800.781.4040 MON - SAT 5am - 6pm (PST), SUN 7AM-6PM (PST)
Explore Southern Japan
Soak in contemporary art at Naoshima Island's museums, Hike through an ancient moss forest, Learn about the historic events of Nagasaki, Explore the cultural hub of Kyoto.
See a side of Japan that few experience with this 11-day tour that takes you off the main trails into landscapes and artistic hubs that inspire this country's unique culture. Spend time among the contemporary art galleries and public installations on Naoshima Island (including a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin), wander through an ancient moss forest reminiscent of a fairytale, and learn more about the important history of Nagasaki. The tour begins in Osaka and ends in Kyoto, allowing you time to explore these energetic cities and round off your experience in Japan.
Day 1 — Osaka
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 — Osaka to Okayama
Enjoy a free morning to explore energetic Osaka, one of the nation's culinary centres. In the afternoon, travel to Okayama.
Day 3 — Naoshima
Spend the day exploring Naoshima, a picturesque island dotted with impressive contemporary art museums and installations. After a brief orientation walk, enjoy free time to discover this unique island at leisure. In the evening, return back to Okayama.
Day 4 — Okayama to Nagasaki
Travel southwest to the island of Kyushu. After arriving in the city of Nagasaki, explore with some free time. Don't miss out on the delicious local seafood!
Day 5 — Nagasaki
Visit Nagasaki's Peace Park with your CEO and learn more about the historic events of 1945. Explore more of this port city with some free time.
Day 6 — Nagasaki to Yakushima
Today is a long travel day – via train and ferry – to the southernmost tip of Kyushu island and beyond! After arriving on Yakushima, settle in and get some rest for tomorrow's excursion.
Day 7 — Yakushima
Experience the magic of Yakushima with a hike through the island's mossy ancient forest. This lush subtropical island is home to impressive cedar trees, several of which are thousands of years old.
Day 8 — Yakushima
Enjoy free day on beautiful Yakushima. Go for a hike, check out the beach, or relax at an oceanside onsen.
Day 9 — Yakushima/Osaka
Today is a busy travel day. Start with a boat ride to Kagoshima before boarding an overnight ferry bound for Osaka. The ferry features a restaurant, onsen spa, and shop. Settle in and enjoy this unique journey across Japan's Inland Sea.
Day 10 — Osaka/Kyoto
Arrive at the port in the morning and continue to historic Kyoto. Enjoy a free day to explore this cultural hub. Opt for a final meal with the group.