Japan: Adventure on Ancient Trails

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Run by: Selective Asia

Reference number: Adventure on Ancient Trails

From: £4016.00

What better way to explore a country than through a combination of both its landscapes and cityscapes. This trip is designed not only for adventurous but also for the traveller who likes to include an element of gentle activity while on holiday. Arriving in the pulsating metropolis of Tokyo your first full day will be spent exploring the city with your guide on foot. After a fast-paced street food tour you will leave Tokyo for the Japanese Alps where you’ll spend two days exploring the spectacular mountain scenery of Kamikochi.

Heading south to Tsumago you’ll enjoy a gentle walk along your first pilgrimage trail of this trip, the Nakkessendo Way set deep in the Kiso Valley before continuing on your journey through the mountains by train to Takayama high in the Japanese Alps and home to one of our favourite Japanese ingredients – Hida beef (lesser known than Kobe beef, but equally delicious!) You’ll sample this and many other local dishes on your food tour before burning so off some of those calories on a cycle trip around the small neighbouring town of Hida-Furukawa.

Onwards for 3 nights in the cultural capital of Kyoto where you’ll explore the city on two wheels before heading to the nearby UNESCO wetland site of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Your trip crescendos as you embark upon the journey to the Kumono Kodo region situated in the Kii Mountain Range on the southern peninsula of Honshu, that has drawn pilgrims for over a thousand years. The spectacular pilgrimage routes are footpaths that wind along the coast through the forested mountains, connecting sacred sites. Spend three days exploring the shrines, trails and onsens before concluding this brilliant trip in what we would arguably call the foodie capital of Japan, Osaka.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 - arrive Tokyo

Day 2 - Tokyo, Walking Tour

Day 3 - Tokyo, Street Food Tour

Day 4 - Tokyo, Kamikochi

Day 5 - Kamikochi, Hiking

Day 6 - Kamikochi, Tsumago, Nakasendo Walk

Day 7 - Tsumago, Takayama

Day 8 - Takayama, Hida Food & Culture and Cycling Tour

Day 9 - Takayama, Kyoto

Day 10 - Kyoto, Backstreets by Bike

Day 11 - Kyoto, Lake Biwa Cycling & Family Visit

Day 12 - Kyoto, Yuonime Onsen, Kumano Kodo

Day 13 - Kumano Kodo Hike, Yuonime Onsen, Kawayu Onsen

Day 14 - Kawayu Onsen, Katsuura

Day 15 - Katsuura, Osaka, Street Food Tour

Day 16 - depart Osaka

As with all our itineraries, we have created free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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