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Japan self guided walking holiday, Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo Trail is not only one of Japan’s most ancient thoroughfares, it is also one of modern Japan’s most aesthetically exquisite walking trails. Used since the 8th century by feudal lords needing to traverse this magnificent, mountainous terrain between Kyoto and Edo (today’s Tokyo), this itinerary includes five days of walking along the trail, from one ancient ‘post town’ 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 £730 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 £705 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 £2,455 excluding flights

Nakasendo Trail walking tour, Japan

The Nakasendo trail linked Kyoto to Tokyo during Japan’s feudal period. It was the ‘road through the mountains’ (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 ‘post towns’, where weary travelers could rest before continuing on the next leg. Our journey will start in Tokyo, known as Edo during Japan’s 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 £3,205 excluding flights

Japan culture tour, Shoguns & Samurai

A two week long, small group tour around Japan’s cultural highlights with our expert and highly experienced local guide. This unique country’s 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 ‘post towns’ of Magome and Tsumago further over the Magome Pass. Hot springs and ... Read more >
From £3,310 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 £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 country’s 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 Japan’s 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 £3,350 excluding flights

Japan ancient capitals self guided walking tour

The Kansai region, situated at the centre of Japan's main island of Honshu, is home to three historic capitals: Kyoto, Nara and the smaller, lesser-known Asuka. All three have rich and varied histories. Our tour includes scenic and culturally significant hiking trails, as well as overnight stays in small, traditional inns, with an option for a Machiya townhouse stay in Nara. The inns offer authentic Japanese meals and outstanding 'Omotenashi' service. Learn about this historic area of Japan and discover its cultural heritage on these less familiar walks. You can opt to upgrade to a wonderful Machiya Townhouse in Nara. Machiya are beautiful wooden townhouses that have seen a resurgence ... Read more >
From £850 excluding flights

Japan culinary heritage tour

This culinary journey visits famous locations like the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto, as well as hidden rural villages and the unique culture of Awaji Island in the fabled Inland Sea, where culinary traditions have been handed down from generation to generation. Foraging for wild ingredients, harvesting the bounty of the land, cooking with emblematic figures and alongside members of local communities, this culinary adventure will show you how food is the most intimate way to uncover Japan’s history and culture. Japan is blessed with rich natural products from the ‘Satoyama’ landscape, the border area between flat arable land where rice is grown, and the mountains. Managed sustainably ... Read more >
From £3,385 excluding flights

Japan family tour, rural adventure

On a rural family adventure in the heart of Japan, children and their parents will discover the unknown side of Japan and connect with the communities they explore. This 8-day adventure gives a deep insight into the Kansai area, offering exciting vistas of Japan from the urban delights of Kyoto to rural immersion in the communities of Asuka and Sasayama. It’s no secret that parents are happy when their kids are happy…they will be overjoyed to watch them learning the spirit and techniques of Wadaiko Japanese Taiko drumming, feeding free-roaming deer and creating their own pottery and paper lantern crafts. Sharing these wonderful moments with local people, cooking with them in an outdoor ... Read more >
From £2,080 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 country’s 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 £2,080 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 region’s natural gems, such as Nara Park at foot of Mount Wakakusa. Heading to Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s 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 £3,490 excluding flights
Explore the volcanic wonders of Kyushu. We still have spaces available on October departure, and this is a guaranteed departure!

Japan tour, village traditions

Starting in Osaka, this holiday is about really engaging with Japanese people, artisans and artists, farmers and foodies, as we travel around some of its rural and also urban heritage highlights. In Asuka we try our hand at rice planting or harvesting, depending on the season. Rice is about so much more than farming in Japan but, as the staple food, it is considered a gift from the Shinto deities. Working the paddy fields is, therefore, almost ritualistic. Similarly spiritual is the art of Japanese drumming, or wadaiko which we will also experience on this trip. Staying in traditional Japanese homes, we learn some cooking skills one day, and ancient roof thatching skills on another. ... Read more >
From £2,325 excluding flights
Spaces available on 28th Sep departure. See Japan's warm agricultural side and discover the enduring magic of the country's rural traditions.

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 £3,310 excluding flights
The trail towards enlightenment... You still have a chance to explore the Temples and Trails of Shikoku: we have spaces available on our 5th of November departure!

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 Japan’s most important haiku poets from the 17th century. Staying in traditional ... Read more >
From £3,350 excluding flights
Save £120 and explore the dramatic peaks and soothing hot springs of the north of Japan! Guaranteed departure: 8th of September - an opportunity not to be missed!
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