KIE/Kintetsu International Offers Special Setouchi Inland Sea 6 Night / 8 Day Land Package!

Highlights Include Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama, and Naoshima with Pricing Starting at Only $1,210.00 per person!
April 26, 2012 - PRLog -- KIE/Kintetsu International Offers Special            
Setouchi Inland Sea 6 Night / 8 Day Land Package

Highlights Include Hiroshima, Miyajima, Okayama, and Naoshima with Pricing Starting at Only $1,210.00 per person!

New York, NY … April 26, 2012 … Japan specialist travel agency, KIE/Kintetsu International is proud to offer – for the first time, an extremely affordable land package to the Setouchi Inland Sea, starting at only $1,210.00.

This six-night/eight-day land package is ideal for independent travelers who appreciate the security of prearranged accommodations, but enjoy the excitement of exploring on their own. KIE/Kintetsu will provide sightseeing suggestions, and package holders can create their own sightseeing and transportation schedule by purchasing an All Japan Rail Pass (, a JR West Sanyo Pass ( or individual tickets of their choice.  

The Travel Package Includes:
•6 nights in four-star Western-style hotels, 1 night ryokan (traditional Japanese-style inn with hot spring bath and tatami mat guest-room flooring)
•Daily breakfast (6)
•Dinner on Miyajima Island and Naoshima Island (2)

Key sites to visit on the suggested itinerary include:
•The Peace Museum, Peace Memorial Park, and A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima
•Itsukushima Shrine and its iconic, red, torii gate off the shore of Miyajima Island
•The Osafune Sword Museum and traditional sword-making facility in Setouchi City
•Bizen pottery studios
•Korakuen Gardens in Okayama
•Historic Kurashiki town with lovely shops, quaint museums, and picturesque streets lined with restored buildings and weeping willow trees, where with advanced reservation and a few yen, you can make your own traditional bean-paste-filled pancake sweets at Kikkodo sweet shop, a family business since 1878.

The Inland Sea is a 280 mile long east-west body of water between three of Japan's main islands – Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku.  Three bridges and numerous ferry routes connect the main islands to one another and to the nearly 3,000 picturesque islets, each with its own distinct fascination and flavor.  Miyajima and Naoshima are among the smaller isles where visitors will stay on this journey, but package purchasers will also stay in Hiroshima and Okayama City on Honshu Island.   Travelers also have an option to add on to the package and extend their trip to any city in Japan.

This itinerary makes use of Japan's safe, affordable, convenient, and efficient rail system, where trains always run on time, and luggage can be checked inexpensively at train stations. The package is subject to availability and prices may change depending upon seasonal dates.  All accommodations are based upon double-occupancy.  The package price does not include airfare or rail passes, but all taxes are included.

For more information about this package, others or to purchase rail passes and discount airfare to Japan, contact KIE at: 1-800-422-3481, by e-mail at:; or online at:

Suggested Setouchi Inland Sea Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart USA

Day 2: Arrive into Hiroshima by domestic flight from Tokyo area airports or Shinkansen bullet train from Kansai Airport
Suggestion: Discover a local Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (egg pancake filled with shrimp, octopus, pork, cabbage, fish flakes, sauce) restaurant for dinner.
Overnight: Hiroshima

Day 3: Free day for sightseeing in Hiroshima.
Suggestion: Explore Peace Museum, Peace Memorial Park, and A-Bomb Dome. Check-out Hondori Street, a pedestrian arcade lined with shops and restaurants.
Overnight: Hiroshima

Day 4: Transfer to Miyajima Island by JR Sanyo train (25 min.) and ferry (10 min.) JR Ferry ride is included in the rail pass.
Suggestion: The island is very walkable with authentic shops and food stalls.  Try their world famous grilled oysters. Visit the World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine, with its iconic, partially submerged red torii gate.  Check into ryokan.  Enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath and dinner at the ryokan.
Overnight: Miyajima ryokan

Day 5:  Breakfast at your ryokan and possibly another bath. Ferry and train transfer back to Hiroshima. Take the Shinkansen Bullet train from Hiroshima to Okayama (40 min).
Suggestion: From Okayama Station take the JR Ako line 27 min. to Osafune Station, and then a 7 min taxi to the Osafune Sword Museum and traditional sword making facility in Setouchi City. ( With its real fire, hammers, and bellows, young boys love this place. Also check out the Master swordsmen's historic temple and shrine. When finished, head back to Osafune and take the Ako line 8 more minutes to Inbe Station, from which you can walk to the Bizen pottery studios. The strong, unglazed, red-brown Bizen pottery is the oldest of six main ceramic styles in Japan, dating back over 1,000 years.  When finished take the JR Ako line back to Okayama City (35 min.).
Overnight: Okayama City

Day 6: Okayama to Naoshima
Suggestion: Get up early and explore Korakuen Gardens ( before the tourist crowds.  One of the three historically renowned castle gardens in Japan, it opens at 7:30 am. Return back to Okayama Station (where you would have checked your luggage) and travel by train and ferry to Naoshima Island.  
Check into Benesse House hotel and museum (
Suggestion: Explore the amazing art sites and museums around the island.
Dinner at the Terrace Restaurant (included).

Day 7: Naoshima Island to Okayama to Kurashiki to Okayama.
Suggestion: Get to the Naoshima ferry terminal with time to explore the shops, cafes, and spas in the vicinity.  Travel back to Okayama and continue on to Kurashiki (15 mins on the local train).
Suggestion: Explore this lovely historic town, and with advance registration make your own traditional bean paste-pancake-sweets at Kikkodo sweet shop, a family business since 1878.


About KIE/Kintetsu International:
Established in 1955, KIE’s parent company “Kinki Nippon Tourist,” headquartered in Tokyo Japan, is one of the world’s top full service travel agencies with over 350 branches worldwide and an annual sales volume of over $6 billion.  KIE’s first branch in the USA opened in San Francisco in 1965. Today, KIE operates five strategically placed branches in the USA with over 100 employees. They are recently listed among the top 40 of all U.S. travel agencies on Travel Weekly’s 2011 Power List and are considered among the top travel management companies in the world.

Media Contact Information for KIE/Kintetsu International:
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