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Japan's History & Traditions
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Japan's History & Traditions

10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey

Hiroshima, Iya Valley, Mimasaka & Osaka

Immerse yourself in the culture of the ancient land of Japan on this fascinating journey. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Park and sail to the island of Miya-jima, marveling at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, on the way. Then embark on part of the Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage Route in the scenic Iya Valley before ending your journey in cosmopolitan Osaka. Along the way, get a taste of traditional Japanese hospitality during several unforgettable nights in traditional ryokans.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Hiroshima

    Upon arrival in Hiroshima, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Hiroshima

    After breakfast this morning, wander through the beautiful Shukkei-en Garden, built in 17th century as a miniature version of the West Lake in China. A short ferry ride takes you to the picturesque island of Miya-jima. As you approach the shore, marvel at the massive red Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel (B)
  • Day 3
    Hiroshima

    Embark on a full-day tour of Hiroshima. Pay tribute to the victims at the Peace Memorial Park and witness the aftermath of the blast through the photographs at the Peace Memorial Museum. Later this afternoon, take in the sprawling Chuo Park, which is part of the Hiroshima Castle complex.

    The remainder of the evening is yours at leisure.

    Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel (B)
  • Day 4
    Iya Valley

    Bid farewell to Hiroshima this morning and embark on a drive that takes you through the scenic countryside and over a bridge spanning the Mizushima-nada Sea on your way to the Iya Valley. Stop to visit one of the featured temples in the famed Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, which is made up of places where Kobo Daishi, one of the greatest figures in Japanese Buddhism, studied and trained.

    Hotel Hikyonoyu - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 5
    Iya Valley

    After breakfast at your ryokan, set out to see more of the 88 temples. The sacred journey is said to impart travelers with blessings and spiritual merit and is also a great way to enjoy the sights of Shikoku. The journey around the island to all 88 temples is nearly 900 miles long. Walking the entire pilgrimage route took 40-50 days. Today, you'll see just a few of the temples by transport with your private car and guide. After your pilgrimage, return to your ryokan to relax in the hot springs.

    Hotel Hikyonoyu (B)
  • Day 6
    To Mimasaka

    Depart the Iya Valley this morning after breakfast. Stop at Zentsuji, the birthplace of Kobo Daishi to explore its beautiful temple. Then visit the country's largest garden, Ritsurin-koen, which lies at the foot of impressive Mount Shuin.See the 12th-century battleground of Yashima before arriving at your luxury ryokan in Mimasaka.

    Kifu no Sato Ryokan - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 7
    Mimasaka

    Admire the distinctive white walls and black tiles of the 17th-century architecture in the modern city of Kurashiki. The city is also home to the Ohara Museum of Art, which boasts the first collection of Western art to be permanently displayed in Japan. Continue to Tsuyama City, which flourished once as the capital of Mimasaka Province.

    Kifu no Sato Ryokan (B)
  • Day 8
    To Osaka

    Depart Mimasaka this morning and travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Himeji Castle. At more than 400 years old, Himeji is the only castle in the country to have preserved its original wood-and-plaster construction. Continue your journey to the thriving city of Osaka.

    The St. Regis Osaka - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 9
    Osaka

    Begin your day at Osaka Castle. Destroyed by fires many times, the present structure was restored in 1931. From the top of the eight story castle, marvel at the majestic views of Osaka. Don't miss the tearoom whose walls are covered in gold leaf, a lasting testament to Hideyoshi's fabulous wealth. Afterward, explore the largest and most popular food market.

    The St. Regis Osaka (B)
  • Day 10
    Depart Osaka

    Today, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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