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The Ultimate Luxury Japan Grand Traverse Alps to Sea 15D14N (Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu), Fully Guided

The Ultimate Luxury Japan Grand Traverse Alps to Sea 15D14N (Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu), Fully Guided

The Ultimate Luxury Japan Grand Traverse Alps to Sea 15D14N (Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu), Fully Guided


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Route: Tokyo - Nakasendo Way - Kyoto - Shikoku Island - Naoshima - Hiroshima - Kyushu Island - Yakushima Island

A luxury journey from East to West traversing through three of Japan's main islands - Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu. Combining walks and cultural sightseeings, this comfortable holiday takes in the highlights of the historically and culturally-rich ancient towns of Japan, trekking the ancient trade route of Nakasendo Trail, discovering the picturesque Iya Valley, and hiking on the Yakushima islands where nature has remained untouched for countless millennia. This 15-day/14-night immersion will enthrall with its dramatic scenery, awe inspiring scale and depth of history. This truly is the quintessential Japanese experience.

Trip Highlights
- Walk on the best section of the old Nakasendo Trail for 2 days passing the picturesque Kiso Valley. The village to village walk allows you to visit the exquisitely-preserved villages of Magome and Tsumago, and stay at some of the best hand-picked traditional Japanese inns.
- Explore the UNESCO town of Kyoto on two wheels, learn about age-old trades and crafts, the eclectic work of modern artists and more.
- Venture to Iya Valley - one of Japan's Three Hidden Valleys, particularly famous for its vine bridges, stunning scenery, and exciting white water rafting.
- Visit Takamatsu's sprawling Ritsurin Garden on Japan’s Shikoku Island, one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Designed as a walking garden for the enjoyment of the daimyō (regional lord), the park winds around a series of ponds, tearooms, bridges and islands, with an impressive backdrop of Mt Shiun.
- Visit Miyajima, a small wooded island located in the Inland Sea, and admire the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate.
- Trek up to one of the five peaks of Mount Aso, visit the magnificent Takachiho Gorge in the Kyushu Mountains and discover primordial forests of Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine.
- Discover Yakushima Island’s rugged wilderness on foot. Hike through the UNESCO listed mountainous forests, and witness the famous Jomon Sugi, a cedar tree that is thought to be up to 7,000 years old. A wonderland for nature lovers or avid hikers.

The luxurious accommodation is hand picked for this package, including some of the best 4 and 5 star hotels and boutique Japanese ryokans.

Most meals are included for the duration of the tour. You will enjoy authentic and delicious local cuisine. Please refer to the itinerary for the meal inclusion.

The tour includes 14 nights accommodation, meals as mentioned in the itinerary, English speaking guide(s), all transportation during the tour, all entry tickets/park fees, and luggage transfers.

This is the luxury discovery of Japan's three main islands from Alps to Sea. This incredible journey will inspire with its scale, natural beauty and depth of history. You'll return invigorated and inspired with memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure Dates:
Departs daily year round on request.

Dates or itinerary don't fit?
We specialise in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

Luggage Transfers
Luggage transfers are included in the package. Please see the itinerary for the details.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates, availability or a "tailor-made" itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    A luxury journey from East to West traversing through three Japan's main islands - Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu.

    Honshu & Nakasendo Trail: Stretching all the way from Tokyo to Kyoto, the Nakasendo trail is jam-packed with Japanese traditional culture, architecture, shops and ambiance. Walking the Nakasendo trail from village to village is a great way to sample Japan's rural scenery. This tour starts from Tokyo, walk the Nakasendo trail and enjoy the stunning views of scenic alpine landscapes of the Japan Alps region and finally reached the UNESCO town of Kyoto.

    Shikoku is the smallest of Japan's major islands and the birthplace of revered ascetic and founder of the Shingon Buddhist sect Kōbō Daishi. is Encircled by 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route, the island is synonymous with natural beauty and the pursuit of spiritual perfection. On this tour, you'll venture to Iya Valle, a hidden gem surrounded by staggeringly steep gorges and thick mountain forests, and walk Ritsurin-kōen, one of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

    Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea and has garnered a reputation as the prime destination for art devotees. On this tour, you will visit this Japan's art island, home to stunning art and architecture including Benesse House, the Chichu Museum, and more.

