Nishi (west) Izu coastline, Izu Peninsula.
Delightful sea kayaking with more caves and
arches than you can count.
Usual accommodations in minshuku (bed and breakfast) or ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).
A typical minshuku or ryokan dinner. You won't be hungry 30 minutes later.
Travel light in Japan. Local buses and trains do not have a lot of luggage space, mostly over head, so think small and light when packing. Luggage should be limited to a 20-22” wheeled suitcase and a day pack. One can easily and economically ship "accumulations" via baggage services to the departure area of their airport.
The double occupancy accommodations are Japanese style in small, family-run ryokan (traditional inns) and minshuku (bed and breakfast) serving delicious home-cooked local cuisine. They include two meals a day with a set Japanese menu. Toilets and bathing facilities are usually “down the hall,” not in the rooms. Participants sleep on futons on the tatami mat floor of their rooms each night under warm comforters, soak with others of the same sex in communal Japanese baths and hot springs, and eat Japanese food every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This creates an opportunity to absorb as much of Japanese life as possible and make many new friends. You will find the countryside Japanese people some of the friendliest, most hospitable people you would hope to meet, anywhere.
Each tour includes up to 10 hours of orientation classes for those living in the Northwest, covering language, customs, traditions and how things get done in Japan. We also supply you with dozens of links to valuable information on Japanese customs, history and traveling in Japan. About 30% of the time each day is free time for you to explore on our own, plus a free day or two in each place. We encourage you to be adventurous, to make your own discoveries. You will spend 3-4 days in each location so you will have an opportunity to "absorb" each one in depth.
Each tour group is limited to eight, harmonious,
type-B personality participants.
Yunomine Onsen in Kumano - said to be the oldest hot spring in Japan.