Oki is an attractive destination for the tourists who are weary of crowds in large cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. There are slow life, many healing spots, virgin nature and marine activities. Among them, the breathtaking scenery at Kuniga Coast and the sightseeing boat are particular recommendations. Try to escape from the stereotyped tours of Japan.
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At your hotel, JR Station or Airport in Sakaiminato or Yonago City
Kuniga Coast…The dynamic 257m cliff is a must see! (Plan A)
UNESCO Geopark Bus Tour (4 hours)…You can explore mysterious capes and forests feeling the power of nature. (Plan B)
At your hotel, JR Station or Airport in Sakaiminato or Yonago City
Please choose [Plan A] or [Plan B].
【Plan A】: Nishinoshima Island
1st Day・・・Departure at the port in the Honshu Main Island by ferry boat→ (3 hours) →Arrival at the island →See a dynamic 257m sea cliff. Walk along the clifftop among grazing cows and horses. Enjoy night cruising(30minutes).→ Stay at a ryokan (Japanese-style inn).
2nd Day・・・Enjoy optional tours → Ferry boat to the Honshu Main Island
＊Optional Tours: Sightseeing cruise tour along Kuniga Coast, Sea Kayaking Cave Tour, Diving Lesson, Shell Jewelry Making, etc.
【Plan B】: Dogo Island
1st Day ・・・Departure at the port in the Honshu Main Island by ferry boat→ (3.5 hours) → Arrival at the island → UNESCO Global Geopark Tour (4hours) →
Stay at a ryokan (Japanese-style Inn)
2nd Day・・・Optional Tours → Ferry boat to the Honshu Main Island
＊Optional Tours: Rosoku-jima (Candle Island→See the top photo) cruising boat, Bull Sumo , Sasaki-family Traditional Residence and lunch, Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, etc.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Sakaiminato or Yonago area
Transportation fee (you and guide) : ferry (Mainland-Oki, round trip) 5840 JPY, rental car (if you wish) 5000～10000 JPY, connecting bus ( Sakaiminato or Yonago to the port, one way) around 500 JPY
Inn (you and guide) : 8000～12000 JPY (including breakfast and dinner) per person
Lunch (you and guide)
Activities (examples) : Kuniga Coast sightseeing boat (1.5 hours) 2500 JPY, night cruising (30-40 minutes) 1000 JPY, shell jewelry making (1.5 hours) 2000JPY,
UNESCO Geopark bus tour (4 hours) 5000 JPY, Rosoku-jima (Candle Island) sightseeing cruise (50 minutes) 2600 JPY…available if weather condition is good, sea kayaking (2 hours) 6000 JPY, Sasaki-family old residence and lunch (1.5 hours) 2111 JPY
Oki Islands are in the Sea of Japan, 70 - 100km away from the Honshu Main Island. Therefore, the transportation to the islands is not convenient. I recommend you will take the ferry service in the morning (around 8:00AM). The departure ports are Sakaiminato (Tottori-prefecture) or Shichirui (Shimane-prefecture). You may have to stay at the town near the ports for the previous night. If you are staying in Tokyo, you can take a flight from Tokyo to Yonago. If you are staying in Kyoto or Osaka, you should take a bus to Yonago at the previous day. You can enjoy various kinds of activities in the islands , but it's up to your time there. Anyway, I could suggest a best plan to you.
This tour is available from April to October.
Of course. Please let me know your request for the type of hotel and room. I will suggest some hotels on your budget.
It's all right if your reservation is made by 2 months before. In Oki Islands, there are a few western-style hotels. Most accommodations are ryokan (Japanese-style inn) and minshuku (family-run inn). The inn's fee ordinarily includes breakfast and dinner. Most minshuku are equipped with only Japanese-style restrooms (squat-down type).
Yes, if your budget permits it. I could stay at a cheaper inn, of course.
