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Japan Hidden Island Naoshima Tour

  • Off the beaten track
Embrace the natural beauty of Japan at your own leisurely pace! Cross the inland sea, taking in temples, shrines, landscapes, culture, food, drink, architecture and even an island dedicated to contemporary art. There is so much to do and see in Japan, and with this hidden island tour, you're bound to see some hidden gems and secret spots that you'll remember for years to come. 

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Kick off your journey

- Arrive at Kansai International Airport

-  Pickup your car

- Off to Kyoto for the first stop

Visited: Kyoto / (Breakfast Included)

Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 2: To the ancient capital, Kyoto

Recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritage site, visit the most representative historical Golden Pavilion temple.
- Continue your journey to the most celebrated Kiyomizu-dera Temple with over 1200 years of history under its belt.
- Drop by the busy Higashiyama District which is lined with small shops, cafés and restaurants.

Visited: Kyoto / (Breakfast Included)

Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 3: Enrich your Japan experience

- Experience truly authentic Japanese culture in Kyoto

- Matcha Grinding & Tea Ceremony / Lunch Session with Maiko / Ramen Making.

- Pick up one of your favorite activities and enjoy yourself while doing that for the afternoon.

- End your day with strolling along the most famous Geisha Gion district.

Visited : Kyoto / (Breakfast Included)

Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 4: Nara, one of a kind deer wonderland

- Further enrich your Japan experience with a visit to Nara Park, where deer in their hundreds roam free.

- Purchase some special snacks at a food stand to feed the animals and get to pet them up-close.

- Visit the Nara landmark historical Todaijitemple and home of the Great Buddha.

Visited: Nara / (Breakfast Included)

Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 5: The Nation Kitchen, Osaka

- Visit the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ of Japan.
- Fill your belly in one of the main food markets in Osaka, Kuromon Ichiba Market.
-  Take a picture with most famous Glico Signboard at Dotonbori.

Visited: Osaka / (Breakfast Included)

Night at Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto (Kyoto)

Day 6: Enjoy the whirlpools, some of the largest in the world

- Take 2-hour drive from Kyoto and see the giant whirlpools raging.

- Try to watch them up close, but be warned, you might get wet!

- Head to Senjojiki Observatory and enjoy a fantastic view of the Onaruto Bridge.

Visited: ONaruto Bridge / (Breakfast Included)

Kyoto O Naruto Bridge
Night at Grandvrio Hotel Tokushima (Tokushima)

Day 7: Welcome to the Seto Inland Sea

- Visit the jewel that is the historical garden, Ritsurin Garden.

- The garden, set against the backdrop of the mountain Shiun-zan, is evocative of a classical Japanese painting.

- Don’t miss out the local Sanuki Udon Noodles delicacies which are unique to Kagawa.

Visited: Takamatsu / (Breakfast Included)

Takamatsu Washington Hotel Plaza (Takamatsu)

Day 8: Stroll along the Angel’s Road

- Head to the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, Shōdoshima.

- Stroll along the famous sandbar connecting three small islands, Angel Road which appears only twice a day.

- Go up to the Hill of Promise lookout point, overlooking the scenic Angel Road during its high tide.

Visited: Shōdoshima / (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

Shōdoshima Chō
Night at Shōdoshima Green Plaza (Shōdoshima Chō)

Day 9: Teshima Travel

- Explore another rural island with hidden contemporary art masterpieces on offer.

- Experience Les Archives du Coeur (The Heart Archive), the only place you can record and listen to your own heartbeats.

- Enjoy. Sit back and Relax at the smoothly sculpted Teshima Art Museum.

Visited: Teshima / Accommodation at Hotel Ars Plage (Breakfast Included)


Day 10: Naoshima, the art island

- Transfer via Ieura Port and enter into the remote island with stunning underground architecture.

- Head to ANDO Museum, named after Ando Tadao, the man who designed most of the museums on Naoshima.

- Finish off a great day by enjoying the sunset with iconic Naoshima Yellow pumpkin, overlooking the ocean.

Visited: Naoshima / Accommodation at Naoshima Guesthouse (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

Naoshima Kō

Day 11: Discover Naoshima only local knows about

- Explore Chichu Art Museum, a museum building which solely utilizes natural light to illuminate the artwork.

- Continue your artistic journey with a visit to the Lee Ufan Museum, which opened at the time of 2010 Setouchi Triennale.

- Soak in a public bath house, 'I Love Yu', enjoying the combination of art installations and traditional bath house culture.

Visited: Naoshima / Accommodation at Naoshima Guesthouse (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

Naoshima Kō

Day 12: Return to Tokyo

- Head to Okayama City with a short, 1-hour drive and return your car.

- It’s time to return to Tokyo metropolitan after a rejuvenating trip with the speedy bullet train transfer.

- Take a glimpse at the vibrant nightlife in Shinjuku Kabukicho Street if you return early.

Visited: Tokyo / Accommodation at Sunshine City Prince Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Night at Sunshine City Prince Hotel (Tokyo)

Day 13: Final ‘to-do’ list in Japan

Complete your Japan bucket list with professional sensei.

- Waso (Kimono Dressing) / Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) / Sado (Tea Ceremony) / Batto (Sword): pick one of your favorite activities and enjoy.

-  End your day with a stroll along the most famous upmarket Ginza district.

Visited: Ginza / (Breakfast Included)

Tokyo Ginza
Shinjuku Washington (Tokyo)

Day 14: Departure

- Private Chartered Transfer to Tokyo Airport (Narita / Haneda)

- Enjoy your journey home!


Kyoto Nara Osaka O Naruto Bridge Takamatsu Shōdoshima Chō Teshima Naoshima Kō Tokyo Ginza

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in price:

  • Accommodation with meal
  • Car rental services equipped with English GPS, Insurance covered from Day 1 – 12
  • Non-reserved Seat Bullet Train One Way Transfer (Okayama Station – Tokyo Station) on Day 12
  • Private Transfer from Hotel to HND / NRT
  • 1 Kyoto excursion experience on choice (Day 2)
  • 1 Tokyo excursion experience on choice (Day 13)

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