Chugoku + Shikoku 7-Day Tour

This tour is centred on the Chugoku and Shikoku regions which are popular among the Japanese for the local culture and beautiful scenery, yet they remain relatively undiscovered by foreigners. These regions are so much different from the famous Golden Route (Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo). We hope that the winners can have an authentic experience in Japan and understand the local cultures through this tour.

Tour Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
DAY 1         23 Oct 2018 (Tuesday)
DAY 2         24 Oct 2018 (Wednesday)
DAY 3         25 Oct 2018 (Thursday)
DAY 4         26 Oct 2018 (Friday)
DAY 5         27 Oct 2018 (Saturday)
DAY 6         28 Oct 2018 (Sunday)
DAY 7         29 Oct 2018 (Monday)
  • Night
    • Singapore → Haneda Airport (JAL)
  • Afternoon
    • Haneda Airport → Izumo Airport (JAL)
    • View the sunset at Lake Shinji
  • Evening
    • Dinner: Kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner)
  • Morning
    • Visit Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine
  • Afternoon
    • Lunch: Eel dishes
    • Go pear picking and visit Tottori Sand Dunes
  • Evening
    • Dinner: Hamayaki (seafood BBQ)
  • Morning
    • Tottori → Hiroshima (by train and Shinkansen)
  • Afternoon
    • Lunch: Train bento
    • Board the ferry to Miyajima
    • Visit Itsukushima Shrine
  • Evening
    • Dinner: Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki
  • Morning
    • Hiroshima → Okayama (by Shinkensen)
    • Visit Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
  • Afternoon
    • Lunch: Taka-kibi (Indian millet) noodles & mamakarizushi (herring sushi)
    • Visit Great Seto Bridge
  • Evening
    • Dinner: Chicken dishes
  • Morning
    • Visit Kazurabashi Bridge of Iya and Oboke and Koboke Gorges
  • Afternoon
    • Lunch: Sweetfish set meal
    • Take a stroll around Udatsu Old Street
  • Evening
    • Dinner: Awaodori (local chicken) shabu shabu set meal
  • Morning
    • Visit Naruto Whirlpools
  • Afternoon
    • Lunch: Kappo (traditional way of cooking Japanese cuisine) buffet
    • Visit Awaji Hanasajiki (botanical garden) and Awa Odori Kaikan (museum)
  • Evening
    • Dinner: Japan gourmet hall
    • Tokushima Airport → Haneda Airport (JAL)
    • Haneda Airport → Singapore (JAL)
Arrive at Singapore Changi Airport

Day1 Singapore to Shimane

Sunset at Lake Shinji

Located just 15 minutes away from Izumo Airport is Lake Shinji, which is well known as a spectacular spot for watching sunsets. The winners did not manage to see the sunset due to the weather unfortunately, but it felt nice with the temperature being 16 degrees Celsius and the comfortable breeze from the massive lake helped to heal their travel fatigue.

Kaiseki Dinner

Enjoyed a traditional Japanese kaiseki dinner, which included dishes such as sashimi, grilled fish, and tempura. It was pure enjoyment for the eyes and the tongue as the winners enjoyed the Japanese meal in a tasteful tatami room with beautiful tableware.

Day2 Shimane to Tottori

Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine

Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine is famous for its god of marriage/luck. The place was filled with tourists and the sheer size of the Shinto straw festoon at Kaguraden was overwhelming.

Pear Picking

Tottori prefecture is known for its production of pears. The pears tasted so sweet that it was unbelievable, and the juices dripped out when they were cut.

Tottori Sand Dunes

This is the place to be when you talk about Tottori! Tottori sand dunes are the beautiful work of nature and are sure to take your breath away with how endless they appear to be. You can see the Sea of Japan behind the dunes, and the sunset was extremely beautiful. The winners hopped onto a camel ride and gained some precious memories.

