Assemble at Changi Airport Singapore for your flight to the Land of the Rising Sun - Japan!
One of Japan's three best views, Miyajima is well known for its floating shrine (Itsukushima Shrine, UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Otorii (Giant Torri Gate). At high tide, feast your eyes on the spectecular Itsukushima Shrine and Torri Gate as they appear to float above the water. At low tide, walk closer to see the grandeur of the Otorii up close.
PEACE MEMORIAL MUSEUM (和平纪念馆)
The Peace Memorial Museum surveys the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. In such a huge tragedy, it is easy to forget the individuals that suffered in the nuclear attack and its aftermath. This museum actively remembers these victims, showcasing personal belongings and accounts of the victims to add a personal touch. The museum also advocates for global nuclear disarmament and leads the movement for world peace.
PEACE MEMORIAL PARK (和平纪念公园)
The Peace Memorial Park is dedicated to the horrors of the atomic bombing and remembers the lives lost in the calamitous event. The park is home to various monuments such as the Peace Flame, the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims and many others. All in all, this park is a must-visit to truly appreciate what happened in that devastating moment of human history.
ATOMIC BOMB DOME (原爆圆顶馆)
Originally known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall before the bombing, the Atomic Bomb Dome was the only building near the bomb's epicenter that was still intact. It was subsequently preserved as a symbol of peace and was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 1996. Unlike other world heritage sites, the atomic bomb dome is preserved in the same extent of destruction as after the bombing. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome to have a glimpse of the past through the ruins.
THE SHIMANAMI KAIDO (濑户大桥)
Drive past a 60km long toll road that conencts Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku. The bridge passes by 6 small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, allowing you to enjoy the marvelous scenery as well as attractions on the small islands. Cyclists can also cycle through the Shimanami Kaido in a day, making it a popular choice.
TOWEL MUSEUM OF ART (今治毛巾美术馆)
Ever wondered how towels were made? Well, fortunately you can visit the towel museum of art to find out more. This unique and entertaining museum is located in the city of Imabari, where they are famous for their high quality comfortable towels. The museum goes above and beyond standard towels though, with various sculptures and paintings made from towels and cotton.
MATSUYAMA CASTLE (松山城)
Matsuyama Castle is one of the 12 original castles which is still intact ever since the feudal era. The castle rests atop Mount Katsuyama giving its guests a great view of the city center and the Seto Inland Sea. The structure of Matsuyama castle is pretty complex, with various wings, keeps and turrets, making it a amazing example of a feudal castle.
DOGO ONSEN HONKAN (道后温泉本馆)
If you're feeling tired after a long day of travelling, do not fret, you have a delightful treat in store! Dogo Onsen Honkan is an ancient three storey castle-styled bath house built more than 125 years ago. It has various baths from Kami no Yu (Bath of the Gods) to Tama no Yu (Bath of the Spirits), with various legends and myths regarding the onsen. This very onsen is said to inspire the world-renowned film: "Spirited Away" by Studio Ghibli.
DOGO SHOPPING ARCADE (道后商店街)
Dogo Shopping Arcade is a shopping district with over 60 shops arranged in an L-shaped fashion. You will surely be spoiled for choice among the various yummy confectionery, snacks and meals available.
BOTCHAN TRAIN (少爷列车)
Botchan Trains are restored locomotives used for sightseeing in Matsuyama City. Locomotives were hugely loved by residents in the past so drivers of botchan trains wear historic uniforms while operating the 'matchbox' trains. Since Botchan Trains cannot turn, one highlight of the sightseeing trip is seeing the crew spin the train around by hand!
BOTCHAN KARAKURI TOKEI CLOCK (少爷机械钟)
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dogo Onsen Honkan, the Botchan Karakuri Tokei Clock was built in Hojoen plaza. Between 8am and 10pm, this special clock will come to life in a 5 minute show, displaying scenes and characters from Sōseki Natsume’s book titled Botchan.
ASHIYU (Foot Bath) (足浴)
Ashiyu is a foot bath using the same hot spring water as onsens. However, Ashiyus are more convenient and do not require you to remove all your clothing. Even though only the visitor's feet and legs up to the knees are immersed, the whole body can still be warmed.
SHIKOKU KARST (四国喀斯特具立自然公园)
Cows grazing on beautiful grasslands fields, lovely white limestone mounds and a breathtaking Shikoku panorama. That's the sight you'll be greeted with at Shikoku Karst, one of Japan's three largest limestone plateau. Shikoku Karst has a geological formation created from the dissolution of limestone hillsides, resulting in the creation of this amazing landscape.
NIYODO RIVER (仁淀川)
Rated as the cleanest and purest river among all major rivers in Japan, Niyodo River is so clear and blue in the sun that its also known as Niyodo Blue. Its most well known waterfall is known as Niko-fuchi that rushes into a beautiful blue pond. It is an amazing sight to behold.
