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Less Is More in the Heart of Japan’s Coastal Gem -Tokyo, Ikuchijima, Kyoto & Osaka

Less Is More in the Heart of Japan’s Coastal Gem -Tokyo, Ikuchijima, Kyoto & Osaka

8 Days 7 Nights

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※About solo traveler

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement fee of $1200. After booking your trip, please indicate your preference for a private room when filling out your traveler information form, and we will send a separate invoice for the associated cost. Alternatively, if you are open to sharing accommodations with another solo traveler this option may also be available upon checkout. Please note that these shared spots are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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This journey is a celebration of the finest cuisine, spanning from the western to the central part of Honshu, the main island. It can span from the inner city to along the coast, or within the tranquil realms of temples and tea rooms. Unique techniques and traditions converge, enhancing your food experiences with mindfulness and cultural richness. Our team has designed this journey to begin at a lively pace, gradually transitioning to a more relaxed rhythm as we venture westward from Tokyo. Our route extends to the stunning Ikuchijima along the Setouchi Island coastline, and then into the heartland of Kyoto. You’ll savor a spectrum of culinary delights—from creative, modern Japanese cuisine to street food; traditional sake, and locally crafted beer; and even experience a lemon harvest.

This journey begins with the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo, offering a diverse range of experiences from cultural exploration to entertainment as well as culinary wonders. Tokyo’s famous urban gastronomy offers an array of delights, from authentic ramen and crepes to curry, yakitori, and sushi. It’s the perfect place to taste a little bit of everything. We will introduce you to places that are solo-traveler friendly.

Next, explore the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity on Ikuchijima, set in the tranquil waters of the Seto Inland Sea. The nearby bathhouse and hot spring, just across from the hotel, serve as social hubs for locals and tourists, fostering cultural exchange and community bonding. You can also embark on a cycling adventure feeling the wind in your hair as you pedal through charming villages, picturesque countryside, and breathtaking natural wonders. Lastly, we will visit Kyoto which boasts a rich heritage that is reflected in cultural landmarks everywhere. Enjoy the authentic tofu lunch and the contemporary tea house experience. Then we will make a culinary pilgrimage to Osaka, the city of paradise for food enthusiasts.

Five Senses Travel

Nurture your heart and treat yourself to the wholesome nourishment of “me time” amidst nature, art, beauty, and embrace new friendships. Me Time International Travel is centered around awakening all five senses, offering solace, comfort, and rejuvenation for both the mind and body. Your senses will come alive during this journey.

  • Sight:

    Beauty surrounds us, inviting us to pause and truly observe our surroundings. Through our eyes, we enrich ourselves with every moment, allowing us to appreciate and absorb the profound history and the heart of Japanese culture.

  • Touch:

    There is a lovely meditation on touch—because the Japanese believe there is a soul in every object, every part of life. Pay close attention to your hands and feet as you engage with nature and the ambient

  • Sound:

    Pay attention to the sounds that grace your ears. The hustle and bustle of the big city can infuse us with excitement and energy, while a Zen temple or a quaint hidden café can induce relaxation and tranquility.
    Imagine yourself as a composer, gathering inspiration for a symphony.

  • Smell:

    Inhale deeply, embracing a tranquil state of mind, and savor the surrounding aromas. The art of living and the essence of scent
    intertwine everywhere. Being attuned to the diverse fragrances of our world will enhance your travel experience.

  • Taste:

    Indulge in an array of flavors. Delight in the awareness of mouthfeel, savoring the specialties of local seasonal freshness in food and drink. Engage in the textures, movements, and taste sensations of eating and drinking.


  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Japan – Tokyo

    • Visit Tokyo’s oldest town: Asakusa and Kappabashi

    • Ramen making and lunch

    • Welcome cocktail and dinner

    • Stay at Park Hotel Tokyo

    On the first morning, we will meet in the hotel lobby before immersing ourselves in the lively atmosphere of Asakusa, home to Tokyo’s oldest temple. Don’t miss the chance to draw a good omikuji fortune. Around the temple, you will uncover hidden gems where time-honored traditions and secret recipes give birth to delightful local sweets and snacks.

