- ITINERARY LENGTH:
- 6 DAYS & 5 NIGHTS
- Immerse yourself in Japanese culture (Zen meditation, tea ceremony, straw craft, and more) 👘
|Kyoto Sightseeing||Kinosaki Ropeway||Japanese Cultural Activities (tea ceremony, flower arrangement, koto, or calligraphy)|
|Kinosaki Onsen||Genbudo Caves||Izushi Castle Town|
|Soba Making||Straw Craft Activity||Osaka Sightseeing & Shopping|
- Day 1
- Kyoto SightseeingArrive at Kansai International Airport. Visit Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Golden Pavilion, etc.
- Day 2
- Kinosaki RopewayDon't miss a view of the entire town, as well as the 11-Headed Kannon Bodhisattva in Onsenji Temple on the way to the top (only viewable once every 33 years until April 2021).
- Onsenji TempleDuring the 3 years that the 11-Headed Kannon Bodhisattva is on display, there are 5 colored strings tied to the its left wrist that lead out to the main viewing space, that are then wound around an object that is placed in front of a small altar. This allows visitors a chance to “touch” the Kannon.
- Japanese Cultural ActivitiesOn the second floor of Yukata Rental Iroha's new shop, travel back to the Edo era by experiencing traditional Japanese culture. You can choose between tea ceremony, flower arrangement, koto, and calligraphy.
- Kinosaki Onsen-Hopping in YukataKinosaki Onsen, a town which has been awarded two Michelin stars, has seven outdoor bathhouses. Visitors who stay in a ryokan receive a pass to enter all 7 and yukata in which to walk around while in town!
- Day 3
- Genbudo Museum & ParkThe Genbudo Caves are a natural monument, consisting of caves that formed over 1.6 million years ago from the magma of a volcanic eruption. In front of the caves, there is the Genbudo Museum, where you can see displays of precious stones such as gems and fossils collected from all over the world.
- Izushi Sara Soba LunchSoba in Japan is usually served in a large dish. But Izushi soba is traditionally served on small plates, a single serving consists of 5 plates. At one shop, make your own soba noodles from scratch and then enjoy them with all of the proper toppings!
- Izushi Winter View WalkA castle town popular for its nostalgic atmosphere, Izushi has a townscape that is reminiscent of the Edo era. There are many gorgeous photo spots scattered throughout town, including red torii gates, castle ruins, a samurai house, and a Kabuki theater.
- Day 4
- Zen Meditation, Buddhist Sermon, & Matcha at GokurakujiKinosaki Onsen's Gokurakuji Temple is in a secluded part of town, and is home to a peaceful rock garden, Zen meditation practice, and a friendly Buddhist priest. Through this activity, experience seated Zen meditation in a local temple while gazing outside at the tranquil rock garden. Afterwards, chat with the monk over matcha and local Japanese sweets.
- Straw Craft Activity and Craftsman Workshop TourStraw craft, called mugiwara zaiku in Japanese, is a unique, traditional handicraft with vibrant colors and intricate patterns that, in all of Japan, is only produced in Kinosaki Onsen. Observe the fascinating and complex straw craft process, learn about its history, and get a private tour of the craftsman's workshop, and make your own original design to take home.
- Day 5
- Osaka Sightseeing & ShoppingSpend the last of your trip sightseeing around Osaka like USJ, Osaka Castle, Tsutenkaku Tower, Shinsaibashi, and more.
- Day 6
- Depart from Kansai International AirportFly back home from Kansai International Airport.