Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Rural Japan Explorer

13 Nights: from US$4009 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 practical Information:

Accommodation: All of the accommodation except for the stay in Mt. Mitoku has full en-suite facilities. In Mt. Mitoku we are staying at a temple lodging and the facilities are a little more basic 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, baths are shared (single sex).

Single Supplement: This tour has a single supplement. This guarantees a single room for all nights except one at the temple lodgings, where we may need to ask single travellers to share with another traveller of the same sex (maximum 1 night)

Transport: Please note that many transfers are by public transport making use of Japan's first-rate transport network. We will have use of a private bus at other times. All hotels and ryokan have been chosen for their location close to the nearest railway station. However, you will have to carry your bags for short distances and some stations do not have escalators.

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 back-pack (for up to two nights) for use when we forward our main bags to the next location.

International flights: The tour starts and finishes in Kyoto (for Osaka Kansai Airport). Please note that the included meet-and-greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available for Osaka Kansai Airport.

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).

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.

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
  • "Hands-on day" of experiences in Misasa Onsen
  • Full day private guide service in the Oki Islands
  • Entrance to Matsue's Adachi Museum
  • Private coach to Akiyoshi-dai
  • Entrance to Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum
  • Entrance to Himeji Castle
  • 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

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

View full price information >

Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$4009
  • Single Supplement: US$290

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$101 Single pp US$162
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$101 Single pp US$162


  • Tour Price: From US$5096
  • Single Supplement: US$324

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$108 Single pp US$141
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$108 Single pp US$141

Tour Highlights

  • Take afternoon tea with a trainee geisha in Kyoto
  • Explore Himeji Castle, Japan's largest and most impressive samurai castle
  • Bathe in hot springs at Misasa Onsen
  • If all this sounds great and makes you want to see even more, why not extend your stay in Japan!
  • Visit the beautiful Oki Islands for a day of exploration
  • Visit Hiroshima's haunting Peace Park and Museum
  • Spend the night in a remote temple lodgings on Mount Mitoku

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

What, where, when and how...

Rural Japan Explorer - 14 Days - Accommodation

Rural Japan Explorer - 14 Days - Booking

Tour Reviews

(12 month average based on 2 reviews)

Tour Reviews

(12 month average based on 2 reviews)

4.5 out of 5 from 2 reviews Show all Rural Japan Explorer Reviews

Other IJT Classic Tours you may like...