A Short Getaway to Kansai

Osaka, Toyooka & Himeji

From £1900 per person in low season
From £2400 per person in high season

based on 4 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Shared transfers

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Selected experiences

Based on two people sharing. Includes all accommodation, combination of private and shared transfers and private English speaking guide.

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  • Retreat to Japan's finest onsen town with Relais & Châteaux kaiseki dinner

  • Explore the majestic Himeji, renowned as the best-preserved traditional Japanese castles

  • Stroll along the 1.8 kilometre bamboo road of Take-no-michi

  • Insight into the production of the award-winning Japanese whisky in Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

  • Optional visit to Takeda with its Castle in the Sky or the basalt geological wonders of Genbudo

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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.


Kansai is home to some of Japan's finest attractions, such as the bustling metropolis of Osaka, the bamboo-lined path of Take-no-michi, the amazingly-preserved Himeji Castle which bursts into colours in spring or autumn, as well as the wonderful Kinosaki Onsen with its willow-lined canals and sumptuous meals.

  1. Days 1-2: Osaka

    As the capital of Kansai, Osaka is a bustling metropolis packed with both modern and cultural attractions. Depending on your arrival flight times, we may need to spend the first night in Osaka or if you arrive earlier, you will have some leisure time to explore Osaka's vibrant streets at your own pace.

    Accommodation: Hilton Osaka (1 night)

  2. Days 2-3: Himeji

    This morning, we board train to Himeji where you will enjoy a full day exploring the city. The biggest highlight is the Himeji Castle, which stands among the best-preserved of Japanese traditional castles. Afterwards, we visit the Koko-en garden just adjacent to the castle with its pine trees, bamboos, flowers and ponds. We will also visit Mount Shosha and Engyoji Temple.

    As the new day beckons, we will head to Kinosaki Onsen area by train.

    If you would like, we can also arrange optional day trip to visit the Takeda castle ruins in Asago area. Also dubbed as "castle floating in the sky", the castle is especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season. Please note that the castle is closed between mid-December and late-February.

    Accommodation: Hotel Nikko Himeji (1 night)

  3. Days 3-4: Toyooka

    Kinosaki Onsen is renowned as the best onsen town in Japan with its beautiful willow-lined river canal which runs through the town.

    Based in the luxurious Nishimuraya Honkan, you will have leisure time to enjoy your onsen facilities or explore the adjacent Kinosaki Onsen streets. Conclude the night with a sumptuous seasonal dinner of Matsuba crab and Tajima beef kaiseki.

    For those with extra day, we can arrange additional day trip to Genbudo Museum with its basalt museum and the Izushi castle ruins at additional cost.

    Accommodation: Nishimuraya Honkan (1 night)

  4. Days 4-5: Osaka

    On your final day, we have included a visit to the award-winning Suntory Yamazaki Distillery where you can learn about the birth of Japanese whisky, before continuing into Take-no-Michi's bamboo-lined pathways. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Hilton Osaka (1 night)


Osaka, Toyooka & Himeji

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