Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Rural Japan Explorer

13 Nights: from US$5593 Trip Code: RJE

If you would like to get away from the crowds and explore a region of Japan rich in history and brimming with myths and legends, all set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, then this is the tour for you. Read more >

The highlights of Rural Japan Explorer are many and varied: temples built into cliff faces; healing hot springs; a renowned landscape garden; historic castles; Japan's oldest and most important shrine; and an island believed to be home to the gods - to name but a few.

This IJT Classic tour of Japan commences and concludes in Kyoto, considered by many to be the cultural heart of the country. Having served as Japan's imperial capital for over a millennium, Kyoto's plethora of ancient temples, shrines and gardens is enough to keep even the most enthusiastic visitor busy indefinitely.

In between city stays in Kyoto, Matsue and Hiroshima, we will be exploring the natural elements of Honshu Island, in locations that provide a vivid and powerful counterpoint to city life.

These will include Hagi, a picturesque historic town; Mount Mitoku, a remote mountain in the depths of Tottori Prefecture; the lush Oki Islands off the coast of Matsue; and finally the picturesque hot spring town of Misasa Onsen.

Rural Japan Explorer is a varied, fascinating and original tour that promises a mixture of classic sights and little-visited gems that lie far from the beaten path - perfect for any traveller who wants to see a side of Japan that most tourists miss.

If this sounds good and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your tour in Japan!

Important Tour Information:

Group Size: 4 - 14

Single Supplement: This tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room for all nights except one at the temple lodgings, where we will do our best to secure single rooms for all single travellers. However under certain circumstances, single travellers may need to share with another traveller of the same sex (maximum one night).

Fitness: Even when not using public transport, sightseeing in Japan often involves walking between sights, climbing up steps in temples and being 'on the go' for much of the day. To enjoy any of our Small Group Tours you should be of moderate fitness, able to walk and climb stairs without difficulty and able to maintain a pace that is comfortable for the majority of the group.

Check-in: Please note that rooms at the Kyoto hotel are only available from 3pm. (You can, however, securely leave your luggage at the front desk at any time). 

The tour leader will be staying at the first hotel for two nights before the tour starts so they will be available for advice if you choose to book pre-tour nights. We recommend booking at least one extra night to check in and relax before the tour begins.

Transport: Please note that this tour uses a mixture of public transport, such as trains, boats, taxis, trams. These transfers make the most of Japan's first-rate transport network. We'll also use private coaches during the tour for ease and convenience for some transfers and sightseeing. All the hotels and ryokan have been chosen for their location close to the nearest station.  

Luggage: We highly recommend that to make your stay more enjoyable you pack reasonably light. Large suitcases will be an inconvenience to you. A small case or bag with wheels or a rucksack are most appropriate for this tour as you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators or elevators/lifts. You will also need a small overnight bag (for up to two nights) for use when we forward our main bags to the next location.

Accommodation: All of the accommodation except for the stay in Mount Mitoku has full en-suite facilities. In Mount Mitoku we are staying at a temple lodging and the facilities are simple although still very clean and comfortable. Baths are shared (single sex) and toilets are not attached to the rooms. In Misasa Onsen the rooms have toilets but baths are shared (single sex).

Please note that in Japan, twin rooms are very much the norm, and there are far fewer double rooms available. Please understand that even if you are being booked in a double, this will only be in the hotels where there is availability.

International flights: This tour starts and finishes in Kyoto for arrivals and departures at Osaka, Kansai or Itami airports. 

At a glance

What's Included >

What's included

  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • All transport between destinations in Japan including airport transfers
  • Meet and greet on arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport
  • Breakfast every day, eight evening meals and three lunches
  • Afternoon tea with a maiko in Kyoto
  • A day of hands-on experiences in Misasa Onsen
  • Full day private guide service in the Oki Islands
  • Entrance to Matsue's Adachi Museum
  • Private coaches for ease of transport in Mount Mitoku, Misasa Onsen and Akiyoshi-dai
  • Entrance to Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum
  • Luggage forwarding from Kyoto to Misasa Onsen, Misasa Onsen to Matsue & Matsue to Hiroshima
  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • Your InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack
  • Shared portable Wi-Fi access throughout trip
  • Night cruise in the Oki islands
  • Izumo Taisha shrine entrance fee
  • Local guide & cultural experiences in Joge with a private coach

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$5593
  • Single Supplement: From US$434

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share From US$217 pp Single From US$296 pp
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share From US$217 pp Single From US$296 pp
Disclaimer Message: Please note: Prices displayed above are all "From" prices as individual prices vary depending on time of year travelling. For full pricing information on specific departures please speak to your Travel Consultant.

Tour Highlights

  • An exclusive experience to take afternoon tea with a maiko (trainee geisha) in Kyoto
  • Explore the traditional town of Joge with a guided tour from members of the local community
  • Relax in true Japanese fashion with a dip in the hot spring baths at Misasa Onsen
  • Spend the night in remote temple lodgings on Mount Mitoku
  • Embark on a private night cruise in the Oki Islands with a chance to see a dazzling display from bioluminescent plankton
  • Visit Japan's best landscape garden at the Adachi Museum of Art in Matsue
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Rural Japan Explorer - 14 Days - Accommodation

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Single supplement from US$434

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