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Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo Trail is not only one of Japanís most ancient thoroughfares, it is also one of modern Japanís most aesthetically exquisite walking trails. Used since the 8th century by feudal lords needing to traverse this magnificent, mountainous terrain between Kyoto and Edo (todayís Tokyo), this itinerary includes five days of walking along the trail, from one ancient Ďpost towní to another. Walks range from two to six hours long, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the traditional ryokan inns and minshuku guesthouses that the Nakasendo Trail is so famous for. Here you can soak in traditional Japanese baths and even thermal springs but also in the culture, always so enlightening for visitors ... Read more >
From £735 excluding flights

Kumano Kodo trail self guided walking holiday, Japan

The Kumano Kodo is an iconic network of long-distance walking trails. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and nobility from 11th century Japan as they travelled from Kyoto to the three great shrines of Kumano, scattered among the Kii Mountains in the Kii Peninsula. This is the largest peninsula on Japan's main island of Honshu and the Kumano Kodo trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Divided into three main sub-routes - Nakahechi Trail, Kohechi Trail and Iseji Trail - the Kumano Kodo offers a whole range of walking options. This self-guided walking holiday can be designed in various lengths with up to 11 hiking days, with some fairly strenuous treks of up to eight hours of walking per ... Read more >
From £725 excluding flights

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

The Nakasendo trail linked Kyoto to Tokyo during Japanís feudal period. It was the Ďroad through the mountainsí (as opposed to the Tokaido route which travelled the Pacific coast) travelled by feudal lords and their retinues, samurai, merchants, and travelers. Along the route were 69 Ďpost townsí, where weary travelers could rest before continuing on the next leg. Our journey will start in Tokyo, known as Edo during Japanís period of rule by the Shoguns. We will then spend four days walking along the Nakasendo. By day we will walk along the ancient route as it passes through beautifully-preserved villages along an easy path, and by evening we will stay in traditional country inns enjoying ... Read more >
From £3,140 excluding flights

Southern Japan small group holiday

This two week holiday begins in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Kyoto and perfect cultural starting point for this trip. Taking in the vast array of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines that the city is famous for, we will also explore the regionís natural gems, such as Nara Park at foot of Mount Wakakusa. Heading to Kyushu, the southernmost of Japanís islands, there is a plethora of walking trails with four national parks on this volcanic gem of an island alone. Historically, Kyushu is considered the birthplace of civilization in Japan and, consequently, is the source of great storytelling and mythology, all of which pervade our explorations of its tracks and trails, villages and ... Read more >
From £3,520 excluding flights

Japan self-guided cycling holiday, Noto Peninsula

This Japan self-guided cycling holiday is a seven day trip along the stunning Noto Peninsula coast, passing through fishing villages dotted along this unspoiled coastline or heading inland on some of the mountain roads along the way. This itinerary consists of six days of road cycling covering distances of between 13km - 66km each day. This is a tailor made itinerary so we can tweak it to suit your timeframe and budget, and by using trains to link up with accommodation at your start and end points, you will be able to cover a lot of this coastline in a week. While topping up with some of Honshu Islandís finest seafood along the way. Stay in traditional ryokan or minshuku inns and enjoy ... Read more >
From £1,245 excluding flights

Kumano Kodo walking holiday, Japan

The Kumano Kodo is an iconic network of long-distance walking trails. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and nobility from 11th century Japan as they travelled from Kyoto to the three great shrines of Kumano, scattered among the Kii Mountains in the Kii Peninsula. This is the largest peninsula on Japan's main island of Honshu and the Kumano Kodo trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Divided into three main sub-routes - Nakahechi Trail, Kohechi Trail and Iseji Trail - the Kumano Kodo offers a whole range of walking options. This self-guided walking holiday can be designed in various lengths with up to 11 hiking days, with some fairly strenuous treks of up to eight hours of walking per ... Read more >
From £2,400 excluding flights

Japan walking holiday, North from Tokyo

This Japan walking holiday starts in Tokyo and heads north, off the traditional tourist trail and into serene, spiritual natural and cultural landscapes. There are some classic sites en route, however, such as the UNESCO Toshogu shrine at Nikko, a stunning area protected by national park status. We continue to the three sacred peaks of Dewa Sanzan where pilgrims gather, and where we have a chance to stay at a shukubo, or temple lodging. As well as divine hiking in Nikko NP, the Oze Marshlands and Tono Valley make for superb treks here in the north, a region portrayed beautifully by Matsuo Basho, one of Japanís most important haiku poets from the 17th century. Staying in traditional ... Read more >
From £3,345 excluding flights

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

A two week long, small group tour around Japanís cultural highlights with our expert and highly experienced local guide. This unique countryís culture and history are so rich, that even a two week long Japan culture tour will still only feel like an introduction, but this itinerary will immerse you deeply and quickly. Every day is different, with the likes of Imperial Kyoto and Nara one day or the ancient Nakasendo Trail, where you can follow in the footsteps of feudal warlords through the mountains, on another. The Trail is 500km long, but we will take on the Kiso Valley section visiting the traditional Ďpost townsí of Magome and Tsumago further over the Magome Pass. Hot springs and ... Read more >
From £3,415 excluding flights

