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  • Title: Walk Japan Ltd. | Walk Japan is the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track walking tours in Japan.
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  • Title: Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: About Walk Japan.. >.. The route shown is indicative only.. The actual tour route may differ.. Image.. Map.. Overview.. Itinerary.. Travel Advice.. Gallery.. The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour is a fully guided,.. Level 4.. tour suitable for anyone who is a regular walker in reasonable health and able to participate in 4~6 hours of walking.. In general, the route is gently undulating but also includes a number of steeper climbs.. Please read more on Tour Levels.. here.. A 9 day, 8 night tour starting in Osaka and finishing in Ise.. Tour accommodation is in hotels and Japanese inns.. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 persons.. The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour is a fully guided, walking tour between the modern, vibrant city of Osaka, the mountain temple community of Koyasan and the imperial shrine in Ise.. UNESCO includes only two pilgrimage routes in its World Heritage list.. One is the famous Camino de Santiago through Spain s northern provinces.. The other is the Kumano Kodo, a journey through a thousand years of buddhist history on Japan s beautiful Kii Peninsula that connects these iconic sites.. Koyasan, Kumano and Ise are places where buddhism originated in Japan.. In the 6th century, Buddhism was not just a spiritual and religious philosophy, but a facet of continental civilisation that contributed to the advancement of Korea and China and therefore was very desirable to Japan.. Saicho (Tendai) and Kukai (Shingon), two priests close to the Emperor of Japan, were given the task of introducing new forms of Buddhism after the capital of Japan moved from Nara to Heian-kyo, now known as Kyoto.. In the early Heian period (794 – 1180) both Saicho (787-822) and Kukai (774-835) advocated secluded religious practices in mountainous regions and many temples were built on mountains such as the Tendai complex on Mt.. Hiei and the Shingon complex on Mt.. Koya.. Koyasan was at the very beginning of Buddhism in Japan.. As buddhism grew so did the belief that priests who had undergone severe ascetic practices in the mountains were particularly efficacious.. The mountains of Kumano, covered by beautiful forests and threaded by rivers and streams, were the cradle of mountain asceticism where priests who had undergone severe asceticism practices were considered to have supernatural powers (.. shugan.. in Japanese).. So the words.. shugenja.. (one who has acquired these powers) and shugendo (the way of mountain asceticism) came into use and formed a major part of Japanese buddhism.. In the Kumano mountains, disciples began to physically traverse the route to enlightenment and paradise and add the physical experience to the mental practices.. Kumano is an area so steeped in history and Japanese buddhism that the visitor becomes immersed in the atmosphere and can easily imagine the steps of the emperors and pilgrims that walked the same paths.. The arrival of buddhism in Japan had to contend with the worship of mountains, landscapes and sacred entities that had been practised for centuries by all walks of life in Japan.. Kumano was the place, the geographic area, where buddhist and non-buddhist institutions, particularly shinto, practices interacted.. Ise is the most important shinto shrine in Japan and its forests of sacred Japanese cypress trees were worshipped in the earliest times.. The Kumano Kodo s verdant mountains, quiet valleys, roaring rivers and plunging waterfalls provide us with a spectacular landscape to explore while thoroughly imbuing ourselves in the region s rich, ancient history and charming rural life.. As with all Walk Japan’s tours, the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage is a fulfilling and enjoyable experience of another little-known part of Japan.. Price:.. JPY312,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single room supplement is JPY12,000 (Please see below).. Please use the currency converter on the right-hand side of this page to find the current rate in your local currency.. See Booking Conditions.. *Special offer*.. For customers joining our Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour we offer our two City tours at discounted prices: The Kyoto Tour with two night s accommodation is JPY59,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY35,500 per person.. The Tokyo Tour with accommodation is JPY45,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY26,000 per person.. What is included and not included?.. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for 9 nights; 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 evening meals, baggage transfers, and entrance fees.. Not included are flights, 6 lunches and drinks with meals.. Single room supplement:.. The single room supplement is JPY12,000 per person and guarantees a single room in hotels on two nights on Day 1 and Day 8.. Please note that while we cannot guarantee to do so we will endeavour to provide single accommodation on the other nights.. No additional charge is made for any single accommodation provided on these nights.. A note on traditional Japanese accommodation:.. Japanese cultural norms generally dictate that rooms in Japanese-style accommodation, including inns, are provided on a twin basis and individuals travelling together are traditionally expected to share.. It is the case, however, that we sometimes we are able to secure single rooms in Japanese-style accommodation for our customers during the tour.. Provision, though, is solely at the discretion of the establishment and it may not be known until the day whether it is available.. Accordingly, as we cannot guarantee single rooms in Japanese-style accommodation we do not include these in the single room supplement.. As mentioned above, in the case that we can provide single room accommodation we make no additional charge.. Importantly, in the case that single travellers do share this will only ever be with another person of the same gender from the same tour group.. Group size:.. The small, intimate nature of the inns makes the maximum group size 12 people.. We have no minimum size.. If we accept a booking we guarantee to run the tour.. Please see the Itinerary for this tour and.. for dates and availability.. by clicking on the buttons found further up this page.. These tours usually start on a Thursday and finish on a Friday.. Walk Japan for more information and to book this tour.. The itinerary for the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour is ground only beginning in Osaka and ending in Ise.. After receiving the booking and deposit we will provide detailed instructions for travelling to the meeting point in Osaka from Osaka’s Kansai Airport (KIX) and Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) Airports.. Arrangements can be made by Walk Japan for extra time in Japan before or after the tour.. At the end of the tour, travellers are advised not to book themselves out on an early morning flight as it can take up three hours or more to travel from Ise to Kansai Airport and more to airports in the Tokyo region.. Please note that on Day 2 and Day 7 our main baggage will be shipped in advance overnight.. On these days all items you require for overnight will need to be carried by you and your daypack should be sufficiently big enough to accommodate these items.. For those who wish to spend more time in Kyoto you may be interested in our Kyoto Tour.. This tour runs over the two days from the day before to 5 PM on Day 1 of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour (the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour group meets on Day 1 at 6 PM).. In addition to the Kyoto Tour is our Tokyo Tour, which runs over the two days after the finish on Day 12 of the Nakasendo Way tour.. Both the Kyoto Tour and Tokyo Tours are open to anyone but we provide a discounted price for those joining the Nakasendo Way tour.. Day 1 Osaka.. The tour starts with a meeting and full tour briefing at 6pm in the lobby of our hotel in Osaka.. This is followed by an evening foray into the dining and drinking areas of downtown Osaka.. We dine at a lively.. izakaya.. restaurant, a popular destination for many Japanese.. The large and varied menu is sure to cater to everyone s tastes.. Accommodation:.. Hotel.. Meals:.. Dinner provided.. Total walking:.. N/A.. Day 2 Osaka Koya-san.. After breakfast we first transfer by train for a journey of approximately 1.. 5 hours to Koya-san and the beginning of our walk, which follows a pilgrim’s route, a 7.. 5km trail leading around the perimeter of Koya-san, originally established for women.. The ascetic training ground of Koya-san was prohibited to women until 1872, and the precipitous path offered great views of the important mountain sites without needing to set foot in areas forbidden to them.. We continue on to Okunoin, which includes the mausoleum to Kobo-Daishi, the founder of the Shingon buddhist sect.. Our accommodation tonight is a comfortable.. shukubo.. , or pilgrim lodgings, that provides us with delicious.. shojin-ryori.. vegetarian temple cuisine and an introduction to the spiritual life at Koya-san.. Shukubo.. Breakfast and dinner provided.. Approximately 10 km.. Day 3 Koyasan Tanabe Takahara.. For those who wish we join early morning prayers, which are followed by breakfast.. We journey southwards by train along the coast to Tanabe.. Here the railway line parallels the Kii-ji section of the Kumano Kodo and allows us to circumvent numerous steep passes.. We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before a 30-minute bus transfer takes us to the start of our afternoon walk and the Kumano Kodo proper.. The climb up from Takajiri-Oji is short in terms of distance, but relatively steep, and we will allow at least two  ...   before travelling and that it has sufficient blank space, usually a single page, for entry and exit stamps.. Please also check with your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate whether you will require a visa before travelling to Japan.. It is a requirement of Japanese Law that you carry your passport with you at all times in Japan or, if you are resident in Japan, your Residence Card.. Please have a photocopy of your passport details kept separately from your passport in case the latter should be lost.. This will help speed the procurement of a replacement.. Japan has Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements with a number of countries.. Please refer to your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for details.. Please note that if you do need to apply for a visa and require a letter from Walk Japan to support your application, please request this from us no later than six weeks prior to the start of your tour.. Walk Japan cannot guarantee the letter will be available in time to complete your visa application if your request is received any later than this date.. Food and drink.. While travelling during the day it is not usually necessary to carry more than water, a snack and personal effects.. Shops, vending machines, and kiosks, which are found in most places we visit, provide for many immediate needs including drinks, snacks, cosmetics and clothing.. Lunch will be taken either in restaurants or with food bought to eat as a picnic on our way.. Dinner in the Japanese inns is Japanese style, though breakfast may be more Western in style.. Tap water is nearly always drinkable; your tour leader will advise.. Meals usually include raw and cooked fish, meat, and vegetables.. In Japan, specific dietary requirements such as vegetarianism, kosher food, and a number of food-related allergies and problems, such as coeliac disease, are not widely understood nor catered for and we cannot guarantee to provide vegetarian, vegan, kosher, or other specific meals.. However, we will endeavour to cater wherever possible to individual requirements.. Specifically, the concept of vegetarianism does not really exist in Japan outside of Buddhist temples.. However, meals are usually made up of a large variety of dishes and many of these are suitable for vegetarians.. We will also contact the accommodation we use and notify them of your requirements.. Most, if not all, will be able to provide one or two alternative dishes for you.. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.. Please note that soy sauce, which in Japan always includes wheat, is an ingredient common to many dishes in Japan and there may be a limit to how many dishes can be altered for those who require a gluten-free diet.. If you have specific dietary needs we suggest you also bring other food items to help supplement your meals.. For meals not included in the tour expect to pay between JPY 700~1,500 per person for lunch.. Vaccinations and general health.. Vaccinations are not required for Japan.. However, please check with your own government’s health authorities for their latest advice.. The weather is generally benign in Japan.. Summer, however, can be hot and humid and the rays of the sun strong.. To help avoid sun stroke and dehydration use sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and drink water regularly.. Mountain sickness is not an issue on Walk Japan tours, which rarely reach an altitude above 1,600m (5,250ft).. Walk Japan will advise if on a private, custom tour the itinerary includes heights where altitude sickness is a possibility.. Water from the tap in accommodation in Japan is usually safe and drinkable.. If in doubt please ask your tour leader or purchase drinks from one of the ubiquitous drinks machines found almost everywhere.. Medicines and cosmetics.. Although the Walk Japan tour leaders carry a first aid kit please bring your own basic supply of adhesive bandages, blister plasters, antiseptic cream, etc.. Some medicines and cosmetics with which you are familiar may not be available in Japan, although there are usually similar products.. Prescription medicines in Japan may differ from foreign medicines in minor, but possibly unacceptable, ways.. If you require a specific medicine or cosmetic, either for health or comfort, please bring sufficient quantities with you.. Getting into shape.. Walk Japan’s tours are not a test of endurance.. However, Japan is a hilly country and being in reasonable shape will help you maximise your enjoyment.. The best way to get fit is to start exercise gradually and build up over a period of time.. Regular walking, including some ups and downs, should be sufficient practice for most of our tours.. Please see the tour levels found in the Quick Information box for each tour on our web site for specific information.. Walking in a group.. Walk Japan’s tours attract people of varied walking abilities.. The pace of tours is set by the tour leader