    Later, we will take you to Kappabashi, known as “Kitchen Street.” Stretching 800 meters, it hosts over 170 stores offering culinary supplies for both professionals and home cooks. We will continue on to a “Make Your Own Ramen” workshop and a sumptuous lunch in Asakusa. Dive into the art of crafting your ramen bowl, learning the secrets of a perfect broth, and selecting your favorite toppings.

    The evening concludes with a warm welcome dinner at a traditional dining spot, marking the beginning of your journey.

  2. Day 2

    Explore the Heart of the Bustling Metropolis – Tokyo

    • Pilgrimage to Meiji Shrine

    • Harajuku sweet treats

    • Stay at Park Hotel Tokyo

    Our morning begins with a visit to the Meiji Shrine, where tranquility graces the heart of the bustling metropolis. It offers a serene change of pace from the city before you venture onto the lively streets of Harajuku. Afterward, our focus turns to a hands-on food tour through these lively streets, allowing you to explore and savor whatever piques your interest. From crêpes to rice flour dumplings and cotton candy, Tokyo’s kawaii capital promises a delightful array of treats for your taste buds.

    You’re free to choose your own dinner. Explore a range of dining experiences, from casual izakayas to Michelin-starred establishments. Discover unique restaurants tailored to your palate and enjoy a delightful meal.

  3. Day 3

    Sake & Cat Alley – Tokyo to Ikuchijima

    • Morning walk to Toyosu market

    • Travel to Ikuchijima

    • Enjoy a mindful dinner curated by a local chef

    • Stay at Azumi Setoda

    The morning kicks off early with a visit to Toyosu, the epitome of organized chaos in the wholesale fish market. Afterward, we will board a Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Onomichi, a charming town in western Japan.

    Upon arrival, we will take a short drive to Ikuchijima, the heart of a lemon-farming island nestled along the Inland Sea. After a hearty lunch, enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. You can relax at a local cafe sipping locally harvested tea or take a ferry to Onomichi to find a perfect souvenir to bring home.

    After checking in at the hotel, you can enjoy the bath and sauna at the public bath across the street or spend time at your leisure. In the evening, we will reconvene for dinner at Azumi which offers a truly mindful dining experience where the chef selects seasonal ingredients and crafts dishes that reflect the day’s freshest goods, delivered by ferry. You’ll feel the warmth of Japanese hospitality in every aspect of this dining experience.

  4. Day 4

    Island Cycling Tour & Sea-to-Table Lunch – Ikuchijima

    • Cycling along beautiful scenery

    • Ikuchijima Island Highlights

    • Stay at Azumi Setoda

    Embark on an island cycling tour in the morning or, if you prefer, indulge in extra rest amidst the tranquil ocean surroundings of the Inland sanctuary. Our private cycling guide will lead you along the renowned Shimanami cycling road, one of Japan’s most famous and visually stunning bike routes. Conclude the morning adventure with a sea-to-table lunch. The rest of the afternoon on the island is yours to savor, with opportunities to explore historical, artistic, and cultural sites. You’ll have plenty of time for cycling, swimming, fishing, taking an intimate tour in a sea taxi, and immersing yourself in the natural atmosphere. You can dine at your leisure.

  5. Day 5

    A Day of Rituals – Kyoto

    • Travel to Kyoto

    • Temple Tour:Sanjusangendo and Kennin-ji

    • Modern tea room experience

    • Stay at an exclusive hotel in Kyoto

    Enjoy breakfast in a serene setting before heading out to the train station. We will then board the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto to experience the centuries-old beauty of the ancient capital and create lasting memories. After a tofu lunch, we will explore Sanjusangendo, a temple that is home to 1,001 carved wooden statues of life-size armed Kannon dating back over 800 years. The next stop is Kennin-ji, Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, where you can meditate amidst a beautiful Zen garden. Continuing along the path through Kyoto’s renowned Gion district, we will take you to a stunning contemporary tea establishment where ancient Japanese aesthetics meet modern interpretation. In a tranquil setting, savor the exquisite craftsmanship of Japanese confectionery paired with green tea or a cocktail. 