Child's fees are cheaper in general. For instance, a round trip ticket of ferry boat to Oki is 5840 JPY (adult) and 2920 JPY (child).
UNESCO Geopark bus tour is 5000 JPY (adult) and 3000 JPY (child).
Yes. I can make an itenerary as such. You could go to other destinations, of course.
Shun met us at our Cruise Ship in Sakaiminato with a Taxi that he had prearranged for us. We drove to Matsue to visit the historical Matsue Castle and other sites in the Town of Matsue. After a terrific Japanese lunch in a converted Samauri Residence we then traveled on to the Adachi Museum and Gardens. Shun was professional and informative. We enjoyed his company and sense of humor. We learned a great deal about life in Japan from Shun and we will always remember fondly our wonderful day with him.
Thank you for your review. Two weeks already passed from the day we met, but I still remember how you enjoyed the tour so clearly. It was a little surprise for me that you were appreciating Japanese paintings more enthusiastically than gardens at Adachi Museum. In my experience, visitors generally just watch the displays perfunctorily there. I was glad to know that you really understood my, a little, specialized explanations. As for your words in the review "We learned about life in Japan", I suppose you mean that I talked about my family and religious customs. Especially, I'll never forget that you expressed hearty condolences to my lost of father's passing. Let me add one more comment. I found two Canadians, modest and decent.
Hi Shun-San was a pleasure to work with, very detail oriented before our arrival to Japan so we had a plan of what we would be seeing. We toured Matsue Castle, walked to old town. Went to a Samarai house and had the local special soba noodles. In the afternoon we went to Adachi Museum, a spectacular place! Overall, I would highly recommend. He was prepared, had great stories and knowledge or the area, a pleasure to work with. This area shouldn’t be missed.
Hi Cori-san, thank you very much for writing a review immediately. The honor is more than I deserve. To tell the truth, I had been concerned about your response. Since the weather was bad on the day, I supposed you couldn't have felt truly satisfied. However, Shimane is one of the least-unvisited prefectures in Japan, still largely undiscovered by international tourists. I wish you would visit this area again. Thank you, Cori-san.
Shun was a great guide with excellent knowledge of his surrounding. We appreciated his choices of what we saw. The Tea Ceramony was one of the highlights of the culture that we witnessed. Shun gave us an itinerary prior to us going so that we had some input. None of our input was required because of the great choices he made. Thank you Shun. See you on our return. GT
Thank you for your review. I am greatly honored by your words. To tell the truth, I felt worried because I had not been sure that you had really enjoyed the tour in Matsue. My recommendation for lunch, "Izumo soba noodles", were they good ? Traditional style tea ceremony, was it actually enjoyable? However, I'm jealous, you are incredibly nice family. You told me about your experiences of other travels. How interesting! I realized again that meeting people like you is one of the perks of guide. I'd love to see you again.
Before arriving Mr. Shun very communicative and made an effort to learn our preferences, so we could maximize our day in Kyoto. He picked up at Kobe Cruise Terminal and travel with us to Kioto. On the way he handed a printed itinerary to every person as well as a timeline with the history of Japan with the important sites that we were going to visit. Mr. Shun walks fast and was tireless, took us to the best places, told us funny stories and interesting facts about Japan culture, history and his own life in Japan. We learned a lot by using different means of transportation. We spent 10 wonderful hours with Mr. Shun. An unforgettable detail, Mr. Shun received us with a bag of Japan sweets. We recommend him 100%, and we definitely will hire him again, he also tours others cities in Japan.
Hi Martha, Thank you for your review . You gave me too many nice words about me. To tell the truth, I had been concerned that I might have guided you with too difficult topics. But I feel grateful now to have read your review. By the way, I tried to send you the photo we took at Kyoto, but I failed. I have no idea the reason so far. I'll try it again later if possible. Anyway if you will have a chance to visit Japan again, please contact me. Thank you again. I hope you will spend happy days in your country. Shun