Japan is a holiday destination that guarantees a unique experience to each traveler, whether it be sampling Japanese delicacies or strolling through an old castle town. Within every large city there are many temples and shrines, creating a mixture of the past, present and future.  

Tokyo, simultaneously modern and comfortable, yet traditional and chaotic, is endlessly fascinating in its variety.   


Osaka is known as a city with a well-developed network of underground shopping areas.  The city is bursting with places to see and things to do. 


Scene of many epic battles in the feudal era and the core of Japan's manufacturing and technological strength, Nagoya and its vicinity offer natural splendor, traditional delights and modern wonders. 


Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, and ruling that time became the repository of much of the best Japanese art, culture, religion and thought. 


Fukuoka is known for its Hakata-ori textiles, and gala festival of Hakata Dontaku, as well as refined Hakata clay dolls. 


In summer Sapporo Odori Park is full of beer gardens, while in winter it becomes the location for a snow festival. During the festival, this big park is lined with magnificent snow statues.

JL Off the Beaten Track Japan 5 - Okuhida Onsengo

Suggested itinerary by JAL

from Manila, Philippines

The tour visits Takaoka, Toyama, Inami, Gokayama, Takayama, Okuhida Onsengo, Shirakawago and Kanazawa by private chartered car with an English speaking driver.

Car type:  Alphard for 2-4 pax,

Hi-ace for 6-8 pax.


Before there was a Kyoto, there was Izumo – home of the gods

Izumo’s quiet rural nature belies a history that stretches back to Japan’s very beginnings. Long before there was a Kyoto or Nara, this region was the center of what was known as Shinkoku, the Country of the Gods. Japan’s oldest records mention this area, and the shrines and historical treasures unearthed here are clear evidence that the roots of the Japan story are in Izumo.

Ref. JNTO  https://www.japan.travel/…/destinati…/chugoku/shimane/izumo/

We suggest a circle trip from Osaka which features Izumo and its vicinity. Departing from Osaka the tour visits Amanohashidate and Kyotango. From Matsue, the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, the tour continues to Kurashiki, Sanuki, Naruto and Kobe.


This is a circle trip from Osaka to Kanazawa via Okuhida Onsengo and returns to Osaka via Fukui and Kyoto. The tour features the charm of central Japan and Hokuriku region.


Gifu is Japan’s literal and figurative heart, with untouched traditional villages nestled in picturesque mountain ranges.

Toyama and Fukui prefectures present an elusive and appealing slice of rural Japan, while Ishikawa is home to art and culture, with its capital city Kanazawa the center of both traditional and modern Japanese design. The area faces the Sea of Japan and is blessed with abundant seafood.

Tohoku Region

The Tohoku Region is located in the northeast part of Honshu, the main island of Japan.  It comprises the six prefectures Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Akita Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture, which collectively account for about 30% of Honshu's surface area.

From Tokyo, bus tours usually go through Tohoku's neighbour prefectures such as Niigata, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba and Saitama.  Combination of Tohoku and these areas can make bus tours  more attractive.

Kii Peninsula & Koyasan

The Kii Peninsula offers prime examples of many of Japan’s most lauded attractions.


There are Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, sublime natural scenery and steaming hot springs, traditional culture and modern convenience.

For example:

1. Kumano Sanzan - Sacred Shrines and Waterfall

2. Shirahama - Beaches and Onsen

3. Koyasan - Home over 100 temples, but the most important are Kongobuji Temple and Okunoin mausoleum

4. Ise Jingu - Japan's most sacred shrine.

ASO Farm Land

Aso Farm Land is a theme park of 'wellness'.  This is the place to learn the status of your health through suggested programs and fun activities.  Improve your daily habits, so that you may live longer in good health.

Featuring indoor and outdoor natural hot spring baths, 13 kinds of sauna type thermal facilities, you can relax and relieve the stress.

All guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, electric kettle and refrigerator. The private bathrooms are equipped with a bath, shower, toilet and slippers. Free toiletries including toothbrushes and towels are provided for guests.

ASO Farm Land is situated in Aso Kuju National Park, about 90 min by car from Kumamoto airport.

Hokkaido Region

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for its seasonal flowers, local dishes, onsen and powder snow.

Rugged Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mt. Asahi-dake. Shikotsu-Tōya National Park contains Lake Toya, Lake Shikoltsu, geothermal springs and a Mount Fuji look-alike, Mount Yōtei. Popular ski resorts include Rusutsu, Niseko and Furano.


Here are 6 tour suggestions, each of which starts from New Chitose Airport (Sapporo) for 4 days and 5 days.  Probably 4-5 days are the minimum required time to travel around Hokkaido.  Needless to say, the more you can spend time, the more you can enjoy this island deeply.

Takasaki Antique Shop

A prosperous castle town for over 300 years.  At the center of the city lies the Kenroku-en Garden, famous for the "Yukitsuri," ropes stretched from the top of a tree to the lower branches like an umbrella to protect it from snow damage.

With opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, travelling to Kanazawa from Tokyo has become even more convenient.  This is a city with townscapes that evokes historic images of the past, which visitors can experience the unique history of Japan.

Fukui prefecture is off the prime tourist track for international visitors, but the prefecture has some beautiful scenery and excellent food, and it boasts some surprising claims to fame such as Echizen lacquerware, Echizen-washi (Japanese paper), ...etc.   One of the high-lights must be the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum , which is considered one of the three most important in the world along with Royal Tyrrell Museum (Canada) and 自貢恐竜博物館 (China).

Takasaki Kotto Kaikan (antique shop) is one of the most reputable antique shops in Kanto area.  The first time visitors will be overwhelmed by the number of items and the variety. 

When advice is needed, the shop staff respond at any time.  You can actually pick up any items in which you’re interested and check the quality carefully.

We can modify the itinerary to 1N2D including Kusatsu or Ikaho hot springs.

About Ninja - Musashi Clan
The Musashi clan consists of number of families and people who have built close relations of trust with the Shibata Family of the Musashi Province. The Shibata of Musashi became retainer of Tokugawa Ieyasu and served the Tokugawa Shogunate for 265 years as intelligence operatives called 'Metsuke (inspectors)' and 'Onmitsu (undercover agent)'.