Self Guided Adventure


Secrets of Shikoku

14 Nights: from US$5148 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SOSS

A world apart from the crowded pavements and neon-spangled skyscrapers of the big cities; Shikoku boasts stunning natural beauty, from hidden valleys and untouched rivers to mountains and jagged coastlines. Over two weeks, this itinerary will allow you to discover some of the secrets of Shikoku. Read more >

Your adventure starts in traditional Kyoto and ends in vibrant Osaka, taking you on a fascinating journey from Japan's former Imperial capital of over a thousand years to its fun-loving, laid-back neighbour. These cities will really showcase the variety that can be found in Japan's metropolitan centres.

Leaving Kyoto you'll take the bullet train to Hiroshima where a visit to the city's Peace Memorial Park is a must-do. After that, you can hop across the bay to Miyajima "Shrine Island" where you'll stay in a gorgeous traditional ryokan inn.

Taking the ferry over to Shikoku, you'll reach Matsuyama where for the quintessential Japanese bathing experience you'll find Japan's oldest bathhouse. Dogo Onsen dates from 1894 and still frequented by the country's most prestigious guests - including the Imperial Family. Over in Takamatsu meanwhile you can explore one of Japan's finest landscape gardens, and there's also time to make a day trip to the see Monet's water lilies in a stunning setting on Naoshima "Art Island".

Next up you can follow the pilgrimage route up to Shikoku's most famous shrine, Konpira-san, and across the Iya Valley's vine bridges. We've included a rental car to help you explore the twisting roads and mountain peaks of Iya Valley in the island's interior.

We always aim to include a range of evening meals to make your trip a culinary treat of locally sourced, traditional specialities. Speaking of food - we have also included an udon noodle-making class, which is a great way for you to find out more about Japanese cuisine!

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning and five evening meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport between destinations unless otherwise specified
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Kyoto
  • Ferry tickets for Naoshima day trip
  • Noodle-making class
  • Four days' car rental
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, taxis, subways) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees (including those for shrines, temples and museums)
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the outstanding garden of Ritsurin in Takamatsu
  • Stay in a beautiful ryokan on Miyajima Island
  • Try your hand at udon noodle-making
  • Marvel at modern art on Naoshima "Art Island"
  • Soak in Dogo Onsen's hot spring baths
  • Discover the vine bridges of the Iya Valley

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

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