Duration: 13 nights
Destinations: Narita, Yamanashi, Tokushima, Kamikatsu, Ayabe farm, Mt Koya, and Osaka
Recommended Season: Year Round
Price: £2,695.00

Our Japan Green Tour is a trip that encourages sustainable green tourism. What makes this itinerary unique is that it takes you off the beaten track to experience the remote countryside and villages, where you can interact with locals and participate in activities such as farming and food harvesting, depending on the season.

Download our Japan Green Tour Brochure here: Japan Green Tour and our Reservation Form here: Reservation Form

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Visits to Narita, Yamanashi, Tokushima, Kamikatsu, Ayabe Farm, Mt Koya, and Osaka
  • Stay in a Japanese farm and experience the Japanese farm life
  • 14 day Japan Rail Pass
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Dinner included for four nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meet and Greet service upon arrival at the airport
  • Airport transfers from/to Narita International Airport

 

HOW OUR INDEPENDENT TOURS WORK

Enjoy independent travel but not the hassle of planning? One of our Independent Tours could be just the ticket. Carefully put together by our team of specialists, our excellent collection of sample itineraries are designed to inform and inspire your next Japan adventure. Every one of our Independent Tours is fully tailor-made for you, ensuring your trip is everything you want it to be.

It’s quite straight forward to travel independently in Japan. We will provide just the right amount of support and logistical planning to make you feel comfortable in a very foreign land. These itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions which coinciding with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We’ll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run smoothly. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too.

WHAT NEXT?

If you’re interested in this itinerary, please let us know the following and we will get back to you with a quote:

  • Your proposed dates of travel
  • Your preferred room type (e.g. Double, Twin or Singles)
  • How many adults and children this is for (and the age of the children at the time of travel)

 

NOT FROM THE UK?

Don’t worry! We deal with countless passengers from outside of the UK. You just need to let us know the information above (and you can arrange your own flights to Japan).

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

ItineraryLocation GuideAccommodationInclusions

Japan Green Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Japan, Meet & Greet at Narita Airport (Tokyo)
Welcome to Japan! Our friendly Meet & Greet service representative will be waiting in the Arrivals lobby and holding a sign with your name on. The Meet & Greet can help you activate your Japan Rail Passes and will direct you to the most suitable train for the 10-minute ride to Narita city. Check in to your clean and comfortable standard accommodation near the train station.

Day 2: Narita City
Spend a full day exploring Narita, the highlights being the beautiful gardens of Naritasan Park, the Shinshoji Temple, and the Boso Village Open Air Museum. Shinshoji temple is well-known both for its historical significance in relation to Japanese Buddhism, as well as for its 25 meter high three-story pagoda built in 1712, and the more recent 58 meter high Great Pagoda completed in 1984. The peninsula on which Narita is located is known as the Boso Peninsula, and at the Boso Village Open Air Museum you will enter a reconstructed village from the Edo-era when the samurai dominated the streets of Japan. Here you can participate in a traditional tea ceremony, try on some samurai armour, or join seasonal activities such as crop harvesting and bamboo craft making. History enthusiasts will be pleased to find authentic burial mounds as old as Japans written history, alongside an archaeological museum displaying some of the excavated artefacts.

Day 3: Narita to Yamanashi
Travel to Yamanashi by train and bus, and check into your private room for the next 2 nights in a quaint eco-lodge where small groups may share the living space with the owners. Depending on the season, you can harvest food for your meals, go for a swim in the river, try the local hot springs, and hike the surrounding mountains

Day 4: Yamanashi
Spend a full day in the Yamanashi countryside, learning about rural life in Japans beautiful nature far from the cities’ hustle and buzzle. Here, you can make lifelong memories only available to those who dare to stray far off from Japan’s popular tourist routes.

Day 5: Yamanashi to Fukushima
Today you can pick up some food, snacks, and drinks for the journey to Tokushima on the island of Shikoku. You will spend a good chunk of the day enjoying the sights of cities, towns and unspoiled nature from your comfortable Bullet Train seats. Tokushima is an atmospheric city off-the-beaten-track on the beautiful east coast of Shikoku. Stop by the adjacent Naruto city to see the unique natural Naruto ocean whirlpools (literal translations of Naruto are swirl, spiral, or whirlpool). Tokushima was historically a famous castle town, and you may want to stop by the castle ruins in the middle of the city.

