Walk Japan’s meticulously crafted tours combine enjoyable exercise for travellers with immersion in Japanese society, culture and cuisine. Tours include historic thoroughfares, ancient pilgrimages, rural trails, urban explorations and mountain climbs, suitable for different fitness levels. Walking is always at a comfortable pace covering distances from 4km through to 24km for the more challenging tours. Walk Japan’s expert Tour Leaders are the perfect knowledgeable guide, making the most of the time for travellers and advising how to best deal with each day’s walking. All tours are a Japanese gourmet feast – the ideal healthy complement to walking – and incorporate the freshest, seasonal produce from the seas, fields and forests.
The forests and farmland found on the enchanting Oita Hot Spring Trail are explored with daily walks of around four hours each. Gentle inclines stretch over grassy paths and trails, leading participants to many of Oita’s large concentration of hot springs to enjoy the soothing and reviving waters. Soaking in natural hot springs is a favoured Japanese past time, with claimed benefits include increased blood circulation, improved metabolism, and absorption of essential minerals.
Onsens, also a feature in Walk Japan’s Izu Geo Trail, where customers visit Atagawa Onsen, where the open-air hot spring is set most unusually and spectacularly beneath a waterfall. The Izu Geo Trail weaves it way around the coast of the Izu Peninsula, one of the most geologically unique areas on Earth. The sparkling blue Pacific Ocean provides the backdrop as walkers follow rugged, coastal trails and the magnitude of its seas incite a calming atmosphere as waves rhythmically wash ashore. After each day’s exploration, participants nourish themselves with a wide range of the freshest fish available; seasonal offerings include spider crab, lobster and sea bream.
All meals on Walk Japan tours are a culinary delight and meticulously prepared to enhance the intimate experience of exploring Japan on foot. Typically, meals with the freshest ingredients include fish and vegetables, the finest beef as well as traditional and healthy dishes as tofu and miso soup. However, on the Kunisaki Retreat, a tour especially designed for the mind and body, the cuisine is taken to a higher level for healthy well-being to complement the daily instructed yoga and meditation sessions. This retreat provides a true escape from the pressure of modern, daily life, enabling a refocus and rebalance – a truly holistic experience.
Customers on any Walk Japan tour are deeply acquainted with Japan’s intriguing society and culture, while heightening their own physical and emotional wellbeing.