Ancient postal towns along the Nakasendo trail, Nachi falls on Kumano Kodo, the stunning Ise Shima region and Kyoto by bike - this is truly getting out and actively seeing Japan!
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.
We can't think of a better way to enjoy the many facets of Japan than by hiking, biking and kayaking your way around some of the country's most amazing natural and cultural sites.
Temple hop in Kyoto as you wind your way through the city by bike, stopping off for lunch for a vegetarian meal on the way.
The Kumano Kodo is one of only 2 UNESCO listed pilgrimage trails in the world. We trek one of the best legs of the route, which includes the spectacular Nachi Falls.
Stay overnight in the tranquil towns of Narai, Magome and Kugochi along the ancient Nakesendo Highway that once linked Tokyo and Kyoto.
Earn some well earned time out on the water or on the beach after all that effort in stunning Ise Shima.
The active nature of this trip means that the fitter you are, the more you will be able to enjoy it. It is expected that travellers joining this trip will have had some experience hiking and cycling before and can swim. Hiking distances vary from 3-15km per day with no more elevation change than 60-900m on one hike.
The hikes on the Kumano Kodo and Nakasendo include sections rather than the entirety of the trails, so give a great, accessible taster without needing to commit multiple days to strenuous treks.
In some destinations you may be staying in a ryokan, which is a Japanese-style inn. It’s a great taste of tradition, however not everyone finds futon matresses on the tatami mat floor, tiny bathrooms and proximity to other guests as comfortable as more western-style hotels and beds. Read more about ryokans in our Accommodation section of the Essential Trip Information.
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1. As this is an active, multi-activity trip you will need to have an excellent level of fitness.
2. Your luggage will be forwarded to the next destination at different points of the trip, so you'll still need to be prepared to carry a small overnight pack while trekking.
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.
4. A Single Supplement is currently not available for this trip due to limited rooms at many of our properties.
5. We are currently unable to book pre or post tour accommodation at our start & finish point hotels due to limited room availability. We recommend booking a hotel of your choice through an online booking engine if you are planning to stay longer in Japan.