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!
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
06 - 17 October 2014
13 - 24 October 2014
03 - 14 November 2014
23 March - 03 April 2015
30 March - 10 April 2015
06 - 17 April 2015
13 - 24 April 2015
04 - 15 May 2015
13 - 24 July 2015
05 - 16 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
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).
29 September - 13 October 2014
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
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
03 - 11 November 2014
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
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
18 - 30 July
19 September - 01 October
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
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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