"It was great for me as a person who had never been to Japan to have so much packed into a few days. I really felt that I got a feel for the country and its culture and people. It was great also to feel that one was in the hands of such well informed and generous guides.
The way in which Fukiko and Takeo looked after us was better than we could ever have expected. they went out of their way to make sure that we enjoyed every element of the tour whilst in their company. They were well informed and sensitive and made the holiday what it was. One particular personal kindness shown to me by Takeo will always stay in my mind. We could not have asked for better."
-- Sakai and Davies, Cardiff, UK
Give your clients a trip to Japan that
they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Home Stay in Rural Kyoto
For a true Japanese Experience, Japan Roads' Rural Discovery Independent Tour introduces you to rural Japan
and her people while staying with a Japanese family. Of course you will see
some amazing sights but the main point is to sit down and talk with Japanese
people, learn how Japanese live, and experience something beyond traditional
sightseeing. Our rural home-stay tour will give you stories that you will
remember long after your photos have faded.
Fukiko; your host, will cooked Japanese dishes using fresh ingredients from
her organic garden. She can dress you in one her beautiful kimonos, she owns
a fantastic collection of kimonos. Fukiko can arrange a meeting with a Maiko
(a geisha in training). She will tell you the fascinating story of her
family and ancestors.
While staying with Fukiko you will learn about her, about Japan and its
people but you will also learn about yourself and how to enjoy life in a
traditional Japanese way.
Destinations: Himeji - Himeji Castle is one of the best remaining castles in Japan Kameoka - Home-Stay in Rural town just north of Kyoto Kyoto - Imperial Japan in a city founded in 794 AD with 17 World Heritage Sites
This 5 night 6 day tour begins and ends in Japan.
The Tour includes transportation between destinations, accommodations, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 evening meals. This tour can also be combined with stays at Mt. Koya, Nara or other destinations.
We hope the above has piqued your interest in this tour. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a tour please Contact Us.
To learn about the 7 rules for happiness in the Japanese style, please see the video,
This video was produced by Susan Macaulay, Creator & Curator of AmazingWomenRock.com (Amazing Women Rock), when she visited Fukiko's guest house in 2008. The original post is here:
Day 1 –Himeji- Western Hotel
After a long flight to Japan you will be met by one of Japan Roads staff who will take you to Himeji. If your plane arrive early in the day our staff will also take you around Himeji's main attraction, Himeji Castle.
Day 2, 3 and 4 – Kameoka - Home-Stay
In Kameoka, a picturesque town near Kyoto, you can experience a Japanese home-stay in the home of our cultural liaison. With our liaison as your personal guide, the possibilities are endless: you can explore Kameoka by bicycle or on foot and also learn about Japanese cooking, flower arrangement, pottery, and much, much more. An excellent hostess, guide and cook, our liaison will immediately make you feel at home and will make this home-stay a truly unforgettable experience for you. This is really the best way to experience Japan.
Day 5 –Kyoto - Western Hotel
Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is in this city that the traditional Japanese 'high arts' flourished. For those interested in tea ceremony, calligraphy, poetry, philosophy and religion, Kyoto is the number one place to visit. Numerous temples and shrines are located throughout the city and walking along canals, next to traditional wooden houses and through the small streets really gives you an idea of the ancient Japanese imperial culture. Kyoto is not just about the high arts however. The city is also famous for its crafts: textile, kimono and pottery.
Day 6 – Tour Ends
Today is the last day of the tour. You can either go to the airport to catch your homeward flight, or continue on to other destinations you plan to visit. Please let us know if you need any help in making these arrangements. You are in a good location to visit Mt. Koya or Nara.
Tour Accommodation: During the tour, you will have the chance to stay in Japanese style rooms as well as Western style rooms. By choosing the best accommodations possible and offering both traditional and modern lodging experiences, Japan Roads aims to give you a deeper insight into life in Japan and make you as comfortable as possible. In particular, the traditional accommodations will allow you to have close personal contact with the Japanese owners and staff of these places, thus deepening your cultural experiences. Also be aware that Japanese rooms do not have chairs so you will be sitting on the tatami mat flooring.
Sample Accommodations (may vary but will be of similar quality)
Himeji: Hotel Nikko Himeji (Western Hotel)
Kameoka: Home-Stay Family
Kyoto: Monterey Kyoto (Western Hotel)
To make sure you get the most out
of your visit to Japan, Japan Roads tours offer a wide
variety of Japanese cuisine to enjoy. You will have the chance
to dine on local specialties as well as traditional gourmet food.
About Independent Tours:
The tour gives you the materials necessary to get to your destinations and see the most interesting sights available, while allowing you the flexibility and freedom to enjoy things at your own pace. We provide you with the train tickets, lodging reservations made in advance, rail and walking maps, general cultural and etiquette tips, a suggested itinerary, explanations and history of the places you will visit, as well as other information you may need. Furthermore, a cell phone provided for the duration of the tour will enable you to contact our office in Japan if you need assistance. Please note that you are responsible for taxi expenses to and from your accommodations.