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Shikoku Luxury Loop Mountain to Sea 8D7N, Private Guided

Shikoku Luxury Loop Mountain to Sea 8D7N, Private Guided

Shikoku Luxury Loop Mountain to Sea 8D7N, Private Guided


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Route: Shikoku Island - Takamatsu - 88 Pilgrimage Trail - Iya Valley - Kochi - Tokushima

The undeveloped scenery, awe inspiring scale, depth of history and world-class cuisine of Japan await on this spectacular 8-day luxury journey around Shikoku. Venture to Japan's last frontier, walk the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage Trail, stroll in one of Japan's most beautiful feudal lord gardens, cross suspended vine bridges in the picturesque Iya Valley, and discover the south coast of Shikoku and Naruto Strait. Benefit from the expertise of a professional English-speaking Japanese guide and private transfers throughout the journey. You'll just relax and enjoy some of the most beautiful hikes as well as overnight stays with the finest accommodation along the route, offering delicious regional cuisine and natural hot springs.

Synonymous with the natural beauty and the pursuit of spiritual perfection, Shikoku is home to Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage and dramatic landscapes. This hand crafted itinerary combines the best walks, cultural sightseeings and unmissable destinations. This luxury journey takes you to Tokushima, Iya Valley, Kochi and Katsurahama and Naruto.

Trip Highlights
- Walk on the best section of Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage
- Stroll in the Takamatsu's sprawling Ritsurin Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. - Sip aromatic Japanese green tea while enjoying gorgeous views of the Pond
- Venture to Iya Valley - one of Japan's Three Hidden Valleys, particularly famous for its vine bridges and stunning scenery
- Soak in Iya Osen
- Mt Tsurugi Hiking
- Hike up to the Ochiai Mountain Village and enjoy a unique mountain lodge stay
- Experience the quiet coastal beauty of Shikoku in Kochi and Katsurahama
- Join in an Indigo Dye Workshop and print your t-shirt
- Visit Otsuka International Museum of Art

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 7 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 smallest island Shikoku. 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 itineraries 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 around Shikoku, one of the four biggest islands in Japan, but the smallest and least visited island.

    Synonymous with the natural beauty and the pursuit of spiritual perfection, Shikoku is encircled by 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail. Pilgrims have walked the trail for 1200 years and even today we can see pilgrims in their distinctive white attire throughout the island of Shikoku. You'll walk on some of the best sections of the pilgrimage trail to experience the special pilgrimage atmosphere.

    Your island journey starts with a delightful visit to Takamatsu's Ritsurin Garden, one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan. Ritsurin Garden is a daimyo (feudal lord) garden, which was completed in 1745 over a period of one hundred years.

    You'll also venture to the secluded Iya Valley, home to deep rocky gorges, dramatic mountain scenery, traditional thatched roof homes, and historic vine bridges, where you'll hike to the famous “Hi-no-Ji" Bend, cross Iya-no-Kazura Bashi Bridge, and climb Mt Tsurugi.

    Next, you'll have a unique opportunity to tour the island's south coastal area including Kochi, Katsurahama and then finish in Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture. Naruto is renowned for the natural whirlpools in the Naruto Strait and the Ōtsuka Museum of Art featuring a full-scale reproduction of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling.

  • Accommodation

    You will stay with some of the best 4 to 5 star accommodation and boutique or luxury Japanese inns/ryokans during the trip.

    JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu (4 star)
    The hotel commands a view of Takamatsu city, the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and the changing, seasonal beauty of the nature around the ruins of Takamatsu castle (Tamamo park). Takamatsu castle is one of only three Japanese castles with a surrounding moat to defend against enemy attacks.

    Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku (Ryokan)
    Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku is located at the foot of Konbira Mountain, offering elegant relaxation and traditional Japanese hospitality. The hotel features a large communal bath with 6 types of bathtubs. WiFi is available in guest rooms.

