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Trip levels

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Tours with Oku Japan allow you to experience Japan close up, not from the windows of a tour bus. You will travel on local trains, buses and subways, just as the Japanese do in their daily lives. Walking around villages, towns and cities is an integral element of all our trips – even our cultural tours. You’ll need to be active and happy to tackle stairs in railway stations. But there’s no need to carry your main luggage on these journeys – send it ahead by courier, one of the miracles of modern Japanese service, and carry just a daypack with you. Here is an explanation of the Trip Level categories we give to our tours:

 

Moderate


 

Our Moderate tours may not have dedicated days of trail walking, but you will still be on your feet for much of the day to experience all the sights we want to show you.


Who is a Moderate tour designed for?

 

・ We recommend Moderate tours for anyone who is able to climb stairs and is happy to walk about 1 mile/ 1.6km per day.

・ We recommend our Moderate tours to anyone who does occasional walking or hiking, and is comfortable to be on their feet for much of the day.

・ If you do not exercise regularly, then you should undertake a program of walking to prepare and get the most out of your trip. Start by doing walks of two to three hours from about three to six months before your trip begins.

 

Active


 

Our Active tours generally have dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of over four hours and with some ascent and/or descent.

 

Who is an Active tour designed for?

 

・ We recommend Active tours for anyone who does regular walking or hiking, and is comfortable to walk for up to a full day with some climbing and descending.

・ If you do not exercise regularly, then you should undertake program of walking to prepare and get the most out of your trip. Start by doing walks of three to five hours from about three to six months before your trip.

 

Strenuous


 

Our Strenuous tours generally have multiple dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of up to six hours or more and significant ascent and/or descent.


Who is a Strenuous tour designed for?

 

・ We recommend Strenuous tours for anyone who does regular full-day walking or hiking, and is comfortable to walk for extended periods on consecutive days, with much of each day involving ascent and descent.

・ We suggest our Strenuous tours for people who are already fit and active.

 

Challenging


 

Our Challenging tours have consecutive dedicated days of trail walking, with days of six hours or more and significant ascent and/or descent.


Who is a Challenging tour designed for?

 

・ We recommend Challenging tours for anyone who does regular full-day walking or hiking and is comfortable to walk for extended periods on consecutive days, with most of each day involving ascent and descent.

・ Compared with our Strenuous tours, Challenging tours may have fewer days without walking and therefore less opportunity to relax in between.

・ We suggest our Challenging tours for people who are already very fit and very active.