Rurual and Remote Japan Tours 2022 & 2023

Japan is so much more than Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama and Hiroshima. There are so many hidden treasures and unexplored destinations. Rural travel in Japan is expected to be even more popular Post COVID. Journey to the East is best placed to take you on a rural Japan holiday through off the beaten path beyond popular tourist destinations.  You may not find cappuccino at breakfast, a convenience store at every corner or western style hotels and restaurants in town, however, you might encounter giggling school children on a way to school, friendly farmers happy to share fresh harvest with you or devout pilgrims at a sacred mountain.

Our 8-member rural Japan tours will let you discover Japan's hidden rituals, unspoiled spectacular sceneries and warm hospitality of local people in remote and rural areas of Japan such as Kyushu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and west coast and Tohoku or the northern part of Honshu, in a range of themes from cherry blossom to food. Full exposure to Japan's pristine nature, rural villages and countryside scenery on those Japanese countryside tours will reward you with life-long memory.

10 wonderful tours of Rural and Remote Japan to consider

foodies tours japan
14 days

An exceptional 14-day culinary tour through unique and exclusive experiences at cherry blossom festival time. You will meet a local farmer and fish monger, have a cooking lesson at chef’s own home, and visit artisans’ studios. This Japan Cherry Blossom & Food Tour covers wide-ranging restaurants from street carts to Michelin star.

Cherry Blossom Tour of Northern Japan

13 days

Japan’s best-kept-secret is Northern Japan (Tohoku) and Hokkaido in spring time. Cherry blossoms here bloom later in the year and they are amazing, especially against the natural and rural settings. On this cherry blossom tour Japan, see Nikko, Matsushima, Kakunodate, Hakodate, Sapporo and Otaru at their best.

Sashimi platter at Fumoto Restaurant Michelin Star restaurant in Hakodate Hokkaido Japan

13 days

Seafood, dairy, wagyu beef, fruits and vegetables, wine, sake, whisky and beer. From Michelin-starred restaurants to ramen and street food, Hokkaido has it all! The 2022 Food Tour of Hokkaido Japan also includes many personal experiences such as cooking traditional dishes with fishermen’s wives.

Gasshozukuri houses in Shokawa Village in Gifu Prefecture near Shirakawago and Gokayama in autumn

14 days

This Japan autumn tour features the best autumn colours in Japan’s dramatic nature from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge and the wildest coastline. Full of authentic countryside experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Enjoy the remote and rural parts of Japan less visited by tourists in fall in Japan.

Kamikochi at Japan Alps in autumn

14 days

This Japan walking tour takes you to experience some of Japan’s most pristine natural scenery with the Japan Alps high above you. A variety of short walks (8-10km) through the national parks and small rural villages in countryside Japan is the best way to absorb the brilliant fall foliage. In 2022 the itinerary is boosted by inclusion of Nagano region, and all the accommodation on the tour is ensuited private rooms with no shared bathroom.

Dewa Sanzan steps part of the Journey to the East Walking Tour of Northern Japan

13 days

This remote Japan tour takes you through spiritual mountains, national parks and rural villages ablaze in fall foliage. An ideal opportunity to experience the beautiful Japanese rural landscapes and the warm traditional hospitality of countryside northern Japan. This Japan hiking tour includes comfortable accommodation, authentic cultural experiences, gorgeous meals and superb transport.

Naruko gorge in Miyagi Prefecture in Tohoku (northern Japan) in autumn colours

13 days

This Japan fall trip takes you to Japan’s northern region Tohoku, which is much less visited by international tourists, with its authentic rural traditions and warm relaxed hospitality, intense autumn colours and stunning natural scenery. If you are after the most magnificent fall foliage sceneries in Japan’s countryside, this tour will not disappoint you.

Dinner at Mujinzou Michellen foodDinner at Mujinzou, a Michelin star restaurant in Fukuoka as a welcome dinner at Food and Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan, Kyushu

14 days

This Japan autumn tour takes you to explore the island of Kyushu at the peak of autumn colours. Kyushu is Japan’s friendly western island famous for its temperate climate, laid-back rhythm, lively rural culture, and fantastic food. This is a foodies dream experiencing all the facets of Japanese food culture from production to cooking and eating for 14 days in the background of magnificent fall foliage.

Walking Tour of Japan in Autumn on the Nakasendo way - Tsumago

12 days

An unforgettable hiking experience in the countryside Japan along the Nakasendo Way – Japan’s most popular walking route. In addition this active holiday will take you to secret backstreet walks in the iconic cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Takayama.

dancing red-crested cranes, hokkaido, kushiro, snow tour of japan, journey to the east

14 days

This is the ultimate winter travel in Japan! This spectacular Japan snow holiday has it all – from snow monkeys and dancing red-crested cranes to the Sapporo Snow Festival and an icebreaker trip. Enjoy the illuminated streets in cities as well as the snow- covered rural villages in countryside Japan.

Private Tours and Tour Extensions

Don't forget we can create your own Private Cherry Blossom Tour in Japan for your family or group if you prefer. We have many Private Tour Model Itineraries to give you some ideas. The page also include model itineraries for Tour Extensions which you can add at the beginning or end of your Group Tour.


People in Barry Erridge Private Tour group travelled in April 2016 cherry blossom season in Japan 900 x 600
Fun in Japan
People of Kareela Probus Private Tour Group travelled Japan in April 2017, a group photo at Kanazawa Castle 900 x 600
People of Deb Lambert Private Tour group celebrating 50th wedding anniversary of the parents at Kawaguchiko ryokan in yukata

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia