Guided tour of the Akan, Kushiro Shitsugen and Daisetsuzan National Parks
Thanks to your own private car, you will be able to reach the most unspoiled, inaccessible place on the island with your English-speaking guide. Hokkaido is truly a natural paradise. You will fall in love with every inch of scenery : the mountains, valleys, rivers or lakes, sky-blue seas and skies provide a habitat for a variety of unique flora and fauna. Many trips and short hikes are included in the programme to allow you to take the time to admire, observe and experience this exceptional natural environment
Thanks to your own private car with chauffeur , discover the most beautiful natural sites of Tohoku, which are usually very difficult to access! You will have the opportunity to walk on the sacred Mount Ozore-zan and admire the seascapes of Shimokita Peninsula, the Towada-ko Lakes and Bandai. Finally, you will be impressed by Matsushima Bay and the numerous islands scattered around the blue ocean
This region is famous for its hot springs and Lake Ashi, which is dominated by the imposing Mount Fuji. Take the ropeway to the volcanic valley of Owakudani. In a lunar-like landscape, you will walk by fumaroles escaping from the depths of the earth – what a strange feeling it is to walk on the side of volcano! You will sample the local specialty: black eggs, hard-boiled in hot springs. It is said that eating one will add seven years to your life.
Visit the towns of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima
Visit the historical towns of Kyûshu and discover treasures of the past! From the churches of Hirado, past refuge of clandestine Christians, to the amazing castle of Kumamoto and the moving memorial sites of Nagasaki, this itinerary takes you to the heart of a region steeped in history and introduces you to its alluring folk tales and legends!
Ueno Zoo is one of the oldest and biggest zoological gardens in Japan. It is famous for the 464 different species that live in the park and houses species unique to Japan like the Hokkaido brown bear and the Japanese crane. An artificial lake provides a home for rare birds to live as they would in the wild. Finally, the zoo also has a vivarium and a small aquarium! A lovely day out inside the city of Tokyo.
Spend a day visiting the region of Mount Fuji and Hakone. The symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji is 3776 metres high and is the highest mountain in the country. A perfect cone volcano, it is religiously worshipped as the refuge of the kami, mountain spirits. You will take the bus to the fifth station to admire the view. After lunch, you will go to Hakone, the famous spa resort, where you will take a cruise on Lake Ashi. Finally, you will walk on the side of Mount Komagatake, where you will see steam rising from the fumaroles!
Visit the towns of Aomori, Sendai, Aizu Wakamatsu, Hiraizumi, Kakunodate and Nikko
Visit the historical towns of Tohoku and discover the wonders of the past ! From the temples of Hiraizumi, once the great cultural centre of the region, to the feudal castles of Aizu Wakamatsu and Sendai and the samurai houses of Kakunodate, this itinerary will take you to the heart of an unspoiled region where you will discover its fascinating age-old history!
You will leave for the sacred island of Miyajima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to admire the incredible Itsukushima shrine, built on the water, and the Torii that floats on the sea. You will sleep in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, where you will experience sleeping on a futon.
In your private car with chauffeur, discover the most beautiful natural sites in Hokkaido, which are usually very difficult to access! You will have the opportunity to spend two days admiring the wonderful waterfalls of the Shiretoko Peninsula, the beauty of Lake Akan, as well as the Sounkyo hot springs. Indeed, Hokkaido is truly a natural paradise. You will fall in love with every inch of scenery : the mountains, valleys, rivers or lakes, sky-blue seas and skies provide a habitat for a variety of unique flora and fauna. Many trips and short hikes are included in the programme to allow you to take the time to admire, observe and experience this exceptional natural environment.
Visit Naoshima Island and spend the night in the Benesse House
Discover the island of Naoshima, an experiment in showing modern art indoors and outdoors. As you wander around the island, discover the different places exhibiting art works, whether it be paintings, sculptures or conceptual architecture. Finally, you will stay the night in the Benesse House, an environmentally friendly hotel-museum designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
All those who enjoy nature walks will love discovering the district of Arashiyama with an English-speaking guide. You will visit its famous bamboo grove – Sagano forest – as well as Tenryû-ji temple, one of the five main Zen temples of Kyoto. Its garden represents a dry waterfall of rocks throwing themselves into a pool and forming the Chinese character “heart”. You will also visit Jojakkoji temple, which is less known but well worth discovering. Finally, you will walk on the famous Togetsukyo bridge that connects both banks of the river and offers a beautiful view of this part of Kyoto.
Thanks to your private car with chauffeur, you will discover the most beautiful sites in Kyûshu, which are usually quite difficult to access! This way, you will have the opportunity to walk around the largest volcanic caldera in the world – Mount Aso – , admire the Sakura-jima volcano in Kagoshima and wander around the Unzen, Yufuin and Beppu Hells. Discover the age-old forests and exceptional fauna of the UNESCO World Heritage island of Yakushima and the amazing Takachiho Gorge.
The Marimo algae are one of the symbols of the region of Lake Akan, one of the few places in the world where they are found. Declared a National Treasure, these strange algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Do not miss the opportunity to see them during your two nights in the Akan region. This night cruise takes you out onto the dark waters of the lake where you will listen to the sounds of nature far from the maddening crowd. A unique experience!