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Discover authentic Japan with Walk Japan’s Summer & Autumn Tours

May 12, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Leading tourism company Walk Japan is delighted to announce its calendar of Summer and Autumn Tours for 2017, offering travellers unique and intriguing ways to the see the real Japan, both geographically and culturally, modern day and ancient.

Walk Japan is the pioneering operator of seasonal walking tours across Japan, specialising in expertly led small group tours that traverse the islands of the archipelago.  Authentic and cultural, these tours are for travellers who wish to gain an understanding of Japanese society, customs, history and food while walking at a comfortable and enjoyable pace.

Accommodation each night is in charming Japanese traditional inns, or ryokans, dotted across the countryside. Occasionally, such as in the larger cities, travellers stay in centrally located, carefully selected hotels.

This year, the advent of the northern hemisphere summer once again showcases the lush beauty of the Japanese terrain.  There are more than 10 different Walk Japan tours operating throughout the season, including the popular and adventurous Hokkaido Hike.  The 10-day, 9-night route starts in Akan-ko and finishes in Shikotsu-ko Onsen.  The Hokkaido Hike explores the wild side of Japan on the sparsely populated, northerly island of the archipelago.  In summer, with the snow gone, the weather is comfortable and the hiking some of the best in Japan.  Pass through remote verdant forests, across wet lands, up spectacular volcanoes, past steaming vents and onto high plateaux where you will see alpine flowers not only specific just to Hokkaido, but some that are so rare that they are found only on one mountain. This is a natural wonderland that belies the usual image of Japan as a modern, industrial nation.
Prices begin at 480,000 Japanese Yen (AUD$5745) per person.
Summer tour dates: July 6th-15th; July 20th-29th

Another wonderful summer tour is the Oita Hot Spring Trail, which is less physically challenging and traverses Oita Prefecture, an area of Japan particularly rich in the beauty of its countryside, its fine food, ancient culture and friendly people. To its list of attractions Oita also adds onsen, natural hot spring baths. The 6-day, 5-night tour starts at Fukuoka’s Hakata Station and finishes at Beppu.  Oita is the onsen capital of Japan, if not the world, and is a mecca for anyone who likes to indulge in the soothing and relaxing waters of hot springs and also enjoy the distinctive and gracious Japanese culture associated with bathing.
Prices begin at 316,000 Japanese Yen (AUD$3785) per person.
Summer tour dates: May 27th-June 1st; September 1st-September 6th

Come the cooler months, Walk Japan showcases the country in autumn.  There are 15 walks running at this time of year, including the Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage – perhaps one of the finest in terms of highlighting the ancient traditions of Japan.  An 11-day, 10-night tour starting in Tokushima and finishing in Takamatsu, it heads to Japan’s fourth main island to explore Shikoku, a sparsely populated rural region.  It follows part of the 1200-year-old ‘88 Temple Pilgrimage’ dedicated to Japanese Buddhist Kukai (774-835AD).  The tour takes in 27 temples on a route that follows some of the most scenic and best-preserved sections of the famous pilgrimage.
Prices begin at 484,000 Japanese Yen (AUD$5795) per person.
Autumn tour dates: October 11th-21st; November 1st-11th

The Kunisaki & Yufuin Walk also runs in autumn, and is a 5-day, 4-night tour starting at Fukuoka’s Hakata Station and finishing at Yufuin.  It’s offered as an introduction to the Kunisaki Peninsula, one of Japan’s most beautiful yet least known areas, and nearby Yufuin, one of Japan’s elegant onsen thermal hot spring resorts.  The ancient trails provide excellent walking through sleepy hamlets, verdant forests, and craggy ridges surrounding myriad valleys.  It’s a chance to be immersed in Japanese culture of the past and present, enjoy Japanese cooking, luxuriate in hot springs and gaze at the beautiful scenery.
Prices begin at 224,000 Japanese Yen (AUD$2680) per person.
Autumn tour dates: September 30th-October 4th; October 11th-15th; October 25th-29th; November 8th-12th; November 22nd-26th

Tours run at a maximum of 12 people, plus the tour leader, ensuring all walkers receive only the highest levels of care and attention.

Led by enthusiastic and informed guides, the walking tours vary not only in location and theme, but also in levels of activity; beginning with the easiest at Level 1 (walkers must be able to handle their own luggage, climb a few flights of stairs and walk less than 5km a day) to the most challenging Level 6 (in which there could be up to eight hours of activity per day over varied, mountainous terrain).

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