Departure date: 29 Oct, 2017 (Sun) Coach Tour
Day 00 (Sun, 29Oct)
Singapore – Haneda
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for flight to Haneda.
Day 01 (Mon, 30Oct)
Singapore – Haneda – Tokushima
Hotel: Hotel Clement Tokushima or similar
On arrival at Tokushima, meet up with guide and proceed to visit the Otsuka Museum of Art, the largest exhibition space in Japan, featuring more than 1000 life-size reproductions of the most famous artworks from ancient and contemporary Western art. Have lunch in a local restaurant and then board a cruise boat on the Naruto Straits to see the Naruto whirlpools. Check-in at the hotel. In the evening, proceed out to dinner and afterwards, to see the Awa Odori Dance performance at the Awa Odori Kaikan.
Day 02 (Tue, 31Oct)
Tokushima – Muroto
Hotel: Hoshino Resorts UTOCO Auberge & Spa (Hot Spring) or similar
Check-out of hotel and proceed to Tairyuji Ropeway, the longest ropeway in western Japan with a large car that holds up to 101 passengers. A 10 minute ride to the top and you'll find the Taiyuji temple, the 21st on the Shikoku pilgrimage circuit and a pleasant walking trail along the ridge. Next, visit the Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta, one of the few museums in the world devoted to sea turtles. This is where you can learn more about the approximately 200 million years of turtle evolution and their mysterious ecology. Have lunch in a local restaurant and proceed to Muroto Deep Sea Water Aqua Farm, a deep ocean research facility that was designated as a model area for utilization of deep sea resources. Check-in to our hotel and relax till time for dinner.
Note: If the weather permits and there is time, we may also stop by the Muroto Observatory to view the sunset.
Day 03 (Wed, 01Nov)
Muroto – Iya Onsen
Hotel: Iya Bijin (Hot Spring) or similar
Check-out after breakfast and visit Cape Muroto / Muroto Geopark where oddly shaped rocks are scattered on the coast, with subtropical trees and beach plants thick along the coastline. The area around Cape Muroto was designated as the Muroto-Anan Coast Quasi-National Park in June 1964 and certified as Muroto Global Geopark by the Global Network of National Geoparks in September 2011. Next, to Monet`s Garden in Kitagawa. This is Claude Monet`s only garden outside his home country and features a Light Garden, Water Garden and a Flower Garden. Have lunch in a local restaurant and move on to Oboke Gorge for a boat ride to see the unusual geological strata, including some that have been designated as Japan’s natural monument. Check-in at our hotel and take a rest till dinnertime.
Day 04 (Thu, 02Nov)
Hotel: Iya Bijin (Hot Spring) or similar
Today, we are just going to visit a few sights in Iya area. These include the Kazura Vine Suspension Bridge, the largest and most accessible vine bridge that is 2metres wide, 45metres across and 14 metres above the Iya River. The Oku Iya Valley Tourist Monorail, a 70 minute ride that weaves 4.6 kilometres through the forests of the Iya Valley, with various terrain at different heights. The Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge is made up of two bridges; the larger of which is the Husband Bridge (Otto no Hashi), stretching 44 meters across the river next to a small waterfall, and the slightly lower Wife Bridge (Tsuma no Hashi) that stretches 22 metres just a little further upstream. These bridges are constructed with steel cables hidden within the vines for safety and are rebuilt every three years. Next to the "Wife Bridge", you will find another popular attraction, the Wild Monkey Bridge that consist of a wooden cart suspended on a rope over the river. It was used to transport goods and people. Visitors can have a go at pulling themselves across the river.
Day 05 (Fri, 03Nov)
Iya Onsen – Ashizuri
Hotel: Ocean View Resort Hotel Ashizuri Thermae (Hot Spring) or similar
After checking-out of our hotel, we will first stop by Katsurahama, a scenic beach with the famous statue of Kochi's favorite son, Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the architects of modern Japan. We will then proceed to a small fishing port town where we will have the chance to meet and chat with some local fishermen and their wives. Just before checking-in at our hotel, we will also stop by Cape Ashizuri, the southernmost point of Shikoku. From the main observation deck, Tengu-no-Hana, you'll be rewarded with a 270 degree seascape of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the sight of a beautiful white lighthouse that was built in 1914.
