October 29 - November 6, 2019
Shikoku is the smallest main island of Japan. Its sparsely populated shores are wild with natural wonders and locals are friendly and down-to-earth.
Shikoku's clean air promises adventure and beauty. On our guided tour to Shikoku, you'll learn indigo dyeing, get close and personal with a whirlpool, and make traditional washi paper. Travelling by private vehicle, this tour is for those who want to see a hidden part of Japan, far away from the tourist traps and crowds.
Shikoku is a charming island, rich with nature, history, indigenous culture and cuisine.
Venturing deep into the quiet countryside, feel the gentle autumn air grow heavy with the rustle of leaves. Let your soul soar as you cross a natural vine bridge and your curiosity wander in a hidden Japanese village.
Head to the coastline of Kochi for an impressive mountaintop temple and whispering forests. Indulge in the bountiful ocean and learn how to make your own seared Bonito, then visit a 300-year-old open market.
This tour is an appreciation of nature - from striking viewpoints to rugged coastlines, beauty is all around you.
"A very special tour. Extremely well-organised to perfection and lots of fun. I would gladly recommend Rika. Special moments." - Christina Buri
8 nights in hotels
Daily breakfast, 5 dinners, 2 lunches
All-in land transportation
Small group - 8 max
Fully guided tour
$5,280 AUD ($900 singles fee)
I have now done two of Rika's tours to Japan. Both have been a delight and I think a third will take me back to Kyoto to indulge in a longer stay. I enjoyed her very professional weaving of nature and culture and particularly the incredible choice of venues for such a wonderful variety of Japanese style cooking and meals. I really felt so well looked after. Any special request she willingly obliged. Which made the tours special just for me. A private tea ceremony, a fun experience of elegant entertaining geisha, and traditional wagashi sweet making class. I highly recommend Rika and her tours to everyone.
I just returned from a two week customized photography-centred tour of Japan with Rika and a small group of photography friends. Although not a photographer herself, Rika had a sixth sense as to where to bring us to capture iconic as well as unique images of the country and its people. She also ensured that we experienced the culture through stays at such places as a boathouse in a remote fishing village and in a World Heritage site monastery in Koyasan. She is a warm, funny and lovely person filled with enthusiasm for her work and a passion to make sure her clients are always satisfied. I recommend her highly.
Travelling with Rika in her native Japan was an opportunity for a cultural experience like no other.
Imagine having a friend who seamlessly moves between two languages and who is able to help you interpret the traditional and contemporary customs of the Japanese way of life. Rika brings a quiet, respectful and unassuming demeanour to her responsibility as a guide and helps the mystery of Japan unfold.
Our tour to Japan was the best and most stress-free holiday we've ever had.
It was exceptionally well-organised by Rika. We learnt so much of Japan. I have always been a bit wary of tours. In fact, this was my first. It was small and personal, very much boutique style, very much my style. Rika actively sought out our wishes and preferences before and during the tour and where possible, built them in. It was fabulous having Rika there to sort out the arrangements, to smooth the way, to translate on-the-spot and to be a delightful and engaging part of the group. It was so relaxing and a lot of fun. All I dream of now is our next Japanese adventure. Next destination? Kyoto, 2018, here we come.
I have joined Rika's guided tour. Her service was exceptional. It was the best trip ever and such a luxurious way to enjoy Japan. She took me right down to the core of Japanese culture. I felt like I was a part of their culture. It was magical. Also, she really knows where to go for good local food. I highly recommend her tour especially to people like me want to travel in own pace and don't enjoy seeing only touristy sights. Thank you, Rika for your wonderful tour and I am sure I will join you again.
Thank you for the excellent tour of Japan. This was one of the best holidays we have ever been on. This was not only due to the amazing weather, the unexpected surprises around every corner and how welcoming we found the people and food but to the effort, you made to make us all feel welcome. As a group, we all got on well and with time we became friends. There were plenty of highlights and these were often the unexpected things that happen when you are in a strange land. The Autumn colours and light were stunning. The food was far better than our expectations. For 2 weeks, we were completely immersed in Japan, its people, culture and heritage. Without Rika, I am sure that our holiday would not have been so rich or complete.
Definitely 5 star service. Rika fine-tuned and honed a tour that offers a unique opportunity to experience Japan on so many levels. Culture, food, sightseeing and lots of fun being part of a special group of people. Well done Rika and Kuroko Boutique Tours.
We learnt so much of Japan. I have always been a bit wary of tours. In fact, this was my first. It was small and personal, very much boutique style, very much my style. Rika actively sought out our wishes and preferences before and during the tour and where possible, built them in. It was fabulous having Rika there to sort out the arrangements, to smooth the way, to translate on-the-spot and to be a delightful and engaging part of the group. It was so relaxing and a lot of fun. All I dream of now is our next Japanese adventure. Next destination? Kyoto, 2018, here we come.
Head to our gallery for a peak at what's in store. All photos are taken by Kuroko or our customers while on our guided tours.