and, in general, is a pace at about 80% of the speed most people stroll around town.. This is not just to accommodate slower walkers but also to allow everyone to throughly enjoy the countryside we walk through.. Depending on the tour, on some days the tour leader may be able to provide additional walking to those who want it.. It is also sometimes possible to reduce the amount of walking by travelling onwards by taxi or public transport for anyone who would like to take a particular day more easily.. The Walk Japan tour leader will advise.. Photography.. In general, taking photographs is not a problem.. However, if taking photos of individuals or groups please ask their permission first.. Please do not take photographs of young school children, unless first agreed by their parents or guardians.. Access to cash.. Changing foreign currency at a bank can be a time consuming exercise.. Instead, we recommend alternatives, including arriving in Japan with some Japanese currency, using credit cards and withdrawing cash from ATMs.. ATMs in post offices provide cash against the following credit/debit cards Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club International, PLUS, Maestro, Cirrus, Union Pay and JCB.. Post offices are ubiquitous in Japan and found in the smallest village.. The daily withdrawal limit for international cards is JPY30,000.. Seven-Eleven stores also offer the same service with the exception of MasterCard cards (this includes Cirrus and Maestro cards).. The ATMs at Seven-Eleven convenience stores are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.. Most Japanese bank ATMs do not provide cash against credit cards, nor will they provide access to foreign bank accounts with the exception of Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches.. However, branches of these banks are only found in the largest cities.. ATMs can also be found at Narita and Kansai Airports and some major department stores.. All ATMs have an English language screen for ease of use.. Before leaving your home country, please check that your credit/debit card can be used abroad.. You may also wish to enquire as to what fees you will have to pay for overseas withdrawals, and to notify your bank that you are going abroad, as occasionally a card that is suddenly used overseas may be suspected of being used fraudulently and blocked.. International telephoning, mobile/cell phones and the internet.. Making international telephone calls outside of major urban areas can be difficult.. Please bring a telephone charge card issued by your local telephone company, such as AT T or BT.. These can be used almost anywhere.. Most G3, BlackBerry, iPhones and other smartphones operate in Japan but please confirm with your service provider whether your phone will work.. If your phone does not work in Japan you may rent a mobile/cell phone from providers such as NTT Docomo, Cellhire, Mobal, World Roam, SoftBank, or Vodafone.. Internet access is usually available in hotels and increasingly common in Japanese inns and other establishments.. Electricity.. Japan uses a 100v 50/60mhz electrical system.. Electrical goods use the American (Type A) plug, with two vertical pins.. If the device you wish to use says something like 100-240V, 50/60 Hz , it will work anywhere in the world with the right plugs.. This covers most, if not all, computers, iPads, mobile/ cell phones and battery chargers.. Tipping.. There is no tradition of tipping in Japan.. No Japanese expects or will solicit tips.. If, however, you feel your Walk Japan tour leader has provided you with excellent service and you would like to reward that please feel free to offer a tip.. Please, though, on no account feel that you have to do so.. Quick tour information.. Price:.. The single room supplement is JPY12,000.. Please use the currency converter below to find the current approximate rate in your local currency.. *Special Offer*.. For customers joining the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage tour we offer our two City tours at discounted prices: The Kyoto Tour with two night s accommodation is JPY59,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY35,500 per person.. The Tokyo Tour with accommodation is JPY47,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY26,000 per person.. Duration:.. Fully guided 9 day, 8 night tour.. Included:.. Walk Japan tour leader; 8 nights accommodation; 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches 8 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point.. Please see tour details for more information.. Tour Level: 4.. See tour levels.. Group Size:.. Maximum group size 12 people.. We have no minimum group size.. Guarantee:.. If we take a booking we guarantee to run the tour.. Currency converter.. Please note that values shown here are indicative only.. Currency Converter..

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  • Title: Basho Tour: Narrow Road to the North | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: The Basho Tour: Narrow road to the North is a fully guided,.. Level 2-3.. tour suitable for anyone who is an occasional walker and can walk for more than three to four hours in comfort.. In general, the route is gently undulating but also includes some short, steeper climbs.. A 10 day, 9 night tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Kyoto.. Tour accommodation is in hotels, Japanese inns and a Shinto shrine lodgings.. Basho s most famous poetic travelogue, Narrow road to the North, is one of the great works of Japanese literature.. This 10 day, 9 night fully guided tour takes us 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, our travels take us through the beautiful and iconic scenery of the Tohoku region, along the rugged Sea of Japan coast to Sado-ga-shima island before reaching the cultured, old capital of Kyoto.. The walking is along quiet country lanes, forest trails and mountain footpaths; all easily enjoyed by regular walkers.. Like Basho, we take delight and inspiration from some of the greatest scenery to be found in Japan including Matsushima, one of the classic Three Views of Japan, and the beautiful gardens found at Hiraizumi and Kenroku-en.. Besides the beauty of the countryside we travel through and the haiku poetry of Basho, we also learn of the tumultuous history that wreaked destruction but also nurtured the tough spirit and culture of the people of Japan’s northerly regions.. The Basho Tour also features visits to onsen thermal hot spring resorts, stays in Japanese inns and sumptuous Japanese cuisine.. We meet in Tokyo and travel through Matsushima, Hiraizumi, Sado-ga-shima and Kanazawa before finishing our journey in Kyoto.. Walk Japan provides detailed instructions on how to reach the tour accommodation on Day 1.. JPY418,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. Single accommodation is only available on a very limited basis at JPY28,000.. Please contact us for further details.. For customers joining our Basho Tour tour we offer our two City tours at discounted prices: The Kyoto Tour with two night s accommodation is JPY59,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY35,500 per person.. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point, accommodation for 9 nights; 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch 7 evening meals, baggage transfers and entrance fees.. Not included are flights, 8 lunches, 2 evening meals and drinks.. The maximum group size is 12 people.. These tours usually start on a Sunday and finish on a Tuesday.. The itinerary for the Basho Tour is ground only beginning in Tokyo and ending in Kyoto.. After receiving the booking and deposit we will provide detailed instructions for travelling to the meeting point in Tokyo from Tokyo s Narita (NRT), Haneda (HND) and Osaka s Kansai (KIX) Airports.. Arrangements can be made by Walk Japan for extra time in Japan before or after the trip.. Please note that travel by train from Kyoto to Narita Airport takes approximately 4.. 5 hours, Haneda Airport approximately 3.. 5 hours and Kansai Airport approximately 1.. 5 hours.. Please note that for logistical reasons, we will be sending ahead our main luggage overnight on one occasion, to Sado-ga-shima for Day 6.. On one night, in Haguro on Day 5, we will be without our main luggage.. For those who wish to spend more time in Tokyo and/or Kyoto you may be interested in our Tokyo Tour and Kyoto Tour.. The Tokyo Tour runs over the two days from the day before to 5 PM on Day 1 of the Basho Tour (the Basho Tour group meets on Day 1 at 6 PM).. The Kyoto Tour runs over the two days from 8.. 30 am on Day 10 of the Basho Tour, which finishes after breakfast.. Both the Kyoto Tour and Tokyo Tours are open to anyone but we provide a discounted price for those joining the Basho Tour.. Day 1 Tokyo.. Meet in Tokyo in the lobby of our accommodation at 6 pm for the tour briefing.. Dinner with the tour leader in a local restaurant.. For those with the energy and inclination, a foray into the local night life with your tour leader follows.. Walk Japan’s Tokyo Tour is available at a special price for customers joining the Basho Tour.. This two day tour finishes on Day 1 of the Basho Tour at 5 pm.. Day 2 Tokyo Matsushima.. After breakfast we travel by train, including Shinkansen Bullet Train, to Kokufu-Tagajo.. Before starting along the path Matsuo Basho (1644~1694) took to Shiogama, we stroll through the remains of Taga-jo Castle.. At Shiogama we board a boat that wends its way following the spectacular coastal route Basho also took from Shiogama to Matsushima.. Matsushima, its bay dotted with a multitude of pine tree covered islands, is one of the Three Views of Japan.. Basho relates that he had longed to visit here and with good reason; it provides one of Japan’s classically beautiful vistas.. Basho though, so overcome by Matsushima’s beauty, was lost for words and never put pen to paper here.. Our accommodation for the night has relaxing onsen thermal hot spring baths and dinner is a gourmet feast of Japanese cuisine.. Onsen hot spring resort.. approx.. 8 km (5 miles) on  ...   Sado but gazing out from Izumosaki under a starry night sky wrote:.. The rough sea.. Stretching out over Sado, Heaven’s river.. On a clear night the stars do seem to shine just that little bit more brightly here.. 5 km (3 miles).. Day 7 Sado-ga-shima Kanazawa.. A day to explore Sado, a delightful island with a distinct culture.. The island had long been a place of banishment for the state’s political and intellectual enemies.. They brought the refinements of the capital to this otherwise rugged, remote place lashed to this day by winter storms.. An easy hike around Mt.. Donden is followed by a walk along the coast to Shukunegi, an old, atmospheric seaside village.. A ferry from the small port town of Ogi returns us to the main island of Honshu, where we take the train to Kanazawa, arriving late at night.. 5 km (3 miles).. 8 km (5 miles) over mountain paths and coastal sections.. Day 8 Kanazawa Kurikara Pass Kanazawa.. After breakfast a short, local train ride to the start of our walk to the Kurikara Pass.. This follows the Hokurikudo, an ancient highway that today is a lovely, hilly path that Basho also followed on his way to Kanazawa.. We first reach Hanyu, originally a post town serving travellers on this highway, but which is now a rural backwater.. A small museum relates the story of a battle here during the Genpei Wars (1180~1185), a legendary period of conflict between the great Taira and Minamoto Clans.. Finally, we reach the pass, where we enjoy a picnic lunch.. We descend from the pass to transfer by local train back to Kanazawa.. Our day finishes with a visit to Kenroku-en, another classic garden and regarded as one of the three most beautiful in Japan.. Dinner is not included tonight but your tour leader will be on hand to advise on and settle you in to the restaurant of your choice.. 14 km (8.. 7 miles).. Day 9 Kanazawa Kyoto.. We spend the morning walking through the old streets of Kanazawa, including visits to the atmospheric samurai and courtesan’s districts.. Today’s lunch is included in the tour and is at Kanazawa s best Japanese inn.. With only a few rooms and at US$700 per night per person, we can save our pennies and come back again to stay here another time.. Instead today, the welcoming owners provide a feast of kaiseki ryori, a formal, multi-course meal, in rooms overlooking the Sai-gawa river or charming Japanese gardens.. Transfer by train to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, where dinner, suitable for our final evening together, is a much less formal affair.. We eat at a hospitable, local restaurant in Pontocho, a popular area packed with restaurants, bars and pubs.. Here we may be lucky enough to glimpse geisha hurrying between appointments.. 9 km (5.. 5 miles).. Day 10 Kyoto.. The tour finishes after breakfast in our hotel in Kyoto.. Walk Japan’s Kyoto Tour is available at a special price for customers joining the Basho Tour.. This two day tour starts after breakfast on Day 10 of the Basho Tour.. Itinerary subject to change.. 11 May 2014 - 20 May 2014.. 18 May 2014 - 27 May 2014.. Please Contact Us.. 28 September 2014 - 7 October 2014.. 2 November 2014 - 11 November 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for our Basho Tour.. Mid-March to early April tours.. Day temperatures will be cool (13 ~ 17ºC or 55 ~ 63ºF) in the lowlands.. On the high passes temperatures will be cold to cool (5 ~ 10ºC or 41 ~ 50ºF) and there may well be some snow.. Nights will be cold (0 ~ 9ºC or 32 ~ 48ºF).. Mid-April to early May, and mid-October to November tours.. Day temperatures will be warm (16 ~ 20ºC or 61 ~ 68ºF) in the lowlands.. On the high passes temperatures will be cold to cool (8 ~ 14ºC or 46 ~ 57ºF).. Nights will be cold to cool (4 ~ 12ºC or 39 ~ 54ºF).. Mid-May to June, and September to mid-October tours.. Day temperatures will be warm to hot (18 ~ 28ºC or 64 ~ 82ºF) in the lowlands.. On the high passes temperatures will be cool to warm (14 ~ 18ºC or 57 ~ 64ºF).. Nights will be cool to warm (14 ~ 18ºC or 57 ~ 64ºF).. Coin laundry facilities are available on Days 1 9.. Your daypack should be sufficiently spacious to carry overnight items because, for logistical reasons, we will be sending ahead our main luggage by overnight courier on Day 5 to Sado, where it will arrive on Day 6.. On this night, at Mt.. Haguro-san on Day 5 we will be without our main luggage.. Please note that Walk Japan will pay for one item of luggage per person to be sent by the courier.. Additional items of luggage are sent at the owner’s expense.. On other days, when walking, our main luggage is sent on ahead to our next accommodation by vehicle.. Each day we carry only what we need (camera, water bottle, note book, rain jacket, etc.. Fully guided 10 day, 9 night tour.. Walk Japan tour leader; 9 nights accommodation; 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch 7 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point.. Tour Level:.. 2~3..

