Western Japan
Nov 2024


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Western Japan
Nov 2024

Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tsuyama & more
Nov 8th - 18th, 2024
From $4200 Per Person

Join us for a 10 day pickleball adventure across Western Japan!

Our most popular trip ever is back with an extra day of adventure!

Modern Japan is a fascinating dichotomy of ancient culture and futuristic civilization. Journey with us through time as we explore modern cities including Osaka and Hiroshima, the ancient capitol of Kyoto, the mystical island of Miyajima, and rural areas of Okayama prefecture, where even Japanese travelers rarely venture. All while playing pickleball with locals along the way and honing your skills under the tutelage of our professional instructors.

Pickleball Trips was born in Japan out of our threefold passion for travel, relationships, and pickleball. We guarantee a true insider experience and culinary treat as our tour hosts take you to all their favorite spots!

Hrs. of Instruction: 9
Hrs. of Social Play: 10+
Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Nov 8th - 18th, 2024


  • 10 nights at standard accommodations
  • All meals excluding 3 dinners and 4 lunches
  • All activities including, tours, entrance fees, pickleball clinics, and domestic transportation within Japan

*Please note, there is no need to purchase a JR Pass as all transportation within Japan is now included in the cost of the tour.


  • Airfare to/from Kansai Int’l Airport (KIX), Haneda Int’l Airport (HND), or Narita Int’l Airport (NRT)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.


Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport

  • This 4-Star accommodation, which is only minutes from Kansai Int’l Airport (KIX) was voted as having one of the best hotel breakfast in all of Japan by TripAdvisor users in 202o.

Hilton Hiroshima

  • In the heart of Hiroshima City, our hotel is within five minutes of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, Hiroshima Castle, and several transit stations. Heiwa-Odori’s shops, restaurants, and entertainment are 10 minutes away. Our hotel offers 24,780 sq. ft. of event space, as well as four restaurants and views from our skyline terrace.

Hotel Vischio Kyoto

  • The hotel “VISCHIO” of JR West Hotels retains the quality of “HOTEL GRANVIA” while placing emphasis on accommodations with a sophisticated urban and modern flair. The term “VISCHIO” means “mistletoe” in Italian, a tree that is considered holy and is said to bring luck, peace, and happiness according to Norse mythology. The name was selected out of our desire of a place with the feeling of an ‘urban shelter’ where our guests can recover from their journey, enjoy themselves, and gain a sense of well-being during their stay.

Shiroyama Terrace

  • The most traditional lodging of our pickleball tour, this Japanese-style inn provides guests with a true sense of Japan’s past. From the private Onsen bath to the Washoku food combined with all the major comforts of a modern hotel, this will undoubtedly be a memorable stay.

Osaka Hotel

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Day Activity
Day 1


  • Please book your airfare to/from Kansai Int’l Airport (KIX) outside Osaka, or Haneda Int’l Airport (HND) / Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) near Tokyo*
  • Meet the group in the Hotel Nikko Kansai Int’l Airport lobby
  • Optional dinner at local ‘Izakaya’

*Due to the time difference, travelers from North America will likely need to depart the previous day to arrive on the designated start date. Kansai Int’l Airport (KIX) is the most convenient arrival airport, but you can also arrive at either Tokyo-area airport if you are comfortable getting yourself to Osaka.

Day 2


  • Western breakfast at accommodation
  • Train to Himeji (~1:30 hrs) for visit to Himeji Castle and Japanese gardens
  • Traditional lunch inside gardens with group
  • Afternoon social play with Himeji-area pickleball club followed by dinner with local players
  • Train to Hiroshima (~1:00 hrs) and check into Hilton
Day 3


  • Western breakfast at accommodation
  • Ferry to Miyajima Island (~0:45 hrs)
  • Miyajima Ropeway and optional summit hike
  • Scenic lunch with group overlooking Itsukushima Torii Gate and Seto Inland Sea
  • Free afternoon, to explore ancient shrines and temples or shop for local artisan goods
  • Return ferry to Hiroshima (~0:45 hrs)
  • Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum
  • Dinner on your own in Hiroshima
Day 4


  • Western breakfast at accommodation
  • Train to Kyoto (~1:45 hrs) and check into Hotel Vischio Kyoto
  • Light lunch on your own near hotel/Kyoto Station
  • Private Pickleball Trips clinic with our professional instructors
  • Return to hotel before group dinner at local specialty restaurant
Day 5


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Visit Nanzen-ji Temple, walk the Philosopher’s Path with a stop for lunch, and wander the grounds of the beautiful ‘Silver Pavillion’
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore additional Kyoto sights such as Fushimi Inari Taisha shinto shrine, the ‘Golden Pavilion’, Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto’s famous bamboo forest, Nishiki Market and more
Day 6


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Train to Nara (~0:45 hrs) for visit to Nara Deer Park, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine
  • Lunch on your own in Nara
  • Return to Kyoto (~0:45 hrs) for afternoon social play with Kyoto-area pickleball club followed by dinner with local players
Day 7


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Free morning to explore additional Kyoto sights such as Fushimi Inari Taisha shinto shrine, the ‘Golden Pavilion’, Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto’s famous bamboo forest, Nishiki Market and more
  • Lunch on your own in Kyoto
  • Private minibus transfer to Tsuyama (~2:30 hrs)
  • Check into Shiroyama Terrace
  • Early dinner with group followed by evening social play with Tsuyama-area pickleball club
Day 8


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Morning private Pickleball Trips clinic with our professional instructors
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Optional Tsuyama walking/history tour
  • Afternoon pickleball event with local players
  • Dinner with members of Tsuyama pickleball clubs
Day 9


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Morning temple tour with local monks, including zen meditation, green tea tasting, and Japanese calligraphy
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Afternoon/evening pickleball event with local players
  • Local dinner with group
Day 10


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Travel to Osaka hotel in private minibus (~2:00 hrs)
  • Free lunch in Osaka
  • Afternoon social play with local players
  • Farewell dinner
Day 11


  • Breakfast at accommodation
  • Departure from Kansai Int’l Airport (KIX) in Osaka

Itineraries are subject to modification due to unforeseen circumstances, cancellations, new travel restrictions, etc. You will receive updated versions after registering for a tour.

91+ Days Prior to Start Date Full Refund Minus 20% Nonrefundable Deposit*
61 ~ 90 Days Prior to Start Date 50% Refund of Total Trip Cost
31 ~ 60 Days Prior to Start Date 25% Refund of Total Trip Cost
0 ~ 30 Days Prior to Start Date None (20% Deposit Transferable)

We strongly encourage all travelers to invest in travel insurance to both minimize your financial risks of traveling and provide you with peace of mind to fully enjoy the your trip. Travel insurance can provide many helpful resources including refunds or assistance for any of the following situations that may arise before or during a trip:

  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

We suggest you talk to your insurance provider to ask about the travel insurance plans available to you. You can also compare policies online. Here are two well-known travel insurance providers to consider:

Travelex Travel Insurance
Travel Guard

You can also use InsureMyTrip.com to compare multiple companies’ plans.

What Our Attendees Say:

“If you want a first class trip that also includes pickleball… take a trip with them… .you won’t be sorry… you WILL have a ton of fun!”

LynetteRhine Wine & Dine

“We had so much fun on Pickleball Trips’ awesome tour of Italy. Pickleball and exploring with guides was amazing. Planning on another one soon!”

SharonTaste of Italy

“The trips I’ve been on… Japan and The Netherlands… were amazing! Top notch accommodations, amazing food, super coaching and the staff are so kind and caring.”

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