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Self-guided walking holidays in Japan are an amazing way to discover authentic Japan. Walk the 11th century Kumano Kodo pilgrim’s trail through rural Japan to the three grand shrines of Kumano. There is also the immensely popular Shikoku Pilgrim Trail, where to walk from temple to temple on one of Japan's stunning islands. Alternatively, walk the Nakasendo Trail through rural Japan through the central mountains of Japan. A hiking route used since feudal times as an ancient highway that linked Kyoto and Tokyo through Japan's central mountains.
We have selected some key extensions to add on too so that you are getting the very best out of your time in Japan. These include a combination of the two ancient capitals of Japan in Nara and Asuka, the beautiful and spiritual Mount Koya, home of Shingon Buddhism where you will stay overnight in a Buddhist temple, and finally Nikko, home to the mausoleum of Shogun Tokugawa Leyasu.
We have carefully selected and researched our favourite walks so whatever your interests we can arrange your ideal walking holiday in Japan.
Japan is most often visited in late spring and early autumn, mainly to do with trees. In spring, Hanami (blossom watching) is a common pastime, while in the autumn, Momijigari is the term given to the 'art of watching the colour change.' Summer can be very humid and hot, but in the mountainous regions you can find solace and this can be a great time to walk.
We offer several trips in unique areas around Japan which will give you access to some of the country's most beautiful rural scenery. However, there is so much to see in Japan that there are several other places we would highly recommend. Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are all well worth spending at least a couple of days in, and we would also advise spending some time in Nara and the magical Mt Koya.
Our trips last from a few days up to two weeks, so they work well as a standalone trip or as part of a larger tour of the country. We can tailor-make your trip to include anything you so desire. Travelling around the country is relatively easy on the high-speed bullet trains, so you can cover large distances in a short space of time.