Super Value Tours - West Japan + Naoshima 10 Days_Fukuoka, Hagi, Yamaguchi, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Kotohira, Kurashiki, Naoshima, Hyogo, Arima

West Japan + Naoshima 10 Days


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Fukuoka, Hagi, Yamaguchi, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Kotohira, Kurashiki, Naoshima, Hyogo, Arima

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A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. We design our Japan Tours to give you the best balance between sightseeing and free time while avoiding tourist traps.


HIGHLIGHTS OF WEST JAPAN (Fukuoka, Hagi, Yamaguchi, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Kotohira, Kurashiki, Naoshima, Hyogo, Arima):

Kyushu - Freely explore Fukuoka, one of Japan's liveliest cities. 

Yamaguchi - Witness the ever changing beauty of the largest limestone cave in Japan, Akiyoshido.Explore one of the oldest five-storied pagodas, Rurikoji.Walk across an intimate marvel, the Iwakuni Kintai Wooden Bridge.Wear kimono and stroll in Kaikotei Zen Gardens. 

Kagawa/Ehime- Biking on the Shimanami Kaido Expressway is one of the best ways to take in the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy an optional bike excursion or relax in a local coffee shop.

Kotohira/Kotohira - Ascend the steps of Kompira-san shrine for a breathtaking view of the Sanuki Plains. 

Hiroshima (2 UNESCO sites) - Take in the best views of the famous "Floating Torii Gate" of Miyajima Island. Experience a profound visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park.

Kotohira/Naoshima Island - Tour interesting works & sculptures on Naoshima, Japan's island of art in the Seto Inland Sea, designed by famous Japanese architect Ando Tadao.

Kansai/Hyogo (1 UNESCO site) - Visit one of Japan’s national treasures, the Himeji Castle.Spend time in one of the three ancient hot springs, Arima Onsen.


Luxury Accommodations

  • Hotel Okura Fukuoka: Stay in the heart of the city - walking distance to fun local shops and delicious eateries.
  • Yuda Matsumasa Onsen: Soak in the famous open-air bath featuring spring water 100% sourced directly from the earth.
  • Sheraton Hiroshima: Just 5 minutes walking distance from Hiroshima Station, our convenient location lets you explore like a local.
  • Kotohira Grand Hotel: One of Japan's best ryokan hotels-  bathe in an open air bath filled with fragrant rose petals.  
  • Arima Grand Onsen: Arima is considered one of Japan's best hot spring towns, and the Arima Grand is the best in town. Indulge in the centuries old hot spring rich in minerals.

Hakodate: Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei –  Oceanfront ryokan with private spa in all rooms.

Culinary Experiences  

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Before a restaurant is selected for our itinerary, our development team spends countless hours sampling dozens of restaurants for comparison. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste traditional Kaiseki banquets, modern fusion, fugu (blowfish), udon, sashimi, unagi and much more!


Super Value Standard

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan.
  • Hear our tour guide clearly with high-quality headsets.
  • Unlimited bottled water is provided throughout the entire trip. 
  • Porterage service is provided (where available).


Tour Map

Depart North America for Fukuoka, Japan

Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!


Arrive in Fukuoka Airport (FUK) (20mins,4 miles) Fukuoka【Dinner】

  • “Yokoso!” or “Welcome” to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrivals area and escort you to the hotel.
  • Enjoy free time to explore Fukuoka on your own. We recommend visiting Tenjin Chikagai, an underground shopping mall in downtown Fukuoka. 
  • Airport pickup is available for flights arriving Fukuoka (FUK) from 9:50 AM - 9:30 PM
  • If your flight arrival is after 8:00 PM, we will refund 2,000 JPY per person to cover the cost of dinner. Please arrange to have dinner on your own.

