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Our walking tours combine the best of Japan's cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-track walking or hiking. Varying from easy to strenuous, but they all offer the visitor a wonderful opportunity to see Japan from a perspective bypassed by most foreigners. From village-to-village walking along the Kiso Valley or hiking the volcanoes of Kyushu, the countryside will unfold before your eyes, affording a truly up-close experience. Walking in Japan is made all the more civilised by the abundance of natural hot springs, and the freshest Japanese food, beautifully prepared by your host.


If you are unsure of the right trip for you, please contact us!




jnkNakasendo Trail

Tokyo to Kyoto and Nara 12 days
Easy/moderate - 4 days of village-to-village walking from 2 to 5 hours per day on flat paths and mountain trails with some moderate ascents



23 March - 03 April 2015

30 March - 10 April 2015

06 - 17 April 2015

13 - 24 April 2015

19 - 30 April 2015

04 - 15 May 2015

13 - 24 July 2015

05 - 16 October 2015

14 - 25 October 2015

19 - 30 October 2015

02 - 13 November 2015


Highlights: Four days of village-to-village walking on the old Nakasendo trail – Imperial Nara and Kyoto – modern Tokyo - the mountaintop village of Yoshino - visit sacred Mount Koya and stay in a shukubo (temple lodging) – relax in the bath at a lovely hot spring ryokan – travel on the bullet train

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jlfLand of Fire

Kyoto to Kyushu 15 days
Easy - city and countryside sightseeing on foot (normally up to 2-3 hours of walking per day) plus short hikes on Yakushima Island (up to 4 hours).



09 - 23 May 2015

28 September - 12 October 2015


Highlights: Imperial Kyoto – Asuka – Kurokawa Hot Springs – Mount Aso, one of the world’s largest active volcanoes – Traditional Yokagura dances at Takachiho – Kagoshima – Hot sand baths on the beach – Accommodation in traditional ryokan – natural hot spring baths – UNESCO World Heritage site of Yakushima Island – Nagasaki

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jkkKumano Ancient Trail

Village-to-village hiking in the sacred Kii Peninsula 9 days
Moderate/Strenuous - 4 or 5 days of walking from 2 to 7 hours per day on mountain trails



13 - 21 April 2015

20 - 28 April 2015

8 - 26 May 2015

02 - 10 November 2015


Highlights: Exploring the Kii mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and walking part of the old pilgrimage route to

the great Kumano shrines - Accommodation

in old hot spring villages - Boat ride through the

Doro-kyo Gorge - a spectacular hot spring hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean


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jmsMountain Spirits

Tokyo and Northern Japan 13 days
Moderate - 6 days of walking and hiking from 2 to 5 hours per day on flat paths and mountain trails with some climbs



17 - 29 July 2015

18 - 30 September 2015


Highlights: Ultra-modern Tokyo – the UNESCO World Heritage site of Toshogu shrine at Nikko – spectacular walking in the Oze marshland – accommodation in traditional ryokan – natural hot spring baths – a temple stay in the sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan – gentle walks and cycling in the Tono valley – Samurai houses and gardens at Kakunodate – relax in the milky-white waters of the remote Nyuto hot spring – travel on the bullet train

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Please see also our self-guided walking trips - customisable to your level of walking and you can start them on any day.


Fully Tailored Itineraries:

We can also arrange tours to suit your dates or even put together a trip customised to your needs, with or without an element of walking or hiking. Please fill out our enquiry page to discuss your requirements.



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