Day 6: Tokushima to Kamikatsu
After breakfast, you can try the Bizen Ropeway which is a cable car that will take you up the mountains high over the city. After enjoying the view, ride back down and transfer to the local bus for a one-hour ride deep into Shikokus countryside where few foreign visitors have been before you. Kamikatsu was unknown to most Japanese as well, but it has recently gained recognition for its efforts to become Japans first zero-waste town. Garbage is recycled into more than 30 categories, and the locals are cooperating coming up with efficient systems to recycle and avoid incinerating garbage. We hope you will bring some ideas back home! You will stay 2 nights in a spacious cabin with a loft where the owners will prepare you appetizing Shikoku dinners included in the stay both nights.

Day 7: Kamikatsu
If you are feeling energetic, we recommend you start the day with a hike in the hillsides to see traditional rice terraces and local temples. On a misty morning, you might feel as if you’ve entered a Japanese landscape painting. The countryside is yours to enjoy as you like, but make sure you stop by the towns impressive recycling facilities.

Day 8: Kamikatsu to Ayabe Farm (Kyoto Prefecture)
Retrace your steps to Tokushima from where you will head towards Ayabe in Kyoto prefecture by train. Start your 2-night homestay on a Japanese farm this evening, where homemade dinners and breakfasts are included. Be ready for a truly authentic experience that may lead to making new friends for life!

Day 9: Ayabe Farm stay
Today you are a Japanese farmer! The owners of the farm will show you the ropes, and by the end of the day, you will have good insight into Japanese farm life. We cooperate with several farms in the area, and the exact activities will depend on the season and available farms. If the timing is right, you could harvest vegetables for tonight’s dinner. The farmers have experience accommodating tourists, and their English may range between basic and advanced.

Day 10: Ayabe farm to Ine fishing village
After breakfast, you will say sayonara to the farm and your friendly hosts, and firstly stop by the Amanohashidate Sandbar. Amanohashidate can be translated as the bridge to heaven, and this natural pine-covered bridge-like sandbar is named as one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights in historical documents. Any Japanese person would be able to tell you a thing or two about this place, but the distance from other bucket-list destinations in Kyoto where tourists conglomerate protects its natural beauty. Next, you will head to the beautiful Ine fishing village, possibly the last remaining Japanese traditional fishing village in which the ground floor of houses built along the coastline serves as garages for the fishing boats. As the number of fishermen has decreased, locals have bought up empty houses of which some are used for accommodation for travellers seeking the most authentic experiences. Enjoy a night listening to the sounds of the ocean in one of these charming boathouses!

Day 11: Ine fishing village to Koya-san
Today you will head to Koya-san. One of the holiest mountains of Japan and a World Heritage Site, it is the base of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. At Koya-san you will be staying in a temple lodging in a clean and spacious Japanese room with a shared bathroom for 2 nights, with dinners and breakfasts included. You will enjoy the vegetarian cuisine, known as shojin ryori, prepared by the Buddhist monks. You can attend the early morning prayer service tomorrow: a nice opportunity to immerse yourself in the monks’ way of life.

Day 12: Koya-san at leisure
Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the temple and explore the beautiful nature that surrounds you. You will have plenty of time to discover the Okunoin cemetery where many feudal lords, samurai, and famous monks found their final resting place. A walk through the cemetery will lead you to the mausoleum of the founder of the Shingon sect, Kobo Daishi, and its Torodo Hall with 10,000 lanterns eternally lit.

Day 13: Koya-san to Osaka
You can stay in the quiet forest area for most of the day, or head straight to Osaka for sightseeing. You will check into a comfortable hotel in Osaka city tonight, making your journey to Kansai Airport tomorrow short and easy.

Day 14: Depart Japan
Transfer from your hotel to Kansai International Airport (Osaka).
Return to the UK (arrive the same day).

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Japan Green Tour Location Guide

Narita

Best known to tourists for its international Airport, Narita and its surroundings have several areas and sights that will reward any traveller that ventures out here. Any Japanese with an interest in history will tell you to visit the incredible Naritasan Shinshoji Temple founded more than a thousand years ago. The temple’s main hall together with its two famous pagodas are sure to impress visitors from far and near.

 

Yamanashi

Yamanashi prefecture is also fairly untouched by international tourism. The area is famous for its nature such as its lush mountains, roaring rivers and steaming hot springs. Yamanashi is also well known for its delicious fruits such as peaches, plums and grapes, and some of Japans best Western wines are produced here.

