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 continue to board a cruise boat on the Naruto Straits to see Naruto whirlpool. Check in to our hotel. In the evening, proceed out for dinner and also 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 hotel and proceed to Tairyuji Ropeway, the longest ropeway in western Japan with a large car that holds 101 passengers, where, after a 10 minutes ride to the top, 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 about the approximately 200 million years of turtle evolution and their mysterious ecology. Have lunch in a local restaurant and continue 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: We may also stop by Muroto Observatory to see the sunset if the weather is fine and the timing allows.
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 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. Continue to Monet`s Garden in Kitagawa. This is Claude Monet`s only garden outside his home country and features a Water Garden and a Flower Garden, that are influenced by a Japanese style print from the Edo period. 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 has been designated as Japan’s natural monument. Check-in to our hotel and relax till time for dinner.
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 famous vine bridge that is 5 feet wide and almost 50 yards long, built over the Iya River; The Oku Iya Valley Tourist Monorail, a 70mins ride that weaves 4.6 km through the forests of the Iya Valley, with various terrain at heights differing up to 590m and The Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge, made up of two bridge with the larger of the two bridges, 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), a 22 meter span just a little ways 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 suspend on a rope over the river, and were used to transport goods and people. Visitors can try out the wild monkey bridge and pull 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. He was instrumental in negotiating an alliance between the Choshu and Satsuma clans that helped to bring an end to Japan's feudal age in 1868. We will then proceed to a small fishing port town and meet with some local fishermen and their wives and together, enjoy some fun activities together. Just before check-in to 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 with the horizon curves out in an arc in the distance, and a beautiful white lighthouse, built in 1914, beckons from a nearby point.
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, you will descend 10 m under the water and can see the tide rushing in and out, bringing schools of fish swirling past the portholes. Outside, oddly shaped sandstone rocks covered in fast-moving, crab-like creatures are quite the sight. We will then continue to Uwajima and visit Doi Pearl, Ehime’s oldest pearl farm and a veteran of the pearl industry, to learn about pearl cultivation process first hand from nucleus implant to pearl harvesting and also to deepen your knowledge about the pearl culture. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Uchiko, once thrived as the center of traditional wax- and paper-making. When you stroll along the 600-meter-long old street with picturesque white plaster walled merchant's houses and private dwellings on both sides, you are sure to feel as if you were sent back to the good old days. On arrival at Dogo, check-in to your hotel and relax till time for dinner.
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 most beautiful and original castles. Located on Katsuyama, a steep hill in the city center, the place provides visitors to the castle with a bird's eye view of Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea. The Towel Museum Ichihiro at the next stop is unparalleled in size and splendor. 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 in a local restaurant, we will stop by Kirosan Observatory, uniquely designed under the mountain and cannot be seen from outside. From the top, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, the world’s first triplet suspension bridge, in front of you, and on your back, Mt. Ishizuchi. Check-in to our hotel and relax till time for dinner.
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. If you head to Mount Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima on clear days, you'll find spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Hiroshima City. A ropeway leads up the mountain from town, but it is also possible to climb up on foot. 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's peak is still another 100 meters higher 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 check-in to 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.