PLAN

6 DAYS

PRICE FROM

660,000 JPY per person (for a group of 2 people)
Pricing is for double occupancy and standard grade hotels or ryokan

OVERVIEW

The best area to visit in Nara during summer is the southern area with the valleys. It is an extremely refreshing place for your mind and body to unwind while hiking and listening to the murmur of streams. Taste cool natural water from Dorogawa natural spring which is one of the Japan’s top 100 spring water. Enjoy the quiet and serene southern Nara.
You will get to stay in a temple lodging at Mt. Koya.

ITINERARY

  1. Day 1: Kansai International Airport - Nara city
  2. Day 2: Nara city - Sakurai city
  3. Day 3: Nara city - Tenkawa village
  4. Day 4: Tenkawa village - Mt.Koya
  5. Day 5: Mt.Koya - Osaka city
  6. Day 6: Osaka - Kansai International airport
  • DAY1

    Kansai International Airport - Nara city

    Welcome to Japan! We will pick you up from the airport and drive off to Nara Prefecture. Enjoy a beautiful art created by Japanese craftsmen and experience Japanese culture by visiting Ryouzampaku, an authentic Japanese restaurant where they create seasonal dishes with amazing taste and beauty and Kikuichi Cutlery, an authentic sword and knife manufacturer Kikuchi Monju and his shop – the only sword maker who was allowed to carve chrysanthemum, a clan symbol of Japanese royal family onto their products by the emperor 400 years ago. Stroll through Naramachi area where streets are full of old merchants’ houses and shops, and make a visit to a Japanese Sweets master, Nakanishi Yosaburo and experience Japanese sweets making, following examples by the master confectioner. Those who wish to explore Naramachi area more can visit a calligraphy ink manufacturer and vendor with history, or taste a very popular fluffy shaved ice with sauce and topping of your choice.

  • DAY2

    Nara city - Sakurai city

    Start off your day by exploring the area with a history of longer than 1,000 years and experience the ancient city where you feel like as if you are traveling back in time. The first stop is at Hase-dera Temple, which is famous for seasonal flowers and a picturesque Five-Story Pagoda with a height of 200 meter. In summer, the green maple leaves, 3,000 hydrangeas, clematis are at its peak and visitors are rewarded with stunning views from the temple. The main hall is usually not open to the public, however, you will have an exclusive private tour, guided specially by a monk of the temple. Touch the foot of Kannon (Bodhisattva) statue, which is said to grant you a wish. Then visit Murouji Temple, which has a stunning Five-Story Pagoda, main hall, and many Buddhist statues, all designated as national treasures.

  • DAY3

    Nara city - Tenkawa village

    You will visit Mitarai Keikoku valley, an amazingly beautiful valley with an emerald-colored river going through it. The cool natural water from Dorogawa natural spring tastes very sweet and is listed in Japan’s top 100 spring water. On the way there, visit a farmer’s market in Yoshino area. Drive to Dorogawa Onsen Hot Spring Resort area, and enjoy lunch at Kiraku Kyubei, a restaurant founded in 1917 and very popular among local people as well, overlooking the clear stream of Dorogawa River. After lunch, visit Menfudo Limestone Cave where the average temperature remains 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the year and enjoy the cool temperature and the beautiful soda straws! Afterwards, collect cool mineral water at Gorogoro-mizu water spring rest area and visit Tenkawa Daibenzaitensha Shrine which is famous for Noh play and worshipped for success in art and entertainment. Enjoy your stay at Dorogawa Onsen Kadojin, an authentic Ryokan with private hot spring bath in the open air!

  • DAY4

    Tenkawa village - Mt.Koya

    Today, you will explore Gojo Shin Machi, a town prospered during the Edo period with a history of 400 years and full of old wooden townhouses. Enjoy lunch at a newly renovated townhouse “Genpei” which was built around 250 years ago, where fresh local produces will be served. Then, move to Mt. Koya. Koya-san or Mount Koya is a very sacred place for Japanese Buddhism where currently has 117 temples and 52 are used for lodging for all visitors. Walk through a huge compound of Kongobuji Temple, a temple that is an entry to the entirety of Mt. Koya. Visit the Main Gate, the oldest building in the temple grounds, and Konpon Daito, a pagoda built to embody the esoteric Shingon teachings. Experience a Japanese authentic cuisine Shojin Ryori (vegetarian cuisine originally derived from the dietary restrictions of Buddhist monks) and rest well at one of the temple quarters.

  • DAY5

    Mt.Koya - Osaka city

    Venture to the impressive Okuno-in cemetery. It extends about 2km from Ichinohashi Bridge to the site of the mausoleum of Kobo Diashi, who founded Mt. Koya and was a highly respected Buddhist monk as a center for Shingon Buddhist training about 12 centuries ago. Pay respect and feel the quiet and spiritual place.
    Afterwards, head ‘back’ to the modern day and the modern big city, Osaka. Stroll the southern part of Osaka City, including Shinsaibashi area, the liveliest area for gourmet and shopping. You can freely wander around and enjoy lunch of your choice and shopping. This area is known for long and covered market streets where anything you wish to buy and any kind of food from street food to luxury cuisines are can be found.
    At around 15:30, private transfer to the hotel of your choice, in the south or the north part of the city.

  • DAY6

    Osaka - Kansai International airport

    With all the great memories and souveniors, we will drive you back to Kansai International Airport.

PLAN

6 DAYS

PRICE FROM

660,000 JPY per person (for a group of 2 people)
Pricing is for double occupancy and standard grade hotels or ryokan

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