Ise-Shima and Kumano

4-day extension in Mie prefecture

Ise-Shima and Kumano

Easily accessible from Nagoya and Osaka, the Ise-Shima Peninsula provides an exciting detour from Japan’s tourism hotspots. This often-overlooked region houses some of the country’s oldest Shinto shrines, while also offering beautiful coastal scenery to explore and a number of culinary delights! Our 4-day journey into Ise-Shima can be easily integrated into a longer tour of Japan. (Photo of Ise Jingu courtesy of Jingushicho).

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Ise Jingu

    Depart Nagoya this morning on the local train bound for Ise, a journey of approx. 90 minutes. Situated on the Shima Peninsula in Japan’s central Mie prefecture, Ise is a small coastal city best known for housing the Ise Jingu, the most sacred religious complex in Japan. The Ise Jingu, or the Grand Shrine of Ise, is not in fact a single shrine but rather a collection of over 100 shrines, of which the oldest are believed to date back to the 3rd century. Collectively, they are considered Japan’s most important place of Shinto worship and pilgrimage.

  2. Day 2: Ago Bay Cruise and Ise-Shima Cycling Tour

    After its shrines, Ise-Shima’s greatest attraction is undoubtedly its beautiful coastline, which will be the focal point of today’s tour, as you enjoy a cruise on Ago Bay followed by a guided bicycle tour on the Sakishima Peninsula.

  3. Day 3: Kumano City

    Check out of your hotel in Ise after breakfast and travel by train to Kumano city. This is a journey of approx. 2 hours, with a change of train in Matsusaka. You’ll make most of the journey on the Wide View Nanki, whose broad windows will allow you to enjoy the fabulous coastal views as you approach Kumano (we suggest sitting on the left!)

  4. Day 4: Nachi Taisha; train to Osaka

    Your journey ends today in Osaka, which is accessible by train from Kumano. En route to Osaka, we recommend making a detour to visit one of the Kumano region’s – and by extension Japan’s – most beautiful shrines, Nachi Taisha.

Price guide

The price shown is based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary that can be tailored to your interests, and priced for families or groups.

4 days from £720pp


4 days from £720pp

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