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Backroads of Japan

We ascend mountain trails and take valley hikes to get a measure of the landscape and its centuries long history of hermitage and pilgrimage. Our itinerary includes an ascent of one of the mountains close to Mt Fuji and a sojourn in a rural town in the southern Alps. We also walk along Japan's oldest forest trail, winding through rice paddies and bamboo groves, past ancient tombs following an early pilgrim route through cherry and cedar forests. The 'backroads' theme continues even in the cities as we explore the heart of teeming Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Tokyo
DAY 2 In Tokyo, transfer to Lake Kawaguchiko at base of Mt Fuji
DAY 3 Hike and ascend the nearby peaks
DAY 4 Train to Kiso, explore the old town
DAY 5 Walk the Old Nakasendo highway, bullet train to Kyoto
DAYS 6/8 Explore Kyoto and some of the cities shrines
DAYS 9/10 Train to Nara region, commence trek along 'Yamanobe Road' - Japan's oldest path, through historic Asuka region, transfer to the mountainous Yoshino region (4-5hrs/day)
DAYS 11/12 Commence hike along Omine pilgrim trail through conifer forest, cherry orchards and past wayside Shinto shrines (3-4hrs/day)
DAY 13 Follow riverside path of Mitarari gorge, transfer to Osaka
DAY 14 Discover Osaka
DAY 15 In Osaka, trip concludes

traveller reviews

Great trip. Gave us a real insight to living and experiencing Japan, the culture and the people. Also taught us how to manage the public transport, even to tackle the Tokyo subway and train system -
no mean feat for first timers to Japan!

I. Krajewska Buddina, QLD Australia

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Trip Code: BOJ
Trip Grading: Introductory
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Trekking Adventure Touring
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Next Trip:  05 June 2017
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price: $3,990.00 USD

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