Kinki

Imperial Pilgrimage Route

Type: Mountain hiking | Walking and culture | Level: moderate

This was the first tour we ran in 2003, and has remained a very popular itinerary.

Although less dramatic than the Japan Alps, the forested mountains of the Kii Peninsula, south of Nara, have for centuries been regarded as sacred. We’ll hike a pilgrimage route to Kumano Sanzan shrines as well as doing other walks, stay at wonderful onsen, enjoy delicious food, and explore Yoshino, Asuka, Nara, and Kyoto.

Duration: 13 or more nights

Mountains of Central Japan

Type: Mountain hiking | Walking and culture | Level: vigorous

One of our original tours, one we’ve been running since 2014.

Starting in Tokyo, the tour route is to the North Japan Alps and Hida Mountains to Shirakawago where we stay in a mountain village farmhouse, then on to Kanazawa. One of our most popular itineraries, this trip will appeal to those who enjoy mountain hiking. In addition to great hikes, there is plenty of time to learn about and experience many aspects of Japanese culture along the way.

Duration: 8 - 12 Nights

Autumn Gold

Type: Mostly culture | Level: easy

Exceptional experiences and a real touch of luxury as you travel through the mountains of central Japan on this plush 7 night autumn tour. Very comfortable lodgings at traditional ryokans on natural hot spring onsen, and excellent Japanese food. One night in a Zen temple in the mountains. The itinerary includes several walks.

Duration: 7 Nights or less

Japan Sea Coast

Type: Mostly culture | Level: moderate

On local trains, starting from Kyoto, along the Japan Sea coast of Western Honshu. The journey explores quieter towns and villages on a side of Japan less visited than along the overly busy ‘bullet train’ route connecting the cities on the Pacific Coast. We’ll explore the Sanin Kaigan National Park, which embraces the pretty coastline, and climb Mount Daisen.

Duration: 7 Nights or less

Walks in the Heart of Japan (2)

Type: Walking and culture | Level: vigorous

A guided walking tour including a wonderful, quite challenging climb up the Osugidani valley to the Odaigahara Plateau, described by LP as a ‘stunning hike’. We then visit some of the culturally and historically most important sites in Japan: Yoshinoyama, Asuka, and Nara and hike the Yamanobe no Michi connecting Miwa Jinja Shrine and Isonokami Jingu Shrine.

It was here that early Japanese culture flourished under a succession of emperors and empresses as their centres of power moved from Fujiwarakyo (today known as Asuka), to Heijoykyo (today known as Nara), and then to Heiankyo (Kyoto).

Duration: 7 Nights or less

Walks in the Heart of Japan (1)

Type: Walking and culture | Level: easy

A guided walking tour visiting some of the culturally and historically most important sites in Japan: Mount Koya, Yoshinoyama, Asuka, and Nara. Hike the Yamanobe no Michi connecting Miwa Jinja Shrine and Isonokami Jingu Shrine. It was in this area that the state of Yamato was established and culture flourished under a succession of emperors and empresses as their palaces and the centres of power moved from Fujiwarakyo (Asuka), to Heijoykyo (Nara), and then to Heiankyo (Kyoto).

Duration: 7 Nights or less