InsideJapan – Rural Islands

December 4, 2015 | Inside Japan Tours

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Swap neon-lit cities for the nature of Japan’s rural islands


InsideJapan Tours introduces four trips that reveal some of the country’s rustic treasures


New Wild Hokkaido (self-guided) – the opening of a new shinkansen line linking Honshu to Hokkaido in the spring will Land of the Rising Sun - Japanshine a light on this rural northern island, traditionally popular with skiers. Visit in the summer for eagles, whales and dolphins on the Shiretoko Peninsula, canoeing and fishing on Lake Kussharo, hiking up Mt Asahi, the hot spring town of Toya Onsen, and the lavender-filled fields of Biei.

From £2,349 pp including 14 nights’ accommodation, B&B, seven dinners, 10 days’ car hire, private guide in Tokyo and on Mt Asahi, transfers and more.*

Japan Arts Trail (self-guided) – this trip includes the third Setouchi Triennale Arts Festival, which takes place three times during 2016 (20 March-17 April, 18 July-4 September and 8 October-6 November) across the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and features Japanese and international artists’ works on beaches, in the mountains, in rice paddies and villages. Plus, visit Japan’s best galleries, sculpture parks, artisan workshops and gardens in various cities.

From £1,190pp and includes 15 nights’ accommodation, B&B, some other meals, transfers, private guide in Tokyo and Kyoto, and more.*

New Diving Japan (small group tour) – head 400km south of Okinawa and dive off the islands of Yonaguni, Ishigaki and Akajima. Explore an underwater ancient ‘lost city’, thought to be 10,000 years old, visit beautiful Ishigaki, with over 300 different types of coral off its shores, and Akajima to see a stunning kaleidoscope of marine life. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays, sea snakes, dog tooth tuna and whale shark are to be seen in these waters.

From £3,130 pp including 14 nights’ accommodation, halfboard, 21 guided dives, transfers, and full-time services of a tour leader who is also a dive master.* Departs 26 February

Lake Toya - InsideJapanRural Japan Explorer (small group tour) – a trip encompassing the most beautiful coastal gems of the main island of Honshu, the culture of Kyoto, and the cities of Mitsue and Hiroshima. Featuring a temple stay and meditation with monks on Mt Mitoku, the Oki Islands, famous for its sacred cedar trees, coastline walks and bull sumo, the samurai town of Hagi, one of the oldest shrines in Japan, soba noodle and tatami mat-making, plus more.

From £2,500 pp including 13 nights’ accommodation, B&B, some other meals, full-time services of a tour leaders, activities and transfers.* Departs 16 May

*Prices are based on two sharing and exclude international flights.

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