Departure date:20 Nov, 2019 (Wed) Coach
Day 00 (Wed, 20 Nov’19)
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for flight to Hiroshima
Day 01 (Thu, 21 Nov’19)
Singapore – Hiroshima
Hotel: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima or similar
Arriving in Hiroshima, take a ferry to Miyajima, home to one of Japan’s most photographed sights and one of its top three most scenic views. The red-lacquered complex of Itsukushima Shrine and its famous torii gate seemingly float on water, painting a perfect picture of beauty and calm. Aside from this well-known shrine, Miyajima also contains many other shrines and temples, virgin forests, Mt. Misen and free-roaming deer.
Later, feast on Hiroshima’s seafood specialty – oysters! As the top producer of oysters in Japan, Hiroshima’s oysters are thick and tasty and are a must-try when in season! Have your fill of delicious oysters at lunch before spending some free time in Hiroshima City this afternoon.
Day 02 (Fri, 22 Nov’19)
Hiroshima – Hagi
Hotel: Resort Hotel Mihagi (hot spring) or similar
Take a shinkansen from Hiroshima to Asa this morning and experience the smooth efficiency of the bullet train which reaches speeds of up to 285 km/h! Arriving in Yamaguchi prefecture, make a stop at its scenic Motonosumi Shrine this afternoon. Considered to be one of Japan’s most beautiful shrines, this title was earned thanks to its stunning location by the sea. A winding tunnel of 123 bright red torii gates line a path towards the Sea of Japan, creating a gorgeous contrast against the azure waters and rugged cliff face.
Day 03 (Sat, 23 Nov’19)
Hagi – Izumo
Hotel: Inishie no Yado Keiun (hot spring) or similar
Cat lovers will relish a trip to the “cat temple”, Unrinji! Dedicated to cats in honour of a local samurai’s loyal pet which stayed by his grave until death, the temple boasts more than 600 cat statues throughout its grounds. Get a kick out of the playful and quirky cat statues and carvings found around this temple and keep an eye out for actual cats roaming around!
One of Japan’s most important shrines, Izumo Shine is often considered to be the oldest having existed since before the 7th century. It houses the deity Okuninushi, the mythological creator of Japan and deity of marriage, and is a designated National Treasure. Also found in this magnificent shrine is Japan’s largest shimenawa, a sacred rope made of straw.
Day 04 (Sun, 24 Nov’19)
Izumo – Kaike Onsen
Hotel: Kasuitei (Hot Spring) or similar
Flower and bird lovers will surely like Matsue Vogel Park where thousands of flowers and around 80 species of birds fill one of the largest greenhouses in the world. See and interact with birds from around the world and be entertained by the various bird shows, then take a stroll amongst flowers like begonias, fuchsias and more which bloom all year round here.
Continue your appreciation of beauty when you have lunch with a view at Yuushien Garden. Most famous for its peony flowers with up to 250 varieties grown here, there are also many seasonal flowers showcased among traditional landscape garden elements like ponds, waterfalls, streams and rock gardens, creating magnificent scenes of beauty.
Established in 1980 by Adachi Zenko in order to combine his love of art and garden design, the Adachi Museum of Art houses a collection of renowned Japanese paintings, ceramics and other artwork. However, it is best known for its award-winning garden. The six stunning gardens here are said to be “as beautiful as pictures” and are indeed incredibly photogenic.
Day 05 (Mon, 25 Nov’19)
Hotel: Kasuitei (Hot Spring) or similar
Japan’s one and only museum showcasing everything about pears, the Tottori 20th Century Pear Museum is a pear paradise. Centred around a great pear tree with a branch span of 20m, the museum is replete with exhibits and information on Asian pear history and agriculture. See, and taste, the story of the Nijisseiki Pear here.
For lunch, dine at Japan’s original shabu shabu restaurant. A dish that is now available all over Japan, shabu shabu originated when the restaurant’s founder brought the style of eating thin slices of meat lightly cooked in soup to Tottori from China. Replacing mutton with Tottori’s famous Olein 55 wagyu beef, shabu shabu here is matched perfectly with a sesame sauce in a mouth-watering combination.
Next, visit the icon of Tottori, the Tottori Sand Dunes. Spanning 16km by 2km along the coast of the Sea of Japan, the naturally formed sand dunes reach up to 50m in height. Trek up to the Umanose “Horse’s Back” for outstanding views of the sea and sand ripples caused by wind sweeping across its surface.
After admiring these natural creations, head over to the Tottori Sand Museum nearby to marvel at some man-made wonders. The world’s first museum specialising in sand sculptures, masterpieces by sculptors from around the world are exhibited here. As the sculptures are made of sand, they eventually collapse, making their transience part of the attraction.
Day 06 (Tue, 26 Nov’19)
Kaike Onsen – Okayama
Hotel: Hotel Granvia Okayama or similar
Take a limited express train over to Okayama today where you will have some free and easy time to explore the city, the second largest in the Chugoku region and home to one of Japan’s top three most beautiful gardens, Korakuen. Spend your afternoon in the city or take a 15-minute train ride over to Kurashiki, a town reminiscent of a bygone era. A former rice distribution centre, Kurashiki, literally “town of storehouses”, was centred around a system of canals with storehouses and merchant houses on either side. The Edo period storehouses have now been converted into museums, boutiques and cafes, while the willow tree-lined canal and stone bridges make the area extremely picturesque.
Day 07 (Wed, 27 Nov’19)
Okayama – Hiroshima
Hotel: Hiroshima Airport Hotel or similar
This morning, pay a visit to Senkoji Temple. Part of Onomichi town’s temple walk, the prominent red-lacquered temple on the mountain is home to many temple buildings and interesting rock formations. With such a unique mountain top location, both the temple as well as its panoramic view of the town and river below are extremely picturesque.
After lunch, head to one of Japan’s famous sake brewing districts at Saijo Sakagura-dori Street. Home to shikomi mizu spring waters that are ideal for sake brewing, there are seven white-walled breweries along the street using traditional methods to produce a variety of sake, including premium daiginjo sake. There is no better place to learn about the traditional techniques and ingredients used to make good sake, or to taste some of it!
Day 08 (Thu, 28 Nov’19)
Hiroshima – Singapore
Flight back to Singapore
Assemble date: 20 Nov, Wed (SO13924)
Flight schedule: (for suggestion only, not included in tour price)
21Nov 19 SQ 5168 Singapore - Hiroshima
0145 / 0900
28Nov 19 SQ 5167 Hiroshima - Singapore
1000 / 1550
- Early Bird Discount - 3% off tour price (after other discounts) Valid for bookings made by 31st July 2019. T&C apply.
- 1st to 10th pax discount - S$ 200
- Loyalty Discount - Subject to number of times joined FMJ Tours
Tour price per person (in SGD)
Group size: 08-09 pax
Adult twin share $4,950; Adult triple share $4,850; Adult single $5,950
Child twin share $4,850; Child with Bed $4,650; Child no Bed $1,550
Group size: 10-11 pax
Adult twin share $4,750; Adult triple share $4,650; Adult single $5,750
Child twin share $4,650; Child with Bed $4,450; Child no Bed $1,550
Group size: 12 pax & above
Adult twin share $4,550; Adult triple share $4,450; Adult single $5,550
Child twin share $4,450; Child with Bed $4,250; Child no Bed $1,550
Tour price includes:
Hotel accommodation as stipulated in itinerary
Tours and Meals as stipulated in itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Tour price excludes:
Airport taxes & fuel charges (Estimated, subject to change)
Visa application fee (if any)
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 8 adults/children.
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