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The Chugoku region consists of the five westernmost prefectures on the island of Honshu: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. Chugoku (`the middle countries` in Japanese) was traditionally the link Nara and Kyoto had with the mainland of Asia. It is divided in two by the Chugoku mountain chain, with the southern side (Sanyo) being known for its industrial might and Chugoku`s two largest cities, Hiroshima and Okayama, which were completely rebuilt after World War II. The northern side (San'in) is perhaps the most rural part of Japan and has a much more relaxed pace than the cities.

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Additional Regions of Honshu

  • Tohoku

    Just a three or four-hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo, Tohoku is a great place to explore the Japanese countryside. Rolling farmland and rice paddies make way for lakes and mountains, where there are traditional towns and villages with well-known hot springs and ryokans.

  • Kanto

    The Kanto region is largely comprised of the Kanto Plain, the largest plain in Japan, which fits a third of Japan`s population into an eighth of Honshu. Tokyo, the nation`s capital and one of the world`s major cities, is located in the middle of the Kanto Plain.

  • Chubu

    The Chubu region comprises much of east-central Japan. It is home to the majestic Japanese Alps, the legendary Mount Fuji, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and priceless and unforgettable vacation experiences, whether you decide on a city or a country stay.

  • Kansai

    The Kansai region (also called the Kinki region) is the historical heart of Japan, home to the country`s former capitals, Nara and Kyoto. Kansai is known in equal parts for its history and its great natural beauty, and it boasts five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Experiences & Adventures

  • Japanese Cultural Experiences

    There are so many experiences you can enjoy that are unique to Japan, such as attending a kabuki theatre performance, being a spectator at a sumo wrestling match, watching geishas administer the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and the list goes on!

  • Japanese Castles

    Japan is particularly well-known for its castles. Today there are over 100 open to the public. From Hokkaido to Okinawa, the castles of Japan educate visitors on what life was like during the late feudal and Tokugawa shogunate eras.

  • Temples and Shrines of Japan

    There are tens of thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines across Japan, and they can be found even in the remotest towns and villages. One of the most accessible ways to learn about Japanese culture and customs is to visit a temple or shrine.

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  • Japanese Heritage (Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka - Nagasaki - Hiroshima - Miyajima)
    13 nights from $1,859*
  • Japanese Heritage!.... Start your trip in Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolis and recently awarded as the city with best 'Nightlife', and 'Shopping'. Then take the train to Kyoto,the City of the Ten Thousand Shrines. Move along to Osaka, known as 'The City of Food'. Here you can indulge yourself, enjoying the flavors, history, pop culture and outdoor activities this place has to offer. Then comes Nagasaki , followed by Hiroshima, both historic places that emerged from the ashes to become beautiful modern cities. Up next is one of the crown jewels of Japan, Miyajima, an island that has been considered a holy place for most of Japanese history. Last but not least take a ferry back to Hiroshima and then ride the train to Osaka where you will spend the rest of your dream-like Japanese experience. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Nagasaki: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagasaki train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 370 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagasaki
    • Train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima: Go to Nagasaki train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 215 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima
    • Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi Station and from Miyajimaguchi Station to Miyajima via Ferry: Miyajimaguchi Station is a short walk to the ferry pier, from where ferries depart frequently to Miyajima. Ferry rides take 10 minutes and the Japan Rail Pass is valid on JR ferries.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Miyajima
    • Miyajima to Miyajimaguchi Station via Ferry and from Miyajimaguchi to Osaka: Go to Miyajimaguchi train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 180 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Osaka


  • Central Japan and Hiroshima with Rail Pass (Tokyo - Yokohama - Kyoto - Osaka)
    10 nights from $1,889*
  • An exciting and unforgettable vacation awaits you through Japan with our customizable package! Combine Tokyo (Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis, also home to the Imperial Palace and the seat of Government and Parliament. One of the world's most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. It is famous for their amazing history, Mt. Fuji, unrivaled technology and Samurais), Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka (Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, known as the “Nation's Kitchen,” and its well known for delicious foods such as takoyaki and okonomiyak. Osaka its also a historical site, with the Osaka Castle as an example as well as its beautiful grounds, specially during cherry blossom season) and Hiroshima with bullet train. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel. (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Yokohama: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Yokohama train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.
    • Hotel for 1 night in Yokohama
    • Train from Yokohama to Kyoto: Go to Yokohama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 153 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Hiroshima: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 100 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima
    • Train from Hiroshima to Hiroshima Airport: Go to Hiroshima train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima Airport. Total journey takes approx. 90 Min.


  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Wakayama - Osaka - Hiroshima with Rail Pass
    10 nights from $2,846*
  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Wakayama - Osaka - Hiroshima by bullet train. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Hiroshima
    • High-speed bullet train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - 7 Days)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel. (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 138 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Wakayama: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Wakayama train station. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Wakayama
    • Train from Wakayama to Osaka: Go to Wakayama train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Journey takes approx. 100 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Hiroshima: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Journey takes approx. 190 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima


  • Tokyo - Kyoto - Osaka - Hiroshima - Nagasaki with Rail Pass
    10 nights from $1,867*
  • Charms of Japan!... Start your trip in Tokyo, the worlds most populous metropolis and recently awarded as the city with best `Helpfulness of locals', 'Nightlife', 'Shopping' and 'Best Local Transportation'. Then take the train to Kyotoknown as the City of the Ten Thousand Shrines for a reason! Since it holds about a quarter of Japan's National Treasures and popular festivals. Up next roll-on to Osaka, famous for its delicious traditional food along with its Castle and renowned Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Then comes Hiroshima followed by Nagasaki both historic places that I will venture to call the 'Phoenix Cities', which have emerged from the ashes to become beautiful modern cities. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    Included:
    • Flight into Tokyo and out of Nagasaki
    • High-speed train Shinkansen (Japan Rail Pass - bullet train)
    • 7 Days Japan Rail Pass is included by default. Please ensure you select the correct duration of your Japan Rail Pass according to length of travel. (For more details please go to the product description during the booking process).
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Tokyo
    • Train from Tokyo to Kyoto: Go to Tokyo train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Kyoto train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 140 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Kyoto
    • Train from Kyoto to Osaka: Go to Kyoto train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Osaka train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 30 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 night in Osaka
    • Train from Osaka to Hiroshima: Go to Osaka train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Hiroshima train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 90 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Hiroshima
    • Train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki: Go to Hiroshima train station, validate your Japan Rail Pass, and take the train that will take you to Nagasaki train station. Route operated by Shinkansen. Journey takes approx. 190 Min.
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nagasaki


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