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Welcome to the Oku Japan blog, full of our latest news and interesting information on Japan.
While walking in Japan, you’ll likely spot small stone statues shaped like children or depictions of Buddha. These may seem like mischievous forest sprites, but their real identity tells a different story.

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“For me Japan has always been the little things. It’s the things you don’t think you’ll be taken by – the small interactions with the local people rather than the large sightseeing destinations.”

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Oku Japan is closely monitoring the ongoing situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19), and will post regular updates regarding travel advisories and our scheduled trips here.

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We were featured in Matador Network

Matador Network published a fantastic article explaining tipping culture and what to expect when visiting Japan  

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We are excited to announce that we have  two new self-guided tours, our first winter offerings for self-guided travel. Each tour features incredible Onsen hot springs, delicious local cuisine, and delightful snowshoe walking, as well as unique elements to set them apart from each other.

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Oku Japan were invited to join the Wachino Shrine Festival activities during 2019's event. A member of our team, Shinya, even participated and alongside the local men of Tsumago, carried the Mikoshi shrine through the town.    

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We have just opened a new branch located on the historic Nakasendo Trail! This comes 4 years after being the first tour operator to open a branch on the Kumano Kodo, allowing Oku Japan to more effectively work alongside local community members and encourage economic prosperity in the region.

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NEW - Self-guided in Hokkaido

We are excited to announce that we have just released our first self-guided tour in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Known for its mild climate ideal for exploring in the summertime, our tour takes a look at the unique culture of Eastern Hokkaido.

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Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido

Oku Japan is proud to announce its first tour visiting Hokkaido, exploring the vast wilderness of the Japan’s northernmost island and featuring destinations not found on other itineraries. On this new tour, Oku Japan invites guests to see a Hokkaido unreachable for most and truly...

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COVID-19: Please see Oku Japan's response here.

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