. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a tour please Contact Us or call at +1-248-747-4048

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Open - Independent Tour
Prices 2016
US$ 2,460 per guest (based on double occupancy, 2 guest minimum)
Meals Included
Breakfasts: 6
Dinners: 3
7 days
Detailed materials as well as support from our experts in Japan will be available for this independent tour. No tour leader is supplied.
An authentic feudal castle in Matsuyama, Konpirasan Temple in Kotohira, famous Japanese garden in Okayama, well-preserved Edo Period (1600-1868) buildings in Kurashiki, Dogo Onsen (one of the oldest hot spring areas in Japan), unique Shikoku-style architecture in Takamatsu.
Mode of Travel
Train ('Shinkansen' bullet train, limited express and local trains), streetcar, ropeway and on foot.
Group Size
Minimum of 2 guests
Age Restrictions
Everyone younger than 20 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Guest Comments
"I would like to commend you for the excellent preparations made for my family's Shikoku Tour. Although I was not able to join them, my wife and daughter enjoyed themselves thoroughly through out the seven-day tour. All of the accommodations were top class, and your independent tour instructions were very effective in helping them to get around all the interesting sights. Best of all was the assistance that they got from Takeo-san who went out of his way to be a very good host to them. I will certainly recommend services of Japan Roads to my friends who are planning to visit Japan."
-- C.H., Bangkok, Thailand

Itinerary Details:

Shikoku Tour - Day by Day Itinerary

Himeji Castle - Shikoku Self Guided TourDay 1 – Himeji - Western Hotel
After arriving in Japan you will be met by a member of Japan Roads staff and brought to Himeji. In Himeji you will have a chance to visit Himeji Castle which was founded in 1333 by Akamatsu Sadonori. The structure that you can see today was finished in 1581 though it has been restored from time to time over the years. It is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan and considered by many to be the most beautiful.

Day 2 – Kurashiki - Ryokan - Japanese Inn
Finish your exploration of Himeji before heading to nearby Kurashiki. After stopping by your ryokan, you can explore the nearby historic district, willow-lined canal area with storehouses preserved since the Edo Period (1600-1868), before returning to your lodging for some fine Japanese cuisine and a relaxing bath.

Day 3 – Takamatsu - Western Hotel
Ritsurin Koen, A Japanese Landscape Garden in TakamatsuUpon leaving Kurashiki, you will cross the Seto-Ohashi bridge, which was built in the late 1970s and 1980s in order to connect the main island of Honshu with Shikoku. It is one of the world's longest bridges at 13.1 kilometers (8.14 miles). After crossing into Shikoku and checking in to your city center hotel in the seaside city of Takamatsu, you will head to the nearby town of Kotohira. Here you will have the chance to see Konpirasan (also known as Kotohira-gu), a popular Shinto Shrine located atop a huge staircase. Afterwards, you can see Kanamaruza, one of the oldest remaining Kabuki theaters in Japan (Kabuki is a traditional form of theater with elaborate costumes, stage devices and music). Afterwards, you can return to Takamatsu and sample the local specialty food, Sanuki Udon, which is a thick, wheat-based noodle dish served in a clear broth.

Kazurabashi, Iya Valley Onsen, Shikoku Japan Roads ToursDay 4 &5 – Iya Valley - Ryokan - Japanese Inn
In the morning you will leave Takamatsu city and head for a part of Japan that few have seen. This unspoiled area is so remote that during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) criminals would come her to hide from the law. You will spend 2 nights in a ryokan (Japanese inn) where you will be served dinner and breakfast. This is a great time to relax and connect to the quieter side of Japan.

Day 6 – Matsuyama - Ryokan - Japanese Inn
You will stay in the Dogo Onsen (Dogo Hot Spring) area today, one of the oldest hot spring areas in Japan, located in the heart of Matsuyama City. The location is convenient if you are interested in shopping for traditional crafts or souvenirs in the nearby Dogo Shopping Arcade. But before you begin shopping, you will head to Ishiteji temple, an impressive temple that is number 51 of the "88 Temple Pilgrimage", the most famous religious pilgrimage route in Japan that circles around the entire island of Shikoku. The "Niomon" gate is at this temple is a national treasure, its three story pagoda and main hall are designated important cultural properties, and the architecture is in the style of the Kamakura Period (1192-1333).

Day 7 – Return to Osaka - Tour Ends
- Return to Osaka

Dotombori, OsakaToday is the last day of the tour. You can either return to Osaka and go to Kansai International Airport to catch your homeward flight, or else continue on to other destinations you plan to visit.

Note: If you want to visit Kyoto, Osaka or Nara, you will be at a good location to do so. Although the JR Rail Pass is included in the tour price, it is only a 7 day pass, but if you pay the additional cost we can purchase a 14 day pass so you can continue sightseeing in Japan once the tour is over. If you are interested in this option, we recommend you take the tour first and do other sightseeing afterwards.

Tour Accommodations:
Kowakuen, Matsuyama, Dogo Hot Spring, JapanThroughout the tour, you will have the chance to stay at Japanese style inns, or ryokans, as well as modern, Western style hotels. By choosing the best accommodations possible and offering both traditional and modern lodging experiences, Japan Roads aims to give you a deeper insight into life in Japan and make you as comfortable as possible. In particular, the traditional accommodations will allow you to have close personal contact with the Japanese owners and staff of these places, thus deepening your cultural experiences.

Sample Accommodations (may vary but will be of similar quality)
Himeji: Himeji Nikko Hotel
Kurashiki: Tsurugata Ryokan
Takamatsu: ANA Hotel Clement Takamatsu
Iya Valley: Kazurabashi Ryokan
Matsuyama (Dogo Onsen): Kowakuen Ryokan

Botchan Dango, A Regional Specialty Specialty Food of MatsuyamaTo make sure you get the most of your Japan experience, Japan Roads tours offer a wide variety of Japanese cuisine to enjoy. You will have the chance to dine on local specialties as well as traditional gourmet food offered in the ryokans.

About Independent Tours:
Your tour includes a detailed tour organizer built specially for you. This organizer will have everything you need to take your tour including hotel details, directions, sightseeing suggestions and other useful information. We will also give you a rental cell phone that is programmed with our Japan office's phone number that you can call for help while you are in Japan. We are there for you.

This 7 day tour begins and ends in Japan.

If you have any questions or if you are ready
to make a reservation please Contact Us or call at +1-248-747-4048

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Tour schedules are subject to change. If any changes should be made it will be done in the best interest of the travelers.
Japan Roads will at all times aim to offer you the most interesting tour possible.

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