Day 06 (Sat, 04Nov)
Ashizuri – Dogo Onsen
Hotel: Yamatoya Besso (Hot Spring) or similar
Leaving Ashizuri after breakfast, our first stop would be the under-sea observation tower (Ashizuri Kaiteikan) at Tatsukushi Marine Park. Here in the tower, you can descend 10 metres under the water and see the tide rushing in and out, bringing schools of fish swirling past the portholes. Outside, odd-shaped sandstone rocks covered with fast-moving, crab-like creatures are quite the sight! We will then continue on to Uwajima and visit Doi Pearl, Ehime’s oldest pearl farm to learn about the process of pearl cultivation from nucleus implant to pearl harvesting, and at the same time deepen your knowledge about the pearl culture. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Uchiko, once the center of traditional wax- and paper-making. Stroll along the 600-meter-long old street lined with historical merchant houses and you may feel feel like you have stepped back in time. On arrival at Dogo, check-in to your hotel and have a rest till dinnertime.
Day 07 (Sun, 05Nov)
Dogo Onsen – Hiroshima
Hotel: RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar
After check-out of hotel, we'll first visit Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan's twelve "original castles". Located on Katsuyama, a steep hill in the city center, visitors to the castle can have a bird's eye view of Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea. Our next stop is the Towel Museum Ichihiro. Sitting in the mountains outside of Imabari, it’s a very imposing building that can best be described as “modern Japanese château”. There are three floors of shops selling everything from towels, to clothing, with a large area dedicated to a French tea shop and another to the produce of Ehime. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will stop by Kirosan Observatory, uniquely designed almost into the mountain. From the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, the world’s first triplet suspension bridge and Mt. Ishizuchi. Check-in to our hotel and relax till dinnertime.
Day 08 (Mon, 06Nov)
Hotel: RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima or similar
Check-out of hotel and proceed to Miyajima, a small island most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views. While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for "shrine-island". Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are built over water. On the island, you'll also find wild deer wandering around freely along the main visitor's route. Head to Mount Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima and on clear days you'll find spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and even Hiroshima City. A ropeway leads up the mountain from the town, but hiking up is possible too. Even when taking the ropeway, reaching Misen's various attractions still requires a considerable amount of walking. Although the Shishi-iwa Observatory is located right beside the upper ropeway station, the mountain peak is still another 100 meters higher up and about a kilometer away. Monkeys and deer can be seen along the paths, especially around the ropeway station. Have lunch in Miyajima and head to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Park before checking into the hotel.
Day 09 (Tue, 07Nov)
Hiroshima – Haneda – Singapore
Flight back to Singapore.
COACH TOUR (GOLD)
Assemble date: 29 Oct, Sun (SO12335)
Flight schedule: (for suggestion only, not included in tour price)
29Oct SQ 636 Singapore - Haneda
2245 / 0620
30Oct NH 281 Haneda - Tokushima
0855 / 1015
07Nov NH 678 Hiroshima - Haneda
1300 / 1420
07Nov SQ 633 Haneda - Singapore
1640 / 2320
Tour price per person (in SGD)
Group size: 6-9 pax
Adult twin share $9,880; Adult triple share $9,580
Child with bed $9,380; Child no bed (Age 4 & below) $1,880
Group size: 10 pax & above
Adult twin share $7,980; Adult triple share $7,680
Child with bed $7,480; Child no bed (Age 4 & below) $1,880
Tour price includes:
Hotel accommodation as stipulated in itinerary
Tours and Meals as stipulated in itinerary
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Wi-Fi Router Rental (1 Per Room)
Tour price excludes:
Airport taxes & fuel charges (Estimated, subject to change)
Visa application fee (if any)
International Sectors Airfare Adult $700; Child $600
Domestic Sectors Airfare Adult $200; Child $200
Airport Taxes Adult $100; Child $90
The prices are subject to change upon fluctuations of currency exchange rates.
Flight schedule and the sequence of the itinerary are subject to change with or without prior notice to ensure the smooth running of the tour.
Minimum group size to confirm tour is 15 adults/children with bed.
Child no bed will be served simple meals.
Please refer to booking form for further terms and conditions.