11 Day Japan Southern Treasures 2013 – Shoulder Season Special


11 Day Japan Southern Treasures 2013

Departures :

Sun. 03 March 2013 – Booking Closed

Sun. 12 May 2013 – Booking Closed

SMALL ESCORTED GROUP TOUR (Minimum Group size 8 people)

Tour Price

Twin Share from $ 4,100.00 person / twin share
Single supplement $ 840.00

Kyoto and Tokyo, Southern Island, Arita & Imari pottery villages, The black castle of Kumamoto, beautiful Gardens, World renown art site Naoshima.

This tour has been designed for experienced visitors to Japan and for first timers with an artistic and cultural bent. Learn about traditional and contemporary art, local culture and beautiful landscapes, unique to Southern Japan. Traverse the Seto Inland Sea, visiting Kyushu and Shikoku Islands. Shikoku is off the beaten track for westerners but a favourite for the Japanese. The most sparsely populated of the 4 main Japanese islands, it is also one of the most beautiful and spectacular. Visit the tranquil pottery villages of Arita and Imari; stroll through the wonderful Ritsurin Park, comprised of 6 sculpted lakes and 13 artificial hills designed to capture the essence of Japanese garden aesthetics and designated one of the top 3 gardens in Japan. Naoshima, an island dedicated to contemporary art and to nature provides an interesting insight into the Japanese psyche as you walk through the art exhibits scattered throughout the island. The Chichu Art Museum is itself an architectural work of art. Enjoy the traditional capital Kyoto and finish off the tour with some time in vibrant modern Tokyo.

Day flight to Narita airport, connect to flight to Fukuoka, Kyushu Island.
Travel to Arita & Imari pottery villages. Visit master potter’s workshop. Arita, the cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Japan, is a quiet town among mountains, located in the western part of Saga. Ri Sampei, a potter from Korea, discovered a fine-quality white porcelain mineral nearby in Mt. Arita-Izumi-yama leading to the development of the pottery village.
Travel to Kumamoto by train. Visit Kumamoto Castle which is one of the 3 premier castles in Japan. Dating back to 1467 in its first incarnation, the black castle as it is known, has characteristic curved stone walls, known as mushagaeshi, as well as wooden overhangs, which were designed to prevent attackers from penetrating the castle. Kumamoto’s Suizenji-joju-en Japanese Garden is a beautifully sculpted set of landscaped gardens including a “tsukiyama” (miniature) mountain, arranged around a stunning lake. This park is simply breathtaking in its beauty and natural design and has been designated as a National historic site of scenic beauty.
Welcome drinks at hotel.
Travel on by train to Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku, across the Seto Inland Sea. Visit Ritsurin Park, the largest of the National Gardens of special scenic beauty and comprising 6 ponds and 13 hills beautifully arranged against bottle green pine trees and punctuated with many stone arrangements that together evolve into the wonderful style of the early Edo period. Stay at Okayama.
Travel on the Inland Sea by ferry to Naoshima Island, famous for its many contemporary art museums. Visit Chichu museum, Benesse House, Art House Project and outdoor Art exhibition. An Island of art, blessed with nature and attarcting worldwide attention. Selected as one of the “seven places in the world yous hould see next.” Travel on to Kyoto.
Day 6 – KYOTO
Morning, visit Kiyomizu temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which overlooks the city. This massive wooden temple is very impressive, built on the side of a mountain, many stories tall, but built without a single nail. The temple itself is wonderful to contemplate, but part of the fun of visiting it is the approach to the temple along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama. The
myriad little shops seething with tourists and pilgrims fill the air with exotic sights sounds and smells. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 – KYOTO
Morning at leisure.
Perhaps take an optional tour of Kyoto Golden pavilion and Nijo castle morning tour. Afternoon, enjoy visiting Kyoto’s south-west district, Sagano Arashiyama. Walk in the footsteps of Kyoto’s traditional nobility. get a taste of the Kyoto countryside visiting moss gardens, bamboo forest walkway, specialty handicraft shops including pottery, Japanese rice paper, bamboo craft & handmade clay bell specialist shops.
Mid morning, travel to Tokyo and transfer to the Imperial Hotel Tokyo and check in for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is free. The Imperial Hotel is one of the most exclusive in Japan. Dripping with luxury, exuding a graceful ambiance and manned by discreet but attentive staff the hotel might capture your heart and keep you from venturing back outside. But there is more to see and Tokyo is full of life, colour, sights and sounds, great shopping districts and world famous department stores. Fare well drinks at hotel.
Day 9 – TOKYO
A full day at leisure, to kick back and relax or to fill with whatever interests you. Perhaps take an optional tour of Tokyo or of one of the many nearby tourist attractions. Your tour coordinator will help organise your activity.
Enjoy your last day in Japan with some last minute souvenir hunting or some optional half day activity. Perhaps you follow your escort to Edo museum which is a facility to preserve the historical heritage of Edo-Tokyo. Late afternoon, leave hotel for Narita airport by bus, depart for Australia.
Morning Arrival. Interstate passengers connecting flight.

Special Inclusions

  • Luxury Accommodation
  • All transportation
  • All tours & admissions as specified
  • Baggage porterage – one piece
  • Breakfast daily, Welcome drinks, Farewell drinks



It was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people. Artworks by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria are on permanent display in a building designed by Tadao Ando. Taking form as artists and architect bounced ideas off each other, the building in its entirety can be called a massive site-specific art work. To ensure that the museum does not affect the beautiful scenery of Naoshima, the majority of the building is located underground. Despite its positioning, it receives an abundance of natural light, changing the appearance of the artworks and the ambience of the space itself with the passage of the days and the seasons.

Artists : Claude Monet/Walter De Maria/James Turrell/ Tadao Ando.


FUKUOKA: < Day 1 – Day 3 >

The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

The luxury 5 star hotel Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is located in the Hakata district in the heart of Fukuoka city. Along with its spacious rooms and luxury suites, the hotel also offers a wide variety of restaurants and lounges and facilities including a fitness center & Spa and an indoor swimming pool.

OKAYAMA: < Day 4 >

The Hotel Granvia Okayama

The Hotel Granvia Okayama serves as the gateway to the entire Seto Inland Sea area for both business travellers and tourists alike. The ideal location where guests from all over the world can meet and foster greater cross.-cultural understanding through the exchange of ideas.

KYOTO: < Day 5 – DAY 7 >

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a stylish design hotel located in the traditional and historic area of Higashiyama Shichijo, in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. Located just a few minutes away from JR Kyoto Train Station, the hotel features spacious rooms & luxury suites suitable for business and leisure travellers alike. The hotel hosts The Grill serving French cuisine, casual Italian restaurant Trattoria Sette and Touzan Japanese Restaurant & Bar.

KYOTO: < Day 5 – DAY 7 >

Kyoto Hotel Okura

A supreme space to spend your hours in Kyoto. The hotel’s more than 120 – years history generates a dignified atmosphere. Upgraded comfort is created alongside continuous innovation. Please enjoy the type of gorgeous moments that more attracted guests world – wide. The beauty of the
surrounding landscape with panoramic mountains and spectacular seasonal variations makes the Kyoto Hotel Okura a natural showcase for the exquisite charm and unique allure of exotic Kyoto.

TOKYO: < Day 8 – DAY 9 >

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo

The legendary grande dame of Tokyo’s hotels, the Imperial is within walking distance of everything important in the city. The park-side Imperial features impeccable attention to details; lavish, award-winning cuisine; and airy suites traditionally favoured by statesmen, royalty, and celebrities. Personalized services make it Tokyo’s address of choice for disceming executive.


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