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Cover the highlights of Mexico in this itinerary, several UNESCO sites, as well as some less-visited destinations. Visit local artisans, explore ancient ruins spanning several civilizations, and titillate your palate with Mexican gastronomy. 

9 Days Classic Western Honshu

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

KANSAI AIRPORT / MOUNT KOYA

Drive to Mount Koya and check in to your temple lodge. Dinner tonight will be a traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine "Shokin ryori".

2

DAY

MOUNT KOYA

Explore the mausoleum of Japan’s most revered religious figure, Kobo Daishi. Walk around the temple and discover the stories of feudal lords and Japanese historical figures in this final resting place. Visit Kongobu-ji Temple, commissioned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan ́s second “great unifier”. In the evening, enjoy the serene atmosphere of the temple and participate in "Shakyo" (copying a Buddhist Sutra by brush).

3

DAY

MOUNT KOYA / HIMEJI

Participate in the morning prayer service with the monks. Transfer to Shin-Osaka station by private car then take a Shinkansen bullet train to Himeji station. Explore the Himeji Castle, one of the few original castles from the feudal age of Japan.

4

DAY

KURASHIKI

Take a walk down the Bikan historial quarter and explore the Old Ohashi House, an excellent example of a Kurashiki merchant house. Try your hand at Bizen Pottery or gain insight into the traditional sake making process.

5

DAY

NAOSHIMA / SHODOSHIMA

Explore Naoshima by private car. This quaint island of modern art museums is in itself an open air museum. Explore the Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum and Outdoor Art and the Lee Ufan Museum. Take a speed boat to Shodoshima Island. 

6

DAY

SHODOSHIMA

Explore Shodoshima by private car. Visit one of Japan's oldest and most authentic soy sauce manufacturers - Yamaroku. Take a cable car and peak over Kankakei volcano for a spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea. Discover more than 750 terraced rice fields of the Nakayama Senmaida and tour the olive fields of Toyo Olive.

7

DAY

SHODOSHIMA / HIMEJI / NARA

Take a ferry to Himeji and tour by private car. Take the Mount Shosha ropeway and explore the Engyoji Temple Complex spread across an enchanting forested area. Drive to the countryside of Nara by private car and check in to your private villa.

8

DAY

NARA

Wake up early and join the owner on a small walk through the Akame 48 waterfalls where the legendary Ninja used to train. Tour the Nara countryside by private car. Watch a master craftsman forge a traditional Japanese sword and explore the Muroji deep within the mountains. Despite a climb of many steps, this temple is well worth a visit!

9

DAY

OSAKA

Drive to Kansai International Airport .

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