We are a local tour operator/a travel planner whose main active areas are KANSAI, HOKURIKU, CHUGOKU and SHIKOKU.
So, if you are looking for a new travel plan in these regions other than Golden Route, we can propose you a wide-area plan according to your request.
【Where is KANSAI ?】
Located in the center of Honshu Island (Biggest island among 4 main islands of Japan) , consists of 7 prefectures of SHIGA/KYOTO/HYOGO/OSAKA /NARA/MIE/WAKAYAMA, including KYOTO and OSAKA City.
【Where is HOKURIKU ?】
Located in the northeast of KANSAI, consists of 3 prefectures of FUKUI/TOYAMA/ ISHIKAWA, including KANAZAWA City.
【Where is CHUGOKU ?】
Located in the west of Honshu Island, consists of 5 prefectures of OKAYAMA/ HIROSHIMA/YAMAGUCHI/SHIMANE/TOTTORI.
【Where is SHIKOKU ?】
Located in the south of CHUGOKU and in the west of KANSAI, smallest island of 4 main islands of Japan, consists of 4 prefectures of TOKUSHIMA/KAGAWA/EHIME/ KOCHI.
We suggest you to plan your trip in the KANSAI/ HOKURIKU region where you can enjoy wonderful Japanese tradition, culture, history, nature, country life style and also Japanese food, gourmet dishes, for example you have a following choice ;
A : Northwest KANSAI route with
SAN'IN KAIGAN World Geopark
B : Northeast KANSAI (HOKURIKU) route
C : South KANSAI route
D : Nearest full-fledged Ski Resort from KANSAI Airport
E : CHUGOKU route with
SAN'IN KAIGAN World Geopark
Chugoku region, divided into the north and the south by the Chugoku Mountains, is located in the west of the Kansai, and has a very different face on each side.
The development of the north called "SAN-IN region" is delayed compared with the south called "SAN-YO region“ which is well known by major tourist attraction.
So if you visit this region, you will be able to discover an old fashioned traditional life style and local food of Japan in enjoying beautiful coastline and virgin landscape in the north, on top of the visit to the World Heritage Site of Himeji Castle and Hiroshima in the south.
SETO INLAND SEA is surrounded by KANSAI, CHUGOKU, SHIKOKU and KYUSHU region.
Since it was introduced abroad the late 19th century as "more beautiful landscape than here would not be anywhere in the world" by a German geographer, it is acclaimed as a scenic landscape from many foreign people, and it became Japan's first national park in 1934.
There are 3,000 large and small islands, including uninhabited island and small island of around an only few meters. Tidal current is very strong due to the large tidal variation and there is a place that is flowing like a river.
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OSAKA is traditionally merchant's town, people exchange unique greetings " Do you get profits ? ".
In MINAMI(South area), you can enjoy" B-classified gourmet (= not high-class but reasonable price and delicious food)"
KYOTO has been a capital city from the 8th to the 19th century.
In 2014 KYOTO was chosen as best destination by U.S. travel magazine.
Please get in touch with its tradition and culture.
SAN'IN Coast is not yet well-known to foreigners
but nationally famous for its rich nature and fresh
& delicious foods.
You can enjoy not only beautiful scenery of coastline and mountains but also typical Japanese country life through a year.
KINOSAKI was awarded the name of 'The Best Onsen Town in Japan' by the guide book Lonely Planet also received 2 stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
You can enjoy the atmosphere of the traditional spa town of Japan.
KAN’ABE, full-fledged ski resort of the lowest altitude in Japan, is located only 2.5hours from OSAKA city, where you can enjoy not only skiing and snowboarding, but also snow picnic and the sled on the longest exclusive hill in Japan.
HIMEJI is famous for its castle which was founded in the 17th century and is registered as a World Cultural Heritage in 1993.
Please visit and enjoy the world of the SAMURAI.
KOBE is not only famous brand name of beef but it has been world trade port since the 12th century except for 300 years of national isolation period. Today we can visit many foreigners’ residences built by Western style in the 19th century.
＜Northeast KANSAI = HOKURIKU＞
SHIGA is located in the east of KYOTO and is well known with the largest lake “Biwako” in Japan. Old days this region was called “Omi”, and in the Middle Ages it was often become a stage of war due to its geographical importance as hub which connects east-west and Hokuriku region.
FUKUI is a natural rich region located in the north of KYOTO and SHIGA, and it has the port of good quality in Wakasa Bay. In the Middle Ages it had become window of trade with the continent, also after 17th century it became an important port of call of the Sea of Japan route.
TOYAMA is the region where you can enjoy a virgin landscape and great nature of Japan.
