A land of contrasts, Japan is a fascinating destination for visitors. Combining the attractions of an ancient and unfamiliar culture with all the trappings of one of the world powerhouses in entertainment, fashion, and innovation, Japan is a journey of discovery wherever you go.
Depart for your pleasant flight to Osaka (for NH842). Our first visit today is Brewery Village Choujugura, where you find a very wide range of local produced beer and liquor. Next stop is Aramaki Rose Garden, during season you will see variety of roses spread across the garden. From here we proceed to the famous Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum. Here you see the first ever instant noodle produced in Japan and you can design your own instant noodles for a small fee. Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka
This morning after breakfast we will visit one of the most scenic spot in Kinki area. From the observation tower (Goro Sky Tower), you can enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view of Maizuru bay. Our next stop is Maizuru Toretore where you can enjoy the fresh seafood from the sea of Japan. There are also dried seafood you can purchase here. After that we proceed to Amanohashidate, a pine covered sandbar that spans at the mouth of the bay. Better known as Bridge in Heaven, the scene has been admired for centuries. Further up, we visit fishing industry at Ine Funaya Boat House. Here you see about 230 houses by the bay that gave the popular name Kyoto by the Sea. Tonight pamper yourself in one of the “onsen” (hot spring bath) within the hotel. Accommodation: Hotel in Miyazu
This morning we will visit the beautiful Kinosaki Onsen and admire the beauty of this pleasant town. There are many shops and delicious eateries to enjoy here. Our next destination is the Genbudo Cave where researchers discovered strange phenomenon of magnetism. The beautiful column joints structures formed when the lava was cold is really an amazing sight. After that, we travel to Izushi Castle Town, flourished during the Edo period some 200-300 years ago, this town is designated as a national preservation district of important buildings. The town is very famous for its buckwheat noodles (soba) and you find as many as 50 shops here. Last stop is the Himeji Castle or better known as White Heron Castle due to its appearance. Ever popular, this castle is both a national heritage and a world heritage site. Accommodation: Hotel in Himeji
Our first stop this morning is the Tegarayama Botanical Garden. Opened in 1980, there are more than 1,500 species of plants and flowers housed in two large greenhouses. There are 10 exhibitions held yearly and its a pleasant place to relax and stroll to the beauties. On our way to Kobe, we will stop at Suma-Rikyu Park. Inside this exotic park you can enjoy seasonal flowers throughout the year. From here we move to Kobe Port Tower for a photo-stop and after that, we proceed to visit the famous Kobe Chinatown. Destroyed in 1995 earthquake, it was rebuilt and is the most visited Chinatown in Japan. Accommodation: Hotel in Kobe
This morning after breakfast we will visit Sawanotsuru Sake Museum. With a rich history of 300 years, here the museum exhibits valuable sake-brewing methods. Enjoy a couple of sake and buy some home. From here, we move to Mt Rokko Garden Terrace (Mt Rokko) one of the most panoramic spots in Japan looking over Osaka Bay and the city of Kobe. This is a fine place for dining and some shopping. After that we head to Shinsaibashi, a vibrant shopping paradize with many restaurants. Accommodation: Hotel in Osaka
This morning free at leisure until your transfer to Narita / Haneda Airport to your flight back to Singapore.