8 days / 7 nights
Max 16 People
Limited Express + Local Train + Private Coach + Ferry
TOUR CODE: YAA
Discover the beauty of Kansai region with Kintetsu railway
This is a premium opportunity to experience some of Japan’s best sightseeing limited express trains; Blue Symphony, Shimakaze, & Kintetsu Ise-Shima Liner, all of them operated by Kintetsu Railway. Your journey begins in the vibrant city of Osaka, and you will continue on to explore all of the must-see sights in Kansai. From the World Heritage sites of ancient Kyoto and Nara, to the natural beauty of Ise-Shima and the fantastic local food scene including a Michelin Star dinner while enjoying the premium railway experience.
Embark on an unforgettable journey with our fully-escorted tour.
Take the premium limited express train Shimakaze on the way back from Ise. This will be a scenic journey full of luxury and comfort after a bliss trip in Ise-Shima. The train offers high quality comfort with deluxe seating complete with extra-large windows, plus access to a café car.
Learn about Shimakaze
Indulge in the ocean’s rich blessings; beautiful dishes of abalone, Ise lobster and more when dining at Shima Kanko Hotel’s French restaurant. This restaurant served the world leaders at the G7 Summit in 2016 and is experienced in luxury dining.
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It’s time to head to Iga and learn all the secrets of the Ninja – discover this unique side of Japanese history. Iga is the birthplace of the legendary Ninja. Tour around the Ninja trick house and be entertained by their hilarious performance.
Travel in luxury aboard the Blue Symphony limited express to Mt. Yoshino, a World Heritage site with stunning seasonal changes. With its deep and vibrant blue body, wide deluxe seats and special onboard facilities, this elegant train provides a superior level of comfort for your journey.
Learn about Blue Symphony
The Ama are professional skin-divers in Japan who have been trading for 2,000 years. There are about 500 Ama live and dive for a living in the region. You can visit their hut to have some locally-caught fresh seafood, grilled in the traditional Irori fireplace for you. The perfect opportunity to learn from them about their way of life – a one of a kind experience.
A rare opportunity to spend an evening enjoying performances by maiko (apprentice geisha) and savour Kyoto’s famed ‘kaiseki‘ multi-course dinner with drinks. Take part in traditional geisha games for a true Japanese experience.
Welcome to Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan!
Your tour escort will greet you at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka*.
The welcome dinner in the evening features ‘Okonomiyaki’ – Osaka’s favourite dish, as well as seafood and steak in Teppanyaki style.
Watch the chefs prepare your order on the grill right in front of you!
*Please arrive at the hotel by 6 pm.
*Alternatively, you can also meet up with the tour escort to assist you with getting to the hotel if you are arriving at Osaka-Itami airport between 9 am to 11 am.
Let’s begin this rail journey with the Ninja city, Iga.
Visit Iga Ueno castle constructed in the 17th century, feel the power of samurai lords who employed ninjas for convert missions. At Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum, be guided to a Ninja house and discover all about their traps: fake hallways, hidden doors and escape routes. You will be amazed by the authentic Ninja performance featuring actual weapons. You can even test your shuriken-weapon throwing skill!
As we return to Osaka, we will take you to Dotonbori, one of Osaka’s most iconic areas. Dotonbori is an energetic, chaotic blur of neon lights, people, outrageous oversized restaurant signs with food, food and more food! Please enjoy Osaka street food like takoyaki (octopus balls), kushi katsu (deep-fried skewers) as you like.
Today you will board the luxurious limited express train, Blue Symphony and enjoy a supreme railway experience all the way to Yoshino. Take the cable car up to visit Kinpusenji Temple, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. and the second largest wooden structure in Japan.
After enjoying Yoshino’s local dishes for lunch, discover the spectacular views in the area with plenty of photogenic spots.
Returning to Osaka, immerse yourself into the panorama of the city from the observatory deck of Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan.