    Kyushu: Located on the southeastern side of the main island of Japan, Kyushu is arguably the most beautiful island with active volcanic peaks, dramatic mountains, peaceful beaches, and rejuvenating hot springs. On this tour, you'll trek up to one of the five peaks of Mount Aso and visit the Takachiho Gorge.

    Yakushima Island is a subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu and a place many Japanese people long to visit. Designated a Unesco World Heritage, the mystic ancient forests and the towering mountains make it a secluded and largely unspoilt paradise for nature lovers or an avid hikers.

  • Accommodation

    You will stay in some of the reputable 4-5 star hotels and luxury Japanese inns/ryokans during the trip.

    Palace Hotel Tokyo
    Palace Hotel Tokyo is an iconic luxurious hotel situated at the heart of Marunouchi, the business district adjacent to the much-loved natural splendor. Just opposite the Imperial Palace gardens, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is a haven of hospitality - serene and refined, and imbued with understated luxury throughout.

    Unwind at this long-established inn, the only ryokan that can be found along the mountain road connecting Kiso-Fukushima Station and Mount Kisokoma. Enjoy local specialties using food from Kiso Mountains and high quality sake from the local area.

    The Screen
    Located near the Kyoto Imperial Palace and downtown Kyoto, The Screen is Japan's first personalize boutique hotel. The boutique hotel boasts luxurious guest rooms with each unique design by thirteen different local and international designers.

    Iya Onsen
    Offering beautiful views of the changing seasons in the Iya Valley, Iya Onsen provides elegant Japanese-style rooms. Expansive vistas of Iya Valley can be viewed from the resort's open-air baths.

    Nestled on a hillside, the luxury ryokan offers panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea, beautiful sunset, and splendid night view of the city of Takamatsu.

    Sheraton Grand Hiroshima
    This luxury and reputable hotel is situated in the middle of excitement and energy, along with historic site and architecture. All rooms are designed with contemporary furnishing and overlooking the city Hiroshima.

    Hanare No Yado Kamigakure
    This 80-years old ryokan features spacious guest rooms surrounded by tranquil mountains. Relax in the private bath inside the room, and enjoy delicious dishes prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients in Takachiho.

    Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kagoshima
    Situated in a prime location, The famous symbol of Kagoshima, the volcanic island Sakurajima, can be seen from the lobby, and your room.

    Sankara Hotel & Spa
    Set on ‘The Alps on the Sea’, the mysterious Island of Yakushima, Sankara Hotel & Spa is a secluded retreat set between mountains, cedar forests and the sea. It features 29 refined, villa-type rooms, a wonderfully indulgent spa and a superb French restaurant offering a fusion of French and Japanese cuisine. The glorious granite mountains in the background, the uninterrupted sea views and the sounds of wildlife in the surrounding forest and orchards are constant reminders that this is a magical place.
  • Food

    You will have authentic Japanese food during the tour, source from local and surrounding area produce.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: ranges from Japanese style breakfast to buffet breakfast.

    Lunches: at local restaurant

    Dinners: Japanese style.

    No alcohol or beverages included.

    Dietary Requirements
    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for some dietary requirements. Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater for such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure.

    Please note that vegetarian options are available, but limited. Strict vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or gluten free diets will be difficult to accommodate due to the pervasiveness of the fish-based stock dashi and the use of soy sauce and miso in Japanese cuisine. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide your own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.
  • What's Included

    - 14 nights hand picked luxury accommodation (4 & 5 star) mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine. 14x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 8x dinners
    - English meet and greet at the airport and return private transfers to/from the airports
    - All transportations required during the trip including private transfers, trains, ferries and buses
    - All luggage transfers during the trip. Maximum 1 suitecase per person. Extra luggages can be transferred at additional cost.
    - All English speaking guiding services except for Day 12
    - All entry fees and park fees

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:

    We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury journeys to Japan. The following are some of the sample activities that we can offer. Please contact us for more information or a tailor-made itinerary.