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  • Title: Hokkaido Hike | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: Hokkaido Hike.. The Hokkaido Hike is a fully guided,.. Level 6.. tour for those who exercise fairly regularly and can walk comfortably for up to eight hours.. The route is largely mountain trails and includes some long ascents and descents over rough ground.. Please read more on Tour levels.. A 10 day, 9 night tour starting in Akan-ko and finishing in Shikotsu-ko Onsen.. Accommodation ranges from comfortable, mountainside lodges to 3/4 star hotels most with their own onsen (hot spring) or nearby facilities.. Laundry facilities are available in most of the accommodation on this tour.. Please note, traditional Japanese inns are uncommon in Hokkaido.. The Hokkaido Hike explores the wild side of Japan on the sparsely populated, northerly island of the Japanese archipelago.. In winter, Siberian temperatures and powder snow has made Hokkaido a skier s paradise.. In summer, with the snow gone, the weather is very comfortable and the hiking is some of the best in Japan.. A 10 day, 9 night tour, Walk Japan s Hokkaido Hike takes us through Japan s largest wilderness.. We pass through remote verdant forests, across wet lands, up spectacular volcanoes, past steaming vents and onto high plateaux.. Panoramic views, which stretch for tens of kilometres across this beautiful land, are a reward when reaching the high peaks.. Closer to is the flora and fauna special to Hokkaido.. We will see alpine flowers peculiar not just to Hokkaido but some so rare that they are found only on one mountain.. In all there are about 500 different alpine flowers blooming through the summer season.. These include Minezuou (Loiseleuria procumbens), Meakan-kinbai (Potentilla miyabei), Kibana-shakunage (Rhododendron aureum), Ezo-kozakura (Primula cunefolia), Jimukade (Harrimanella stelleriana), Ezo-no-shigazakura (Phyllodoce aleutica), Tchinguruma (Sieversia pentapetala), Ezo-in-tsutsuji (Ledum palustre ssp.. diversipilosum), Ukon-utsugi (Weigela middendorffiana), Iwabukuro (Pennelianthus frutescens), and Kokemomo (Vaccinium vitisidaea).. Wildlife is in an abundance that many other countries today would find hard to compare to.. Foxes, deer, eagles and many different aquatic birds are some of the animals we are likely to see.. In essence, Walk Japan takes you to a natural wonderland that belies the usual image of Japan as a modern, industrial nation.. In common with Walk Japan s Nakasendo Way, Kunisaki and Shogun Trail, Hokkaido Hike provides a unique experience of Japan.. This time, though, the emphasis is on nature.. Hokkaido was only settled by the Japanese in the 19th Century and there is little of the history commonly associated with Japan.. Not that this matters as Hokkaido more than makes up for its lack of cultural monuments with the grand scale and beauty of its scenery and quality of its food.. The tour begins at Lake Akan before journeying to central Hokkaido and the Daisetsuzan National Park, the largest and perhaps most beautiful in Japan.. We spend the next five days exploring the Park and hike some of Hokkaido s highest mountains, including Mt.. Asahidake and Mt.. Tokachidake.. Our final few days are spent in the Lake Shikotsu area for hikes to the nearby volcanoes and finally soothing baths in natural hot spring overlooking the lake.. In short, the trip reaches the natural highlights of Hokkaido while keeping transfers to a minimum.. The distances walked and heights ascended are challenging, but do not require the stamina of a high alpine trekker.. Maximum height is 2,290 metres.. We have chosen hikes that generally include some horizontal sections or rolling countryside.. This is a good trip for those who walk regularly and enjoy spectacular sights.. The hikes are detailed in the itinerary.. JPY438,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single supplement is JPY32,000 (Please see below).. A fully guided tour with two tour leaders including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for 9 nights; 9 breakfasts and 9 evening meals, baggage transfers and entrance fees.. Not included are flights, all lunches and drinks.. The single room supplement is JPY32,000 per person and provides for a single room on eight nights.. Please note, however, that single accommodation is available on a limited basis only and, if demand is high, may not be available for all eight nights.. Those who require single accommodation will be advised at the time of booking whether all nights are available and the cost for any single accommodation we are able to provide.. These tours usually start on a Thursday and finish on a Saturday.. This itinerary for the Hokkaido Hike tour is ground only beginning at Akan-ko (Lake Akan) and ending at Shikotsu-ko Onsen.. After receiving the booking form and deposit we will provide detailed instructions for getting to the meeting point in Akan-ko.. Arrangements can be made by Walk Japan for extra time in Japan before and after this tour.. Flights by JAL, ANA and AirDo to Kushiro from Haneda Airport, Tokyo s domestic airport, and Itami, Osaka s domestic airport.. JAL also flies from Nagoya s Chubu Airport, which handles both domestic and international flights.. Connecting express buses to Haneda and Itami run at regular intervals from Narita Airport and Kansai Airport, respectively Tokyo s and Osaka s international airports.. Both journeys are approximately 60 minutes each.. Please note that the first bus to depart for Shin-Chitose Airport (Sapporo s main airport) leaves Shikotsu-ko Onsen at 09:45 arriving at 10:36.. If you have an early morning flight a taxi to the airport  ...   fumeroles and the snow providing a fabulous backdrop.. From Aizankei Onsen we make our way to our hotel in Kami-Furano by train, arriving in time for dinner at a restaurant in town.. Day 6 Kami-Furano Tokachidake Onsen.. An early morning transfer to the start of today s climb of Mt.. Tokachi-dake (2,077m), another volcano and one of the most active in Japan.. It most recently burst into life in 1988 and climbing was prevented until 1990.. At the top, on a clear day, we will be afforded views right across the Daisetsuzan National Park to Mt.. Asahi-dake.. We descend to our accommodation at Tokachidake Onsen, where we will stay for two nights.. Tokachidake Onsen is at 1,270 metres making it an ideal base to hike from.. 6~7 hours.. Day 7 Tokachidake Onsen Mt.. Furano-dake.. Today we continue our exploration of the south-western part of Daisetsuzan National Park, including a climb of Mt.. Furano-dake (1,893 metres) before returning again to our accommodation in Tokachidake Onsen.. 4~5 hours.. Day 8 Tokachidake Onsen Shikotsu-ko Onsen.. Today is a recovery day and we have time to relax until mid-morning when we begin our transfer to Lake Shikotsu-ko, the deepest and one of the most beautiful lakes in Japan.. We spend two nights here.. Day 9 Shikotsu-ko Onsen Mt.. Tarumae-zan.. Early morning taxi transfer (30 minutes) to start of the climb of Mts.. Fuppushi-dake Tarumae-zan.. Minibus pick-up for return to our accommodation in Shikotsu-ko Onsen and where we stay the night.. Hike 4 hours for Tarumae-zan; 6 hours for Tarumae-zan and Fuppushi-dake.. 4~6 hours.. Tarumae-zan (1,041m, climb to 1,023m) and Mt.. Fuppushi-dake (1,102.. 5m).. Ainu names: respectively, Taoro Mai and Fuppu Ushi.. Tarumae-zan is on the south side of Lake Shikotsu-ko, a 360m deep, sparklingly clear water lake formed in a calder created over 30,000 years after a gigantic volcanic explosion.. Its beauty is enhanced by being ringed by three active volcanos, including Tarumae-zan.. This mountain was most recently active in 1981.. Another explosion in 1909 created the Tarumae-zan s lava rock dome, an impressive and imposing sight, that distinguishes the mountain.. A relatively easy walk and climb over volcanic rock.. The lower slopes are particularly abundant in alpine plants and flowers.. Adjacent to Tarumae-zan is Fuppushi-dake.. Unlike the former, Fuppushi-dake is dormant and has not been active since ancient times and its slopes are covered in forest.. Given enough time and energy we can walk over both peaks of Fuppushi-dake and Tarumae-zan.. Spectacular views are provided from both mountains over Lake Shikotsu to Mt.. Yotei-zan, and the low lands across to Sapporo, Chitose Airport and the North Pacific Ocean.. There are a number of routes between and around the two mountains and our route will reflect the interest of the group, the weather, time available, etc.. Day 10 Shikotsu-ko Onsen.. The tour finishes after breakfast in Shikotsu-ko Onsen.. Travel to Shin-Chitose Airport, Hokkaido s main airport, is by direct express coach from Shikotsu-ko Onsen.. Onward travel from here to elsewhere in Japan by air or, in Hokkaido, by rail.. Please note that the first bus to depart for the airport leaves Shikotsu-ko Onsen at 09:45 arriving at 10:36.. 19 June 2014 - 28 June 2014.. 3 July 2014 - 12 July 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for our Hokkaido Hike tour.. Late June ~ early July tours.. Hokkaido has a very unpredictable climate, especially so on the mountains where the weather is liable to change rapidly with little or no warning.. On the mountains, at elevations of 2000m, the temperature can go down to 0c in July and occasionally lower in June.. Even inland locations can be hit by the occasional strong, low pressure in the months of June, July and August causing heavy rain and extremely windy conditions of up to 20-25m/s.. On the lowlands day temperatures will be cool to hot (12 ~ 28 C or 54 ~ 82 F).. Nights will be cool to warm (5 ~16 C or 41 ~ 61 F).. On the mountains the temperature range can vary widely from freezing to hot (0 ~ 26 C or 32 ~ 79 F).. Please bear this and the above temperatures in mind when packing.. To help maintain a comfortable body temperature while walking it is best to have a number of layers of clothing that can be easily peeled off or added on as required that must be kept dry in a plastic bag or back pack cover for emergency use.. Important: Mountain environments are particularly susceptible to sudden fluctuations in weather and temperature, and we occasionally hike in remote areas, so proper clothing is essential.. This includes quality hiking boots/shoes (please make sure these are worn-in before the tour), spare laces and socks, packable waterproof and wind-resistant jacket with hood, packable waterproof over-trousers, gloves, hat, comfortable hiking backpack with waterproof cover, water bottle, and walking poles.. Other items you should consider are some high-energy food, pocketknife, insect repellent and a small torch.. Hats and gloves, wind and rainproof jacket and trousers.. are essential.. Coin laundry facilities are available on all nights at the accommodation except on days 5 6.. The single room supplement is JPY32,000.. Two Walk Japan tour leaders; 9 nights accommodation; 9 breakfasts, 9 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point.. 6..

