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Japan history & culture

Hidden Japan: Sado Island & Beyond

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Overview

Hidden Japan: Sado Island & Beyond

Continent

Asia

Days

9 days

Nights

8 nights

Group Size

12 people

Activity

Easy

Interest

History & Culture

Highlights

  • Discover the haunting remnants of Sado Island’s gold rush past
  • Gaze in wonder at Japan’s breathtaking natural scenery, from stunning waterfalls to sprawling rice paddies
  • Meet the highly-skilled metalworking artisans of Tsubame-Sanjo and watch them create their trademark intricate tools and cutlery
  • Stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan and bathe in its hot springs
  • Immerse yourself in Niigata’s Geisha culture and experience a very special performance
Japan 9 days 8 nights

Coastal beauty, history, craftsmanship, and geishas: Explore a different side of Japan.

Day 1

Welcome to Tokyo!

Day 2

Mountains, Waterfalls & Shrines

Kegon waterfall, Nikko
Kegon waterfall, Nikko

Day 3

Rivers, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies

Scenic View Of Agricultural Field in Niigata-Shi, Japan
Scenic View Of Agricultural Field in Niigata-Shi, Japan

Day 4

Niigata Artisans & Geisha

Geishas greeting each other
Geishas greeting each other

Day 5

From Exile to Thriving Culture

Day 6

Cycling The Paddy Fields & Coastal Paths

Shichiura seashore, Sado Island
Shichiura seashore, Sado Island

Day 7

Ghost Village, Wobbly Seacraft & Noh

Day 8

Drums & Gold

Taiko drummers
Taiko drummers

Day 9

Farewell & Departure

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Upcoming departures

3 available dates
  • Sep 28–Oct 6, 2024
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  • Oct 26–Nov 3, 2024
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  • Nov 9–Nov 17, 2024
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Additional info

Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

Opt for a Private Room to yourself, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1330 USD.

Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. 

If you don’t opt for a Private Room, you'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to three miles each day, mainly on flat and even surfaces, as well as occasional stairs.

Arrival & Departure

 

You should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on Day 1, and depart after 8pm on Day 9. Tokyo International Airport (HND) connects to a range of flight hubs in Asia and Europe. The best flight connections to Tokyo are offered by Japan Airlines and American Airlines.

*Airport transfers are only provided if arriving/departing the tour dates, or if pre/post trip arrangements have been made through Atlas Obscura.  

Luggage Restrictions

We will be taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) in our itinerary, which has luggage size restrictions. Only luggage up to 160cm  (L+W+H) will be permitted on the train. Larger suitcases can be shipped from our Tokyo hotel to your next accommodation if necessary, however it’s important to keep this in mind when packing for your trip. 

Accommodations

One night will be in a Japanese-style room in a traditional ryokan with on-site onsen, where bedding is a comfortable futon mattress on the floor.

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