    - Full Day Mt Takao Hiking Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Mt. Fuji Trekking Excursion from Tokyo
    - The Skies Above Tokyo Helicopter Ride
    - Full Day Odawara Forest Adventure Excursion from Tokyo
    - Tokyo Garden and Fire Ceremony Tour
    - Full Day Japan Wine Country Tour
    - Tokyo Pop Culture Tour
    - Tokyo Bonsai Museum & Bonsai Experience Tour
    - Ghibli Museum & Nakano Walking Tour
    - Japanese Residential Culture Tour
    - Evening Supercar Drive in Tokyo
    - Private Shrine Blessing in Tokyo
    - Noh Theatre Tour & Private Noh Demonstration
    - Japanese Meal with Traditional Entertainment
    - Tokyo by Night Local’s walking tour Karaoke & Bars
    - Shinjuku Izakaya and Nightcap Tour
    - Tokyo Evening Local Gourmet Tour
    - Tokyo Sake Brewery & Sake Tasting Tour
    - Evening Tokyo Depachika and Yakitori Alley Tour
    - “Akachochin” Red Lantern Local Food Tour
    - Tsukiji Market Visit and Sushi Making Lesson at Local Home
    - Tokyo Edo Crafts Experience
    - Sumo Training Experience
    - Full Day Sword Master Visit from Tokyo
    - Akihabara Tour with Cosplay Experience
    - Taiko (Japanese drum) Experience
    - Full Day Nikko World Heritage Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Sendai & Matsushima Excursion from Tokyo
    - Full Day Flower Park Excursion from Tokyo

    - Kyoto Higashiyama Walking Tour
    - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
    - Kyoto Arashiyama Tour
    - Kyoto Philosopher’s Path Walking Tour
    - Kyoto Fushimi and Sake Museum Tour
    - Spiritual Kyoto Tour
    - Kyoto Afternoon Tea With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Private Geisha Teahouse Experience
    - Kyoto Private Dinner With A Geisha
    - Kyoto Mt. Hiei Spiritual Tour
    - Traditional Cormorant Fishing Private Cruise
    - Evening Kyoto by Night Tour
    - Uji Tea Experience Tour
    - Private Tea Ceremony in Kyoto Exclusive Temple Experience
    - Kyoto Samurai Sword Dance Experience
    - Geisha Makeover Experience
    - Kyoto Traditional Crafts Tour
    - Kyoto Taiko Drums Experience
    - Kyoto Cooking Lesson with Professional Chef
    - Kyoto Market Visit, Sake Tasting and Cooking Lesson
    - Soba Cooking Lesson
    - Nara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Nara and Fushimi Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ohara Excursion from Kyoto
    - Ine Fisherman Village Excursion from Kyoto
    - Himeji Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iga Ninja Excursion from Kyoto
    - Sumo Experience Excursion from Kyoto
    - Iaido Sword Experience Excursion from Kyoto
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • DAY 8

  • DAY 9

  • DAY 10

  • DAY 11

  • DAY 12

  • DAY 13

  • DAY 14

  • DAY 15

  • What's included

    - 14 nights hand picked luxury accommodation (4 & 5 star) mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine. 14x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 8x dinners
    - English meet and greet at the airport and return private transfers to/from the airports
    - All transportations required during the trip including private transfers, trains, ferries and buses
    - All luggage transfers during the trip. Maximum 1 suitecase per person. Extra luggages can be transferred at additional cost.
    - All English speaking guiding services except for Day 12
    - All entry fees and park fees
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrived in Tokyo
    Day 2: Guided Tokyo - Kiso Valley, short walk
    Day 3: Guided Nakasendo Trail post town walk. Total walking distance: approx. 8 km, approx. 3 hours
    Day 4: Guided full day cycling in Kyoto approx. 20 km, approx. 8 hours
    Day 5: Guided Iya Valley walk by private car
    Day 6: Guided full day walk in the Ritsurin Garden & 5-hectare open-air museum of Shikoku Village
    Day 7: Guided Naoshima art island walk
    Day 8: Guided Mt. Misen hike on the Miyajim Island, approx. 6 km return walk
    Day 9: Guided Mt Aso walk, approx. 2 hours
    Day 10: Guided Takchiho Gorge walk, approx. 1 hour
    Day 11: Guided full day sightseeings in Kagoshima, included approx. 3 hours Nagisa Lava Trail walk
    Day 12: Kagoshima - Yakushima by jetfoil (passenger-carrying waterjet), self guided
    Day 13: Guided full day mountain trekking on the Yakushima Island approx. 10 km, 7-8 hours / Altitude: 1370-1831 meter
    Day 14: Guided full day forest trekking on the Yakushima Island approx. 8 km, 7-8 hours / Altitude: 1000-1200 meter
    Day 15: Depart from Yakushima Island

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Tokyo
    - The finishing point is Yakushima Island
  • Weather and Climate

    Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.

    Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.

    Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.

    Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.

    Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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