 

 

Tokushima

Tokushima city is famed for its Awa Odori dance, the most famous dance festival in Japan during the Obon season in August. There is even a museum dedicated to this “Fools’ Dance” so visitors can experience the lively dance all year round. Also to be enjoyed in Tokushima Prefecture are the whirlpools in Naruto City, along with the beautiful views of the “Bizan Ropeway” cable car. Tokushima is a sizeable city with a rich culture and old traditions, but as it is located on the island of Shikoku it still receives a fairly low number of international visitors.

 

Kamikatsu

Most visitors to Japan have never heard of this little city on the island of Shikoku, but we think this will change over the coming years. The locals of this beautiful town surrounded by mountains and rivers have gotten together with the ambitious goal of making Kamikatsu Japan’s first zero-waste town. This dedicated community is serious about its goal, and after seeing their recycle and re-use facilities it is clear that this goal is near. Kamikatsu is also a wonderful place to experience Japanese countryside hospitality, and you might enjoy breaking language barriers with non-verbal communication.

 

Rural Kyoto/Ayabe

Kyoto is not just a city, it’s a large prefecture covering an area all the way to the northern coast of Japan. Central Kyoto is full of famous temples and shrines that are also wonderful, but we recommend the rural parts in the north for those who seek a more private authentic feeling of traditional Japan away from the crowds. In the northern part of Kyoto prefecture, you will find the beautiful Amanohashidate pine-covered sandbar, the old fishing village of Ine which will take you to Japans past, as well as the little city of Ayabe surrounded by traditional farms.

 

Koya-san

Koya-San is the perfect place to experience a Buddhist monk’s way of life as you have the chance to stay in temple lodgings and eat special monks’ cuisine known as shojin ryori. Not to be missed is a walk through Okunoin Cemetery for monks – probably Japan’s largest and one of the most peaceful.

 

 

Osaka

Known as the “kitchen of Japan”, Osaka is renowned for its warm-hearted, lively locals. Osaka Castle dominates the city as the old mixes with the very modern skyline, and the aquarium is not to be missed. The city comes alive at night with endless opportunities to wine, dine and party.

 

 

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Accommodation in Narita

The Hedistar Hotel Narita

Narita
Standard

Just a 10-minute walk from JR Narita station, The Hedistar Hotel Narita offers Western-style accommodations. A free shuttle is available from Narita Airport upon reservation. The rooms are fitted with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle and breakfast buffet is served at the restaurant.

 

Accommodation in Yamanashi

Yokomura Eco-Lodge

Yamanashi
Standard

Yokomura Eco-Lodge, located in the Yamanashi mountains, is a 150-year-old traditional wooden farmhouse built originally in the Edo period. The farmhouse was reopened in 2019 and offers an authentic farm experience.

 

Accommodation in Tokushima

JR Hotel Clement Tokushima

Tokushima
Deluxe

Right by Tokushima Castle, and only a 1 minute walk from JR Tokushima station, the central location of this upscale urban hotel make it the perfect base for sightseeing in Tokushima. There are 4 restaurants and a bar within the hotel. All guest rooms feature en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is a buffet of Western and Japanese dishes.

Daiwa Roynet Tokushima Ekimae

Tokushima
Superior

Daiwa Roynet Tokushima Ekimae is only 1 minute’s walk from JR Tokushima Station, making it extremely convenient for travellers. This clean and comfortable hotel is also close to many restaurants, shops and attractions, including Tokushima Castle.

Free WiFi Internet is available in all guest rooms. Breakfast is buffet-style, featuring over 30 Japanese and Western seasonal dishes produced locally. The hotel was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2017.

Accommodation in Kamikatsu

Tsukinoyado

Kamikatsu
Standard

Tsukinoyado is located in Kamikatsu and offers Japanese style and western style rooms. In this Japanese inn you will find two indoor hot springs with a view of the Katsuuura river and surrounding natural scenery. Delicious Japanese food is offered on site.

Accommodation in Ayabe

Ayabe Farm Stay

Ayabe
Standard

Whilst staying in Ayabe you can enjoy the lovely surroundings and you have the opportunity to live the farm life, growing vegetables or you can just spend time relaxing.

 

Dinner made from organic products is served here.

Accommodation in Amanoshidate

Funaya Taiheisou

Amanoshidate
Standard

On the Tango Peninsula, Kyoto, stay in two storey (former) boat house accommodation. These boat houses have been designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings and Funayan Taiheisou is a waterfront boathouse-turned-inn. From here you can visit the nearby attractions such as Ine Bay, power-generating windmills and Senmaida (literally “thousand rice paddies”)

Accommodation in Koyasan

Muryokoin

Koyasan
Superior

On Mount Koya you will stay in a traditional temple lodging, known as a shukubo within the temple precincts where you can experience its workings first hand.