Nikko and Yumoto Onsen walking tour, Japan

Nikko National Park is just 125km from Tokyo in the Tochigi Prefecture where, after a quick train ride from the busy metropolis, you will discover a stunning mountainous landscape, with ancient villages and UNESCO protected ancient heritage. This heritage dates back to the rule of Ieyasu, first Shogun of the Tokugawa clan in the 1600ís. And your starting point of Nikko town is home to mausoleum with a shrine that is said to be Japanís most decorative. Nikko town is gateway to the national park, where you can walk through the tranquil Oku Nikko plains, with views of Mount Mitsudake and Mount Orogura. Discover trails through ancient forests with secret waterfall spots such as Ryuzu and ... Read more >
From £850 excluding flights

Japan small group tour, in the shadow of mountains

A Japan small group tour spending twelve days discovering the cities, cultural and coastal highlights of this unique country. Any Japan cultural tour has to include metropolitan and historical greats such as Kyoto, but this holiday also steps off the tourist trail to visit the countryís lesser known coastal treats such as Kojima and Yunotsu as well, reminding you that Japan is actually a collection of islands with eclectic, exquisite landscapes, seascapes and eco escapes. Using Japanís famous railway system, including bullet trains, to travel from one place to the next, staying in traditional ryokan and minshuku inns and having plenty of opportunities to, literally, immerse yourselves in ... Read more >
From £3,280 excluding flights

Shikoku Pilgrimage self guided walking tour, Japan

This self guided walking holiday is designed as a ten day break on Shikoku island, taking in sections of the iconic 88 Temples Pilgrimage Trail. This is the 4th largest island in Japan, and hiking here not only takes you to many of these sacred sites, but also through some truly spectacular mountain scenery, remote villages, to hot spring spa towns, while staying in traditional inns along the way. You can adapt this itinerary if you have less time available, by visiting fewer sections of the trail, and staying in just one region of the island. The walking is mostly moderate along the trail, with a couple of more challenging ones thrown in. Read more >
From £870 excluding flights

Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

This Japan self guided walking tour is a five day trip around the ancient heart of the Kansai region, on the main island of Honshu. A tailor made itinerary, the route we have planned below can always be tweaked to suit your budget and time frame. The walking holiday revolves around the regionís three ancient capitals of Kyoto, Nara and Asuka as well as the ancient walking trails that spread out from all of them. Easily accessible by train, you can explore the varied histories of each location, walking along the likes of Yamanobe no Michi Trail around Nara. This is part of Japanís oldest road, known as the Shinkaido , and is peppered with shrines, temples and tombs. The Yagyu Kaido Trail ... Read more >
From £850 excluding flights

Japan walking tour of Shikoku

Shikoku is the fourth largest island in Japan and famous for its Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage Trail, with numbered temples and shrines all along the way. This walking holiday, starting in Osaka, takes on a selection of walking trails along the pilgrimage route, including the starting point, Mount Koya, the centre of Shingon Buddhism and an elevated, almost ethereal temple town. We also take hikes through the Iya Valley, famous for its traditional thatched roof farmhouses and ancient vine bridges as well as staying in ryokan inns, with plenty of hot spring baths to enjoy along the way. Read more >
From £3,345 excluding flights

Japan culinary heritage tour

This Japan culinary heritage tour is an eleven day feast of what many people consider to be Japanís cultural highlight: food. Having cuisine at the core of a cultural tour of Japan certainly is a wonderful way to discover great cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto. As well as hidden rural villages and the extraordinary Awaji Island where culinary traditions have been handed down through the generations. Japan utilises its local produce brilliantly, benefitting from fertile arable land which has been farmed sustainably for centuries. A term that you will come across often on this trip is Satoyama, which translates as the border between flat arable land and the mountains. This is where small ... Read more >
From £3,345 excluding flights

Japan family tour, rural adventure

This Japan family tour takes you off the beaten track in Japan and into its heart. Because although many people think of cities when it comes to exploring Japan, rural life, the mountains, rivers and valleys are where you will find the cultural gems. This small group, family adventure is a journey around the Kansai area of Honshu Island, Japanís main island, where we spend quality time getting to know the communities of Asuka and Sasayama. We have carefully crafted an itinerary which appeals to a mixed group of ages, including learning about the traditions and techniques of Wadaiko Taiko drumming, cooking, taking part in a traditional pottery class and making Japanese paper lanterns. ... Read more >
From £2,035 excluding flights

Nakasendo Trail winter tour, Japan

An eight day guided snowshoeing or winter walking holiday in Japan that takes you not only on one of the countryís most heavenly hiking routes, the Nakasendo Trail, but also to Kyoto and Tokyo. This is, in fact, an ancient trail between these two cities dating back to the 8th century when Tokyo was still known as Edo. It is over 500km long, and was originally created so that feudal lords could traverse the mountainous terrain to access all their different territories. This trip includes five winter walks on the Trail, following in ancient footsteps on some of our favourite segments and taking you through traditional villages feel unchanged by time. Usually very popular with tourists at ... Read more >
From £2,105 excluding flights
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