2019 Fern Tour in Japan

Our third fern tour will take place in all new areas to include Kochi prefectures in Shikoku Island.
We will travel to Amami Oshima Island, Kakeromajima Island as well.

Map showing Kochi

You will be met by your guide at NARITA Airport near Tokyo as you arrive from customs and escorted to the Nikko Narita Hotel for your first night's stay.

The next morning after breakfast at our hotel, we will take an 8:55 am Airport Limousine Bus to HANEDA Airport for an 11:25 am a flight to Ryoma Aiport in Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku Island. A Private Coach will pick us up at the airport to take us to the Makino Botanical Garden to see their collection of ferns. Afterward, we will arrive at our lodging for two nights, the Kanpo no yado Ino Hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel.

After breakfast at our hotel, we will have a short meeting at 8:45 am in the lobby. At 9:00 am we will be picked us by our private coach to head to the Yokokura Mountain<横倉山> area where we will search for ferns. Later we'll move to the Otaru waterfall<大樽の滝>area. Dinner is included at the hotel.

After our usual morning activities, we will head to Nakatsu Valley<中津渓谷> by private bus. In the afternoon we will move on to the Yasui Valley<安居渓谷< area. Tonight we will stay at the Comfort Inn Kochi. Dinner is your own.

Tourists looking at greenery along the road

Underside of fern showing seeds

This morning we will visit the Ioki do<伊尾木洞> area for the whole day. In the evening we head to Kochi airport to catch a 7:00 pm flight to Itami Osaka Aiport. We will stay at the Airport Terminal Hotel. Dinner is your own.

After Breakfast this morning we return to Itami Airport to catch the 9:25 am flight to Amami Oshima Island arriving at 11:05 am. A private coach will take us to the Oshimanatural Forest <奄美自然観察の森>area to explore for ferns followed by a visit to the Oshima Tsugimura area. We will stay for 5 nights at Amami port tower hotel. Dinner is your own.

After breakfast and our meeting, we'll head to the Kinsaku Hara<金作原生地> area with a local city tour guide who will take us to an area that requires special permit to enter. Later we move on to the Okawa Dam<大川ダム>area and Amami Nase<奄美市名瀬> area.
Dinner is your own.

This morning we visit the Modamu Natural Habitat<モダム自生地>. In the afternoon we move to Santaro Pass<三太郎峠>. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Amami Mon-grove Forest park. Dinner is on your own.

After our morning activities, we will take a ferry to Kakeiroma Island<加計呂麻島> to spend the day exploring for ferns.

After breakfast, we will visit the Yuwan Mountain<湯湾岳> area. In the afternoon we head to the Materiya Waterfall<マテリアの滝> area. In the evening we return to the Amamiporttower Hotel. We are going to have a goodbye party Dinner at Michelinbar Susumucho at 6:45 pm

After breakfast this morning, a shuttle bus will bring us to Amami Oshima Airport where we will catch the 16:55 pm flight to Narita Airport, arriving at 19:00 pm.

Note: during the tour, you will be provided with exact location information and lists of ferns that we expect to see.

View of top of fern




    • Cost of Tour



    • Included in Tour:

      Lodging for 10 nights in both western style hotels and traditional Japanese inns with onsens

      All breakfasts and 8 lunches plus 3 dinners

      All transportation within Japan including trains, private coach, taxi and air flights

      Luggage transfers<from Narita to Kochi> and entry fees per itinerary

      Two guides both fluent in English and Japanese

      Local guides who are plant experts; they will provide us with printed lists of Fern to be on the lookout  for;
      there is always the possibility of spotting something unexpected




  • Not included in Tour:

    International airfare and trip insurance.