A comprehensive journey through one of the most enigmatic destinations on earth, this stunning adventure takes us from the volcanic islands and spectacular lakes of Hokkaido in northern Japan, and on through a landscape blanketed in the brilliantly coloured autumn leaves, or “koyo”, as we travel down to the very edge of Kyushu Island at its southernmost tip.
A captivating mix of the old and the new, our journey is liberally sprinkled with some of the most iconic and spectacular highlights that Japan has to offer. We will visit the national parks of Shikotsu-Toya and Onuma Quasi, explore the cultural attractions of Tokyo and Kyoto and walk along part of the ancient Nakasendo Way between Tsumago and Magome.
Utilising a mix of transport, from the famous bullet train to rowing boats and ferries, we’ll travel across the length of this remarkable country, staying in traditional ryokans and enjoying relaxing baths in volcanic hot springs. A rich contrast of sights and experiences, this extraordinary odyssey includes a chance to visit the world-famous art installations on Naoshima Island and pay our respects at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. Timeless and fascinating in equal measure, this is Japan at its most bewitching.
Tours that fall into this category will often involve remote, unpredictable and long journeys in emerging destinations. They can be incredibly rewarding but are definitely best suited to experienced travellers.
You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.
These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section
With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.