Shikoku, Japan

The tour includes transportation, sightseeing, dining and accommodations in Japanese inns. Visitors are given a cellular telephone to keep in touch with tour directors who often serve as interpreters during the trip. The cost is $2,175 pp for a minimum of two guests and includes some breakfasts and dinners.

getting there Since Shikoku lacks an international airport, the island is relatively easy to reach from Osaka, Kyoto or Tokyo on the marvelous and proficient Japan Railway Group—known simply as JR—trains that reach the island after crossing Japan’s Inland Sea over the Seto-Ohashi Bridge. The fare from Osaka is approximately $25.

Many airlines, including United and JAL, offer nonstop service from the U.S. west coast to Kansai International Airport near Osaka on Honshu, the nearest large city and the gateway to Shikoku.