All guest rooms are traditional Japanese tatami style. You’ll be invited in the early morning to join the monks offering their first prayers of the day.

As is typical in a shukubo, you will be served shojinryori – delicious vegetarian temple food as eaten by the monks.

Accommodation in Osaka

Imperial Hotel Osaka

Osaka
Deluxe

Being a little distance from the busy transport hub of Osaka/Umeda Stations, this luxury riverside hotel demonstrates the right way to take a break in a city known for its hustle and bustle. Imperial Hotels boast over a century of experience in providing the very best hospitality.

Superior category and above rooms here have views over the Okawa river, one of the most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots in the city come the spring. All rooms here are spacious and comfortable, with a classic, refined interior style.

The hotel has 6 restaurants which are well worth taking advantage of. With French, Chinese and Japanese options available (including devoted teppanyaki and sushi restaurants), there is more than enough to savour. Breakfast starts at 6:30 comprising of an impressive range of Western and Eastern buffet dishes. Osaka Nadaman restaurant on the 24th floor offers a delicious Japanese style meal set from 7:00.

Hotel Granvia Osaka

Osaka
Superior

Hotel Granvia Osaka, located in the center of the spirited and historic city of Osaka, Japan, offers guests a sophisticated retreat and direct connection to JR Osaka train lines.
Generously proportioned and astutely decorated, the rooms here have a mixture of chic and warmth that mirror the personality of the city of Osaka, with its dizzying skyline rising above the bustling and cheerful streets. There is a full range of quality amenities as one would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
The Granvia, Osaka, features an array of fine dining and casual restaurants, including Japanese, Italian, French and Chinese cuisines. Revel in the city’s nightlife at the hotel’s chic bar and two lounges, or grab a quick snack at the café.

Hotel Sunroute Namba

Osaka
Standard

Opened in 2016 and set on a bustling commercial street lined with restaurants, this relaxed hotel is a 6-minute walk from the lively nightlife of the downtown Dōtonbori district and 3 minutes’ walk from Nipponbashi train station. Osaka castle is 30 minutes away. This hotel is the perfect location from which to treat yourself to Osaka delicacies, shopping, and leisure activities.

Compact, modern, streamlined rooms provide flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minifridges, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Breakfast is buffet-style, with a mix of Japanese and Western dishes.

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.

Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

This hotel is right in the heart of Osaka, only a few minutes’ walk from the popular Shinsaibashi shopping district, trendy street fashion distict Amerika Mura, and from Dotonbori, Osaka’s famous covered arcade. Osaka is really a party town, so there are an exceptional range of restaurants, shops and bars to get stuck into. Stations of various central subway lines are nearby, so access to the rest of the city by subway is also very easy.

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

Right on Osaka’s central Midosuji Subway line, one or two stops from Osaka and Shin-Osaka stations respectively, this is a fantastic place for those making a short stay in the city. This is in a quieter part of the city, so despite being very central you will be able to get a good night’s sleep when needed.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a Twin/Double room at standard hotels in Narita, Tokushima and Osaka on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a friendly eco-lodge in Yamanashi* on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a private two-story bungalow* including delicious local dinners and breakfasts in Kamikatsu
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a private room on a countryside farm in Kyoto including local dinners and breakfast
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a private room in a traditional former residence in Ine fishing village on a bed & breakfast basis**
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a temple lodging in Koya-san on a dinner & breakfast
  • Transfers from and to arrival and departure airport in Japan by Express Train
  • 14-day Japan Rail Pass allowing you unlimited travel on the entire Japan Rail network including Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services.

* Depends on availability
**Depends on availability. Only available for a group of 2 or larger.

Not included in Price

  • International airfare.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Taxi, subway and tramway fees.
  • Insurance.

Land Only Price: from £2,695.00 per person based on twin/double room occupancy.

Download our Japan Green Tour Brochure here: Japan Green Tour  and our Reservation Form here: Reservation Form

WHAT NEXT?

If you’re interested in this itinerary, please let us know the following and we will get back to you with a quote:

  • Your proposed dates of travel
  • Your preferred room type (e.g. Double, Twin or Singles)
  • How many adults and children this is for (and the age of the children at the time of travel)

 

NOT FROM THE UK?

Don’t worry! We deal with countless passengers from outside of the UK. You just need to let us know the information above (and you can arrange your own flights to Japan).

To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price or £250.00 per person (whichever is greater) is required.

The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.

Full terms and Conditions

All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange and are subject to availability.

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

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