    In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel, offering a chance to unwind at your leisure. Dinner is your choice to explore. We will see you the following morning as we set forth on an adventure to uncover the natural wonders of Kyoto’s countryside.

  6. Day 6

    Daily Life & Living Tradition – Kyoto

    • Visit to a farming village

    • Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch with a local family

    • Savor a wholesome tsukemono dinner

    • Stay at an exclusive hotel in Kyoto

    Today, we venture into the countryside of Kyoto, an area surrounded by mountains to visit and connect with a local farming family. They will graciously guide you on a tour of their farm and village, allowing you to explore their harmonious relationship with nature and their deep reverence for the natural world, which enables them to coexist in harmony. After savoring a hearty farm-to-table lunch in a charming thatched-roof house, you’ll have some free time to wander the village at your own pace. Take a stroll along the pristine river, sourced from the mountains, and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance while gaining insight into the local lifestyle.

    In the early afternoon, we will head back to Kyoto. Tonight’s dinner is a delightful Kyotonian experience to enjoy tsukemono (pickled vegetables) made from vegetables that are traditionally grown only in Kyoto. Served in a modern and cozy setting, you can savor dishes like eggplant, pickling melon, lotus root, and an array of plant-based options.

  7. Day 7

    Exploring Culinary Memories – Osaka & Kyoto

    • Osaka tour with a local expert

    • Shabu-shabu farewell dinner accompanied by geisha entertainment

    • Stay at an exclusive hotel in Kyoto

    Today, we kickstart our journey in Japan’s culinary capital, Osaka. You will have the chance to meet a local expert and indulge in the city’s renowned street food, takoyaki. After savoring the local delights, the remainder of the day is yours to relish, offering some last-minute “me time” and mindful exploration, including the opportunity to find lucky charms for both you and your loved ones.

    Return to Kyoto for the farewell dinner and prepare to delight in shabu-shabu with Kuroge-wagyu beef in a traditional Kyoto townhouse-style establishment. As the evening unfolds, enjoy an authentic dance performance by a geisha accompanied by music. You’ll even have the chance to partake in traditional games with her.

  8. Day 8

    Until We Meet Again – Kyoto

    • Transfer to Airport

    It’s time to bid farewell. You will carry the memorable experiences in your hearts until our paths cross again. The tour will conclude after breakfast. If you plan to stay a few extra days, we can provide you with some tips on places to explore.


Our accommodations will be primarily boutique hotels run by local businesses, offering a range from minimalistic and comfortable lodgings to traditional Japanese inns called ryokans with communal baths. These serene retreats serve as the ideal starting point for “me time” and mindful journey.

Park Hotel Tokyo

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo, the Park Hotel Tokyo offers a truly unique and artistic experience for its guests. From the moment you step into the hotel, you will be surrounded by the year-round art exhibition that transcends conventional hospitality. The concept of “Art for all” has been woven into every aspect of the guest experience, including the exhibitions that grace the corridors of every guest room floor. During your stay, enjoy the guest lounge located on the 25th floor with panoramic views of Tokyo's majestic skyline, including Mount Fuji and Tokyo Tower.

Azumi Setoda

Combining timeless tradition with a modern twist, Azumi serves as a perfect base in Ikuchijima, an iconic landmark in this serene port town, offering wondrous views of nature and picturesque streets. Azumi carries forward the legacy of Horiuchi-tei, a 140-year-old estate that once belonged to an influential local family. It provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities and trains. Additionally, bike rentals are available for exploring the numerous cultural spots scattered throughout the island.


About solo traveler

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement fee of $1200. After booking your trip, please indicate your preference for a private room when filling out your traveler information form, and we will send a separate invoice for the associated cost. Alternatively, if you are open to sharing accommodations with another solo traveler this option may also be available upon checkout. Please note that these shared spots are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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