Walking Tours in Japan 2022& 2023

Our Japan walking tours are very popular with those who enjoy the pristine wilderness.

They are built to the same format as our other small group tours of Japan

 Japan Walking Holidays

There are many ideal spots for Japan walking tours.  Some of the most popular walking trips in Japan includes spiritual pilgrimage walks such as Three Mountains of Dewa, Kumano Kodo and Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage.

Then there is the sheer beauty of Nikko National Park and the timeless Nakasendo Way. The breathtaking natural scenery in the Japanese Alps including Kamikochi is high on the list too, to mention just a few of the choices.

Walking Tours Japan by Journey to the East

The walking holidays Japan by Journey to the East will take you to a selection of these natural and cultural spots to create a perfect Japan hiking tours for you. Our small group walking holidays (maximum of 8 guests) are light, pack free walks and include about 8-10 kilometres per walk, You won't be marching all day, so you have the pleasurable experience of enjoying what we show you on the way. Your days can be wonderfully spontaneous and enjoyable. While you take in the Japanese countryside scenery, you may pause for a conversation with the local kids or come across a Sunday flea market, pick up piece of antique Arita ware or just pop into a lovely coffee shop for some people-watching.

We made the walking holidays in Japan easy for you. The tours are designed around exciting themes and the courses are selected carefully to highlight Japan's spirituality, traditional culture and pristine nature. Safe and comfortable accommodation, transport, guides and luggage transfers have all been arranged. And, like all other Journey to the East tours, Japanese food both traditional and modern is a big part of these Japan hiking tours, too. You can enjoy the walks in comfort and with touch of luxury. While the tours are flexible and are suitable for any fit and active person, the main participants of our Japan walking tours are people between 50's and 70's.

Now, all you have to bring with you is a good pair of comfortable walking shoes, an inquisitive mind and adventurous spirit. Talk to us about what you are looking for, and let us help you to create an extraordinary walking holiday in Japan.

2022 Season Japan Walking Tours

Many of our guests like to plan well in advance. We have launched our 2022 season walking tours of Japan. Please have a look below and contact us to discuss your choice and questions.

2023 Season Walking Tours, Japan

Our 2023 walking tours are already on the drawing board, although not scheduled for release just yet. They will be similar to popular 2022 tours. If you would like to know more (or be advised when they are released), simply let us know

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.

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.

Private Tours and Tour Extensions

Don't forget we can create your own Private Tour of Japan for your family or group if you prefer. We have many Private Tour Model Itineraries to give you some ideas. The page also includes 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

Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.