Japan activity holiday, bike, hike and kayak
Description of Japan activity holiday, bike, hike and kayak
This Japan activity holiday takes you on an adventurous journey through some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes, while also spending time at important cultural heritage sites along the way. Starting in Tokyo and finishing in Osaka, travel in a guided small group, mostly by train, along a carefully crafted itinerary where every day is totally different.
Our first stop after arriving in Tokyo is Narai, just one of several old post towns that we visit on the iconic Nakasendo Way, hiking through the region’s ancient forests and Kiso Valley. Our next stop is Kyoto which we explore on foot and by bike, visiting its famous shrines and ancient streets on foot and then cycling out of the city along the Kamon River.
We then head further south to Shingu to spend two days hiking a section of the Kumano Kodo walking trail followed by some time on the beautiful waters of Ago Bay, where we visit the small island of Masakijima. Last stop is Osaka, one of Japan’s most underrated cities and which is known locally as ‘tenka no daidokoro’, meaning ‘the kitchen under the heavens’.
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PlanetThe overuse of plastic bags is a major environmental issue in Japan, with the Japanese using around 30 million of them every year. Shopping in a convenience store often results in leaving with several plastic bags in tow. Excessive packaging is also adding to the size of the problem. That said, Japan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world.
On our trips our tour leader will talk openly and honestly about this issue and will hand out our ‘say no to plastic’ canvas bags to encourage travellers to take every chance to reduce their plastic use whilst travelling.
In a lot of the accommodation we stay in there are kettles available to use if passengers want to fill up their bottles with tea, coffee or water for the day. This dissuades them from buying bottled water in an attempt to decrease plastic waste further.
Our leaders will also encourage travellers to purchase their own chopsticks to avoid using instant ones. Instant chopsticks are very common in lots of Japanese eateries and the plastic consumption and waste they create is substantial. As part of learning and adapting to Japanese food culture, it’s a great idea to carry a pair with you. Plus, they make a great souvenir to take back home!
In addition, Japan boasts one of the most efficient public transport systems in the world. Because of this, we travel largely on public transport during this trip, either by super-fast bullet train, local public bus or sometimes on foot or by bike. This offers a really interesting way to travel Japan and is also a main contributing factor in our efforts to minimise our carbon footprint.
PeopleIn order to treat our travellers to a proper authentic experience whilst travelling Japan our leaders will always encourage our clients to eat at local places and to explore the backstreets and local markets. We also suggest that our passengers shop from different stores where they can purchase meaningful souvenirs that are made locally.
There’s a great culture in Japan of preserving traditional handicrafts and encouraging local artisans to keep tradition alive. Wherever possible our leaders will take our travellers to such shops that they can help keep this creativity going.
Japanese culture is intriguing, there are also a lot of cultural taboos and can be very particular in the way they like certain things to be done. Our leaders will always do their best to explain to travellers what is and isn’t appropriate, which can be fascinating because there is often a deep cultural reason for it. Also, there are lots of rules to follow, such as no speaking on the phone on trains, always changing into slippers when going into the toilet, onsen etiquette and more. Our leaders will always prepare our travellers so that they can behave in the most respectful way possible.