Walk Japan, the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track tours of Japan, announces the launch of the Oita Hot Spring Trail, a walking tour in Kyushu, west Japan.
This fully-guided, six-day tour explores Oita Prefecture, which rightly claims the accolade as Japan’s mecca for onsen hot springs. Here they are found both in abundance and variety including an unusual one with naturally carbonated, fizzy waters. A delight to relax in, onsen are an attractive element of any tour and the Oita Hot Spring Trail, as its name implies, makes them a central theme. We luxuriate in them frequently and enjoy the distinctive and gracious Japanese culture associated with bathing. The onsen are complemented by Oita’s beautiful countryside, varied and high-quality cuisine, enlightened history and its relaxed, friendly people.
The tour is suitable for all walkers. In the expert company of the Walk Japan Tour Leader, participants follow gentle paths, on one occasion on bicycles, that wind their way past farmhouses and neatly tended fields to a spectacularly sited temple and, of course, hot springs. We travel through thickly forested valleys to a high plateau and the foothills of the majestic Kuju Mountains before finally reaching the seaside at Beppu. Here plumes of water vapour from onsen often dominate the cityscape.
Accommodation is in traditional Japanese inns with onsen baths. Meals are sumptuous feasts of Japanese cuisine created from local produce harvested from Oita’s seas, fields, forests, rivers and mountains.
The Oita Hot Spring Trail is a six-day, five-night fully guided walking tour for up to 12 participants. It is a Level 2.5 tour and is suitable for anyone who can walk at a gentle pace for three to four hours in comfort.
From JPY316,000 per person (AUD$4,045). This price includes local travel from tour meeting point in Fukuoka to finishing point in Beppu; accommodation for five nights; five breakfasts and five evening meals and baggage transfers. Not included are flights, all lunches and drinks with meals.