ancient post towns at Nakasendo trail, Nachi fall on Kumano Kodo, the stunning Ise Shima and Kyoto on a bike, this is a Japan that make you sweat, in a great way!
Nakasendo trail? Kumano Kodo? Kyoto on a bike? or Southern ilses on a kayak? This is the Japan you want to experience in an active way! We walk through the tranquil ancient post towns along the famous Nakasendo trail, hop on a bike along the beautiful Kamon river in Kyoto and sweat our way on the legendary Kumano pilgrim trail and kayak the beautiful bay at Ise Shima.
- Neon lights, Matsumoto Castle, Kinkakuji the Golden temple, biggest Tuna market, etc, we experience these best parts of Japanese culture and life, and a lot more on foot, on bike and on Kayak.
- We travel the way locals do! local trains, fast trains, public bues or taxis. There's no better way to feel llike a true local than riding along with them.
- Kumano Kodo is one of the only 2 UNESCO listed pilgrim trails in the world and we'll trek one of the best part of it and see one of the biggest water falls in Japan, Nachi Falls.
- Stay overnight at the tranquil Narai, Magome and Kugochi, the post towns along the ancient Nakasendo highway that linked Tokyo and Kyoto in the past, which provides a great insight into the countryside life in Japan.
- Kayak the amazing waters or lie on the beach at the stunning Ise Shima, well deserved after some great effort trekking and biking in Japan.
- This is an active trip so you'll enjoy it the best if you have the experience of trekking, biking and kayaking before.
- We also think that this trip is perfect if you are looking for a reasonably active way to experience Japan without going hard core for it. The hiking distances vary from 3 km to about 15 km with elevation from 60m to almost 900m on one hike.
- We find it's very helpful when packing light for travelling in Japan on public transfers. You'll need to carry your own luggage for public transports, at times without elevators.
- Some of our accommodation includes shared bathing facilities with set times for men and women. Some properties may also have a curfew by which all guests must have returned for the night (usually around midnight).
- We like to encourage travellers to indulge in traditional Japanese 'onsens' while in the country as it is a quintessential local experience. This means bathing naked in the presence of others of the same gender. While the experience can feel strange at first, most of our groups end up enjoying this activity. If you feel uncomfortable with bathing naked, please feel free to skip taking part.
- Decorative tattoos are uncommon in Japanese culture and therefore you may receive curious and sometimes disapproving looks from locals. Generally, nobody will make a comment about your tattoos but please endeavour to wear modest clothing and be aware that you may not be able to enter public onsens.
- Due to the rapid increase in tourism in Japan and in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it has been necessary to go outside our traditional tour leader sources. As a result our passionate, professional and trained tour leaders may be local Japanese or long term foreign residents in Japan.
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1. We sample some of the nicest part of the Nakasendo trail and the Kumano Kodo, but not the full length of each trail trekking.
2. We will forward your luggage to the next destination at different points of the trip, but you'll still need to be prepared to carry a day pack or a overnight pack while trekking. All travellers must have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip. You will be required to carry your own bag and move quickly at train stations.
3. Due to the rapid increase in tourism in Japan and in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it has been necessary to go outside our traditional tour leader sources. As a result our passionate, professional and trained tour leaders may be local Japanese or long term foreign residents in Japan.
Start and finish time:
Your trip starts at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activity planned on the final day. You may depart at any time of the day.
There's not a lot of time included in Tokyo and Osaka. We highly recommend you to plan extra time in both cities. Please consult your booking agent to book additional accommodation if you plan so.