Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem

My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.

We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.

Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!

So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.

Wayne and Simon C. | Mosman, Australia
 

Japan

Japan

Take an adventure holiday in JAPAN with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.


A geologically volatile archipelago, 85 per cent of Japan is mountainous. It is a relatively “young” land. The landscape is rugged and rocky, porous with natural springs, and the scenery has been perfectly depicted in famous historic paintings and woodblock prints: tiered mountains, streams, sculpted pine trees and many flowering plants, with a rich variety of bird life. Volcanic eruptions are not uncommon - although not on our route!

The population is concentrated in clustered centres on the coast of the main islands, with the remainder in small towns dispersed through the fertile hinterland. Since the big cities are all in lowland plains, the mountains are left largely to agriculture, forestry and national parks. Buddhism arrived from the mainland about 1,600 years ago, and its many traces overlap with those of the much older native belief system, Shinto. A feudal society for most of its history, Japan has been a parliamentary democracy since World War II, and is on the surface a very modern country. Modern Japanese profess not to be religious, yet the landscape is dense with the traces of a great spiritual legacy, including temples, shrines, tombs and wayside markers.

See Kyoto and the Izu Peninsula through the eyes of National Geographic

Japanese people are very conscious of their local roots, and from region to region there is a pleasing variation in dialect, cuisine and even, to a certain extent, appearance. Except for Tokyo, which has drawn immigrants from the northern and central regions, the regions of Japan engender a great deal of local pride.

We offered our first trekking holiday to Japan in 1999 and are one of the most experienced adventure operators in Japan. Our journeys takes you to the very centre of Japanese culture, to the Asia within Japan.

Click on the links to view footage from World Expeditions - Backroads of Japan Adventure Holiday.


Featured Adventures

Cycle Kyoto

Bike Kyotos' ancient shrines, gardens, geisha district and surrounding hills
3 days |

Japan Active Adventure

A multi-activity adventure experiencing the diverse scenery, cultures and traditions of Japan
9 days |

Japan Northern Explorer

A captivating journey to the rugged region of northern Japan
16 days |

Kii Hanto Pilgrim Hike

Hike in the footsteps of pilgrims in the sacred Kii mountain ranges
5 days |

Mount Fuji Climb

Hike to the summit of Japan's sacred Mount Fuji for sunrise views
2 days |

Snow Monkeys

Wonder at the famous snow monkeys soaking in the hot springs
5 days |

Backroads of Japan

Our trip combines trekking ancient pilgrimage trails with visits to modern cities. The traditional, family run inns we stay at are a definite highlight. No wonder it is our most popular Japan itinerary
15 days |
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Secrets of Hokkaido By Bike

A breathtaking cycling odyssey through the dramatic landscapes of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido
 
8 days |
Moderate | Adventure Touring | Cycling
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The Weather in Japan

Japan has a generally mild climate. Since the country stretches for 3000 km, from sub-Arctic in the extreme north to sub-tropical in the far south, there is plenty of variation throughout the year. Summer is hot and sticky, winter chills the bones, and the highest precipitation falls during the rainy season, roughly from mid-June to mid-July. This tour takes place outside these phases; but since we are travelling into rather lush regions, rain is a real possibility. Touring in this season, keeping occasional warm and cold fluctuations in mind, it makes sense to dress in thin layers that can be easily added or removed according to weather and altitude.

As the snows of winter retreat, peach and plum blossoms appear. But to the Japanese it is the blossoming of the flowering cherry, or Sakura, from April into May that truly signals the spring. Wherever these delicate, pale-pink blossoms burst, families and party groups gather beneath the boughs to celebrate the arrival of warmth, and a general loosening up of life. After a brief flowering the petals fall, to be replaced by more waves of flowers and new leaves, and the temperature and humidity rise steadily. Sunrise is very early, before 6am.

In autumn cooler the sun rises a bit later, and temperatures of 15 - 20 degrees Celsius prevail. Humidity evaporates into clear blues skies. With many of the trees deciduous - particularly the Japanese maple and gingko - the change in foliage is spectacular.

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