West & South Explorer
West & South Explorer
The west and south areas of Japan are known as the Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu regions and is the location of some of the most magnificent scenery in Japan, where the quiet country towns echo in Japan’s charm.
The West and South Explorer covers a wide region of areas from historic seaside towns, spectacular volcanic mountains and soothing onsen (hot spring) in which to revive. Go beyond the standard tourist destinations.
*These packages are self-guided, so you can start whenever you like and you can add or reduce days as desired. We can re-arrange the plan to create a unique package for your individual needs!
My Favourite Kyoto 4/5/6 Days: Kyoto
See an ancient lifestyle – shrines, temples and customs locked in Japan’s empirical, spiritual past. It’s always a perfect time to visit Kyoto.
If you are planning a stopover in the Osaka area, or if Kyoto is one of your must see destinations, spend some time experiencing the My Favourite Kyoto tour.
Using the Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass explore Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima – home to some of the most important historical buildings and monuments in Japan.
Route: Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima
Beauty of Japan – Sanin Sanyo – 7 Days: Shimane, Tottori
Discover the profound beauty of Japan in Shimane and Tottori.
Explore the stunning manicured Japanese garden at the Adachi Museum, the mythical town of Izumo where the gods gather in the famous Izumo Grand Shrine, look out over the beautiful coast from the top of the Tottori Sand Dunes, and more…
The Sanin-Sanyo Area Pass is your ticket to Japan’s natural wonderland.
Route: Osaka, Matsue, Izumo, Iwami Ginzan, Tottori, Okayama
Idyllic Japan – Chugoku, Shikoku – 14 Days: Shimane, Tottori, Iya Onsen, Matsuyama
Outstanding nature, a samurai tradition and unspoiled, idyllic scenery in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.
After discovering the beauty of Japan in Shimane and Tottori, travel to the spiritual island of Shikoku, which is Japan’s fourth largest island, famous for the 88 temple pilgrimage, an abundance of history and local cultures.
It will take you back to Japan’s medieval days. Take it slowly and enjoy the relaxed pace of the local hospitality and culture.
Route: Matsue, Izumo, Tottori, Okayama, Takamatsu, Iya Onsen, Matsuyama, Dogo Onsen, Uchiko, Himeji, Kobe
Chillaxing Japan – Kyushu – 8 Days: Fukuoka, Yufuin, Kumamoto, Kagoshima
If you are you looking for a calm and relaxed holiday in Japan, chillaxing on the Onsen (Hot Spring) Island of Kyushu could be your cup of green tea.
Relax in Yufuin, a hot-spring town, which is surrounded by beautiful nature such as Lake Kinrinko and Mt Yufu, take in the dynamic views of the volcanic Mt Aso, the unique sand baths in Ibusuki and the spectacular volcano of Sakurajima in Kagoshima.
This magnificent scenic adventure, showcasing Kyushu’s nature and onsen, will sooth your body and your soul.
Route: Fukuoka, Yufuin, Kumamoto, Mt Aso, Kagoshima, Ibusuki
Aesthetic Japan – Sanin Sanyo, Setouchi – 14 Days: Shimane, Hagi, Tsuwano, Naoshima
You will be impressed by the traditional Japanese arts, the perfectly designed and manicured gardens, the architecture of buildings both modern and ancient, the beauty of the towns themselves and the contemporary arts in Shimane and Naoshima Island, not forgetting the art of nature itself.
Stroll around the historical samurai towns, Hagi and Tsuwano, both rich in culture, and learn about the people and places pivotal in Japan’s history when the government moved from the feudality to democracy.
Route: Matsue, Izumo, Tottori, Yamaguchi, Hagi, Tsuwano, Okayama, Naoshima Island, Kobe
Kyushu by Tourist Train – 15 Days: Fukuoka, Beppu, Mt Aso, Ibusuki, Unzen, Nagasaki
Take one of the most scenic rail journeys in Japan as you travel around Kyushu on the famous sightseeing trains.
Visit one of Japan’s best onsen towns, Beppu, experience the unique sand baths in Ibusuki and the unearthly atmosphere in Unzen onsen. Take in the dynamic views of the volcanic Mt Aso and Sakurajima, discover the fascinating history of Nagasaki and Hitoyoshi and feast in one of Japan’s best food cities, Fukuoka.
This awe-inspiring adventure will intoxicate every one of your senses.
Route: Fukuoka, Yufuin, Beppu, Mt Aso, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Unzen, Nagasaki