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Walking Tours of Japan

The Walking Tours of Japan are ideal for those who enjoy light hikes (up to 8 or 9 kilometres per hike). Most importantly, the tours are well suited to those wishing to avoid carrying large (heavy) backpacks and just enjoying what is around them. The small groups enable you to interact directly with you knowledgeable guides to get the most from your walks.

These hiking Tours of Japan range from exploring some of Japan's most pristine nature to the less touristy but more interesting back streets of large cities. Along the way you will naturally have close contact with the Japanese people and their culture. The tours will show you some of the best icons and introduce you to specially selected and beautifully prepared Japanese food.

This tour features Japan’s dramatic natural landscapes from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge. Full of cultural experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Along with the remoteness, you will also explore the sophisticated cultural cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Departure Dates
29 Oct 2019 Last Double Place

See the best of Japan before the massive crowds arrive! On this tour, you walk in some very scenic parts of Japan while viewing early blooming Kawazu cherry blossom trees.

Departure Dates
21 Feb 2020 Available

2020 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 (8-10k) on the plateaus and valleys in vibrant autumn colours, you will visit iconic cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.

Departure Dates
1 Oct 2020 Available

This tour features Japan’s dramatic natural landscapes from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge. Full of cultural experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Along with the remoteness, you will also explore the sophisticated cultural cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Departure Dates
4 Oct 2020 Available
25 Oct 2020 Available

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
7 Oct 2020 Available

Walk through the well-preserved villages and cedar covered forests on Nakasendo Way where samurai walked hundreds of years ago. The tour also includes back street walks in Japan’s major destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Takayama still at the peak of autumn colours. 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
15 Nov 2020 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.