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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.