Pack an overnight bag for an Ise-Shima trip! Sit back and enjoy the comfort of Kintetsu Ise-Shima Liner while viewing the stunning landscapes along the way. Stepping off the train in Ise-Shima, you will explore the Okage Yokocho district, with its traditional Japanese townscapes offering lots to see and eat! After a visit to the sacred Ise Grand Shrine, indulge yourself at a Michelin star French restaurant for dinner at the hotel, the host of 2016 G7 summit with impeccable hospitality.
Wake up to a spectacular view of Ago Bay. Enjoy a 50-minute, fully immersive sightseeing cruise with a short stop-over at a pearl factory, before heading to a scenic drive to visit the Ama hut, where professional skin-divers live and dive for a living. On arrival, the Ama women will serve you a fresh seafood barbecue. During your visit, you have the unique opportunity of speaking to the Ama women and getting to know their stories. At the Mikimoto Pearl Island, you will get to witness the Ama’s diving performance and lean all about pearl products.
Travel back to Osaka in comfort by Shimakaze, a sightseeing limited express with deluxe seatings, extra-large windows, and a café car.
Hassle-free luggage transfer from Osaka to Kyoto!
After checking out of the hotel, we will head to Nara. The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Todai-Ji Temple that houses a 15-meter tall bronze Buddha and has the one of the world’s largest wooden buildings, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine with a calm forest path lined with stone lanterns. Take a lovely stroll among many deer in Nara Park.
On arrival at Kyoto by train, check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day exploring the streets or relaxing at the hotel. Complimentary shuttle-bus service from the hotel to downtown Kyoto is also available.
A private coach will take you on a sightseeing tour through Kyoto’s most iconic sights.
We will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kinkakuji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple, as well as Fushimi Inari Taisha with its iconic thousands of vermilliion torii gates across the narrow pathway to the mountain top.
Also, in Arashiyama, hop on a rickshaw and glide through stunning bamboo forests and the picture perfect “Moon crossing” bridge with your friendly driver-guide.
At the last dinner, spend the evening at an elegant restaurant surrounded by beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens and enjoy a Kaiseki meal. And as a truly rare experience, be entertained over dinner by a maiko – a geisha apprentice – with a performance featuring games and music.
The tour concludes after the final breakfast.
Enjoy reminiscing and making plans on what to explore next time!
Premium Twin / Premium King
Directly connected to Uehonmachi train station, Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels provides a hassle-free travel experience. Quality contemporary room has all the essentials for a comfortable stay.
Shima Kanko Hotel The Classic, also operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels, was the venue for G7 Summit in 2016. Its stunning view overlooking beautiful Ago Bay and impeccable hospitality is beyond description. Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service.
Deluxe Twin / Deluxe King
Founded in 1890, Westin Miyako Kyoto is renowned for its tradition and high-quality hospitality. They offer complimentary shuttle-bus service to downtown Kyoto. The nearby subway station is just a 3-minute walk away. It is also operated by Kintetsu Miyako Hotels.
For 2022 departure
16 April – 23 April
(TOUR CODE: YAA16042S)
14 May – 21 May
(TOUR CODE: YAA14052S)
28 May – 04 June
(TOUR CODE: YAA28052N)
11 June – 18 June
(TOUR CODE: YAA11062S)
25 June– 02 July
(TOUR CODE: YAA25062N)
Group size: Min 6 people / Max 16 people
*Please contact us for our solo traveller rates and triple-share rates.
*This tour is designed for children aged 15 years old and up.
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Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) is an ATAS accredited travel agent in Australia, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. In Australia, we specialise in arranging Corporate and Group Travel for businesses, schools, religious groups and cultural organisations. We have Travel Centres in Sydney and Melbourne serving our Australian customers and offices in Cairns, Gold Coast and Auckland handling Japanese inbound tours. We are also an authorised travel agent to sell Japan Rail Pass and Kintetsu Rail Pass in Australia
Kintetsu International belongs to the travel arm of the Kintetsu Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate which operates a major Japanese rail system, bus & freight forwarding companies, department stores, restaurants & hotel chains. We have more than 150 offices in Japan and more than 40 overseas offices worldwide. Utilising our global network, we guide our customers to every location around the globe with quality and dependable services.