Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Art and Culture in Chugoku: Japan's Western Delight (6 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Hiroshima, Japan To Naoshima, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Art and Culture in Chugoku: Japan's Western Delight (6 days)


Day 1
Hiroshima, Japan
Iwaso Ryokan Dinner

Wake up in Hiroshima and begin the tour with a visit to Miyajima Island. Visit the World Heritage site of Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy a walk around the Mt Misen area. Get your first taste of Japanese food with a tasty lunch of “Hiroshima-yaki." Next, head to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, where you’ll gain a new perspective on the atomic bomb disaster. Speaking to an A-bomb survivor can be arranged by request. After an informative afternoon, head back to your Hiroshima hotel-- we recommend either Iwaso, a traditional Japanese ryokan, or Sekitei Hiroshima.

Day 2
Okayama, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up and get ready for another busy day. Depart Hiroshima and head to Saijo, where you’ll have an exciting day visiting sake breweries and sampling this iconic drink of Japan. Next, you’ll go to Okayama, where you’ll see the Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most beautiful garden areas and also a cultural heritage site. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep at your hotel in Okayama.

Day 3
Matsue, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Okayama for Matsue, a journey that takes around two hours and 30 minutes. Once in Matsue, you’ll get to explore the Matsue Castle and have a look around the town. There’s also a chance to take a 30 minute boat ride along the moat. Next is lunchtime, so taste the delicious local dish of Izumo soba buckwheat noodles. Then it’s time to check into your accommodation for the night, where you can relax for the evening.

Day 4
Kurashiki, Japan
Hotel Nikko Kurashiki Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave early in the morning for Yasugi, where you’ll visit the Adachi Museum, known for its amazing Japanese garden. Then head to Kurashiki where you’ll visit the Ohara Art Museum, which was the first collection of Western art to be permanently exhibited in Japan. Do some local sightseeing in the Bikan Historical Quarter, where there are many historical wooden warehouses just waiting to be explored. There’s a beautiful canal framed with weeping willow trees and the whole area is full of hidden gems and beautiful buildings. This evening, we suggest staying at either Ryokan Kurashiki or Hotel Nikko Kurashiki.

Day 5
Naoshima, Japan
Benesse House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Kurashiki and take the ferry to Naoshima Island. Here, explore the local delights that are the Chichu Art Museum and the Art House Project. Opened in 2004, the museum is built directly on the side of the island and is buried mostly underground. In the evening, check in at the Benesse House, which is located inside the brilliant Benesse Art Museum. A guided tour of the museum can be arranged by request.

Day 6
Naoshima, Japan
None Breakfast

Today is the final day of your six day tour of Chugoku, Japan. Depart from Naoshima and head for Okayama or Takamatsu before catching your international flight.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Chugoku, Japan’s region of mountains, is an excellent place to get a taste of the best of Japan. The area makes up the western part of Japan's main island Honshu and features a rather large selection of top-tier sites and attractions. Hiroshima, the capital of the region, is certainly the highlight of the itinerary and we are sure that you will love it. Visit Peace Memorial Park, dedicated to victims of the 1945 atomic bomb. On this tour you’ll also visit Okayama, Matsue, Kurashiki, Naoshima, and the island of Miyajima. If you’ve only got six days to spare, you’ll want to spend them in delightful Chugoku.


  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and learn about how the devastating atomic bomb changed Japan, and the world, forever

  • Savor Japan’s most famous drink, sake, at a local brewery

  • Explore the Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki, where you’ll see local life at its best

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