Opulent Journeys

Rail Tour of Southern Japan for Train Enthusiasts

04 May - 19 May 2019

From (AUD)

$5,125

16 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview

Following the very successful journey through Northern Japan in May 2018, a second tour of similar duration has been arranged to cover the Southern half of Japan in May 2019, utilising the 14 day JR Rail Pass as a base for travel. There will be a great mix of trains including Shinkasen, Cross Country Services, Private and Tourist lines including two Steam Hauled Trains.
This tour will start in Osaka and cover lines to the South East on the main Island of Honshu before crossing to Shikoku for a circuit of the Island’s scenic railways. Continuing on to Kyushu, we will visit Cape Sata, the most southern point of Japan, to complete our end to end tour of the country. Our overnight stays will be in hotels close to railway stations and there will be a variety of smaller cities visited along with the larger cities of Osaka, Okayama, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Hakata, and Hiroshima. Our journey will end in Tokyo.
For those who travelled with us this year and enjoyed the experience, we hope we can encourage you to join us in 2019 to complete the rail tour of Japan, enjoying some of the railways in the Southern half of Japan.

 
Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    

                               

Per person, twin share                               $5,125
Single room supplement $515

 *Tour price is Land Only, starts in Osaka and finishes in Tokyo.

What's Included

Tour inclusions:

  • 14 Days Japan Rail Pass
  • 15 nights accommodation at well-appointed hotels with breakfast daily
  • English speaking local guides as per itinerary
  • Meals and entrance fees as stated in the itinerary

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Drinks, personal expenses and anything not mentioned

 

Fitness Level - Active

Tour participants will need to carry their own luggage, board trains multiple times unaided, walk a kilometre plus, and navigate uneven surfaces including stairs.

 

To enquire or book this tour, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

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Itinerary
Arrive Osaka. Make your own way to the hotel and check in. 
(Meals: B)
After breakfast meet in the hotel lobby. Meet our guide who will take us on a morning City Tour including the Osaka Castle. After lunch depart for Osaka Station to travel to Wakayama and Shingu. On the JR Kishuji Rapid and the Wakayama Ltd Express Kuroshio 17.
(Meals: B)
From Shingu we join the Limited Express Wide View Nanki 4 to Matsusaka. Then a journey on the Kintetsu Limited Express to Kashikojima and return to Matsusaka and Osaka via Tsuruhashi.
(Meals: B, D)
A short ride from Osaka to Shin Osaka to join the Shinkansen Sakura 549 to Okayama. Change trains to the Limited Express Shiokaze 7 to Imabari, our first stop on our journey around Shikoku. After a lunch break we join Shiokaze 9 for Matsuyama, where we transfer to the Limited Express Uwakai 17 to our overnight stay at Uwajima.
(Meals, B, D)

Continuing our travels on Shikoku, we depart Uwajima on the JR Yodo line for a 2 hour journey to Kubokawa where we change trains to the Limited Express Ashizuri 4 for Kochi. A lunch break here before returning to Okayama via the Oboke Gorge on Limited Express Nanpu 18.

(Meals: B)

Leaving Okayama we join the Limited Express Yakumo 5 for Kurashiki where we have local guide to take us through the Bikan Historical Quarter. Returning to Okayama we take the Limited Express Yakumo 13 to Matsue. Upon arrival, we check in to our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
(Meals: B, D)
Our first train today is a three hour journey along the coastal railway to Masuda on board the Aqua Liner. From here we join the Limited Exress Super Oki 3 to Shin-Tamaguchi. Change train and board the Shinkanzen Sakura 557 to Kokura. Change trains again to the Limited Express Sonic 33 to Beppu.
(Meals: B)
Today’s great adventure starts with our 3 hour train journey from Beppu to Miyazaki on board the Limited Express Nichirin 3. Change to the Nichinan Marine Go train to Shibushi. Meet our Guide and chartered road coach for the trip to Satamagome and Cape Sata Observatory Park, the Southernmost point of Japan. Continue to Tarumizu Port to take the ferry to Kamoike Port. Transfer to our Hotel in Kagoshima for a two night stay.
(Meals: B)
Departing Kagoshima for a short trip to Kagoshima-Chuo where we join the Shinkanzen Mizuho 602 to Kumamoto. Our first Steam Train will be awaiting for the two and a half hour journey to Hitoyoshi. We will have time to enjoy a Kurimeshi Bento lunch before we join the Isaburo/Shinpei train to Yoshimatsu that runs on a loop line that goes around the foot of a mountain, and operates on a zig zag to climb the steep grades over the mountain. From Yoshimatsu return to Kagoshima Chuo on the Hayato no Kaze Limited Express. Change here for the short return journey to Kagoshima.
(Meals: B)
Departing Kagoshima today, our train, the Limited Express Kamome 12 to Kumamoto, Shin Tosu, Saga and on to Nagasaki where we will be met by our tour guide. Visits include the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Kofuku-ji National Treasure Hall, Glover Garden, and Electric Railway Museum.
(Meals: B)
A Morning Train from Nagasaki, the Limited Express Kamome 26 will take us to Hakata. Explore the Hakata Railway Station, visit the Fukuoka Tower and travel on the short Nishi Nippon Railroad.
(Meals: B)
Taking the Shinkansen Nozomi 12 departing Hakata for Hiroshima. Our guide will take us on a tour of the Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial Museum. Feel free to try a special local treat for dinner.
(Meals: B)
Join the Shinkansen Nozomi 152 to travel to Nagoya. Transferring to the local Aonami Line for a short trip to visit the SCMAGLEV Museum and Railway Park. Lunch is available here. Return to Nagoya Station to join the Shinkansen Hikari 472 to Shizuoka.
(Meals: B)
Another day for Steam Train travel. Depart Shizuoka on the JR Tokaido Line for Kanyana. Change here for the Oigawa Line and the Oigawa Steam Railway to Senzu. Return to Shizuoka for our second night stay.
(Meals: B)
Our final train on our JR Rail Pass will be the Shinkansen Hikari 510 and will take us to Shinagawa where we transfer to JR Yamanote Line Outer loop for Osaki and check min for our final night stay. After lunch, travel to the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum in Saitama. A farewell banquet will be arranged for dinner this evening.
(Meals: B, D)
Farewell breakfast at the Hotel. A free morning to do your last minute activities in Tokyo before your flight home.
(Meals: B)
Please note: Tour itinerary may be subject to change.

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