Don’t forget to pack your stamina — this tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes something for every€tive passenger. Take in major cultural touchstones like Osaka and Hiroshima, along with lesser known areas. Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular shrines, cycle€ross islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. Every view is that much sweeter when you’ve worked for it.
Day 1 Osaka
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Osaka/Chikatsuyu (1D)
Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
Day 3 Chikatsuyu/Katsuura (1B)
Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Afterwards, board a bus for coastal Katsuura.
Day 4 Katsuura/Wakayama
Hike to one of Japan’s best-known waterfalls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.
Day 5 Wakayama/Kyoto
Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Day 6 Kyoto
Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.
Day 7 Kyoto/Onomichi
Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
Day 8 Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima (1D)
Enjoy a day of cycling€ross bridges and islands to the south of Honshu, exploring small villages along the way. Spend the night in a ryokan inn on Ikuchi Jima and savour a traditional kaiseki meal.
Day 9 Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama (1B)
Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Day 10 Matsuyama/Hiroshima (1B)
Transfer by ferry to Hiroshima. This afternoon visit the Peace Park and Museum to learn more about the city’s tragic history.
Day 11 Hiroshima
Travel to the island of Miyajima from Hiroshima. Hop into a kayak and paddle out to the iconic torii gate which floats in the bay.
Day 12 Hiroshima/Tokyo
Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
Day 13 Tokyo
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.
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