13 days from £ 1,189 p/person
Shikoku offers something different from Japan’s other islands: an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage, original castles, rustic rural life, untouched villages and a scattering of small islands in Japan’s “Inland Sea”.

  • See the famous Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu
  • Visit Naoshima, the “art island”
  • Stay in traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) in Matsuyama
  • Experience a temple stay at Mt.Koya
  • Kyoto, Japan’s former capital and the cultural and historic centre of the country.

Day 1 : Arrive Osaka- Kobe

On arrival at Kansai International Airport (KIX) take the shuttle bus to Kobe (ticket provided).

Stay 1 night.

Day 2 : Kobe - Tokushima

Today, take the bus to Tokyushima, using your Japan Rail Pass

Stay 1 night.

Day 3 : Tokushima - Takamatsu

Travel to Takamatsu by train using the Japan Rail Pass.

Stay 2 nights.

Day 4 : Takamatsu - Naoshima - Takamatsu

Take a trip to nearby Naoshima, the “art island” with many extraordinary outdoor art installations.

Day 5 : Takamatsu - Kotohira

Travel to Kotohira by train using the Japan Rail Pass.

Stay 1 night.

Day 6 : Kotohira - Matsuyama

Travel to Matsuyama by train using the Japan Rail Pass.

Stay 2 nights in a ryokan (Japanese inn) with Japanese dinner and breakfast.

Day 7 : Matsuyama

Full day free to explore.

 

Day 8 : Matsuyama - Hiroshima

Today take the ferry across Japan’s Inland Sea to Hiroshima.

Stay 1 night.

Day 9 : Hiroshima - Kyoto

After exploring Hiroshima take an evening Bullet train to Kyoto.

Stay 2 nights.

Day 10 : Kyoto

Full day free to explore the city and nearby Nara.

Day 11 : Kyoto - Mt.Koya

Travel to Mt.Koya. This centre of Shingon Buddhism is a complex of temples scattered around the tranquil forested hillside.

Overnight, experience simple accommodation  in a shukubo (temple stay) including vegetarian dinner and breakfast.

Day 12 : Mt.Koya - Osaka

Make your way down to Osaka.

Stay 1 night.

Day 13 : Depart Osaka (KIX)

After breakfast, take the airport bus service to Kansai International Airport (KIX) for departure.

from £ 1,189

per person sharing twin room.

Included

  • 9 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • 2 nights at a ryokan (Japanese inn) including dinner and breakfast
  • overnight at Mt.Koya in shukubo (temple stay) including vegetarian dinner and breakfast
  • 7-day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary class)
  • Mt.Koya 2-day Pass
  • Shuttle bus transfer KIX airport - Kobe
  • Ferry ticket Matsuyama - Hiroshima
  • detailed itinerary and extra information

Not included

  • flights
  • tours and excursions
  • travel insurance
  • any other meals and personal expenses