DinnerKyushu Specialties HotelGrand Hyatt Fukuoka or Hotel Okura Fukuoka or Hotel Nikko Hotel


Fukuoka (2hrs, 88miles) Akiyoshi Cave (1hr, 20miles) Hagi (1½hrs, 25 miles) Yuda Onsen

【3 meals】

  • Mekari Park Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view and see the Straits of Shimonoseki, dividing Kyushu from the rest of Japan. 
  • Hagi Stroll through an old castle town known for its Hagi-yaki pottery and the birthplace of modern Japan’s forefathers.
  • Akiyoshido Witness the ever changing beauty of the largest limestone cave in Japan.
  • Rurikoji Pagoda Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful five-storied pagodas in Japan.
  • Yuda Onsen Rest your tired feet in the famous foot baths of Yuda Onsen.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchUdon Lunch DinnerTiger Pufferfish Kaiseki Banquet Dinner HotelHotel Matsumasa (Hot Spring Hotel)


Yuda Onsen (1½hrs, 65 miles) Iwakuni (1hr, 22 miles) Miyajima/Hiroshima【3 meals】

  • Saikotei Museum & Zen Gardens Change into a kimono and stroll through the Japanese style Zen garden. The Saikotei Museum embodies a wealth of Japanese history and culture not to be missed by any visitor.
  • Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge Travel across one of the tremendous engineering feats of its time. The wooden bridge stretched over 570 feet and was built without a single nail. 
  • Floating Torii Gate and Itsukushima Shrine Take a ferry across the Seto Inland Sea to Miyajima for an up-close view of the iconic floating Torii Gate and the sacred Itsukushima Shrine.


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BreakfastJapanese Style Set Course LunchIwakuni-Style Sushi Lunch DinnerKaiseki Banquet HotelMiyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto or Sheraton Hiroshima (Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice 2015 Winner)


Miyajima (1hr, 16 miles) Hiroshima【Breakfast, Lunch】

  • Miyajima Ropeway Mt. Misen, as one of Japan's Sankei (top 3 views), Miyajima is worth seeing from many angles. Hop aboard the cable car here for stunning views of the vast sea and sky before you.
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana. Encounter history at a profound memorial including the Hypocenter, A-Bomb Dome, and the Museum, dedicated to the preservation of peace.  
  • Hiroshima's small town feel makes it an ideal place to experience local cuisine independently (with the help of our suggestions of course!).


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchJapanese-Style Set Meal DinnerNot Included - Explore Hiroshima local cuisine on your own HotelSheraton Hotel Hiroshima


Hiroshima (2hrs, 71 miles) Shimanami Kaido Expressway (2hrs, 95miles) Kotohira Onsen 

【3 meals】

  • Konpira-san shrine Ascend 1,368 stone steps for an excellent bird’s eye view of the Sanuki Plain at your feet. A visit here is considered a must-do for many Japanese people. 
  • Shimanami Kaido Expressway Travel across the Seto Inland Sea on a seaside bike tour or visit the Kosan-Ji Temple, a Buddhist temple built to resemble many of Japan's most famous temples. 


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchSeafood Meal DinnerKaiseki Banquet HotelKotohira Grand Hotel (Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013-2018 Winner)


Kotohira Onsen (1hr, 24 miles) Mt. Washuzan Observatory (1hr, 18 miles) Kurashiki 【3 meals】

  • Great Seto Bridge Memorial Park Get a close-up view of world's longest two-tiered bridge. Spanning over eight miles, this monumental engineering feat is comprised of six consecutive bridges connecting five islands in the Seto Inland Sea. 
  • Mt. Washuzan Observatory Cross the Great Seto Bridge to Mt. Washuzan Lookout Point for spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and the Great Seto Bridge. 
  • Kurashiki Bikan Freetime to experience the historic town of Kurashiki Bikan. The city offers a blend of the traditional Edo-period and modern Western influence against the backdrop of beautiful canals. Take some time and browse through local boutiques and cafes in the historical quarter or travel down the canal on a boat.


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchKorean Yakiniku DinnerFrench Cuisine HotelKurashiki Kokusai Hotel or Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel


Kurashiki (45mins, 15 miles)Uno Port  (20mins, 3 miles)Naoshima(20mins, 3 miles)Uno Port(45mins, 15 miles) Kurashiki【3 meals】

