- Iya Valley
White water rafting in the spectacular Oboke Gorge.
The hot spring baths of Matsuyama.
Driving through rural scenery.
The art museums on Naoshima Island.
- Iya Valley
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Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.
Day 2 Osaka
You arrive in Tokyo, and continue on a connecting flight to Osaka airport. Here you will be met by an airport representative who will give you your trip documents and ensure a smooth arrival. From the airport, you will take a shared transfer to your hotel not far away.
Day 3 Tokushima
Travel by bus to Tokushima via Awaji-jima island and across the world's longest suspension bridge that links the main island of Honshu to Shikoku.
Day 4 Tokushima
Explore Tokushima town. We recommend incorporating a visit to Tokushima's most famous export to the rest of the country, the Bunraku puppet theatre to see a performance.
Day 5 Takamatsu
Day 6 Takamatsu
Day 7 Iya Valley
Pick up your hire car and drive from Takamatsu to the rural and removed Iya Valley. Explore the area by car and on foot in the afternoon helped by the advanced GPS system provided with all rental cars. There is some breath-taking mountainous scenery to enjoy complete with beautiful waterfalls depending on the season.
Day 8 Iya Valley
Start this morning with some light activity; white water rafting in the Oboke Gorge. The course is suitable for beginners and children too.
Day 9 Matsuyama
Drive to the small town of Kannonji and then drop the car off here. Take the train onwards west to Matsuyama, Shikoku's principal city and oldest hot spring resort in Japan. The west has a different feel to the east of Shikoku.
- Matsuyama Tokyu REI
- The Dogo Tsubaki Kan ›
Day 10 Matsuyama
Day 11 Tokyo
Travel by train across to Okayama, stopping in to see another top-rated gardens, the Kourakuen Garden before continuing east to Tokyo. The evening is at leisure to catch up on any last-minute sightseeing or simply enjoy your final evening in Japan wining and dining.
Day 12 International return flight
Tokyo , International return flight
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