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

Eastern Hokkaido self-guided 5 Days

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Moderate

Explore the dramatic nature and indigenous culture of Japan's second largest island

USD 1720
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Eastern Hokkaido self-guided 8 Days

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Level: Moderate

Experience the hidden local culture of northern Japan

USD 2610
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Family Adventure: Treasures of Japan's Heartland

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Level: Moderate

Experience the warmth of rural Japan on this adventure for the whole family

USD 2865
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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 1920
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Hiroshima, Shimanami & Shikoku self-guided 9 Days

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Level: Active

Explore the peaceful Setouchi Inland Sea with cycling and kayaking before walking on lovely parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail in Ehime

USD 2845
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Guided

In the Shadow of Mountains

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Level: Moderate

From sea to sea in southern Japan

USD 4755
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Japan Alps Winter 6 days: Nagano and Gifu

  • Duration: 6 days
  • Level: Active

Self-guided winter tour through the Japan Alps, with snowshoeing, numerous Onsen hot springs and a local culinary experience

USD 2020
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Japan Cultural Tour: Takayama to Kiso Valley

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Level: Moderate

An experiential journey through Japan's diverse culture-rich landscapes

USD 3415
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Guided

Japan's Culinary Heritage

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Level: Moderate

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture

USD 4950
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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 1215
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Shoguns and Samurai

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Level: Moderate

A scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights

USD 4950
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Shoguns and Samurai self-guided 14 days

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Level: Moderate

A scenic journey through Japan's cultural highlights

USD 4170
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The beautiful villages of Northern Kyoto

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Active

Explore the beautiful thatched-roof houses of Miyama village, the enchanting port town of Ine-cho, and relax in the Onsens of Miyazu and Kinosaki to the north of Kyoto

USD 1545
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