Japan self guided tour in Northern Kyoto

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

With this tour, we use local public transport exclusively and offer options to explore the scenic towns and travel certain sections by bicycle. This minimizes your environmental impact and complements the fact that this tour does not require long-distance travel around the country.

On this tour, you travel at your own pace through historic and atmospheric villages and spend four nights at traditional Japanese inns, therefore supporting these rural communities and businesses. Your hosts value locally-produced food, which has a lower carbon footprint and further encourages the economic activity in the community. This area is particularly known for the regional cuisine made with freshly caught seafood and the local Sake brewery in Ine-cho, visited on this tour, uses ingredients grown nearby.

We follow the principles of ‘Leave no Trace’. Additionally, we do not leave behind any waste on our tours. We avoid as much the use of paper, and do as much of our marketing as possible on-line, using internet, email and avoid printing.

The Impacts of this Trip

With rapidly-growing numbers of overseas visitors to Japan, we believe it is vital to encourage exploration of rural communities, lessening the crowding at major urban tourist sites and spreading the economic benefits of tourism more widely. We promote travels to often visit the lesser-known (but equally enchanting) areas of the countries we visit, and this helps to spread the economic benefit of tourism more evenly.

Focusing on the lesser-known villages of the Kansai area, this tour features friendly family-run inns. Hosts at these traditional accommodations are examples of the 'I-turn' movement in Japan, whereby city dwellers return to the countryside, reversing the trend of recent decades, and re-create a lifestyle more closely connected to the land. We want to support this movement and allow our guests to experience the rural lifestyle. Bringing visitors to country communities, such as the peaceful port-town on Ine-cho, helps sustain their economic viability. Encouraging economic activity in the community means that their society and culture can endure, too. This is particularly important for rural areas, many of which faced decades of decline and depopulation as younger people moved away to the cities. There are now welcome signs that this tide has started to turn.


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