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Discover Hidden Japan & Visit Japan's Island of Art

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Escape the city for a rustic and artistic retreat to some of the most beautiful hidden gems in the world. Ideal for both the experienced and new travelers alike, Hidden Japan offers the rare opportunity to visit places isolated from the average tourist.

Day 1: 1. Osaka – Okayama – Iya Valley

Start your journey on a bullet train from Osaka to Okayama, visiting Korakuen Garden, distinguished for its beauty and said to be one of three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.  Transfer to the remote Iya Valley for a night in a traditional Japanese inn with hot springs. Relax with beautiful views of the mountains and hot springs accessible by a complimentary cable car.

Day 2: Iya Valley

Visit the verdant Ochiai village, established during the Edo period, the pastoral mountainside settlement remains one of Japan’s most scenic locations. Join a traditional Soba noodle making experience and lunch, then visit a 300 year old thatched farmhouse protected and preserved to maintain the rustic traditions of its history. Cross over the 45 meter vine bridge, offering an excitingly different perspective of the valley river below. Before returning to your hotel, see the Manneken Pis statue with a sublime view of the beautiful Iya Valley.

Day 3: The Gorge – Naoshima

Enjoy a 30 minute boat ride along the Yoshino River, designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, lined with charming rock formations and scenic vistas along the relaxing ride. Stroll in the one of the most famous and historical gardens of Japan in Ritsurin Park before embarking on a ferry to the island of art, Naoshima. Brilliantly designed by the renowned Tadao Ando, Benesse House is a unique establishment that serves as both museum and luxury hotel.

Day 4: Naoshima

Discover the artistic marvels of Naoshima at your leisure. With outdoor and indoor exhibits, expect the unexpected in this surreal island dedicated to modern art. Some highlights include work by Claude Monet, James Turrell, and Lee Ufan.

Day 5: Naoshima – Uno – Okayama – Kurashiki

Take a ferry Uno Port, and then transfer to Kurashiki, famous for its Venetian like canals.  Once an important hub for distribution of Japan’s most valued commodity of the time—rice, Kurashiki’s gorgeous canals are much like those in Venice. Enjoy the sights of the immaculately preserved historical quarter, reminiscent of the Edo period while riding an old fashioned Japanese gondola style ride. End your day in the Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel, just by the heart of Kurashiki; this urban resort offers extraordinary comfort to guests.

Day 6: Kurashiki – Osaka

Visit the galleries of the Ohara Museum or Art, the first privately operated museum of Western art in Japan. With displays of world famous European masterpieces, the museum exhibits Japanese, other Asian, and Egyptian art. Transfer back to Osaka on a bullet train from Kurashiki Station.

Departure Date

Dates are flexible and customizable for your preference.

Type of travel arrangement

Tailor Made Travel Arrangement


The tailor made itinerary program includes airport transfers, accommodation, other transportation within Japan, guided tours, culture experiences, unique activities and some meals. 


Please contact us for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final itinerary, travel dates, choice of accommodation or orther costom preference.


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Date & Price Tour Start Tour End Departure Single Supplement
01/08/2024 12/23/2024 Osaka $ 0
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