TOSAWASHI KOGEIMURA QRAUD (土佐和紙工芸村)
Tosawashi Kogeimura Qraud is located in Ino Town which is famous for its Japanese Washi paper. Observe the incredible craftwork of making paper as you watch a paper-making craftsman showcasing its production process. You can also experience it for yourself by making your very own paper! Flowers and dye can also be added to create an amazing postcard or fan.
HIROME MARKET (西洛梅市场)
Interested to try out what the locals enjoy? Look no further as Hirome Market is well loved by residents and tourists alike. With more than 60 shops, many food options are available to satisfy your every craving. Hirome Market is more than just a market, its a community. Enjoy the warm atmosphere at the communal dining area and strike up conversations with friendly locals and tourists.
MORNING MARKET/SUNDAY MORNING MARKET (高知朝市/高知日耀市)
An open-air local market to experience local flavour. Many stalls are open in the morning, selling various fruits, vegetables and more! Visit it to check out the best produce at cheap prices.
IYA VALLEY (祖谷渓)
The Iya Valley is a remote valley full of mountainous terrain and deep gorges, making it a quiet and peaceful place to explore. The valley is home to rare vine bridges, the Oboke Gorge and a 'peeing boy statue' just to name a few. The statue is constructed at one of the most dangerous parts of the valley, 200m above the valley floor! Stories say that the statue was built to depict local boys and tourists who would stand on top of the same rock.
OBOKE GORGE (大步危)
Oboke Gorge is a narrow canyon near the entrance to Iya Valley. It is one of the main places for outdoor activities in Japan, with many participating in attractions such as kayaking and white water rafting on the river. The exceptionally scenic view along the river further adds to the experience.
KAZURABASHI BRIDGE (葛藤桥)
Iya Valley had as many as 13 Kazurbashi (Vine Suspension) Bridges but unfortunately only 2 pairs remain today. The most thrilling of the 2 is called the Iya Kazurabashi Bridge, a stunning 45 meters long bridge 14 metres above the Iya valley. Try walking across that one without being scared!
RITSURIN KOEN (栗林公园)
Ritsurin Koen is easily one of the best gardens in Japan. The huge 16-hectares garden was built in 1745 after more than 100 years of construction and was named as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty in 1953. The garden has a majestic view of Mt Shiun as a backdrop, with 13 artificial hills, koi-filled ponds and pretty bridges. It is an amazing place to stroll and enjoy the incredible scenery.
NAKANO UDON SCHOOL (中野乌冬面学校)
Its time to make your very own udon! In Nakano Udon School, you can do just that. Their patient instructors will teach you how to make the famous Sanuki udon noodles. From kneading the dough by dancing on it (the dough is inside a plastic bag) to udon cutting, all the steps are meticulously covered. You will even receive a graduation certificate as well as the udon you created.
AWAODORI KAIKAN (阿波舞会馆)
Awaodori Kaikan is the perfect place to see how the world-famous Awa dance. The Awa Odori dance has a history of more than 430 years and integrates various cultural elements in the dance. At Awaodori Kaikan, you can enjoy performances of the Awa dance and even learn it yourself! There is also a small museum that details the heritage of Awa Odori as well as a cable car that takes you to the top of Mount Bizan.
NARUTO WHIRLPOOL (鸣门游涡)
Unfortunately or not, Naruto here doesn't refer to the world famous anime or manga. The City of Naruto has a natural phenomenon in its straits: the formation of 'whirlpools'. Due to the extremely fast tidal current, whirlpools are formed during the transition between low and high tide. The whirlpools can be observed either on a sight seeing cruise or on Ohnaruto, a bridge that is right above the torrential currents.
AWAJI HANASAJIKI (淡路赏花公园)
On Awaji Island, enjoy the myraid of pastel colours available at the flower park of Awaji Hanasajiki! The flower fields are seasonal, with rape flowers blooming in spring and sunflowers in summer. As Awaji Hanasjiki sits atop a hill, you can treat yourself to a lovely panorama of the Osaka Bay nearby.
THE AKASHI KAIKYO BRIDGE (明石海峡大桥)
Spanning 4 kilometers across Japan's main island of Honsho to the island of Shikoku, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the world's longest suspension bridge! The bridge has an exhibition center detailing its planning and construction as well as a promenade to see the bridge's interior.
MAIKO PARK (舞子公园)
Just next to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Maiko Park overlooks the bridge and the Akashi Strait, making it a popular photo spot. It is also home to some historic houses which you can visit at a low price.
The whole day will be spent free and easy at Osaka.
The day will be free until Departure. Transfer to Kansai International Airport for a homebound flight to Singapore!
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