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  • Title: Snow Country Trek | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: The Snow Country Trek tour is a fully guided,.. Level 4~5.. snowshoeing tour suitable for anyone who is a reasonably strong, regular walker.. In general, the route is gently undulating but also includes some steeper climbs.. A 7 day, 6 night tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Nagano.. Tour accommodation is in hotels, Japanese inns and mountain cottages.. The Snow Country Trek tour is a fully guided, snowshoeing tour in Japan’s snow country, a region that records each year some of the heaviest snow falls found anywhere on Earth.. This tour provides an intimate experience of life in a winter wonderland that can only be accessed using snowshoes: we visit a spectacular shinto shrine complex; stay in charming farming villages located in deep valleys; and cross spectacular, remote winter landscapes where the only other footprints we see will almost certainly be left by the local wildlife.. A highlight is a night walk through a beech forest.. North-westerly winds bring snow in abundance to the Sea of Japan coast.. The 3,000 metre (9,842ft) plus range of high mountains, which form the Central Alps, generate the greatest winter precipitation on their northerly slopes and valleys: the Snow Country.. Snow falls so deeply that the underlying natural landscape is completely transformed; forests take on an ethereal appearance; and houses literally disappear under the white blanket.. Mountains and the snow are the motifs for this region, where the locals have developed a unique way of life dictated by their environment.. The scale of the mountains and the volume of snow are both sources of hard toil and munificence; both the mountains and the snow are barriers of immense scale but also sources of food, lumber and bountiful water that spills through the rice paddies from spring through to the autumn.. The locals are a hardy people with a generosity and warmth of spirit that inspires.. We find warm welcomes wherever we go and sumptuous meals with ingredients sourced from the surrounding region.. Among the locals we meet on our travels includes a bear hunter.. We find him in one of the remotest villages in Japan, where we join him for an intimate insight into a traditional way of life that has all but disappeared in Japan.. Our accommodation includes shinto pilgrims’ lodgings, wooden cottages buried in deep snow and Japanese inns.. On most nights we have the added delight of.. thermal hot spring baths.. Our walks each day are between 1 hour to 5 hours and are generally on the flat.. Although tour participants do not need to be experienced winter walkers, snowshoeing does require a reasonably good level of fitness.. Please note that how far we can walk and how much energy we expend depends greatly on snow conditions; fresh softer snow is more energy intensive to walk on than compacted, older snow.. JPY268,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single room supplement is JPY3,000 (Please see below).. For customers joining our Snow Country Trek tour we offer our Tokyo Tour at a discounted price: with accommodation is JPY45,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY26,000 per person.. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point in Tokyo to finishing point in Nagano; accommodation for 6 nights; 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 evening meals; snowshoe rental; baggage transfers and entrance fees.. Not included are flights and drinks with meals.. The single room supplement is JPY3,000 per person and guarantees a single room in a hotel on one night on Day 6 of the itinerary in Nagano.. Please note that while we cannot guarantee to do so we will endeavour to provide single accommodation on the other nights we stay in Japanese inns.. No additional charge is made for any single accommodation provided in Japanese accommodation on these nights.. A note on traditional Japanese accommodation: Japanese cultural norms generally dictate that rooms in Japanese-style accommodation, including inns, are provided on a twin basis and individuals travelling together are traditionally expected to share.. It is the case, however, that we are frequently able to secure single rooms in Japanese-style accommodation for our customers for many, if not all, days of a tour.. These tours usually start on a Friday and finish on a Thursday.. The itinerary for the Snow Country Trek tour is ground only, beginning in Tokyo and ending in Nagano.. After receiving the booking and deposit we provide detailed instructions for travelling to the meeting point in Tokyo from Tokyo s Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) Airports and Osaka s Kansai (KIX) Airport.. Onward travel at the end of the tour from Nagano to other areas of Japan can be made easily by train and bus.. For those who wish to spend more time in Tokyo you may be interested in our.. Tokyo Tour.. , which runs on the two days prior to Day 1 of the Snow Country tour.. The Snow Country Trek tour group meets on Day 1 at 10:45 AM.. The Tokyo Tour is open to anyone but we provide a discounted price for those customers also joining the Snow Country Trek tour.. Day 1 Tokyo -Nagano Togakushi.. The Walk Japan tour leader meets the tour group at 10:45 am in Tokyo Station.. From here we transfer by the super-fast Shinkansen Bullet train to Nagano.. Our mid-day meal is a bento lunch box, which we eat on the train.. At Nagano we transfer to a more sedate form of transport, a local bus, to reach our  ...   Akiyamago.. Today we travel deeper into the snow country.. Setting off early morning from Nozawa Onsen we catch one of only a handful of local trains that run each day along the line that follows the course of the Chikuma river.. We eat a bento breakfast on the train while viewing the spectacular wintery scenery on the way.. A 7.. 85m (25ft 9in) pole in front of Morimiya-no-hara Station, where we finish our 45 minute train journey, marks the spot where the deepest snow ever in Japan was recorded.. Here we transfer by local bus which takes us through a long, narrow and deep valley dotted with hamlets, to Koakasawa, a charming hamlet and one of the remoter settlements in the whole of Japan.. Heavy snows of winter would frequently isolate Koakasawa, and if persistent enough, famines would set in amongst the inhabitants.. Until the advent of modern rice growing techniques, the locals could only grow soba buckwheat and millet as staple crops using simple slash and burn farming methods.. We visit the house of one of the local characters of the hamlet, a bear hunter.. While enjoying lunch at his home he describes to us the still difficult life of the area and hunting.. After lunch, we join him on a snowshoe trek up to the partially frozen Oze-taki waterfalls.. On the way, our companion describes the wildlife of the area, how to track and hunt in the traditional fashion.. Our nearby accommodation for the night is an onsen with log cabins.. Dinner includes home-made dishes made from local ingredients from the surrounding fields mountains and rivers.. Log cabins.. 2km (1.. 2 miles).. Day 6 Akiyamago- Nagano.. On a clear day Mt.. Torikabuto-yama (2,037m/6,683ft) provides a dramatic backdrop to our morning walk.. Once again we are most likely to be the only trekkers in the area.. There is, though, a good probability that we will see the tracks of the elusive.. kamoshika.. , Japanese native deer, and, with luck, perhaps spy one or more of them.. The duration and destination of our walk will depend on snow conditions and the weather.. Lunch and a dip in the onsen at our accommodation before leaving Akiyamago to catch a train back to Nagano and our hotel, which is adjacent to the station.. Our final dinner together is in an.. , many a Japanese favourite-style of restaurant.. 3~4km (1.. 9~2.. 5 miles) distance according to snow and weather conditions.. Day 7 Nagano.. After breakfast, we shed our snowshoes for a walk through town to Zenko-ji temple, which, dating back to 7th Century, is one of the oldest in Japan.. It is also one of the most popular and has been a major site of pilgrimage for centuries.. After our visit, we return to Nagano Station, where the tour finishes at approximately 11am.. The Walk Japan tour leader will assist you purchase your train ticket, which are not included in the tour, to your next destination.. 4km (2.. 17 January 2014 - 23 January 2014.. 14 February 2014 - 20 February 2014.. 7 March 2014 - 13 March 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for the Snow Country Trek tour.. Clothing baggage.. In winter and early spring, days will be cold at no more than 5C (41F) and nights cold (-10C/14F), occasionally very cold (-20C/-4F).. Wind can make temperatures feel much lower.. It is essential to bring many layers of clothing including thermal undergarments and a windproof jacket in addition to a warm sweater/fleece, warm hat, sun/skiing glasses, waterproof winter walking boots, gaiters and two collapsible walking poles.. The Pre-tour Pack, sent out after the deposit has been received by Walk Japan, provides a comprehensive check list of items to bring.. Please note that snowshoes will be provided by Walk Japan for the duration of the tour.. Also, please note that down-filled ski/snowboarding wear is not ideal for snowshoeing as this type of clothing will cause excessive sweating, which will then cause body temperatures to drop when stationary.. The ideal wear is a water and wind proof jacket and water proof trousers with a number of different layers underneath.. Yukata, evening gowns for sleeping in, are provided at some of our accommodation.. However, we recommend leggings, a top, etc.. This will provide a degree of modesty and help ward off the cold air.. Your rooms will be heated and futons very warm, but some of the older, traditional Japanese buildings can sometimes be draughty.. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available on Days 1, 2 and 4 during this tour.. Drying rooms are available in most accommodation.. Each day we carry only what we need (camera, water bottle, note book, rain jacket, extra layers of clothing,etc.. ) while snow trekking.. If you are travelling prior to and/or after the tour you may have more baggage.. In this case, baggage not required for the tour can be sent on at the beginning of the tour to our final hotel or another destination within Japan.. Expect to pay between Yen 1,400 ~ 1,800 per item.. The single room supplement is JPY3,000.. For customers joining the Snow Country Trek tour we offer our Tokyo Tour at discounted price: with accommodation is JPY45,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY26,000 per person.. Fully guided 7 day, 6 night tour.. Walk Japan tour leader; 6 nights accommodation; 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches 6 evening meals; snowshoe rental; travel from tour start point to finish point.. 4 ~ 5..