  • Art House Project - visit a fascinating art installation in Naoshima's Honmura district - a collection of seven reclaimed homes repurposed into surprising works of art.
  • Chichu Art Museum designed by acclaimed Japanese architect, Mr. Tadao Ando, this unique art museum is constructed mostly underground to avoid disrupting beautiful natural scenery of the surrounding Seto Inland Sea.
  • Lee Ufan Museum - one of the more recent additions to Naoshima, this small, contemplative gallery features works by the Korean contemporary artist Lee Ufan. 
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BreakfastJapanese Style Set Course LunchLunch at local restaurant DinnerDinner at local restaurant HotelKurashiki Kokusai Hotel or Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel


Kurashiki (1½hrs, 104 miles) Himeji (30mins, 14 miles) Arima Onsen【3 meals】

  • Himeji Castle Explore the grounds of one of the best-preserved castles and a national treasure of Japan. (In the case of closure, we will visit Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.)
  • Arima Grand Onsen: Arima is one of Japan’s Sanmeisen (top 3 hot springs) towns and one of the oldest. Enjoy a quintessential Japanese experience here with luxurious tatami-floored rooms, breathtaking scenery, and indulge in relaxing hot springs.


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchUnagi Rice Pot DinnerArima Kaiseki Banquet Dinner HotelArima Grand Hotel (2015-2018 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence)


Arima Onsen (2hrs, 56 miles) Osaka sadYour destination

  • In the morning, we leave Arima onsen together and disband in Kansai (KIX) airport. Please arrange flights departing from KIX after 12:55PM.
  • “Sayonara” or "Goodbye"! Our West Japan tour has come to an end.

BreakfastJapanese or Western Buffet in Hotel


Once the capital of the Mori Clan, Hagi was the home to some Shogunate-era political activists who led Japan’s modernization in the late 19th century. Situated along the coast of the Sea of Japan, this old castle town is also known for its Hagiyaki pottery. Hagi-yaki pottery is considered one of the finest in Japan and is highly regarded as the preferred tea ware for tea ceremonies. 


Located within the Akiyoshido Quasi-National Park are Japan’s largest and longest limestone caves. The Akiyoshido cave boasts the highest concentration of karst formation in the Akiyoshidai plateau. Stretching across 10 kilometers, the Akiyoshido cave took over 300,000 years to form. Currently, only one kilometer is open to the public. Guests can expect to see breathtaking limestone pools, underground waterfalls, and spectacular natural rock formations.

Rurikoji Pagoda

Beloved by locals and tourists alike, the Ruriko-Ji Pagoda in the city of Yamaguchi is one of Japan’s National Treasures. Built in 1442, this Buddhist temple showcases the beauty of Ouchi culture and is one of the oldest five-tiered pagodas in Japan. Wander through the surrounding manicured gardens, see the reflection of the pagoda in the pond, feel the serenity amongst the cherry and maple trees. The beauty of this hidden gem is dazzling. 

Saikotei Museum & Zen Gardens

Gion Saikotei was an expensive traditional Japanese style restaurant in business from 1877 to 1996. For more than a century, the restaurant served as a place for business, politics, and pleasure. In 2004, the building was restored and transformed into a museum hosting many historical artifacts, calligraphy writings, and other artwork. 

Iwakuni Kintai Bridge

The Iwakuni Kintai wooden bridge spans the Nishiki River with five arches. Commissioned in 1673 by the feudal lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, it was constructed without a single nail and is resistant to floods. It is an achievement admired by many and a proud symbol of Iwakuni. 

Seto Inland Sea

The Seto Inland Sea is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Japan and was designated as a national park in 1934. It is peppered with over 3,000 pine-studded islands and islets of all sizes. The Inland Sea is surrounded by the main islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Super Value Tours have carefully arranged the itinerary to allow our guests to truly appreciate the unmatched natural scenic beauty of the Inland Sea from all the best locations. Our visit to the Itsukushima shrine, Shimanami Kaido Expressway, and Mt. Washuzan lookout point provide the most spectacular views of the Inland Sea.  

Itsukushima Shrine and Floating Torii Gate

The Itsukushima shrine is located on the island of Itsukushima or Miyajima meaning Shrine Island. In front of the Shinto shrine is the famous floating Torii Gate sitting in the Seto Inland Sea. The shrine and torii gate has been serving as a sacred religious site since 1168 when Taira no Kiyomori, the most powerful warlord at the time, selected the site for his clan’s family shrine. The shrine and torii gate is built over water and appear to be floating during high tide. During low tide, visitors can walk out and see the majestic wood columns of the gate up close. The combination of picturesque beauty and human ingenuity makes this shrine a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan's Sankei (top 3 views).

