Get off the beaten track in Japan and experience parts of the country other big-city tours tend to skip. This tour of the Land of the Rising Sun includes something for every active passenger. Take in major cultural touchstones like Osaka and Hiroshima, along with lesser known areas. Hike along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular shrines, cycle across islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayak around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima. Every view is that much sweeter when you've worked for it.
What's Included: Hiking the Kumano Kodo Trail (3 days). Wakayama Castle visit. Fushimi Inari Shrine visit. Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route (2 days). Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum visit. Miyajima Island visit with sea kayaking. Traditional ryokan stay with kaiseki meal. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Highlights: Hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, cycle between islands in rural Japan, Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Explore Wakayama castle, Kayak to the famous floating torii gate at Miyajima
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Local train, local bus, bicycle, kayak, walking.
Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Max Pax: 15
Physical Grading:3 - Average
➕ Day 1 Osaka
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation in Osaka to see more of this interesting city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
➕ Day 2 Osaka/Chikatsuyu (1D)
Take the train from Osaka to Chikatsuyu to begin the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage hike.
➕ Day 3 Chikatsuyu/Katsuura (1B)
Enjoy a day hike along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, reach the Hongu Taisha Shrine with the largest torii gate in Japan. Afterwards, board a bus for coastal Katsuura.
Kumano Hongu Taisha Hike
➕ Day 4 Katsuura/Wakayama
Hike to one of Japan's best-known waterfalls and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, an ancient site along this pilgrimage trail, before heading to Wakayama for the night.
Kumano Nachi Taisha Hike
➕ Day 5 Wakayama/Kyoto
Visit the impressive site of Wakayama Castle before transferring by train to Kyoto.
Wakayama Castle Visit
➕ Day 6 Kyoto
Take in the vibrant colours of Fushimi Inari shrine and explore the historic side of Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Visit
➕ Day 7 Kyoto/Onomichi
Explore more of Kyoto with free time before taking the train to Onomichi.
➕ Day 8 Onomichi/Ikuchi Jima (1D)
Enjoy a day of cycling across bridges and islands to the south of Honshu, exploring small villages along the way. Spend the night in a ryokan inn on Ikuchi Jima and savour a traditional kaiseki meal.
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Onomichi to Ikuchi Jima
➕ Day 9 Ikuchi Jima/Matsuyama (1B)
Cycle along the Shimanami Kaido towards Imabari City. Continue on to Matsuyama to rest for the night.
Shimanami Kaido Cycle: Ikuchi Jima to Imabari City
➕ Day 10 Matsuyama/Hiroshima (1B)
The large Peace Park in the centre of the city is an extremely moving place dotted with memorials of those killed by the atomic bomb and others who subsequently died. The burning flame in the park will only be extinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed. Take a tram ride through the city to reach Peace Park.
Hiroshima Park and Peace Memorial
➕ Day 11 Hiroshima
Travel to the island of Miyajima from Hiroshima. Hop into a kayak and paddle out to the iconic torii gate which floats in the bay.
Miyajima Island Visit
➕ Day 12 Hiroshima/Tokyo
Transfer to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo by train and explore with some free time in the afternoon.
➕ Day 13 Tokyo
Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.