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  • Title: Mt. Fuji Circuit | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: The Mt.. Fuji Circuit is a fully guided,.. Level 3.. A 6 day, 5 night tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Hakone.. Accommodation is in Japanese-style accommodation and hotels.. Fuji Circuit is a walking tour of the hills and and countryside surrounding Japan s iconic peak.. In common with our famous Nakasendo Way, this tour is a classic mixture of urban, rural and mountain terrain that introduces both historic and modern Japan, with fabulous views of Mt Fuji, the surrounding mountains and lakes.. In creating this tour, we wanted to stay close to our ethos of journeying on foot between our lodgings as much as possible, knowing that this is one of the best ways to appreciate and enjoy the culture and society of Japan.. Fuji is at it s most magnificent from late autumn through to early spring, and Mt.. Fuji Circuit tour takes place during this period.. Day 1 begins in Tokyo, where we are first introduced to Mt.. Fuji and it s importance to Japanese society.. We travel by Shinkansen Bullet train to the Fuji area where our walking begins.. Our initial destination and lodgings are at Lake Tanuki a popular spot from which to view the iconic mountain, after which we spend a day following an excellent trail through rural villages and countryside, all the while accompanied by the magnificence of Mt.. Fuji.. The path skirts the surrounding hills and takes us as far as Lake Motosu.. Journeying through a remarkable landscape of old forest growing over prehistoric lava flows, we spend the following night on the shores of Lake Sai-ko before resuming our circuit along a ridge of wooded hills with Lake Sai-ko on one side and Mt.. Fuji on the other.. We descend to the shores of lively Lake Kawaguchi town and our accommodation there.. On Day 5 we transfer to the elegant resort town of Hakone, where onsen thermal hot springs, art museums and splendid views can be enjoyed on the final day of the tour.. Price.. : JPY238,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single supplement is JPY16,000 (Please see below).. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for 5 nights; 5 breakfasts and 5 evening meals, baggage transfers and entrance fees.. The single room supplement is JPY16,000 per person and guarantees a single room in hotels on two nights.. Please note that while we cannot guarantee to do so we will endeavour to provide single accommodation on the nights we stay in traditional Japanese accommodation.. No additional charge is made for any single accommodation provided in Japanese accommodation.. The small, intimate nature of some inns makes the maximum group size 12 people.. These tours usually start on a Saturday and finish on a Friday.. This itinerary for the Mt.. Fuji Circuit tour is ground only beginning in Tokyo and ending in Hakone.. After receiving the booking form and deposit we will provide detailed instructions for getting to the meeting point in Tokyo.. At the end of the tour, travellers are advised not to book themselves out on an early morning flight as it will take several hours to reach a major international airport from Hakone.. Day 1 Tokyo Lake Tanuki-ko.. Meet at Tokyo Station at 1pm, transferring by Shinkansen Bullet train to the Mt.. Fuji area and our accommodation at Tanuki-ko, a great spot from which to view Mt.. Tour briefing takes place on the train and over dinner at our accommodation.. Upon arrival,  ...   are a number of large caverns which retain quantities of snow-pack ice throughout the year.. We visit one of these and enjoy lunch nearby.. Our path continues over a pass, followed by a leisurely descent to our accommodation for the night at Sai-ko.. Our accommodation is situated close by the lake shore with excellent views and superb local food.. 5.. 5 hours; total height gain 300m (985ft); total distance 15km (9.. 3 miles).. Day 4 Lake Sai-ko Lake Kawaguchi-ko.. The first section of our path today is a rising traverse to the top of Mt.. Ashiwadayama (1,355m, 4,445ft).. En route many points afford us grandstand views over lakes Sai-ko and Kawaguchi-ko to one side of the traverse and on the other side across to Mt.. A steep descent leads us to a picturesque Shinto shrine, before we continue on country and woodland roads to the outskirts of Lake Kawaguchi-ko.. Here we visit the Fuji Visitor Center, where informative audiovisual displays on the geology, ecology and cultural history of Mt.. Fuji make an interesting diversion before heading into the town of Kawaguchi-ko.. After several evenings staying in the countryside, this lakeside town provides a opportunity for for those in the mood to sample some nightlife.. 5 hours; total height gain 450m (1,475ft); total distance 12km (7.. Day 5 Lake Kawaguchi-ko Hakone.. Leaving Kawaguchi-ko, we transfer to the town of Hakone.. A complimentary two-day pass to the idiosyncratic, but easily followed, local transport system is provided Walkers follow a short section of the old Tokaido Highway from the top of the Hakone pass down to Lake Ashino-ko.. Weather permitting, a famous view of Mt.. Fuji can be enjoyed across the lake.. We visit the reconstructed Edo-period barrier station, an important Shogunate control point on the Tokaido, before starting an interesting journey on a medley of transport including ferry, cable car, funicular and switchback railways to our hotel for the night.. The cable car takes us right over spuming, volcanic fumerols a source of many onsen, thermal hot springs, found in the Hakone area.. Total Walking time:.. 3 hrs; total distance 7km (4.. Day 6 Hakone.. The tour finishes after breakfast, but your tour leader will be available to advise how best to enjoy your remaining time in Hakone.. Onward transport to Tokyo is easily accomplished by Shinkansen Bullet train or the stylish Romance Car express train.. 24 March 2014 - 29 March 2014.. 21 April 2014 - 26 April 2014.. 13 October 2014 - 18 October 2014.. 10 November 2014 - 15 November 2014.. The following travel advice is intended to be helpful advice for the Mt Fuji Circuit tour.. March November tours.. Day temperatures will be cool to warm (8 ~ 16 C) (46 ~ 61 F).. Nights will be cool to very cold (-2 ~ 8 C ) (28 ~ 46 F).. April October tours.. Day temperatures will be warm (16 ~ 20 C) (61 ~ 68 F).. Nights will cool to cold (4 ~ 8 C) (39 ~ 46 F).. Please be prepared for variations outside these temperature ranges, in particular on the hilltops where It can be significantly colder.. Also, please bear the above temperatures in mind when packing.. There are no coin operated laundry facilities available during this tour.. JPY238,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single room supplement is JPY16,000.. Fully guided 6 day, 5 night tour.. Walk Japan tour leader; 5 nights accommodation; 5 breakfasts 5 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point.. 3..

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  • Title: Summer Nakasendo Way | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: Summer Nakasendo Way.. The Summer Nakasendo Way tour is a fully guided,.. walk suitable for anyone who is a fairly frequent walker and can walk for more than three to four hours in comfort.. In general, the route is gently undulating but also includes some short, steeper climbs, and an optional mountain climb.. Temperatures and humidity are higher in the Japanese summer, hence the slightly higher difficulty rating than our regular Nakasendo Way tour.. A 7 day, 6 night tour starting in Nagoya and finishing in Matsumoto.. Accommodation is in Japanese inns and a hotel.. The maximum group size for this tour is 12 ~ 13 persons.. Walk Japan s Summer Nakasendo Way tour takes us to areas at higher altitudes and is designed to provide a comfortable walking experience in summer.. It explores the best parts of one of Japan s ancient highways, the Nakasendo; the beautiful Kaida Plateau; and Matsumoto, a delightful regional city dominated by its castle, a Japanese National Treasure.. Firstly, we explore the central, mountainous section of the Nakasendo Way, an old road that starts in Kyoto and finishes in Tokyo.. In its heyday in the seventeenth century, the Nakasendo was crowded with travellers, including feudal lords, samurai, itinerant merchants and pilgrims.. Now largely forgotten and quiet, the road provides a pleasant path through scenic countryside and, also, the history of Japan.. We stay in picturesque, old post towns en route in much the same way that the Japanese traveller of old did.. Charming, traditional inns, which have somehow survived into the modern world, provide us with friendly and atmospheric overnight accommodation.. In the evenings, often in an ambience reminiscent of Hiroshige s woodblock prints of feudal Japan, we relax and enjoy excellent meals.. Next, the Kaida Plateau provides a further welcome escape from the high heat and humidity of the lowlands.. Kaida is at the southern end of the Central Alps, which was first made famous in the 1880s by Walter Weston, a British missionary, inveterate explorer and mountain climber.. Weston clambered all over the mountains of the region and also travelled along the Nakasendo.. He wrote of his experiences in his Mountaineering and Exploration in the Japanese Alps , his fascinating book that is still in print to this day.. Our accommodation on the plateau is a lovely, family-run Japanese inn with onsen thermal hot spring baths.. Matsumoto, our final destination, is an elegant regional city on a high plateau in the Central Alps.. Once the seat of a daimyo regional samurai baron, Matsumoto retains its imposing tenshukaku, the keep of the castle, that still dominates the city.. Our Summer Nakasendo Way tour follows some of the most scenic and enjoyable sections of the old highway and into the mountains of Japan s Central Alps.. Seventeenth-century travellers insisted on a reasonably easy route for their journey and so do we.. This is a walking tour, not a trek, and average daily walking distance is a moderate 10-16 kilometres.. Forward transport, however, can be arranged for those who desire a more relaxed day.. Our main luggage is sent ahead each day.. JPY258,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single supplement is JPY10,000 (Please see below).. For customers joining our Summer Nakasendo Way tour we offer our two City tours at discounted prices: The Kyoto Tour with two night s accommodation is JPY59,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY35,500 per person.. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for 6 nights; 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 evening meals; baggage transfers and entrance fees.. Not included are flights, 6 lunches and drinks.. The single room supplement is JPY10,000 per person and guarantees a single room in a hotel on one night.. The small, intimate nature of the inns makes the maximum group size 12 ~ 13 people.. For more information about the history of the Nakasendo highway is available at our complementary website.. Nakasendo Way: A Journey to the Heart of Japan.. This itinerary for the Summer Nakasendo Way trip is ground only beginning in Nagoya and  ...   noodles, a speciality of the area, the afternoon walk is an excursion over another high pass that, on a clear day, provides views high over the plateau to Mt.. Ontake.. We descend from here to our accommodation, a delightful modern inn with onsen thermal hot spring baths.. Day 5 Kaida Plateau.. A day for more exercise or gentle relaxation.. For the more active, after breakfast we ride a cable car to the 7th Station, at 2,150m (6,906ft), on Mt.. Alighting here we walk to the top, which at 3,067m (10,062ft) is only second to Mt.. Fuji as the highest volcano in Japan.. With luck we will be in the company of the many pilgrims who visit Mt.. Ontake every summer.. On a clear day, at the top we are rewarded with fabulous, 360 degree views over central Japan and trails at the peak allow us to explore one or more of the three craters found here.. As we climb, many mountain huts provide places to waylay the journey for those who do not wish to go to the top.. For those who wish to enjoy a gentler day, a non-guided exploration on foot or by bicycle around the plateau.. Fly fishing for iwana, char fish, in crystal clear streams is a recommended option.. Our accommodation, of course, also has its relaxing onsen baths.. 5~6 hours; total height gain approx.. 1,000 m (3,280 ft).. Day 6 Kaida Plateau Matsumoto.. Return to Kiso-Fukushima, to take a short train ride to Yabuhara.. Walk 8km (5 miles) over the Torii-toge pass to the lovely post-town of Narai.. Free time to explore, relax in cafes and shop in Narai before transferring by train to Matsumoto, which is setted into Japan’s Central Alps on a plateau famous in Japan for its apples, grapes and wine.. We stay tonight in one of the city s venerable hotels.. 8 km (5 miles).. Day 7 Matsumoto.. Breakfast in the hotel followed by a guided visit to Matsumoto castle, one of only four listed as national treasures, and the city.. The tour finishes around lunchtime but the city has plenty more to explore if you wish to do so.. Express trains connect Matsumoto to Tokyo and Nagoya, where onward Shinkansen Bullet trains speed to Kyoto.. Your tour leader will help you organise your tickets, etc.. as required.. 2 km (1.. More information about the history of the Nakasendo highway is available at our dedicated website.. 5 July 2014 - 11 July 2014.. 12 July 2014 - 18 July 2014.. 19 July 2014 - 25 July 2014.. 26 July 2014 - 1 August 2014.. 2 August 2014 - 8 August 2014.. 23 August 2014 - 29 August 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for the Summer Nakasendo Way tour.. July August tours.. In the Kiso Valley day temperatures will be hot (25 ~ 35 C or 77 ~ 95 F) and the nights will be warm (16 ~ 26 C or 61 ~ 79 F).. It will also be humid.. In the Kaida Plateau, day temperatures will be hot (25 ~ 32 C or 77 ~ 90 F) although humidity will be low to medium.. Night temperatures will be cool to warm (10 ~ 20 C or 50 ~ 68 F).. The sun’s rays will be strong to very strong, especially at altitude in the Kaida Plateau and on Mt.. The weather is generally dry during August but please also be prepared for rain.. There is an increased probability of rain from early to mid-July.. Coin-operated laundry facilities are only available on Day 6.. However you will be able to hand wash your clothing in basins at all accommodation.. The single room supplement is JPY10,000.. For customers joining the Nakasendo Way tour we offer our two City tours at discounted prices: The Kyoto Tour with two night s accommodation is JPY59,000 per person; and without accommodation is JPY35,500 per person.. Walk Japan tour leader; 6 nights accommodation; 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch 6 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point.. Maximum group size 12 ~ 13 people..