The North faces the Sea of Japan, the Japan Alps towering in the south.
The mountainous region has Gokayama registered as the World Heritage site.
There is also the only area where glaciers existing in Japan.
During the 17-19 century KANAZAWA prospered as a castle town of Kaga clan with the largest rice crop among feudal lords, the population size was the fourth largest after Edo(Tokyo), Osaka and Kyoto. It has attracted a lot of people that the many traditional crafts and one of Japan's three major gardens “Kenrokuen”, completed by the culture of Samurai and the common people.
SHIRAKAWA village in Gifu Prefecture, which is located in the south of TOYAMA , has been registered as a World Heritage Site along with the Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture in 1995.
Takayama city located in the south of SHIRAKAWA is well known by archetypal Japanese landscpape.
NARA had been the capital of Japan for 80years in the 8th century before Kyoto became the capital. The old town is said to have been made by imitating the Changan in China.
Medieval streets and the Buddhist temple has attracted a lot of visitors. The name of the Japanese race, "Yamato" is the name of this district.
WAKAYAMA is located in the south of Osaka. This region has a plenty of nature as sea, river, waterfall, rocks, mountains that joined with the faith and has created holy places, such as Koyasan and Kumano in the Middle Age. You will be not only impressed to see the great nature but also filled with solemn feeling when you walk on the approach to the temples and shrines.
MIE is located between Nara and Nagoya.
Mie has 3 main attractions such as the "Ninja" "Pearl" "Ise Grand Shrines".
If you know the history and background of these 3 items, you are a quite Japan hand.
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＜CHUUGOKU = West Honshu＞
OKAYAMA, located in west of HIMEJI, is semiarid through a year and it is said that "Sunny Okayama".
Using mild climate, cultivation of rice, Muscat and peach is popular and the coastal fishing is also popular in the Inland Sea of Seto.
HIROSHIMA, located in west of OKAYAMA, possesses the World's Heritage Sites, Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Itsukushima-jinja.
Culture of oysters and ‘Okonomiyaki’ are famous, so please try.
YAMAGUCHI,located in the westernmost tip in Honshu, is next toKyushu across the Kanmon Strait of only 600M.
After national isolation of 300 years, young people who learned at a private school of only 20 M2 in Hagi-city, laid the basis for the modernization of Japan. (A classroom was registered with the World's Heritage Site in 2015.)
SHIMANE, located in the east of YAMAGUCHI and the north of HIROSHIMA has a famous power spot, Izumo-taisha which is said that Gods gather from all over Japan in October of the lunar calendar.
World Heritage Iwami silver mine, the national treasure Matsue Castle, Japanese garden that becomes Japanese best for 12 continuous years have must-see value.
＜SHIKOKU - SETO INLAND SEA Side ＞
SHIMANAMI Expressway is a scenic toll road of 46.6 km which consists of 7 big bridges to several islands between Honshu and Shikoku, and bicycle road also runs alongside.
It obtains one star from Michelin.
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EHIME has a lot of fascination such as citrus production utilizing a mild weather, farming of sea bream utilizing beautiful sea, Dogo onsen, which has 3,000-year history, is said that the oldest onsen in Japan, and Imabari high quality towel used at the 5 stars hotel in the world.
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KAGAWA might be said to hometown of Udon (wheat - flour noodle) and Bonsai. As Kagawa calls itself ‘Udon Prefecture’, its consumption is very high, and actually resident who doesn’t eat Udon even once a week, is only one among 10 people.
Japan's Bonsai is well known to the world, but it is not well known that its 80% is brought up in Kagawa.
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Anyone if Japanese people knows "Tokushima Awa Dance". It is one of Japan's three large ''Bon dance'' which started about 400 years ago. More than 100 million spectators and 10 million dancers join in four days.
All who experience this festival will be impressed by its power and beauty.
＜ Japanese cooking lesson in Kyoto＞
In this lesson, you will learn the cooking of Kansai-style "Sukiyaki" and the Kyoto-style "Temari Sushi(tiny sushi ball)" and after the lesson, you will enjoy the delicious cuisine with the teacher. Also you can enjoy the experience of tea ceremony after meal.
This lesson promises you to have nice memories in Japan and also to enjoy delicious cuisine again with your family and friend at your home party after returning home.
In addition, it is also provided that option plan to visit the popular market and purchase the ingredients for actual cooking.
＜ Private lesson of Kyoto home cooking＞
This is an experience plan for small private group to learn real Kyoto-style home cooking "Obanzai" from a cooking expert. Not only cooking but also you can learn food culture, seasonal feeling and aesthetics of Kyoto.