Set foot on pathways forged by pilgrims and roads paved by merchants as you explore the rugged wilderness of Japan’s lesser known locations. Our Japan walking tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path walking and hiking. From village-to-village discovery through the Kiso Valley, to climbing the volcanic landscape of Kyushu, allow the diversity of Japan’s countryside to unfold before your eyes.
Oku Japan has hiked some of the best routes and compiled them into amazing journeys for you to try for yourself - be they hikes in less trodden corners of the country, or pilgrimages teeming with centuries of history. Journey into the heart of the country as you walk from the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto to the modern metropolis of Tokyo using the Nakasendo Trail. You can also discover the sweeping vistas once inhabited by the indigenous Ainu people of the northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido.
Or why not walk with Kobo-Daishi along the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, experience spiritual reawakening on the Dewasanzan in Tohoku, or learn the importance of inclusivity on the Kumano Kodo trail? Walking in Japan is made all the more comfortable thanks to the abundance of natural hot springs, and the freshest Japanese food, beautifully prepared by hosts with a fantastic level of service. Anyone can explore Japan off-the-beaten-path.
Fully Tailored Itineraries:
We can also arrange tours to suit your dates or even put together a trip customised to your needs, with or without an element of walking or hiking. Please fill out our enquiry page to discuss your requirements.
From Ancient Pilgrimage to Samurai Trails
The full Kumano Kodo pilgrimage experience to Mount Koya. See the Grand Shrines at Hongu and Nachi while walking the full Nakahechi and Kohechi route, with wonderful views over the valleys, mountains and the Pacific Ocean
Experience the stunning Sanin UNESCO Geopark and coastline along the Japan Sea, from Northern Kyoto to Hyogo and Mount Daisen in Tottori.
Walk on the loveliest parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail in Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime, spending nights in Shukubo temple lodgings and the natural baths of Dogo Onsen and Iya Valley
Historic trail walking in the mountains of Hyogo and Himeji, with four gentle hikes of one to four hours
Trail walking in the mountains of West Shiga and Fukui prefectures, with four hikes of 1-6 hours