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  • Title: Winter Nakasendo Way | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: Winter Nakasendo Way.. The Winter Nakasendo Way is a fully guided,.. Level 3~4.. tour suitable for anyone who can walk at a gentle pace for three to four hours in comfort.. The lower temperatures of winter include the probability of snow at some points along the route, hence the slightly higher difficulty rating than our regular Nakasendo Way tour.. Please bear in mind, however, that roads and alternative transport are never far away, should we encounter difficult weather conditions.. A 6 day, 5 night tour starting in Nagoya and finishing in Matsumoto.. Accommodation is mainly in traditional Japanese inns and a hotel.. Timed to include both Western and Chinese New Year holiday periods, Walk Japan s Winter Nakasendo Way tour provides modern-day walkers with a comfortable taste of Edo Period Japan in winter.. We cross several high passes, where encountering snow is likely, but the emphasis is on comfort and each day we find warm welcomes and surroundings in Japanese inns.. Here we can relax, on one occasion around an open hearth fire, and enjoy the excellent meals of locally sourced produce that are a feature of all Walk Japan s tours.. Thermal hot spring baths are another feature of the Winter Nakasendo Way.. Always a joy and a great way to wind-down at the end of any day these are particularly enticing during the winter months.. We begin our tour on the lowlands of Nagoya then transfer by train to the Nakasendo Ways central, mountainous section, which is also often known as the Kiso Road.. Here, in the depths of the Japanese countryside, we begin our walk.. On the first day we pass by farming communities, stepped fields and bamboo groves before a last stretch along a preserved section of ishidatami, or stone paving, that brings us to our first inn.. On the following days we walk through the picturesque post-towns of Magome and Tsumago, farmlands and forests, staying in an atmospheric, traditional village inn with an open fire, continue our walk over a high pass and visit a historic barrier station of Kiso-Fukushima.. We visit Kaida Kogen, a high plateau and, with good reason, self-styled as one of the most beautiful areas in Japan.. Our walk continues over another pass on the Hida Way, which connected Takayama with the Nakasendo Way.. The pass provides spectacular views of Mt.. Ontake, a sacred peak and active volcano.. We walk to our inn for the night which has its own natural, thermal hot springs.. The next day we return to the Nakasendo Way and another lovely walk over a high pass to the post town of Narai.. The tour finishes in the city of Matsumoto, ideally situated for those who wish to travel on to Tokyo or Kyoto, as well as those who would like to continue their winter adventures in the Central Mountains of Nagano Prefecture, host of the 1998 Winter Olympics.. Our Winter Nakasendo Way tour follows some of the most scenic and enjoyable sections of the old highway this is a walking tour, rather than a trek, and average daily walking distance is a moderate 10 ~16 kilometres (6 ~ 10 miles).. Our main luggage is sent ahead each day and you need only carry what you require for each days walk.. Price: JPY226,000.. (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. For customers joining our Winter Nakasendo Way tour we offer our two City tours at discounted prices: The  ...   maintained, traditional post-town.. An inclusive, optional guided tour of the high-class inn and attached museum is highly recommended.. We continue about 6 kilometres (3.. 75 miles) to Nagiso.. Here an interesting footbridge provides us with a hint of two colourful people once associated with the area; a geisha who appeared on the front of Harper s Bazaar in 1900 and her tycoon partner.. We catch a train to Kiso-Fukushima, where we have lunch at a popular restaurant serving a local delicacy, soba noodles.. An exploration of this town follows and includes a visit to the reconstructed Barrier Station that stood here during the Edo Period.. Our lodgings in the centre of town are a Japanese inn with thermal hot spring baths.. After breakfast, we transfer by local bus to the Kaida Plateau for our walk through forests and over another pass.. The high Kaida Plateau has a distinct alpine feel and we reach over 1,400 metres (4,593 ft.. ) as we crest our pass for the day.. Clear weather will provide us with views over the Plateau to Mt.. Ontake (3,007 metres, 9,865ft.. ), the volcano that dominates the area.. We descend from here to our accommodation, another delightful inn with onsen thermal hot springs baths.. Day 5 Kaida Plateau Matsumoto.. We return to Kiso-Fukushima for a short train ride to Yabuhara.. Our walk is over the Torii Pass to the lovely post town of Narai.. Free time to explore, relax in cafes and shop in Narai before travelling onto Matsumoto and our hotel for the night.. Dinner is enjoyed nearby at one of Matsumoto s best restaurants, a lively Japanese eating and drinking establishment, suitable for our last meal together on tour.. Afterwards, for those who wish, an interesting excursion with the guide into Japan s nightlife.. Day 6 Matsumoto.. After breakfast a guided visit to Matsumoto s impressive castle, one of only four that are listed as National Treasures in Japan.. The Winter Nakasendo Way tour ends at the castle at approximately 11am.. However, your Walk Japan tour leader will be on hand to help you purchase your train tickets for your onward journey within Japan.. Travel to Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto is easily accomplished from here by train.. 23 December 2013 - 28 December 2013.. 9 January 2014 - 14 January 2014.. 16 January 2014 - 21 January 2014.. 3 February 2014 - 8 February 2014.. 6 February 2014 - 11 February 2014.. 20 February 2014 - 25 February 2014.. 22 December 2014 - 27 December 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for the Winter Nakasendo Way tour.. In winter and early spring, days will be cool to cold and nights cold to very cold, so please bring a number of layers, including thermal undergarments and a windproof jacket in addition to a warm sweater/fleece and hat.. We recommend good quality walking shoes/boots, gaiters and two collapsible walking poles.. You may also like to bring some comfortable, casual shoes for use in town.. , evening gowns for sleeping in, are provided at each lodging.. Laundry facilities are not available during this tour.. When walking the Nakasendo, our main luggage is sent on ahead to the next lodgings by vehicle.. JPY226,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. Walk Japan tour leader; 5 nights’ accommodation; 5 breakfasts, 5 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point.. 3~4.. Maximum group size 12 ~13 people..

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  • Title: Shogun Trail | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: Shogun Trail.. The Shogun Trail is a fully guided,.. Level 1.. tour with some walking and suitable for anyone who can walk up to 5 km (2.. 5 miles) per day.. A 12 day, 11 night tour starting in Tokyo and finishing in Fukuoka.. The Shogun Trail starts in the heart of modern Japan, Tokyo, and travels some 900 kilometres west to Fukuoka in Kyushu.. Along route we visit places associated with William Adams (1564 1620), enjoy some of the famous sights of Japan in a grand experience of both the urban and rural landscape.. Adams, depicted as John Blackthorne in Clavell s epic novel Shogun, was the first Englishman to arrive on Japan s shores.. Clavell s semi-fictional hero led an adventurous life and, in reality, Adams was no less so.. Shipwrecked, he and his crewmates gained the trust of the great Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and were allowed to live in freedom in Japan, barred only from returning to their homeland.. Adams was given the status of samurai and made a direct retainer of the Shogun, a position of tremendous honour and prestige.. Adams was also an intermediary between the Shogun s court and the Dutch and English traders, for which he had to travel constantly between the capital and the furthest reaches of western Japan.. Adams did this on foot and by boat.. We do it in comfort using Japan s fabulous public transport system, one feature that makes this tour special.. We use the train (super-fast, fast, not-so-fast, and downright slow), ferry, bus, mini-bus, street-tram, taxi, pirate ship and, for those who wish to, Shank s Mare , that is, on foot.. A guided tour of the heart of downtown Tokyo takes in the site of Adam s townhouse, the remains of Edo castle, the powerful business district and more of modern Japan.. We visit the nearby ancient capital of Kamakura and its justly famous giant Buddha statue.. For the enthusiastic, a walk along an old and atmospheric highway.. For the more leisurely, a free travel pass to the varied, and sometimes eccentric, transport around elegant Hakone near Mount Fuji.. Next, Japan s cultural capital, Kyoto, followed by Hiroshima, a surprisingly vibrant and interesting city.. On our way to the island of Kyushu, we stop off at the twin cities of Shimonoseki and Moji.. Little-known outside Japan but deserving a visit, if for nothing else, the amazing fish market and its backdrop of the narrow Kanmon Straits, plied continuously by shipping.. Next, the multi-cultural and distinct city of Nagasaki before arriving in Hirado, reached by taking a ferry through the scenic Ninety-nine Islands.. Hirado, still a quaint fishing port, was the site of the first Dutch and English trading houses and the town contains many reminders of the age of great medieval explorers.. A poignant tombstone on a hillside overlooking the town is the grave of William Adams.. The last night is spent in Fukuoka, Japan s Gateway to Asia and home to some of the friendliest people in the country.. JPY442,000 (JPY= Japanese Yen) per person.. The single room supplement is JPY42,000 (Please see below).. A fully guided tour including local travel in Japan from tour meeting point to finishing point, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts 8 evening meals, baggage transfers, and entrance fees.. Not included are flights, all lunches, 3 evening meals and drinks.. The single room supplement is JPY42,000 per person and guarantees a single room in hotels on nine nights.. The small, intimate nature of the inns makes the maximum group size 12 persons.. These tours usually start on a Saturday and finish on a Wednesday.. This itinerary is ground only, beginning in Tokyo and ending in Fukuoka.. Arrangements for extra time in Japan before or after the trip are possible.. Travellers will be given instruction in English and Japanese for getting to the meeting point in Tokyo.. Meals provided in the tour are noted in the itinerary below.. Japanese cuisine is as varied as it is high in quality.. Your tour leader will advise you how you may best enjoy meals not provided in the tour.. Lunch can be found from ¥1,000.. If you wish, your guide is also available to join you in dinner (when not included) and introduce you to some of the best cuisine in Japan.. Expect to pay between ¥2,500-3,500 per head, excluding alcohol.. On Day 2 and Day 6 the main baggage will be shipped in advance overnight.. Evening meeting at 18:00 at our hotel, a few minutes walk from Tokyo Station.. After the tour briefing we go out for dinner at a local restaurant.. The immediate area around the hotel is a favourite after-office haunt of businessmen and women and there are a great variety of good restaurants and, for those who wish to have a night cap, bars.. The neon lights and friendly, busy atmosphere here is typically Japanese and an ideal place to begin out tour.. Day 2 Tokyo.. Today, after breakfast, we stroll around downtown Tokyo, where we find the site of William Adams townhouse in Edo (the original name of Tokyo), and visit the neighbouring grounds of Edo Castle, now the Imperial Palace.. On our walk we will come to understand why Edo/Tokyo became one of the most powerful cities of the world, see some of the oldest structures found here juxtaposed with some of the most modern and experience the everyday, hustle and bustle of the metropolis..  ...   world, adjacent to the Straits along which ply a never ending stream of merchant ships.. The fast flowing waters in the Straits provide some of the best quality fish including blowfish, a delicacy here.. For those interested, time is available for a non-guided tour to Ganryu Island located in the Straits.. Miyamoto Musashi, the author of The Book of Five Rings, fought and won his famous sword fight here.. We return to Kokura for Bullet train and express trains transfer to Nagasaki, where we arrive early evening.. We stay in our hotel accommodation here for the next two nights.. 