- ITINERARY LENGTH:
- 6 DAYS & 5 NIGHTS
- Enjoy the outdoors (highlands cycling, volcanic rock trekking, canoeing, and more) 🚲
|Kyoto Sightseeing||Takeno Beach||Kinosaki Onsen|
|Kinosaki Ropeway||Izushi Castle Town||Kannabe Highlands|
|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 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! At the beginning of April, see trees full of cherry blossoms along the canal.
- Coastline Along the Sea of JapanAmong one of 100 best beaches in Japan, this beautiful hidden gem along the northern coast of Hyogo prefecture is the perfect place for your Japan beach holiday.
- Geopark Sea Kayaking AdventureSea Kayaking, known locally as Geo-canoe, is a popular activity in the seaside town of Takeno. Paddle out into the Sea of Japan, exploring the coastline. A certified instructor will be there to guide you. All instructors take a high-level lifesaving course and go through special training every season. This activity is available every year from April to October.
- Day 3
- 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).
- The view awarded one star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan!The view from Mount Daishi at the top of Kinosaki Ropeway was awarded one star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan as a spectacular view.
- 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. There are about 50 soba noodle shops in Izushi that showcase this interesting serving method. Go to one of these shops and enjoy fresh soba with all of the proper toppings!
- Cherry Blossoms Surrounding Izushi's Castle RuinsA 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. In early April, see the castle ruins surrounded by gorgeous cherry blossom trees. At night, during Izushi's Cherry Blossom Festival, these trees are lit up, creating a spectacular sight!
- Day 4
- Cycle and Harvest in the HighlandsIn this activity, cycle along vast rice fields, cultivated farmlands, and quaint villages with a local guide. While cycling, harvest and collect ingredients grown in the rich nature of the Kannabe Highlands and sold in various local shops. Make stops at various nature-filled spots, including a farm where you will make and eat lunch using the ingredients you collected.
- Volcanic Rock TrekkingGo trekking on a lava flow formation which erupted from Mt. Kannabe about 25,000 years ago, and then hardened over time. While completing this 1.6 km course, explore behind a waterfall, and use your strength to overcome any hurdle you might face.
- There are 30 waterfalls, large and small, in the Kannabe Highlands.
- Traditional Crab Lunch in a Traditional Japanese House & RestaurantAfter the trekking activity, relax in an old Japanese house-turned-restaurant and enjoy a delicious crab lunch.
- Waraku, A Relaxing Lunch LocationWaraku has a nostalgic, cozy atmosphere with a hearth at the entrance, tatami mats, and gentle lighting throughout.
- 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.