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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.

 

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.

 

Ancient Capitals self-guided walking 5 days

Explore highlights of the Kansai region, home to the historic capitals of Kyoto, Nara and Asuka. This tour includes historic and culturally significant hiking trails, as well as overnight stays in wonderful traditional accommodation in Asuka and Nara, providing authentic Japanese meals and outstanding 'Omotenashi' service

Nakasendo self-guided walking 3 days

Walk the loveliest sections of the Nakasendo Trail. Start from Kyoto or from Tokyo, spend 2 nights on the Nakasendo trail and travel onwards to Kyoto or to Tokyo

Nakasendo self-guided walking 4 days

Walk the loveliest sections of the Nakasendo Trail. Start from Kyoto or from Tokyo, spend 3 nights on the Nakasendo trail and travel onwards to Kyoto or to Tokyo

Nakasendo self-guided walking 5 days

Walk the loveliest sections of the Nakasendo Trail. Start from Kyoto or from Tokyo, spend 4 nights on the Nakasendo trail and travel onwards to Tokyo

Nakasendo self-guided walking 10 days

Walk the loveliest sections of the Nakasendo Trail, with city stays in standard-grade hotels and one day of private guiding in Kyoto. Start in Kyoto for 3 nights, spend 4 nights on the Nakasendo trail and finish with two nights in Tokyo

Kumano Kodo self-guided walking 4 days

A rewarding hike through the Kii Peninsula mountains on an ancient pilgrimage trail. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 3 nights on the Kumano Kodo trail and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Kumano Kodo self-guided walking 5 days

A rewarding hike through the Kii Peninsula mountains on an ancient pilgrimage trail. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 4 nights on the Kumano Kodo trail and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Kumano Kodo self-guided walking 6 days

A rewarding hike through the Kii Peninsula mountains on an ancient pilgrimage trail. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 5 nights on the Kumano Kodo trail and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Kumano Kodo self-guided walking 9 days

A rewarding hike through the Kii Peninsula mountains on an ancient pilgrimage trail, with city stays in standard-grade hotels and one day of private guiding in Kyoto. Start in Kyoto for 2 nights, spend 5 nights on the Kumano Kodo trail and finish with a night in Osaka

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 4 days

Abundant nature, varied temples, one of Japan’s most venerable hot-spring towns and delicious traditional cuisine walking on sections of the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Ehime Prefecture in north-west Shikoku. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 3 nights on Shikoku with 4 days of hiking, and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 5 days

A hike through spectacular scenery, with beautiful temples, terrific Onsen baths and delicious traditional cuisine on the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Tokushima and Kagawa Prefectures at the north-east tip of Shikoku Island. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 4 nights on Shikoku (with 4 days of hiking) and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 6 days

A hike through spectacular scenery, with beautiful temples, terrific Onsen baths and delicious traditional cuisine on the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Tokushima and Kagawa Prefectures at the north-east tip of Shikoku Island. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 5 nights on Shikoku (with up to 5 days of hiking) and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 8 days

Spectacular scenery, beautiful temples, terrific hot-spring baths and delicious traditional cuisine on the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku, combining our walks in the north-east and the north-west of the island. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 7 nights on Shikoku in Tokushima/Kagawa Prefectures and in Ehime Prefecture with 8 days of hiking, and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 10 days

Spectacular scenery, beautiful temples, terrific hot-spring baths and delicious traditional cuisine on the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku, combining our walks in the north-east and the north-west of the island. Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 9 nights on Shikoku with 9 days of hiking, and return to Kyoto or Osaka

Asuka Village

This peaceful agricultural community is an ideal location experience the rural lifestyle of the Japanese countryside

Spiritual Mount Koya

Mount Koya has been a place of religious devotion and ceremony since the 9th century, when Kobo Daishi founded the first temple and the Shingon sect of Buddhism