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Off the beaten track Japan
Bamboo grove Green tea Ryokan welcome Bean cakes Irori Tono lady Yakushima Hot sand bath Bamboo grove Torii Shirakawa-go Fushimi Inari Nakasendo Dinner time Minshuku owner Ishidatami flagstones Rice field maintenance Maruyama Senmaida terraced rice fields Bamboo forest
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We have a selection of small-group guided tours, seeing Japan at street-level, experiencing the cultural heritage, the traditions and the hospitality of the Japanese. Enjoy the pampered comfort of a traditional ryokan, soak in the waters of a hot spring, and taste the freshest ingredients prepared exquisitely for you by your hosts. Visit Japan with us.


NatGeo Traveler 2013National Geographic Traveler magazine has named our Nakasendo Trail tour as one of their "50 Tours of a Lifetime" for 2013!







Outside MagazineThe hot sand baths at Yamakawa, featured on our Land of Fire tour, were named as the Best Hotsprings for 2013 in Outside Magazine’s 2013 Active Travel Award.


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A highlight of any journey to Japan, regional Japanese cuisine is rich and varied.
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Village Traditions

We have a new cultural tour starting in October 2015! Village Traditions

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Oku Japan iPad app

We have released our new iPad app on the Apple iTunes App Store.

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The Oku Japan Annual Retreat

The Oku Japan staff got together for a retreat in historic Asuka this summer.

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Walking in JapanA network of old trails cover Japan, steeped in history, which allow the visitor a privileged view. Combine easy to strenuous walking and hiking with stays in luxurious hot spring ryokan and lovely inns, and sightseeing in the country's grandest cities.

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Read our help section to find out the answer to your questions. Read our pre-booking frequently-asked questions, and once booked find out about preparing for your trip to Japan.

There is a country profile for Japan, practical information about travelling there.


Responsible Tourism
We choose our accommodation with the utmost care. Here is a brief introduction to the different types in Japan.
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