One of the most stunning country’s on earth – Japan, offers a wealth of immersive walks to take travellers off the beaten path and deep into the country’s fascinating local culture, iconic cuisine and unforgettable landscapes.
Walk Japan’s meticulously crafted hikes combine walks of all levels, fun group dynamics and a journey back in time. Tours include historic thoroughfares, ancient pilgrimages, rural trails, urban explorations and mountain climbs, suitable for different fitness levels. The walks are always at a comfortable pace covering distances from 4km through to 24km for the more challenging tours.
All of Walk Japan’s tours are a Japanese gourmet feast, so get ready to be treated to the freshest, seasonal produce from the seas, fields and forests. It is the ideal nourishing complement to walking.
The Oita Hot Spring Trail explores the forests and farmland with daily walks of around four hours each which is perfect if you’re looking for an easy tour. Gentle inclines stretch over grassy paths and trails, leading participants to many of Oita’s large concentration of hot springs where you can enjoy the soothing and reviving waters. Soaking in natural hot springs is a favoured Japanese past time, with claimed benefits include increased blood circulation, improved metabolism, and absorption of essential minerals.
If Onsens are more of your thing, Walk Japan’s Izu Geo Trail, visits beautiful Onsens including the Atagawa Onsen, where the open-air hot spring is set most unusually and spectacularly beneath a waterfall. The Izu Geo Trail weaves it way around the coast of the Izu Peninsula, one of the most geologically unique areas on Earth. The sparkling blue Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop as you follow rugged, coastal trails and the magnitude of its seas incite a calming atmosphere as waves rhythmically wash ashore. After each day of exploration, you can enjoy a wide range of the freshest fish available; seasonal offerings include spider crab, lobster and sea bream.
All meals on Walk Japan tours are a culinary delight and meticulously prepared to enhance the intimate experience of exploring Japan on foot. Typically, meals with the freshest ingredients include fish and vegetables, the finest beef as well as traditional and healthy dishes as tofu and miso soup. However, on the Kunisaki Retreat, a tour especially designed for the mind and body, the cuisine is taken to a higher level for healthy well-being to complement the daily instructed yoga and meditation sessions. This retreat provides a true escape from the pressure of modern, daily life, which will allow you to refocus and rebalance for a truly holistic experience.
As a guest on any Walk Japan tour, you will be able to get deeply acquainted with Japan’s intriguing society and culture, while heightening your physical and emotional wellbeing.