Off-the-beaten-track Destinations

Japan cultural tours

Combine visits to must-see locations like Tokyo with journeys off the beaten track out into the countryside, to catch a glimpse of hidden Japan in our culturally focused tours. Our itineraries have been carefully curated to introduce visitors to Japan’s affluent history and culture using walking tours through cities and into regions away from the established routes, along with overnight stays in small family-run inns.

Each tour focuses on a unique aspect of the region you visit; from the indigenous Ainu culture of Hokkaido to the gassho-zukuri thatched rooftops of Shirakawa. Follow in the footsteps of feudal lords or dive into the origins of local cuisine in our curated cultural tours, and discover the best well-kept traditions of Japan.

Self-Guided

Hiroshima & Shimanami Kaido self-guided 6 Days

  • Duration: 6 days
  • Level: Active

Enjoy the slow island life on the Setouchi Inland Sea with cycling, kayaking and walking

USD 1845
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Guided

In the Shadow of Mountains

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Level: Moderate

From sea to sea in southern Japan

USD 4560
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Guided

From Ancient Pilgrimage to Samurai Trails

USD 6090
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Guided

Japan's Culinary Heritage

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Level: Moderate

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture

USD 5020
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Self-Guided

Nikko and Self-guided Walking in Yumoto Onsen

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Level: Moderate

Explore historic Nikko and hike in the beautiful Oku Nikko plains around Yumoto Onsen

USD 1255
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Guided

Shoguns and Samurai

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Level: Moderate

A scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights

USD 4930
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