Walk Japan showcases the wonders of Spring
This spring, Walk Japan has curated a comprehensive collection of seasonally-inspired walking tours to take adventurers and culture seekers off the beaten path to discover a truly authentic side of Japan.
Tours on offer vary in difficulty and length, ranging from vigourous treks through forest trails with rock scrambles and steep climbs, to more sedate paces through grass-lined paths and country tracks. Accommodation varies widely as well, with a myraid of Japanese hotels, delightful country inns, temple pilgrim lodgings and mountain cottages on offer, depending on the particular tour.
Travellers can expect to be immersed in Japanese culture of the past and present, enjoy Japanese cuisine at its finest, luxuriate in hot springs and simply gaze at the beautiful scenery. This, of course, all with expert guidance of the Walk Japan Tour Leader.
Some of the highlights this Spring include:
One of Walk Japan’s signature tours – the company have been travelling the Nakasendo Way for 25 years. The Nakasendo Way is an 11 day, 10 night walking tour between the Nakasendo’s beginning in Kyoto to its end in Edo, modern-day Tokyo.
In its heyday in the seventeenth century, the Nakasendo was crowded with travellers, including feudal lords, samurai, itinerant merchants and pilgrims. Travellers pass through and stay in picturesque, old post towns en route in much the same way as the Japanese travellers of old. Charming, traditional inns, which have somehow survived into the modern world, provide guests with friendly and atmospheric overnight accommodation.
Spring Dates: 22 March, 27 March, 29 March, 31 March, 5 April, 7 April, 12 April, 14 April
Early Summer Dates: 10 May, 12 May, 17 May, 19 May, 24 May, 31 May, 7 June, 14 June
Kunisaki & Yufuin Walk
A 5 day, 4 night tour starting at Fukuoka’s Hakata Station and finishing at Yufuin. This short-stay tour provides 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 route follows in the footsteps of monks, who have walked through the mountains of the Peninsula for more than 1,200 years. Any experienced trekker will thoroughly enjoy the ancient trails, which provide excellent walking through sleepy hamlets, verdant forests, along craggy ridges and tower over the surrounding myriad valleys. En route guests pass many stone Buddha statues, large and small, and sometimes caves where monks once found shelter and meditated.
Spring Dates: 18 April, 9 May
Early Summer Dates: 1 June, 15 June
Basho Tour: Narrow Road to the North
A more subdued option – the walking is along quiet country lanes, forest trails and mountain footpaths; all easily enjoyed by regular walkers. This 9 day, 8 night fully guided tour takes guests on a unique, authentic experience following in the footsteps of 17th Century Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho (1644~1694).
Beginning in the great city of Tokyo, the trail winds through the beautiful and iconic scenery of the Tohoku region, along the rugged Sea of Japan coast before reaching the cultured, old city of Kanazawa. Some of the greatest scenery to be found in Japan is here, including Matsushima, one of the classic Three Views of Japan, and the beautiful gardens found at Hiraizumi and Kenroku-en.
Spring Dates: 7 May, 14 May
Summer Dates: 28 May, 11 June
Oita Hot Spring Trail
A first for Walk Japan, this tour launched in 2017. This 6 day, 5 night tour introduces travellers to Oita Prefecture, an area of Japan particularly rich in the beauty of its countryside, its high quality and varied food, its ancient and somewhat different culture, its enlightened history and its relaxed, friendly people. To its list of attractions Oita also adds onsen, hot spring baths fed by waters derived from volcanic activity deep below the earth’s surface.
Undoubtedly, Oita is the onsen capital of Japan, if not the world. Onsen here come in many different guises; some are clear and others murky, some pungent while others fizzy. It is a mecca for anyone who likes to indulge in the soothing and relaxing waters hot springs and also enjoy the distinctive and gracious Japanese culture associated with bathing.
Spring Dates: 27 May
Early Summer Dates: 1 September