4km.. Day 9 Nagasaki.. After breakfast at our hotel we enjoy a guided visit to Dejima, the site of the Dutch trading mission during Japan s self-imposed seclusion that lasted until the 1850 s.. Dejima has largely been recreated and provides an excellent idea of life as it was for the traders and their impact on wider Edo Japan.. We stroll through Nagasaki visiting the original and still atmospheric China Town and Glover Park, the site of Meiji period (1867-1912) western residences.. At the Park we gain insights into the successes, trial and tribulations of the foreigner merchants who aided and abetted the opening of Japan and brought many new technologies to the fledgling modern state.. Glover Park has fine views over Nagasaki Harbour one of the best harbour vistas in the world.. Free time from midday for you to explore the city.. Day 10 Nagasaki Hirado.. Free time in Nagasaki until midday, when we transfer by local trains to most westerly railway station in Japan.. A short taxi ride brings us to Hirado, a delightful fishing town.. Our accommodation is a Japanese inn-style hotel with onsen hot spring baths.. Dinner is a sumptuous spread of local produce.. Japanese inn-style hotel with onsen thermal hot spring baths.. Day 11 Hirado Fukuoka.. After breakfast we explore Hirado town and soak up its charms.. A guided tour offers fascinating insights into the way things were here in the early 1600s and highlights events and places associated with William Adams.. The frustrations Adams felt; his acrimonious relationship with the commander of the long-awaited English trading mission; the trade voyages he undertook to Okinawa and beyond; the mystery of his home and private life in Hirado; his death in Hirado; and the controversy surrounding his tomb.. All this while visiting the residence of the local daimyo (feudal lord), the church commemorating Saint Francis Xavier, who preached here in the 16th century, the sites of the old trading houses along the waterfront and the foreigners cemetery with the grave of William Adams.. Afternoon transfer to Fukuoka.. Fukuoka, Japan’s Gateway to Asia, is a lively and thriving city that provides a great environment to finish our travels together in.. Day 12 Fukuoka.. Tour ends after breakfast.. Hakata Station, Fukuoka s main railway station and Fukuoka Airport are both easily reached from our hotel.. Walk Japan can provide advice on onward travel arrangements when you make your booking.. Accommodation:.. 24 May 2014 - 4 June 2014.. 19 July 2014 - 30 July 2014.. 16 August 2014 - 27 August 2014.. 20 September 2014 - 1 October 2014.. 15 November 2014 - 26 November 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for the Shogun Trail tour.. December ~ February tours.. Day temperatures will be cold to cool (4 ~ 12 C or 40 ~ 53 F) in Kyoto and Tokyo.. Nights will be very cold to cold (-5 ~ 5ºC or 23 ~ 41ºF).. Early to mid-March tours.. Day temperatures will be cool (13 ~ 17ºC or 55 ~ 63ºF) in Kyoto and Tokyo.. Later March to mid- to late April and mid-October to November tours.. Day temperatures will be warm (16 ~ 20ºC or 61 ~ 68ºF) in Kyoto and Tokyo.. Day temperatures will be warm to hot (18 ~ 28ºC or 64 ~ 82ºF) in Kyoto and Tokyo.. Evenings will be cool to warm (10 ~ 18ºC or 50 ~ 64ºF).. July and August tours.. Day temperatures will be hot (25 ~ 35 C or 77 ~ 95 F) and the nights will be warm (16 ~ 26 C or 61 ~ 79 F).. It will also be extremely humid.. We will generally be walking in urban areas on even surfaces.. Please bring a variety of layers ranging from t-shirts to a top with long sleeves according to the season.. A lightweight sweater is useful in summer as air conditioning can sometimes be overly cool.. Shorts are acceptable in Japan for both men and women; please bring comfortable walking shoes suitable for around town sneakers, sandals, etc.. The sun’s rays can be strong throughout much of the year and we recommend a sun hat, sun screen, etc.. A lightweight, packable style waterproof and a compact, foldable umbrella should suffice for inclement weather.. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available on Days 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11.. Please bring a small daypack to contain overnight items.. We will be sending our main luggage overnight to Ito on Day 2 and Nagasaki on Day 6, retaining only what we need for the last night in Tokyo and our overnight stay in Hiroshima.. JPY442,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single room supplement is JPY42,000.. Fully guided 12 day, 11 night tour.. Walk Japan tour leader; 11 nights accommodation; 11 breakfasts 8 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point..

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  • Title: Kyushu Expedition | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: The Kyushu Expedition is a fully guided,.. Level 5.. tour, suitable for reasonably fit people who can walk comfortably for 5-6 hours a day.. The routes are on well-defined mountain and forest trails, but will include a few lengthy ascents and descents.. Walking poles are recommended.. An 8 day, 7 night tour starting in Yufuin and finishing in Kagoshima.. Accommodation will be a combination of traditional Japanese inns and onsen hot spring resorts.. The Kyushu Expedition offers some excellent trekking through the volcanic heartlands of Kyushu and through the ancient rainforests of one of the wettest places on earth, Yakushima.. It also provides us with great Japanese food, quality accommodation and theraputic onsen thermal hotspring baths many nights.. This tour takes us on a scenic Yamanami Highway through the Kuju Mountains to the giant caldera and volcano-sculpted landscapes of Aso, to the giant cedars forest and towering peaks of Yakushima, before our final destination of Kagoshima.. The living geology of Kyushu we see en route offers us unique insights into the formation of the Japanese islands and Yakushima provides us a rare experience of a primeval environment.. As always, this tour has been researched by Walk Japan to bring you the very best in walking, accommodation, and local Japanese food.. Your tour leader is a highly experienced walker, with the Japanese language fluency and local knowledge necessary to ensure you have the best possible holiday experience.. We start the tour in the delightful, rural onsen thermal hotspring resort of Yufuin before our foray along the scenic Yamanami Highway into the nearby Kuju mountain range on Day 2.. In Kuju we find the first of the many active volcanos, spuming steam, found on this tour.. Early morning on Day 3 finds us deep in the Aso caldera, which at its centre is the most active volcano in Japan, Mt.. Aso.. Vast quantities of steam venting from its four craters provide an almost constant back-drop to our trek over this mountain today.. On Day 4 a Shinkansen Bullet train ride is part of our journey to the seaside onsen resort of Ibusuki.. Our day here includes a half-day trek in the nearby hills and a visit to Chiran for its samurai quarter and thought provoking and fascinating Kamikaze museum.. We spend Days 5, 6 and 7 exploring the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of Yakushima, an island off the southern tip of Kyushu.. On arrival by high-speed Jetfoil ferry, we head for Shiratani Unsuiko, an impressive area of ancient cedar trees and fast flowing streams.. What happens on the following days depends on the weather conditions and may include an ascent Miya-no-Ura, Kyushu s highest peak at 1935m, a climb of Mt.. Mocchomu and trekking in the Yakusugi nature reserve.. We end the tour on Day 8 in Kagoshima for easy access to Japan s extensive rail network and local airports.. In summary, the Kyushu expedition covers a good deal of ground in a week, and would be suited to someone of a good level of fitness, interested in the spectacular, volcanic scenery that southern Japan has to offer.. The walking is described in more detail in the Itinerary, but bear in mind that lighter / non-walking alternatives can almost always be arranged in cases of inclement weather or for those who wish for an easier day.. The small, intimate nature of some of the accommodation makes the maximum group size 12 people.. JPY334,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. Single room supplement JPY10,000 (Please see below).. The Kyushu Expedition tour complements Walk Japan s Kunisaki Trek tour.. The scheduled dates for both these tours run in succession for an easy combination of the two tours.. If you wish to book both tours the combined price is JPY623,000, including transport between the end point and start point of two consecutive tours.. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for 7 nights; 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 evening meals, baggage transfers and entrance fees.. The single room supplement is JPY10,000 per person and guarantees a single room in a hotel on two nights.. These tours usually start on a Friday and finish on a Friday.. This itinerary is ground only beginning in Yufuin and ending in Kagoshima.. Instructions  ...   has a unique rainforest environment, which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.. We will be staying on the island for the next three nights to give us plenty of time to explore the rich, diverse environment here.. Shiratani Unsuikyo, a spectacular gorge, provides the backdrop for our walk today.. This will be our first taste of Yakushima, a truly spectacular natural environment with climatic zones ranging from sub-tropical around the coast to frigid temperatures atop the island s highest peaks.. Not surprisingly a huge variety of flora and fauna are found throughout Yakushima.. While our tour has been timed to coincide with one of the drier periods of the year, it would be unwise to forget your waterproofs.. Yakushima is officially one of the wettest places on earth with upwards of 4,000mm (158in) of rainfall recorded annually.. Rain, though, should not impair our enjoyment of our time here.. On the contrary, it adds to the atmosphere of our trek through the primeval forest, which includes giant, moss-covered cedars that are some of the oldest trees in the world, wild deer and monkeys.. Hayao Miyazaki, the Oscar-winning animator, found inspiration here for the scenery in Princess Mononoke, one of his most celebrated films.. Weather and energy permitting, we ll take the trail as far as Taiko-iwa, a giant viewing rock offering excellent views of the island s interior and high peaks.. We descend to our lodgings, where we enjoy a sumptuous dinner of some fine local fish.. 500m (1,968ft).. Day 6 Yakushima.. Today s plans will be largely weather dependent, but a fine day will see us attempting an ascent of Mt.. Kuromi-dake, a granite peak of 1,831m (6,007ft).. This will necessitate an early start, but keep your eyes open as we take the winding mountain road up from the port of Anbo it s worth it for the views back towards the coast.. The well maintained trail to the top passes though a variety of cedar forest, high moorland and grassland.. Depending on the weather and cloud level, a number of alternative options are possible.. These include an ascent of Mt.. Mocchomu-dake (970m, 3,182ft)) via a viewpoint overlooking the spectacular Senpironotaki Falls; and a hike in Yakusugi Land, another area of impressive giant cedars and fast flowing rivers.. 6~8 hours; total ascent: approx.. 700m (2,296ft).. Day 7 Yakushima Kagoshima.. Today’s walking will be tailored according to ability and desire of the group and also the weather.. Possible routes include climbs of Mt.. Mocchomu, following the trail to Senpiro-no-taki waterfalls or trekking within Yakusugi Land, a nature reserve with some of the oldest sugi cedar found on Yakushima.. We return late afternoon to Kagoshima by the Jetfoil to stay the night in a hotel in the centre of the city.. Some excellent restaurants nearby provide the setting and delicious evening meal on the final night of our tour together.. 4~6 hours; total ascent: according to route taken.. Day 8 Kagoshima.. The tour ends after breakfast at our hotel.. Return travel to Fukuoka by Shinkansen ‘Bullet’ train to Fukuoka airport for international flights is easily accomplished.. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you purchase tickets and provide advice on how to use any extra time you may have in Japan.. N/A; total ascent: N/A.. Walk Japan Ltd.. is happy to provide information and advice about places to visit for those wanting to extend their stay in Japan beyond Day 8.. 11 April 2014 - 18 April 2014.. 31 October 2014 - 7 November 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for our Kyushu Expedition tour.. Nights will be cool to warm (14 ~ 18 C or 57 ~ 64 F).. Please bear the above temperatures in mind when packing and be prepared for variations outside these temperature ranges, especially in March (colder) and October (warmer).. It can be below freezing on the mountain tops.. Those with zip-on / zip-off trouser legs are an ideal compromise.. Coin-operated laundry facilities available on Days 4, 5 6.. Please note that not all Kunisaki Treks are run consecutively with a Kyushu Expedition.. Fully guided 8 day, 7 night tour.. Walk Japan tour leader; 7 nights accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches 7 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point..