Day3 Tottori to Hiroshima

Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine

Took the train and changed to the shinkansen to go to Hiroshima Prefecture, before heading over to Itsukushima Shrine by boarding a ferry to Miyajima. The winners were able to walk to the giant torii gate since they were there during low tide this time around. It is incredible how the historical buildings contrasted with the nature in their background! There are also stores set up in the grounds where you can enjoy Hiroshima specialties, such as momiji manju and fried oysters.

Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Dinner

Okonomiyaki is the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about Hiroshima. The okonomiyaki here is different from that in Osaka in various ways, such as the ingredients used, grilling method, and seasoning used. One of the biggest features is that noodles are included in okonomiyaki in Hiroshima. As a popular Hiroshima speciality, the okonomiyaki definitely tasted amazing with its fluffy batter and chewy noodles!

Day4 Hiroshima, Okayama and Kagawa

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Boarded the shinkansen to Okayama Prefecture, and the winners headed over first to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter which used to be a flourishing castle town. The contrast between the canal and the white-walled buildings was so beautiful.

Local Okayama Dishes for Lunch

Okayama is famous for its millet cuisine. The winners enjoyed millet noodles with millet kneaded into the dough, as well as mamakarizushi, which is nigiri sushi made with pickled herring.

Great Seto Bridge

The winners headed over to Kagawa Prefecture by crossing the Great Seto Bridge from Okayama Prefecture. With a total length of 9.4km, the Great Seto Bridge is a bridge that passes through the middle of the Seto Inland Sea. Be in awe at the natural landscape that looked beautiful both close up and from a distance away.

Uchiwanominato Museum

Marugame City in Kagawa Prefecture is famous for its production of Japanese fans. The winners learnt how the craftsmen hand make the fans from bamboo over here, and also had the experience of making the fans themselves.

Marugame Castle

Marugame Castle is known for its huge stone walls that are the highest in Japan. The incredible sight of Marugame City was spread out before their eyes as they climbed up the slope to the castle tower. It feels spectacular to be there to look at the mountain ranges, which include the tallest peak in Tokushima Prefecture, Mount Tsurugi.

Dinner of Chicken Dishes

Honetsukidori – the hidden specialty of Kagawa Prefecture. Young chickens taste soft, juicy, and are easy to eat, whereas the grown chicken is crispy and has a full-bodied taste that spreads throughout your mouth with each bite.

Day5 Tokushima

Kazura Bridge/ Statue of the Peeing Boy of Iya and Oboke and Koboke Gorges

Headed over to Tokushima Prefecture, and they first visited the Kazura Bridge in the unexplored Iya valley. The spaces between the trees at the bottom were wide and they could cross the bridge while holding on to the handrail. The grilled salted sweetfish that were sold by the river also tasted exceptionally delicious as they were surrounded by nature! There is also a Statue of the Peeing Boy in the mountain pass.

Udatsu Old Street

The winners took a stroll in Udatsu Old Street which retains the look and feel of the Edo period. The street delivers the perfect harmony between the white walls, tiles, and wooden fittings. Old private houses and cafes line the street, and there was also a place where they could experience umbrella making.

Awa Odori Kaikan (Museum)

Learnt about the history and culture of Awa Odori of Tokushima Prefecture, which is said to be one of the three largest dances in Japan, in this museum. The winners appreciated the dance performance, before going up on to the stage where they were taught the basic steps of Awa Odori and danced all together!

Day6 Tokushima & Awaji Island

Naruto Whirlpools

Boarded a cruise ship to see the whirlpools, and managed to get a good view of them even though it was near the end of the viewing time. The weather was fantastic, and the sea breeze felt comfortable and refreshing. They also enjoyed the scenery of the Naruto Strait from 45m high up on the maritime path, Uzu no Michi, where they could see the sea through the glass bottom.

Awaji Hanasajiki (Botanical Garden)

The winners were amazed by the flower garden that was spread out before their eyes! The bright red salvias and pink cosmos were beautiful in full bloom, and they enjoyed the view of the streets of Awaji and the sea in its background.

Day7 Back to Singapore
with the wonderful memories

Back to Singapore
with the wonderful memories
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