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Castles and Coastline: From Kyoto to Osaka, Japan (11 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Kyoto, Japan To Osaka, Japan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Castles and Coastline: From Kyoto to Osaka, Japan (11 days)


Day 1
Kyoto, Japan
HOSHINOYA Kyoto Dinner

Arrive in Kyoto today, where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Kyoto is Japan's former imperial capital and much of its historic sites are still intact. We recommend staying in a luxury hotel within the historic area, such as the Hyatt Regency, or in a ryokan guesthouse where you can experience traditional Japanese hospitality, sleeping in suites with sliding door partitions and futon mattresses rolled out on tatami floors.

Day 2
Kyoto, Japan
HOSHINOYA Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyoto is home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites and no matter how modernized it becomes, there’s seemingly a remnant of its past on every corner. Today you have a full day of sightseeing with your guide to explore the city’s attractions, whether it’s a 6th-century landmark such as Shimogamo Shrine, or a futuristic structure like Kyoto Tower. Return to your hotel or ryokan in Kyoto tonight.

Day 3
Kyoto, Japan
HOSHINOYA Kyoto Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kyoto is a great place to experience traditional Japanese culture, such as ikebana - flower arranging, noodle making, sushi preparation or calligraphy. Today you can spend some time delving into the Japanese tradition of your choosing before heading to Nara. In Nara you’ll find spectacular examples of imperial architecture, such as the 8th-century Kasuga Grand Shrine - and have the chance for a close-up look at another of Japan’s national treasures - the sika deer. Check into a traditional ryokan guesthouse in Kyoto tonight, we recommend the Tawaraya.

Day 4
Izumo, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll fly to Izumo, located on the coastline of Shimane Prefecture. The city is home to a collection of significant historic sites, the most important of which is the ancient Izumo Taisha Shrine. No official documentation states the shrine’s date of construction, though there are records of it being down-sized in 1200 AD. One of the shrine’s major features is a towering gate festooned with straw, and its halls and museums house many more important local artefacts. Tonight, check into an onsen guesthouse and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Japan’s famous hot springs.

Day 5
Matsue, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll spend a full day touring the neighboring cities of Matsue and Yasugi, accompanied by a private guide. Matsue is the capital of the prefecture and its lake and canals have earned it the nickname of “water city.” Here, you’ll enjoy far-reaching city and ocean views from the castle and visit the Adachi Museum of Art, famous for its beautifully-designed grounds. These gardens are considered Japan’s best and have been awarded three stars by Michelin Travel. Return to your ryokan tonight.

Day 6
Nagato, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel further along Japan’s western coastline to Nagato in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Far from the urban frisson that electrifies Japan’s big cities, in Nagato, travelers can relax in a serene mountain atmosphere, capitalizing on the location’s natural hot springs. The best way to do this is by checking into an onsen ryokan - Nagato has a premium selection of modern, design-savvy ryokans that combine traditional hospitality with sleek bathing facilities and unobtrusive technology.

Day 7
Hagi, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day sightseeing in Hagi today - a quiet city whose claim to fame is hagi-yaki, a form of pottery known for its simple forms and transparent glaze. You can visit a kiln in Hagi, take a cruise on Hashimoto River or explore the castle town’s “bent key” streets - twisted alleys built in feudal times to confuse invading armies. Return to your ryokan in Nagato tonight.

Day 8
Akiyoshidai, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll enjoy a half-day private tour of Akiyoshido-Dai Quasi-National Park, home to a remarkable limestone cave and beautiful karst pinnacles dotted in green meadows. This is the largest limestone plateau in the country and the biggest limestone cavern in Asia - you can hike the area along trails or enjoy the views from a cable car. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before returning to your ryokan in Nagato for the night.

Day 9
Itsukushima, Japan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning before being chauffeur-driven to the train station where you’ll catch the shinkansen - bullet train - to your next destination, Iwakuni. In this former castle town, you’ll enjoy some sightseeing, visiting the famous five-arched Kintai Bridge. Next, it’s on to Itsukushima - also known as Miyajima Island - just off the coast of Hiroshima. The island is a tranquil mountain destination renowned for its lush maple forests, shrines, and protected sika deer. Check into a ryokan on the island for a truly immersive experience.

Day 10
Osaka, Japan
Ritz-Carlton Osaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the island of Miyajima today, wandering its forest trails and enjoying the famous view of Itsukushima Shrine. Take the ferry to Hiroshima before transferring via shinkansen to the port city of Osaka. A modern metropolis in every sense, Osaka is a great destination to enjoy the best of Japan’s urban offerings, including fine dining, nightlife and shopping. For more history, there’s Osaka Castle, moated on 15 acres of land and one of Japan’s most iconic buildings. Check into luxury accommodation tonight - the Ritz-Carlton and the St Regis are both excellent hotels in Osaka.

Day 11
Osaka, Japan
None Breakfast

Enjoy your final morning in Japan with a leisurely breakfast before being chauffeur-driven to Kansai airport in time for your departure flight.

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  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
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Explore Japan by taking an uncommon route on this 11-day luxury itinerary, exploring lesser-visited cities on the country’s southwestern shores. Launching from Kyoto, you’ll head west to Matsue and Izumo, taking in scenic ocean views, visiting ancient shrines and temples and wandering old castle towns. Also during this trip you’ll spend time on the sacred island of Itsukushima before looping back to Osaka, Japan’s third most populous city. During your journey, you’ll have the chance to stay in Japanese guesthouses - ryokans -  modern yet traditional boutique properties with private onsen baths.


  • Go sightseeing in Kyoto, a city replete with UNESCO historic landmarks and fantastic food

  • Explore old castle towns such as the Edo Period Hagi

  • Walk around Shrine Island - Itsukushima - with its iconic red torii gate and free-roaming sika deer

  • Take in the Akiyoshido-Dai karst plateau, home to Asia’s largest limestone cave

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Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

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Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

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Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

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