Great Wall Trek

I so appreciated to spend those days close to the Wall and not just to “fly in” for one day. This enables me to get a bit of a “feel” for the country. To be with the Chinese crew also was a privilege I won’t forget. Our tour guide gave us valuable insights. I am thankful that I could be part of this challenge, it was worth it.

C. Strohmeier | United Kingdom
 
 

Backroads of Japan

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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.

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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
DAYS 11/12 Commence trek along Omine pilgrim trail through conifer forest, cherry orchards and past wayside Shinto shrines, optional hike
DAY 13 Follow riverside path of Mitarari gorge, transfer to Osaka
DAY 14 Discover Osaka
DAY 15 In Osaka, trip concludes

traveller reviews

The most memorable part of our trip was walking in the countryside - seeing parts of Japan that I would never have discovered on my own and being guided by a reliable expert.
Asuka, Dorogawa and the Mitarai Gorge were particularly memorable. Also - wonderful exotic food, charming ryokans and soothing onsens. (And the company of like-minded fellow travellers). We stayed at family-run ryokans and experienced genuine locally sourced food, which was fresh, delicious and exquisitely prepared. This was an excellent trip. The tour guide, Alena, was an expert on Japan and made our trip very enjoyable and stress-free.

Min D. UK

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Trip Code: BOJ
Trip Grading: Introductory
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Trekking Adventure Touring Family Adventures
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