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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.

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.

JL Off the Beaten Track Japan 5 - Okuhida Onsengo

Suggested itinerary by JL from Manila, Philippines

Valid 01Apr-25Apr, 06May-21Jul, 11Aug-18Sep, 23Sep-31Oct

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.