icn_grueShinto mythology and end of the journey

Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Stages: Kirishima – Aoshima – Kobe – Kishiwada – KIX

Day 1 – Kirishima-Jingu and Mount Takachiho
  • Visit to the Kirishima-Jingu temple
  • Climb to the top of the sacred Mount Takachiho-no-mine
  • Evening meal and overnight stay at a traditional guest house/hotel
Day 2 – Kirishima – Miyazaki – Aoshima
  • Journey to Aoshima via Miyazaki
  • Stroll around Aoshima island, famous for its reefs and its lush vegetation, visit to a shrine in the middle of the jungle
  • Evening meal and overnight stay at a traditional guest house/hotel
Day 3 – Nichinan Seacoast
  • Journey along the wild Nichinan coast
  • Visit to the Udo-Jingu shrine (carved into a vertical cliff), short trek through the surrounding mountains
  • Journey to Obi, a former fortress town
  • Stroll through the old town, visit to the castle ruins
  • Evening meal and overnight stay at the same location as the previous day
Day 4 – Aoshima – Miyazaki – Ferry terminal
  • Journey from Aoshima to Miyazaki
  • Stroll through the city
  • Evening ferry departure to Kobe, evening meal on-board
Days 5 & 6 – Kobe – Kishiwada – Ôsaka (KIX)
  • Short sightseeing in Kobe: the European district of Kitano-Chô
  • Journey to Kishiwada, former fortress city south of Ôsaka
  • Visit to the castle, historical jewel of the city
  • Evening meal at a traditional sushi restaurant in the middle of a zen garden
  • Overnight stay at a hotel in center of Kishiwada
  • Journey to the airport
  • Return flight (not included in the tour)


Difficulty Level

Important information

  • I offer typically tours during the spring (15.03 to 31.05) and autumn (30.09 to 30.11). I do not travel to Japan during the summer because it’s too hot and rainy. I have also decided not to offer tours during the winter – traditional Japanese houses do not have central heating and I don’t want my customers to freeze.
  • The difficulty level is calculated for active travellers who are physically fit and enjoy walking/hiking.
  • For more detailed information about the Japanese accommodation system as well as further peculiarities unique to the “Land of the Rising Sun”, please refer to our brochure Tips for Travellers to Japan.
Photo credits
Most of the photos that appear in this description are the property of Fukuchan Ryoko Olivier Baubrand. All rights reserved.
A few photos, however, has been taken from Wikipedia Commons. They are titled “Wikipedia” and are subject to the licence CC BY-SA 3.0.
Owners of the rights: Kirishima-Jingu & Kobe Yamatodori © 663highland.

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