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  • Title: Kunisaki Trek | Walk Japan Ltd.
    Descriptive info: The Kunisaki Trek is a fully guided,.. tour we recommend for the reasonably fit who can walk comfortably for 5 ~ 6 hours.. The route is mainly on forest trails and includes some rock scrambling and some short, steep climbs.. A 10 day, 9 night tour starting in Fukuoka and finishing in Yufuin.. Accommodation is Japanese inns, many with thermal spring baths, a temple and a hotel.. For those who cannot join a ten day tour we have also introduced a short-stay version of the Kunisaki Trek.. Walk Japan’s Kunisaki Trek follows in the footsteps of monks, who have walked through the mountains of the Kunisaki Peninsula for more than a thousand years.. Any experienced trekker will thoroughly enjoy the ancient trails, which are now largely forgotten.. These provide excellent walking through sleepy hamlets, verdant forests, along craggy ridges and over towering cliffs.. On route we pass many stone Buddha statues, large and small, and the caves where monks once found shelter.. As with all our tours, on Kunisaki you will be immersed in Japanese culture of the past and present, enjoy Japanese cooking at its best, luxuriate in hot springs and simply gaze at the beautiful scenery.. This, of course, all with expert guidance of the Walk Japan tour leader.. The Kunisaki Peninsula is nestled into the western end of Japan s Inland Sea on Kyushu, the most westerly island of the Japanese archipelago.. But the peninsula may as well have fallen off the map, for few Japanese, and even fewer foreigners, know of its existence.. Modern Japan has left this quiet haven of rural life largely untouched.. It was, though, for many centuries an important centre of Shugendo, the earliest form of Buddhism in Japan and quite different to the later arrival Zen Buddhism.. Shugendo is a syncretism of the indigenous, animistic Shinto religion and Buddhism brought from China and Korea.. Kunisaki s once-powerful religious institutions are long gone, but delightful temples and wayside shrines are some reminders of its deeply religious past.. Mine-iri.. , a monk s practice of traversing sacred mountain paths in prayer, has been part of the religious life of Kunisaki since the 9th Century.. Although now rare, the practice still continues today in Kuniskai, one of only a few places in Japan where it still does so.. Our trek follows in the monk s footsteps.. Occasionally we pass through picturesque hamlets and temple grounds, but otherwise our trek is largely off-road on little-known mountain paths.. The climbs are usually short but they can be steep and require a degree of stamina to reach the peaks.. Once there, though, the rewards include tremendous views and, as we negotiate narrow ridges and bridges, heady thrills.. A reasonable head for heights is necessary.. Just to the south-east of Kunisaki is Yufuin, a small, up-market town in the shelter of the towering Mount Yufudake, an extinct volcano.. Many of Japan s top writers have found, and still find, a haven here to put pen to paper.. Perhaps because of this and the many onsen, hotsprings, found here the town boasts some of the finest ryokan, Japanese inns, that Japan offers.. Yufuin is also ideal for some browsing and shopping.. We spend two nights here interspersed with an ascent of Mount Yufudake.. Lunch at the top of this mountain is enjoyed with a backdrop of grandstand views over Kunisaki and beyond.. The Kunisaki Trek is a tour we recommend for the fit walker.. Please contact us for guidance if you are not sure about its suitability for you.. JPY359,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person.. The single supplement for this tour is JPY4,000 (Please see below).. The Kunisaki Trek tour complements Walk Japan s Kyushu Expedition tour.. A fully guided tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for 9 nights; 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 evening meals; baggage transfers and entrance fees.. Not included are flights, transfers to the tour meeting point and from the tour finishing point, 2 lunches and drinks.. Single room supplement charge:.. The single room supplement is JPY4,000 per person and guarantees a single room in a hotel on one night.. These tours usually start on a Wednesday and finish on a Friday.. This itinerary is ground only beginning in Fukuoka and ending in Yufuin.. Instructions will be provided in English and Japanese for getting to the meeting point in Fukuoka.. Day 1 Fukuoka Bungo-Takada.. The tour group meets in Fukuoka at 14:30 pm before travelling by the award-winning Sonic Express train for a 90 minute journey to Usa (pronounced Ousa ), the gateway to Kunisaki.. From here we travel a short distance to Bungo-Takada, where we will spend the night.. Bungo-Takada is a genteel, seaside town known for its period buildings of the early Showa Period (1925-1989).. After checking in to our hotel, we will wander through the town to a popular local restaurant for our evening meal and tour briefing.. The restaurant serves up many different delicious morsels but the locally-caught  ...   that takes us up to some spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and the Seto Inland Sea.. Lunch is a delicious bento box.. Beyond here we wind our way up over a pass before descending to a quiet hamlet before meeting our transport to nearby Imi Port.. Hime-shima, a small island, is 20 minutes away on the ferry and our inn for the night is a short walk from the quay.. The island is a delightful place with the main settlement a maze of streets, houses and little vegetable plots.. Our dinner is focused on locally caught, fresh fish from some of the best fishing grounds in the Inland Sea.. Day 6 Hime-shima Monjusen-ji.. We return by ferry to Imi Port.. After sending our luggage on, we have lunch at a local restaurant-cum art gallery before catching a local bus to the start of today s trek.. We soon pass through the grounds of Kyu-Sento-ji, a once powerful temple that the monks left many years ago.. Little is left of this once-powerful institution except stone Buddha statues and hundreds of monks gravestones.. The latter include Ninmon s last resting place.. Nimon was the monk that is reputed to have first brought Buddhism to Kunisaki some 1,100 years ago.. A climb to Itsutsu-tsuji Fudo provides impressive views across the Inland Sea to Honshu and Shikoku, respectively Japan s first and fourth main islands.. We also have a grandstand view of Hime-shima.. On through forests to Monjusen-ji, a temple perched below a sheer cliff.. Temple.. Day 7 Monjusen-ji Baien-no-Sato.. If the priest is in residence, and for those who wish, we join him at the break of dawn in prayer and for a rare visit into a hidden cave for some holy spring water.. Otherwise, there is time after breakfast to climb a cliff overlooking the temple, or just relax and soak up the atmosphere.. As usual our main luggage is forwarded by taxi to our evening s lodgings before we start our trek.. Today we pass through virgin forests and cedar plantations before we descend to an old village and join a little-used old track to Futago-ji, the principal temple on Kunisaki.. After lunch at a local restaurant a minibus pick us up to take us to our nearby accommodation for the night.. The accommodation’s onsen thermal hot spring baths, though, are trumped by a giant, 65cm reflecting telescope.. A Japanese evening meal is followed, weather permitting, by an opportunity to look at the stars above Kunisaki through the telescope.. The skies here are frequently very clear and a cloudless night can provide spectacular vistas of the heavens.. 7 km (4.. Day 8 Baien-no-Sato Yufuin.. An easier day of walking but no less spectacular.. A minibus takes us the short distance to the beginning of today s walk on Nokogiri-yama, a short but impressive ridge trek.. We finish at the Kumano Magaibutsu, the largest Buddha relief carvings in Japan.. Rejoining our vehicle, we journey into the charming castle town of Kitsuki for lunch in one of its restaurants.. This is followed by a short guided tour around this quiet town s old samurai quarter, featuring buildings from feudal Edo Japan.. En route to the spa town of Yufuin we visit a sake brewery for a sample or two.. In Yufuin we spend the night in an upper-class ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn.. 3 hours walking of approx.. 5 km (2.. Day 9 Yufuin Mt.. Yufu-dake Yufuin.. We take a minibus to the start of our climb, at 700m, of Mount Yufudake (1,583m).. At the mountain s peak a grand panorama across Kyushu to an active volcano and Beppu Bay awaits us, and makes a wondrous backdrop to lunch.. For the adventurous an optional guided trek continues around the crater of this extinct volcano before we all head down for our walk into Yufuin for another night in our delightful ryokan in the middle of town.. Re-invigorating thermal hot spring baths here are followed by another Japanese feast for dinner.. Day 10 Yufuin.. The tour ends after a Japanese breakfast.. Travel back to Fukuoka Airport by direct express coach from Yufuin, or onward travel elsewhere in Japan by air and rail is easily accomplished.. will provide information and advise about places to visit for those wanting to extend their stay in Japan beyond Day 10.. 19 March 2014 - 28 March 2014.. 2 April 2014 - 11 April 2014.. 16 April 2014 - 25 April 2014.. 7 May 2014 - 16 May 2014.. 8 October 2014 - 17 October 2014.. 22 October 2014 - 31 October 2014.. 5 November 2014 - 14 November 2014.. 19 November 2014 - 28 November 2014.. The following travel tips are intended to be helpful advice for our Kunisaki Trek tour.. However, it can reach below freezing at the top of Mt.. Yufu-dake (Day 7).. The single room supplement is JPY4,000.. Walk Japan tour leader; 9 nights accommodation; 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches 9 evening meals; travel from tour start point to finish point..

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