Walking Tours of Japan 2021 & 2022

Beauty of Journey to the East's 2021 Walking Tours of Japan is their spontaneity. Because of the small group size (maximum of 8), and light, pack free walks of about 8-10 kilometres per walk, you don't have to march all day. You may come across a Sunday flea market where you would pick up piece antique Arita ware or just pop into a lovely coffee shop for some people-watching. You could stop for a conversation with local kids, or listen to an intriguing historical tale from our guide at a local shrine.

We made the walking in Japan easy for you. The tours are designed around exciting themes and the courses are selected carefully to highlight Japan's spirituality, traditional cultures and pristine nature. Safe and comfortable accommodation, transport, guides and luggage transfers have been arranged. While the tours are flexible and can be enjoyed by any fit and active people, the main participants of our 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 holiday walking in Japan in 2021.

2022 Season Japan Walking Tours

Many of our guests like to plan well in advance and although our 2022 season tours are not released yet, if you contact us we will promise to let you know as soon as they are released.


12 days

2021 Walking Tour of Japan Alps in Autumn takes you to Japan’s pristine national parks with the Japan Alps high above you. In addition to the short nature walks (8-10km) on the plateaus and valleys in vibrant autumn colours, you will visit iconic cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Packed with cultural and personal experiences off the major tourist path.

Departure Dates
1 Oct 2021 Available
Dewa Sanzan steps

13 days

This tour covers culturally intriguing and naturally magnificent day walks (8-10 km/day) including the pilgrimage walks of sacred Dewa Sanzan in the northern parts of the main island of Japan in early autumn. Seriously off-the-beaten track, this tour exposes you to the warm traditional hospitality and immersive experiences of northern Japan.

Departure Dates
11 Oct 2021 Contact us
Nakasendo Trail

12 days

Walk through the well-preserved villages and cedar covered forests on Nakasendo Way where samurai walked hundreds of years ago. The well balanced tour between nature walks and cultural encounters, it is ideal for active people who are looking for variety of experiences.

Departure Dates
14 Nov 2021 Available

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.