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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Awaji Island Area: a 2-day tour of exploring the island’s exquisite gastronomy

The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge by day and night – a dynamic tour and upscale omakase sushi and Island’s delights

Enjoy only the best of the Setouchi region!

Two days to enjoy the nature, cuisine, and culture of Awaji Island in its entirety, including a sushi Omakase course at an upscale restaurant!

This is a two-day tour that invites you to go beyond the Golden Route. From the Kansai area, cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge connecting Kobe and the island, to reach Awaji Island. Awaji Island, which is said to be the first place in Japan to have been built according to mythology, is home to the tradition of ningyo joruri (puppet theater), Japan’s traditional performing arts, along with kabuki. A visit to a kiln that blends in with Japan’s original landscape and to the master who studied the ancient pottery of Tanba will be an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kansai area, Osaka—Himeji castle—Local foodie walk in Akashi—- Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—Sushi Kirin—-Hotel
  • Day 2: Raku Kunobori Pottery—Awaji Ningyo-za—Naruto BridgeHotel
  • Day 2:Shikoku(Optional tour)

Sightseeing Spots: Day 1

The Himeji castle: The castle is also known as the “White Egret Castle” because its reflection in the blue sky is compared to an egret flying out of the water. The aesthetic perfection of the castle is at the highest level of Japan’s wooden architecture and is unparalleled in the world. In 1993, the castle became the first Japanese castle to be inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage List.

The Akashi Uontana Shopping Arcade: known as “Uontana,” is said to have been established about 400 years ago with the construction of Akashi Castle. It is also said to have been built according to Miyamoto Musashi’s design for the layout of the castle town. The 350-meter-long arcade is lined with about 110 stores, mostly selling Akashi’s specialties such as seafood, fish paste products, and dried seafood. You’re sure to come across food you’ve never eaten before!

A thrilling experience that takes you to the main tower about 300 meters above sea level to experience a 360° panorama!

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Tower Top Experience (Bridge World) :
In this tour, you will learn about the construction of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest bridge, the hidden technology, and the history of the bridge in an easy-to-understand and fun way.

Sushi Kirin: The upscale and excellent sushi restaurant at the foot of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The chef, who knows the seas of Akashi and Iwaya, is a master of his craft. The night view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge over the counter is breathtaking, as well as those beautifully plated dishes and Omakase sushi course. The dining experience here will take your breath away for sure!

The grand view of the Akashi bridge from Sushi Kirin

Hotels in the Awaji area

Awaji Island Kanko Hotel: As the best fishing hotel in Japan, this is a rare hotel that has its own fishing ground on its grounds. After enjoying fishing to the fullest at our hotel overlooking the sea, you can relax in the Sumoto hot spring that warms your body to the core and enjoy delicious “seasonal” food made from carefully selected fresh seafood and other ingredients that can only be enjoyed locally. The hotel also has a kids’ space, where you can enjoy family fishing tournaments and sea kayaking experiences with your children. We also offer a unique boat fishing experience. You can also try your hand at boat fishing. The hotel is the most popular economical hotel in the Awaji area on Tripadvisor, with a 4.5-star rating.

Awaji Hamarikyu: A classic Japanese resort nestled in the scenic beauty of Keino Matsubara, one of the top 100 sunsets in Japan. Since ancient times, Awaji Island has been permitted to present its products to the imperial family as Goshokoku, and the island’s sea and land produce a variety of seasonal ingredients full of savor. The Shiozaki hot spring, with its source in the southern part of the island, is known for its smooth skin and heat-retaining effects. In the past, haiku poets and people of the past who knew the elegance of Awaji Island and left poems here would have spent time here at Shoho, where they could relax in the bosom of the rich nature of Awaji Island. The hotel is the most popular as an upscale in the Awaji area on Tripadvisor, with a 4.5-star rating.


Sightseeing Spots: Day 2

The Awaji Island area was called Goshokukuni in the Heian period (794-1185), and it is a land suitable for agriculture with warm weather and long hours of sunlight. A variety of other fish can be caught in the nearby sea, and the warm climate of the Seto Inland Sea means that the crops available are fresh! It’s full of great local food!

Kominka(Japanese traditonal was revitalized as a cafe

Rakutogama Kiln Tour and Lunch: In a kiln that blends in with Japan’s original landscape, the owner, who studied ancient pottery from Tanba, fires daily-use vessels using mainly minerals and soil from the island while thinking about the stories of the people who use them. Across the street from the studio is the Gallery + Café, a restored 100-year-old private house that serves food made from locally produced and consumed materials as much as possible. We hope you enjoy a relaxing and luxurious time on the island.

Kiln owner, Masaaki Nishimura

Goshikihama Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Awaji Island, known for its beauty. A 10-minute drive to the east will bring you to a traditional main building and courtyard. This is Rakuto-gama, a kiln run by a young potter, Mr. Masaaki Nishimura.

Many people come all the way to Awaji to buy Mr. Nishimura’s pottery.
When I ask people who have bought his pottery how they feel about using it, they say, “It’s just so good to the touch that I naturally want to buy another one.”

Awaji Puppet Theater: This is a tour to see the Awaji Puppet Theater, a history of more than 500 years, up close and personal.

Awaji puppet plays were once very popular in the Edo period (1603-1868). It was sponsored by the feudal lord of Tokushima as well as local influential people and was enjoyed in various areas inside and outside Awaji. However, after the Meiji Restoration (1868), it gradually lost the interest of the people because of the emergence of new forms of entertainment. It also failed to capture the interest of young successors in the profession due to how demanding training is. After World War II, the Awaji puppet play tradition was in danger of vanishing. In this crisis, a new puppetry troupe, the Awaji Puppet Theatre Company, was established in 1964 with the support of the local people who well understood the value of this unique tradition and wished to keep it.

The troupe’s activity is highly regarded not only in Japan but also in many foreign countries. It has been invited to perform in 20 countries and areas in USA, Russia, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The troupe has also conducted educational programs in local children’s associations, elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, and young people’s associations in order to foster successors to the tradition.

Say hello to the puppet girl!

At a Ningyo Joruri performance, you will be amazed by the puppets that move as if they are alive. The puppeteers’ ability behind the scenes to bring the puppets to life is one of Japan’s most prized treasures.
A backyard tour will give you a closer look at the puppets’ delicate workmanship and how they work.

The Onaruto Bridge(Uzushio Walk): If you go outside, you can see the spectacular view of Awaji Island and Shikoku at all times, making it perfect for couples and families. In the souvenir shops, there are various products such as yuzu soju, a specialty of Tokushima, and famous Naruto Kintoki sweets.

The gigantic ocean whirlpools under the Onaruto bridge

This 450-meter-long marine promenade located inside the bridge girder of the Onaruto Bridge spans the Naruto Strait. You can look into the gigantic whirlpools from the glass floor 45 meters above the sea. It is a dynamic and spine-tingling experience!

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3 days/2 nights per person: From 300,000 yen〜
(For a group of 2 persons, accommodation, transportation, a tour guide included)


Optional Tours

Stay at 250-year-old Japanese House in the Mountainous Countryside in Kochi

Cozy up at the hearth, enjoy local foods and paper making

With this tour you will be able to stay at traditional Japanese house with over 250 years of history and also explore a Japanese paper making workshop.

  • Guided Tour to Naoshima, Art, Island

Meet with professional guide, who used to work at the museum in Naoshima and enjoy guided exclusive tour in Naoshima by vehicle. Take a breather from the busy city life and explore a peaceful and more greener side of Japan with this guided tour with a local guide of Naoshima Island.