From (AUD)$14,595
Days19
Airfares included
Discover the enchanting hidden gems of southern Japan, where authenticity thrives away from tourist crowds. Immerse yourself in the serene tranquillity of lush parks and exquisite gardens which whisper tales of rich heritage. Behold masterpieces on Naoshima Art Island, connect with the Buddhist history as you trek along the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage, surrender to the healing embrace of natural hot springs and embark on a culinary odyssey savouring the diverse flavours offered in the southern region.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Transport — Cable Car, Coach & Ferry
No Hidden Extras

Spend the day admiring the vibrant contemporary art museums, captivating sculptures and intriguing installations adorning every corner of Naoshima Art Island.

Photo Credit: Garrett Ziegler, Flickr

Traverse the paths of the historic 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Unveil the various sacred sites steeped in spiritual wisdom, offering a glimpse into the sacred training grounds of ancient monks.

Photo Credit: TOURISM SHIKOKU

Step into a world of legend and legacy as you wander through the towering walls of majestic castles, where the spirit of Samurai lords comes alive before your very eyes.

Photo Credit: ©PPF, Past Present Future Ltd

Weave through the world-famous sacred place of cycling, where every pedal stroke carries you through the splendour of the natural and man-made scenery spanning over 280 kilometres.

Photo Credit: Jeremy van Heerde

Special Experiences

Admire the many different works of art across the museums including Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum and Art House Project.
Enjoy two nights at the stunning Azumi Setoda, a beautifully reimagined family estate of a formerly affluent merchant.
Savour a meal of “Hell Steam Cuisine”, where dishes are cooked using the mineral-packed steam from natural hot springs, intensifying their authentic flavours.
Learn the traditional art of green tea making during a hands-on experience in the esteemed Hoshino Village.

Itinerary Best of Southern Japan

Itinerary

Day

Inclusions Best of Southern Japan

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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  • Enjoy an Awa Dance Performance
  • Bask in the serenity of the Ritsurin Garden and relax with a tea and sweets in the Kikugetsu-tei Pavillion
  • See iconic art works on Naoshima Art Island (Seto Inland Sea)
  • Trek the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage - Shikoku Henro (from temple 81 – 82)
  • Visit the beautiful Kurashiki Village and Bikan Historical Quarter
  • Wander through Okayama Korakeun Gardens
  • Gaze at the Senkoji Park Temple
  • Explore Setoda and see the famous Shimanami Kaido
  • Catch a ropeway up to Matsuyama Castle
  • Explore Dogo Onsen and see the Botchan Train and Botchan Karakuri Tokei
  • Visit Temple 45 (the best) of Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage
  • Walk around ‘the Hells of Beppu’ in Kannawa District
  • Taste Beppu’s Hell Steam Cuisine
  • Enjoy a Walking Tour of Yufuin Onsen including Kinrin Lake
  • Visit Takachiho Gorge
  • Witness a traditional Kagura Performance
  • Drive through ASO National Park
  • Visit the Shirakawa Water Source Kusasenri and Aso Volcano Museum
  • Stop at Daikanbo lookout
  • Visit Reigando Cave
  • Tour Kumamoto Castle
  • Spend time at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park
  • Enjoy the views from Mt. Inasa & Nagasaki Ropeway
  • See the Dutch area of Dejima and Glover Garden
  • Free time to explore Nagasaki's China Town
  • Stop to view the Yame Tea Fields
  • Wander through Hoshino Tea Museum
  • Experience Green Tea making
  • Explore Yatai Food Stalls in Fukuoka
  • Visit and tour Nakamaru Soy Sauce Factory
  • Walking tour of Hakata Old Town, including Tochoji Temple
  • Visit Hakata Furusatokan Clothing and enjoy a weaving demonstration

Travel

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  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Japan. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour (please refer to Some things to note)
  • 2 ferry journeys within Japan
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation

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  • 13 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights at the Azumi Setoda, the reimagined family estate of a prosperous merchant, thoughtfully transformed into contemporary and serene spaces for guests. This stunning 140-year-old structure retains its cherished architectural essence, offering a unique blend of history and modern comfort.
  • 1 night in a traditional ryokan guesthouse, Matsuyama

Properties include:

  • Sheraton Miyako Hotel, Osaka
  • JR Hotel Clement, Takamatsu
  • Hotel Granvia Okayama, Okayama
  • Azumi Setoda, Setoda
  • Dogo Prince Hotel, Matsuyama
  • Amanek Beppu Hotel, Beppu
  • Solest Takachiho Hotel, Takachiho Gorge
  • KOKO Hotel Premier, Kumamoto
  • Hotel New Nagasaki
  • ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fukuoka

Hotels listed are an indication, and are subject to change without notice.

Meals

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  • 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based national guide

Some things to note

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  • Should you not be travelling on the group tour flights a train ticket departing from Hakata Station will be provided to be used between the hotel and the airport for the departure transfer.
  • On days 9 and 14 we will be travelling by ferry and our luggage will be transferred via coach, we will need to pack an overnight bag with two night’s worth of luggage. Unfortunately, the ferry has very limited space for luggage.
  • On day 15 the optional excursion to Hashima Island will be done in lieu of the morning sightseeing in Nagasaki. The cruise is subject to local weather conditions and landfall cannot be guaranteed.
  • Women may need a head scarf to enter some mosques and temples, and wear modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders. Also, a good tip is to pack a spare pair of socks in your daypack, as sometimes shoes need to be removed when entering and the ground can be hot.

Information Best of Southern Japan

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

At Bunnik Tours, we pride ourselves on our ability to create unique, once in a lifetime small group tours that are filled with incredible experiences you might not be able to have on your own, or in a larger group. However, that does mean aspects of our itineraries can be challenging for some travellers.

We want to make sure all Bunnik Tours travellers enjoy their trip, not struggle through it, so let’s work together to ensure you’re on the right tour for your fitness level.

Fitness to Travel Requirements

Within seven days of making your booking, you will need to complete a Passenger Registration form, which also includes a fitness to travel declaration.

In this declaration, you must confirm you’re able to do the following:

  • Walk for a minimum of 2-3 hours daily at a group pace, on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid
  • Regularly walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  • Stand for extended periods of time without needing to sit down
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats
  • Drive along very bumpy, dirt and gravel roads for extended period of time

If you do not feel that you can confidently manage all of the requirements set out above, please work with our team of Travel Specialists to find an alternative that is better suited to your current level of fitness.

Please visit our Fitness to Travel page for full details on our fitness policy.

FITNESS TO TRAVEL

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates a particularly challenging day, where there will be extended periods of walking time, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

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Dates & Prices Best of Southern Japan

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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
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04 Mar 25
22 Mar 25
$14,595
Available
08 Apr 25
26 Apr 25
$14,595
Available
20 May 25
07 Jun 25
$14,595
Available
07 Oct 25
25 Oct 25
$14,795
Available
04 Nov 25
22 Nov 25
$14,795
Available

Additional Information

Valid from
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Other departure cities
Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Booking Deposit
$500 per person
Tipping
Tipping is not part of the Japanese culture, so tips are not expected
Single Supplement
From $3,800
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Taxes
Total cost includes air taxes.

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