Introducing Oku Japan Bespoke Tours


Oku Japan welcomes you onto the paths less travelled, where you can catch a glimpse of the deeper parts of Japan, away from the crowds. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a casual cyclist, or an intrepid sightseer, we can put together a bespoke tour to suit you. We arrange the accommodations, experiences and rail tickets, make a custom itinerary for your overall trip, and a provide a bilingual support line to keep you travelling in comfort - all that's left for you to do is enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, relaxing onsen, and mouthwatering regional cuisine. 

Get in touch with our Kyoto based team today, and let’s begin planning your off the-beaten-path trip in Japan together.

Featured Nakasendo trips

Magome post town

Nakasendo self-guided walking 5 days

Our most well-loved Nakasendo tour takes you to the most charming post towns while providing ample time for you to explore the forested Nakasendo Trail and fully take in the beauty. As you take in the picturesque Kiso Valley, don't forget to stop by our local branch in Tsumago. Take a break and enjoy some tea and conversation!

Narai post town

Nakasendo self-guided walking 3 days

If you're looking to experience the highlights of the Nakasendo but are bound by time constraints, this is the perfect version of our Nakasendo trips. Hike the quiet country roads, bathe in thermal waters at a hot spring ryokan, and form genuine connections with the locals as you learn about the history and culture of the area.


Nakasendo and Kamikochi walking 6 days

While you are out enjoying everything the Nakasendo Trail has to offer, why not take the opportunity to visit nearby Kamikochi? After hiking the historic trail and spending time in the atmospheric Edo Period post towns, marvel at the dramatic mountain scenery and breathtaking lakes. Spend the evening at a delightful onsen ryokan before going on to hike the pristine Oku-Hida mountains.

More inspiring tours

Nachi Falls

Kumano Kodo self-guided walking 4 days

Surrounded by towering cedar trees, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this ancient pilgrimage route. Relax in onsen hot springs and enjoy excellent traditional Japanese cuisine and friendly service at the traditional family run inns. This trip is within easy access from either Kyoto or Osaka, but is also possible from Tokyo too.


Nikko and Self-guided Walking in Yumoto Onsen 4 days

This tour will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nikko and beyond - after visiting this destination's ornate shrines and temples, you head out to the sacred mountains and forests in Oku Nikko. Featuring spectacular waterfalls, peaceful rivers, and local delicacies, you'll feel reinvigorated by the end of your travels.
Shirahige Shrine

Cycling Lake Biwa: self-guided 5 days

Experience the rustic, rural charm of Lake Biwa as you cycle through historic castle towns and take in the unique beauty offered by this iconic lake. Soak up the picturesque scenery and atmospheric villages, and visit the sacred island of Chikubushima, known as a place of great spiritual energy.


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