    Iya Onsen (4 star Ryokan)
    The Iya Onsen Hotel is perched high up on the steep slope overlooking the Iya Valley. 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. The hotel's outdoor hot spring baths are located along the river some 170 meters below the hotel itself and are connected to the upper buildings by a steep cable car. The bath water is a warm 39 degrees Celsius.

    The unique mountain lodge is in the hamlet of East Iya Valley, situated at the edge of the winding lane in the deep mountain. The accommodation is an old thatched farmhouse. Although it is a pleasant old house, it is equipped with a bathroom, air conditioning, linen towels, floor heating..

    Auberge Tosayama
    Auberge Tosayama is a French style inn surrounded by nature and clear flowing water. The cedar and cypress used on the interior fill the rooms with warmth and complement the greenery outside each window. In the spacious and airy western style rooms, you can enjoy the natural rhythm of waking with the sun and sleeping under the stars.

    Hotel Ridge
    Surrounded by the greenery of the mountains and the gentle sound of the waves in a perfect location with panoramic views of the Naruto Straits, Naruto Park Hills Hotel Ridge offers a soothing stay. You can enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs and open-air baths while gazing at the beautiful ocean views.

  • Food

    You will have authentic regional Japanese cuisine throughout the tour.

    As a general guide:

    Breakfasts: ranges from Japanese style breakfast to buffet breakfast.

    Lunches: at local restaurant or packed lunch.

    Dinners: Japanese style. Fresh seasonal local produce or from the surrounding mountain area.

    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

    - 7 nights hand picked premium accommodation (4 & 5 star or Japanese inns/ryokans) mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious regional cuisine. 6x breakfasts, 6x lunches, 6x dinners
    - Experience Japanese traditional tea ceremony at Ritsurin Garden
    - English guiding throughout the trip
    - All private transportations required during the trip
    - All luggage transfers during the trip. Maximum 1 suitecase per person. Extra luggages can be transferred at additional cost.
    - 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
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  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • DAY 8

  • What's included

    - 7 nights picked premium accommodation (4 & 5 star or Japanese inns/ryokans) mixed with Japanese and Western styles on a twin share basis (single supplement available at addition expense)
    - Enjoy delicious regional cuisine. 6x breakfasts, 6x lunches, 6x dinners
    - Experience Japanese traditional Tea Ceremony at Ritsurin Garden
    - English guiding throughout the trip
    - All private transportations required during the trip
    - All luggage transfers during the trip. Maximum 1 suitecase per person. Extra luggage can be transferred at additional cost.
    - All entry fees and park fees
  • walk distance

    Day 1: Arrived in Takamatsu City, visit Ritsurin Park and tradition Japanese Tea House
    Day 2: Guided 88 Pilgrimage Trail walk, Temple 82 Negoro-ji, Temple 81 Shiromine-ji & Temple 80 Kokubun-ji, approx. 13 km
    Day 3: Guided Iya Valley walk, approx. 8 - 10 km
    Day 4: Guided Mt Tsurugi hike, approx. 5 - 6 hours
    Day 5: Guided Ochiai Mountain Village walk, approx. 2 hours
    Day 6: Guided 88 Pilgrimage Trail walk, Chikurinji (Temple 31) to Kochi Castle, approx. 6.5 km
    Day 7: Costal drive to Naruto, visit 88 Pilgrimage Trail Hotsumisakiji (Temple 24), join the Indigo Dye workshop
    Day 8: Self touring Otsuka International Museum of Art and transfer to Tokushima airport

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Tokushima
    - The finishing point is Tokushima

    How to Get to Tokushima
    Major airline flies to most Japan international airports and connect frequent daily domestic flight to the Tokushima airport.
  • 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

    Onlyluxe Travel 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 Travel.

    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 Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to 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 of 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 Onlyluxe Travel, 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
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    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 Onlyluxe travel 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. Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel 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 Onlyluxe Travel 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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