In the Shadow of Mountains

Travelling from sea to sea in southern Japan


  • Stroll along the canals and historic white storehouses of Kurashiki

  • Join in making a miniature tatami mat and hear traditional shamisen music

  • Visit the the Iwami Ginzan silver mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Explore the castle towns of southern Japan – Tsuwano and Hagi

  • Stay in magnificent hot-spring inns on both the Japan Sea coast and the Inland Sea coast

  • Roam Miyajima Island with its iconic red torii gate and wild deer

A small-group guided tour exploring two sides of western Japan – the coast of the Japan Sea Coast and the Inland Sea

Trip level:    Moderate
Availability:  May, June, September & October
Price per person: starting from A$6090

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This Japan Holiday tour begins in Japan’s ancient  capital, Kyoto,  with its traditional narrow streets.

Admire the Kurashiki historical area and experience a tatami-mat workshop and traditional “shamisen” local folk music.

We then travel by train to Yunotsu on the Japan Sea Coast, one of the oldest hot spring towns in Japan , a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. Enjoy soaking in the mineral waters before moving on to Tsuwano, a quaint town known as the ‘little Kyoto of San’in’ with its picturesque streets of Edo-era buildings and Koi carp ponds.

The tour continues through the former castle town of Hagi, famous for its pottery, then on to Hiroshima and the famous Miyajima Island and Sensui-jima Island-  on the Seto Inland Sea.

We then travel to vibrant Osaka, welcoming you back to the modern side of Japan.

Whats Included

  • Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide

  • 11 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns

  • Daily breakfast + 10 dinners

  • ALL transportation between tour locations, including bullet train

  • Entrance to museums, temples and other sights on the itinerary

  • Forwarding of one item of luggage on 3 occasions

Whats Not Included

  • Flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches

  • Entrance fees to museums, temples not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Single room supplement(s) if required

Map and Itinerary

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