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The memorial park is both awesome and heart-wrenching. Walk through the park and see monuments, memorials, and museums that commemorate the passionate desire for world peace after the deadly nuclear attack. Visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (A-Bomb Dome). It was the only building left standing after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and is preserved in its original state. Today, it serves as a powerful reminder of the suffering and victims lost caused by the nuclear attack.


Shimanami Kaido Expressway

The 60km long Shimanami Kaido expressway, built in 1999, connects six islands in the Seto Inland Sea from Onomichi City in Hiroshima prefecture to Imabari City in the Ehime prefecture. Savor the sea breeze and splendid views as you bike across the islands on the first three consecutive suspension bridges in the world.

Kompira-san Shrine

The Kompira-san Shrine is located on the slopes of Mt. Zozu. The Shinto shrine is said to keep sailors and seafarers safe. One must climb 785 steps to reach the main shrine, but for the best bird’s eye view of the Sanuki Plain and the Inland Sea at your feet, one must ascend an additional 583 stone steps to reach the very top and the inner shrine.

The Great Seto Bridge and Mt. Washuzan

The Great Seto Bridge was constructed over the course of 10 years. It stretches across five islands in the Seto Inland Sea and connects Okayama and Kagawa prefectures. This 13.1 km bridge is the world’s longest double deck bridge. Travel across the Great Seto Bridge to Mt. Washuzan lookout point for an unforgettable panoramic view of the Inland Sea and its many islands.


During the Edo period (1603-1867), the city of Kurashiki was a hub in the rice distribution system in Japan.  A canal system was developed and used for the transportation of rice and other goods between storehouses and nearby ports before exporting it to different parts of Japan. Kurashiki is a charming historical town that can be characterized by weeping willows lining the canals and storehouses built with white walls and black tiles. Today, a part of the canal system is preserved in the Bikan Historical Quarter along with storehouses that are now cafes and shops. 


Naoshima, in the Seto Inland Sea, is a special art island featuring stunning underground architecture, art museums and interesting sculptures.  Let's explore Naoshima's underground galleries together, and figure out the discovery of "puzzles" together!

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs resorts in Japan dating back to the 7th century. It is regarded as one of Japan's Sanmeisen (top 3 hot springs). The hot springs are rich in natural minerals that are said to have many health benefits. Close in proximity to Kobe and Osaka, Arima onsen is the perfect weekend gateway spot for the locals. 

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Directly connected to Canal City Hakata, one of the biggest shipping complexes in the city, the Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is right in the heart of the city and walking distance to many attractions, including Hakata train station. The large luxurious rooms ensure you will have a comfortable stay in Fukouka.

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

Located next to major shopping and entertainment venues in the heart of Fukuoka, the Nikko luxury hotel is just 5 minutes from Fukuoka Airport via subway. Japan Rail and local subway lines are accessible in nearby Hakata station which is just a 3-minute walk.

Fukuoka Okura

Conveniently located in the commercial and shopping district of the Kyushu Tenjin area, this 5-star hotel combines historic charm, modern amenities, and impeccable service. It is hands down in the best location of Fukuoka

Matsumasa Onsen

Situated in the center of Yuda Onsen Resort, Matsumasa Onsen offers exceptional convenience, hospitality, and comfort. During your stay, try the “hand onsen” and take a dip in the famous open-air bath that is 100% sourced directly from the earth. 

Sheraton Hiroshima

Centrally located in Hiroshima, this 4-star hotel is located within walking distance from the Japan Rail Hiroshima Station which offers direct access to the bullet train and bus stations. Spacious rooms, modern amenities, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed are just a few of the special touches you can expect from a Sheraton

Kotohira Grand Hotel

Located at the foot of Konpira shrine, this is one of the best ryokan hotels in Japan. This ryokan is not only walking distance to the Konpira Temple and the Kabuki Theater, but its open-air hot spring is also strategically positioned to overlook Mt. Zozu. The female guests are in for a treat! Ladies can indulge in “Hana-buro,” an open air bath filled with fragrant rose petals.

Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel

Located in the city center, this hotel is just a short stroll to the Kurashiki bikan old quarter. It is also adjacent to the Ohara Museum of Art, and the hotel itself is a part of the museum attracting many international art enthusiasts. 

Arima Grand Onsen

One of the three most famous hot springs in Japan, Arima Grand Onsen is situated on a hillside overlooking the town of Arima. Continuing the centuries old tradition of natural hot baths, this ryokan’s spring water is said to be rich in iron and provides many health benefits to past Emperors and current guests alike. 

  • Udon Lunch

  • Iwakuni Style Sushi Lunch

  • Kaiseki banquet Dinner

  • Unagi Lunch Set

  • Tiger Pufferfish (Fugu) Kaiseki Banquet
  • French Cuisine

Thomas I. - La Cañada Flintridge, CA( Apr 25, 2018 )


Our family recently returned from a Super Value Tours 9 day vacation to West Japan. The tour group was led by Mr Colin Wu, who was amiable and knowledgeable of the history and customs of the areas visited.

The tour exceeded all of our expectations. Hotels ranged from 5 star hotels to Onsen Hotels. The meals featured the specialties of the different regions and included puffer fish, eel, oysters and noodles. We were also treated to a French fusion cuisine dinner.
One day we were scheduled to ride a ropeway to the top of the mountain. However because of the winds and the weather, the ropeway was closed. We were surprised and delighted to receive a rebate for the cancelled ride.
The trip included visits to 3 UNESCO World heritage sites. At the conclusion of the trip everyone in our family said they would like to return to Japan on another Super Value Tour. I would highly recommend this travel organization.

Lindy M. - Wellington, FL( Jul 29, 2017 )

(From facebook)

My traveling companion and I compared about 9 different tour companies before picking Super Value tours for Japan. We put two tours back-to-back, Classic Japan and Western Japan and had a terrific time!

I highly recommend Super Value Tours if you are planning on traveling any place they go! I am looking forward to them expanding their horizons to other countries! Many thanks for exceeding expectations!

Frances T. - Long Beach, CA( Apr 8, 2017 )

(From guest email)

Thank you for arranging our tour.  We, had a great time, ate well, and enjoyed very much.  Although the sakura bloom was just starting and little too early in some areas,  we did see some in bloom before the end of our trip around Onomichi/Kosanji temple (very young trees with pink blossoms)and Himeji Castle (older trees with white flowers).  That was just a plus to our great trip.

Junko is a very knowledgeable, fun, patient, and helpful tour guide.  She in my opinion was the best.  She has a very out-going and lively personality.  She goes out of her way to make everyone comfortable, happy, and have a great experience.  I give Junko a lot of credit to accompany everyone on ascending and descending steep walks and stairs on every tour besides ours.   She made sure everyone was together and comfortable.   She bought us sweet oranges for snacking on our bus ride to Kotohira.

Junko also took many pictures of our tour group and sent them to us by email.  She is a very kind, thoughtful, and great tour guide who does her job well and respect everyone. I miss her already as a good friend.  

The Hatsune onsen at the Arima Grand Hotel in Kobe, was the best onsen experience for me.  

I can't wait to book another Supervalue tour with you....maybe Hokkaido in the future.

Thank you Sachi from me and my girlfriends.

Minako B.( May 31, 2015 )


We did 3 previous Japan tours with other companies.  They were okay to not very good.  They made us want to see more of Japan with better tour companies.

Our first Super Value tour was the 10-Day TAIWAN Island with Andrew Pai.  Very good tour and Andrew was excellent.  I decided to try Super Value Tours for Japan.

October 2014, we did the HOKKAIDO tour covering southern Hokkaido and Tohoku (northern Honshu).  Excellent tour with two of Super Value's best tour guides--Akira and Maiko.  Both Western and Japanese-style lodging and food were excellent.

April 6, 2015, we did the WEST JAPAN tour--best Japan tour ever!  We stayed at 4 incredible onsen hotels with 4 kaiseki banquet dinners--a huge draw for us.  All Lodging was excellent as well as the multi-course meals. 

Super Value Tours is the ONLY one I will use for Japan and Asia as their high standards are very consistent with all tours.